Category Archives: Altered items

20 days of paper projects – day 7

Onto Day 7 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). Today we’re using patterned paper to transform low cost stationery into a pretty gift to give or keep.

We started with a cheap and cheerful jotter and pen. The jotter/notepad can be any size but one with a plain bound (rather than spiral bound) is usually easiest to work with. The pen needs to have a transparent barrel for the paper to show through .

The pen was taken apart (carefully, noting which part went where). A piece of Christmas Around the World DSP was cut to fit the length of the barrel (with the button at the top depressed). In this case it was approx. 3-1/14″ x 1″. The paper was rolled tightly around the central ink stem and the pen reassembled.

Adhesive was applied to the front of the jotter and Christmas Around the World DSP added to it. Any excess was trimmed away. Real Red Solid Ribbon was wrapped around the front of the jotter at the top of the DSP and then tied in a bow which was secured with a Mini Glue Dot. After stamping a sentiment from Merry Little Labels onto Whisper White card with Basic Black ink, it was punched out with the Everyday Label and adhered to the front of the jotter.

The decorated jotter and pen are now ready for recording Christmas shopping lists.

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.

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

Gold decorated candle

gold candle close up

A share from a guest designer today – this was a wonderful Christmas gift that I received from one of my SU! demo friends. She used lush metallics from the Spring Summer catalogue to dress up a plain vanilla candle.

gold candle

Each one of the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tapes (133000) was wrapped around the candle holder. Gold Sequin Trim (132983) was wrapped around, over the top of the solid gold washi tape. Bitty Butterflies (129406) punched from Champagne Glimmer Paper (127885) were adhered at the front and back of the candle holder (covering the joins at the back) and finished with a Basic Rhinestone (119246).

What a fabulous way to dress up a candle!

So how did she get hold of the Spring Summer goodies so early? Well, besides the fact that all demonstrators  get to see them a month before everyone else anyway, we also got a pack of the washi tape at convention!

If you’d like to be able to get hold of catalogue goodies a month early and/or attend convention, then now is a great time to sign up as a demonstrator.

Sara xx

Notebook swaps for my team mates

team swap notebook close up

Just got back in after a great afternoon out with the team! I’ve got some fabulous swaps that I’ll share with you in a few days. We had brilliant demonstration from Joanne involving reinkers and baby wipes and also a fun make and take that I know some of the team will be sharing at their own events coming up soon.

We’ve been discussing the Stampin’ Up! Convention. It takes place 21-23 November in Manchester this year, but we expect bookings to open sometime early May (if past events are any indicator) and it sold out within two months last time.

Last but not least, we’ve been getting a little giddy looking at some of the sneak peek items that, as demonstrators, we’re getting to see, a little ahead of the crowd. Jealous? Pop back tomorrow – there may be a little extra incentive to sign up as a demonstrator and join our Paper Dolls team Laughing

Meanwhile … these were the swaps that I made to give to everyone else today.

team swap notebook

The basic notepad and pen were from Wilko. Twitterpated DSP (125406) was used to cover the front paper cover of the notepad and rolled around the barrel of the pen. The tree from Serene Silhouettes (W127322 or C127324) was stamped on the inside of the frosted cover in Black Stazon and the sentiment from the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit (131395) over the DSP in the same ink. Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain (126879) and Real Red Stitched Grosgrain (126875) ribbons were tied onto the spirals.

team swap notebook open

Stamping the tree on the inside like this, stops it from getting scratched off as it rolls around in your bag.

The paper you can see uses Pear Pizzazz for the green leaves. This was an In Colour a year or so ago but will be making a comeback on 1 July as a core colour.

Here’s the batch of notebooks and pens.

team swap notebook batch

Fancy coming along to our next meeting? It’s booked for 1pm – 3pm, Sunday 21 July (after the new catty has come out so that we can have a share of new products) so pop the date in your diary and drop me an email or text (o775 1133886) to let me know you want to come along.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for news of our latest offer.

Sara xx

Sale-a-bration countdown – 1 day to go!

covered jotter close up

We’re so very close to the end of our 2012 Sale-a-bration now. I’m afraid you’ve now missed the deadline for getting hold of an extra stamp set with your starter kit and I need to receive your order and payment by 7pm tomorrow, if there’s still  a Sale-a-bration freebie you’d like to get hold of.

The Sale-a-bration product that I’ve chosen to focus on today, is the Everyday Enchantment DSP. This is the first time that Stampin’ Up! have offered DSP as part of the Sale-a-bration items in the UK and it’s been a huge hit. I’ve been using small portions of it in my card projects for the last few months but today I decided to cut into it a little more and use it to alter a couple of items.

Stamp sets: Posy Punch (W122480 or C122482) (Hostess set)
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade (124388), Very Vanilla (106550)
Ink: Pool Party (122938), Poppy Parade (119782)
DSP: Everyday Enchantment (126154) (Free Sale-a-bration product)
Punches:  Fancy Flower (118073), 1″ Circle (119868)
Seam Binding Ribbon: Pear Pizzazz (122330)
Bigz L Die: Perfect Pennants (123126)
Tools: Big Shot (113439)
Non-SU: Value range jotter and pen

The jotter was covered with a strip of Everyday Enchantment DSP cut to size. Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon (not quite a match to the Lucky Limeade used in the DSP pattern but close enough) was tied in a bow around the top cover of the jotter. A medallion was die cut from Lucky Limeade card using the Perfect Pennants die and the Big Shot. The Hello sentiment from the Posy Punch set was stamped onto Very Vanilla card with Poppy Parade ink and punched out with the 1″ Circle. The solid flower from the same set was stamped onto Very Vanilla card with Pool Party ink and punched out with the Fancy Flower. These layers were adhered direct to the front of the jotter to keep it as flat as possible so that it won’t get damaged jostled around in a bag. A thin strip of matching DSP was rolled around the pen inner and pushed back into the pen case.

The Everyday Enchantment totally transforms a cheap jotter and pen set:

Have a great weekend and if you’d like to place a last minute order and get hold of your Sale-a-bration freebies then please email me or give me a call on 0775 1133886.

Sara xx

How to turn a discount item into something more jazzy

altered pen

I’m still busy trying to get a few more goodies put together for the craft fair that Jan, Joanne and I will be at, this coming weekend. It’s a teeny tiny bit of a rush, coming as it does straight after 2 weekend classes, working away and my Mum’s birthday day out – I just love a challenge 😉

I’m hoping to team some of these jazzed up pens with matching notebooks and I thought I’d share how easy it is to turn an economy pen into something a bit more special. It’s also a great way to use up those left over scraps of DSP that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away

dismantled pen

DSP: Jolly Holiday (117159)
Tools: pencil
Non-SU: Economy line pen

Measure (either by eye or with a ruler) the length of the transparent bit of barrel that you can see and cut your DSP to approximately that length and just a bit wider than needed to wrap around the barrel (so that there’ll be a little overlap. Next, take apart your pen. Tip – make a note of which bits come from where. Ask me how I know this? I had to take a second pen apart just to put the first back together again, lol!

I find it easier to get the DSP into the barrel cleanly if I wrap it around a pencil first, putting a curve into it.

Wrap DSP around a pencil


Then it’s much easier to roll the paper around the pen innards, slide it back into the barrel and finish assembling the leftover parts (hopefully!).

DSP inside pen barrel

Now you can have pens to match all your favourite cards and when you get fed up of one design, you can simply pull out the old DSP and reinsert a new one.

Sara xx