Thursday, September 3, 2015

Howl-O-Ween Treats + Boo to You Goodie Bags ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

If you need something you can quickly reproduce for Halloween, this is it! A few rolls through the Big Shot and a bit of sticking together is all it took for this owlish treat bag. How great would they look en masse with different patterns from the Happy Haunting papers?! Thanks Stampin' Up!

[There are a whole heap of great new goodies in the Holiday Catalogue. Have you got your copy yet? Contact your local demonstrator a.s.a.p if not!]

Howl-O-Ween Treats + Boo to You Goodie Bags (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Howl-O-Ween Treats + Boo to You Goodie Bags ~ Susan Wong

I added a dot of Crystal Effects to the owl's eyes and snipped the exclamation mark off the 'BOO'. Love the black glimmer paper!

And now it's time to see what Teneale and the rest of the team will freak us out with... 



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bridal Shower + Market Fresh ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

The Market Fresh range screams country kitchen to me. Bit of a different colour combination than I'm used to but as my friend and fellow Artisan, Krista Frattin, posted early today - one of the many Artisan perks is having the opportunity to fall in love with products you wouldn't have expected to just from flicking through the catalogue.

Got a bridal shower, hens night, bachelorette party or kitchen tea coming up? (TOO many global pre-wedding event translations right there.) You could totally theme it with the Market Fresh stamp set and Farmers Market papers!! Here's an idea to get you started for when the more experienced women in your life have a little something special to pass on...

Market Fresh Recipe Card Box (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Market Fresh Recipe Card Box ~ Susan Wong

The box is made using the Gift Bag Punch board and is big enough to hold 6x4" Project Life cards - I slipped a few in from the Moments Like These card collection for writing on and made the coloured tabbed inserts on the Envelope Punch Board with 6 x 4 1/2" rectangles.

For the box:
Cut a 9 3/8 x 8 3/4" piece of card and the same in a piece of designer paper. The flaps will become the sides of your box. Score and punch along the longest edge at the L line, then side line. Stick the designer paper to your card as you fold upwards so you don't have any tightness and adhere the sides of the box together.

Gift Bag Punch Board box to hold 6x4s ~ Susan Wong



Let's hop across to Teneale!!



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Thursday, August 20, 2015

English Garden Mini Album ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Whenever I pick up the pretty English Garden papers I have a little tune go through my head: 'How many kinds of sweet flowers grow in an English country garden....' The version I know best is by The Wiggles (an Australian kid's music group): *click here*.

So... it's been fun.

Well hello if you've clicked through from our August Facebook showcase!! Always great to have you stop by :)

Our Artisan team theme this week is the English Garden designer papers and the Garden in Bloom stamp set. I can't wait to go hopping!

English Garden Mini Album ~ Susan Wong

English Garden Mini Album (inside) ~ Susan Wong

Want to make your own? Check out the concept by Anna K in the video and my own tweaks below. Stampin' Up! totally have the goods to make these look fabulous!! If you make one of your own leave me a photo on my Facebook page. I love seeing your creations :)

I used these measurements for the rectangles inside my cover.
4 1/4 x 2 1/2"
4 1/4 x 1 1/4"
4 1/4 x 3 1/4"
4 1/4 x 1 1/4"
4 1/4 x 2"

Each of the 7 inner pages measures 6 1/8 x 4" (with a 1/8" spine on each insert to allow room for the thickness of photos).

I didn't use any magnets - just the twine (keeping it simple). And I couldn't bear to cover the beautiful English Garden flowers on the front with any other detail. I look forward to filling it with pics of all the grandkids for my Mum. Sorry - didn't quite get around to that before this post!



Let's go check out what Teneale has made! Be sure to flip through all 14 blogs and have some fun ;)




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Freshly Made Sketches #200

YAY! This week members of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team were invited to be guest designers over at Freshly Made Sketches. How super fun to be part of the 200th sketch celebrations! Congratulations to the FMS team!!

AND the best part is when YOU enter this week you're in to win some fabulous prizes - wherever you are in the world!

Here's the sketch. Super simple - the possibilities are endless!


And here's my take on it.


Hope you join in the fun! Below are the supplies I used on this card - click to purchase :)


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Moments Like These ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

It's three years this week since we celebrated a family wedding in the hot Thai sun. We still talk about this trip like it was yesterday!

And erm, I'm still working on the album. BUT, the beauty of this is that the album has become a journey too. Each part of the trip has it's own little theme that although it works in with the wider feel of the album it carries it's own look. Enjoying the process!

Here are four pages (two double page spreads) I've done up this week from a day out at Paradise Farm Park in the mountains of Koh Samui. The introduction of Project Life has definitely made this album a whole heap easier and the Moments Like These cards paired with our Everyday Chic papers were perfect for the task at hand!

Moments Like These in Koh Samui (p1) ~ Susan Wong

Moments Like These in Koh Samui (p2) ~ Susan Wong

Moments Like These in Koh Samui (p2 detail) ~ Susan Wong

Moments Like These in Koh Samui (p2 detail) ~ Susan Wong
Tip: Extend the wood element by snipping a second one and sticking them together on the page.

Moments Like These in Koh Samui (p3) ~ Susan Wong

Moments Like These in Koh Samui (p4) ~ Susan Wong


Next up on the hop is the amazing Teneale! 


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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Celebrate Happy Notes! ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Here we are in the happy month of August when it's downhill until Christmas, but still suitably far, and you can tell by my succulents starting to bloom that the weather is getting just a little warmer. Bring on the NZ Spring!!

This week on the Artisan hop we're celebrating Happy Notes and Stake Your Claim stamp sets (pp 64-65 in your Annual Catalogue). Both have coordinating framelits which make them pretty easy to love.

And here's my card! My husband says he's liking my colour combinations lately.
That's pretty nice of him ;)

Happy Notes Home Sweet Home Card (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Happy Notes Home Sweet Home Card ~ Susan Wong

The Everyday Chic designer papers are so easy to customise. Here I used some vibrant Tangelo Twist. It's got to be one of my favourite colours. 

Quick Tip: Sponging
After inking up your sponge, dry it out until it's not streaky on some scrap paper. The colour on your project will then spread in a more controlled way to get just the right amount of ombre - or whatever you're going for!

Let's hop over and check out Teneale's masterpiece!



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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!



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