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I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Thursday 23 May 2024

Lift off Book mark card with SU Bee Mine - published rather late!! OOPs!!

 This project is a delightful card and small gift in one that I made in February but never published! How did that happen?!!  It makes a thoughtful present for an avid reader and would be lovely to pop inside a book given as a present. I have grandchildren who would love these, so I know how to use the fun Bee Mine suite from the Mini Catalogue. We don’t make as many Valentine’s cards here in the UK as I understand are sent in the US, but the designs and stamps are such fun.

This is also a great way to use your punches or any of the nesting dies to vary the design and you can either fussy cut an image from the DSP or stamp.  You could also make these with young people. What a fun activity for the weekend or school holidays!

What you need:





Base card

5 1/2 x 4 1/8

5 ½ x 4 1/4

10,5 x 14

DSP for base

5 ¼ x 3 7/8

5 ¼ x 4

10 x 13,5

Mat for top card

4 ½ x 3 3/8

4 ½ x 3 3/8

8,3 x10,8

Opening top card

6 1/2 x 4 ½

Scored 3 1/4

6 ½ x 4 ½

Scored 3 1/4

17 x 11,3

Scored 8,5

Base coloured circle approx

2 ¾ or 2 5/8 -

Big enough to leave a border around the white circle

2 ¾ or 2 5/8

6,8 diameter

White Circle

2 ¼ or to fit stamp/image

2 1/4


DSP for Bookmark

5 x 5

5 x 5

12,5 x 12,5

Matching ribbon scrap

2 ½”

2 1/2


DSP to decorate the front





Insert video here

Follow the video for the construction.

Host Code for February   NMDZ7BBJ If you are placing an order through my Stampin'Up! shop online, please quote the host code to get a little freebie from me as a thank you. Any order that reaches £45 before shipping should be eligible for a free Sale-a-bration product so please don't forget to claim this before the end of February 2024 by adding the relevant product code to your order. Feel free to message or email me if you need help. 

If you have a long wish list of SU products you may want to try being a demo and join up to get wonderful offers – you do not have to make videos or sell; you can just be your own best customer and take the discount. Interested? Message or email me for details of a great offer if you join during Sale-a-bration!!! 

If you do not have a current demo and live in the UK, I will be happy to help you place an order or join my team at https:www.stampinup.uk?demoid=5060154

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As always, I hope you give this fold a try and please message me on my Facebook page or tag me on IG posts so I can see your makes. 

You can contact me via messenger or email: lkilby3591@gmail.com



Thanks so much for stopping by - I appreciate you all so much. 

Lesley x



SU Products used in this project:

Bee mine DSP #162546

Bee my Valentine stamp and die bundle #162554

sweet sorbet ribbon #162558

sweet sorbet A4 cardstock #159266

Daffodil Delight cardstock #121680

Basic white  cardstock #159228

Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad #132708

Multi-purpose liquid glue #154974

Trimmer #152392

Paper snips scissors #103579

circle punches or dies 

New Stampin'Up! Facebook Group

Good afternoon everyone,

To keep all my Stampin'Up! projects together, I have started a new Facebook group specifically for them. I have started inviting some crafty friends and I hope some other like-minded crafters will find their way to join us too. 

It's called Stampin'Up with Elegant Edges and you can find it Here   In case you can't see it, here is the URL:


I hope that it will be a small crafty community where we can come together to share our love of crafting. I will be solely using Stampin'Up! projects to create my projects and fun/fancy fold cards that I love. I don't know how many of my crafty friends have actually tried SU so this is where I hope to introduce the wonderful products that I love to them and encourage them to share their own interpretations of my projects. 

With this in mind, I will post instructions in the Files on that Facebook page and where there is a YouTube tutorial I will pop a link on here. Not every project will be on YT, but there will still be instructions in the Facebook group's files.

I will continue to post pics of my Craft Consortium projects on here and on my Elegant Edges FB group so I can separate the work I do for the two companies. 

Thanks as ever for supporting me.

Lesley x

Tuesday 30 April 2024

New SU Catalogue launching May 1st


As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, one of the best perks is being able to preorder a selection of new products in the brand-new annual catalogue! I know - it's fantastic!


       Well, my preorder arrived but I have been so swamped getting ready to see my new grandson that I haven't had any time to play. I can't say "work" as it's such fun opening all the packets, reordering products in my craft room and going through all the DSP (that's shorthand for designer series paper, just in case you wondered). 

        The first products I opened were the new 2024-2026 In-Colour cardstock, inkpads and 6 x 6 DSP - Just sooo pretty!!! If you haven't ever used SU, you might not know that everything matches and coordinates - if you buy the ink pads then it's just the right shade to go with the cardstock and papers, the Blends =  alcohol markers, water-based Stampinwrite markers, embellishments and, well, everything! (Mind blown???? )

        Today, I am showcasing one of the easiest cards I have ever made to show off these new In-colours and I chose  "Shy Shamrock". The 5 new colours are called         


            Peach Pie, 

            Petunia Pop, 

            Pretty in Pink, 

            Shy Shamrock,

            Summer Splash. 



All the DSP is double-sided so in my packet of 40 papers, there are 2 designs in each of the 5 colours, repeated x 4 to make 40 sheets, which means it goes a very long way. I added a small strip of Glimmer paper, and 3 Resin Dots and stamped off the circle with part of the Thoughtful Wishes stamp set. Cards like these will go out to my customers who buy through my SU store in May. They may be a little late (as I have a few new baby cuddles to catch up on first) but I am sure my customers will understand! 


Here are the products in the new catalogue together with the order numbers:
        Mixed pack of 20 A4 sheets of new in-colour cardstock (4 per colour)                                         #163804          £10.75
        6 x 6 DSP  40 sheets #163777    £11.75
       12 x 12  5 sheets in colour Glimmer paper #163771 £10.25
        Ink pads are available individually or as a colour family bundle 

                                   #165058        £38.25
        Thoughtful wishes stamp set #163305 £31.00 or available as a bundle with         the  dies and 10% saving #163314 £68.25




I have some amazing news! Stampin' Up! has announced a wonderful joining offer for May, that you won't want to miss.

You get all the NEW In-Colour ink pads, the markers, the patterned paper and card stock for FREE. Plus £130 of products for £99.

Basically, the value of the free products is an extra £31 (which you get as standard) plus £78.25 (In-Colour products) so for £99 you receive £208.25 of products, that is amazing!

2024–2026 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pad Bundle
2024–2026 In Color A4 Cardstock
2024–2026 In Color 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper
2024–2026 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers

You will also receive free business supplies and free shipping. Not to mention all the fun that comes with being a part of our wonderful crafting community. All the In-Colour products will be automatically added to their Starter Kit.

You may well have questions......... I would be so happy to chat to you about it. Send me an email or a text 07591 973133 and we can set up a time to chat. Or email me a list of questions. I know it sounds too good to be true, but it is absolutely true and awesome and yes I would love you to join my team.

If this is something you think you have decided to do the link to join is below, BUT WAIT TILL THE 1st May 2024!

​Joining is done online, you just need the list of products you would like in your kit and your card to pay and I would love to welcome you to my team. 


Sunday 31 March 2024

Easter egg shakers – Home décor project with Craft Consortium “Let Spring Begin”

Good morning everyone. I hope you remembered to reset your clocks last night as summer time began today in the UK.

When I think of Home décor for Easter, I see the painted eggs, hanging on branches of Forsythia that are frequently displayed in German homes. I knew egg-exactly (sorry, had to be done!) what I wanted to do and that was to make egg-shaped shakers using the great collection from Craft Consortium -Let Spring Begin- designed by Helz Cuppleditch.

I went through all my egg-stensive collection of dies but the oval ones were not quite the right shape. I found a Sizzix set in my local Hobbycraft and also a set of matching acrylic domes. Result!

Sadly, the Forsythia has been ruined by all the heavy rain we have had lately, but there are plenty of flowering bushes in the hedgerows (complete with lethal thorns too!!)



                                 SKU: CCPPAD041B                                               SKU: CCPPAD041C


They were very easy to make but I encountered a big problem and if you take a look at the YouTube tutorial, there is a little missing section – my phone camera kept changing speed and stopped recording. I managed to edit the speed and tried to re-record but the technology just failed me! I am keeping my fingers crossed that the phone problem isn't terminal. 

Here are the step-by-step instructions - please read these and fill in the gaps when you watch the YouTube.

1. use the sheet of 4 toppers approx. 3 x 3 and cut out the egg die from your chosen design, positioning it as close to the bottom of the square as possible.

2. fussy cut off the sky above clouds. Draw in pencil around the largest egg shape in the frame onto the plain blue paper and cut it out with scissors.

3. stick the first egg die-cut topper onto the centre of the blue egg to create a scene with more sky showing.

*****Here is the missing part!  ***

4. place a few sequins onto the egg shape. Dust inside one of the acrylic domes with an anti-static bag and remove the backing from the double-sided tape that is pre-affixed and ready to use on the dome. I added a bead of wet glue over the tape to give me a little wiggle time and then pressed down firmly over the centre of both egg shapes, sealing in the sequins. Firm down with the edge of the bone folder to ensure good adhesion and no leaks.

5. using the frame die, cut a coloured frame from one of the coordinating premium papers and adhere it over the edge of the dome. Make sure the edges are neat. Trim if needed.

6. add ribbon to hang the shaker – I cut approximately 4” (10 cm) and used red liner tape to secure it to the back of the shaker.

7. on the PC, I made a sheet of “Happy Easter” greetings. You could stamp a greeting onto white card or just leave it blank. I cut these out with the smaller egg shape and adhered to the back of the shaker with wet glue to neaten and give more stability.


Obviously, if you don’t have egg-shaped dies you could easily recreate this product using the same topper sheet – either in the 6x6 pad or the 12 x 12 pad and use nested circle dies and acetate to make the shakers with foam tape. I love how easy they are to make (just not to record) and look so cheerful. Let your visitors pick their own one from the tree for a lovely keepsake.


Let Spring Begin is available from many good craft shops and from the company’s website at https://www.craftconsortium.com/shop?Collection=Let%2520Spring%2520Begin

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Thanks for visiting

Lesley xx

Saturday 30 March 2024

Triple Layer stand up card with Craft Consortium Let Spring Begin

I hope you are all having a lovely Easter and enjoying the sunshine as we are in the South of England. It is long overdue after so much rain recently.

As a Craft Consortium Design Team member, I recently posted a panel card on the Craft Consortium Network page using the "Let Spring Begin" Collection" as it is just right for Easter. So many people messaged me privately asking for a tutorial that I have now obliged. It took me a while as my poor over-loaded iPhone struggled with the weight of all my photos and videos of projects. But I have my fingers and toes crossed that I have now solved the problem. 




Card base:  white 250 -300gsm

Mat: Let Spring Begin A4 Premium Quality Papers

Top: Let Spring Begin 12 x 12 Papers / Decoupage sheet or topper

Back: white thick paper/thin card  





Front pop-up

3 ½ x 3 ½ 

decoupage base

9 x9 


3 11/16 x 3 11/16


9.4 x 9.4


3 7/8 x 7 7/8

Base card

9.8 x19.7

Middle pop-up

4 ½ x 4 ½ 


11.3 x 11.3


4 11/16 x 4 11/16


11.7 x 11.7


4 7/8 x 8 7/8

Base Card

12 x21.9


5 ½ x 5 ½ 


13.7 x 13.7


5 11/16 x 5 11/16

Mats x 2

14.1 x 14.1


5 7/8 x 9 7/8


14.5 x 24.4


5 ½ x 5 ½ 

To write on

13.7 x 13.7


Other materials:

Foam pads



Please follow the YouTube tutorial for the instructions  

Let Spring Begin is available from many good craft shops and from the company’s website at https://www.craftconsortium.com/shop?Collection=Let%2520Spring%2520Begin

If you have found me here from the Craft Consortium Network page, please follow me on social media and leave me some kind words and likes. Subscribing means you won't miss any posts and is much appreciated as it makes the channels/pages appear more often in other feeds.

 IG - https://www.instagram.com/elegant_edges_crafts/

FB - https://www.facebook.com/kilby.Lesley

YT - https://www.youtube.com/@lesleykilby/videos

Thanks for visiting

Lift off Book mark card with SU Bee Mine - published rather late!! OOPs!!

  This project is a delightful card and small gift in one that I made in February but never published! How did that happen?!!  It makes a th...