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Candles and Boxes ..

Well actually this morning I started out intending to do cleaning and cooking not candles and boxes!  Got off to a bad start though by accidently dyeing two of John's business shirts and one of Jack's tops.  (Still not sure which dark item was the culprit!)  They are off soaking in some sort of dye remover ... will have to report back on whether it works or whether that was rather an expensive load of washing!

So took a bit of time out at my desk to try out a triangle gift box I've been meaning to have a go at.  Now I think the template came from Marelle - she does lovely work, check out her site on my craft links down the left column.


Each month with my newsletter I also email a free tutorial for making gift boxes or other items with step by step instructions and photos.  Will put this one on the tutorial topic list for inclusion.  There is a sign up button there on the left up near the top of the column if you'd like to get my newsletter and tutorial at the start of each month. Just pop your email address in and click 'Go'.  Further down there is also a sign up button to receive an email when I add a new post to this blog.   

I made this box using River Rock cardstock and Purely Pomegranate ink in my Leaves A La Carte wheel.  I also used my white gel pen to highlight a few parts of the stamped image.  Tied it up with the white narrow grosgrain ribbon. 

The matching tag is done using a tag punch, Purely Pomegranate cardstock and ink for the bird.  (The bird and greeting come from Carte Postale - the stamp set that matches the Leaves A La Carte wheel.  I don't actually have it but mum does and she didn't want the French script words or the bird so I snaffled them!  Thanks again mum.) I stamped the Bonjour greeting with Whisper White craft ink.  Hint:  Don't forget craft ink takes longer to dry, don't smudge it!  Here is another view.


And now for another non card item!  Had another go at candles, but not using stamps this time.  I just got a pack of rub ons and decided to put one on a glass votive candle holder.  Thought it came up quite well. 

For those who haven't used rub ons, you just cut out the section that you want, remove the backing paper, place it on your page (or in this case onto the glass) and rub firmly with the enclosed stick.  The image will transfer to your surface. Voila.  Quite nifty.


That is it for today on the craft front.  (Better go and check those shirts - sigh!)

Family Snaps Again

Have been in the photography mood lately and got a nice pic of Jack in his highchair last night over dinner.  (Looking remarkably clean actually for being in the middle of dinner!)  He is looking so angelic there.  (Mind you he was also yelling in his new loudest voice 'MORE LASAGNA' after every mouthful, so lucky its a photo and not a video!)   Cheers,  Sue.



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