Category Archives: Boxes & Bags

Winter Wonderland Vellum Bag – sneak peek

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Tomorrow our new Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue launches and today I have a sneak peek for you, that uses some of the new printed vellum from the catty. This snowflake design is from a pad of 6″ x 6″ vellums. There are 36 sheets total; 3 each of 6 black designs and 3 each of 6 gold designs.

winter wonderland vellum bag

The Mini Treat Bag was die cut from one and a half sheets of the vellum and assembled. The large banner from the same Mini Treat Bag set was used to die cut a piece of Whisper White card. Black Memento ink was used to stamp the sentiment from Petite Pairs on the banner which was then folded over, to slip over the edge of the bag.

Do you remember the cute little snowflakes that were part of the Many Merry Stars kit last year? I don’t think that I was the only one tempted to buy the kit simply for the wooden stars. They were obviously popular because SU! has included a package of them in this new catalogue – 24 wooden snowflake elements; 8 each of 3 designs.

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The smallest of the snowflake elements was adhered below the sentiment (using a fabulous new fine-tip glue pen). A basic rhinestone was added to the centre of the snowflake and a silver mini metallic clothespin used the hold the banner in place.

Pop back tomorrow to access the online version of the Autumn/Winter catty.

Sara xx

Baker’s Box video

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With each new catty, Stampin’ Up! release a bundle of great new videos to help showcase and show how to use the various new products.

I love sitting down with a cuppa and having a browse through them for some great inspiration.

You may remember that I shared this box with you in the sneak peeks ahead of the launch.

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One of the new videos shows how to assemble this new Baker’s Box. The box also comes with instructions of course but I find it easier to watch the video 😉

And here’s a detailed pic of all the thinlets that come in the Baker’s Box set.

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There’s a whole bunch more videos to choose from including kits, Project Life collections and the new gift bag punch board. Why not grab a cuppa and have a little browse 🙂

Sara xx


Baker’s Box – sneak peek

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So close now, just 2 more sleeps and we’ll be launching our new 2015-16 Annual Catalogue!

And to tempt you a little in advance, we have another sneak peek for you.

This time it’s another great packaging option – the Baker’s Box thinlits. Now this is billed as making boxes that are perfect for treats like cupcakes. In the spirit of full disclosure, they’s need to be small or mini cupcakes – the box measures          4-1/8″ x 2-1/4″ x 2-5/8″ (10.5cm x 5.4cm x 6.7cm).

But it is great for other sweet treats besides cupcakes 🙂

bakers box

Just like the existing Mini Treat Bag thinlits, the Baker’s Box thinlits comes with cute little extras like the starburst and “yum” that you see here (as well as alternative closure thinlits, a teeny heart and layering labels). This box was stamped with small motifs from the Bohemian Borders set. I chose to use Craft White ink but it’s very sticky and got in the way of seeing where to place the stamp, so my alignment is way off but you can probably see what I was trying to achieve 🙂

bakers box side

The Baker’s Box thinlits co-ordinates with two new stamp sets, Homemade for You and All Boxed Up and extends the All Boxed Up Gift Box Kit so that you can make your own extras.

Our final sneak peek tomorrow and then we’ll be launching the day after that! Woohoo!

Sara xx

You’re so sweet and envelope paper – sneak peek

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Just 4 more sleeps now before our new 2015-16 Annual Catalogue launches! And we’re sharing sneak peeks each day right through until then.

Now you might be thinking that this Treat Bag looks familiar and it is but there is a new twist or two.

you're so sweet bag

We have a new stamp set designed to co-ordinate with the Mini Treat Bag thinlits. As well as the star image you can see here there’s also a heart (with love script), and a banner (with Just For You) to work with the existing thinlit pieces and a bunch of other sentiments.

Another new element in out project above is Envelope Paper. As it’s name suggests this is a thin weight paper, ideal for making envelopes but also great for layering or making lightweight bags, as here. There are twenty 12″ x 12″ sheets to a pack, and the 2015-17 In Color pack has two double sided designs for each In Color. This is the plain/woodgrain (in Delightful Dijon) and there is also a plain/striped. The Envelope Paper also comes in a pack of Neutrals – plain colour blocked sheets in Kraft (5) Whisper White (10) and Very Vanilla (5).

Hope that you’re enjoying these sneak peeks. I’ll be back with another tomorrow.

Have a great weekend.

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.

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

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card set 1

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They also received a small prize too 🙂

Well done to everyone that qualified!

Sara xx

Mini clutch purse swaps

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Yesterday, I and a group of my Paper Dolls team mates went to a Regional event run by Stampin’ Up! We had a great time 🙂

We got to see lots of the new products coming out in the 2015-16 catty which launches 2 June and we got our hands on a few to play, I mean train with 😉 – I’ll be sharing some of them with you in my week of sneak peeks, starting on Tuesday 26 May and counting down to the launch date.

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

mini purse

These cute little clutch bags are made with a 6″ x 6″ piece of DSP. The DSP was placed on the Simply Scoring Tool and scored at 1-1/4″ on opposite sides, then turned 90 and scored at 2-1/2″ on the other opposite  sides. After placing the Diagonal Plate on the Scoring Tool, lines were scored outwards from each intersection of the horizontal and vertical lines. The 1-1/4″ edges were folded in to the centre and then back along the diagonals, the outer sections (from the outside as far as the diagonal) were adhered down. The 2-1/2″ lines were folded in next. Two pieces of  1″ x 3-9/16″ of contrasting card were scored longways at 1/2″ and adhered to each top edge of the bag. A Decorative Label was punched from the same colour card, folded in half and adhered to the back of the purse. The mini butterfly from Butterfly Basics was stamped and punched out with the Bitty Butterfly. Another Bitty Butterfly was punched from neutral card. A Mini Brad was added through both butterflies and the loose half of the Decorative Label. Velcro Dots cut in half were used to fasten the purse.

Each purse contained a couple of chews 🙂

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And I managed to make a reasonable size batch for swapping, so got lots of lovely swaps in return.

mini purses

Don’t forget, we’re at Ecclesfield for the Papercraft Show today if you can get along to see us 🙂

Sara xx


Flower Patch Slider Treat

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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.

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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


Perpetual Diamond Box

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I’ve seen a few of these boxes in blogland over the last month or two and decided it was time to try one. My lovely friend Elaine may have been the first to design it and she certainly has an easy to follow tutorial for the basic box and measurements. She calls it a squeeze open box, I call it a diamond box – tomaytoes, tomahtoes!

I made a few changes – stamp sets, colours, framelits – but it’s still basically the same box 😀

Some of the items used are retiring and these are noted in the instructions below – availability was correct at the time of writing but retired products are selling out fast.

diamond box

The box base is cut from Soft Suede and stamped with the two sets of leaves from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set in Soft Suede ink. One of the Floral Frames framelits was used to cut the top of the box and it was assembled according to Elaine’s instructions. Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon was tied in a bow around the “squeeze open” part of the box. After stamping the sentiment from Label Love (retiring) in Soft Suede ink onto a scrap of Whisper White it was punched out with the Artisan Label (retiring – SOLD OUT). Another Artisan Label punched from Crushed Curry was cut in half and matted behind the sentiment before popping up on the front of the box with dimensionals. A Daydream Medallion flower (retiring) was stamped onto Crushed Curry card with Soft Suede ink and a smaller one onto Soft Suede card with the same ink. These were die cut out with the matching Floral Frames, layered with dimensionals and popped up with more of the same onto the top of the box front.

For inquisitive minds – it’s filled with chocolate eclairs from M&S 🙂

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

Sara xx


Best Year Ever Easter Bunny

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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

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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


Irresistibly Easter Basket

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Sale-a-bration 2015 is coming to a close and will end on Tuesday 31 March.  Grab your freebies before they’re gone! There’s a whole craft-box full to choose from.

We have a quick Easter project to share with you today that uses the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP Sale-a-bration freebie (138635).

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After brayering the Irresistiby Yours DSP with Crisp Cantaloupe ink, wiping the excess away from the flowers with kitchen towel and allowing to dry for a while, the Berry Basket die was used to cut out the basket pieces. It was assembled using Multipurpose Glue. A mini gift bow was punched from 2013-2015 In Color DSP Stack with the  Bow Builder and adhered to the front of the basket with Mini Glue Dots. After stamping the Easter sentiment from Crazy About You in Calypso Coral ink onto Whisper White card it was punched out with the Extra Large Oval, matted onto a Decorative Label punched from Pistachio Pudding and popped up on the basket with dimensionals.

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


irresistibly yours

Irresist lotus

irresistibly yours bundle

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

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx