Stampin' Up! Christmas Treat Holders

I have made some little treat (for treat read chocolate) holders made out of the Stampin' Up! Top Note Die and the larger one out of the largest Deco Labels Framelit.

Stampin' Up Christmas Treat Holders

 These are super easy to make.  The ones made out of the Top Note Die have got a small bar of chocolate wrapped in coordinating paper.  The paper is again from Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack.  I trimmed around the 'stitch' line on the patterned paper so that it showed a small border of the cardstock underneath.

Christmas Top Note Treat Holder
The larger gift holder is made out of the largest Deco Labels Framelit.  I cut a piece of card that was 7.5" in length and 4.5" wide and folded it in half lengthwise.  I placed the framelit so that the top edge of the die was over the fold (so that it wouldn't cut the fold) and ran it through my Big Shot.  I then just scored either side of the fold and creased those score lines with my bone folder. 

Inside this larger gift holder I put something which I haven't seen before - a Cadburys chocolate covered Ritz cracker, which, as soon as I have taken the photos for this blog post, will be taste tested by moi!!

Deco Label Framelits Christmas Treat Holder
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Wondrous Wreath - Training Day Make

Here is another card that I made at my training day using Stampin' Up!'s Wondrous Wreath stamp set.  Again I used the 'baby wipe' technique to create some mixed colours on the leaves and then added some flowers using the Itty Bitty flower punch and some candy dots.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

 It has been stamped onto a Stampin' Up! notecard (pack of 20 with matching envelopes for £5.50) and I added some 'Trim the Tree' Designer Series paper to line the envelope.

Wondrous Wreath stamp set by stampin up

Short & sweet today but hope you like it.....
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Teeny Tiny Christmas Gift Box Stampin' Up!

Today's make is a teeny tiny Christmas Gift Box made using Stampin' Up!'s Envelope Punch Board and Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack.
It measures 1.75" x 2.25" and 1.5" tall.  They would make cute Christmas tree decorations or you could put a number on them and create an advent calendar.
I made the box a couple of weeks ago but have forgotten where I put the measurements to create it!! 
 I apologise for the shortness of my blog post today and for the rest of the week but I am trying to get my niece's wedding invitations made.  They are being made using (of course) mostly Stampin' Up! products including one of my favourite stamp sets, Petite Petals as there is also a matching punch.  There is a bit of fiddly cutting out to do with some leaves so they take a bit of time to make each one although my niece did help me with the day invitations and her stamping was very good!!  Still quite a bit to do though.....
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Join Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator - 25% Sale

stampin up demonstrator discount offer
Stampin' Up! have got an amazing offer available to anyone who signs up as a demonstrator between 25th November to 2nd December.  Instead of the regular price of £99 for the Starter Kit, you can become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for only £74.25!!  That is an amazing 25% discount off the regular price!

Here are some of the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator:-

  • Pay £74.25 for your Starter Kit and choose £130 worth of any products of your choice from any current catalogue along with FREE shipping.
  • Receive 20% off all future sales when you become a demonstrator
  • Receive an additional 5% cashback on all personal and customer sales during December
  • If you place an order for over £150 within the first 45 days of signing up, you receive an additional 10% discount making an amazing 30% discount off the net price of your first order (does not include the price of the Starter Kit).
  • You can join as a hobby demonstrator - there is no obligation to hold parties/workshops and you can leave without penalty if you don't meet the required quarterly minimum of £225 net sales/purchases.
All you have to do to take advantage of this fantastic offer is to click the join now button below.  Remember this offer is only available between 25th November to 11am 2nd December
If you have any questions about this offer and what it means to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, please don't hesitate to give me a call or email me.  My contact details can be found on the 'Contact Me' tab at the top of this page.
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Wondrous Wreath Stampin' Up! New Technique

I learned a new technique at my training day last Sunday using baby wipes and Stampin' Up! ink refills.  I've seen this technique before but have never tried it and I was amazed at how effective it is.

This was the gift bag that Michelle had us make from her design.......

Wondrous Wreath Gift Bag
To get the different coloured leaves we put two layers of baby wipes in an empty Stampin' Up' stamp case (DVD style) and then 'blobbed' (a technical term) lots of different coloured drops from the ink pad refills until there were no white spaces left on the baby wipes.  Make sure the ink blobs cover a space larger than the actual stamp you are going to use.  Then press your stamp - in this case from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set - into the ink and then onto Whisper White card - VOILA!  A really pretty effect.  If you want to then stamp another wreath, I would recommend cleaning your stamp before putting it back onto the inked up baby wipe to prevent the colours from merging.  The sentiment was supposed to be heat embossed in gold powder on top of the vellum but I didn't have any so I used gold ink instead and you can see where I smudged it slightly when I was folding the sides of the banner!  Oops!

The little Hello Honey bow was tied using a fork - again another technique I hadn't used before but makes great bows really easily.  Somebody also suggested using an afro comb to make larger ones.  You can find video tutorials on You Tube on how to create them.

The good thing about using one of Stampin' Up!'s plastic stamp cases is that you can close the lid to keep it from drying out if you have to take a break from stamping for any reason.

I loved the effect of this technique so much I have created a birthday card using Strawberry Blush, Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight ink refills.

Wondrous Wreath Birthday Card Stampin Up

I used some Candy Dots in the middle of the punched out flowers (using the Itty Bitty Flower punch) and stamped the sentiment in Strawberry Slush onto the vellum.

No smudging this time!

I am going to be holding some classes after Christmas so if you are local to Buxton and are interested in attending, then please contact me by email and I will get in touch as soon as I have details of the classes.

Hope you like today's project.....see you tomorrow.

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Stampin' Up! Gift Box Punch Board & Training Day Make

I had a great time at my Stampin' Up! training day on Sunday - I learned lots of new techniques and used products I hadn't used before - one of which was the Gift Box Punch Board.  Michelle Last, a lovely lady who is my upline and who organised the day,  demonstrated how to make a gift box using the punch board and here is what mine turned out like using the exact instructions that Michelle had given us.

Kinda Eclectic Gift Box

 I love it so much that I am now going to buy the Gift Box Punch Board having previously thought I didn't need one!!! 

There are 4 pockets inside that can hold a teabag or even a gift card and then I have tied up a bag filled with chocolates.  I was going to put biscuits inside the bag but the biscuit monster had raided the cookie jar while I was away and it was empty!!

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gift box punch board stampin up

The punch board can put slits on the top of each part of the lid which holds the whole thing together.  So clever as it saves you untying the ribbon to undo the box.  I have used Smoky Slate, Perfect Plum, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss inks.

Here is a video that demonstrates what the Gift Box Punch Board can do and what you can create with it.


I have listed and put links to the products I used to make the gift box and by clicking on any of them it will take you straight to my online Stampin' Up! shop should you want to place an order.


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Hello There - Stampin' Up!

Have you ever made a card and wondered if there is too much going on?......well this is one of those cards.  I stamped the 'Hello There sentiment first of all and punched and stuck everything down. 
Then I wasn't sure if it all looked a bit lost and empty on the Crumb Cake card base so I went ahead and put two leaves in the top right.  I was happy with it until the following morning when I saw it on my desk and then wasn't sure if I should just have left it as it was?!!!!!!!
By then it was too late as once glue has said hello to card you can't tear them apart without leaving a telling mark!!  I'm still not sure about whether it works or not. 
The sentiment 'Hello There' is from a hostess set which you can get for free using your hostess credits if you spend over £150 (before shipping and handling).

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Oh Happy Day!

I've used the Starburst Sayings stamp set today to create a card which you could use for most occasions and I particularly like the largest stamp in this set which is 'Oh Happy Day'.  I like the fonts used on this stamp (I am a font-a-holic!) and I cut it out using the matching Starburst Framelits. 
Stampin Up Starburst Sayings
I mounted the sentiment onto the Deco Labels framelits cut from Island Indigo card as it fits nicely into the round part of the shape.   I put this on top of some Whisper White card which I ran through the Big Shot with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (it doesn't show up on the photo). 
Starburst Sayings Stampin' Up!
I stamped and punched out 3 Petite Petals in Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay.  I also punched out the edge of the Whisper White card and placed the flowers on top with dimensionals.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by........
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