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Friday, 20 October 2017

Exploding Box Mini Album

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Today I am remaking a project I made years ago, I found it on Pinterest and cannot find the original pin - they change Pinterest os often now I am not convinced it for the better! Anyway the original required 2 sheets of 12x12 and 1 of A4 but I wanted to scale it down so all sheets could be A4 as not everyone has 12x12 and not all Stamping Up colours are available in 12x12. So this is what I came up with.  I have not finished all the embellishment yet as I tend to do that as I put photos in.  My original was made to scrapbook my holiday in Las Vegas to celebrate my sisters 50th, I then got a bit addicted to them and spent a weekend with my foster boys and youngest son and we scrapped all sorts of things.  Easy to do in a day, the boys really enjoyed doing them and I hope you will as well :-).

I used the Merry Little Christmas DSP, the reverse sides of the sheets are quite generic so don't have to be for Christmas. I also used Old Olive Cardstock,  Sheer Ribbon and Glitter Gems. I also used some Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock and the Bow Builder Punch and Everyday Label Punch. 

For the 3 layers of the box you need:

8x8 score @ 2 3/4 on all for sides
7 3/4 x 7 3/4 score @ 2 3/4 on all for sides
7 1/2 x 7 1/2 score @ 2 3/4 on all for sides

For the lid:
4 5/8 x 4 5/8 score @ 1" on all for sides

For the mats:

Outer layer mats = 8 x - 2 1/2 x 2 1/4
Middle layer mats = 8 x - 2 1/2 x 2
Inner layer mats = 8 x - 2 1/2 x 1 7/8
Center mat = 1 x - 1 7/8 x 1 7/8
Lid mats = 2 x - 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 & 8 x 2 3/8 x 3/4

Decorate as you feel works best for you, I used the Everyday Label Punch, 2 1/4 Circle punch and the Starburst punch and Beautiful You stamp set,  but for the original I just cut the photos and mats to size and rounded the corners. I love how it turned out.

I would love to see your exploding boxes if you make this.

Thanks for joining me for this project I hope you liked it, see you again soon

Gez xxx

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Stampin Up Merry Patterns Candle Christmas Card

Only 2 weeks left to get your hands on this versatile stamp set.  You can earn this set free with orders of £250 or more. So do some shopping or host a party and if the party sales are £250 or more you will receive this set free plus the other usual stamping rewards of 10% of this total to spend in the catalogue. Offer ends 31/10/17 @ 10.50pm.

For this card I used a piece of Emerald Envy cardstock, this was a standard C6 card size, (5 7/8th x 4 1/8th) half of A4 cut in half and scored in half. I then cut a layer in whisper white 5 5/8th x 3 7/8th which was embossed in the snowflake embossing folder. (I love this embossing folder) 

I stamped the candles on a scrap of Whisper White using the archival ink, I then used some clear embossing powder and  my heat gun to emboss the outline.

I used Peekaboo Peach for the flames and Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy for the candles, this was then  cut out using the second largest square stitched framlits. 

This was then layered on Emerald Envy Cardstock that was cut using the largest square stitched framelit.  This was then popped up on dimensionals on top of theWhisper White layer that had been embossed with the Winter Wonder snow flake.

The sentiment was stamped in Emerald Envy and cut out with the label punch, a second one was cut in  Emerald Envy and this was then cut in half and layered being the sentiment. This was stuck below the candles topper on dimensionals.

I really like how it turned out, I just love how Stamping Up colour all coordinate together. 

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Masculine 80th Birthday card using Stamping Up products

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Thanks you for reading my blog today I really do appreciate it.  Today I am making a masculine card, not of us struggle with those don't we?!? But this is no ordinary masculine card, its an 80th birthday card ..... help!

Before I started this I looked through my stash to see what I could use, I decided on a neutral colour palette, the Happy Birthday sentiment and that it needed the number the 80 on it, then I saw my Brick wall embossing folder and was reminded of some graffiti I saw on holiday and so the idea formed.

Very Vanilla - 5 3/4x5 3/5 - embossed with the Brick Wall embossing folder

I used the de-bossed side so the mortar went inwards - I then distressed the wall so it looked as realistic as possible using Soft Sued, I used a brush for this so it was a subtle look and there would e less chance of blobs! Once covered I then used a sponge on the edges to give it a darker edge so it stood out more and I wanted it lighter in the centre so the sentiment showed up more.

The sentiment was made using Soft Sued and the Happy Birthday Thinlits die (I really love this die and have used it loads) I snipped it in the 3 places where the words are joined as I did not want them to be attached.

I cut the numbers from Early Expresso using the Large Number Framlits (this is a real go to die set for me) and I stamped the 'TH' on a scrap of Soft Sued card stock and cut it out. I glued the sentiment directly on the background using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen, the numbers were adhered with the Mini Stamping Dimensionals.

I then made a 6x6 card base by cutting a 12x12 sheet of Early Expresso in half and scoring in half and folding in half. The wall was then stuck directly on the base.

Then I decorated the inside panel which was another piece of Very Vanilla - 5 3/4x5 3/5. I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform to stamp the inside of the card but you could easily use a Stamp-a-ma-jig. Then I distressed the inside using the Soft Sued as I did the front. Then I stuck this in the centre of the card using Tombow for the wiglidge!

I love how its turned out, trouble is so did my sister so now have to make another one for her, thats different, one masculine card it hard enough to dream up!

Cheers for now,

Gez x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Process of making a lidded gift box

Before I started making 3D projects I didn't realise that it was pretty straight forward to make a simple box like this.

You have to start with measuring the object you wish to put in the box, you will then have a measurement for the height of the box and 2 for the width and depth.  In this case the box was going to be square so the width and depth were the same.

I then needed to decide how deep I wanted to make the lip of the box.

I was then able to draw 2 grids each has the width and depth as a square in the centre and the sections either side were the height for the base and the depth.

For this box I made the base 1 5/16 tall so I could see when drawn on the grid paper that I needed the base to be 3 13/16 x  3 13/16  - the lid I decided needed to be 5/8 deep so again I drew this on the grid paper and after doing the sums knew I needed a square 2 3/4 x 2 3/4. What I did not remember initially was that so the lid fits over the base I would need to either take a smigde (1/16) off the bottom or add a smudge to the top. The score points remain the same on all 4 sides this way it is only the centre section that is altered.  It is easy to see where you need to score from the drawing as it is the height of the base so 1 5/16 on all 4 sides and for the lid 5/8 on all 4 sides. Then when they are assembled they will fit really snugly. 
This principle can be used for any size box of this type.  The video shows this process, I hope this has been useful, please let me know.

Here is the tutorial for the little boxes :-) 

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Chocolate Selection Box using Stampin Ups Eastern Palace DSP

I was inspired to make this selection box after seeing a similar box on the Pootles Craft Forum, the person who posted it (Jacqui Stinson) does not do tutorials, so I thought I would have a go myself. Selection boxes are an absolute must for Christmas along with gold coins in a net bag! My kids, despite being grown men now, would feel let down and deprived if they did not have these under the tree!

It is my youngest's 20th birthday in a few weeks so I decided to make this first (as I am sure I will be making more) box for his birthday. I went shopping for chocolate (its a chore I know but someone had to do it! lol) ASDA had several offer on and I bought 5 mini Cadburys selection for £1 - the box is designed for 4 so I got to eat one lol!

The construction of the box is pretty straight forward, its a lidded box, there are sections in the box for each chocolate bar that are constructed in the same way.  The difficulty was in measuring the bars of chocolate (and not eating them!) and making them into an aesthetically pleasing square or rectangle. It would be easy to change the measurements to suit different size bars. ASDA also had an off on standard size bars, 2 for £1 so I stocked up for the boys Christmas selection boxes.  Of course there is always the danger that I eat them!

For this box I used Dapper Denim card stock and the lovely foiled sheet from Eastern Palace speciality DSP, a some gold foil card. I decided to mat the speciality DSP instead of make the lid out of it because it had a white background and I wanted it all to be blue. This also meant that the mats had to be sponged with Dapper Denim Ink other wise the white would have shone and that would not have been a great finish. I also heat embossed a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous with Gold embossing powder and Versamark.  I also used the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers and the Layering Circle Famelits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits. 

The overall box is 6x6 x 1 inch deep


  • 8x8 
  • Scored @ 1 inch on all 4 sides


  • 8 1/16 x 8 1/16 
  • Scored @ 1 inch on all 4 sides 
  • The extra 1/16 is what enables the lid to fit snugly over the base. 

Mats for the lid:

  • 1 - 5 7/8x5 7/8 
  • 4 - 7/8x5 7/8


  • 1 - 7 11/16x3 1/4
  • 1 - 4 1/4 x 6 1/8
  • 2 - 3 3/8x6 1/8
  • All were scored @ 7/8 on all 4 sides
Of course the size of the inserts and indeed the box does depend on the chocolate bars you decide to put in.

To get the measurements I just laid the bars on my grid pad to see what was the best lay out for the box, once I decided on this I needed to see what size the inserts needed to me.To so this I drew a rectangle border and added 7/8th of an inch to all 4 sides. As with everything like this I made a mock up to test it first - don't want to waste my precious card stock by making mistakes with it!

Here are the pictures of the finished box - I hope you like this project and will give it a go - if you do please show me your pictures I would love to see them especially if you do them with different chocolate bars. 😊

See you soon 

Gez x

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

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Lip Balm Gift Box using stampin Up products

I bought this set of 6 small lip balms from B&M they were £2.49, what a bargain! I immediately thought these would make really good table top presents at Christmas so I bought them. The colours also match Stampin Up colours - except I don'y have any yellow - oh well I am sure I will acquire some at some point (not really into yellow at all!)

I made 5 boxes using Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla and Gold, Soft Sky Foil Frenzy, Flirty Flamingo and finally Berry Burst (I did 2 versions of this)

I heat embossed 3 of the lids and decorated them in different ways.  I am really pleased how they have turned out and am sure they will be a hit at my Sibling Christmas Get Together. (They don't read this so the surprise will not be spoiled!)

The box lid:

2 3/4 x 2 3/4 score @ 5/8 on all 4 sides

The box base:

3 3/4 x 3 3/4 score @ 1 3/16 on all 4 sides
My score board goes up in 1/8th so I used my Stampin Trimmer to score these lines.

All score lines were folded and burnished and snipped and notched as per the picture (see video tutorial on YouTube)
The lid was sniped on to opposite sides but the base was rotated to even out the bulk of the cardstock.

I decorated all the boxes slightly differently and even made one lid out of DSP and made it a reinforced lid for added strength.

The box measures 1 1/4 tall and 1 14/16 square.

Ready for the close ups!!??

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