Susan's Saga

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!

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.