Curvy Keepsake Quick Boxes

The Curvy Keepsake Thinlits die from Stampin' Up! is a very, very quick and easy way to make a 3D gift for someone. All it needs is a couple of suitably sized chocolates to fit in it, and you have the perfect hostess or table gift for any occasion.

I went with a vintage feel using Naturals Ivory cardstock decorated simply with the Butterfly Basics set.


The butterfly cut using the middle-sized die from the Butterflies Thinlits set was added just to finish it off. They might be a bit tricky to get out of the die, but they are worth it in the end!






Sheltering Tree with a bit of Burlap

It's taken me a while to ink up the gorgeous Sheltering Tree stamp set. There have been so many lovely cards made with this set and shared on blogs and Pinterest that I don't know if this is my own idea, someone else's, or a mixture of the two!

Sheltering tree z-fold

A z-fold card like this is really easy to make and is an easy step up from the usual fold-the-A5-card-in-half background. Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake are a subtle and gentle colour combination, and one that I haven't used in a while. I think I'll hide my Smoky Slate cardstock and go back to Crumb Cake as my go-to neutral for a while.

Sheltering tree z-fold close up

While it wasn't easy to manipulate the burlap ribbon, the gold button and the linen thread at the same time (I felt like I needed about 4 extra hands!), the struggle was worth it, don't you think?






The Stampin’ Up! Retiring Lists

Today is the day that Stampin' Up! release the retiring lists, and there are some great bargains to be had – some things are for sale at 50% off their original price!

Retiring list

There is a list of all the retiring products available, which will be updated every day to show what has sold out and is no longer available. You can also shop for retiring stamps and retiring accessories online.

Stampin' Up! have also taken the difficult decision to stop selling and supporting My Digital Studio, or MDS. That means that the software and all available digital downloads are being sold at 30% off, but are only available until 31st May. You can see the full list of MDS digital downloads available here, but I warn you – it'll take a long time to go through it!

I'm really excited about all the space that's going to be available for new products in the upcoming Annual Catalogue, but before then I'm going to make sure I don't miss out on anything that's still on my wish list.






Tag Topper with a Bow on Top

I've been playing with my Bow Builder punch this week. I think I've managed to get more of them stuck to my fingers than to anything else. My husband has started hiding from me as I keep asking him to hold the bits while the glue sets… time to order some more glue dots I think!

This is one of the cards I came up with:

You made my day tag topper card

I've probably made the process of building a bow sound more tricky than it is – I promise that if you remember to order glue dots (unlike me!) that they come together in a snap. You can't quite see it in the photo, but the Coastal Cabana tag has been scalloped at the top using the Scallop Tag Topper punch, before being topped with a Crushed Curry DSP bow. The Sahara Sand background is embossed with the Polka Dot embossing folder, and I love the large scale texture it gives. Sahara Sand isn't my usual go to neutral, but it's in the Best Year Ever DSP so the coordination was easy. I've still got loads of scraps to use up – maybe I should have put some more banner strips on this one! 






Patched background with some Best Year Ever DSP

I have a confession to make…. my craft room is a mess! I don't think I should even call it a craft room as it's just become our dumping ground for anything that doesn't have a home. Anyway, the result of this is that I only have my most recent order to craft with, which is why I have more cards made with the Best Year Ever DSP and Best Day Ever stamp set to share with you!

Best year ever DSP patched background

I made an offset patched background with scraps of the DSP, and then double layered the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock circles. Luckily I have the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack on my dining room table, so the little flowers with pearl centres were the perfect finishing touch.

Now to find some other uses for all the scraps of DSP I have lying around. I sometimes just think I should throw them all away, but I just can't bring myself to do that. I think all crafters are hardwired to keep every little bit of anything that just might come in useful, don't you?