Vintage Celebrations is taking a Summer Sabbatical!

With the school holidays fast approaching and four little ladies to entertain I'm taking a summer sabbatical to recharge and reshape my creative work. 

I'll still be posting lots of interesting, entertaining and useful information for you over on my Vintage Celebrations Facebook page and hope to see you there for the next few months!

Happy holidays!


How to hand make a layered paper bow using paper scraps

Here's a quick, simple & cute way to adorn a gift, card or decoration - a hand made paper bow

Easy to make, you simply take 2 scraps of different size rectangular shaped paper and then fold each one over until the opposite ends meet and secure with glue. 

Layer several on top of each other for a more decadent effect! 

how to hand make a paper bow by Lisa Barton Vintage Celebrations

Do you have any bow tips & techniques you'd like to share?

How to make a hand made rolled paper flower wreath home decoration or gift

I'm in the mood for decorating this week!

I found some old half circle solid polystyrene wreaths in the garage and thought they could do with cheering up with my favourite rolled paper flowers and some old ribbon and voila some new decorations!

To make the wreaths, simply wind your favourite ribbon around the polystyrene base covering it and secure at the back with some hot glue or strong adhesive

Then cut different size squares of paper for your flowers. Taking each square in turn cut a spiral into it - some with straight edges and some with wavy edges for variety.

Then starting at the end of the spiral start to roll the paper over and over until you get to the centre of the spiral which you can tuck underneath and glue to make a base. 

Gently let the spiral unfurl to make your flowers! 

Here they are in situ  ...

Have you re-purposed any garage finds lately?

My crafty creative handmade story & free Facebook craft clubs!

Good morning & welcome to July!

You're going to see some changes around here as by my personal & ethical choice I've decided to no longer continue to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator - but I'm still committed to bringing you pretty paper craft ideas, inspiration, projects, tips & techniques so I hope you'll stick with me!

I thought it's about time you found out a little more about me & what I get up to behind this blog so here goes ...

Creativity is a HUGE part of my life and I'm always on the look-out for the latest on-trend craft idea to inspire me with my own handmade cards, gifts, tags, home decorations & accessories, bags & boxes creations.

However despite loving my crafting hobby of over 10 years it had never occurred to me to turn it into my job until 2012! 

Hence the Vintage Celebrations blog was born with the aim of bringing you easy, quick & fun craft projects, tips, ideas & inspiration, often using up whatever you have in your craft stash or ordinary household objects :)

As a mother of 4 young girls & wife running my own business from home has meant I can choose my hours of work to fit around my home life and I can decide how much time I spend on my business to achieve a healthy & fulfilling work/life balance. 

Sharing my love of crafting with you brings me much joy & fulfilment and I am so grateful that my work has brought me many new crafting friends just by doing something I love and that inspires me every day. 

To enable me to keep in touch with my fellow crafters, creatives and handmakers I have a Facebook group called Craft, create & chat which is free to join by clicking the link below! I look forward to 'meeting' you there!

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As my career of 25 years has been in marketing & sales, I also offer free marketing & sales tips and advice to fellow crafters, creatives and handmakers through my site at and on my Facebook page at - feel free to pop by and say hi!

Looking forward to meeting you!


How to make a DIY Ribbon & wool storage box from an old shoe box video tutorial

I was tired of my ribbons becoming all tangled and unravelled plus the constant being unrolled for fun by either my youngest children or my puppy! 

Hence the inspiration (or desperate need) to DIY make this ribbon storage  box to hold my ribbons and bakers twine, it could even hold wool or thread for knitters & crocheters ....       

Before ....   



Here's a quick video showing you the details up close & personal ...      How pretty & efficient is that old shoe box now? 

Have you DIY'd any of your craft materials storage solutions? I'd love to hear about them!


How to dress up your gift packages video tutorial using Stampin' Up! ribbons

Who doesn't like to receive fabulously dressed gifts? 

Sometimes what's on the outside can be better than what's on the inside ;)

And I can't be the only person who saves the extra special wrapping? ;)

Here's how to dress your packages to create works of packaging art using just ribbons .. 


How to make a handmade paper flower bouquet with Stampin' Up! craft products

My paper peony bouquet heralds a riot of Spring blooms in ombre shades of daintly named pinks ranging from Raspberry ripple, Strawberry slush, Blushing bride & Pink pirouette the perfect colours for celebrating!!

My project was inspired by the gorgeous new 'just need to make it' Stampin Up Burlap & Blooms wreath kit, the the new Spiral flowers original die which is perfect for handmaking your own blooms and the cute little Petite Petals punch

I've also used the new Spring/Summer hostess stamp set Natures Hello for parts of the foliage to add a little green to the pink!

The key to making any handmade flowers is layering - the more layers you use the better the flowers will look! I just love the flower centres from the Burlap and Blooms wreath kit.

If you'd like to make your own handmade paper peonies and need supplies then pop over to my online Stampin Up store - don't forget with all orders of £45 you get to choose a free products from the fabulous Sale-a-bration range!


How to make handmade hair bows video tutorial using Stampin' Up! ribbons & buttons

As mummy to four hairstyle concious young girls, I'm always looking for cost saving ways to keep up with the latest trend in hair accessories!

This fabulous video tutorial shows how easy it is to make handmade hair bows & accessories using Stampin' Up! buttons and ribbons (scraps!!) that are totally unique and can be personalised to each recipient.

Happy hair days are here again ;)


How to make a handmade HUGE paper gift bag from 1 piece of 12" x 12" Stampin' Up! paper video tutorial

How to make a handbag size paper gift bag video tutorial by Lisa Barton, Vintage Celebrations

My handbag size paper gift bag takes just 15 minutes to make, uses just 1 sheet of 12" x 12" patterned paper and is the perfect gift wrapping & packaging for gifts - you can theme it to match the recipients tastes & styles and imagine their delight when you present your gift in this gorgeous gift bag! It's part of our Mothers Day gift making week!

Inspired by the ever popular Radley range of handbags this gift bag is simple, quick, easy and inexpensive to make - perfect! Ready to get started? Check out the video tutorial to follow along!

The pom poms are a cute addition nabbed from the Sale-a-bration promotion Heartfelt Banner project kit(free with purchases of £45+ & ending 31st March so hurry!)  and really finish the handbag off perfectly :) 

The pom poms are strung with the equally delightful Sweet Sorbet accessory pack twine - also free with orders over £45 in Sale-a-Bration promotion! I've used the pom poms in a few other projects recently such as my Spring Fairy peg doll & pom pom bluebird and will be using them a lot for forthcoming Easter projects in a few weeks time!

How to make a handbag size paper gift bag by Lisa Barton Vintage Celebrations

I've used Stampin Up's retro fresh designer series paper coordinated with Bermuda Bay cardstock. The top note die cut enclosure is made using a different piece of paper from the same Retro Fresh paper range - I love these vibrant, fresh, funky designs! 

I've used some retired ribbon in this project but you'll hear in the video how Coastal Cabana ruffle edge trimwould be a perfect substitute! Tools wise, I've just used the Stampin Up Top Note dieStampin Trimmer/Scorer, a standard office hole punch, the scallop edge border punch, and the 1 3/8" circle Stampin Up punch and a couple of Stampin up silver mini brads.

Keen to get started? Grab your supplies from my Stampin Up shop by clicking here! 


How to make handmade boxes, bags & tags video tutorial using Stampin' Up! craft products

Boxes, bags and tags are the perfect way to finish off gift wrapping for a loved one - and Stampin' Up! make it so easy!

Here's a quick video tutorial showing how to make your own beautiful boxes, bags & tags - enjoy!

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