Wednesday, 18 November 2015

It's soooo not a video!

Well, I made a video last night ... it's hilarious, but lots of amendments needed to it, as I managed to get my black bobble hat in it, and my frizzed hair after getting caught in the rain ... it's a disaster!  So I promise that I will re-film it!

However, to make up for it, below I've given you all the instructions on how to make these quick and easy money bag/gift card bags .... I promise, they are beyond easy, and I managed to make 12 decorated bags in less than an hour - I swear!

This is a great project for using up scraps of paper and card stock, as the size you start with is only 4" x 5 1/2" - meaning that you can get 4 bags from one A4 sheet or 6 bags from a 12x12 sheet.

How cute are these?!?!?!

There are so many different ways that you can decorate them, and I used just the one stamp set!  It's called A Little Something, and as you can see, it can be used for lots of different occasions, and can also be used for producing amazing backgrounds .... and such great value at only £15 for all these stamps! (unmounted) The link is HERE  I used two punches for the sentiments - the label bracket punch - which is current ... sadly, the other punch is discontinued,but you could use a circle punch instead.  The paper I used is called Into The Woods HERE and Farmers Market HERE

I added bits of ribbon, clips, pegs etc. etc... but you can use up anything you want.  On the right hand card, I punched out a window and added a scrap of window sheet behind it (so that nothing fell out) .. I punched three flowers, the sentiment and voila another bag made of scraps!  Easy!

Here's a close up of two of the bags

So ... here we go with the instructions ....

Money Bag / Gift Card Holder INSTRUCTIONS

You can make 4 bags from 1 A4 sheet of paper. Finished size is approx ½” deep x 2” x 3 ½”

To start you will need a piece of card measuring 5 ½” x 4” (or 13cm x 10cm)

  • Score on the long side at 2”, 2 ½”, 4 ½”, 5”  or (5,6,11,12 cm)
  • Score on the short side at ½” (1cm)
  • Burnish all the folds
  • Snip out the little corner where the folds meet on the bottom, then snip upwards to the score line on the other three short score lines
  • Now close up the bag using double sided tape, tape runner etc.  on the short flap side (you will see what I mean once you have scored the bag), then add tape to one of the longer bottom flaps.
  • Pop in your money or gift card, and pinch the top sides of the box together 
  • punch two little holes to thread ribbon through and add your ribbon to close the top
  • That's it - you can decorate it now!

 As I say, this is a great way to use up scraps .. and let's be honest, we all have tons of scraps!

If you have any questions or queries, or wish to place an order, then please contact me on:-

My direct shop link is HERE
Mobile: 07747 465186

I hope you enjoy making this quick and easy project - why don't you email me your samples so that I can feature them on my blog?!?!  Care and share!

Have fun!  Cal xxxxxxx

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Monday, 16 November 2015


Whoop whoop!   It's a Stamp Sale!

Stamp sales are the best sales, and this one is no exception! Save 20 percent off retail on select stamp purchases 16–20 November. Now is the time to purchase those stamps that are on your wish list - take advantage of this limited time sale!

The stamps below are those available to purchase with the 20% discount .

The pdf document is available HERE

What a great selection to choose from and just in time to buy for a crafty friends' Christmas present!  
 This type of event rarely happens, so check it out here and get your stamps ordered today!

This sale IS ONLY ON FOR 5 DAYS - today until 20 November!



The 2015 Retiring Products List is available HERE

Again, check those wish lists, and get these products BEFORE they run out on 4th January - HUGE discounts on many products. Once they are gone, they are gone!

This list will be changing regularly as products run out - so get your orders in NOW!


As always, if you wish to place an order, you can:-

*  click on the SHOP NOW image top right (look for stamp sale on left hand side of my online shop) 
* click HERE to gain immediate access
*  email me on
*  call/text me on 07747 465186

Don't forget, if you are ordering online and your order is under £150 then please use the Hostess Code PSTFMBV2  - one lucky customer will receive the hostess rewards for November!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

A wee Weekly Deal for you!

This weeks Weekly Deals have been announced - and they're all Christmas deals - yay!

I am delighted to see that the Embellished Ornament stamp set is in the deals - this is a fabulous set including images and Christmas messages - so if you only buy one new Christmas stamp set this year, this has to be it!

You can also add on the framelit set to match the baubles - which gives you the option of intricate die-cuts, or a basic die-cut that fits around the stamped images.  You can buy this set as a bundle also which has a 15% saving.

I made the following shadow frame box using a combination of the stamp set and the framelits.

I can't tell you how often I have used the matching red cards and envelopes with the holly and berry embossing folder - all I needed to do was add a sentiment, and I have quick and easy Christmas cards - win win in my book!

As always, if you would like to place an order you can either:-

* click the shop now link above
* email me at
* call/text me on 07747 465186

Just a quick thank you for all the recent orders, I really appreciate my customers and friends loyalty considering how long I have been out of action.  

Happy Crafting!   Cal xxx

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Be Berry and Merry .... does that sound right?!?!?!

Are you berry and merry, or merry with berries?!?!

Either way - you MUST see this amazing bundle from Stampin Up! called the Berry Merry Bundle.

Firstly, this whole bundle is only £18.50 ... yup, you read that right .... £18.50!!!!!!

Secondly, that price includes 17 stamps in the stamp set!  Wow! now this IS a bargain!

Imagine how many stunning backgrounds you can produce with the smaller stamps in this set - and not just for Christmas, but all year round!  I personally, also think that you could get away with using the embossing folder all year round as well ... what a great base for any card!

Even just using Whisper White as the card base, you can tart it up by adding an envelope made from scraps of scrapbook papers ... I love this idea!

I can highly recommend this incredible bundle and with an automatic 15% discount - it really is great value for money!

To order yours, please either use the 'shop here' button above, or email me on or call/text me on 07747 465186.

Have fun!   Cal xxx

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

It's a Wrap!

So following on from my previous post showing off a selection of gift tags, over the next few days and weeks, I'll be showing you different ways to gift wrap your Christmas presents, in various ways.

Today's gift, has been made using one of my favourite new framelit bundles - the new Square Pillow Box Thinlets die.  It has 8 different dies in the set, which make producing different styles of box, a doddle!  Believe me, if I can do it - you can!  This set isn't just for Christmas though, it has dies to suit all occasions, so will last you a lifetime - at only £30 for the set, this really is a bargain!  Think Wedding Favours, Childrens Party Gift boxes, Birthday presents, Easter ... the list is endless!

I have used Real Red card stock and underneath the cut out christmas trees, I have used Mellow Moss card stock.  For the tag, I used the A Little Something stamp set.  I added real red ribbon, pom pom trim and a touch of silver twine.  I finished the tag off with one of the cute snowflake embellishments called Winter Wonderland.

The stamp set used and the Square Pillow Box framelit set, can be bought as a bundle.

If you would like to purchase any of the above, please either click on the links below, or email me at or call/text me on 07747 465186.

Tomorrow, I'll be showing you a selection of cards made using the Wonderland stamp set - so don't forget to pop back!

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Tag! You're It!

 It's one of those things that we can never find when we want one ...

How many times have we made a beautiful card, and bought a stunning gift, wrapped it and then discovered that we haven't got a tag to match?  Well it happens to me all the time, so this year I decided that I wasn't going to be caught out.

The tags below have all been made using the fantastic Home for Christmas designer papers.  I love the fact that the papers are not only bright and vibrant, and that they are double sided, but more than anything, I love the fact that I can 'fussy cut' most of the papers, and have cheap, affordable 'toppers'. As well as buying the papers, I bought the matching Home for Christmas cardstock pack, which simplifief the whole process of having to match cardstock to the papers.  All I needed to add was scraps of ribbon and twine - job done!

I've also added some of the cards that I initially made.

Home for Christmas Papers - £10

With matching tags

Another card and tag

Various tags

As you can see, matching the cards and tags has been a pretty simple process, and I've not had to add a great deal more.

If you would like to place an order, then please click the 'shop' sign above, or email me on or call/text me on 07747 465186.

Other News
1.  Please be aware that Stampin Up! has recently moved warehouses, and there will be a slight delay in deliveries.

2.  Next Rochdale Crop is on Saturday the 7th November - it is a special crop as it will be my mums 80th Birthday, so we will be having a little bit of a celebration for her - therefore if you are attending, I would be grateful if you could let me know in advance.

Join My Team
Would you like to receive a discount on your orders, or have you ever thought about running your own crafting business?  Our starter kit is currently only £99 and you will receive £130 worth of products of your choice, plus a free stationery kit to help you get started, plus free postage.

I am hoping to recruit at least five more people to join our amazing team, The Hearts - you are guaranteed FREE training, and 24/7 help and assistance from myself.

If you would like more details on how to become a Demonstrator, then please click >>> JOIN MY TEAM for all the information you need. I look forward to welcoming you to the team!

Happy Crafting - Cal xxxxxxx

Saturday, 17 October 2015

It's a Watercolour Day!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have fun checking out Stampin' Up's Watercolour Wishes Card kit!  I absolutely love this kit and I hope you do, too! It is so easy to create beautiful projects with this kit, and everything you need fits neatly in this beautiful box!  That makes it perfect to give the kit to a crafty person in your life or to make the cards from the kit and wrap them in that gorgeous box and gift them to anyone who loves greeting cards!

It's also an ideal gift to give to someone who doesn't think they are arty or crafty, but who you know would love to give it a go.  Everything is included - except adhesive, so why not add a tube of Tombow glue as well.

This kit also includes an EXCLUSIVE stamp set which features 12 sentiment stamps (not available anywhere else), TWO mini inkpads, cards, envelopes, sentiments, ribbon, twine, foam pads, sequins, wood cut-outs etc. etc.. it is amazing value at only £31.50

You also receive a full-colour instruction booklet with the kit, so not only is this kit great value, it's also amazingly quick to make up - win-win in my book!

Below are the samples that my teamie Leanne Weaver made using this kit - aren't they beautiful cards?!?!

Remember, this is an EXCLUSIVE stamp set - you will NOT be able to purchase it anywhere else.

To order your kit direct, please click HERE (safe link), or email me on or, call/text me on 07747 465186.

Happy Crafting!  Have a great weekend - Cal xxxxx


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