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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 7 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A different kind of box!!

Good morning to you!! Welcome to my new followers from across the Internet!! Thank you so much for joining me - I hope you continue to enjoy my creations. 

I have been feeling a little ugh for a while, and the whole 'being ill' thing is slowly creeping up on me as half term gets into full swing. But I have been really cheered up seeing so many of my creations being shown on Create and Craft. My little favour box with the sewing kit, the single Elegance box with the bucket of flowers, my pink bucket with the red and white flowers on the cupcake stand, the pearly prom dress topper, the pearly scallop wrapper, and my 'four cupcake' purple box. To some, that may seem a little big-headed (and maybe it is) but it gives me a sense of pride in what I am doing. And also of being part of such a fantastic design team. 

And If you have been watching the shows, you may have noticed this little creation being wafted around once of twice!!! 

When I knew we were making cupcake boxes, I wanted to do something different as I knew so much of what we would be coming up with would be more feminine!! So this is what I came up with.

The box base is a Twin Presentation Box, made with the double sided Fresh White Centura Pearl. I then had a look back through all my CC stuff for something masculine to use for the decoration. Well, I found it in among my CC Monthly Download folder. This gorgeous cog paper is from the July 2009 download. It just goes to show that even older things can still be useful!! 

On the sides, I teamed it up with burlap, some gold pearl card, and silver textured paper from my stash!! As well as the paper, there were some tea bag folding squares. So I just had to have a go (has been a while - but I kept to a basic fold!!) - and came up with the gorgeously spiky creation.
The cogs and other bits (the spare bits from putting a box together - let's hope it doesn't fall apart now) have been sitting in my stash for a while - and finally I found the right project for them.

Inside are a couple of little craft buckets - one with washers and screws, and the other with mints. I used the Scallop wrapper for them to sit in, inside the box.

Don't forget that today is the last day of the fantastic offers on Crafter's Companion website - so pop on over and grab a bargain!! Will probably see you there as have a bit of last minute shopping to do .....

Take care

Friday, 24 October 2014

Elegant Cupcakes!!

Good morning!! Today is the launch of the fabulous Cupcake Box Templates. And I have saved one of my favourite makes for the occasion. 
This one is a Four Cupcake Presentation Box. I have use the Centura Pearl Fresh White double sided card to make and decorate this one!! I created an aperture - covered with acetate and a frame inside to cover the joins. 
For the inner part where the cupcakes sit, I cut out the four inserts. But rather than discarding them, I decided to emboss them with the Embossalicious Rose Vine folder and, after wrapping some ribbon round, attached them to each of the four sides of the box. A few pearls and flowers finished them off.

The wrapper is the plain Scallop and the little decorations are the Prom Dress. I cut two dresses for each and back to backed them on with 3D glue onto a kebab stick.

Back soon.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Raspberry Cupcake Anyone?

So, in the morning, Sara will be launching the templates for the cupcake boxes that I have been sharing all week. So this evening, I thought I would share a couple of pink boxes . First it's the Sweet Treats card in this gorgeous raspberry pink - polka dots on one side and a vibrant rose pattern on the other.
This is a Single Cupcake Presentation box - and I've used tags from the CD along with a sentiment. The mats and layers are a combination of Centura Pearl, and the double sided card. And of course a few pearls!! 
The wrapper is the Die'sire Classique Daisy Wrapper die. It's just calling out for a cake with raspberry jam or icing!! Mmmmmm.

The second box is a Single Favour Box. This one is made from the Polka Dots and Gingham card - again in pink.
To decorate this I just used a little more of the card, with a bow from the CD - and of course some ribbons and pearls!!
I did make a wrapper, but rather than a cupcake, this one contains a cute little sewing kit in a bottle!! 

Make sure to tune in tomorrow morning at 8am to see Sara in action with all of the templates and the fab card.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A little Bebunni!!

A break from the cupcake boxes this time. If you have already been over to the Crafter's Companion website and made an order during Birthday week, then you will already have (or be expecting) a gorgeous little Bebunni stamp.

To give you a taste of what you can do with it, I made this card with the image.
Bebunni is coloured with Specturm Noir pens - IG1, 2, 3 and CR2, 3. The flower is a combination of pens: CT2, 3, 4, GB1, 3, LG2, 3   and pencils: 10, 14, 26, 33, 89,92,96, 47.

Of course I had to use some of the new Fresh White Centura Pearl double sided for the base card, and also for the mat cut with Die'sire Create a Card Devore die. Underneath the Create a Card is a piece of Pale Lemon Centura Pearl from the pastels pack.

The side panel and the mats are from the Polka and Gingham double sided card pack - offcuts from my boxes!! 

The flower is cut with Die'sire Essentials Flowers for all Occasions. Rummaging through my oddments of ribbon I found this one - a perfect combination of yellow and orange. And no card of mine is complete without pearls!!

Back tomorrow with another box. And don't forget to leave on comment on the Giveaway Post to be in with a chance of winning the fab Bebunni Celebration stamp plate. 


Cinammon and Spice

My offering today is a little 'Single Cupcake Favour Box'. I have used the Sweet Treats double sided card, with the polka dot side as the mats. The shapes of these are all layed out on the template - so no need for measuring or guessing!
This box fastens by threading ribbon through slots in the four top panels - I used a piece of white velvet ribbon. The rosette and sentiment has come from the Cupcake CD. 
This design doesn't have an insert piece, but a wrapper sits nicely in the bottom of the box. This one is the Plain Scallop Wrapper.

I think this one should have a cinammon and spice flavoured cupcake in it. Partly the colour - and partly because it's a lovely warming flavour at this time of year!! 

Don't forget my Bebunni giveaway - click here to go to the post. Leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning. 


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Butterflies and Cupcakes!!

Morning! Today's box is a little 'Single Cupcake Presentation Box'. I cut an aperture before fixing the box together, and used acetate with a little frame inside the box to hide the sticky.
The box itself is made with the double sided Fresh White Centura Pearl, and the green gingham is from the Sweet Treats collection. It has a really funky design with red cherries on the reverse - but using this side with the white makes it quite elegant. 

For the sides, I have used the Die'sire Chantilly Lace Stamping Frame, with Essentials Circles. And of course the Essential Beautiful Butterflies - one of my favourites from the collection.
Inside the box you can see the piece where the cupcake sits. The aperture is cut with a Cupcake Insert die - much easier than cutting them out by hand.  The wrapper (Daisy) then sits beautifully inside the aperture with space to get your fingers in to remove the cupcake.
For many of the boxes I have made, I have also made the little cupcake decoration. It's very simple. This one is just more of the butterflies (2 for each side) with the end of a kebab stick sandwiched between with Collall 3D Glue. You could use cocktail stick - but the kebab sticks are more substantial.

Keep watching out today for more Birthday Week Goodies!! 
Back later! 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Time for tea - and a cupcake?

After saying I felt under the weather this morning, I am now sat wrapped in a blanket as I write this, as I am feeling rather chilly!! The heating is cranked up and my feet still feel like ice!! Roll on half term when I can be properly ill!!

It also doesn't help that, having put on a few pounds due to my two fabulous days away I have gone back to being strict with my eating this week. Consequently I am feeling sorry for myself and am craving a chocolate cupcake covered in thick chocolate fudge icing!! It's all these cupcake boxes - I'm just fantasizing which flavour would go in which box. 

So as I am in a chocolate mood, I thought I'd share this 'Four Cupcake Presentation Box' in chocolate brown and yellow!! This one could definitely hold the cupcakes I'm dreaming of at the moment. 
The box itself is made from A3 Polka Dots and Gingham double sided card. I used some brown card for the mats, embossed with Embossalicious A4 Dottie folder. Then on top of that I used more of the yellow card. A bit of brown ribbon and bows from the CD finish the sides. 
For the top of the box I used Die'sire Essentials Scalloped circle dies to cut the mats, then Flowers for All Occasions to make the decoration. The wrapper is cut with the Plain Scallop die, and the little decoration is more of the flowers. And all decorated with pearls.
Here's a view of the inside of the box - you can see the polka dots on the inside with the gingham on the outside. And you can also see the wrappers and decorations sat inside the insert holes in the base of the box.

Don't forget all the Birthday Offers on the website - the new embossing folders are there now - so make sure you check them out.

Will be back in the morning - wonder what flavour of cupcakes I will want then!!