Category Archives: 3d projects

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

Nordic Noel Wreath Ornament

wreath ornament close up

Merry Christmas Eve to you!

Need a bit of therapy to sooth you after all the Christmas Preparations? These little ornaments for the tree are a great way to wind down.

My video for them is a bit of an oldie … but it still works:)

When I was showing colleagues at work how to do these, I realised that I don’t make it clear in the video, you need to fold the open (not the folded) corners down.

I’ve updated the wreath this year with some more contemporary colours.

wreath ornament

Nordic Noel DSP was used to make the wreath (I cut the pieces at 3″ x 1-1/2″). Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon was tied in a bow and added with a mini glue dot and  Silver Baker’s Twine used for the loop for hanging it on the tree.

Have fun and I hope that Santa brings you all you wished for. Just one more sleep to go! 🙂

Sara xx

Many Merry Stars Ornament

many merry stars ornament close up

I make some variation of this little chocolate treat ornament every year. The idea gets recycled – just the stamps and punches/framelits change 🙂

I plan on making a few fancier versions but thought I’d share this simple one today, as most crafters have some circle punches and snowflake stamps tucked in their craft box, don’t they? (If not I can help you out there, lol).

many merry stars ornament

Two 2″ Circles were punched from Island Indigo card. After stamping the large snowflake from Many Merry Stars onto Pool Party card with Island Indigo ink (x2) it was punched out with the 1-3/8″ Circle and each adhered to a larger circle. The small snowflake from the same set was stamped twice onto Whisper White card, punched out with the 3/4″ Circle and popped up on dimensionals. The centres were finished with mini Basic Rhinestones.

many merry stars ornament inside

A single piece of Silver 1/8″ Ribbon was attached between the backs of the circles and a chocolate treat sandwiched between the two.

I often use Elizabeth Shaw mints in my ornaments but happened to have a chocolate coin handy for today’s version.

You can quickly and easily make a whole batch of these to hang on the tree 🙂

Sara xx


Perfect Blend Mints

perfect blend close up

Last night I went to a special Sale-a-bration Tour event run by Stampin’ Up! It was fab! I got to see all the goodies we’ll have for you for Sale-a-bration. I can’t say much about them right now – except that there’s a fantastic range to choose from and the bonus is that the spend amount to qualify hasn’t gone up – it will still be £45. Anyway more on Sale-a-bration nearer the time 🙂

As part of the fun of getting together with stampin’ friends I made some swaps to share:

perfect blend mint

This little mint holder is a strip of Hello Honey, scored and folded and matted with Backberry Bliss on the front. The cup from Perfect Blend was stamped with Early Espresso ink onto Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Moonlight DSP. The full cup was cut from the Sahara Sand and the lid from the Whisper White. After adding the sentiment to the Moonlight DSP with Blackberry Bliss ink and the Stamp-a-ma-jig, the label was cut out. After layering up, the cup was added to the front of the matchbook with dimensionals. A mint was stapled to the inside of the matchbook using the Handheld Stapler. After stamping a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments onto Whisper White card it was punched out with the Word Window and adhered over the staple. An Itty Bitty Accent flower was punched from Blackberry Bliss card and finished with a Basic Rhinestone and added to the sentiment.

perfect blend mint inside

Here’s the little mint inside to go with a cup of coffee.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx


Many Merry Stars duo of boxes

merry stars box close up

Yesterday I shared the contents of the Many Merry Stars kit to show what value you get in it (26 stars for £23.95). Today I’m back to show you my first stars.

merry stars box duo

I started with the smallest red star, a really dinky one. I think it worked out well but it was probably easier to do the medium sized green one.

The only thing I added to the Many Merry Stars kit at this stage was glue (the Tombow Multipurpose).

merry stars dinky

I’ll be back tomorrow to share a slight alteration I made to the green star 😉

Sara xx


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


Gift bow die – not just for card and paper

gift bow hairband close up

Another Gift Bow project for you today – the weekly deal reduced price of £21.71 for this die is only valid until tomorrow night and then it reverts back to its full price of £28.95 (and we get a new set of Weekly Deals).

Framelits, thinlits and embosslits, fantastic as they are, are only recommended  for cutting paper and card. Bigz and Originals dies on the other hand, are deep bladed dies and can cut a much greater variety of materials including chipboard, fabric, foam, magnet, leather and metallic foil.

Today I’ve used the Bigz Gift Bow die with some tie-dye felt (non-SU!) to transform a very basic, black stretchy hair band (non-SU!) into my own custom made, fancy hair band. I don’t do much sewing but even I could manage this 🙂

gift bow hairband

The Gift Bow die was used to cut the pieces from the felt and then a few stitches were used to hold all the outer bow and the fish tail pieces in place (see the free tutorial here for an explanation of the pieces). With the hair band in place too, the centre wrap would have been a bit stretched and so I simply cut a slightly larger rectangle from the felt and sewed it in place with the hairband between it and the bow.

I struggled a bit to get this selfie, 😉 but here goes:

gift bow hairband in place

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx


Thank you for being an angel

gift bow angel close up

I’m still using the Gift Bow die (reduced in our Weekly Deals until Wednesday 6 August) and today I’ve used it to create an angel.

You can definitely use this idea for Christmas decorations and gift packaging but angels aren’t just for Christmas 😉 – here I’ve used it to thank someone for “being an angel”, as they’re helping us out by dog-sitting next week while we work a couple of long days.

gift bow angel

The Gift Bow was die cut from Shimmery White card and the outer bow (see the tutorial here to figure out which piece is which) curled over a bone folder. Both fish tail pieces and the outer bow  were run through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (the outer bow won’t fit all at once, so emboss one half first and then the other, any overlap/gap in the centre can be hidden at the back). The fish tails are adhered to each other with an overlap and then the outer bow over the top of them. The centre wrap piece was adhered behind, to provide support for the head. After punching a 1-3/8″ Circle from Gold Glimmer Paper, the 1-3/4″ Circle was lined up over the top of the aperture, offset just a little and then punched again. This was adhered direct to the centre wrap support. A 1-1/4″ Circle was punched from Blushing Bride card and a face drawn on by hand with a Basic Black marker, before adhering below the halo. The thank you sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners* was stamped in Gold Metallic ink onto Shimmery White card and die cut out with the matching Bitty Banners framelit*. “Hands” punched from Blushing Bride card with the Word Window and cut in two, were adhered to the sentiment at one end and the angel wings at the other with glue dots (the glue dots allow you to angle the hands and sentiment a bit more flexibly). Finally, a teeny bow of Gold 1/8″ ribbon was added at the neckline.

* The Itty Bitty Banners and Bitty Banner framelits are also available as a bundle, saving 15%.

If you don’t already have a Big Shot to create projects like this then check out our August offer.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx


Eastern Elegance wedding favour

eastern elegance close up

Well I had a brilliant morning and afternoon with my Paper Dolls team mates (we missed those of you who couldn’t make it 🙁 ).

The venue had mixed reviews. On the one hand it was a bit noisy and a bit overlooked, on the other hand, it’s easy to get to for most team members, has free and plentiful parking and it only costs a cup of coffee. (And I got to meet two lovely ladies who were only there for the coffee but also have an interest in crafting and wouldn’t have heard of us otherwise). We’re going to give it another go for our next team meeting but we’ll aim to get there earlier when it’s a bit quieter. No date fixed yet but let me know if you want to come along and I’ll keep you updated.

As well as catching up on SU! and each other’s news we did also manage a make and take. It would have helped if I’d remembered the glue dots and thank goodness Mari had her scissors because I forgot those too, but all was well in the end 🙂

I haven’t got a pic of the make and take project yet but as we used the Envelope Punch Board I thought I’d share another project that uses it:

eastern elegance

The “cracker” was made with Eastern Elegance DSP (130131), following the tutorial I shared here. After stamping the Mr & Mrs sentiment from Label Love*  (Wood 130619 or Clear 130622in Smoky Slate ink onto Whisper White card, it was punched out with the Artisan Label* (130920). This was matted onto another Artisan Label punched from Smoky Slate card that had been snipped across the centre and then the layers were popped up on dimensionals in the centre of the cracker. Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (109070) was used to tie the ends of the cracker. 

*Buy the stamp set and punch together as a Label Love bundle and save 15% – Wood Bundle 132723 or Clear Bundle 132722

Of course you can easily change the occasion by selecting a different stamp.

You won’t find the Envelope Punch Board (133774) in the catalogue (it was an additional product that SU! launched along the way) but it is still available in the online store or you can contact me to order offline.

Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend.

Sara xx


A guest crafter with Easter goodies

easter gift

I hope that you’ve all had an fabulous Easter break.

Sorry that I missed posting yesterday – I got carried away with the Easter weekend 🙂

We had a lovely walk yesterday and then settled down with a jigsaw (how long is it since I did one of those!) and the time just flew by.

Anyhow here’s the guest craft project I promised to share with you. Mari made both Tony and I these cute little baskets filled with a bunny and eggs.

easter gift2

Cute aren’t they?

Sara xx