Susan's Saga

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Now is a Great Time to Join Stampin' Up!

Have you ever thought about joining Stampin' Up? If you are a resident in Australia and love paper crafting, you are the kind of person who should think about joining Stampin' Up! at some point and NOW is the perfect time!

There are so many reasons why people join - For a discount on your crafting supplies, to be a part of a great crafting community, for the fun of being a part of the Stampin' Up! family, to access new products early, take part in our team's events and Fun Days, attend Stampin' Up! events, run classes or build your own Stampin' Up! business! Any of these reasons are perfect for joining, and while Sale a Bration is on, you get amazing extra value when you join!

Until March 31st, join Stampin' Up! and not only get the amazing value starter kit, but you will also get to choose ANY 2 EXTRA stamp set for FREE! That's right! This amounts to up to $409 worth of ANY Stampin' Up! supplies of your choice, for just the starter kit price of $169! You also get $80 worth of catalogues etc for FREE!

There is NO obligation once you join to run classes, workshops or place any orders. You can join for the amazing starter kit deal and from there what you do is totally up to you!

Check out more details about the Stampin' Up! opportunity at SusanSalutations and contact me at any time with any questions you may have, simply inbox me.
If you want to join now you can, online at…/…/susansalutations/jointhefun any time.

I'd love to have you join our team and share with you the extra fun that our team and Stampin' Up! can bring to your stamping!!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Fast Fuse is Retiring!

Did you know that Stampin' Up! is not going to restock Fast Fuse or its refills once current supplies run out? 😮 It's true! Here's what they said about it:

“While there is still inventory available in the South Pacific, it is available only while supplies last. Once the current inventory of Fast Fuse applicators and refills has been used up, we will not be re-ordering.”

It seems there is a supply issue with the Fast Fuse manufacturer. If it cannot be obtained, I can understand why it would need to be discontinued. It certainly won't be offered in the new annual catalogue coming out in June.

The good news is, you can still order some now, but I don't know how long supplies will last. You can order it from me by clicking on this link to the order page at SusanSalutations.

Friday, January 05, 2018

The Stamparatus!

Have you heard about the Stamparatus? It's a new papercrafting tool that can expand your rubber or photopolymer stamping techniques quite a bit! It is so new, it is not generally available till June 2018, but some people were able to order one to be posted out in advance. The window of opportunity to do that has now passed, and no new orders can be accepted till June 2018. Let me know if you want one of these and I will send you a reminder.

I was actually part of a global team who was consulted by Stampin' Up! about the development of this new tool, so as a reward, I was allowed to order and receive mine before other groups could. Wasn't that nice of Stampin' Up!?

I love it and am using it all the time, to make sure my stamping is taken up a notch and to save time etc,

You can read what I have found about it by going to a page on PaperCraftCentral. I will add some new projects soon too, but here are a couple of images I created with it already using the new Lots of Lavender stamp set, a reward option during Sale-A-Bration when you spend $90 on product:

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas All Year Tab

Be sure to check out the Christmas All Year tab at the top of this blog to see more 2017 Christmas Card ideas!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Christmas 2017

As I write this, we are still on the road in a caravan, doing the Big Lap around Australia. It is a fascinating thing to do and we are taking our time, staying a week here and a week there, till we are ready to move on to the next place. Caravan crafting has been less frequent than I would like, especially when we are free camping without power (so no heat tool, glue gun etc can be used) and water (so messy paint/inking and other things needing water cleanup are not a good idea). Still, I have been Christmas crafting! In this caravan!

I got to craft with Sharon in Qld when we stopped at her house awhile, which was fantastic, but after that I have not met up with many other papercrafters. 🤔 There was that lovely afternoon we crafted in the caravan making birthday cards, Chloe and Maddie, in the NT. Now I am in WA! I do hope to meet up with some more crafters pretty soon down south of Perth. Look out, Mandy!😁

So what have I been doing?

I took some Stampin' Up! kits with me this time, so I have had all the supplies and a good deal of the work packaged for me ☺ What a great idea these kits are for traveling crafters!

They are also good for people who are just starting out, building up their supplies and not wanting to make a huge outlay all at once.

They are great for beginning crafters too. The design work is lovely.

So, what have I been making?

1. Christmas cards!

One day I sat down with the Watercolour Christmas Project Kit. I had purchased the A Watercolour Christmas stamp set before I left home and had some ink and adhesive with me. I simply needed my paper snips, bone folder and a place to work and I was set. There are four designs in the kit, making 20 cards altogether. What a quick and fun project this was! I got them all done in an afternoon. Here are the four designs:

Aren't they cute? Easy to make, easy to mail, AND they come with gold foil lined envelopes too.

I then got busy on my own design of CAS (clean and simple) cards  to make in bulk. Armed with some of this pretty designer series paper from the Quilted Christmas bundle....

And the Wise Men from Afar stamp set, plus some Quilted Christmas ribbon and some die cuts for the sentiments which I made altogether, I made 15 cards with the same basic design. I stamped images directly on the dp and added ribbon, then popped up the layered sentiments. Afterward I added a single star sequin above the palm trees. Here's a couple of cards so can see how they turned out:

I thought they were pretty cute, and each one had a different background paper. I didn't have to repeat any one pattern at all.

2. Christmas Decorations!

Then I decided to make some decorations for the caravan. Now you cannot have a Christmas Tree in a caravan very easily. But you can make room for a banner and a string of lights! I had the Be Merry tag Kit for that! I didn't want tags though as our family and friends decided no presents were very practical to send to someone in a caravan, and also hard for someone in a caravan to gather and send, SO, I turned them into a banner. Here are the individual tags:

And here are all 12 made into a banner, with a string of lights shining over the top of them:

I really like them 😁

I hope your December is full of crafty fun like mine has been so far!



Thursday, October 12, 2017

World Cardmaking Day 2017

World Cardmaking Day (WCMD) was on October 8th this year. Never heard about it before? Read more on PaperCraftCentral.

I was making cards for WCMD in a caravan this year since hubby and I are traveling around the country for a year or so, I decided to go simpler and found a basic card sketch I liked, then made three cards to celebrate the day and add to my birthday card stash.

You could use this sketch to make a card for any occasion though. You could also substitute designer series paper for the lower section, or add loads of bling, or add luxurious ribbon, or pop up images on your feature panel. The possibilities are endless, really :)

Here are my three cards:

I really liked them all.

All supplies used are from Stampin' Up!

New Holiday Catalogue!

Did you know the new Holiday Catalogue is available now? It is! It is! You can see it online at the catalogue page on  SusanSalutations and can order from it in the SusanSalutations Shop 24/7!

I already started with a few purchases and just need to find time in our caravan for me to craft with them. Can't wait. I keep thinking about that french horn die done in gold metallic for Christmas cards. How sumptuous THAT would be! Lol!

Of course, there is a lot more than Christmas covered in the new catalogue. The products in it are only available till January 2nd or till stocks run out, so do check them out to see if there is anything you need. Check out the lovely design ideas too to CASE using your existing supplies. It's always fun to look at new ideas!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Christmas Cards for Troops Drive

Ahh! It is so nice to be retired and able to fulfill a life-long dream to travel right around Australia! Hubby and I are doing just that right now!

But I didn't want to forget about the Cards for Troops Drive while I am a gray nomad.

I have a wonderful friend who will help out while I am traveling with collecting and dispatching any cards sent to her before October for inclusion in our Christmas cards for the Troops drive. You can read all about it at PaperCraftCentral.

I do hope you can send a few cards ☺ And thank you to those who do, in advance! (Advance, Australia fair?)