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 😉

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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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Desktop Calendar

I made myself a Desktop Calendar a few weeks ago, but never got around to photographing it (oops!). It was super easy to make following Elaine Jackson’s video.

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For mine I used the Under The Tree Specialty Designer Paper from the Stampin’ UP! Autumn-Winter Catalogue with the Project Life Day to Day and the Larger Than Life Alphabet & Numbers Stamp Sets with Early Espresso ink from the 2014-2015 catalogue.

Only thing is – the boys loved them so much that they want one each for their rooms lol!

Bokeh Effect Technique

A couple of months ago, CraftyHallet did a tutorial on a Bokeh effect technique – I’ve finally gotten around to giving it a go lol.

I need to make sure my tape border is FIRMLY stuck – I did get a bit of seepage with the colour so had to cut off the lovely watercolour border and matt it onto some Whisper White card instead, but I’m still really pleased with the results.

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The technique works best with a large text stamp, so I busted out my new Best Day Ever stamp set which is a FREE Sale-A-Bration set you can order when you spend £45 between 6th January and 31st March 2015 – more on that in the new year 🙂

If you’d like to give it a go, check out Caroline’s YouTube tutorial HERE

Perpetual Birthday Calendar Sneak Peek

Here is your first Sneak Peek from the Spring & Summer 2015 Stampin’ UP! Catalogue, which runs from 6th January until 31st March.

The catalogue contains five lovely Project Kits, of which the Perpetual Birthday Calendar is one. The kit includes printed calendar sheets, a chipboard sheet which forms the back of the clipboard style calendar, box, die-cut banners, accent stickers, alphabet stickers, baker’s twine, ribbon, sequin trim, glitter, sequins, a folder clip and a sponge. All you need to add is your ink and adhesive.

I teamed my kit up with the co-ordinating Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set which has little accent stamps as well as the twelve month stamps and a textured background stamp.

The kit was really quick and easy to put together and I have loads of bits left over to add to other projects, so at £14.50 (plus £21.95 if you want to add the stamps) I think it is fantastic value for money.

Here are my pages, which I put together following the suggestions included with the kit.

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Journal Your Christmas 2014

I can’t believe it’s December already! And with it comes one of my favourite online classes – Journal Your Christmas at shimelle.com. I think this is the 4th year I’ve joined this class – such great value as you buy it once then come back for free year after year! It’s lovely seeing how everyone’s families change.

So far, I’ve not managed to complete an album 😦 but as I’m not working at the moment due to health issues, I’ve got plenty of time for JYC2014, so I’m really hoping I finish it this year.

I was going to make my own album – I love the albums Kathy Orta makes – but my hands aren’t up to cutting the chipboard. So I bought an 8×8 Kraft Album from Hobbycraft. The front cover is done – I wanted to keep it simple, but may add some snowflakes or flowers later.

If you’d like to follow my JYC journey I would love to take you along!

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