Carols of Christmas Gift Tag Box Set – All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us for this exciting October blog hop with the All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team! We are thrilled to be showing you our work today. You may be starting here or have come from Erica’s blog. You’ll find a list at the end of each post so you can continue around the world to see all these amazing designers’ blogs. You can purchase our brand new tutorial bundle TODAY! It includes 12 incredible designs using products from the brand new Holiday Catalogue. Click on the Buy Now button below. Or how would you like to receive the October bundle ABSOLUTELY FREE? Simply place a minimum $50 order (before tax and shipping) this month using the Host Code for October in my online store* and I will send you the bundle as a gift for shopping with me. You will receive the tutorial bundle PDF via email. * When you log in to my online store, please make sure that my name is at the top right of the store page and check the box that allows me to contact you, otherwise I won’t know where to send your free Tutorial Bundle!

I’ve made a Christmas tag gift set using the same stamp set and dies that I used in my tutorial bundle project – Carols of Christmas bundle.

Measurements for boxes and tags are listed below.


Finished box sizes: Metric – 8.5 cm wide x 6 cm high x 5.5 cm deep; Imperial – 3-3/8″ wide x 2-1/2″ high x 2″ deep.
Boxes will easily fit 15-20 gift tags!

Black and White Box

I covered the black and white box with some paper from the Merry Music Specialty DSP pack using adhesive sheets (these are fabulous!) after I scored the thick Whisper White cardstock. The extra layer makes this box very sturdy. Some scraps of Lemon Lime Twist and Crumb Cake Cardstock for the trees and deer (popped up with dimensionals) and a little clear Wink of Stella (WoS) on the trees finished off the front. I punched a hole in the top and threaded some Whisper White Sheer Ribbon and tied a knot on the inside to form a finger loop to open the box.

Deck the Halls Box

For this box I masked off the front after I scored and cut but before I constructed it, and stamped poinsettias and leaves in Real Red and Old Olive. Then I used my anti-static pouch before stamping “Deck the Halls” in Versamark ink and gold heat embossing. I used a scattering of Old Olive enamel shapes and clear WoS on the flowers. The opening is the same as the black and white box and uses Old Olive Sheer Ribbon and a stitched felt star. If you make these boxes, I recommend using Tear and Tape double-sided adhesive for strength.

Gift Tags

The “To:” and “From:” were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and are from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set; all other stamps and dies are from the Carols of Christmas bundle. All tags are made from layering weight Whisper White Cardstock. I used Whisper White Sheer Ribbon on a couple of tags and Real Red Solid Ribbon on the others. There is plenty of room to add a message inside these tags – bonus!

Tree Tag

I stamped and gold heat embossed the stars at the top, added some washi tape at the bottom, and die cut a tree in Lemon Lime Twist and ran it through my crimper just for fun. Isn’t it adorable?

Deer Tag

The deer were stamped in Crumb Cake and the centre one is gold heat embossed. The little accents (berries?) were stamped in Real Red.

Christmas Ornament Tag

I used my markers for this tag in Basic Black, Old Olive, Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist. The Real Red Cardstock border was punched with the Ticket Tear Border punch and adhered with SNAIL adhesive. WoS was added to the ornaments.

Poinsettia Tag

Some simple stamping is all that was used on this pretty tag; Real Red for the flowers, Old Olive for the leaves and Crumb Cake for the accent dots with WoS on the flowers.

Mistletoe Tag

A scrap of Merry Music Specialty DSP was adhered with SNAIL. I then stamped the mistletoe in Old Olive and Real Red before die cutting it, and adhering it with mini dimensionals. I wrapped some Real Red Solid Ribbon around and tied a bow, securing it with a couple of glue dots.

I had heaps of fun making these boxes and tags. With just a little creativity and the gorgeous stamps in this set and coordinating dies, the possibilities are endless! Or you could change it up and use one of the two Christmas DSPs in this month’s DSP Sale, or one of the two Christmas stamp sets in the World Card Making Day Sale. And who wouldn’t love to receive a gift of handmade Christmas love?! I hope you enjoyed this project. If you would like to follow my blog by email, click here so you don’t miss a single blog post. Next up is the amazingly talented Jacque Williams with some inspiration for you.

Label Me Pretty Cookie Pouch for WWYS #126

Don’t you just love a quick and easy project – and one that contains yummy stuff?! This week’s What Will You Stamp? Challenge project is just that. The stamp set we’re showcasing this week is Label Me Pretty. I’ve seen these pouches all over the place (there’s even one in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue on page 30), so I thought it was about time I made one. And the Label Me Pretty stamp set is perfect for it.

I’m not usually one for adding a lot of embellishments, but this project could take it, and I had so much fun! And there’s so much scope for mixing and matching with Stampin’ Up! products. 🙂

I chose a sheet of Designer Series Paper from the Pick a Pattern pack because the checks are kind of “country kitchen” and it had mushrooms (food) on it.

So I added to the country feel with some Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread and a couple of hearts.

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Tasty Trucks Gift Bag for WWYS #102

Hello and welcome to this week’s WWYS Challenge. This week’s stamp set is from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure – Tasty Trucks. You can earn this set for free with a $90 order. These adorably cute images lend themselves to lots of projects. I’m thinking they’d be great for gift tags, 3 x 3 notecards, as well as gift bag decoration, which I’ve done with today’s project.

I’ve layered the truck image which I coloured with watercolour pencils onto Bermuda Bay. These were die cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits. I also added some accents to the trucks tyres, windows and the ice-creams using a white paint pen, and finished off with some clear Wink of Stella (although you can’t see it in the photo).

Keeping with the colour scheme (kind of) I layered a silver metallic foil doily along with two banners cut using the Banners Framelits from Silver Glimmer Paper and one of the designs from the Serene Scenery DSP Stack, added some Sequin Trim and 3.2mm Stitched Ribbon (both in Bermuda Bay) and attached them to the bag with one of the cutest little paper clips from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue Sending Love suite. I added a glue dot behind the bow to secure it properly. The sentiment on the banner also comes from the Tasty Trucks set.

The bag itself has had the watercolouring and ink pad smooshing treatment in Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. Of course this makes the bag look crinkly, but I kinda like that look. What do you think? Do you love it or hate it?

Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you’ve left me a comment, thank you! You’ve made my day. Be sure to hop on over to the WWYS blog to see what everyone else has made and enter your own project. You could be our next guest designer!

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Are you looking for inspiration? My incredible team – the Crazy Crafters – and I have put together a bundle of 21 gorgeous projects with full colour photos and instructions in both metric and imperial. It’s also incredible value at only $25! To purchase the bundle click here.


The Occasions Catalogue is full of exciting new stamp sets and card making supplies, and the Sale-A-Bration Brochure has a gorgeous selection of rewards you can claim for free! For each $90 spent between 4th January – 31st March 2017 you can choose a free item from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure!

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Cupcakes, Carousels, Suite Sentiments and an Embellished Notebook!

Hello and welcome to my blog today! Today’s project follows on from yesterday’s card project where I shared a card that I had made especially for a new team member. And today’s project is an embellished notebook that I made as part of her welcome pack. These are fun and easy to do and I just love making them. And they’re useful as well. I mean, who doesn’t love a prettily decorated notebook?!



Don’t you just love the theme? The patterns, the colours, the font – ahh, they all bring back childhood memories of the wonder and excitement of the travelling circus. So I thought it was a fitting suite to use as a new demonstrator gift – I remember the excitement when I first joined!


Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack. Item #: 142744. © Stampin’ Up!®

I couldn’t decide on just one delicious colour for the sentiment, so I used three – YUM! I used markers in So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral.


Tip: After colouring images with markers, huff on the stamp. Your breath reactivates the ink so you get a clear image.


The large intricate font in this sentiment is perfect for this technique. Here’s a close-up:


This sentiment comes from the Suite Sentiments Stamp Set, which was a gift for attending OnStage last November. It coordinates with other stamp sets in the Occasions Catalogue and the wording of this particular sentiment was just perfect for this project.


Suite Sentiments Stamp Set. Item #: 142968 (Wood); 142971 (Clear Mount). © Stampin’ Up!®

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Here’s to Cheers for WWYS #96


Hello! Welcome to this week’s What Will You Stamp? Challenge. This week we’re creating with the Here’s to Cheers Stamp Set which also has coordinating framelits so you can make gorgeous gift tags.

Here’s to Cheers Bundle – Item #: 143528 (Wood Mount); Item #: 143529 (Clear Mount)

My design for this week is a jazzed up bottle of Moet – you could do this with just about any size or shape of bottle, jar, or even baked goodies likes cakes and loaves (there’s an example on page 39 of the Holiday Catalogue).


I just cut a bunch of the swirly patterned rectangles and adhered them to a Delightful Dijon sleeve, along with some ribbon. Then I heat embossed the sentiment in copper onto black cardstock, die cut it with one of the squares from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, attached it to the copper foil bottle tag and decorated it with more gorgeous ribbon. Finally, I popped it into one of the large cellophane bags and finished it off with a beautiful double-looped ribbon.


I hope you like my champers gift wrapping. 🙂


If you like this colour combo, feel free to share and pin it. You can find more on my Pinterest colour inspiration board.


Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you’ve left me a comment, thank you! You’ve made my day. Be sure to hop on over to the WWYS blog to see what everyone else has made and enter your own project. You could be our next guest designer!

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Teeny Tiny Sentiments for WWYS #91

Hello and welcome to this week’s WWYS Challenge using the Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set. I have always adored this set. It has so many cute greetings for many different occasions. I’ve used two in today’s project. Here’s the stamp set pic:

Note: The stamp set varies by name and content depending on where you are. In Australia, it’s called Teeny Tiny Sentiments and doesn’t have the Thanksgiving and Halloween greetings; in the US it’s called Teeny Tiny Wishes and doesn’t include the greetings “miss you so much” and “congratulations”.

I paired the sweet little sentiments with the Fancy Frost Suite from the Holiday Catalogue, using Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky and Whisper White – non-traditional Christmas colours. I love that!


TIP: You can change the look of an image by selectively colouring parts with Stampin’ Write Markers. In the medallion image on the card, I inked up the image using a Soft Sky ink pad then used my Sweet Sugarplum marker to colour the centre flower and some of the “leaves”.

The box was made with the Popcorn Box Thinlits (it’s not just for popcorn!) and the tag is from the Merry Tags Framelits Dies. I also added some mini jingle bells – they’re so adorable!



The falling snow image used on both the box and the card is from the Merriest Wishes Stamps Set. Using the same stamps on both pieces ties them together. I also added the smallest stitched die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to back the sentiment. These projects were quick and easy and so much fun to make!



Remember to check out all the beautiful inspiration over at the WWYS Challenge blog.



If you like this colour combination, click on the picture above to see more colour snapshots.

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Paisleys & Posies Gift Set for WWYS #90

Hello and welcome to this week’s WWYS Challenge using the Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set. I fell in love with this set the moment I clapped eyes on it. The designs are gorgeous and the colour possibilities are endless. Here’s the stamp set pic:



I knew I wanted to use black and copper for this project as I think they are a real WOW together, and I also decided to make a matching gift box, not for any other reason than I wanted to make THAT gorgeous flower from the matching Paisleys Framelits Dies! It would have been too much on the card but I think you’ll agree it’s stunning on the gift box.



TIP: Matching pieces don’t always have to be exactly the same. Here, I’ve reversed the colours on the box but it still matches the card perfectly.

And here’s a close-up of that flower! How gorgeous is it?!



Remember to check out all the beautiful inspiration over at the WWYS Challenge blog.



I enjoyed making this beautiful gift set – the stamps and dies made it easy to create. If you like the colour combination, click on the picture above to see more colour snapshots.

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Botanical Builder Gift Set for GDP033

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I love making boxes, and when it’s an unusual one and comes with a matching card, even better!  I took up the challenge for this week’s Global Design Challenge.  I really like colour challenges and this one is lovely because it has some of my favourite colours!  Click on the image below to see what the design team has come up with and all the inspirational projects that have been entered.


My inspiration for this box comes from Jessica Winter’s Diamond Box.  Jessica is an Artisan design team member.  To see her post, click on the image below.

Jessica Winter Diamond Box

I’ve adapted Jessica’s design to make a tall box, and I’ve included a co-ordinating card to go with it.

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I used the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, and really went to town!  It is a bit OTT but I was having so much fun!  What do you think?

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I decorated the lid as well as all around the box.  The sentiment is from the Honeycomb Hello Stamp Set and the tag from Tags & Labels Framelits is threaded with Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

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For the card I used the sentiment from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set.  Both sentiments were white heat embossed.

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I love the unusual look of the box and how, even though this it’s tall (a whopping 18 cm), it still sits flat and is very stable.  You could fit lots in it too!

If you like these colours, please feel free to save and share this colour snapshot.  You can find more colour inspiration on my Pinterest board here.

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Here’s the picture with all the products used.

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I hope you like my Botanical Builder gift set.

Here’s some more sneak peeks from the upcoming Annual Catalogue to feast your eyes on.



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You can purchase the products to make today’s project from the supply list below.  Just click on any image to go to my online store.  Remember to use the current Host Code BAQND3W3 if your order is less than $250.  And don’t forget NOW is the best time to join – get $235 of product for only $169 and get to order from the new catalogue before it’s released.

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Grateful Bunch Notepad Cover for GDP021

Not a Card …

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for stationery.  I’m literally like a kid in a lolly shop!  So, for those of you who suffer from the same affliction, I have a real treat for you today.  For this week’s Global Design Project colour challenge I felt like making a non-card project.  I love notepads – little ones, big ones, skinny ones and tiny ones.  They’re handy to have around and if you can make them pretty, that’s even better!  So today’s project is a tall, skinny shopping list size notepad cover.

The colours for the challenge are bright and fun and I think my little notepad cover turned out the same – bright, fun and whimsical.  Here are the colours for the challenge:


Click on the image above if you’d like to check out what the very talented Design Team have made, or to join in yourself.

Emboss Resist Technique

The emboss resist technique is a really easy one and gives stunning results and it’s also a wonderfully tactile medium.  It involves applying ink over heat embossed images.  For this project I used the beautiful lace image from the Grateful Bunch stamp set which you can find in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.  I also heat embossed and fussy cut a couple of the little butterflies from the same set.

It’s the Little Details …

I could have stopped there, but I wanted to delineate the sentiment from the image pattern.  And I could have just attached some ribbon around the cardstock, maybe added a bow and it would have looked okay.  But I wanted to emulate the circles of colour and tie all three colours into this element, so I layered some Melon Mambo 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon over the top of the Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding Ribbon.  To that I added some Bermuda Bay sequins (from the Sequin Trim) and topped these off with some Melon Mambo Enamel Dots (from the It’s My Party suite of products in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue).  Of course I had to heat emboss the fabulous sentiment (also from the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set) in Bermuda Bay.  Can you tell I LOVE heat embossing?!


I hope you’ve enjoyed my little notepad project as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you.  Thanks for stopping by today.


“Enjoy” Party Favour Box for GDP009

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I’m so pleased to be able to share today’s project with you.  Although I love to make cards too, this (not so little) party favour box takes me back to my roots with paper crafting.  You see, the reason I actually joined as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator was because I am also a soap maker and I wanted the product discount so that I could make my own soap boxes!  But of course I fell in love with SU – the company, the products, the paper crafting community and the creativity, so although I still do make soaps, SU has become my main focus.

Anyway, on with today’s project.  Here’s the banner for the GDP009 colour challenge.  Click on the image to check out the designers’ inspiration and all the entries into this week’s challenge.


For this challenge I wanted to do a 3D project.  So I started with a Google image of a similar box and set to with pencil and paper and designed this cute favour box.  I used the colours for this week’s GDP challenge in the build – Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder.

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I’m really pleased with the way it turned out and I intend to produce a video tutorial for those that are interested.  At the moment I’m still setting up my video gear but promise I’ll get to it ASAP, so check back to see that (subscribe if you don’t want to miss it).

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The box uses an A4 sheet of cardstock.  The final dimensions are 4″ W x 2½” H (to top of DSP panel) x 2″ D.  Total height of the box is 3½”.  I wanted to keep it simply decorated, so I just used some DSP from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack, the “enjoy” die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set, some Dotted Lace to close the box, and three tiny pearls for a little elegance.  The handle shape was formed by partial die cutting using the 5th smallest oval die from the Ovals Collection set, and the handle opening was cut with one of the dies from the Baker’s Box Thinlits set.  For the side slots I used my die tool and hammer.

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I have included a diagram of the box layout in lieu of a video until I get to record one.  I hope you like my project today and thanks for stopping by.








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