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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July Mud + Bloom Box: A Collab With Lisa’s Notebook

If you read my July Treatbox post, you will know the lovely Lisa from Lisa’s Notebook and I have a second collaboration and this is it! I was so excited when Lisa offered to send me a Mud + Bloom box; I had seen these boxes on Lisa’s blog over the months and loved how fun and creative they were. If you haven’t read Lisa’s blog before, I encourage you to go check it out. There is really something for everyone, whether that is a gorgeous gardening post (seriously, Lisa’s garden is #gardeninggoals), a brilliant beauty or book review, or a fun family and lifestyle post. Also, Lisa’s Instagram and Twitter is always bursting with bright and beautiful flowers – it really adds a splash of colour and positivity into my day!

Thank you Lisa for sending me July’s Mud + Bloom box. Don’t forget to head over to Lisa’s Notebook to see what Lisa (and Flora) thought of this months box too!

Mud + Bloom is a monthly subscription box created by Anja (a mum of two young boys) who is passionate about finding ways children can enjoy learning more about nature, gardening and crafts. It’s aimed at children between 3 – 8 years old and each box includes everything you need for two seasonal activities: one gardening and one nature craft – along with instructions, quizzes and games aimed at teaching children about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall. The activities have been created by qualified teachers and they support the national curriculum. 

When I unpacked the box, I was impressed at the amount of goodies inside, it is just like getting a surprise Christmas present. There are six colourful information cards, 2 packets of seeds, compost pellets, plant labels, glue, buttons, embroidery thread and my favourite item, washi tape! I have a slight washi tape addiction so these two are going to be a very welcome addition to my forever growing collection.

The first activity I decided to do was planting the lettuce and giant radish seeds. This year, I have actually impressed myself by keeping 4 potted plants alive in my garden (a record for me) so I was feeling a little more confident about growing my own seeds. I did have to follow the instructions carefully though as I have never done any planting before but thankfully it was all very straight forward and easy. 

Inside the kit, organic compost pellets are provided which just need to be soaked in warm water for 10 minutes to activate them. Once they have expanded I think they look like little rolled up sleeping bags which is kinda cute. All you need to do is place a seed inside it’s sleeping bag and find a small pot or egg carton so that it stands upright.

How perfect are these pots? I found them at the back of the cupboard and think they make for ideal seed sleeping bag holders. You then label your pots to avoid lettuce/radish confusion, pop them on a sunny windowsill and water regularly. When they are a couple of inches tall you remove them from the bags and plant them outside in a larger pot. It is pretty exciting to check on them to see if there are any changes.

What I particularly love about Mud + Bloom boxes is that they are so educational. Over the months, I have learned so many interesting nature facts from reading Lisa’s posts. This month I found out that a Beech tree can live to 1,000 years old and those flowers which look like giant daisies are called ox-eye daisies. Everything you need to know is on a Nature News card which explains what is happening with plants, animals, insects and birds in July.

As well as a quiz, there is also a spotters card which encourages you to go exploring and see if you can find the different leaves and trees. This is a fantastic idea and not only is it educational, it also makes nature and going for a walk fun and interactive. 

I was really keen to do the Make Your Own Summer Flower Vases craft activityFunnily enough, my mum recently gave me a couple of empty glass jars as she thought I could get creative with them, so this kit was perfect timing. Everything you need (glue, washi tape and buttons) are provided so you can get started straight away.

You get an assortment of different coloured and sized buttons to decorate your vase with.

I love that the kit encourages creativity – there are no rules, you can have a couple of washi tape bands, cover the whole vase in stripes and add buttons, beads and any other treasures you find to your vase. It’s really fun, and the fact that it’s washi means you can easily peal it off and start again if you want to experiment with a different pattern or design.

I was really impressed with this and think a simple design looks really stylish and effective. 

As well as the spotters card, the Nature paint brushes activity is another way to get outside and explore your surroundings. On a walk, you collect a selection of twigs, leaves, dried grasses and flowers. Back home, you use the embroidery thread to create home-made brushes. 

The home-made brushes help you appreciate the different shapes and textures found in nature. You can then add paint and see the different styles of artwork you can come up with using these creative natural paint brushes. 

Overall, I thought this whole box was excellent, there are so many enjoyable activities and things to learn. My favourite activity was making the summer vases and I loved the pretty washi tapes which were included in the kit. Anything which encourages children to get outside and explore nature as well as get arty and creative at home is fantastic in my opinion. A monthly Mud + Bloom box is only £7.95 + free UK shipping which is great value for money and even though it is aimed at younger children, I think it’s great for the whole family to get involved with.

Thank you again to Lisa for sending me this fun and fabulous box of goodies! Don’t forget to check out what Lisa thought of this month’s box, you can also read previous reviews for May and June

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