Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Going Crackers

Morning Folks!
Wow, November is here and before you know it, we'll be into December and Christmas will be just around the corner - try not to panic! 
If you are being organised, you might like to join the new challenge starting today over at SPARKLES CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE. This time we would like to see your creations 


Here's my inspiration for this month:

I've made quite a few Christmas cards lately so I fancied making something different. A quick look around Pinterest led me to this fab video tutorial for making crackers. I blew the thick dust off the envelope punch board and started out. This is where we get to confession time - this is my second attempt. The first cracker was looking great, in a pale blue colour with sparkly snowflakes on it, until it came to adding the ribbon bows. I was trying to pull the folds in quite tightly but got a bit carried away and tore right through the paper, leaving the cracker in 2 bits. After several rude words, I found some more cardstock and started again!! You do need a decent thickness of cardstock for these otherwise they are a bit flimsy but you can't use super thick card because the punch on the board has to get through 2 layers. I'd also recommend using a double sided design so the inside looks interesting too. I think these would make great place settings or as holders for small tree gifts. I definitely think I'll be making more!!  
In case you're wondering the finished length is about 9 inches or 23.5cm.

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and see the inspiration from the rest of the design team! You have a whole month to join us, we'd love to see what you make! 

Thank you so much for visiting today and for any comments you're kind enough to leave xx

I'd also like to enter the challenges at:
Winter Wonderland - Fun Folds
Not just cards - Anything goes
A Snowflakes promise - Anything goes
Make my Monday - Anything but a card
CHNC - Anything Christmas goes
Crimbo crackers - Quick and Easy
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas goes


  1. Oh dear, I feel your pain about the original cracker as many of my own cracker making attempts have gone the same way. I'm glad you persevered though, this is lovely and would be a really good idea for a gift box for a suitable shaped gift

  2. Lovely cracker, so much nicer than bought ones. Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Emma

  3. Its a fab cracker ! I've just given away some cracker "snaps" as my attempts at making crackers were dismal but yours would look lovely on the table or the tree

  4. Jacky, What a fun take on the fold challenge! Very clever!

  5. Wow what a fantastic cracker, will be checking out the link to the tutorial. Thanks for that. So effective and fun. Sometimes we need a second attempt that's how we learn. I certainly did with my gift box. Love it Hun. Hugs xx

  6. Hi, Jacky! What a fabulously fun take on your challenge, not to mention perfect for The Merry Christmas Challenge. I love the colors, and the crispness of your folds. (I'm sure I'd enjoy the goodies on the inside, too LOL) Thank you for playing in The Merry Christmas Challenge! I love your wonderful creation and have enjoyed visiting your blog. Hope to see more of your pretty crafting projects in the future. Please check back to see if you have won a badge.
    Crafting Smiles,
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  7. Jacky, I love it....I'm such a kid when it comes to crackers....and yours is begging to see what treats are hidden inside. Very nice! And lots of folds to make this beauty....

  8. Lovely cracker, such a shame about the first one. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday

  9. A fabulous cracker - thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland.
    Kath x


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