Ideas To Inspire

Black and White Wedding Book Box Keepsake

Hello Crafters

As promised in my previous blog, where I gave you a snippet of a project I was working on, here it is now the bride and groom have had the first peak!


I was asked to make a wedding card with a colour theme of black and white, including a fantasy theme of Lord Of The Rings! Well I ran to the computer and studied for at least 2 days to try to come up with a combination of both. Hopefully I created a keepsake wedding gift, where they can store the important little things from their wedding. I have been reliably informed that they enjoyed the gift!


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Inside Front of box


  1. First using A3 white card make box base ~ 2no 23 cm x 18 cm. Score on longest edge 5 cm on one side on each piece. This will make the base, spine and top of the book box. Glue the 2 5cm sections together to form the spine. Fold and use scoring tool to give a clean fold.
  2. Cut 2 no 24 cm x 7 cm in white card and 2 no 19 cm x 7 cm pieces. Score 2 cm in on longest side on each card, then score 2 cm in on top of each card, using a scoring tool, fold along scored lines.  Snip a triangular corner of each end of all the strips up to the scored line, just like when making a box, this will help to form the corners of the box. Glue each of the side flaps together to form a square. Glue the scored 2cm strip to the base. Cut a decorative paper/card 22 cm x 17 cm and glue inside base to hide the glued tabs. Decorate inside box as desired.
  3. Cut 4 no glossy black card strips – 2no 21.5 cm x 4.5 cm and 2 no 16.5 cm x 4.5 cm. Glue to outside of box sides to strengthen and finish box. I added a wave of words to the three exposed sides as decoration.
  4. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon long enough to tie together and one long piece to go around front panel. Make a bow.
  5. Using Hunkydory black and silver card stock, cut 22.5 cm x 17.5 cm. Place and glue ribbon around centre of card. Glue to front. Using hot glue adhere bow to ribbon strip.
  6. Using Hunkdory black and silver card stock, cut 4.5 cm x 22.5 cm strip and glue to outside spine.
  7. Using black glossy card stock cut 4.5 cm x 22.5 cm strip and glue to inside spine.
  8. Using black glossy card stock, cut 2 no 22.5 cm x 17.5 cm. Emboss one piece with Martha embossing folder and then adhere 1 piece of ribbon to underside of card at the open centre edge of the box. Glue to inside front of card with ribbon at the open edge.
  9. Using second piece of glossy black card, glue remaining ribbon in the opposite position (centre edge) on underside of card and adhere to back of book box. This will help strengthen the base.
  10. Cut and emboss the largest die of Decorative Labels Twenty Seven and one of the Foliage Flourishes with silver metallic card. Cut and emboss leaves in black card using SB Foliage dies. Cut and emboss Memory Box Gentle Leaf in white card. Mount Labels Twenty Seven die cut on inside front in centre with foam pads and decorate as desired with flower, leaves and flourish.
  11. Cut and emboss 1 no each of the SB Lacey Hearts and foam mount to front.
  12. I printed the LOTR map and a passage vow between husband and wife from the book on some white card 160 gsm and tore around the edge of both in the shape of a square, coloured it with old paper and pumice stone embossing ink, and screwed it up while still wet. I postioned the vow inside, making it appeared rumbled and placed flowers, flourishes, fairies and leaves around the outside.
  13. I used a smaller piece of the map and rolled it up and tied with a ribbon, for people to write their personal message on for the bride and groom.
  14. Decorate and finish as desired.

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It did take a little while and it is a medium sized box, for storing all those important things. As you know, you can never have enough space for those important little things 🙂

Well that’s it for now, and I hope I remembered everything as the finished article was not here to refer to, and I had to rack my brains to remember everything, and that is always a challenge lol!

Hope you are crafting your fingers to the bone and enjoying yourself.


Kim x

Ideas To Inspire

21st Exploding Box

Hello Crafters

Well I did promise to return and show you the exploding box. I made this for my friends daughters 21st, and I couldn’t show you before she had seen it as that wouldn’t be fair, and incase she got a sneak preview, but it is safe now!

Oh to be 21 again! I am realiably informed that she was wonderfully spoilt and the evidence appears to be on Facebook so no denying it there lol….anyway here is the creation and I will not list all the goodies used, but you can go to my other page to see how I made the exploding box, decorative and creative license is completely yours!

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The theme here was simply from child to adult, with an ending of a box of bloomed flowers.

1. From Child…..

2. To Toddler……

3. To Teenager…..

To Woman….

 You could always add photos of each stage of growing, which would be a lovely keepsake.

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Centrepiece – Blossomed into a beautiful woman.

Well thank you for popping by and taking a peek at my creation. It was a lot of fun to make and twice as much fun to give.

I will be back shortly to show you the other sneak peek I offered.

Have a lovely day


Kim x

Ideas To Inspire

Aperture Box and Birthday Card

Hello Crafters

Well how has your weekend been,it has been another busy one here. Went to a lovely little craft fair in a village near where I live and it was heart warming to see so many crafts still thriving, homemade preserves, wall mounts made with dough, knitted items, fresh home grown produce and so much more! It was lovely seeing people I met at the recent card making day I attended too.

Once I got home my wonderful grandsons arrived as well, and it is always good to see them, they are turning into very special little men and I am very proud of them, handsome little fellows too!

We also had a wonderful celebration this weekend for my mum who is a wonderful 87 years young today, and very proud of it too! So I obviouslly wanted to create a really special card. I had seen this idea many times before but wanted to ‘showcase’ the card in its box as she is one of my biggest fans and likes to show everyone what I do, so I thought it would be nice to place the card in a box with a window.




  1. Make a 16 cm x 16 cm base card with hammered white
  2. Cut 2 no Gold Metallic card 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm
  3. Cut 2 no Caramel card 14.5 cm x 14.5 cm
  4. Cut 2 no Patterned Card 14 cm x 14 cm
  5. Cut 2 no Floral Oval largest die in gold mettalic card.
  6. Cut 2 no largest oval of the classic large ovals in brown card. Using the old oak tree stamp, stamp with Versamark clear and cover with Enchanted Gold embossing powder. Heat emboss. Once cooled, stamp the sentiment with gold embossing powder. Be careful not to heat the existing embossed image.
  7. Layer the front and inside as follows –
    • Caramel> Glue with Cosmic Shimmer Clear glue to gold metallic
    • Patterned> Mount with foam pads to caramel
    • Floral Oval> Mount with foam pads to centre of patterned card.
    • Stamp Centre Piece> Glue with Cosmic Shimmer Clear to Floral Oval.
  8. Glue the above to the gold mettalic card with Cosmic Shimmer Clear. Glue the bow to the corner and the ends at the back of the gold card. Mount this onto the card base.
  9. Stamp and cut flowers as desired and colour with distress inks. You can see how to make your flowers here
  10. Cut and colour the foliage as desired.
  11. Arrange flowers as desired and adhere with hot glue.
  12. Decorate as desired.


I cut the card to made a box for the card to fit 19 cm x 19 cm, I used the Crafters Companion Box maker, but before assembly cut out the oval aperture. I cut a larger oval of acetate, and then cut 2 no decorative ovals, one to fit either side. I glued the acetate to the front of the card then the decorative panel to cover the acetate. Glue the second decorative oval to the inside.

I have also been very busy with some other projects and I will reveal all shortly, but here is a peak which will be on my blog next……

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      Yes……it’s a box but what’s inside?

Another little project just a little bit different……..       20141019_115416

Well thank you for popping by and I can’t wait to post the up and coming posts, so I look forward to seeing you soon!


Kim x