Festival of Trees flip card

festival flip close up

A quick share today, of the card we made as one of the projects at the Arksey craft group yesterday.

The group had already bought the Label Card thinlits set and we were going to use the retired Festive Flurry set to decorate it with, but when they saw the new Festival of Trees sample I demonstrated, they wanted to stick with it :D

festival flip

The base card was die cut out of Pool Party card using the Label Card thinlit. All is Calm DSP was matted to the back of the card and a sliver of Silver Glimmer Paper added. The floral tree from Festival of Trees* was stamped on the front of the card with Lost Lagoon ink. Two labels from the thinlit set were die cut from Whisper White card and one adhered to the card front. After stamping the first half of the sentiment pair from Festival of Trees in Lost Lagoon ink onto Whisper White card, it was die cut out with one of the banner framelits in the thinlit set and formed and popped up on the card front. After stamping the spotty tree in Lost Lagoon ink it was punched out with the Tree* and popped up on the card front with dimensionals. An Itty Bitty Accents star, punched from Silver Glimmer Paper was added to the top of the tree and Basic Rhinestones to decorate the tree.

* Buy the Festival of Trees photopolymer stamp set and the Tree punch as a Festival of Trees Bundle and save 15%.

festival flip inside

The other half of the sentiment pair from Festival of Trees was stamped onto the other label and adhered to the reverse of the card front.

If you have/attend a craft group on a regular (or even irregular :) ) basis then please get in touch. I can offer a variety of ways to share tips, techniques and often freebies with your group, ranging from workshops to classes to virtual clubs. I’d love to come along and meet you and your crafting friends :D

Sara xx

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Weekly Deals – available until 4 November

It’s Wednesday so it’s time for a new set of Weekly Deals.

These are the deals available now and they’ll stay until Tuesday night, 4 November.

weekly deals 4 nov

My favourite pick this week is the Decorative Window Gift Boxes. These are food safe and you get 6 in a pack, so this week is a great time to stock up on them for packaging Christmas gifts.

Add a little stamping and/or ribbon to step them up or leave them as they come (there is already a decorative frame stamped around the peek-a-boo window).

Why not buy loose chocolates and package them prettily in these boxes.

Sara xx

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Convention swaps in return

A picture heavy post today. I’ve already shared the swaps that I made for convention and now I’m back to show you the ones that I got in return.

Thanks so much for all my lovely swaps, I know how much work goes into preparing these and each one is treasured.

swaps 1

swaps 2

swaps 3

Some swaps were 3D so I’ve photographed them separately :)

swap 4

swap 5

swap 6

swap 7

swap 8

This little envelope folder was made by my upline Joanne …

swap 9

… and she even stitched a little shaker envelope that will fit in a Project Life sleeve.

swap 10

I had a brilliant time at Convention. Would you like to join us at next year’s event?

It’s also in Brussels, slightly later, on 12-14 November. Sign up as a demo to join us there!

If you’d like to have a chat before signing up please email me. If you can’t wait, then you can go ahead and sign up now!. You can do it online with just the following information:

  • Personal contact information
  • Credit card payment information

I’d love to have your company next year :)

Sara xx

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Halloween Holiday

holiday home halloween tag close up

Back with another larger Halloween treat and larger tag today.

Again, this design is easy to switch out to make a Christmas tag.

holiday home halloween tag

A strip of Typeset Specialty DSP was backed with Very Vanilla card for extra strength. The top was punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper and the bottom with the PL Corner. The sentiment and the bats and spiders from the Holiday Home photopolymer set were stamped onto Pumpkin Pie card with Basic Black ink. After stamping the pumpkin with Pumpkin Pie ink onto Very Vanilla card, it was overstamped with the face carving in Basic Black ink. Whisper White Craft ink was used to stamp the ghost on Basic Black card. The bats, spiders and pumpkin were all punched out with the Banner. For the sentiment and ghost, the stamping was first trimmed to the same width as the Banner punch and then just the ends inserted into the back of the punch to get the banner tails. After adhering the small tags behind the sentiment, they were popped up on dimensionals on the tag. The whole tag was tied onto a Large Cello Bag with Natural Chevron Ribbon.

To switch this to a Christmas treat tag, stamp a combo of the fairy lights, snowman, wreath and snowflakes, together with the Christmas sentiment, or even Santa and his sleigh.

holiday home set

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Convention swaps – swap three

festival swap close up

I loved the Blackberry Bliss and Gold combo I used for a recent class so much that I reused it for one of my convention swaps – I can see this combo coming back again and again – it’s just so lush.

And as I was using the die cut Noel on my other card, I took a couple of extra seconds to carefully place the die on a measured panel of Brushed Gold so that I could use the die cut word on one card and the negative space on this one :)

festival swap

A panel of Blackberry Bliss was punched along the bottom with the Confetti Stars and adhered to a Very Vanilla base. After die cutting the Noel in the Wonderful Wreath framelits from Brushed Gold the negative was run through the Big Shot in the Lucky Stars embossing folder. This was popped up on the card front with dimensionals and the centres of the “0”, “e” and “l” were popped up in place on slivers of dimensionals. A Tree was punched from Gold Glimmer Paper, adhered direct to the starry panel at the top of the tree and supported with dimensionals on the lower half. After stamping a tree from Festival of Trees in Versamark ink onto Blackberry Bliss card, it was heat embossed with Gold EP,  punched out with the Tree and popped up over the Gold Tree with dimensionals. An Itty Bitty Accents star was punched from both Gold Glimmer paper and Blackberry Bliss card and these were adhered direct to the top of the opposite Tree.

* Buy the Festival of Tree photopolymer stamp set and the Tree punch as a Festival of Trees Bundle and save 15%.

Enjoy your extra hour today!

Sara xx

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Bootiful Halloween

bootiful halloween close up

Another Halloween treat tag today.  A bigger tag for a bigger treat bag. This one took a little bit longer than the other recent tags I shared, simply because of the colouring in, but it still doesn’t take more than 10 minutes.

If you have kids then you could stamp and punch the tags and let them colour them in for you :)

bootiful halloween

The Halloween boot and sentiment combo from Bootiful Occasions was stamped in Black Stazon ink onto a strip of Whisper White card. The top was punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper and the bottom with the PL Corner. Pear Pizzazz and Wisteria Wonder markers were used to colour in the boot and then the stars from Project Life Point & Click were added in Wisteria Wonder ink. The whole tag was tied onto a Large Cello Bag with Natural Chevron Ribbon.

To switch this to a Christmas treat tag, simply swap the boot for the Warm Winter Wishes one.

bootiful

I’ll be back tomorrow to show how I used the negative of the Noel die cut that I shared yesterday.

Sara xx

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Reminder – November Creative Christmas class

Just a quick reminder that our November Creative Christmas class is a fortnight today. There are still a few places left if you’d like to come along.

If you’d like to place an order for collection at the class (whether you’re attending or not) then please get it to me by 7pm Monday 27th October so I can be sure of delivery on time (the warehouse will be shut on 30 & 31 October for the annual stock count).

SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER

1.15PM – 3.45PM

Come join us to make two special Christmas cards, each with a matching gift box.

November class

In our November class we’re really gearing up for the festive season. We’ll be making:

  • a frosty snowflake flip card with matching curvy keepsake box; and
  • a wreath on the door card with your choice size (from 1-3/4″ square up to 4″ square and sizes in between) simple gift box.

Everyone will receive a bottle each of Original and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details – included in the class price – so you can add a little extra sparkle to all your Christmas projects!

Dazzling details

Location: St Saviour’s Church Hall, Mortomley Lane, High Green, Sheffield

The £15.00 class fee includes:

  • Original Dazzling Details;
  • Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details;
  • all additional materials needed to make the cards;
  • ideas for alternative stamps and embellishments;
  • face-to-face instruction on the day;
  • refreshments.

To book your place at this class, please use the Paypal button below:

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Convention swaps – swap two

wreath swap close up

I’m back today with another of the swaps that I made for convention this year. This one was a pretty involved one with a fancy fold card and plenty of stamping and die-cutting.

wreath swap full

The spring card base (it springs up and stands on its own) is Crumb Cake, matted and trimmed with Cherry Cobbler card. After stamping the full wreath from the Wondrous Wreath photopolymer set onto Very Vanilla card with Wild Wasabi ink, the extra leaves were added in Garden Green and the berries in Cherry Cobbler. This was die cut out with the matching Wondrous Wreath framelits and popped up on the card front on dimensionals. A bow from the same stamp set was stamped in Cherry Cobbler and die cut with the matching framelit and popped up at the top of the wreath. Noel was die cut from Brushed Gold card and adhered direct to the wreath. Two of the little flowers were stamped in Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler, die cut out, layered and popped up on the corners of the card. The whole card was made using just the Wondrous Wreath bundle – no need for any extra stamps or framelits.

Stay tuned to find out how I made the Noel do double duty!

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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That’s the Ticket Halloween treat

halloween ticket close up

Halloween is creeping up on us like a big fat juicy spider – wahahaha!

Too much? Sorry I’ll drop the spookiness levels ;)

But … Halloween will be here a week tomorrow so I’ll be sharing a few more ideas for Halloween treats for family or trick or treaters over the next few days, alternating them with news and projects from convention.

Don’t “do” Halloween? No problem! All these ideas can be adapted for Christmas treats too.

Today’s is an ultra quick and easy one.

halloween ticket

Simply stamp the Halloween ticket from That’s the Ticket onto Pumpkin Pie card with Black Stazon, punch out with the Ticket Duo and tie onto the treat bag with Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon.

To switch the project for Christmas use the Christmas ticket from the same set (third row down)

thats the ticket

Back with more from convention tomorrow :)

Sara xx

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Conventions swaps – swap one

small box swap close up

Can you believe that I only made 32 swaps for convention this year!

Between work commitments and holidays I suddenly found that convention had crept up on me and I ran out of time :(

Luckily for me, I’ve just booked to go to our Leeds Sale-a-bration Tour in November – demos attending will get a sneak peek of Sale-a-bration and it will also give me another opportunity for lots of swapping. (If you’re thinking of making the most of the free DSP offer and joining up then you could come along with me :) )

Think I’d better get started on my swaps this weekend otherwise I’ll get caught out again ;)

Anyhow, although I only made 32 swaps I used three different designs – here’s the first:

small box swap

The box is the dinky version made with the Gift Box Punch Board and a 6″ x 6″ sheet of Soft Sky card. It was decorated with Nordic Noel DSP and then a belly band of the same card and DSP wrapped around. The Envelope Punch Board was used to create a gift bow from matching DSP which was finally topped with a 1/2″ Circle punched from Soft Sky card and then a Basic Pearl.

Different versions using other sheets from the DSP pack were made with Real Red and Garden Green card as the base.

small box swap open

Each dinky box had a little packet of sweeties inside.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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