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Hello and welcome to my blog. I'm an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK and love sharing my passion for paper crafting and Stampin' Up! products. Thank you for visiting I hope to see you again soon. Zoe x

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Hinged Box Tutorial for Thinking Outside the Box

Welcome everyone to my blog and March 2018's Thinking Outside the Box Blog Hop.  If you've arrived from Tanja's blog in Germany you probably know what a blog hop is, but someone pointed out to me the other day that some folk might not know and so if you're starting here and have never come across a blog hop this is a good place to start.  Just like the Easter Bunny on my hinged box you can hop onto the other ladies blogs to see their version of our monthly challenge which this time is  a hinged box.  You hop from one blog to the next to get lots of inspiration for using Stampin' Up! products and different versions of the same theme.  Enjoy and we'd love you to leave a comment to let us know you visited.  

I normally make a video for this hop, but it's going to be a little late this time as I'm full of cold and also have torn my calve muscle and am not able to walk too well so I've created a template and will add measurements for you for now in cms and inches.  

How to make a simple hinged box

1.  Cut a piece of card 21 cm x 30.5 cm (12" x 83/4")
2. Score on both sides at every 7cm so on landscape 7cm,14cm, 21cm and 28cm (inches 2 3/4, 5 1/2, 8 1/4 and 11.)
3. Now following the template where the dashes are scored lines and the solid lines are cut lines.  

Before putting the template together you'll need to decorate it. I've stamped in Stampin' Up! Archival Grey ink and coloured the daffodils in with watercolour pencils.  I used lemon lime twist from the Stampin Up Lots of Happy Card kit and old olive, but you could just use the latter.  The flower heads are daffodil delight with a touch of early espresso for the sheath from the flower blended with a blender pen with the yellow.   TIP Fold each panel of the box so that you only get stamping where you want it.

The bunny is from We Must Celebrate and he was stamped in black memento ink and coloured with Stampin' Blends. I fussy cut him out.  The daffodils and and sentiment are from You're Inspiring.  My usual bling bits added on this project are Tutti Frutti adhesive-backed sequins with rhinestones.  

To add a simple handle to open the box I pierced a hole in roughly the centre of the lid with the end of my snips and then pushed the larger ball end of my scoring stylus through to the inside.  Pass the loop of lemon lime twist ombre ribbon from the top into the lid and I stuck it with tear and tape but tombow or any wet glue would do it. I also to make it neat and tidy added a square 6.8cm x 6.8cm (2 11/16 x 2 11/16 inches) over the ribbon ends.  

Thanks for hopping with us and if you are in the UK and wish to purchase any Stampin' Up! products please do visit Zoe Tant  Stampin Up online shop
Bye for now Zoe x

1. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 2. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 3. Zoë Tant (United Kingdom) 4. Yoshiko Endo (Japan) 5. Sharlene Meyer ( New Zeeland) 6. Dena Rekow (USA) 7. Beate Wacker ( Austria) 8. Aude Barbara ( France) 9. Barb Stewart ( Canada)

Friday, 16 March 2018

Home Decor with You're Inspiring Stamps

I made this for my wonderful Mum for Mothering Sunday, but didn't share on my blog before as she visits my blog, but not social media so I was safe sharing there.  

She was absolutely delighted with it I'm pleased to say and in particular because long time ago when I was a small girl I would bring a Daffodil home from Sunday School for Mothering Sunday. She tells my kids the story every year and they say 'Yes Nan, you told us!!' .  Like me, Mum loves spring flowers and in the UK nothing is more iconic that the Daffodil.  Here in Lincolnshire they are grown for the bulbs for the following season, but also for the supermarkets.  We often drive by the fields and see them being picked ready to be shipped out.  

For my home decor piece I used Stampin' Up! You're Inspiring set which is full of lovely Daffs and nice sentiments.  However I created the Mother using the eclipse technique and the large letter dies and the amazing is from Celebrate You thinlet dies that you can until the end of March get free with a qualifying order.   

You'll find it easier to stamp the mother section first before die cutting the letters. I used Stampin' Blends alcohol markers to colour the flowers so stamped them on thick white card and in memento black ink.  The bottom trio were done in the same way, but I used different colours as Daffodils aren't always just plan yellow.  I added fussy cut butterflies which were taken from the Blossoming Basket stamp set another promotional freebie and added them with dimensionals or glue dots.  They are great for hiding those occasional mistakes one makes!!! Oops yes a finger smudge no less.  

The frame is from IKEA and is a 9" x 9" deep one, but you could go for bigger to create a more impacting piece.  For demonstrators where Mother's Day is celebrated later in the year, this would make a fabulous class.  It's very therapeutic and easy to do. Of course you don't have to do for Mother's day you could turn it into an Easter home decor piece or something completely different lol.  

Thanks for checking it out and do come by again soon. 

Zoe xx

PS the large letter dies are £89 to buy, but if you join Stampin' Up! you can choose £130 of product for just £99 with no shipping.  Join us before the end of March and you'll be able to choose the matching stamp set, Letters for You (worth £44)  and one other stamp set in addition to the £130 worth of stampin' loveliness.  Need more information because you're tempted please email me at or call 07717855179.

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See you again soon Zoe x