Category Archives: Gift wrap

Winter Frost handbag

winter frost bag close up

It’s sooo long since I had a play with the Petite Purse die but of course the new papers in the Autumn/Winter catalogue were the perfect excuse. The difficult bit was choosing which to use! The Sweater Weather papers would be great and even the “plain” paper sides of the Witches Brew papers look good but in the end I went for the Winter Frost … as I hatched a little plan…

winter frost handbag

To give the purse a little more strength and rigidity the Winter Frost DSP (132341) was adhered to some plain card with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet (120805) before cutting out with the Petite Purse (125606). Mini  Brads (122941) were used to fix the handle onto the bag. The front of the purse was trimmed with Coastal Cabana Ruffled Stretch Trim (130024) and a Frosted Finishes Embellishment (132150).

I figured that the purse would be the perfect gift bag to hold a pair of the Frosted Finishes earrings that I shared as a sneak peek recently.

winter frost bag with earrings

What do you think? A special little gift?

You can order any of the supplies through my online store. Click the button below, click through to Shop and then enter the supply code I give above, in the Search box and add the item to your bag. Any problems then please email me.

Sara xx

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Autumn/Winter sneak peek 5

sneak peek 5 close up

Back again to the sneak peeks from our Autumn/Winter catalogue that launches 29 August.

Today I have a little gift wrapping for you.

sneak peek 5

The box is one of two different sizes available in the new catty and has a ready decorated acetate window in the lid (you can see the the white stamping that surrounds the  window). As with our other kraft boxes, it arrives flat pack for minimum storage. The bow is created from a new die and new DSP. The die actually cuts two different sizes of bow. This is the larger and on second thoughts, maybe I should have gone with the smaller.

sneak peek 5 open

The aperture cut flaps on the inside of the box make it sturdy without blocking the view through the window Smile

The bow maker die is going to be a great way of using up all those large scraps of DSP sitting in my cupboard. And I can think of a few customers that will prefer it to trying to tie bows with ribbon Laughing

I’m pretty sure that all my presents will have neat bows on them this year.

Tomorrow is the launch day for the new catty so please pop back to view it online.

Sara xx

Spoiler Alert – Team swaps August ’13 – part 2

I’m back now with Part 2 of the gorgeous swaps I got from my Paper Dolls teammates at our team training session last Sunday. You can catch Part 1 and my own swaps if you missed them.

Again, there’s a spoiler alert on today’s post as we have another sneak peek from the new Autumn/Winter catty – launching 29 August.

From Joanne W, using Happy Day:

happy day

From June, using the same sneak peek that I used:

sneak peek

From Joanne F, using Summer Silhouettes:

summer silhouettes

From Kathy, a tag using Label Love:

label love

From Hazel, also using Summer Silhouettes:

summer silhouettes

Our next team training event will be a little different from usual, as we’re going to have a pre-convention party!

Our annul Stampin’ Up! convention in November will be taking place in Manchester this year and so there are quite a few of our team going along to it. There are still places available if you’d like to sign up and join us.

To get us in the mood, we’re meeting up on Sunday 29 September, 1pm-3pm at St Saviours Church Hall, to work on our convention swaps, share stories of past events and tips for getting the most out of the trip and generally have some fun crafting together. Not everyone is going to convention but of course we don’t want to exclude anyone and so none-convention-goers are very much invited and welcome to work on their own project, Christmas cards … or help us out with our convention swaps Wink

If you’d like to come along to the party, then please let me know.

Sara xx

Jazz up your jars!

jam jars close up

While I was shopping for some jams for Tony’s Dad for his birthday (it’s become a bit of an in joke over the years) I found some real cute mini jam jars with little jam pot covers over the lids.

But of course they didn’t have the flavours we preferred and so I had to get standard jam jars (well almost standard Smile).

jam jars

Then I got to thinking how easy it would be to make cute little covers for them …

jam jars gift wrapped

All these are, are squares of Gingham Garden DSP (129310) wrapped around and tied on with Island Indigo Baker’s Twine (125575). The For You sentiment from the Chalk Talk set* (W130631 or C130634) was stamped in Island Indigo ink onto Whisper White card and punched out with the 1-1/4″ Circle (119861). This was popped up on a dimensional on a 1-3/8″ Circle (119860) punched from Island Indigo card and popped up on more dimensionals on the top of the cover. After stamping the Happy Big Day sentiment in Island Indigo ink onto Whisper White card it was die cut out with the matching Chalk Talk framelits* (129983) and tied onto the Baker’s Twine.

*Buy the Chalk Talk stamps and framelits as a bundle and save 15% (W132731 – £37.25 or C132730 – £32.95)

For those of you who create your own jams and preserves (is there a difference? I don’t know Embarassed), why not jazz up your own jars?

And who says it has to be jams? You could fill empty, washed out jam jars with sweets or other small items … oooh thinking of all sorts of ideas for gifts now Laughing

Sara xx

My top ten retiring products – part one

I figured that with so many sellouts of our retiring products I’d better share my top ten before they all go and you can’t get hold of them any more Cry

Some of them have already sold out, so apologies if my list prompts you to want something that is no longer available.

The list is a mix of stamp sets, accessories and tools. In each case I’ve added a link back to the original project (just click on the product name next to the number) for more details.

No. 10 – Hand Knit (Wood 117012 – still in stock, Clear – sold out)

Although I haven’t used this as much as most stamps I own, I’m also a keen knitter and love the fact that I can use this set to add little labels to my hand knitted gifts, as well as create cards. I’m hanging on to this set.

hand knit front

No. 9 – Jewelry Tag Punch (117190)

This is one of only two punches left that hasn’t sold out yet – so far! I’ll be very surprised if it’s around much longer, I expect the last ones to get snapped up very soon. I’ve used this punch mainly in tandem with the Tiny Tags stamp set (also retiring) but you can also use it with any other small sentiment or image stamps (here it was the Teeny Tiny Sentiments). Perfect for adding small finishing touches to cards.

naturals birthday card

No. 8 –  Candy Wrapper Die (sold out)

Sorry – this one’s gone already but it was a firm favourite of mine for creating beautiful table favours. I’ll be hanging on to mine. Meanwhile I did share (over on my old blog, a very long time ago – 2009) a tutorial for making this type of favour box from scratch, without a die.

candy wrapper box

No. 7 – Curly Cute (W117014 or C120510)

One of my go to sentiment sets. The script is so beautiful that you can make a real feature of it.

spring sampler birthday card

No. 6 – Color Spritzer Tool (107066)

Such a fun tool for adding a little extra distressing/texture to any project. Again, I’m hanging on to mine, so much easier and less messy than spattering with a paintbrush.

wedgewood valentine

What were your favourites? I know from my recent blog candy giveaway that French Foliage was top of most people’s list (both wood and clear mount have sold out Frown).

Hope that you manage to get your favourites before they’re gone. Check out the retiring lists here if you’re still waiting to do so.

I’ll be back with part 2 of my own top ten list tomorrow.

Sara xx

Love & Laughter Disk

love laughter disk close up

Regular readers will already known that hubby and I did the wedding photography for our friends a couple of weeks ago. Then we took the edited photos over to them over this last weekend.

We’d compiled all the photos onto a couple of disks to allow them to choose and print whichever ones they like, however they want them. We also prepared a video disk with some of the best ones set as a slideshow to some of their wedding music.

To just give the disks a little extra pizzazz, I stamped the shop bought sticky disk labels and  die cut covers.

love laughter disk

The sentiment, flowers and hearts are all from Love & Laughter (W125475 or C125477). The swirl motif is from Everything Eleanor (W124162 or C124164). All were stamped in Melon Mambo ink.

Here’s the album cover to match.

love laughter disk cover

We were very relieved that they love the photos 🙂

Sara xx

Tag for a handcrafted gift

hand knit close up

I finally got caught up and gave a belated birthday gift to a friend at the weekend.

Papercrafting is my first love but I really enjoy knitting, beading and cross stitch when I can find time for them.

I’d hand knit a scarf from a lovely fabric yarn as a birthday gift and the Hand Knit stamp set was the perfect finishing touch.

hand knit front

A large tag was die cut from Lucky Limeade card using one of the Apothecary Accents framelits (127003) and a semi-circle was cut away from one end to create the basic tag. A hole was punched in the other semi-circle and Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126879) was threaded through for tying onto the gift. Two images from the Hand Knit set (W117012 or C120507) were stamped side by side on Whisper White card using Basic Gray ink. This was then cut to a small rectangle and matted onto the front of the tag.

hand knit back

The hand knit label was stamped on Whisper White card with Basic Gray ink, trimmed down and then matted onto the back of the tag.

I’ll be back tomorrow to show you the gift bag the scarf was popped in.

Sara xx

Casing the team for SAB – No. 1

bloomin tag close up

I so loved the swaps that I got at team training recently that I’ve decided to CASE them, but add in some (extra) Sale-a-bration products.

Each time I CASE, I’ll give a suggested bundle that would qualify you for a FREE Sale-a-bration (SAB) product and provide (most of) what you need for the project. Apologies in advance – I’ve cheated and used more than one SAB product sometimes, so either you’ll have to substitute or create your own second bundle Tongue out

Here’s Julie’s tag using Henry Says (I found the sentiment that had fallen off):

henry says tag

And here’s my SAB version:

bloomin tag

Suggested SAB Bundle

Ticket Duo Builder (126883) – £15.50
Finishing Touch Edgelits (127010) – £8.95
Bitty Butterfly punch (129406) – £14.25
Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine (125572) – £2.50
2011-2013 In Color cardstock (124331) – £6.25

Total – £47.45

Bloomin’ Marvelous (W129651 or C129654) – FREE

Please email me or give me a call on 0775 1133886 if you’d like to place an order and get your own FREE SAB product(s).

Sara xx

Autumn/winter top 3 faves – my no. 1 favourite

This week I’ve been sharing some of my favourite products from the Autumn/Winter catalogue that finishes tomorrow!  Frown You can still order from the Autumn/Winter catalogue until then  and you can still get your Sale-a-bration freebie(s) if your order is over £45.

My absolute favourite item was … the Snow Flurry die (127813). Was it your favourite? It was certainly very popular with my customers. Here are a few of the projects I made with it (and links back again to the details).

A frosted snowflake gift tag (with instructions on how to make it frosty)

Christmas tag

The full gift package

snowflake gift wrapping

A flurry full card

glimmer snowflake

And finally, a few cards I received from friends that also used it:

From Sharon:

snowflake cascade card open

From June:

snow flurry from june

Of course you don’t have to use glimmer paper with it but as you can see, many of these projects did because it’s quick and easy and the glitter doesn’t shed everywhere. And some great news is that although it isn’t pictured (in the Spring catalogue) as a carry over item, the Champagne Glimmer Paper (127885) will still be available to order after 31 January – bonus!

If you’d like to order the Snow Flurry die (£18.95) before it goes (we don’t know at this stage whether or not it will return in the main catalogue in July) then please email me to place your order. If you’d like to add one or two other items to it to create an order over £45 then of course you’ll also qualify for a Sale-a-bration freebie Smile

Don’t forget that tomorrow is your last chance to get hold of some of these Autumn/Winter catalogue goodies.

Sara xx

Autumn/winter top 3 faves – no. 3

With all the excitement of Sale-a-bration you might not have realised that our Autumn/Winter catalogue is coming to an end on 31 January.

The good news is that some products will be carrying over to our Spring/Summer catalogue and will still be available when it launches on Friday 1 February Smile

The bad news is that it’s not all of them lol. Frown Some of them will be retiring permanently and hopefully a few others will come back in the main catalogue but we don’t know which ones and that won’t be until July anyway.

The better news is that there are still a few days left to order from the Autumn/Winter catalogue and you can still get your Sale-a-bration freebie(s) if your order is over £45.

I have quite a few favourites from the Autumn/Winter catty (don’t I always Embarassed) but I’m just going to share my top 3 this week. And at no. 3 is the Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP (126901). Twelve sheets; 2 each of five double sided designs and 2 sheets of lush red flocked acetate – gorgeous! Here are a few of the projects I made with it (and links back to the details).

Mini box (just change the sentiment on the tag for occasions year round)

xmas box

Paper bow 

paper bow

Candlelight Valentine

candlelight valentine card

Want to know what’s coming up in the Spring/Summer catty? I’ll have a sneak peek for you tomorrow … and of course you can join us at the Ross Papercraft Show to see some samples up close and personal.

Enjoy your weekend.

Sara xx