Sunday, 20 May 2012

Sewing kit swaps

Spent a lovely day in Leeds yesterday at a Stampin’ Up!® training event with 74 other excited demonstrators. We had some business training, shared ideas and, of course, swapped projects. Best of all, two of my team won prizes of a fab selection of Summer Mini catalogue products!

I received loads of lovely swaps which I will study more closely later on. These are mine – they are sewing kit matchbooks. Expect to see lots of sewing kits this year as I’ve just bought 100 of the little blighters from ebay.

Making a matchbook with the Simply Scored tool is so easy, and you can score lots of them at the same time. You just lay the item you want to put in your matchbook on top of a strip of cardstock on the scoring tool, leaving room for flaps at both ends, and mark where you want to score – even easier using the little markers, as you don’t have to repeat the process every time.

So I scored and cut my matchbooks from Pool Party cardstock then fished out the Big Shot. The order of the next bit is quite important, as you can end up squashing flat your embossing if you’re not careful. Here’s what I did:

  1. Die-cut the border using Adorning Accents Edgelits Die. For this you need the platform with BOTH tabs down, plus two cutting plates sandwiching your cardstock and die.
  2. Emboss the border using Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folder. For this you need the platform with one tab down (or none, depending on your machine – my Big Shot seems quite tight), plus two cutting plates sandwiching your cardstock and folder.
  3. Emboss the hearts using Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folder. Important: you need the platform with NO tabs down. This will avoid squashing the lovely scalloped embossed border. 
Next I added some Designer Series Paper, then added the sewing kit and tied it all up using some gorgeous ruffled ribbon. I’ve used various pieces of paper and different colour ribbons, purely because I didn’t have enough of everything to make 40!  Ten of these went to the ladies in my Virtual Hostess Club – I like to give them a little gift each month, whether a handmade project, a kit to make their own project or a product sample to play with. My club is coming to an end soon so if you’d like to join the next one, please drop me a line!

Oh, nearly forgot to mention the basket. It was made by my downline, Judie, using Stampin' Up! packing paper, sewn into strips and woven. Isn't it fabulous!?

Cardstock: Pool Party
Paper: Sweet Shop
Accessories: Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies and Embossing Folders, Ruffled Ribbon – Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade

All products by Stampin’ Up!®


  1. Saw you on the FB UK Stampin Up! page last night Helen! Glad you had a good day, love my little freebie again this month and my to photograph the cards I made yesterday and will post them later.

  2. Sweet! What a great gift idea too and love that sewn paper bag!

  3. LOVE these and what a great idea for a swap! Excellent tutorial on the embossing process! Nothing worse than messing up your hard work!!

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  5. These are great Helen, and what a good use of all that SU packing paper by Judie!!!


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