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Colorful Seasons gift set

Over the last four days I’ve been sharing a series of notecards designed as a set.

Today I have a simple idea for “packaging” them, by wrapping them with a belly band, turning them into a gift.

The same stamp set and paper stack that were used for the card set have been used to create the belly band. The stamp set has 15% off until 10 October and the paper stack is in the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale.

A sentiment from Colorful Seasons was stamped onto a panel of one the paler Crushed Curry Color Theory DSP patterns with Early Espresso ink. Two flowers from the same set were stamped above and below the sentiment using Crushed Curry ink. Stamens were added to the centres of the flowers with Early Espresso ink which was first stamped off onto scrap paper, to provide a paler look. The finished stamped panel was then matted onto a larger panel of a dark Color Theory DSP of the same pattern.  A 1″ strip of the darker Color Theory DSP was matted with a 3/4″ strip of the lighter one. This was done twice and the two strips overlapped and adhered to create a long strip. This long strip was wrapped around the pack of finished notecards and envelopes and adhered in place. The stamped panel was popped up over the centre of the belly band with dimensionals.

This completed set makes a great gift for a friend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great weekend.

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.

Gift giving ideas – day 7

Today’s the final day of  gift giving ideas à la Stampin’ Up!

I’ve saved the most important for last – gifts for you!

Wish List bonus box – £99


If you have a long wish list of Stampin’ Up! goodies, then it really makes most sense for you to join our Paper Dolls team as your Christmas present. You get to choose up to £130 of any current product and pay just £99 (even better – check back tomorrow for a one week offer that makes it even cheaper and gives you cash back). Not only that, you’ll get:

  • at least 20% discount on all your future Stampin’ Up! orders (30% on your first one);
  • a chance to attend our monthly team meetings (face to face if possible, or on Facebook if not);
  • a sneak peek and chance to pre-order from the upcoming Spring/Summer and Sale-a-bration catalogues;

and that’s just for starters. Want to know more about the perks? Email me or give me a call on 0775 1133886.

Join up here (wait until 25 Nov – 2 Dec for the best deal 🙂 ) and get friends and family to pay for your kit for you as your Christmas gift (they may make you wait until Christmas Day to unwrap it though, lol).

Too much? Then try our individual …

Wish List direct – £various

wish list

Download our Christmas Wish List and fill it in. Then leave it for your loved ones to find. Or, to make doubly sure, send it to me with your husband/partner’s email address or phone number. I’ll contact them and make arrangements direct with them. I’ll even wrap the gift(s) and add a tag for them to sign.

Another choice …

Gift Certificate – £various

gift certificate

Give my details (email or phone 0775 1133886) to your loved ones and I’ll send a gift certificate to them for you (or direct to you if they prefer). They just need to contact me with the amount and payment by cheque or Paypal.

Or you can simply direct them to our online store at to order direct!

Go on – you know you’ll be on Santa’s “Nice” list – get your friends and family to treat you 🙂

Sara xx


Gift giving ideas – day 6

Another day, another selection of  gift giving ideas à la Stampin’ Up!

Today – gifts for cooks.

Happenings Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps – £9.95


3 silicone stamps (ea. 2-3/4″ diam.) requiring wood handle (see below):

  • baby onesie,
  • “Mr & Mrs”,
  • chevron.

Seasons Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps – £9.95


3 silicone stamps (ea. 2-3/4″ diam.) requiring wood handle (see below):

  • maple leaf,
  • mitten,
  • sun

Sweet Pressed Cookie Handle – £5.50


Natural rubber tree wood handle for cookie stamps.

We have a whole range of food safe packaging for cooks to wrap their goods in, whether for selling or gifting.

Boxes – £2.75 – £17.95


Bags – £2.25 – £9.25


Num-num stamp set – Clear £15.95Wood £21.95


Package up those treats! These clear stamps are perfect for cooks wanting to send sugary goodness to someone special.

Another great option is to use the gift giving ideas shared yesterday for photographers/snappers – the albums double up beautifully for cooks to “author” their very own cookbooks! Simply combine photos of the food with journalled recipes and tips for cooking for a surefire best seller 🙂

A final set of gift giving ideas tomorrow.

Sara xx


Gift giving ideas – day 5

Continuing with our gift giving ideas à la Stampin’ Up!

Today – gifts for photographers/snappers.

Do you have keen photographers or even simply enthusiastic snappers among your family and friends? Help them get their photos into something to share.

Black Leather 12″ X 12″ Project Life Album – £24.95


This two-ring binder measures 14-7/8″ x 12-7/8″ x 2-7/8″. It’s so easy and quick to fill when combined with our Photo Pocket Pages.


Simply take photos and slide them into the pockets – done! It really is that quick and simple. There are different designs to choose from and all are photo safe – they won’t react with and/or damage your photos.

Variety Pack 12″ x 12″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages – £5.95 – 12 pages: 2 ea. of 6 designs.

Design 1 12″ x 12″ Photo Pocket Pages – £5.95 – 12 pages: 12 ea. of 1 design (the bottom left one in the pic above).

12″ x 12″ Page Protectors – £5.95 – 12 ea. of 1 design (a single 12″ x 12″ pocket)

If 12″ x 12″ is a little too large to start with then try our smaller design.

Espresso 6″ x 8″ Project Life Album – £8.95


This two-ring binder with a heavyweight paper cover and espresso fabric spine measures 8-3/8″ x 8-11/16″ x 2-1/16″. And of course, there are pocket pages to match.

Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages – £4.95


Photo safe. 12 pages: 5 different designs.

6″ x 8″ Project Life Envelopes Pages – £4.50


These pages are perfect for storing Christmas cards or other memorabilia. Photo-safe envelopes hold horizontal 4″ x 3″ (10.2 x 7.6 cm) cards. 2 pages: 1 design. (Please note that this product is limited stock at this time – available while supplies last).

Project Life by Stampin’ Up! accessories – £3.25 – £22.95

project life

We also have a full range of colour co-ordinated journalling cards and accessories for adding notes and embellishments, to act as reminders and prompts for the photos themselves.

Find out more about this memory keeping system, for your loved ones or for yourself, by attending our FREE introductory event on Saturday 13 December.

Sara xx


Gift giving ideas – day 4

Onward with our gift giving ideas à la Stampin’ Up!

Today – gifts for teachers.

These generally need to be low cost as you often need to buy for a few, so I’ve picked out mainly items around £5 (or even cheaper when split).

Kraft Grid Journals – £4.50


Each journal has 64 graph print pages (3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″)with a Kraft heavy- weight cardstock cover and stitched binding. Includes 2 journals for £4.50. Give both together or split them. Add a bit of stamping to the front cover for decoration or leave them plain.

Mini Metallic Clothespins – £3.75


Mini is big! Small painted wood clothespins to hold report cards and similar together.

  • 1″ x 1/4″
  • 24 total: 12 Gold and 12 Silver

Essentials Hardware Clips – £5.50


Use these clips on anything – for report cards, as bookmark place holders etc.

  • 24 pieces
  • 8 each of 3 designs

Basics Hodgepodge Clips – £6.25


These clips are a little bit more special and you get more of them – 40 clips total;

  • 8 ea. of 3 designs (pewter arrow: 5/8″ x 1-3/16″; white heart: 1″ x 7/8″; gold star: 7/8″ x 7/8″); and
  • 16 ea. of 1 design (silver paperclip: 1/4″ x 5/8″).

The clips all come in a single circular container but if you have some pretty packaging, you could easily split this pack of clips to make it more affordable to treat each teacher.

Email me to find out how to save on postage.

Back with more ideas tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

Sara xx


Gift giving ideas – day 3

This week I’m sharing gift giving ideas à la Stampin’ Up!

Today – gifts for teenagers.

Teenagers aren’t an easy group to buy for but many of them have a passion for recording what’s going on in their lives. And they all love to get together with friends.

Retro Fresh Bundle – £15.95

Help them capture life’s moments as they happen in this super easy, super cute journal with:

■ Debossed chipboard cover
■ 6-3/8″ x 8-1/16″
■ 29 coordinated spreads: 30 double-sided, printed sheets; 2 pocket pages; 2 envelopes

This bundle adds in theRetro Fresh Designer Stickers and the Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape to match.


Want a different look? Try one of these bundles instead.



Epic Day Bundle – £15.95






Documented Bundle – £15.95




Or why not help them get together with friends to celebrate a particular occasion. It could be a birthday, celebrating exam results or … just because. These kits make an ideal gift to help them get the party started.


Celebrations Printed Invitations – usually £4.50 but just £3.38 until 25 November.

Printed invitations for any celebration. Coordinates with Celebration Basics Kit.

■ 10 Kraft invitations
■ 10 envelopes
■ Card: 4″ x 5-1/4″


Celebration Basics  Kit – £13.50

■ 15 Kraft pennants, 4-7/8″ x 7-1/2″ ea.
■ Die-cut letters that spell “Celebrate”
■ 12′ of chunky Baker’s Twine
■ 10 printed goodie bags, 5-7/8″ x 4″ ea.
■ 1 sheet of bag closures
■ 10 round printed tags, 2-1/2″ ea.
■ 20 perforated tags, 3″ x 2-1/4″ ea.


It goes together to create this smart party banner.


Add colour to the Celebration Basics Kit. Each add-on has these same elements but in different colours:

■ 4 sheets of 12″ x 12″ self-adhesive streamers—cut to fit
■ 12′ stitched garland
■ 2 sheets of die-cut accents, 1 sheet ea. 12″ x 12″ and 7″ x 12″
■ 12 sheets of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper
■ Stampin’ Spritzer for coloring streamers (use with Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills, sold separately)


Go blue – with the Bermuda Bay Celebration Add-on kit, usually £8.95 but just £6.71 until 25 November.


or …


Go coral – with the Calypso Coral Celebration Add-on kit, usually £8.95 but just £6.71 until 25 November.



The banners don’t have to be for a party of course, they could use them as room decor to go with posters or photos of anything they might want to celebrate 🙂

More gift giving ideas tomorrow.

Sara xx


Gift giving ideas – day 2

Not many days now until Christmas and so this week I’m sharing gift giving ideas à la Stampin’ Up!

Today – gifts for the non-papercrafting artist.

Many of our friends and family will be artistic and creative but may not share our love of stamping and papercrafting. Choose their gifts from this selection of ideas to suit all pockets.


Many Marvelous Markers – £89.95

All 38 colors in our color collections (except Whisper White and Very Vanilla) in a sturdy case. Extra space for 2013-15 and 2014-16 In Color markers. Includes:

  • Dual tipped markers: .5 mm fine point and flexible brush
  • Set of 38, packaged in rigid plastic case with handle
  • Includes colors from all 4 color collections (does not include Whisper White or Very Vanilla)
  • Odorless, water-based dye ink
  • Coordinate with Classic Stampin’ Pads and exclusive Stampin’ Up! Cardstock


Blendabilities  – £10.95 – £20.95

Another colouring range, this time alcohol ink markers – made for blending and shading. Each package of 3 markers (£10.95) has a light, medium and dark version. The Skin Tone Assortment (£20.95) has Bronze, Mocha, Blush, Natural, Nude and Ivory. Use with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and the Color Lifter.

carving kit

Undefined Stamp Carving Kit – £17.95

Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn’t find the perfect image? Maybe you have a special family logo or a sketch you’d like to have as a stamp. Well now you can! Undefined is Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want.

Included in the Stamp Carving Kit:

  • 2 carving tools
  • 3″ x 4″ rubber
  • 3″ x 4″ foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • 1 Island Indigo Stampin’ Write Marker
  • 3 postcards
  • Instruction sheet
  • Stamp image templates

Add 2 sheets of Clear-Mount Cling Foam – £9.95 to create your own clear-mount stamps. Mounting your stamps on the cling foam allows you to make stamps any size you want, not just what will fit on the blocks in the kit.


Simply Pressed Clay – £6.25

Molding clay to create your own embellishments. Use with our Buttons & Blossoms silicone molds – £7.25. Add color by kneading ink into clay or coloring with markers after it dries for a more saturated look. Air dry is all you need.

And select from a range of low cost stocking stuffers:

Back tomorrow with more gift giving ideas.

Sara xx


36 shopping days left until Christmas!

festival of trees box

How is your Christmas shopping going? Can you believe that there are just 36 shopping days to go? It’ll be here before we know it and we need to be ready 🙂

So each day for the next 7 days I’m going to share gift giving ideas à la Stampin’ Up!

Today, a few ideas for the non-crafters/beginner crafters among your friends and family. How great would it be if more of them shared your passion and enthusiasm for crafting? These gifts introduce them to your world gently and help them to create professional results with little or no crafting experience. They also include just about everything needed.

everyday occasions

Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit – £26.95

Quickly create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion. Just add adhesive. Includes:

  • cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards;
  • twine;
  • buttons & clips;
  • precut paper embellishments;
  • Stampin’ Spots®;
  • 7-piece Occasions Stamp Set & clear stamp block;
  • full-color Tips & Tricks brochure for making the cards;
  • a cool, storable, giftable box.

hip hip hooray card kit

Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit  – £17.95

The Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit also contains everything you need to create 20 beautiful cards for a variety of occasions. (You can manage without adhesive for this one, as the die cuts are sticky). It includes:

  • Cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards
  • Twine, clips, and adhesive die-cut embellishments
  • Three-piece Hip Hip Hooray Stamp Set & clear stamp block
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Basic Gray Stampin’ Spot (mini ink pads)
  • Full-color instructional brochure

Back tomorrow with more ideas.

Sara xx