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Circle Thinlits Flip Cards

Hi there

I have been playing with the Stampin' Up! Circle Card thinlits die that makes the creation of 'flip' cards a lot easier.  I find the basic card cut with the thinlits die a bit skimpy when it comes to writing your message, so the extended version with the fold in panel is much better. It also gives you more scope for decoration as well.

For me, these cards really become something special when you add some extra layers and embellishment. This takes more effort, but well worth it for a special occasion. I have 3 cards here showing some different options for embellishment.

This first card was created for a recent class. It is bold and bright and perfect for a special occasion, although I have kept the sentiment fairly generic. It has the added benefit of a gift card pocket on the fold in flap, which keeps it secure.  I like the belly band on this to keep it all tucked in, as there is a bit more bulk with the gift card pocket.


The 2 1/2" circle punch creates the perfect mat for the circle on the card and the gingham circle from the 'Kind and Cozy' stamp set fits the bill perfectly, to frame your sentiment.


The next one has the exended fold in flap, but without the gift card pocket. I have seen the writing panel on the fold in flap, but I prefer it in the centre, leaving the end panel for further decoration. I have used some of the extra dies (chevrons and 'hi') that come with this die set for embellishment. You can't beat the classic black and white combo for a fresh looking card. I've heat embossed one of the silhouettes in black from the lovely 'Serene Silhouettes' stamp set for the front circle. I was glad to see this set carry forward into the new Annual Catalogue. 


Another of the silhouette images has been heat embossed in white on the fold in panel for a strong contrast.


This last card was made for a lovely friend's birthday. I have added plenty of bling on this one with the silver glimmer paper added to both sides of the circle.  To cut the glimmer paper circle (there is no punch or circle die the exact size), I trimmed a piece of glimmer paper to 2 3/4" square and then put it over the circle piece of the die and ran it through the Big Shot. It leaves a small piece on both sides to cut with scissors on the embossed line, so it is pretty easy.


The large image from the 'Regarding Dahlias' stamp set has been heat embossed in white on Wisteria Wonder. I used a Stampin' Write marker and blender pen to add some highlights to the flower and punched it out with the 2 1/2" circle punch.


I have stamped the flower image in craft white for the inside back panel to continue the theme. The sentiment from the new 'Amazing Birthday' stamp set has been heat embossed in white for the inside circle. 

If you would like to make this project, I have created a tutorial that  provides 3 sets of measurements for the layers on all of the panels of the card and instructions for how to cut these layers. You can find it here or click on the button at the bottom of the post.

Project Details

1st card -Polka Dot Pieces, Kind & Cozy, Papillon Potpouri, Afterthoughts (retired); 2nd Card - Serene Silhouettes; 3rd Card - Regarding Dahlias, Amazing Birthday, Papillon Potpouri

Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Brights DSP Paper Stack, Neutrals DSP Paper Stack, Wisteria Wonder, Glimmer card, In Colour DSP Paper Stack
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Versamark, Craft White
Accessories Basic Rhintestones, 1/4" White stitched ribbon
Tools     Circle Card Thinlits die, Perfect Polk Dots EF, Big Shot, Bitty Butterfly punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, Small heart punch, 2 3/8" & 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punches, 3/4" & 1" Circle punches, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Heat gun, black and white embossing powder, Stampin' Write marker (Wisteria Wonder), Blender pen, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

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Designer Series Paper Swatch Books

Hi there

Wow, it is only a matter of weeks until the new Annual Catalogue is released in the South Pacific. I'm waiting on my preorder items to arrive (one of the cool benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - you get to order early!) so I can get new toys to play with.

This year, I'm offering these cute Designer Series Paper Swatch books for the 10 new designer papers in the 2014-2015 Catalogue.  They are pretty to look at and make a great reference tool to have at hand on your desk when you are deciding what papers to use or to check the coordinating colours. 

They are 6" x 3" with a 1/4" step down so that you can quickly flip through the 6 double-sided designs.


They are backed in a coordinating card stock with all the details you need to match colours or to order the paper clearly listed on the back.


Turn them into a decor item for your craft desk by storing them in a cute bucket like this (from a $2 shop).


If you are a Stampin' Up Demonstrator:

  • They easy to flip through and are a fabulous quick reference for colours and ordering details.
  • Have a couple of sets on the table to showcase the beautiful designer papers to your class attendees or guests at a party.
  • They make lovely Hostess gifts or reward for your downlines.

The cost per set of 10 swatch books (8 standard and 2 specialty DSPs) is $14.95AUD and $3.30AUD postage to anywhere in Australia (if you are in New Zealand, please contact me for postage costs). 

Select your option below to purchase. The price includes postage anywhere in Australia. If you are elsewhere in the South Pacific, please contact me so I can provide the correct postage costs.

Number of Sets (Includes Postage)

Please note, I can't order the full set of Designer Papers until early in July.  However, I will have everything ready to go so they will be in your hands as quickly as possible after that.

If you have any queries about this offer, don't hestiate to contact me.


Convention 2014 Swaps

Hi there

I'm finally getting on top of everything again after the South Pacific Convention. It was crazy leading up to it with swaps and roomie gifts to make and lots of other details to organise. However, I had a fabulous time hanging out with friends; soaking up all the information and presentations; playing with new products and of course poring over the new Annual Catalogue. Not to mention all of the free take away products that Stampin' Up! gave us. Can't get much better than that!

Today I have the my Convention swaps to show you. I made 60 in the same design, in 5 colour combos so I wouldn't get too bored. I have used a portion of' 'Pleasant Poppies', one of my favourite stamps, on the left panel. It has been white embossed on Crumb Cake or Smoky Slate (depending on the colour combo) and then coloured with the Chalk marker. Once dry I have coloured the flowers with Stampin' Write markers. Because of the chalk base, the final colour will be a lighter shade of the marker. You can go over it again to add some highlights or use a darker colour like Calypso Coral over Crisp Cantaloupe or Crushed Curry over Daffodil Delight. This is a great technique, so give it a try. 

The right panel is vellum card stock embossed with the Polka Dots embossing folder. I love how it takes the edge off the colour below. This caused me some grief, trying to find an adhesive that I was happy with and didn't show through. After trying 3 options, the best product for the purpose in my opinion is the Scotch Vellum Tape, but I recommend cutting it with teflon coated scissors. 

I didn't take a photo of all the colours together, so I will show one at full size and then the other colours in smaller photos. The base card is Baked Brown Sugar with Strawberry Slush and the left panel is Crumb Cake.


The colour combinations of the others (from left) are:

Baked Brown Sugar/Crisp Cantaloupe/Crumb Cake
Bermuda Bay/Pool Party/Smoky Slate
Basic Gray/Daffodil Delight/Smoky Slate
Wisteria Wonder/Elegant Eggplant/Crumb Cake

Cantaloupe_Swap  Coastal_Swap  Daffodil_Swap  Wisteria_Swap

For my roomies, I made these cute little bags in a matching colour to the swap card I gave them. This is the One Sheet Wonder bag, made with a single piece of 12 x 12 card stock and no cutting - how cool is that? I used Kelly Gettelfinger's YouTube video and then added my own twist to it. Don't these colours look great together?


The bags are 6" long and 2" wide, so they are a good size and would easily fit a package of cookies or other treats or a scarf, baby booties etc. I managed to fit all of these things into it.


The item on the far right is a scissor charm. I decided to make these a couple of days before Convention. Not the smartest move from a time management perspective, but I had fun making them. Here is a photo of all of them.


Well, that's about it for my Convention goodies. I'm looking forward to lots of fabulous new products in the Annual Catalogue.  If you would like an Annual Catalogue, please contact me

In the meantime, don't forget the lists of retiring products are now available online here for you check out.

Details of my next class can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by.