I LOVE it when each first and third Sunday comes around and it is time for my mmm…Stampin’ Time class, especially when I have the chance to SHARE ideas and projects that feature new products from Stampin’ Up! and we get to ENJOY a few hours on a Sunday afternoon creating together before the work week begins.

Our July 16 class was all about CLIMBING ORCHID BUNDLE

I found the gift box on Pintrest [below] and it was created by German demonstrator Nadja []. I was able to watch a tutorial for this giftbox made by British demonstrator Keila Calver to recreate this Tricky-Cube-Box/Little Platform Giftbox … thank you to both of these demonstrators for sharing their amazing work.


Here are the three projects we made during our Climbing Orchids class … two cards and a giftbox.

I was surprised by the variety of orchid colour combinations nature has produced … endless options to make this bundle so versatile.


This was the first time we used the Ruffled 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and it looks amazing when you use Shimmery White cardstock.

All three projects use the tree branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

The giftbox looks elegantly simple but is a bit tricky to achieve the peaked corner … persistence is needed, but well worth the effort.



I have lots of things on my to-do lists – crafting list, demonstrator list, mum list, work list, horrible jobs to do around the house list …. some of these I get to quickly and others just seem to linger [like the ‘need to clean the windows’ job].

…and I must confess I am very easily distracted.

So when the quarterly Stampin’ Success magazine arrived, every other goal went out of those dirty windows!

Some of you might be asking “What is a Stampin’ Success magazine?” … it is one of the many benefits of being an Independent Demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! … it is a colour magazine brimming with amazing project ideas and information about products, demonstrators from around the world, techniques and lots, lots more.

My goal was to create every project in the magazine!


My crafting goal was achieved … well almost. I completed 34 of the 35 projects in this quarter’s Stampin’ Success magazine [the Sweet Little Kitten card will have to wait – the ironing just wouldn’t go away!]

So that’s – 30 pairs of cards and 4 smaller gift card pairs … I transformed any non-card projects into cards and have the magazine version and an alternative … and for the few stamp sets or DSP used that I didn’t have in my collection, I substituted and was pretty close. [very embarrassing that there were only a few that I didn’t have – sshhh – don’t tell my husband!]

I will post images of my favourites another time!



A Catalogue Time event is scheduled for Sunday 31st January to launch both the Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogues.

This is such an exciting time in the Stampin’ Up! calendar … and a great time to reap rewards … for every $90 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products from any current catalogue you will be able to choose a product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue.

More details about the event coming soon …

as well as project teasers; using some of the amazing new stamps, papers, embellishments and tools in these new catalogues.


JUST A HINT –  if you want to be as lucky as me to pre-order new catalogue products before the catalogue is released to the public, consider joining my team and becoming a demonstrator yourself!