Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Faceted box

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  

The blogging has been a bit hit-and-miss lately and for that I apologise.  There's barn quite a bit going on with the family that's taken up a lot of my time and energy. I won't bore you with the details, but it has meant that sometimes the blogging has to be hit and run.

Thankfully, I have crafting to help me relax and keep me sane.  Designing projects and working out the details occupies my mind, and making the projects keeps my hands busy.  

Today's project started off to be a little domed box, but I played around with the measurements and got this interesting shape.  Here's how it went together -

Here's the cutting/scoring diagram -

And you'll find the products I used below.  I've been playing with items from the new catalogue just to tease you - but it's not too long to wait before you can get your hands on them, with the new catalogue open for business at the beginning of June.  I'm so excited...!

Keep crafting,


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

By popular request

Hi everyone, and thanks for stopping by.

Today's project is by popular request.  

Recently I shared how I made a large gift bag (8x8x4) and at the end of the tutorial I showed another one that was 6x6x6.  I've been asked several times to share the measurements for that bag - so here's the tutorial.

I thought I would explain how I calculated the measurements in the first place.

Once you understand the relative proportions involved, you can adjust the measurements to make bags in several sizes. 

Here's a diagram that shows the relative proportions, based on a sheet of 12 x 12" paper-

These big bags are a good way of using up your retiring DSP to make room for the lovely new papers that are going to be in the new catalogue, as well as making sure you have a stock of gift bags ready when you need one in a hurry.  For me that's a win-win scenario!

If today's project was a bit technical, please don't worry - normal service will be resumed in the near future!

Keep crafting,


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Up and Away

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog today!

The past few days the weather has been absolutely lovely - warm and sunny, not too hot - just about perfect.  And it was a public holiday weekend as well so we had an extra day to enjoy it all.  

Wouldn't it be just amazing to be up in the clouds in a balloon on a day like that?  One of my cherished memories is of watching hot air balloons in flight over the town where I was living.  They were so beautiful and so silent, sailing overhead agianst a blue, blue sky.  I couldn't manage a real hot air balloon but I did make this card, which reminds me of that time.

The card hides a twist and pop mechanism.  This is one of my favourite action cards.  Once you get the hang of it, they are easy to make.

Here's how I made this one.

I'm so happy that the dies and stamps will be carrying over to the new catalogue.  They are so useful for cards for all ages and are very gender-neutral, don't you think?

That's all for now,

Keep crafting,


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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Over the rainbow

Hello, and welcome!

Today I'm showing you a card made with the Rainbow Builders dies.  These are great for using up those scraps of card that are too big to just throw away, but aren't quite right for any project you have in mind!

I used mine on an Easel card.  The fun thing about these cards is that you can see the inside and the outside when it's on display.

Here's how I made it- 

I'm going to miss these dies (although I'll still be playing with them, just not sharing what I make here) when they retire, but I'm super excited about some of the new products coming along!  My pre-order (one of the advantages of being a demo) is on its way... can't wait...!

Are you curious to know what I'll be doing with it?  Me to!

Crafty Hugs,


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Bags of fun!

Oh my, it's May already and it'll soon be time to welcome the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue!  One of the great things about being a SU demo is that we get to see all of the lovely things that are coming soon ahead of time, and I promise you that you are going to love, love, LOVE some of the goodies coming your way!

This does mean, though, that we have to say goodbye to some of our old favourites to make room for the new.  And in the same way, I'm using up my retiring DSP to make room.  I like to keep gift bags ready-made so that if I need one in a hurry they're good to go - and these bags are about as large as you can make from 12 x 12 inch paper.

The finished size is 8 x 8 x 4 inches, so they'll hold quite a bit.  

Here's the how-to-do-it video.

You could easily vary the dimensions a bit  if you wanted - how about 9x9x3 or 7x7x5?  Why not give it a try?

Anyway, keep crafting!


Saturday, 28 April 2018

InspireINK- Wedding Bells

Hello and welcome to my bit of the latest InspireINK Blog Hop!

This month's theme was set by Hannah, and she has chosen -

This is rather timely because earlier this week we celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary - I can hardly believe it!  

Of course my contribution has to feature hearts (what am I going to do without the Sweet and Sassy Framelits?) I'm going to give this card to some friends who are celebrating their first anniversary this weekend, and as they both love cats I've made use of the Cat punch (so happy that one's going to be in the new cat-alogue!) 

I do thank you for stopping by my blog.  To continue the hop, please click the "Next Blog" pic to go to Janice's blog and see what she's created.  
Keep Crafting!


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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Could this be cheating?

Hello and welcome.

Let's be honest. sometimes you don't have time to create an item from scratch, especially if you have to make several copies of whatever you're making.  At times like these, prefabricated items are a godsend!

April is a busy month for me and my family.  We have birthdays and anniversaries throughout - my sister, two nieces, a nephew, my father-in-law and myself all have birthdays.  Oh, and my husband and I were married in April as well.  So there's quite a bit of gift-giving going on.  And although it does feel a bit like cheating, I'm sharing how I take shop-bought gift bags from drab to fab!

Keep crafting!


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