Wednesday 30 May 2018

Bunch of Balloons card

 Hello, and welcome to my blog.  Today's project did not go according to plan.  My idea was that, when the tab was pulled, the lady holding balloons would rise up and a sentiment would appear on the tab.  I should have realised that the balloons would cover the tab- but somehow I didn't and it came as a rather unwelcome surprise!

After a bit of a rethink, I finally got to this -

Not exactly what I had in mind, but close.

I did enjoy playing with these stamps though, and the new colour markers.  If you want to get all of the new and returning colours in the Colour Revamp they are a great way to do it.  They use the same ink as the Stampin' Up! ink pads, so you can use them to stamp with and refill them with the same refills - and you can get a set of the new colours to add to your old favourites with one item number.

And what about that background paper - isn't it amazing?!

Like to see the tutorial?  Here it is - 

I am going to go away and think this one out again so keep watching for version 2.0!  

Anyway, that's it for today.  See you again soon.

Keep crafting,


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Saturday 26 May 2018

Instant break - just add water!

Hi everyone and welcome!

OK, so today I should have been sharing my contribution to the InspireINK blog hop, but due to circumstances beyond everyone's control it's been postponed for a week.  Luckily, I had got a bit ahead with my planning and I have this ready to share instead.

I love how, by packaging up inexpensive treats, they can become something special.  My little pouch has a coffee bag, a chocolate biscuit and some sugar and coffee whitener inside - just add water for an instant coffee break!

The inspiration for this pouch was a box that had chocolates in.  They were a gift, but I have been known to buy things because they came in an interesting box and I wanted to take it apart to see how it was made - anybody else do that?

Here's the tutorial -

And here's the cutting/scoring diagram

Wasn't it lucky that the Call Me Clover card and DSP is such a good match for the packaging of the coffee bag I had?  I love it when a plan comes together! Not long now until the new catalogue is open for business - I'm SOOOO excited!

That's it for today, see you again soon!

Keep crafting,


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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Faceted box

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  

The blogging has been a bit hit-and-miss lately and for that I apologise.  There's barn quite a bit going on with the family that's taken up a lot of my time and energy. I won't bore you with the details, but it has meant that sometimes the blogging has to be hit and run.

Thankfully, I have crafting to help me relax and keep me sane.  Designing projects and working out the details occupies my mind, and making the projects keeps my hands busy.  

Today's project started off to be a little domed box, but I played around with the measurements and got this interesting shape.  Here's how it went together -

Here's the cutting/scoring diagram -

And you'll find the products I used below.  I've been playing with items from the new catalogue just to tease you - but it's not too long to wait before you can get your hands on them, with the new catalogue open for business at the beginning of June.  I'm so excited...!

Keep crafting,


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Wednesday 16 May 2018

By popular request

Hi everyone, and thanks for stopping by.

Today's project is by popular request.  

Recently I shared how I made a large gift bag (8x8x4) and at the end of the tutorial I showed another one that was 6x6x6.  I've been asked several times to share the measurements for that bag - so here's the tutorial.

I thought I would explain how I calculated the measurements in the first place.

Once you understand the relative proportions involved, you can adjust the measurements to make bags in several sizes. 

Here's a diagram that shows the relative proportions, based on a sheet of 12 x 12" paper-

These big bags are a good way of using up your retiring DSP to make room for the lovely new papers that are going to be in the new catalogue, as well as making sure you have a stock of gift bags ready when you need one in a hurry.  For me that's a win-win scenario!

If today's project was a bit technical, please don't worry - normal service will be resumed in the near future!

Keep crafting,


Tuesday 8 May 2018

Up and Away

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog today!

The past few days the weather has been absolutely lovely - warm and sunny, not too hot - just about perfect.  And it was a public holiday weekend as well so we had an extra day to enjoy it all.  

Wouldn't it be just amazing to be up in the clouds in a balloon on a day like that?  One of my cherished memories is of watching hot air balloons in flight over the town where I was living.  They were so beautiful and so silent, sailing overhead agianst a blue, blue sky.  I couldn't manage a real hot air balloon but I did make this card, which reminds me of that time.

The card hides a twist and pop mechanism.  This is one of my favourite action cards.  Once you get the hang of it, they are easy to make.

Here's how I made this one.

I'm so happy that the dies and stamps will be carrying over to the new catalogue.  They are so useful for cards for all ages and are very gender-neutral, don't you think?

That's all for now,

Keep crafting,


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Saturday 5 May 2018

Over the rainbow

Hello, and welcome!

Today I'm showing you a card made with the Rainbow Builders dies.  These are great for using up those scraps of card that are too big to just throw away, but aren't quite right for any project you have in mind!

I used mine on an Easel card.  The fun thing about these cards is that you can see the inside and the outside when it's on display.

Here's how I made it- 

I'm going to miss these dies (although I'll still be playing with them, just not sharing what I make here) when they retire, but I'm super excited about some of the new products coming along!  My pre-order (one of the advantages of being a demo) is on its way... can't wait...!

Are you curious to know what I'll be doing with it?  Me to!

Crafty Hugs,


Wednesday 2 May 2018

Bags of fun!

Oh my, it's May already and it'll soon be time to welcome the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue!  One of the great things about being a SU demo is that we get to see all of the lovely things that are coming soon ahead of time, and I promise you that you are going to love, love, LOVE some of the goodies coming your way!

This does mean, though, that we have to say goodbye to some of our old favourites to make room for the new.  And in the same way, I'm using up my retiring DSP to make room.  I like to keep gift bags ready-made so that if I need one in a hurry they're good to go - and these bags are about as large as you can make from 12 x 12 inch paper.

The finished size is 8 x 8 x 4 inches, so they'll hold quite a bit.  

Here's the how-to-do-it video.

You could easily vary the dimensions a bit  if you wanted - how about 9x9x3 or 7x7x5?  Why not give it a try?

Anyway, keep crafting!