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Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
I have been crafting since May 2008, when in desperation to find an unusual birthday card for my Mum, I gave up looking in the shops and decided to have a go at making my own. I soon realised that crafting is addictive and I haven't brought a card since. In 2011 I completed my certificate in papercrafting as a result of the work I did as part of the course I started entering challenges on line and in magazines. I applied for design teams and also started making samples for Ooh La La Creations for their shows on Create and Craft. I have now completed my Diploma in professional crafting and most recently been runner up in the Papercrafter of the Year 2013 a competition run by Papercraft essentials magazine, I don't have a particular style I like to use elements from lots of styles and techniques, although I do love all things vintage. In 2014 I started to move more towards scrapbooking to take care of the huge family archive of photographs that were stored in my attic. I have continued cardmaking and Scrapbooking through 2015 and 2016 but have also become interested in off the page projects. I hope to be able focus on these in the future.

Thursday 17 October 2013

Fourteen Down Ten to go

This weeks challenge at Through The Purple Haze is anything goes with a hint of food. So I came up with this little keepsake box with a surprise inside.

Materials used
Centura Pearl card stock
Centura Pearl Paper
Cosmic Shimmer PVA white Pearl
Self Adhesive Pearls
White Ribbon.
Martha Stewart Paper Clay

I started off by printing the phrases 'Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue' onto the ice blue Centura pearl paper. I then stuck this to thin white card and used a nestabilities scalloped oval die to cut them out, I then glued a ribbon loop to the back of each one and edged them with the Cosmic
Shimmer PVA, pearls and put them to one side to dry.

Whilst the little plaques were drying I measured and cut the following Pieces of Centura Pearl Card stock.

1 x 27cm x 27cm for the box
1 x 10cm x 10cm for the lid
1 x 8.5 cm  x 8.5cm for the lid panel
6 x 6cm x 6cm for the inner panels and lid lining.

In addition 5 panels of the ice blue paper were also cut at 6cm x 6cm. These were embossed using a Crafter's Companion Ulitmate Pro score board to give a quilted design and these were then mounted onto the 6x6 card panels. Liquid pearls were added at the intersections, and the panels placed to one side to dry.

The 27cm square was scored at 9cm and 18 cm from Top to bottom and then again from left to right to give a cross shape on the card. the four outside squares were cut out and then embossed using an embossing folder and stuck to the outside edges of the box and the sentiment ovals previously created were stuck around the sides.
 The 10 x10 square was used to create the box lid and was scored on all sides at 1.5cm from the edge to form the lip. Once this had been stuck at the corners a 2cm strip of the ice blue paper that had been edged using a Martha Stewart punch was stuck around the edge to form the lace effect. the lace edge was also highlighted in liquid pearls and a strip of self adhesive pearls was stuck around the top to form a border.

 The 8.5 x 8.5 cm panel was embossed using an swirly patterned embossing folder and then this was stuck to top of the lid. I used flowers I had made from Martha Stewart Paper clay, using silicone moulds intended for modelling sugar paste to decorate the top of the lid and these has sparkle added in the form of stickles.

I suppose you are wondering by now what on earth this all has to do with food well the picture below reveals the surprise one the lid is lifted from the box.

Having lined the box and the box and the lid with quilted panels and added a die cut sentiment on the top and bottom panels and, heart plaques on the left and right hand panels I got to the centre piece. It may not be obvious from the picture above but seen from the side all becomes clear.

It is a little wedding cake covered in cascading roses. To make the cake I made three small boxes measuring 1cm deep and 5.5cm, 4cm, and 2 cm square and stuck them together. wrapped each tier of my cake with organza ribbon and liquid pearl trim and added white sparkling roses cascading down the sides, with a tiny double bow to finish.

So there you have it a keepsake surprise for Anything goes with a hint of food.
I am entering this project into the following challenges

http://throughthepurplehazechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes with a hint of food


  1. Alli, this is fabulous! What an incredible amount of work went into this, but well worth it. The end result is stunning! Thanks for sharing this with us at Through the Purple Haze Challenges!!

    Darcy DT

  2. Fantastic just fantastic...

    fiona DT

  3. Wow that is fantastic! How beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at Through the Purple Haze Challenges this week.
    Eithne DT

  4. Ali i am speechless this is gorgeous! you have done a fabulous job! Thank you for joining us at Through the Purple Haze Challenges this week . Anita DT