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Advent calendar

I know, I know I have been MIA for too long but truth to tell I haven’t done a huge amount of crafting lately. Our home is up for sale and we have been busy either keeping the house up to scratch or keeping the garden tidy. Then there was all the accumulated junk to sort through and dispose of.  Then joy of joys we had an offer for our property and we had to hot foot it down to Cornwall to house hunt and luckily found a lovely bungalow with a sea view, we put in an offer which was accepted and back home to do yet more sorting ut whilst all the paperwork was being processed. I then started to pack those things that were not going to be used within the next month or so. Two months down the line our buyer pulled out and the world seemed to crash down around our ears! So it is back to housework to keep the place looking loved and tidy but our estate agents, bless ’em, are pulling out all the stops and we have plenty of viewings lined up – fingers crossed we will soon find another buyer who will keep their word.

And so to crafting! Every year our grandchildren are bought advent calendars especially the ones filled with chocolates and it came to mind why didn’t I make them? Sara at Cardmaking Paradise had created a lovely advent calendar based on the sour cream carton (for those of us of a certain age in the UK they look similar to the Jubbly cartons of our childhood!!) so I unearthed all my Christmas papers that I rarely used for card making and proceeded to make 96 little cartons (24 per child!). These I filled with small sweets/chocolates.

Little cartons filled with chocolates and sweets

A very kind forum friend, Marion from Cardmaking Paradise forum sent me her crimper, I used this to ‘ribble’ the ends of the little cartons which gave a lovely professional finish to them. Initially I was going to use die cut numbers on punched out circles but adhering lots of die cut numbers to small circles was a step too far and I printed out the numbers and used a small circle punch to cut those numbers out and stamped a small image on each circle and adhered these to circles of cardstock. Thread was fixed to the small cartons and then to a numbered circle.

Using another template supplied by Sara the outer, larger, cartons were made from plain cardstock for the base and printed pearlescent paper for the outer covering. Each of the larger cartons was filled with 24 small cartons but before filling with the smaller cartons I adhered large chocolate coins to the internal base so that there is something for 25 th December!

showing the larger cartons filled with smaller cartons

The images on the paper used for the outer covers of the larger box were already on my computer, the images were printed onto the gold pearlescent paper. I added extra decoration by using a border punch along the top edge of the large carton.

Another view!

These were great fun to make and add something special to the lead up to Christmas. I’m already coming up with different ideas for next year!!

Please join us at Cardmaking Paradise where there are lots of lovely templates, not only will you join a very friendly crafting community but a donation from your membership is made to Sara’s charity Crafty Smiles bringing crafting to children in hospital.

Thank you for looking x



Another cardmaking paradise template!

Isn’t it typical that I don’t blog for ages…sorry about that but blame the dreaded flu bug that finally went away and took energy and motivation with it ….then I post more than once in one day!

This Trellis card was another one of Sara’s projects for Cardmaking Paradise members :

Trellis card

This is a great way to use those flourish or swirl die cuts; the flourishes are adhered to the card’s margins in whatever way pleases you and the focal image is centred and adhered onto the overlapping die cuts with another square of cs adhered on the inside to sandwich the flourishes. I added an insert of good quality paper that I stamped in two corners and punched a decorative edge down the right hand side.

Now you know you would love to have some of these fantastic templates for yourself so please come and join us at Cardmaking Paradise and know that 10% of your membership fee goes to a good cause.

I will let Sara tell you  “10% of all membership fees go towards our new charity, Crafty Smiles, bringing crafts to children in Oncology Wards around the country. You can join in wherever you are in the world! ”

And we do have members from around the world too 🙂

Thank you for looking x

Cardmaking Paradise Templates

Hello everyone!  Aren’t we having some glorious weather at the moment? The birds are singing, butterflies flitting around and the spring flowers all make for an uplifting time 🙂

I am a member of a wonderful community over at Cardmaking Paradise run by the lovely and talented Sara Sandberg; there is a forum with lots of fun people from around the world and they, too, are also talented. The items many of the ladies make range widely across the crafty spectrum, I don’t think there is a craft question that has stumped anyone yet! Sara not only runs the forum and members area but also designs various templates for members use and is a whizz at technical problems.

One of the templates is for a concertina card and box. There is a variation on the concertina card – either plain or designed to carry the words Mum, Mom or Mor for Mother’s Day (or perhaps a special birthday card). This is my take on the concertina card:

Concertina card

The base card is created from pearlescent gold card stock stamped with a Crafter’s Companion flower image in lack Archival Ink. The inner section is a piece of white cs inked with Versamagic then overstamping in black ink and finally coloured with pencils.

Box for concertina card

I love this little box! The template was printed onto gold pearlescent cs, cut out and then stamped with a script stamp before assembling and a butterfly attached for added decoration.

Sara also has a blog where you can see details of a blog candy haul she is offering anyone using her templates – see image on my sidebar.

Come on over and join in the fun at Cardmaking Paradise – click the link in my post or click on the logos on my sidebar.

As Sara explains “Help us to spread the word about Cardmaking Paradise. 10% of all membership fees go towards our new charity, Crafty Smiles, bringing crafts to children in Oncology Wards around the country.
You can join in wherever you are in the world!”

You must  admit this is a most worthy cause; as a member of Cardmaking Paradise you join in the fun of the forum and have access to lots of great templates, join in swaps and challenges and pick up plenty of hints and tips on a wide raft of craft subjects.

Thanks for looking 🙂

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