Thursday, July 30, 2015

Watercolour Wings & Happy ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

The best thing about the new Watercolour Wings stamp set is layering. Simply use several of the stamps in different colours to get masses of butterfly options! I used my blender pens to fill in any white bits with a touch of lighter colour. 

This stamp set also has two sets of coordinating dies that allow you to layer it upward. Here I used an offset piece of vellum to give a bit of subtle interest. And don't ask me how I managed to stick the tiny metallic thread in place with very little to anchor it to. It kind of just happened with a bit of random sticking...

Watercolour Wings Happy Card (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Watercolour Wings Happy Card ~ Susan Wong

This week marks the end of a full year as Artisans. Most of us are excited and able to carry through to the extended date in October, but sadly two of our lovely ladies will be posting as part of this hop for the last time. We wish the amazingly talented Vicky and Lisa well and thank them for sharing their talents with the world. Be sure to follow them in their creative projects over the coming months and leave them some extra love on their blogs this week. 

Time to hop through to the lovely Teneale!

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Easy Ombre Tag-A-Bags ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Fun and colourful, the Tag-A-Bag kit makes dressing gifts easy. Here I've created an ombre of colour on our lovely white Sketched Dots bags using the brayer. Do you have any parties coming up??

Easy Ombre Tag-a-Bags (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Easy Ombre Tag-a-Bags ~ Susan Wong

Brayer tips for even coverage without lines (but I must say these bags are very forgiving!):
After inking up, roll one full turn on scrap paper to get a lot of the ink off.
Start almost completely off the paper bag and work your way upwards.
At the end of each forward and back motion, flick the roller with your wrist to spin it so it doesn't roll in exactly the same spot on the next forward and backward motion. This is the key.

Time to hop over to Teneale :)
We have heaps to dazzle you with loads of gift packaging ideas this week!

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Home Truths Flip Book ~ Stampin Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to the July Facebook Showcase week here on the Artisan Blog Hop! We're featuring a bit of a kid theme this week so happy hopping :)

Each page in this mini Home Truths Flip Book has a few words of truth that every kid needs to know. How cool is the Words of Truth stamp set? On the white pages you can stick photos or write more words from the heart.

Concertina fold two strips of 3" wide Designer Paper at 3" intervals. Bind them together with your favourite washi tape and stick a strip of card stock down spine on the outside if you want the extra strength.

Words of Truth Flip Book (cover) ~ Susan Wong

Words of Truth Flip Book (inside) ~ Susan Wong

Let's see what Teneale has whipped up for us...

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Over the Rainbow Card ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

This week we have a bit of a love and sympathy theme going on with the Artisan Blog Hop. Take a gander and have a great week!!

I'll be honest and say I found the Over the Rainbow set a bit (a lot) of a challenge so I took a couple of cues from our awesome Catalogue pages. Sometimes it's not until you get to play with something that you realise the possibilities! Happy with this one :)

Over the Rainbow Hope card (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Over the Rainbow Hope card ~ Susan Wong

Time to hop on 'Over the Rainbow' to Teneale...

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

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:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

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!

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

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: 

Next up is the lovely Teneale. 
Don't forget to click through all 16 blogs and check us out on Pinterest

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog