Friday, 21 October 2016

Creating like crazy

Five on Friday


Great to be joining Amy from Love Made My Home11 and all the lovely bloggers from 'Five on Friday' again after a couple of weeks break from posting. 

I've had been a very busy time creating lots of paper crafting projects as well as finding a new job and dealing with a boiler that is rebelling! (Currently no heating!)

So here are five of the things I've been up to. Firstly (and I meant to post this on 'Wicked Wednesday') I make Halloween boxes for friends / their children / colleagues etc. Sometimes I make them to raise a little money for charity.

1. Halloween boxes

Frankie guarding the treats!

Batty boxes

The boxes are made with a fry box die (links below) and various stamps and punches. I love the Frankenstein - or Frankie as I like to call him - as he dances to the tune of 'Monster Mash'. Some of you may remember the song from many moons ago. (Now I'm showing my age! lol)

2. Card Party


A friend hosted a 'card party', as we call it, last weekend where she invited some friends round for an open house. (Thank you so much Sharon.) It was lovely to be able to meet people and sell some of my creations. It had taken me weeks to prepare and a manic week or so just before the card party to make extra items. I was so thankful for my friend Jan Doling for helping with essential last minute tasks and being a general superstar. Those of you who are crafters know how long it takes to make handmade items! Next creative dash is for a local school Christmas Fayre at the beginning of December.

3. Birthday boxes

40 birthday boxes

From the card party I had a few orders and the first was for 40 birthday boxes! Really liked the way they turned out but they did take over 12 hours to make. I used a die for the main part of the box (retired from SU) then made the end pieces. So that is 40 main pieces, 80 end pieces (individually cut and scored and 3 pieces of tape on each one - that's 240 pieces of double sided tape), 80 pieces of decorative paper - front and back and 40 decorative elements. I was happy when these were completed! :-)

4. Baby Cards

One design for baby cards

I've had lots of requests for baby cards recently - mainly boys. This is one design I have made based on a card by Clearly Besotted on Pinterest. I will be making some different ones this weekend to add to the collection. Hopefully I'll be able to show them next week.

5. Sticky note holders

Love that I can personalise projects with nicknames.

Useful little holders - great near a phone to take messages.

I made these little sticky note holders for two friends. They are based on ones originally made by Jan Brown. The holders stand up with a tent fold in the middle and have a little pouch on the back. I'd added a mini calendar and some decorative paperclips into the pouch.

I have also been creating projects for Crafter's Companion Design Team in the last couple of weeks. They should be popping up on HOCHANDA in some of the Crafter's Companion 11th birthday shows this week. I'll probably be putting them up here next week.

That's it for this week. I'm off to plan and make my next lot of crafty projects. If you would like me to show you how to make a particular project then please leave a comment below. Have a fabulous weekend, and for my teacher friends, have a great half term.

Jan x

Products used: Unfortunately some of the products used are now retired including the bigz die used to make the body of the birthday boxes and the Fry box die used to make the Halloween treat boxes. Both were by Stampin Up! but they have other dies available for treat boxes so it's worth checking out their site. Coloured card is from Hobbycraft, matt black card from Crafter's Companion, coloured paper is from Trimcraft 'Bright Sparks' collection. Mini pens are from Wilko and sticky notes from Staples. Stamps and dies for the baby cards are from Clearly Besotted however they are taking a break and are closed until the new year. Their products can be found in a number of other crafting websites.


  1. It was great to be able to help you out with your card party. I am in awe of how quickly you made up the birthday treat boxes as I know how long it takes to prepare and cut the individual elements, you must have been buerning the midnight oil, They look fab. xx

  2. Wow you have been really busy! I love your Halloween treat boxes. They look really fun.

    Happy Five on Friday!

    1. Thank you Sharon. I love cute Halloween treat boxes. I make something different next year! Lol

  3. Wow, what a lot of wonderful makes. The birthday boxes were stunning.

  4. You've been very productive, lovely creations. I'm visiting from Five on Friday.

  5. Beautiful makes Jan! I too am a crafter (lapsed) and I know how much time and work goes in. I have a room full of stamps and dies...must get back to it.

    1. Thanks Fiona. I would love to see what you make when you have a chance to play with your crafty stash again..

  6. Oh my, what a lot of work. Love,love, love the Halloween boxes and remember the Monster Mash well.

  7. Your work is beautiful. Truly some works of art.

  8. You really have been busy. Glad the card party went well which led to more orders. You really have a flair with paper craft

  9. The birthday boxes were a huge undertaking, but the results are stunning.

  10. What a lot of things you have made, I should think you'll be glad of a rest! Fabulous

  11. Wonderful crafty goodness. Those birthday boxes were a big project!