Category Archives: Video

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

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


Snowflake card video

snowflake thinlit

I’ve shared a few cards made with Snowflake Card thinlits set and I think this framelit kit is great to use both to create the flip card (shown above) and also to use all the individual little framelits that come with it.


I’ve mentioned a few times how you can use the flip card base to die cut the snowflake seen in white in the top pic. This video by Stampin’ Up! will hopefully give you a better idea of what I mean about rotating the card and cutting again (it’s explained about 1/3 way through the video).

I’ll be back with another project tomorrow that uses this technique.

Sara xx


Gift Box Punch Board video

gift wrapped box duo

I’ve shared a lot of boxes made with the Gift Box Punch Board since I got it (and there’s still more to come 🙂 ). This is absolutely one of my favourite products from the Autumn/Winter catalogue  (and that’s a tough choice because there are so many great things) because it’s soooo easy to use, you only need to add card/paper and you have a finished box and at just £17.95 it’s very affordable!

But rather than take my word for how easy it is to use, I thought I ought to share this video from Stampin’ Up! so that you can see for yourself.

Here are a few links back to projects I’ve already made with it, from smallest to largest.

bliss box

Dinky bliss box

Under the tree

Under the tree

Short flat box

Short flat box

large gift wrapped box

large gift wrapped box

And I know that I’ll have a few more for you very soon 😉

Happy box making.

Sara xx