Firstly a big warm welcome to the pond to Shirley. Thank you for joining our happy band and thank you for your lovely comment. Hope you will enjoy our little bit of fun and happiness.
Now, I shall explain about my box before I move on to the raucous debauchery of the post NEC party with Christine and the Scottish Posse. I'm an impressionable young gal and these ladies were wild.
The basic box was made from one whole A4 sheet of purple PMD card and scraps for the lid and to cover the bottom (you should always cover your bottom!!!).
I should explain why I seem to have a fetish for making my boxes in purple card. I do love purple anyway but I have a job lot of purple A3 card (about 30 sheets remaining) after a splurge when ordering from PMD so it makes sense to practice out of this, unless someone asks me for a different colour.
I Hougied at equal intervals across the widest part and also at 90 deg at the length I wanted, to form the flaps for the bottom. I lay the whole piece flat on my GC cutting plate then lined up one of the filigree dies from SB Bracket Borders at the edge of one of the sides and ran it through the GC. I then turned the die around and did the same on the opposite edge of the same side. I repeated this for the other 3 sides. I then cut a hole out of the centres using one of the iddybiddy circles from one of my medallion dies.
The lid was the tricksy bit. I made the lid in the conventional way but before sticking it, I ran the edges through with the Bracket Borders to give a fancy edge. It was a bit fiddley lining it all up but I think it looks ok-ish. I added two die cuts of the 2nd smallest SB Decorative Labels One foam padded to the lid after popping a hole into the middle of the top layer and tying a lilac ribbon pull through it.
Lastly, I stuck the bottom flaps together and added a square piece of card inside and out to strengthen the bottom (so always remember, bottoms should be strong and covered and you won't go far wrong in life hahaha!!!)
I was going to do a step by step but John is the box tutorial King so I didn't want to assume folk would want one from me.
This is a picture of my NEC purchases. Underneath are two huge packs of A3 300gsm white and cream card so my arms are now two inches longer lol!!!
Jenny, Every Crafts a Pound were there and that's where I got the paper pads and Christmas stamps from.
As for the ladies, well, what can I say. . . . . . . . . Christine (whose blog is here) and I met for a coffee at lunchtime and had a lovely chat, then Christine kindly gave me a lift to the local Harvester (I had parked my car here earlier and bussed into the NEC) after the show to meet the Scottish Posse for dins. My those girls can party!!!
Seriously, we met , Elaine (Patricia's friend from the Tearoom), Hazel (blog here), Kate (blog here) and Patricia (blog here). . . . these are in alpha order as I love them all equally lol!!!. . . . . . and we had the most fabulous evening. We were put in what we called the "naughty corner" as I think they realised we were going to be a handful but we were out-raucoused by another table nearby.
I haven't laughed so much for a long time. All five of the ladies were terrific and it was sad to say goodbye. Patricia brought me some of her super handmade tablet and I recommend you give it a bash using the recipe on her blog.
That's me for today folks. Hope you all have a great weekend and for those going to the NEC, have a fab time. . . . . .Val, work on John and Wendy for next year!