Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Bear with a Blog

Hello everyone

I have been waiting ages to show you my latest card, but as it's for my daughter Beth's sweet sixteenth I didn't dare post it just in case she saw it (as she follows me) on here and the surprise was ruined.
Anyhow, It was her birthday on Sunday. she now has it so I can show you what I made for her.

It's an exploding box card !!!!!!

Here is The top, James the bear from LOTV keeping up with his blog of course.  Beth just loves bloging  and spends hours on her laptop so this stamp fits her beautifully.  I coloured him in greys to fit with the papers and paper pieced the laptop.

The box side on

I used LOTV circular sentiment stamps Dreamy Days

Just love this lace called Laila from Ribbon Girl it gave it a really vintage feel

Here it is opened up

The butterflies are from a memory box die and are on strips of acetate to make them fly out as are some of  the flowers

 Here are a few of the tabs in greater detail, there are tags that pull out for journalling of the day and I have left some of the leaves blank for photos.

The bear is from posy trio a set of three LOTV stamps that work so well with James


Here he is again but this time cut out on one of the leaves.  The papers are bonnets and bowties from LOTV and were free in a mag.  However I have now used most of them and will just have to buy one.
 Lilly of the valleys current challenge is pretty papers and as I think I have used every on on the pad I must have a go at entering it.\their paper pads fit together so                                                                                                                                                   well they are perfect for this                                                                                           kind of project.

Above is a tag, using the spelbinders romantic rectangles die below another of the posy trio stamps

On the underneath of some of the leaves I embossed the paper and inked with Tim Holtz weathered wood which I also used on the edges of the papers.  I left room on the tags for her to record her wishes dreams and inspirations as well as her friends and family so that it could be a treasured memento of the day

Inside of the box I put another box which contained a silk rose hair clip for her hair and she will be able to use it to keep her secret treasures in the future

of course I had to decorate both boxes with flowers and lace, both from the Ribbon Girl naturally so am going to enter their challenge just add flowers.

Hope you enjoyed looking at my card and that it gives you inspiration, why not have a go they are so easy and such fun yet they look so effective.  Beth loved it and I think she will keep it for years to come.  Still can't believe she is sixteen though!!!!

Best wishes and please leave me a comment, I would love to know what you think of my work.
Bye for now

challenges I am entering

A creative romance anything goes september 12th

                                  Alphabet Challenge Blog Pretty Petals

Deep ocean challenge Vintage

Scribble and scrap crafts anything goes

Butterfly challenge 24# ugly bug ball

Crafty little fairies Sparkle and Bling

My mums craft shop Dies or punches

stamping sensations things with wings

The sisters of craft

Craft my life


  1. This is beautiful! I love the lace. What a lovely present. Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenges.

  2. What a beautiful explosion box.

    Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog.


  3. What a sweet little Bear :-) He looks right at home sitting on your beautifully embellished box. The inside of the box is just as divine.
    Thank you for entering your project at Craft Room Challenge this fortnight. I am sure your daughter will treasure it

    Best wishes

  4. Such a sweet explosion box! I love all the details. I am sure your daughter will cherish it. Thanks for joining us at the Craft Room.

  5. Wow! What a fabulous masterpiece. And little James the Bear as well! Perfect! Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

  6. Stunning creation, lovely images and details.
    Thank you for sharing at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

  7. Hi Maria, Could you possibly link your post up to my challenge please so I can come back and coment on your gorgeous gorgeous box. Hugs Mrs A. Butterfly challenge.

  8. Wow, bet your daughter loved this, it is amazing! Thank you for joining us at Scribble and Scrap challenge. Good luck! Love Jean xxx

  9. This is a great creation hun, what a cute image :) Thanks for playing at MMCS! xxx

  10. Wow just just love your project and gorgeous image, thank you for joining us at sisters of craft, good luck
    Caroline dt

  11. Wow that is one amazing and cute project. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  12. A super cute creation, Maria! fabulous colour combo and lovely butterflies. Thanks for joining in at stamping sensations for our things with wings theme this month and good luck!

  13. WOW! This is amazing! I'm sure your DD loves it!

    Thank you for participating in the {PIN}Spirational Challenge!

  14. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September challenge with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon x

  15. Fabulous card!
    Thanks for playing at the Crafty Little Fairies Challenge!
    Helen x

  16. WOW! Gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper