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Stampin' Up! UK Pinkies Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We’re showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

Well, it’s official. I’m suffering from TMSS (that’s too much stash syndrome!) – I could barely decide what I wanted to order once the whole of the new annual catalogue was available and up for grabs. Luckily I know the cure…. once I finish for the summer holiday, I am going to set aside a good few days and work through my new stuff set by set and see what I can create. As I teach at a boarding school, I’ve only got two weeks left and then I have the whole summer stretching in front of me to be filled with crafting (I hope). And I’ll have lots to share with you here!

Anyway, on to my projects. I picked up some of the Fruit Stand Designer Paper and Kraft cardstock, and my first idea was to make a crate using the Hardwood background stamp to make the timber texture. I was so proud of myself thinking of such a cute idea…. and then I realised where I’d seen that before – only in the catalogue! So I stuck with the idea of a box, and made these two:

Fruit stand bag and box

The bag is of course made with the Gift Bag Punch Board, using the measurements for the medium size. I love that you are only limited by the size of your paper when it comes to the height of the bag. Isn’t the Gold Binder Clip just gorgeous? I can see myself stockpiling those and adding them to everything. I added a few of the new In Color Enamel Shapes to the Kraft banner. It really pushed me out of my comfort zone to use Peekaboo Peach as I am NOT a fan of orange, but it’s starting to grow on me.

The little box is also made with the same punch board, using the “side” score lines to create the facets on the box:

fruit stand faceted box

I am definitely not dedicated enough to come up with this on my own – I think we all have the fabulous Artisan Design Team member Jessica Winter to thank for this one, and I have definitely seen them on lots of blogs! The Whisper White Mini Pompom Trim came to my rescue as the lid just needed something extra to finish it off.

I’ll be using the gift bag as a hostess gift and the boxes as thank you presents at an upcoming workshop. Have you got yours booked? Don’t forget that you can earn an extra £25 Stampin’ Rewards during June.

Enough of my rambling – you have other lovely projects to hop on and see!

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Oh What Fun Making Quick Boxes

While most of my fellow demonstrators were having fun at the first On Stage Live event in Brussels, I was holding my monthly class at the Beacon Centre in Harrow. It was lovely to have some more new people joining us, and it was rather lucky that we’d been double booked and moved to a larger room. My next event is on 3rd December, and if you are looking for card classes in Harrow or North West London, then please do join my group on Meetup so I can keep you updated on our events!

After last month’s Stamp-a-Stack, we swapped to 3D items. We started off making some cute boxes using the Gift Box Punch Board. Everyone got to choose a pattern from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stack, but here are all the patterns together for you to see.

quick stack of boxes

The DSP stacks are 6″x6″, which is the smallest size listed on the punch board and makes it really quick easy to make a whole stack of these boxes in next to no time at all. Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive just scream Christmas paired together like this. The Gold Cording Trim adds a bit of festive sparkle as well.

quick tags and decoration

We used the Oh What Fun stamp set to create some tiny tags to add to our boxes. Of course, the ends were punched with the Triple Banner Punch – no more guesswork needed.

pretty mini gift boxes

These are all ready to go for my department Christmas dinner in December – all I have to do is to decide what to put inside…!


Slim Matchbox Swap

A couple of weeks ago, we had an amazing team weekend in Birmingham. As ever, swaps were a big part of meeting all the new people! I wanted to do something a bit more than a card, and as it was close to Easter a chocolate-containing gift seemed appropriate. Who am I kidding? Chocolate is always appropriate!

Here's what I came up with:


It was really easy to make a slim matchbox tray using the envelope punch board. The sleeve took a couple of attempts to get it right, mainly as I misjudged the thinkness of the naturals ivory cardstock I decided to use.


I kept the decoration quite simple, and the Crumb Cake and Coastal Cabana colour scheme is straight from my favourite Fresh Prints DSP stack. It was just as well I didn't go too over-the-top as I did have to make 22 of them. When will I learn that a card swap is fine?






Chocolate Box Swaps

I didn't just take general swaps. I was too slow to get in to an organised swap, but there was a meet-up with some of the top American demos arranged for the international demonstrators attending. I have to say a big thank you to Becky Roberts for all the organising. I wanted to take something special for some of the demos that would be there, as they have given me so much inspiration over the last few years (and have been amazingly generous in blogging and sharing it all!). This is what I came up with:

Chocolate box

It's very simple, and perhaps too simple for such inspiring demonstrators! There are a couple of mini bars of Green and Blacks inside – I wanted to share some of my favourite chocolate with them. This is the first time I have used the Naturals Ivory cardstock, and I can't believe I have overlooked it so far. The box flap was cut using the Deco Lables framelits, and the ribbon and butterfly keep the box loosely closed. I didn't want this to end up like my never-opened swaps, so made the closure really simple.

I hope they liked it, but more importantly I hope they enjoyed the chocolate!

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Papillon Potpourri
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Deco Labels Framelits
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Finishing Touch: Basic Gray ¼" Stitched Grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals






Origami Box Tutorial

Here is the template for the box I shared for the Blog Hop – I was hoping to post a video, but technical challenges have got the better of me. Watch this space as I do hope to add one soon. I've called it an origami box, mainly as it always takes me a couple of tries to close it properly!

Download the template for the origami box here

Start with an A4 piece of cardstock, and cut at 7¼" along the short edge (so you keep the whole length of the A4 piece). Score as shown in the template. Once you've done the horizontal score lines, you'll have a tiny piece to trim off one of the flaps to make sure that they are the same size. It's easier to trim it off once you've scored rather than trim the A4 at the start.

To decorate the box, cut a base piece of cardstock 3" square, and layer and decorate as you wish. Then once you've got the box closed, attach this to the outside of the box. Only put adhesive on the outer-most layer of the closed box otherwise you'll stop it opening. Repeat this with a panel for the other outer side of the box. 

Cut holes in the top of the flaps to thread ribbon through. I try to cut through both of the flaps at the same time with the box closed so that they match up perfectly.

I hope that is easy enough to understand for now!