Thursday, July 14, 2016

Christmas in July - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Ok, bit of a cultural fusion on this post. Our theme this week on the Artisan Blog Hop is Christmas in July and I've come up with some Asian-inspired decorations to add that finishing touch to your mid-year festivities.

Hi if you've come through from our July Facebook showcase! So glad you stopped by :)

Because This Christmas Specialty designer paper is lighter weight than our usual packs, I decided to have a go with some origami. The best thing is, there are 24 sheets per pack. Pretty awesome if you need to mass produce anything! So here's my origami fortune cookie. This is made using three of the basic origami sonobe units and has a ribbon through the middle you can use to hang it.

Origami Fortune Cookie / This Christmas DSP ~ Susan Wong

Origami Fortune Cookie / This Christmas DSP ~ Susan Wong

I used 6x6" squares in different patterns and embellished with some fussy cut, gold-embossed stamps from the Peace This Christmas stamp set. You could easily pop a chocolate inside along with your 'fortune'. 

And now for some REALLY quick and easy fortune cookie place names. I used the biggest circle in the new Layering Circle Framelits...
Easy Fortune Cookie / This Christmas DSP ~ Susan Wong

Click on the image below to see Jessica Hill's fortune cookie tutorial in more detail.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Peace This Christmas
Inks: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Accessories: Linen Thread, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Gold 1/8" Ribbon, Layering Circles Framelits

Next we're hopping over to Val. Happy 'Christmas' to you...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Introducing Thoughtful Branches

Here's a sneak peek into a new exclusive and limited-time stamp set that will be available for purchase next month.

If you're a demonstrator, pre-order the bundle during July and receive a Bonus Day coupon that you can use toward the Holiday Catalogue pre-order during August.

All of the Stampin' Up! Artisans have been going wild with great ideas for this stamp set and thinlits - we can't wait to show you! Have a hop through our blogs and join us for ANOTHER Thoughful Branches blog hop on August 2nd (August 3rd NZT).

Thoughtful Branches 3x3 Boxed Set ~ Susan Wong

Did you see Artisan Joyce Fowler's tip on the @stampinup Instragram? Colour on your clear block with markers, spritz with water then stamp. Great for backgrounds and no two cards are the same! Once the backgrounds were dry I embossed with copper, flicked on some extra colour with the markers and Gold Wink of Stella Brush.

Thoughtful Branches 3x3 Boxed Set ~ Susan Wong

This Emerald Envy box for 3x3" cards and 3 1/4" envelopes is easy to make.

Open Box for 3x3 Cards ~ Susan Wong

Thoughtful Branches 3x3 Boxed Set ~ Susan Wong

3x3" Set Supplies:
Stamps: Thoughtful Branches
Inks: 2016-2018 In Color Stampin' Write Markers, Versamark, Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
Papers: 2016-2018 In Color A4 Cardstock, Shimmery White
Accessories: Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Basic Black Baker's Twine, Stampin' Spritzer, Envelope Punch Board

And here's a thank you card! When I looked at the tree I thought Flirty Flamingo and cherry blossoms blowing away in the breeze. I sponged Soft Suede behind the blossoms to make them pop and added a layer of designer paper from the A Little Foxy paper stack.

Thoughtful Branches Thank You Card ~ Susan Wong

Thank You Card Supplies:
Stamps: Thoughtful Branches
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Soft Suede, Pool Party
Papers: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper
Accessories: Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Linen Thread

Next we're hopping through to Val. Ready to be inspired? Let's go!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Foxy Friends Fun

I have not been THIS ga-ga over a stamp set for a long time. Foxy Friends, I love you! As my ladies made their frames up at class last night, I played with this Christmas version of the project we were doing. You should have seen me giggling over how cute these little legs are. Really! I know you'll love it too...

Christmas Reindeer Frame with Foxy Friends by Stampin' Up! ~ Susan Wong

Christmas Reindeer Frame with Foxy Friends by Stampin' Up! ~ Susan Wong

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Labeler Alphabet
Inks: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red, Cucumber Crush
Papers: Whisper White
Accessories: Fox Builder Punch, White 8x10" Frame

Here's the project I cased from the Stampin' Up! Concept Artists. It has mostly punch work and the reindeer version has more stamping work. Such a hugely versatile range. Loooove it!!

Foxy Friends Frame by Stampin' Up!

And just for my Aussie friends (and especially my koala-mad friend Cindy), here's a little guy in a Eucalyptus tree. The nose is hand cut and lacquered with glue from the fine tip glue pen. He's sweet don't you think?

Koala with Foxy Friends by Stampin' Up! ~ Susan Wong

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Labeler Alphabet
Inks: Early Espresso
Papers: Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach
Accessories: Fox Builder Punch, Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape, Linen Thread, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Are you in New Zealand? I'd love to be your demonstrator! Click below to check out these fabulous products and shop with me online.

Hope you have fun with Foxy Friends. It's not too hard ;)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Peace This Christmas Card - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Christmas in July. Do you do it? For us it's as simple as a festive meal with friends at a time of year where we want to be cosy inside. You just omit the stress of the actual season. For others it means getting ahead on their Christmas crafts... Yes, really! Here's a simple Christmas card idea that you could easily replicate however many times you need. Then when November rolls around all you have to do is slip them in the post. Tick!

Peace This Christmas Card ~ Susan Wong

Peace This Christmas Card ~ Susan Wong

To stamp the wreath I used the Peace This Christmas Stamp Set and a stunning new colour combo. Emerald Envy with Mint Macaron? Yes please! 

Christmas Colour Combo ~ Susan Wong

I used the new Layering Circle Framelits for the sentiment then traced around the inside of the circle one size smaller to use as a guide for stamping the wreath. Easy as!

Peace This Christmas Tip ~ Susan Wong

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Peace This Christmas
Inks: Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron
Papers: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Watercolour Paper, This Christmas DSP (on envelope)
Accessories: Layering Circle Framelits, Gold 1/4" Natural Trim, Handheld Stapler, Gold Wink of Stella Brush

Tune in for our Facebook showcase this time in two weeks for heaps more Christmas in July ideas! But right now, let's go see what Val has made... I can't wait :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Love & Affection Cards - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Originally inspired by the incredible Kylie Bertucci, I let the Affectionately Yours designer papers speak for themselves on these cards. Make them super simple like she did, or step it up a tad with some basic layering. Either way you can get 72 card fronts out of one pack of designer paper! And remember, no hoarding (we're all guilty of that when it comes to designer papers right?). If you love it, chop it! #loveitchopit :)

A very warm welcome to my blog if you've clicked through from our Stampin' Up! Artisan June Facebook showcase. Be sure to have a hop through all 20 Artisans and check us out on Pinterest!

See how I made these washi circles below!

Love & Affection Cards ~ Susan Wong

Love & Affection Cards ~ Susan Wong

Love & Affection Cards ~ Susan Wong

Love & Affection Cards ~ Susan Wong

Love & Affection Cards ~ Susan Wong

To make the washi circles, I used the punch-twice method below. This was particularly good for the slimmer width washi as my sentiment strips were 1" wide (and 2 3/4" long FYI) and the middle gap needed to be just right so no white would show. Leave questions in the comments if you need :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Love and Affection
Papers: Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
Inks: Tuxedo Black Momento
Accessories: Tags and Labels Framelits Dies, Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape, 2" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

I can't wait to see what Val has made - let's go!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Love & Affection + Moments Like These Mini Album - Stampin Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to June!! It's such an exciting month at Stampin' Up! with the brand new Annual Catalogue. Squeee! The team and I have lots of new products to show you... so have a hop :)

Here's a quick and easy way you can create mini albums with designer papers and Project Life 3x4" cards. This came together in one afternoon! I used the new Affectionately Yours papers for the covers and the rest is from the Moments Like These card collection and coordinating accessory pack. Oh yeah, plus a little gold metallic thread.

Love & Affection + Moments Like These Mini Album ~ Susan Wong

Love & Affection + Moments Like These Mini Album ~ Susan Wong

Love & Affection + Moments Like These Mini Album ~ Susan Wong

(Special thanks to my 2-yr-old hand model. Xx)

Take a 6x4" or two 3x4" Project Life cards. Cut two pieces of designer paper 4x5" and wrap around two 3x4" pieces. If you want to stick in a tab like I did, put it on at this point. Use another 3x4" card to cover the edges of the paper inside. 

Supplies for This Project:
Stamps: Love & Affection
Inks: Watermelon Wonder
Paper: Affectionately Yours, Moments Like These Card Collection
Accessories: Moments Like These Accessory Pack, Gold Metallic Thread, Dimensionals, Project Life Journalling Pens, Ring. 

I can't wait to see what everyone else has made. Such fun! Valerie is up next...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

May Flowers - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

The Artisan team are pouring our hearts out to you this week with a bunch of flower creations! Oh yes, it's a May Flowers theme! For those in the Northern Hemisphere that might mean pretty bright Spring colours and melting snow. Over here we're just cooling off so I've dipped into a warmer cosy palette with this birthday card I made for a beautiful friend of mine. With the Grateful Bunch stamp set and co-ordinating Blossom Bunch Punch, this little flower garland was a breeze.

Enjoy - and don't forget - we love to hear from you in the comments as you hop through!

Grateful Bunch + Blossom Bunch Punch ~ Susan Wong

Grateful Bunch + Blossom Bunch Punch ~ Susan Wong

Supplies Used: (Some of these are retiring soon - get in quick!)
Stamps: Grateful Bunch (140691), Awesomely Artistic (139950)
Ink: Delightful Dijon, Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Mint Macaron, Tuxedo Black, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Crumb Cake, Project Life Grid Cards, Tangelo Twist, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Accessories: Blossom Bunch Punch, 2014-2016 In Colour Designer Washi Tape, Gold Metallic Thread, Expressions Natural Elements

Let's go see Valerie's blossoms...