Project Life Hello December!

For all those who scrapbook and use Project Life, you are going to love this!  I find project life great for when I want to do some quick scrapbooking, I want to scrapbook but I don’t want to think too much! Project Life makes it so easy.  Stampin’ Up! can help you along with scrapbooking the holidays, the Hello December is a great product to add to your list.    We also have a new album (6×8) to match!   The kit is also useful for those of us that also indulge in other papercrafts, using the kit can be useful for a quick card front.


Available now in the annual catalogue is this beauty.  The serene scenery designer series paper stack.  This is  delightful paper pad and I love the colours. Take a closer look in the video below.

Serene Scenery


Have fun!

(¯`’•.¸(¯`’•.¸ Sarah ¸.•’´¯)¸.•’´¯) May the Crafting Mojo be with you! 

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Making a double slider card ~ tutorial

Mooching though my saved project files, I came across notes for making a slider card.  Seeing it’s Wednesday, I thought that I’d have a go.  I have time right (ok so it is now gone 4pm – where has the day gone – when I started this post and it is now gone 9pm?!).

To make it I have used:

1 piece of 5.5 x 12″ cardstock
2 pieces of cardstock (the inside sliders) measuring 3.5 x 5.5″
1 piece of cardstock 3.5 x 5.25″ (for the front)
Piece of plastic baggie (ie freezer bag) – all you need to do is have a piece that measures approx 1.5″ in width and snip it so that it become a strip.
Really sticky tape & other glue
Ribbons and brads

Step 1 – 5.5 x 12″ cardstock
Score this at 3.75, 7.5 and 11.25″ at the small edge at the end, fold this over and add some sticky strip.

Sarah Keerie - Stampin' Up! slider card tutorial

Step 2 – adding the baggie strip
With the sticky strip flap on the right, take your baggie strip and place it on the left hand side and you need to stick the baggie together, BUT don’t make it too tight as this is going to create the slide effect.  I used the extra sticky tape for this bit.  Trim off any excess.

Sarah Keerie - Stampin' Up! slider card tutorial

Step 3 – insides
Now that the mechanism is made, I created my two inside slider cards.  Each one is made using the 3.5 x 5.5″ cardstock which have been decorated.

Slider 1:
This is my main decorative slider (the one that you pull out) and I have stamped this one up using the glorious grunge, label love and the best of Shelli stamp sets.  To help the card to slide out I have added some ribbon to the top – to cover my staple I’ve popped some rhinestones over it.  I haven’t but you can also decorate the back.

Sarah Keerie - Stampin' Up! - slider card tutorial

Slider 2:
I have simply stamped a separate scrap of card, made a slit and added some ribbon and then popped this on to the bottom of the second slider card.   Note that this slider gets stuck face down as it is in effect your sentiment piece and so you need to accommodate for the amount of slider that slides out at the bottom (I hope that makes sense).  You might want to add a piece of paper to the back to jazz it up a bit. {Silly me thought I took a pic but didn’t so this is the slider 2 already in place).

Double Slider Card - Sarah Keerie, Stampin' Up! Demo - Tutorial

Step 4 – putting the insides together – slider 1
Taking slider 1, you need to stick this to the bottom of the baggie strip.  Ensure the baggie strip is central and then pop some glue (sticky tape) at the bottom of edge (see pic 1) then place your slider 1, on top (see pic 2).

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Stampin' Up! Sarah Keerie slider card tutorial slider 1

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Sarah Keerie - tutorial Slider card - slider 1

Step 5 – putting together – slider 2
At this point you might want to punch a half circle on the central section.  Then fold your card over like so to work on the slider 2.

Sarah Keerie - Tutorial - slider card

Instead of adding sticky strip to the bottom of the baggie strip, this time add some to the top of the baggie.  Then stick slider 2 face down.

Stampin' Up! slider card tutorial - slider 2 Stampin' Up! slider card tutorial (slider 2)

Step 6 – closure
This isn’t really tricky and I hope I explain it ok.  Now it is time to fold the card up.  The edge that had the sticky tape on you are going to fold in so that it goes over the slider 2.

Stampin' Up! slider card tutorial

Step 7 – decorate the front
I’ve used a separate piece of cardstock and stamped the swallowtail on it and one of the stamps from the Shelli collection.  Had to add a bit of glitter to it too 🙂

Sarah Keerie - Double slider card tutorial

Here is the final card, open and closed.Slider Card - Sarah Keerie, Stampin' Up! Demo - Tutorial Double Slider Card - Sarah Keerie, Stampin' Up! Demo - Tutorial
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have a go using my instructions do give a link back to my blog 🙂 You can find more tutorials here.


Love and Laughter ~ 52 week card challenge ~ language of love

I’ve just finished TMA3 for my OU course (EA300) and so that has gone into the ether and it is cheerio to Peter Pan and poems and now on to Swallows and Amazons.  I did look at the next TMA and had to have a gulp, although skimming through it might not be that bad.  The question certainly has more meat to it that the last one!  Anyway, now that the essay has been put to bed, I’m at the craft table which means getting to play with ‘stuff’.

I thought I would join in the 52 week card challenge over at UK Scrappers.  Having visited my lovely friend Sue‘s blog, I think she has given me a bit of a mojo kick.  The first challenge is to create a card using new stash.  Well, I did get the love & laughter set from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogue and I thought it would go well with some of the really new products (that aren’t out until 28 Jan).

20140104_132807I’ve used the labels collection of framelits to cut out the stamped image (one is in pool party and the other I have used smoky slate).  One thing, if you haven’t already got it, I would recommend the magnetic platform.  This makes getting those fiddly framelits lined up and when you run the dies through the big shot they don’t move, look:

Stampin' Up! Sizzix Magnetic PlatformI’ve used some of the new paper being released in a couple of weeks time, retro fresh,  and created two cards which are similar but different! I hope you like them.

Stampin' Up! love & laughter retro fresh Stampin' Up! love & laughter retro fresh

And, as I am on a roll, made a Valentines card too.  I had to use the gorgeous grunge set!  This I have mixed with the language of love set.   This card has new products on it too – watch out for the washi tape, gold sequin trim and the stamps.  In case you have some wayward sequins, don’t throw them away, stick them down.

Stampin Up gorgeous grunge language of love Stampin' Up! gorgeous grunge language of love

Hope you have enjoyed my crafty makes, may the crafting mojo be with you 🙂

Label card ~ tutorial

If you caught my earlier post, you will have seen that my pre-order for the thinlet flip dies arrived but with everything that went on during the day, I didn’t manage to get them out to play.  Today is the today, they are unwrapped.  I’m playing with the label flip dies and there are 9 dies that come in this pack.

Since I am showing you how the dies work to create the flip card, I’ve turned this post into a mini tutorial.

First up, I have trimmed down a piece of cardstock to 6″ x 5.5″, then slip the cardstock into the flip frame die, like so:

Stampin Up Label thinletsSend it through the big shot (or other die cutting machine) and you end up with this, you can see that the die has cut the bit that flips and you may also see there are some score lines.

Stampin' Up! flip card dieScore at the score lines and fold

Stampin' Up! thinlets flip cards So you end up with your card like this:

Stampin' Up! thinlets flip cards

Using some of the other dies in this set I have created a label using the label die and also there is one that cuts ‘hi” which I have used with the label, and also used the bit cut out, waste not want not!  This is also a great time to use us some scraps.

stampin up thinlet flip card

Then you can put it all together.  I toyed with the idea of putting some patterned paper on but decided to go with stamping, the stamp set is the hostess set, morning meadow.

Stampin Up Morning Meadow

I hope you like it 🙂

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May the crafting mojo be with you.  You can order the thinlets that I used to make this from 22 October 🙂

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Cherry Cobbler ~ inking ~ OU study…

Not of the baking kind, not that I have seen such a thing, but rather the rather lush cherry cobbler 1″ stitched edged grosgrain ribbon.  I have  tucked into again and used some on my card I have made today.   I used some the other day when I made the rosette which you may have seen, if not, it’s here.

I’ve used the festive flurry stamps, not die cut any this time, but just stamped them using the illuminate ink pad onto some cherry cobbler textured cardstock. The sentiment is from the wishing you stamp set, inked with midnight muse.

Hope you like it 🙂 most items are available in my SU store, and when ordering don’t forget the hostess code for the mystery hostess event.

Festive Flurry, Cherry Cobbler grosgrain ribbon Stampin UpFestive Flurry Stampin UpIt was my birthday this week and I made something I hadn’t made before to take to work.  Basically using them as guinea pigs!  Glad to say, they went down well and everyone is still breathing 😉

You may have seen them on the internet.  All I did was use some flat bottomed ice cream cones, popped my usual cake mix in them, baked them, topped them (with lots of chocolate fudge topping), added a flake and sprinkles and there you go, nom nom was the main word of the eating event 🙂

ice cream cone cakes ice cream cone cakes

My Open University course has also started, this time I am doing EA300 Children’s literature.  Books on the reading list include Harry Potter, Northern Lights (which I am reading instead of HP as I have read HP already), Peter Rabbit, Treasure Island, Tom’s Midnight Garden and more.  I have opened the study guide and the course starts with looking at instruction or delight, what is children’s literature.  I’ve got my pukka pad set out with the TMAs and the first question is made up of two options.  I’m going with (I think as still reading the material) at looking at the extent of children’s books being regarded as trivial or ephemeral texts.  Just need 2000 words to answer that one.  In fact, looking at the other TMAs 2000 words seems to the theme!

Open University EA300 Children's literatureBefore I head off to the books today, it will still be playing at the craft table, as I am in the middle of creating some ATCs.  Inking and gluing, and maybe evening getting out the hot air gun!

Enjoy your day and may the crafting mojo be with you 🙂


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It’s summer time, so getting out some Gingham Garden!

Are you playing along with my challenge?  I am and also joining in with a challenge over at Dillybeans.  Seeing Dillybeans is doing citrus colours, well it kinda fits huh!

I’ve used some of the new papers that SU release on 1 July from the Gingham Garden set, and a teenie piece from the Quatrefancy.  I’m not usually a floral/patterned type paper person but I must say that these papers are ‘turning’  me (minus fangs!).  I’ve coloured in the digi stamp using various pens, ranging from the SU makers to a copics.

Stampin' Up! garden gingham

Garden Gingham

Talking about gardens, some roses are out with their lovely scent.  I’ve some lovely yellow ones in bud, can’t wait for them to open as they have such a lovely scent, more intense that this red one.

Garden rose

I’ve been radical and have gone through my stamp sets on a first run, I will be having a second go through them as there are some that I am umming about keeping and umming about letting them be rehomed.  If you would be interested in receiving my own ‘retired’ list once 1 July is here, drop me an email ( put “retired list” in your subject line) and I will send you details once I can.  I will also have some paper packs available as I am clearing through them next, and possibly some ribbons.

If you would like to receive a new 2013-2014 annual catalogue which is released 1 July, you can do so just by clicking the picture below, this will take you to my online store.  Catalogues are £4.95 with free delivery.  Your first order of £50 or more will be delivered to you for free.  I have an eight month hostess group that is in need of one more person to join in then it can get started with the July orders 🙂  Interested, find out more here and then if you want to join in, simply email me.

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Finally, some of my Canadian family live in Alberta and you may have seen the flooding.  Stampede Park is currently underwater which is the home of the Calgary Stampede which is held in a couple of week’s time.  So my thoughts are not only with family but also with those that have been deeply affected by the events these past few days.  I keep checking the online news to see what is happening.  I just wouldn’t have thought that anything like this would happen in Calgary let alone Alberta itself.

I’m off sort through some more stuff 🙂

May the crafting mojo be with you!




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.

Sarah Keerie,, independent stampin' up! demo

Stampin’ Up! retirement lists

They’re out!   We now have the retirement list for stamps and accessories.  This also means that myself and fellow Stampin’ Up! demos have been able to hit the pre-order button and grab some of the things that are being released in the annual catalogue that comes out 1 July.

Retiring stamps – view here

Retiring accessories – view here

You have two ways of getting a new catalogue from me.  If you are group member that is running when the new catalogue is released, never fear you will get one sent to you free of charge.  If you want a free one, what are you waiting for, join one of my hostess groups today, well tomorrow really as new groups start next month.  Gosh, that realisation that tomorrow is 1 June! Alternatively, head on over to here and preorder your copy.

If you can commit to spending a minimum of £15 a month for the next 10 months I have a 10 group that is nearly ready to start, orders go in at the end of June, but, if I get all orders and payment in before then, well the order goes in earlier.  Of course, if you feel that you will be able to commit to a bigger monthly spend, then there are groups that run over a shorter period of time.  You can check out how the groups work here.  And, if you want to join in, just email me and I will add you to the group list and let you know which month you will be hostess.  As hostess you get to choose an additional £25 minimum of freebies on top of your order.

One more thing before I go and whittle my want list down, the This and That bundle ends today.  You get a heap of product for just £29.24 (plus postage).  Some of the items in the bundle are currently showing as out of stock (oos) but if you put your order in today you can still get the bundle price.  This ends today 31 May.  After today, the bundle will not be available any more, however, you will be able to purchase items individually.

As usual, if you want anything, just drop me an email.  I can take payment over the phone by credit/debit card now so if you prefer to pay for your orders that way, it’s no problem.  (I don’t keep a record of your card details).

Adieu!  And, may the crafting mojo be with you 🙂