The ribbon doll -- I used the photo of Winifred Barnes, that beauty from the 1920's who has been my muse lately, and gave her a ribbon skirt.
I made two other ribbon dolls, trying different things, before I figured out just how I wanted this one to look. You know you've done your best when it hurts a little to give your creation away -- and, even though you know that I'm not a doll lover, I fell in love with this one!
The box -- I bought a new heart-shaped candy box to decorate (my husband helpfully ate all the chocolate for me!) It took me days to come up with a composition I was happy with for the cover; while I was debating it, I covered the box bottom and insides.
the bottom -- pink peony paper
inside bottom -- I lined it with an antique German rice paper napkin and then decorated the sides with washi tape
the inside of the lid -- more Made in US Zone German paper, this time a place mat, with a red heart doily
and a precious Dresden cupid sticker!
Hope Kearney's collage sheets...
All along the edges, a fabulous arrow-patterned grosgrain ribbon.
The card -- I wanted to go with reds for the card, and I used a favorite photo of three women dressed up for gallivanting:
I placed the photo over a print of a map decorated with roses. A tiny envelope embellishment and some doodles were all I added besides the phrase, Take me out tonight.
The gifts --
nestled in more of that German paper.
I also put together some old linens, and one new flower ribbon...
snow outside was such a factor in my days spent creating this swap that I just had to include this snowball-throwing lady in the package!
Swaps are such fun, aren't they? I really put my heart into this one -- and I hope Kathie loves it!