Susan's Saga

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Christmas Card Swap

I am taking part in a Stampin' Up! team swap of Christmas cards where I made 8 of the same card to swap with 7 or 8 other people. I should wind up with 8 different cards this way. I will share the card I made soon but want to wait till the people I swapped with get to see it first. That should happen within a week or so. I will tell you that I used the cute Holiday Home stamps and matching framelits!

Zoo Babies

Welcome to those who have stopped by from Vicki's blog as part of the Creative Blog Hop - and a big thank you to Vicki for inviting me to join in! Please come back next Monday to see my answers to the four questions as part of the Hop.

I have had the cute Zoo Babies stamp set for awhile now and had not chance to play with it till a recent class. I just love the cute little animals! They go together so well in a card with a nine square layout and of course it turned out that the crocodile got to do the honours and hold up the greeting. Wasn't that good of him? Lol! I know, I am slightly crazy when it comes to cardmaking at times and especially when I sound like I talk to my stamps.

Without further ado, here are the Zoo Babies in a little baby boy card:

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! and can be bought from SusanSalutation's Shop.  

Cardstock: Soft Sky
Stamp set: Zoo Babies
Embossing folders: Decorative dots, Honeycomb
Thick Baker's Twine in Pistachio Pudding
Ink colours:  Island Indigo, Crisp Cantalope, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green
Designer Series Paper: Moonlight, Subtles Paper Stack
Small heart punch and rhinestone jewel
Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, August 18, 2014

Paper Wallet for Gift Giving

Do you sometimes wonder what to get the person who has everything? So do I. That's why I revert to using gift cards and cash at times. It seems so cold to give a plain card with such a gift. I think it makes such a gift much more special if you make a gift out of the card at the same time.

That's why I found a way to make a card wallet. You could customise this idea for men or women, young or old! Add more than gift cards - photos, notes, gift cards promising meals or cleaning or shopping, all seem to be well-received.

Here are instructions for making a Card Wallet:

Wallet cards

Outside Wallet –cut cardstock 9”x 3 ½” (round corners)
Inside Wallet –cut cardstock 8 ½” x 3 ¼”
Left inside – cut cardstock 4” x 2 ¾” (pencil ¾” all round on the back and use 1 3/8” square punch to punch window)
Right inside        - middle piece: cut cardstock 4 ¼”x 2”
                            -  front piece: cut cardstock 4 ¼”x 1”      

Sponge all the edges with ink slightly darker than your cardstock.
Cut a piece of acetate 2”x 3” and adhere to window.
If you want to do faux stitching it is easier to do it now. Place pieces of wallet together and carefully pierce around inside pieces. Complete wallet by taping outside and bottom edges to each other ensuring you can still pop cards and notes in the pockets.

Stamp ‘patch’ in spare cardstock and after doing faux stitching if you are doing it adhere to front. 

If you make one of these, do let me know. I really like to see the way you work!
PS: Remember you can order your supplies for this project from me at SusanSalutations.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Paper Cake!

Thanks to a lovely blog called eWillow, I found a great template for a three layer paper cake last week. Since I needed a special favour for a special High Tea birthday party at Tea and Niceties (it was soooo yummy!) I decided to make one of the layers for my 9 friends attending. The middle layer of the template worked out to be a lovely size to hold some chocolate hearts and friendship quotes and it also had 11 slices - more than enough in case an unexpected guest arrived! I decorated the tops of each slice with some designer series paper that I embossed. I made a spiral rose for each slice and found the centres were just the right size to hold a birthday candle (WARNING: Never actually LIGHT the candles if you are going to make a cake like this! Paper and fire are a dangerous combination!) and I tied each slice closed with some retired ribbon I had. That made each piece look like a layer cake! The slices needed some bling of course, so I added some rhinestones to each one.

To keep the slices together, I then tied the whole cake together with a piece of gathered pink ribbon :) I thought it needed a centrepiece too, so I made one using one of the chocolate hearts, some silver ribbon, netting and Pink Pirouette cardstock punched with the scallop circle punch. It was attached to a piece of wooden skewer to I could stick the centrepiece into the middle space and it would not move around too much.

The roses are all sponged with Melon Mambo ink, and the cardstock rose colours are So Saffron, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride. The slices are made of Melon Mambo cardstock and matching designer series paper from a stack I had.

There was even enough cake to leave a slice with our lovely Tea and Niceties hostess!What a beautiful and memorable day it was :)

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.