Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Another huginafold box. Lilacs and purples are my favourite colours. I used my usual layout. This time I added larger roses to the middle and a beautiful jeweled lilac butterfly. The base layers are cut out form a lilac pearlescent 12"x12"sheet of 250gsm card. I mat and layered the lilac patterned paper onto gold mirri board. I use the same layers on the outside of the box too. I leave the lid plain so it can be decorated to personalise it for whatever occasion it is chosen for. 

I tend to make my boxes in sets of 6 at a time. They seem to make up quicker that way, unless of course it is a special request that needs to be made as a one off. A lot of the time I have several finished that could be used for a certain occasion. I try and choose the papers I use with that in mind. The hardest ones are always the ones for men, especially if they don't like football!

If you like what I make and would like to order a box, just send me a mail and I will get in touch and discuss your requirements.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Wedding Box

Well, eventually I've found the time to upload the second of my exploding boxes. This is more specific than the other one - it's a wedding theme. I used 300gsm bright white card for the 3 layers and lid. I then layered very pale pink silk board into a silver mat on the front and backs of the 3 layers and lid. I then used silver peel offs on each of the panels. 

I added a bouquet of palest pink and white flowers with a pale pink bow to finish it off. I really must remember to take photos of the lids next time! The lid on this one had a congratulations sentiment and a bottle of champagne and 2 glasses. I also add a card that fits into the box when it is folded up.This has a matching picture on the front and space inside to write a message.

Hopefully over the next few days I will post more photos. I've got 2 huginafold  boxes on order; a golden wedding and a get well. I've just bought some beautiful card and I'm  looking forward to using it.

Butterflies exploding box

I know I said i would write here every day, but to be honest I've not been feeling very creative. I really need to perfect my photo taking skills too. So, I've taken photos of a couple of new boxes I've been working on to share.

This is one of my new butterfly exploding boxes. I used pink card to create the 3 layers of the box. I used a pretty pink rose and bird page from Tildas Flower Garden matted onto gold mirri card to each of the front faces of the box. For the reverse (that you can't actually see here) I used a contrasting green and pink stripe from the same pad.

To finish the inside of the box it off I added a couple of butterflies that were cut out using my Silhoutte machine. The base layer of the butterfly is pink paper and the top layer is vellum. Two pink pearls finish them off. I used acetate to connect the butterflies to the box. This gives them movement as well as a 3D effect. I used pink mulberry roses to fill in the middle, and also to hide the slits that I made to anchor the acetate to the box.

The lid of the box is made from the same pink card. I used panels of the green and pink stripes on the outer sides and top. I will post those later on, when I can work out how to remove the photos that have filled up the memory in my camera! I haven't added a sentiment as yet. This means it can be used for several different occasions. 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Xmas exploding boxes

Welcome to my new blog. 

I'm hoping to add something to this blog every day. Well that's the theory anyway. I've only recently started using Facebook. I've not got round to it before and I must admit it can take over your life if you're not careful. I think I've got the hang of it now. From there I discovered Pintrest. Now that is addictive! I can spend hours surfing the net trying to find things I would like to add. 

I am a crafter. I learnt to sew my own clothes when I was about 14, and then learnt to knit and crochet. I guess I've always been artistic  I now have lots of time on my hands. My 3 children have all left home and I developed a debilitating illness 7 years ago. So, I started to make cards. Over the years I've tried my hand at lots of different things. I soon discovered that a lot of other people were doing the same thing, so I turned to making exploding boxes. The name huginafold was a perfect description of what I was making, and so the boxes became huginafold boxes. These are some of my Xmas 2012 boxes.

I made snowmen with different coloured hats and scarves. They sat on a square of snow.

I made some art deco style black and silver, with silver trees and little black and silver parcels around the base.

This is a more traditional design and was one of the first types I made. The 3D Xmas tree was decorated with swags of red glitter, and there were multi coloured parcels underneath.

I also make huginafold boxes for any occasion. I don't think there is an occasion I haven't covered over the years. The good thing about the boxes is that they can be personalised so that they become a keepsake.  To date I've never made two the same. They are all unique in some way or other. I'm working on taking better photos, and then I will add new boxes as they are made.

If you are interested send me a message via my Facebook page

Until next time.......