Category Archives: 3d projects

Sneak peek – In Color bookmarks

in color bookmark close up

I’m in the middle of my acupuncture exam revision at the moment but I do keep taking a bit of time out for crafting (it helps to exercise the other side of the brain too, lol). And I’m using my new goodies, pre-ordered from the new catty (out on 1 June).

First out of the box was the new In Colors. I’ve put them together on these bookmarks as samplers but they don’t look that great together, they work much better with colours from other families. For example the Dapper Denim is perfect with Mint Macaron (more of that combo another day).

in color bookmark

So let me introduce you – working from the top here we have Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim and Peekaboo Peach. The bookmark was punched from one of the In Colors (this one, Emerald Envy) and again from Whisper White card using the Scalloped Tag Topper. Each In Color was stamped onto a Whisper White layer with a spotty design from the new Perfectly Wrapped stamp set and a matching In Color Bitty Butterfly adhered over the top. Finally Ruched Ribbon to match the base colour bookmark was tied to the top.

Here’s the batch of them, two of each In Color.

in color bookmark batch

Have a great weekend and I’ll have more sneak peek projects for you as we lead up to the new catty launch.

Sara xx

Snowflake wreath ornament

snowflake ornament close up

I make these little wreath ornaments for the tree each year, simply updating them with whatever new papers, colours etc are in fashion.

My video tutorial for them is a bit of an oldie … but it still works 🙂  ( you need to fold the open, not the folded, corners down – makes sense when you watch the video).

Here’s this year’s ornament.

snowflake ornament

Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP was used to make the wreath (I cut the pieces at 3″ x 1-1/2″). Wooden Snowflake Elements were pressed into a Versamark inked, heat embossed with White EP, adhered to either side of the wreath and finished with a Basic Rhinestone in the centre. Silver Cording Trim was used for the loop for hanging it on the tree.

Hope you have fun making your own ornaments.

Sara xx

2015 – 17 In Colors – sneak peek

2015-17 in colors

Today I’m starting my sneak peek countdown  to our 2015-16 Annual Catalogue launch. The new catty will go live on Tuesday 2 June and each day until then, I’ll have a new sneak peek to share, to give you a taster of the brand new goodies!

First up are all the new In Colors. These are a special set of on-trend colours that Stampin’ Up! have added. They’re not particularly designed to go together (though some of them do) but they’re intended to work with our existing colour families and give them a fresh new spin. This set of colours will stay with us for the next two years.

All the colours are available as cardstock, markers, inkpads and ink refills and this year we have matching lace trim and matching resin flower embellishments. Our range of papers will also incorporate these new colours here and there.

The new colours are called:

Delightful Dijon

delightful dijon

Mint Macaron

mint macaron

Tip Top Taupe

tip top taupe

Watermelon Wonder

watermelon wonder

Cucumber Crush

cucumber crush

I’ve put them all together, using a new stamp set (Bohemian Borders) to make a bookmark for my class customers when they get their new catalogue.

in color bookmark

They’ll get to choose which base colour they prefer.

in color bookmark set

Tomorrow we’ll be taking a look at how these colours compare with our existing ones and sharing another sneak peek 🙂

If you’d like a copy of the new catalogue then please get in touch.

Sara xx

Sale-a-bration Celebration

A quick share today.

I ran a competition during Sale-a-bration for both my customers and my team and I had a few people that qualified for the Celebration event but couldn’t attend. They received a little parcel through the letterbox last weekend 🙂

These were the hand made treats they received.

fry box

amazing slider

amazing slider open

And a little project kit to put this giftable card set together:

card box

card set 1

card set 2

They also received a small prize too 🙂

Well done to everyone that qualified!

Sara xx

Swaps from Telford

I mentioned that we did some swapping at our Stampin’ Up! Regional event last weekend and I shared the swaps that I made for others here.

I finally got chance to photograph the lovely swaps I got in return.

telford swaps 1

telford swaps 2

And a few 3D items:

telford swaps 3

telford swaps 4

telford swaps 5

Spoiler alert …

… and a few items made with sneaky peek products!

telford swaps 6

telford swaps 7

There was lots of great quality ideas and execution!

Thank you to everyone who swapped with me.

Sara xx

Flower Patch Slider Treat

slider close up

In our recent Slider Technique Class we included a version of this slider treat box. The original was sized for a Kit Kat but they’re quite easy to resize for whatever sweet treat you choose.

My friend Catherine asked how to make one to hold a Hotel Chocolat slab and so this is what we came up with.

Although all things Strawberry Slush have now sold out you could simply substitute Melon Mambo for a pretty similar look.

slider closed

The box base is made from Pink Pirouette, punched with a hole top centre, front and back. Pink Pirouette Seam Binding Ribbon was threaded through the holes and tied in a bow around the chocolate bar. Strawberry Slush ink was used to stamp the bold flower from Flower Patch*, onto a mat of Whisper White. A stem and leaves from the same set were stamped below in Old Olive. After matting the stamped images onto Strawberry Slush card, they were popped up on the box front with dimensionals (to allow the ribbon pull mechanism to run smoothly). The large spiky flowerhead was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White with Pink Pirouette ink and then stamped over the top with the 5 petal spiky flower in Strawberry Slush. Pear Pizzazz ink was used to stamp the bold leaf twice, onto scraps of Whisper White card. The detailed leaf was then stamped over the top in Old Olive. Matching Flower Fair framelits* were used to die cut out the flower and leaves which were then popped up on the card box with dimensionals. A Basic Pearl was used to finish the flower.

* Buy the Flower Patch stamp set and the Flower Fair framelits together as a bundle and save 15%

slider open

Here’s the slider opened up to show the treat.

Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend 🙂

Sara xx


Last chance for May bookings

Today is the deadline to sign up for our various May classes and events.

You can choose from our Embossing Folder Technique class on Saturday 9 May.

embossing folder class

Or our regular Card Class, also on Saturday 9 May (luckily we managed to select stamp sets that aren’t retiring – phew!).


Or why not come along to our Paper Dolls Inspiration Meeting on the evening of Wednesday 6 May. Join in with out make and takes and find out more about joining our Paper Dolls team in time for the new 2015-16 catalogue. We also tend to swap (cards, projects etc) when we get together. These were the gorgeous swaps I got from team mates at our last meeting.

From Vicky

swap vicky

From Victoria

swap victoria

From Catherine

swap catherine

From Jan

swap jan

From Mari

swap mari

We’d love to have you join us at any of these events but do need to know by the end of today so that we can cut enough card packs/order supplies for everyone in time.

Please email me if you have any questions before booking.

Sara xx

Best Year Ever Easter Bunny

best year ever rabbit close up

Just two (and a bit) days left of Sale-a-bration and a week to go to Easter!

This Easter Bunny project uses the Best Year Ever DSP and a Youtube video tutorial from Leyla Torres based on a design by Jacky Chan. It’s a little tricky to make but Leyla explains it very well, step by step.

best year ever rabbit

A 7″x 7″ sheet of Best Year Ever DSP  (138633 – if ordering online then you get to choose your Sale-a-bration freebie when you checkout) was used to fold the rabbit. Our DSP is thicker that origami paper and so a little extra care needs to be taken when folding, so as not to tear it. A smaller sheet would possibly be too thick to fold but you could certainly go larger.

We filled ours with jelly beans!

best year ever rabbit back

We also used the same Best Year Ever DSP to create all the following projects (just click on the pix to view the original post).

best year ever dsp

best year ever

best year ever gift bag

best year ever origami box open

best year ever bundle 2 open

To check out the full selection of Sale-a-bration freebies take a look herehere and here:)

Enjoy the lighter nights … with a little extra crafting!

Sara xx


Easter carrot

easter carrot close up

Back with another Easter project for you today – a carrot for the Easter Bunny, filled with mini eggs!

easter carrot

The carrot was made using Sweet Taffy DSP and following our tutorial and measurements here. We no longer stock the Crimper so the ends of the carrot were scored on the Simply Scored board to give them the extra seal. Solid leaves from Flower Patch* were stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink and then the centre leaves from the same set stamped in Old Olive ink over the top. The were die cut out with the matching Flower Fair* framelits and adhered direct to the top of the carrot. After stamping the sentiment from Crazy About You in Pumpkin Pie ink onto a scrap of Whisper White card it was punched out with the 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, popped up on a dimensional on a 1-1/4″ Circle of Pumpkin Pie and then with more dimensionals onto the carrot.

* Buy the Flower Patch photopolymer stamp set and matching Flower Fair framelits together as a Flower Patch bundle and save 15%.

More Easter projects soon!

Sara xx


Swaps from my team mates

A quick share today.

Christmas and New Year were hugely busy for so many of us and so we only had a few of our team swapping at our January meeting. That’s perfectly okay – there’s no pressure 🙂

My swap was a card that I’ve already shared here.

This beautiful holder using the Something Borrowed DSP was my swap from Jan.

swap from jan

This pretty fold-out box was my swap from Victoria.

swap from victoria 1

And opened up …

swap from victoria 2

We’ll be having a demonstration of how to make the box at our next team meeting, a week today. If you’d like to join us, we’ll be at the Pollyfox Centre in Dodworth (S75 3QR for satnav), just off J37 of the M1 on Wednesday 4 February, 7pm – 9pm (doors open 6.30pm).

Guests are invited to come along to their first meeting free of charge. We do need to know though, how many make and take packs to prepare, so if you’re interested in coming along, then please email me  to let me know.

Sara xx