Frugal Pretties Kit

Pretties Kit - small

Hi there, peeking in on this fine Saturday morning. Do you have waaaaayyyy too many craft supplies? Today I have a project that’s been on my work desk for several months, my frugal pretties kit.   Lol, I’m recycling.  By peeling off a portion of my working supplies (that I’ll never be able to use) I’ve created a Pretties Kit for one of my friends, that won’t break the bank.

Pretties Container
In my meanderings through Hobby Lobby I came across this inexpensive bottle set ($5.00) and thought it would be perfect for my endeavor.  I took some of my favorite lace and ribbon  from my stash and tea dyed it – so simple – why don’t I do that more?  It’s easy, I took one large tea bag and brought it to a boil and dropped in my lace for about 10 minutes (cotton lace – always test on a scrap before you use the good stuff) .  Yes, you can over do it – the longer you boil, the darker your item gets – (smirk) ask me how I know this.  From purchased tulle, I rolled this rose and folded two leaves.

Pretties Kit Bottles
I loaded my bottles with pearls, corsage pins and earring backs.  To keep the pins upright, I put in a little bit of shred but I’m sure there are lots of other options.  For the bottle with earring backs I padded the bottom of the bottle with tulle so that the earring backs float right up at the top.  The tulle is not needed but I think it makes the ensemble look pretty because you can see what’s in the bottle. 
Pretties Ensemble Bottle
Of course there has to be a matching card to go along, right?  I think this new sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs shoots right to the top of the list of my favorites.  The new set called Blessings includes Count your blessings.  Name them one by one. What a stunning way to tell someone what they mean!  I opted to put this on the front of my enclosure card and on the inside I’ve written, “I count you!”   I used a couple of elements on the card, which measures 4″ x 4″
On my kraft base I layered and matted design paper which I stamped on directly.

Pretties Kit TagFor a topper I added Spellbinders Scalloped Borderabilites Petite with a small element from Spellbinders Fair Isle Pendants.  At the top of the card I added a small decorative element from Spellbinders Lattice Pendants.  I then set in my twirled rose and leaves along with more of my tea dyed ribbon.  And, of course, I added a pretty – to show the recipient how to use the kit.

For my tag, Spellbinders Standard Tag, I echoed the same elements – the scallop and the small Fair Isle piece and tied on some of the tea dyed ribbon.  I’ll package it in a basket or tie it up in cellophane and call the job done!!

I hope that as all is going well during this busy season of “have to do’s”!!  I hope you’re clicking through your list and can call the job done!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs:  Blessings – Full of Grace Collection
Paper: My Minds Eye, Bazzill
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Spellbinders™ Classic Scalloped Borderabilities Petite, Spellbinders™ Lattice Pendants, Spellbinders™ Fair Isle Pendants, Spellbinders™ Standard Tag, ribbon, lace, pearls

Count your blessings, name them one by one.  Of my blessings I count you!!  See you soon friends!

  • MickieDecember 18, 2010 - 10:45 am

    Oh Becca, that is soooo cute. I am a sucker for bottles, can’t bear to throw them away. Bottles and jars! Have a Merry Christmas dear and God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Teri FrankDecember 18, 2010 - 10:49 am

    This is outstandiing! What a wonderful gift idea for a crafty friend – gotta try tea dying – it’s a great vintage look.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • crystalDecember 18, 2010 - 11:15 am

    Gorgeous! I’m sure she will love it!ReplyCancel

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  • BonnieDecember 18, 2010 - 11:20 am

    Hi Becca!
    Oh my goodness it is just Gorgeous!!! What a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • AdelineDecember 18, 2010 - 11:24 am

    this is so gorgeous i want one too!!! hihi thanks for this great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda HDecember 18, 2010 - 11:27 am

    Oh this is so Pretty!! I would make one for myself!! I don’t have any friends who are interested in scrapping and crafting or who would even try it, so if I made something this pretty, I think I would just as well keep it :)

    Where did you get your hat pins? They are so LOVELY :)
    Beautiful creations as always, keep up the great inspirations :)ReplyCancel

  • Deebi27December 18, 2010 - 11:28 am

    What a great gift and presented in only way Becca could do, beautifully! I like the idea of the tulle flowers and leaves. Great touch!ReplyCancel

  • l hamonDecember 18, 2010 - 11:32 am

    Becca, this is such a gorgeous gift idea, all the fixin’s’ for someone to make their own project, now if I just had all those spellbinders and things I could make an attempt at this beauty, haha.ReplyCancel

  • GaleDecember 18, 2010 - 11:33 am

    These are just gorgeous Becca, I love each piece. So vintage.ReplyCancel

  • RosemaryDecember 18, 2010 - 11:34 am

    What an awesome gift idea that doesn’t break the bank! The presentation is gorgeous!! You never cease to amaze me. Your an inspiration, not only is your creativity, but also in your walk with Christ. Much love to you, RosemaryReplyCancel

  • Angella CrockettDecember 18, 2010 - 11:41 am

    What a beautiful ensemble!!! I’m sure your friend will treasure it! God Bless!!!!ReplyCancel

  • GlendaDecember 18, 2010 - 11:42 am

    You are the inspiration to the start of my day!! So creative and so talented. Best WishesReplyCancel

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  • Kay G.December 18, 2010 - 11:49 am

    I love this! What a great idea. I am sure the person getting this will love it. I am thankful for you and all of your beautiful cards you share with us.ReplyCancel

  • Karen KnegtenDecember 18, 2010 - 11:50 am

    Beautiful-you’re friend is very lucky to receive this from you!ReplyCancel

  • Judy I, St. Louis MODecember 18, 2010 - 11:54 am

    What a gorgeous gift. You are a blessing to me. Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • DiAnn DensonDecember 18, 2010 - 11:58 am

    What a great idea! I think we all collect way more than we can use. But collecting is part of the fun.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenDecember 18, 2010 - 11:59 am

    This is SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! I LOVE the VINTAGE LOOK of it all!!!! It would look SO LOVELY laid out in someones’ craft room!!!! SIGH!!! LUCKY FRIEND!!! It DOES make one want to start gathering little do-dads’ to put one of these together!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • VivaceDecember 18, 2010 - 12:02 pm

    What a lovely project! I love it! Think I want to try the tea dyeing too. Thanks for sharing Becca. How are you doing?ReplyCancel

  • MarieDecember 18, 2010 - 12:06 pm

    Hello Becca,

    WOW!! What a fabulous gift. As usual, you have changed something pretty into something beautiful!xReplyCancel

  • EileenDecember 18, 2010 - 12:09 pm

    What a lovely idea! I’m sure your friend will treasure it.
    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • scrappygirlDecember 18, 2010 - 12:09 pm

    What an awesome gift! I would LOVE to receive something like this!!
    If/when you get a chance could you either email me or post to your blog a tutorial of how to do the tulle roses and leaves? I would really, really appreciate it. I have been trying to find a tutorial on these since I first saw them a year ago and so far nothing that I can follow good enough to make them look even remotely close to decent! Thank you so much for everything you do, you are one talented and amazing woman!! Will be looking forward to more, more, more wonderful projects in 2011!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina aka okimom2girlzDecember 18, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Oh, Becca, this is such a great gift idea!!! I am all about giving meaningful gifts and this is a cardmakers dream!!! Did you say you made it for me,LOL. Love your tips! Thanks for sharing and I pray that you have peace and love and God’s blessings surround you this Christmas!! Hugs, SabrinaReplyCancel

  • Candy MillsDecember 18, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    What a wonderful gift idea and so beautifully presented.
    Your friend will adore it!
    Hugs, CandyReplyCancel

  • ArtyjenDecember 18, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    What a beautiful gift! Only wish there was Hobby Lobby in the UK! ;)
    xoxo SiouxReplyCancel

  • Michelle ~ daydreams505December 18, 2010 - 12:18 pm

    What a beautiful gift set. I love this idea.ReplyCancel

  • DaviDecember 18, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    Oh My Goodness these are soooo beautiful!! Im sure your friend will be absolutely delighted with this treasure. :)ReplyCancel

  • TrishaDecember 18, 2010 - 12:21 pm

    Truly lovely. I would be thrilled to receive something like this. I really need to start investing more in Spellbinders and Our Daily Bread products. They’re so expressive. I love your work! Thanks for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • Penny ReedDecember 18, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    What a great way to recycle and share. Lucky recipient! We should all do this as one woman’s junk is anothers treasure! Fun! Keep the inspiration coming – you never cease to amaze!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda HDecember 18, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    And I would count YOU as one of my blessings!!! Your totally gorgeous artwork brings beauty to my days and your loving, gentle spirit encourages me!!!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisDecember 18, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    What a neat idea giving this pretties kit to a friend. It’s gorgeous Becca. You’ve decorated it so nicely. Now I’ll be singing that song all day long “Count your Blessings”. If we would all count our blessings we certainly would be surprised. you are a blessing in my life Becca, for the mere fact that you share your gorgeous work with us and you inspire us all so much. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • JessicaDecember 18, 2010 - 12:32 pm

    Absolutely lovely Becca!!! Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • PamDecember 18, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    Lovely design as usual. Thanks for being such a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • MarisaDecember 18, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    Beautiful ensemble, Becca. Well done on dying the lace :)ReplyCancel

  • SheilaDecember 18, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    Oh my gosh I never thought of dying lace with tea, thanks for the tip! And by the way this is beautiful, anyone would love to receive this gift.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie AldersonDecember 18, 2010 - 12:52 pm

    And I count you! Thanks, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Loretta LockDecember 18, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    Becca, this idea is BRILLIANT!!! I’ll be casing and giving you credit, friend!!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna G.December 18, 2010 - 1:01 pm

    I count you a blessing of mine too! What a great gift idea! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • WillowDecember 18, 2010 - 1:22 pm

    That is a very sweet idea Becca!!! I love how you made it all match and I agree with you, that sentiment is wonderful!!!ReplyCancel

  • PamDecember 18, 2010 - 1:26 pm

    I think it’s safe to say there are so many of us that count you as a blessing in our life Becca. I know if I received a handmade pretties kit in the mail from a precious friend like you, I would be so very elated.

    What a beautiful homemade gift to make for someone. I absolutely love the items you placed inside the bottles. Corsage Pins, Pearls. and earring backings, are all pretties a women can always use.

    May your Christmas be filled with all that makes you feel special and loved.ReplyCancel

  • TeresaDecember 18, 2010 - 1:33 pm

    Beautiful and it works well also. Handmade gifts are the best.ReplyCancel

  • ChinnuDecember 18, 2010 - 1:44 pm

    Oh, that’s just lovely! I’m sure your friend will love it – I know I would!ReplyCancel

  • JalineDecember 18, 2010 - 1:45 pm

    Wonderful, lovely colors. You are the best.
    Best wishesReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)December 18, 2010 - 1:51 pm

    You are such a clever cookie! It’s beautiful.

    And now I see how you close the bottom of your corsage pins. I’ve been combing the ‘net looking for answers with no luck. Earring backings! How ingenious. It’s been gnawing at me for the longest time, but I’ve been too shy to ask you.

    This will be a great improvement to my current situation. I’ve been issuing warnings with my cards which have pins without ends. “open with caution – sharp inside”. Rather takes away from the card, wouldn’t you say?

    So now I know and I’m just thrilled to bits. It’s probably the best thing that happened to me all year. Can you see my big smile? Thank you soooooo much, Becca.ReplyCancel

  • AllisonDecember 18, 2010 - 1:54 pm


    Could you also e-mail me the tulle rose and leaf tutorial? Thanks!


  • SharonDecember 18, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    Another great inspiring idea! As I was looking at the project, I thought ‘aha! now I know what I can use those little syrup bottles for that I have collected from ‘Cracker Barrel”. They are just cute little bottles that I have used for storing my aromatherapy blends, but they would lend themselves to this project. By using them and my other left over odds and ends, this project would practically be free! :o)
    Thanx for this and all your beautiful, inspiring work.ReplyCancel

  • JudieDecember 18, 2010 - 2:13 pm

    As always…this is so beautiful. I would be thrilled and I would treasure this gift if someone would have made it for me.
    Thank you for your inspiration.

  • MaryannDecember 18, 2010 - 2:13 pm

    What a wonderful idea Becca, and it just læooks so awesome too. I´m truely amazed by all the stunning ideas, you always seems to get. So thanks sooo much for sharing them with all of us always dear friend. I´m very sure, your friend is just going to love this, as it´s so beautiful made and sooo useful too.
    Have a wonderful week-end dear friend.ReplyCancel

  • Monika/buzsyDecember 18, 2010 - 2:19 pm

    Wow! What a lovely gift project. I love those bottles full of the pretties. I am into bead accessories these days so these would be just perfect for me. Fabulous matching card and tag. Can I be your friend? :o)ReplyCancel

  • JeannieDecember 18, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    Great gift idea! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • IreneDecember 18, 2010 - 3:17 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!
    Thinking of you.

  • Peggy AllenDecember 18, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    Becca, this is fabulous. Any friend would be delighted to receive it. Do I see a little Becca bit video coming on the rolled flowers and how to assemble all that Spellbinders goodness? I love the way you can use bits and pieces of something and make something wonderful.
    God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Christy HDecember 18, 2010 - 3:36 pm

    What a great gift idea. I’m off to do just that right now with some of my excess!

    I got the wedding book with your goodies in it today. No weddings to do, but the creations in that book are applicable to other things.

    I hope your kind, sweet heart is healing well and having happy memories of your husband’s life! I think good thoughts for you often.ReplyCancel

  • ChrisBDecember 18, 2010 - 3:37 pm

    Hi Becca, you make the most exquisite cards and gifts. This is beautiful your friend will love it. Your a real inspiration. Wishing you and your family a very Peaceful and Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy New year. Love ChrisB xxxReplyCancel

  • MillieSDecember 18, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    Becca, you are such an inspiration to me….I love your cards and frequently emulate them in some way or another. Love your posts too….have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Hugs from Nebraska.ReplyCancel

  • JaneyDecember 18, 2010 - 3:43 pm

    So pretty and clever! A little bit of this and more of that and voila -a Becca masterpiece!

    thanks for sharing again.


  • RebekkaDecember 18, 2010 - 3:43 pm

    This is gorgeous Becca, you make everything look so wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • TheaDecember 18, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    Hello Becca,

    You make this so beautiful!! Georgeous!


  • kathy sDecember 18, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    Becca this is such a sweet gift and a great way to show someone you care that they care. A great quick Christmas gift or any time of year.ReplyCancel

  • Angelina WesselsDecember 18, 2010 - 4:56 pm

    So pretty, someone is going to be a very lucky recipient to be counted as one of your friends! Beautiful gift!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy LouDecember 18, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    Hey Becca! You know I have way to much stuff (you know it is way to much when you can’t find anything cause there is too much stuff!) and repurposing to other scrappers is a great idea! You do it so beautifully as well! Thanks yet again for such a great idea! Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara WilsonDecember 18, 2010 - 6:15 pm

    Pretty gift. Are the earring backs for earrings or the corsage pins?ReplyCancel

  • Barb HardemanDecember 18, 2010 - 6:19 pm

    Delightful gift idea Becca. Who wouldn’t love to receive those wonderful bottles and the scrumptious tag! What a beautiful set!
    Merry Christmas

  • Jan GavinDecember 18, 2010 - 6:36 pm

    Wow, I wish I had just a teaspoon of your creativity = darling stuff!!!!ReplyCancel

  • jenreynard@shaw.caDecember 18, 2010 - 6:44 pm

    Absolutely brilliant. What a lovely and generous gift. You are so very talented. Thank you so much for taking the time to post!ReplyCancel

  • Edna SiuDecember 18, 2010 - 6:55 pm

    Becca, Becca, please please teach us how to “roll” the rose and “fold’ the leaves, it seems simple to you but it is so far away for us, with video please. I have a whole lot of tilles but don’t know what to do with it.
    Thanks a million.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda SadlerDecember 18, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    Hello Becca, you continue to inspire me with your thoughtfulness and kindness to all. That you can do all this for others whilst coping with your own huge loss is a lesson for me in how God can see us through anything!
    Blessings to you and your family

  • Linda EDecember 18, 2010 - 7:01 pm

    What a beautiful gift, Becca. I’m sure your friend will love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra ltbDecember 18, 2010 - 7:14 pm

    WOW Becca – you did a wonderful job, this is beautiful!
    Sandra ltbReplyCancel

  • Wanda MDecember 18, 2010 - 7:48 pm

    WOW Becca,
    They are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing and be blessed!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy HDecember 18, 2010 - 8:04 pm

    what a great little gift, love your idea! Lucky friend!ReplyCancel

  • LenoriaDecember 18, 2010 - 8:09 pm

    This is such a cute and thoughtful gift and card. I love your work and reading your blog, you always inspire me and make me smile! I pray you have a wonderful Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn NimmoDecember 18, 2010 - 8:47 pm

    What a fabulous gift. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Michel EDecember 18, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    Great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Susan GDecember 18, 2010 - 10:22 pm

    what a wonderful gift!! Is there a tutorial for those roses? soooo pretty!

  • RufusDecember 18, 2010 - 10:35 pm

    Becca, you are going to make your friend cry! This is lovely.
    Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year,

  • Kelly MassmanDecember 18, 2010 - 10:41 pm

    Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Debby WalkerDecember 18, 2010 - 11:06 pm

    Fabulous as always! Hugs to you Becca…ReplyCancel

  • Betty GoodsonDecember 18, 2010 - 11:09 pm

    Thanks for reminding us to Count Our Blessings, we get soooooo busy this time of year and forget to do that. I have many to be counted this year, two surgeries for my husband (one very serious), and he’s doing fine. All 15 grans are happy and healthy and my friends are such special blessings. I also count among my blessings the ability to go on line and see such wonderful projects from you very talented bloggers. Take care sweet one.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanDecember 19, 2010 - 12:42 am

    Just beautiful……and I love …love…those bottles…..your are such an inspiration to all of us!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathie - Ontario, CanadaDecember 19, 2010 - 12:49 am

    Hi Becca,
    You and I are so much alike! I could see each other in a craft store hunting for all the deals and how to think outside the box on how to repurpose an item.
    I have always liked the pins you place in or around the ribbon on your cards because you add extra beads and things. What I didn’t realize is that you use an earring backing to secure it. I cannot believe that I had not considered that as an option. I kept thinking back to my old stick pins (I hate to admit I still have some) and the base that was used to secure them. I will have to go and find me some long pins and some earring backings!
    Great inspirational idea! I’m sure many of us will use the same idea in our own way. It goes to show that we don’t have to spend a large amount on a gift but spend a little time to make something so sweet.
    Blessings to you from the Great White, White, White North!

  • Lori ADecember 19, 2010 - 1:06 am

    Such a BEAUTIFUL set of ‘pretties’!!! I think that you could make the phone book look amazing lol! You are one talented woman :)

    May God’s Presence continue to uplift and bring healing to your soul ?
    Love and warm hugs ~ LoriReplyCancel

  • Olga JewellDecember 19, 2010 - 5:57 am

    absolutely gorgeous and what a wonderful idea!!!!ReplyCancel

  • DiAnn DensonDecember 19, 2010 - 6:47 am

    Morning Beca, this morning I got up at 5 and decided to make a tulle flower. Or I thought I was going to. Could you please share your secret, I can’t seem to get the tulle to look solid like yours. And the tulle is so thin. Thanks so much for sharingReplyCancel

  • Kelly NeisDecember 19, 2010 - 9:00 am

    I am stunned at the beauty of the gift, your friend is going to love it. You have such talent with your craftiness. Thanks for sharing. KellyReplyCancel

  • MichelleDecember 19, 2010 - 9:00 am

    What a fabulous idea! Who wouldn’t love to get something so beautiful?ReplyCancel

  • Amy JohnsonDecember 19, 2010 - 9:26 am

    Everything is absolutely gorgeous. Please do a tutorial on you made that flower and leaf out of tulle. It’s just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie HesterDecember 19, 2010 - 10:41 am

    This is so beautiful Becca, your work is truly amazing and I love coming to visit!! Hugs, StephanieReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithDecember 19, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    You are one of the sweetest friends. You are certainly very generous. This is such a beautiful and thoughtful gift right down to the sentiment. I know your friend is going to love and cherish it.

  • miluDecember 19, 2010 - 9:16 pm

    hey friend!
    you should have pics of the before and after!
    Can u teach how u rolled and made the tulle flower?
    did u get my e-mail I sent u weeks ago?

  • ConniecrafterDecember 20, 2010 - 10:28 am

    such a beautiful gift set, just love how you can dress up an inexpensive item and make it look like a million bucks :)ReplyCancel

  • Miss GDecember 20, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    you are truly a blessing… beautiful as usual, loving the rose.
    Merry Christmas Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa LeonardDecember 20, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    What a perfect gift! So elegant and gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Sharron ClemonsDecember 21, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    Becca you are truly a blessing… beautiful as usual, loving the rose. Merry Christmas Becca!ReplyCancel