Quick and easy dinky gift box

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This cute little box is so easy to make with our new Gift Box Punch Board.

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The Board creates little notched closure tabs for fastening the box together. These are really easy to fasten on the larger boxes but as the boxes get smaller, they can become a little fiddly. This is the smallest box the Board makes (technically at least) at 1-7/8” on each side and whilst it can be made to fasten with the notches, it’s a lot easier to add a belly band to keep it closed – a pretty alternative too :) !

bliss box

This basic box was created with a 6” x 6” piece of Blackberry Bliss card and matted with Park Lane DSP. The flowers on the top of the belly band are Flower Shop and Petite Petals.

bliss box belly band

I’ve shared this project with my Paper Dolls team in our newsletter this month, so if you’d like to see a version of it up close and personal, then book a workshop with any one of us.

Want to join the team? (It makes sense if the Autumn/Winter catty has created a long wish list – you’ll get a minimum of 20% discount on your purchases). You can join online here or get in touch with me first if you have any questions. We’ll be having a team get together at Meadowhall on 21 September if you’d like to come along.

I’ll be back tomorrow with an even easier alternative to this box (can it really get any easier, lol).

Sara xx

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Seasonally Scattered August thank you’s

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This card has been my thank you to customers in August. I love this Seasonally Scattered set – it has stamps for thank you, merry (Christmas) and love (Valentine’s, wedding, engagement, anniversary, just because). The style of the text makes it great for a variety of techniques and that’s why we’ll using it in our October class (more details coming soon) :)

seasonally scattered

The card base is an A6 landscape of Mossy Meadow, matted with Cajun Craze. A mix of Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Hello Honey inks were used to stamp the Thanks from Seasonally Scattered onto Very Vanilla card. This card layer was then run through the Big Shot in the Decorative Dots embossing folder and then wrapped around with Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon before adhering to the card front.

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The very edge of the same stamp was used to decorate the Very Vanilla insert.

What’s planned for my September thank you cards? Place an order with me to find out :)

Sara xx

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Last few days of Big Shot & Bundles Offer

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Just a quick reminder that the Big Shot & Bundles offer ends tomorrow! Yes, it’s already the end of August – where does the time go!

Purchase a Big Shot and choose a stamp set and framelit bundle from the selection for FREE!!

Feeling left out because you already have a Big Shot? Don’t. We have an amazing deal for you too. Choose any (or even all) of the selected bundles and get 15% off!!

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I used the Flowery Daydream bundle for these projects recently (click on the pic to go to the project) and on 1 September they’ll go back to full price – only available separately.

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Flowery daydream box

Flowery daydream Christmas wreath

Flowery daydream Christmas wreath

Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Sara xx

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Flower Patch Mum

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Now that the Autumn/Winter catalogue has launched I’ll step back a little from all the Christmas projects :)

I’ll still include 1-2 a week but the remainder will be birthdays, thank you’s etc until we get a little nearer December.

Last week was my Mum’s birthday and I wanted to make a larger card so the Flower Patch set seemed ideal.

flower patch mum

The card base is an A5 (a full A4 sheet folded in half) portrait of Calypso Coral, matted with Crisp Cantaloupe. A sentiment from Sassy Salutations was stamped in Versamark ink onto Park Lane DSP, heat embossed with White EP and then the layer adhered direct to the card front. The letters for MUM were die cut from Whisper White card using the Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz (which I got for half price by being hostess at my own workshop) and then adhered direct to the card front below the sentiment. A variety of flowers and leaves from the Flower Patch photopolymer set* were stamped onto Whisper White card using Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe and So Saffron inks. They were die cut out with the matching Flower Fair framelits* and popped up on the card front with dimensionals. Crushed Curry (Regals) and Whisper White (Neutrals) Candy Dots were used to finish the centres of the flowers.

* By the stamps and matching framelits together and save 15% on the Flower Patch Bundle

flower patch mum inside

Mum tends to skip past the card front to read the verse first (I know! What a waste! Lol). So I printed a verse onto Whisper White card using the computer and then stamped more flowers from Flower Patch to create the insert.

I just love how I can colour match and create gifts and packaging all to match. The card goes with the gift box I shared earlier …

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… and also the gift wrapped book.

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The Big Shot makes cutting out the flowers so quick and easy and creates such a professional result. We still have a few days left of our great offer – buy a Big Shot and get a bundle free (up to a value of £47.50)!

Or get 15% off pre-selected bundles (including the one I used for the gift box).

Don’t miss out :)

Sara xx

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Good Greetings – free for hostesses

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Host a £200 workshop/party (whether face to face, online or virtual) before 31 October and you get the Good Greetings sentiment set in addition to all these regular hostess benefits.

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Email me for more details and/or to book a workshop/party.

Sara xx

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New Autumn/Winter catalogue

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Yay! Finally! I can share the Autumn/Winter catalogue with you. And I really love this one. There are so many great stamps, dies, papers, ribbons etc etc to choose from. I can’t choose so I keep getting a bit more each time I order :)

There are 52 A4 pages packed filled with great card ideas, gift packaging options, MDS and Project Life selections and designs range from traditional to contemporary to whimsical – something for everyone.

You can order direct, online or by sending me an email.

Just click on the picture above or the Autumn/Winter Catalogue link here to view the pdf version.

Prefer a paper copy that you can mark your wish list on direct? Then just drop me an email and I’ll post you a copy out.

Enjoy browsing!

Sara xx

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Snowflake card thinlit – sneak peek

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Yay! The Autumn/Winter catty launches tomorrow – just one more sleep to go!

So it’s the final sneak peek today and then you’ll be able to start ordering :)

I’d like to say this is one of my favourites … but they’re all my favourites, lol.

This is another of Stampin’ Up!’s marvelous thinlit sets – that cuts and scores a flip card … and has another 8 extra framelits to work with it. This Snowflake Card thinlit set also co-ordinates with the Letterpress Winter photopolymer stamp set.

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The card base is die cut from Lost Lagoon using the Snowflake thinlit. A panel of All is Calm Specialty DSP was adhered inside the back of the thinlit card. Small snowflakes from the Letterpress Winter set were stamped across the front using Craft White ink. The Brrr sentiment was die cut from the card front, then again from Silver Foil. A backing piece of card was adhered behind the card front and the Silver Foil word adhered into the aperture. Two snowflakes were die cut from Whisper White card using the same thinlit and rotating the partial cut snowflake 90° and cutting again. Lost Lagoon ink was used to stamp the large snowflake from Letterpress Winter which was then adhered to the card front. Snowflakes from the thinlit set were die cut from Smoky Slate and Whisper White card, layered together and popped up on the card front on a sliver of dimensional. Basic Rhinestones were added to the centres of all the snowflakes.

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A sentiment from the new hostess freebie, Good Greetings stamp set, was stamped on the other snowflake in Lost Lagoon ink and adhered to the inside of the card.

Be sure to pop by tomorrow to access the full new catty.

Sara xx

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Lost Lagoon Box – sneak peek

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Continuing our countdown to the launch of the Autumn/Winter catty on 28 August, today I’m sharing a project that combines our new gift box tool, DSP and ribbon.

The Gift Box Punch Board makes these boxes so quick and easy.

lost lagoon box

The box was made using Lost Lagoon card and the Gift Box Punch Board. It was decorated on the outside with All is Calm Specialty DSP and then tied with Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon.

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Here’s how the box opens up.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Confetti Stars Christmas card – sneak peek

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Yesterday I shared a pretty, girlie Christmas card and so today I have a more masculine card to even things out.

You can use the “waste” from the Confetti Stars punch just as easily as the main punched piece. The teeny, tiny stars that get punched out are great for shaker cards, or even for sticking to other projects if you have the patience (I think I’ll stick with shakers myself, lol).

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The card base is an A6 landscape of Night of Navy, which was punched across the bottom with the Confetti Stars punch. This punched area was backed with a strip of Brushed Silver card. After stamping the sentiment from Sassy Salutations onto Night of Navy card with Versamark ink, it was heat embossed with Silver EP. The sentiment was matted onto Brushed Silver card and popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

star border inside

A Whisper White insert was dry embossed along the bottom with the Lucky Stars embossing folder and then edged with teeny strip of Night of Navy card. The sentiment from Letterpress Winter was stamped in Night of Navy ink.

I hope that you’re enjoying these sneak peeks. The Autumn/Winter catty launches this Thursday!

Sara xx

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Wondrous wreath in pinks – sneak peek

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I have another photopolymer set to share as today’s sneak peek and this one has a matching set of framelits to make the cutting out so much easier :)

Better still, the stamp set and the framelits are available as a bundle – saving 15%!! :D

As I’ve shared before, the photopolymer makes stamp placement virtually error free as you can see exactly where you’re stamping, so lining up the darker leaves and berries was a cinch.

I opted for using pinks to give the card a more contemporary feel and make it more of a girlie card. We’ll be making this card in an alternative colour combo as part of our November stamp-a-stack class on Saturday 8 November. If you’d like to attend this class, then please email me and I’ll reserve you a place.

wondrous wreath

The card base is an A6 portrait of Blushing Bride. Hardwood was stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto Whisper White card, cut into sections, adhered direct to a mat of more Whisper White card and then adhered direct to the card front. The base wreath from Wondrous Wreath was stamped in Blushing Bride ink onto Whisper White card, then overstamped with the darker leaf wreath in Strawberry Slush and overstamped again with the berries in Cherry Cobbler. Matching framelits from the Wondrous Wreath set were used to die cut out the wreath, which was then popped up on dimensionals on the card front. Smoky Slate ink was used to stamp the bow and ribbon onto Whisper White card and then die cut out with more of the framelits and adhered over the wreath. Finally, Joy was die cut from Silver Foil and adhered over the wreath.

wondrous wreath inside

On the inside, a sentiment from the Wondrous Wreath set and the poinsettia were stamped in Strawberry Slush and Blushing Bride inks.

Tomorrow I’ll have a quick and simple masculine Christmas card to share.

Sara xx

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