Crafty Creatives Makes: Boxes 4 and 5

It’s been a while since I shared my Crafty Creatives box contents, so I thought I’d share the most recent crafty makes from the Gothic Halloween themed Box (CC Box 4) and the Nostalgia Christmas themed Box (CC Box 5).

If you are new to the concept, for a fee of £12.95 (including P&P). Crafty Creatives deliver a themed box of craft supplies to your door once a month. So far, they have been winners everytime! Have a look at my previous box posts here.*

The Gothic Box included a kit to make a masquerade mask and lots of dark papers, fabrics and jewellery making items. I used these purple resin roses to make some rings.

Crafty Creatives Holiday Boxes

The nostalgic box included Christmas themed items and some lovely paper and wood pieces I will likely use in my smash book. I couldn’t resist making a Cinnamon Stick Candle with the bundle they provided. Any excuse for glue gun action. I added a festive ribbon too.

The pendants and jewellery supplies included in the boxes were really quirky and fun. I particularly loved the teacup and saucer so fixed them together and onto a chain to make a teacup necklace. I made earrings and pendants with the other items.

Crafty Creatives Jewellery claireabellemakes

The Crafty Creatives boxes are great to push you out of your crafting comfort zones and I loved the holiday themed boxes. Not to mention that the recent one included a kit to make a cute little crochet mouse eek!

What do you think of my makes? Have you made anything from the Crafty Creatives Boxes?

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*Please note, this is not a sponsored post, I just enjoyed the Crafty Creatives boxes so much I felt compelled to share them 🙂

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Instalife: Crafts and Cambridge

I’m never sure how interesting I can make an instagram roundup, but I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been up to over the last two weeks!

Instagram round up claireabellemakes

Cakes at our hugely popular WI meet, autumnal flowers from work, trifle at Mum’s, low flying hot air balloon, Moo cards & packaging for the shop, beginnings of a knitted cushion, cool cake tin in John Lewis, a Cambridge lunch date by the river.

Instagram round up claireabellemakes

New bicycle cushion by Mella Makes, tea with the boy, results from a crochet flowers class with Not So Granny, preparing images for my Etsy shop About page, bow ring prototype coming soon, ric rac rose, book binding with my Crafty Creatives box, cows and cyclists in Cambridge.

You can follow me on Instagram by searching for claireabellemakes.

I’ve had a nice two weeks of family time, crafting and working hard for the shop. I’ve been feeling a little unmotivated in other areas of my life lately, so I’ve decided from now, I am gonna get my butt in gear and work towards a better life balance. Wish me luck!

One last thing, a thanks to Cybele and Clare for the lovely blog nominations this week! Please check out their blogs over at Stitch One Knit Too and Lottie of London.

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Crafty Creatives Subscription Box 3

It’s that time of the month again when the Crafty Creatives Subscription Box arrives! This time it was the turn of box number 3. In my opinion, this is the best one yet!!

If you don’t know about Crafty Creatives, take a little look at their website here. If you like the look of what they have to offer – you pay just £10 a month and a little extra P&P for a box of lovely supplies to craft with, win!

What was in Box 1 and 2? Find out in my previous posts here and here.

If you don’t want to know about this month’s box just yet, don’t scroll any further! SPOILERS AHEAD!!

The art card this month is of koi fish by David Martignoni. Pretty!

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The Chinese theme included many paper supplies which I was really happy about!

Crafty Creatives Box on claireabellemakes

The fabric is beautiful and will probably be made into a drawstring bag at some point. Always handy to have needles!

Crafty Creatives Box on claireabellemakes

Crafty Creatives Box on claireabellemakes

I’m always happy if there are food stuffs involved. My fortune cookie told me “someone is watching you smile….” creepy!

Crafty Creatives Box on claireabellemakes

I was most excited about the kit this month as book binding is on my craft bucket list, yay!

Crafty Creatives Box on claireabellemakes

I did mine along the long edge (the instructions said to stitch along the short edge) as I wanted it this way. I glued the coins on the front and some beads to finish. The stitching could have been neater and a little tighter, but I still like it.

Crafty Creatives Box on claireabellemakes

Have you received a Crafty Creatives box? I’d love for you to share your links below!

claireabelle x

Crafty Creatives Subscription Box 2

You may have seen my last post about the very first Crafty Creatives subscription box. It was all very very exciting.

The second one has arrived, yay!! If you have yet to receive/open your box, I would recommend that you don’t scroll down any further, if you’d like yours to remain a surprise!

Crafty Creatives Box on claireabellemakes

Included was…..

  • Art Card by artist Anthony Peters
  • Large square of hessian material (not pictured)
  • Large wooden bunting flags (not pictured)

And the delights pictured below!

Crafty Creatives Box on claireabellemakes

I was dead excited to see that some Jane Means ribbon was also included. Kitty approves of the box too! Those star charms are just the cutest, I need to brainstorm what to use them for. I suspect some of this box will be incorporated into my new obsession with friendship bracelets.

Crafty Creatives Box on claireabellemakes

The kit this time includes items to make a nautical rope bracelet. I’m super excited about this. Even though I was missing a small item, the Crafty Creatives girls were super efficient and lovely about sending it out to me. Also included were some sheets of nautical paper, I thought this was a great touch.

Crafty Creatives Box on claireabellemakes

We aren’t getting a beach holiday this year, so I’m going to get inspired and do some smash booking with the paper and buttons.

Overall, another fantastic box! I’ll be sure to blog my makes from this box!  Watch this space!

claireabelle x

I Love Post

Postcard blanks - set of 50 - 4x6 soft white

 

These past two weeks have been epic for post. It’s no secret that I love receiving a parcel or letter and I’ve recently learnt that I’m not alone in this love of post. I’m not quite sure why, but ever since I received my Canadian penpal in Brownies 22 years ago, it’s become a bit of an obsession. I’ve even gone so far as to change all my bills to e-billing, so I only ever receive awesome post. My penpal and I still write to this day (and skype too!) and she is now my oldest friend. I was even maid of honour at her wedding 🙂 It’s amazing what a 7 year old’s letter and some coins from your home country taped to a card can lead to.

Anyway, I digress. The whole point of this post is to share with you my great week of post. I appreciate this might not be as exciting for some of you, but stick with me if you’re a craft fan or just nosey!

This stationery set comes from one of my favourite stationery sellers Fawn & Flora (why are all the best things Canadian?!). It’s perfect for me as it has both sewing machines & bicycles on. Of course I had to order washi tapes too.

Fawn & Flora Stationery

Next came Everything Oz. I can’t tell you how much I love this whimsical craft/baking book. I may have to do a separate post on it. Thanks to Alison from Art of Crafts for selecting me in the giveaway! I never win anything (unsuccessful at every bingo game I’ve ever played) so this was an amazing post item.

Everything Oz

Then mid-week my postman obeyed my secret-hiding-place-for-parcels note and I excitedly opened my Crafty Creatives Box 1! I blogged about it here – it was a fantastic surprise box of crafty delights.

Crafty Creatives Box 1

Some of you will know I am preparing for the opening of my Etsy shop and boy have I had fun exploring packaging options! These two stamps from Norajane on Etsy are going to feature I’m sure. Thanks to Suki from The Owl Club for recommending them!

Bicycle & Button Stamps

Later in the week I won another giveaway (yay) for this great card from Leanne at Ello Designs. I was already a regular customer, so was dead chuffed to receive it. I know exactly who I am going to send it to.

Ello Design Card

Then, this big stash of yarn was left in my secret-parcel-hiding-place, but I can’t tell you what it is for just yet. Let’s just say it’s for a fun project featuring 10 other bloggers and I’m working on it this weekend. More to follow!!

Home Crafts Yarn

After a crappy day on Friday, I came home to a marvellous package from fellow blogger Caroline. I’d recently sent her a test of my Etsy products and some crafty treats and she kindly returned the favour with this fab collection of fabric squares, ribbon, soap and beads. How cute is the card? Thanks Caroline!

Please do have a look at Caroline’s blog here. She has some fab DIY projects and fashion posts and was recently the guest blogger for Look Magazine.

Burkatron Gifts

I also received supplies for my Etsy shop items (eee!) and a mint green H&M skirt which I ordered ages ago and completed forgot about. The sun has finally arrived here in Cambridge, so I may twirl about in it this weekend if my milk bottle legs are up to it.

I Love Post.

What have you received in the post lately? Do share!

claireabelle x