The Crafty Inklings Blog Hop

Hi guys – oops!!  It’s been a LOOONG time since I last posted!  But I’m back!
So – welcome to our first Crafty Inklings Blog Hop. We are a group of fellow Stampin’ Up Demonstrators from Norfolk, Suffolk and some of our wider teams, a bit further afield !  

You have probably joined me from Jacqui Lawrence’s Blog –  did you love her projects?  If you’ve jumped straight in with my blog, then Let me tell you a bit about it.

Today we are sharing projects we have made from the Spring / Summer and Sale-A-Bration Catalogues.  If you haven’t seen them, you really do need to have a look at your Demonstrator’s website – if you haven’t got a Demonstrator, then please feel free to take a look at mine 😉

I want to show you the gorgeous Sending Love Suite.  It’s not just for Valentine’s Day!

I think I’ve managed to use every stamp from the Sealed With Love stamp set plus every die from the Love Notes Framelits Dies – I’ve even slipped in a little of each design from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack and the Sending Love Glassine Sheets.  Imagine each one of those squares on a 4″ x 4″ card – they would make lovely little notelets – add in a box and you have a beautiful gift set.
Here are a few other ideas to prompt your mojo!  I made the Cards with two inserts – one for Valentine’s Day and one plain – each with  Tear and Tape Adhesive on the back so either one can be stuck in by the customer.

Thanks for dropping in 😉.  I’d love to know what you think of my frame and cards, so please feel free to leave some love in the comments 😘

It’s now time to visit Rebecca Davis 

See you again soon

Babs xxx


It’s that time again!

Yes, we are saying goodbye to our retiring products for 2016 😥. Some, I will personally be keeping as I am soooo in love with them, and am genuinely sad to see them go, but without retiring stuff, Stampin’ UP! can’t fit in all the gorgeous yumminess of crafting coming our way on 1st June.

When you first see the list, you may be shocked at some of the items leaving, but when you see what is coming (don’t worry – time will fly) you will understand.

Meantime, get your hands on your favourites from the retiring list before they sell out – the sooner you place your order, the greater the chance of them being in stock.  Remember – when they are gone, they are gone FOREVER 😞.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be showing you some projects I’ve made with a selection of the retiring products, and giving you updates on how stocks are going, so be sure to add me to your reading list 😉

REMEMBER – to buy any of the retiring Hostess Sets, you need an order of £150 or over in conmmissionable sales (not including postage).  If that value is a bit too much for you, why not become a Virtual Hostess – drop me an email or give me a call for more information if you are interested.

 Check out the Retiring Products HERE!


New 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue plus Joining Offer

Morning all!

Well, it was always going to be a late-to-bed night tonight – how could I NOT stay up poised over my iPad ready to submit my first order from the new Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalogue?  And boy, it’s a corker!!!

I’ll do a ‘tour’ of the catalogue later (when my head is not quite so foggy from tiredness lol) but I just wanted to pop on and give you all the link to the online shop and also let you know about our fab new joining offer for anyone who is thinking of joining my team.

All new Demonstrators who join between the 2nd and 30th June 2015 will be able to pick an EXTRA TWO STAMP SETS OF THEIR OWN CHOICE FOR FREE!  That’s in addition to all the normal benefits of being a Demonstrator.  Check out the details at CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE or give me a call.

And that link to the catalogue is – if you place an order which is under £150, please consider using the CURRENT HOSTESS CODE: VGC9YGAB to help me cover the costs of the products used in my tutorials.  If your order is over £150 then don’t use the code as you become the Hostess 😉

Well – I’m off to bed now but I’ll catch up with you all VERY SOON!


Kent Demos Crafty Fun Day

I met up yesterday with a group of lovely SU Demonstrators all from Kent.  We were from a variety of teams, with experience ranging from beginner to avid crafter but we all had one thing in common – a love of Stampin’ UP! and their products.

The day was organised by Elaine Jackson and Caroline Hallett and it was so nice to meet them both after watching so many of their inspirational crafty YouTube videos.  The ladies put together four fab projects for us to have a go at and take back to our own classes and workshops.  It was great to be able to swap ideas and tips between us and I came away a very happy and inspired bunny – I think it really did give my mojo a kick up the rump as I came home and made a load of embellishments to go with my Mini Album lol.

Here are a few piccies of the fruits of my labour – and a couple of us crafters (I pinched these from Elaine lol)

The plan is to make this a quarterly meet up – I can’t wait for the next one just in time for the launch of the new Annual Catalogue 🙂

Covered Notebook

I do love pretty things – so why have a plain, boring notebook in your handbag when it is so easy to make a cover for it.

I haven’t done a step-by-step tutorial, as the sizes will vary depending on your notebook – if you’d like me to do a tutorial on how to work out your sizes, leave a comment 😉

For this notebook I used:-

A4 Card Stock – So Saffron

A4 Card Stock – Whisper White

Classic Stampin’ Pad – So Saffron

Classic Stampin’ Pad – Wisteria Wonder

Classic Stampin’ Pad – Pear Pizzazz

Butterfly Basics Stamp Set

Butterflies Thinkits Dies

Painted Petals Photopolymer Stamp Set

Square Flip Top Box.

IMG_1267 This little box would be great for a female or male gift – it’s based on Sam Donald’s box (Pootles) but I’ve tweaked the sizes slightly to fit four Ferrero Rocher chocolates in. Cut a piece of cardstock to measure 10 1/2″ x 6″. With the long side at the top of your Simply Scored board, score at 1 1/2″, 4 1/2″, 6″ and 9″. With the short side at the top, score at 1 1/2″ and 4 1/2″. Cut and remove sections as shown.

IMG_1289 Next cut four pieces of DSP measuring 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ and one measuring 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″. Note that if you are using a paper which has a ‘directional’ pattern, make sure you cut it so the long side of your pieces are the top and bottom of the pattern, otherwise you will end up with sideways flowers! Attach your DSP to flaps A, B, C & D and the square piece to the top. Fold and burnish all your score lines, then attach the sticky strip where shown. To make up the box, attach flaps 2 & 5 to side E, then flaps 4 & 6 to side G. This forms the bottom of your box. Next attach flap 1 to side A and flap 3 to side C to form the flip down lid. Finish decorating as required. For my box I used Cherry Cobler A4 Card Stock from the Regals Collection with DSP from the Stacked With Love DSP Paper Stack. The heart was ‘fussy cut’ from one of the sheets and attached with a Stampin’ Dimensional and finished with a large Basic Rhinestone Jewel Accent. The ribbon is from retired stock, however there are a number of wide Cherry Cobbler ribbons here.

IMG_1268 The knotted ribbon acts as a belly band, so you can simply slide the ribbon off to open the box and reveal your chocolates. I hope you enjoy giving this box a go – please show us your creations on my Facebook Page 😃

Flip Top Mini Box

As I got to the tills of a local supermarket on our school run breakfast stop, I noticed an adorable Cadbury’s Mini Eggs flip top box. Being a sucker for 3D projects, I had to buy one to deconstruct (the mini eggs did go down nicely with a cup of coffee – oops!)

To make your own Flip Top Mini Box you will need a sheet of A4 cardstock and some DSP for decoration.

Firstly, cut your cardstock to measure 6 7/8″ x 6 1/2″ – I used Calypso Coral from the Subtles Collection.

With the long side (6 7/8″) at the top of your Simply Scored board, score at 1 1/4″, 4 5/8″ and 5 7/8″. Turn your card so the short side (6 1/2″) side is at the top and score at 1″, 2 1/4″, 3 1/2″, 4 3/4″ and 6″.

Cut and remove the sections as shown below.


With the small tab at the top of your Score board, score the right hand flap at 3 1/4″ down to the second line. Turn your card and make a mark 5 lines across from the left hand edge on the two flaps as below – cut and remove the parts as shown and then notch out the score lines at the bottom.


Cut and remove the bottom flaps as shown to reduce some of the bulk.


Fold and burnish all the score lines using a Bone Folder.

Attach Sticky Strip to each side of your card as shown.



Before making up your box, attach a piece of DSP measuring 1″ x 3 1/4″ to each of the four long panels marked ‘A’. I used the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack.

Next, attach a piece of DSP measuring 1″ x 3/4″ to Flap B. Cut another two pieces at 1″ x 3/4″ then cut diagonally across one end to match the diagonals on Flaps C and attach.

Cut one final piece of DSP measuring 1″ x 1″ and attach to Flap D.

Make up the main body of the box first. Remove the backing from the sticky strip on the long flap and attach it to the opposite edge to form a box.

Fold in the two smaller flaps 1 & 2 at the bottom, then the back flap 3 and then the front flap 4, using the sticky strip to attach the loose edge of the base at the back.

Attach the two small flaps to the sides of flaps C to form the lid.

Decorate as required. For this box I ‘fussy cut’ three hearts from one of the sheets from my Stacked With Love papers and layered them up, attaching them to the box using a Stampin’ Dimensional and then another heart from the same sheet which I flipped over so the black and white side was showing. I attached this to a scrap of Calypso Coral Cardstock and ‘fussy cut’ that to give a small border. I attached this to the top of the box with another Dimensional, then attached a small Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accent to each heart.

This little box not only makes a lovely package for chocolates or sweets, but could also hold a Lipstick or Nail Enamel. Show us what you put in yours 😉