So here is my memory box frame (IKEA Ribba frame), containing my tag and a scaled down version of the original email from tim and using many of the items that he sent to me. This one is going on the wall, right in full view of my desk, so if I get a little stuck I can have a look and be encouraged to stick with it.
Thanks again Tim and Mario, I've calmed down a little now, but still grinning quietly to myself. So lucky.
Oh, and a little decoration I did using the leaves die set I also was given.
These dies are gorgeous. I cut out the leaves using a mix of papers, some of them Kraft core, some not, but all good autumn colours, or as near as I could find in my stash. Once I had done that I distressed them by sanding edges, inking with a mix of frayed burlap and barn door distress inks, splattered them with black distress stain (from a tooth brush) to make a few black spots here and there and then covered with rock candy crackle paint. The leaves curled all on their own as this dried. A few of the smallest oak leaves are painted with bronze crackle paint for extra interest.
I used a sizzix fancy chevrons card front die as a background, and distressed a piece of ribbon with mustard seed and vintage photo stains. Not bad for a first attempt, I love the colours, very lifelike but in miniature.
It looks like I've raided someone's bonsai garden.