narrow guidelines on what you can send to your child, financial gift aside. Being a crafty person, I can definitely get on board with the requirement to send paper crafted items no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches and no thicker than 1/4 inch. Still, pretty cards are nice, but what is a ten year old suppose to do with them once she's read them?
Enter paper dolls. One day I might take photos of the paper dolls that Brandy and I made for one of my daughter's birthdays many years back. No promises as I can barely keep up with the projects I currently make. Suffice it to say that we might have overdid it a bit. I picked up this set off of Amazon for Yuli.
You think I could send it intact and let her cut the dresses out. No, I just couldn't resist the opportunity to embellish the dresses a bit.
After trimming out all the dresses and the crowns/headpieces, I set about adding glitter with a glue pen. Getting this to show up on film is a bit of a challenge so you'll have to take my word for it. These dresses are sparkly.
I even added some pearl elements to the crowns. This is not strictly paper, so I'm not sure whether they'll make it through customs. I thought I'd give it a try.
I found a Close to My Heart paper collection of ballerina mice. I used the double sided paper to make two envelopes that I adhered to the back of the paper doll book (which also serves as a backdrop to the ballerina dolls. I slid the dresses and crowns into their separate enveloped. The envelopes were made with my Envelope Punch Board.
I've picked up this fairy paper doll set that I intend to send intact. Surely Yuli will like to cut out some dresses herself? I'm hoping that both sets will help her to feel like someone half a world away cares about her. It is joy to share the love that Jesus has given me to one of His own a long distance away.