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My Greeting Box: October Box

I don’t usually post on a Wednesday anymore, but as this post is all about Halloween themed creativity, I thought today would be the perfect day to share. A couple of weeks ago I was kindly invited to review My Greeting Box, – a monthly card making craft subscription box, and as I have a love of all things handmade, arty and creative (and subscription boxes) I jumped at the opportunity.

My Greeting Box is ran by the lovely Holly, who puts so much care and attention into her business. Every month, a fabulous box of themed craft supplies is sent to the door with instructions on how to make your own gorgeous greeting cards. Previous themes have included magical fairies, cute and colourful turtle puns, unicorns and rainbows, watercolour flowers, futuristic monsters and of course, beautiful and sparkly Christmas cards. I was really excited to get creative with this month’s spooky but cute theme!

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As this was my very first box, I received a huge bundle of goodies, including a starter kit. No matter which month you subscribe, everyone will get sent their own card making essentials including: Black Memento Dye Ink, Craft Scissors, Colouring Pens, Ruler, Foam Tape, Acrylic Block, Pencils, Eraser and a Hints & Tips Card. I also got a personalized letter from Holly which I thought was a very sweet and thoughtful touch.

In the October box: Trick Or Treat Stamp Set, Memento Tangelo Orange Dye Ink, Orange Treatbox Cutouts, Card (Black, Dark Purple, Lime Green, Orange and White), Black Matte Card Blanks, Black Envelopes, Plastic Spider Embellishments, Halloween Ribbon, PVA Glue, Cotton Wool Balls, Card Pockets and Halloween Sweets.

After this photo, I got started on eating the sweets only to later realize they were for the treatbox, oops!

With all these fantastic craft supplies, I couldn’t wait to get creative. This month, there are two card designs and a treatbox to give to those Trick or Treaters (or if you are like me, eat them all for yourself, ha ha). Each design comes with a handy step-by-step guide which is easy to follow thanks to the clear illustrations. The first cute but spooky item I had a go at making was the treatbox:

Everything you need is included in the box so you can relax and enjoy an afternoon of crafting (without any last minute trips to the shops for emergency glue or spending half an hour searching for the scissors).

The guide was really simple to follow although I think I over complicated the first step by making individual roof tiles instead of one long neat strip. Oh well, haunted houses are supposed to look a bit crooked, right?

I love how everything is so easy to use, PVA glue with a needle tip is less messy and actually pretty genius.

With roof tiles firmly in place, it was time to get building my doors and windows. The instruction leaflet gives the precise measurements which is super helpful and saves a lot of guessing and mistakes.

Once the house is looking like a house, it is time to get creative with the stamps.

Using stamps can be a bit hit and miss at times, but I’m pleased to say this is good quality ink and it worked perfectly on my first attempt and yay it was time to use the colourful pens too!

The orange and black inks worked well together, the treats and fancy font is a good combination.

To finish, add spider webs (cotton wool) and the ribbon and ta-da, your cute but spooky treatbox is ready!

For the card, I decided to follow the Happy Haunting instruction guide but put my own creative spin on it.

The kit includes different circular templates to draw around, I picked a green and orange theme.

My two favourite stamps are the adorable Halloween kitty and happy witch girl. I much prefer cute Halloween over the spooky kind so kept the colours bright and cheerful. There are so many different stamps and ways to colour and arrange your shapes, your card designs are limitless. I love that no two handmade cards are ever the same, they each have their own unique and personalized touch.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what is in October’s My Greeting Box, I certainly had a lot of fun getting creative and eating sweets too! I think this is a great introduction to card making and has given me the inspiration to continue (now that I have all the essentials!). Card making can be expensive, but a monthly box is the perfect way to build up your craft supplies, get ideas and learn new techniques.

Thank you so much Holly for the awesome opportunity to review this months box. Do you enjoy card making? If you would like to sign up, check out the Subscription Plans on offer, plus you can get 25% off your first box with the code FIRST25.

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Make Your Own Frames With Bliss Prints UK

Two of my most favourite things are inspirational quotes and colorfulness and this post is the perfect opportunity to combine the two. A couple of weeks ago, I applied for the awesome opportunity to review some products from Bliss Prints UK and today, I am excited to share with you my gorgeous goodies.

The designer behind these beautiful quotes is Jazmyn, a talented graphic designer from Lincolnshire, UK. Jazmyn started Bliss Prints UK as a hobby but now is making her dreams come true by turning what she loves doing into a small business. Go girl! Jazmyn very kindly allowed me to pick two prints of my choice to review and let me tell you, it was a tough decision – I loved so many of them! There are tons of inspirational, encouraging, motivational and quirky designs to choose from, all in beautiful fonts. I eventually settled on ‘Let’s Stay Home‘ and the Disney Cinderella quote ‘Have Courage and Be Kind‘.

Other designs I loved were: ‘And So The Adventure Begins‘ ‘Don’t Quit Your Day Dream‘ and ‘Hangry‘. A5 prints are £3.50 and A4 is £4.50 (amazing!), they arrived quickly and they are perfect quality. You can see the full collection here and if you use the discount code HELLOBEXA20 you will get 20% off too!

I decided I wanted to get creative and experiment with different colourful backgrounds. These can be either framed or just displayed as they are. I quite like them without frames and have both stuck on the wall above my desk to add a splash of colour and inspiration. It’s really simple, all you need is some pretty paper – I got mine from my Craft Sensations Paper Pads which I picked up in The Range (you can also find these in Hobbycraft and Amazon). They make amazing bright and colourful blogging photo backgrounds too!

I tried to find the Party Bubble & Inspiring Boho Paper Pads online with no luck. However, there are tons of beautiful paper pads available, a few favourites include: Paper Addicts Colour Pop, First Edition Paper Flowers and Craft Sensations Wonderful Brights. (See Amazon links at bottom of post for more ideas!).

It’s fun to experiment with different patterns, stick your print on with blu tack and see what you think.

At the moment, my prints are on the pink and orange polka dot backgrounds – the cool thing is, you can change your mind and try different patterns any time. Do you prefer prints on white backgrounds or do you like a splash of colour? Which background is your favourite? Don’t forget to check out Bliss Prints UK and use the discount code HELLOBEXA20 for 20% off. Thanks Jazmyn for my beautiful prints and giving me the inspiration to get creative with them.

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Autumn Scrapbooking

One of my favourite things to do on a cosy Autumnal afternoon (when I probably should be studying) is to get scrapbooking. Before I started, I loved flicking back over my old pages and to see what colours and things were inspiring me at the time. February was a time for fresh whites, pastels, flowers, bikes, tea and marshmallows. May was full of bright pinks, plants and adventure and most recently in August I was feeling all the colourful, creative and motivational vibes.

For these pages, I used a couple of my favourite magazines (In The Moment and The Simple Things) as well as Octoberish bits and bobs I found and got cutting and sticking…

Scrapbooking was something I used to do all the time as a child. My mum would be forever picking up cuttings off the floor of Robbie Williams or random song lyrics from Top Of The Pops magazine. My love of magazine scrapbooking never went away (or you could say I never grew up he he), however instead of Smash Hits, I’m now cutting up issues of The Simple Things, and replaced Bliss Magazine for Breathe Magazine.

The thing I love most about scrapbooking is that it is impossible to make a mistake. If you don’t like something, simply stick something better over the top. It is all about adding layers, so start with bigger pages and patterns and build it up from there, save any quotes and words for the very end.

There is so much to look forward to in Autumn, for me, I love wearing my Dr. Martens again, putting the stripey jumpers on, going on long walks kicking the leaves, getting home for a hot bubbly bath, then being all snug on the sofa with a blanket, hot choc, cats, Shaun and allll the snacks and watching something entertaining on  TV. The Apprentice and X-Factor are my favourites right now. What’s yours?

Next month I am going on my very first ever Yoga Retreat with the lovely Jenny from Jenny In Neverland, excitinggg! So this month I was feeling all the yoga vibes, as well as cats, bats, foxes (this cute little guy is a sticker designed by Ellis from Pastel Elixir). I also stuck in an adorable cat guitar plectrum and the all important reminder to have a cup of tea. Oh and of course, green polka dot washi tape.

I’m not really a dress kinda girl (give me jeans and a cosy jumper any day) but I thought I’d stick some nice colourful ones in for fashion inspiration anyways. And as my previous pages featured Katie Abey’s Melon Of Motivation, I decided the Porcupine Of Positivity would be a good fit for Autumn.

Hot drinks, woolly hats, campfires… hello Autumn. What are your favourite things about this season?

Ta-da! And here you have an old-fashioned Pinterest Board without the internet connection. All you need is a magazine or two, a pair of scissors and glue and the rest is up to you and your imagination. Have fun and be creative! Do you enjoy magazine scrapbooking? I’d love to hear from you!

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Under The Rowan Trees Stationery Box: Day Of The Dead

As a self-confessed stationery addict, as soon as I saw the opportunity to review a box full of quirky stationery and craft supplies, I was right there. The creator behind this box of happiness is Under The Rowan Trees – a business started in 2014 by Danielle, a lady who loves knitting, crochet, embroidery and stationery. Danielle asked if I would like to review the fun and colourful Day Of The Dead themed box and as it’s now October and I love anything colourful, I thought it would be perfect.

Day Of The Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. It’s a bit different from Halloween as it’s a festival of colour and joy, a happy time to show love and respect for deceased family members. It’s an occasion for food, families, friends, costumes and parties all with an explosion of rich and vibrant colours. Sounds fun! Let’s see what’s in the box…

In the box: Frida Kahlo vinyl sticker, Mexican food planner stickers, Moustache washi tape, Cocktail washi tape, Cactus gel pen, Sugar skull ephemera, October calendar page, Sugar skull iron-on patch, Coco figure, Felt cactus bunting. Click here to order a Day Of The Dead Stationery Box. 

Frida Kahlo vinyl sticker from House Of WonderlandThis is beautiful, but I admit, I didn’t know who Frida Kahlo was until a quick Google search later. She was a Mexican artist who is remembered for her self-portraits in bold and vibrant colours. (You are constantly learning new things with blogging!) This sticker is the perfect addition to a notebook or even as decoration for your October pages in a planner or bullet journal.

Sugar skull iron-on patch: Sugar skulls are traditional for Day Of The Dead and families decorate these with coloured foil, feathers, icing and beads. I really love the bright colours and have added this to my patch collection (of two). One day I might get creative and actually sew them onto something…

Moustache and Cocktail washi tape: I always get excited when I see new rolls of washi that I can add to my collection. Sticking (washi tape pun intended) with the Mexican theme, we have cocktails and moustaches! These are really fun designs and you can never have too many rolls of washi tape, right?

Mexican Food Stickers by The Laughing Sloth: I always love subscription boxes as I’m forever discovering new and awesome shops! The Laughing Sloth has a wide range of alternative greetings cards as well as these brilliant badges: Crazy Cat Lady and Crazy Craft Lady. Also, these Mexican Food Stickers are ideal for decorating a food planner or bullet journal. Mexican food is the best!

Coco Lego Figure: Danielle says: “The Day of the Dead Stationery Box was inspired by the Disney film Coco.” I’ve not seen this film, but I did enjoy putting together the Lego figure and it bought back all the childhood memories of building Lego towers and my dad hopping around in agony when he stepped on a piece… so nostalgic. There are a couple of different designs available, so it’s a bit like Lego lucky dip.

Felt cactus bunting: I may or may not have spent 15 minutes Googling what these were (my search history says: ‘Mexican felt cactus with crosses and string’), but now I know they are buntings, everything makes sense! Danielle suggests even gluing them to a notebook or stitching them to a tote bag, let your imagination run wild (no Googling required).

If that wasn’t enough, you also get a Cactus Gel Pen, October Calendar Page and a Sugar Skull Cut Out (perfect for craft projects). Why not check out Danielle’s Day Of The Dead Pinterest Board for creative ideas, including making Sugar Skull Cookies and Cactus Cupcakes.

I love this box as it had such a wide range of crafts and stationery items all with a bright, colourful and fun Mexican/Day Of The Dead theme. In each monthly box, you can expect a variety of goodies from washi tape, stickers, greetings cards, gift wrap, notebook, stencils, pens, pencils, postcards, bookmarks and little treats. A pure box of joy for any stationery lover! The next box has a Woodland theme (perfect for Autumn!) and you can sign up now for your very own box of seasonal surprises.

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Under The Rowan Trees is not just a Stationery Box, it’s also a shop packed full of beautiful stationerycreative craft kits, gorgeous gift sets and more! There is really something for everyone and they make the most perfect gifts too. To make things even easier, you even e-mail your friend a Gift Certificate and let them choose what they like!

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Thank you to Danielle sending me this fabulous box of goodies! Which treats are your favourite? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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