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Tuesday, 20 November 2012


but not least!!! All I can say is I'm glad I'm the boss cuz I can get away with murder lol!!!! Apologies to all my fabulicious Ladybugs for being late today. Not sure how it happened...I WAS on schedule to have my project ready yesterday but it all went pear shape :-( I do have a project in reserve but when I looked at it I realized I'd used an image not yet released hmph! I might use it next week and have a little mini competition to win the image...

Thank you to everyone who entered Sally's In The Office/Stationery Challenge ... it proved to be well, challenging lol. We didn't have as many entries as we usually do BUT I was so happy when 1/3 of the entries used an LCI image woot woot!!!! So a BIG thank you to all of you LCI image lovers and make sure you check out the Challenge blog to see if you've won a prize :-D

Today's challenge is brought to you by Lovely Ladybug Diane which is perfect for this time of year...Snowflakes. To make it a bit more challenging for the Ladybugs I gave each of them a clear box to use. I bought these a few years ago for the website and came across them recently. They are funtastic and can be used for many things and the Ladybugs have been busy creating lots of inspiration for you. It wasn't all smooth Ladybug had a strop ( 1 1/2 actually) and one was so engrossed in making her project she forgot to check what the challenge was so there's no snowflake to be found but all is forgiven because the end result is stunnalicious as is Ladybug Strop's!!!

The boxes come in 5 sizes so I'm sure there's one to suit your needs:

4 1/8" x 4 1/16" x 1" - 45p each
5 5/8" x 5 1/2" x 1" - 60p each
4 7/8" x 6 5/8" x 1" - 60p each
6 1/8" x 6 1/16" x 1" - 70p each
4 1/2" x 5 7/8" x 1" -  60p each

This is what they look like before they've been pimped!

And this is what mine looks like after...

I've used the 6 1/8" x 6 1/16" box which was the perfect size for the hankies I bought at Poundland! I found some 12 x 12 Craftwork Card cs I've had for yonks in pink and lilac with glittered snowflakes/flowers. I cut the pink at 3" deep and the lilac at 2 1/2" then tore one edge to look like snow and wrapped them around the box (I used one strip of 12" for each color then another 6" of each for ends to meet). I stamped snowflakes directly onto the acetate box AFTER I'd finished lol so I had to figure out how to stamp without taking everything apart. I removed the hankies and put 4 paper pads inside to give me a solid surface to stamp on :-D

I printed Let It Snow Delight, colored (do you like my pink and lilac striped scarf and hat?) with with my Copics then cut it out. I added Fluffy Stuff to the hats, Glamour Dust to the earmuffs and scarf and Judykins glitter to the snowballs and snow BEFORE I adhered it to the box. I learned from past experience to do this as it's VERY difficult to remove glitter from acetate :-S

In hindsight I think I should have used white trees but I'd already stuck the trees down when I realized. I added pale pink and amethyst 2mm & 3mm Swarovski crystals to the trees for a bit of bling.

I added a handle by punching a hole in the sides of the box with my long neglected whatchamacallit (I'm looking at it but can't remember it's name... big hole handles??) and the ends of the handle and fixed it in place with giant brads I made with my other long neglected whatchamacallit... i-top tool! Does anyone have one of those? I'm sure Ladybug Laurie has one somewhere lol. 

Look...isn't it fabulicious!!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Anything But A Card - A Stitch In Time:use any time or stitching element (I've stitched)
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Hooked on Crafts Challenges - Christmas (no red or green)
House of Gilli - Diecuts
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Totally Stampalicious - Non Traditional Christmas Colors
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Diecuts/punches

This would make fabuliciously inexpensive gift for a 70p, hankies £2 (I bought 2 packs but used only 5 of the 6 hankies) plus scraps of paper = £2.70! To see some other fabtastic ideas check out the other Ladybugs projects.

The sale is still on and we have sold out of a few stamps BUT they are now available as a digital download. These are Coffee Nikki, Dogwalker Nikki and Buttercup with Bird.

I think that's all for today. I'm off to finish a few more cards I abandoned and hopefully with have them to show you later this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Catch ya later x


Whimsey said...

Look at that handle - and a close up of the i-top in action; impressive!

Love the hankies; such beautiful colors!

Yeah, you might be late; meanwhile this bug is living in left field! :(

Julie said...

Were you jealous of my quilted Andrex? Lolol,you went one better and got the washable kind! How fab you box looks with handles! Love it! Was it a "Cropodile" or "Big Bite" you used? I have the green, version! Have a great evening,Julie x

Marianne said...

Love the pink and purple and all that glittery stuff. I see you even managed to add some stitching LOL. I've just ordered some thicker acetate to be able to create sth. like the box/gift over at only to find out now that you sell those boxes ready made! Guess your project wasn't the only thing that was late LOL.
Have a wonderful evening
Marianne x

Pami said...

Hi Kerry honey! Wow the projects this week are amazing! Love all the creations. And really handy little boxes!! Hope all ok with you! Pami x

Lisa Jane said...

well at last!!! what took you so long lol.. was it the fear of the whip??? it worked .. your project is fabaliscious.. or should i say hankiliscious.. love the handle!!
Lisa x

Mary J said...

Fabulous Kerry! I love these - please send to...oh yeah, you know my addie!! ;)

Susan said...

Better late than never !!
Gorgeous creation - and had to giggle as I was reading what you'd put in I thought of Julie and then just seen Julie's comment - lol !!!
Love the handle - very cute Xxx

Julia S-W said...

I love what you've done with the little box - such a clever transformation! The little trees are gorgeous and love the zig-zag stitching on the handle.
Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But A Card this time.

Jane said...

Wow girlie you have excelled yourself today... I love your really is fab! Love the tree die cuts you used....all so very festive.
Jane xxxxxx
PS You have not told me yet you are going to be a grandma ;0)

DesignerDiva said...

So glad you decided to join us Mrs, it would have been a disappointment to miss this little yummy creation - lovin' the handle (wish I'd thought of it!)
You will be surprised to know that yes I have a pink handled whatchamacallit like yours - its neglected but NO that was NO encase you misheard I do not own an i-top!! I did consider getting one once LOL but resisted!!
Hugs Laurie xx

Kathleen said...

Great post, made me smile and I shall be on the look out to see if I can spot who threw a strop but doubt if I will.
There are some stunning takes on the theme from the DT and yours is no exception. I love it, great idea with the hankies and the handle but acetate scares me silly.

Kath x

Diane's Card Designs said...

Stunning gift box Kerry. You have used my favourite colours. Love the handle and the stamped snowflakes on the acetate look amazing.
Must try this. Which ink did you use to stamp the snowflakes?
Diane xx

Elaine said...

Fabulous box superbly decorated a great idea well done

A Fabulous entry to our “Die Cuts and Punches ” Challenge ,and thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy Challenge this week Good Luck Hugs Elaine

Faith A said...

LOVE those boxes and what you have done with it, it's fabulous, another clever idea.

Claire Newcombe said...

This is an amazing project and the way you have embellished the box is so very professional fun and charming.souch better than the box they were originally packaged in I imagine .
A truly wonderful gift, and entrant into our challenge

Thank you for joining us at artistic inspiration this week.

Daisychain said...

A beautiful box, love how you have decorated it. Thanks for sharing it with us at Whoopsi Daisy for our ‘Dies & Punches’ challenge. Hope to see you next week. Hugs Christine x

Julie Short said...

What a pretty project.

Wendy said...

oh my...this gift box is fabulous the way you have transformed it! Thank you for sharing your project with us this week at Artistic Inspirations~Wendy, DT

coldwaters2 said...

This is absolutely fantastic such a gorgeous gift bag, the image and trees look ACE, thank you for joining our challenge at whoopsie daisy this week
lorraine x

Mandi said...

Super cute gift box. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow...this is such an awesome creation. Great holiday gift idea. Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week... :)

Rusty said...

Sooo pretty .... and yes I am sooo late again!! gorgeous! xx

Pinkies Sparkly Creations said...

fantastic creation thanks for joining us at artistic inspirations and good luck emma xx

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