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!
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.
*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.