Sunday 10 July 2022

A Special Box Card

After a few days away in sunny East Sussex I am back catching up with what I have missed. I do love the south coast and the rolling countryside. I am so used to the flat lands of East Anglia that the rolling hills of the South Downs seem like mountains to me! Plus, I love the seaside and the English Channel actually looks turquoise and not muddy brown like the North Sea. The sun shone for our visit so the sea was lovely and sparkly too.

I have a special friend whose birthday is the day before mine, but, she is 4 years older than me and so it was a special year for her this year. Reaching 70 is quite a challenge I think, she was certainly in shock about it for a while.

If it is a special birthday I quite like to make box cards as they are quite straightforward to make also pack a punch, I think. You can see another box card using the same dies that I made for my daughters 40th here.

Lots of photos on this post to help you get a feel for the details in the box. The flowers were all die cut from snippets of left over backgrounds. Mainly watercolour but some gelli prints.

Once the box was made I cut the Crafters Companion floral delights die set 3 times using different scraps for the flowers. these were arranged before glueing into the box. I added some little hearts and numbers onto clear acetate and arranged them in the box too. The medallion on the front is made using the pretty posy die also by Crafters Companion. I used part of the die to decorate the sides of the box and stamps on the 2 side flaps.

I added a little tag with some embroidery floss to one of the side flaps.

You can see the numbers and hearts in this picture.

I used some tiny gems for the centres of some of the flowers.

And finally a view from the back.

I am pleased to say that my friend was very impressed with this one. She said she couldn't stop looking at it, that's a good sign I think.

I was waiting for the new snippets challenge before publishing this post only to realise that Di is asking for Christmas cards this month! Never mind there is always a next time.

I am sharing this at:
knutselsenkadootjes - summer flowers

cardstock: Adorable scorable coated card, various colours
Ink: Versamark and wow gold embossing powder
Stamps: Concord & 9th
Dies: Crafters Companion, floral delight and pretty posy double sided dies; Creative Expressions, from me to you; with love was free from a magazine; Concord & 9th numbers; Tiny heart flowers by Positively Papercraft

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 


crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely gorgeous box card Hilary and love all the beautiful die-cut flowers -sounds like you enjoyed your few days away.
Carol x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Oh wow! This is stunning and I'm sure your friend loved it.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

This is such a very special box card for your friend, Hilary!! Love so much the jars inside and the amazing flowers you cut from your own papers, they looks really fabulous! There are a lot of beautiful details on the box, so there is no doubt that your friend couldn't stop looking at it! A lot of work here, but the result is awesome! I have a similar die, very unused, I have to put it at work :) Thanks for the inspiration!
Glad you enjoyed your vacation with a good weather! Have a lovely beginning of the week!

brenda said...

This is a real work of art Hilary, the colours are very pleasing on the eye and I am sure your friend was thrilled to receive it. It's one of those designs I've always planned to make but as yet..

B x

Loll said...

WOW! What a beautiful explosion of colours with all these gorgeous flowers Hilary! LOVE your box card ... very special indeed for your sweet and special friend. Great work! xx

Monique said...

What a beautiful flowerbox you have made! I love it...
Thanks for joining us at K&K.
Greetings, Monique DT K&K

R's Rue said...

What a stunning creation. I love it. Well done. I hope your day is wonderful. Regine

I Card Everyone said...

I'm wondering if your friend is also a card maker, Hilary. We all are gob-smacked at the amount of time and effort you've put into this stunner of a birthday card! But then for your special friend it was undoubtedly a joy to create!
So beautiful!

Greta said...

Well--worth turning 70, I'd say--haha! Seriously, it's a beautifully special card that I know she'll treasure! I've already had the shock of 70, but as I always say--so grateful to have had the chance to have another BD.

Ingrid's Scrapfrutsels said...

Wat een leuke box in a card met de mooie bloemen heb je gemaakt, bedankt dat je meedoet bij K&K. Groetjes Ingrid.

Caroline Cards said...

A beautiful boxcard and I love the flowers!
Thanks for joining the Do-Al(l) Kreatives challenge!
Caroline - DT

papierelle said...

Anyone who has paid close attention to math now knows how old you are ... *grin*. You designed a beautiful box and soooo many flowers. Beautiful to look at and what a job!!

Leslie Miller said...

You are a very thoughtful person, Hilary, and this is a true labor of love. How special you've made your friend feel! A fabulously fun and beautiful piece with lots of wonderful details. Your vacation in the south sounds so lovely!

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning love both the design, style, colours and amazing work of art. ♥

Bonnie said...

This is definitely a very special birthday card, Hilary! I know your friend loves these beautiful flowers!

Ros Crawford said...

Oh this is absolutely stunning Hilary! Your friend will be blown away for sure! I can't believe I will also be 70 next birthday, though my body keeps telling me. Sorry I haven't been around, hope you are staying well

Ashwini Rao said...

It's just stunning, Hilary! What an amazing burst of flowers - I felt like I was looking at a mini garden in full bloom! And I love the colorful tones in each of the die cuts as well. Really, a fabulous gift for a day to remember. :)

KraftyKoolKat said...

Glad you had a good time away. Wow!! This is gorgeous Hilary. Yes it is hard reaching the big 70 as I found out in January. 🤣

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Busy week so I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to comment earlier, Hilary! Another amazing box card - just love it filled with flowers! And thanks for linking to the prior card - it was fun to see it again along with your twofer (I miss that challenge!)!!

Christine Alexander said...

Absolutely amazing pop up box, love all the flowers ♥

Hermien said...

Love this...beautiful flowers in the box!
Thanks for playing along at K&K.

Groetjes Hermien

Linby said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, a work of art.

Doris Klein said...

OMG... what a pretty make! Flower Power in the box! ;-) It's just amazing!

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