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…!


Simple Card using Dove of Peace

This is another of the cards we made in our Shoe Box Swap evening. This isn’t a stamp set that jumped out of me from the catalogue, so it was a great chance to get to create something with it.

dove of peace

The vellum was embossed using the Softly Falling embossing folder. I really like how you can choose two different effects depending on which way round you put your embossed sheet. As you can see, I went with more rather than less!

This card also reminded me how effective heat embossing can be, along with the use of watercolour paper and a stylish swash from an aqua painter. And who could resist adding a bit of bling to finish it off?


Blog Hop for World Card Making Day 2015


Welcome to another Pinkies Blog Hop! As it's World Card Making Day today, we hope everyone will get some time to craft, and we've created some lovely projects to help inspire you to create your own beautiful card. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

While I love Autumn (the colours, the clear but cooler days, cinnamon in everything being completely acceptable), I never really get on with those colours in crafting! So here is something completely un-seasonal as inspiration for some bright and cheerful crafting on World Card Making Day.

Pleated DSP technique
The flowers are stamped in Soft Suede (stamped off first to make them form more of a faded background) using an outline stamp from the Garden in Bloom stamp set. I know they are perfect for two-step stamping, but sometimes the outline on its own is very useful. The sentiment is cut using the Greetings thinlits from Melon Mambo cardstock.

I grabbed some time last weekend to prepare my project for this blog hop, and I've since seen a couple of cards with this kind of pleated DSP as a pretty feature. It's so simple and an effective way to show off a teeny bit of the "other" side of our lovely DSPs. This pattern is from the English Garden DSP, which coordinates with the Garden in Bloom set.

Pleated DSP close up

I started by cutting 2½" strip from a piece of 12"x12" paper (make sure you choose one that has two patterns that you like – it's not usually that hard!).

  1. Score at 4".
  2. Move your paper along ¾" and score, then move it along 1½" and score.
  3. Repeat step 2.
  4. Move your paper along one more ¾" and score.
  5. Cut a diagonal line from the edge of the paper at the second score line (at 4¾") to the end of the DSP strip, finishing roughly halfway along the width of the strip. You'll be cutting over the scored part of the paper, rather than the bit that's left flat.
  6. Stick to your card, and trim off the excess DSP after the last pleat.

If you're using a scoreboard instead, your score lines will be at 4", 4¾", 6¼", 7", 8½" and 9¼".

Why don't you give it a go?

Next on our blog hop is Hannah, and I know you are going to love her project!








Stamp, Snack and Chat

I hosted my first Stamp, Snack and Chat at a local community centre this week. I shamelessly stole the name from Shelli Gardner, and I think it completely sums up what is fun about getting together to make new friends (or just catch up with old ones!) and craft. I kept the projects simple, as most of the attendees were new to stamping. We made a card using Flowering Flourishes, embellished with butterflies (Papillon Potpourri and the coordinating Butterfly punch).

Flourishes and butterflies card

I stuck with a tried-and-tested colour combination of Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe, but some of the ladies chose to swap those colours round, which looked lovely as well.

I couldn't just send them away with a card, so we also made little matching Curvy Keepsake boxes – we all agreed they were perfect for a couple of Lindor chocolates!

Flourishes and Butterflies set

If you'd like to join me for our next Stamp, Snack and Chat, or in fact at any of my upcoming classes, just drop me an email. We'd love to have you join our group!






Blog Hop for the Autumn Winter Catalogue


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

I love the build up to Christmas, don't you? Waiting to see shops put out the Christmas stock, planning parties, and working out what to make for everyone's presents. But if you're anything like me, one second it's back to school and the next it's December and you haven't managed any of it. I'm determined it'll be different this year and at least I have one Christmas card made and ready to share with you today.

Peaceful pines

I'm a sucker for a good Christmas tree set, and Peaceful Pines (with matching Perfect Pines framelits to make life easier) was the first thing on my wish list. I've also used the Gently Falling textured embossing folder, layered over some Lost Lagoon cardstock. You can just about see the snowflakes stamped in Lost Lagoon from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set underneath the vellum layer. The Dazzling Diamonds glitter strips on the Smoky Slate label layer were created using double sided tape to give even strips without too much effort.

Peaceful pines close up

The pine itself is stamped in Mint Macaron – a perfect grey green to match with the Lost Lagoon and Smoky Slate. The sentiment is also from the Holly Jolly Greetings set. I added Silver Cording Trim and one of the lovely Winter Wonderland Embellishments to finish it all off.

Next stop on our blog hop is Tracy, and I know she has a lovely project to share with you!