Exploding Slimming Box!

Hello Crafters

Long time no see! Can someone please tell the time fairy to go MAKE time instead of taking it! Where oh where did this last week go??? Firstly I must say that I have been popping in to all my favourite blogs, and although I may not have left a messsage, I have been visiting, so please know your blogs are still important to me, and have given me the ‘Crafters Fix’ when I haven’t been able to craft myself. So thank you for that!

I had my first week off from work this year and I simple have not stopped, just Christmas shopping, wrapping, buying, writing christmas cards(which off course I thought I had covered, but nowhere near), arranging, listing…….and I got to about Thursday and said”ENOUGH”! I said to Mr Kim, “Do you realise I haven’t even crafted for 1 day, or done my blog in weeks? I am definitely going into my card room and not coming out until something has been created!!!”

So briefly my friends I woke up with this idea a few days ago. I knew I was going over to my brother and sister-in-laws for dinner, so I wanted to say thank you and as Helen is a fellow Slimming World sufferer, I mean attendee, I thought about how difficult it is at Christmas time with all these treats about, and as Helen is a ‘Choc-o-holic’, I thought it would be nice to be able to reach for something that was already worked out in ‘Syns’ (fellow SW buddies understand this language) but for mere mortals this means ‘things we should not over-indulge on’, so I made an exploding box which would offer nice things that we could maybe be a little naughty with but not too much!

So here it is, and I am soooooo proud πŸ™‚


As you can see, little treats inside compartments in the centre, and on the outside, each tag tells how much each item’s syn value is, all worked out using the slimming app to keep us on the straight and narrow.

These picture really do not do it justice, but Helen thought it was brilliant and it definitely will be a go to idea in the future for birthday’s etc.

Well, must dash, I have a get well card to make for my other sister-in-law, and yes……more presents to wrap, and a dinner to plan, ironing to do and it’s back to work tomorrow, so hi-ho hi-ho it’s off to slave we go!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend πŸ™‚


Kim x

Fairy Exploding Box

Hello Crafters

How has you’re weekend been so far? Well this weekend has felt like I’ve been on a cyber ride running along at 200 miles an hour, I’m positive it was Friday afternoon 5 mintues ago, so where it’s gone I do not know…..if you see a Friday evening whizz past, chased by Saturday and followed by a rapid Sunday, can you trip them up please and send them back!

It has been a lovely journey though, as Friday saw the arrival of my friend’s birthday, and I couldn’t wait to give her the very special gift I had prepared for her, not a card but a box, and you all know I love making my boxes. This one saw the start a while ago, when I made some wonderful columns out of ordinary white card, and done my best to make them look like ruins, which I am proud to say I think they do but that is for you to decide in a moment when I give you the Exploding Fairy Box.

Now this box took 7 dedicated hours of painting, colouring, stamping, distressing and building, and I enjoyed every single minute, being lost in the world of Fairy Folk! No ordinary Fairies, but tiny little fairies that require only a box to live in.

I made a base box, and the instructions for this can be found on my other blog post. Remember that each box I make is different depending on what height is needed to accommodate all of the pieces.

The majority of the images were Lawn Fawns Fairy Friends stamp and dies, Puffy Clouds die, Lawn Fawn Forest Border, Lawn Fawn Stitched Mountain Border Die, Mama Elephant Grassy Trio, Creative Expressions Trailing Ivy, Spellbinders Curved Square & Decorative Curved Square. I think that’s it! The columns were entirely made by me with no die just my imagination! (There is a brain in there somewhere lol!).

Saturday appeared and this was my once a year card glass with a lovely group of ladies from Great Wakering, and we spent a few hours together making cards, which really flew by, but it was a lovely day, and we even had some lovely new faces too! I am considering having an evening card sessions once a month at home to see if I could actually make this a regular thing, and help others learn new things, so I was inspired by these lovely ladies.

Sunday was Mr Kim’s birthday, and we went for a birthday meal at Toby, with a few family members, so that was great too. I was very good and didn’t have too many things I shouldn’t, but I think Mr Kim had a bit too much, but that is what birthdays are all about!

So all in all, a really lovely weekend with lots of lovely people! I am feeling truly blessed to know so many wonderful people πŸ™‚

Here’s wishing you a happy week ahead.


Kim x

Wedding Wishings!

Hello Crafters

How are you? We started our day off with a lovely walk in the park this morning, and little lad certainly enjoyed it. He found great pleasure running round the circular rose beds with a big smile, absolutely loved it. We found a beautiful white rose there which was so fragrant, so it added a beautiful scent to the air. Must have been all that fragrance that made Will run ragged!

So thinking of the white rose, reminded me of a couple of wedding cards I made for someone a few weeks ago. I won’t take credit for the idea, I found that on Pinterest, as you do when inspiration is running low, but I did some tweaking (as I do with everything) and made a beautiful keepsake box to keep it in.

Wedding Card One

This was the first one, and it is made using 300 gsm White Card stock from Papermill Direct. The die used was Marianne Designs Creatables Anjas Filigree Heart. Such a beautiful die and cuts so well, and the detailing is incredible. The Mr & Mrs was from Creative Expression Shadow Box AccessoriesΒ  and this fitted perfectly across the centre.

Wedding Card Two

Although it looks similar, there was a white backing on the front of the trifold, so the centre had a solid centre section. I took pictures using a white and black background for both so the detail is easier to see.

On the finished card, the inside of the box and card contained the initals and date of the event, but I took these before I added them.

I was pleased with both of them, and although they are quite small cards, the impression left is mighty!

Have a wonderfully crafty week.


Kim x

Pet Sympathy Box

Hello Crafters

I hope you have had a peaceful weekend and that you have managed to fit in lots of crafting.

As usual, we have had a busy time, but it is always good to see the family, which in turn made me do some much needed housework and sorting out!

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Recently, my boss lost his wonderful furry companion, and I think anyone that has had a pet knows how devastating it can be. 10 years on and I still miss my old pal, but my new pal is growing and reminding me of a lot of traits my old pal had. Poor little mite just had ‘the chop’, so he is recovering from that and has given me so many scares as he was playing with the grandchildren and running around like a lunatic! I was positive he was going to burst his stitches! He seems to have healed so quickly, but he is off for a check up tomorrow to make sure.

So I thought in light of my bosses loss, it would be nice to have a keepsake, so I set about making something that would be useful, practical but also sentimental.

I have had a book type wooden box hanging around for a while waiting for the ‘right’ moment, and this was just the right thing for what I had in mind.

I painted using Bronze Acrylic Paint from The Range, and allowed to dry for about an hour. You can’t see it in the picture but it shimmers, so I didn’t put any sealant over it.

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I also didn’t want too much decoration, so using Justrite Pet Sympathy stamps, and Justrite Furry Friends stamped the ‘Faithful Friend’ sentiment and cut using SB Labels 28 Card Creator smallest die. Next stamped the small dog image, the paw, heart and bone and fussy cut, then coloured using Spectrum Noir pens. Next hole punch where indicated. I then stamped and cut the ‘Woof Woof’ sentiment. I stuck this underneath the corner, and then thread the other cut out pieces on a stretch thread intermittent with little gems. Hot glue altogether to the corner with a decorative button and flowers.

Next cut a frame using the largest SB Labels 28 Card Creator and Labels 28 largest die using gold mirra card. Using SB 5 x 7 Matting Basic A I cut the second largest die and SB Labels 28 largest die layered together with decorative spot card, to go underneath the frame, as the frame was slightly larger than the box aperture.

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I then cut a piece of spot card to go inside to line the box, and stamped with the paw border and a sentiment.

Next I added a tassel to open the box with using hot glue for a firm fixing and then added pearls on the frame corners to finish.

I hope this will help to keep all those precious things in, including photos. which can be added to the aperture.

Well I hope you like the idea, and that it gives you some inspiration to get out those things we keep tucked away, and make something special with.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Kim x

Mother’s Day Gifts & Cards

Hello There Crafters!

I know it has been a while since my last post, but boy have we been busy, shifting, moving, working, and crafting! A lot has been happening but it has now all ‘happened’ and hopefully we can now slow down a bit and get back to a ‘normal’ routine (whatever that is)!

So I have now moved into my new abode and it is ‘full’ to say the least but it is very cosy and homely, and we are very contented with all our efforts. Next week, my lovely brother, is putting some more storage cupboards in to the craft room, and that should clear the rest of the homeless stuff into a hidden mess, so we can then get down to the more serious business of crafting! πŸ™‚

So what have I managed to fit in, in-between the lifting and shifting, well let’s see!


I decided to make a Mother’s Day card but I wanted to incorporate a gift also, as Mum loves my creations, so although I started off with a card in my head, it ended up with a gift attached! (It’s the big card in the middle!) I am thrilled with the results, so much so, I created 4 more! They too were a bit of a challenge, as it was one of those days yesterday where everything that could go wrong did…. but I soldiered on and won the war HA! So here are the trophies…


20150308_160824 All of these were made around a box or loose chocolates. So you have the complete ideal present….Beautiful card, box of chocolates and a gift bag all in one. What more could a Mum want….who said Wine?……..hhmmm that may well be another challenge!

20150308_161023I hope to have made a few variations between the different projects, and there is hopefully something to suite everyone. 20150308_160915

Being Mum’s day, pink did seem to have a big influence, in many ways.

Last week I made just a few cards in boxes, before the inspiration hit me that a gift would be nice, and these I was just as pleased with…. 20150305_224125

This background stamp is so beautiful…….I purchased it from Crafty Individuals. There are so many stamps there I am like a kid in a candy shop!

20150305_224032The stamp is called Baroque Splatter Script Background. It is unmounted red rubber and the prices are all really reasonable…go have a look, bet you buy something!

20150305_224447I also was naughty and bought this Justrite background stamp from Once Upon a Stamp. I had my eye on it for months but I just couldn’t resist any longer and I was really glad I bought it, it is stunning! I stamped it onto white pearlised paper with Versa Ink and heat dried it, and although you can’t see it, it shimmers, really pretty.


I then found the Doily die and off I go again, sometimes it just goes together so well, and this certainly did!

Oh…I forgot to show you what was inside Mum’s card!



Here’s a close up of her card too πŸ™‚

Well from giving you not a lot over the last few weeks, I am now boring you to tears, so I shall run off and find something else to craft, as I love to share with you all.

Have a wonderful crafty week.


Kim x

A Little Trinket Box

Hello Crafters!

I hope you all aren’t suffering from over indulgence, or if you are, I hope it was worth it πŸ™‚


I have been inspired to try a new project this week, and for the first time, it isn’t a card but a box, a little wooden trinket box.

Whilst I was out and about, trying to decide what to spend my Christmas gift money on, I came across this wonderful little box at The Works, where I often pop in and see what bits and bobs are on offer. I don’t usually go forΒ  this time of thing, but it really grabbed my attention, so I took the plunge and bought it home.

Once it was in the Craft Room, there was no stopping me. All I could see was a vintage trinket box. I didn’t have many supplies to alter this so used what I had to hand, and I was really pleased with the results.




  1. Lightly rub down all wood surface to make sure the area is free from dust.
  2. Cut paper to size and secure to areas.
  3. With the stain of your choice, cover all bare areas inside and out, adding a light coating to the papered areas and allow to dry.
  4. Glue decoration of your choice, including pearls to desired areas.
  5. Paint varnish to all areas including decorations and allow to dry. If needed, add second coat.
  6. Finish by adding felt lining to inside areas.


It took next to no time to complete but looks really good and would make a lovely gift. You could also try lots of different finishes, such as limed, waxed etc.

I must wish you all a Healthy, Wealthy and Happy New Year and hope 2015 brings you all you wish for.

See you soon

Kim x

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.Β  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 πŸ™‚

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