Thursday, April 23, 2015

Gold Soiree Designer Papers ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

My fellow Artisans and I are featuring the Moonlight or Gold Soiree Designer Papers this week so have a hop through and get inspired. Both of these items are on great specials while stocks last as part of our Retiring Product List. Get in while you can! (Links to these papers below.)

If you haven't seen the Project Life Grid 3x4s - they're so handy. Instant subtle backgrounds!

Congratulations SALLY ROBERTSON for winning the Birthday Surprise stamp set from last week's blog hop giveaway!! Please message me your details: *click here*.

Butterfly Card w. Gold Soiree Papers ~ Susan Wong

Gold Soiree with Project Life ~ Susan Wong

Gold Soiree with Project Life (detail) ~ Susan Wong

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Time to hop through to Teneale!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Guy Greetings Gift Set ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

The Artisan April Facebook Showcase has come around already! We're flying through this year so quickly. Cliche I know - but it really does seem to happen every year!

Welcome if you've come through from Facebook - did you know we do weekly blog hops? Check back next week for more inspiration from our Stampin' Up! International Artisan Design Team.

Here's a little gift set I made using the Guy Greetings stamp set. Doesn't have to be only for guys right? Besides, I'm a sucker for a cool anchor. Hope you like :)

Guy Greetings 'You're My Anchor' Gift Set (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Guy Greetings 'You're My Anchor' Gift Set ~ Susan Wong

Guy Greetings 'You're My Anchor' Gift Set ~ Susan Wong

Leave me a comment on this post to be in to win last week's Artisan Blog Hop featured stamp set - Birthday Surprise! {Tell your friends too!}
Clear Mount stamp set. 
Winner announced on next week's Artisan Blog Hop post.  
Winner will have 24 hrs to make contact with shipping address or will forfeit prize. 
Open to New Zealand residents only. 

(Don't live in New Zealand? Check out what a few of my team mates are giving away this week as you go through the hop...)

Stampin' Up! Birthday Surprise Stamp Set

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Time to hop through to the talented Teneale! 

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Birthday Surprise Minis ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Sometimes going simple just works better. Here are three cute 3x3s you can whip up in a flash with the Birthday Surprise stamp set. Always helps to have a little card on hand yes?

Birthday Surprise 3x3 1/3 ~ Susan Wong

Birthday Surprise 3x3 2/3 ~ Susan Wong

Birthday Surprise 3x3 3/3 ~ Susan Wong

Outtake - toddler hand. Just a bit of reality for ya!

Birthday Surprise 3x3 outtake!! ~ Susan Wong

You might have guessed - this week as a team we're featuring the Birthday Surprise stamp set. I can't wait to hop through and see all the ideas from the other Artisans on this one!! Check out Teneale's blog next...

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Love Like a Mum Card ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

This is definitely the kind of sentiment you put on a card to your mum - especially when you have kids of your own and fully get a grasp all that she did for you that you don't even remember. That really is love. My Mum is such a constant source of wisdom and support in my life and I'm honoured to have her as a friend. Thanks Mum.

As you know this sentiment isn't so straight forward for some of us. Remember that you don't have to have physically given birth to someone to express motherly love and similarly, you don't have to have a physical Mum in your life to appreciate the love of a woman you respect. 

In April we're trying something new with the Artisan team: all 16 of us are synchronising what product we use each week in our posts. This week as you hop through you're going to see lots of fabulous ideas with the 'Mum's Love' stamp set (*Mom* if you use the US spelling!). 

Quick Reference: Mother's Day in New Zealand coming up soon ~ Sunday 10th May, 2015.

Mum's Love Card ~ Susan Wong

Mum's Love Card (inside) ~ Susan Wong

This card is our notecard size so will fit in the smaller envelope, fyi.

Inks: Versamark, Tuxedo Black
Papers: Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper, Tea Lace Doilies
Stamps: Mum's Love, Butterfly Basics
Accessories/Tools: Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Artisan Embellishment Kit, Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon, Gold 1/8" Ribbon, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Starburst Framelits

Love what you see on the Artisan Blog Hops?? - I'm collaborating with fellow Artisans, Allison and Becky, to bring you at least four projects to make per month in the comfort of your own home.
Check out how to subscribe here: Stamps in the Mail.

Sneak peeks by the lovely Becky for April. Such fun!!

Time to hop on over to the lovely Teneale...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Birthday Bash Wedding Card ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

You read right, this is a wedding card I made from the Balloon Bash stamp set. We celebrated the marriage of my brother-in-law and his wonderful lady a couple of weeks ago. What a glorious day it was together with family and friends.

When I came across those navy stripes on the Birthday Bash papers, they reminded me of a skirt the bride used to wear. I had to use them! Actually, I never told her that link. Somewhat irrelevant perhaps.

The beauty of photopolymer stamps is you can see exactly where you're putting the ink. I didn't use a marker on this one (because that would require digging in my pencil case) but carefully inked all of the stamp except the word 'birthday' using a regular ink pad. I then cleaned it well and inked only the 'day' in 'birthday' and hey, presto - you have an image that can used be for any celebration. The Hello Honey embellishments around 'day' are from the 'HB' stamp in this same set. Same deal - just used the ink pad instead of a marker. Well, you know me - always one to take a stamp not only for its face value. Have a bit of fun and think outside the box with your images :)

Birthday Bash as a Wedding Card ~ Susan Wong

Inks: Hello Honey, Calypso Coral, Tuxedo Black
Papers: Crisp Cantaloupe, Balloon Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Goil Foil Sheet
Stamps: Birthday Bash
Accessories/Tools: Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Linen Thread, Sweet Dreams Designer Washi Tape, Sweet Dreams Designer Buttons, Dimensionals. 

Let's hop across to Teneale next! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hoppy Birthday ~ By Kids, For Kids

My big two and I made this together for their cousin's Frog Birthday on the weekend. Such fun! Who doesn't love a bit of punch art? The beauty of punch art is you just make do with what you have and dive in.

The background is from the Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper pack. Perfect watery lily pad setting don't you think?

Have a hoppy day.

Hoppy Birthday Frog Punch Art Card ~ Susan Wong

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Light 'Em Up! Balloon Bash Card ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Layer it up and light 'em up! Sounds like the perfect birthday cake topped with candles BUT it applies to cards too! Spot the 'leaves' from the Sheltering Tree set in the background :)

Hello hello if you've hopped through from our March Artisan Showcase on Facebook. Always glad you stopped by. By the bye - did you know we do weekly Blog Hops? Check back every week for all the crafty goody goodness. 

Light 'Em Up! Birthday Card detail ~ Susan Wong

Light 'Em Up! Birthday Card ~ Susan Wong

PS: Trying to find a project you saw but can't remember whose blog it was on? Don't forget we have a collective Artisan Pinterest Page. Check it out *here*.

Inks: Lost Lagoon, Pool Party
Papers: Pool Party, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets, Crisp Cantaloupe, Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper, Hello Honey (matt for image)
Stamps: Balloon Bash, Sheltering Tree
Accessories/Tools: Sweet Dreams Designer Washi Tape, Sweet Dreams Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim

What will Teneale wow us with this week? Hop on over...