One side of my family is going through a particularly rough patch with health problems all through the family -- including the uncle with Parkinsons that I've mentioned before. So, mom (my primary sounding board) and I decided we needed to send them a creative care package.
It's taken a few weeks to get it all together, but it's finally ready to send. All of the envelopes were made using the envelobox creator I got from Crafter's Companion. (I've also blanked out all the names but mine in the photos, for privacy)
First, for my uncle. He loves photography and loves the American Southwest, so I printed a picture I took in the Valley Of Fire from a trip there earlier this year and put it in a simple folded frame. Originally, we intended to embellish it with deer or grasses or something, but in the end we decided the picture spoke best on its own.
Next, for his daughter / my cousin, K, who is a very strong Christian. (Honestly, I don't know how the family would get through all they've been through and are going through if not for their faith).
This one was a bit larger, and required an inner box inside the envelobox in order to have enough support to not damage the flowers. In theory, the finished piece stands up on its own. This was done using a cross on some very pretty scrapbook paper, which I cut out to decoupage, then pieced together the flowers and used some flourish dies cut in two different but complimenting colors to create a shadow effect. The lighter blue is the same paper the cross was on, and the dove (cut by mom :D ) was from that same sheet.
For K's oldest daughter, C, I made a cowboy themed card. She loves all things cowboy. After gluing the denim and bandana papers to cardstock to strengthen them, I ran the card through the big shot with some Spellbinders Nestabilities to create the window.
For K's younger daughter, M (who has some serious health issues), we opted for another cross, and a bible verse, with a color theme in her favorite color of blue. I used two cottagecutz dies, one Spellbinders, and a Spellbinders embossing folder. The cross was filled in with sakura glaze pens, and I used chalks to color the edge of the verse.
And finally, for M's 2 year old son, J, who hasn't gotten to see much of his mom since she's been in the hospital so much, a Noah's Ark card. :)
We hope that all of these will bring just a little smile and moment of joy and peace to them in these trials.