Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Thank you tags

You may have seen in the previous posts lots of tags. This is because all of the teachers' gifts had a tag attached so the boys knew who got what.

These tags were so simple to make, in fact think I might make a few to have on hand.

The stamp set for the flowers is the Wild about Flowers set. I wasn't too sure when I bought it whether or not I would use it, but in fact it has pleasantly surprised me.

It is so easy to use, as a two step stamp you can easily see where the flowers go on the stem and you can even colour individual flowers to have different colours.  If you do do different colours, don't forget to "huff" to remoisten it.

The Thank you sentiments are from the Another Thank You set - this has a great selection of different thank you sentiments. It too is photopolymer so there is no guess work in positioning as you can see through them (unlike wood or clear stamps).

You may have picked the one tag with stars on it.  My eldest didn't want flowers for his male teacher so we decided on stars.  He liked it, which was the main thing.  The set used is the Be the Star set - some lovely big stars and smaller ones. You can also get a matching framelit set, which is great.

I used the new incolours, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder for the paper and the stamps are Watermelon Wonder - I do love how the ink colour and paper colour look together.  The stems were another new incolour Cucumber Crush - a really vibrant green.  For the one with different flowers I used the lovely Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon, both 2014/15 incolours.  This is a great set of markers as it has a variety of colours almost all you need to start with!

Would love to see any tags you make so please share on my Facebook Page

Happy Crafting


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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Teacher's Gifts

Well another school year is over and I had great fun crafting with my two boys to make all the presents for the staff.

Having lots of Stampin' Up! products really comes in handy when you need to make gifts and my boys love to help - well for the majority of the time!

What a selection of great gifts if I do say so myself....

I'll be sharing over the next few posts how things were made so check in and any questions or queries do please get in touch.

Happy Crafting


Saturday, 25 July 2015

Card made with Scallop Punch Starburst

Here is the little card I made with the Starburst (thought that a good name) from the scallop punch.

It also has a different way of closing.....saw this somewhere on the internet but cannot recollect where - will try and find it again or if it is you please let me know as I like to give credit for great ideas.

The flap goes under the starburst and that holds the card shut.

I think it is cute and cannot wait to try out different variations of the closing technique.
Handy Hint:  Remember to raise the closure, in this case the starburst shape, with dimensions and only have them far over to the right.  This gives sufficient space for the flap to go underneath.
Would love to see your creations used with this technique so please share either in the comments or join my Facebook page and post a comment there.
Happy Crafting

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Scallop Punch into a star shape...

You find a lot when searching through the internet and last night I came across a different use of for the scallop punch!  I looked at so many sites and forgot to bookmark it so can't credit it at the moment - will keep looking because it is such a great idea!

What do you think?  Pretty cool right?

So easy to do, sometimes I wonder why I don't think of things like this and I do wonder how we used to do things in the olden days, ie without social media sites!  Thank goodness we have them.

Really simple to do;

 Punch the scallop out.
 Stick it onto a piece of post-it note, making sure that it is on the sticky bit to keep it steady.

Line up the punch to be in the middle of the rounded scallops.
And volia, a starburst shape
Super simple, but gives a great new use for the scallop punch.
Happy Crafting and check in tomorrow to see a card made using this new shape.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

A the winner is...

Thanks for those that commented on the CASE post and answered the question - glad to know that people read my blog, does worry me sometimes, but I love to do it!

I put the names in a hat and the winner id......Jane.

Please can you email me with your contact details.

Thanks for joining in, and keep a watch for more exciting prizes in the future. You never know it may be you!

Happy Crafting


Monday, 20 July 2015

Corner Flip Card - a little help from across the world!

I have to thank Dawn Olchefske for introducing me to and showing me how to do this card and Paula Reid (a fellow Kiwi) for sharing her dimensions with me. 

One of the big difference for us in the UK is that our paper size/standard card sizes differs from the US (where Dawn is based) and because of this it sometimes make exact replicas, especially when it is nice to have a card that fits our standard C6 envelopes, hard to do.  And this is where Paula comes in.  She is based in NZ and I know that our card sizes in the UK are the same as NZ.  I came across her fantastic card and although Paula hadn't put the dimensions on her blog, but when I contacted her she was happy to share! 

The great thing about crafting is that people as normally so willing to share. So a big Shout Out to Dawn and Paula- thanks!!

This card was simple to make, but watching Dawn's video gives a much better idea than I can convey in text...

My go at instructions.....

The dimensions for the card I made are;

Card Base - standard A5

Fold in half and burnish, then open again.

Place the open card at the 3" mark

Cut down from 7.2cm to 13.3 cm

Rotate the paper 90degrees clockwise, and cut from the horizontal cut up to 1.5cm

Will look like this
Then comes the fun bit, the corner flip.
Easy to see on the video but hope my pictures make some sense! 


 Hope that makes some sense.....if not let me know, love your feedback

Then it's a matter of decorating to your taste.

The dimensions for the mat are 2 3/4" square and the white piece 2 1/2" square.

I like adding a bit of depth to my cards so cut out the Flower Shop set using the matching stamp set and punch and raised it with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Another Thank you stamp set (a great set of thank you stamps) and I cut it using the new Triple Banner Punch (although it does a lot more than 3 sizes!)

The DSP is from the new Pretty Petals Paper stack - a great set of 6" x 6" paper very reasonably priced.

Also remember that the inside sometimes likes a little stamping too!

Hope you like it and please share you creations on my Facebook page - love to see them.

Happy Crafting



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Saturday, 18 July 2015

CASE....copy and share everything

The great thing about crafting is that people are so open to sharing their creations and letting you copy them...of course it is polite to give credit where credit is due to the original creator if possible.

Another place to CASE from is the Stampin' Up! Catalogue, there are some fantastic ideas in the current catalogue, but also older issues have great ideas too.  And, if you become a SU Demonstrator you get a quarterly magazine called Impressions, and there are wonderful examples in that also as well as help with planning parties and ideas on how to use products.

You can either copy it directly, or change elements to suit your needs, likes, preferences. No hard and fast rules in crafting.

I recently took part in a challenge to CASE something from the new catalogue and this was my creation - not something I usually would do but crafting is also about challenging yourself I think and CASEing gives you a great starting point.

This was cased from the catalogue...can you guess the page? Hint; the colours are very different so look carefully.

Place a comment with the correct page number and you will be placed in the draw to win a little something from me! (open to everyone and closes Sunday 19th, 10pm UK time)..have a go! 

Remember to put your name if you are commenting as Anonymous (I know it can be hard to comment sometimes) and contact me to let me know you match the name with a contact

Don't have a catalogue- check out the online version on my front page....

If you would like a hard copy of the catalogue please get in touch.

Happy crafting and get guessing and commenting!


Friday, 17 July 2015

Moving into Home Decor....

Wow,  I have had lots of lovely comments about this picture I created with the Butterfly Basics set and matching Thinlits........

I have to say this was a simple project to make but wow, even I love looking at and was quite impressed with myself.  It currently takes pride and place on my crafting desk.  It also reminds me that Stampin' Up! products are not just for cards or 3D items but also for home décor!

I coloured the flower and stems using the Stampin' Write markers, these are brilliant for colouring different colours on one stamp. You need to remember to "huff" on the stamp before stamping it as this allows the ink to become moist again.  My boys did wonder what I was doing!The fern was stamped using Wild Wasbi ink, but I stamped off once to give it a lighter image.

What do you think?  Are you inspired to make a simple stamp and die cut into a piece of art? 

Please share your home décor creations using Stampin' Up! products as I would love to see them.

Happy Crafting


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Another White on White card

Am loving this white on white idea on a card, so easy to do and I think it looks very effective.  Different butterflies on this one, and I love the blue - Pacific Point

The Happy Birthday is from the Butterfly Basics set and at the moment I am having a love affair with this set.  The large butterfly also comes from the set and you can get a matching thinlit set with the stamp set as a bundle- saves you money and I am sure you too will fall in love!  The smaller butterfly is the Bitty Butterfly and that also has a matching stamp set! 

Love how Stampin' Up! matches stamps and either dies or punches - makes life so much easier!

A little bit of decoration inside the card just finishes it off.

Which one if your favourite?  Please share your comments as I love to hear your thoughts.
Happy crafting
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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Is it an Itty Bitty box, or something else??

What a cute little box, or that is what a lot of people think until they open it....

How cute is that?  Pretty cute if I do say so myself. 

An explosion card is not a new idea, however most I have seen have been relatively large, This one however is itty bitty - just 2" square and you can get 4 bases from one piece of 12 x 12 paper.

The choice of how to decorate the panels on the box and the inside are you up to you. I love the Petite Petals stamp and matching punch set (which come in either clear or wood and in a money saving bundle!).  I have fallen in love with Blackberry Bliss as a colour - the photos don't do it justice!  Unfortunately the insert piece is made with a  retired autumn DSP (Designer Series Paper) but the choice with SU is endless and I am sure that you may either have some paper hanging around to use up or there are some lovely new designs in the new catalogue.  Needed a bit of bling with the rhinestones and of the leaves are from the ever useful Bird Builder Punch.

The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs set - an amazingly versatile set and the large oval and scallop oval punch have been used to punch it out!

Really simple to make and I am sure that your recipient will love it!

The measurements are posted below - let me know if you can follow them and also please share your creations.
If you find these hard to read please let me know!!

The belly band is 1" thick and I fold a piece about 10" long around the box and cut as needed - remember to join on the top and cover the join with your sentiment or some other embellishments, just gives a more finished look I think.

Fun to make and even more fun to see the face of the person opening it!

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Card in a hurry...

I love this stamp set and matching thinlit.

This card is a case of one Brandy did and it is so quick and simple to make.

Sometimes you need a card in a hurry and this is one of those the fits the bill, but it doesn't look like it has been rushed at all.

The ferns are stamped off three times and I really like the effect this gives.  The inside of the card also has the fern stamped off three times, just adds a little something.

A wonderful stamp set, well worth a purchase and with a bundle to get matching thinlits and save money who can resist?

Happy crafting


PS The stamps come in wood, clear and photopolymer - so take your pick.

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Saturday, 11 July 2015

White on White...

I saw this effect somewhere, can't recall which site, but thought that it was quite effective.  White on white butterflies and then some stamped off blackberry bliss butterflies.  I am in love with this colour and only recently treated myself to it! 

Hope you enjoy and please share your creations.

Happy crafting


Friday, 3 July 2015

Project Ideas

Did you notice that on the Stampin' Up! online shop there is now a category called Project Ideas.

This is a great place to look at a variety of projects, choose the one or ones that appeal to you and when you click on the project it shows you all the products you need to create it - how cool is that?

This is a screen shot of the page - find it in my shop!

Project Ideas
Birthday Yay Ensemble
Me = Grateful Cards
Choose Happiness Ensemble
Heartfelt  Sympathy Cards
Barnyard Babies Cards
Words of Truth Notecards
Simply Sports Ensemble
You're So Sweet Treat Bags
All Boxed Up Favors
Lots of Joy Tags
Gift from the Garden Gift Bags
Vintage Leaves Wreath
Cottage Greetings Cards
That Thing You Did Cards
Happy Happenings Cards
Garden in Bloom Cards
Bountiful Border Cards

Take a look now by clicking on my online shop and seeing what project you might like to do next!

Happy Crafting