Thursday, 16 October 2014

Flowery Papercrafting with Crafty What Nots

The first part of today's post is probably of most interest to my UK people, if you're living somewhere else in the world you probably want to scroll down to the ideas bit lower down so you don't get too jealous!
I was very excited last week when I received a parcel to review from the lovely Jennysis. Crafty What Nots is a beautiful craft supplies box subscription service
Crafty What Nots subscription boxes
This month's box is called Floral Pavillion and it was packed with goodies. Included was a flower stamp and acrylic block, 2 ink pads, card blanks with envelopes, 3 plywood butterflies, a bag of die cut paper flowers and a bag of paper dots, foam pads, 15 8"x 8" papers (8 of which are double sided), a bag of buttons, 3 lengths of bakers twine, ribbon and instructions to make super cute little handbag gift bags. 
craft what nots box
I also received a personalised note book, a sweet little card from Jennysis and a personalised gift tag.
Everything co-ordinates perfectly and it's just all so pretty!
The boxes retail at £12.50 plus p&p, with discounts for 3 and 6 month subscriptions. What a fantastic gift for a crafty friend - like a magazine subscription that keeps on giving all year but supplies instead.
It's taken me a while to get this together (some of my fellow UK bloggers have beaten me to it with their reviews) but I have just been having so much fun making things with this box of loveliness. 
I think it is just UK delivery only though, so I am sorry if I've made non UK people jealous! To make up for it, here are some papercrafting ideas!

First I used the really clear instructions included in the box and made these lovely little handbag gift boxes. 
Paper craft handbag gift box
They are just so cute! The one of the left is made using a whole sheet of 8"x 8"paper, with a separate piece for the handbag "flap". For the one on the right I cut my paper to 6" x 8" and incorporated the flap all in. You can find the instructions to make these at the Jennysis blog.

Next I made a card or two....
 Mini hearts handmade card
This is one of the mini card blanks from the box with little hearts I punched out with my heart punch. I attached them with the foam pads from the box and tied a little of the bakers twine to finish.
floral handmade card and gift box
I think it would make a perfect little gift with one of the handbags filled with chocolates or pink jelly beans.


floral handmade birthday card idea
For this card I wanted to show off the double sided paper, so made this simple little envelope to pop a message in. The Happy Birthday stamp is one I already had. The twine, button and ink for the edges was all from the box.

floral handmade birthday card idea
Here I cut strips of the lovely papers about .5" wide and 3.5" long, cut a triangle from one end and stuck them on a square card blank. The sentiment was from an old card (saved in my stash) and the die cut flowers, button and twine finish it on (attached with extra tacky pva)

floral handmade birthday card idea
This one is really similar, just finished this off with a ribbon rose from my stash.

floral handmade birthday card idea
Here it's hard to tell but I cut the square of green floral paper just smaller than the card, then added the strip of white on top (the white card was from the box too, used to separate the different items and keep them safe in transit - waste not want not!) I added the twine before glueing to the card, it just makes it easier to keep it all neat. The Happy Birthday is a stamp I already had, then the bunting is just like the cards above but a bit shorter and attached using the foam pads.

floral handmade birthday card idea
More strips of paper shaped like bunting or flags but this time going in the other direction! I used a card blank from my stash, attached the paper strips, stamped a sentiment them added flowers, dots, button etc from the box. A heart sequin from my stash seems to have snuck on their too!

floral handmade birthday card idea
For this card I used the flower stamp from the box, matted it onto one of the floral papers then added that lovely vibrant pink paper dot with a foam pad. The strip of patterned green and white paper going across is just matted onto some matching pink I had in my stash after I punched it with a flower daisy border punch I already had. 

Mini Floral gift box
 The handbag gift bags turned out so cute that I thought I'd try another gift box idea. This folds up from a very simple shape. I trimmed a sheet of paper to 8" x 6" and marked it out as below. 
how to make a mini gift box

Hopefully that makes sense! The finished box is 3.5" x 2" x 1" so small and cute. It would be nice for giving a piece of jewellery wrapping in tissue paper, or just a couple of special chocolates.

I think that's probably enough photos for one post!
I have one more card with a full tutorial and a piece of art (that probably makes it sound much grander than it is) to share made from the Crafty What Nots box contents and I still have loads of craft supplies from it left. Here is a sneak peek at the art idea:
So, thank you Jennysis for giving me the chance to test your gorgeous Craft What Nots box, I can't believe how much potential you squeezed into one box!


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Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

28 comments:

  1. Thanks for the really detailed info on the packages. Shh don't tell anyone I have seen other reviews but I think yours gives the best idea of what you can do with the items in the box. This would keep my niece occupied for hours :)
    Ali xx

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    1. Thanks Ali, there really is loads packed into the box. Do you remember the story about the Porridge Pot that just kept making porridge? It's a bit like that, the more I make the more seems to be in there!

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  2. Wow wow wow!! I can't believe you've made so much and all so different! I really love your little handbags, especially the one with the button on tied with yarn. Your cards are all lovely, I can't pick a favourite one! Very intrigued as to what your art idea will turn into... :) x

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  3. Thanks Clare, I got a bit carried away - hence it's taken me so long! I think you used the same paper to make a little handbag gift box - great mind think alike eh?!

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  4. These are really pretty! Another thing to put on my ever growing to-do list!

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    1. Aahh yes Agy, our ever growing "to do" lists. I think that's just the curse of the crafty person - so many lovely projects to try, so little time!

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  5. Oh wow, these are all beautiful, I love the flowers :) love all the little details too :) thanks for linking up to the weekendbloghop, really hope you stop by on Monday for my Creative Mondays blog hop...

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  6. Super cute boxes. Would be great for gift cards. Pinning. Found you at SITS Sharefest

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    1. Great idea Patti, a gift card and a little chocolate or two - a perfect pressie!

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  7. Beautiful papers and projects - LOVE the little handbags!
    Thanks for linking up to WW
    Ann - Co-host
    http://theapplestreetcottage.blogspot.com/

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  8. These are so clever. I especially love the bags. I can't wait to try it myself so I can have coordinating cards and bags for gifts! Thanks for the information!

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  9. I love what you've made from your box, it's amazing how many different things we've all made from them.

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    1. It is isn't it, lots of creativity out there. It's been lots of fun to be a part of.

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  10. I just love what you have done Julie. I have been so amazed at what people have created with their Crafty What Nots boxes. Like Clare I can't choose a fav card! I love them all! xxxxx

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  11. So many wonderful ideas! I think I have some of those papers so will definitely be trying your cards and boxes. If you're looking for another place to share your projects, I would love to have you stop by Etcetorize and join our Make it Monday party. It's open now :)

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    1. Why thank you! I shall pop over for a peek at your party right now.

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  12. Very cute! I love all the great paper craft ideas (and I am not in the UK and completely jealous now) ;)

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    1. I do feel just a teeny bit bad for giving you beautiful paper envy - but only for a few minutes! Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Love subscription services and stationary. This crafts one looks so fab and I love what you made out of the cuteness. XOXO, Elif

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  14. WOW you've been busy and no wonder the box of goodies is really pretty. Anita

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  15. OMG! They are so so pretty! I need to look into it! It is such hard to get these beautiful stationary! Thank you for sharing it with us! #Pintorials

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  16. Wow! What you can make with paper is so nice! I have lots of scrapbook paper to use and this gives me so many idea! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday! Have a great day. :)

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  17. Wow, what fab gift boxes - especially love the one tied with ribbon! We were lucky enough to review a Crafty What Nots parcel too & had great fun! x

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  18. Hi Julie, You were featured on Etcetorize this week! Stop by and grab a button. I hope you'll link up again tonight :)

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    1. Thanks you so much for stopping by to let me know. I'll definitely come back again this week.

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  19. They are all such cute crafts! The papers you used are lovely!

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