Monday, 30 March 2015

Stampin Up! Simple but elegant butterfly card

Today's card is a very simple one, but I think it looks very elegant too. 

Stampin Up! butterfly card, Very Vanilla and Tangelo Twist

I've used Very Vanilla card, and layered Tangelo Twist card over the top, then punched two butterflies, one Tangelo Twist, and one Very Vanilla and stuck one over the other. The original design for this came from Sam Johnson and I've just adapted it a little.

Stampin Up! butterfly punch card

I've used the decorative label punch for both of the labels here - one full size, and one pulled back from full size to create the smaller version. To do this you need to punch a full size label and then put it back into the punch a pull it back a little to make it smaller.

Stampin Up! butterfly card,

I'm entering this in this week's Daring Cardmaker's challenge. 

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Last Days of Sale-A-Bration


This post is a reminder that there are only 4 days left of Sale-A-Bration! Where did the time go? The offers end on March 31st.  For every €60/£45 you spend you can choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue - that's for EVERY €60/£45 spent.

See the original items on offer here, and the fabulous new products that were added here.  

Don't forget, you only have until Tuesday to order to qualify for this offer, make the most of it while you can!

Some of the things you could make with the Sale-A-Bration products:

Monday, 23 March 2015

Créativité craft shop, Rostrenen Tuesday 24 March

Hello everyone.

Just a quick post today to remind anybody interested that I will be at the Créativité craft shop in Rostrenen tomorrow, Tuesday 24 March in the morning.

If you'd like to see some Stampin Up! products, book a party, if you're thinking about becoming a demonstrator, or just want to see what it's all about, please come along!

Stampin Up! gift bag

Stampin Up! Blackberry bliss and painted petals dsp gift box

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Stampin Up! Easter fold over gift bags

I've made several of these fold over gift bags as you can see. They're full of Easter goodies for little people! Although theses were made for children, they could easily be used for adults too.

Stampin Up! folder over gift bags

They're easy to make - I've used Painted Blooms designer paper, and Best Year Ever designer paper for the three bags at the front. The Best Year Ever paper is only available until the end of March - it's free with a €60/£45 purchase during Sale-a-bration.

I haven't added any stamps or embellishments to my bags, but you could add something to the body of the bag, or hang a tag from the ribbon.

Stampin Up! Sale-a-bration Best Year Ever DSP gift bag

You'll need a 12ins x 10ins piece of paper to make the bags, and the Stampin Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool. 
On the long side score at 2", 5¾", 7¾", and 11½"
Score on the short side at 2", 6", and 8".

Make sure you have the paper the right way up with the two scored lines at the top, and just one at the bottom. Cut off the tiny corner at the bottom, and cut up the three other score lines to the first line. Then fold and stick.

Thanks to box and bag wizard Sam Hammond Donald for the design.

Stampin Up! fold over gift bag, Painted Blooms dsp

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Stampin Up! fold over gift bag.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Craft Fairs coming up...

Isn't this paper beautiful:

Stampin Up! painted blooms

It's one of the 12"x12" (30cm x 30cm) sheets from the Painted Blooms designer paper stack in the Spring/Summer catalogue.

It's so nice that it doesn't really need a whole lot doing to it to make it into cards. I cut it up to make 6 cards to take to one of the Craft Fairs I'm going to soon:

Stampin Up! Painted Bloom DSP cards

Then I made some envelopes using the Envelope Punch Board, and a box for them all to go in.

Stampin Up! Painted Blooms card and box

I've been busy making cards and boxes to take to some craft fairs I'm going to be at soon. If you'd like to see some cards that I've made, or talk to me about Stampin Up! supplies, or becoming a demonstrator this is where I'll be in the next few weeks-

Tuesday 24 March - Créativité craft shop in Rostrenen from 10.00 til 12.00ish
Monday 6th April - AIKB Easter Fair at St Gelven (Salle Polyvalente) 11.00 til 5.00
Sunday 12th April - Royal British Legion fair at Le Sourn (Salle des fetes) 10.00 til 2.00

Finally, a big Thank You to Dawn for having me at her house with her friends this week where we made some cards and had a great time. Thanks Dawn :)

painted bloom cards

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Stampin Up! Celebrate your Big Day with Cake card

Big Day stamp, Stampin Up!

Although I made this card mostly because it's Mother's Day in the UK tomorrow, it could actually be used for any celebration.

It's made mostly with Stampin Up! Sale-a-bration products. The stamps, designer paper and ribbon are all available free with each €60/£45 spent up until the end of March.

I'm entering this for the Daring Cardmaker's challenge this week which is The Great Daring Cardmakers Bake Off.

Thanks for visiting, let me know what you think!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Stampin Up! Flowering Flourishes card

Today's card is another one that uses a large stamp. The Flowering Flourishes set has 3 different stamps, and this is the largest one.

Stampin Up! Flowering Flourishes card

I used Baked Brown Sugar cardstock but stamped with Crumb Cake ink, then added some Petite Petals flowers to add some depth.

The other 2 stamps in the set are smaller but equally as elegant, and all of the stamps would look great in different colours.

Not very spring-like, but I love these colours together.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Stampin Up! I Love Lace cards

The I Love Lace stamp is huge! It measures 11.7cm x 14.4cm, which means you'll need a big acrylic block to fit it on - the F block in the annual catalogue. But isn't it beautiful -

Stampin Up! I love lace, blackberry bliss cards

I've stamped it in Blackberry Bliss which is my favourite colour at the moment. One card also has Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I think of the two cards I prefer the darker cardstock background.

Stampin Up! Blackberry bliss, I love lace stamp card

Stampin Up! I love lace, blackberry bliss card

If you're using a large stamp like this be sure to take your time to get everything right. You might find it easiest to take the ink to the stamp rather than the other way round. 

An even pressure all over when stamping will ensure your stamp comes out without missing bits!

I love lace Stampin Up! cards

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Stampin Up! Owl punch cards

I've been waiting for my Stampin Up! Owl builder punch, and it arrived this week. I love it!

Look - 

Stampin Up! owl punch card

It's made of several different components that you build into the owl

Which is great because it means you can make other things with it. These cards were also made using the owl punch.

Stampin Up! owl punch card

stampin up owl punch card

I'll be adding more cards in another post made with this punch! There are lots of possibilities.

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Friday, 6 March 2015

Cheerful Easter Card

This is my card for this week's Daring Cardmakers  challenge which turned into an Easter card.

Not much to say about it really, it is what it is!
The geometric paper is from the Best Year Ever DSP, and the pink card is Strawberry slush. I added some sparkle to it as well.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Simple Something Borrowed cards

I love the Something Borrowed DSP from the Spring/Summer catalogue as I've mentioned before, so I thought I'd make a couple of cards with it.

Stampin Up! France Something Borrowed DSP

All DSP (designer series paper) from Stampin Up! has designs on both sides. I made these cards from the same sheet of paper but used different sides.

The stamps are also available in English and are available free with a €60/£45 order until the end of March in the Sale-a-Bration promotion.

The card stock is Sahara Sand and Whisper White. I decorated the cards with punches from the Itty Bitty Accents set and Petite Punch.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Stampin Up! Mini treat bags

I've been making some bags with the mini treat bag Thinlits. You'll need a Big Shot or other die cutting machine to use the Thinlits. As well as the bag, there are 10 other pieces in the set.
It looks like this:

And this what you can make:
Stampin Up! mini treat bag

 You'll notice that I've used the banner to cut out the shape in the dark brown bag, and added some cellophane to make a window. Also, the bag at the back is an expanded version - cut two of the bigger pieces of bag and you can join them together. You'll need to add a piece on the bottom. Inside the expanded bag is another of the bags of eggs, so there's plenty of room inside.

There are plenty of options for using different paper and mixing up the sentiments and embellishments. The expanded bag is made from Kraft paper, the bag with the 'enjoy' banner is made from the Something Borrowed DSP (I love that paper!). The pink bag uses the Irresistably Yours DSP, available free during Sale-a-bration if you spend €60/£45.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Mini milk carton box tutorial

Aren't these little milk carton boxes so cute? Thanks for the wonderful Sam Hammond Donald for the original idea. They're just big enough to hold 4 Roses chocolates so you could make a tub of Roses go a long way with these!

Stampin Up! mini milk cartons

To make these boxes you need a piece of card stock 8¼ins x 5½ins (21cm x 14cm).

Using the scoring board, score along the long side at  1 7/8", 3 3/4", 5 5/8", 7 1/2″ (that's 5cm, 10cm, 15cm, 20cm)

Fold each score line, then, making sure the smallest score on the long side is at the top, cut up to the first score line at the bottom. The smallest little piece of card is removed entirely (see photo).

Cut four pieces of decorative paper at 1¾" x 1¾" (4.5cm x 4.5cm) and stick the on the squares along the middle.

Add tape or glue to the edges shown in the photo and stick together. For the bottom, fold in the other three sides first and secure with the taped side.

Then push together the top to make a milk carton shape, decorate with some embellishments, and voila! Your box is made!

The DSP (designer series paper) for both of these boxes was Sweet Dreams from the Spring/summer 2015 catalogue, and the card stock was Sahara Sand and Mossy Meadow.

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