Thursday 5 February 2015

Sending love in a box From the Garden - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Hello and welcome to the first Artisan blog hop of February! Stampin' Up has sent all the Artisan designers a brand new box of gorgeous products from the spring/summer catalogue and each member of the team will have a completely different take on them! Are you ready to hop?!

I chose to use the From the Garden stamp set and coordinating Handpicked framelits to make a special valentine or anniversary card. Come and see:

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that I don't do fiddly, time-consuming crafting - clean and simple is my motto! It did take a little bit of time to make this card-in-a-box though but I was able to spend the extra time thinking loving thoughts! Bonus!

The box bit didn't take any time at all at any rate, because I used one of the ready-made tiny treat boxes! I decorated it with lines of the beautiful leafy border stamp in From the Garden and used more of the images to stamped a label for the front.

See how my garden of love is flourishing inside the box?! Those heart flowers were made from thin strips of Pear Pizzazz card stock for stems and glued punched hearts to the tops. The Stacked with Love designer papers have a lovely textured look and a variety of tones.

To make it look as if these are growing out of the box, the heart flowers were attached to three strips of window sheet fastened to the inside of the box.  (If you'd like to do this yourself, cut 3 pieces of window sheet measuring 3" x 1/2" and score each one at 1/2" and 2 1/2". Fold the little tabs at each end and stick them inside the box with glue dots.)

I'm in love with the garden markers in this set! With its implication that love has grown with the passing of time, wouldn't this sentiment would be perfect for an anniversary?!

If you love the idea of a box full of love but are thinking how tricky it would be to post - don't worry! This card-in-a-box folds flat for posting or giving by hand, which gives the recipient a lovely pop up surprise!

I slipped mine in an ordinary C6 envelope, made a little less ordinary with a border stamped with that gorgeous leafy stamp again!

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Are you ready to send a little love over to my talented teamie Allison Okamitsu? Just click the button below and enjoy!

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When my youngest son arrives home from school he's got into the habit of grabbing something to eat, then changing and coming out for a walk with the Eva-puppy and me. Yesterday I was pulling my gloves out of my coat pocket and a doggy poo bag fell out. Naturally, Eva grabbed it thinking I had devised an excellent new game for her! "No Eva, that is not for puppies!" I said, extracting it from those teeth. "No," said my son. "It's for poopies!"

I'll be back tomorrow with more crafting fun. See you then!


  1. Espectacular Vicky. It is so cute.

  2. Love your card in a box Vicky such a clever idea


  3. This is really lovely Vicky and I much prefer this kraft box to fancy coloured ones. I don't do fiddly time consuming either but I could probably manage this! Xx

  4. C'est génial Vicky ! Quel étonnement doit-on avoir à l'ouverture de l'enveloppe !

  5. Now who wouldn't "love" to receive that as a card!

  6. WOW! Amazing box of love! Top marks! xxx

  7. How clever!!!! I love that it drops into an envelope!

  8. So clever! I have wanted to make a card in a box but could not get my head around it. Cutest idea with the hearts also.

  9. Brilliant!! I love this!! And I love it that your children have your delightful sense of humor:-)

  10. OH! I Love love love love love love this, I don't know if it's the box, the hearts or the sentiments that make this a little bit extra.

  11. Vicky, this is so stinkin' cute!!!

  12. This is very sweet! How fabulous to open an envelope and discover this inside?

  13. SUPERBE, bravo c'est très très chouette!

  14. Sweet and fun - your MO:) Love that you used a ready made box too!

  15. I think this is just the sweetest idea Vicky, perfect non-slushy Valentine.... The chunky rustic stems add to its unique charm :)

    Ah yes, pockets lined with poo bags.... they always fall out at the most inopportune moments too!!
    Jenny x

  16. This is a lovely idea.... might just have to case this. Thanks for all your inspiration. Hope to see you in Telford :)

  17. Adorable card. When our dog was just a puppy, he used to steal the poopie bags or our gloves out of our He was so good at it too!

  18. I love what you did with this card/box! Amazing! I do a weekly round up of amazing cards and I'd love to share this on my blog for 'My Crafty Friends Monday' next week! Please let me know if you would prefer that I didn't share it (of course I give you credit and link back to your blog!).
    Inky Hugs!


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