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Monday, March 29, 2010

My Easter cake box swap has arrived

And was it ever packed w/ goodies! Bryanna @ The Canary's Cupcake was my partner & we clicked w/ each other from the get-go. She seems to have already "gotten" me & we've only known each other for a month. The cake boxes we made, & even the contents, were very similiar. Although she's a much better cake decorator than I & I'm afraid, she was a bit more generous as well. I don't know whether to feel bad or good about that. ;o) But thank you for everything Bry...you were too, too good to me!

Isn't her cake beautiful? She's a very talented cake decorator! Looks real doesn't it?

Look at how perfect her tiny roses are!

As you can see...she packaged the contents beautifully.

Look at all she managed to pack in that little box! Vintage book pages, vintage sheet music, little vintage greeting cards, wish tickets (been wanting some!), silk roses, lots of lace & trims, wallpaper scraps & vintage hankie...

See the little Queen Bee card she sent. My grands call me Honey so how appropriate, huh?

She sent a bag of what she called "mermaid trinkets". Not knowing that I have plans to make an altered mermaid doll. These baubles will the perfect adornment for it!

She also sent a bag of miscellaneous "bits". Love the empty watch face...it'll be really cool as a minitaure shadow box, won't it? And the little crystal charms are destined for the necklace I am making out of the metal roses Karen Valentine sent. And notice that tiny little bottle?

It's full of the teensiest, tiniest little rhinestones you have ever seen! Aren't they too cool? They'll never leave this bottle. I'll probably use the bottle in some altered art project but the rhinestones will stay inside...LOVE it!

But the Pièce de résistance was this absolutely charming charm bracelet she made out of vintage buttons. I adore it Bry!!!! Absolutely adore it!

Look at how she layered buttons & beads...tres' chic!

Bry also didn't know that I collect cameos but included this cameo button on my charm bracelet. I'm telling ya... the girl gets me!

I treasure my bracelet Bry....& I am very appreciative of the time & effort (& buttons LOL) you put into this lovely bracelet. You were too, too good to me!

I thought I went all out but I guess I have a lot to learn about swapping. ;o) Here's the cake box I made. See how similiar our cakes were?

Our contents were similiar also. I sent vintage seam bindings, blingy cross, an old baby shoe, paper roses, lace scraps, vintage button cards, chocolates, etc. And notice that I lined it w/ a vintage hankie? It's really weird how much our boxes looked alike & how similiar most of the contents were.

I included this fairy paper doll, I made from Sandra Evertson's book Fanciful Paper Projects. If you like paper crafts...you'll love this book! It doesn't show in the picture very well, but the body is made of lace, I glued onto card stock. Although Sandra's book includes all the elements needed (except glue) to complete each project, I like to use real accents to add a bit of dimension.

And isn't this little pipe cleaner doll I made (also from Fanciful Paper Projects) cute? Although, frankly...she looks pretty meager compared to the gorgeous charm bracelet Bry sent. Oh well! Maybe next time I'll get a crappy swap partner & won't feel so bad. LOL

You know I'm only kidding w/ ya Bry (sorta!)...I LOVED having you for a swap partner!!

Sandra shared a neat idea of gluing a paper face onto a wooden bead & I used cotton batting for "hair".

Partners like Bry sure make swapping a lot of fun!


Katy ~ said...

Wow! That's all I can saw or know to say. WOW!!!

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Yes, WOW~I think you hit the Mother Load. All the things were just beautiful. The things you received and the things you sent. And both cakes were beautiful. And I agree, I think you were both on the same wave link. Glad you had so much fun.
Hugs, Pat

Romeo said...

You two are kindred spirits - your cakes are so alike. And what fun to have found someone who "gets you"!! Everything looks wonderful!!! And the cakes?? I know they are not real, but um....did you really ship those?!?! And the little roses stayed that purrfect?!?!?! That is amazing!!!!

Romeo and "her"

Linda said...

Wow, both of you sent such wonderful items-thanks for sharing!

Kim Caldwell said...

How wonderful ~ you both are the perfect partners in taste and generosity! So pretty. . .

Hugs, Kim

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Cami! Looks like you and your partner were BOTH very blessed! And I'm happy to see the book came in handy already! Thank you for your sweet comment and for adding to your sidebar. Have a great week!

My Desert Cottage
Valentine Design

Bryanna Lenan said...

Thank you, sweet Cami... Im so glad you liked everything... we do seem to be kindred spirits!!

Love to you & yours

Leann said...

Oh my, both of you impress the heck out of me! What fun it must have been putting the whole thing together.

Enjoy your week!

Christine Edwards said...

Wow, oh wow! Simply fantastic...a gorgeous swap. However did you "frost" the cake?

Charlene said...

Allllllllll I can say is you got LUCKY with you choice of partners! LOVE both the cakes & all the goodies. And that bracelet is adorable!!!! I want one! HUGS! Charlene


All of these creations are fabulous treasures! Talented ladies, you and Bry! ~ Angela