Ideas To Inspire

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


Hand Made Cards

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

Ideas To Inspire

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