DVD packaging with DSP

Most DSP stacks come with a couple of extra-thick pieces of DSP. I needed to wrap a DVD as a gift for someone, and this extra-thick DSP was perfect for making an envelope!

I have so much retired DSP so I’m trying to use up a whole bunch before allowing myself to purchase some from the new catty! This particular one came from the Pop of Pink DSP.

It took me a few goes to get the measurements just right, but here they are…

Begin with a 10 3/4 inch square of DSP. Using the envelope punch board, punch and score two opposite sides of the square at 4 1/4 and 5 inches. On the other two opposite sides, line up with each of the two score lines and punch and score.

Next, round the four corners, then fold and burnish all score lines. You’ll see four tiny squares where the lines intersect – you can either cut these and remove completely, or cut one side and use them as tabs for your envelope.

I used tombow to glue my envelope, as it allows for manipulation before it dries completely. It’s best to assemble your envelope around the DVD to ensure the corners are nice and square.

Finally, I made a belly band to hold the envelope shut. I used a strip of Basic Black cardstock, a Stitched Shapes framelit dies oval in Peekaboo Peach, then assembled flowers from the Flourish thinlit dies in Night of Navy, Whisper White and gold.

The belly band is 2 inches thick. I used A4 cardstock and the long side isn’t quite long enough to wrap around the envelope. So, I cut a small piece of cardstock 2 by 1 3/4 inches and used that to close the gap. This is hidden underneath the embellishments.

Score your belly band at 2, 2 9/16, 8 1/8 and 8 5/8 inches.

Hope you find these instructions useful. It’s a very versatile project as it can be used at any time of the year, for any occasion, with any embellishments and can hold a stamp set too! 😉 

Violette 💟

ESAD 2017-18 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Oh my goodness! It’s almost time to share the new annual catalogue with the world! In the Stampin’ Up! world, this is one of the most exciting times of the year because a huge range of brand new stamp sets, in-colours, designer series papers, ribbons, trims, framelits, thinlits etc. become available.

As Independent Demonstrators, we’ve come together to offer you all a sneak peek of some of the many new products that will be available for you to purchase in just a few days time. You might be starting this blog hop with me, or perhaps you’ve hopped over from Renee’s brilliant blog post. Regardless, enjoy the journey through, and feel free to leave a comment 😊

At first glance, the Pieces & Patterns stamp set and Pick a Pattern DSP may not look like much, but I saw potential – my first instinct was to create a mini notebook cover and matchbox-style pencil case.

It took me ages to get the measurements just right, but the end result is a cute gift ready to give!

Products used:

  • Pieces & Patterns stamp set 
  • Pick a Pattern DSP 
  • Emerald Envy and Whisper White cardstock 
  • Flirty Flamingo ink pad 
  • Stitched Shapes framelits 

After making that, I became inspired to create another pencil box, but this time I used the new hostess stamp set Feathery Friends and made some note cards to go with it.

The note cards have been stamped with Basic Black ink in two different designs, with the idea being to gift these. The receiver can colour them with the pencils provided, then send them with a note on the back. Who doesn’t love receiving snail mail!?

I used all the new 2017-2019 in-colour markers alongside the 2016-2018 in-colour markers to colour the design on the pencil box. 

Tip: if you’re right-handed, colour from left to right to avoid smudging your work (vice-versa for left-handers).

Finally, I tied the note cards into a neat bundle with some new Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.

Products used:

  • Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White cardstock 
  • In-colour markers 
  • Feathery Friends stamp set 
  • Thick Whisper White cardstock (for the note cards)
  • Basic Black ink pad 
  • Lemon Lime Twist ribbon 

Well, that’s it from me, but fasten your seatbelt and click the arrow to go visit Sharon! 

Happy stamping!
💟 Violette 

Retiring in-colours (2015-2017)

Well, it’s almost that time of the year in the Stampin’ Up! world where we wave goodbye to a set of 5 “in-colours” and welcome 5 new ones. I used the upcoming retirement of Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder as inspiration to use up some of my supplies.

Last weekend, I caught up for a craft session with my up line Laura, and I decided to get out all my envelope paper and create a pile of envelopes, as this paper had been sitting unused for more than a year. Seriously, I made a huge stack of envelopes!

The little itty bitty ones on the top are made to hold 3×3 cards. Tonight, I set about creating some little itty bitty cards to match.

First, I created this cute set of 5 mini note cards with matching envelopes. The cards are 3×3 inches with the Whisper White measuring 2 7/8 square. I used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

While my mojo was still with me, I used the Balloon Adventures stamp set to create a second set using the same dimensions as the first set.

These will be a great gift idea, and would box up nicely. 

I hope this blog post inspires you to use up some of your retiring in-colours!

Violette 💟

Stampin’ Up! Colour Guide

I’ve been very busy over the last few days because I’m wanting to become more organised with my Stampin’ Up! supplies. I feel like a highly organised workspace and headspace frees up the mind for creativity.

So, one thing I’ve done to help allow this to happen is create a colour guide chart thingy – a super technical name!

It shows you all the shades of colours across all colour families, including the two in-colour sets for 2016-2018 and 2017-2019.

I hope you find it useful! Feel free to share it with your customers, but I do ask that you keep my watermark on it so that my hard work is credited 🙂

Let the countdown begin for the new Annual Catalogue on June 1! I can’t wait 🙂

💟 Violette 

ESAD 2017 Last Chance Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

Welcome to my first ever blog hop! You might be just starting here, or perhaps you’ve come from Rachael – Either way, welcome, and I hope you enjoy the journey!

The theme for this blog hop is Sale-A-Bration (SAB) – the one time of the year when every $90AUD you spend earns you a FREE product. This promotion runs out at the end of this month, so we thought we’d all get together and share some projects we’ve each made, featuring a SAB item.

I’ve recently purchased the Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating framelits, and decided to mix and match with the SAB So Very Much stamp set.

I chose Rich Razzleberry as my main colour and teamed it up with Emerald Envy, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Soft Suede and copper.

Here’s what I created (scroll down for measurements):

It’s a larger square card with a stamped Very Vanilla card lining to write your message on inside.

I used the Paisleys & Posies stamp set to create my own DSP – stamp in Basic Black, emboss some copper highlights and colour with markers. Very soothing and relaxing 😊

Here’s the all-important measurements, so that you can make your own!

  • Rich Razzleberry card base 14.8 x 29.6cm, scored on the long side at 14.9cm
  • Very Vanilla cardstock for DIY DSP 14.3 x 14.3cm
  • Copper foil sentiment mat 11 x 11cm
  • Rich Razzleberry sentiment cardstock 10.5 x 10.5cm
  • Very Vanilla card lining 13.8 x 13.8cm

I used dimensionals to adhere the sentiment mat to the front of the card, to give it more depth. 

I just love the finished product, and I think I’ll make some more of these to add to my stash!

Well, that’s it from me, but please fasten your seatbelt and hop safely to the next destination on this blog hop – say hi to Monique Fielder!

Happy stamping!

Love Violette 💟

Paisleys & Posies with some mindful colouring

Hi all,

Manic Monday definitely hit me hard today! So after a full-on day at work, some calming crafting was on the menu. I decided to finally play with my Paisleys stamp set. When I first saw this in the catalogue, it didn’t really catch my eye. Once I started seeing creations online though, I simply had to have it! Scroll down to see my first finished project as well as the measurements 🙂

Colours used: Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron and gold.


  • Card base – half an A4 (21 x 14.9cm) scored in half at 10.5cm
  • Mat 1 – 9.5 x 13.9cm
  • Mat 2 – 9 x 9 cm
  • Very Vanilla – 8.5 x 8.5cm
  • Sentiment in Very Vanilla – 9.5 x 3cm

On the Very Vanilla cardstock, I randomly stamped various images from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set with Basic Black ink.

And then used my Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker to add a hit of colour. I found this very calming & soothing after the hectic day I had!

I finished it off with a couple of dies from the coordinating framelits, and voilà!

Hope you enjoyed this simple and calming project.


Violette 💟

Quick & easy ‘Balloon Adventures’ card with instructions

Happy weekend everyone! I don’t know about you, but my life has been crazy hectic since school went back, so I haven’t had much of a chance to do some crafting. Today I sat down and created these super quick & easy cards using the Balloon Adventures stamp set. Hope you enjoy this project 😊

First, you’ll need to get your cardstock ready. You’ll need half an A4 sheet of cardstock in the colour of your choice for the card base, scored in half. You’ll also need a 7.5×13.9cm piece of Whisper White cardstock and some small scraps of cardstock in your choice of colour for the balloon.

I’m making a bulk lot, using Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight. I made one earlier using Sweet Sugarplum.

After you’ve scored your card bases in half, it’s time to stamp some balloons on the right edge of each card, using the matching ink colour. I used the dot balloon and the stripe balloon alternately, beginning at the top and working my way down. You’ll fit 4 balloons down the edge.

Put the card bases to one side, and get ready to stamp on those Whisper White pieces of cardstock. Stamp a ribbon and bow on each piece – I used Smoky Slate. Make sure you leave enough of a gap at the top to fit the balloon. Then use your matching ink again to stamp a sentiment.

Next, you’ll need to choose a coordinating colour to go with each card (perfect time to use up some scraps) for the balloon. For example, on my Sweet Sugarplum card, I used Flirty Flamingo for the balloon. Use either the dot or stripe balloon and stamp using the matching ink colour. Then use the balloon punch to punch out the balloon. Adhere it to the Whisper White cardstock with a dimensional.

Lastly, adhere your Whisper White strip to the left side of your card base, using 5 dimensionals (one in each corner and one in the middle). They’re now ready to give!

Hope you enjoyed this quick project and that the rest of your weekend is super!


Violette 💟