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Thursday 4 October 2012

Sugar Bowl Challenge...Ooops!

I am so sorry that I have no card to show today for the new Sugar Bowl challenge...I'm struggling through a different kind of challenge at the moment and one I am not enjoying at all ...and so my playtime has been zero, which in turn makes me a very grumpy bunny.

Many thanks to all my family and friends for their good wishes and excessive gifts for my baby's 18th birthday. He was truly spoiled and had a lovely day. It could only have been better if he didn't have to spend 8 hours of the day in college, but that's life.

I didn't have any time to make Hal a special card so it had to be a shop bought one (bad mother) and Phil was away and didn't get back until 7pm the night before his birthday, which meant I ended up spending far more time than usual in work plus I was on "out of hours" phone answering duties 24/7 which in turn meant I didn't even buy him a gift (doubly bad mother) so he had money for his birthday.
I did fully intend to buy him the ticket for next years Download festival. They announced the head liners last week and he really, really wanted to go if only to watch Iron Maiden. So 9am on Thursday I was online and poised to buy him the 5 day pass until I checked the festival date (this year it fell during college break time) but for 2013 it is a few weeks later. I thought I'd better double check with college and unfortunately the festival falls slap bang in the middle of his A level exams, so he can't go. Which also buggered up my plans for what to buy him!

Since he was having money then the least I could do was make a box to put it in.

Being a boy means he doesn't care much for flowers, glitter or anything too fussy, which was a good job since I only had an hour to put it all together from scratch. I made the box from a sheet of Kraft cardstock. The band around it is made entirely from PTI products.
(The kraft star is mounted exactly in the middle of the blue one but as usual my extraordinary photography skills make it look well off center)

And I just carried on the theme inside...again all PTI stuff.

Very clean and simple but it was perfect for Hal and looked a little better than just shoving the money in with his card, though nowhere near as impressive as the innovative way his other (Scottish) Mummy presented him with a large donation of money!! 

Thanks for looking


  1. Oh Dear Elaine!!
    sounds like life certainly has you by the scruff off the neck at the moment lol........hope it soon gets better.

    A super box for a Hal and a very happy birthday from me, shame he can't get to see Iron Maiden

  2. Hi Sweetheart, Im sure Hal will find something nice to spend his money on, its a shame about the festival but its more important for him to do his exams, maybe another sort of festival will be around during the holidays he will have to start searching.
    Youve done a brilliant job on his box and Im sure he appreciated that it didnt have glitter an flowers on. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  3. Wow I love your box creation for Hal's birthday dosh!! Perfect colours for him too.

    And don't you just wish PTI would have an outlet over here and that they were coming to the Harrogate show??? LOL!

    Christine x

  4. This is brillliant Elaine and you are NOT a bad Mother at all, just one with a hectic life and lots to do, sure he understands and knows he is loved, far more important....stop slapping your own face girl you did good......I ...on the other hand, never made a card for my Son, Grandsons birthday recently and had to get them from the shop last

  5. Aw bless ya, the box looks wonderful though and I'm sure your son will enjoy the money.
    Take care
    Caz x

  6. Goodness Elaine it sounds like you've probably got no hair left at all after all that. This does look very special (in my book it does) for the colours are gorgeously manly & the thought behind you checking the dates is very special. You take care of yourself & belated congratulations to the young gentleman.
    Much love
    Paula (PEP)

  7. I think your box looks wonderful and I am sure Hal appreciated the time you put into it. Glad to hear he had a great birthday. You will have to let us know what he ends up buying. Hope it doesn't start with a "P or at T"!

  8. Sorry to hear about your issue Elaine,hope it will sort out quickly for you!!
    I love Halls gift you made,ands sorry for the tickets,maybe next time!!
    Take care!!
    XXX Heidy

  9. Fantastic creation Elaine^_^
    I like a lot the felt stars^_^
    Big hug,

  10. Congrats with the big day in your family. A great idea to give mony in a pretty box like this.
    hugs Dorte

  11. Hey Elaine

    You a bad mother - never! Ain't it weird how things just happen! I'm sure he appreciated the money and the box is stunning.

    Please don't tell me about anymore PRI stuff - I love it but just dare not go near their website again!

    Hope to see you on Saturday at GNPE if your going.


    Hazel xx

  12. this is stunning elaine.really love the fab design and colours :D

    xx coops xx

  13. Gorgeous and perfect for a young man
    Louise xx

  14. I love that gift box Elaine! Not too fussy but gorgeous just the same. Sounds like your baby had a fabulous birthday. Oh, to be 18 again!

  15. Hi Elaine, oh how I wish I had a magic wand, life would be made far more easier for you and your hubby. I loved the box, I'm into box making just now, for my grandaughters sale table at school. I hope Hal had a great birthday, after all it's him I have to thank for that lovely parcel you sent to me. When both our kids reached eighteen they didn't even consider having a party or celebration with hubby and me, they just wanted to party with their friends. I did feel downhearted at the time, but twenty five years on who gives a hoot. Five grandchidren, with the latest only three weeks old (after a ten year gap)you can immagine how much love you have to share amongst them all. The things I worried about, I can't even remember, but all the good times I can't forget. Your love wasn't in that box, and I bet Hal knows that. Have a good weekend. Love Trish x

  16. Hi Elaine

    What a shame you can't make it to Harrogate - I would love to show you a picture of all my stash but you would be really, really grumpy!

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving me some lovely comments.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    Take care

    Ta ta for now.

    Hazel xx

  17. Oh Elaine---Life's unending dare they get in way of our crafting:) Hope your days start calming down---will say a prayer for you. Your box for Hal is PERFECT...your right I am sure this will suit him fine!!

  18. Whata stunning birthday gift box I bet he loved it. Sorry to hear things are a bit hectic hun, hope everything is OK.

    Hugs Ali x

  19. Great box Elaine, I'm sure your son loved it too.

    Kat x

  20. Great Box Elaine, sounds like things are not running too smooth for you at the moment.
    Sending you huge hugs sweetie, I so missed seeing you at Harrowgate this time :(
    Love Mau xx
    Having a skip through your creations whilst I have loan of Lappy as my Internet has been playing up big time for 3-4 weeks and decided a week ago to die totally..waiting for new Modem to arrive :(( fed up!!

  21. This box is perfect! Love working with kraft, you sound very busy at this time... sometimes life gets in the way of crafting...sounds as though your lovely son still had a great Birthday, I do hope things in life calm down for you... Take care Hugs May x x x

  22. I'm in no doubt Hall loved his birthday pressie chum, it is a shame about the Festivile but your gift box is fabulous,Happy belated Wishes to Hall and I think wee are all guilty of buying a shop bought card when real life is a bit hectic,
    This comment is a late one sorry' but I do hope things are running a bit more easier now for you
    Take care chum...
    Lots Hugs Sarah x


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