Monday, 1 July 2019

Tropical Garden Tent Gift Box

Well, we've had a few fabulous days here in Scotland, and it's felt very tropical indeed - a rare occurrence! 😎

So I thought I'd use it to inspire today's project - a tent gift box with a DSP sleeve using the lovely 'Garden Lane' DSP and the 'Tropical Chic' stamp set!

I monopolised on the fact that this DSP uses most of our Stampin' Up! 'greens' and I think the DSP matches the stamp set perfectly.

This box was made using Mint Macaron cardstock and I used Garden Green, Granny Apple Green and Mint Macaron inks for the leaves. I then stamped the 'Thank you' sentiment in Garden Green.
I used Whisper White cardstock to stamp them all, then cut out the leaves using our Tropical Dies and the sentiment using the smallest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I used my Multipurpose Liquid Glue (sadly not currently orderable) to add the leaves straight on to the box and raised the sentiment up using Mini Dimensionals.

In my video tutorial here, I used Garden Green cardstock for the box and a different sheet of DSP for the sleeve. I stuck with the same colours for the leaves and the sentiment.


You'll need:

A piece of cardstock measuring 10&1/2" x 4&1/2" for the box

A piece of DSP measuring 3&1/2" x 8" for the sleeve

Score on the long side at: 1/2", 2", 5&1/2" and 7" then add tick marks at the top at 1&1/4" and at 6&1/4"

Turn clockwise and score on the short side at 1&1/2"

Then add triangular scores from the tick marks down to the corners where the vertical and horizontal scor3e lines cross on both the narrow panels (these will become the side panels with triangular folds)

Cut up the vertical score lines from the bottom to meet the horizontal score line, but remove the narrow rectangle on the end (the 1/2" end) and notch the 1/2" panel top and bottom (this will join your box together).
Notch the smaller panels at the bottom to form the inside flaps and make tiny notches at each side of the larger panels.

Now fold and burnish on the triangular score lines in the narrow panels.

Fold in the smaller flaps on the base, then the back larger panel, finishing with the front larger panel using double-sided tape or liquid glue.

Stamp the leaves on to Whisper White cardstock using inks as above and cut out using the Tropical Dies. Then arrange on the front of the DSP sleeve.
Stamp the sentiment on to Whisper White cardstock using Garden Green ink and cut out using the smallest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies. Add this to the base of the leaves using Mini Dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this project and I hope to see you again very soon!

Love Karen xx

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Sunday, 30 June 2019

Simple Sundays #14

Welcome to this week's 'Simple Sundays' project!

Todays it's easy 3x3 notecards using the 'Genuine Gems' stamp set and the new 2019-2021 In Colour inks:

Just one pack of card, one stamp set and one ink! Or if you want a variety of colours, one set of inks.
That's it!

I hope you like this week's project - click here for the video tutorial.

Hope to see you again soon!

Love Karen xx

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2017-2019 In Color Classic Stampin' Pads
2017-2019 In Color Classic Stampin' Pads

Darcye's Tealight Box

As well as loving Stampin' Up!, I also love Darcey's products. Darcey's is a fast-growing Scottish company selling soy wax melts - which is their flagship product - as well as soy wax candles, tealights, bath & body products, rollerball perfumes, aroma beads, reed diffusers and car diffusers (air fresheners).
All of these products are cruelty-free too! So it made sense to be an Ambassador and enjoy a discount while making my house smell gorgeous knowing that none of the products are tested on animals!
I also have my own team of lovely ladies, as well as my own Stampin' Up! team.

So I decided to make a little gift box to hold some of our soy wax (unscented) tealights to gift to a friend;

I used Soft Sea Foam cardstock for the box and the DSP is from the beautiful 'Garden Lane' 12x12 pack.
Then I stamped two daisies from the beautiful new 'Daisy Lane' stamp set using Soft Sea Foam ink and punched them out using the new Medium Daisy Punch. I offset the petals and stuck the daisies together using a Mini Glue Dot. I then added a Clear Faceted Gem to the centre of the daisy.

In my video tutorial click here, I changed it up a little bit and used Mossy Meadow cardstock for the box with a different sheet of DSP. I used Mossy meadow ink for the daisies.

I had the idea in my head to have the flap on the lid showing on the outside of the box rather than tucking it in and I think it works really well. The daisy helps to hold it in place. although you can easily add a Mini Glue Dot to the underside of the flap if you wish - just take care when opening it so as not to tear the DSP.

You'll need:
A piece of cardstock measuring 7" x 6" for the box

Pieces of DSP for the panels as follows:
Three pieces measuring 1&1/2" x 2&5/8"
Two pieces measuring 1&1/2" square

A scrap of Whisper White or Thick Whisper White cardstock to stamp the daisies

Score the cardstock on the long side at: 1/2", 2&1/8", 3&3/4" and 5&3/8"

Score on the short side at: 1&5/8" and 4&3/8"

Adhere the larger DSP panels to the front, top and back of the box (keeping any directional patterns true) and the smaller square panels to each side (again, keeping directional patterns true).

Add a Clear Faceted Gem to the centre of the daisy and add the daisy to the front of the box using a Dimensional. Then tuck the flap on the lid behind the daisy.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this project and I hope to see you again soon!

Love Karen xx 

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Monday, 24 June 2019

Watercolour Fairies using 'New Wonders' stamp set

I just love fairies and all things whimsical, so I'm so glad I got this stamp set!
I decided not only to step out of my 3-D comfort zone again and make a card, but also to break out my new watercolour pencils - I've always avoided 'colouring' of any kind in my crafting, although I love sitting with my adult colouring books and my glitter gel pens when I'm not crafting ……

This is a host stamp set, so can't be purchased from the Stampin' Up! catalogue - it can only be 'bought' by redeeming host credits. Ask me how you can earn host credits and how you can place orders using the host code over there in the side bar ↗
In fact, ask me how you can do that AND how you can get a thank you gift from me if you place an order!

I used my new watercolour pencils - the second set that Stampin' Up! introduced last year which I'm glad to see back in the new annual catalogue, and on one card I kept the colours very light and on the other I decided to go for a bolder look.
Which do you prefer? I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below!

I think I prefer the lighter colours - it's more fitting with the floaty, whimsical look of the stamp.

Here's the video tutorial to show you how I made my cards:

Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you again very soon!

Take care,
Karen xxx

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Sunday, 23 June 2019

July 3-D Craft Kit

This month’s kit features the gorgeous Come Sail Away suite.
Included will be all the materials you need to make the boxes, bags and cards pictured below, including die cut shapes but excluding stamped images.

You’ll also receive one sheet each of dimensionals and mini dimensionals.

All you’ll need to provide are two inks: Night of Navy and Soft Suede.

There are 3 options for this kit:

Option 1:
Basic kit as detailed above (adding your own sentiments or stamped images) - £20 including P&P 

Option 2:
As above along with the ‘Sailing Home’ cling stamp set - £42 including P&P 

As above along with the ‘Smooth Sailing’ dies - £50 including P&P 

Option 3:
As above along with the ‘Sailing Home’ bundle (both the stamp set and the dies, saving 10%) - £66.75 including P&P

Orders need to be placed with me by 8pm on Sunday 30th June to allow me to place the order and get all kits prepared and sent out by Saturday 13th July.

Orders / enquiries to 

Payment is via PayPal to (you don’t need to have a Paypal account to do this).

Speak soon,
Happy crafting!
Karen xx

How to step up a simple project

Earlier today I posted today's 'Simple Sundays' project, which was quick and easy 3x3" notecards and I added a pizza-style box to store them in.
In the video tutorial I showed how you can step up a simple project in s couple of easy steps, from this ….. 

to this …..

to this …..

You can change a project so much just by adding a couple of little 'extras' but still not have to make it complicated.

Here's the video to show you how:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope to see you again soon!

Take care,

Karen xxx