Wednesday 8 May 2013

Anything Goes @ Diva's

Good Morning Guys oh boy do I have a project (and a story) to share today!

First things first lets get the challenge and theme out of the way!
Today is a brand new challenge at


and this week Rebekah has given us

Anything Goes

It was Anything but a card when I made these but I guess as the owner Rebakah has the right to change her mind lol

Michael (my husband) is chairman of his 'Fridaymans' club this year (15 businessmen go out to lunch on the last Friday of each month and once a year they take their wives!!) And as chairman he (read me) have to come up with a present for the ladies. I was told they were having a 'spring' theme and to wrap it in 'springlike' paper.
I decided I could do a bit better than that and made gift boxes!!!
I googled 'Origami box' and found some instructions. I had to alter the fold a bit as the top of the box was as deep as the bottom and I wanted mine to finish half way down the box if you know what I mean??
I already had an idea what I wanted to put inside them as I'm a 'Clarins' fan and love all their products, Beauty Flash Balm is a miracle cream as far as I'm concerned but a tad pricey - so imagine my excitement when I was flicking through the craft channels and saw the very product I wanted at almost HALF PRICE on the Deal Channel!!
You might want to go and get a cup of tea as I haven't got to the good bit yet!!!
After ordering and receiving my bargain and feeling pretty smug with myself for coming up with a fab present at an even fabber price I was totally surprised to get a phone call from Joanne from Ideal World, (yes 'THE' Joanne from Create and Craft) Curiosity had got the better of them as to why I wanted 15 bottles of Beauty Flash Balm! I had such a lovely chat with her, and they had googled my blog (they took a punt it was connected to my email address) and I was grinning all day after that!!
Little Darlings have a fabulous competition on which I thought I'd try and enter too.
Anyway after that rather long (but I hope not tedious) story you might want to actually see what I made!! Warning I have gone overboard with the photo's as I'm so pleased with them
and inside
all 14 (I didn't need the 15th as I didn't go)
From the side

A close up of another
And finally 2 more group photo's

As they have now been received I can tell you all the ladies were chuffed to bits with the fab presents and the unique boxes which were designed towards them (hair colour, glasses etc) I had so many thank you cards/flowers etc I was quite emotional!!

Back to business!! Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge, the prize on offer and some fabulous inspiration from my teammies.

That's all from me today, after that marathon post I think I need a lie down lol

Edited: OMG were we busy at the seaside this weekend! I don't think I've ever worked so hard or so long. Crafting and blogging has taken a back burner for me and I'm not sure how much time I can devote to it at the minute all I can say is I'll  try!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter these into the following challenges
Wild Orchid Challenge - 3 or more different flowers
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Saturated Canary - All things bright and beautiful


Sue said...

WOW!!!!!! These are totally amazing Laurie. It's clear to see how much thought you have put into making such lovely gifts. I love how you have tailored the images to make them so personal. Your colouring on each is so beautiful and I love the pretty papers and details.
hugs Sue xx

Chrissy said...

Fantastic Laurie..just wonderful, I love your little boxes and gift sets, and the images are so beautifully coloured and the boxes so perfectly decorated...well done..what a triumph..


Sally said...

These are just stunning Laurie. Fantastic job. Love the fact they were customised too....must have taken ages!
Go and have a lie down! Lol.
Have a good day.
Hugs Sally xxxxx

Unknown said...

What fantastic presents Laurie, the thought and care you've put into them really show! It's great that you took the time to craft them to each individual too they must have been delighted! xx

Berry said...

Oh my goodness well I just adore these Laurie! I absolutely love that not only have you made beautiful boxes with fabby presents but that you have taylored each one to each recipient how personal and wonderful! What a great surprise getting the phone call too and so lovely! These are an amazing make and so well received I'm sure! Hugs Rebekah (may have to get some of that clarins stuff myself!) xxx

Mariska said...

These are absolutely gorgeous Laurie, I love all the different design papers and the gorgeous way you arranged the flowers. Thank you for joining us at the Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge blog this month and good luck to you!


McCrafty's Cards said...

Wow Laurie, these are absolutely fabulous and such a brilliant gift idea, I like all the different images and colours.
Kevin xx

Unknown said...

soo beautiful

Unknown said...

soo beautiful

Sarah-Jane said...

Wow! These gorgeous boxes are fantastic, what a great gift idea. I love how each one is different.
Sarah-Jane xx

Jane said...

Wow you have been busy, I am not surprised the ladies loved them, they are gorgeous!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Saturated Canary Challenges! x

Claire said...

WOW, WOW and more WOW - these are just simply stunning and amazing and no wonder everyone was so pleased with them, the fact that they were individually personalised and all of those SC images and stunning colouring, papers and elements - I am blown away! Hope all is well with you sweetie. Hugs, Claire x

Debs said...

WOWZERS hun these are stunning!!! I bet they loved them - so much hard work and love has gone into eah and every one.
Debs xx

DebraK said...

All that work and you didn't get to go! Well that's a real bummer. They all are just darling--I love every one of them. Looks like a lot of work but it sounds like they were well appreciated. I'm sure you inspired a few women that received them to get into crafting... you sure inspired those of us reading and seeing this post! Super cute!

The Crafty Blonde said...

wow these are just gorgoeus, so much time and effort must have gone into these. Love all the beautiful images and pretty papers and flowers xx

Pami said...

These are just amazing hon! If you have one spare you have my address !! Hope you are ok. P x

Vicky said...

They are all so gorgeous Laurie...:o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Kathleen said...

Well these are horrid, don't like them at all.

Tricked ya' as my youngest Grandson would say. Stunning creations, love every single one of them, not surprised that the Ladies were impressed, hope your Hubby was too!

Hope the Bank Holiday hasn't tired you out too much.

Kath x

Janice said...

Well Laurie, you pulled the rabbit out of the hat with these! They are absolutely brilliant as are you for making such a wonderful personalised gift. I would hate to be the partner that has to follow on from you next year! What a star u r. Jx

Tammy said...

WOW these are fabulous Laurie! Beautiful images and embellishments!! I love how you've personalized each gift box!! I bet they loved them!
Hugs, Tammy

debby4000 said...

Oh these are absolutely brilliant and it must have taken ages to personalise each one too.

pinky said...

Wow go you girl!! The gifts are stunning and even better you got a bargain prize and a phone call!! I just adore the little gift boxes Laurie. Great news you are busy again even if it is exhausting!!

Marilyn said...

Wow... there is a ton of work in these gorgeous boxes and I wish I would have been there to receive one. Those ladies must have been thrilled to bits with them! The pic of them all together is amazing and truly shows how much effort and care was put into these. Again.. wow, wow, wow!

Highland Handmade said...

WOW these are amazing, I love each and every single one, but my gosh it must have taken ages!! xx

CraftyNatalie said...

WOW, These are beautiful gift boxes, so sweet. I would of loved to recive one of these!


Margreet said...

Wow Laurie, I am completely overwhelmed with so many, different and personalised boxes...quite a work that must have great for you to be contacted by the Clarins' lady! I hope she has come back to your blog for the result!
xxx Margreet

Jayne A said...

Wow Laurie those beautiful boxes must have taken you an age! but well worth it.

Lisa Jane said...

sorry i missed this when i went out .. how could i ???? those little boxes are sooooo cute .. fab origami Mrs - i bet they went down a storm. Hope your husband appreciated the hard work!!!!!
And get you being hunted down by the shopping channel lol.. hope you get chance for a little rest this week now its decided to rain !
Lisa xx

Tracy said...

Wow you rock Laurie, these are amazing, I love them and what a fabulous idea.
Your hubby must have been so proud.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Christine L said...

Am just catching up with commenting hon as like you, I've been having a bit of a 'time' lately... but OMG WOWWWWWWWWW!!! These are sooooooooo fabulous - no wonder the ladies were thrilled to bits to receive them - I know I would have been!! You put so much work and effort into them! Now I really must go and have a look at this Clarins cream... we're off on our jollies on Thurs so may have to treat myself in duty free... yes? Justification enough???

Hope you're feeling a bit better now.. thinking of you!

Big hugs
Christine x

Christine L said...

Me again... OK, couldn't wait for duty free so popped over to Ideal World and they still had some.. It just jumped into my basket of course.... all your fault!
Christine x

Jill said...

You my friend are amazing!!
Totally blowed me away with your boxes!!
I love them Laurie and I can really understand the ladies did too. Your husband must be really happy with all the work you put into the gifts. Totally wonderful ♥♥
Like always you give such inspiration sweetie.
Thanks for beeing here ♥
Have a wonderful weekend my friend
BIG hugs

karen said...

oh wow I want one LOl! Absolutely gorgeous and all so beautifully done, thanks for sharing with us at Papertake Weekly, hugs, Karenxx

Leanne said...

These are absolutely awesome!! Wow, love all the subtle details and the colors are gorgeous!! So many lucky friends!
Gorgeous projects!!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

These are really stunning hun, love the colours and images you have used, they must have taken you ages to make
Lindsay xx

Unknown said...

so special and so unique~ each one is super sweet!


Mau xx said...

These are Gorgeous Laurie, no wonder you are chuffed with them. I must try the Balm, I need it you believe me.
beautiful boxes, you clever lady xxx
Huge Hugs Mau xx

Doreen said...

wow amazing !!!!!!!
so special.
Doreen xx

♥Gemma♥ said...

Wow Laurie...these are fabulous and i aren't surprised the ladies liked them because i know i would, such a beautiful gift to give...
hugs and xxx

Kerry said...

These are absolutely stunning Laurie and I can see why the ladies were so pleased with their boxes...gorgeous xx

Julie said...

MAGNIFCENT!!!!!!! Obviously I'm a bad blogger as I'd missed these beauties! Xxx