Another day, another CASE.  I wish all my cards were created solely from the ideas in my head but sometimes I need a little more direction to get things going – especially when I NEED a card within a specific time frame.

This is the card I made for my Aunt to go with her gift of a set of birthday cards and a date loaf. (date bread if you prefer) 

It’s rather traditional for me to make a date loaf for her birthday. She’s not a baker and she loves dates. I make it using a standard recipe but I use extra dates and I have to swap out the walnuts for sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds as I’m allergic to tree nuts. (this year I used sunflower seeds)

Once I’d done the card, I decided to make a belly band for the date loaf and I also made a belly band for the box I packaged the cards in.  I was going to put a bow on the bag the bread is packaged in but there wasn’t a lot of bag left on the end and I didn’t want to draw attention to that.  Here’s what it looked like:

I chose to put the green card in the front of the box because the colours coordinated the best with the papers I chose for the bands.  Here’s a close up of one of the belly bands:

I had these glittered chipboard butterflies in my stash and I stuck some puffy plastic hearts on them for a little extra dimension.  I think she liked the bands as much as the gift itself! 

It’s just about time to move on to Halloween projects so I guess I’d better put away glittery butterflies and summer-hued patterned paper…back soon!