Monday, 29 October 2018


I wanted to give a thank you card and token gift to someone to let them know they are appreciated and thought it would be nice to make co-ordinating packaging.

To make the base of the box, which holds a 42g box of Guylian Sea Horses, I used a piece of thick Very Vanilla cardstock measuring 7¼" x 7¼" and scored on all four sides at ½" and 1¾".

I then cut and folded along the score lines as shown. 

Adhesive was added to the tabs to stick the base together (I have used sticky tape but multi-pupose liquid glue will work just as well).

To make the lid, I used a piece of thick Very Vanilla cardstock measuring a smidge over 6¾" x 6¾" (6 13/16ths) and scored at ¾" and 1½" on all four sides.  I then cut and folded along the score lines as shown for the base.  

Before constructing the lid, I ran it through the Big Shot using the largest circular die from the Eastern Medallions thinlits dies (I had to fold the flaps up to fit the lid on my plates).

I then adhered a piece of gold foil measuring 3½" x 3½" to the back of the lid before constructing it.

To decorate, using the Big Shot and gold foil, I cut the second smallest circle from the stitched shaped framelits and to this, I added a flower which I cut from Very Vanilla cardstock using more dies from the Eastern Medallions thinlits.

I placed mini Stampin' Dimensionals underneath the petals to make them stand up and topped it all off with a gold faceted gem.

The matching card was made using a piece of thick Very Vanilla cardstock measuring 8" x 4" and scored at 4".  The gold foil layer measures 3½" x 3½" and the top layer measures 3⅜" x 3⅜".  I used the new Detailed Trio Punch to make the decorative corners and then used the same punch to round the corners on all three pieces.  As I didn't have any envelopes to fit, I quickly made one using the Envelope Punch Board following the instructions for a 4" x 4" card.

The gift bag was made using the Gift Bag Punch Board and a piece of thick Very Vanilla cardstock measuring 10" x 8¼".  I followed the instructions on the board for the small sized bag.

This project was really easy to do and I think is a lovely way to give a gift.

Happy crafting


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Friday, 26 October 2018


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As a member of Crafty's Angels, our team leader, the lovely Linda Parker of Papercraft with Crafty sets us a challenge whereby we have to create a project using any three elements from the above grid as long as they are in a straight line (i.e. vertical, horizontal or diagonal).

I decided to go straight down the middle as I wanted to showcase some of the new limited-time products from the Snowflake Showcase which are due to be released on 1st November and will only be available until 30th November 2018 while supplies last.  Please see below for more details.

To make this card, I used a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock (140490) measuring 10" x 7" and scored down the centre at 5" to make a 7"x5" card base.

1st layer - Silver Foil (132178) measuring 6¼" x 4¼".

2nd layer - Whisper White regular cardstock (106549)  measuring 6" x 4" which I ran through the Big Shot using the 'Softly Falling' embossing folder (139672).

I took a strip of Vellum cardstock (106584) slightly wider than my card and wiped over it with an embossing buddy (103083) to get rid of any static.  Using Versamark Ink (102283) I stamped the sentiment from the new 'Snow Is Glistening' stamp set , added some  silver Stampin' Emboss Powder (109131) and heat set it using Stampin' Up's Heat Tool (129054).  I then wrapped this around my second layer and secured it at the back with some adhesive tape;  I then added this layer to the silver foil.

Finally, I cut the snowflakes from the new 'Snowfall Thinlets' dies using silver glimmer paper (146960) and silver foil (132178) and layered onto the card with liquid glue.  I have to say that I am impressed with this set of dies as there are 20 in total with a large selection of different size snowflakes which can be used for a variety of projects.

I hope you like my card.

To see what some of the other team members made, please click on the links below.

Happy Crafting

Maggie x 

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Sunday, 7 October 2018


For this month's challenge, our team leader, the lovely Linda Parker from Papercraft With Crafty, sent us a kit containing a variety of supplies, e.g. cardstock, designer series paper (DSP), ribbon etc. and asked us to come up with a Christmas themed card.  This was completely out of my comfort zone as I usually have an idea of what I want to create before I get the supplies but I thoroughly enjoyed taking part.

Here is the design I came up with:

The background base to this card is made by attaching a piece of Merry Merlot cardstock to the front of a Whisper White notecard.  

To make the next layer, I attached a piece of Merry Merlot & Copper reversible ribbon to the front of a piece of Joyous Noel DSP and adhered this to the card base using Tombow multipurpose liquid glue.

On a piece of copper foil, I stamped the Santa and his reindeer from the 'Hearts Come Home' stamp set using Versamark ink and heat embossed using Stampin' Up's white embossing powder.  The sentiment also came from the same stamp set.  I then used the co-ordinating 'Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies' to cut out the little houses in Whisper White cardstock and adhered this to the copper foil with the liquid glue; this was then layered onto another piece of Merry Merlot cardstock and finally added to the front of the card using stamping dimensionals.

Unfortunately, I had run out of enamel dots so I had to improvise by cutting out 3 small circles using the handheld circle punch and adding a small drop of the fine tip glue to make them shiny.

To see what the rest of our team came up with, please head on over by clicking on the following links.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


As it's Valentine's day today, I thought I would share a card I made featuring one of the furry friends from the 'We Must Celebrate' stamp set (145898) which is one of my favourite sets from the new 2018 Spring/Summer catalogue.

For this card, I used a 6" x 6" Whisper White Card Base and layered it with a 5" x 5" mat in Cherry Cobbler, followed by a further mat measuring 4.5" x 4.5" in Whisper White which I ran through the Big Shot using the Pinewood Planks embossing folder (143708). 

The smaller mats were made using the Layering Squares (141708) and Stitched Shapes (145372) Framelits and the hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits (141707).

To give the smaller hearts some definition and shine, I added a layer of fine tip glue (138309) on the top.  The sentiments came from the 'Guy Greetings' (137178) and retired 'Gift of Love' stamp sets and were heat embossed using the Silver Stampin' Embossing Powder (109131).

💕Happy Valentines Day 💕

Monday, 9 October 2017


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As a member of Crafty's Angels, our team leader, the lovely Linda Parker of Papercraft with Crafty, set us a challenge whereby we had to create a project using any three elements from the above grid as long as they were in a straight line (i.e. vertical, horizontal or diagonal).  

Saturday, 5 March 2016


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Using Whisper White card stock (#106549), I punched out 2 circles with the 2" circle punch (#133782) and 6 oval shapes with the large oval punch (#119855).

I then used the owl builder punch (#118074) and punched out the heart in Pink Pirouette card stock (#116203) for the nose and the two middle sized circles in Basic Black (#121688) for the eyes.

Using a sponge dauber (#133773) and the Pink Pirouette classic stamp pad (#126956), I gently sponged some colour onto two of the oval shapes to make the ears and, with the same stamp pad and two more of the oval shapes, I used the eraser end of a pencil to stamp three little pink circles for the feet.

To make up the face, I adhered the ears to the back of one of the 2"circles and glued the second circle on top to give a smoother finish and add some stability.  I then added the nose and eyes and, using a black fine liner pen, drew on whiskers and eyelashes.  A white gel pen added a glint to the eyes.

The gift box was made from a 6" x 8½" piece of Whisper White card stock stamped with little flowers from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (#137154) and So Saffron Classic Stamp Pad (#126957).

With the card stock in the portrait position, I scored at 2" and 4" then rotated the card 90 degrees clockwise (landscape) and scored at 2", 4", 6" and 8".

I turned the card back 90 degrees anti-clockwise (portrait) and at the 1½" mark, scored down to the 3rd scoreline and repeated at the 4½" mark.  Turning the card 180 degrees, this time I just scored down to the 1st scoreline from the 1½" and 4½" marks.  

The shaded areas (Fig 1) were cut away and then I cut along the ½" wide sections and mitred the edges (Fig 2).  All score lines were burnished and sticky strip added to the areas shown (Fig 3).

Fig 1                                                 Fig 2                                                   Fig 3

Once assembled, I adhered the head to the rear of the box, stuck the two feet on the front and using the remaining two oval pieces, I curved them slightly using my bone folder and glued one end of each piece to the back of the box and the other end to the side to look like the bunny is holding the present.

To finish, I added a bow to the top of the box made using the bow builder punch (#137414) and So Saffron card stock (#126957).

Monday, 15 February 2016


Today's project was inspired by a little Wedgwood trinket box belonging to my husband's aunt.

Take a piece of Pool Party card stock measuring 10¼“ x  5” and score on the long side (landscape) at 1⅝”, 3 ¼“, 4⅞”, 6 ½”, 8⅛”, 9 ¾” and on the short side (portrait) at 1⅜” and 3⅝”.


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