Saturday, February 4, 2017

February Leading Lady Rebecca Luminarias | Take One

February is a very special month here at w&w central.  Not only is February my birth month, but it's also the month we celebrate w&w's birthday too (The GIGANTIC Giveaway and our month-long challenges begin Monday)!  

When choosing February's Leading Lady one particular artist came to mind: Rebecca Luminarias of Thurston Post.  I met Rebecca at CHA in January of 2016, but I had previously been familiar with her gorgeous photos on Instagram--they simply blow me away!  Rebecca styles her pictures with such care and skill making her gorgeous projects into veritable eye candy.  I think you will likewise be enthralled by Rebecca's projects and stunning pictures.

Hi everyone!  I'm Rebecca Luminarias (some of you might know me better as Thurston Post) and I'm thrilled to be February's Leading Lady here at Winnie & Walter!

I started out in the papercrafting industry making cards and while I still make them, I've become obsessed with wrapping gifts and packaging.  So when I was trying to decide what to do for my first Leading Lady project, I thought I'd take a W&W cutaway item and show you how to take it from a card to a gift.

I'll start with the card because I know most of you LOVE making cards.  The stamp and cutaway set I focused on was Sketchy Thoughts.  The reason I chose it was because the large word bubble cutaways were the perfect size for a tag on a smallish package.  Plus, I knew I'd have no trouble using them on a card.  (I'm loving everything about this stamp set from the Jan/Feb Release!)

By papercraft nature, I'm a layerer and clusterer.  I'll admit that I prefer to make a big fat card with lots of girth and texture!  So my projects might be a bit untraditional in the stamping sense, but I hope you'll get a few ideas from things I show you.  True to form, I used a few cutaways to trim some shapes like tags and tabs from glitter and patterned scrapbook paper.  Then I made sure to cut out my Sketchy Thoughts bubble (the more circular one in this case).  I adhered two tabs from the Essentials: Katharine Cutaways set, then glued down some pale pink tulle in a ruffled manner--for depth--before adhering the glitter tag on top of it.

After that, I embellished the tag with a black sticker, small tag cut from the new Essentials: Lana Cutaways in the same Maggie Holmes dotted yellow paper, a wooden heart, and a purple fringe bow.  For the card sentiment, I chose 'lots of love' from the Sending You with Evelin T. Designs with a close crop and a glitter tape matte.  Then I cut out the Sketchy Thoughts bubble from a sheet of Hazelwood patterned paper (1Canoe2).  I love that shade of pale pink and wanted the single bunch of flowers to be partly visible behind the sentiment.  Adding a few foam adhesive dots to prop it up and add dimension, I stuck it onto my card as the finishing touch.

So that is the card; the gift came next.  I wrapped up a small personalized ring dish for a friend. Small packages like this one are so fun and easy to wrap.  Truth be told, I hate pulling out huge rolls of gift wrap so whenever possible, I love to use scrapbook paper or my own stamped wrap on simple copy paper instead.

In this case, I wrapped the box with more of the pink floral Hazelwood paper and used the yellow Maggie Holmes paper for my word bubble tag.  I wanted to keep the packaging somewhat consistent with the card (but not exactly the same) so after dressing up the package with some leafy black fabric and lace, I tied on the smaller Essentials: Katharine Cutaways tag (in gold glitter) and a purple embroidery floss tassel (instead of a bow).  I also swapped out the tulle with a strip of lace.

When it came to the word bubble, I used the square-ish one and a sentiment from the Sketchy Thoughts stamp set because I wanted something a bit bigger than I had used on the card.  Instead of glitter tape as a matte, I used lace.  I tied it to the fabric with a length of metallic thread because the thread gives it kind of a wispy, delicate feel.

This little box is ready to send off to my friend.  It's a 'just because' gift and I like the idea of the little sketch bubble used as a tag.  It's almost as if I'm actually saying "Hello!" from far away!  I have 4 of these little dishes to send to friends across the country and because I made the tags myself from the stamps and cutaways, I can easily replicate all the packaging.  The same goes for the matching card.

Thanks for letting me share my gift wrap and card with you today.  I can't wait to come back next week!



  1. How gorgeous!!! Wow....I love Rebecca's styling with the elegant gift wrapping and coordinating card. Off to her blog....
    <3 J

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  2. Wow--you've blown me away! Girly & elegant & modern to the max! Very creative use of the speech bubbles!

  3. Awesome!! I love love love the card and coordinating gift wrapping, so dainty and pretty, gorgeous work. All the elements work so well. Definitely something I would like to replicate, coordinating gift wrap+card, how cool! Thanks for sharing the ideas :)

  4. I love these beautiful packaging ideas!

  5. That is simply gorgeous Rebecca! I also love how you take your photos, they really are eye candy! I'm a new fan and follower!

  6. Oh WOW!! This is absolutely fabulous!! I love your package ideas and your styling is so amazing!!

  7. Love the pretty packaging! The layering is exquisite!

  8. I truly adore your photos on IG, Rebecca! Each is a work of art - how do you ever decide what to add next?! I love this new W&W set... of to do a little bit of shopping...

  9. WOW!!! Beautiful gift wrapping, Rebecca!!!

  10. What a treat to see Rebecca working wonders with WW! Love her creations at Thurston Post.

  11. This is so pretty! I love the pretty color combinations and the beautiful details!

  12. Everything is AH-mazing... from the gorgeous gift wrapping to the breathtaking photos!

  13. What a creative and original way to use stamps and dies. I love that fringed bow and the word bubble used as a tag. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Rebecca's gorgeous projects this month.

  14. Rebecca, you are amazingly creative! I am a firm believer that the packaging should be as heartfelt as the gift itself. This my dear, is HEARTFELT! Just beautiful!

  15. What great projects! Love all the layering and textures!

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