Category Archives: 3d projects

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

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