Thursday, 15 October 2015

It's beginning to feel a bit like Christmas!

Good morning crafty friends and I hope you are well today!

It's been a rather madcap week or so here at Casa Mia, so we're looking forward to the end of next week when it will be half term ... whoopeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee - not that I'm excited you understand!

It's new challenge time at Feeling Sketchy and there's another great sketch for you courtesy of Michelle. Plenty of scope for creativity with this one, I feel:

As usual, we've got a lovely sponsor for you. This time, it's Heather Valentin from Lacy Sunshine who is kindly offering our lucky winner a prize pack. Heather also offered the DT their choice of image to showcase for this challenge - thank you Heather! So, without futher ado, here is my card for you featuring one of Heather's pretty images:

I'll apologise now as this post is going to be VERY photo heavy ... this Pop Up Box card was not the easiest thing in the world to photograph, so I've got plenty of pics from plenty of angles to show you! Tee hee!!!!! :oD

Just in case you were wondering about how my card fits the sketch layout, I imagined the foliage to be the sentiment, the goblet to be the pocket, and the girl as one of the tags coming out of the pocket. The box sides and back provide the card shape. This is the first time I've made a Pop Up Box card, and it may well be the last. The air wasn't quite blue, but I wasn't terribly ladylike ........ ooooops!!!!!!

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is Sheena Stamping Card which has been cut, scored and folded to make a lower box of 2¼ inches x 3 inches, with the top flaps being 2¼ inches x 2½ inches. I followed this SplitCoast Stampers Tutorial, but then completely messed the sizing up!
  • Papers - are by Paulette at Create with TLC and I think these were a blog freebie in December 2012. They are called Chritmas Mist Papers 4 and I used them on all the external box sides. For the internal box sides, I again tried the technique of inking an embossing folder which I had seen demo'd by Sara Davies of Crafter's Companion. I'm much happier with the result this time which I did on smaller pieces of Sheena Stamping Card. I used the Vintage Christmas "Snowflake Flutter" embossing folder for this together with a pearlescent blue Brilliance ink pad. This embossing folder was one of the goodies which came with Issue 5 of the Crafter's Inspiration magazine.

  • Image - is White Smores Delight by Heather at Lacy Sunshine. I have brought this girl and her S'more to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours, before fussy cutting her out.
    • Goblet - FT1, GT2, BT5, JG6
      Gingerbread - GB8, GB10, EB5, True Black
      Foliage - DG2, DG3, DG4, DR3
      Bow - PL1, PL2, PL3
      Clothes - PL1, PL2, PL3, IG2, IG7, White Glitter, True Black, Silver Gel Pen
      S'more & Topping - IG2, White Glitter, EB1, EB2
      Skin - FS3, FS4, TN3, CR4, EB3
      Hair - EB6, EB7, EB8
I added a layer of the "topping" to one of the bars inside the card, just to give the image some depth. It didn't quite work out how I had planned it, but ....

Please do head over to the Feeling Sketchy challenge blog and see the other wonderful inspiration from my incredibly talented teamies. While you're there, take a peek at the Special World Card Making Day Challenge where the inspiration is beautiful autumnal colours and there are some great prizes on offer too!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

With this card, I'm also throwing my hat into the ring and trying out for the DT Call at ABC Christmas Challenges. I have entered previous cards this year into your challenges: a little Humphrey's Corner card for letter A, a fun, flying fairy card for letter G and a Santa tag for letter L.

That's it from me for today - hope you have a great day, whatever you're doing.

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Wow Helen this is stunning, love the design and fab detail.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  2. Ooooh fab card. Love the pop up!

  3. what a fabulous make - i love it xx

  4. Wow. What a fabulous pop up box. Thanks for joining the challenge for tags at Little Red Wagon this week.

  5. Such a cute card and design! Love it!

  6. Wow-spectacular card! Thank you for sharing with us at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. - Myrna DT

  7. Love what you have done here, beautiful colors and design. Thanks for sharing with us at the Crafting for all Seasons challenge, hope to see you again. Barb

  8. Thanks for entering our Christmas Challenge here at C.R.A.F.T.!
    Monica - DT

  9. Cute project, thanks for sharing with Crafting for All Seasons!

  10. Gorgeous card!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  11. Pretty Box! Good luck with the ABC Christmas Challenge DT call
    hugs Samantha :0)


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