Sunday, 14 May 2017

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop - Lovely Friends

Welcome to a new blog hop called Stampin Sunday, this hop is hosted by the lovely and talented Sara Levin. You may know her by her blog name The Artful Inker
We will be doing a monthly hop every second Sunday of each month! So mark it on your calenders!!

Today we are show casing the gorgeous 'Lovely Friends' stamp and thinlits sets.
Available for purchase from the 1st June in my online store.

#Lovelyfriends #Homedecor #Loveitchopit #KOCreationscards #Rubberstamping #Stampingsunday 

I hope you enjoy our projects and find some inspiration along the way. 
You are here with me Kim Oliver and you will find a list of other all of the wonderful people participating towards the end of this post.

The 'Lovely Friends' stamp set has matching 'Lovely Laurel' thinlits dies set.
The stamp set itself is a two step stamp set. It has 23 individual photopolymer stamps.
The thinlits dies is a 10 piece set. The dies create a laurel and a banner that can be used as a pop up inside your card. The set also includes a die for the smallest flower, a decorative label,  a small branch with leaves and little label accents too.

What is a Photopolymer stamp I hear you ask ?? 

Well it's a type of resin and is wonderful because it sticks extremely well on to acrylic blocks. It is durable and the transparant nature of these stamps makes it easier to line up images without the need of a guide. This is a feature that is particularly helpful with two step stamps (like this set), borders and backgrounds.

Here is my project for this fabulous first hop. I do hope you like it 😊

Shadow Box Card and Gift Box

#Lovelyfriends #Homedecor #Loveitchopit #KOCreationscards #Rubberstamping #Stampingsunday

This is a 3D project that has a card attached to the back.
It really is a gift in itself, but one that has a dual purpose..
It's a card and it can be popped onto a shelf and used as decor too!.
Perfect for a personalised house warming gift, don't you think!
The matching gift box is perfect for adding a candle or smaller tealights or even some specialty chocolates 😋 yummy

Inside View

#Lovelyfriends #Homedecor #Loveitchopit #KOCreationscards #Rubberstamping #Stampingsunday

New Products Used

  1. Lovely Friends Stamp set
  2. Lovely Laurel Thinlit dies
  3. Pick a Pattern DSP
  4. Berry Burst Ink Pad
  5. Lemon Lime Twist card stock
  6. Lemon Lime twist Finely Woven ribbon.
  7. Pearl Basic Jewels


Directions for making and putting together the actual shadow box are after this.
  1. The shadow box itself has been created using 1 sheet of Pick a Pattern DSP (available 1st June) that has been trimmed to 25 x 27cm...
  2. I stamped the sentiment using Memento Black ink onto thick whisper white card stock, making sure the ink was dry before touching. 
  3. I then trimmed it down so that there was 2 mm between the writing and the edge ... roughly 12 x 14 cm.
  4. I created the matting underneath the stamped sentiment by  cutting a piece of basic black to 13 x 15cm. This sits central to the scoring lines for the shadow box ( This shadow box instructions are below)
  5. I die cut my laurels using the new Lemon Lime Twist (a new in colour) card stock.
  6. The little flowers have been stamped using the smallest two step flower stamps in the new  Berry Burst colour (A new in colour)  I stamped the solid colour first using the stamp off technique to get a lighter colour.
  7. I stamped the tiny hearts also in the Berry Burst ink. 
  8. I added a small pearl to the centre of each flower.
  9. I also created the same sentiment for the back/inside of this shadow box ...It just helped make the sentiment stamped on the pop up banner more touching.
  10. I used Thick Whisper White for the banner and stamped the sentiment before gluing the front part to the moveable interlocking backs. The dies for this create scored areas for folding where appropriate to create your pop up mechanism.
  11. The Laurels also have interlocking pieces on bottom end and the dies also create scored areas to aid in folding in the correct spots.
  12. I used glue dots to attach the flowers to the laurels.

Instructions for the shadow box

#Lovelyfriends #Homedecor #Loveitchopit #KOCreationscards #Rubberstamping #Stampingsunday

Front and Open view
side by side

#Lovelyfriends #Homedecor #Loveitchopit #KOCreationscards #Rubberstamping #Stampingsunday

I have made up a couple of pictures steps for the box and lid instructions. 
You can find them below with the written instructions under each picture. 

I hope the instructions are clear enough.

Box Instructions

  1.  Trim a A4 piece of cardstock down to 25.5 x 20cm. 
  2.  For the 25.5 side score at 1cm - 8cm-17.5 and 24.5 cm
  3.  Turn and score the 20cm side at 7cm and 13 cm
  4.  Turn again and score two lines (Do not score in the middle) but top and bottom at 5cm and 21cm...see the first diagram above.
  5.  Trim out areas with scribbled area by cutting along the lines with crosses. Making sure to angle your cuts so that all flaps fit snugly.
  6.  Burnish all of your folds. 
  7.  Stamp images where desired. 
  8.  Add snail adhesive to the fold and hold end flaps. Then turn over and add snail adhesive to the inside of 1 cm fold over ends. (Found at the ends of the centre strip)
  9.  Put box together making, sure the the edges line up. 
  10.  The 1cm fold over flaps are the last to be folded in to place.

Lid Instructions 

  1. Cut a piece os DSP to 12.5 x 15.5cm.
  2. Score the 12.5 cm side at 1.5cm - 3m - 9.5cm - and 11cm
  3. Turn and score the 15.5 cm side at 1cm - 3cm - 12.5 cm and 14cm
  4. Trim areas along cut lines as marked above, making sure to angle your cuts so that all fold and hold flaps will fit snugly. 
  5. Burnish all folds. 
  6. Turn over and add snail adhesive to the 1.5 cm short end flaps. 
  7. Turn back over and adding snail adhesive to the inside 1.5 cm long fold over flaps. 
  8. Assemble lid and decorate as desired. I used the Lemon Like twist ribbon.

Well thats about it for me.
I do hope you enjoyed my project.
Please click on the next name after mine to continue through the hop.

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Have a wonderful day x


  1. I LOVE this KIM!!!! amazing job!!!

    1. Thanks Petra, I was very happy with how they turned out too :) Lovely hopping with you x

  2. Oh Kim these are great! And your shadow box was wonderful enough and THEN you added the panel with the pop up --WOW!

    1. Thanks so much for inviting me to be part of this fab DT Sara. I am really enjoying every minute of it x

  3. So pretty Kim! Loving the contrast of the black and the Lemon Lime Twist. The pop up is really amazing. And full instructions, YOU are amazing!!!

    1. Thanks Cheryl :) but not nearly as clever as your tag bag closure!! That was a stroke of genius!

  4. Stunning projects Kim! Love the shadow box, thanks for the instructions!!! Kelly x

  5. Wonderful projects, Kim.
    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    Danielle Bennenk
    (Fellow dt member Stamping Sunday - 4th Sunday)

    1. Thank you Danielle... I thought Sara had another DTSS group :) I will keep my eyes peeled for your Stammping Sunday hop x

  6. Oh my word ... fabulous creations Kim. I might have to CASE your shodow box, so thank you so much for the instructions. It works so well framed by the wreath in each corner x

    1. Thank You Mikaela :) I hope you can understand my instructions lol not sure how good I am at explaining things sometimes lol

  7. I love these projects Kim. I have never had enough patience to work out how to make a frame like that - thanks so much for showing all of the photos of how to do it. Some of the papers would make amazing frames!!!! Thanks for sharing these!

    1. Thank you Bruno :) I am sure you would have enough patience to create these frames. Finding the time to do the first one and seeing how easy it really is!

  8. Amazing projects Kim. Love them both. The Shadow box card with the pop up wreath is just stunning. Awesome work. :)

  9. What a amazing project Kim, absolutely stunning. Well Done. Angexx

  10. This is amazing! Great tutorial xx

  11. Beautiful projects! I would love to share this on my blog for 'My Crafty Friends Monday' – I am doing a round up of amazing card ideas from amazing stampers!! Please let me know if you would prefer that I didn't share it (of course I give you credit and link back to your blog!).

  12. I would love to be part of your craft share over on your blog. It would be an honour. Thank you for your lovely comment and also for asking Josee xx


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