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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ornamental Pine

This Christmas I have loooooved playing with the Ornamental Pine stamp set. It is such an elegant and pretty set to use. I had already used it for my Curvy Keepsake boxes, then I saw a card sketch idea using partial embossing (from Gina K) and knew this stamp set would look lovely with that.

This card has a Very Vanilla card base, and then I used the Delicate Designs embossing folder to place the line of embossing across the bottom third of the card, leaving enough room to stamp my sentiment in Cherry Cobbler along the bottom. I then stamped my pine cone in Chocolate Chip and masked it off so I could stamp Garden Green pine needles across it and this allowed it to pop off the page a little.

 Finally I spritzed the top of the card with a bit of glitter spray (not Stampin' Up!) and my card was ready to be posted out :)

You can still purchase the Ornamental Pine stamp set for another week but after that, it will be gone.

Endless Wishes

I think I have just managed to send out all hand made cards this year! I found a few designs that were clean and simple so that I could make several cards at a time. This Endless Wishes stamp set was fun to play with. I only used the Merry Christmas sentiments out of it but it had many more. Such a pretty, delicate set to use! I enjoyed putting a splash of bling on the snowflakes too.

Here are two colour ways, using Stampin' Up! inks and Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler in the first one, stamped in Old Olive, Metallic Gold Encore and Crumb Cake as well, then added Cherry Cobbler seam binding and a few rhinestones. For the second one the sentiment is stamped in Old Olive, the snowflakes were stamped in Cherry Cobbler, Metallic Gold Encore and Crumb Cake, then I used Always Artichoke seam binding to tie a bow and added rhinestones to some of the snowflakes.

The stamped images are popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals. I spritzed the card base (Whisper White) with various non Stampin' Up! glitter sprays.

You can still purchase this stamp set for another week. After that, it is gone!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Apothecary Art - Sympathy Card

It had been awhile since I used my Apothecary Art stamp set and matching framelits but I really love them. When I needed a sympathy card I immediately thought of them. I wanted to make the card with soft colours and do some individual colouring of the flowers, so this is what I made:

The designer series paper is retired now, but everything else is current.
The colours in the flowers are Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder and Pistachio Pudding. The stamp is stamped on Whisper White in Memento Black ink and the sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock then trimmed to be popped up on the main image. I also popped up the main image on Pink Pirouette. The whole card front is adhered to a Very Vanilla card base.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Aussie Christmas

Thanks to Vicki Hodges for today's punch art card idea! I have shamelessly CASEd your idea, Vicki, and three of us enjoyed making Christmas Koalas today at my craft class. There were a few tiny anxious moments when the pieces of the koalas were a little small and the hands a little shaky, but tweezers and persistence won out and we managed to make some adorable cards. Thanks for coming over to play today, Lesley and Jill!

Here's one of our completed cards:

We used loads of paper punches. And new designer series paper from the Christmas supplement. And Stampin' Write markers and a white gel pen. And the polka dot embossing folder.

What I like a lot is the versatility of the punches. The little claws were made with Star punched shapes, for example. And the noses were cut down Word Window punches. Let me know if you cannot figure out which punches we used and want to make this card yourself. Remember, you can always order your supplies from me at SusanSalutations.

 Christmas. It's getting closer! Hope you have started making your cards! I need to make heaps more!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


It was our 18th wedding anniversary this month and i had an idea for a card using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. I could not find my Lovely as a Tree stamp set though! In the end I turned my craft room upside down and was finally rewarded with my long lost stamp set. I had put it away very safely them promptly forgotten where it was. Needless to say, it is now in a very visible place in my craft room.

I wanted to make a soft blue card and had the idea of shading the tree with my Stampin' Write markers, then to add light filtering through the tree. That was the idea, anyway. I coloured my image with some different markers (Island Indigo, Old Olive and one other) then lightly spritzed the stamp with water before stamping my image onto Whisper White cardstock. I used my silver pen to add the subbeam. Maybe I should have used gold, for sunlight, but the blue and silver just looked right together so I went with that. Maybe I should have added the light from the light side of the tree too, but this is how it turned out:

 I embossed the front of my card with a striped embossing folder then layered my image on two different colours of cardstock before drawing a double line around it on the Whisper white. I anchored the corners of my top image with Candy Dots. The greeting came from the And Many More stamp set. I rounded two opposite corners of the card with a corner rounder punch. Finally I added some seam binding ribbon to the bottom.

I added special things to the inside of the card, printing off a recent picture of us both and writing him a poem just for him. It was lovely to see his face when he opened his card (I think I even saw a tear, but of course he said he just had something in his eye!)and it is still on display so I know he liked it.

The supplies I named are still current. The unnamed cardstock colours are retired.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October Craft Class on Saturday

I decided to hold a special Saturday class this month in addition to the one I have next Tuesday so we could make some Christmas projects and allow one or two new people to join in. It was lovely to sit and chat and craft with friends :) Thank you for being here, ladies! You know who you are!

We made two (all Stampin' Up!) projects this time. The first one was a simple Christmas card with cute little houses and imaginative backgrounds. Thanks to Gina K for the embossing sketch idea:

We masked the embossed band area and sprayed it with Shimmer Mist created by adding some retired Stampin' Up! shimmer paint to some Isocol alcohol and shaking it up in a small spray bottle with a fine nozzle.

Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe
Embossing folder: Decorative Dots
Stamps and framelits: Holiday Homes
Markers & inks: Coastal Cabana, Going Gray, White Stampin' Chalk marker, Gold Stampin' Dazzle marker, Garden Green marker
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

Next we played with the Curvy Keepsake Box die and various stamps to make some cute treat boxes. I have so many more things to try with this sweet little box shape!

 The Baked Brown Sugar box was stamped with the Dictionary background stamp, inside and out, before placing a stamped Pansy Punch shape inside to be a surprise. (The chocolate covered hearts were not from Stampin' Up!) Some Bermuda Bay thick Baker's twine and some die cut tags in Pistachio Pudding and  Crisp Cantalope finished it off. I think this one would be perfect for your sweetheart on your anniversary :)

I embossed this one with the Pretty Print textured embossing folder (currently on the Clearance Rack in my Stampin' Up! shop) then put pink wrapping paper inside the vellum box to add colour to it. The thick Baker's Twine in Strawberry Slush, double tied, completed the fresh and pretty look.

NOTE: If you are going to emboss vellum cardstock, you might need to use another layer of vellum (a vellum shim) inside your embossing folder to avoid having split vellum. If you get a small split, you can 'repair' it with a little doubles sided adhesive. On the inside, use a piece to repair the split, peel off the backing and remove the stickiness by puffing it up with the Embossing Buddy. It practically disappears! Thanks, Embossing Buddy! :)

This vellum Curvy Keepsake box was stamped in Blackberry Bliss with the Ornamental Pine stamp set. We tied silver ribbon on it and added some more vellum die cut tags stamped in Real Red ink. We also placed a battery operated tea light inside it (also not from Stampin' Up!) Imagine this one gracing your Christmas table settings!

Whew! That was enough fum for one morning! lol! Not really. I went on to add a few more touches to the plans fro our Tuesday class, where more Christmas projects and a mini album will be created.

Stay tuned!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Do you know about my newsletters? And Ninja Turtles!

I just sent out a monthly newsletter to everyone who has requested one. If you are not on my list, why not add your email details? Then you won't miss out on specials and promotions from Stampin' Up! Australia each month.

If you have never requested a newsletter from me before, never fear, I will send you the current one when you add your details :) Just go to SusanSalutations,
click the 'Contact Me' button near the top right side of the page, and fill out your details.

By the way, one of the great monthly specials ends at midnight tonight. so if you need cardstock, inks or other supplies, see if they are on the list of discounted items. It could be that just what you need for your Christmas projects is discounted this month!

I've been stamping. Here's a little something I made in the last week or so for some special grandsons of mine: 

Punch art inspired by another demonstrator, Melissa Banbury from Canada. The only free-hand cut bits were their masks and tongues, but even then I used a circle punch to get even curves on the edges of the masks right. 

I was so pleased that one of my grandsons was actually wearing a Ninja Turtles t-shirt  when I saw him last, so the card hit the spot! Lol!


Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze,  Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Black Stampin' Write journaling pen, White Stampin' Chalk Marker
Embossing folder: Decorative Dots
Punches: Extra Large oval, 3.5 cm circle
Accessories: Fringe scissors, sponge daubers and ink pads

Monday, September 22, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I am honoured to be asked to participate in the Creative Blog Hop by my stamping and crafting friend, Vicki Hodgman from Cards on the Table with Vicki. I met Vicki on the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator site and we have enjoyed visiting each other’s blogs and chatting for some time now. We really must meet up in person one day, Vicki! Please do visit Vicki’s blog and admire her lovely cards.

The Creative Blog Hop asks us to answer 4 questions about ourselves and is a way of introducing you to somebody else and learning a bit more about each of us.

Right now I am working on putting a class together for October that is Christmas themed. I love all the new products from Stampin’ Up! that are coming out just for Christmas. I want people to be able to make some cards and maybe a new Christmas decoration on the day, so will be working on making something three dimensional.

I am not sure that it does, other than the personal choices I make about colour, embellishment, sentiment and style! Lol! I do love to find someone else’s work that I admire then out a new spin on it. Each of us really puts themselves into their work, don’t you think? I do love to make three dimensional items and differently constructed greeting cards so am always excited when I find someone had created a new style of card and just have to try it out myself.

I love to make people smile with my creations. It is so much fun to try my hand at new techniques and play with new products. It is doubly enjoyable when people appreciate what I make for them or want to make something like it themselves. Even though I am not necessarily an artist, I do feel it gives me a creative. artistic outlet when I craft, and I need that.

When I make something for someone, I like to know what their favourite colours are first. Then I like to know what their hobbies and interests are, or what special event is being celebrated. I consider whether their style is modern, vintage, fun or fresh, and I try to make something in the style they would like. I spend a lot of time looking at other people’s work on Pintrest, blogs, galleries, Facebook and Youtube. I save people’s work that attracts me and then revisit it when I want to create. Often I am inspired by someone else’s work but the finished project usually turns out to be a little to a lot different from theirs.

Now I have the pleasure of introducing you to two other amazing fellow Paper Crafters.
Both these ladies have great style and enthusiasm for their craft and are always positive and helpful.
I am glad to have had the opportunity to "meet" them online. Their blogs are definitely worth visiting too! I hope you will!

Lesley Jendra of Lesley’s Stampin’ Ground is a marvellous Australian lady who posts a project on her blog nearly every day! I admire her creativity and ability to bring something lovely to us each day. We met through our mutual love of all things Stampin’ Up! a few years ago and have had some wonderful times crafting together.Thanks for being on the Creative Blog Hop, Leslie!

Hi, I am Lesley Jendra and I was honoured to be asked to be part of this blog hop by Susan Luke. I started scrapbooking back in 2001 after our 2 daughters got married and I wanted to scrapbook their wedding photos. We had previously owned a photography business so had put together hundreds of wedding albums but had seen some scrapbooking and wanted to do something special for these wedding albums. I started attending classes, then started card classes as well. I haven't stopped since. In 2009 I discovered Stampin' Up! at a craft show and I was hooked and I became a demonstrator. I had never stamped before despite all the cards and scrapbooking I had done, and hadn't realised how much you could do with stamps.  It makes it so easy that Stampin' Up! coordinates everything from paper, inks, embellishments, punches etc.  I currently teach card and scrapbooking classes which I thoroughly enjoy being able to pass on whatever I can to other ladies who have the same passion about craft as I do.
Next is the beautiful Lady Ann Milnes-Howard of Anne’s Paper Dreams. She is absolutely fantastic at making beautiful mini albums and cards. We met on a papercraft forum as she lives in England so do get to chat most days, encouraging each other to craft and to share our craft with others. Thank you for being on the Creative Blog Hop, Lady Anne! Here she is:

 I live with my husband Ian in a disability bungalow; we moved here when I could no longer manage to climb stairs, it is small but perfect for what we need now.
I have a daughter Maria who gave me three beautiful granddaughters, Gemma, Victoria and Natalie. Gemma has given me two wonderful Great Grandsons, Jack and Brody but she is expecting another boy November 15th, Victoria has given me the joy of a Great Granddaughter Charlie-Mae who is the eldest.
I am known as "Lady" Anne this is because my family knew how much I love Scotland and bought me a small piece of land in Scotland which came with a title of Laude/Lady for a woman and I thought I would use it for all things internet, it does seem to be leaking into my everyday life these days *laughing*
I have always loved stationary of any sort so it hasn't surprised me that I took to card making and mini album creating, my other love is art but have never been any good at it except putting colours together which I am very particular about, I hate some colours together even in food *smiling* but love all colour and blending same colour tones together. I have found a joy in making mini albums and have created a few now. I love Graphic 45 Papers but I also love pretty feminine papers.
Ian & I live in a village called Sileby ( my nick name for it is: silly-b) in the East Midlands of England.
Thank you so much again, Vicki, for inviting me on the Creative Blog Hop, and thank you again,  Lesley and Lady Anne for your introductions and willingness to share your lovely crafts. I hope many people take a moment to go and see your beautiful creations on your blogs. And of course, visit the people you nominate to carry on with the Creative Blog Hop.

Speaking of being creative, now I shall share a new project with you all. It’s a birthday card I made for my lovely sister. She loves bright colours so I chose bright orange and yellow to bring some cheer into her day. I wanted to use the new Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities but have so far only bought the green range, so I used them for the leaves and my Copics for the flowers. I added some Spica pen to the leaves and now think maybe I shouldn’t have done as it looks very un-blended in the photo. It didn’t seem to be like that in person! Oh, and the designer series paper is retired. 

Supply List:
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Inks: Memento Black, Blendabilities, Copics
Embossing Powder: Cherry Cobbler
Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots
Embellishments: Spica pens, Rhinestone jewels, paper doily, Daffodil Delight ribbon
Stamp Sets: I Like You, And Many More