Thrifty gifty

Thrifty gifty

I tried to give money neutral gifts when possible this year and hopefully I’ll improve on this in 2012. Here are some of my Christmas gifts.
I made my mum some Pandora style jewellry (shame I forgot to take photos as I was in a rush!!). Then I made this chest of drawers box so the drawers had the necklace, bracelet and different colour beads in it.

The paper with the Lily heart was one I had designed in Craft artist.
I’m entering this for Just add ink- fancy packaging

Next is another idea which is very MSE! Last year I bought some friends Christmas Coffee from M&S which was quite expensive and the packaging was a boring bag! This year I got the same coffee but made these mug holders for it. One bag of coffee was split into 3 bags making 3 pressies from each bag!

The papers are from Cocoa latte in Craft artist. The ribbons I used were saved when I cut them out of new clothes! I added buttons (also saved from old clothes) to act as a stopper on the tags.

I made these boxes to hold 2 chocolate bars each for my youngish cousins.

 I personalised them with their names. Forgot to take the photo before I tied the ribbon!

I would like to enter the following challenges
That craft place- sweet treats in pastels (chocolate in boxes decorated with pastels 😉 )
ooh-la-la-creations- anything but a card
paper sundaes challenge- celebrate
sparkles forum challenges- anything but a Christmas CARD!
pennys challenges- holiday gifts

Birthday box

Birthday box

I made this gift box for the card I made in my last post. I’m hoping the box will be reused!!
I glittered the turquoise card I used.

I printed the paper and added a digi from the paper shelter. I used a floral font. I added gems to make it extra special.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Top tip Tuesday- gift
Fairytale challenge- gift or gift box
Card crafters circle- celebration
Paper sundaes- celebrate
Totally Gorjuss- for someone special
Sparkles forum challenge- anything but a Christmas card
Corrosive challenges- anything except Christmas

Box for Birthday card for hubby!!

Box for Birthday card for hubby!!

Another quick post so hubby doesn’t spot any pictures!! I made this box to put his card in. I wanted it to match to a certain extent but to be something he could use all the time.
This is the card in the box base. I used lots of glitter spray on the base to match on the card (although it doesn’t show well in the photo).

The card folded down in the base.

This is the top of the box. Hubby loves watches so I added my favourite embellishment- the brass clock and added a vintage clock face to the heart paper I made and had used on the card. I thought seize the moment fitted the time theme well but is general enough for the box to be useable.

A close up of the top. You can see that I used punches on the corners of my card and a MS scroll punch on the corners of the paper.

From the side you can see that I used scalloped blue paper for the box lid. I used corrugated paper from some packaging cut with scalloped scissors at the bottom around the side.

I would like to enter the following challenges.
Mark’s finest papers challenge- use your favourite embellie
Simon Says Stamp and Show- elements of time
Paperplay challenge- tags and wrapping
Christmas blog challenge- Christmas/ Winter birthday
2 sisters challenge- punches and or dies
Anything goes challenge- decorative or altered corners
Craft your passion- anything goes plus glitter
Cupcake craft challenges- DIY papers
Colour combo challenge

Clour Q challenge- I wasn’t sure if using most of the colours was ok as I couldn’t get green in! If not please delete my entry

A special sparkly birthday box!

A special sparkly birthday box!

I’ve finally done the box for the card I posted! Just to remind you I’ve taken a photo of the card in the box base!

This is the card folded down in the box base I made.

A side view of the box- I used a circle punch at each end to make it look a little more professional!

I used a single digi of a lily and then coloured it and made it into the heart frame digitally.  I added sticker corners and added pearls to them.

TIP: I added flowers from WOC and painted the edges of the petals with pearlescent ink to give them glimmer rather than glitter!

I added embossing ink to the raised surface of the purple resin embellishment and then added pink Perfect pearls. I painted the outside with perlescent purple ink.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Top tip Tuesday- silver, white and a hint of (purple)
4 Crafty Chicks Birthday
Wacky Wednesday- birthday
Whimsy- anything but a card
Challenge up your life- packaging/box
Paperplay challenge- tags and wrapping
Anything challenge- cutting corners
Crafty purple frog challenge- for someone special

Life is like a box of chocolates

Life is like a box of chocolates

I made this box to hold a couple of Thorntons Chocolate bars as a birthday pressie (testing out the idea for Christmas!!). Sorry I don’t have time to write much tonight!!

Gorgeous LOTV stamp was coloured with Promarkers. Image then covered with embossing ink and pink Perfect Pearls applied. I added some flowers from WOC. The textured card stock sleeve was sprayed with glitter spray.
I would like to enter the following challenges
Whimsy inspires- flowers
Clearly iStamp- flowers

First box

First box

This is my first box for the birthday card I made yesterday. I’m pleased with it as I had to make up how to do it!!

I made the background paper with sentiment on the computer. I tied the bow and stuck it on the wreath. I used distress inks to colour card and the punched two butterflies. I curled the wings, layered them and added gems to the body.  I added a cluster of flowers from WOC.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges
Bearly mine challenge- anything but a card
Craft your passion- bingo (flowers, bling on butterfly and free is using distress inks)
Crafty Ribbon Challenge- bingo (glitter on butterflies, flowers and gems on butterflies)
Joyful stamper inspire me Fridays- always anything goes