How to make party rosette & badges & candy cake

Hello again & welcome back .. it was my step daughters 13th birthday yesterday and here's a sneak peek at what ws awaiting her!

Same Tilda wrapping paper as yesterday with it's sweet little rosebud sprigs so the colours I've chosen compliment the paper. 

Using my scoring board I made a card rosette with Perfect Plum cardstock - the scoreboard makes quick & light work of scoring so perfect if there's plenty of it to do! On top of the rosette I've popped a tea doily which are such inexpensive but pretty ways to brighten a project.

More layers made from scalloped circle and circle punches in pink pirouette & strawberry slush with a mornijng post letter R stamp embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder sitting proudly on top :)

The little banner tags & balloon are from the Sketched birthday stamp set; this time I've covered the whole tag rather than just the lettering with Versamark and embossed it again with iridescent ice embossing powder.

As well as her presents, I made her a cake, although not of my usual baked kind but this one's far more preferred by a new teenager (or child of any age I'm sure!)

Bound with Birthday basics & Eastern Elegance paper and secured with new In colour ruffle ribbon I finished the "cake" off with another rosette with stamps from Bring on the Cake and birthday basics strips.

Simply scored scoring tool 122334 £25.95 complete with stylus, place markers & storage compartment

Morning post stamps w 132042 £41.95, c 126592 £33.95
Sketched birthday w 130423 £21.95, c 130426 £17.95

 Tea lace paper doilies 129339 £2.75 for 24 
1 3/4" Scallop circle punch 119854 £15.50

I have one more packaging decoration for you tomorrow, hopefully you're seeing how versatile Stampin Up products can be! If there's anything you would like to purchase then please email me at and I can order your goods for you - you can pay via paypal, cheque, postal order or bank transfer - no need to give card details :)

Have a great day!

New Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue is here for festive crafting!!

Today's the day ... we have a brand new Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue chock full of Halloween, Christmas, Harvest & celebration goodies! Sooo exciting!!! 

Take a peek here by clicking on the PDF version below ... and if you'd like your own paper copy, drop me a line and I'll post you one tout de suite free of charge! Of course, if you're a member of my card classes, my stash club or my team then you will be receiving your copy within the next day or so!

This catalogue is laid out in a little different style from previous catalogues - the first half
showcases all the products in a variety of projects for numerous ideas and inspiration and the second half is the products themselves.

Here's my top 10 favourites in no particular order from the new catalogue - what will be yours?

Sweater weather dsp 132184 £9.95

Winter frost dsp 132341 £9.95

Witches Brew dsp 132185 £9.95

Festive flurry stamps w 131778 £35.95, c 131781 £28.95 & matching framelits 132193 £20.95

Gift bow bigz L die 129977 £28.95

Colour me Christmas w 131742 £18.95, c 131745 £14.95

Truly grateful w 131730 £24.95, c 131733 £19.95

Halloween happiness w 131859 £8.95

Muslin bags pack of 8 132180 £8.95

Very merry tags w 130393 £21.95, c 130402 £17.95

Oh and I know that's 10 but just one more (or three) ;)

These are the new Season of Style This & That journal, stickers & washi tape for on the go festive lists, reminders, notes, memories and whatever else you desire as a keepsake :)

Excited? Email me at to get your copy asap - & if you'd like it all then do consider joining my  £25 per month stash club to get £25 free products of your choice after 6 months or if you'd like more than £99 worth of products then ask for details of how you could choose £130 of products of your choice for just £99!

Phew, so much excitement for one day - back tomorrow when I've recovered!

Welcome friends pillow gift bag template

A little holiday related project today .. an "I am me" travel bag! This little project was destined for my weekend guests - a little pillow gift to welcome them coming to stay with us for a few days :)

 I saw this cute little bag on Debbie Hendersons blog, complete with free template! I've used I am me paper - I like the bright colours and suitcase, direction arrows, cameras etc on the paper - all destination/journey related as is the little hand handle which is made from the Duo ticket builder punch and secured with a little velcro and a real red candy dot. I wish I'd had time to stitch around the bag - but faux stitching can be created quite easily with a marker pen! 

The little label is punched firstly from some real red card with the scallop oval punch and then layered with some whisper white with real red sponged edges punched with the small oval punch. The sentiments are from the fabulous phrases and the postmark from the Lovely Little Labels set - one I often overlook but which has a great collection of teeny tiny images with coordinating punches perfect for this kind of small scale project.

Lovely little labels w 132033 £12.95, c 126262 £9.95
Fabulous phrases w 128577 £33.95, c 120501 £26.95

I am me designer series paper 130138 £9.95
Brights self adhesive Candy dots 130931 £5.50

Popping this little bag into some journey/holiday challenges this week at Daring Cardmakers - lifes a beachcrafty catz - stitchingsweet stampin - journey/travel/destinationlittle claires - holidaysthat craft place - faux stitching, SCS CAS road trip.

 See you on Friday! 

Ideas to make pretty gift wrapping using Stampin Up Morning Post & Stippled Blossoms stamps

Ever wrapped a present and thought it needed a bit more pizzazz? This week I'm showing you projects using Stampin Up products in other guises - not just in traditional card making.

This project was for one of my daughters god mothers who has reached the grand old age of 21 ;) Inside was an original Shimla crystal pave bracelet - a keepsake for her for the future :)

Shimla Bracelet SH-002

Well such  pretty bracelet couldn't be left in plain packaging - so the parcel got the Vintage Celebrations makeover ... 

The flowers were stamped from Stippled Blossoms stamp set then versamarked and covered in Iridescent Ice embossing powder, set with the Stampin up heat tool. The butterflies are from Papillon potpourri stamp set, punched with the coordinating Elegant Butterfly punch and embossed the same.

The lettering is the Morning Post stamp set stamped in colours to match the pretty Tilda wrapping paper and then again shadow embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder.

The lucky recipient kept the packaging ll neatly folded up so I think she was just as impressed with that as the gift inside, which I have to say looked beautiful on her :)

Morning post stamps w 132042 £41.95, c 126592 £33.95    
Stippled Blossoms stamps w 132076 £23.95, c 126747 £18.95

Papillion potpourri stamps w 132058 £16.95, c 123759 £13.95
Elegant butterfly punch 127526 £14.25
Heat tool 129054 £25.95; Iridescent ice embossing powder 101930 £3.95

Some more tags & packaging ideas for you tomorrow, pop back then!

Using Stampin Up bird builder punch & washi tape to decorate pegs

Quick post for you today as the girls are calling me out to play! 

Stampin Up products are great for all round crafting, not just card making & paper crafting as todays project hopefully shows ...

Just take any old wooden peg, some washi tape to cover it (mine's from Gingham Garden) and a punch of any shape (I've used the bird builder punch which is my personal favourite) and voila .. a cute little memento. The tag is punched with the modern label punch and stamped in Melon mambo ink with Sweetly Framed stamps.

This one's headed out to my brother for his kind gift to my 2nd daughter for her recent 6th birthday - something they may keep and find a use for!

Bird builder punch £15.50 117191

Gingham garden washi tape 129314 £4.50 for 3 rolls different designs

Sweetly framed stamps £9 with orders over £150

Modern label punch 119849 £15.50

The little bird is my entry into this weeks Less is More challenge.

See you again tomorrow with some ways to make plain present packaging pretty!