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Handmade Craft Tote

You know sometimes I forget how much I love to sew!  Last weekend, a special Kris Kringle was calling and I love to make gifts for my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator besties. I felt so happy whilst making this project and am so pleased with how it turned out. Mind you…now I want one for myself!Handmade Craft Tote2 Handmade Craft ToteHandmade Craft Tote3

Stampin’ Up! Fabric:  Orchard Harvest (from the Holiday Catalogue)
Non Stampin’ Up! supplies:  Fabric stabilizer, wadding, thread and white bias binding

Oh by the way, I found the pattern for this lovely little craft tote from a pinterest board I follow which then led me to the amazing blog called 2 Little Hooligans. This site is simply gorgeous with tons of amazing ideas and free tutorials to really get the creative brain going. Didn’t know that Stampin’ Up! has now added fabric to its range? Check out the Holiday and Annual Catalogue to see this gorgeous, colour co-ordinated range and fill out my order form or send me an email to to place your order to anywhere in Australia.

Happy sewing!


Heartfelt Scrap Page

Gosh it’s so hot here tonight (oops…it’s now morning and the birds singing).  I can’t sleep when it’s hot so here I am blogging again.  I’ve made a promise to someone that I would post this project and I’ve been looking forward to sharing this one with you all.  I hope you enjoy.

Christmas Scrap page

You can see that this page is a 3D pop up page. Boy did I have fun working out how to make this.  I wanted to create something really different for the Stampin Up Sydney Heartfelt Event and found inspiration from a pop up scrap page that I found in one of my magazines.  Whilst searching through my photos I remembered (yet again) that I had never scrapped one of my son’s Santa photos.  I’m sure I’ve tried to scrap one of these photos every year  for the past 10 years and my son is now 17! That’s when the idea of making a 3D Christmas tree hit me.  I have no idea where it came from, but you know what happens when you have these bright ideas…you then have to work out how to make it happen.  And I’ve got to say, I’m a bit tenacious when it comes to bright ideas.  Just ask my work colleagues.  I know they love it when I pipe up and say ‘I have an idea’.  The eye rolling is fantastic and I know it means that my plan is simply awesome LOL. Anyway, I digress.  So… there I was in my fabulous craft room and I looked up towards my stash of trusty punches and the Full Heart punch seemed to call my name.  Ok…maybe I’ve been spending a little too much time in my craft room lately.   But, once I had that sorted, the rest came together.

Here’s a quick tutorial and list of supplies.

To make the pop up page

  • Score across the page at 9.5cm (3 ¾”). Using your bone folder, fold the page to get a nice crisp fold. Open out the page ready for your background paper/s.
  • Adhere your background paper/s in any layout you like. I’ve used 2 contrasting pieces of DSP for my layout. TIP: The most important part when adhering your background paper is to make sure you don’t adhere over the score line.  If you want your pieces to look like one piece across the score line (like mine), you need to cut your sheets where the score line is and adhere both pieces as close as possible to the score line.  This step is important as it will ensure your page sits nicely.
  • Now turn your page over and place the paper in your paper-cutter at 10.8cm (4¼“) and begin a vertical cut at 14.7cm (5¾”) from the top of the page down to 22.8cm (9”).
  • Keep your page in your paper-cutter and move your page to the right to the 3.5cm mark (1 3/8“).  Cut another vertical slit parallel to the first.
  • Score across at the top and bottom in between the parallel slits.
  • Score across again at 2cm from the top score line.
  • Turn your page back to the front and use your bone folder to make crisp folds so that the sections pops out towards you and the bottom of the page folds up.  The popped out section is where you will mount your photo when it’s time to do so (not yet – too much fun stuff to do first!).

To make the heart Christmas tree

  • Punch 9 hearts of one colour DSP and 10 of a contrasting colour.
  • Score and fold each heart in half.
  • Starting with four hearts, turn them over and using sticky strip, connect the hearts together.
  • Set aside and repeat with the contrasting set of 4.  Repeat with each colour so that when you have finished, you will have 2 rows of 4, 2 rows of 3, 2 rows of 2 and 1 single heart for the top (see project photo for a guide).
  • Attach a small piece of sticky strip to the fullest part of the heart at both ends of each row and on the single heart.
  • Take off the sticky strip backing and attach the first row to the page, lining it up approx. 2mm (1/16”) from the score line.
  • Attach all rows making sure your hearts are not flat.

I’ve cut the photo to suit the size of the page and mounted it on the pop out section, using snail.

Final Flourishes
You can decorate the rest of the page anyway you like but here’s what I have used:

  • Decorate your tree anyway you like.  I have used a mix of punched pieces of DSP and stamped card using the merry minis stamp and punch set.  I’ve then threaded each punched piece with a thread from the sweater trim. I’ve used glue dot to attach the garland to the tree.
  • Don’t forget your tree topper.  I’ve made a small version of the star using a 6.5cm (approx. 2 ½”) square of DSP (a link to video instructions are here).  I’ve used glue dots to attach this to the page.
  • For the garland at the top of the page, I’ve used the piece of sweater trim that I pulled a thread from. You can see that this makes the trim into links and I have used a single strand of the sweater trim to attach the decorations. I’ve attached this to the page using glue dots.
  • Sentiments – I’ve used the Heart of Christmas Stamp and stamped one in real red and another in Early Espresso.  I’ve then cut each so that I have two separate sentiments.  I’ve used dimensionals to attach.
  • Parcels – these are super fun to make.  I’ve simply cut two rectangles and two squares of DSP.  I’ve scored each side at 1/8” using the simply scored, and adhered to make faux boxes.  I’ve attached ribbons and strands of sweater trim to finish.

  Merry Minis, Heart of Christmas
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red
Card: Very Vanilla 12×12, Whisper White,
Paper:  Candelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper
Tools: Full Heart Punch, Merry Minis Punch Pack, Paper Cutter, Simply Scored, Paper Snips, Bone Folder
Fabulous Flourishes:  Gumball Green Sweater Trim, Early Espresso and Real Red Tafetta 3.2mm Ribbon
Adhesives:  Dimensionals, Snail, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots

I hope you have enjoyed this project and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.  I’m always happy to clarify anything.  Also, if you do give this project a go…I’d love to see your creations.  Feel free to email a pic to me at or if you have a blog, pop a comment on my blog with a link to yours and I’ll head on over and take a peek.  Make sure you mention the project so I know your link is not spam.

Happy scrapping!


Heartfelt Christmas Projects

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been madly preparing my presentation and Heartfelt Christmas Projects  for the Sydney Heartfelt Event and now I get to show you what I’ve been working on.  Yay!!!

I presented to groups of demonstrators throughout a two hour timeslot and had such a great time.  They were all so lovely and supportive I felt right at home.  No nerves whatsoever!!  My presentation revolved around how to make a Christmas tree using the heart punch (more tomorrow on this one) and a 3D star.   I love love love these stars because a quick and easy project like this means I can have fun with glitter and ribbon and buttons and well…you get the picture…right??

I promised a number of demonstrators that I would source a good video and pop up a link.  I hope you enjoy.  It’s one of those projects you need to sit down and make during the presentation but once you get it, it’s easy peasy, you don’t need a template and you can make any size star you like.  All you need is a square of paper, a pair of  scissors and a bone folder.

Keep an eye out…because I’ll be sharing a few more projects over the next few days as well as the deets for a super duper, absolute bargain Stampin Up! Christmas Stamp-a-stack class planned for December 2.  Save the date for this great class – you won’t believe the value!

Happy stamping

Stampin’ Up! Christmas Gifts

Do you like brown paper packages tied up in string?  Well…how about this simple, yet sweet Christmas packaging idea…

Stampin Up Supplies
Stamps: Heart of Christmas
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write® Marker, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker
Fabulous Flourishes: Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon
Tools: Owl Punch, 1/16″ Circle Punch, Big Shot, Fancy Favour Big XL Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies

If you would like some help with products to make your Christmas wrapping super special, simply email your order to

Happy Crafting!

Christmas Ornament Keepsakes Gift from Stampin Up

It’s only November, but Stampin’ Claus is coming to town! Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you buy the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Bundle.

A few weeks ago, I joined my Avid Inker buddies to make the gorgeous Christmas ornament that is on the front cover of the Holiday catalogue and finally getting some time to share my handiwork. What do you think?  You can make this using the fabulous Ornaments Keepsakes Bundle.  Contact me today to order yours in time for Christmas.


Stamp Set:  Ornament Keepsakes
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Candelight Christmas DSP
Dies: Holiday Ornaments, Designer Rosette Bigz XL
Fabulous Flourishes:  Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Large Pearl Basic Jewels, Linen Thread
Tools:  Simply Scored, Big Shot, Paper Snips

Happy Stamping!


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