Monday, 27 October 2014

Many Merry Stars...

Starsfullkit the name of a fabulous new Christmas kit from the new StampinUp catalogue supplement.  It makes a full 26 decorated dimensional stars in loads of different sizes.   The kit is pre-cut and makes lovely ornaments that will stand up on their own or hang from your tree etc. You can also use 2 matching stars from the kit to make an opening box, ideal for packaging Christmas gifts of all sizes. You could stack them and make a little christmas tree pile, even serve little food treats in them.  I'm also thinking that you could make advent bunting, putting little gifts or messages inside and tying the top of each box with string - oh MY, I've just sold myself a SECOND set!!! There are loads of die cut embellishments and your left over bits will come in handy too for punching your own shapes, especially that glimmer gold, or using as stencils for the Christmas season (I'm thinking the words will be brilliant sponged through onto cards) or even as templates for making more stars.  This kit will keep you, friends and kids happy in the making, with plenty of room for creativity, and the stars will become one of those Christmas favourites you love to unpack every year.

All that potential fun and decoration for is only £23.95 and the largest star is a whopping 38.1cm in diameter, so can certainly stand alone on your mantelpiece, and the smallest ones are a dinky 5.1 cm. The whole kit would be great for giving as a gift too and see what else you can do! I have fallen in love with the idea of a wreath like Erica's on my front door this Christmas...

Give me a call to order this incredibly versatile kit today 07814918232 or email ,, but don't delay, as stock is limited.


Get making - there is so much potential here! I recommend Tombow glue for attaching embellishments etc...
many merry stars simply created kit

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A surprise Harry Potter cake...

...was produced for my elder daughter's 18th birthday recently by the 16 year old daughter.  I had no hand in it, except to very unhelpfully reflect that cake decorating was much harder than it looks.   I genuinely gasped with impressed surprise when I saw this:

The rocks are made of marshmallow rice crispy cake covered with icing, and the rest is carved madeira cake iced and decorated with black icing pen.  The Hogwarts 18th Birthday cake has gone down in family history and now in BlogLand!  Well done Amy.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Sweet little night light screens...

...using the lovely new StampinUp polymer stamp set Holiday Home.

Boy have I been having fun! It all started with some screens posted by the charming Paula Knall that used the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set.  I thought they were great, but I don't have that stamp set (I know, what am I thinking?) and I wondered how it would look with a little row of houses, and if the Father Christmas stamp was silhouetted against the moon.  Once I'd started I couldn't stop, and I was piercing holes in the black backing for stars, spattering with shimmer paint, adding snow with white gel pen, embossing lamp posts etc.  After a few attempts, I am very pleased with the outcome!  You need to use battery operated tea lights (not real flame) and I realised after taking this pic that really I need two little lights stacked on top of each other in order to light up both the "moon and stars" and the houses, so I made a vellum stand to raise the second candle.

If you're interested to know how to make this, or to buy the StampinUp products needed to make it, please do get in touch via the comments, or my email!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Project Life-style scrapbooking...

...appealed to me as soon as I saw it!  What's more, StampinUp has recently created an exclusive Project Life line for SU customers, and I love it to bits.

I have enjoyed scrapbooking since I first came across it in 2009 and my albums and journals are the one thing I would rescue from a fire (after my family of course!).   So when one of my dearest friends had her 50th birthday party recently, it seemed like a great opportunity for a page, and as it was going to be very photo heavy, I decided the super-versatile and quick pocket system would be ideal.  Here it is:

You get a variety of different combinations of pockets but this particular one was perfect and helped me to decide how to do the layout too.  You get a great set of journalling cards that all coordinate with each other so it was easy to pick a selection that worked together, and then extract some of the elements for little embellishments too.  It was quick, and less angst-y than some pages I have done, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

We try to get a photo of the three of us whenever we can (the first one was in 1986 I believe), but we can never remember what order we're supposed to be in!  I feel very old, but I apparently still haven't learned how not to "gurn" in photos...

Would you like to have a go at Project Life scrapbooking?  Then come along to Paper Playground at my house, usually on the 4th Tuesday of the month!  See the events tab for details.