Saturday, 21 September 2019

Woven Threads Post it Pad and Calendar Holder

Hi Everyone,

Today I am going to show you how to make this cute little easel stand to hold a post it pad and pen with a calendar on the front pocket.  It's very simple to make and would be great for teacher gifts, co-worker gifts or craft fairs.  Why don't you give it a try?

Check out the video on my YouTube channel:


1 A4 sheet of seaside spray card stock cut in half longways at 4 1/8" (you can get two from one sheet of A4)
1 piece of matching dsp 4" x 3 1/8" (I've used Woven Threads)
1 piece of matching dsp 3" x 2 1/8" (I've used Woven Threads)
1 3" x 3" post it pad
1 calendar
1 small pen/pencil
Multipurpose adhesive
Bone folder


On the long side score at 2 1/4", 2 1/2", 5 7/8", 6 1/4", 6 5/8", 10 1/4", 10 3/4", 11 1/4"

On the short side score at 1/4", 1/2", 3 5/8" and 3 7/8" to the 2nd score line only

Fold and burnish all the full score lines.

In the area where you have made score lines down to second score there will be two small squares on either side, these will form the tabs, cut up on both score lines to the second score and then remove the bottom square.  This releases the tabs and you can then fold and burnish the horizontal scores inwards, this will form the pocket on the front of the stand. 

Add the larger piece of dsp to the area that will be behind this pocket and then add adhesive to the inside of the horizontal tabs and making sure that you enclose the small square tabs at the bottom, fold these sides in and adhere, this makes the pocket.

The next set of score lines will form the pen holder, fold on the middle score line and make two cuts down to the next score line about 1" apart in the centre. Fold down on the two outer score lines and push the area between the cut lines upwards to form the pen holder. Run a bead of glue on the inside of this fold to hold it together behind the pen/pencil to form a ledge (see picture).

The rest of the score lines at the other end will form the concertina section to hold the front and back together, fold and burnish the score lines and then adhere the end section to the back of the pocket section at the front.  This will make the easel stand and enable your holder to stand on the desk/table.

Add the smaller piece of dsp to the front of the pocket and then add the calendar to the centre of the pocket.  Add the pen into the holder and it's finished.

I hope that you liked this tutorial and will give it a try.

Happy crafting,

Karen XX

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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Brightly Gleaming Storybook Fold Card

Hi Everyone,

Today I want to show you how to make this pretty storybook fold card, there are a few steps to make it but as long as you take your time, its pretty simple.  I got the inspiration for this card from one that saw on YouTube made by Dawn Griffiths who is another Stampin Up! demonstrator but the one that she made was smaller and done with Australian card stock which is a slightly different size to our UK A4.  I've tweaked the measurements to make a 6 x 6 card which I hope that you will agree looks great.  I would love you to have a go and post pictures of your versions on here for me to see.

There is also a YouTube video tutorial over on my channel, please hop on over there and have a look and if you haven't already, please subscribe to my channel and help me to grow my following.


1 x 6" x 12" card stock (I have used pretty peacock)
1 x 5 3/4" x 11 3/4" card stock (pretty peacock)
1 x 5 3/4" square piece of copper foil paper
1 x 5 1/2" square piece of designer series paper (I have used Brightly Gleaming speciality dsp)
2 x 3 1/2" square pieces of very vanilla card stock for the inside
1 x 2 3/4" square of copper foil
1 x 2 1/2" square of very vanilla
Paper trimmer
Bone folder
Multipurpose adhesive
Stitched shaped square dies
Die cutting machine
Perfectly Plaid stamp set
Delicata ink (copper)
Clear block


Score the 6" x 12" piece of card at 6" and fold and burnish to make the card base and set to one side.

Put the 5 3/4" x 11 3/4" card stock into the paper trimmer with the short end butted up to the top. At the 1" mark cut down from 1" - 10 3/4" to make a slit in the card, then flip the card around and repeat at the other side. 

Then turn the card stock around to the long edge and you can do the next step either on your trimmer or your scoreboard, whichever you feel most confident with. 
  • At the 1" mark score a line between the two cut marks only, 
  • then move along to the 2" mark and score between the cut lines again. 
  • Move to the 3 1/2" mark and score above and below the cut marks only
  • Move to the 5 7/8" mark and score right through top to bottom
  • Flip the card around and follow the instructions above at the other side of the card stock so that you have the same scores at either side of the piece.
Fold in half and burnish the centre fold line then at either end fold the first score line in and the second one back, this will give the appearance of a book opened out flat. Then on the outer frame section fold the middle score as a valley and the outer ones as a mountain (see picture which shows how the card inner should look from the top).

Stamp a sentiment on one of the very vanilla mats and adhere to the right hand centre section, adhere the other mat to the left hand side, I have left this blank to write my message.

Adhere the copper foil mat to the front of the card and then add the dsp layer.

Cut out a square of copper foil with your die cutting machine and then stamp a sentiment to the smaller piece of very vanilla and die cut that with the smaller square so that they layer up. Add dimensionals to the back of both pieces, put the sentiment on the copper foil piece and then stick them both to the front of the card.

Now fold the centre section and adhere the right and left end sections and between the side and the first fold on the top and bottom section and the last fold and the side on the top and bottom sections and arrange in the centre of the inside of the card leaving a small border all the way around. Make sure that you don't add adhesive past the fold lines as this will stop the card folding, no adhesive is required under the book section of the inner (see picture).

Other decorations can then be added to the front as required.

I hope that you enjoy making this card.

Happy crafting,

Karen XX

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Magnolia Lane Gift Box

Hi Everyone,

Today I have made a small gift box with an acetate window which holds two 50ml bottles of bubble bath or shower gel.  I've decorated it with two pretty magnolia flowers which I have stamped using the new Delicata Silvery Shimmer Ink.


1 piece real red card stock measuring 5" x 6 1/2" for the base
1 piece real red card stock measuring 5 1/16" x 6 9/16" for the lid
1 piece of acetate measuring 2 3/8" x 3 7/8"
Scrap of real red for the flowers
Scrap of silver foil for the leaves
Small piece of ribbon for the bow
Double sided tape (I used red line tape)
Stitched Nested Labels Dies
Magnolia Lane stamp set
Magnolia Memory Dies
Die cutting machine
Bone folder
Multipurpose adhesive
Sprig punch
1/2" circle punch
Glue dots

You can also follow my YouTube video to see how I made this box


Score the two pieces of card stock at 1 1/4" on all 4 sides, fold and burnish the base and cut up the tabs to make a box base and glue the tabs in place.

Stamp the magnolia flower images on the scrap of real red card stock with the Delicata ink and leave to one side to dry (it takes a few minutes otherwise it will smudge).

Arrange the nested label die which measures 3 1/2" from point to point in the centre of the centre panel of the lid and cut out with a die cutting machine. On the inside of the lid, add the acetate panel adhering with the double sided tape. Then fold and burnish the score lines and cut up to the score line on each of the 4 corners to make the tabs as you did with the base. Add adhesive to the tabs and fold the lid together around the base ensuring a perfect fit.

When the lid is dry, punch finger holes in either side of the lid with the 1/2" punch to make it easier to remove the lid.

Once the ink is dry, die cut the two magnolia flowers and then punch out two sprigs with the silver foil card and the sprig punch.  Arrange the flowers around the bottom point of the acetate panel on the front with the sprigs behind them using dimensionals.

Tie a bow in the ribbon and attach to the top corner of the box with a glue dot. Add your bubble bath/shower gel and you have a lovely little gift.  This can be made in any colour with any flower punch or die, the options are endless. Make them for your craft fairs, your friends, as stocking fillers, they are really quick and easy to make.  Hope you like it and will give it a try.

Happy crafting,

Karen XX

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Woven Threads Bath Bomb Gift Bag

Hi Everyone,

Today I am bringing you a cute little bag using the beautiful woven threads dsp, the 2019 in-colours and the in-colour linen ribbon.  The bag holds just one small bath bomb, ideal for craft fairs and stocking fillers.

There is a YouTube tutorial over on my channel at 


1 piece designer series paper 8 1/2" x 6"
scraps of whisper white and matching card stock for sentiment
scrap of ribbon
multipurpose adhesive
1 3/8" scalloped punch
1 3/4" scalloped punch
Detailed trio punch
Beauty Abounds stamp set
Matching ink
Clear block
Bone Folder
Paper snips
Glue dots


Score the dsp on the long side at 2", 4", 6" and 8", then rotate 90 degrees and score on the short side at 1 3/4" and 5".

Fold and burnish all the score lines, lightly, remember its dsp not card stock.

Cut up the score lines on the squares at the bottom up to the first score line and remove the skinny rectangle at the end and notch the middle section to make the tab.

Cut down from the top to the first score line and remove the skinny rectangle at the end.  The section next to this will form the lid so leave this one and then remove the other three.

Round the corners on the remaining flap, this will make a nice finish on the front of the bag.

Put adhesive on the tab and make the box. Then fold in the bottom side panels adding adhesive to the layers, then fold in the back one and then finally the front one, this then forms the base of the box.

Push in on the sides of the bag and bring the flap over the top of the bag to form the closure.

Stamp a sentiment on the whisper white and then punch out with the smaller scalloped punch.  Punch out the larger shape and adhere one to the other.  Add dimensionals to the lower 1/3 of the scalloped circle and adhere to the front of the bag so that the folded over flap at the top will tuck behind it and stay in place.  Cute two small pieces of ribbon and adhere together to make the tails of a bow and stick these to the bag, just underneath the scalloped circle.

There you go, quick and simple bag that will hold a single bath bomb or any other small treats.  Hope you will give it a try.

Happy crafting,

Karen XX

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