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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!

Not heard of SUDSOL before? It’s Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing OnlineSmile

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.

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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

SAB Twisty Treats sneak peek

twisty treat close up

On to day 8 of our countdown to Sale-a-bration (starts 28 January). Sale-a-bration is our annual Stampin’ Up! party, with loads of free products. This year we’ll have THIRTEEN! different products to choose from and you’ll be able to get one free for every £45 you spend (with no limits to how many you can collect – spend £90, get 2 freebies etc). I’m showcasing a different SAB freebie every day in my countdown.

Today’s Twisty Treats kit is another great way to introduce your non-crafting friends to the bug and get them hooked. Book your workshop now and have a fun girls night in!

The kit comes complete with 12 cellophane bags ready printed with white spots, 12 die cut stripy tags and 12 die cut hexagon tags (both coloured one side and white the other for writing on), 12 self-adhesive teeny glittered hearts and 12 twist ties. All you need to add are the treats.

twisty treat full

For my decorated tag above, I simply stamped the hexagon tag with one of the Petal Parade stamps (yesterday’s featured Sale-a-bration freebie) using Craft White ink and added faux stitching around the edges with the White Chalk Marker (132133).

When I gave one of these treat bags to each of my team mates at the recent Paper Dolls get together, they all commented that they were larger than expected. The bags measure approx. 8-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and are gusseted so they spread at the sides to hold more. Here’s this one at the side of a regular A6 card, to give you a better idea.

twisty treat size

Tomorrow I’ll be back with another sneak peek and another guest designer.

Sara xx

SAB Good as Gold sneak peek

good as gold close up

Welcome to day 1 of our countdown to Sale-a-bration (which starts on 28 January). In case you’re new to it, Sale-a-bration is our annual Stampin’ Up! party, with loads of free products. This year we’ll have THIRTEEN! different products to choose from and you’ll be able to get one free for every £45 you spend (with no limits to how many you can collect – spend £90, get 2 freebies etc). I’m showcasing a different SAB freebie every day in my countdown.

This first one is easy peasy – to break you in gently Smile

The Good as Gold card kit comes with virtually everything you need to make 8 cards, complete with envelopes and a choice of two sentiments. All you need extra, is adhesive.

This is a great way to introduce your non-crafting friends to the bug and get them hooked Laughing You can show them all just how easy and quick it is to create a card, even if they’ve never crafted before.

good as gold

The banners are all ready die-cut and simply press out of the card sheet. Nothing needs to go to waste, I added the pressed out star over the top of the gold thread. I have stepped this one up by using another of the SAB freebies on the envelope (more of that another day). There’ll be other stepped up versions for you in the weeks to come, as I hope to show the seasoned crafters of you out there, just how handy this kit is to have in your craft box.

Back tomorrow with a different freebie!

Sara xx