Category Archives: 3d projects

20 days of paper projects – day 11

Day 11 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). Today we’re using paper to hide a little gift in one of our Treat Tubes.

A 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP was rolled and inserted into a Treat Tube. Once inside, the paper spreads to the edges of the tube.

A £20 note was rolled a little tighter and slipped inside the Tube and the cork popped in place.

Using Pear Pizzazz ink, the frame from the Labels to Love set was stamped onto Whisper White card. Masking the lower part of the stamp,  just the “Happy” from the Happy Christmas stamp in the set was inked with Tangerine Tango and stamped within the frame. Tangerine Tango ink was also used to stamp the “birthday” and “celebrate” sentiments from the Thoughtful Banners set before punching out with the Everyday Label.  A “To/From” sentiment was stamped on the reverse of the tag with more Tangerine Tango ink. Very Vanilla Lace Trim was threaded through the tag and then both ends pulled tight against the Tube before tying in a bow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

20 days of paper projects – day 9

On to Day 9 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). Today we’re using the Envelope Punch Board again but this time we’re turning our paper into a cracker of a treat!

This sweet little party favour can be used in so many different ways simply by switching the pattern of paper and the sentiment to suit the occasion. Make them for birthdays, weddings, Christmas … or just because …

A 6″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Petal Garden DSP was scored and then punched, folded and assembled as described in our tutorial here. The flower from Window Shopping was coloured direct to stamp with Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral markers, huffed on and stamped onto Whisper White card. Using Basic Black ink the sentiment was stamped over the top and the images punched out with the 1″ Circle. More Petal Garden DSP patterns were punched out using the 1-1/4″ Circle and the 1-3/8″ Circle and then adhered direct. These were popped up on the cracker with a dimensional and then the stamped circle added to the top with another dimensional.

This ribbon treatment is ideal if you struggle a little with bows. By using two different colours of ribbon you can simply tie in a knot and trim and it still looks decorative.

The crackers can hold a couple of small(ish) chocolates.

Don’t forget that in our Designer Series Paper Sale you get one pack free when  you buy three others (pay for this Petal Garden pack which is only £9 and you can choose to get a more expensive one for free!).

Have a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

Bath treat test tube

Welcome back to our Stampin’ Up! Product Spotlight Blog Hop.

The Autumn/Winter catalogue (Holiday Catalog for those in the US and Canada) has such a lot of great new products you may be having difficulty choosing what to buy first 😉  To help you with your shopping decisions I’ve got together with some of my fellow SU! demonstrators to bring you several days of blog hopping, focusing on a different product each day – so you’ll get to see different projects from each of us but all using the same product on that particular day. Today we’re all using the Test Tubes.

The Test Tubes are in the Spooky Night suite section of the catalogue and here we’ve also used the Spooky Cat stamp set from the same suite, but the end product is far from Halloween scary. Our Test Tube is filled with bath salts and  by masking off the bubbles above the liquids and using pastel colours, we’ve made them look more like perfume or bubble bath bottles on the tag.

The frame from the Labels to Love set was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White card using Pool Party ink. Archival Black ink was used to stamp a sentiment from the same set and also the outline bottles from the Spooky Cat set. Masking off the bubbles, the “liquids” for the bottles were stamped over the top with Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo inks. After punching out the tag with the Everyday Label punch, a hole was added to the top of the tag, then it was tied onto the Test Tube using Real Red Solid Ribbon and finished with a bow.

There’s still room on the back of the tag to write a message to “add to bath under running water” just so that the recipient isn’t in any doubt about the contents of the tube 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll pass you on now to Christy Fulk’s Blog.

If you are hopping in the other direction head here to Anna Smith’s  Blog.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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%

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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