Christmas Swap part 3: Surprise Explosion Box

Hello 🙂

Today I’ll show you the last part of my Christmas Swap. You can see the stamped scarf here and the card here.

The 4th item being a chocolate teddy bear, I had to make a surprise for my 3rd creation. Well, that kept me wondering for quite a long time: what actually is a surprise? I had no details on how to interpret the cue word. I came to the conclusion that it’s something you don’t expect (I know, I know… 😉 ). So I decided to make something that wouldn’t look like what it really was… I remembered my friend’s ValĂ©rie beautiful explosion box and decided to create my own version:

Shimmer and Shine - Christmas Swap part 3 : Surprise Explosion Box - #StampinUp, #Bold #Butterfly, #Bow #Builder #Punch, #Awesomely #Artistic, #Dotty #Angles, #Best is Yet to come

The pop of the Real Red bow is one part of the surprise, as the rest of my swap is quite monochromatic. I used the score board to create my explosion box in Marina Mist cardstock and decorated it with the background stamp Dotty Angles in two shades of blue, Marina Mist and Soft Sky. The sentiment comes from last year’s Sale-a-Bration SU stamp, but it was too perfect to not use it.

Shimmer and Shine - Christmas Swap part 3 : Surprise Explosion Box - #StampinUp, #Bold #Butterfly, #Bow #Builder #Punch, #Awesomely #Artistic, #Dotty #Angles, #Best is Yet to come

The lid makes the explosion box sturdy enough, and the Whisper White panels make it even sturdier. The cute little bow is, of course, made with the bow builder punch.

Here is the inside:

Shimmer and Shine - Christmas Swap part 3 : Surprise Explosion Box - #StampinUp, #Bold #Butterfly, #Bow #Builder #Punch, #Awesomely #Artistic, #Dotty #Angles, #Best is Yet to come

Again, pops of red with the Petite Petals flowers and the rhinestones on the butterflies. I coloured them with alcohol markers 🙂

The inside white panels are decorated with ferns and splatters from Awesomely Artistic stamp set. The butterflies were cut with the Bold Butterflies thinlit dies and the Butterfly thinlit dies. The sentiment insides means “The best is yet to come” and it comes from the eponymous stamp set.

Shimmer and Shine - Christmas Swap part 3 : Surprise Explosion Box - #StampinUp, #Bold #Butterfly, #Bow #Builder #Punch, #Awesomely #Artistic, #Dotty #Angles, #Best is Yet to come

(Love this little bow! 🙂 )

So this was my surprise item and that finishes my Christmas Swap. I hope you liked it 🙂 Sadly I forgot to take a picture with all my presents…


  • Stamps : Awesomely Artistic, The Best is Yet to Come, Dotty Angles, (Retired) Grande JournĂ©e (sentiment),
  • Dies: Butterfly thinlits, Bold Butterfly thinlit dies,
  • Punch: Bow Builder punch, Petite Petals
  • Inks: Marina Mist, Soft Sky,
  • Papers: Marina Mist, Real Red, Whisper White
  • Embellishment: Basic Jewels Rhinestones
  • Tool: Score Board

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Flowers Square Box with Stampin’Up! Envelope Punch Board

Hi there!

The project I want to share today is a box I made with the Envelope Punch Board, the Spiral Flower Original die and the Petite Petals punch.

Shimmer and Shine - Flowers Square Box with #Stampin'Up! #Envelope Punch Board, #Spiral #Flower Original Die, #Petite #Petals Punch

For the colours, I chose to follow these as a guideline : isn’t this “scarf” lovely?colour challenge

The square box was made using the Envelope Punch Board. I used this very convenient Box Buster from The Crafty Owl to calculate the measures. The box is 4″ x 4″, and 2″ height. The lid is 3/4″. The paper must be a 9 3/8″ square for the base of the box, punch at 3 1/4″ and 6 1/8″. For the lid, the paper must be 7 5/8″, punch at 3 1/4″ et 4 3/8″.

Shimmer and Shine - Flowers Square Box with #Stampin'Up! #Envelope Punch Board, #Spiral #Flower Original Die, #Petite #Petals Punch

I mated the lid with Basic Black and another piece of kraft cardstock, and then adhered the flowers.

Shimmer and Shine - Flowers Square Box with #Stampin'Up! #Envelope Punch Board, #Spiral #Flower Original Die, #Petite #Petals Punch

The roses are made with the Spiral Flower Original Die in Very Vanilla, the little grey flowers are made with the Petite Petals Punch in Smoky Slate. The others are not from Stampin’Up!, but the cardstocks I used are Basic Black, Wild Wasabi and Vellum. A few rhinestones were added like tiny dew drops here and there…

Shimmer and Shine - Flowers Square Box with #Stampin'Up! #Envelope Punch Board, #Spiral #Flower Original Die, #Petite #Petals Punch

Do you like these flowers? you can see more projects with roses here or here 🙂

I’d like to enter this box in the “It’s hip to be square” challenge from The Paper Players, although it’s not a card, it’s still square, right? 🙂



Hope you like it 🙂 Have a nice weekend!

Supplies (Stampin’Up!) :

  • Dies : Spiral Flower Original Die
  • Punch : Petite Petals
  • Papers: Kraft cardstock, Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Vellum
  • Embellishment : Basic Jewels Rhinestones

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Pansy Favour Box

Good Evening!

Today I was invited to a crafty afternoon with the wonderful Lola. I wanted to bring her a little present, and I thought Linda’s lovely little gift box was the perfect opportunity for that. Not only is it beautiful, but it doesn’t need any adhesive so I was eager to give it a go. Go and watch Linda’s video on how to make it 🙂
Shimmer and Shine - Pansy Favour Box - #StampinUp, #GiftBox, #Pansy #Punch

I used Basic Grey cardstock for the box, the flower is made with the Pansy punch and the Petite Petals punch.

Shimmer and Shine - Pansy Favour Box - #StampinUp, #GiftBox, #Pansy #Punch

The cardstock colours I used are Basic grey and Smoky Slate for the box and Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon for the flower.

Shimmer and Shine - Pansy Favour Box - #StampinUp, #GiftBox, #Pansy #Punch

A few pearls were added to add a glamourous touch to the flower. A ribbon (from my stash) closes the box.

This favour box would be perfect for a wedding or a baby shower : it’s not too big but you can still put a lot of sweets inside 😉

Hope you like it 🙂

Supplies (Stampin’Up!) :

  • Stamp sets : Tiny Tags
  • Inks : Smoky Slate, Soft Sky
  • Papers: Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, soft Sky, Lost Lagoon
  • Punch: Pansy, Petite Petals, Tiny Tag
  • Embellishment: Pearls Basic Jewels Embellishment

Thanks for visiting!


Roses for my mum

Hi everyone!

Today I share a project I made for my Mum’s birthday. While surfing on Pinterest I came accross a beautiful ombre cake and it inspired me for the kind of gift I had in mind. I wanted to use the wonderful Spiral Flower Die that allows you to make the cutest little roses ever. Sadly I didn’t have any matching papers in these lovely blueish violet tones, so I went for purple instead.

Shimmer and Shine - Ombre Roses Frame - #StampinUp, #SpiralFlowerDie, #ombre, #roses, #purple, #butterfly

To die cut the roses, you just need a quarter of a A4 sheet, so each line of roses is only one cardstock for the whole frame. You have to curl up the die-cut roses to help you roll them into realistic roses, it’s a bit tricky at first but it gets easier with practice. I used white glue to adhere the flowers to their base (you may want to use a heat gun if your roses are going to be manipulated a lot, like on a box for instance, but mines were suposed to stay in a frame, so I was happy with the glue) and then I used a glue dot to stick them on the white cardstock background.

Here is a closer view of the roses. You can see I added tiny transparent pearls on some of the roses, so that it looks like dew drops. I love putting discreet details like those as a little surprise for the person who really pays attention to my work 😉

Shimmer and Shine - Ombre Roses Frame - #StampinUp, #SpiralFlowerDie, #ombre, #roses, #purple, #butterfly

I added a butterfly just because… I absolutely adore this die, it’s so delicate! But I didn’t want it to compete with the roses, so I left it white with just a rhinestone on its body. I stuck it with a glue dot directly on the glass so if my mum wanted, she would be able to take it out, but she seemed to like it too…

Shimmer and Shine - Ombre Roses Frame - #StampinUp, #SpiralFlowerDie, #ombre, #roses, #purple, #butterfly


What do you think of my project? Do you like it?

Edit: now that I had more time to visit my favourite challenge blogs, I’d like to enter my little gift to some of them:

Curtain Call bouquet


Fusion Challenge Dining Splendor


AAAcards Game37


And last but not least… The Naughty or Nice Challenge: “In Bloom”… well obviously I went for the “nice” one… Next birthday is my brother’s, maybe I could try naughty then? hehehe 😉


Edit from May 1st : I’m a Naughty or Nice Challenges Winner!!! Thank you so much for choosing my project!

Supplies (Stampin’Up!):

  • Dies: Spiral Flower, Butterfly
  • Paper: Whisper White (others: non SU)
  • Embellishment : Basic Rhinestones Jewels

Thanks for visiting!


Teachers gift – Christmas 2014


Today I’ll share the little gifts I made for my daughter’s teachers. If you have seen my last post, you’ll recognize the design! I loved the card so much, I had to make a variation with different colours.

I made a star-shaped box and a matching card for both teachers. I figured out how to make the star box myself, learning from my (many!) mistakes, but you can follow this very convenient tutorial from my friend Tracy. A little time consuming, but simple and effective 🙂

I made the first one in Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate :

Shimmer and Shine - Teachers gift Christmas 2014 - #StampinUp #Star #Framelit Dies - Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate


and the second one in Pool Party and Smoky Slate :

Shimmer and Shine - Teachers gift Christmas 2014 - #StampinUp #Star #Framelit Dies - Pool Party and Smoky Slate


The sentiment is not from Stampin’Up! : I don’t have any French greetings for Christmas… yet 😉

Of course, I filled the boxes with chocolates 🙂 and DaphnĂ©e “wrote” a little message for her teachers inside the card.

Supplies (Stampin’Up!):

  • Stamp set: Many Merry Stars
  • Inks: Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Smoky Slate
  • Dies: Stars Framelit Dies
  • Papers: Whisper White cardstock, Smoky Slate cardstock
  • The Rhinestones were coloured with alcohol markers. You can use the wonderful Blendabilities to match whichever colour you want : how cool is that?

If you would like to order any of the items used on the project above, you can click on my on-line shop or just send me an e-mail, I’ll be very happy to help you with your order.

Thanks for visiting!


I’ll be back… soon :)

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while without posting, and I didn’t have a chance to explain why it took me so long to write again. We moved from England to France less than a month ago, and we had internet cut off by our provider very early, in fact it was a (bad) surprise. Then once in France, it took very long to have internet in our new apartment, and anyway we were busy unpacking and trying to settle in our new home. Not easy, especially with a toddler and a baby running around 😉

Our eldest (which will turn 3 at the end of next month) has started preschool last week and it’s been a lot for her to deal with (new country, new language, new house, new friends, new teacher…), so it’s  still a bit complicated. She’ll be fine eventually, but for the moment she needs a lot of care and attention, and so does our youngest.

Needless to say, I feel like my Mojo is still hidden somewhere in an unpacked box, I’m struggling to find it back but I long to create again! I hope you’ll bear with me in the meantime.

Now for the creation part, I decided to share a project I made some times ago, using the same technique as in the negative die-cut I did here. In fact, I made this card set and the box before, but couldn’t share it yet as I was planning to offer it.

Shimmer and Shine - Die cut bird box and matching card set


(Sorry for the photo quality, the light was not very good and I had little time to edit it.)

Again as for the thinlit word die-cut, the technique is quite simple : you cut stripes of papers and you glue then side by side, then you die-cut your shape (here, the little bird on the branch) on a piece of white cardstock and you adhere it using foam adhesive to give depth. Of course a few rhinestones had to be added around the bird ;). Don’t forget to stamp your sentiment before adhering the cardstock, or you’ll have trouble stamping it nicely (been there, done that… :p )!

Shimmer and Shine - Bird box with matching card set

Here is a closer view of the box :



And the inside :

Shimmer and Shine - Die cut bird box and matching card set

Like this little bird ? you can find it here in its Christmas version, along with its birdhouse 🙂

I hope this will help you wait until next post, where I may have some exciting news to share… 🙂

I’ll enter this project to the CASology Challenge : UNDER.

CASology Week 111 - Under

Supplies :

– to come –

Thanks for your visit!

See you soon and happy crafting!

You are our anchor!

Hello 🙂

Today I want to share the present my daughters and I offered to their daddy for Father’s day. As they are 2,5 year old and 8 month old, I helped them a little 😉 but they proudly “drew” inside the card! ^^

My husband is in the Navy, and I’ve had an idea in mind for quite a long time since I saw the Float my Boat stampset from Lawn Fawn. First I wanted to decorate chipboard letters (D A D) and take a picture of my daughters holding them but if you’ve ever tried to take pictures of toddlers and babies together, you know how impossible difficult it is to get them to look at the camera at the same time (I don’t even talk about smiling while looking at the camera!), and I was concerned Roxanne would have a little chew on them 😉

So I changed my mind and stuck the letters in a frame, and my daughters gave it to their daddy. Of course, I had to make a card for the girls to “sign”!

Here is our present to my wonderful husband. The sentiment is just perfect for him, although I wrote “our” instead of “my” to adapt it to our family 🙂


Shimmer and Shine - Father's day You are our anchor


Here is a closer look to the card:

Shimmer and Shine - Father's day You are our anchor


I’d like to enter the challenge “Nautical” from The Card Concept, for the “Clean and Layered” style. I hope the background can be considered as “white space” even though it has stripes…

The Card Concept 12


Edit june 26th : My frame gift has been chosen for Lawn Fawn’s Pin of the day! I’m truly delighted 🙂 🙂 🙂

You can have a look on Pinterest here.

Supplies :

  • Stamps : Lawn Fawn Float my Boat
  • Background : Papermania Capsule
  • Dies : Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders (waves), Fantasia InfocrĂ©a cloud
  • Inks : Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’Up Real Red, Stampin’Up Bashful Blue (shade on the clouds)
  • Cardstock : from my stash
  • Accent : Red Baker’s twine from my stash, Signo Uniball Red
  • Promarkers : Poppy, Berry, Crimson


Wish you a lovely day !

Thanks for stopping by,