Thursday, February 4, 2016

Birthday Bouquet + Project Life - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Well, since our last hop went live, THIS happened...

Baby #4 ~ Susan Wong

We welcomed our baby #4, Eric, into the family almost three weeks ago. He's already changed so much since this photo was taken...

So... in the midst of bleary-eyed days (and eyes-barely-open nights), I bring you a simple Project Life page. Oh yes, Project Life is so good you can even accomplish a page or two when you're milk-machining it full time! Actually, I'd chosen and printed the photos prior to baby so that bit was done. Anyway...

The Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper was peeerfect for decorating up my daughter's 5th birthday party. I simply selected some coordinating patterns and chopped up the invitation to fit a 3x4" pocket.

(As an aside, the invite was a simple ice cream cone stamped on the front of a notecard. Each guest stuck on their own three scoops of ice cream - one dimensional per scoop on the back - and some basic rhinestones for sprinkles. I'm all about basic when it comes to making multiples and she loved helping me punch and collate everything in the envelopes for her friends.)

Birthday Bouquet + Project Life ~ Susan Wong

Sale-A-Bration Memories in the Making card + Birthday Bouquet DSP ~ Susan Wong

See the cute gold detailing? This acetate overlay comes FREE when you spend NZD$110 during Sale-A-Bration. It's one of the cards in the Memories in the Making Project Life Specialty Card Collection. Love how the scalloped edges fit in so well with the page.

Next up on the hop is the talented Valerie Moody! Until next time... x

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Made of Wonderful - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another round of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop! This is our January Facebook Showcase week so a big hello if you've clicked through from social media. You'll notice, if you're new around here, that on Facebook we coordinate the products we use. So get ready for some fab inspiration using the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack and the Picture Perfect and First Sight stamp sets. These are all in the new Occasions (Spring/Summer) Catalogue. Happy hopping!

Made of Wonderful Card (Picture Perfect Set) ~ Susan Wong

Made of Wonderful Card (Picture Perfect Set) ~ Susan Wong

The Love Blossoms Embellishment kit helped do all the stepping up on this card - gold foil, sequins, paper clip. I replaced the bow on the paper clip with one of the wood veneer hearts for a more neutral look.

Next on the hop is Valerie Moody! Thanks for stopping by. 

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sale-A-Bration 2016 International Stampin' Up! Blog Hop

YAY! Thanks so much for joining us on this Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop! This is the best time of year to get FREE product through Stampin' Up! I hope this hop will inspire you to get spendy, get free stuff and get creative with it ;)

You might be starting the hop here in New Zealand or you may have come through from my talented friend Allison Okamitsu. Either way, you can use the list at the end of this post to hop all around the world. Have fun and feel free to leave some love in the comments. We'd like to hear from you!

So what's Sale-A-Bration?
Promotion runs 5th January - 31st March (with additional limited-time goodies being introduced 16th February). Check out the brochure online *here*.

1) SHOP: For every NZD$110 you spend choose any Sale-A-Bration item - FREE.
Did you know you can shop online with me? Click *here* or use the 'Shop Online' button in the side bar. 

2) HOST: Get together with friends for a crafty party! Combined party sales (or large single orders - haha) of NZD$450 or more get an extra $45 on top of normal Stampin' Rewards to spend on whatever catalogue items you wish. Plus the free Sale-A-Bration items you earn along the way!

3) JOIN: Got a wish list a mile long? Sale-A-Bration is the perfect time to join my team as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Purchase a starter kit for NZD$189 (NZD$285 value) and get an extra $70 to spend. Plus free shipping!

Here's a little project I whipped up with the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper and Botanicals For You stamp set.

Wildflower Fields DSP + Botanicals 4U Card ~ Susan Wong

Wildflower Fields DSP + Botanicals 4U Card ~ Susan Wong

Thanks again for joining us today! Next up is Jenni Pauli in Germany. If your German is limited, be sure to use Google Translate so you can get the full scoop.

Mary Fish
Kylie Bertucci
Shannon Lane
Allison Okamitsu
Susan Wong - You are here.
Jenni Pauli
Bruno Bertucci
Martha Inchley
Krista Driessen
Steffi Helmschrott

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Balloon Celebration + Shine On - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

On the eve of the New Year,  I'm so excited to bring you a sneak peek of some of the fabulous products coming up in the new Occasions Catalogue. We have stacks of goodies in our first Artisan box to share with you. Such fun!

Remember every month we will be having two Artisan blog hops. This is our 'anything goes' project and next time our projects will be themed around a selected group of products. Stay tuned and enjoy the ride! :)

Follow the Artisan Design Team on Pinterest *here*.

You Brighten My Day Card (detail) ~ Susan Wong

You Brighten My Day Card ~ Susan Wong

Tips for this card:
Sponge Daffodil Delight in circular motions onto the Shine On Designer Paper for a sunny glow.
Get the watercolour cloud by running an Aquapainter over your inked stamp and then stamping onto watercolour paper.
Use a Daffodil Delight marker to make subtle sun beams.

Next up on the hop is the amazing Valerie Moody!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Sunburst Sayings, Balloon Celebration
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Tangelo Twist 
Papers: Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Watercolour Paper, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Balloon Bouquet Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Silver Metallic Thread, Basic Black Baker's Twine

Thursday, December 17, 2015

As Shepherds Watched Their Flocks... - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another year full of inspiration from the Stampin' Up! Global Artisan Design Team!! I'm so excited and honoured to be representing New Zealand again. Join us for two blog hops each month and prepare to get crafty!

A bit about me:
I'm a stay-at-home Mum of (almost) four. Due to pop in January! I've been a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! since 2009 and I love all the connections I have made with many talented people along the way. Before I go any further - thank you to all those who have supported me thus far and a big HELLO if you're new around here :)

Here's a little table inspiration for December 25th. Sheep are sort of a national icon around here and of course part of the Christmas story so I made this flock of place name treats with my kids.

Curvy Keepsake Christmas Sheep ~ Susan Wong

Curvy Keepsake Christmas Sheep ~ Susan Wong

These sheep are my own take on a few different ones from Pinterest. To make yours you'll need the following punches:
1 3/4" Scallop Circle
Cupcake Builder
1 1/4" Circle
3/4" Circle
Word Window

We also sponged a bit of Smoky Slate around any white edges.

Curvy Keepsake Christmas Sheep ~ Susan Wong

Don't they look cute together? I used Tip Top Taupe, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Smoky Slate for the base colours. This Curvy Keepsake thinlit never seems to get old. Such a perfect size and shape.

This year on the Artisan Design Team are 20 amazingly talented ladies. Check out our blog list below and make sure to follow us all. Google Translate will come in really handy ;)

Follow our brand new Pinterest board *here*. 

Allison Okamitsu –
Amy O’Neill –
Chantal de Kaste -
Cindy Schuster -
Connie Collins –
Inge Groot -
Jennifer Frost -
Jessica Williams -
Jessica Winter -
Joyce Fowler -
Kimberly Van Diepen -
Krista Frattin -
Marisa Gunn –
Michelle Long –
Rachel Grandin-Torchet -
Shannon Lane -
Steffi Helmschrott -
Sue Plote -
Susan Wong -  YOU ARE HERE
Valerie Moody -

Next up is my new friend Valerie Moody!

Products used in today's project:
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

As You Wish Events - 12 Days of Christmas

I'm so excited for this little collab with my talented and dedicated event-planner cousin over at As You Wish Events. Check out Nadine's blog **here** for my special guest post.

The Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit in our Holiday Catalogue is perfect for dressing your own gifts but I've divided the kit into three equal parts and have boxed them up ready for my daughter's kindy teachers. Best thing yet? The Oh, What Fun stamp set is fun and versatile enough to use anywhere including the packaging which doubles as a luminaire with a little faux candle included.

Oh, What Fun Gift Box/Luminaire ~ Susan Wong

To make this box (supplies below):
1) Using a 12x12" sheet of Kraft card, follow the instructions on the Gift Box Punch board for a 4x4" box.
2) Measure 1/2" in from the score lines on one of the squares. Cut out using craft knife and steel ruler.
3) Stamp your chosen sentiment using White Stampin' Emboss Powder on a 3 3/4" square of vellum card.
4) Flatten vellum for a while in a book then adhere to the inside of your box.
5) Use Tear & Tape to stick the inner flaps to make up the box. Take care not to stick any over your vellum!
6) Tie off with Silver Cording Trim, Snowflake Elements and a little jingle bell.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Onstage Auckland + Go Wild Designer Paper

What a blast we had on Saturday at Onstage Auckland celebrating the upcoming release of the new Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogues! It was the first whole-day convention of its kind as we stamped and learned new things with demonstrators at many locations across the globe. Well, as much as time zone differences allowed!

I'd love to take someone new with me in April! Join our team and be part of the fun.

My lovely upline Heather (wearing 'Coastal Cabana') and the Stamping Crafters that could make it.
{Baby belly - 31 weeks!}

A significant moment for me was the honour of being selected for a second Artisan Design Team term!! From chatting with some of the new Artisans, I can already tell this is going to be a great year filled with lots of inspiration and talent. I can't wait to share more with you but for now thank you to all those who have been so kind in their congratulations. Your support is heartwarming.

Here are a few samples I put together for display at Onstage. There is a lot of versatility to be discovered in the Go Wild Designer Paper Stack! Seriously, it's a little undiscovered gem in the Annual Catalogue. Get some!

The main products for these projects are listed below.

Go Wild DSP + Big News Stamp Set Card ~ Susan Wong

Go Wild DSP + Big News Stamp Set Card2 ~ Susan Wong

Go Wild DSP + Silhouettes & Script Gift Box ~ Susan Wong

Tag a Bag with Go Wild DSP ~ Susan Wong

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