Bright and Cheerful Lotus Blossom

The Lotus Blossom set was the first one we got to play with at the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration tour event before Christmas. We all knew it was going to be popular. I think that's why I've left it so long to get my set good and inky!

Bright lotus blossom

I've paired it with the Best Year Ever DSP and added Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral to the Coastal Cabana pattern (I wonder if alliteration is part of the Stampin' Up! colour scheme team's brief?). I'm subconsciously doing it myself as well – I even used Crisp Canteloupe for the lighter layer of the Lotus flower!






Best Day Ever with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch

As soon as I saw the Best Day Ever Sale-a-Bration set in this year's offering from Stampin' Up! I knew it needed to be paired with the Scallop Tag Topper punch. And that wasn't just because of the sample on p3 of the SAB brochure – that uses the Angled Tag Topper punch and so is completely different…. right? Oh well, CASE and CASE alike!

Best day ever

I have to admit that Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral would have been at the bottom of my list of go-to Stampin' Up! colours (in fact, make that at the bottom of my list of Stampin' Up! colours full stop), but the Best Year Ever DSP is really pushing me out of my comfort zone and I might even start using these colours even without the DSP soon…






Simple Square Matchbox Gift Box

I needed a hostess gift that was suitable for the dreary days of January. Chocolate being definitely off the cards, I hoped that some scented candles would be better received. They also fitted a square box much more easily than my usual matchbox pattern, so a new pattern was called for.

Square matchbox

The DSP is again the Best Year Ever pack that you can earn free during Sale-a-Bration with an order of £45. I partnered it with a lovely flower from the new Petal Potpourri set. Show me a set with a matching punch and they are in my next order within a blink of an eye! You can even save 15% when you buy them together as a bundle. Great coordination and great value – what more can we ask for?






Year End Closouts from Stampin’ Up!

We're so used to waiting for Sale-a-Bration for the best deals from Stampin' Up! but this year they have also given us some amazing year end closeout deals.


These offers are strictly while stocks last, so have a look at my online shop now and you could pick up some great bargains. Because we all know we need more craft products, right?






Star Shaker Card using Endless Wishes

I held a card class for a new group of ladies on Friday night. I promised them some wow Christmas cards, and I hope I didn't disappoint them!

Endless Wishes Star shaker card

I'd like to say that this was all my idea, but I think it's a combination of lots of cards that I have seen on Pinterest. 

Making the star shaker component is definitely a bit tricky, but it's worth it for the effect in the end. I only used the bits from the Star Confetti punch cut from Silver foil and Silver Glimmer paper, but some sequins would look lovely in there too!