Lucky Dip Club Travel Box

As promised, here is a look at the August Lucky Dip Club Box! I was so chuffed to be asked by Leona to contribute to the travel themed box which was named the Geek Girls Guide to Travel.

One of my big goals this year was to collaborate with Leona and I was thrilled to receive her email before I had the courage to do so myself. MUCH EXCITEMENT (followed by a ton of nervousness and self doubt).

Here’s what was included in the Lucky Dip Club box! The majority of the items were designed by Viktorija of And Smile fame.

Seek-Adventure-Lucky-Dip-Club-Travel-BoxThe zine is always my favourite part and this month included a feature on Viktorija, me and Pauline from Benu Made. Two awesome girls I admire so much. You can see more of the zine in the video below.

20 random subscribers also received a limited edition bicycle bracelet from my store – I made them in pastel colours exclusively for the boxes. And-Smile-Illustrations-Lucky-Dip-Club

How cute is that girl scout patch?! And the charm of the month was a little camera.Camera-Charm-Lucky-Dip-ClubEvery box also included a STAY LUCKY Scrabble Inspired Postcard designed by me. This was an exclusive design and I was so chuffed to see people enjoying it via their Instagram snaps (see them by searching for #luckydipclub).Stay-Lucky-PostcardIt was a stationery heavy box this month which suited me really well.Lucky-Dip-Club-Travel-Box

I just returned from my holiday to Disney World so the box was perfect timing. I used the Bon Voyage pouch to take my colouring pencils along.Minnie-Mouse-Ears-and-Travel-Pouch

If you want to see a full unboxing, you can see watch the video below or find it on my You Tube channel here.

I want to give a massive thanks to Leona for asking me to be involved and if you’re here after finding me through the Lucky Dip Club, a big welcome and hello!!!

The Lucky Dip Club is a monthly subscription box full of surprises and personalised goodies. I can’t recommend it highly enough and I’ve been a subscriber since day one! Each box is £18 per month and includes p&p.



Lucky Dip Club Box – Vintage Florals

I am a sucker for subscription boxes. Thanks to an Instagram pal, I recently discovered the newest one to the UK market; a handmade subscription box by the Lucky Dip Club.

Leona Thrift-ola puts her heart and soul into the boxes which go on sale between 1st-15th of the month. If you manage to snap up a box, you are guaranteed a DIY kit, a handmade jewellery item, fun stationery and accessories, and one personalised item each time.


The first box theme was Vintage Florals and boy did it deliver. It was a sunny yellow box decorated with so much pretty and kitsch I could hardly contain myself.



Yellow is fast becoming a new favourite colour of mine. Perhaps the Tour De France advertising in Cambridge is having an impact!


I’m not one to wear temporary tattoos, but these sure are sweet. I will definitely use the nail decals however and perhaps share the tatts with a friend or my niece.


The personalised wooden vintage floral brooch was my favourite item of the box.


Leona hand stitched all these lovely vintage floral pouches to hold the cutest cat pocket mirrors you ever did see.


The box included these super cute vintage picture magnets packaged in brown paper bags.


The DIY kit for this month was a roll of floral fabric tape and cocktail sticks to make your own mini floral washi flags….


…..and a little sample with instructions to show you how it’s done.


What I like about this box is that a) it fits through the letter box (no red card of doom!) and b) there are a number of subscription options available. That and the fact it is full of handmade delights as well as a little DIY too!

The next Lucky Dip Club box goes on sale very soon and you can find out more here. Tutti Frutti is the next theme. I am imagining jelly tot coloured items and candy love!



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Crafty Creatives Box 12

Time for an update on my Crafty Creatives subscription box! I am a little behind on my makes, having only just finished Box 12.

Crafty Creatives Box 12 was The Treat Box. Full of sweet treat themed craft items, actual lollies for us to scoff and a scrummy biscuit recipe from Cat Dresser of Great British Bake Off fame. The lovely Pampered Sparrow blog has a round up of all the items in the box here.

To say I was excited about the fat quarter of French patisserie macaron print fabric was an understatement. I am a macaron obsessive and I knew it would be perfect for a neat little half apron.

Claireabellemakes Macaron Fabric Apron Crafty Creatives

Edged with mint coloured lace, I made the apron using this tutorial. Very simple to sew and I’m totally wearing it next time I make my Vanilla Macarons.

Claireabellemakes Macaron Fabric Half Apron Crafty Creatives

The ‘juicy beads’ were threaded onto elastic to make a bracelet for my friends little girl.

Juicy Bead Bracelet Crafty Creatives

Of course the M and Ms cabochons became hairslides…..

M and Ms Hairslides Crafty Creatives

…and the cake slice charms became necklaces good enough to eat!

Cake Slice Charm Necklace Crafty Creatives

Included was a cross stitch kit with a choice of designs in the sweets and treats theme. I sent mine to Sparkle Girl in a recent mail swap we did which involved sending our favourite chocolates.

Crafty Creatives Kit - Candy Cross stitch

Finally, I made some paper pinwheels with the pretty craft papers.

Paper Pin Wheel Crafty Creatives

Making a Paper pinwheel Crafty Creatives

I would love to see what you all made with your Box 12 goodies! Link below in the comments if you have blogged about it.

You can read all my previous posts on the Crafty Creative boxes here.



P.S. The winner of my Scrabble Brooch giveaway has been announced here!

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Crafty Creatives Box 11

As you may know, I am a big fan of craft subscription boxes and love the Crafty Creatives deliveries. The quality and volume of craft supplies included in the boxes is great value at £12.95 (including P&P).

The theme for Crafty Creatives Box 11 was Glamour! Timed with the release of the Great Gatsby film, it contained some beautiful beads and glamourous supplies.

Want to see what I made? The Crafty Creatives kit was for a beaded hair slide. I need to neaten the edges of mine, but it’s almost complete.

 Crafty Creatives Beaded Hairslide

The box included an ink pad and pretty lace stamp, so I made some custom printed tags.

Crafty Creatives Lace Print Tags

Not a great picture, but I decided to make a shamballa style bracelet with the stardust beads. This was gifted to a friend for her birthday.

Crafty Creatives Shamballa Bracelet

The sparkly swarovski crystal beads and earring supplies became these.

Crafty Creatives Swarovski Crystal Earrings

There were some silver plated rhinestone tear drop beads that also made it into a glamourous pair of earrings with silver beads.

Crafty Creatives Teardrop Earrings

This red rose cabochon was perfect for upcycling a phone case. See more pics here.

DIY Phone Case by Claireabellemakes

What do you think? I’ll be sharing my makes from the next box this week, so stay tuned!

You can read all my previous blog posts about Crafty Creatives here.



Crafty Creatives Boxes 9 and 10

It’s been a while since I blogged about a Crafty Creatives subscription box, so here’s a little update for you on the treats and makes!

Box 9 was a Steampunk theme and I really struggled to make anything, so most of the supplies went into my stash to be used at a later date. Check out this blog for some really cool makes from it!

Box 10 had a blue theme which I swooned over as soon as I opened it. My craft space has blue tones, so I got making right away!

Crafty Creatives Box 10 Paints Glitter

Included were 3 x full size acrylic paints, glitters, a mini canvas and felt balls…….

Crafty Creatives Box 10 Jumping Clay

Jumping Clay which I’ve never used before, but would definitely make something again with it. A light air drying clay, which bounces like a ball when you drop it! Really fun.

I made some buttons using a mould and a keyring, which Tammy wanted to help with.

Crafty Creatives Box 10 Cat Helper

I’m working on the kit at the moment which consisted of felt and accessories to make a bird mobile.

Crafty Creatives Box 10 Bird Mobile Kit

The felt balls were strung onto some of the embroidery thread to make a mini garland on my bookshelf. I might store them there temporarily while I dream up jewellery ideas for them.

Crafty Creatives Box 10 Pom Pom Felt Garland Crafty Creatives Box 10 Felt Pom Pom Garland

This pretty fabric will be used towards a gardeners apron – I wonder if I can incorporate the pretty beads somehow?

Crafty Creatives Box 10 Fabric and Beads

Lastly the art card was from illustrator Catherine Moody so simple, pretty and stark all at the same time.

Crafty Creatives Box 10 Art Card

Have you made anything from a Crafty Creatives box? Please share in the comments below!