Susan's Saga

Monday, November 16, 2015

Kind Koala Goes Wild

I just love the Kind Koala stamp. It is fun to emboss and colour it in. I like to scribble on a stamp block with my Stampin' Write markers and then pick up the colour with an Aqua Painter to colour my images. That's what I did with this particular Kind Koala. I embossed him in black and aqua painted him in Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and a touch of So Saffron. His nose and the pretty flower (in Melon Mambo) needed a little lift, I thought, so I added a layer of Crystal Effects to those areas and waited for them to dry completely. It is really best to wait overnight for Crystal Effects laid on thick like this to dry, especially in the Wet Season when the air is so humid.

The Go Wild designer series paper went so well with my Kind Koala! I love how it is a neutral coloured paper stack and it goes with so many different images and colours. I'm really glad I bought that particular paper stack :)

 My card base is folded a little short so the back shows through to the front. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the base and added a layer of Basic Black and Melon Mambo cardstock to my Kind Koala image, which is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals and finished off with a Whisper White Seam Binding bow.

Once he was finished, my Kind Koala was sent off to a friend to add a touch of cheer to her day.

Why not send someone a cheery card you've made today? I think the world needs more kindness and cheer right now.

So Many Specials!

Psst! I just had to tell you about the specials and promotions available from today!

First of all, Stampin' Up! is discounting selected stamp sets from the 16th to the 20th November. That's now! You can see everything on special at my Shopping page, where you click on '20% off Stamps'.

As well, the Seasonal Catalogue ends soon, and items are retiring out of that already. Goodies in the Seasonal Catalogue will be available only while stocks last until January 4th, so be sure to purchase your favourites before they are gone forever!

Happy shopping!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Make a Card - it's World Cardmaking Day!

Did you know that today is World Cardmaking Day? If you get a chance to make a card, remember it is a special day for cardmakers all over the world. It's a day set aside for making hand made cards! Founded by Paper Crafts magazine to bring card makers together at the beginning of the busiest card-making season of the year, it was first held on October 7, 2006, just for subscribers to Paper Crafts Magazine. Since there was such a positive response, it became a holiday for card makers from then on!

So celebrate today and make a handmade card for someone special in your life. Nothing expresses your feelings and love so much as a heartfelt handmade card! Happy World Card Making Day!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stamping on Embossing Folders

Did you know that you can create beautiful cards by stamping on embossing folders? I didn't until this month when I saw a beautiful card done by a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I immediately wanted to try it out. I wasn't disappointed. All supplies are from Stampin' Up! in the example below and in case you want to order any supplies I have given you the item numbers for the main tools  I used in my project.

 Here I used the gorgeous Woodland Textured Impressions embossing folder (item number 139673) with my Brayer (item number 102395) and my Butterfly Basics (item number 132058) stamp set to make my card. I brayered two colours over the embossing fodler first, making sure the colour went on to the background. I used Soft Sky and Crumb Cake ink. Then I stamped my butterflies on top of the brayered ink in Perfect Plum. Next I added Whisper Whits cardstock to the embossing folder, being careful not to move it once it hit the ink, and ran it through my Big Shot. After it was embossed, I used my Stampin' Write! markers to add extra detail and shadowing.

Of course I made my own envelope with the Envelope Punch Board (item number 133774) to make my custom sized envelope. I used a punched shape from my Elegant Butterfly punch (item number 127526) as a closer. Just pop it up with a Stampin' Dimensional and the corner of your envelope flap will fit right underneath.

So what do you think? Have you tried stamping on an embossing folder yet? How did it work for you?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Dressing up envelopes

Do you dress up your envelopes when you are stamping? I like to. This one is an orphan envelope though. I was using the Wetlands stamp set the other night and made a card or two, then decided to dress up my envelope with a stamp from the set too. I just stamped the image in Tip Top Taupe and added water with a Pool Party Stampin' Write! marker. I liked the effect.

The trouble was, when I tried to put my new card in the envelope, it was too big!

So I measured my card and made myself a big enough envelope for that card using the Envelope Punch Board. Problem solved!

Except now I need to make a card than fits my orphaned envelope  Work, work work. A crafter's job is never done.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Join Stampin' Up!

If anyone who lives in Australia is thinking of joining Stampin' Up! there is just one week left to take advantage of the fantastic joining special:

* Not only do you get a great deal on the starter kit (pay $169 and get over $200 worth of goodies) you also get two free stamp sets of your choice!

* You also get an extra 10% off your first order!

This deal is over on July 1st and I don't know when anything like it will be offered again, so I urge you to consider it now before it disappears! You can join here.

I'd love to have you on the Craft Sister's team!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

More layouts for my Album Gift

I enjoyed making these layouts for my friend's 18th birthday present album. It was really not too hard once I found a pack of designer series papers and some page layouts that I liked. In fact, some friends tell me they scrap better when they decorate the page first, THEN find the photos, so maybe there are distinct advantages to traditional scrapping this way! Thanks again to Stampin' Up! for the supplies and Pagemaps for the sketches, I was off and running:

This  layout was meant for a square photo. I liked the little squares of paper on it and of course carried over my butterfly embellishment:

This one was a double layout made especially for party pictures. There are spaces for many photos on this page, and of course, opportunities to tell the story:

Because it was a party, I thought the pennant banner went particularly well with the layout. Also, I made that little medallion in the lower right using a circle of Whisper White cardstock, the Hogsbreath logo cut form a serviette, and some Mod Podge. Some of the embellishments on this page are non Stampin' Up! ones, such as the little glitter heart.

The cover of the album, purchased by my friends who doubled with me to create this gift, also had a window for a picture, so I left it as it was except for adding a little birthday love message. The birthday girl can add a photo of her own to the cover. The album was also black and white which fit in with the party location and the papers and cardstock I chose (this album is also non-Stampin' Up!):

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the layouts for this album. There are of course many more pages in the book for my friend to fill up in her own way.

Have you ever made a similar project? If so, I'd love to hear about it and visit your blog post about it. Tell me your story in the comments!