Susan's Saga

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Curled Paper Wreath

I just love my new curled paper wreath. I followed Lyn Webb's instructions for how to make one and enjoyed a social night with her and some friends as well, while making it. Don't you just love that about Stampin' Up! and paper crafting? You get to make new friends who have similar interests and who 'get' your papercrafting hobby like no one else does! Lol!

Anyway, here is my wreath:

It really looks beautiful in real life because the silver glimmer paper in the snowflakes and the strips of it curled into the wreath really sparkle in the light.

I was imagining having a series of these for other special occasions too. If you decorate for Valentine's Day, make one with pinks and whites and hearts and flowers. If you decorate for Hallowe'en, make one from orange and black papers with bats and pumpkins. If you want one to just look gorgeous, choose papers and rosettes or other embellishments to suit your decor. Imagine the possibilities!

Oh, you want to know how to make one now, don't you. You can find the instructions and supplies I used for this project at PaperCraftCentral

You're welcome. Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Christmas Lights Technique

We had such fun at our craft class this week! I had a few little projects and one card, plus a gift bag for my ladies to play with making. The technique we tried was the Christmas Lights technique showcased by Lydia. We really enjoyed trying it out! I made a little city scape card too to show how you can use the technique for different glowing light occasions. I'll show that when I take a picture. But in the meantime, here is one of the cards we made using a Christmas tree shape:





I used the cupcake wrapper from the cupcake punch to make a stand for the tree, and more white gel pen of course. The bow is made of Cherry Cobbler seam binding and the star at the top is one of the large rhinestones. The background stamp is the Love and Joy one from the current seasonal catalogue, and I used Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum cardstock.

Basically, you take a white gel pen and make your Christmas lights, then you use chalks and a cotton bud to add a coloured glow to each light. We set our chalks with a light misting of shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol.

We also made some of Vicki's Santa punch tags:


I love that you write in the beard part. Lol!

And we made some envelope punch board tags:



And finally we made some cute little table decoration lolly bags that looked like plum puddings!


Of course we had yummy food, lots of laughs and exchanged little gifts and cards amongst ourselves. It really is wonderful to have made such good friends through our mutual love of paper crafting.

This was the last crafty class of the year fro me, but I have a few more exciting projects I'm working on before the 25th! I'll be back when I have pictures of them. I hope your December crafting is going well!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Time for a Christmas tree pic or two

I got my tree up and decorated and just love the look of the new owl ornament I found this year :) I thought I would show it to you and see what you think:



Isn't she cute? I guess she is a she. I don't know how to tell with owl decorations (or real owls either, come to think of it! Lol!)


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christmas Card Craft Mode

Yes, I am into Christmas Card Craft Mode now. It is so close to the time I will need to send overseas cards. The last class I had here was about Christmas. Here's the Julie Gearinger inspired card we made:


The colours are Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze, with Ivory cardstock as a base for the main images. I used Crumb Cake for the background, using the letterign from the Open Sea stamp set. The Flowering Flourishes set is so pretty for the swirly bits. I used my new That's the Ticket stamp set for the sentiment (there is also a matching punch). We stamped and coloured the images, then masked them to add the background, added shadows to increase the look of depth for the swirly bits, then sponged around the edges in Crumb Cake and finally distressed and curled/split the corners. We added plain glitter glue to the circles, though some class members added rhinestones or pearls instead.

The sentiment is heat embossed in gold and the double bow is made from 7/8" Cotton Ribbon.

All products are available in the main Stampin' Up! catalogue or in the current mini catalogue.

We also made a little gift bag using the Christmas Star stamp. I'll show that to you later :)

Now I am off to the craft desk for more Christmas Card Craft!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A File Folder Card

 I realised tonight that I may not have shared one of the cards we made at Craft Class recently. I think I showed you the Merry file folder card though? I made this one the same day in case anyone had a birthday or other special event coming up, or in this case needing a thank you card.

Yes, the card is definitely made with the Envelope Punch Board that makes it so easy to make the file tabs on the card and its insert. I put a diagonal corner on the insert so I could add a gift card to it when I give it away.

I even made the matching envelope with the Envelope Punch Board!! Punches and Thinlits were of great use too :) I like to make this type of card a little bigger than usual so it is really nice to be able to make a pretty envelope that fits the card comfortably.

What craft project are you working on now? For me it is time to make my personal Christmas cards. I gave all the ones I made this year away to the Cards for Troops drive, so I need to get busy. I'm going to go to a craft retreat this weekend and that is what I plan to work on. I hope I get lots done. As I am going away with friends, there is lots of chatting to catch up on too! Lol!

If you want to know what specific supplies I used on this card, leave me a note and I will edit this post. You can always shop 24/7 at SusanSalutations.

Happy crafting!


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Christmas Star

The single stamp The Christmas Star is really fun to play with. I love that you can stamp it flat, or can score its lines and make it 3d. You can even put it back to back with another stamped and folded star to make a 3d tag or ornament! I saw it made into an even bigger ornament by pairing it with the Rosette die.

Here's a card I made with the stamp as a 3d image with some glitter glue picking out the design. I put a rhinestone in the middle of the star:


That's the Winter Frost Designer Series paper stack in the background with the pretty silver ribbon under the star. Both are in the mini catalogue and available till the end of December. I used a retired sentiment stamp. The star is stamped in Island Indigo.

I've been crafting again today with the Christmas Stamp so will show you what I made after Craft Class on Tuesday :)

Meanwhile, I am also getting ready for a weekend Retreat next weekend. I want to make loads of Christmas Cards fro my friends and relatives. I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Clowns

While I was away in the Motorhome, I had a few craft supplies with me. It just so happened that two little grandsons had their birthdays during that time. They are brothers and I wanted to make them similar cards to send so they could have an almost matching pair but still be able to tell whose was whose. I had oval and scallop punches, and started to play with those shapes. A couple of little clowns were soon grinning up at me, and they became the basis for my two cards!

I drew their faces with my Stampin' Write markers and added non Stampin' Up! glitter spots to their hats. The little bow ties were hand cut too, from designer series paper. The designer series paper is from a Christmas stack (shown in the new seasonal catalogue). I flipped the pieces of designer series paper so the two cards were even easier to tell apart. 

Happy birthdays, boys!

Shopping List:

Whisper White cardstock (106549)
Tangerine Tango cardstock (116204)
Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack (132183)
Large Oval Punch (119855)
7/8" Scallop Punch (129404)
Perfectly Penned Stamp Set (128703 - clear) (132726 - wood)
Island Indigo inkpad (126986)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Circle Thinlit Card for a 60th!

I love the new Circle Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up! They make me think of all sorts of ways to make a greeting a bit special. My brother-in-law turned 60 this year and he is a fisherman from 'way back, so naturally his card had to have some fish on it. I also wanted to inject a little humour into the 'grim' situation! Did you know fish are pretty curious? Lol!

I stamped out some fish from the By the Tide stamp set and embossed them in gold. Then I fussy cut them out so I could make them pop and overhang an edge. I used some retired designer series paper, some Real Red cardstock and some linen thread. The words just came to me so I spelled them out in letter stickers (non Stampin' Up! ones). I used my Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker to add lines around the outer circle to make it look a bit like a coin? The inner circle was left blank to take my written message (see the fish tail peeking out above the circle? he he!)




The back of the card begged to be stamped (I used a Very Vanilla card base) so I obliged with some seahorses and coral in Soft Suede and Crumb Cake ink. I tied the twine together at the back and the front and fixed them in place with glue dots.

This card made me chuckle the whole time i was making it :) I hope you enjoyed it too! And yes, my brother-in-law actually said it was 'clever'. Success! Lol!

Shopping List:

Circle Thinlit Dies 133480
Very Vanilla cardstock 106550
Stampin' Dimensionals 104430
Real Red cardstock 106578
2 1/2' Circle Punch 120906
Linen Thread 104199
By the Tide stamp set 131910 (wood) and 129120 (clear)
Gold Embossing Powder 109129
Versamark Inkpad 102283
Soft Suede Inkpad 126978
Crumb Cake inkpad126975
Glue dots 103683
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker  119680

Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy 25th Anniversary, Stampin' Up!

It's all about the number 25 this month as Stampin' Up! celebrates its 25th year. Today is the last day you can order selected stamp sets (25 of them) at 25% off the regular price! You have till midnight to place your order if you would like any of the selected stamp sets advertised on SusanSalutations. There are some lovely sets on the list, including some with matching punches or dies :)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Stippled Blossoms Thanks!

While I was up North visiting my daughter and new baby granddaughter (she is gorgeous, yes!) my sweet Mother asked me to make some Thank You cards fro her sister (who is, of course, my Aunt). I immediately thought of the Stippled Blossoms stamp set and some black embossing powder. I hadn't put those things in the Motorhome Craft Kit so had to wait till I got home to make this card.

I used Daffodil Delight ink to make the background flower stamps, Old Olive for the leaves and Night of Navy cardstock to layer it on. I spritzed with Night of Navy as well to add some shadow effects.

I'll show you my BIL's card next time. His celebration was tonight so I didn't want him seeing his card before he opened it first!

Have a great day :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Engagement Card

I told you I was obsessing about the circle thinlit die, didn't I? well, I used similar materials with it again, to make an engagement card this week. I used the same idea about how to make images meet when the circle flips to make this card.


Aren't they little birdies the cutest?? They actually kiss!! I used clear embossing powder over the Rich Razzleberry cardstock to make them shimmer and have a little texture then added a little black pearl for each eye (non SU!). I just thumped my Versamark pad all over them then added the ep, and heat set it. There's an image from the Daydream Medallions behind the birdie on the left and behind the greeting of the front of the card (that sentiment is a retired stamp though). I used some Bashful Blue cardstock to make the leaves but it is a retired colour now. You could substitute Pool Party or Soft Sky cardstock though, right?

Wait till you see what I am making for my BIL's 60th birthday.There are no birds and hearts on THAT card.

I love it!

He he.

Enough evil laughter. Here's is your Shopping List of current products for this project:

Circle Thinlit Dies 133480
Rich Razzleberry cardstock 119981
Stampin' Dimensionals 104430
Elegant Eggplant cardstock 108614
2 1/2' Circle Punch 120906
Bird Builder Punch 117191
Daydream Medallion stamps 131976 (wood) and 126467 (clear)

Remember to shop at SusanSalutations :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thinlit Circle Cards

I am obsessing about the new Circle Thinlits from Stampin' Up! This last week, I made an engagement card, anniversary card, 60th birthday card and a cupcake birthday card with them. I love the new dies! There is also a Label Thinlit die. I don't have that yet. I might just have to get one next time I shop though ;)

I thought I would share the 20th anniversary card with you today. I used some retired designer series paper on this (from Valentine's Day - how appropriate for this special couple!) and I used MORE thinlits and coordinating stamps to make the hearts. I cut my own banner since I wanted to use a bigger stamp (sadly, retired!) but there is a banner that comes with the Circle Thinlits too. Here is the front of my card:



You can make images 'kiss' inside the card with the way it spins when you open it. I love that! I thought having two touching hearts would be sweet this time:


Isn't that cute?? I thought so :) I embossed the hearts in the centre and popped them up on Stampin' Dimensionals as well. See how you can also have an overhanging banner? It doesn't get in the way of the circle opening at all.

I finished off with a bow. I seem to do that a lot.

The lettering was written in white gel pen, by hand. I had juuuust enough room to write a personal note in the middle panel. So I did. When I passed it on to the lovely couple who got it, I mean.

I'll show you more later :)

Shopping List:
Circle Thinlit Dies 133480
Hearts a Flutter dies 130159  and stamp set 131922 (wood) or 129252 (cleR MOUNT)
Rich Razzleberry cardstock 119981
Stampin' Dimensionals 104430
Signo White gel pen 105021

Remember you can SHOP 24/7 with me at SusanSalutations :)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

It's ending in 24 hours!!!

My Word! There's only one day left to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Australia for $25! Some of my lovely friends have already taken advantage of this gift of a chance to become a hobby or business demonstrator, so if you are also thinking about it, be quick. I would be sad for you to miss out if you were interested and missed the deadline by a hair!

By the way, I shall be posting some new crafty projects soon as well. I have been making some lovely cards and gifts lately and will share them with you soon, I promise! I was on a road trip for a month (I posted about some tips for crafting on the road at www.papercraftcentral.com) then had family visiting for a week, and now my husband is traveling, so it has been a little, well, out of the ordinary around here lately :)

Craft class is coming up on Tuesday though and I can't wait to play with new products and goodies with my friends. I'll keep the camera or tablet handy so I can share more easily after that!

In fact, I think it's time to go back to the craft desk now....


Monday, October 07, 2013

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Amazing special coming up! From October 7th for two weeks!!

Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator but the cost of the regular (though well worth it!) kit stopped you? Do you already HAVE a lot of Stampin' Up! goodies so becoming a demo is the next logical step (think of the discounts you'll get as a demo!) Interested in starting your own crafty home business? THIS is the month to do it!

Starting on October 7th, you can sign up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and join my group for only $25!

Yes, you read that right. You pay just $25 for a LIMITED TIME.

When you click on the image you can read more about it and get ready for October 7th. You'll also see a way to earn extra Hostess dollars or why not shout yourself a limited edition 'best of' stamp set? You can read all about it by clicking the picture:


 Happy crafting!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The New Seasonal Catalogue is Here!

Today is the day Stampin' Up! released its new seasonal catalogue! It is chock full of lovely stamps and supplies, including Christmas stamps, paper and embellishments. Just take a look at some of the wonderful banner kits and card kits! As usual, I want ALL of it. Lol! Stampin' Up! knows how to create beautiful yumminess to craft with. Take a look for yourself at what's new at SusanSalutations.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Stippled Blossoms

It's birthday time again! After the fish card (my husband and his friends liked it, by the way) I wanted to make something pretty. A friend is celebrating her birthday this week and I thought she might appreciate a pretty card. My thoughts turned to the lovely two-step stamping set called Stippled Blossoms, and also to Strawberry Slush ink. It's a new Stampin' Up! colour I have not had time to play with until today. I found some paper doileys from a retired kit and was off!

I stamped the flowers in Strawberry Slush then in Basic Black over the top of that on a rectangular piece of Whisper White. I added leaves in Old Olive and Basic Black as well. Then I broke out my border punches and some Old Olive cardstock, and then I decided to stamp the flowers again and cut them out to be popped up over the top of the original flat stamps, after some shaping.

The doiley needed a little adjusting to fit just right but I liked how it sat in the end. I added a sentiment from Simply Sketched in gold embossing, mounted it on a tag punch with a fancy punch underneath, then spritzed it all with  Calypso Coral. Oh, the background layer with the faux stitching is a retired piece of designer series paper too.

I finished off with a couple of little crystals and it was ready to have its portrait taken!


I hope she likes it! My friends birthday is later this week :)



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

By the Tide

Let's go all nautical tonight. It was time to make a masculine card since tomorrow is my hubby's birthday, and as he is mad keen on fishing I just HAD to buy the By the Tide stamp set, didn't I? I smuggled it in to the house with him none the wiser and snuck into the craft room while he was watching The Tourist on TV tonight. I told him I had seen the movie (I had, of course, and would have liked to see it again, but I needed to make him a card even more!) It was fun to make this card for him. The By the Tide stamp set is gorgeous.

First I made the main background by sponging and blending Certainly Celery, Baja Breze, Marina Mist and Garden Green ink across some Glossy White paper. I wanted to make a sort of oval shape with a lighter middle. It was lovely with all those blues and greens but I wanted it to 'pop' more so added a final edging of Chocolate Chip ink.

I did the same to my Baja Breeze card base bottom, then stamped some coral and seahorses across it in Chocolate Chip and Marina Mist.


Then I took Black Stazon ink and stamped my fish directly to the main background, but I also stamped him on some extra Glossy White paper, let that dry and coloured both fish in with Stampin' Write markers in various colours. I fussy cut my second stamped and coloured fish out then shaped him with a flower shaping tool and mat, and popped him over the first image with a double stack of Stampin' Dimensionals.

Then I grabbed my favourite greeting set this week, Perfectly Penned, and stamped the greeting in Island Indigo ink. I immediately poured clear embossing powder over the words so they could be heat embossed.

There are some speckles in white gel pen and silver shimmer paint as well, to make it look like the fish is trailing water drops. I just touched the end of a bamboo skewer to the paint in the lid of my pot of shimmer and then lightly touched some water trails onto the fish and background.

My main image is mounted on Night of Navy cardstock, then wrapped in linen thread and popped up over the card base.

My brother happened to be around when I finished making the card and he said he liked it, so hubby surely will. I have one male vote of confidence already, after all! Lol!

I'll let you know what he thinks tomorrow :)

Available Supplies from Stampin' Up! (some things I used have been retired):
By the Tide stamp set (clear mount) 129120
Perfectly Penned stamp set (clear mount) 122892
Night of Navy cardstock 106577
Linen thread 104199
Stampin' Write! markers
Marina Mist ink 126962
Garden Green ink 126973
Island Indigo ink 126986
Chocolate Chip ink 126979
Clear embossing powder 109130

(PS: If you have a fisherman in your life, you might want to Shop Now for your supplies)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cake Banner Topper

Do you ever have one of those little puzzles to solve when crafting, and you fall asleep at night before you solve it? I had made a cake and wanted to put 'Happy Birthday' on it in drizzled chocolate, but there was no chocolate left in the cupboard. Probably because I had eaten it at some stage. Anytime there is chocolate in the house, it doesn't last long around me! So, there was no chocolate. Alright, I went to bed still wondering how I was going to add a greeting to my birthday cake in the morning.

Somewhere around 3am, my eyes popped open and I suddenly knew what to do! I would make a paper banner cake topper! There were quite a few on the 'Net and I used my memories of them to work out in my head how I would make my own. Instead of counting sheep, I counted punches and paper....zzzzzzz

In the morning I went straight to my punches, cardstock and Big Shot dies, and made this:

I used a retired alphabet die set I had, and the scallop and circle punches that fit the font. The colours I chose were Crisp Cantalope, Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding. Then I got my husband to bring me two clean bamboo skewers from the kitchen and covered them in Epic Day Washi Tape from Stampin' Up! (well, it was for his birthday cake, which he shared with a few other friends later in the day, so he didn't mind helping). I found some Baker's Twine in Calypso Coral to adhere the punches to, in two rows, then covered the backs with some Calypso Coral circles as well. The ends of the Baker's Twine is wrapped and tied around each skewer in one spot.

There's a rhinestone on the letter 'd' as well, and I might bling this topper up some more before I use it again (Yes! I foil wrapped the bottom of the skewers so I could recycle this! It's now safely stored away in its own clean little cello bag with a clean card behind it with a bit more Washi Tape to hold it in place).

So next time you can't sleep, I recommend counting punches and cardstock. I slept like a baby after I did :)

Supplies: (You can order the numbered ones from SusanSalutations, 24/7!)

119854     1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
119861     1-1/4" Circle Punch
Die cut alphas
131302      Coastal Cabana cardstock
131177      Pistachio pudding cardstock
131176      Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock
126983      Calypso Coral cardstock
125573      Calypso Coral Baker's Twine
131269      Epic Day This 'n That Designer Washi Tape
Clean Bamboo Skewers
Foil
Adhesives

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fan Card

I don't know what I was thinking. It's winter here and I got drawn to making a fan card? Well, we did have a small heat wave this week, but it is cool again this morning! I definitely don't need a fan! Lol!

The card idea was so pretty though, I just had to CASE an idea from Carolyn King. I saw a card of hers that showed a folded doiley fan, and it would not leave my mind till I had tried it out. I tried out her layout too but there the similarities sort of ended.

Here's the card I made:


You just fold your doiley in quarters to make the fan, and ink all the edges. Ruffle the edges a little to make them more three dimensional. Add some pretty lace and a sponged rose and a tassel.

I chose Pretty in Pink and Rich Razzleberry, and the brown is Early Espresso. I made the little tassel by wrapping Baker's Twine around two fingers abotu four times, then wrapping and tying the end around the top third. Cut the long ends to suit your card.

The square is cut with a Big Shot scalloped square die then rolled through an embossing folder. The stamping was done with a wheel (Very Vintage). I used the scallop edged border punch too, And the lightest background came from a paper stack.

Here's another one with a Rich Razzleberry rose:


 Yes, I even made two of them. Then I made up kits for this week's Craft Class ladies. And they didn't seem to think it was strange to be making fan cards in winter either! At least, they didn't say they thought it was strange. Lol!

 


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tag Card

I saw a nice card somewhere that used the idea of having a tag sing open to reveal your sentiment and personal message. For the life of me I cannot locate the blog I saw it on! But the image stuck with me and I had to try one out for myself.

I remember the sample card had a layer made with the Tulip Embossing Folder, so I knew I had to make my tag to fit inside that shape. I made my tulip layer out of Soft Suede, and then thought it would look good with a Basic Black cardstock frame.

The tag itself is hand cut from Ivory cardstock and the sentiment was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder. I then embossed lines around the tag with my Scoring Tool.

I made the rolled roses from Strawberry Slush, and Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I punched some flowers from  Crisp Cantalope cardstock and turned them into faux suede layers to sit the rolled roses on. Their centres are the new Candy Dots in Soft Subtle colours. Their leaves are the bird wings from the Bird Punch and I punched them out of Pistachio Pudding cardstock. I finished off by tying the tag closed with some retired Baja Breeze seam binding.




This was a fun card to make! I think the ladies at my Craft Class today thought so too. I sure hope they did.We had a discussion about the delicious names for the new In Colors from Stampin' Up! and decided we felt as though we were assembling a fruit salad or desert pudding instead of paper crafting today. Lol!

PS: You can purchase all but the retired Stampin' Up! items used on this project from my store at SusanSalutations anytime, 24/7.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

By the Seashore Masculine Birthday

We have a friend who loves the ocean and fishing. It's his birthday this week and I was wondering what to make for him. Hubby asked for a fish card (I love it when he suggests something, and I will be buying a fish stamp before too long now), but I hadn't got round to buying a fish stamp yet, then I saw a wonderful card made by demonstrator Karren Johnson from New Zealand and I thought, 'That's It!' and got to work.

Here's my take on Karren's card:


It's all made with shades of brown and a tiny hint of Blush Blossom and So Saffron for the inside of the shells. I used Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede cardstock and inks. The Happy Birthday stamp came from a retired set whose name escapes my mind right now, but I did emboss the words in black. And I used a retired designer series paper pack fro the hand cit banner along the bottom of the main image, and sponged each one of the pennants. The background stamp set I used was also a retired set. And I sponged a background fro my popped up, fussy cut shells with Crumb Cake and a torn piece of paper.

I hope our friend likes the card :) I sure did. Thanks for the idea, Karren!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ronald McDonald House Charity Stamp Set

Did you know Stampin' Up! sponsors Ronald McDonald House here in Australia and all over the world? They do! One way they do it is to create a special stamp set where a certain amount of its purchase price goes to Ronald McDonald House. I love to contribute to causes like this in any way I can, so found the little video they made about the stamp set and the charity for you to see.

It's a bonus that the stamp set is a cute one, too!



You can order your own Tag It stamp set by shopping at SusanSalutations and ordering Tag It with the code 130300 for wood mount and 130303 for clear mount.

Monday, July 08, 2013

More Wildflowers

Wildflower Meadows is such a gorgeous stamp and the matching embossing folder takes cards to the next level for me. I know there is so much more I can do with this set, and need lots of happy crafty time to play with it and see what else it can do. Tonight I coloured the image with my Stampin' Write markers and then gave it a a light mist of water. It's so pretty! I also cut out the little hummingbird and popped him up over his original flat image. Doesn't his mix of colours make him look sweet? I gave him a tiny bit of shine with some shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol. I sponged around the first layer with Pumpkin Pie and around the card base in Crumb Cake.



 There are pearls in the middle of all the open flowers.

For this card I used Wisteria Wonder, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake inks. The designer series paper is from a Color Collection Designer Series Paper Pack in Pumpkin Pie.

You can't see it very well in the photo but the background card is stamped with Flowering Flourishes in Crumb Cake. The flourishes  continue onto the back of the card too.


Inside I embossed my sentiment (from God's Blessings) in white embossing powder:


This card turned out to be one of those special ones.

Now I need to make some more for some very special people in my life. My friends are such a blessing to me. I can make their flowers in all their favourite colours! Yeah!

I hope none of them have seen this card now! Lol!

I have a card for Craft Class tomorrow that will use just a  piece of the Wildflower Meadow stamped image, so stay tuned to see that soon.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Big Shot Magnetic Platform!

I don't know about you but when it comes to cutting stamped images out with a die on my Big Shot, I need to Post-It note it in place before I cut. Otherwise I wind up with perfectly cut OFF CENTRE die cuts!! Then I have to start all over again with a new stamped image and fresh paper. Not fun. I mean, stamping IS fun and maybe I should just look at it that way? Hmm. I tried, but I really wished for a better solution.

Well, guess what is next on my Wish List? Stampin' Up! has a solution to my problem called the Magnetic Platform!! It does the job like no Post-It note can :)

Here's a little video showing the plate in action:


If you are like me and want one of these platforms, you can Shop Now. Come to think of it, you can shop anytime you like, really. My shop is open 24/7. The platform is on page 184 of the new catalogue, item no 130658, and the cost is $69.95.

Let me know how it works for you if you get one.

Meanwhile, happy stampin'

PS: Thank you Vicki for helping me see the two errors on this post :) I must have had my mind on too many things this morning! Lol!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

New Stampin' Up! Catalogue is Out!

Wow! The new Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalogue has been launched! It is chick full of new products, wonderful ideas, new colours and tools and embellishments, ribbons, you name it! I love to browse through mine to find papercraft ideas.


You can order your very own copy (item no 133261) by going to the Shop at SusanSalutations today. Let me know when you order one and I can send you some extra information about the items in the catty. 

"Scuse me now. I'm off to play with a new stamp sets and coordinating punch I got on one of my pre-orders :) Will show you what I made tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Wildflower Meadow

One of the best things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is being able to access new goodies early. The set I was experimenting with tonight is called Wildflower Meadows and it has a matching embossing folder that just makes it so lovely! It will be available in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue coming out on July 1st in Australia.

I used another stamp set with this new set to see what a bit of extra stamping would do to the design, and I really liked it. I added some of the flowers from Summer Silhouettes (132082 in wood, 126447 in clear mount). Then I added various types of ribbon to add a little bit of luxury, and finally I added sparkle with some Dazzling Details (127845) and some shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol.

The cardstock I began with was Whisper White and the coloured cardstock were in Baja Breeze, Rose Red and Gumball Green. I chose matching inks as well but added some Midnight Muse and Not Quite Navy as well.



See how nice the embossed areas make the images? 

I think I'll get a lot of use out of this new stamp and embossing folder combo. I love how Stampin' Up! does this sort of thing :) 

Till next time.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Blog Header!!

I was playing with My Digital Studio tonight because I wanted to brighten up my blog. I found a little video which explained the simple process of making a header, and after playing for a while, here it is! I see I got the blue of one flower slightly too bright but that is easily fixed. I will go back in and sort it out in a bit. Meanwhile, let me know what you think!

And if you want to learn about My Digital Studio and get a FREE copy of the program yourself, come along with me to the Brisbane MDS event on Saturday, 17th August,. Let me know if you want an invitation to this event :)



OR: If you want to play with My Digital Studio, you can download afree 30 Trial!  Simply use item code # 130910   or if you’d like to purchase the unlimited version use the code # 130646 and it’s just $24.95!


PS: It's all changed now and I like it much better.  He, he!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Disappearing Stampin' Up! Retirement List

Oh my word! It has come down to SIX DAYS only before the goodies on Stampin' Up!s Retirement List disappear, maybe FOREVER!! If you are still wanting something listed, do hurry to order. Many items are already sold out! Go to SusanSalutations to see the list :)


Monday, June 24, 2013

My Digital Studio Tour!

Stampin' Up! is holding some training in My Digital Studio (MDS) in Brisbane and I am going! Want to join me? Here's some information about it for you:



Let me know if you want to come with me :)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Faux Patina Technique

It sure was good to see friends at this month's CRaft Class. I taught them how to create a faux patina look with a bit of white cardstock, and embossing folder, some inks and embossing powder. It was amazing to see how we all turned out different effects usign the same tools, techniques and cardstock1 Each card was truly a one-off. Here's mine:

I just love the glimpses of gold and the depth you can get with layering inks!

If you want to see more examples of this technique and see some instructions for hwo to make your own, my PaperCraftCentral Facebook page has all that. And if you need any of the supplies used, come back to SusanSalutations and place your order :)

Happy stampin'!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

More June Specials!




Some new Stampin’ Up! Specials for June have been announced!
The first special is a stamp set in a series of stamp sets that will be realeased each month until April 2014!  Each stamp set will feature favourite stamps from Stampin’ Up!’s past 25 years as well as one never before seen stamp image. View this month’s stamp set “Best of Flowers” (item code 133342) 

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SINGLE  STAMPS:
Stampin’ Up! have also released 5single Clear Mount stamps to the Australian market.  These stamps come in clear mount only and do not come in a clear mount case.  They are one single stamp.


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You can always order anything you’d like online straight away  or contact me to place your order for you.

Happy shopping!