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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


Perfectly Wrapped Bags

wrapped bags close up

Have you had a browse of the new catty yet? It’s got so many great new goodies!

One of the new kits is the Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit.

perfectly wrapped kit

It has all you need to make 8 bags and 8 boxes (4 each of 2 box designs and 4 each of 2 bag designs), you just need to add stamps and ink. You can always use what you already have in your craft cupboard or you can get the specially designed Perfectly Wrapped stamp set as we did here.

Here are the 2 bags as they are when you follow the instructions that come with the kit.

wrapped bags kit

And here we used the same materials (i.e. same kit contents, same stamp set and same inks) but changed them around a bit (and there’s still 4 more bags in the kit still to make).

Can you spot the differences?

wrapped bags alt

Back soon to show you the boxes from the same kit.

Now we’ve already shared some cards made with the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set – so you can see that it’s a handy set to have, but if you don’t fancy buying it and still want to use it for this project, then why not have a crafting party with friends. Your group buys the kit(s) and I’ll fetch the stamps and ink. Just email me to find out more.

Sara xx

Oh what fun batch of gift tags

I’ve been busy with my Acupuncture studies and the day job for the last month or so and so I’m running a little late with Christmas preparations.

The Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit was perfect therefore for making some fancy gift tags.

Each kit comes with instruction sheet, press out tags, cord and all embellishments to make 30 tags, 3 each of ten designs. You will also need a stamp set (either the Oh What Fun set or a similar sentiment set of your own), adhesive and a couple of ink pads.


It helps to sort all the elements out into groups initially and to cut the cord to the required length.


I used the kit to make two of each tag exactly following the instructions and I plan to mix things up with the remaining tags and embellishments.


A great batch of large tags (plenty of room to write messages on) with a bit of bling to them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Tutorial for creating a window in a box

star window box

Yesterday I shared this box with a window in the lid.

As promised, here is a quick tutorial for how to do this.

star window 1

Step 1 – Select a star from the Many Merry Stars kit to form the box lid. Select a Star framelit that fits easily inside it, centre it and die cut out.



star window 2

Step 2 – Remove the centre star (this can retained to use on another project). Add Window Sheet behind the aperture. Finish assembling the box lid, removing all the liner tape covering the adhesive.


star window 3

Step 3 – Cut a lining for the lid (see tip here (at step 4)). Die cut an aperture from the lining using the next size die larger than your original.




star window 4Step 4 – Adhere the lining in place inside the box lid to cover the exposed adhesive. Assemble and line the box base.



Don’t forget – this kit is only available while stocks last!

Sara xx


Many Merry Stars window box

star window box close up

I’m back to the Many Merry Stars kit today and this time I’ve added a window to the lid using the Stars framelits.

Find the details of what comes in the kit here and how to turn the 3D star into a box and line it here.

star window box

Cherry Cobbler ink was used to stamp a sentiment from the Many Merry Stars set onto one of the mini tags in the Many Merry Stars kit. Mini Glue Dots adhered the tag behind the wooden star (also in the kit) and then to the box. A red star was adhered direct to the box lid and couple of gold glitter stars popped up on slivers of dimensionals.

star window box open

I’ll be back tomorrow with a quick tutorial for making the window.

Sara xx


A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Gift Box kit

little sumthin kit close up

I’ve been working on more gift boxes today. This time I was trying out one of the kits we have in the main catalogue.

The Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Simply Created Gift Box kit makes 10 decorated pillow boxes for £12.50. All you need to add is a little adhesive and a stamp (though you could always handwrite a greeting).

Included in the kit is printed instructions.

little sumthin instructions

Pillowboxes with a printed design (that includes silver foiling), push out bubble greeting tags, pillow box wraps and silver frills.

sumthin kit contents 1

There are also Real Red Ribbons, mini pegs and wooden skewers.

sumthin kit contents 2

Put these together and you get this:

little sumthin kit

All I added was a sentiment from Wetlands in Real Red ink.

Simples! 😀

Sara xx


Turning a Many Merry Star into a box

star box

The stars in the Many Merry Stars kit are 3D and fully enclosed but they can be converted into a shallow box. Here’s how:

star box 1

Step 1 – Cut the adhesive backed box side into two lengthways.





star box 2

Step 2 – Apply one of the box sides to one of the stars, keeping it so that it is just a teeny smidgeon (technical term 🙂 ) outside the star. This becomes the box lid.



star box 3Step 3 – Place the other box side into the constructed box and join the points where they meet. Remove the backing from the adhesive and apply the other star to create the box base.



star box 4Step 4 – Use the aperture of the star that has been pressed out as a template to trace the lining from DSP.




star box 5Step 5 – Cut out the DSP star and adhere within the box.





Have fun!


Many Merry Stars duo of boxes

merry stars box close up

Yesterday I shared the contents of the Many Merry Stars kit to show what value you get in it (26 stars for £23.95). Today I’m back to show you my first stars.

merry stars box duo

I started with the smallest red star, a really dinky one. I think it worked out well but it was probably easier to do the medium sized green one.

The only thing I added to the Many Merry Stars kit at this stage was glue (the Tombow Multipurpose).

merry stars dinky

I’ll be back tomorrow to share a slight alteration I made to the green star 😉

Sara xx


Many Merry Stars Kit

merry stars

Woohoo! My Stampin’ Up! delivery arrived yesterday (your goodies are here ready for next week’s class ladies!) and now that Halloween is finished I’ve had chance to unpack it 🙂

One of the items that arrived (okay, so there are quite a few for me in this delivery, that’s what convention does to you – gotta have, gotta have, lol) was the Many Merry Stars kit. Again, it was convention that persuaded me that I have to have this kit. I’d read the blurb in the catalogue supplement but you don’t realise how much is in this kit (it makes 26 – yes twenty-six stars) until you unpack it! Prepare for lots of pix as I show you what I mean.

To start with … instructions

stars kit 1

Though to be honest I prefer to refer to the online video …

Then we have the largest star and a banner for it (throughout, you get two of each star, one for the top and a matching one for the base).

stars kit 2

Then red stars (plus a white spotted one in the bottom right corner).

stars kit 3

Green stars.

stars kit 4

White stars.

stars kit 5

Plain stars (for stamping your own designs on if you wish – the Many Merry Stars set can be stamped on these).

stars kit 6

All the box sides, pre cut and already edged with adhesive (just peel and stick), one to go with every box.

stars kit 7

Glittered stars, box sides, words and other embellishments.

stars kit 8

More words and mini, decorative stars in red.

stars kit 9

Stars, banners and bows for decorating the boxes with.

stars kit 10

Two sheets of banners and tags for stamping on.

stars kit 11

Gold Bakers Twine and Silver sequins.

stars kit 12

And finally, my favourite … 21 laser cut wood snowflakes. I’m hoping I can save one or two of these for other projects.

stars kit 13

Not a bad stash for £23.95. Now, you could share a pack with a crafty friend but you might have difficulty deciding who gets which star 🙂

This kit is only available while stocks last so if you’re interested then I’d recommend ordering it sooner rather than later.

I’m hoping that I get time to make one or two of these in between writing my downline and customer newsletters today 😀

Check back tomorrow to see how I do.

Sara xx


SUDSOL Blog Tour – Sale-a-bration and Spring/Summer Catalogue

Hello and welcome to our SUDSOL blog tour today. We’re showcasing some of the lovely new products available in the both the Spring/Summer Catalogue and Sale-a-bration, so pour yourself a cuppa, put up your feet and enjoy!

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I joined SUDSOL a several years back for the 24/7 access to inspirational ideas, project instructions and templates that I can use to WOW my workshop guests and hostess and jumpstart my mojo when I need it (you can see some of my creations in my SUDSOL gallery here) . SUDSOL offers a free two week trial membership to SU! demos around the world, just click here to sign up.

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If you’re not a SU! demo then please still take a look at the projects on the tour for inspiration for your own creations, or why not book a workshop and see them first hand?

My projects all use the Good As Gold Card Kit – free with a £45 purchase in our Sale-a-bration. The kit contains 8 card bases, envelopes, liners, elastic cord, baker’s twine and a sheet of die cut tags.

Whilst the kit is perfect for beginners, it’s also a great craft cupboard standby for experienced crafters, as it can be stepped up quickly and easily. I want to show you why it shouldn’t be overlooked Laughing

First up is a simple beginner card.

good as gold 1

The die cut tags include sentiments in english, french and german. All three, in the same colour scheme, were popped up on dimensionals on the pre-printed base card. The gold star from one for the die cut tags was glued to the english tag to draw attention to it. Gold Elastic Cord was tied in a bow around the top of the card.

Tip – The gold liners that come in the kit reach all the way down into the envelope – beyond where they’ll be seen, so I trimmed some off to use as extra gold foil on these and other projects.

good as gold tip 1

By adding just a few scraps of card and some punches you can step up the basic card in the kit.

good as gold 2

The Blossom punch (125603) was used to punch an aperture in the base card. It was also used to punch a flower from Pistachio Pudding card which was then adhered, offset, across the aperture. The Pansy punch (130698) was used to punch flowers from the gold foil (see tip above) and from the punched out Blossom. These were curled over a bone folder, adhered together and popped up on a dimensional in the centre of the flower. A die cut tag was popped up on the card front with dimensionals. Itty Bitty flowers (118309) were punched from gold foil (many petalled) and Tangerine Tango card (four petalled), adhered together and popped up in the centre of the flower and on the sentiment tag.

This same idea can be used with any nesting punches. Here’s the same card done with Circles.

good as gold 3

The aperture was punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle (119850) then one of the die cut banners was trimmed and fastened across the aperture to support the other circles. The 1-3/8″ Circle (119860) was punched from gold foil and the 1″ Circle (119868) from the punched base card. A gold tag was popped up on dimensionals over the sentiment tag and the staff from the centre of it adhered in the centre of the circles. Included Baker’s Twine was tied in a bow around the top of the card.

To step to up just a stage further, a few supplies from the Spring/Summer and the main catalogue were added.

good as gold 4

Hearts Collection framelits (125599) were used to cut the aperture and the central heart from gold foil. Gold vellum sheet (133363) was placed behind the aperture. The valentine’s sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments (Wood 130042 or Clear 120024) was stamped onto Whisper White card with Versamark ink (102283), heat embossed with Gold EP (109129) and trimmed to a banner. This was popped up on dimensionals on the card front, with other banners from the kit. The sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners (Wood 132022 or Clear 126257) was stamped onto Whisper White card and heat embossed with Gold EP. This and another matching banner from gold foil were die cut with the matching Bitty Banner framelits (129267) and pegged onto tied gold elastic cord with a Mini Metallic Clothespin (133320).

Finally, we’re also thinking outside the box, or at least of it Laughing

The card can be turned into a little matching box/bag.

good as gold 5

Trim  1/2″ from the long edge of a base card from the kit (so that it measures 6-1/2″ x 5″) . Place the card on the Simply Scored Board (122334) with the long edge at the top. Score all the way down at 1/2″, 2-1/2″ (the card is already scored at 3-1/2″), 5-1/2″. Score just 1″ down at 1″ and 4″. Turn the card so that the short edge is at the top of the board (and the 1″ scores are to the right) and score at 1″. With the box in landscape orientation, trim away the smallest scored rectangle at the base and snip up each other scoreline as far as the horizontal scoreline.

good as gold tip 2

Fold along all scorelines and adhere the box together. Punch a hole in the centre of the top of the box and tie on the tags with doubled over gold elastic cord (all from the kit).

I hope I’ve shown how versatile this seemingly basic kit can be and don’t forget you can get a free two week trial membership to SUDSOL.

I’ll pass you on now to the next stop in our blog tour.

CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx