Fresh Prints Notebook and Sticky Note holder – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I don’t know about you but I tend to procrastinate over decisions! These can be big or small decisions, but these days I just can’t seem to make up my mind quickly over certain things. One of the things I uhmed and ahhed about before taking the plunge, was becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. I’m glad I did though, as I researched a bit and found the right upline for me. Before I signed up, we had a good chat about what being a demonstrator involves, and she never put any pressure on me at all. I am so glad that I did become a demonstrator as I love it. I now hold my own classes, meet new people through home parties and get together with fellow crafters in my upline’s team for training, inspiration sessions and good fun chatting and crafting. I always take a notebook to these events to get down all those handy hints and tips. These days I always decorate plain notebooks myself, just like the one below. 

Are you like me – uhming and ahhing about whether to sign up? If so and you would like to chat through with someone who has been there herself, then please feel free to give me a call or email me and I will happily pass on my own experiences of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Whilst I would love you to join my team, I will not pressurise you into anything. It’s important you sign up with the right person for you.

Also with it being Sale-a-bration you get to choose an extra £20 of free product in your starter kit.

If you do decide to join my team, I will send you a little welcome gift including a welcome to my team information sheet, a colour sampler of all the current Stampin’ Up! card stock as well as a matching notebook and sticky note holder set similar to the ones pictured.

To create your own altered notebooks and sticky notes holders you will need:

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White
DSP: Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Stamps: ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers
Punches: Blossom and Pansy
Embellishments: Neutrals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread

Envelope Punch Board Gift Boxes – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I love the envelope punch board, and not just for making envelopes! I have been making boxes for gifts. I have some parties booked in during the Sale-a-bration period (ends 31st March), and I thought these boxes would be ideal for either Draw Prize or Hostess gifts, that I will demonstrate how to make at the party itself.

The box below is made from Basic Black 12 x 12″ card stock with a lid made from Modern Medley DSP. I decorated the lid with two Real Red Roses made using the new Spiral Flower Die. I love the contrast of the red against the Basic Black and Very Vanilla.

This will be perfect for a hostess gift or Draw Prize gift filled with chocolates. 
I also made a matching card but punched the flowers from the Blossom and Pansy Punches. 
I’ve also made a shallower box from the Envelope Punch Board, which will filled with notelets. Again, this will be a demonstration during a party and will become the Hostess Gift. I am going to make little video tutorial of how to make it very soon.
I hope you have liked these projects. To recreate them you will need:
Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Real Red
DSP: Modern Medley
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Spiral Flower Die, Paper Piercing Tool, Blossom and Pansy Punch
Embellishments: 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon Real Red, Very Vintage Designer Button

Hand Stitched Fresh Prints – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I often make projects in between doing other things, running around after the boys, housework, dinner, life in general. I don’t know if I would call it multi-tasking as that makes me sound far too organised lol!

Well last week, I was in the middle of making a thank you card using the Fresh Prints DSP and the Blossom and Pansy Punches. I had paper pierced around the Crumb Cake layer and stuck a mat of Fresh Prints Coastal Cabana spotty design DSP onto it. That was as far as I had got. After I had put the boys in bed one night, I decided to have a “quick” browse on Pinterest. One of the first cards I saw was remarkably similar to the one I was making, except it had stitching around the edges!

I likey was my immediate thought. No sewing machine was my second thought. Another row of paper-piercing was my third thought and after about an hour of hand stitching using the paper-pierced holes my card was completed.

I liked it so much I decided to make another one using the Crumb Cake spotty print on a Coastal Cabana layer. Again the hand stitching took about an hour. 
Even though I did find it quite relaxing sitting there thinking of nothing else, I do feel the purchase of a little sewing machine coming on. I love this look and have some other projects in mind too. So if anyone has any recommendations of small sewing machines that would be ideal for paper crafts then please leave me a comment below or email me direct on
I suppose I could have done faux stitching with a gel pen or chalk maker but that would have been too easy of course! Lol.
For these cards you will need:
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Whisper White;
DSP: Fresh Prints DSP stack;
Stamp sets: Express Yourself (Hostess set);
Tools: Blossom Punch, Pansy Punch, Stampin’ Piercer and Pierce Mat
Embellishments: In Colour Boutique Details, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread
I hope you liked today’s projects.