I’m going to say the ‘C’ word!!!

I know it’s only August, but for us card makers, Christmas is a very busy season so we have to start early.
And what better way to kick off those Crimbo projects than having a thumb through the new STAMPIN’ UP! AUTUMN & WINTER CATALOGUE with a cup of something hot (your choice) and some biscuits!

‘How can I get my hands on a copy?’ I hear you cry!!  Easy!  Just send me a message with your name and address and I’ll pop one in the post to you TOTALLY FREE!  Or if you are more techno minded, you can view a copy on my website 😜


Happy Stampin’

Babs xx


Halloween Treats Part 3

Here is the third and final part of my Halloween Treats series – a Pinch Bag for Maoam Chews. Each little bag contains three chews although you could get another couple of little ones on if you are feeling generous!

This is another adaptation of a design by Sam Donald at http://www.pootles.co.uk


You will need:-

A4 card (you can make two per sheet)
Scraps of Patterned Paper (I used Witches Brew)
Scoreboard (or scoring blade for your trimmer)
Bone Folder
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Sticky Strip
Washi Tape (I used the matching Witches Brew Washi)

1) Cut your card to measure 5 3/4″ x 4 3/4″

2) Butting the long side of your card up to the top of your scoreboard or trimmer, score at 1/2″, 1″ and 5″.


3) Turn the card so the short side butts up to the top and score at 1/4″, 1 3/4″, 2 1/2″ and 4″.


4) Remove the 1/4″ x 1″ rectangle and then cutting either side of the score lines to the 1″ score line, remove notches as shown below.


5) Fold each of the score lines except the two 1/2″ strips at the top as shown below, and burnish them with your bone folder to form a crisp fold.


6) Flip the card over and fold and burnish the remaining two folds in the opposite direction.


7) Cut two strips of patterned paper measuring 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. With the long score lines on your card raised, stick the paper to the card as shown below. Add Sticky Strip down the 1/4″ edge from top to bottom.


8) Fold the two edges together, attaching the other long edge to the sticky strip.


9) With the join at the back, fold in the small flaps then the back flap. Attach Sticky Strip close to the edge of the front flap, then press it down to meet the back flap to form the base.


10) Stamp your sentiment onto a scrap of card then fussy cut around it leaving a small border. Stick this to the front of your bag.


11) Pinch the sides of the bag at the open edge to the second score line, then fold over the top score line. Fill with your chews then stick the flap down with a little Sticky Strip. Add a second small piece between the two flaps and stick these together.


12) Add a little decorative Washi Tap to finish.


Halloween Treats Part 2

For the second of my three part series of Halloween Treats I give you a Chocolate Pumpkin/Eyeball Box. These little boxes will hold 5 Chocolate Balls – I bought Pumpkins and Eyeballs from Sainsburys. This box is adapted from a design originally by Sam Donald at http://www.pootles.co.uk


You will need:-

A4 card (you can get 3 boxes from each sheet)
Scraps of Patterned Paper (I used The Stampin’ UP! Witches Brew collection which at the time of writing is still available in the Clearance Rack)
Scoreboard (or Scoring Blade for your trimmer)
Bone Folder
Multipurpose Liquid Glue

1) Cut your card to measure 6 1/2″ x 4″.

2) Butting the long side of the card to the top of your Scoreboard, score at 1″, 3″, 4″ and 6″. Turn the card round so the short side is at the top and score at 1″ and 3″.



3) Using your scissors, cut up either side of each score line as shown below to make notches. Trim the little notch away. Note that you do not need to cut up the sides of the small rectangles on the left.


4) Using your trimmer, butt the edge with the thin scored section to the top, and carefully remove 1/2″ from each side of the top square as shown below.


5) Notch out little triangles at the corners of each of the 1/2″ strips as shown below. This will for the box lid. Fold all your score lines, burnishing them with the bone folder to give a crisp fold.


6) Taking your patterned paper, cut out four pieces measuring 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ and one piece measuring 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″. Turn your card over so that the score lines are raised and attach your paper as shown below using liquid glue to allow a little wiggle room.


7) Using liquid glue, stick the small squares on the box base to the inside of its neighbouring rectangle, repeating for all four corners.


8) Finally, fill your box with your five chocolates and carefully close the lid with the tabs inside the box.


Halloween Treats Part 1

With only a few days left until the ghosts, witches, zombies etc start knocking on the door, I have put together a few ideas for treats. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on these, as they will most likely end up being ripped open, but this year I thought it would be so much nicer to give a handcrafted box or bag of sweets, rather than just presenting a bowl full of sweets for sticky hands to dig into.

So, here is the first of three tutorials which are quick, easy and relatively inexpensive to make.

The base for all three designs is a pack of black and white A4 card stock from Hobbycraft (I think it cost about £5 for a pack of 70 sheets). Actually, for cheap card it is quite good quality and scores really nicely without cracking.


First up is a Mini Haribo Matchbook – these are super quick to make and you get two Matchbooks from each A4 sheet of card.

You will need:-
A4 card
Scraps of patterned paper
Scoreboard (or scoring blade for your trimmer)
Bone folder
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Sticky Strip
Stamps (I used the Stampin’ UP! Good Greetings set which is a Hostess Gift on orders over £200 until 31st October 😉
Inks (I used Stampin’ UP! Craft Stampin’ Ink and a Tangelo Twist Stampin’ Write Marker)

1) Cut your card to 4″x10 1/4″ (2 per sheet).

2) Butting the long side against the top of the scoreboard, score your card at 4″, 4 1/2″, 8 1/2″ and 8 5/8″.


3) Fold the score lines and burnish them with a bone folder.


4) Cut a piece of patterned paper to measure 3 6/8″ x 1 3/8″ and stick it to the Matchbook flap with liquid glue – this gives you a bit of wiggle room to get the paper straight.


5) Stamp your sentiment (I used the Craft on the black and Tangelo Twist on the white. I find Stampin’ Write Markers are better for text stamps – just use the brush end to paint your stamp.


6) Finally, use a little Sticky Strip to attach your Haribo Minis to the inside of your Matchbook.