Tuesday, 23 October 2018


Good morning bloggers, crafty friends and visitors....

This gift box can serve so many uses depending on what papers/card you choose to use.  I'm going to keep one on my desk and put post-it notes in it.  I'll have another on my work table with.... Wurthers original inside. I love these LOL

There is a video but unfortunately I was not able to edit it very well so I will have to call in reinforcements and will let you know when it's published!

 cut 2 pieces of card 6" x 9"

2  score both pieces at 3" - the card should now look like this....

add adhesive below the score line and adhere to other piece of card - it should now look      like this....

I've held it together with a paperclip but you can see what I mean

this is now the base for the box

now add your papers to the top, spine and, should you wish, to the underneath

5  if you are using ribbon as a closure adhere it to the inside now to that the papers will              conceal it

6  finish adhering the papers to the inside

7  now to make the box

8  you need a piece of card 10" x 10"

9  score at 3" and 7"

10  turn paper a quarter turn and score again at 3" and 7"

this is not to scale
11  cut all 4 corners to the first score line as shown on the red card below                                           

12  cut at an angle on the corner to enable the tabs to adhere nicely in the box

13  apply glue to all 4 tabs and adhere to the box

14  add your papers to the box and then decorate the top of the box as you wish


Until tomorrow....


Monday, 22 October 2018


Good morning bloggers and crafty friends

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, they are very appreciated.  Thankfully, yesterday morning I felt much better and managed to have a meal without any pain.  Hubby said later that day he knew I was feeling much better because I'd started to talk again LOL, of course I don't have any idea as to what he means!  I hope that when I do receive the endoscopy appointment (not that I'm looking forward to having the procedure) it will highlight the cause of this ongoing pain

So enough about my woes and onto today's card

For the main design I used a paper that I'd put away in one of my 'to finish later' boxes.  I'm sure I've previously made a card with the stamped image.... for a lady, it's like the non-Christmas paper for a Christmas card I made and vice versa

I'd previously stamped the image, second generation stamping, twice, on copy paper (shown below) and put it  away, in 'the box'

I distressed it by adding 'vintage photo' distress oxide around the edges then 'black soot' distress oxide

I diluted a 'dollop' of black Gesso and created the splatters

The three tags also come from one of the papers in the 12" paper pad by Heartfelt Creations called Arianna Blooms.  I fussy cut them and distressed the edges and used my crop-o-dile to insert the eyelets.  As these small eyelets were red I used a black marker to tone them down 

I stamped the 'happy birthday' then die cut two cogs from kraft paper and added bronze metallic wax to them prior to adhering them onto the paper

From my 'brown box' of card left overs I picked a piece of very dark brown, kraft and the lighter brown cardstock and adhered them onto a 7" ivory card base

To complete the card front I stamped Happy Birthday to the bottom left and top right of the base card

I will decorate the inside of the card at a later date 
The stamp used for the focal point

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Until tomorrow....


Sunday, 21 October 2018


Hello bloggers and crafty friends

There isn't a card today as I've been too poorly to even venture into my craft room or even check to see if there is one handy that I've not shown.  I'm hoping normal services will be resumed for tomorrow!

So for the winner of the cute charms

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:



Your goodies will be with you shortly

Until tomorrow....


Saturday, 20 October 2018


Good morning bloggers and crafty friends....

Two of my nieces, who happen to be sisters, recently had their birthday.  Both birthdays are about  within a week or so of each other.  I always make them different cards but this year I didn't (purely down to my health reasons) and this is the card x 2

I added 'picked raspberry', distress oxide ink, to half of an 8"x8" card, fading the colour at the edge, top and bottom

I then stamped and embossed two different flowers (Stamps by Chloe) and used Tonic's white embossing powder

Two different stamp sets were used for the sentiment that was inked with another distress oxide ink and three different die sets were again used for the remaining flowers

Once in place and the card inside were complete I added glue in different areas on the flowers then covered them with glitter jewels.  This is the first time, I believe, I added the glitter this way and I won't be repeating it as I much prefer a more consistent coverage of the glitter so I will revert to my 'old' way in future LOL

Now for the card winner....

Random Name Picker

Enter all names in the field below, each on a separate line:
Jane R


Your card will be winging its way to you

Until tomorrow....


Friday, 19 October 2018


Good morning bloggers and crafty friends....

I've brought out the flower soft for today's card, and a little red glitter!  The image is by Katy Sue Designs and I've added green flower soft (KSD) on and around the trailing ivy but also add a little red glitter too

I matted the image onto green mirri then onto two more different shades of green card

I also added the snowflake charm (Hobby House) as the more I looked at it the more I couldn't see Christmas card, it may have helped had I stamped 'Merry Christmas' onto the side of the card but I didn't have a stamp small enough to do that

You should be able to see how the red glitter sparkles on the photograph below

I stamped and embossed the sentiment and used pure white embossing powder by Hero Arts

The sentiment is by KaiserCraft and I bought from the online store namely The Ducks Doodahs.  Mrs D stocks John Next Door products and lots of other gorgeous goodies (I'm not sponsored by either Mrs D or John Lockwood)

To finish the card I stamped the small Christmas tree using a Distress Oxide Ink in 'lucky clover' and repeated this on the envelope

I love this sentiment

This week's freebie 'Flower Power' - there are 15 cute charms in this set

Leave me a comment on this post if you would like your name entered into the draw, you have until 6pm Saturday to do so and the winner will be announced on Sunday's blog

Until then....


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Quick, Cute & Easy Gift Boxes

Good morning bloggers and crafty friends....

I love these gift boxes and another example of using your paper stash.  So easy to change a 'plainish' box to something more elaborate using your own embellishments, ribbon, tags, the list could go on!

I hope you enjoy the video

Until tomorrow....


Wednesday, 17 October 2018


Good morning crafters and friends....

Using the striplet die (CE) this way is very effective, would you agree?

To the back and at either side of a smaller panel of ivory card I added two pieces of double sided adhesive and die cut the striplet die

The backing was removed and black polished silk glitter (CE) sprinkled over the die cuts.  This glitter is fabulous, there isn't any residue, it stays put and has a superb glitter

I made another two die cuts, in black and ivory card.  The ivory card slightly overlapped the black so it would create a shadow

Double sided mounting foam applied to the back then this panel was adhered to the centre

I used StazOn in 'jet black' to stamp the sentiment (CE) to the bottom of the panel

The corners of the panel were rounded and black NUVO Crystal Drops applied to all four corners

Leave a comment by 6pm Friday, on this post, if you would like your name added to the draw, the winner will be announced on Saturday's blog

Until tomorrow....