Thursday, March 31, 2016

Helping Me Grow + Sympathy - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Sympathy cards are never an easy thing to make. Somehow you have to convey the depth of your love for a person and sorrow for their loss without being overbearing as they grieve. Never easy and always a little awkward. 

Here are couple I made using the Helping Me Grow and A Dozen Thoughts stamp sets. I embossed the flowers in gold for something special and then washed colour over the top with an aqua painter. I added a little bit of Pool Party in the background including flecks made by flicking the brush end of the marker from the inside of the cap outwards.

The style of these cards remind me so much of my talented friend Teneale so I thought I'd give her a shout out : You can check out her beautiful work *here*.


'Helping Me Grow' Sympathy Card 1 ~ Susan Wong

'Helping Me Grow' Sympathy Card 1 ~ Susan Wong

'Helping Me Grow' Sympathy Card 2 ~ Susan Wong

'Helping Me Grow' Sympathy Card 2 ~ Susan Wong



Next up is the amazing Valerie. Go give her some love!




Thursday, March 17, 2016

#imbringingbirthdaysback - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

#imbringingbirthdaysback - a little hashtag that's popping up all over the show thanks to Shannon West's (at Stampin' Up! HQ) awesome initiative to get birthdays back into the real world. Facebook birthday greetings are great and all but who doesn't love some handmade goodness in the mailbox too?

Not in the loop? Catch up with Shannon's #imbringingbirthdaysback story *here* on the Stampin' Up! blog.

So with that in mind, here's a set of cards I whipped up with the Sunburst Sayings stamp set and Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper. A simple design is just the trick when you're doing things en masse (and intermittently rocking the baby).

Shine on DSP + Sunburst Sayings ~ Susan Wong

Shine on DSP + Sunburst Sayings 2 ~ Susan Wong

Shine on DSP + Sunburst Sayings 3 ~ Susan Wong

Shine on DSP + Sunburst Sayings 4 ~ Susan Wong


Would you like to make a set of these cards with me? Join me for my...

#imbringingbirthdaysback Stamp-A-Stack Class
Make 8 basic greeting cards (envelopes included)
Thursday 31st March
7.30-9.30pm
$25pp
Massey, Auckland
*Message me* to register and for full address details by Friday 25th March.

Now let's go see what Valerie will stun us with this week...

Supplies for this project:
140579 Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper
140722 Sunburst Sayings Stamp Set
133674 Kraft Cardstock
137416 Ornate Tag Topper Punch
119850 1 3/4" Circle Punch
137415 Confetti Hearts Border Punch
132708 Momento Ink Pad
133684 Tangelo Twist A4 Card Stock
124392 Calypso Coral A4 Card Stock
131288 Crush Curry A4 Card Stock
124262 Baker's Twine - Whisper White

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Keeping Memories with Project Life - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

International Scrapbooking Day is 4th March 2016. To celebrate, we're having an Artisan Scrapbooking Hop!

For me scrapping is all about reliving great memories together. My kids just LOVE thumbing through the albums. Now, I love a traditional 12x12 layout and they do appear in the album occasionally BUT they're pretty time consuming when you have three kids tearing around plus a newborn! So in more recent years I've turned to Project Life. This form of memory keeping is easy, doesn't require a lot of resources and comes together quickly. Thank you Project Life!

Are you a busy mum like me? You can do it too - get some of those pics off the phone/computer and into real life! You won't regret it. And if you can do it with minimal effort - even better. 

You may have seen this first page in progress on Facebook. If so, you'd already know that one of my fav ways of using the pocket pages is splitting larger photos. This creates a visual break in my album as I tend to pack a lot of photos in elsewhere! Here I used an 8x12" and cut it into two 6x4" and three 4x4" segments. A little detailing from the Moments Like These Card Collection and we're sussed.


Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection ~ Susan Wong

Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection ~ Susan Wong

Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection ~ Susan Wong

Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection ~ Susan Wong

Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection ~ Susan Wong

Moments Like These Project Life Card Collection ~ Susan Wong

Memories in the Making Sale-A-Bration ~ Susan Wong

Love the acetate overlay here from the Memories in the Making collection. It's FREE until 31st March when you spend $110. One side is gold and it's silver on the reverse!

Special thanks to the lovely Keri-Anne at First Light Birth Photography for making my pregnancy look glamorous. That's how I want to remember it ;)


Supplies:
140288 Moments Like These Project Life Bundle
135294 Variety Pack 1 12x12" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages
135304 Project Life Journaling Pens
FREE Memories in the Making Project Life Specialty Card Collection



And now, I can't wait to go check out what Valerie (and the rest of the team) have made!
Hop along with us & HAPPY SCRAPBOOKING DAY!