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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.

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!! 

Something to brighten my day!!

Feeling a bit under the weather this morning!! Nothing major at the moment - but just feeling a little ugh!! Will be par for the course if I'm coming down with something as only one more week until half term - generally time for me to be ill.

Today's offering is an attempt to cheer me up - a bright and cheerful box made with the 'Single Cupcake Takeaway Box' template, and another design from the A3 double sided Sweet Treats card.
I love this yellow card with the vibrant roses (the other side is also yellow in a knit design), and teamed it with some bright Core'dinations card. The shape and size of the mats comes from the template - so no need to worry about measurements for them.  
The bows used on the top are from the CD-Rom, and the flowers are cut with Die'sire Essentials Flowers for All Occasions. I used more of them to make the little cupcake decoration - stuck onto a piece of kebab stick with Colall 3D Glue.  This time the wrapper is cut with the Plain Scallop wrapper die.

Don't forget you can leave a comment on my previous post (click here) to be in with a chance of winning a Bebunni Celebration stamp plate. And watch out for all the giveaways on Facebook.

Finally - welcome to all my new followers - here on my blog and on Bloglovin, over on Twitter and Facebook, and of course on Pinterest.

Take care,

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Something other than what I should be doing!!!

It's been one of those days today!! Don't get me wrong - it's not been unproductive!! It's just that for most of it, I have not wanted to do what I should be getting on with!! This morning when I should have been lesson planning - all I wanted to do was craft (so I did)!! Then when I did get on with planning I was totally distracted by Facebook!! And now when I should be crafting and finishing off a project, I have no inclination to do so - so have decided to blog instead!! Go figure!!

So, you get the benefit of another share for birthday week. Don't forget you can enter my giveaway for the Bebunni Celebration stamp plate by clicking here.

This box was made with the 'Four Cupcake Presentation Box' template and the stunning new A3 double sided Fresh White Centura Pearl!! The card is just gorgeous to work with.

For the large mats, I used purple Core'dinations card, and dotty card is from the fab new A3 double sided Polka Dots and Gingham card. 
The bow on the front of the box, the rosette and the sentiment are all from the Cupcake Tutorial CD Rom. For the fancy mats I used Die'sire Elegance Stamping Frame. And as ever I added some ribbon and pearls for embellishment.
The template comes with the piece to make the inside of the box for the cupcakes to sit in. The wraps this time, are cut with the Daisy die.

Watch out on FB for all sorts of giveaways - especially from Sara, Leann and Fiona!! There are some incredible bundles on offer!! And of course check out the bargains on the website!!
Back tomorrow!!

It's a Birthday giveaway!!!

Morning!! Well - before I share with you today's make - I have my very first ever giveaway!! How exciting!! All the Design Team members have one of these gorgeous Bebunni Celebration Stamp sets to give away.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post by 5pm on 26th October, telling me what you are most looking forward to during Crafter's Companion's Birthday Week. I will put all your names into a hat and draw one lucky winner. Please make sure I can contact you by clicking on the profile linked to your comment - or by following me!!  Please DO NOT put your email address in your comment. I really look forward to finding out what you come up with!!  

Today I have another of the gorgeous twin presentation cupcake boxes for you. These are again made from the double sided Sweet Treats card, with a little orange Core'dinations card for matting and layering. 
 As well as the box shape, the template provides outlines for the mats for the sides of the boxes. This time I didn't cut out an aperture - just left the box 'whole'. Because the card is double-sided you get a great contrast between the outside and inside of the box. 
In addition to the box itself, you also get the template for the inside part where the cupcakes sit. There is also a separate insert die which helps you cut out the shapes for the cupcakes to sit in. 
I used the 'waste' from this process to decorate the front of the box with one of the sentiments from the CD. One of the 3D bows from the CD was used for the top. To decorate the sides I cut pieces of Core'dinations and Sweet Treats card using Die'sire Essentials Circles and Scallop Circles. The wrap is cut with the Plain Scallop die - and the little dress is the Prom Dress die that comes with an insert die. 

As always, I finished off the box with pearls, ribbon and flowers from my stash.

Be back later.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Anyone for cake?

Good morning to you all!! I've had a couple of days away celebrating my recent wedding anniversary - and typically I missed out on the start of all the fun!! Crafter's Companion will be celebrating their 9th Birthday very soon - and there are loads of new goodies being launched!! Lots of my fellow team-mates have been busy sharing their sneak peeks - and although I missed out on the start, I was lucky enough to have one of my makes used for launching the sneak peeks on Facebook.

So this first project you may well have seen before. This is a double cupcake presentation box. 
Once I had cut the aperture, I used some heat resistant acetate to cover it, and cut another 'frame' to cover the inside. For decoration, I embossed some red Core'dinations card with the Beautiful Bunting folder, sanded it back, and cut it out to attach to the box. 

The rosette on the top comes from the Tutorial CD - there's a great collection of bows, rosettes, tags and sentiments on the CD ready to print and cut. The circles and scalloped circles are cut with Die'sire Essential dies. The flowers are sprayed with Pearl Diamond Spray and Sparkle. 
The decorative wraps are cut with one of the fab new wrapper dies - this one is called Daisy - and they sit neatly inside the apertures cut with the insert die. For this box, I used a couple of little buckets and filled one with flowers - and the others with sweets! So you don't just have to use them for cupcakes.

Both this box and the one below were made from the same card - the gorgeous new A3 double sided Sweet Treats card. In this case the gorgeous stripey rose design on one side - and the polka dots on the other.
This one is a single cupcake Takeaway box. I used the rosette again - this time with a different sentiment. The main mats and layers are the reverse side of the card - and I used the Chantilly Lace stamping frame to cut the decorative ones.  
Again - I decided to fill the box with something other than cupcakes - this time it's a jar of sweets!!
So - keep a look out on Facebook and the Website for more sneak peeks for Birthday week. All the teams have been busy - so there will something for everyone to fall in love with.

Back tomorrow with more!!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A Little Bit Late ........

You may (or may not) have noticed my absence from my blog for a few days. That's because I have been busy working on some fab new stuff - which I will be able to share with you soon..... And because of that I have got behind with a few other things!! So - what's a little bit late? Well, two days ago Crafty Cardmakers & More launched their new fortnightly challenge - and I totally forgot to blog my inspiration card!! Oops!! A big sorry to those people who have popped over here looking for the card shown on the CCM&M Blog!! And also to my fellow team mates who have busted a gut to get their projects blogged on time!! I promise to do better in the future!! 

So - here it is. The challenge this time is: It's Only Words!  This means we want to see a sentiment as the focus on your project. And this is the fab prize on offer to the winner. 

I decided to make an easel card this time. And went for the rather autumnal and striking colour combination of burgundy and orange. The photo makes it look more purple - but it's definitely redder in real life.  
I used two 6x6 cards for the base of the easel, and covered the front and base with orange Bazzil card. I then cut a piece of Papermill burgundy card using Crafter's Companion Enchanted Create a Card. The sentiment is from the Creative Expressions Thoughtful Sentiments plate, stamped onto the orange card with Aged Mahogany DI. The swirls are from Creative Expressions Mini Swirls. 

The ovals are cut with Crafter's Companion Die'sire Essentials Ovals and Scalloped Ovals, and the centre piece from the Create a Card has been used as part of the 'stopper' along with an orange button.

I embossed the other pieces of burgundy card with CC Embosallicious Ornate Butterflies folder, and decorated with Die'sire Essentials Beautiful Butterflies, ribbon and pearls. 

Please make sure to pop over to Crafty Cardmakers and More and check out the great inspiration from the rest of the team. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!! 

Back soon,