Saturday, 26 September 2009

Allsorts challenge

Saturday morning can only mean one thing........a new Allosorts challenge. And this week Lisa is hosting the challenge and has chosen Autumn Days as her theme. Such a beautiful time of the year and a chance to use all those glorious rich colours on our cards.

I have made a card with a matching gift box which my hubby came home with a few days ago........he got them from the pound shop and thought they "looked like me".......OK then, three plain cardboard boxes. When I questioned his comment he tried to redeem himself by saying what he mean was he knew I would make them into something pretty.

So here is what I did. First I made my own DP by stamping a sheet of heavyweight cream paper repeatedly with one of the leaf collage stamps from Inkadinkado 97513 using Brilliance copper, crimson, thyme and chocolate. I used this to cover the box and the card, distressing the edges of the piece on the card.

The tree is from the same stamp set and stamped with the same inks and the ovals cut on the Bug with Nesties.

The leaves on the box lid and panel on the card were stamped with the single leaf from that set onto shrink plastic, again with the Brilliance inks. The scallop border is punched with Fiskars threading water and the panel stitched using my vastly expensive new buy from Dunelm........all £12.99 of it - remember I gave my 'proper' sewing machine away. I edged the box with lace and aded a piece to the card to carry the theme and some pearls and swarovski gems.


  1. This is so beautiful, your Hubby is so considerate and those boxes are ideal for gifts. You've definately captured Autumn here, I love the fact you've made your own DP and its gorgeous too.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  2. This is beautiful Brenda. Your hand-made DP is fabulous. The tree looks like it is being blown about in the wind - very autumnal.
    I hope you are not in too much pain today.
    Clare xx

  3. Beautiful and the colours are just so right for Autumn. Wonderful time of year for colour and texture.

    Good to know that Bernie is recovering. Also glad you had the op and its all over now bar the recovery as they say keep taking the pills and if you rattle a little when you move, well at least you are moving :) (((Hugs)))

  4. wow thats fab fab fab card Love all the elements and detail on it Is there a sewing machine at Dunelm for £12.99??? Really? I'd love one but wouldnt pay a lot as can't sew for toffe!
    Liz xx

  5. You are so clever, Brenda. Your box and card are gorgeous. I must get those stamps out and have a play too. So happy that you are feeling up to some serious crafting xxx

  6. lovely matching set and what a find by your hubby.The stamps look fab and using them to make your own paper really works great.

  7. Very swanky! Love the work you have put into this one. Hope you are recoving well Brenda. Hugs

  8. Fab project, love the box, how wonderful is your husband to even look in the pound shop, would'nt get mines within 10 miles of any shop....LOL. Hugs Avril xxxx

  9. Hi Brenda, hope you´re feeling better today. Love you DP, it´s gorgeous as your creations.
    My hubby also brings me things that looks like me. Have got some plastic packing and small boxes, hehe.

    Take care,

  10. Oooh lovely autumny leafy loveliness! I love those colours. What a great matching box too xxx

  11. gorgeous Brenda!!!!!
    love the backing paper you made!!!
    blessings, Maria

  12. Stunning card and box Brenda - gorgeous autumnal colours. Hope you're feeling a little better (both of you!)

    Love Lynda xxx

  13. This is wonderful,Brenda!Lovely colours!
    Hope you are feeling better ;)
    Have a great Saturday:)


  14. This is lovely and how great to have a husband who thinks of you when he's not in the house. The colours on this are beautiful and both the card and the box are fab.
    Beryl xx

  15. Wow Brenda, your card is stunning and so is the box, what a fabulous job youve done of both of them. Well done with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxxxx

  16. Hi Brenda, Gorgeous project! I love the colours. Hope you are feeling better today.

    Lisa x

  17. Well, these fit the theme beautifully. Gorgeous autumn colours. What a lovely set.

  18. You are so creative Brenda. I love these. That tree stamp is fantastic.
    Hope you're continuing to recover well.


  19. wow hun you have done it again this is brilliant love it to bits love cheryl xxxxx

  20. Oh my, gorgeous, gorgeous. It's true, you don't need a million dollar machine to create a fab card. 12.99 does very nicely indeed. Hope your are mending well, I'm sending daily. Hugs to you, and to Bernie. eileen

  21. Hi B

    I love your card and box combo it al ties in so beautifully,
    Thinking of you hun and hope you are feeling better today

    Emma xxx

  22. This lovely set is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful colours and so feminine.

    I'm very behind with my blog hopping so hadn't realised how you've been feeling. Just wanted to send my good wishes and a virtual hug.

    Lesley Xx

  23. This is an absolutely magical set! So incredibly beautiful, I'm totally loving those leaves!


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