cards and other happy thoughts

Trying to make sturdier packaging

Over time I’ve made lots of little boxes and love making them.  Recently I have purchased some gorgeous paper/card, which is quite heavy weight and I’m just holding off making something with it until I practice on cheaper easier to obtain card.  So here is my practice box.


The top is made with creme card and bottom with red.  I was looking for some design paper to add to the top and came across an old, very old, 8 x 8 inch paper pad by October Afternoon.  It is all in pieces but luckily the cover was still with it so I can tell you the name of the pad – “Holiday Style”.  You may be able to get it still but I would think you would have to be lucky.  One of the sheets is the one I used on the top and I only had to trim it a little.  Perfect, I love it.


I tried tying a lovely red ribbon around the box but it took so much away from the scene that I scrapped that idea and just went with a coordinating tag.

I have been researching (surfing the web) looking to see how people make sturdier boxes which would hold something a little more weightier.  After I got the idea I made this box and I’m very happy with it.  I had a couple of failures along the way (so glad I didn’t just go with the special paper/card first).



This was one of the failures, but instead of putting it in the bin I took a photo to show you how I cut and folded.  I don’t know whether it helps, if not give me a shout out and I will give you the measurements.


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Bye for now,



Such tweeties – match boxes

Hello all. A quick little post today.

I have been seeing lots of posts on Pinterest using match boxes. I saw one in particular HERE which I thought I would try. In my stash I knew there were some really fluffy and sweet fluff balls (don’t know what else to call them).

I filled the match box with lollies, Skittles to be exact. 12 fit in perfectly.

No shortage of volunteers to check that the box still opened after the lollies were added. 😋😜

Well bye for now,


Time for Tea

Would Polly put the kettle on please!

I’ve been having some fun with a die which I bought quite a while ago but hadn’t got around to using.  It is a Uniquely Creative metal die – 3D Tea Cup Die.

Here are the results:


A close up of 2 of the cups –


At the moment I’m on the look out for some smaller pouches of tea which would fit in the cup more neatly.

Had fun and used up some papers which I had on hand, so win, win.

Bye for now,



Gift card tag

Isn’t it difficult when someone has a birthday coming up but they are at a place or time in their life when a gift is not really an option.  I’m fortunate that the birthday person suggested a voucher for a particular venue would be very welcome.  So that is what I have prepared.


Giving a gift card card look quite lonely so I’ve added a bar of chocolate and used a tag to attach a pocket for the voucher.


My presentation is very simple but at least I know the gift card will be very welcome.  The only decoration was pretty paper (Fancy Pants Designs “Beatrice”) attached to the chocolate packaging, a ribbon to attach the tag which I made with white card and the same patterned paper, a couple of tiny flowers and a leaf adhered and that was that.


I can write “Happy Birthday” on the back of the tag.  All done and dusted.

Bye for now,


Flamingoes for a friend

Is it flamingoes or flamingos?  Either way they are spectacular birds.   On our recent trip to Singapore friends and I were lucky enough to visit the Jurong Bird Park and the very first exhibit was flamingoes.  Stunning, the colour was just amazing.  In fact, my friend was so rapt with them, I couldn’t tell you the number of photos which were taken. 🙂  So with that in mind I have made this card for her.


It came together so easily because recently I have purchased some stunning card/papers from Charlie and Paulchen.  You will see them used often on this blog I think.  Beautiful!  The flamingo is cut from a sheet of flamingo card and then just matted on black card. The splatters are already on the paper so no need for mess.




  • Charlie and Paulchen cardstock
  • Black Bazzill cardstock
  • Die -Mama Elephant “Hello Friend Script – Creative Cuts”

Bye for now,



One more SHOE ~ I DO

I’m sorry to be repetitive but one last shoe to show you.  I imagined it as a Wedding Card, but it could be for a deb, or communion etc.  The little space inside the toe of the shoe could be for money, jewellery, chocolate, or any other small gift.


I embossed the top layers of the card and the box which I think gave it a material type finish.  The 2 pieces of lace (1 on the shoe and 1 on the belly band) I bought in Singapore.  Wish I had bought more because they are a perfect size.  Just a thought  – – might have to go back to buy more.  🙂  🙂


The addition of the blue tissue paper and ribbon was purely for the photos.  White looked very pretty but very dull photos.



  • 2 sheets white card
  • embossing folder – Couture Creations “Exotic”
  • Sentiment – Papertrey Ink  (Heartfelt Basics)
  • Lace (from Singapore SIN HIN SHUAN KEE)
  • Tuille
  • Silver mirror card
  • Tissue paper
  • Kaeisercraft pearl strips

Bye for now,


Gents shoes

Yes I’m still on the “shoes” kick, and loving it.

Today I am using the Spellbinder Die “Gents Shoes”.  Great dies.


I made a quick and easy gift box and belly band.  The shoes are cut from black mirror card.  Unfortunately my little camera didn’t like the shiny surface and the shoes look more bluish.  But they really are black.


Looking at the photos made me realise that I should have taken a black marker and gone around the cut edges so the white core of the card didn’t show so much.  I’ve done that now but too late for the photos.



  • Black card
  • DCWV – Jet Black Stack 12 x 12 printed cardstock
  • Black Mirror Card (I bought mine from Office Works)
  • Black thin ribbon

Jet Black White 12"x12" Cardstock 48 Papers 24 Designs DCWV 1/2 Glitter Foil NEW

Thanks for popping in today,