Monday, 25 August 2014

Heartfelt Creations Altered Box Project–Celebrate the Journey and Arianna Blooms


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Hope you are all enjoying your Bank Holiday.

MJ was asked if she could do another suitcase project so she has!

So today MJ is sharing a project she created yesterday using an old Molton Brown Gift Box and some gorgeous Heartfelt Creations products.  Once again MJ is using two of her favourite sets; Celebrate the Journey and Arianna Blooms.

This is the box from the outside……

HFC Altered Box 2

And this is the box from the inside..

HFC Altered Box 3


This is what it looked like originally (although she said she had used all her goodies up!)




  • First thing MJ did was coat the whole box with 2 – 3 coats of white gesso to cover the design on the outside and to cover the yellow inside the box too.  Then dried with heat tool.
  • Next she lined the inside and outside of the box with papers from the Celebrate the Journey paper pad.
  • Then she stamped the suit case onto one of the papers and cut out using the matching die and also cut one unstamped piece of paper for the rear of the suitcase. A 1/2” strip of paper was cut and folded in half and glued in to act as hinge. 
  • Using the Arianna Bloom stamp and matching die MJ produced a mass of flowers which she shaped and glued together to form the flowers.
  • Taking the Celebrate the Journey Sentiments stamp and the Once Upon a Time die set she cut out the round greetings and mounted onto card.  She also used the World Map PreCut Set to create the torn pieces inside the box and the Balloon and the Bicycle set to make the balloon piece.  The tags and tickets were cut from the paper pad.

HFC Altered Box 4

  • Once she had all the elements ready to go she glued them into place inside the box until she was happy with the finish.  Adding some floral detail to the inside and front of it too.

HFC Altered Box 5

    What MJ Used

HFC Celebrate the Journey Paper Pad

HFC Balloon and Bicycle PreCut Set – HCPC 3599

HFC Arianna Bloom Stamp – HCPC 3608

HFC Arianna Blooms Die – HCD 748

HFC Once Upon A Time Die – HCD 744

HFC Luggage and Tags Die – HCD 745

HFC Luggage and Sentiments PreCut Set – HCPC 3597

HFC Celebrate the Journey Sentiments PreCutSet – HCPC 3596

HFC World Map PreCut Set – HCPC 3598


We hope you have been inspired to alter one of your old boxes.


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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sneak Peek – New - Snowman and Snowdog and Father Christmas Papercraft Kits – Monday 18th August


Hi Everyone

Today MJ is showing you sneak peeks of the NEW Snowman and Snowdog Papercraft Kits.



Bring the magic and fun of Christmas to your festive party decorations and papercrafting projects this year with the iconic imagery of Raymond Brigg’s ‘The Snowman™ and The Snowdog’ and ‘Father Christmas™’. This heart-warming tale of a little boy and his dog will bring the spirit of Christmas alive for people everywhere.




Crafters Companion are launching this fabulous collection as the Four Day Deal on Create & Craft on Monday, these brand new papercrafting CD collections and papercrafting kits will be sure to trigger old memories for crafters everywhere. Don’t miss the live shows on Create & Craft throughout the four days, that will be packed full of inspiring demonstrations.




The card sample above MJ thought would be great for a more masculine feel.  Put a lovely photo in the centre frame and make it really personal for the person you made it for.




Don’t forget to tune in. This is going to be a popular collection as it always is so make sure you don’t miss your chance to get it!


We hope you have been inspired.


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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Box and Card Project


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Today MJ has been playing with her favourite paper and stamp range, Heartfelt Creations using the Celebrate the Journey paper pad together with the coordinating dies and stamps.

The outside opening box idea was inspired by John Lockwood’s fancy box and the original post is HERE. The card was inspired by the very talented Nikki Payne who was at Dandie Crafts demoing recently.  Thank you again Nikki.

So let’s show what MJ has done.

This project is; the box measures 5 1/2” x 5 1/2” and the card measures 5 1/4” x 5 1/4”.

Once the box structure was made she has used the pink tones of the 12” x 12” paper and layered top, bottom and sides after using Distress Ink around all edges. The inside of the box was lined with toning papers from the pad.


CTJ  1


Now to see what’s inside the box… sounds like an old quiz

What a lovely surprise this will be for the recipient.




For the card MJ used the same pink toned papers for the front of card.  She then used the coordinating stamps from the Celebrate the Journey range stamping with a Sepia coloured ink onto white card.  The images were then coloured with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. 

MJ then used the matching dies to cut out the fob watch and greetings etc.  Next she used the Luggage die set to make the suitcase (she loved that it was fun to make). The small tag was taken from the paper pad as was the ticket. The fun part was arranging it all on the front of the card.




For the front of the box MJ stamped the greeting and then used the luggage label die to cut it out.




MJ Used

Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Collection Paper Pad – HCDP1 242

One Upon a Time Die – HCD 744

Luggage and Tags Die Set – HCD 745

Luggage and Sentiments PreCut Set – HCPC 597

Celebrate the Journey Sentiments Precut Set – HCPC 3596

World Map Precut Set – HCPC 3598

Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet

Ranger Archival Ink – Sepia

Imagination Crafts Detail Sparkle – White Shimmer

A lovely project to pass an hour or two of ‘ME Crafting Time’.

We hope you have been inspired.

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Sneak Peek–NEW Party Paws Christmas from Crafters Companion

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MJ has a Sneak Peek for you today of the brand NEW Party Paws Christmas range launching on Create and Craft as the Weekender on 9 and 10th August with Leann Chivers and Dawn Wheeler.  With those two you know it will be fun!

MJ’s project will be available on Crafters Companion UK soon as a Step-by-Step Project so that you can make it too.  It makes a lovely Christmas Decoration to display on a mantelpiece.  You could even cut another circle from the base layer before assembling and then you can pop it over a battery operated tea light.

PP Xmas Birdhous 1

What MJ Used

Party Paws CD – Papers and Decoupage
Sweet Treats Board – Popcorn Box
A4 Kraft Card Pack
Die’Sire Dies – Lace Border 4 and Picket Fence
Create-a-Card Die – O’Christmas Tree
Collall All Purpose/3D Glue Gel/Tacky Glue
Frantage White Enamel Powder
Spectrum Noir Pens – for Ribbon
This collection is so cute with lots of new features on the CD with 3D projects for you to make all your Christmas home d├ęcor as well as cards and gifts for family and friends.
This new collection features:-
  • Two single CD ROMs
  • Eight A6 unmounted rubber stamp sets
  • Hunkydory Topper Kit
  • Hunkydory Card Inserts
  • Hunkydory Snowy Acetate Pack
If you love to stamp (as MJ does) then why not get hold of your Neenah and Desert Storm card and not forgetting the gorgeous Centura Pearl too.

MJ loves her co-ordination card for all her matt and layering and it cuts beautifully using her Die’Sire dies.  And a project isn’t complete (especially at Christmas) without a little sparkle so she uses Spray and Sparkle; Gold on warm colours, Silver on cool colours and Iridescent for everything!  But if you like a pearl lustre, which looks great sprayed over white card after using the Vintage Christmas Falling Softly embossing folder, then the Pearl Diamond Spray and Sparkle is a must have..gorgeous!

Please don’t miss the shows they are going to be great with lots of inspiration and fabulous Design Team projects for you to get ideas from.

We hope you have been inspired.

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