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! ~ 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 🙂


Story time – Stampin’ Up! ~ mini book

I thought I’d make some mini books, no other reason really apart from the fact that (1) I have too much paper {possibly} and (2) I like making them!

I’ve used some of the paper from the Stampin’ Up! Storytime DSP for this one and I’ve only used one sheet!  As the sheets are all double sided I’ve taken a pic with another sheet so you can see both sides 🙂


1: trim 4″ off the sheet – depending on the pattern either top or bottom – I trimmed the bottom off of mine.


The Stampin’ Up! trimmer comes with a scoring blade as well, so I have then scored the larger piece  in half (at 4″ in portrait) and then at 3″ intervals in landscape.


Once scored, cut again up the middle score to the first 3″ score mark.


Then you can fold the paper so that it becomes a concertina fold.


For the cover, I have trimmed the sheet to 6.25″ and scored in from each end at 3″, that way I end up with a little spine.


Just use some SNAIL adhesive on the outside ‘pages’ and there you go, one little mini book ready to embellish 🙂


Storytime dsp 126907 £9.95
Stampin’ Up! trimmer 129722 £25.95 (spare blades cutting 126995 £4.50 / scoring 126996 £3.50)

May the crafting mojo be with you!

Stampin ‘ Up! Trimmer

Just in case your trimmer is like mine and you are thinking that you are in need a new one, here's a little video to tempt you. My current trimmer is looking quite scared (or scarred, as I have been giving it the evil eye!). The new Stampin' Up! trimmer is now available, have a watch of the video to what it is all about.

Features of the trimmer…

  • An extra-wide 15.9 cm cutting base and an extended 39 cm ruler
    • The extra-wide cutting base provides a large work area and is marked in 4 mm increments, allowing for small measurements.
    • The right-side grid helps you measure and cut very thin strips.
    • The extended cutting arm has a stabilizing leg to provide a sturdy and steady cutting surface for longer cuts.
    • When fully extended, the extended cutting arm sits flush with the trimmer base, providing more accurate and consistent measurements across the entire surface.
    • All rulers and measurements on the base are printed under a plastic cover so your measurements won’t wear off.
    • The base has nonskid feet, which keeps the Stampin’ Trimmer securely in place on your work area.
  • A full 30.5 cm cutting and scoring track
    • The extra-long cutting track has space at the top and bottom so you don’t have to take the cutting and scoring blades out when you’re not using them.
    • The track gives you enough space to cut or score a full 30.5 cm without having to remove or switch out handles.
    • The cutting track locks in place for secure storage or transport.
    • The track includes an insertion point for cutting and scoring blade handles so you can easily insert handles into the cutting track.
  • Specially designed handles and cutting track to ensure straight cuts
    • The hook on the scoring and cutting blade handles keeps the handles stable so the cuts are as straight as possible.
    • Handles come in two colors: dark for cutting, light for scoring.
    • The precision tip on the cutting blade allows you to pinpoint precisely where you’re cutting.
    • The point on the side of each handle shows you where the blade will cut, making it easy to see exactly where your cuts and scores will
  • Storage compartment under base
    • The storage compartment holds scoring and cutting tools such as a Bone Folder, Simply Scored Stylus, extra scoring and cutting blades and even business cards.
    • Separate compartments within the storage compartment keep your tools organized, and the clear cover makes it easy to see what you’ve stored.

Want one, drop me a line and I can get it ordered for you, order 129722 £30.90 including delivery direct to your door.