Monday 31 March 2014

Gift Card Holder In Detail

As promised I am back today to add some more inspiration to your crafting with the details for the gift holder I posted yesterday.  I promised you a photo of the original gift card holder made at team training, and here it is.

Now, this one is one cut with the Card Base Pop 'n' Cuts Die.  Even easier!!  This is then folded to make your instant gift card holder which secures into itself.  The base die is normally used to make the fabulous pop-up cards which can be seen in the main catalogue on page 188 when you use the other pop 'n' cut inserts.  The base and pop-up inserts need the Extended Cutting pads.

For my gift card holder yesterday I used instead the Framelits Labels to cut the shaped ends.  It may not have been clear from the post how I did this, so here are a couple of photos to show the method.

  1. Slide the card top through the middle of the second to largest label die and up and under the top edge of the die.
  2. Line up the point of the label with the mid point of the card edge
  3. Line up the smaller curves of the label with each of the side edges
  4. Roll it through the Big Shot when you are happy 
Tip: Using the magnetic platform for the Big Shot makes it really easy to keep your thin dies in position.

For the other edge I lined it up similiar, but used the label without the point.

For all the products used for yesterday's gift card holder:

Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB - only available until the end of TODAY)
124262 Baker's Twine - Whisper White (I used Pool Party which is Retired)
Optional Extras - 
Circle Punches and Die to cut the 'For You' out

I am so lucky to be part of a large team which meets for regular quarterly training sessions full of inspiration and crafting days.  If you would love to come and join in with my team and meet with us and a larger team of demonstrators on a regular basis, you can join today for just £99!  For your starter kit you get to choose £150 of product for your £99!  This is the joining fee until the end of TODAY for the Sale-a-Bration offer period so if you have been thinking about it or it sounds like your thing, just get in touch and I can explain some more.

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Sunday 30 March 2014

Mother's Day Sweet Sorbet Gifting

What a day!  Mother's Day has been lots of spoiling for me with a lovely roast dinner cooked for me and, even better, no cleaning up!  It was followed by a lovely walk round RHS Wisley in the sunshine which of course included a tea and cake stop too! So now, a quick post just before I finish enjoying my relaxing day and evening.

I could not resist showing you some more lovely gift projects I made for my gifting to the ladies in my life who needed recognition this Mother's Day.

First of all a gift card holder made with the Sweet Sorbet papers I have been using a lot since I earnt them free on the Sale-a-Bration period (ENDS tomorrow - eek!).  These colours are so addictive!  I am sure if you have been following my blog you will see they have been making lots of appearances.

This card is based on a gift card holder I made at my wonderful upline training with my fellow SU demonstrators.  I will try and post tomorrow again to show you the original so that you can see the inspiration.  This gift card was made using card cut 10.5cm wide and 27.5cm in length.

Now, foolishly, I did not write all the measurements as I made this.  As usual my crafting was a little rushed and I altered as I went along.  I will give the measurements as I think they were.  I made fold lines along the 27.5cm length at 8cm, 19cm and 25.5cm.
I then used the Framelits Label Collection Dies to cut the decorative edges at both ends.  For the top edge at the 8cm I fed the card through the middle of the die, under the top edge as I held it until the card edge matched up with the shaping of the die and the centre point of the label at the top was central to the card width. For the folded edge on the inside I followed the same method as above, but I only fed the card through a little to get a shaped edge again and I did snip after to finish the lines to the side edges.
I used the Basic Brad Bases with the Brights collection candy dots to make my closure with the Pool Party Baker's Twine. My flower on the outside was the Bigz Fun Flower Die and the medium size flower which I cut all my layers of DSP in one time through the Big Shot. This is a similiar shape to the Blossom punch in the catalogue too if you do not have the Big Shot.

The 'For You' sentiment was from the Chalk Talk Stamp set.  Both the flower and the 'For You' had a little sponge effect in the Crisp Cantaloupe ink. I then used one of the Boutique Details buttons in the matching Baked Brown Sugar for the flower centre - instant flower finish. 

Obviously the gift card holder had something special inside too!  I covered my gift card holder in DSP on the outside, but even prettied it up on the inside too!  Inside the important bit though was the lovely gift card for a shopping trip for a special treat. 

Now, this post is already longer than I intended so just quickly, the second quick gift idea I made was a gift bag makeover of a paper bag wrapping for a special mummy who needed some special love from her little one.

You can see the same flower that I used on the gift card holder and the same DSP paper cut with the Banners Framelits Die Collection and also the Scallop Tag Punches.  This makeover was achieved in minutes and it has made a plain paper bag into a really pretty gift.

I hope you like these and don't forget to come back tomorrow where I will reveal the inspiration for the gift card holder and the products used.



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Thursday 27 March 2014

Sweet Sorbet Birthday Wishes Envelope Blast

Today's project is a CASE (Copy and Share) from Pinterest.  The original idea was by Julie's Japes who had used a lovely bright colour scheme and the Petal Parade stamps.  I love and wanted to use the envelope card front idea for my own birthday card for a friend, so I got to work on my version.  Of course, this was an excuse too to make a cute little envelope with my Envelope Punch Board!  

Once my cute little envelope was made in my colour choice (Pool Party), I just had to use some of the gorgeous Sweet Sorbet designer papers for a quick layering in the background of this card. Remember these papers are one of the FREE products during the Sale-A-Bration period which ends on 31st March (Monday).

Every birthday needs a little celebration banner so there is also the Banner Blast banner on this card. My little banners were so quick to stamp with this matching stamp set and punch.  The stamps and punch are other FREE products on the Sale-a-Bration offer. Each one can be earnt with a £45 spend.

Did I mention Sale-a-Bration is almost over?   Maybe just once or twice. There are just a few more days to show you what great items these products are and the fabulous projects you can make with them too!

Items used for my card are:

Envelope Punch Board
A great tool to make your own envelopes of custom sizes.  No more boring plain envelopes.  Make your own from designer papers, vellum or our SU window sheets.  Custom sized card, no problem, just make your own envelope from your material of choice.

Label Love Stamp Set
I used a marker pen to ink just the 'Happy Birthday To You' from this stamp set.  It was the perfect size to spring out of the top of my envelope.

Ruffle Stretch Ribbon - Coastal Cabana
Basic Pearls

Don't forget to add your FREE products of the Sweet Sorbert designer papers 133521, Banner Blast Stamps 133554 or Banner Punch 133519 when your order qualifies for your free items. Each SAB product is FREE with every spend of £45.

My project idea puts together some of the FREE products and the Envelope Punch board, but if you are still not sure where to start with all the products the Sale-A-Bration offer has also been about making it easier for new (and existing customers) to choose products which work together to make great projects. Stampin' Up! have put together a selection of bundles during the offer period which help you choose items you may need to get started.  You can browse the bundles here. Each bundle has co-ordinating products and adhesive and/or accessories to help you create a project and even better, with each one you can earn a one choice of the SAB products!

I hope you are enjoying Sale-a-brating as much as I am!


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Wednesday 26 March 2014

Sweet Sorbet Wraps it up!

The Easter rabbit has been early in our house and look how pretty the Easter offering is!  

It's a lovely little wrap for a chocolate egg made from just a few scraps of card and the Sale-A-Bration papers.

This egg wrap was made with the Scallop Tag Punch.  I simply cut some cardstock I had left over from another project to 5cm (2") wide for the width for the punch and then used a 21cm length strip.

I folded at 8.5cm each end to leave a 4cm base for the wrap.  I used the Scallop Tag Punch for each end to make the decorative top.  I then just quickly made a tray box  4cm x 5cm to fit inside for the egg to sit in. 

Before constructing the wrap, I punch an extra Large Oval for the opening and ran it through the Big Shot with the Decorative dots folder (SAB FREE product).

I used left over Sweet Sorbert paper from the Sale-a-Bration FREE products I have earnt to decorate inside the tray and wrap sides.  The pretty little spring flowers are made with the Boho Blossoms punch and a little Ruffled Ribbon to tie the wrap together finishes it off. 

There are lots of little changes you can make to make this yourself with products you have if you do not have everything I have used.  You can create a wrap with a label if you do not have the oval, for example. 

Remember Sale-A-Bration ends on 31st March - Just 4 Days to Go to grab your FREE products! You can still order your products direct through me or from my Online store to qualify for the Sale-a-bration goodies.

If you love this project and want to replicate it, I have used:

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Thursday 20 March 2014

Scallop Tags for Mother's Day

It's a Floral Fusion meets Petal Parade card for you today.  See how prepared I am, I have a card for Mother's Day ready!  Well this is not the card I am sending my Mum as that is under wraps for the day, but another card I have made.  Once I had mastered the scallop card punch opening I wanted to play some more!

The opening is created by folding and feeding your standard card into the Scallop Tag Punch.  Now this punch is fantastic.  Everyone needs one!  Need a tag quickly and easily for a card, gift or for Christmas? This punch creates a tag from a strip of card 5cm (approx) wide and any length.  Yes, ANY length.  You just cut the length of your tag to the size you desire after punching the lovely scallop top.

To create the card openings.  Cut your card to size then feed the shorter edge into the tag punch.  Lift it slightly and slide it all the way into the punch so that the edge is right up into the end of the scallop top.  Then just punch.  Easy, huh?  All you need to do is then use your trimmer to cut down the edge line to finish the opening edge.  Repeat for the other side and a fantastic new card design is yours!
My Sentiment is a custom tag using the same punch.  I punched the scallop top, stamped my sentiment from the all-year-round Delightful Dozen stamp set and then trimmed the tag down on the width on both sides to the first indent of the scallop top.  I then cut the bottom edge and rounded the corners using the corner punch  on the Envelope Punch Board. 
The card I created has slightly different measurements to some I have seen from other demos.  Some people have just folded the right hand side so the tag top just folds over as the finishing edge, but I wanted to fold it over a little further in so I have an extra decorative panel/strip on my card.  It did mean the left hand side was narrower, but this left the inside more visible and more places to stamp with the lovely Petal Parade stamps.

I hope you like the card.  Just get in touch is you are local and you would like a demonstration of the products and how to make lovely cards like this.

The designer papers and Petal Parade stamp sets are from this year's Sale-a-Bration and don't forget this ends 31st March.  Don't panic!  There is still time to order to get these free with your purchases.

Floral Fusion Sizzlit Die
Scallop Tag Punch
Delightful Dozen Stamps

Sale-a-Bration - FREE Products When You Order
Sweet Sorbet Designer Papers
Petal Parade

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Wednesday 12 March 2014

Hip Hip Hooray!

Today I want to tell you all about a new kit from Stampin' Up!  I don't know how many times I hear from busy people that they just love the Stampin' Up! products, but do not have the time to craft or I meet them at a Stampin' Up! party and they look at all the lovely wonderful products in the catalogues, but just do not know where to start when ordering.  Well here it is, the solution to BOTH dilemmas - the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit.

It is a card kit with EVERYTHING you need in it to make 20 cards and all for £17.95!  That's less than a £1 a card to make your very own handmade cards to send to family and friends.  There is a small stamp kit consisiting of 3 images to stamp in various ways and even a little ink spot to ink your stamps.  The card background designs, of which there are two, are printed on high quality card as you would expect and there are envelopes for all your cards too!  All the paper die-cuts are self adhesive so no messy glue, just get sticking with the foam pads and your cards are made in a matter of minutes.

The sentimets in the stamps suit a number of occasions and include the essential 'thanks' for anyone's crafting collection.  Perfect for all those 'thanks' for teachers, family members or friends. 

I don't kow about you, but I love getting lots of little pacakges to open and put together and this kit is great for that!  Here's what is in side if you want to take a closer look....see how much you get!

Here are some of the cards I made with the kit. 

So easily put together, 

There are even instructions with pictures on suggested layouts and designs and how to partially stamp an image.

So if you think this kit is as great as I do and you can see it as a must-have to make those all important cards at last call when you need to.  You can order your kit direct from me.

To place an order for this just click Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit to go straight to my online shop and order. if you are local, want to miss out on delivery charges and you can pick up from me then just get in touch.

Remember until the end of March it is Sale-a-Bration too!  For every £45 you spend you can choose one of the free products from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.

Happy Shopping!


Saturday 1 March 2014

Pretty Petite Petals and Butterflies All Around

The sunshine today has drawn us out into the garden to finally paint the new fence panels we had installed after the recent storms.  We did manage a trip out to the local garden centres too where we enjoyed seeing all the Spring flowers in full bloom.  What a delight to see the bright vibrant colours in all the container plants!

So today's card is another using the springtime favourite, Petite Petals.  I could have just stamped directly onto some card, but I wanted to layer my flowers with some tiny leaves so I punched my flowers out.  I also wanted to add some ribbon detail so made a wrap of Crumb Cake seam-binding ribbon with a flower detail of it's own.

Why stop at flowers?  I thought I would add some Butterflies too!  It's a full Spring/Summer celebration card with this one!  The elegant butterfly and petite butterfly punches make a a lovely frame detail round the 'For You' sentiment from the Chalk Talk stamp set.

The whole card is layered onto the Hexagon emboss folder background in the matching Rose Red colourway now in the Regals colour collection.

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