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Here is another exploding box that I made yesterday after spotting the fab free craft papers in this month's issue of Making Cards. Just couldn't resist the cute characters!

We are friends with a couple who are now moving from Belgium to England. Probably not the best time of the year, if you ask me, it's raining cats and dogs! Moving can be such a daunting experience and it's even more challenging if you move from one country to another. How nice would it be to make someone feel welcome in their new home? So I popped into a baby clothing shop yesterday to buy a gift for their little girl which surely she will need in this kind of weather: A cute umbrella!

I also picked up the Making Cards magazine and started crafting right away. The cat with the flower pots looked like it would just suit the occasion. Although it's hard to see on the pictures, the circle is a shaker with white sequins inside! I wasn't sure how many sequins could go in there without hiding the sentiment, so these are just a few. The shaker is held in place with a support I made with acetate strips, same as shown on the Exploding Box with the balloon panda. The image was mounted on the shaker with foam pads. I need to give credit to my friend Diane and her idea of making a fence by simply cutting strips of white cardstock. I used a new stamp set from Kaisercraft and made my own sentiment by using words from different stamps.

Here is my card:

Happy Crafting!

Panda's back - Part II


Two more days to go until we're jetting off to Dubai and Oman. Why is it that the days before your holiday are always so action-packed? No doubt that Tuesday will be a mad day in the office!

So here is my special card for my aunt's 50th birthday. I still had a panda digi left and wanted to use this in combination with balloons and whatever was in my stash. A little worried how it would possibly survive the transport as I need to send it by mail, I secured everything with loads and loads of acetate strips. I found that the only way to keep the balloons made of cardstock in place is by making these supports:

Just cut a long strip of acetate, score and fold... and while we're at it, here is what I did with the grass die cut:

It took me a long time to decide how to decorate the inside panels. I don't have many dies, so I punched some hearts and coloured them with Promarkers. The same was done with the balloons.

Here is the end result after hours of nerve-wrecking fiddly work. The sentiment was cut three times and stacked on top of each other:

Let's hope it will look the same by the time it reaches the recipient! It's a little tricky to present this box nicely unless you put it into another decorated (sturdy) box. I will wrap this one in cellophane and then in bubble paper.


Panda's back

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Here is another sneak peek of what I started last week. I still found a printout of the cute panda digi stamp in my stash and knew immediately what I would be using it for. It involved a lot of fiddling around with acetate. Still need to put some finishing touches to it...

See you soon!

Papercraft Essentials - Sneak Peek

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Here is a sneak peek on what's to come in Papercraft Essentials Issue 118. My second feature is iris folding with a modern twist. I was thrilled when Lee, the editor, gave me this challenge because folding techniques are not often featured in cardmaking magazines. Only two years ago, I was totally hooked on iris folding. I hope it will inspire some crafters to give it a try.

I made five cards this time and my hubby liked this one so much, he kept asking if it was his birthday card.

I'll post my designs for the magazine in "PE Design Work", so keep your eyes peeled!

Off to the Middle East next week, followed by my aunt's 50th birthday celebrations. I'll post a picture of my birthday card for her within the next few days.


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A while ago, I looked up instructions on how to make an exploding box. I had been wanting to make one for a special birthday instead of a card. My idea was to fill the box with a bunch of handmade paper flowers which is time-consuming if you don't have dies and the right colours of cardstock or double-sided papers! So instead I paper pieced roses with the free stamp set from Clearly Besotted that came with Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 133.

I stamped the roses and stems on paper scraps, then fussy cut and glued them onto acetate strips. The stamp set comes with a small and big butterfly of which the bigger one was too heavy to be held firmly in place by the acetate. Simply score a small section at the bottom of each strip and attach double-sided tape to put in place.

Et voilà...

Each of the squares measures 4"x4". The top section of the lid is slightly bigger than 4" to make sure it fits. As I used a standard 6x6 paper pad, I found it difficult to decorate the outside of the box with matching papers (given that there are only three papers with the same design in this pad), but I found some that looked similar.

I'll make more of these and I have already got some Easter designs in mind!

Birthday Easel - Bebunni

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On to my second card for which I used the free Bobunni stamp set from Papercraft Essentials Issue 115. I like that you can paper piece this sweet bunny which is what I did after my colouring turned out a little strange looking!

I wasn't too sure about the paper choice when the card was finished. It's one of those cards that you look at over and over again until you start having doubts. It happens quite often, so I'm lucky when my hubby and crafty friend are around for a second opinion! It probably saved a few cards from going into the litter bin... Not this one, though!

I'm in a mad rush to get a batch of cards finished for a magazine while planning our upcoming holiday to the Middle East which is now less than three weeks away. I'm happy to return to Dubai which always feels a bit like home. It's my fourth visit since 2012 and we are also going to Oman this time. Should be interesting to see how different these places are!

Birthday Easel - Woodware

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I started making easel cards two weeks ago with new stamps that I picked up at my local craft shop. I had barely used some shaped blank cards and thought these would make perfect easels since I don't have any large and fancy cutting dies in my stash to cut my own.

Here is the first card using a cute Woodware stamp that I didn't just want to keep for baby cards, so I turned it into a birthday elephant with a balloon wrapped around its tail. The brown dotted paper, elephant and balloon were mounted on foam pads. I traced black lines around the balloon and heart to make and coloured them in with Promarkers. A small bow with wooden button to finish off et voilà!

Hope you like this little fella as much as I do!

Purple box

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I had little inspiration last weekend, but that all changed when my friend Diane came around on Sunday with some crafty goodies including ribbons. I had been wanting to make a card in a box with Quick Card's free gift from issue 134 (Wild Rose Studio's Bluebell découpage and papers) and I was missing something purple. It's my favourite colour although I don't like it on cards, so this one is a bit... not me.

I used my die and green patterned paper to cut the grass, then fussy cut layer 1 of the découpage images and the little hedgehog from the base layer of one image. Filled the box with flying hearts made from purple cardstock and yellow patterned paper. Finished off with a pretty double bow decorated with a half pearl.

I've got a mini collection of easels to show next and I worked all night yesterday to finish my first exploding box. It's a lot of night shifts for me as I don't have any time for crafting during the week.

Hope you find some inspiriation on my blog!

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