Friday, 29 December 2017

Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalogue Designer Series Paper

Oh my, we have some glorious paper coming to you in the 2018 Occasions catalogue.  With the release on 3 January 2018 of the catalogue and sale-a-bration, I had to share these with you and give you a sneak peek.

I am sure this will be a big favourite, Picture Perfect Party is 6" x 6" and you get 48 sheets.  4 each of 12 double sided designs.  These papers coordinate with:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Whisper White.

Sweet Soiree - Speciality DSP, 12" x 12" - Speciality is a key word with Stampin' Up! papers, it means that the paper as some added extra!  It could be embossed or foiled (or both).  Here with the sweet soiree, silver foil adds that extra pizazz to the paper.  It is also double sided and you get 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double sided designs.  Your coordinating colours are: Berry Burst, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, silver foil, Whisper White.

Another speciality paper selection is the Painted With Love pack.  Each sheets has one side that has been given gold foiled accents, on the other side you have brush stroked images.  You have 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double sided designs.  Your coordinating colours for this pack are: Calypso Coral, gold foil, Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White


We have a black and white paper pack with the 2018 Occasions catalogue.  This is the Petal Passion pack.  You can of course add some colour with your Stampin' Blends, perhaps ink the paper or simply leave them plain. Either way this is a stunning pack.  The pack contains 12 sheets, 2 each of 6-double sided designs.  Add your own coordinating colours to this pack should you customise it or simply use it with our whisper white or black cardstock.

We also have another 6" x 6" pack for you.  This is the Tutti-Frutti pack and you have 48 sheets, 4 each of 12 double sided designs.  This pack coordinates with the Sale-a-bration tutti-frutti cards and envelopes. Your coordinating colours are: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White


This is a magical set, the Myths and Magic 12" x 12" speciality papers.  These have glittered designs and add some glittery magic to your creations.  You get 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs.  Your coordinating colours for this pack are: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pool Party, Powder Pink, Tangerine Tango, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White

I am loving the True Gentleman papers, this a is a retro kind of pack and ideal has some super imagery, I love the houndstooth and the bow ties. You get 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double sided designs. Your coordinating colours are: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Finally, appearing in the Sale-a-bration brochure are the Bubbles and Fizz papers which are 12" x 12" (12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double sided designs).  Being a sale-a-bration item, these papers can be yours FREE with a qualifying order of £45.  They also coordinate with the bubble over bundle of stamps and framelits.  The coordinating colours are: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White

To help you with your creations, Stampin' Up! have put together coordinating cardstock packs to save you some time and I've added these to the product list.

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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Seasons Greetings

It's that time of year where the winter solstice starts bringing us back the light and I wish you all Yuletide greetings.

Thank you for your support and I hope you have been inspired to get creative.

May 2018 bring you light and happiness.



Saturday, 23 December 2017

The Self Closing Impossible Box

If you have not seen this type of box, these are great and despite looking difficult to make, they are quite easy, and you only need one piece of cardstock/paper to make it.

This box measures 3" x 2" x 2" and the cardstock/paper is trimmed to 8" x 8.5".  So you can see the measurements, I am going to show you this on a piece of our grid paper.

Score along the long edge at: 2", 4", 6" and 8".
Rotate clockwise and score along the short edge at 2", 5" 6" and 7".

Now, fold the paper over on the 6" score line.

Using a pencil, along the top end, mark slightly at 1", 3", 5" and 7"

Fold at the 6" score line. Where you have folded the paper, you are going to cut the triangles out.  I have marked these so you can see where you are going to cut.  You also need to cut the bottom rectangle and create a notch by cutting slightly into left.


Open it up and your paper should look like this.


Now, cut the 2", 4" and 6" score lines up to the 8" score line then you will do some folding.


You can probably fold and crease from whichever side you want but I found that by folding the 7" score line towards me it helped with the final box making. Then rotate the paper clockwise and fold away from you at the 6" score line, then do the remainder of the score lines giving them a good crease.


If you have used plain cardstock and want to decorate your box with some patterned paper, the sizes you need are:


4 pieces measuring 1 3/4 x 1 3/4"  and  4 pieces measuring 1 3/4  x 3/4".  Here is a photo showing you the placement of the pieces.

Next, using your adhesive, I have used the fast fuse, glue the large tab only and stick it down.  I find that the easiest way to stick the flap down is to flip the cardstock over and then line up the other side.


Now fold in the bottom flaps, I glued flap '3' and '4', but you can just glue the final flap, which form the base of your box.   You should have your box looking like this with a little flap left to deal with.

Press the top of your box down gently and all being well, it will slide down. Then you will stick that little flap down, but not too tight so that the 'lid' doesn't slide up and down.  I would use a 'wet' glue for this and I found the best way to get the flap stuck is to pop some glue on the flap, hold it gently and then slide the 'lid' down.  This way you don't end up with too tight a fit which stops the lid sliding up and down.  And there you have it, one impossible (but not impossible!) box.

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I hope that the instructions were easy to follow and you have a go at making some.

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Friday, 22 December 2017

Stampin' Up! dungeons and dragons

Well, you probably caught the excitement flowing from me from when I went to the Stampin' Up! On Stage event back in November and the stamp set with a unicorn made an appearance.  The set has some rather cute little dragons as well, some of the papers are also slightly glittery.  I love it!

Here is a quick card for Friday, the papers are from the myths and magic paper pack, the sentiment comes from the birthday delivery stamp set stamped with the real red ink spot which is in the tutti-frutti classic stampin' spots set.  I got slightly over excited and spotted the sequins on my crafting area and had to stick some of those on as well!  I thought the little orange dragon had a glint in its eye and cut it out and popped him on the card with a couple of the mini dimensionals.  I hope you like it.


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