Sarah Keerie Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator trifold card

Retiring – The End of 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue Blog Hop ~ ILWS


Welcome, I hope you are going to enjoy this little blop hop.  Myself and other Stampin’ Up! demos over at ILWS are having a little blog hop to celebrate the forthcoming release of the 2013-2014 annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue and to have a bit of a sob as we say goodbye to products that we have enjoyed playing with.

You may be starting the hop with me, or you may have come here via Leanne.  Here are my projects that I have made to show you using some of the retiring products, and, if you like any of those that are retiring the motto is, want them, order them today as I cannot guarantee how long they are going to remain in stock.  The online store is still having its teething issues fixed so if you would like to order simply send me an email with your requirements (item nr, what it is and how much) and I will get back to you asap re payment.

Tweet, tweet ~ one of my favourites is the Aviary stamp set and this is set to retire this year (boo hoo).  Here is a card that I have made using this set.

I have made a tri-fold card and if you want to have a go too, here’s the how to:

You need a piece of cardstock measuring 12″ x 5.5″ and then using your scoreboard, score at 2″ /  4″  /  8″ and then 10″ from one edge:

Sarah Keerie - Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator tri-fold card

Now you are going to do some measuring and then some cutting.  Place your piece of cardstock so that it is portrait on your scoreboard.  Measure in 1.5″ from the left and mark a line from the 2″ line down to the 10″ line.  Do this again at 4″.

Sarah Keerie - Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator tri-fold card

Then, cut the two lines which you have just made (you can of course skip the marking step and go straight to cutting) so you end up with this.

Sarah Keerie - Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator tri-fold card

Finally, create your folds.  I thought it easier to show you this rather than explain!

Sarah Keerie, independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator tri fold card and your piece of card should look like this.

Now all you have to do is decorate.

Sarah Keerie Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator trifold card

Aviary (clear mount) 120462
Curly cute (clear mount) 120510
Twitterpated dsp 125406

I’ve also made a selection of 4″ cards and made some envelopes to go with them.  These are using the Easy Events stamp set.  These are really cute and idea for making something quick, especially if you have forgotten a birthday!  At a recent craft fair a load of baby cards that I had made were all purchased so this is an excuse to make more 😉

Stampin' Up! easy events

Do check the retirement lists, with the moral of the story being if you want, get them now.  I have popped links on to the post I made yesterday for both the retiring stamps and retiring accessories – click here to open a new window.

Here are some other projects using Tea Shoppe, Four Seasons.

20130420_210507 Chock full of cheer

The ornament punch & bigz elegant bird die

Ornament Punch


I hope you have been inspired, do leave a comment so I know you have popped by.  Now it is  Michelle‘s turn to show you what she has created.

May the crafting mojo be with you.

Stampin’ Up! meets Core’dinations

Yes, essay avoidance or just needing to create something, I think both of these win today’s vote!  So, making cards, playing with crafting toys = heaven for me.  I should watch the film to do with my essay again, I could quite easily have it playing in the background whilst I cut and stick – must remember this for next time 🙂

I have trimmed down a sheet of 12×12 Core’dination cardstock in half so I can make a 6″ square card.


Using an edgelit I have then ‘trimmed’ off a piece of the front of the card.  So that my edgelit was straight I  used my trimmer as a guide and used a piece of scotch tape (just a tiny piece) to hold the edgelit down.


Then just ran it through my big shot.


For a bit of decoration on the back of the card, I’ve used the simply scored embossing borders to add a bit of a wave.

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Next, using some of the stitched grosgrain ribbon, I’ve added this to the ‘top’ half of the front of the card. Then trimmed down a sheet of dsp from the first edition paper so that it is 6″ square and from the piece of core’dinations cardstock, trimmed a small piece off it so that I could add it to the bottom of the dsp to add a bit of weight (stops the card falling flat!).


If you are not aware of core’dinations cardstock, it has a core so you can sand down the edges – over the embossing parts – to give a great effect.


I’ve finished off my card with some punched butterflies (using some scrap dsp) and stamped a sentiment from the sassy salutations stamp set.


I hope you like it and if you fancy having a go, these are my ingredients:

Core’dinations cardstock – real red 129320 £6.25 (12 sheets of 12×12)
First edition speciality DSP 121878 £11.50 (24 sheets, 4 ea of 6 double sided designs)
Edgelits – adorning accents 125595 £8.95
Stampin’ Up! Trimmer 129722 £25.95 (spare cutting and scoring blades available)
Big shot 113439 £87.95
Stitched grosgrain ribbon in wild wasabi 126873 £4.50
Elegant butterfly punch 127526 £14.25
Chocolate chip ink pad 126979 £4.95 (reinker 101065 £2.75)
Sassy salutations stamps (clear) 126707 £16.95
Stampin’ scrub 126200 £13.50
Stampin’ mist stamp cleaner 102394 £3.25 (refill 101022 £7.95)

Are you on pinterest? I find it most addictive and is a way of essay avoidance.  However, on that front (the looming essay), I have finally got a few words down in ‘ink’, once again loads of notes which, once again, need to be turned into something that makes sense!

May the crafting mojo be with you 🙂

Stampin’ Up! ~ stepping up card and using scraps

Hi everyone, hope you have had a lovely long weekend.  I’ve an extra day off work so won’t be back until Thursday which means, essay and crafting!

I’ve made a little card using up some scraps and where I had stamped some extras of the Hearts a Flutter set.  I also had some scraps left from the story time papers having made the mini books the other day so waste not want not!


Next up is my stepper card.  I had a little fiddle about with this (as in used up two pieces of scrap card) to get the measurements.  In the end I have made the card as follows:

1. Trim down a piece of cardstock (or paper that is sturdy) to 5.5″ x 8.5″


2. With the piece of cardstock portrait, draw a feint pencil line 2″ in.

3. With the cardstock in landscape on your scoreboard, score down to the pencil line as follows:

7/8″ – 2 1/8″ – 4.25″ – 5.5″ – 6 .75″ – 7 5/8″

and then, I used my trimmer for this bit, cut along the pencil line starting at the 7/8″ to the 6.75″ score line.  Rub out the pencil line.


4. Then you just need to fold your card so it looks like this:


So there you have your base and it is a case of decorate away to your heart’s content 🙂


Making mini bags – making use of the diagonal plate

Friday night at the craft table.  It took a couple of goes, but I have made a little mini bag, the thought being that I will make more for a craft fair in a few weeks.  I’m not quite sure what will go in it, maybe some shredded tissue paper and leave them at that.  So, I guess, it is still a kind of work in progress, made it and just need to figure out what to do with it next.


If you fancy joining in and making some as well, here’s how I made it:

Step 1:

Using one piece of A4 cardstock, I used my simply scored board and diagonal plate, then scored at 3.75″ and 5″ along the long edge, flipped the cardstock and scored again at 3.75″ and 5″.


Next, with the cardstock with the shorter edge at the top, score at 2″, flip the cardstock and again score at 2″


I used my diagonal plate to do the next bit, at the 5″ score line, you make a diagonal score that measures 2″ as shown.


(for a bit of a clearer picture, I’ve used my initial template with the pencil marks on)


You then fold as shown in the next picture:


And all being well, end up with this (I’ve used my cropodile to punch a couple of holes in the top part and used some seam binding to tie it together:


So, there you go, one, currently empty, mini bag 🙂

On another note, I have registered for my next Open University course 🙂

Your request to study was received on Friday – 22 March 2013 – 19:58:18.
Module EA300 Children’s literature
Starting 28 September 2013

Now endeavouring to master Manuel Puig and Kiss of the Spider Woman alongside Beckett and Waiting on Godot!  Wish me luck 🙂  Actually a bit more luck wouldn’t go amiss, still waiting for the result of my last TMA.

May the crafting mojo be with you.


Simply Scored Board, Diagonal Plate and Embossing Scoring plate

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Introducing the Simply Scored Scoring Board.  Designed exclusively by and for Stampin’ Up! it helps you to create perfectly measured score marks and is great for creating multiple projects or projects withe a variety of score marks!  The scoreboard is £25.95 plus UPS delivery of £4.95.

To make your board do even more, SU have also released the diagonal plate and embossing plate, see below for more info.

With etched grooves every 1/8″ (3.2 mm), and the ability to score card stock up to 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm), the Simply Scored scoring tool helps you create perfectly measured score marks.  It’s great for creating multiple projects or projects with a variety of score marks!

Features of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool
  • Comes with a high-quality stylus instead of a plastic bone folder.
    • Stylus is ergonomically shaped and features a comfort grip.
    • The high-quality metal tips on each end of the stylus—they come in two sizes—glide smoothly over your paper.
  • Features a unique set of place markers that let you mark your score lines when creating multiple projects with the same score lines.
    • Includes three place markers.
    • Additional place markers can be purchased for flawless scoring.
  • Includes a hidden storage compartment in the back of the base to hold your scoring tools.
  • Accommodates card stock up to 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm).

Product Details

  • Item 122334; £25.95
  • Simply Scored includes
    • 1 scoring board
    • 1 stylus
    • 3 place markers

The Simply Scored diagonal plate… only £10.95

Product Features

  • Sits on top of the Simply Scored base
  • Held securely in place by rubber pads on back of the plate
  • Has etched grooves every 1/8″ (3.2 mm)
  • Can score any size card stock up to 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
  • Includes instructions for creating common envelope sizes

Simply Scored Border Scoring plate

Awesome scored borders and patterns! 2 pieces—plate and overlay (both measure 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″). Set plate securely on our scoring tool, put card stock you want to score over plate, then add overlay over card stock as a guide for scoring. The border scoring plate was released in the spring summer 2013 catalogue and is priced at £13.50 plus p&p (£4.95)

Tutorial ~ Exploding Box (bigger size)

I was clearing up my cardstock, well putting it into colour co-ordinated piles as it had become a bit of a mess as I was just poking it in the cupboard so my browns were with my reds and all that stuff, totally colour un-coordinated.  Whilst tidying, got waylaid, like I do, as I was going through that revisiting my stuff kind of thing.  Thought I’d make another box.  This time though, I’ve made it a bit bigger so if you want to have a go as well, here’s how I’ve made this one.

You need 3 pieces of cardstock 12 x 12 cardstock and trim two sheets as follows to create the middle and top parts:

2nd sheet (middle) = 11.75 x 11.75″

3rd sheet (top) = 11.5 x 11.5″


Next score all three pieces at 4″ on all four sides and give them a good crease with your bone folder.


Using scissors, cut out each corner:


Then, I have layered and stuck mine down using extra sticky tape before I have embellished the pages but you can do it the other way.  If I do it this way I can see easier which way the pages need to go!  You an also round the corners off with a corner rounder.



You can trim down the pieces that you have cut to make mats, or use some dsp.  I trim my mats down to  3.25 x 3.75″.

Finally, we need a lid:

Trim a coordinating piece of cardstock to 7 1/8 x 7 1/8″ and then score at 1.5″ on each side.

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Snip along the score lines as shown.


Fold on the score lines and then glue in the flaps.  I used some clips just to hold it secure whilst the glue dried.

Here’s a pic of my nearly finished box, so you can see what it is like with the lid on 🙂


Simply Scored borders scoring plate

I also have the new Simply Scored borders scoring plate. This is a nifty piece of kit and you simply pop it on top of your Stampin’ Up! scoreboard to use it (just like the diagonal plate).

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! by Donna Griffith to show you how it can be used:

I’ve got some housey things to do so going off to have a fight with a duvet cover before I come back and have a play with mine 🙂

Tutorial ~ Pop out card ~ box card

On one of my perusals over at Splitcoaststampers, I came across this fab surprise card.  I have seen it elsewhere in my perusals on the web and have seen it called different things, so I have no idea what the original was as I haven’t found who created it in the first place and what they called it.  Here is how I have made mine.

I have trimmed a piece of dsp – in this case a sheet from the paisley petals pack – down to 8.5″ x 11″.


Using the scoreboard, score the long edge at 1.25″ and 3 3/8″, flip the paper round and repeat on the other side.


Turn the paper to the short edge and score at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″


Give your folds a good crease using your bone folder. Then get your paper so that it looks similar to this.


You now need to fold the top down


And then the bottom so you end up with a nice square.

You are then going to fold in the corners and end up with the second picture (all being well).


This is where it gets a bit tricky to explain what to do next.

Open up your paper:


Then you are going to snip each corner like so:


Now it comes to some folding!

You need to get the edge so that it looks like this (I have the long edge facing me and the pointy bits are on the sides):


and then you can bring the ‘flap’ down, like so:


Once you have done this on both sides you will (should!) end up with this


Then fold down and give all the creases another go with your bone folder.


Using some offcuts from the piece I trimmed down I have made the enclosure and used embellishments from the pop up posies designer kit.  Inside you can put a notelet or even a gift card.


I hope you have managed to follow the directions and create for yourself some of these great cards.

May the crafting mojo be with you!


Mini Pizza Box ~ Tutorial

Having had a spell of making cards, I’ve gone off and made something else for a change.  I thought that I’d have a go at making some little mini pizza type gift boxes.  These are quite quick and simple and you can decorate the box as much as you want (or don’t want to as the case may be).

I want my box to fit in cards that are 4″ square and so that they don’t have to be wedged into the box I have made the box 4.25″ square and the height of the box to be 1″.  To work out the size of the cardstock is easy using a simple formula.

To work out the length: times the height you want by 3 and then add two times the finished box size.
For my box it is 3 x 1″ plus 2 x 4.25″ (3 + 8.5 = 11.5″)

For the width of the cardstock: 2 x the height plus the finished box size.

So, 2 x 1″ plus 4.25″ = 6.25″

So my piece of cardstock is trimmed down to 11.5 x 6.25″

Step 1:
Trim your piece of cardstock to your desired size, in my case 11.5″ x 6.25″.


Step 2:
Score at 1″ at each edge – for me this is 1″, 5.25″ , 6.25″ and 10.5″ along the long edge and 1″ and 5.25″ on the short edge (you can always flip the card and just score 1″ at each of the edges).


Step 3: Give the folds a good crease using your bone folder and then snip down to the score lines as shown below.


Step 4:
Using a wet glue, I glued the flaps and using various clips held it together whilst the glue dried.


And here’s one I made earlier!


I hope you found the tutorial easy to follow, any problems let me know and if you have a go, do show me 🙂