Category Archives: Tips

Tip – avoiding caught edges

It happens to us all at some time or other. You just catch the edge of the rubber stamp with your ink pad, it transfers to your stamped image and has the potential to spoil your card.

You can see in the stamped image below that I caught the edge of the large flower design on the left hand side, so there’s an extra little streak of ink where I don’t want it.

quick tip for caught edges

The card isn’t ruined, there are ways of covering up a small mistake like that (eg. stamping another design over the top in a darker ink, covering with ribbon or a punched shape etc) but if it happens more than once then it’s worth taking steps to avoid it in the future.

One solution, with clear stamps at least, is to cut away excess rubber and trim closer to the design. There are two key points to remember if you try this:

1. Do it in good light and make sure you don’t trim too close or you could cut into your design.

2. Trim any excess away at a 90° angle (i.e. straight up and down), otherwise the stamp won’t sit well on the block.

Hope this helps.

Sara xx

Tip – mix your own embossing powder

emboss powderStampin’ Up! has a great range of embossing powders (EP) but sometimes you just want something a little different – that’s the time to mix your own!

In an empty container (I keep and re-use my empty EP and Dazzling Diamond pots), simply add together a small amount of each your chosen colours, mix well and use as for standard EP (ie. with Versamark ink and a heat tool). The end result is a flecked colouring.

On a recent Christmas card I used a mix of equal parts Pewter (124114), Pool Party (129398) and Iridescent Ice (101930).

You can see the mix used here on the sentiment …


… and here on the central snowflakes.

floating festive flurry 3d snowflake

Unfortunately you don’t get the full effect in these photos, of the Iridescent Ice sparkle, but have a go yourself and you’ll see what I mean Laughing

Sara xx


New product launch – envelope punch board

Envelope Punch Board

We have another new product for you today.

This envelope punch board (133774):

  • creates totally customisable envelopes in up to 66 different sizes;
  • is small and lightweight;
  • is extremely easy to use;
  • includes a scoring tool and a corner rounder punch
  • costs just £17.95 – just a little more than the cost of a punch!

Here’s a short video explaining how it works:

I’ve been using my board to make these envelopes:


A basic envelope:

basic envelope

A mini envelope for my business cards:

dinky envelope

A lined envelope for a little luxury:

lined envelope

It can also be used to make boxes and other projects which I’ll be sharing with you soon.

Order yours now!

Sara xx


Tips for using the new thinlit card dies

festive thinlit

Our new thinlit card dies make very quick and easy flip cards.

There are two styles, a circle (133480 – pictured right) and a label (133479 – pictured in the tips below).

I’ve got a few tips to share with you for how to get the most from these thinlits but first, here’s a short video from SU! to give you an overview of how they work.


thinlits tip 1

Tip 1 – Each thinlit cuts a card that is 6″ x 5-1/2″ so you can get two thinlits from 1 sheet of A4 (seen here landscape) with a small strip left at the end and a panel cut off each thinlit (the piece you can see extending beyond the metal at the top).

thinlits tip 2 Tip 2 – For mats to fit the front and back of the card with a small margin around, cut front 1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ and back 2-3/4″ x 5-1/4″. Centre these within the thinlit but with the long edge tucked underneath the shaping (the magnetic platform helps hold these in place when running the paper through the Big Shot).

thinlits tip 3

Tip 3 – For a fold-in panel, to give more writing space, cut the card 6″ x 5-3/8″ (a sliver shorter than usual) and position with the right hand side extended over the top of the framelit (so that it doesn’t cut it). This creates a slight crease line that forms the fold.

thinlits tip 4

Here’s how the card looks when matted and folded out. The message panel is 2-1/8″ x 5-1/4″.




thinlits tip 5

Tip 4 – These flip cards are slightly smaller than our regular A6 size and so they’ll fit in a standard C6 envelope (106588 – the white version on the right) with room for layers and space top and bottom. Or they’ll fit snugly into the Medium Envelopes (107297) that SU! stock (the Crumb Cake version on the left).

Have fun flipping!

Sara xx


Tip – making the most of the paper doily

washi rosette

Here’s another quick tip (or two or three) discovered while making the washi tape rosette card.

The Paper Doily Sizzlit (125592) is absolutely gorgeous but it does take a bit of work, poking out all the cut outs.

Tip – depending on the calibration of your die cutting machine you may find you need to add a single sheet of paper or even card as a shim to get all the blades to cut through all the way (keep the card you want to cut next to the die and place the shim on the outside of those).

Tip – if you will only see the outer circle of the doily (as in the rosette card above) then there’s no need to go to all the trouble of poking out the centre pieces, simply leave them in place.

lace doily tip 1

Tip – alternatively, to make it worthwhile poking them all out, die cut another circle from the centre of the doily and you then have two pieces to use.

lace doily tip 2

Hope these tips help make your crafting simpler.

Sara xx

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Tip – washi tape storage/gift

washi storage close up

I’ve been using washi tape quite a lot over the last few weeks and so I thought it was time I shared a quick tip for storage of the tape.

The Tag a Bag Gift Boxes (130927) are just the right size to hold the tape with enough space  to be able to reach in and fish them out comfortably. You can get all twelve of the current washi tapes into a single box.

washi tape storage

Or why not add a little ribbon and a tag to make a great gift for a crafting friend.

washi tape gift

Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Ribbon (130023) was tied around the box and finished with a bow. The tag was created by stamping the Something Special tag from Chalk Talk* (Wood – 130631 or Clear – 130634) twice; once in Black Stazon and once in Strawberry Slush, both onto Whisper White card. The Black version was die cut with the matching Chalk Talk* framelit (129983) and the word “Special” was hand cut from the Strawberry Slush version and popped up over the top.

* Buy the Chalk Talk stamp set and framelits together as a bundle and save 15% (Wood – 132731 or Clear – 132730).

Whether it’s for yourself or as a gift, the Tag a Bag Gift Box is a great solution.

Sara xx

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Tip – washi tape punched shapes

Chevron gift card holder

I recently shared this gift card holder which has something of a chevron motif running through it. As you can see, I wanted to use the chevron washi tape from the Witches’ Brew pack, but on it’s own, it would be too narrow for stamping the sentiment. The solution – build it up in rows on a piece of scrap card and then punch it out.

punched washi step 1Washi tape was stuck down to the scrap card, one piece at a time and matching up the design until there was sufficient area covered for the sentiment. Since washi tape is low tack it’s fairly easy to lift it up and reposition it if you’re not happy with the pattern. As the tape surface has a slight gloss, you’ll need to stamp with either Stazon or Versamark and then heat emboss – dye based ink will just smudge away. (Take care when stamping as it’s easy to skid on the slick surface).

punched washi 2Centre the design in the back of your punch and punch away.





There’s no need to stamp the surface if you don’t want to – simply build up your washi tape over the area needed and punch out.

Mix and match your washis for more variety and to use up scraps.

Use dies instead of punches.

It’s washi heaven Smile

Sara xx

Tip – using thinlit dies

christmas expressions

I recently shared this Christmas card using one of the Expressions thinlit dies. The Expressions thinlit die pack (132171) is a set of three separate words:

  • merry
  • thankful
  • love

The thinlits cut very very narrow script from any type of paper or card but getting them out of the die without tearing them or otherwise spoiling them does take a little bit of care.

One tip to help you remove the words more easily, is to lay a layer of wax paper, baking parchment  or similar, over the top of your main layer. Here we used Gold Foil, covered it with baking parchment and then placed the die over the top (bumpy side down) before sandwiching the layers between cutting plates and running through the Big Shot.

expressions tip 1

On the reverse of the die you will see some tiny holes, by pushing gently through these with a Paper Piercing Tool or similar, you can prise the word from the die. Take care though not to push too hard or you’ll pierce the word.

expressions tip 2

Have fun with your words.

Sara xx

Tips for unpacking your Big Shot

If you already have a Big Shot then you might want to skip my post today as it’s about a few tips on unpacking it.

If you have just received one (lucky you) or you’re getting one delivered soon, then you might find this video helpful Laughing

If you haven’t got a Big Shot yet and would like to order one, then please email me.

Sara xx

Label Love Mr & Mrs

label love close up

The Label Love stamp set is one of my new favourites (not least because you can get the stamp set and matching punch as a bundle* with 15% off) Smile

When I’ve shared it with my customers though, they’ve commented that they’re not sure about it because they wouldn’t use all the sentiments.

label love stamps

I agree that some of the sentiments won’t get quite as much use as others (I don’t generally make as many wedding or baby cards as I do birthday cards  – the birthday and just for you sentiments are getting tons of useLaughing). My top tip though, is to use all the labels as frames for other sentiments. As just one example, the Mr & Mrs stamp can be selectively inked around the border edges with a marker and then stamped, as on this card.

label love

The card base is an A6 landscape of Old Olive. Quatrefancy Specialty DSP (130141) was adhered to the bottom of a mat of Early Espresso card, with  Strawberry Slush hand coloured Organza Ribbon wrapped around the upper part (as for the Gently Falling card). A tiny strip of Old Olive card was adhered above the DSP and then the mat was adhered to the front of the card. Three of the Mr & Mrs Labels from Label Love* (W130619 or C130622) were selectively stamped and punched out with the Artisan Label* (130920). The Best Wishes sentiment from Petite Pairs (W128706 or C122497 – there’s 25% off this set during July) was stamped in the middle of one of the Labels using Strawberry Slush ink and Pressed Clay flowers were added to the centres of the others before popping all the labels up on dimensionals on the card front. A bow of matching ribbon was added with a Mini Glue Dot to finish.

* Buy the Label Love stamp set and Artisan Label punch together as a bundle and get 15% off (W132723 or C132722)

I’ll be back with more examples of slightly altered Label Love stamps over the coming weeks.

Sara xx