Susan's Saga

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Life is coming to Stampin' Up!

I was so pleased to read that Becky Higgins has partnered with Stampin' Up! to create goodies for Project Life scrappers in Stampin' Up! colours and designs. Woo hoo! Coming to Australian scrappers very soon! (I will be sooooo tempted....)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Easter Week

It's going to be Easter soon and I have seen a number of cute punch art cards on the 'Net with bunnies, chicks and eggs on them. One card in particular seemed to suit my sense of humour and I just had to recreate it.

Behold, a bunny card. A card with a bunny, but not a face. A card with a bunny disappearing down a rabbit hole!

I made this one with  Chocolate Chop cardstock and the embossing folder out of the Sale-A-Bration catcalogue, then added black for the bunny hole and Whisper White with Pink Pirouette for the bunny and sentiment. I glued some pink sequins to the card front to add some sparkle.

Happy Week before Easter!

PS: You can purchase lots of the punches from my Stampin' Up! store. Look for ovals, scallop ovals, scallop circles, the Cupcake and Boho Blossom punches.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Adding Vellum Windows

I held a class last month where we added some vellum windows to our cards. It was easy to do with the Stampin' Up! circle punches and a coordinating scallop circle punch. All you do is punch a circle in your card where you want the window to be, then to make the scalloped border for your window, punch another same-sized circle out of coloured cardstock, then punch out the scallop border.

We stamped on the vellum and also made vellum butterflies using Versamark and black embossing powder. Putting the wrong side out at the front gives you a softer butterfly to see o the outside, and a brighter one when you open the card.

Inside the card I placed another scalloped circle border over the punched hole, so it was well-finished for the recipient.

I used a retired embossing folder for the front layer plus some white organza ribbon, the Artisan Label punch with the coordinating Label Love stamp set, and Soft Sky ink. We also added a tiny bit of Soft Sky to the vellum butterfly wings with an Aqua Painter.

The idea for these cards came from a sister stamper, Shellypop. Thank you, Shelly!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Chocolate Bar Sliders

When you need a special gift in a hurry, here's an idea that may help. Make a sleeve for a chocolate bar and decorate it to suit the occasion! I have made a number of these over the years and really liek the way people's eyes light up when they receive a gift like this. It helps to know what the recipient's favourite chocolate bar is, but I find plain chocolate seems welcome by many. Here's the latest one i made:

You can see I chose a Cadbury plain chocolate bar for this gift. I also selected Elegant Eggplant and Melon Mambo cardstock, then used the Birthday Candles wheel and the coordinating Label Love stamps and Artisan Label Punch to finish decorating. I snuck some retired polka dot ribbon in there too.

If you want to know how to make these little gifts, you can find out how by following this link to PaperCraftCentral.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Craft Market!

Today I took the plunge with a good girlfriend and set up a stall at her Craft Market. We sure had a good day! It was hot and humid, but we had such lovely visitors and enjoyed chatting with them while they browsed through our products :) We think we shall hold a monthly market since we were so encouraged by today.

Here's a picture of my table at the Market:

The picture is a bit over exposed, sorry. The day was so bright and we had our tables set up in the shade, so it was hard to get my Tablet to take a decent shot! You'll see a few things you might recognise from the Stampin' Up! catalogues, though :)

I'll let you know when the next Craft Market is on. Maybe you can come to visit, if you are n the area. I'd love to meet you!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dreamy Flowers and Scattered

The final pair of cards in my Gift Card series was done with various shades of purple. I used Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and some Wisteria Wonder. There is also soem Rich Razzelberry in there. I punched and shaped a few little flowers for the card on the right and added a pearl to their centres. The leaves on the right were done with Bermuda Bay ink and I added detail with a silver pen.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Simple Butterfly Cards

It's easy to make simple cards with a butterfly stamp set. When you have the coordinating butterfly punch, it's also easy to pop up a butterfly to add more interest. These little cards only required a couple of different colours of ink to make them pretty. I shimmer sprayed the one on the right and added a pearl to the popped up butterfly on the left.

The Papillon Potpourri stamp set is one of the most frequently reached for stamp sets I have :) 

EDITED: Colours used (inks and cardstock) were Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant.