Wednesday, 23 December 2015

56 days remaining! - the Crafty Countdown


All the dogs!!  Christmas starts with landing at my mums with my 3 dogs, and mum and Neils 3 dogs!  It's a complete house full.  At the moment it's all calm - no grumpy dogs (touch wood).  Caz is left holding the fort back in Peterborough - I bet it feels really quiet. I didn't bring loads of craft stuff up with me, so I set about raiding my mums craft stash.  


I found a box making kit that I actually bought my mum a while ago (I think it's Anna Griffin) - she has used some of them, but there's plenty left for me to play with.  I popped out the elements to make my first box.  Things like this are brilliant to trace round to keep as a template for future use.


They are dead easy to put together.  They're pre-scored, and just need a bit of tape to hold them together.  The lid still opens as well, which I like, as they are great for little Christmas treats.


The only part I really hate, are the little paper pips.  They really get on my nerves.  I went around the edges with my red pen to hide them a little bit.


I threaded my ribbon through the top of the ribbon buckle


And then I looped the ribbon and threaded each end back through the buckle.  I kept a large loop which will be used to hang the box on the tree


I glued it in place, making sure there was plenty of glue to hold the ribbon and buckle in place


Urgh, more pips!!


However, round the edge with the green pen, and viola, it looks much better doesn't it :)


This panel was glued to the front of the box, and I drew round the edge with a quickie glue pen, and then added a little glitter - this is handy if you have got any of those stubborn pips to cover 


Next I made a pretty ribbon, using satin, organza and curling ribbon.  I wanted something that made quite an impact


I glued it onto the front of the box, which I think looks really pretty


I then added some flowers from the kit, with some stick on gems in the centre


And also one at the top


I managed to find a little bit of space on mums tree to squeeze the box on.  Don't worry though, I have taken it back off, so it's ready to send out to the winner when I decide how I'm going to give away my Crafty Countdown makes.

11 comments:

karenlotty said...

What a lovely box I love the shape I have literally just finished making a 21x21x21cm box after husband said " this present really needs a box. Can you make one now?" Thank goodness for 12x12in card stock! The dogs look really content and settled in Have fun with al of them

Margaret A said...

You"ve reminded me that somebody gave me two k & co pretty purses books..must look them out. These are lovely. Enjoy your Christmas..at least it wont be dull with all the dogs x

Margaret A said...

You"ve reminded me that somebody gave me two k & co pretty purses books..must look them out. These are lovely. Enjoy your Christmas..at least it wont be dull with all the dogs x

Margaret A said...

You"ve reminded me that somebody gave me two k & co pretty purses pads..must look them out. These are lovely. Enjoy your Christmas..at least it wont be dull with all the dogs x

Kitty Davies said...

Hi Leonie.
A beautiful project Thank you.
Thank you Leonnie for all the work you put in to inspire us and the many laughs.
I wish you and your Family a very Happy Christmas, and very best wishes for 2016.
i am really looking forward to seeing you on tv again.
Take care Kitty.

carol edwards said...

Hi Leoni and all the lovely 4 legged friends. Really nice project, wishing you a great christmas with all the familyx

Anonymous said...

Love the dogs, love the project. Have a good Christmas and an exciting New Year.
M F Mxx

suecar53 said...

Lovely box, I use an emery board to get rid of the pips as they always annoy me !!
Have a great Christmas with your family, looking forward to 2016 to see what you have in store for us.

Linda Simpson said...

Beautiful and looks wonderful on the tree. Glad to hear you have arrived safely up north! Have a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for 2016.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Leonie one thing putting a box like this together but the decoration you have done on it really makes it special. Have a lively Christmas. Best wishes Jackie x

Tracy Welham said...

Smart idea, love it. Creative Blessings, Tracy x