Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tin of Tags Banner - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

This is it, guys! We're in December and the final month of the current Artisan Team's term and today is our second to last hop. It has been a great year! Thank you all so much for joining us on the ride.

Today I want to share with you a banner I made using the Tin of Tags project kit. Out of this kit I made this banner, 10 of the actual tags (some converted to cards) and still had leftovers for other projects. I feel like I've stretched it so well! Inspired by Krista Frattin, I made a wooden star to stick it on. These bits were lying around in the back yard and already had holes in the ends! How convenient. What kind of Christmas decor are you making at the moment?

Tin of Tags Banner ~ Susan Wong

Tin of Tags Banner ~ Susan Wong

Tin of Tags Card ~ Susan Wong


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Layered Letters Alphabet
Inks: Read Red
Papers: Whisper White
Accessories/Tools: Tin of Tags Project Kit, Linen Thread, Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine (you could use the silver/white twine in the kit though), Silver Metallic Thread, 1/8" Circle Punch, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Dimensionals, 1 1/2" Circle Punch

Next up I can't wait to see what Val has made! Happy hopping to you. xx



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Introducing The Crafty Carrot Collective




Welcome to a very special introductory blog hop - squeeee! I'm SO excited to tell you about this brand-new, global and interactive rewards programme some Stampin' Up! Artisan friends and I are starting in January 2017!! We have SO many exciting things in store for you so NOW is the time to jump on board and follow us (scroll all the way down for links). Here's a little bit about it...



End-of-Year Treat Boxes:
Our Tiny Treat Boxes seem to look gorgeous whatever you do with them! Here I've made four tags (a folded 2" x 4" card) per box and added some Hershey's kisses for end-of-year gifts. Use an aqua painter filled with water and approx 20 drops of Calypso Coral reinker on a 1 7/8" square of Shimmery White Paper for a quick watercolour background. When dry, use the Tin of Tags stamp set in Basic Black ink on your square and adhere it to the front of your tag. Punch a hole and thread some twine through. So easy but so effective!




Supplies Used:
Stamps: Tin of Tags
Inks: Basic Black Archival Ink, Calypso Coral reinker
Papers: Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White
Accessories/Tools: Silver 1/4" Natural Trim, Linen Thread, Basic Black Baker's Twine, 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch, Clear Tiny Treat Boxes



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Friday, November 18, 2016

Fancy Friday : Birthday Fiesta does Christmas!

Welcome to the Fancy Friday Blog Hop! 

I'm new on this team of FANCY friends and so excited to be here! We're a group of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisans that bring you new challenges each month for your inspiration. This month we're getting festive...

Ever since I got the Birthday Fiesta stamp set I've wanted to use my Mr Llama on everything. He's not just for birthdays, guys! {You might have seen my mini makeover baby decor *HERE*} Well, this time, he's feeling Christmassy and he fitted in perfectly with the neutral tones and pops of red from our inspiration board. Hope you fall in love with his cute lil face as much as I have...

Birthday Fiesta Does Christmas - Susan Wong

Birthday Fiesta Does Christmas - Susan Wong

Birthday Fiesta Does Christmas - Susan Wong

Did you miss my Facebook Live video on how to make this card? Competition now closed but you can still create along with me by clicking below. xx



Supplies Used for these cards:
Stamps: Birthday Fiesta, Oh, What Fun
Inks: Mint Macaron, Whisper White Craft
Papers: Crumb Cake, Water-colour Paper, Basic Black, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Accessories/Tools: Fiesta Time Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Delicate White Doilies, Linen Thread, Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Fancy Frost Sequins, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies


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Now let's hop to my beautiful Canadian friend, Krista Frattin! 


    

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Here's To Cheers Treat Bags - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop!

Oh Christmas! It's just around the corner! Suddenly there are less than five weeks of our school year left and we begin to think about gifts of appreciation for teachers, neighbours and friends. Our food-safe Petite Cafe Bags with a fancy tag can scale up your home baking (or shop-bought, let's be honest) into a personal and heartfelt gift.

The Here's to Cheers stamp set and Cheerful Tags Framelits dies can cover a range of treats. Here I've teamed them up with some odds and ends from my Tin of Tags Project Kit. Recognise the broken snowflakes? The blue tag comes as is in the kit and the Old Olive tag is done on Shimmery White paper with my aqua painter. I bet a bunch of other colours would work well too!

Here's to Cheers + Tin of Tags ~ Susan Wong

Here's to Cheers + Tin of Tags ~ Susan Wong

Here's to Cheers + Tin of Tags ~ Susan Wong

Check back in December for our last two Artisan hops of the year! I'm finishing up my term as Artisan BUT I have some fun announcements to make about my direction next year. I hope you'll join me on the ride :) 

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Here's to Cheers
Inks: Basic Black Archival, Old Olive
Papers: Whisper White Thick, Shimmery White
Accessories: Tin of Tags, Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies, Basic Black Baker's Twine, Linen Thread, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Petite Cafe Gift Bags, Aqua Painter


Now let's hop across to the talented Valerie!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Stitched Shapes Framelits - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop


The Stitched Shapes Framelits dies are already proving very popular! And why wouldn't they?! They are SO versatile and SO cute and of course coordinate perfectly with our other shaped framelits. This week the Artisan Design Team brings you a special blog hop featuring these babies. I know you'll fall in love if you haven't already :)

But wait, there's more! All the coordinating stamp sets you see on our Stitched Shapes hop are 25% off for the month of November only. If you're in New Zealand, you can purchase them from me *HERE*

Happy festive shopping and happy festive hopping! xxx

Merry Mice Stitched Framelits ~ Susan Wong

Merry Mice Stitched Framelits ~ Susan Wong

Tip: Make your linen thread extra long and tie a bow. Pull the strings almost right through and tie a second bow right on top with the big loops you've created.

Merry Mice Stitched Framelits ~ Susan Wong

Tip: Stamp sentiment in Whisper White Craft ink and smudge while still wet for a chalky feel.

Merry Mice Stitched Framelits ~ Susan Wong


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Merry Mice
Inks: Versamark, Jet Black StazOn, Emerald Envy, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Smokey Slate, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Craft
Papers: Soft Sky, Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White, Gold Glimmer Paper, Basic Black, Delicate White Doilies, Smokey Slate
Accessories/Tools: Blender Pen, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Linen Thread, Gold Metallic Thread, Emerald Envy Solid Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Layering Circle Framelits Dies, Stitched With Cheer Project Kit (leftover gold jewel)


Now let's hop across to my lovely friend Val!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hello December Christmas Cards - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Project Life cards look fabulous in albums, it's true, but if you're anything like me you love them as mini bits of art all on their own as well (especially with the accessory pack). So, here are some Christmas cards using the Hello December Card Collection to get you feeling festive. No one will tell me it's too soon now that we're in November right?

Hello December Christmas Cards ~ Susan Wong


Hello December Christmas Card 1~ Susan Wong

Hello December Christmas Card 2 ~ Susan Wong

Hello December Christmas Card 3 ~ Susan Wong

Hello December Christmas Card 4 ~ Susan Wong

Hello December Christmas Card 5 ~ Susan Wong

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Oh, What Fun
Inks: Emerald Envy, Real Red
Papers: Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Collection, Whisper White (card bases)
Accessories: Project Life Hello December 2016 Accessory Pack, Emerald Envy Solid Baker's Twine, Linen Thread, Silver Metallic Thread, Dimensionals

Now we get to see what Val will wow us with this week! Happy hopping, folks. xx



Thursday, October 20, 2016

Basket of Wishes goes Scandi - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop! When I saw the succulents in Basket of Wishes, I knew I wanted approach what might have been intended as a warm cosy stamp set in a fresh and modern way. So here's my kind of Scandi take on it! This would make the perfect little gift set for a teacher, workmate or friend.

Basket of Wishes 3x3 Gift Set ~ Susan Wong

Basket of Wishes 3x3 Gift Set ~ Susan Wong

Basket of Wishes 3x3 Gift Set ~ Susan Wong

Basket of Wishes 3x3 Gift Set ~ Susan Wong

Basket of Wishes 3x3 Gift Set ~ Susan Wong

Hot Tips:
1) Did you know you can make boxes of many sizes using the Envelope Punch Board? Joanne at The Crafty Owl has done all the ground work for you in this handy dandy Box Buster tool. I still recommend a scrap piece first while you get used to using it. I made mine just slightly wider than my 3x3 cards but not so tall it hid the tops - 2 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 1 1/8".

2) Stamp on your Glassine Gift Bag for a subtle coordinating look. I cut the bottom of the bag off so it only pokes out just the right amount.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Basket of Wishes
Inks: Mint Macaron, Smokey Slate, Momento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper, Delicate White Doilies, Glassine Gift Bags
Accessories/Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Gold Metallic Thread, Gold Binder Clips, Basic Black Baker's Twine, Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine, Blender Pen, 2" Circle Punch


I can't wait to see what Val has for us! Happy hopping!