Category Archives: Gift wrap

Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit video


On Sunday and Tuesday this week I shared the bags and boxes that I made from this Perfectly Wrapped project kit but you may still be wondering how difficult it is to make them?

SU! have a video that shows how straight forward they all are:

One other tip that I’d add, is that the video suggests you have to fill the small box before trimming it. I simply snipped the trim to size to go around the sides and base of the box in one piece and the lid of the box as a separate piece – then you can open the box without spoiling the trim!

The tweeks that I made for my alternative versions are still simple and straightforward and don’t need any extra materials.

Sara xx


Botanicals Tag and a tip

botanicals tag close up

Just in case you’ve missed the buzz, we’re fast heading towards a new annual catalogue (launching 1 June) and have a bunch of products that are retiring to make way for the new.

A question I often get asked around now is “what do I do with ribbons that are retiring”?

Our Stampin’ Up! ribbons are really lush and of course they’re designed to match our card and ink colours, so although a ribbon may be retiring, it’s corresponding colours may remain current for several more years, so the matching ribbons are great to keep around.

On the other hand, for my blog projects I prefer to use products that I know you can get hold of and so I often move my retired ribbon stash into my gift wrap box. Here’s an example of how I used it recently.

botanicals gift wrap

This Very Vanilla Subtle Striped Satin Ribbon (and also the Sliver Cording Trim) retired in January from our Autumn/Winter catalogue but was just the thing for wrapping this elegant boxed gift for my SIL’s birthday. And I was able to create a tag to match.

botanicals tag

The Ornate Tag Topper punch (retiring) was used to punch tags from Elegant Eggplant and Very Vanilla card. A leaf and flowers were die cut from more of the same card with the Botanical Builder framelits, assembled and popped up on the tag with dimensionals. After tying the tags together with Silver Cording Trim, the flower was finished with a Basic Pearl.

botanicals gift wrap close

After tying the box with the Vanilla ribbon the tag was tied onto the ribbon. The vanilla tag gives an extra layer to write on that can be seen and read easily, rather than the dark purple.

No wasted ribbon – even after it’s retired!

Sara xx

Birthday gift wrapping

birthday tag close up

It may be Christmas but it’s still birthday time! A good friend has her birthday tomorrow (Christmas Eve, the same as my Gran’s was) and I wanted to make sure that the wrapping was just as special for her birthday gifts as the Christmas gifts. I also wanted to make sure that birthday and Christmas looked completely different.

As I was planning to use the bold, glitzy Sequin Trim, I aimed to balance it and create a simple elegant look by opting to keep the rest of the wrap, plain vanilla.

birthday wrap

The gifts were wrapped with Festive Designer Kraft Paper Rolls (suitable all year round). They were then tied together with paired Venetian Crochet Trim and Gold Sequin Trim. The tag was layers of Very Vanilla punched with the Blossom, Pansy, Petite Petals and Itty Bitty Accents flowers separated by dimensionals and topped with a Basic Pearl. It was tied on with Gold Baker’s Twine.

birthday tag

As with yesterday’s snowflake tag, the tag was written before assembling.

Hope you have a great day Catherine 🙂

Sara xx


Snowflake Tag

snowflake tag close up

I’ve used some snowflake wrapping paper for my Christmas gifts (I have a huge roll so I’ll probably still be using it next year 😀 ) and decided to make some snowflake tags to go with it.

snowflake tags

The Snowflake Card thinlit was used to die cut the main chunky snowflake from Whisper White card (see the video here to find out how to cut just this portion). The large skinny snowflake was die cut from Silver Foil and the small skinny snowflake from Whisper White. A dimensional was used to pop up the silver flake and then the small one adhered direct before topping with a Basic Rhinestone.

snowflake tag

The tag was tied onto the Whisper White Organza Ribbon with White Baker’s Twine.

tag tip

A quick tip – It’s best to write the tag before assembling it, so that you’re not writing across a bumpy surface 😉

Sara xx

Holiday Home – haunted house gift tag

holiday home haunted house close up

I don’t send many (any?) halloween cards out, but I do make halloween trick or treat gifts for both family and the children that call by our house on Halloween.

The Holiday Home stamp set (with matching framelits) has a Halloween theme within it (as well as Christmas and new home), so I decided to use it to make a gift tag.

holiday home haunted house

Lost Lagoon card was punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper and the PL Corner to create the base tag, then a Pear Pizzazz layer was shaped for the hillside. A sentiment from the Holiday Home photopolymer set* was stamped in Early Espresso at the bottom of the hillside and the leafless tree from the same set was stamped over both tag pieces (this is a totally transparent photopolymer set so that bit’s easy). The hillside was then adhered in place. Early Espresso ink was used to stamp the shortest house onto both Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight card. The Crumb Cake version was die cut out using the matching Homemade Holiday framelits* and the windows of the Daffodil Delight version were hand cut and adhered in place over the originals. The spider and the pumpkin were stamped direct onto the house. A ghost was stamped onto Whisper White are and fussy cut out. After deciding the placement of the house, the ghost was adhered in place and bats stamped to be coming from out of the chimney, before popping the house up on dimensionals over the top. Lost Lagoon Satin Stitched Ribbon was added to the top of the tag.

* Buy the Holiday Home stamp set and matching Homemade Holidays framelits together as a Holiday Home Photopolymer bundle and save 15%

This tag is a bit too fiddly for the many multiples I make for the door steppers. This one will be for family, maybe as a gift tag for this Halloween themed locket 🙂


Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx


Kraft Paper Rolls – sneak peek

kraft paper rolls close up

I’ve mentioned that we have plenty of gift packaging ideas in the Autumn/Winter catty and I’m back with another option today.

Each package of Festive Designer Kraft Paper Rolls contains two rolls; one has white stripes and the other fancy ovals, both are blank kraft on the other side. Each roll is 0.46m wide x 4.6m long – that’s plenty on each roll. The oval design matches one of the Under the Tree Specialty DSPs.

kraft paper rolls all

Although part of our Autumn/Winter offering, these paper rolls are great for gift-giving year round. I used some to wrap one of my Mum’s birthday gifts.

kraft paper rolls

The gift was wrapped with the oval design of the Kraft Paper Roll then tied with Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon. A tag was crated with Whisper White card and the Scalloped Tag Topper punch and PL Corner punch. A sentiment from Sassy Salutations was stamped in Calypso Coral  and flowers from the Flower Patch set stamped in a a combo of the same ink and Crisp Cantaloupe. A Neutrals Candy Dot was added to the centre of the larger flower before tying the tag on.


Our December class will be all about gift wrapping and we’ll be using these paper rolls  as part of it 🙂

For now, enjoy the summer bank holiday weekend!

Sara xx


Sweet Taffy tag

sweet taffy tag close up

A quick gift tag for you today. I had a parcel of new catalogue goodies arrive last week but I wasn’t home to enjoy it. Sooo frustrating. I got back last night and these yummy Sweet Taffy papers jumped out at me, so it made sense to combine them with the About the Label set to make a gift tag to go on some sweets 🙂

sweet taffy tag

Sweet Taffy DSP was matted onto Whisper White card (for strength and to write on the reverse) and punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper at the top and the Project Life Corner at the bottom. After stamping the jar from About the Label onto Whisper White card with Black Stazon ink it was fussy cut out and popped up on the tag with dimensionals. The Yum sentiment from the same set was stamped in Melon Mambo ink onto Whisper White card, punched out with the matching Little Labels punch (from a trio of three designed to match this stamp set) and popped up over the jar. Finally some Melon Mambo Taffeta Ribbon was threaded on.

Isn’t the paper just yummy itself!

Sara xx


Birthday butterfly tag

butterfly tag close up

Today’s project reminds me of a mexican piñata. Do you see it too?

This tag will make a bright addition to any birthday gift.

butterfly tag

The base tag of Coastal Cabana  card was punched at the top with Scalloped Tag Topper (133324and at the bottom with the Corner Rounder (119871). Another, identical tag was punched from Whisper White card for the back and a third, slightly smaller on both sides was punched, also from Whisper White card for the front. The sentiment from Bring on the Cake (Wood 128490 or Clear 121958was stamped in Coastal Cabana ink near the top of the smaller, front tag before popping it up on dimensionals on the Coastal Cabana tag. A piece of Whisper White card was covered with Sticky Strip and then with layers of Ruffle Stretch Trim in Strawberry Slush (130023), Coastal Cabana (130024) and Pistachio Pudding (130020), before cutting out with the Bigz Beautiful Butterflies (114507) die. The wings of the butterfly were shaped before adhering to the front of the tag.

butterfly tag back

The “To” & “From” from the Tag It set (Wood 130300 or Clear 130303were stamped in Coastal Cabana on the larger Whisper White tag and then Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim was tied through all the layers, ready to add to a gift.

Great fun!

Sara xx


Spiral flower die gift tag

spiral tag die close up

I’m loving the new Spiral Flower die but … the flowers are so 3d that they can’t easily be popped in a standard envelope and put in the post.

I’ll be making boxes for any cards that I add these flowers to, but in the meantime I decided to make a tag that can be tied onto a gift.

spiral die tag

The Scalloped Tag Topper punch (133324) was used to punch a tag from Pistachio Pudding and a mat die cut from Crisp Cantaloupe card with the Heaxagon Hive thinlit (132965) was cut to size and adhered over the top. After stamping the sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners (Wood 132022 or Clear 126257) in Melon Mambo ink onto Whisper White card it was die cut using the matching Bitty Banners framelit (129267). This was popped up onto a banner hand cut from Pistachio Pudding card and then at an angle onto the tag front. The Spiral Flower die (129379) was used to cut a flower from Melon Mambo card. After curling the petals over a bone folder, the flower was rolled and adhered in place, finishing with a Basic Pearl (119247) in the centre, before popping up on the front of the tag. Melon Mambo Taffeta Ribbon (131207) was fastened through the tag(s).

spiral die tag back

As the tag is so 3d, it would therefore be difficult to write on the reverse and so a second tag was punched from Whisper White card and stamped with the To/From sentiment from Tag It (Wood 130300 or Clear 130303) in Melon Mambo ink. This tag can then be pulled to one side to write the message.

Sara xx

Gift bow bigz with flower ribbon

gift bow bigz close up

I’m busy wrapping Christmas presents today, so I figured I’d share some of my gift wrap solutions with you.

A combination of tissue paper and printed cellophane (non-SU) were used to wrap the gift. Flower ribbon (also non-SU) was then tied around the top, split and curled over scissors. The same flower ribbon was then used as my main material in constructing a bow.

gift bow bigz wrapping

The Gift Bow Bigz die (129977) was used to cut all the bow components from the flower ribbon and then Sticky Strip used to hold it all together. (Extra care needs to be taken when separating the die cut pieces as the ribbon splits easily if you pull on an edge). After stamping the Tag It label (Wood 130300 or Clear 130303) in Silver Metallic Encore ink (132142) onto Whisper White card, it was die cut out with the Chalk Talk framelits (129983) and tied onto the ribbon.

gift bow bigs closer

Now to get on with the rest Laughing

Sara xx