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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




One of the fabulous new products in our 2014-15 Catalogue are the sets of Blendabilities markers. These alcohol-based marker sets come in a 3-pack of light, medium and dark shades (of the same colour). In addition, there’s a 6-pack skin tone assortment and a Color Lifter.

I used the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive sets along with a light use of the Color Lifter, to create this little image.


I held back from sharing these with you as sneak peeks in the run up to the catalogue launch, as I knew that in the US the Blendabilities weren’t available straight away and I didn’t want to raise your hopes just to dash them again. Well, we’ve been much luckier. The following colour sets are all available right now:

And these sets will be available from 1 August:

  • Night of Navy (Item 131001 – 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Wisteria Wonder (Item 131002 – 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Calypso Coral (Item 130996 – 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Melon Mambo (Item 130994 – 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Crumb Cake (Item 131004 – 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Smokey Slate (Item 131005 – 13,95 €/£10.95)

To help you get the most from these markers here’s a short video from SU! with a few tips:

I’ll be back tomorrow to share the finished card, incorporating the coloured in panel.

Sara xx


Texture Boutique Embossing Machine


We have another new crafting tool for your cupboard –  the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine!

It’s embossing made easy. Texture Boutique is the perfect, portable tool to create embossed cards, tags, embellishments, and more. Use it with our Stampin’ Up! exclusive Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.

It costs just £26.95 (order no 132657).



The Texture Boutique will only be available initially, while stocks last. Once our initial supply is gone, we will not be backordering the item, however it will be available again in the upcoming annual catalogue in July.

Learn more about how to use it in this short video:

Order the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine and any three embossing folders (for a total of  60 € / £45 or more) and you qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift—the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item 133520) would be the perfect choice!

This machine will also be perfect for making cards like this blast from the past:

anniversary card

You can order online for delivery direct to your home.

Sara xx

Convention origami mint holder swaps

origami mint front

This is my final convention post (I think Laughing) and it was the main swap that I gave to others. I created it from 6″ x 6″ DSP so that I could get four of these little treats from one sheet of DSP. There’s a little sentiment on the front and then the back is all folded over like this:

origami mint back

It unfolds halfway like this …:

origami mint half open

… and then fully to reveal the chocolate mint inside:

origami mint fully open

Here’s a video to show how to score and fold it:

Have a great weekend!

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


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

June thank you’s

its a wrap thanks close up

A little late again but here are the June thank you cards that went out to my customers.

its a wrap thanks

The stamp used was from It’s a Wrap Occasions. It’s a set of 7 stamps and both this thank you and the Mr & Mrs stamp from the same set, work together with the Petite Curly Label punch (anybody would think they’s planned it that way Smile).

This video shows you the entire project from start to finish.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx