Sunday, 4 September 2016

Lip Balm Holder

Hello, Crafters.

This morning I uploaded my video that shows how to make these beautiful Lip Balm Holders. These are my September Thank You gifts for my online customers. I will send one to all my customers, as well as some product from either catalogue as part of the hostess club I run. 

(Please note: Stampin' Up! rules only allow me to sell/recruit in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria! So sorry!)

Today's project was inspired by a swap I received when I went to OnStage in Brussels last November. If you saw my video where I shared my swaps with you, you will have seen this before. It was made by Heike Hulle-Bolze, and her website is

Initially, it looked like an easy project to make but when I decided to go for it, it turned out to be quite a challenge! The difficult part was gluing the Designer Series Paper (DSP) round the folded cardstock.

It took three attempts before I sussed out how to do it. Then I made two more to make sure the first successful holder wasn't just a fluke. 

As I frequently do when I'm experimenting with new projects, I used retired DSP. As it turned out, although the first two weren't the best, I still consider them both as successful.

Once I'd worked out measurements for the cut lines, I found the secret was not to score the DSP. Instead, I kept the sheet straight and applied Tombow to the front section first, added the DSP and made sure that was adhered down properly before folding on the first scoreline. 

I repeated this process on the centre spine area, adhered the DSP and then folded on the second score line. Then I did the third and final area.

I've now made thirteen of these holders and I'm planning to have a nice relaxing day making a few more. If I plan to make these in small batches, they're such a pleaseure to make!
Photographs 1 to 3: the first three photographs show some completed holders, all made with current DSP and ribbons. All have flowers that I made using the Crazy About You Stamp Set.

Photograph 2: this includes one holder that's been decorated with one flower from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.

Photograph 3: I used Foxy Friends Stamp Set for the tree trunk and made the fox by using various punch outs using the fox Builder Punch. I chose the Crazy About You Stamp Set to make the flower on this A little Foxy DSP. 

Photographs 4 to 6: these are all retired DSP and ribbons. I chose these colours because I had retied Stitched Satin Ribbon which is the same as the ribbon used for the Blushung Bridde and Pool Party holders.

 I wish you a happy Sunday. Until tomorrow, happy crafting. 



  1. Yet another wonderful paper project beauty that I'm sure your customers are going to be thrilled to receive. Thank you for sharing the how-to with us ... super job again, Jan!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. So pleased you like today's project. One of the demos in my Stampin' Up! team, said it'd be a great idea for a glue stick, which I think is a fabulous idea for teachers' gifts. It made me think lipstick, too! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Hi Jan,

    I just love this little project, so simple to make, but so beautiful and useful too. I used the This Christmas Specialty DSP and because it's much thinner then our regular DSP, I didn't need that little extra piece for bending purposes. I did find that if I turned it upside down, my lip balm fell out. lol. Guess I have to make my slits a little smaller...Ann in Calgary

    1. Hi, Ann. I'm so pleased you like this project. I haven't bought the Christmas Specialty DSP yet but my concern would be that it would tear more easily because of the moisture from the Tombow? I ordered some last night so I'll try and remember to try it. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.