Boy’s puzzle present

This project has taken me all week but such a lot of fun!  The Male Room this week want something that little boys will like…  My boy isn’t little any more, but I have plenty of friends with small boys and I hope someone is going to love this!  It’s a card and “wrapping” for a present for any boy who loves spies and puzzles (and to be honest it would work for a girl too!).

I started with a blank box, the kind you can buy for a few pounds. My sister put the hasp on it so there was somewhere to put the wordlock padlock.

Then I varnished the box with tea dye varnish, trying to make it look a bit more like real wood! Then I added a Creative Expressions button to the hasp and triple embossed medallions (created with Autumn Leaves Talking in Circles: Boy stamps and gold and clear embossing powders) to the top.  I was going to add more, but it seemed enough at that point… The box could be the present, but it’s designed to hold the present. Here’s the final version:

I chose a five-letter boy’s name for the wordlock, and locked the box.

Then I created the card. It’s a red reveal puzzle. The five-letter code is hidden in the letters and words. I used several different types of pen and pencil. Start with an aqua pencil, and the rest is red and yellow pens to disguise it. I made the red specs from black card and acetate, coloured with red marker, to attach to it with some red and yellow embroidery thread.

Can you solve the puzzle? Look at the card through red film, red coloured acetate or anything else you have that’s red and translucent (I often use red plastic file folders).

I hope the puzzle is challenging but not too challenging for a small spy! Don’t look at the comments till you’ve solved the puzzle, then why not put in your answer?  Have fun!

No haiku for this one. I think I’ve been creative enough!

So this is for

The Male Room challenge #87: Little Boys


Simply Create Too’s Challenge #139, For a Male


Embossed medallions

Now here is a card I have completely failed to photograph correctly.  I wanted to create some boy-themed medallions for a couple of projects – this and the one in the next post.

I tried several types of paper, and  three different embossing powders.  The best fit was black card, stamped with Versamark and embossed in gold. Then I fussy cut the medallions and covered it completely in clear embossing poweder, and when that was dry, did it again.  The medallions have quite a nice sheen and some solidity to them.  The background card here looks blue, but it is actually a different black. The sentiment is Papermania.The stamps are Autumn Leaves Talking in Circles (boy) which is really a scrapbooking stamp that I’ve never really used.

I’m entering this one into:

CAS Mixup for June – layered embossing powders, stamping and (my choice) fussy cutting 🙂


It’s based on Narelle’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #341 this week

And Cards in Envy are looking for masculine cards: Let’s Hear it for the Boys.


A happy birthday
To a much loved boy
Please – never grow up!

Wild thing

This is a quick and CAS card.  The big cat is cut from one of my favourite sheets of patterned paper (can’t remember where from, it was so long ago!). The stamps are mixed too, mostly a free alphabet set from a magazine.

This is entered into:

City Crafter 416: Safari so good


a new-to-me challenge, The Library Craft Challenge 9: Where the Wild Things Are. Love the idea of a challenge based on a book 🙂


What is your totem?
Which animal do you feel
Matches your true self?

Fathers’ Day Lighthouse

I don’t have a die cutter so I didn’t think I’d be able to submit anything for Muse this week, as Anita’s pretty card is mostly die cuts. But the colours are so pretty and made me think of waves and I’ve been planning a Fathers’ Day card with a nautical theme (Dad always gets a nautical theme).  And I had these laser die cuts left over from years ago, so cut them carefully apart and arranged them on a watercoloured background. A fussy cut and printed white “rock” and the colours and layout very much inspired by the Muse card, with the white on blue and a touch of yellow.

I think the apostrophe is in the wrong place on most stamps. It’s not just one father’s day: it’s a day for all fathers…

Entered in Muse #269


Cards4Guyz #196 Fathers’ Day

and two sea-themed challenges that came at the right time…

Addicted to CAS #137: Sea

CAS Watercolour Ocean theme for June



Sailor no longer
But sail away in your dreams
Remember the sea…

Hot glue embossing

When I saw the challenge at CAS Mixup to have a go at layered embossing, I thought about the hot glue gun technique which I’ve been wanting to try for a while.  So here are two cards using this technique, with layers of hot glue, and two embossing powders, gold and “midnight sparkle”.

This first one is in Colour Throwdown’s colours of blue, mulberry and gold, though neither colour came out quite as dark as I would have liked. But they are pretty at this intensity I think, so I’ve not added more paint.

Hot glue squiggle made on watercolour paper, dragged with a piercing tool. Heated up once dry (it dried almost too quickly to drag!) and embossing powder sprinkled on, then the heat tool applied again, and in some places more heating and embossing powder. Once dry I watercoloured in between the lines.   I hoped it would come out like waves, but it doesn’t “say” that to me. However – squiggle it definitely is!

Entered in Colo(u)r Throwdown #495  


and CASOLOGY #302 Squiggle

With the second one I resisted the temptation to watercolour as I thought it looked best as it was: just a simple sentiment in Uniko’s Simply Said, in Delicata golden ink, because I am HOPELESS at embossing sentiments! And didn’t want to detract from the rest of the embossing and the wonderful texture.  Tried matting it on different colours and found the right gold and then black card base came out nicest. This is my favourite of the two. You can clearly see the difference between the two embossing powders on this one. I’ve added a couple of extra pics to show the fab texture

Entered in CAS on Friday’s #134 Embossing challenge

Crafty Gals #166 Anything Goes

AAA Cards #116  4th Big Birthday Bash

But actually neither of them are suitable for CAS Mixup, so I will have to carry on experimenting. What fun!


Tired after play
Inspiration fading now
Lots of fun was had!

Birthday Mower

This one is for my other half’s birthday next week. It’s a little cheeky.  Here’s the card.

and inside it says:

Here’s what our buttercup-strewn lawn looked like when I started it:

Then after I’d done most of the card (which of course he doesn’t know about) he went out and mowed the grass, thus spoiling the joke!  (I got him to leave a patch of buttercups – I think they’re beautiful!)  But he’s getting the card anyway. We haven’t got a ride-on mower, or a lawn big enough to justify one, but it would make it more fun don’t you think?

No stamps or watercolours… This was paper pieced from scratch with inspiration from pictures of mowers on the internet, and finished by hand!

My starting point was inspired by and therefore entered into The Male Room’s current challenge #86 Gardening, and Uniko’s picture which looks just like our lawn, and from which I’ve taken the green (obviously) and yellow colours, so entered in Uniko’s Challenge #47 as well (though for once I’ve not used their stamps 🙂 ).


Also entered into Watercooler Wednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge #172

Don’t let me disturb
Buttercup contemplation
With mundane requests!