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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Summer Window Box - June 25th 2015

Hello Friends,

Thank you for your comments about my stencilled bench was nice to get home from being away, the weather was still beautiful and to get outside and paint! I was dying to use those stencils. The tiny shop, which is called the Applestore and is on the same land as the arboretum and falconry was a real vintage/shabby chic treasure. I had a lovely chat with the owner, who has found some beautiful furniture and household items to give the Annie Sloan treatment.

If you saw my post yesterday you'll know I was in hiding (lol)...well the fence guys hadn't completely  finished our neighbour's fence by the time they left at 4.30, but one of the men knocked on the back door to say that they would put a temporary panel in so the hens could come out...I had managed to fool them (the hens) into thinking I was out all day and they had been very quiet,  but they heard me talking to him and started getting excited and clucking, thank goodness I could let them out...cheeky girls! But I did feel sorry for them to be in their run on such a nice day, when I was at home.

Today's post is a 3D card that I made for my bestie from school days, Lynda, who now lives in Cumbria and is a horticulturalist. She opened her garden under the "Ulverston in Bloom' scheme last weekend and sent me some beautiful photos, it's been a while since we last got up there to visit.

I always try and make some sort of floral card, but this time I got slightly carried away, so it had to be posted in a box with her present!

I used Eileen Hull's Window Box die by Sizzix for the card. I die cut the window panel twice and layered some acetate in between the panels. 

For the window box, I wanted to make it look like a weathered wooden panel by scoring the card and then rubbing grey ink over it, I used Memento: London Fog. I should have made the panels longer as it looks more like bricks, but I didn't notice until I had taken the photo,  which was odd and too late! I'll know next time!

I then die cut an assortment of flowers, most of them Sizzix dies...Sizzix recently had a mega sale and I did get quite a few floral dies for £2-£3 each... but a few others are included - Spellbinders and Britannia and the roses were made from a die I got free with a magazine. I thought I would give it a try instead of one of my other rose dies and I really liked it, very easy to use. There is no make on it, so I guess it was made specially.

For this to stand up, I made a little stand for the back. To finish I cut a plant label die and stamped Happy Birthday - I did also cut the larger label from the set to write our greeting on. I decided not to add a drape or other window dressing, but instead to use a floral flourish die to frame the window with the roses.

Dies used:

Sizzix Window Box die, Eileen Hull
Sizzix Bloom & Plant Markers, Eileen Hull
Sizzix Susan's Garden Lilac
Sizzix Susan's Garden Forsythia
Spellbinders Blooms Four
Spellbinders Sprigs
Britannia Multi Flower
Free rose die

I'd like to enter this in the June 'Art with Heart Challenge' 

The theme is Summer Fun and I had a lot of fun making this!

Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back tomorrow with more photos.

Love and Hugs
Carole X


  1. Wow, wow, WOW! This is one of my favourite creations that you've ever made! Such a stunning design and all those flowers look breathtakingly beautiful.

  2. Gosh this is great Carole and your friend will absolutely love it. Hugs Christine xx

  3. Love, love, love it. I'm sure your friend will as well.
    Have a great weekend
    Patricia x

  4. Morning Carole,
    A really lovely card, I'm sure it will be loved.

  5. Wow fabulous Carole! Great project idea and all your flowers are just wonderful! Such a summery creation! hugs :)

  6. Hi Carole,
    oh this is so superb, and just right for the person intended.
    I bet she loved it.
    You always make such amazing creations.
    I love it.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  7. Hi Carole this is a gorgeous card. I love the 3D nature of this card your friend will be delighted to receive this. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

  8. Wood/bricks, it doesn't matter because it is gorgeous Carole! I love it! The flowers are stunning too. Apologies for being a bit erratic at the moment, health issues in our house but hopefully back in the saddle now... Thank you SO much for joining us at Art With Heart Carole, lovely to have you share with us again. Big hugs, Anne xx

  9. Hi Carole, this is lovely too. Hope you've had a good week and an even better weekend.
    Happy crafting, Angela xXx

  10. Carole, another fantastic project, in fact its a work of art. Your friend will love it. Hazel,x

  11. Wow this is so lovely!!! Those flowers look stunning!!!
    Vic x

  12. This is beautiful! thank you so much for sharing it with us in the June Art with Heart Challenge. =)

  13. What a beautiful project Carole! I like the stand you created to hold it up- great combo of flowers. nice inking too on the base. Thanks for entering our challenge!

  14. What a beautiful project Carole! I like the stand you created to hold it up- great combo of flowers. nice inking too on the base. Thanks for entering our challenge!

  15. Well Carole this screams summer to me! What a great project to enter into the Art with Heart Challenge! Good Luck!

    1. Thank you Meme and thanks for stopping by ! X

  16. How sweet of that guy to knock on your door and let you know they had done that for the chickens! AND I love the card you made, it's fabulous!