Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cheers Gift Box ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

July!! The second half of the year has begun and it's the middle of Winter in New Zealand. Brrrrr. 14 degrees today (57 if you speak Fahrenheit) is sort of a manageable cold though.

July also marks our twelfth month of bringing you weekly inspiration as the Artisan Design Team 2014-2015. Has it really been a whole year already?! Most of us look forward to continuing until October as we bring things into line with the Global Stampin' Up! calendar. So thankful for these fabulous gals and - hey - saying thanks is our theme this week!!

It's the last week of term two before our mid-year school holidays. Penny and I baked some shortbread and I thought, why wait until the end of the year to show her kindy teachers some appreciation? So this little package joined us on the walk to kindergarten... and went down a treat of course ;)

Cheers Gift Box (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Create a shadow effect behind your die cut by sponging through the hole from the off-cut with white ink.

Cheers Gift Box (front) ~ Susan Wong

Cheers Gift Box (back) ~ Susan Wong

The Nitty Gritty:
This box is size medium on our fabulous Gift Bag Punch Board. I created flaps on both top and bottom to give a bit of strength and interest and left off the gusset scoring on the sides. Made using card 1" shorter than our standard A4 card width (21cm). Sorry - I always mix imperial and metric!! The yellow insert is 3" wide.
Don't forget to stamp before you stick the box together!


Time to hop on over to the talented Teneale :)




Supplies used in this project:

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sprinkles of Life Birthday Card ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

At Stampin' Up! we're proud to be supporters of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). This week the Artisan Team are featuring this years RMHC stamp set - Sprinkles of Life. I'm finding it lots of fun and really versatile - I know you will too!!

Remember every time a purchase of this set is made, Stampin' Up! donate NZD$3.50 to this great cause, ultimately helping families in need. 

Interactive cards are so much more fun right? Here's my little shaker card. Enjoy and happy hopping :)

Sprinkles of Life Shaker Birthday Card ~ Susan Wong

Sprinkles of Life Shaker Birthday Card ~ Susan Wong

How to make your own shaker card:
1 Decide on base colour and top colour.
2 Cut your hole - punch, die cut, trimmer....
3 Adhere window sheet over your hole. I used fast fuse.
4 Use the long sides of the dimensional sheets around the edge of your window to enclose it and normal hexagon dimensionals around the rest of the card front.
5 Brush the dimensionals with embossing buddy BEFORE peeling off backing to stop your confetti sticking to the sides.
6 Fill your shaker.
7 Line up and stick card base on top.

Hop along to my friend Teneale next!


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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Silhouettes & Script Birthday Card ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Being a hostess certainly has its rewards! This week the team are featuring a bunch of our awesome new hostess sets. (What's a hostess set? See more info below.)
Hello hello if you've clicked through from our June Facebook showcase :)

Soooo here's a birthday card I made for my bro-in-law.....

Silhouettes & Script Birthday Card ~ Susan Wong

If you haven't noticed, I can't seem to escape using that Happy Birthday from the Silhouettes & Script stamp set this month... just.can't.stop....

Tips for making this card:
1) Sponge Crushed Curry and then Tangelo Twist onto the sun for a two-tone look when you stamp.
2) Use the brush end of a marker across the background for some detailing in the sky.
3) Sponge ink around the edges of your clouds for extra dimension.

(Sorry, slightly average photo. Winter lighting just isn't the same! Boo - bring back Summer!)

What's a hostess set?
We have a special little section at the back of the catalogue that contains stamp sets exclusively available to those who host a workshop and have collective sales of at least $300. Stampin' Rewards start off at 10% of your orders total so you can use them to purchase hostess sets or anything else your heart desires in the catalogue. Don't forget, this also applies if you make a large order at any time.

Are you Auckland-based and want to see more of our Stampin' Up! products in action? Book a workshop with a few of your friends today: stampingwithsusan@gmail.com. 



Next up is the lovely Teneale. 
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cherry on Top Birthday Donut - nom nom ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

If this card looks a little familiar, it's because it kinda goes with the one I did last week...
Ok so I used the colour theme again because it worked. The Cherry on Top 6x6 paper stack is so bright and fun. Ooo, and I'm loving using a sentiment as a background feature. Do you do this too?

Hope you like and that you enjoy our Artisan DT birthday-themed hop this week! 

Cherry on Top DSP Donut Card (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Cherry on Top DSP Donut Card ~ Susan Wong

Let's hop across to to see Teneale's fab creation...



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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pick a Punch Week ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

It's the first week in June! There are so many exciting new products out in the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue. Squeeee! This week the Artisan Team are featuring some of our great new punches - the Gift Bag Punch Board, the Triple Banner Punch and the Tree Builder Punch. Enjoy your hop though. As always, we hope you get inspired to create and share.

Sprinkles of Life + Cherry on Top Bday Card (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Sprinkles of Life + Cherry on Top Bday Card ~ Susan Wong


Hi Kiwis! This month I'm designing for our Stamps in the Mail. Perfect time to join! Click below :)



Go check out what Teneale has whipped up this week! Thanks for stopping by.



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Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Whole Lot of Lovely 3x3s ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Quick and easy cuties for you this week using the A Whole Lot of Lovely Hostess Set. AND I've been itching to use the Build a Birthday set as washi tape. So easy, so cute. See you this time next week! xx

A Whole Lot of Lovely/Build a Birthday 3x3s ~ Susan Wong

Supplies Used (new products in italics):
Inks: Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Watermelon Wonder, Tuxedo Black
Papers: Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, In Colour Envelope Paper, Whisper White
Stamps: A Whole Lot of Lovely (hostess set), Build a Birthday
Accessories/Tools: Pearl Basic Jewels


Time to hop on over to the lovely Teneale!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Friendly Wishes Boy/Girl Love You ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Teehee. New stamp sets. Such fun! Check out this 'LOVE you' from Friendly Wishes. I've used it on a girly card and a boyish layout. Hope you enjoy... 

And hellooo if you've clicked through from our May Artisan Facebook Showcase. Did you know we do a blog hop once a week? Keep your eyes peeled :)

Friendly Wishes Love You Card ~ Susan Wong

Want to subtly emboss in an awkward spot?? Close the embossing folder over your card and use your brayer to roll over it firmly.

Supplies Used for Card: (New products in Italics)
Inks: Watermelon Wonder, Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride Markers
Papers: Blushing Bride, Stacked with Love Designer Paper, Tea Lace Doilies, Whisper White
Stamps: Friendly Wishes
Accessories/Tools: Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim, Linen Thread, Blossom Accents, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder



Below is my Felix when he was three. Always making faces at the camera. The background in Tip Top Taupe and Tuxedo Black is from the new You've Got This stamp set. It's a great large sketchy stamp. Love it. 

{Photo credit - Mishele Pou Photography.} 

Friendly Wishes Love You Layout ~ Susan Wong

Friendly Wishes Love You Layout (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Supplies Used for Layout: (New products in Italics)
Inks: Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe, Crushed Curry, Tuxedo Black
Papers: Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush, Stacked with Love Designer Paper, Whisper White
Stamps: Friendly Wishes, You've Got This
Accessories/Tools: Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Rhinestone Basic Jewels


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