Susan's Saga

Monday, July 21, 2014

Owl Card in a Box

Special birthdays deserve special cards, I think, so when a friend had one of those special birthdays, I remembered that she loved owls. Her favourite colours were inks and purples. And she appreciates handmade things. Her card in a box almost made itself after that!

I stamped out some flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set because those images can be punched out with the Pansy Punch. I made my owl with the Owl Builder Punch. I punched out a little heart from some silver glitter paper. The sentiment is from the Create a Cupcake stamp set, and I used oval punches to mount it. The stems for the flowers are doubled pieces of cardstock glued together and trimmed.

The colours I used in this project were the new Blackberry Bliss, old favourites Smokey Slate, Melon Mambo, and  Pistachio Pudding. I also chose some designer series paper from the Moonlight paper stack and added some that is now retired as well. My fringe scissors came in handy to make the grass.

The new Fast Fuse Adhesive came in handy to make the little box!

All current Stampin' Up! supplies are available at SusanSalutations.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Pretty Wedding

A Grandmother's love for her granddaughter led her to ask me for a very special card to be made for her wedding. The colour pink was requested, as was some vellum and embossing folder work. The decorative theme of the wedding was birds, so when I put all these ideas together with knowledge of my supplies (current and retired!) I created this:

First I took some Blushing Bride cardstock and formed my card base. I prepared some non Stampin' Up flowers that I sponged and enhanced with leaves from the Bird Punch. I stamped with a retired set on the back of a white vellum cardstock sheet then coloured it with Stampin' Write markers before sandwiching it between oval frames. The card front was embossed after I cut out the oval shape and before I added the vellum image. I tied the flowers and punched leaves together with Organza Ribbon then adhered them with Mini Glue Dots.

The Expressions Thinlit word is on the Clearance Rack if you want to order any before they disappear forever.

After i made the card, I realised it was very three dimensional and would not fit into an ordinary envelope. So I brought out my Envelope Punch Board and made a card box from some matching designer series paper. That seemed to need extra embellishment so I broke out my Gift Bow Bigz Die and made a matching paper bow from Blushing Bride cardstock, then used my Hearts A Flutter Framelits to make a little heart enhancement under the bow, and attached them both to a belly band.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created a special card gift for a grandmother to give her lovely granddaughter on her wedding day :)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Punch Art Camera Card

Here's a fun handmade greeting card to make. I used a variety of punches to make this one, and i was inspired by many other cards like this on the Internet, so thank you to everyone who made one of these and shared it! This particular card became the one I gave a dear friend who just had his 100th birthday. I altered it to make the 'No 1' read 'No 100' . I think it went over alright! My birthday friend is still going strong and was able to entertain us with singing a song and playing a bass cello in his orchestra with his musical friends. It was a wonderful afternoon of celebrating!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Easel Cards

Card class day is always a fun day of chatting and laughing and crafting and eating. Lol! We even had some interesting foods today - dukkha and flavoured oils with breads, a new type of dip with crackers, and homemade raspberry muffins. Yum! Everyone brings something to eat when we get together to make our cards.

Today I had a request to learn how to make easel cards. They are easy cards to make, once you know the trick.  Start with a normal sized card, then fold the front inward at the mid point. Attach another flat piece of cardstock the same size as the card front to the bottom of the fold. Add a 'stopper' inside the card to hold your easel up, and voila! You have an easel card. Here are some instructions in pictures for you as well.

We started with a humourous card using the Owl Builder punch:

 Then we switched the mood and made a pretty card with the Labels Collection Framelits:

You can see all the products I used plus some more of these cards made by class attendees too at my Facebook page

Can't wait till June 17th when we get together again :)

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Anniversary in Paris?

I have a wonderful friend who just loves all things Parisian. Her husband asked me to make a card for their anniversary this year so it was not difficult to pick a theme. Both of my friends love the colour red, so I had no problems with choosing a main colour! I used a retired stamp set or two and some retired elements as well. Thank goodness I have a secret stash of retired Stampin' Up! sets and elements to draw on for such an occasion as this! LoL! I just need more storage space to keep all my favourite things is all.
To make the scene, I sponged around a 'cloud' shape I cut out from ordinary stationery coupled with a punched circle shape to make the sky with its moon and sponged over a torn piece of paper to make the ground. The Eiffel tower is embossed in silver and 'Amour' is embossed in Cherry Cobbler. I used Real Red, Island Indigo and Whisper White cardstock, a doiley and some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, plus a retired silver and crystal embellishment. The base card is embossed with a retired embossing folder as well and the tags came from a retired kit I still had. I added some stationery to the inside of the card and stamped it with images from the retired stamp set as well.

Just wanted to share and let you know I am still crafting away here.
I made my friends an anniversary card from my husband and I too. Here it is:

The Happy Congratulations stamp set I used is from the seasonal catalogue  (Celebrate the Everyday). I used Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black cardstock and inks. The sentiment is embossed in gold and the background papers come from a retired stack I had. I made the envelope with my Envelope Punch Board out of retired designer series paper. I thought the circles and stripes formed a bit of a theme for this card and envelope.

Happy Anniversary, my friends!

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.