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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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 😉

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Valentine’s Mini Berry Basket

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So – here is the first of my last minute Valentine’s Day projects. It’s been adapted from Elaine Jackson’s basket at Papercraft Button but I’ve made it a mini version to use the Stampin’ UP! Paper Stacks – in this case the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack.

You will need two pieces of DSP cut to 6 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. With the long side at the top of your Simply Scored Board, score each piece at 2″ and 4 1/4″. With the short side at the top, score the centre 1/3 section 1/8″ from each edge, then join each end of that score line to its corresponding corner as below.

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Cut along these lines to take a small wedge out of each edge of the two pieces – I find this easiest using a pair of long bladed scissors like the Craft and Paper Scissors.. Apply Sticky Strip to the underside of one of these pieces as shown below.

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Stick these two pieces together to form a cross as shown.

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Next cut four strips of DSP measuring 3 1/4″ x 3/8″. With the long side at the top of your Scoreboard, score each piece at 3″. Attach Sticky Strip to each of these tabs and use these to stick the four strips together, then attach the ends of this longer strip together to form a square.

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Centre one side of this square along the top of one side of the main box piece, and staple this at either end. Making sure the remaining three sides are tucked into the square band, attach the other three sides in the same way, starting with the side opposite the one you have just attached. You could also attach this band with sticky strip or liquid glue, but I think the staples make a more authentic, retro looking Berry Box.

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Lastly, cut a strip of DSP measuring 6 1/4″ x 3/8″ and attach it between the band and the flap on opposite sides to form the handle as above – note if you are using liquid glue or sticky strip to attach your band, complete this step BEFORE attaching the band so the ends of the handle are tucked neatly away.

And there you have it – a Mini Berry Box to hold your Valentine’s gifts. I’d love to see your finished baskets – and what you put in them 😉

Gift Card Holders

Maybe it’s just me, but when I give a Gift Card or money, I never feel like I’ve actually given a present. So, I wanted to jazz my Christmas Gift Cards up a bit. Where did I turn for inspiration??? Trusty old YouTube lol.

I found these fab pop out holders on Dawn Griffith’s Channel ( the original design is by Jackie Topa) and fell in love with them.

I’ll post the Christmas design ones after the big day as I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but here are two others I made – one for a birthday and a manly one for Fathers’ Day – using products from the new Stampin’ UP! Spring Catalogue 🙂

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