Team retreat 2017 swaps

So last week end I went to my very first team retreat since joining stampin up. It was organised by my uplink Sam Hammond. It was an amazing weekend, I met some amazing people who also share the same passion and excitement for stampin up as I do. Everyone was sooo welcoming and I got to finally put names to faces.


Over the weekend we swapped creations we had made to inspire each other, I made a very simple ‘swap’ using all five of the the 2017-2019 In colours. And inside was a hot chocolate sachet. I kept my design very simple using the ‘it’s what’s inside that counts’ sentiment from the tags & trimmings stamp set.

So now for everyone else’s swap… here is a link to the video I made showcasing all the amazing swaps I received!

Team retreat 2017 swaps

I now need to go and eat all that chocolaty goodness before Christmas!
Thank you for visiting.
Ellie collins


2 birds 1 stone (cards)

I had a light bulb moment just over a week ago, and thought up these two gorgeous, yet very simple card designs. I knew I was on to something here, as I never like anything to go to waste. This card uses both the die cut and negative image along with the balloon punch to make these cards. With a few little embellishments and a little bit of stamping the card is complete. That’s it, it requires a little preparation but then once all the pieces have been made; the cards comes together really quickly.

I created these cards using the brights collection as I feel these colour complement the design really well. This idea is such a time saver, two cards from the same piece of card stock. I could also imagine these cards done in many other ways:

Christmas – change the balloons for baubles/ Christmas puddings
Halloween – change the balloons for pumpkins/ witches cauldron
Easter – change the balloons for Easter eggs
New Year- change the balloons for fireworks, or keep the balloons since it’s a party?

Just a few ideas, but that’s what I love about this design. Its easily changed for any occasion.


  • Whisper White Card Stock (cut and score in half)
  • Whisper White card stock (can use scraps to punch out 4 large and 4 small balloons, also stamp 3 ‘hooray’ balloons and punch them out.)
  • Brights collection Card Stock (5-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ or 13.3cm x 9.5cm)
  • Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set
  • Clear Blocks
  • Multi purpose glue
  • Basic rhinestone jewels
  • Brights enamel shapes
  • Paper piercer or something to help position small shapes

Anyway here’s a little video showing you how I made it.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous cards


A quick and simple Christmas Card

I’m back again with another Christmas project, and a beautiful one if I do say so my self. This week I’m trying something different, first I’ve made a card (don’t normally make cards) second I’m not writing instructions for this week project on the blog, as I link a video tutorial anyway.

So for the best part of 2 weeks I’ve been playing around with the card front builder thinlets, trying to come up with a card front that I liked. My creative flow wasn’t working too its full potential and so I turned to the autumn/ winter catalogue for some inspiration, along with a few videos on YouTube and it worked…8 cards later (not all Christmas themed) I created this beautiful card.

The card was very easy to make consisting of only a few layers and elements, but still gives the impression a lot of time and effort went in to creating it.

So here is a list of supplies and measurements you will need in order to create this project for your self:


  • Whisper White Card Stock (7″ x 10″ / score at 5″) – card babe
  • Whisper White Card Stock (6″ x 4″) -die cutting layer
  • Whisper White Card Stock (2-1/2″ x 2″) – Stamped image
  • Gold Glimmer Paper (4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″)
  • Gold Glimmer Paper (3/4″ x however long you want the banner) – banner
  • Multi Purpose Liquid Glue
  • Stampin’ dimensional’s
  • Bone Folder
  • Card Front builder Thinlets
  • Carols Of Christmas Stamp Set
  • Clear mount block
  • Everything to heat emboss

Stampin’ Up Peace on Earth Christmas Card

See you next week for a non Christmas project.



Carols of Christmas & 2017-2019 in colour reinforced box

Hello everyone, and welcome to all the new creative people that have joined me on my crafty journey. This was originally going to be my first project I shared with you all, but I had a few technical difficulties.

So after receiving my stampin’ up starter kit I couldn’t wait to start playing with all the goodies that were inside the big brown box of happiness. (I did a video of what I got in my starter kit over on my YouTube channel).

One of the main reasons for me joining Stampin’ Up is that the card, ink and embellishments all co-ordinate. I love how easy it is to create colour combinations like the one used in this post with little or no fuss as all. Everything matched: the hard work is all done for you. None of this, well that will have to do then.

This week’s project is a reinforced box (tray) with a wrap/ belly band. I used Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide card stock, ink pads and ribbon to create this project. It holds 4 wax melts comfortably in the tray, but you could place Christmas cards and envelops or other goodies in this box as a gift for someone also.

Moving on to the stamp set used in this week’s project, Carol of Christmas. I got this stamp set in my starter kit as I joined in the month of July; it consists of 13 clear mount stamps in an array of sizes. It features two large word based images, two Christmas ornament designs and a few little decorative pieces. This stamp set is very versatile and co-ordinates with the card front builder thinlits dies.

Now let’s getting in to the making of this beautiful box.


  • card stock (colours of your choice)
  • Box/ Tray: 8 -1/2″ x8 -1/4″ (21.5 x 21cm)
  • Wrap: 11 -3/4″ x 4 -5/8” (29.7 x 11.7cm)
  • Whisper white card stock (big enough to stamp your image)
  • 2- 3/4″ x 2″
  • Card stock (for layering your stamped image)
  • 2 -1/8″ x 3″
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper snips
  • Multi-Purpose Glue / Fast Fuse / Glue Dots
  • Dimensional’s
  • Ribbon
  • Embellishments ( I used basic pearls)


Score the Card stock which will become the box at 1″, 2″, 6 -1/2″, 7- 1/2″ (2.5 5 16.5 19cm)

(Turn the page 90 degrees and repeat the scoring on the other side)

Score the card stock which will become the wrap at 1/2″, 1- 1/2″, 6- 1/8″, 7 -1/8″

Carols of Christmas Reinforced box.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you again soon for my next project.



A stocking for all occasions!

hi guys sorry I’ve been MIA, life happened and technical difficulties also happened (badly may I add) but if your reading this blog post all is well in the world of Collins & Co.

So this weeks project is a stocking using the ‘Trim your stocking thinlets dies’ . There such a versatile set of dies, which are not just for Christmas. It does also co-ordinate with the Tags & Trimmings stamp set (both are available in the Autumn/ Winter catalogue). It includes everything to make said stockings but also much more, it includes a mini gift tag; which can be used all year round along with the chain of love hearts – that’s what I’m calling it. I’ve already imagined using this set for a baby shower, maybe as a gender reveal or just simple baby sock party favours, cute I know right?

This project however is very simple as all the hard work is done for you with the thinlets, the stockings could be as extravagant of as simple as you like – just depends on how much time and effort your willing to put in. Anyway enough about the thinlets, lets tell you how to make one.


  • Card stock ( I used Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green)
  • Bone Folder
  • Multi Purpose Glue
  • Trim your stockings thinlet dies
  • Big Shot Machine
  • Embellishments or anything extra you would like to decorate your project


 Begin by die cutting all the shapes you require for your design, obviously you need the stocking and the pillow box dies and then I choice the three stitched elements, along with the pom pom streamers (again what I’m calling it) and the two holly leaves and cherry (small circle).

Next I used some multi purpose glue to stick all of the decorations on the stocking shape, making sure the stitched shapes had the stitching on the inside of the stocking and gluing all the individual ‘pom poms’ to the stocking, so they do not rip. don’t forget the holly either.

Now we can assemble the front and back of the stocking together, start by folding and burnishing the left and right score lines on the pillow box (back). then place some multi purpose glue along those edges. stick one glued edge to the now decorated stocking making sure the ‘tab’ on the pillow box is at the bottom of the stocking. Align both edges up and hold in place to allow glue to dry. (repeat for other side).

We are nearly there now just the last tab to glue and close the top. Before gluing the tab make sure you crease/fold all of the remaining score lines. the rounded score lines are tricky but take your time, making sure to crease the corners really well. Once you have done this place some more multi purpose glue on the tab and fold it inside the pillow box sticking it to the stocking, which should create a curve. place a bone folder inside the pillow box and press against the tab to secure it.

That is it your done, all that’s left to do it put your goodies inside. This project can hold a gift card or there is plenty of room for some sweet treats. Once you’ve placed your surprise inside, simply close the top of the box; making sure to fold over the back tab, which has the cut out first and then the front one. To allow for easy opening and closing.

If your more like me (A visual person) then here is a link to a YouTube tutorial!

Trim your stocking tutorial

Until next time…

Thank You

Ellie Collins



Stampin’ Up Starter kit

After waiting just over a week my big brown box turned up at my front door. I was like a kid at Christmas, couldn’t wait to open it and play with all my new toys.

I joined Stampin’ Up in July 2017 and during that time Stampin’ Up had a special joining up promotion. which included the normal joining offer of £99 signing up fee but you can select £130 worth of products for your starter kit; as well as some extra goodies they sent you as it was ‘Christmas in July’. So I would receive an extra £60 worth of products which included the new Carol of Christmas stamp set.

Here is a list of everything I ordered in my kit:

  • Versamark Pad
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Stampin’ Emboss Powder Clear
  • Stampin’ Emboss Powder Silver
  • All the clear blocks and Caddy
  • Heat Tool

Here is a list of everything you receive as standard:

  • Traditional Business Supply Pack
  • New Demonstrator Starter Kit
  • Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
  • Customer Order Form (50)
  • 2017-2019 Annual Catalogue (8)
  • Stampin’ Success! Magazine

Here is a list of everything I got extra for joining in July:

  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors Paper Snips
  • Adhesive Snail Permanent
  • Paper grid
  • Stamp Set Clear Carols Of Christmas

I couldn’t believe I had received all these great products for free, considering you already get £31 worth of products complementary anyway. I had been toying over the idea of joining Stampin’ Up for a few months after seeing some videos on YouTube and looking at starting my own craft business; so I spoke with my now ‘Upline’ Sam Hammond on a few different occasions to gain more knowledge about Stampin’ Up. then the rest was history.

So some of you might be wondering why I selected the items I did in my starter kit, so let me explain my choices. The first thing I selected was the clear mount blocks (all 9 blocks) and storage caddy. when you order the full set of clear blocks you receive a 10% discount which makes the full set £65.25; and how can you stamp without clear mount blocks? duuhhh.

I then ordered a heat tool, the embossing buddy, clear embossing powder and silver embossing powder. This was because I had seen a lot of videos of people using the powder to take their projects to the next level. I knew I needed this item as I want to create projects geared towards engagements and weddings. This was a must have in my starter kit.

So that is it for everything I ordered and received, the next post will be based on the Carols of Christmas stamp set that I received for free, so until next time check out my video where I show you everything I received in my big brown box of goodies.

Stampin’ Up Starter kit

Anyway thank you for taking some time out of your day to read my first post, and I look forward to speaking you soon.

Ellie xoxox