Keeping it Simple

It is 41C today in Melbourne – HOT! But I won’t let that stop me from getting my craft on.

I decided to make some cute 3×3 inch cards and have my first play with the Beautiful Peacock stamp set that’s in the Sale-a-bration catalogue. You can get this gorgeous stamp set for free just by spending $90!

Sometimes people feel pressured to create elaborate cards, or people believe that they can’t make cards themselves because it’s far too difficult. Well, have a look at these cute cards:

All I did was get out my scrap box, find three colours that I thought would look nice together, and away I went! No need for a Big Shot, Designer Series Paper, embossing etc. Just cardstock and ink!

The three colours I used above were: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party and Basic Grey. I also made another three using Peekaboo Peach, Melon Mambo and Old Olive:

The measurements of the cardstock are as follows:

  • Cardstock base 3×6 inches, scored at 3 inches on the long side
  • Whisper White or Very Vanilla 2 3/4 inch square

So easy to make – yet very effective – even a newbee could make them. So don’t let your inexperience hold you back from giving card making a go!

πŸ’Ÿ Violette


Easy DSP Gift Tags

Whether we like it or not, Christmas is only 35 days away! Here’s my two furbabies last Christmas:

Yep… They got bow-ties for Christmas! But I digress…!

I’m a teacher in a primary school and Christmas means Christmas raffle. Donations are currently being asked for, so why not put my craft-pertise to good use?!

Tonight I made a set of 10 gift tags. Very easy to make. I’ve put measurements below.

I used the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and coordinating punch to make the reindeer. He is stamped with Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake cardstock. He is adhered with dimensionals to make him pop out a bit.

You can make 18 gift tags from one piece of DSP. Cut strips 4″ by 2″ then used the scalloped tag topper punch to create the top of the tag, including the ribbon slot.

I punched two 1.5″ circles from contrasting colours to add a bit of interest in the background. In this case, I’ve used Early Espresso and Emerald Envy.

The “To/From” has been stamped on a piece of cardstock 2″ by 3/4″. If you look closely, I’ve double-stamped it in two shades (Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron) to create a shadow effect. This tied in the green of the ribbon and the green of the punched circle.

Add a bit of ribbon and voilΓ !

The countdown is on. Are you ready for Christmas?

πŸ’Ÿ Violette

Matchbox-style Pencil Box

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I’m lucky enough to be attending OnStage this Saturday in Melbourne – it’s a Stampin’ Up! convention where we meet up with other demonstrators and get a sneak peek at new products.

I’ve never been to OnStage before, but one of the things demonstrators like to do is make ‘swaps’ – create something using Stampin’ Up! products to swap with other people. You then come home with heaps of fresh ideas and awesome creations. I’ve created some pencil boxes to swap.

Here’s the details on how to make them.

Firstly, I bought the box of 36 colour pencils from Woolworths. Each matchbox-style pencil box holds 12 of these pencils, so for $4 you have enough to fill three pencil boxes.

Please note: the following measurements are based on the pencils in the Woolworths packet – if you use different pencils, the measurements may need to be altered.

Inner Box

Cardstock for inner box: 8 1/8 x 2 3/4 inches; scored on all four sides at 1/2 inch.

Cut and wedge all four corners to ensure a nice, clean finish.

Fold and burnish all score lines then glue each corner (I prefer using tombow so you can manipulate the positioning).

Outer Cover

DSP for the outer cover: 7 3/16 x 5 1/2 inches; scored on short side at 1, 1 5/8, 3 3/8 and 4 inches.

Fold and burnish all score lines, then wrap it around the inner box and glue.

Now just decorate it as you please! I used some jute twine as well as some critters that I fussy-cut from some leftover DSP.

Hope you find this tutorial useful and that it helps motivate you to go create something new!

πŸ’Ÿ Violette 

Flirty Flamingo meets Fabulous Flamingo

Stampin’ Up! isn’t ‘just’ about creating and crafting… It’s also about the people you meet along the way. I’m part of a team with the leader being the lovely and talented Liv Ingle (inkreations), and although I’ve never met many of the team in person, we build a community via social media. Liv holds fortnightly design competitions that usually revolve around a sketch or a colour combo.

This fortnight’s competition was a colour combo one. The colours I had were:

I was desperate to use my new stamp set from the Annual Catalogue “Fabulous Flamingo” and wanted to team it up with the ink colour Flirty Flamingo because… Well… How could I not?! Here’s the finished product:

Normally I have an idea in my head when I begin to craft, but today was different. I love what I came up with!

As you can see, I used Crumb Cake, Peekaboo Peach, Powder Pink and Pacific Point, and added Flirty Flamingo and a touch of gold.

I look forward to playing with this stamp set again soon.

πŸ’Ÿ Violette 

Quick & Easy Cards – four cards from one piece of DSPΒ 

Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to share instructions of how to make these super quick and easy cards. As the title of the blog post suggests, you can create 4 cards from one sheet of DSP. This was perfect for me as I needed to make a bulk lot of cards (27 in total) as a thank you statement, and wanted to use up some of my retired DSP – I have banned myself from buying any new DSP until I destash a bit. Win-win!

I began by searching for inspiration, and came across this card layout on Pinterest from the Mojo Monday blogspot:

And this is what I came up with:

Please note that you can use any DSP. I used Petals & Paisleys DSP and also a bit of Affectionately Yours DSP.

The three small squares have been cut out using the second smallest square from the Stitched Shapes framelits. Yep – I cut out 81 squares in total! I flipped one over to create a contrasting feature in the top left corner.

Here’s the measurements I used:

  • Cardstock base: half an A4 sheet (14.9cm x 21cm); scored in the middle at 10.5cm
  • DSP base: 14.4cm x 10cm (adhered with snail)
  • Cardstock square: 9.5cm square (adhered with dimensionals)

With the DSP, cut two 10cm wide strips from a full sheet. From these two strips, you can get two DSP bases each (four in total). Use the remainder of the DSP to die cut the squares. I adhered the squares with snail.

I used the One Big Meaning stamp set for the sentiment. It was a perfect fit!

I ended up with a variety of patterns and colour combinations, and mixed it up with portrait and landscape orientations.


So, need to bulk-make some cards? Hope this makes it easier for you ☺️

πŸ’Ÿ Violette 

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! πŸ˜‰ 

Violette πŸ’Ÿ

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!
πŸ’Ÿ Violette