Friday, 27 March 2009

Mother's Day - Origami Box and Card

Thank you all so much for visiting and leaving such lovely comments, I'm really looking forward to visiting all of your blogs.

I'm sorry it's been a while since I posted but the last couple of weeks have been very busy. I have some news to share with you very soon.

Here's what I did for Mother's Day. The photographs are a little 'rainy day' but the colours are so bright that it's maybe a good thing! Mum loves bright colours and one of her favourite flowers is the Gerbera Daisy. I decided to make those two things the theme.

This card is large:- 28cm (about 11 inches) x 13.5cm (about 5.5 inches).


For the background I chalked the sky, and the grass area is green lightweight card embossed on the Eazi Score Board. The outside mount is silver holographic mirror board.

I used Word-Art (on my computer) to make the letters and printed them out - mirrored. I then cut and glued them onto heavy weight card, cut out, tinted with pigment inks, then embossed with holographic embossing powder. They're attached to the card using 3mm 3D foam pads.

The origami box is made from an A4 sheet of paper (squared) and a strip of card, for the wrap around, again inked and embossed with holographic embossing powder.

The message inside the box is an Elusive Images stamp - 'Words of Inspiration' - "Imagine the possibilities". Stamped using VersaFine - Onyx Black.

I made an insert by printing a message from my computer, "Happy Mother's Day" and finished by attaching a small bee, made by stamping the EJ Honey Bee onto acetate and card - as in the Buttercups and Daisies exploding box.

The Gerbera were made using a large and a small daisy punch. Three punch-outs of each size, layered together. I dry embossed a line along the centre of the petals before assembling the flowers. The centres were finished off with a small amount of black holographic glitter.

I'm drawing up a tutorial for the origami box using UK A4 squared and will post it very soon.

Click here -Tutorial now posted

Thank you for popping by.


  1. This is amazing! It´s summer, and just happiness. Very, very good!
    Wish you a lovely weekend!

  2. What an amazing gift, any mother would adore something like this. Just beautiful.

  3. You are soooo talented. I really enjoy following your blog.

    Have a nice weekend.

  4. I have just found your blog and have really enjoyed having a look around. Your flowers are a-mazing! I will certainly be back

  5. I'll post it here... Your exploding boxes are wonderfull! I also made one, with different sizes. You can find it here
    Thanks for your inspiration!
    Greetings Boukje.

  6. Wow, what a stunning project. Just found your blog and it's wonderful.

  7. Elaine, girl, you just blow my mind with your creations. Can I buy some of these flowers? Wow, they are so gorgeous!!!! I did not get this update, so I am sorry I am a bit late, please forgive me!!!! {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}} Sabrina

  8. Another amazing post! I love your card! And your box and flowers are simply AWESOME. I honestly can't name anyone who can do flowers like you! Just beautiful! Hope you are well! Best, Curt

  9. Lovely work!!! You are so creative and talented!!

    Greetings, Saskia

  10. Just checking in to say hello and hope you had a fab Easter! Hope all is well! Best, Curt

  11. I really LOVE your magic boxes!!
    Hopes it´s ok if I lift it sometimes!!
    Because I have to try..I looks so fun to do them!
    Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Big hugs from Sweden!! =D

  12. Hello Elaine,
    I really love your magic boxes, they look so cool and brilliant idea. Do you sell them, if you do, please let me know, I live in Cambridge and would love to buy one for my daughter, my blog address :
    TFS and look forward to hearing from you, Hugs always, Germaine

  13. Love your magic boxes, I made one for my Mum's 70th birthday the other week. Pics on my blog.

  14. Your work is fantastic Elaine.
    The gift is so wonderful.
    And the flowers is lovely, i will try to make a magic box like you :)
    And i will also try to make the lovely flowers. Thank you so much for your inspiration.
    Hugs from Inger Marie

  15. It is just amazing what you are doing. I am standing here and can not believe what you are doing. I would be glad to know how you make you flowers...I know you have written it but in detail with pictures??? Like a workshop? Or where you get you inspiration for this?

  16. What a wonderful project Elaine! I love your wonderful flowers - what a lot of work went into this project!

  17. I have sorely missed your beautiful art!! This is just wonderfully cheerful and beutiful too!


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