Susan's Saga

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick message to you all. I hope you and your loved ones have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season :)
See you some more in 2013

Friday, December 21, 2012

Metal Embossing

It's nearly Christmas! But this isn't necessarily a Christmas project, though you could use this idea for any occasion. I decided to make a special gift for one of my sweet nieces this week. She is turning 21 this month and I wanted to give her something personal that would last a bit longer than a paper card, so I turned to metal and alcohol inks :)

I used my Big Shot to emboss my metal card background and then added ribbon and some handmade flowers. Then I cut out some numbers with my Big Shot and stacked them on top of each other, then used Crystal Effects to seal and gloss them up. I added a few rhinestones and voila.


Once you have added some 3d flowers to a card, it is difficult to fit it into an ordinary envelope, so I decided this card needed its own special box.

I made it in a similar way to the card. The box itself is made from cardstock, but the lid has a metal finish. This time though, I used my Copics to tint the flowers and leaves. Then I added some ruffled ribbon and pearl jewels to finish it.



I thought the finished box and card looked pretty special, and fortunately my niece agreed! I think I shall be making more of these gift combinations. I think they have a bit of that 'wow' factor.

What do you think?


Friday, December 07, 2012

Catch me if you can!

Gingerbread men are just so cute. I love the new Scentsational Season stamp set and coordinating Holiday Collection Framelits dies. Then I found out how to make my gingerbread men look like they had been sugared, and I just had to make a gingerbread man card! (You heat emboss More Mustard cardstock with Iridescent Ice, in case you were wondering).

I saw a couple of other cards that used the penny roller technique as well to add movement to their cards and decided I could have a rolling gingerbread man on mine. Well, they like to run away in fairy tales, right?

Here's how it all turned out. I loved it so much I had a class about how to make these at my home this week. You can find the instructions on PaperCraftCentral.


Oh and we also made some cute little gift boxes:


It sure looked like Christmas around here this week. Now if I could only find time to send out my Christmas cards! Lol!

Have a great day.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Slider Cards

I just got a question from Roxanne about how to make cute slider cards. I had a similar card in my stash I could tell her about. The instructions are on PaperCraftCentral if you would like to know how i made this kind of card, too:


I really should make some Christmas slider cards, shouldn't I. Imagine a ginger bread man or a Christmas tree sliding out to greet you on the tag. Hey, now THERE'S an idea! Be back later!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

A New Tool for Me!

Christmas has come a little early for me this year with a brand new style of paper trimmer finding its way to my door :)  I am very happy with my new Stampin' Up! paper trimmer. It has so many new features and benefits, I am in serious like! If you want to know more, I posted a video about it and have listed more information here.

Of course, a new paper trimmer means crafting a bit more, don't you think? I have been busily doing so. Here's a little handmade gift albu I made with some of my crafting friends inside:






Now I REALLY needed a decent paper trimmer to make this little item! Lol! And the good thing is, it's not finished yet. I get to go play some more.

Think I'll do that about now :)