Sunday, 26 January 2014

Hello and welcome to The Jem's 2014 Sale-A- Bration Blog Hop to show off the fabulous
 products that you can get for every £45 spent during the Sale-A-ration period.
Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoy sharing all the fabulous projects with our team.

I chose the "One Big Sale-A-Bration 2014" Digital Ensemble as one of my free gifts.
It includes all the stamps, paper and accessories offered in Sale- A-Bration in digital form ready
to use in My Digital Studio which you can try for free!

I have made two cards to illustrate the different images that can be achieved using My Digital Studio. 
The first card uses the stamp "You're Lovely", in pretty standard form, I have just made a slight change to the orientation of the wording......

... with the second card I have deconstructed the stamp, removing the flowers from within the medallion and using them as a backdrop instead.

Hope you have enjoyed these projects and will take advantage of  Sale-A-Bration to get your free gift with EVERY £45 spent and also try the Free My Digital Studio Trial!
 If you came here from Sharon Glynn's blog; 
Your next blog on the hop is the wonderful Kate Martin's:
.....please have a look at the other team members blogs
and see even more delicious craft projects celebrating Sale-a-bration!!

If you get lost along the way, here is a list of everyone taking part and links to their blogs
                                        Kylie Henshaw -

Monday, 11 November 2013

         Festive Flurry Framelits Christmas Trees

 Hello, here is a tutorial as requested on how to make these cute little Christmas trees using the Festive Flurry Framelits from Stampin' Up.
All you basically need are the Framelits, some card, ( I used Whisper White) your Big Shot Die cutter or other die cutter.
A pair of scissors, some liquid glue a glue gun and kebab sticks. 
Festive Flurry Dies     Order No: 132193     £20.95
Also available as a bundle with co-coordinating Stamp Set.
For details click 2013-2014 Autumn Winter Catalogue or Shop link
on top right of blog.  
 Optional to decorate, you could emboss the card stock, add glitter, diamonds or the Stampin' Up Dots.
I used glitter and diamonds on the little white tree with the base but as with most things Stampin' Up
the pictures don't do the products justice and you cannot see how sparkly it really is.
Hopefully when/if you make yours you will be even more pleased seeing them in the flesh.
I think they would make a cute centre piece or could be used as little props on your craft stall
or such like.
You can make them in a selection of sizes depending on how many snowflakes you use and also the distance apart you space them.
You can make them so they are like natural trees that have layers all the way to the base or make ones like the green one with dots which I have stuck into a cork base. (I knew there was a reason I saved all my wine bottle corks!)
So to make:
Cut out 9 snowflakes, 2 of each of the snowflakes and a 3rd one of the largest size.
Cut a quarter section off every snowflake and discard.
Make 9 cones with the remaining piece of the snowflake.
Curve the card until one side of the snowflake sits on top of the corresponding pattern.
(Hope that makes sense, I will do another picture if any confusion.)
Glue down.
Once you have glued all the 9 pieces and the glue is dry snip a little hole at the top
of every cone except one of the smallest cones.

Get your glue gun ready and start assembling the tree starting with the largest first.
(I skewered all the holes first to make sure they smoothly went onto the stick and also marked the
stick with a pencil from the base at 2cm then at every 1cm. For inches it is roughly 3/4 inch then every half inch. You could easily do this by eye but I just marked it off so I knew where to put the hot glue. I would advise also you add the cones from the pointy top bit as they slide on easier.)
Glue under each mark and add a snowflake, the first two large ones are put on at the 2cm (3/4") mark and slightly above. This forms the base and ensures the trees stand up. (On the first of the largest snowflakes you can bend the end of the flakes to further aid its ability to stand securely.)
Then add the remaining snowflakes, offsetting them to give a random tree effect until you come to the last one without the hole at the top. Cut off the remaining kebab stick leaving about half a cm (1/4") and glue on final piece.

For the trees with the cork base I only used 8 snowflakes, I cut down a bottle cork and made a hole in the centre for the kebab stick which you can glue if needed for stability.

Decorate as you wish.

As you can see I used embossing folders to give the card texture, I cut out the snowflakes first
and then placed in the embossing folders.

 Hope this tutorial has been useful for those who requested it and I hope you will have a go at making them. X

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Secret Garden Paper Piecing

Secret garden Paper Piecing
The Secret Garden Stamp set is a wonderful and versatile
set, it also has its very own co-coordinating set of Framelits Dies.
To achieve this patchwork flower effect I have used a technique called paper piecing.
The flowers I have used have six petals so I selected six of my favourite papers
from Gingham Garden DSP and stamped the flower image onto each of them and also
six times on to a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
I then cut a different petal from each of the papers and stuck it to the corresponding
stamped image on the Whisper White card.
The centre of the flower is a little more detailed but do not worry as this can be covered with
an embellishment though I have made so many now I can do them quite neat
and they look really nice with or without an embellishment.
I then ran my flowers through the Bigshot using the coordinating
Framelits Dies.
Why not have a go of this technique yourself and give a new dimension
to your stamps.
Stampin' Up
Secret Garden Stamp Set 131940 (W)  129144 (C)
Secret Garden Framelits Dies 129372
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please email me:

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Berry Boxes

The Stampin' Up ceramic berry box.


Choose your cardstock and cut two pieces each of the following measurements:
9cm x 21cm
1.5cm x 21cm

On the two 9cm x 21cm pieces, score along the 21cm length at:

6.5cm and 14.5cm

On the two 1.5cm x 21cm pieces score along the 21cm length at:
10cm and 20cm


On the two 9cm x 21cm pieces mark in 0.5cm in at the score lines.
Along the 21cm lengths draw a line from one corner to the
first 0.5cm mark then to the second 0.5cm mark and then to the
last corner. Cut out along lines and discard.

If you want the cut-outs on the Berry Boxes I am hoping the pictures and measurements below
are self explanatory. If you plan on making a few of the boxes I suggest making one template
in chipboard that you can just draw around. I have also used the Stampin' Up word window
punch as a template for the cut outs. My preference for cutting is the SU snips but you may find it better to use a crafts Knife?
Once you have done the cut-outs attach as below with tape or glue.
The two 1.5cm x 21cm strips once bent at right angles along the score lines
have two sides measuring 10cm and a 1cm tab.
Glue or tape the tabs and join as below to form a square.
Tape or glue the square strip to the top of the box.
If you don't want the cut-outs why not use embossing folders to add the
I have used the SU Woodgrain Embossing Folder for a rustic looking box
and also the wonderful new
Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, so pretty.
I have made this post in response to requests from fellow crafters
who wanted to have a go at making some berry boxes for themselves.
So I hope this has been helpful, Angie. x

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Gingham Garden Suite

Gingham Garden Suite
Hi fellow crafters,
The wonderful new Stampin' Up Catalogue is here, ready for you to:
Drool over.
Make a wish list.
Agonisingly whittle your wish list down (so you have enough money left for the other/lesser essentials in life like food, utilities etc. Well we do need a roof over our heads and sustenance for our craft sessions).
Place your order,
Wait for the Up's man (or should I say 'your' ups man to arrive as we seem to have a unique relationship with these bringers of magical treasure, bet we must be their happiest customers!).
Unwrap/empty contents of box or boxes.
Stand back and survey the devastation or as we crafters like to call it creative mess as it will be like Christmas Day morning or your birthday with boxes and wrapping and of course gorgeous, gorgeous goodies! 
and finally what its all about:
wipe the drool from your chin and.....
As you can see I've gone AWOL on Gingham Garden, well with the beautiful British summer we are having at the moment who can blame me.
The colours, the flowers and of course the gingham speak of summer garden parties and picnics, pretty kitchens, baking cakes, cookies and scones, of aprons and tablecloths, orchards and jam making......
This will be a great collection to capture all your precious memories of Summer. For cards, gift-wrapping, scrapbooks and mini albums, a picture frame of a family get together, just perfect to evoke the happiest time spent in the garden with family and friends, holidays, festivals and special occasions too.
Here is a list of my (first) shopping list from the new catalogue:
Gingham Garden DSP:   129310   £9.95
Kind & Cozy Stamp Set:   129123 (W) £19.95   129126 (C) £15.95
Gingham Standard Wheel:   130110   £5.95
Wildflower Meadow:   129165   ££15.95 (W)   129168 (C)
I also used from my stash the following cardstock (£6.25 24 sheets) and also
Stampin' pads (£4.95) 
Melon Mambo          A4 Card 119980         Stampin' Pads 126948
Daffodil Delight       A4 Card 121680         Stampin' Pads 126944  
Pear Pizzazz              A4 Card 131290         Stampin' Pads 131180
Island Indigo            A4 Card 124390        Stampin' Pads 126986 
Night of Navy           A4 Card 106577         Stampin' Pads 103033
Also a must Whisper White A4 cardstock 106549 £7.50 40 sheets
Compatible Ribbon:
Chevron Ribbon (NEW) £8.25
Pear Pizzazz 130011     
Island Indigo 131151
Taffeta Ribbon (New) £5.25
Melon Mambo 131207
Seam Binding Ribbon £6.25
Daffodil Delight 25583
Stitched Grosgrain £4.50
Daffodil Delight 126872
Night of Navy 126874
Bakers Twine £2.50
Island Indigo 125575
To learn how to get a discount on these great products contact me via my Stampin' Up
Well Goodbye for now, please come back for more Stampin' Up Makes.
Angie. X


Berry Boxes & Wildflower Meadow Candle

Berry Boxes