Freebie Makes 1

Yesterday's hot weather made me want to stay outside most of the time (while thinking of Christmas designs), but I squeezed in a visit to the magazine shop.

I'm addicted to craft magazines, mostly because I can't resist the free gifts and there is always something new to learn and discover. Some were passed on to my friend but most of them are kept in folders and there is nothing better for me than flicking through pages and pages on a quiet evening, looking for new inspiration. It doesn't matter that I've read them over and over again, something always catches my attention.

I picked up this month's Quick Cards because of the beautiful Christmas freebie, but then I discovered the free autumn papers and just had to use them. So here is the first of three freebie designs that I made this weekend. The others will appear on this blog next week, they are still a surprise!

It's an autumn pop up box made with the bonus papers, the leaves coming from a Clearly Besotted stamp set (also a free gift) and the cute little fox is back.

Now all I have to do is wait for autumn to arrive to send this card to my niece. She lives in Belgium and visited us last week. Believe it or not, we spent the entire weekend indoors to make cards, apart from a visit to the craft store to stock up on blank cards & envelopes (which we'd run out of) and a drive through the beautiful Chiltern Hills.

Hope you enjoyed a crafty weekend!

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Hello and welcome back!

Time flies... It's good to be blogging again and there is so much work to do as I never got around to update my magazine features and latest wins.

By now, most of us are already thinking about Christmas and the magazines will be full of free Christmas gifts and ideas next month. I always leave it until the last minute, but this year we really have to get our seasonal greetings into the mail early for our friends in the US and Canada.

My hubby and I recently received the news from our friends in Spain that a baby is on the way. We're super thrilled for them and to celebrate this occasion, I made a super cute (baby) card in a box. Well, it's not quite a baby card, but I couldn't resist using the giraffes which came with a Sizzix set, a present from my crafty friend Diane.

Know that feeling when you look at your card and can't tell what's still missing? I added small pearls to the hearts but wasn't done there. Just before I was moving my stash upstairs again, I found some wobbly eyes which are perfect, don't you think?

The box was decorated with paper leftovers, punched borders, a heart button and twine.

Now it's time to think about baby card designs for the soon-to-be-parents and for the announcement of our own little bundle of joy next February!

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