Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wood You Be Mine Layout ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

I'm sure other places in the world do this too but one of the things I love about an Auckland Summer is the Music in Parks and Movies in Parks put on by the Auckland Council. A great culture of coming together and relaxing with a picnic. Here's our pics from 2012 when we went to one of the movies for our anniversary.

Wood You be Mine? Layout ~ Susan Wong

The lumberjack from 'Wood You be Mine' is a bit random on this project but I like him so I just went with it. I ran a Facebook competition over on my page between two different versions of him and this one was the winner! So, here he is, being put to use as promised. 

Would You be Mine? Layout - detail ~ Susan Wong

Inks: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Tuxedo Black Momento, Basic Black marker, various Blendabilities
Papers: Kraft 12x12, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Crisp Cantaloupe, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, 
Stamps: Wood You be Mine?
Accessories/Tools: Stacked with Love Designer Washi Tape, Crystal Effects

Hop across to check out Teneale's Valentines card...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Painted Blooms Mini Pocket Album

Here's another easy album to feast your eyes on. Oldie but a goodie - made of one sheet of 12x12 designer paper. This one's for my niece (just turned 10) to fill with whatever she wishes. She really is amazingly amazing with an array of creative talents so I hope she has fun with it!

Painted Blooms Mini Album from one 12x12 ~ Susan Wong

Painted Blooms Mini Album from one 12x12 detail ~ Susan Wong

Painted Blooms Mini Album from one 12x12 (front and back) ~ Susan Wong

Painted Blooms Mini Album from one 12x12 (with pockets) ~ Susan Wong

Check out my very first video tutorial below for the 'how to' on this album. Can I use some random hashtags completely out of Twitter context? #nervouslaugh #onetakewonder #willtheyunderstandmyKiwiaccent #lastminutenightshoot

Further clarification by diagram...
12x12 Sheet Mini Album Diagram ~ Susan Wong

[By the way, you can use this technique to make a 3x3" album too. Score a 3x3" grid and cut in from alternate sides.]

Inks: Crushed Curry
Papers: Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Stamps: Painted Petals
Accessories/Tools: Painted Blooms Cotton Twine, Top Note Die, Linen Thread

Time to head over to Teneale's blog. Have a happy hop...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mini Treat Bag Pocket Album ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

I don't know any child who doesn't love to look at pics of themselves! Here I've made a small keepsake album full of 'leftovers' that didn't need whole page to themselves in the big album. The Mini Treat Bag thinlit is such a perfect size and comes with a whole lot of extra dies you can use for trims. Hope you like this! More details below.

A big hello to you if you've clicked through from our January Artisan Showcase on Facebook :) 

You're Sweet Mini Treat Bag Album ~ Susan Wong

You're Sweet Mini Treat Bag Album ~ Susan Wong

You're Sweet Mini Treat Bag Album (inside) ~ Susan Wong

You're Sweet Mini Treat Bag Album (opening end) ~ Susan Wong

You're Sweet Mini Treat Bag Album (back) ~ Susan Wong

I'll tell you what I did and you can adapt from there! Hope you recreate these and have fun. 

6 mini treat bags - 2x for covers (designer paper) and 4x for pages (made from the packing paper we get in our Stampin' Up! boxes)
Score 1/2" up from the bottom to create a place for them to bend. This line/bend serves as a stopper for your pocket inserts too.
Punch holes and thread together. 
My pocket inserts measure 3 1/4" x 4 1/2". The front one with the message is 3" x 4 1/2". 
Angle two corners of the inserts, punch a hole and thread some twine through for your 'handle'. 
Fill it with your favs. 

Inks: Real Red, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Tuxedo Black Momento
Papers: Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack, Crisp Cantaloupe, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Stamps: You Plus Me
Accessories/Tools: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, Stacked With Love Designer Washi Tape, Painted Blooms Cotton Twine, Black Baker's Twine, Venetian Crochet Trim, 1/2" Circle Punch, Stars Decorative Mask

Check out what my friend Teneale has for us this week:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Celebrate Today Baby Layout ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Finally I've had the courage to put together a layout for these two photos which I love so much. That's my beautiful sister in full bloom and my little nephew (who is now three - er - not so little anymore).

Ink up the top part of the stars and dots balloon to make a background!
Celebrate Today Baby Layout Detail 1 ~ Susan Wong

Celebrate Today Baby Layout ~ Susan Wong

Celebrate Today Baby Layout Detail 2 ~ Susan Wong
I'm all for textures. Try scrunching up your doily to crease it for a less perfect and more textured feel. 

And a behind-the-scenes shot of my eldest goofing around...

Supplies Used:
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Tuxedo Black Momento Ink Pads, Real Red, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black Markers.
Papers: Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets, Stacked With Love Designer Paper Series Stack, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White 12x12.
Stamps: Celebrate Today
Accessories/Tools: Balloons Framelits Dies, Stacked With Love Designer Washi Tape, Basic Black Baker's Twine, Rhinestones, Handheld Stapler

Time to check out what Teneale will amaze us with this week!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

You Plus Me (Differently) ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Welcome back to the Artisan Blog Hop - in 2015. We have lots of new products from the Occasions Catalogue (6th Jan - 2nd June) to share with you this month. Such fun!!

Over the Summer break I try to catch up on a bit of scrapbooking - sort of part of an overall de-clutter and organise for the coming year. Between caring for the kids and our various outings I'm managing a few and enjoying it thoroughly! Here's a bit of a Throw-back Thursday from November 2012.

LOVE the new You Plus Me set in the Occasions Catalogue (teamed here with Painted Petals). Under that little 'family' banner is a cute heart. Great for Valentines, sure, but after the word family, I couldn't stop thinking of more and more rhyming things it could be. I'm halfway through another one so keep your eyes peeled and I'll post it later ~ edits below ~.

Ooo and whoever thought of the Designer Washi Sheets was a genius. They're awesome - that's the yellow triangles there...

You Plus Me + Project Life detail ~ Susan Wong

You Plus Me + Project Life ~ Susan Wong

So - it's Monday and here's a little extra for you as promised. Very fond memories of this fancy dress party and the man we celebrated with.

You Plus Me + Project Life #2 ~ Susan Wong

Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Night of Navy, Tangelo Twist
Papers: Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets, Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection, Strawberry Slush
Stamps: You Plus Me, Painted Petals, Remember Rotary Stamp, Alphabet Rotary Stamp
Accessories/Tools: Balloon Framelits Dies, Project Life Pocket Pages, Handheld Stapler, Painted Blooms Cotton Twine, Gold Sequin Trim

Hop on over to Teneale's blog next :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wondrous Wreath Bokeh Effect ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to the final Artisan Blog Hop for 2014 and hello hello if you've clicked through from our December Facebook showcase. Just so you know, next week the Artisan team takes a break for Christmas. I'm hoping it's a fine day so my family and I can toddle off to the beach!

The bokeh effect has definitely been a huge cardmaking trend this year. If you haven't heard of it, it's defined as... wait, where have you been?! ... Ok bokeh is a Japanese word meaning 'blur' which, in photography, is used to describe the areas of the photo that have soft focus.

Here's a way to do a bokeh effect oh-so-simply with the Wondrous Wreath stamp set. Smudge a few drops of Pool Party and Island Indigo reinkers with your aqua painter on some watercolour paper. When it's mostly dry, stamp the berries from Wondrous Wreath with white craft ink. Stamp several times before re-inking. There you go!

If you try this at home, I'd love to see your creation - please do post me a pic on my Facebook page:

Easy bokeh effect with the Wondrous Wreath berries ~ Susan Wong

Inks: Pool Party & Island Indigo reinkers, Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad, Tuxedo Black Momento Ink Pad
Papers: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Watercolour Paper, Smoky Slate
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath
Accessories/Tools: Gold Baker's Twine, Linen Thread, All is Calm Snowflake Embellishment

And that's a wrap! Wishing you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS with the ones you love. It's a meaningful time of year for us but if you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope at least you get a holiday out of it ;)

If I don't manage any posts between now and January 1st, come back then for our first Artisan Blog Hop of 2015. We'll bring you loads of exciting new project ideas with products from the Occasions Catalogue!! YAY!

I bet Teneale has a stunner for us this week - go check it out!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stars Over-the-Table Christmas Mobile

This week my creation on behalf of Stampin' Up! features on the Papercut Labs 12 Days of Christmas blog hop and giveaways. Go check it out for full instructions and supplies and get amongst the fun...

Stars Over-the-Table Christmas Mobile ~ Susan Wong