I began my design team journey with the Hobby House Autumn Blessings collection so it was like “coming home” to be asked by HH HQ to make some samples for the shows on Friday 16th July at 12.45pm and 3.45pm on Create and Craft TV
The “Warm Wishes” Selection Box incorporates previous classics such as Autumn Blessings, Deck the Halls and WInter Rose. The mix of mini boxes, toppers, card stock and embellishments make it a wonderful kit for new crafters. In addition, it is a great way for fans of the Hobby House to top up their stash.
I have used the contents of the Warm Wishes Selection Box which will cost less than £20 at showtime. The details for this box will not show on the Create and Craft website until nearer the time.
My blog today will focus on basic instructions/dimensions for a few of the projects I made (which fingers crossed you will see on Friday). The main box idea is the same for all of the holders. It is based upon the simple boxes I made with the children: during my time as a teaching assistant. I build the box around the number of boxes that I want to use.
Festive Hugs Carrier.
The holder in this set holds two milk cartons.
To create one half of the box – cut 5 1/2″x 5 1/2″ square from white card stock. Score each border edge at 1 1/2″. Fold and burnish. Then cut into the vertical top and bottom fold line up to the point where the two score lines meet. Fold in each of the flaps and secure to make the basic box base.
Create a back panel measuring 2 1/2″ x 7″. Die cut a central aperture if required. Adhere the panel squarely to the box base.
Repeat for second box. Then stick the panels back to back.
Also included in this photo is a shopping list pad. Take a simple lined pad (available in packs from the £1 stores). Die cut a DL panel from the card stock and stick to the front cover of the pad. I added a strong magnet to the back too.
The cracker is made from two of the small boxes joined together and held securely with the middle wrap band.
The holder in this set holds three loop handle boxes.
To create the box. Use the same technique as above. Cut the card stock to
10 1/2″ x 4 3/4″. Score each border edge at 1 1/4″.
The handle requires 2 pieces of 1 1/2″ x length of A4 card. Stick together and make the handle fit the length of the box and the height you require.
Magic is in the Air Carrier
The holder in this set holds four milk carton boxes.
To create the box use the same technique as above. Cut the card stock to
7″ x 4″. Score each border edge to 1 1/4″. Repeat for second base box.
Cut middle panel to 7″ x 4 1/4″. Adhere both panels along the shorter edge of the base boxes.
Merry and Bright.
If you want to create an aperture – remember to die cut the shape from the third panel before creating the mini box. A small piece of acetate will make the holder sturdier.
To make a gingerbread house take one of each style of box. Use the milk carton box to create the roof of the house by cutting off one side panel. Keep the tab in place though. Create a triangular prism. Then mark off the excess part of the end flaps to create three triangles which can then be stuck together. Take the second box design and carefully cut away all the handle tabs to create rectangles. This can then be stuck down as per the opposite end of the box. Stick the triangular prism to the rectangular prism, ready to decorate.
The tower box is made by sticking the handle flaps inside the base of the top box and securing from the inside.
Trick or Treat
This easel box is great for November treats. Make a base box as above using 1 6″x6″ square with a 1″ border.
To create the sleeve for the box. Cut an A4 piece of card to 4″ x the length. Score at 1″, 5″,6″,10″,11″. Crease, fold and adhere the last fold line to create a sleeve. The box will slide inside the sleeve.
Simply create a 4’x4: easel card and stick the base of the card to the top of the box sleeve.
This easel/ pocket card holds four 4″x4″ cards which are the perfect size for the square toppers.
Please note these measurements are in metric because the markings were easier to locate.
Take a piece of A4 card stock and cut to 15cm x length.
Score the border at 2cm.
Score at 11cm and 13cm. Mark at 24cm but don’t score. With the 24cm mark at the top of the card. Cut away the left and right side panels from the top to the 24cm mark. Cut in at the 13cm and 11cm fold lines and fold the tab inwards.
Turn the template over and add glue to the two sets of side taps. Bring together to form the pocket.
Cut an easel card to 15cm x 14cm and adhere the panel of the pocket to the front of the easel card. If required use a circle punch to cut away a finger hole on the front of the pocket. Decorate as desired.
Save your takeaway boxes because they make perfect boxes for your projects.
To make the Bay wIndow card. Cut two pieces of card stock to 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
Score the top piece at 1/2″, 2″, 6 1/4″ and 7 3/4″. Fold as a valley, mountain, mountain,valley. Add a raised panel to the inside of the card then secure the front of the card by the first 1’2″ strip and hold in place with the last 1/2″ strip.
As you can see there are many different things that can be created with the contents of this Warm Wishes Selection box. The projects above will make great festive gifts which will be very cost effective too.
Enjoy the shows and please let me know in the comments below how you get on the project ideas I have created and shared. Please remember to acknowledge my ideas if sharing your own makes on social media. Thank you.
Craft Consortium in collaboration with Katy Hackney of Hackney and Co have created another glorious collection of papers, stamps and embellishments. This might just be my favourite collection ever – beating both sets of Tell the Bees !
Snapshot of Sea and Shore….
These are the smallest of my cards and I love them! They are made with the 6×6 papers and three of the stamps which I inked in a co-ordinating colour to match the water colour pencils.
The pinwheel/ quadrangle/ four winged cards are currently, very popular. Essentially it is has a central cuboid with four equally sized sides. To decorate this version I stamped all of the images from the stamp sets with bright co-ordinating versafine clair inks and die- cut the starfish and the sea-weed elements. Then I built up four different sea shore scenes upon the12X12 papers.
To really see this collection in all it’s glory and more of my samples then I recommend taking a look at my YouTube video. I think you will be able to tell from the excitement in my voice just how much I love this beautifully illustrated collection.
This collection is available to buy from Craft Stash. Please use my affiliate links to purchase.
In these uncertain times, I have been dipping between crafting at all hours of the day and not wanting to go near my craft desk at all. I have told myself that these feelings are perfectly natural. I need to take each day as it comes and just do what i can.
Rather than making samples for the various Design Teams that I am in, I have opted to craft for friends. Most of these projects have been made using products from Lisa Horton Crafts. Yes. I am on her design team but I genuinely enjoy creating things with her products. The designs are fresh, clean and simple and the products are of good quality. I will link each item as I go.
This started off as one single card and quickly became a set of four cards with a matching box. I lightly stencilled a central background before layering up the butterflies on top with a little sisal.
My next card was commission for a special lady. The stepper card was a blank sample (found in my stash) which I then built up with a range of Nested Flag dies. I know they were big sellers but I will leave you the link anyway and you will know when they are back in stock.
Then I die cut the beautiful butterflies before stencilling on top with pale yellow and blues.
My final card allowed me to be a little creative with colours and stencils. I literally splattered Brushos onto a scrap of watercolour paper and spritized with water. I left it to dry while I worked on the tag. I inked up one of my favourite background stamps and die cut it afterwards. I added a touch of green Sisal underneath the banner which I layered up with foam pads. I cut as many butterflies out as I could and again layered them up as I arranged them.
My top tip for this card is – if you have a sentiment in mind then print it out with a trusted Dymo machine. I was literally singing this song as I made this card hence the sentiment!
My crafting mojo returned after I made these cards so it was back to the DT samples 😉
Lisa Horton is “getting out the flags” and celebrating the launch of another brilliant set of cutting dies, stencils and stamps. It will launch first on the 28th February on Create and Craft. Thereafter it will be available to buy directly from Lisa herself.
Lisa kindly sent me a few goodies to play with. Here are a few of my DT samples.
Ideally use a stamping platform for this style of card but it is still achievable by hand stamping. The Four Point Bloom stamps precisely and clearly.
Again use your stamping platform to create this wreath style card quickly or mark a feint circle on the background before stamping by hand. I stamped the leaves first. Then the flowers were stamped, coloured and stuck with small sticky pads.
One last card for today. This time I used the Pennies in a Line stencils for the backdrop. I used several bright colours to lightly ink in the design. Then I highlighted a few areas with the In the Loop stamps. Next I die cut a Nested Banner in vellum and laid it centrally across the card. Before stamping up and cutting out the Polka Dot Numbers and text.
I hope you will have the opportunity of watching Lisa’s shows i will include the link to all the products below. Don’t forget in a few more weeks you can buy directly from Lisa.
Sue Taylor the inspiration behind Craftwork Cards has recently launched a crafting style box full of papers, glitter card, frippery and two sets of stamps. She named it Strawberry Moon – Nature Box (Autumn)
Here are a few of the cards I created with this stylish autumnal collection.
I made the little paper pumpkin by punching out four circles, folding them in half and sticking them back to back.
The background papers match perfectly together and the toadstool stamp makes a great topper.
The pumpkin paper reminded me of Cinderella so I added a golden glitter card shoe (die cut with an old Tonic die) The glitter card cuts perfectly and doesn’t shed either.
I wanted the majestic stag to stand proud in this card so I matched all the embellishments to him. It is a stunning but simple card.
Strawberry Moon is a newly launched venture for Sue. You can find her on Facebook by looking for Strawberry Moon by Sue Taylor.
I wanted to make some cards that used bright colours ,making them appealing to children. The character stamps of Olivia the Owl, Harry the hedgehog and Henry the fox were perfect for this task. I used the blackest ink I could find – Versafine Clare and set about stamping parts of the creatures onto 2cm squares.
I wanted to give the illusion that Olivia was flying through the card in slow motion.—-
Henry is hiding behind a tree trunk playing peek-a-boo…….
And poor little Harry has been startled and is rolling into a ball.
As you can see all 3 stamps are beautifully illustrated and the ink shows up the design to perfection. Each card is finished off with a small piece of the 12×12 paper from the stunning pad.
These are the items I used
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I have to say that Hochanda television are bringing some great craft brands to the fore. One of them is Kaisercraft. I have tried out their papers before but what really caught my interest with their Greenhouse collection were the sentiments. They are so uplifting.
Here are a few of my favourites:
“Start each day with a grateful heart”
“Moment by moment, we create life’s little adventures”
“Live life in full bloom”
Aren’t they uplifting?
I spent a glorious day crafting with these papers which did my soul good.
This finished set of cards were gifted to my daughter. She then sent them to all her university friends.
Usually I include the name of the style of card that I am sharing. However these cards are called Bellybands and I don’t think that is a nice name at all. So I shall simply explain them as wrap around cards.
These new Craftwork Cards cutting dies were first shown on Hochanda but are now available from Craftstash UK.
The first die is shaped like a pendant. There are two smaller ovals that can be used to bring the back of the strip together if necessary.
The second heart shaped centre works well with gate-fold cards
The third floral die is my favourite because you can snip into it to use the flowers as embellishments. I coloured this one with kuretake pens.
I matched it up with the previously released Beauty cutting die and the newly launched Elegance stamps.
If you place the envelope with the card before you measure the wrap around it you can use the die on all sizes of cards or boxes.
I am sure that you can now see that these new dies are far prettier than the name “Bellybands” sounds.