Friday, 18 December 2015

New Spring Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration Promotion



























Well these two lovelies went out to my customers yesterday to enjoy over the Christmas period.

I am only permitted to share the front covers with you - so you will have to wait until 5 January 2016 when the Sale-a-Bration promotion starts to see all the gorgeous new products in the Spring Catalog.

Its a brilliant promotion.   Spend £45 (not including postage) and choose a free gift from a gorgeous and varied selection of free products.  Spend £90 and choose two !!   For every £45 you spend, you get to choose a free product. 

Plus you will receive a little Stampin' Up! freebie from me directly if you order via my on-line shop.

If you are not a customer and would like a catalogue, please get in touch and I will send it to you free of charge.





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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Envelope Punch Board Festive Faceted Box !!

So Merry Christmas to all my lovely followers <3

Today's project is this fabulous Envelope Punch Board Faceted Box !!!!!!!

I made this lovely faceted box after having found a fabulous You Tube tutorial by a German lady, but I have not been able to find it since.

So ................being industrious I decided to take that idea and develop it until I achieved my own version which is demonstrated right here :-



I hope you like the project and give it a go .....................There is still time until Christmas next week !!!!!!!!!





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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Stampin' Up! BIG YEAR END SALE - 10 Dec to 4 Jan !

Hold onto your hats !!!     

Stampin’ Up! have TODAY revealed their Year-End Sale and some products are reduced by a massive 60% off!  


Just in time to grab a few bargains for your Christmas stocking !!!!!!!  Order by Sunday 13 December (latest) to ensure your goodies arrive in time for Christmas.  Sadly, orders placed after that date will not.

However all products are only available while supplies last.


My advice is do not delay in placing an order.  You can do that here online or give me a call to discuss.




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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

"A Flurry of Wishes" Cracker Box with Box Lid

Today's project is this gorgeous Cracker Box which I will be using this Christmas as part of my place settings for my guests around the Christmas table.


I was inspired by a tutorial from Dawn's Inspirations /http://dawnsinspirations.com/envelope-punch-board-cracker-boxes/, but decided to put my own spin on the project.  I have used different dimensions and the template is very slightly different, and I also added the Box Lid as an extra little storage place for a Christmas Joke, Christmas Hat, and Lottery Ticket (my Christmas dinner guest always receive a Lottery Ticket !).  

The main box itself is a great size, so you could treat your guests to a variety of different pressies - smellies, jewellery, cosmetics, socks, choccies, after dinner chocolates.  Endless possibilities.

I used my beautiful stamp set "Flurry of Wishes" and heat embossed a snowflake on each top panel for the main body of the box and the sentiment "Merry Christmas" to go around the top of the box.  

Some pretty jewel embellishments and sparkly cording trim and glitzy ribbon were the final touches to what I believe is a really classy looking box which will look at home on the Christmas table or under your Christmas tree.

I do hope you watch my You Tube video tutorial and perhaps have a go yourself at creating this gorgeous Cracker Box.

 

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Sturdy Hinged Box with Flush Fitting Lid


Today's project is this lovely sturdy box with a flush fitting lid.





As you can see, I really went to town on my boxes and gave them the "Bling" treatment with pretty gems and silver cording trim !   Well they are Christmas Gift Boxes so why not !!!

I used my beautiful stamp set "Flurry of Wishes" and stamped pretty snowflakes onto my cardstock.  

These boxes are super sturdy and as a result are not the quickest of projects, but they are well worth the effort.

To demonstrate the point I have made this accompanying video tutorial. so grab yourself a coffee and a set yourself some "me" time aside as the video is quite long - nearly 40 minutes in total!

 





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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Chocolate Box Clutch Bag


Hello and thank you for stopping by today.

Today's project is this super cute little Chocolate Box Clutch Bag.


Designed to hold a very generous amount of your favourite chocolates, I thought this design would be a very sophisticated way in which to gift a choccie treat or two (........or more as you will see in the accompanying video tutorial !).

I clear embossed some beautiful butterflies from the stamp set Papillon Potpourri down the centre of the cardstock.

I used a variety of punches including the new Curvy Corner Tio Punch for the box and added a pretty embellishment from my crafty stash.

I used my Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch for the pretty flower detail.  This link to a tutorial by France Martin gives clear and concise instructions on how to prepare the stamp set ready for use with the co-ordinating punch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxVfySyiYWM

Magnets have been used to create a "snap-shut" closure.   Here is a link which gives details of the magnets I use;

Instructions for creating the box can be found here on my You Tube tutorial.

 

I hope you like this project and why not have a go at making one yourself ? 
 
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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Sturdy Box with Punched Ribbon Slider Lid


I am really pleased to share this gorgeous and sturdy box which I have designed, and which features a Punched Ribbon Slider Lid to hold the contents securely in place.




I love the contrast of colours with the black base, which makes it a very stiking and contemporary looking box. 

The ribbon slider for the lid was punched using the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  Its neat and petite, so not too obtrusive.

I love using my stamps as opposed to decorative papers (just my personal preference). So I broke open my Flower Shop stamp set and stamped in Black Stazon in all over the entire piece of cardstock.

The addition of the punched flower, punched with the co-ordinating Pansy Punch just adds style and pizzazz !

The stamp set and punch are available separately.  However purchase them as a bundle and you will save 15% !   

I do hope you like this box as much I do.

Here is my video tutorial with instructions on how to put one together.




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Monday, 26 October 2015

Happy Birthday Mum !

Well I had lovely day with my lovely mum yesterday.  It was her birthday !

She loves to receive handmade cards, so I came up with something pretty and feminine which just about sums her perfectly !





I chose to layer Whisper White and Pool Party cardstock and used my co-ordinating Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad to complete the monochrome theme.

I used my Ovals Collection Framelits dies to die cut and layer the centre of the card.

I used an assortment of stamps - Watercolour Wings, Awesomely Artisitic and Teeny Tiny Sentiments.   The word "Mum" is the only non Stampin' Up! product. 

The beautiful butterfly die-cut is from the Butterflies Thinlets Die set, which I embellished with pretty pearls.

I completed my card with the addition of a pretty bow in Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon.

Well mum loved it - and I hope you do too.

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Curvy Corner Trio Punch

Here is a little Curvy Corner Trio for you !!

I am always one to look at other ways with which to use my tools.  I recently invested in the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch, because I thought it would be really useful for creating ribbon slides and for punching decorative corners on my cards.

But then it struck me that I could also utilise it for enhancing various box styles too !

So I have created this pretty box with an unusual closure.  The delicately punched detail around the lid makes this box so very pretty and something a little bit different.

This one is a great size too.

It uses an A4 sheet of cardstock (8 1/4" x 11 3/4")

Long side: 
Score @  2 3/4,   5 1/2, 8 1/4 and 11 inches 
notch @ 1 3/8, 4 1/8, 6 7/8, 9 5/8 inches

Short side:
Score @ 2 3/4 and 6 inches

Decorative strip
7 1/2 x 2 inches
Draw Lines on Long side @ 2 1/2 and 5 inches
Notch @ 1 1/4, 3 3/4 and 6 1/4 inches


Instructions for creating it are here on my video tutorial.  Hope you like it.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Gorgeous Luminaire


So here is a stunning Christmas project created in vellum and heat embossed in silver.

How pretty is that ?




I am so pleased with of this beautiful Luminaire.   Really - it can be created in next to no time, yet looks so intricate and pretty.

Stampin' Up! vellum is just beautiful - fine yet thick and sturdy.   It lends itself perfectly to heat embossing.

Everybody should have the Lovely as a Tree stamp set in their collection.  Perfect for creating a pretty wintery backdrop.

Add a faux tealight and "Bob's your Uncle! !!!!

Doreen, if you are reading this, this one's for you.  Thank you for being patient  x

Follow my accompanying You Tube tutorial and you too will have yourself a "Merry" Little Christmas Decoration" xxx


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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Ho Ho Ho !!

Today I am re-visiting a post which was originally posted a couple of months ago - as I have now made a video tutorial showing you how to create a similar Santa Treat Box to the one shown below, using the Envelope Punch Board.

Christmas is a little way off - but that has not put me off thinking of more fun packaging for those little Christmas treats. 

I assembled my punches and dies and came up with this cheerful little chappy !!!!!! 


The Moustache die is now sadly retired, but you could very easily improvise, as I have with the one in my video tutorial below.  In the video I use my Bird Builder Punch to create a cute alternative little moustache and the 7/8 Circle Punch for the belt buckle.

I used my 1 3/4 and 2 3/8 inch Scallop Circle punches for Santa's beard and hair and my 2 1/2 inch Circle Punch for his face.  I also used the little 7/8 inch Scallop Circle Punch for the pom pom on his hat which is simple a triangle scored at an angle.I even gave him some eyebrows using a weeny retired punch, which I also used for his buttons. You could fashion eyebrows by using little circle punches and punching out little crescent shapes (like tiny crescent moons) as demonstrated in my video. 

Santa's boots are made using the Extra Large Oval Punch http://www2.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=119859&dbwsdemoid=5010208.

Crafting is all about improvising with what you have sometimes and should be fun, inventive and creative.  

This is my new video tutorial, which I do hope you enjoy:

  

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Super sturdy Tealights Box


My quest for creating sturdy boxes continues...


This little box holds four scented tealights.  Its super strong.  Turn it upside down, shake it about and it remains firmly closed.  The little ribbon tab makes it nice and easy to open,

I used Soft Sky cardstock, ink and DSP for this project (and not Pool Party as stated in the video tutorial - sorry about that !).

I also used the Beautiful Bunch Bundle which includes the co-ordinating Fun Flower Punch (purchased together as a bundle will save you 15%).  The stamp set and the punch can also be purchased separately.  I decided to use the very simple stamp from the set which details the centre of the flower.  The simplicity of that little stamp and the punched flower is a stunning centrepiece for the box.

This video shows you how to make it:



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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Lovely as a Tree Treat Box


I have a love of chocolate - in fact I am addicted !! 

I love to share my love of chocolate (well it would be rude not to), particularly at Christmas, and I have designed this super sturdy treat box to hold three Ferrero Rocher chocolates.


These boxes are perfect as Dinner Party box treats for your guests or even for hanging on your Christmas Tree.

I adore Gold and Silver embossing and the richness of the Gold heat embossed onto beautiful Blackberry Bliss cardstock is particular striking, coupled with the additional beautiful rhinestone embellishments for that extra bit of bling.   

The Lovely as a Tree stamp set was absolutely perfect for this box design.

These would also make great gift boxes for Nail Varnish gifts !! (my wonderful and supportive husband's suggestion - love you Dave xxx) 

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Cute Ice Cube Box with Pull-Out Drawer

 
Well with a snow flake theme - I had to call this project my Ice Cube Box !!





This beautiful sturdy little project can be used as a gorgeous gift box or as a stackable storage box. I can see many possibilities for it.  Silver embossed with pretty snow flakes using my Flurry of Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set, this is an ideal Christmas Gift Box, making a small Christmas Present extra special.

Please note that Flurry of Wishes is also available as a "Bundle" which includes the co-ordinating Snow Flurry Punch.  Separately they retail at £ £19 and £16 respectively.  Bought as a "Bundle" they total £29.75 (saving you 15%).

The pull-out drawer construction coupled with double layering gives the cube added strength.  I used Silver 1/8" ribbon trim on the drawer..

I loved it so much I have also created a storage tower by stacking three of the completed boxes on top of each other and adhering together using very strong double-sided tape.   



I adhered a piece of 3 1/2" x  7  5/8 " cardstock to the back which I scored at 1/2" on the short side, flipped and scored again at 1/2" on the short side.   I then stuck panels to the sides which meadured 2  1/2 "  x 7  5/8".   Before sticking the sides I embossed lines around each edge.  

Then I cut a small square measuring 2  3/4" x 2  3/4",  and embossed lines around each edge.  This was then adhered to the top.  

I hope you enjoy this instructional video showing you how to construct the box: 

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Gold Embossed Vellum Treatbag

Christmas is coming !! ......and so are some of my Christmas projects !

Here is an early one using the Mini Treatbag Thinlits Die which is currently in our weekly deals at a greatly discounted priceof £27 (usual retail price £36) www2.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=137547&dbwsdemoid=5010208





From today I will be sending out  little projects to my customers demonstrating the quality of various Stampin' Up! products.

With the run up to Christmas and the demand for the Autumn/Winter catalogs increasing, I am using this opportunity to create some Mini Treat Bags using the the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die, and embellishing them with some of our Christmas products which feature in both our Annual and our Autumn/Winter catalogs.

This little treatbag has been cut from Vellum cardstock and  heat embossed in Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. 

I have used two different stamp sets which work really well together.   The beautiful trees are stamped using the gorgeous Lovely as a Tree stamp set which features in our Annual catalog.   I used this opportunity to also give a little hint of the beauty of the new Flurry of Wishes stamp set and co-ordinating Snow Flurry Punch which are in the new Autumn/Winter catalog. The sentiment also comes from Flurry of Wishes.

Embellished with little Rhinestone Basic Jewels, this cute little bag is winging its way to my customers along with a free Stampin' Up! product by way of "Thank You" for shopping with me
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Fabulous Fry Box Caddy


Well my new toy arrived yesterday and I could not resist a play.   

So here is the Fry Box Caddy made using the Fry Box Bigz L cutting Die from Stamping Up.
http://www2.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=132966&dbwsdemoid=5010208





I am always impressed with products that I can adapt.  I came across a Blog post from Lyssa Griffin (see below)  which sealed the deal for me and the Fry Box went straight on my last order.  I can see many possibilities for this die and will be posting a series of posts with different ways in which you can use the Big Fry Bigz L over the coming days.

This is Lyssa's blog post :  http://songofmyheartstampers.typepad.com/song_of_my_heart_stampers/2015/04/candy-caddy-made-with-the-fry-box-big-shot-die.html 

Basically, I die cut the Fry Box twice and assembled as per Lyssa's instructions and "voila" a super little caddy.   

I used my Fun Flower Punch and layered an eye-catching flower on each side of the box which were adhered to a layer of paper from the 12 x 12 Brights Designer Series Paperstack.  

I stamped up a sentiment from Circle of Spring on Whisper White Card which I punched out with the Large Oval Punch and layered this on card punched with the Scalloped Oval Punch.    

The handle was punched out using the Extra Large Oval Punch.

I have a birthday in the family this week and this will be used by me to gift some nail varnishes and sundry manicure items to the lucky lady.  Equally it is great for tasty treats too !!! 

Place an order with me for the Fry Box Bigz L today, and I will send you a free pre-cut kit to make up this caddy whilst you await delivery !!   You will also receive a free gift by way of "thank you".

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Shadowbox Birthday Card

We had a special Birthday in the family this week.   My lovely mother-in-law's.

 

She has had it pretty tough of late and I wanted to make something a little special for her.

 

So this is the result of my labours :

 

 

Shadowbox Cards have been popping up everywhere and I have always felt daunted by them.   However, I had this tutorial from Rica's Haven tucked away in my "Favourites" and decided to give it a go :

 http://ricas-haven.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/card-shadow-box-tutorial.html 

 

It was surprisingly very easy and I shall be making more

 

I used Pink Pirouette Cardstock. The dies on the front of the shadowbox are Butterflies Thinlits Dies, whilst the little one on the inside is from my Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies set which is on layers cut from my Squares Collection Framelit Dies.   The background stamp and sentiment on the little square panel on the inside comes from the set World of Dreams.   

 

I layered a piece of Whisper White cardstock on the inside and stamped Happy Birthday using the large stamp from my Hostess Set Happy Birthday Everyone. And for an extra special touch, I punched the corners of the inside layer with my new Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  


I am very happy to report that Mary loved it and I hope you do too.

 

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