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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

New skill challange/blog hop

Hi to all,
hope you are enjoying the sunshine, it's just perfect for the easter hols, plenty of opportunity to get out in the fresh air with the kids. Going on a teddy bears picnic now to a woods near us, still got lots to fit in, don't know if we will manage it all now. The time is slipping through our fingers and I'm just glad we have a few extra days at the end of the month to look forward to.
The project I'm posting today is a gift box I made for my friend Fleur for her birthday. I didn't use a template it just evolved and I made it up as I went along! I originally made it for a Basic Grey challenge but I couldn't enter because it would have been on my blog before I gave it to Fleur and would have spoiled the surprise! Anyway, I digress, it was obvoiously meant to be and I was sure there would be an opportunity to put it on my blog at some stage. The opportunity came the other day in the form of a comment someone kindly left for me from my gift box I made for my mum's birthday. A lovely lady called The Crafting Misfit (Rebecca) asked if I would like to enter her blog hop (and I think it's her first) for the challenge New skills, the link is HERE! I love this kind of challenge as it entices us out of our comfort zone and invites us to try something new. This gift box fit the bill perfectly as I've never done anything like it before, but I can't see it being the last as I love making things like this!

I drew out the shape I wanted the box to be on card, cut out and made it up. Covered in Basic Grey Curio papers and made a pocket for the front out of corrugated card. The tag is made out of recycled kichen roll tube (cut to size).
Image and sentiment are SU and coloured the image with SU inks. All brads except flower one are SU. Ribbon was from stash. Used Spellbinders Blossom nestie for making the flower and Lacy square nestie for under the sentiment.

Challenge: Crafting Misfit - New Season/new skill

Thanks for looking, leave a comment to let me know you passed this way, you know I love to read each and every one and I always try to return the favour, even if it takes me a while.
Love Nicola xxx


Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow!
Nicola your creation is stunning!
kim x

coops said...

wow this is gorgeous nicola.i love the fab shape and stunning papers and colours :D

xx coops xx

Fleur said...

Hi Nicola, I love this box. It looks gorgeous in real life. Love the distressed edges, the flower & the tag ~ Thank you!
Hugz Fleur xXx

Lolis said...

Your box is just beautiful! So glad you linked to our blog hop! Thank you for participating! your new follower.

Cuttin' and Stampin' Cards said...

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I love the box and the idea of using stash and stuff around the house. I'm a new follower and thanks for joining the fun in our hop. Yes it was the first one and I hope we can do another one soon.

Angela said...

What a beautiful gift box you have created Nicola! This is gorgeous! Love the little tag that slips out. Fabulous work. hugs, Angela

Alice Wertz said...

this is so fun! beautiful project!

Mina said...

wow this is so beautifully made Nicola, the flower is beautiful and I love that vintage looking paper
Mina xxx

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