Friday, March 30, 2012

5 Unique Anniversary Gifts Ideas

Hi Guys.  Spring is in the air, and that has me thinking about Anniversaries.  I don't know why, since they can happen any time of the year.  But whatever, I am.   :-)

Anyway, for today I decided to send out a list of some really cool anniversary gifts that I have found online.  Plus some that my customers have made using our tutorials.  Why not post a comment with your favorite anniversary gifts below?

1. Personalized Anniversary Cross - Celebrate your enduring love with this classic and attractive personalized cross. I found this at for $32.

2.  Anniversary Card Quilled Flowers- I found this on A very original and exquisite handmade greeting card to celebrate a milestone anniversary. I love the origami and quilling technique used in this card. Awesome job and great creativity!

3. Anniversary  Throw Pillow. Also from, you can use your favorite image or photo to create an elegant anniversary pillow keepsake like the photo below.  

4. Elegant Anniversary Postage. Put a personal touch in your mail with this elegant Anniversary Postage. This is available at, it is selling for $22 per sheet. 

5. Anniversary Exploding Box - This is a project of Cecilia Montanes, she is one of my clients who purchased my Exploding Box w/ 3-Tier Cake PDF Tutorial. She made this Anniversary Exploding Box as a gift for her husband.

I love how she turned this Exploding Box into a fantastic gift. Those die-cut butterflies are so lovely. I am known for turning  Exploding Box Templates into Exploding Box Invitations. But with what she did shows the versatility of this tutorial. 

I just wish that Cecilia has a blog I can link this post to. She said she wants to have a blog someday. For those who want to know how to create a blog. I have created a step-by-step tutorial on How to Create A Blog For Free and it is available on my website

Thanks for stopping by. Hope these ideas inspires you today.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

5 Favorite Fabric & Ribbon Manipulation Project

Hello everyone! Hope everyone is having a great day! I have been seeing a lot of beautiful and vibrant fabric flowers and ribbon manipulation projects in Pinterest recently. I decided to share with you my 5 Favorite projects I made using fabrics and ribbons.

5 Favorite Fabric & Ribbon Manipulation Projects by: Jinky's Crafts

1. Kanzashi Heart Wreath - I created this project for MayArts DT Challenge. I consider this as one of my top favorites because this project gave me the chance to be one of the talented MayArts Ribbons Designers. 

2. Ribbon Art Canvas - This is a project I created to showcase MayArts Ribbons & Stampendous Big Floral Peony Stamps. Great project for home decor. 

3. Kanzashi Fabric Flower -  I made this colorful fabric flower jewelry for my sister-in-law. There should be free tutorials on how to make the Yo-yo and Kanzashi Flower if you click the link. 

Kanzashi Flower Handmade Jewelry

Tsumami Kanzashi Flower + 2-Way Cube Gift Box

4. Gathered Ribbon Flower  - This gathered flower is so easy to make. Just make a straight stitch on one side of the ribbon and then gather the stitch and form into a flower. 

5.  Spider Web Ribbon Flower technique - I enjoyed making this Framed Ribbon Flowers project. I learned few ribbon manipulation techniques in making this beautiful ribbon flowers. There should be a free tutorial for the Spider Web Ribbon Flower technique on my linked post. 

Spider Web Ribbon Flower + Exploding Box

So those are my 5 Favorite flower manipulation projects. Please let me know your favorites too, or if you have a flower tutorials you want to share..just let me know,  or leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Check Out Our Client's Exploding Boxes Version

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you are all having a great weekend. As you know, I made a call out  yesterday to everyone who downloaded Jinky's Crafts Exploding Box PDF Tutorial to share their projects by emailing me their photos. Last night, Lynn Allen emailed me photos of her Wedding Shower & Birthday Exploding Boxes photos. I promised her that I have to share it with you today. So here is her take on my Exploding Box PDF Tutorial.

I love her version of the Exploding Box. Her choices of colors are really great. Her 3D Flower was also included in the tutorial she downloaded. All the die-cuts she put to decorate the box are all pretty! She really did an excellent job! Lot of work but I think you will agree, it paid off!

I love the Teal color and coordinating designer cardstocks she used here. And the die cut shoes is so pretty! Every birthday girl would be ecstatic to received a Handmade Birthday 3D Box as especial as this one. 

I created also something like that last year for my Quinceanera Exploding Box Invitation and Quinceañera Recordatorios I hope these photos inspired you and hope you are going to share also your version of the Exploding Box Tutorial. Please email me and let us all get to know each other here.

Quinceañera Exploding Box Invitation & Recordatorios

Quinceañera Exploding Box Invitation & Recordatorios 

Thank you Lynn Allen for sharing your photos and for inspiring us today! Much appreciated!

Let us know what kind design of Exploding Box you are wanting to see in the future..LIKE, SHARE & PIN this post if you think it will inspire others. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Wedding & 18th Birthday Exploding Box Invitations

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday morning! I just wanted to share some Exploding Boxes project photos from our fellow Crafter's.

First, is the 18th Birthday Exploding Boxes Invitations by Zenaida Perez all the way from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.  She initially approached me to make a custom 18th Birthday Exploding Box Invitation for her, but sadly I had to say no because there was too little notice for shipping. I advised her to purchase my Exploding Box PDF Tutorials so she could just do it herself.

When she sent me these photos, I was so impressed! These Cream & Red Color combo Exploding Boxes are amazing! They look so gorgeous! She really did a great job and did justice to my tutorial. I am so proud of her. 

I love the mini flowers she used and the red satin ribbon trimming on the cake! It perfect! Thanks Zenaida for sharing these photos. Now, she's waiting for a Flat Pop-Up Card by Jinky'sCrafts. I told her, I might come up with new design next month. I am super busy with all the custom orders I have to fill. So ladies, be patient with me.

This Wedding Exploding Box, is from Jan Bennett. Remember, she was our latest guest blogger who made the Teapot Exploding Box project. I love the layering she did here and those die cut hearts are too die for. Love love it. 

Ok, I hope these Exploding Box photos inspired you to create a 3-Dimensional project this weekend. Remember, you are welcome to email me your photos so I can post them here. Happy weekend everyone!

Friday, March 23, 2012

How To Make DIY Spring Ribbon Topiary

Hello everyone!  I am excited to share with you today my Spring inspired Ribbon Topiary project. 

I really had fun doing this project. It is very simple to make yet very satisfying. The beautiful colored MayArts  organza ribbons  blended perfectly together. This can be a great gift,centerpiece or homedecor just in time for spring season. You can also use the same idea or technique on your next party event/occasion.  

How To Make A DIY Spring Ribbon Topiary

Material/Supplies Used: 
  • foam ball 
  • May Arts Ribbons (349-47, 349-46, 349-22, 349-27, 349-28, 363-10
  • Wine Cork  ( you can use Wooden Dowel )
  • hot glue  ( you can use straight pins )
  • newspapers to secure my Wine Cork Dowel

  • Cut your organza ribbons into 4" to 5" strips.
  • Hot glue loops/curled ribbons into the foam ball until it's completely covered. (You can use safety pins).
  • Make wine cork dowel, just hot glue wine cork together then wrap some Burlap ribbon where the  corks are connected. 
  • Put your floral foam into your topiary base of your choice.
  • Add some old newspapers to support the dowel.
  • And also add more ribbons around the bottom of my Dowel to cover the newspapers. 
  • Decorate. Done!

That's it my friends, Thanks for stopping by and hope I inspire you today! 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Teapot Exploding Gift Box By Jan Bennett

Hello fellow Crafters! Today I am happy to introduce to you our new Guest, Jan Bennett. She made this beautiful Teapot Exploding Box using a Jinky'sCrafts Tutorial. Let's all welcome her and get to know her better.

Jinky: Can you please tell me more about yourself?

Jan:  I am a mum to Chris and Louise, mum-in-law to Simon and Nanny to Jack who was 7 on March 2nd. I  am a housekeeper manager working in a retirement home for people with dementia,  Alzheimer's  and age related conditions, with some of the most fantastic people in the world (residents and staff).

Jinky : When did you get started in crafting?

Jan: I first started card making when my sister-in-law showed me how to use a few bits I had bought at a scrapbooking evening.I soon got hooked and find it so relaxing and satisfying to see some thing grow from a piece of card to a work of art (most of the time).

Jinky: What's your style in Crafting?

Jan: I love anything Kinetic, decoupage, die cut distressed (Tim Holtz is my Guru), using templates and embossing with Glittergirls boards. I would like to get more into stamping, coloring and using gilding flakes.  So there is  lots more to learn in the future.

Jinky: Can you please tell me how you made your Teapot Exploding Gift Box?

Jan:  Using the instructions in your Teapot Exploding Box PDF Tutorial, I made the teapot in Crafters Companion snow white pearl card. Then I cut out the  side panels and made patterned layers, with the blue porcelain papers and decorated the flowers with some diamanté flowers from my craft box. I made the spout and the handle as per instructions and decorated once again using the blue porcelain papers. For the inside I cut the lighter blue papers slightly smaller than the template and then used a Martha Stewart punch around the edges to make it like a pretty tablecloth. I decorated the lid with a bit of old lace I found and the blue papers with a bit of bling.  On top I decided to make cups on saucers and a cake stand with cakes to show that we were having a birthday tea party for our friend at work.

Jinky: Your Teapot Exploding box is awesome! I bet your co-workers will be glad they received this.Thanks a lot, Jan for guesting in my blog. Much appreciated!

Jan: Thank you for taking the time to look at my efforts.

Thanks a lot for stopping by! I hope Jan's project inspires you today.

If you are interested to be my guest blogger, please contact me.

Friday, March 16, 2012

3-in-1 St. Patrick's Day Gift Packaging

Happy St. Patrick's Day Eve everyone! I have a cool green project I would love to share today. It's a 3-In-1 St. Patrick's Day Gift Packaging. It's a Card (1), a Gift Box ( 2) and Gift Bag (3) too! How cool is that?

For my Treat Box, I filled it with some Dove Chocolates and decorated it with some mini-paper flowers, blue, yellow and pink. I used Spellbinder die in cutting my window and attach clear acetate. Since my chocolate is Gold, I used a Gold trim for the edges on my  St. Patrick Treat Box. Sorry guys, I have no green goodies yet.

For my St. Patrick's Day Card, I decorated it with a Fabric  Flower then stamped some friendship sentiments. My Frilly Fabric Fabric Flowers is available here.

For my St. Patrick's Bag, I filled it with some green feathers. I am going out to shop today so I can buy some more St. Patrick's goodies to put in it. 

The tutorial on how to make this 3-in-1 Gift Packaging  is now available at Jinky'sCrafts siteThis was included on my revised 12 Days of Christmas (1st Edition), so for those who purchased the E-Book, check your copy for the tutorial. 
Ok, I would love to see your projects when you are done. Please feel free to email me photos. Have a Happy St. Patrick's Weekend! Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 9, 2012

1st Birthday Exploding Box Album

Happy Weekend Eve everyone! I just want to share this cute 1st Birthday Exploding Box Album I made for my friend's little boy with you. Can you imagine I whipped this up in less than an hour?  Yes Ladies, that's when being Crafty comes handy, when you have a last minute gift giving need, you can just create in just minutes! Lol! 

I think most of us like to receive personalized gifts. This gift is 100% handmade… and you know what they say… “if it is handmade it is "Heart Made"”. Lol!

This Birthday Exploding Box Album is a lovely 3D papercraft that has 3 layers and 16 panels (inside and out)  that the Mom can decorate with special photos of her son in an unusual way.  There are all different types of adornments you can add, like stars, balloons, candles and more.

This Birthday Exploding Box has been called many things.  But all of them are good.  Some call it a Magic Box, a Surprise Box or a Explosion Box. No matter what you call it, this box is very unique because once you lift the lid it explodes and reveals multiple layers that can be decorated however you want. There is also a plenty of room in the middle, so it can be a space for a surprise gift. And for those who regularly follow my blog, you know that I love to decorate the middle area with a 3-Tier cake surrounded with floaties, just like my Exploding Box Invitations Designs

1st Birthday Exploding Box Album

What Mother out there is not going to love this extra-ordinary gift for their bundle of joy?

That's it my friends, Thanks for stopping by and hope I inspired you with my Birthday Exploding Box today! If you LIKE it, SHARE it, PIN it or Email it!  

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DIY Cube Favor Boxes

Hello everyone! Welcome to my 1st post of March. Did you know I have a Pinterest board? If you do, you might see these bright colors going on some of the boards by fellow Crafters. So, today, I would like to share with you these DIY Cube Favor Boxes. They are a little different from my normal exploding boxes, since they do not "explode", but keep their shape once opened.

I am not happy with the outcome of the photos, but I am happy with how these beautiful and colorful Unique Cube Favor Boxes turned out. 

Can you believe that I used just one sheet of cardstock here? Yes, this is a one-sheet-wonder technique. This Handmade Gift Favor Box is very unique because it opens both ways while the box stays in the middle. And did I say that it is super fast and cheap? Who does not love Cheap + Fast projects?..hmm??

My gift boxes are adorned with MayArts Ribbons and some flower beads. These Elegant Favor Boxes are great to use for Weddings, Mis 15 or Quinceañera, Sweet 16, Birthday, Anniversary, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower or for any event. 

If you don't have time to Do-It-Yourself, or you want to cut corners and want to order the Favor Box Kit Supplies or Party Favor Templates , please contact me