Vintage Box

Hello Crafters!

Hope you have all been enjoying the weekend, in between the showers that is!

This weekend I had an urge to go vintage, I think it is all the pinterest posts that are responsible for this crafting make, with such beautiful papers and wonderful cards and pictures, so I thought I would try and see what I could do. I must admit I have never been drawn towards the vintage line, but I must have been bitten by the current trend.

Vintage _ White

I decided to make the most of my recent purchase of the Grand Decorative Labels One, and to make a Vintage Box with cards inside.

Vintage Box

What I Used:

  • Spellbinders Grand Decorative Labels One, Grand Labels 1, Grand Squares.
  • Memory Box Meadow Leaf, Gentle Leaf
  • Crafts Too Entwined Die
  • Concepts Budding Vine, Dots Cuttle Bug Folder
  • 240 gsm Brown, Cream, Linen, Pearlescent Gold Card & Gold Mirror Card. Patterned Paper. Small piece of green card for leaves. Cardboard for strengthening bottom of box.
  • Various Ribbons and Flowers and pearls.
  • Patience Strong Verses.
  • Gold, Brown and Bark Versa Ink, Galaxy Gold Brilliance Ink, Papercraft Gold and Enchanted Gold. Versamark Embossing Ink. Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Golden Light Metallic Gilding Wax.
  • Justrite Stamps
  • Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue, Scotch ATG Tape.
  • We ‘R’ Memory Keepers Punch Board

Vintage Box 2

The Box:

  1. Cut 2 no Grand Decorative Labels One Dies 3rd largest with brown card. Using gilding wax, rub into card to make the card look aged. Do this on the underside of 1 of the cut pieces for the top.
  2. Cut I no Grand Labels One 2nd smallest die with patterned paper. Emboss and heat with Enchanted gold embossing powder.
  3. To make the sides of the top and bottom of the box, follow diagram – Making The Box Sides – use gilding wax to look aged.
  4. Cut 2 no Grand Squares with patterned paper 2nd smallest die. Cut 1 no Grand Squares 2nd smallest die in cardboard. Using the square, glue the bottom box flaps to the underside of the square to form box base. Glue the pattern paper to the inside. Glue to base. Repeat for the top of the box.
  5. Finish with cream lace ribbon and brown ribbon lightly heated to look aged.

Cards and Envelopes:

  1. Using 3 different coloured card, cut 5 no pieces 21 cm x 10.5 cm and score on the longest edge at 10.5 cm. Stain with Vintage Photo Distress Inks to look aged.
  2. Decorate as desired.
  3. For the envelopes I used the We ‘R’ Memory Keepers punch board.

Vintage Box _ Cards

Well this took a while but I was really pleased with the results and will make someone a lovely gift!

Thank you for popping by and I will be back soon

Happy Crafting!

Kim x


Happy Birthday Son!

Hello Crafters

Well we had a great day Saturday for the charity event and the sun shone all day which was wonderful, and hopefully we raised loads so we can help more disabled people get the mobility they need to give them a better quality of life.

Today I made a quick card for my sons birthday so I thought I would let you know what I have been up to.

Son 4

Items Used 

  • Spellbinders Ironworks Motifs, Labels 25
  • Crafts Too Squares
  • Justrite ‘Birthday Wishes for you’ and ‘Grand Birthday’ stamps
  • Picture from June Edition ‘Making Cards’
  • Basic Grey Archiac Obsolescent Backing Paper
  • Gold Metallic Card
  • Gold Versa Ink and Gold Papermania Embossing Powder.
  • Two Tone Blue Ribbon
  • Cosmic Shimmer Glue, Sticky Pads and foam.

Ironwork Motifs


  1. First make a base card using 300 gsm white card folded in half and I trimmed to 14.4 cm wide x 21 cm long.
  2. Cut out your desired image of your choice with square die and emboss to suit your image. Cut a larger white square of card and stick image to card to create the base of the centrepiece.
  3. Next using the 1st and 3rd square die at the same time, cut and emboss the gold metallic card to create a frame. Mount with 3 mm sticky foam squares to give the 3D effect of a frame.
  4. Next cut 2 no Gold metallic rectangle 14 cm  x 20.6 cm and using backing paper cut 2 no rectangle 13.6 cm x 20.2 cm. Glue 1 piece of the backing paper to 1 piece of the gold card. Place ribbon round the left hand side and glue one on the front of the card and the other on the inside of the card.
  5. Mount the framed topper on the top of your card.
  6. Stamp your sentiment with gold versa ink onto white 300 gsm card and die cut and emboss using Labels 25, I used the 3rd die. For the inside I used the largest die and stamped and heat embossed in gold.
  7. To add detail I used the Ironwork Motifs and cut the largest die and then snipped off pieces to make the corners of the frame and the sentiment topper. Decorate as desired.

Son 3

I don’t have many corner dies so this is a great way to embellish and change the look.


I also used the smaller long die for the framed corners by snipping the ends off, and it fitted perfectly!

Son 2

I hope this has inspired you to look and see what you can do with your dies.

Have a lovely day and hope the sunshine inspires you too!

Kim x

50th Birthday Exploding Box Card

Hello Crafters

Well it has certainly been an exceptionally full on hard grafting week, so much too do, but I was determined to get it all done as I had another special request, but this time it was definitely a challenge. Exploding boxes are very popular at the moment, and so I was challenged to make a 50th birthday box for a special lady, who has been described to me with the love of all things clothes and shoes and pink! Someone who I felt was young at heart, so a theme was born!

My challenge in all this was to find templates small enough to use, and after a few hours researching I decided to find the nearest pattern I could to what my active imagination had decided it wanted to do! So I then had to print the pattern for the top of the box, scan it and save it as a pdf file, then reduce it down to the size I wanted. I then had to do the same thing for the centre piece. So then armed with my beloved patterns, I set about creating the masterpiece!

Top Of Box

First piece was to make the shoe for the top of the box.

As I said before I reduced a pattern I found, and when I came to put it together, there were no instructions, and having never done this before no matter what I tried, it didn’t seem to fit. So the creative gene kicked in and voila, l had the shoe I had been looking for, for hours! I have post the pattern under Challenge Makes 3, so that others don’t have to spend hours like I did.


l had a vision when this was first requested, with a handbag for the centrepiece, but again I could not find a small size pattern. I then carried out the same procedure to form the miniature and you can find this under Challenge Makes 3 with the shoes template.


  1. I followed the same procedure as my other box – instructions here. The only difference, other than the materials used, was the size of the box was 12.2 cm x 12.2 cm x 12.2 cm


  • 300 gsm White Card
  • Fizzy Moon Glitter Card
  • Paper Mill Purple & Lilac 240 gsm Card
  • Marianne Passe-Partout Rectangle Die
  • Woodware Dress Punch 1
  • All Occasion Dies Small Shoes
  • Marianne Creatables Elegant Lady Die – Outside Front of box
  • Sheena Douglas Curly Swirly Embossing Folder
  • Wild Orchid Paper Flowers
  • Patience Strong CD – inside verse
  • Feathers, Ribbon and Gemstones
  • Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue

The pictures here really do not do it justice, but I am truly very proud of yet another challenge overcome and loads learned.

Creativity at its best!

Kim x


Confirmation Exploding Box

Hello Crafters

This weekend I have been busy making a special request confirmation box.

I had great fun and as soon as I was asked, an image popped into my head and there was no hesitation in what I wanted to do, which makes a refreshing change!

I saw an exploding box with a decorated cross as a centre piece, and I was over the moon that it turned out exactly as I saw in my mind.



How I made this:-


  • 300 gsm white card
  • Gold Mirror Card
  • Acetate
  • Spellbinders Floral Ovals, Labels Twenty Three & Large Oval Dies
  • Sizzix Thinlets Die – Dove, Cross, Border & Banner
  • Spellbinders Dainty Dots & Reverence Embossing Folder
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Feathers, Ivory Pearls, Ribbon and synthetic foam.
  • Cosmic Shimmer dry clear glue, Stickles, foam pads, removable tape & hot wax
  • Decorative words or pieces to finish.

How I made this:-

  1. First I measured the centrepiece for the size then I cut 3 no white pieces for the base of the box 13 cm x 13 cm and 2 Gold Mirror card piece 12.6 cm x 12.6 cm. I no White Card 19.2 cm x 19.2 cm for Lid, scored 3 cm all round.
  2. I then cut the four white box sides 13 cm x 18 cm and scored 2 cm in on the longest side to create flaps. Snip the corners off the flap so they seat neatly when attaching to the base. On two of the four sides, I then found the centre of the card and cut the oval aperture.
  3. I then cut 8 pieces of gold mirror card, 12.6 cm x 15.6 cm. Using the white card with aperture as a template, I centred the Gold mirror card on top of the white card held in place with removable tape and flipped it over so you could see where you want the aperture to go. I then place the oval die back in the aperture with removable tape and marked the oval on the back of the Gold Mirror Card. Once the aperture was cut in 4 pieces of the mirror card, I then embossed using Spellbinders Dainty Dots folder.
  4. I then embossed  the 4 remaining Gold Mirror Card pieces with the Spellbinders Reverence Folder and the Gold Mirror Card Base.
  5. Next I cut 2 Sizzix Thinlets Cross pieces in Gold Mirror card and using a small synthetic foam about .5 cm in between the top and the bottom, I glued together, the bottom foam pad slightly above the base. To hide the synthetic foam I decorate with a tiny rose and feather pieces.
  6. Cut 2 no Sizzix Thinlets Doves and emboss, using 2 thin pieces of acetate about 1 cm wide, fold 1 cm in on the top and 1 cm in on the bottom, then glue to the dove. The bottom piece of the acetate should be the opposite fold to the top i.e. a ‘Z’ shape. This helps to make the dove stand up when inserting into the base. Leave to dry and then decorate if you wish.
  7. I then glued the White card tapered box sides to the base where you had scored the card, making sure the sides are able to bend upwards to form the box sides.
  8. Glue the second white base card over the tapered edges, this strengthens the base.
  9. Using the 3rd white base card, glue the embossed gold mirror card base. Once dry, cut 2 small slits in the centre, and a small slit for the acetate with doves where you wish to place them.
  10. Cut 2 no oblong pieces of acetate to cover aperture.
  11. Die cut and emboss 4 no pieces of Spellbinders Floral Ovals (or die of your choice) to dress the aperture.
  12. Lastly using card cut for box lid, make small wedge cuts to score line, red lines in diagram:

Exploding Box Lid Guide

To Assemble:

Inside Box:


  1. Insert the base of the cross into the centre slits with glue so you can view through the apertures. Before inserting the acetate and doves, take a plastic ruler and gently placing your thumb over the acetate whilst on the edge of the ruler, pull to form a gentle curve. Repeat until you have the effect of a dove flying away from the centre of the box. Insert acetate strip with dove and underneath the base, glue the small acetate in place, once you have the dove positioned correctly. Place foam pads all around outside, and across the acetate tabs for security and 2 in the centre for strength. I then decorated with fluffy feathers, roses and Stickles glitter to give the image of floating on a cloud when you look through the aperture.


Outside Box Assembly:

  1. Next glue the acetate oblongs over the apertures on the inside. Then glue the embossed aperture gold mirror card either side, lining up the apertures. Glue the Floral Ovals either side to finish the aperture.
  2. Glue the remaining gold embossed box sides, both sides, into place.
  3. On the box lid, fold and glue the tabs to form the box lid. Glue embossed Gold Mirror card to lid top and decorate.
  4. Decorate to finish.


Today has me feeling very accomplished 🙂

Take Care

Kim x