Susan's Saga

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

18th Birthday Present

Someone I know was about to turn 18 and a friend and I wanted to surprise her with something special. We thought she would appreciate a memento of her party but weren't sure how to go about giving her that. Then suddenly we had it! We knew she appreciated handmade craft, so my friend bought a 12" x 12" album and I made blank layouts to go inside! That way she would be able to print out photos and just place them in her album. I found some retired and current Stampin' Up! products, went to Page Maps for inspiration sketches, and was away scrapping. Here's the cover page:

To make the 18 I created it on Word and printed it out on Whisper White cardstock, then added a few more lines and a bit of colour with my Stampin' Write! markers. I cut them out and adhered them on the designer series newspaper mat. All the flowers and borders were made with Stampin' Up! punches and dies. (I'm so glad the butterfly die is carrying over to the 2015-2016 annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. It's a gorgeous die). I used some washi tape, some stick on alphas, Garden Green and Lost Lagoon cardstock, and retired designer series paper. There's some linen thread and buttons in amongst the embellishments too.

Next I needed to create a party sign-in page. This mostly needed to be blank to allow people to write special messages to the birthday girl, so I didn't need a sketch :)

I used some (then) current designer series paper for the border and cut along one of the wavy lines in it. The background cardstock is Daffodil Delight. The title is done with stick on alphas and I added a tiny Daffodil Delight bow and some bronze coloured pearls. We provided a marker for people to write messages on the night. The page was full when the party was over!

I'll show you some more layout pages another day.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Embossing Folder Stamps

I love my Big Shot. There's nothing like it for embossing, die cutting and for combining both cutting and embossing on one project. It's the tool I reach fro most, along with my stamps and paper punches! But did you know, you can make your Big Shot embossing folders into stamps?? Gasp! It's true!

You can find out how to stamp with your embossing folders by watching this technique video made by our friendly and talented Stampin' Up! home office staff. They are great!

Prepare to be amazed at the possibilities!

See? You don't even need a Big Shot machine for this technique! How portable is that for crops away from home or just making something incredible, quick and easy at home?

Right. Bye for now. I'm off to turn my embossing folders into stamps :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

For the Boys and Men

Many crafters have trouble making masculine cards. I keep some special stamp sets for the men in my life and usually have little trouble making them cards for their birthdays. Want to know my secrets? I consider the interests of the fellows around me and get stamp sets to coincide with those - fishing, boating and camping seem to be themes around here. Some just like the ocean. If all else fails and I don't know their interests too well, I use stars or Fleur-de-lis instead of flowers, and use less of them. Or I select a nice strong tree as my main image. I use stronger colours like reds, browns, greens, blacks, yellows, oranges and blues, usually, but purples can be fine too. Whimsy is good for boys so I make little monsters or creatures. They also like robots, in some cases, but I have no robot stamp sets yet :) Lego is fun. And teens love to be sporty quite often so I choose action figures or something that can go fast, like cars, speedboats, etc.  Hmm. Does that give you some ideas?

Here are a couple of masculine cards I made recently to add to the inspiration!

Let me know if you need a supply list for any of these cards. All images are current at time of publishing and can be found in my Stampin' Up! shop.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

CAS Birthday

Tomorrow it is a girlfriend's birthday and she is a non fussy person. There was an idea for a CAS card in Australian Simply Cards magazine that I liked involving a negative punched layer with a flower, and I thought that might be a good way to go for this particular friend. I didn't have the exact supplies they used in their card so just substituted everything Stampin' Up!

I can show this to you without a worry because I know my friend does not blog, and she already has her card but she hasn't opened it. Yet.

I thought I would stick with a monochrome look for this one after being influenced by the White with One challenge. Lol!  I just used Blushing Bride, Illuminate and Whisper White inks, cardstocks and retired designer series paper. You may be able to see the Illuminate stamping on the card front? It is more visible in real life.

I clear embossed the sentiment.  Then I wrote inside the card with a Stampin' write marker in Blushing Bride.

The final touch was to use Dazzling Details on some of the flower centres but a rhinestone on the main flower.

When it came to decorating the envelope, I splashed out and used Pink Pirouette and Strawberry Slush inks.

The stamp sets I used were Apothecary Art and Flower Shop ones. I used a retired flower and the Boho Blossom punches.

Can't wait for my new goodies to arrive! Stampin' Up! says they are shipped :) Woo hoo!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Calm Day

The first time I went out in the tinny with my husband, it was a beautiful, calm day. We went to Bribie Island and fished peacefully there for a few hours. I loved that the sea was so calm and flat and shining. We beached the boat for a little while and went ashore, and when we were coming back to board her again, the sea and the skyline looked so beautiful I just had to take this shot. It still evokes beautiful memories of a pristine day. Talk about a stress reliever day!

To make my layout, I printed this photo out on Stampin' Up! Shimmer cardstock. I started with Whisper White cardstock as my base then used just one other colour tone, mainly Stampin' Up!'s retired Baja Breeze, for the White with 1 challenge, as I wanted it to be as close as possible to the Pantone Placid Blue colour stipulated for the January challenge. I always loved Baja Breeze anyway :) There was a sketch to use this time so I tried to allow that to inspire my work.

The background is made with reinkers and an aqua painter, also with splattering and allowing some of the ink to run down the page. I added some lines with a Stampin' Write marker afterward. Lots of edges of the elements are sponged with ink too. There are some bits of retired designer series paper in there as well.

I made the flowers and leaves with Stampin' Up! punches and added some other brand of stickers I had. I thought a compass effect on one of the stickers was pretty appropriate,

The circle of Baker's Twine was made by running a length through some Tombow glue then sitting a small bottle on my layout and wrapping the glued twine around the bottom of it. I needed to prise the twine carefully away from the bottle when it was still wet.

I made the tags by punching the ends out from the onside of a corner punch.  I added some journaling with a black and a Baja Breeze Stampin' Write marker. Finally I spritzed the bottom of the layout with some shimmer paint diluted in rubbing alcohol to make a shimmery effect like water.

I had fun making this layout and now I have a page for my album to help me remember that special day.

Friday, January 30, 2015

It's the end of January? Already?

I went away on holidays this month and was shocked when I returned to find I had not posted in January at all! I should not have been shocked, since I was away for most of the month, but I want you to know I shall be returning with more new projects and ideas very soon. I have ordered some goodies from the new Stampin' Up! Occasions catalogue and can't wait to get to play with them. They should be here in a few days.

If you haven't seen it yet, you can view the new catalogue at SusanSalutations. Remember it is Sale-A-Bration time too so for every $90 worth of order you make, you will get a free product! I certainly made sure I got some freebies with my order and I would love to hear you are going to receive some too.

Also, if you are on Google Plus, I have a new page there for and invite you to subscribe. I'll be adding some new posts there but also searching out some other useful sites to recommend to you, like the Stampin' Up! tutorials page. Check it out!

Now I better go clean off my craft desk so I can be ready for my new supplies! I'll be back soon with some new projects for you.

Hope you're crafting too!

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!