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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s wishing you a happy week ahead.


Kim x

Little Reindeer Delivery

Hello Crafters

How has your week been? Probably as manic and busy as always, (as mine was that is why I didn’t manage to post last week – soz!), but this week my other half had his cancer op, which I am pleased to say went swimmingly well and now all the radiotherapy is over, inside and out, and hopefully well on the way to recovery, phew! Came home Thursday and is already down the allotment today lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Probably making sure no one has run off with his beans!

So although I have had a couple of days off to help sort things out, I have had a little chance to play, and something I am itching to show you but can’t just yet! In the meantime, I can show you these cute little reindeer cards that I have made for a couple of family members, and I am sure it will put a smile on their faces when they receive them.

Here’s the first one:

As you can see they are just so cute, and this I set in a night time setting, helping Santa get all the presents together! The little bell I picked up from The Works and for a pack of 60 different colours for 99p – bargain! The stamp and die sets were from Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together, as was the Stitched Hills & Puffy Clouds. The sentiment was from Justrite Festive Poinsettia & Justrite Christmas Inner Thoughts for the inside sentiments.

The second card….

…shows these cute little penguins playing in the snow and is a daytime sceen.ย  Again the wonderful Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together stamp and die set and the front sentiment is from the same set. The inner sentiment is a stamp I got free with a magazine last year. The card used here was mainly from my stash except the white card was from Papermill Direct. The embossing folder was from Stampin’ Up and has been discontinued but there are plenty of falling snow embossing folders, take your pick!

So there you have it for now, I have been producing quite a few Christmas cards, but next week I hopefully will have something else to show you.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


Kim x

Stickles Storage & Fun Makes


Hello Crafters

Forgive me for missing last week, I actually managed to get out of the cycle of work, work, sleep, work, work, craft amd trundled orf to Ally Pally Crafting Show for the day last weekend, and it was a lovely day out, and felt great to be among like minded people for the day. I even got to meet and have a quick chat to Barbara Gray of Clarity, what a talented lady! Her stall was mobbed all day, and yes I spent more there than anywhere else as I love the Wee Folk and Stencils.

So I had worked out prior to going what stalls I wanted to visit, and went to Inkylicious, Clarity and Clever Cut/Stamp Away first. I browsed all the other stores too, but I had a list of which I managedย  to find majority of things, but could not find ANYWHERE Tuxedo Black refill ink and a black gel pen! Inkylicious owner Deby, did help me out and offer to get them for me, and I have now emailed and waiting for a response.

So whilst I was there I bought the Stickles Storage Holder, and I had so much fun decorating the Distress Ink Holders that I bought from them last year, I couldn’t wait to decorate this.

So I just painted the whole thing with Docraft Artiste Mettalic Antique Gold that I had bought from The Range, more or less just added distress inks as the mood took me and stamp till I liked what I saw. The background card behind the stickles was Anne-Marie Design card that I bought whilst I was there, I love the dotty card! It comes as a flat pack and I put it together in about 5 minutes,and the holes were all perfectly cut so fitted together like a dream! You can get these online and I think they are great value for storage of all things crafty.

Alas, I should have got 2, as this is only half of my Stickles collection and it also fits liquid pearls, so when the bank manager has recovered from my spending spree and he lets me have some more money, I am going to buy another ๐Ÿ™‚

This weekend I had a little play with one of my other purchases, which I was so shocked to find there. A company called Be Creative, who do not have a website, which is a shame, had Lawn Fawn stamps and dies! I was blown away, as I didn’t expect anyone to be selling them, and best of all, they had eveything I wanted and more (I had to stop myself from emptying the stall). So I created a little card, which was so fun to do, and has found a home already!

I used Lawn Fawn Rooting For You, Stitched Hillside Borders and Puffy Clouds. For the background, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw Distress Inks. The earth I used Ground Espresso and Gather Twigs. A little Tumbled Glass for the clouds. Dew Drop Memento inks for the veggies and the Misti tool to get the stamping right, just pure fun with these little veggies! The envelopes were some I got from Papermill and they are really good quality 136 gsm envelopes 146 mm x 146mm sq and I stamped them with this beautiful Just For You stamps to personalise. Inside greeting stamped with Clarity Letterbox.

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Next I had a birthday card to make and I used the Visible Image stamps, Universal, Ink Splats and Jazz It Up. The word stamps are Paper Smooches Slang Gang.

Well that’s it for now crafters, got to go do housework, I know, I know but aย  girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

Thanks for dropping in, hope to see you soon ๐Ÿ™‚


Kim x