Handcrafted Dreamcatcher for Someone Special

Very recently I had someone special to create a gift for and it really got me thinking… it had to be something suitable for posting to Australia but I also wanted it to be something with a personal touch, so I went looking for ideas.

I decided that a laser cut mdf dreamcatcher was perfect for a new baby’s room, particularly one with the quote “Never Let Go Of Your Dreams” with feathers, stars, moon and a cloud.

I ordered this dreamcatcher from our supplier and could not wait for it to arrive so that I could start working on it… I had already decided which colours of Dylusions paint I was going to use. The morning it arrived I was straight on with the first layer of paint.

The dreamcatcher outer circle was painted using Calypso Teal, the writing was painted alternately in After Midnight and Tangerine Dream before each of the star, feather, moon and cloud elements were given a coat of gesso before being finished with glitter Stickles.

Each of the elements of the dreamcatcher have been connected using blue and white twine to add to the free flowing effect that a lighter ribbon/twine gives.

A few people asked me who I was working on this gift for but I was very secretive about who the recipient would be, but now they have received it and vlogged the parcel they received (showing both the dreamcatcher AND the handmade card we made from Cards And Candles For All Occasions), I can now confirm that this was a very special gift for a very special little boy…

The beautiful baby boy being Archie, gorgeous son of the very talented Adele and Aaron Toomey aka Inkie Quill and Inkie Beard!!

Those of you who know me and/or follow my other blog (Eljay’s Creating Memories Journey) will know that I also love scrapbooking and following many wonderful YouTubers in the scrapbook community, so when Adele shared Archie’s gift on their daily vlog on Mr & Mrs Rad, together with a few crafty things I had sent to Adele, naming me and thanking me for being a longterm fan and subscriber, I have to admit that I did have a bit of a fan girl moment 😍😍😍 lol. I just *had* to screenshot the moment, so here you go… I doubt Adele realises that she made my day this morning!!

Here is the vlog post where you can find Adele sharing her happy mail… “Mr & Mrs RAD Ep #139 ~ You Can’t Bite Daddy’s Nose Archie!”.

I would love to hear your thoughts on my latest Dreamcatcher and if you are interested in seeing more of my work you can follow us on Facebook at Cards And Candles For All Occasions.

Thank you for reading.

xxx Love Laura xxx

Handcrafted Personalised VW T4 Bunting

We were recently asked by a customer if we could create personalised bunting in a VW T4 campervan design. This was to be created in the colours and name to match the recipients own vehicle.

After some design work we had four Volkswagen vans laser cut from 3mm MDF which we then primed, fine tuned the intricate detail and prepared to hand paint the bunting.

We had to mix the colour of the paint to match the customers requirements, this part is always trial and error to get the colour just right… for this product we needed the paint to be a particular shade of greenish-blue with a black bonnet and silver detailing.

This bunting was to be personalised with the name “Jade” – we painted the lettering in metallic white.

Before being assembled the entire product was finished with glitter varnish which gives a nice sheen to the paint and sparkles in the sunlight. Once we had glued the lettering in place, the personalised bunting was strung onto white organza ribbon.

We have lots of new campervan/caravan related products in the pipeline and each can be handcrafted to your requirements. If you would like to discuss any of our products please email us at admin@cardsandcandlesforalloccasions.co.uk

We hope you like our latest product and would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Laura xx

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A Special Keepsake For A Special Boy *updated*

We spent a long time planning this keepsake card as it was for the birthday of an incredibly special little boy.

A very special friend of ours, Shellybobbins’s son turned one year old on 6th March 2013 so we wanted to create something unique and personal to baby Noah.

We just hope that Noah and his lovely family like our design!!

We wanted a prince image as Noah is indeed a very special little prince, so we found this lovely deecoupage prince sheet from a local craft shop, the frog was added as there is a children’s cartoon titled the “Frog Prince” and of course we have the very special number one. The rainbow background design was taken from the design of the “Hugs For Noah” logo and the order of colours on the rainbow we have used is the same order as his logo. The rainbow on the hill is a digital stamp which we have hand-coloured.

Frog Prince

We added a birthday verse and a boat to the opposite side of the bookatrix card, we know that Noah’s Ark has a huge significance to Noah and his family so the boat had to be included, as did the gorgeous little handprints!!

Noah's Ark birthday verse

The reverse of the card has a card stand incorporated which has inside a very special birthday message to Noah… special words to a very special boy with lots of love from Laura and Gordon.

Card Stand

No special birthday keepsake would be complete without a co-ordinating presentation box, for this we have used silver card which has a Noah’s Ark digital stamp mounted on it. The digital stamp has been hand coloured, the rainbow using the same colours as Noah’s logo, we used Promarkers to colour this and Stickles glitter glue to add dimension to the clouds.

Noah's Ark box

I hope Noah likes his birthday card with it’s co-ordinating box 🙂

Noahs 1st Birthday Keepsake

Noah's Ark presentation box

Happy birthday Noah, with lots of love and hugs from Laura and Gordon xxxx


Updated at 8:45pm on 6th March 2013:

Today has been a very special day… the first birthday of the incredibly inspiring Noah aka BabyBobbins, beautiful son of Michelle Wall Shellybobbins aka Shellybobbins.

Noah is such a little star, he has been through so much in his short life so far and has overcome so many obstacles but every day he continues to show us his beautiful smile and remind us that whatever we are going through in life, a smile can lift your mood so much.

We have not been lucky enough to meet Noah in person yet, though have spoken lots online and on the phone but I find it truly amazing that we can feel so much of a connection and so protective of a little boy we have never met.

I don’t know how you can love a little boy you’ve never met quite so much but I can honestly say that we love Noah so very very much and cannot wait until the day we meet Noah and his family in person.

Happy 1st birthday Noah, today is just a small taster of the many fantastic birthdays you have ahead, all of our love, today, tomorrow and always ♥ xxxxxx

Baby Shower Invitations

As the idea of holding a Baby Shower grows more popular in the UK as does the need for invitations, thank you notes and stationery to mark these occasions.

We recently had our first Baby Shower invitation order from a fellow craft who’s sister is a proud Mum-to-be… we were given very specific details on what was wanted for these invitations and they were fab to make as they were so different from our usual work.

Each card measured just 10cm x 6cm and each had it’s own envelope which I handcrafted from baby patterned papers 🙂


The inside of each invitation simply reads “You’re Invited” and there is space for the sender to write a small personalised message if required.

If you are interested in ordering a set of baby shower invitations please contact us at info@cardsandcandlesforalloccasions.co.uk

Hand Crochet Baby Blanket

We have had a commission order for a baby boy’s hand crochet blanket.

This has been hand crochet using baby double knitting wool, with the majority of the blanket in white, with a blue edging and co-ordinating ribbon embellishment.

blue and whi hand crochet handcrafted baby boy blanket
blue and whi hand crochet handcrafted baby boy blanket
blue and whi hand crochet handcrafted baby boy blanket

Our blankets are available in a wide range of colours. Please email us for details at laurascardsforalloccasions@yahoo.com