Musical Gift Box

Hello Everybody,

Just another box to share. I made this box to fit a heart-shaped gift for a friend. It is a simple straight forward box with separate lid. I also wanted to use this gorgeous 38mm wide satin ribbon I bought a while ago from Fantastic Ribbons. I love the luxurious look and finish it gives. Apart from the ribbon I used the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes sizzix die (got it from eBay), Fun Flowers sizzix die and antique brads from Stampin’UP!, cardstock, paper and inks from my own stash.


Looking at the box now makes me think of handmade truffles …. music … big dresses … ballrooms … think I better stop myself before I get too carried away. 😀 Maybe I should enter this in the Hatter’s challenge too … hmmmm … will do.

Hope you all had a nice weekend.

Back soon … until then … Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Boxes and Cards

Hello Everyone!

Where has the time gone???? I was meant to post again on Thursday … and then I caught that cardmaking virus which makes you forget about everybody and everything 🙂 lol. I had to prepare for today’s Make & Take Class … 8!!! Christmas cards I promised everybody we’d do in 3 hours, it meant a lot of prep work on my part … I think in future I’ll be more careful about what I promise.

Well one of these cards is one we made today:

Well it is the one on the right, the tree decorated with sequins. The one on the left is the card I want to enter into this week’s ‘Music’ challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations'( as it has the musical score of ‘Silent Night’ as a background. Singing Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve was a big part of family tradition when I grew up.

The trees are made from a sort of left over from making the following boxes:

The boxes were made using the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro after watching their Christmas DVD. I really liked the look of them. Their pyramid shape looks like a simplified Christmas Tree. The shape I used for the Christmas Trees on the cards is the bit from the windows I cut out and covered with acetate.

Hope you like them:

What I used: Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro Christmas Embossing Board, Darice embossing folder (snowflakes) both from, Sizzix Ornament Framelits, jewellery tag punch, tiny tags stamp set and Baker’s Twine from Stampin’UP!; red ribbons from Fantastic Ribbons; Penguin stamp came with the Creative Stamping Magazine; seam binding ribbon from The Ribbon Girl; Budding Vine embossing Folder, Marianne border die, Nestability Die, Promarkers, jewels, sequins, glitter glue, acetate, patterned paper, peel-offs, Zutter corner rounder and card from my own stash.

Back soon with yet more Christmas projects …

… until then

Happy Crafting 🙂

Using some Stash

Hello Everybody,

just a quick card using some of my stash, which incidentally is also the theme of the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ challenge.

As always this time of year I have been making Christmas cards. The one I want to share with you today has been made using a stamp I had sitting in the draw for some years and I never managed stamping it properly until now. Well I suppose it is thanks to a stamping mat, something which has been on my horizon for a while, but I never thought I needed. I simply got it because I got a bit tired of EZ-mounting my unmounted rubber stamps. I must say it works perfectly well. So here is the card:

The stamp is by Inkadinkado and surprise surprise is still available from Crafty Devils. I just googled it 🙂 … it has been sitting in my draw for at least 6 or so years, I bought it at a Fair which at the time was organised by Courtyard Crafts in Brimstage, that was before they stopped trading and became Little Claire stamps. It tickled me at the time to think that I would be able to send Christmas cards, telling everybody that my husband is a ‘Saint’. 😀 lol

The doCrafts ribbon is from last year and got never used, the papers were freebies from last year … do I need to say more …

I added colour highlights using water-colour pencils and distressed the edges using tea stain and ruby red inks from Stampin’UP! (I think they are both retired). The edges were blended with white craft ink to give a snowy effect. The snowflake die is a Memory Box one.


Back tomorrow … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

New Home in Nature

Hello Everybody,

back again. Where has the week gone … well I don’t know. thought I’d better get blogging if I want to join into the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge.

There is so much I could do with and say about Nature most of which is a sort of included in the card I would like to share with you. I made it for a friend who recently moved house after having sold hers. She moved to quite a rural location, plus we are on the same caravan site on a Farm in North Wales, well that is from Easter next year again.

So we got birds, flowers, trees, leaves, bird houses … nature in short. I lightly sponged the base card in turquoise, the pink background for the panel is stamped. I tried something new here, I applied ink to my splodge mat and pressed the paper onto the mat to pick up the ink. You probably get a similar effect by inking up an acrylic block and use that as a stamp. I got the mat after having seen it used in a demo at the Stamp Fair in Hulme Hall the other week. It is very good for achieving subtle effects when brayering, and I used it in that way to create the stamped paper for the inside of the birthday calendar in my previous post.

As I said for today’s card I used it as a sort of stamp. To colour the images simply pick up ink with a blender pen. The stamp is one I had for a few years, and it is by Magenta (0439), the tags are from my stash; bakers twine, ribbon punch and inks are from Stampin’UP!

That’s it for today. See you soon.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂