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  1. Thinking Outside of the Box – Flip Top Box Tutorial
  2. Bright Bird Banter Blends!
  3. Petal Passion Memories & More Video
  4. Magical Mermaids & Brusho
  5. Fruity Gable Box
  6. More Recent Articles

Thinking Outside of the Box – Flip Top Box Tutorial

Welcome to this months Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop and tutorial!  Each month the Thinking Outside of the Box Design Team will be bringing you fabulous projects that are all to do with boxes, bags and packaging!  PLUS each post will have a tutorial for the project so that you can join in the fun too and make your own version!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this fabulous team with demonstrators from EVERY country that Stampin’ Up! does business in!  Here we all are:

This months project is Flip Top Boxes or Hinged Boxes, whichever way you prefer to think of it!  I first created this type of box 10 years ago (!!) when a great team member created one from scratch and then shared it with me.  For today’s project I dug out those old notes and just adjusted the measurements to make this box work to fit our Notecards & Envelopes!

Here the box is closed using some Linen Thread to tie it shut – using a fun and easy little closure system that you can see how to do in the video tutorial below. I kept the outside of my box very simple in terms of decoration as this awesome Whole Lot of Lovely DSP does all of the work for you!  You could of course add as much decoration as you wish to your box!

The lid hinges open and then you can see how well the Notecards & Envelopes fit inside – I think it will hold about 5 cards, which makes a fantastic gift!




Stamps: Lots of Lovely
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pool Party
Cardstock: Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Other: Simply Scored, Linen Thread, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1/8″ Circle Punch, Notecards & Envelopes

Well that’s it from me, but be sure to head around the globe and check out what the rest of the design team have in store for you – remember we each have a free tutorial in our posts!



Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
Tanja Kolar
 – Germany
Zoë Tant – UK
Yoshiko Endo – Japan
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
Dena Rekow – USA
Beate Wacker – Austria
Aude Barbara – France
Barb Stewart – Canada



Bright Bird Banter Blends!

Say that post title 10 times fast! 🙂  Have you seen the cute Bird Banter stamp set – loads of super cute bird images to colour and some funny punny sentiments to go with them!  Today’s card is created using one of the Make n Take kits from Stampin’ Up’s November On Stage event – unfortunately I could make the event so had to use a different stamp set than the one featured at the event soI substituted Birds instead

How cool do the strips of bright DSP look – these are from the FREE Sale-a-Bration Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper Pack.  I added some background stamping to the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and you can never go wrong with a tangle of twine for some extra texture.

How cool does the colouring on this bird look?  I wanted to highlight how easy it is to combine colours using Stampin’ Blends. I know many people have asked about this as mostly they have only seen colouring done with shades of the same colour, but you can absolutely blend different colours together as well for multiple different looks and to create your own colours!  I used the Light Smoky Slate Blend on the birds beak and then shaded it with the Colour Lifter – another great tip for using these pens!

Stamps: Bird Banter
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends – Dark & Light Calypso Coral, Dark & Light Bermuda Bay, Dark & Light Daffodil Delight, Light Smoky Slate
Other: Whisper White Bakers Twine


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Petal Passion Memories & More Video

Whew what a busy week it’s been already and we are only at Wednesday!  Tomorrow I will be spending the day supporting my Miss 8 to complete her first Weetbix Kids Tryathlon – she is super excited to give it a go! Sadly Miss 11 has had to withdraw from the event due to an injury.  Several hundred children from the local area all take part – swim/bike/run with the whole focus on taking part and giving it a go – it should be a fun day!

I did a Try It Tuesday LIVE video yesterday where I featured how you can use the Memories & More card packs in your card making.  Although these cards are designed for memory keeping, they also have loads of potential for creating quick and easy cards – especially good if you are in a tight spot and need a cute card really quickly! I created this card during the video (which you can find below in case you missed it)

I kept this card ultra simple by just adding a stamped sentiment and some rhinestones but the possibilities are endless.  Here are 3 more cards that all use Memories & More cards – some have been sponged, one coloured with Stampin’ Blends and one was simply a few cards & a die-cut adhered together!



Stamps: Eastern Beauty
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White, Petal Passion Memories & More Pack
Ink: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Stampin’ Blends – Dark & Light Cherry Cobbler, Dark & Light Old Olive, Dark & Light Rich Razzleberry, Dark & Light Night of Navy
Other: Brights Enamel Shapes, Rhinestones



Magical Mermaids & Brusho

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend – we had one of those nice weekends where we didn’t HAVE to be anywhere and do anything so we could just relax and decide what to do as we went along!  I managed to fit in a little bit of reading which is one of my favourite things to do – I’m currently reading World Without End by Ken Follett – what are you reading?

Today’s card is the result of playing with Brusho to see what it could do.  When this piece was dry I immediately thought ‘deep ocean’ so then it evolved from there.  I love the circle to create a ‘window’ into the ocean through which to view the mermaids at play!

How awesome are those mermaid images – the large one on top of the circle is cut from the Myths & Magic Specialty DSP (you can’t see it in the pics, but she is all sparkly!), and the smaller mermaids are stamped with the Magical Day stamp set, coloured using Stampin’ Blends and then cut with the coordinating Magical Mates Framelit dies – I love it when everything coordinates like that!

The Brusho background was achieved using watercolour paper and a water spritzer – if you would like to learn how to do this effect then join my Brusho Technique Class on Saturday 17 March, you’ll learn this technique plus several others!

Can you see those tiny little 3-D bubbles – they are the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes – you will see I used them in several places on this card and even coloured some of them to match.

Stamps: Magical Day
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Watercolour Paper, Myths & Magic Specialty DSP
Other: Big Shot, Magical Mates Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Stampin’ Blends, Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes, Brusho Crystal Colour – Prussion Blue, Moss Green, Water Spritzer



Fruity Gable Box

Have you seen the awesome Silver Mini Gable Boxes in the Occasions Catalogue?  They are easy to miss, but you really NEED them in your craft stash because they are SO versatile – and cute!  The perfect size to fit a small gift, chocolates, lollies, make-up  – all sorts of options for filling them.  Because they are a beautiful foil silver you don’t need to go crazy with decorating them – most of the work is already done!  A simple tag tied to the top with some ribbon, or add a few extra touches like I have done with this one:

The Fruit Basket stamps are so perfect when you just want a little image to add somewhere – tags, boxes, cards.  I also used the Tutti Frutti DSP stack to create the band around the gable box – you can never go wrong with timeless black & white stripes!

A big ribbon bow to top it off – super simple!

Stamps: Fruit Basket
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP Stack, Mini SIlver Gable Box
Ink: Real Red, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Tranquil Tide Cotton Ribbon, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack, Mini Silver Sequin Trim



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