Handcrafted Exploding Box Keepsake – Birthday Theme

We were asked to create a very special birthday themed handcrafted exploding box keepsake, the recipient had very varied tastes and we were asked to include these in her birthday keepsake.

Here is the finished result which our customer loved:)




















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Why You Should Read Your Friend’s Blog

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We all have that friend that writes stuff on the internet. I think they call it “blogging” or some new trendy name like that. Kids these days and their need for self-expression.

Oh, wait, I am that friend.

In fact, if we are social media friends through any outlet (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) you are probably thinking, “Wow, Sam sure does post a bunch of stuff all the time.”

If you have read this far, allow me a few more minutes of your time to explain why you should support a friend in his blogging endeavors? (Or at least ignore them and not let it annoy you.)


1.It’s Free! This seems like a pretty good reason to support your friend. It doesn’t cost you anything and means a lot to your friend.

2.When you click on their link to view their post it increases their views on their site…

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Happy Post!!!

yay Happy Planners arrived today!!!😀

All organised for the next eighteen months… how many planner decorating days do you think we’ll have?!

My Happy Planner and Crafting Journey

Hi all, well even though I am really not feeling 100% today with coming down with a cold and a very bad Fibro flare last night while out with hubby to be and friend (my back and hips locked up which caused my legs to go dead while sat in the car, after managing to being able to move again it left me in alot of pain) I came to see my bestie today to have a chill out/craft day and to try and take my mind off the pain etc…..guess what……. My Happy Planner has arrived YAAAAAAY!! Which did put a huge smile on my face.


So instead of doing our usual crafting and working on our own customer orders we have ended up already playing with the new planners…… This is my first ever Happy Planner and I couldn’t wait to get started with it so I have…

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Handcrafted Exploding Box – 80th Birthday #Handmade

We were recently asked to design and create an unique handcrafted exploding box design for a gentleman’s mother in laws 80th birthday, we were asked to create make of her life experiences and loves, and it’s safe to say this lady has had a very varied and exciting life.

The customer specifically asked for a floral centrepiece so this was created using silk flowers glued into a small container.

Over the years the lady’s occupations have included nurse, candy floss maker, bingo caller and taxi driver.

Her favourite drink is vodka and orange juice.

Her favourite flowers are poppies and daisies.

She is a huge Manchester United supporter.

We were asked to include her starsign (Taurus) and an 80th birthday element, together with a birthday message.

Here is the finished keepsake exploding box.


















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Exciting news – we are now stockists for…


We have very exciting news for you all… as of today we are now *exclusive* stockists of handcrafted cards by a very lovely lady called Teresa from The Fat Cactus.

The Fat Cactus is owned and run by Teresa Morgan who is a fantastic designer of papercrafted items, who we met several years ago through visiting our local craft shop where she worked. A few weeks ago we got talking about her work and after Cards And Candles For All Occasions management discussions, we approached Teresa to ask if she would be interested in working with us to which she is delighted to explore this new avenue.

Teresa is on the design team of many designers and you can find out more details about this by visiting her *blog*

Over the next few days we will be adding our initial range of Fat Cactus handcrafted greetings cards to our website in the section “Handcrafted By The Fat Cactus but here is a preview of what you will be able to purchase very soon.


We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Teresa onto the Cards And Candles For All Occasions Team and look forward to a long and fruitful working experience together.

We hope you are looking forward to the launch of The Fat Cactus range and will join us in welcoming Teresa to our business.

xx Love from Laura and Dan xx

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Why Did I Start Planning?


Anyone who is not involved with the ‘planner community’ will no doubt be wondering what it is all about… why choose a planner instead of just a standard diary? What is so special about the Happy Planner?

Until a couple of months ago I wondered the same thing! I only recently got my first planner (a Happy Planner) and have been using it since the beginning of March.

Since January I have been using the “Relax With Art Diary 2016” but because both Dan and I being self employed with our own businesses, there is a lot of admin to keep on top of.  Admin work for three businesses is a lot of paperwork and a small A5 diary just isn’t enough to keep track of everything for:

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All of that is before I start taking into account our personal life, my health and all of the appointments I have to attend, so my normal diary just wasn’t fitting the bill. I was finding myself having to use an A5 notebook alongside my diary just to fit everything in.


When I first started looking at my Happy Planner and looking around the different ‘planner’ groups on Facebook, I started to realise the potential of this book… there are so many ways of making it work to suit your personal needs.

It really is a blank canvas for so much creativity, personalisation and customisation. I knew it was going to work for me.

As someone who has suffered from Anxiety and Depression for a number of years, I find lists and organisation help to keep my mindset more settled and if I can look in my diary/planner and see the plans for the day or week ahead I am less nervous about what is to come.

Suffering with Fibromyalgia now too, I need a lot of planning in order to live a steady and manageable life, both with the cognitive memory issues associated with this illness and the pain it causes – if I plan a “day out” then I know that I need to also plan a couple of quiet days afterwards as I will be suffering with increased pain levels and tiredness.

Most of my life is now sorted out in my diary, planner and numerous lists/notebooks so that I can know what needs to be done, where I need (or want) to go and when I can have time out to chill.

My list and notebook collection could be classed as a bit of an addiction, but then I’ve always been a bit of a stationery addict, and in all honesty if it helps to keep me organised and less stressed then I don’t think it’s a bad thing.


With my business specialising in papercraft (handmade greetings cards, keepsake cards and such like), I have always had an interest in scrapbooking but have never really known where to start but since starting to use my Happy Planner I have found so many ways to customise it by adding planner themed stickers, journal cards, photo pockets and lots more.

I find creating a layout in my planner is very therapeutic, working out the appropriate and best layout of my labels and task stickers each week, adding an inspirational quote, theming my week based on an occasion or what’s happening… it’s almost like the first step into the scrapbook world but for now I’m more than happy with my planner and can’t see myself going for a full-blown scrapbook anytime soon.


Now that my A5 diary isn’t really used for work, I can keep it focused on health related information and appointments. My doctor suggested that I track my anxiety levels and also my pain on a scale of 1-10, where the pain is worst and generally how I’m feeling each day so that is now the main focus of my Relax With Art diary, the best bit being if I feel myself getting too stressed there are colouring pages within the diary I can use to try to relax a little.

When I decided that this was the way forward for my diary I contacted Loonicorn on Facebook and had some custom stickers made which are helping me greatly with keeping track of my health. Definitely good information to take into doctor appointments so they can see how things are on a day-to-day basis.

Planner stickers from Loonicorn

So working with my A5 diary which I can take out with me and my Happy Planner which tends to live on my desk, I am finding it much easier to keep track of everything and with things laid out in front of me, together with being able to decorate and customise my planner, that I am feeling a little less stressed and more motivated. Being organised with everything written down is definitely helping my mindset.

📝 Let’s hope it continues this way 📝

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