Video Friday: How to Make an Exploding Box Card


As I’ve continued to try and try out new card styles, I came across this video on the Docrafts channel. Below is my first attempt at an Exploding Box Card – not too adventurous, but I’m going to work up to it!

My Exploding Box Card used the ‘Happy Birthday’ from XCut’s Ornate Sentiments and paper from Kaiser Craft


Project Monday: Hobbit Doors

When I was very young, I was gifted with a copy of The Hobbit by my grandmother. I read it immediately, and then again, and fell in love with Middle Earth and it’s lore. Even though an amount of it went over my head at the tender age of ten, I still sat entranced watching the original trilogy of movies. As times gone on, my passion has only grown.

But I digress. This is not a post about my love affair with Middle Earth, but rather an introduction to a product I’ve loved creating.

My sister’s university housemate (and close friend) is getting married this summer. Shortly after I bought my Big Shot Plus, I got a request to make something for the wedding. “We’re not sure what yet, but something.” Time passed, and they came back with a request.

New address cards, that would suit the ‘Hobbitness’ of their new address.

Well, how could I refuse a request like that?

So, for the past month my mind has been buzzing with ideas for these new address cards. When given a theme you love and almost free reign it’s amazing what you can come up with. I experimented with embossing, combining different dies, using new card shapes.

Hobbit Door C
Here’s just a select sample of my early designs. I don’t want to show all of them as it may spoil the surprise! I made the cards with a mix of white and coloured card, mainly so I could show colour ideas without spending too much money on card stock just for samples. The samples and my notes went off to the Bride-to-Be, and I’m off to Cardiff this week to settle the final design to start making.

I imagine not all bespoke requests are this fun, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts!

Video Friday: Floating Inlaid Embossed Die Cuts with Catherine Pooler

Since I bought my Big Shot earlier this year, I’ve become completely obsessed with card making and my crafty stash has exploded. I’ve expanded out into stamping and embossing, as well as getting more imaginative with card shapes and designs. However, I very quickly needed some inspiration and found it amongst the hundreds of Video Tutorials on Youtube.


This one by catherinestamps gave me the idea of creating my own design, shown below.

Embossed Inlaid Die Cut
Dies used are both Sixxix Framelits
Using Catherine’s idea of ‘Floating Inlaid Embossed Die Cuts,’ I cut out my butterfly shapes and stuck them on to the acetate, creating the cut out effect. At the time I didn’t have any sentiment stamps, so added some spots of ‘Nuvo Glitter Drops‘ to add a bit of embellishment to the right hand side of the card. Overall, I’m pretty happy with what I’m calling my ‘first draft’ of this card, and can’t wait to try it out again!