Hello and a special happy Thursday to you!

I’m super excited to announce a new brand is coming to Create and Craft television: My Sentiments Exactly!

This 20-year-old American company is known for creating beautiful sentiment stamps, perfect for cardmaking. I’ve long loved (and bought!) MSE stamps because their elegant, heartfelt messages strike just the right balance for me—and I love the clear, timeless fonts they use. I’m still using MSE stamps that I bought ten or 15 years ago!

Can you see why I’m so excited? We kick things off TODAY—Thursday, June 20 at 9:00 and 15:00 on Create and Craft, with loads of demos, tips, tricks and of course, showcasing these stamps which are exclusive to the channel. You can watch from anywhere in the world, either on television or via the internet.

In the meantime, take a look at just one of the cards I’ll be demonstrating this week:

My Sentiments Exactly Friendship card


Friendship card, featuring the My Sentiments Exactly Floral Friends stamp set. Here’s the stamp set:

My Sentiments Exactly Floral Friends stamp set Create and Craft

Here’s how to make the card. First, stamp the flower with black ink onto white cardstock. Stamp “friendship” above and the coordinating sentiment below.

Use colored pencils to color the flower blue and the leaves and stem green.

Cut a piece of cream card slightly larger than the focal piece and stamp just the edges with the flower motif. Don’t worry about the center.

Ink the edges of the floral mat with black, then mount on white card and glue to the front of a kraft card. Mat a strip of black card onto cream, then black, then glue to the card front.

Mount the stamped focal on black card. then glue to the card center. Add a bow tied in check ribbon.

My Sentiments Exactly Friendship card

I hope you can join in the fun on Create and Craft! The shows are on Thursday, June 20 at 9:00 and 15:00, and I’ll be sure to share demos plus lots of stamping tips and ideas. You can watch from anywhere in the world, either on television or via the internet on Create and Craft.

Hope to see you there!

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today we’ve got an extra Studio SN video on You Tube: Making a Personalized Gift Box with the Brother P-Touch Handheld Labeller. I demonstrated this cool little gizmo on Create and Craft awhile ago and I’m still having a ton of fun with it.

Brother P-Touch Handheld Labeller gift box

Making a Personalized Gift Box with the Brother P-Touch Handheld Labeller, what you need—

Brother P-Touch H101GB Handheld Labeller and pink tape

Blue bakers twine

Black, yellow cardstock

Rhinestone sticker accents

Foam tape

Oval cutting die (mine is Tattered Lace Essential Ovals)

Kraft box

Making a Personalized Gift Box with the Brother P-Touch Handheld Labeller, how to do it—

  1. Turn on the machine and press the ABC with a border button- it’s the third from the left at the top of the machine. Use the arrow button to toggle to the Flower option. Press the enter button.
  2. To add the crown motif: Press the Pictograph button at the bottom of the machine’s keypad—this is the button with the @ symbol, second from the left. Toggle the arrow button to Pictograph, then toggle to Fun and push the enter button. Toggle to Crown and push the enter button.
  3. To type the recipient’s name: Press the Capital/Lower Case button, the farthest button on the left on the bottom row of the keypad. Use the keypad to type the first letter of the name. Press the Capital/Lower Case button again to make lower case letters for the rest of the name. Repeat Step 2 to add another crown icon at the end of the name.
  4. Print the label, then trim the ends if necessary and mount on to yellow cardstock. Die cut an oval from black cardstock and glue it to the kraft box. Wrap with twine and add the label with foam tape. Add rhinestone accents and a bow tied in twine.

That’s it—so easy! Even better, you can create custom gift packaging and party decor with this simple little machine, all in one go. To see the complete step by step video tutorial, please stop by the Studio SN channel on You Tube and watch the video on Making a Personalized Gift Box with the Brother P-Touch Handheld Labeller.

If label crafts are your thing, please also tune in to Create and Craft on Wednesday, July 19 at 20:00 UK time to see a new show with demos featuring the Brother Craft Labeller (which also prints ribbon!). Hope to see you there!

Happy Fourth of July!

(Ironically, I always seem to be in England on July 4…no fireworks for me!)

Today I’m getting ready to demo the Christmas Couture collections on Create and Craft. I hope you can join me! It will be the Nutcracker, 12 Days of Christmas, Seasons Greetings, Artistry Multiple Closure Box and Artistry Christmas Numbers and Letters.

Tuesday, July 4 at 21:00

Wednesday, July 5 at 8:00am

(Times listed are UK. See the chart below for your time zone.)

Create and Craft Couture

Couture 12 Days of Christmas, easily one of the most versatile sets they’ve created!

Seasons Greetings, featuring one of my favorite techniques: The Edger/Topper combo!

Must.Have.Dies. That’s all I can say about these alphas.

Times listed are UK—please check to see what time it is for you!

This month on Studio SN on You Tube: Make a Journal Cover with the Brother Handheld Labeller!

Earlier this spring, I was demonstrating the Brother Hand Held Labeller on Create and Craft. I am not a gadget kind of person but I found I really fell in love with this little machine…it’s great for organizing, but of course I love the papercrafting potential too!

Brother Labeller paper crafting

Easy Personalized Journal, what you need:

Kraft notebook (I got mine at my local craft store)

Brother P-touch H101GB Hand Held Labeller

Pink, yellow, white tapes

Black watercolor (Kuretake)

Waterbrush (Kuretake)

Oval cutting dies (Tattered Lace)

Cardstock: White, black

Spray mount adhesive (optional)

Easy Personalized Journal, how to make it:

  1. Make a watery wash of black watercolor and use the waterbrush to spatter the color on the journal cover. Let dry.
  2. Die cut a white oval. Use the labeller to print out your name and date on pink label tape, and “notes” on yellow. Adhere to the oval, trimming the ends evenly with the side.
  3. Die cut a larger black oval. Layer the two together and glue to the front cover of the journal. I use spray mount adhesive, but any strong adhesive will do.
  4. Snip a small bit of white, pink and yellow label tapes. Trim one end at an angle and adhere to the top of the journal cover as shown. (I use my leftover bits saved from previous projects.)

That’s it…so easy! If you like the idea of crafting with your labeller, stick with me as I’ll have more projects and videos coming up soon.


Happy Wednesday!

This week I wanted to showcase one of the *new* Couture dies from the Christmas 2017 launch from Create and Craft last week. I love this rocking horse from the Nutcracker collection, not only because I love images of vintage toys for Christmas, but because I think the versatility of this design is fantastic…couldn’t you see this card done in pastel colors for a baby card?

Nutcracker Rocking Horse Card, what you need—

Nutcracker Rocking Horse Card, how to make it—

Place the rocking horse die in the center of kraft cardstock and cut. The image will remain in the cardstock. Glue to a piece of book paper, then mat on black and red card.

Die cut the border from red. Glue below the horse.

Die cut the rocking horse from black cardstock, then use scissors to snip away the horse. Glue over the horse image on the kraft card.

Die cut the horse from red, then save the portions of the saddle. Use the precision metal tip to put glue in the saddle areas, then gently place the red pieces into the open spaces.

Glue the piece to a scallop card blank and add a green bow.

Here’s a closer look—

Couture Nutcracker collection rocking horse card 

Enjoy! Hope to see you next Tuesday, July 4 at 21:00 (that’s 9pm UK time) and Wednesday, July 5 at 8:00am UK time for more Christmas Couture on Create and Craft!