Category Archives: Video

Lots of Happy Card Kit

Today I’m sharing the Lots of Happy Card Kit.

This is a fabulous all inclusive card kit that makes 4 each of the 5 designs pictured above.

The kit includes a stamp set, mini block, ink spot, four watercolour pencils (including two colours exclusive to this kit), all the elements for making the cards, together with matching envelopes, all packaged in a smart box. You’ll only need a pair of scissors and your choice of adhesive.

You can make the cards by following the instructions or you can alter them to your own design (there’s no “right” way, just your way).

For example I tend to use mainly birthday cards and so I repeated that sentiment over several cards instead of using the “here for you” and you deserve the best” sentiments.

I turned the hexagon card around so that it stands up rather than follow the instructions – it still works 🙂

Colouring with dry pencils creates a very soft effect.

Dampen the end of the pencil and you can get a very intense colour. Tip – keep a damp sponge in a saucer on your work table and dip the end of the pencil into it for the intense colouring.

This video shows one way to put the cards together and gives a few more tips on using the kit.

It’s worth noting that you can also get a refill for the kit that just includes the bases, envelopes, accents and embellishments.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies included in the suggested bundle. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

Mixed Medallions Card Kit

Today I have two cards to share with you, made with a single Sale-a-bration freebie.

These are both made with the Mixed Medallions Card Kit and you can get it free with any £45 purchase!

This kit comes absolutely complete. You do not need to add anything else to make the basic cards, it includes cards, layers, glue dots and envelopes.

It’s super easy and quick to put together although I still managed to make the mistake of having the card base upside down so my inner layer folds down instead of up, lol. You might want to check out this video to be sure to avoid my mistake.

The kit on it’s own is ideal for beginners, crafting with non-crafty friends, crafting on the go and quick cards.

Although I followed the original design for both my cards you can mix them up or even add your own crafting elements to them.

You can of course choose whatever you like from either our annual catalogue or Spring/Summer catalogue to qualify for your Sale-a-bration freebie. If you’re new to crafting then you might want to consider this bundle:

Card Kit bundle

£31.50 Soft Sayings Card kit

£8.25 Picture Perfect Party Classic Stampin’ Spots

£6.25 Tutti-frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins

£ 46.00 Total

FREE Mixed Medallions Card Kit

The Soft Sayings Card Kit is another all inclusive kit but the ink spots and sequins give you a bit more choice of colour and a way to dress up your cards further.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies included in the suggested bundle. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

Be Merry kit Christmas Card

Today’s Christmas card is definitely one for giving by hand rather than sending through the post.

It has the benefit of being a card and a mini gift at the same time as the decoration on the front can be unhooked from the brad inside, to be hung on the tree.

The dazzling decoration is one of two designs in the Be Merry kit (actually there are far more than two designs depending on how you choose to mix and match the different elements, more accurate to say there are two colour schemes 🙂 ).

The card base is an A6 portrait of Real Red. After making up a red rosette according to the video instructions, it was hung from a brad fastened through from the inside front of the card. After running a card front layer of Gold Foil Sheet through the Holly embossing folder this was adhered direct to the front of the card, covering the opened legs of the brad. (The decoration swings free apart from the brad anchoring it).

On the Whisper White insert, a sentiment and baubles from the Carols of Christmas set were stamped in Real Red ink.

You can currently buy the Wood version of the Carols of Christmas at a discount in our Year End Sale (while supplies last).

And of course we have FREE SHIPPING for this and/or any other crafty shopping you may wish to do until 10.59pm tonight!

You can access the Be Merry kit video below:

Thanks for stopping by.

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.

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


Snowflake wreath ornament

snowflake ornament close up

I make these little wreath ornaments for the tree each year, simply updating them with whatever new papers, colours etc are in fashion.

My video tutorial for them is a bit of an oldie … but it still works 🙂  ( you need to fold the open, not the folded, corners down – makes sense when you watch the video).

Here’s this year’s ornament.

snowflake ornament

Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP was used to make the wreath (I cut the pieces at 3″ x 1-1/2″). Wooden Snowflake Elements were pressed into a Versamark inked, heat embossed with White EP, adhered to either side of the wreath and finished with a Basic Rhinestone in the centre. Silver Cording Trim was used for the loop for hanging it on the tree.

Hope you have fun making your own ornaments.

Sara xx

Precision Base Plate

delicate ornaments close up

This Christmas card that I shared on Friday uses the very intricate Delicate Ornament die.

delicate ornaments

These intricate dies (the ones with lots of metal spokes involved) can be a little difficult to cut cleanly. I have shared a few tips for this in the past, in terms of using a layer of greaseproof paper between the die and the cardstock and using a paper or card shim on top, if the die isn’t quite cutting through. Those tips were followed when creating this card.

However, Stampin’ Up! have brought out a new product to help cut the intricate dies cleanly, without having to fuss with extra papers etc. The new Precision Base Plate replaces all that.

SU! have a couple of videos to show how it works in action:

I’ll be back soon showing this intricate die in action again.

Sara xx

Baker’s Box video

bakers box close up

With each new catty, Stampin’ Up! release a bundle of great new videos to help showcase and show how to use the various new products.

I love sitting down with a cuppa and having a browse through them for some great inspiration.

You may remember that I shared this box with you in the sneak peeks ahead of the launch.

bakers box side

One of the new videos shows how to assemble this new Baker’s Box. The box also comes with instructions of course but I find it easier to watch the video 😉

And here’s a detailed pic of all the thinlets that come in the Baker’s Box set.

bakers thinlits

There’s a whole bunch more videos to choose from including kits, Project Life collections and the new gift bag punch board. Why not grab a cuppa and have a little browse 🙂

Sara xx


Woodgrain Berry Basket

berry basket close up

The Berry Basket Bigz die was one of the top picks on my wish list when I saw the new Spring/Summer catty. It’s really cute and a little bigger than I expected (each side is 4″ wide). I’ll definitely be using this for my Easter baskets 🙂

Stampin’ Up! have put together a great video to show how to assemble the basket.

Here’s my finished version, filled with choccies!

berry basket

The Berry Basket die was used to cut basket pieces from Crumb Cake card. After embossing each of the basket sides with the Woodgrain folder, the basket was assembled using Multipurpose Glue (another option instead of staples).

The basket is just strong enough to hold the chocs I put in. If I was hoping to put anything heavier in there, then I’d use a heavier weight cardstock or double up on the pieces.

Sara xx


Nordic Noel Wreath Ornament

wreath ornament close up

Merry Christmas Eve to you!

Need a bit of therapy to sooth you after all the Christmas Preparations? These little ornaments for the tree are a great way to wind down.

My video for them is a bit of an oldie … but it still works:)

When I was showing colleagues at work how to do these, I realised that I don’t make it clear in the video, you need to fold the open (not the folded) corners down.

I’ve updated the wreath this year with some more contemporary colours.

wreath ornament

Nordic Noel DSP was used to make the wreath (I cut the pieces at 3″ x 1-1/2″). Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon was tied in a bow and added with a mini glue dot and  Silver Baker’s Twine used for the loop for hanging it on the tree.

Have fun and I hope that Santa brings you all you wished for. Just one more sleep to go! 🙂

Sara xx

Spoiler alert! Stampin’ Up! pre-order unpacking

preorder box

Woohoo! My pre-order of Spring/Summer and Sale-a-bration goodies arrived today!

Now, they won’t be available until the 6 January but I figure that you might be a bit busy between now and then, lol 🙂

So I thought I’d give you a sneaky peek at just a few of the items (I’m not sharing them all yet) to show why it’s worth booking your January workshop with me now – before my diary fills up.

Please email me or give me a call on 0775 1133886 to book your card making or Project Life workshop.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx