Stampin Up: Expressions & Circle Flip Card Thinlits Holiday Workshop

Every time a new Stampin Up catalog is released, I do a special workshop for my group to showcase some of the new items being released.

For each catalog release party, I always give a little gift as a thank you to my group as well.  Here is what I gave them for the Holiday Catalog 2013 release party:


They got a Holiday Catalog, with a wish list stamped from the demonstrator business set, which I attached using the paper clips.  Recognize those paper clips?  That’s right! They are the same ones featured in the annual catalog!

For the thank you gift boxes, I included: one incentive stamp from the “best card ever” stamp set – available ONLY from a demonstrator, a package of Twitterpatted buttons, and two milk chocolate scissors which I made myself using Callebaut chocolate and molds I got from my local (and VERY awesome) confectionery genius Charlie’s Chocolate Factory

The take out  boxes I use for my jewelry making business Miss Kitty Creations.  I purchased them from Creative Packaging and I knew they would be a perfect fit for all the goodies I wanted to include.

We did three projects.  Here are two of the three.  This is the first one we made:

Stampin Up Expressions Love Thinlit card using simply pressed clay rose and buttons in Cherry Cobbler

Stampin Up Expressions Love Thinlit card using simply pressed clay rose and buttons in Cherry Cobbler

I cannot say enough about the Simply Pressed clay & molds!  Both the button and the rose were made using the Cherry Cobbler reinker and the clay.  While I LOVE the buttons in the current catalog, they can get quite costly if you need many at one time.  I bought the clay MONTHS ago when it was first released and I still have more than a third of the bag left.  I estimate that I have made at least 60 various pieces (if not more) with the molds, and they use next to NO ink from your reinker bottle.  Even the regals / dark colors which require more ink to get a perfect color match, you barely make a fraction of a dent out of the bottle.  They really are great!

Here is a tip that you MUST use when using these thinlits:  put wax paper between your card stock and the die each time you

cut with them.  You will have no problem getting the card stock die cut piece out, and it ensures you have a nice clean cut with no rough edges.


Here is the second card using the Stampin Up circle thinlit flip it die card that we made

Stampin Up Open Sea Circle Thinlit swing flip it card

Stampin Up Open Sea Circle Thinlit swing flip it card


I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest and I knew I had to make one in a workshop!  It was a little more intricate that I expected, but when the group was done they knew why it was worth the work!

If you are located in Canada and would like to order this circle thinlit die, or anything else from Stampin Up I will include the tutorial on how to make this card for free with your order!



Stampin Up Circle Thinlit & Owl Punch Card

I was so excited when Stampin Up came out with these Thinlit flip-it style cards.  Each thinlit comes with various accessory dies.  I was super excited when I figured out that the scallop that comes with the circle thinlit bundle is exactly the same as the largest scallop punch (which I did not yet own)

Using the circle thinlit bundle, I made this card using the owl punch.  It is a bit of a learning curve to figure out how to cut the second layer, but once I figured it out I was quite happy with the result.

Once I make a few more of these cards, I will be posting a tutorial using these thinlits.  Be sure to stay tuned for that!


  • I have found that if you use a 12×12 sheet of paper you will have considerably less paper waste / scraps left over.
  • For the base, if you do NOT have a magnetic platform for your Big Shot, cut a piece of paper 1/8″ longer than needed
  • For the second layer – I cut the crumb cake at 5 1/2 x 5, then trimmed any excess of the top & bottom
  • You can use your 2 1/2″ circle punch for the middle circle – it will leave about a 16th of an inch space as you can see below
  • The scallop die is exactly the same as the 2 3/8″ scallop punch in the annual catalog
Stampin Up Circle Thinlit & Owl Punch

Stampin Up Circle Thinlit & Owl Punch

Here is what I used to make this card:


  • Wood grain background stamp
  • Itty Bitty Banners


  • Chocolate chip
  • Baked brown sugar (markers – on sentiment banner)
  • Old olive (markers – on sentiment banner)


  • Chocolate chip
  • Crumb cake
  • Very Vanilla
  • Old olive (for leaves)
  • WIld wasabi DSP (for owl vest)
  • black (for eyes)


  • Owl punch
  • 2 1/2 ” circle punch
  • Little leaves framelits