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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.

Saturday 31 December 2022

Beautifully Happy - Sale-a-Bration

 We all love a bargain, especially a Freebie, so I just couldn't resist this stamp set in the latest Sale a Bration event that starts on 5th January and runs until 28th February. This set is free with a £90 purchase and is on Page 13 of the SAB catalogue. At first sight, I wondered why it was that level purchase but after listening to the demos who had been to Vienna, I realised it was because there are 17 stamps including 6 useful sentiments and the stamps are 2-step so there are outline and solid stamps included in that number, meaning  you don't have to use your blends or alcohol markers to colour in!! Woo hoo! Result!

I started with a scrap of basic white, just to try out the stamp set, and stamped in memento. As it resembles a field mallow flower, I reached for the Fresh freesia ink. It was surprisingly easy to line up the flowers and I like the graduated, blended look with one action. For the leaves, I chose Old Olive ink but my pad is rather juicy so I brushed the ink onto the stamps as this was just a trial after all. That worked too! I then just played with the rest of the stamps and added a little bee. These splats are going to be really useful for all sorts of projects.

As it all worked, I decided to make it into a card. Luckily the Fresh Fressia works perfectly with another SAB item - The Dainty Flowers DSP -free with £45 purchase. I ordered these to match the Dainty Delight stamps and dies. In fact I ordered 2 packs of paper as I am sure these will sell out really quickly.

It was just a case of folding a quick A6 card (just cut A4 in half and fold in half again) then adding the spotty mauve mat and the Beautifully Happy mallow on top. Dimensionals would have been better but it was too late, so I stamped the sentiment again on a small scrap, die cut with the stylish shapes banner  and raised this with dimensionals instead. It needed something, so I added a bow with Baker's twine. I'm sure I have a mauve colour somewhere but as I'm just getting over Covid, I didn't want to bend down and search - head still not right for that!

I hope you like my play with this really useful stamp set and have a little sneak peek at the Dainty Flower paper too. If you haven't tried 2 step stamping - this is the perfect set to give it a go. Soo much quicker and easier than colouring, if colouring isn't your favourite. If you love colouring and blending, you can do that, too. The stamp and matching die set will be available in the new mini catalogue (January to April 2023).

If you don't have a Stamping Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you. If you are ordering in January 2023, I have a special Host Code when you place an order over £30; add the code 4CMNRTJP to your online order and I'll send you a little extra something as a gift from me in the post to thank you for your support. You can order online at: LesleyKilby.StampinUp.net (but the new Sale a bration items wont be visible until 5th January)

Thanks for popping by and a Happy New Year to you all. Your support here and on Social Media means so much to me. 



SU Products used:

Beautifully Happy Free Photopolymer stamps 160804
Dainty flower Free  DSP 160834
Basic White card 159228
Fresh Fresia Stampin pad155611
Old Olive Stampin  pad 147090
Stylish shapes dies 159183
Memento Tuxedo black ink pad 132708
Multipurpose Liquid glue 154974
mini  stampin' dimensionals 144108
blending brushes 153611
Baker's Twine essentials pack 155475

Sunday 18 December 2022

5 Different Gift card holders

 I was recently invited to be one of the guest designers for the 5th anniversdary celebrations for the Creative Minds Kind Hearts Facebook group.

I decided to make Gift card Holders because I not only need them at this time of year, but actually any time, and often at short notice! As it was the 5th anniversary, I made 5 different styles and here is the link to the video of all 5. Each part is separate - if I were more techy, I would post each of them to my own YT channel separately - maybe one day, I'll work that out! 


This is a great resource and I'd love to know if I've inspired you to  make any of these styles. Please tag me on your photos on social media so I can see them

Saturday 17 December 2022

Adorable Owls Triple Floating Diamond card (Inches)

 How absolutely adorable are these little owls! They come as a stamp set of three owls plus some sentiments and best of all, they are FREE with a £45 purchase in the StampinUp! SALE-a-bration. This event runs from 5th January 2023 until 28th February but as a demo I get to preorder; definitely one of the best perks, plus all demos  also receive discount too. If you would like more info on joining my team of demos, please message me and we can chat about it. 

I made this style of card months ago with the Hippest Hippos (metric version) and many people have asked me for a tutorial in inches - so here it is, a little simplified.  Use the original video to help.

You will need:

Base card 2 pieces of 8 x 4, 
3 squares basic white approximately 4 1/2", scraps to stamp, mats for the back to write your greeting
DSP 4 pieces of 1 3/4 x 3 3/4" 
Stampin' blends or watercolour pencils
stylish shapes dies 
cut a cloud shape freehand form waste card to use as a stencil
Tahitian tide stamp pad
memento black ink
ink brush
all purpose wet glue - or adhesive of choice
mini dimensionals


  1. Score both pieces of base card at 2, 4, and 6 inches. Turn the card through 90 degrees and lightly mark the short side at the top and bottom halfway  at 2". 
  2. Cut from this centre pencil mark to first fold, top and bottom on both edges of each piece of base card. You can use 1 waste triangle to stamp sentiment, rest is scrap.
  3. Burnish the fold lines - Mountain, valley, mountain.
  4. Using the largest square die from stylish shapes, cut 3 times from basic white pieces
  5. From a scrap piece of card, cut a cloud shape to use as a stencil and gently brush across all 3 squares placed as diamonds using tahitian tide ink to form cloudy background.
  6. Adhere DSP to 4 rectangles of base card
  7. Lay both base sheets side-by-side and the end pieces should form a diamond shape. Adhere one of the squares over the triangles to form a centre diamond shape and keep both base sheets together. Take care to line up all the edges.
  8. Adhere the other 2 diamonds to each end using the photo/video to help placement.
  9. Stamp 3 owls and colour as desired
  10. Stamp and die cut sentiment using stylish shapes 
  11. Add to diamond using mini dimensionals
  12. Adhere basic white to back of card if wished, for place to write own greeting and sign the card.

I woud love to see your cards, using these directions and/or the Adorable owls. Do send me pics please by Messenger on Facebook or tag me in your posts there and on Instagram. 

All the products are available from my SU shop at LesleyKilby.stampinup.net 

I used:

Adorable Owls 160269

Cardstock - basic white 159228

stamp  pad: Tahitian Tide 159210

Memento ink: 132708

Tea Boutique 6 x 6  DSP 158659

Multipurpose Liquid glue 154974

mini  stampin' dimensionals 144108

blending brushes 153611

Thursday 8 December 2022

Accordion Mini Album

Tomorrow, sees a  brand-new premium collection from Craft Consortium Ltd, designed in partnership with world renowned illustrator, Clare Therese Gray, launching exclusively on:
Create & Craft TV

Join us and the incredible Leonie Pujol, on Friday 9th December at 3pm and 7pm for the exclusive launch
Introducing; 'Little Robin Redbreast'......

'Little Robin Redbreast' - The story of our garden's favourite adorable little robin and it's adventures throughout all the seasons. Starting in Spring, from the walled gardens and the sowing of seeds, through to summer blooms and harvest time, with an incredible bounty of fruits and vegetables. Ending in Winter, with snow covered benches and signs that Spring is once more on its way with pops of snowdrops and floral delights.

Supported by a series of premium patterned card stock, coordinating stamp set and an array of embellishments, from chipboard ephemera, 3D embossing folder, rub-on transfers and washi tape, this collection is truly one not to be missed.
We hope you can join us!
Friday 9th December 3pm & 7pm

As you can imagine, there have been sparks off my crafty fingers, making DT  projects for this launch.

Here is an accordion mini album to hold handmade seed packets from the 6 x6 papers. They also make great storage for small decorations, fussy-cuts,embellishments..and of course, seeds too!  I also used 12 x 12 papers and the co-ordinating papers forthe body of the album and, to decorate, chip-board ephemera, fussy cut seed packets from the larger papers, and made a policy envelope closure. There is no tutorial yet for this project. I was inspired by several I saw on-line but definitley put my own spin on the construction and size of this make. Hope it inspires you to watch the shows and get the collection for yourself. Robins definitely aren't just for Christmas!

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 déco...