100th Blog post giveaway & Gift box ideas with Stampin’ Up! products

Good morning, everyone. I hope you are having a great bank holiday (UK), long weekend elsewhere.

Well this is my 100th post – woohoo. Soooo if you live in Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands or the UK, leave me a comment for the chance to win a packet of Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper.

The winner will be picked at random. The draw will close at 10pm BST Tuesday 27th May 2014. I will contact the winner by email to get their delivery address details.

Well we’ve been super busy again with parties both the boys own party and their friends, so I thought I would share some gift wrapping ideas with you. These are the actual gifts for the parties the boys were invited to.

The first gift box is for a little girl made with the Envelope Punch Board. I used a fantastic spreadsheet by a super talented fellow pinkie, Caroline – Crafty Hallet, which you can find here. It’s very simple to use, all you need to do is enter the measurements (length, width and depth) in centimetres, of the box you want to make, and the spreadsheet works out what size card stock or DSP you need to start with and where your first and second punch and score points are on the board.

Stampin up uk birthday basics dsp envelope punch board gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
The second gift box is an oversized lego brick. I saw a fantastic little matchbox size lego brick box on Pinterest a little while ago (click here to see it), which gave me the idea of making a large one for the lego kits I buy for my elder son’s friends, when he is invited to their birthdays. I don’t think you can go far wrong with lego as far as kids are concerned really. 
Stampin up uk lego gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
I made a personalised tag and slipped it inside the box.
Stampin up uk lego gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
The box is so easy to make. You simply measure the width, length and depth of the lego box that you want to go inside (or any other boxed gift), then add 2 x the depth to the length and width to get the size of the bottom of the box.
e.g. the lego box I used measured 19cm long, 14cm wide and was 4.5cm deep so I added 9cm to the length and width meaning I cut 2 pieces of 12×12″ Real Red card stock to 23cm x 23cm. I then scored it on all 4 sides at 4.5cm using my Stampin’ Trimmer, snipped up the score lines on one side of all 4 corners and stuck together using sticky strip (double sided sticky tape). For the top I simply adjusted the score line down to 4.4 cm all the way around
Stampin up uk lego gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
I punched out two thumb hole semi-circles so the lid could be removed more easily. Then I punched out 6 1 3/4″ circles of Real Red and adhered them to the lid, with Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise them up.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Check out the list of “ingredients” below:
Girl’s Envelope Punch Board Gift Box
Card Stock: Whisper White & Crisp Cantaloupe (Tag), Bermuda Bay (Flower)
Embellishment: Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine (from SAB)
Lego Gift Box:
Card Stock: Real RedWhisper White (Tag)
Have a good day, thanks for stopping by! Remember if you would like more information about joining Stampin’ Up! or hosting a party please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat. 

Hearts & Spiral Flowers

Good morning everyone, what a lovely sunny Easter Monday it is today. I hope you have all had a great weekend.

Today’s post is a gift I made for my Mum for Mother’s Day back in March. I was never going to put this gift in the post to her and had always intended to give it to her this weekend, whilst she is visiting. I hadn’t intended not to make it until this weekend though! Whoops – that sort of just happened. Anyway she is delighted with it and I used colours to match the decor in her living room.

Stampin up spiral flower die gift ideas Tracy May Stampin up UK

I first saw the idea on a fellow Pinkie demonstrator’s blog here, so thank you Lucie for the inspiration. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I love Stampin’ Up! ® for the sharing that goes on freely and willingly.

Stampin up spiral flower die gift ideas Tracy May Stampin up UK

For this project you will need:

Card stock/DSP: Real Red, Brushed Gold, Fresh Prints DSP stack, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
Tools: Spiral Flower Orginals Die
Embellishments: Real Red 1/8″ (3.2mm) Taffeta Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels (in centre of fancy foil flowers)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope the sun is shining where you are – come back soon

Video Tutorial Envelope Punch Board Gift Box – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Well hello, I hope you are all well. Today is forecast to be warm and sunny, so I am off to a country park with my youngest son, meeting up with a friend and her daughter. I’m sure the little ones will love being out in the fresh air, whooping around the play area. I’ll certainly enjoy not being rained on or standing around shivering, that’s for sure.

Anyway as promised, here is the video tutorial for this box I posted a few weeks ago….

I hope you enjoy the video. I will be posting a final video (for the time being) for a different box using the envelope punch board on Friday, so please pop back then.

Have a great day 

Off the Grid with a Spiral Rose – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I’ve been trying to get more organised since the new year. It was one of my resolutions. So far it’s happening in fits and starts. One of the areas in dire need of sorting out was my crafting space, which has taken over two corners of my dining room. So I recently bought a DVD holder to store my Stampin’ Up! Clear stamp sets in. They were piled high one on top of another and it was getting difficult to extract a set from the bottom of the pile, without the other tumbling down. Anyway, once assembled and all the stamp sets neatly stored, there was (glaringly) one empty space left. Hmm – calls for a new stamp set me thinks, be rude not to wouldn’t it?

Anyway long story short, I ordered a new stamp set gleefully ha ha. A few days later Everything Eleanor arrives – only one problem. It’s in two cases!! Doh!!! I should have paid more attention to the detail!!

Nevermind, I love it! And I’m sure I will end up with another DVD holder at some point anyway! Te he!!

And here is the result of my first play with the set. I used the gift box template I had come up with here. It’s based on the one from the Annual catalogue, page 36.

Stampin Up Off the Grid Spiral Rose Everything Eleanor Tracy May
I have had the idea of a swirl in the middle of the Off the Grid stamp, ever since I first laid eyes on it but hadn’t got the swirl stamp until now to give it a go. I’m really happy with the result. The addition of the pearls was an idea from INKsationalDesign, from when I posted a picture on Instagram. I wasn’t sure about the colour of the embossed swirl, but I think the addition of the pearls lifts it.
I have seen the two tone flowers made from the Spiral Flower die a few times now on Pinterest, but here is a tutorial on how to make them from a fabulous fellow Pinkie Traci Cornelius. 
To emboss the swirl I first covered the stamp with Versamark ink then Real Red on top. When you stamp onto the card stock the Versamark is the top layer and so the clear embossing powder sticks to that. Once you heat and the clear powder melts you can see the Real Red colour underneath. Clever huh? 
For this project you will need:
Stamps: Everything Eleanor clear or wood, Off the Grid (wood only)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Real Red (Brights) and Crumb Cake (Neutrals) Core’dinations

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

Sale-a-bration Collage Picture – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I hadn’t planned this week’s blog posts to all be pictures, but as Monday’s and Wednesday’s posts were, I thought it would be nice for today’s to also be a picture.

The project I am about to show you is an up-cycled, up-cycle project. By that I mean, I have taken an up-cycled project I did last year, and up-cycled it again.

Last year I up-cycled a wooden tray, which had contained dried fruits, because it was an unusual shape. I had decorated it with the Sale-a-bration DSP and some stamps and embellishments from the Spring/Summer 2013 catalogue.

I loved it, and it was displayed on top of the redundant fireplace for all to see. So why change it? Well needs must unfortunately. After sitting ignored and undisturbed for months, my youngest son decided one day for no apparent reason, that he wanted to pick all the letters off one by one and left a tattered mess behind him. Oh the joys of the terrible twos! Bless him, he isn’t a Bedlam Brother for no reason!!

I thought it would be nice to update the frame with this year’s Sale-a-bration DSP and embellishments from the current Spring/Summer catalogue. So this is what the frame looks like now. You will have spotted it amongst the display from the picture on Monday’s blog post.

I decorated using colours and card-stock that co-ordinates with the SAB DSP Sweet Sorbet. For the central picture (in the star) I cut out a Starburst circle from Pool Party using the Starburst Framelits.

From Top left clockwise: Pool Party and Pistachio Pudding flowers made using the Flower Spiral die, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Pool Party Banners from Banner Blast SAB stamp set punched out with the Banner Punch, including Summer Starfruit SAB Baker’s Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory pack, Pistachio Pudding film frame from the On Film Framelits and finally a Sahara Sand Scallop Tag made using the Tag Topper punch embellished with Gold Baker’s Twine.

Who knows, maybe this will become an annual tradition?

To recreate a similar project, you would need:
SAB Free Items:
DSP – Sweet Sorbet DSP, Banner Blast Stamp set, Banner Punch, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack,

Spring/Summer Catalogue:
On Film Framelits
Scallop Tag Topper Punch
Spiral Flower Originals Die
Starburst Framelits

Annual Catalogue:
Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White Card Stock
Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Pool Party Ink Pads

I hope you’ve enjoyed my mini series of home decor/picture projects this week. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Pinkies Spring/Summer Catalogue Blog hop. I haven’t done a picture but I’m sure you’ll love the project I have made.