Stampin Up UK sweet sorbet sale-a-bration decorated wooden bird box

I've said before that nothing escapes decoration here at Vintage Towers. And our bird box is no exception - well you've got to entice them back in haven't you! For all we know they too might read Country Boxes & Living ;)

I started out with an old wooden bird box that I found in a back of a cupboard that I had previously decoupaged but no longer liked it ;) Using the new Sale-a-bration sweet sorbet paper I covered all faces with it.

I've used soft sky taffeta ribbon on the edges to soften them and then cut lots of Top Note die shapes, distressed them around the edges before layering them over each other to create the roof tiles.

Some coordinating butterfly punch shapes in matching cardstock (got to love Stampin Up for coordinating card, inks, papers & embellishments so well!) and finishing off the perch and entrance hole with more punched scallop circle shapes.

To finish off, I hand made some rolled paper flowers using more Sweet Sorbet paper - I was very sceptical when I first received the paper pack about the black pattern but I think it works really well now! The flowers were finished with knots of coloured twine from the Sweet Sorbet accessory pack.

Have you had a look through the new Stampin Up spring/summer catalogue yet? If not - here it is in PDF format - don't forget for every £45 you spend you'll choose one or more Sale-a-bration free products too!



Stampin Up monthly scrapbook & cardmaking subscription kit club - February kit reveal! A new monthly kit of perfect paper, card & embellishment colour & style coordination for all your scrapbook layouts, cards & papercraft projects!

Do you spend ages scouring the web for individual coordinating products for your scrapbook layouts, projects and albums? Do you love surprises and want the latest Stampin Up products? 

Then my monthly Stampin Up scrapbook & cardmaking subscription kit would be perfect for you! You can make cards, scrapbook layouts, mini albums and other home decor projects & accessories with totally coordinated embellishments, patterned paper, cardstock and accessories themed & chosen especially for you from the latest Stampin Up collections & delivered direct to your door each month.

There's a choice of monthly kit club budgets so you can choose which suits you the best and then you can sit back & look forward to receiving a monthly stash kit box stuffed full of products from the latest Stampin Up collections & current catalogues. 

Each kit includes enough crafty stash to create at least 6 12" x 12" scrapbook pages or 10 cards with patterned paper, card stock, embellishments and other useful items such as doilies, bags, gift boxes, stickers etc. There is also the opportunity to purchase additional monthly kit add-ons such as marker pens, extra papers, rubber stamps, inks and other embellishments all designed to perfectly coordinate with the monthly kit. 

Subscriptions cost 
  • 1 month trial £20 + £3.50 p&p (UK only)
  • 3 month subscription £18 + £3.50 p&p (UK only)
  • 6 month subscription £15 +£3.50 p&p (UK only)

Plus - if you add any extra Stampin Up products from my store these are shipped included within the monthly kit p&p price too! 

My Stampin Up monthly scrapbook & cardmaking subscription kit club enables you to build up a fabulous collection of coordinated Stampin Up products but with a budgeted outlay each month and offers you the perfect opportunity to try before you buy. Each new monthly kit is revealed for purchase on the 30th of each month and will be shipped within 3-5 working days of your payment being received. 

And as a thank you for becoming a kit club member you will also receive:
  • free Stampin Up ideas and inspiration catalogues (worth £3 each) 3 x per year
  • ideas & inspiration for cards & layouts using the monthly kit
  • automatic access to our worldwide Facebook Craft, create & chat forum (
  • myself on hand for any queries, assistance, customer support & chat! 
And there's more!!!! 

Once you've spent £150 on monthly kits you can choose £25 of free products!! 

You can start your Stampin Up monthly scrapbook & cardmaking kit subscription at any time of the year, so if sounds just what you were looking for then simply purchase the latest months kit through paypal below! Please remember to put the month of the kit you require as your description and to add your £3.50 to cover the cost of shipping your kit. For overseas orders please contact me at

I look forward to welcoming you into the club!


Stampin Up UK sweet sorbet sale-a-bration thank you note card gift box tutorial

Have you had a chance yet to browse through the new Spring/Summer catalogue & Sale-a-bration catalogue launched yesterday? If you missed it, just click here for exciting news!

 I've been super busy responding to all the lovely new online orders that came through my online shop as a result of the new catalogue launch yesterday but I've still found the time to bring you, my loyal reader, this short but sweet post today!

Today's project is a little thank you note gift box made with Sale-a-bration sweet sorbet designer series papers which you can have for free with orders over £45! 

the little gift box is one of the Stampin Up kraft gift box which I've covered with Sweet Sorbet designer series paper - it has such pretty fresh spring like colours that I think I'l start shopping for clothes in these colours soon!

Inside the box are 4 little note cards all made with coordinating cardstock and more Sale-a-bration sweet sorbet papers with some stamped flowers from the gorgeous Flowershop stamp set punched with the matching pansy punch. the envelopes are also handmade with Sweet Sorbet papers and crafted to fit the cards exactly with the fabulous Envelope Punch board which has the settings for over 60 envelopes on! Wouldn't it be lovely if all envelopes were pretty like this? 

If you'd like to have a go at making this sweet set yourself then purchase my PDF tutorial by clicking on the Paypal link below - don't forget to put sweet sorbet notecard gift box in the description so I know which tutorial you'd like!

To purchase any of these lovely supplies for yourself, pop into my online product shop where you'll find the entire Stampin Up product range ... 

Here are the new catalogues in PDF version below ...


Happy crafting!

New Stampin Up UK spring summer catalogue & free products with Stampin Up UK sale-a-bration!

Wow what an exciting day! Stampin Up have released their brand new Spring Summer catalogue packed with gorgeous spring colours, loads of new products and fabulous ideas & inspiration! Plus today's the day Stampin Up launch the annual Sale-a-bration promotion where all purchases over £45 qualify for a free product or more from a adorable range of limited edition products .. so what are we waiting for? Let's go and take a closer look ...

Here's the new spring/summer catalogue - click on the image below and browse the online PDF - be sure to grab a pen and paper to make your wish list!

My top 5 favourite Stampin Up spring/summer products are:

Oops I know that's more than 5 but I did warn you the new Stampin Up spring/summer brochure was packed with must have goodies!

BONUS! With my wish list above altogether totalling over £150 I'd also get £25 of free products too ! I'll be choosing the Making a point stamp set of 6 stamps perfect for tweenie and teenage girls cards & gifts!

And not forgetting with my £150 spend I'd also qualify for 3 !!!! totally free sale-a-bration products too! Let's take a look at what's on offer ....

During the free product Sale-a-bration promotion the more multiples of £45 you spend the more free products you can choose from! Just click on the Sale-a-bration catalogue image below to take you to the online PDF where you can wish-list to your hearts content :) 

My top 5 favourite Stampin Up sale-a-bration 2014 products free with a £45+ order are ..

  • Sweet sorbet designer series paper  
  • Sweet sorbet accessory pack 
  • Banner blast stamp set  
  • You're lovely stamp set
  • Heartfelt banner kit

So if you'd like to receive all these freebies on top of your order and you're ready to shop simply pop over to my online store by clicking on the image below - and most importantly don't forget to choose your free sale-a-bration products too!

If you're new to cardmaking, scrapbooking or papercrafting then check out my previous posts on my top 10 tips for cardmaking beginners guide as well as my recommended tools and equipment for papercraft beginners for tips and ideas to get you started. 

Any problems or queries simply get in touch at or for daily crafty chat join us at - in the meantime happy shopping!


Stampin Up UK Heartfelt pompom decorated notebook

I'm a sucker for pretty paper - any size, pattern, colourway - you name it I love it :) I've even been known to stockpile it and just gaze at it lovingly from time to time ;) Thankfully my family is very understanding of my need to protect my paper and NOT LET ANYONE ELSE TOUCH OR USE IT! Catch my drift? :)

Today's project started out as a cheap notebook - no frills, no cover, nothing special. Until it got a makeover courtesy of TOMORROW's exciting release of the Stampin Up Sale-a-bration Sweet Sorbet paper free with a purchase of £45+.

And the pompoms? Today they're in their natural form - not tweaked into a bluebird or other shape ;) They come straight from the Sale-a-bration Heartflet banner kit - again free from tomorrow with a £45+ order.

Did you spot the brand new cork embellishments? Cork is hot, hot, hot this year craftwise - another excuse of overhaul those cork coasters you've got lurking in thr back of a cupboard. Why not run thrm through the Big Shot with a Fun Flowers or Blossoms die and make your own cork embellishments? The mini pegs are part of the heartflet banner kit too :)

Now I just have decide what to actually write in the newly converted notebook - it's a bit too pretty to be written in really - don't you think? ;)

To get your hands on the Sale-a-bration freebies from tomorrow (28th January) simply pop over to my online store by clicking below - you'll be automatically prompted to choose your freebies once your product order reaches £45 :)

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Stampin Up UK Sweet Sorbet Sale-a-bration Spring fairy & Heartfelt bluebird

My project is a little different and shows how versatile Stampin up products are - they're not just for your traditional cards, scrapbooks pages & papercrafting (or for Christmas)!

You may recall my Very merry vintage Christmas angel I created for Christmas - well here's a playmate for her :) She's my Sweet Sorbet Spring fairy complete with needlefelt bluebird peeking out from under her skirts :)

I started with a traditional wooden peg and crafted a cone base to keep her upright then tattered & ripped a Stampin Up mini muslin bag and dip dyed it in Calypso Coral ink for an ombre effect - the ink seeps up the muslin perfectly. 

Her bodice and skirts are made from the forthcoming Sale-a-bration sweet sorbet papers - the colours are just perfect for Spring and match the Pantone predicted colour trends for 2014. Some calypso coral twine from the Sale-a-bration sweet sorbet accessory pack nips her waist in and doubles as her hair (quite fancy this shade myself!). The bodice is simply made with the Stampin Up blossom punch. 

Her wings were an experiment which I'm happy to say worked!! I didn't want to use any of the colours in the three Stampin Up dazzling details glitter glues  ..... so I created one of my own! Simply mix some iridescent dazzling details glitter glue with a few drops of your chosen ink colour from one of the re-inker bottles into a little pot and voila coloured glitter glue to match your card/paper! I paint mine on with a fine paintbrush and use it in a variety of projects including my art journalling and upcycling embellishments.

The little bluebird started life out as one of the pompoms in the Sale-a-bration (free with order over £45!) Heartfelt banner kit - you get nine gorgeous needlefelt poms poms in the kit in three juicy spring colours. With a little tweaking here and then and the addition of a little beak & eyes - hey presto a cute little bluebird.  

To purchase your Stampin Up supplies head over to my store by clicking on the link below ...


Crafts, creations, 52 lists & life in photos week 4 2014

A quiet week at home predominately writing and crafting punctuated by some beautiful frosty mornings, parents evenings at school and catching up with my scrapbooking - I've entered into 2012 now woo-hoo (except that I started at 2010 so really have at least 8 years to go back too!). Here's our week in photos January 2014 week 4 ...

52 lists

This weeks list prompt was things that remind me of home .... what reminds you of home? If you'd like to play along pop over to my Facebook group at and join in!

One Little Word

 I'm currently awaiting some 8"x 6" binders from the USA to pop my work so far in to - preferably before we move on to February's work! There's some 3,000 other people all over the world joining in with One Little Word and there are 5 of us who have chosen Today as their word. My mission this week is to try to connect with them and get their perspectives :)

My work is being featured tomorrow morning in a blog hop - starting at 8am make yourself a cuppa and spend half an hour blog hopping with me!


Stampin Up UK Cute childrens colouring book gift card

I like to make my own party bag favours when the girls have a birthday party. Firstly, it's more unique and secondly, generally less expensive! So these cute little colouring gift cards were just perfect gifts for our 5 year olds birthday celebrations last week :)

Starting out with a tri-fold card I simply added pockets onto each piece to hold a variety of colouring paraphenalia - colouring pencils, cards to colour, stickers and other embellishments.

The little animal stamped images are from the lovely Storybook friends stamp set - lots of vintage style animals and children to stamp.

The papers are the gorgeous Birthday Basics - a colourful bright range of cheerful birthday/celebration style patterns which suited this project perfectly. The lovely ice-cream coloured twine and printed cork embellishments are from one of the new Sale-a-bration goodie pack free with orders over £45 :)

The little tags are made using a brand new punch appearing in the new Spring/Summer catalogue next week combined with Sweet Sorbet sale-a-bration papers and stamped characters from the Fox and Friends stamp set.

I used a piece of ribbon wrapped around the card to fold it together and secure and then stamped each recipients name out using my Typeset Alphabet dies and adhered to the front - and promptly forgot to take a photo of this step ;)

Just a reminder, my weekly roundup of life in photos and 52 lists (this week it's Things that remind me of home) will be here tomorrow (Friday) to make way for an exciting blog hop sale-a-bration showcase starting at 8am GMT Saturday 25th January. Be sure to pop back then!

To get hold of your own Stampin Up supplies simply click the image below which heads to my online store