Saturday, January 29, 2011


Scrapping, scrapping, scrapping....what better way to spend a Saturday. I wanted to make a Birthday card for my daughter's friend that really stood out. I didn't want a card in an envelope - something unusual...........mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.........I wanted to put something on top of the gift that can add as a decoration but also add the wow factor...and then I had a brain wave (they don't come often :) but when they do I really appreciate them Hie Hie!).
My little one still loves playing with her Jack-in-the-box, why not create a birthday card in the shape of a jack-in-the-box! The result is pretty awesome ....... even if I have to say so myself ;0
The box base is about 6cm, if too big it might not be sturdy enough. I made the box from heavy cardstock and then covered it with the stunning Doodlebug paper (the paper just puts me in a party mood!). On it's own the Doodlebug was too thin to hold the pop-up and all the decorations.
The boooiiiiiiiiiiiiing was created using 2inch strips (3 each made a good booooiiiiiiiiiiiing) of two colours and folding one over the other. The end square is then decorated and pops up with the birthday message when you open the lid.
I struggled to open the lid the first few times and thought the box might not last as long if they fiddle with the lid every time, trying to pry it open. The Big-bite makes a perfect size hole and I added the beautiful rose button on the outside (as a little knob) and on the inside a stunning glitter button (if you make a just a knot the ribbon pulls through the hole as you open the lid:)
Knowing little girls there had to be a fairy somewhere, the ribbon and little fairy charm is the perfect touch to make a little girl giggle with glee!
Mmmmmm, you ask, why is there two Jack-in-the-boxes????? Well......couldn't give one to the friend and not make my daughter one, now could I?
Have a splendid weekend.......
Happy scrappin'

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Primalicious Galore!

As you realised by now - I am blog hopping!!:) Hop over to the Prima blog and spoil yourself with some eye candy! I have never seen so many beautiful flowers and lace in one place - my heart actually skipped a beat! They are truly breathtakingly beautiful!

Shaker card!

Looks like the shaker box is back after all! Minutes after posting I hopped over to the Kaisercraft blog and saw this beautiful card made with a stunning shaker box on the front.

Hop over here and have a look :)

A Teacher's Love

OOOO I like working with the bold colours of the Sassafras range. It matched this funky photo perfectly and really added to the mood of the LO. The designer for Sassafras also had a splendid idea to create a lovely scalloped/shaped border strip (matching the paper!) on the back of the price/name strip we normally snip off and chuck away! e.g. the owl strip and music notes. I must admit some of the paper is really bright and bold but I cut out little pieces to add the colour burst and focal point but not overwhelm the LO. (On this LO I used the mushroom/snail/cloud/owly bits)
I had a packet of school embellishments in my stash that was too bright and not of amazing quality but combined with the bright paper they just added the dimension needed. They even have little shaker boxes with bling (when last did you make one of those??). Reminds me, I saw some cards with a shaker box filled with jelly beans or hundreds and thousands.... my daughter has a friends bday coming up..............mmmmm............... might try that ( when you turn 6 it might be a hit!!). Will post the end result (you are either going to love it or we are going to have sore ribs giggling about it:) - will have to wait and see.
Happy scrappin'

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


A warm Hellooooooo and a wonderful 2011!!! Better late than never they always say:). I'm back at last and wanted to post this project - I had loads of fun completing it and playing with all my goodies again. The blank base of the project is a book box (at least that is what it said on the back!!). It is a wooden box to put away your precious goodies and it is a lovely gift (made it for my little girls teacher - having a bday tomorrow, can't believe I'm already making birthday gifts, still recovering from Christmas:))
On the side profile you can see it looks like the pages of a book. I painted all the corners and the inside sides of the book. Firstly removed the hinges (note to self - mark the spot where they are suppose to go BEFORE covering the project with layers of glue and paper!!! - luckily the wood wasn't too hard and I just screwed (literally screwed) the screws where I wanted them!!) then covered the front and inside front as well as the back and side with glue and my trusted brayer.
The paper is all from Kaisercraft (actually 3 different collections - they match perfectly!!!) and I love the effect with the key patterned paper. The paper didn't cover the whole project and I added the striped border at the bottom and used my border punch to create the scallop effect.
Then came the final touches - decorating!! Some Tim Holtz swirls, beautiful sugar coated Prima blossoms and a pearly swirl created a lovely ensemble on the front cover. I added the butterfly to add a little extra oomph and sparkle. (I started with a brown butterly in the same range but I love the way the blue butterfly accentuates the teal in the paper!) The keyhole from Tim Holtz's grungeboard, spritzed with Glimmer Mist and inked for a shadow effect. The corners just adds a little finishing touch.
The paper on the inside is soooo beautiful, I didn't even need anything else!
Hope she likes it:) - as do you!
Happy scrappin'