Hand Made Cards

Marianne Passe Partout

Hi Crafters

Sorry I haven’t been around for a couple of weeks, it’s been a roller coaster ride but finally I managed to get some crafting in!

I have had a wonderful visit from my two handsome grandsons, and have spent some good times with my sons and his fiancee, I have also had a few family birthdays so it really has been all go!

Today I wanted to show you a card that I have made, and yes, the wedding invitations are also well on their way to being finished, with the help from my other half, who I am slowly but surely turning into a very good cutting and embossing expert!

I recently made a very good purchase on Ebay, which these days is getting rare, and they are the Marianne Passe-Partout Dies. I have had them a few weeks but today I got to put one to very good use. I purchased the set but just used the oval set today.

Marianne Passe-Partout Dies


They are a little fiddley to get all the bits out but well worth the effort as they are so beautiful once cut and embossed. You could also stencil.

Here today I made the card as follows:

  1. My base card was from White 300 gsm card 16.8 cm x 12.3  cm
  2. I then cut the gold mirror card 16.4 cm x 11.9 cm
  3. Next I used Pale Pink 225 gsm card 16 cm x 11.5 cm and embossed with Anna Griffin Climbing Rose folder.
  4. I then cut 1 Gold oval using the first and second largest dies, then using the pink card a plain oval, and stamped using the Justrite Happy birthday stamp set.
  5. I embellished with corners in gold using Spellbinders Parisian Accents.
  6. I finished with some pink sating ribbon with paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Marianne Passe-Partout Pink (1)

I hope you like the finished result and I am wondering, what have you made using the Marianne Passe-Partout dies. Please let me know!

Happy Bank Holiday


Ideas To Inspire

Exploding Box for a New Baby Girl

Hello again crafters

New Baby Girl - Exploding Box 1

I have been pretty busy this weekend, still making those wedding invitations, but the process has speeded up at bit now I have a second die!

Yesterday I was hard at work, designing and making a large exploding box for a friend who wanted something a bit special for a work colleague who was expecting a bouncing baby girl.

So I set to work, as I hadn’t made the larger style boxes, I put my thinking cap on and got to it!

I made the box base as follows:

  1. I cut the base using 300 gsm White card, 13 cm x 13 cm, and scored 2 cm in, all round, then snipped off the corners.
  2. Then cut 4 no sides 11 cm x 11 cm with the same card.
  3. I then glued the  sides onto each flap.

Box Lid:

  1. I then made the box lid using 300 gsm White Card and cut a square 17.4 cm x 17.4 cm and scored 3 cm all round. The .4 cm left me space to decorate inside and outside of the flaps.
  2. I then cut tiny wedges out of the flaps up to the score line, on each flap, one side only and glued together.

This created the basic box and the rest was all down to how you wanted to decorate. I decorated using silver mirror card on each flap inside and out cut .4 cm less all round and then inside used pretty paper, and outside embossed white card, again cut .4 cm smaller, and layered. Using toppers, I decorated the inside and out.

The real  painstaking, fiddly, time consuming work, was the main features, a cot for the inside and tiny shoes for the box top. I did research these and thanks to all those sharing crafters, I came up with some wonderful results.

This is where I got my pram idea – http://mayas-hobbyblogg.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/dt-inkywings-barnevogn-tut-baby-pram.html

This is where I got my shoe pattern – http://www.quietfiredesign.com/Galleries/Projects/BabyShoesKim.htm (Not sure if this link will work, but can be found if you search Google).

So after a few hours of hard labour, I am very proud to show you the results!

Inside The Box – Decoration

New Baby Girl - Exploding Box 3


Inside The Box Center – The Cot


New Baby Girl - Exploding Box 4