Sunday, 30 September 2018

Stampin' Up! Sale - world card making day 2018

The last day of September is here, not only is it the day before my birthday, but it is also the last day of the Stampin' Up! year.  And what a September it has been, it has been very busy to say the least.  I had a trip over to Belfast which was a double trip.  I went over with Genny to visit Queens University and stayed with my brother and his family - that was a great weekend. Who would have thought that you'd come back from a university open day with a stick of rock!

Then, the following week, it was up in the air again.  This was a trip with a twist.  Since January Genny thought she was going to Paris for her 18th birthday trip.  Well, I had been lying through my teeth, although I did say she would go see a high building, go on a boat on a river and see Vincent Van Gogh.  It's just that it was in New York! We did the high building (Empire State), went on the river (Hudson to Liberty) and saw Vincent (at The Met).  We had the most amazing time, had to buy another suitcase which was a quick trip into Macy's on the morning we came back!  I definitely need to go back, for longer so I can space out the amount of time that my feet can recuperate!

Now it's calmed down somewhat, I am also delighted and with a big thank you to my customers, that your orders toppled me over the edge and I hit Silver :)  Stampin' Up! has a level system and my sales for the 2017-18 Stampin' Up! year put me into the silver level, and I must also give a big thank you to my team mates which add to the promotion as without them also, I wouldn't have achieved the silver level.  I get a lovely necklace and also some 'points' as a reward (points = can get some freebies!).

Now onto some more things that are happening from 1 October.  As you saw in the header, we have world cardmaking day.  To celebrate this and to help you to craft for less, we have the world card making day sale which runs through to 7 October 2018.  We have a select number of products that have a discount, some of the products are also available in French or German.  You can see all the products here on the flyer with their discounted prices.  But here are some of the products for you to see what's available.  Visit my website, on 1 October to order your supplies.  As a scrapbooker as well as a card maker, I'll be stocking up on the cardstock and I do love the tear & tape and the time has come to grab the stamp set with that typewriter! 

Monday, 24 September 2018

Tutorial: Origami gift box

The good thing about this box is that you use one sheet of 12" x 12" cardstock and you can use your scraps to decorate it.


One piece of 12" x 12" cardstock, trimmed down to 11 7/8" x 8 3/4"

Decorating papers: 2 coordinating pieces which are 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" (these will show on the outside of the box)

6 coordinating pieces which are 1.25" x 2.75" (for the sides of the lid)

2 coordinating pieces which are 2.75" x 2.75" (outside of the inside box)

Optional 4 coordinating pieces which are 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" - I used these to go inside to cover up the folds.

Using your scoreboard, put your cardstock on so it is in 'portrait' score at 2 7/8" and 5 7/8"


Turn your cardstock so it is 'landscape' and score at 1.5" and 4.5" Flip the cardstock over (still in landscape) and score again at 1.5" and 4.5"


Keeping the cardstock in landscape, score at 2.5" from the top of the cardstock to the first score line (which is at 3") and then from the bottom score line (at approx 6") to the bottom of the paper - or do this bottom up to the 6" score line, which ever you prefer! Flip the cardstock and do the same on the flipped side.


Now you need to do some cutting so that your cardstock will look like this:


Cut all the 2.5" score lines down/up to the first score line at each end.  Next cut along the score line between the 1.5" and 4.5" score lines on each side. Then give the folds a good crease with your bone folder. I then decorated what would be the sides of my box, or you can do this after you have done the folding. Putting it all together Side 'boxes' - I used Stampin' Up! sticky strip for this as it gives a nice firm hold.  Put tape on the back of the small flaps and then fold in to create a 'lid'


Do the same thing for the middle box, sticky strip on the flaps (I just put sticky strip on one set) and fold in to make the box.


As I don't really like to see the joins inside, I popped some dsp in the inside of the lid and on the sides of the middle box.

Covering the joins

Once you are done, you just need to decide on how you want to close your gift box.  For the examples here I have used some ribbon and on the other one, made a strip to go around the outside of the box which just slides off.

Finished Finished


Tutorial - Star Ornament - the one that goes ping!

These are super little ornaments.  To make them, I use one sheet of 12x12 paper.

You cut five 4x4" squares.

You'll also need two 2" x 2" pieces of paper, a piece of ribbon and a bead (couldn't find a bead so I used a button).

You are simply scoring each of the 4x4" pieces in half and half again. Then fold them (sorry this picture is a bit dark, I'll get some better light and post a new picture.

Stick them all together.  On the outsides, I used some really sticky tape to add some ribbon, then covered that up with the 2x2 square.

Thread a bead (button in my case) with both pieces of the ribbon then tie a knot at the top.  You slide the bead down to the ornament, then when you put the bead up, the ornament springs open.  I gave all my edges a really good crease.


There you have it.  Have fun!


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Stampin' Up! Stamparatus - accessories

Owning a Stamparatus means love at first sight, this is such a versatile tool and we will have even more to love about it as from 1 October 2018 we will have Stamparatus accessories!  The new accessories are Small Grid Paper, Stamparatus Plates, and Stamparatus Foam Mats. Stampin' Up! will continue to offer Stamparatus magnets.

Find them from 1 October 2018 at and make stamp placement easier and more exciting with perfect placement when you want to stamp just once, multiple times or more.  Good news as well, these are not time limited, they will be carried over in the next annual catalogue!

Stamparatus and accessories Stamparatus and accessories


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Beautiful Blizzard Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Grab a coat and come outside!!

The Beautiful Blizzard stamp set includes images, sentiments, and is perfect for creating that winter snow storm. The Blizzard Thinlets die is a great way to give your project snowflake embellishments. Find them from 5 September 2018 at and have a flurry of card making!   See what else you can do with the beautiful die.


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Falling for Leaves Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Isn't this Stampin' Up! set, Falling for Leaves, gorgeous.  It shouts out autumn and I love the time of year when the leaves start to turn to their autumnal colouring.  It's also that time that we move into the shorter days and longer nights, and being in the crafting cave with the lights on!  Check out it's autumnal-ness in the Stampin' Up! video below.  Be inspired with the colours and I hope you get some creative juices raring to go. Get hold of your bundle today, at


Stampin' Up! Peaceful Noel bundle

Stampin' Up! Joyous Noel

I love to share with you the bundles and along with them, an idea of what you can create with them.  Time to get your crafty on!  Enjoy this little video showcasing the Stampin' Up! Peaceful Noel bundle.  Available now through to 2 January 2019, while stocks last.


Monday, 3 September 2018

Take Your Pick Tool by Stampin' Up!

The Take Your Pick Tool by Stampin' Up!  Are you looking for a tool that makes your crafting life even easier? Dani Baker, senior product strategy specialist at Stampin' Up!, is here to introduce the Take Your Pick tool. To order one, visit - the take your pick tool is available from 5 September 2018.