Monday 21 October 2019

Reach For The Stars

     When is a cracker not a cracker?.....when it's a rocket.  John Next Door's new faceted cracker die just lends itself to adaptation, for me it has a more masculine appeal than the usual style cracker.
     Using an A4 sheet of silver mirri card I cut out the cracker. I also cut two small holes in what ends up as the top section of the body, then covered those holes with a small piece of vellum so you can't see the contents when finished.
     To get the pointed top to the rocket I cut out alternate triangles on one end, making sure to turn them into tabs for sticking the top together. I cut one in rough card as a prototype first so I didn't waste my mirri card.
     While the cracker was flat I also coloured the inside of the base red and removed small triangles from the middle of each section to look like the rocket has fins.
      Putting the rocket together was made easier when I put a dab of the Glue Glaze on top of each piece of redline tape I used, it gives a tiny bit of wiggle room and then holds fast. Tape is great but it does eventually perish so by adding glue it will hold for much longer. I started with the top so that I could get my fingers into the point to adjust it as I went round, usually I start in the centre of a cracker but not this time.
     I have a small globe stamp that I then covered with the sentiment embossed in silver, die cut with a circle and then added it to a die cut scalloped circle. A small hole punched through this disc meant I could then add silver elastic cord and add it to the top of the rocket. To seal the bottom part of the cracker I used some silver peel off strips wrapped around twice, this will make it easy to open to get at the gift inside.
     With the rocket assembled I stuffed it with red tissue paper and left a small end sticking out to look like flames as it takes off. These would be great for a children's party, swap the wording for their name or age.

     I love this die, it has so many possibilities, including Sam's pillow box. It will remain a firm favourite at any time of year, afterall, a cracker is not just for Christmas.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND139 - Faceted Cracker
CAT002 - Glue Glaze
S57085 - Stix2 Ultra Clear Tape 6mm (Redline Tape)  

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts - Gold and/or Silver
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - For A Child
C.R.A.F.T. - Box or Bag
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Anything Goes


  1. A really super creation and love that die. Thank you for joining our 'Gold or Silver challenge at Allsorts.

    Kath x

  2. Awesome project. Great rocket design and the awesome paper choices. So glad you shared over at Aud sentiments.

  3. This is such a clever alternative use of the die.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx
    Cat Crazy Craft Corner {My Blog}

  4. A real fun creation, it's lovely to see you at Allsorts challenge this week, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  5. Amazing box, I like it, I like such constructions. Thank you for participating in the Brown Sugar Challenge. Danka DT

  6. Hi Rocky, me again wearing a different hat. I still really like this.
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl
    Cat Crazy Craft Corner {My Blog}

  7. Hi Rocky. Wow what a fabulous piece of work. I bet it was fun to create as well. Hugs from Scotland Rita xxx

  8. Fabulous creation for our theme.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m


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