Saturday, January 26, 2019

First Frost - Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

Today’s card is inspired by another card challenge - Freshly Made Sketches #372.

I was excited to break out the First Frost stamp set and co-ordinating dies for this one. I had purchased them before Xmas and have only just gotten around to using them. It is a beautiful stamp set and one of my faves as I love florals.   

The Frosted Floral designer series paper co-ordinates beautifully, the patterns are so colourful and printed on shiny matte paper. 

Other supplies that I used are: 
Card stock - Tranquil Tide, Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz
 Ink - Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizazz. 
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls in Tranquil Tide.
I added some texture to my card base and front panel with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder, and dimension with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The fine tip glue pen was perfect for adhering the fine die cut branches on to the card base. 

Purchasing the First Frost stamp set and co-ordinating dies together earns you one FREE product of your choice from the Sale-a-Bration brochure, such a great offer to help you build up your Stampin' Up! supplies. 

To enter the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge, or to view all of the amazing entries click HERE

Thanks for stopping by. 

Suzanne xx

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

GDP Colour Challenge - Free PDF Tutorial

It’s time for another Global Design Project Colour Challenge and this week we are encouraged to  use the colours Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron and Petal Pink. I really enjoyed creating with these, they are such soft and pretty colours. I paired them with the Incredible Like You Stamp Set to create this birthday card. 

To create a soft, subtle look I used the stamping off technique, inking up the stamp then stamping onto a scrap piece of card stock before stamping the image. I added dimension by adhering the flowers and front panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and added a bit of bling with the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.

I have created a free PDF tutorial on how to create this card, including a list of supplies and photos. CLICK HERE  to download it. The Incredible Like You stamp set is one of the new stamps from the current Occasions Catalogue and is available until June 3, 2019. Purchase $90 worth of products from the Occasions Catalogue and you will get to choose a free item from the current Sale-a-bration Brochure.

If you would like to participate in the GDP colour challenge head over to   I hope you enjoy the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by.

Suzanne xx

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Simple Stamping

Are you new to the world of rubber stamping, or do you get stuck for creative ideas? The great thing about stamping is that it doesn't have to be complicated - you can achieve beautiful cards with simple stamping that requires little supplies. Just some card stock, ink and a stamp set is all you need.

I've used the Incredible Like You stamp set (available in the new Occasions Catalogue), whisper white card stock and calypso coral, pear pizzazz and momento black inks to create this simple card design. This stamp set is a two set stamp set - the flower image has a lighter solid background image plus a darker outline image that are stamped on top of one another to create depth and shading to the image. The avid crafter that I am is thinking to add some bling or die cuts but that would defeat the purpose of simple stamping and I'm actually pretty happy with how it turned out.

For this card I continued the simple stamping theme but just added more images to make it seem a bit more elaborate than the first design. I love the new lovely lipstick ink, such a lovely rich colour and it compliments the pear pizzazz and petal pink inks beautifully. 
I am slowly building my Stampin' Up! product inventory and I don't own a lot of embellishments or designer series paper to create cards so I am loving simple stamping. Why don't you give it a go? I would love to see what you come up with. Comment below with a link to or photo of your simple stamping card.

If you would love a copy of both please send me an email with your postal address and I will send them out to you. (Australian residents only). You can view the pdf version online by clicking the links to the right. 

Have a lovely day! Suzanne xx

Sunday, November 25, 2018

CASE the Catty Challenge

I've recently joined a Facebook group called CASEing the Catty Sunday challenge. It is a group of crafters who love Stampin' Up! products and who love to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) other's creations. I love how the Stampin' Up! community is so supportive, sharing ideas and inspiration with each other. 

The way the group works is......Each Sunday at 7pm a category is posted the group's wall showcasing an example of a project from the Stampin' Up! annual catalogue. Participants then CASE the design, whether it be an exact copy or just using the layout, embellishments, sentiment or colour combo, photograph their creation and upload it to the group wall. The card/project with the most amount of likes will win the group challenge. 

This week the challenge was to CASE a birthday card and give it a Christmas twist. I chose to CASE the birthday card pictured on page 21 of the annual catalogue. 

Here is my creation that I came up with:

I chose to use the layout of the birthday card, altering it slightly. I've used the Wishing You Well stamp set to create the wreath and bow. The berries and the sentiment are from the Candy Cane Season stamp set. I have only recently joined the Stampin' Up! family and I am slowly building my product inventory so sometimes I get so stuck with a card design as I only have a few stamp sets. I love participating in card challenges as it gives me an idea on where to start with my design. 

If you love Stampin' Up! products and would love to participate in the challenge, join the Facebook group here

If you would like a current Stampin' Up! catalogue please get in touch and I will send you one. If you live on the South Coast NSW Australia and would love to attend one of my monthly card clubs or for any questions about Stampin' Up! please visit my website

Thanks for stopping by!  Suzanne xx

Friday, November 23, 2018

Simple Stamping

Today's share is a simple card and chocolate holder that I have made for my son's teacher's gift. I've used just one stamp from the Thankful Thoughts stamp set, stamped onto the beautiful Petal Promenade designer series paper. I wanted to share with you that stamping does not have to be complicated, it really can be simple and still be pretty. 

I CASEd the chocolate treat holder from Gail at Blue Rose Paper Treasures. Her tutorial can be found on her YouTube channel here. I have just made the treat holder on it's own deciding not to stick it onto a card. I made a fancy fold card, I cut an A4 piece of cardstock in half on the short side, folded it in half, then folded the top layer in half on itself (I hope that makes sense!)

The petal promenade designer series paper is a beautiful collection of photographic images. The image on the front of the card is an image that is printed multiple times on one sheet, and I have simply cut around it. I then layered it on a piece of a copper textured image.

 I am also decorating a notebook with Petal Promenade paper and adding a 2019 diary to the gift pack. The notebook and diary did not cost that much at all, making it a cost effective gift. I am making two gift packs - one for his teacher and one for his teacher aide. My son has special needs and requires supported education. His teacher and aide have been fantastic and I cannot thank them enough for every thing they have done for my son this year. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Suzanne xx

Below are the products I used for my creations. Click on each link to take you to my online store. Don't forget to check out the clearance rack whilst you are there, new discounted items are added regularly.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Global Design Project Challenge 164 - CASE the designer

It is time for another Global Design Project Challenge and this week we are CASEing the beautiful card from the talented Louise Sharp. Here is her design:

When you CASE (copy and selectively edit) someone's design you take the elements from their design and use them in own creation. In this challenge I used the layout of this card to create a Christmas card using the Candy Cane Season Bundle. With only 5 weeks to go until Christmas I need to make a start on my Christmas cards and send them off in time. I'm so not prepared!

I created a background image using the holly and berry stamps, stamped in pear pizzazz and cherry cobbler ink, in a random pattern.  I used the stamping off technique to stamp the all the elements on the card so that the images were not too bold.
To add some texture I used the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, this is one of my favourite embossing folders.

Have you started making your Christmas Cards yet? There are so many beautiful Christmas themed products in the holiday and annual catalogues, its hard to choose a favourite. Along with all the stamps, dies, punches, papers and card stock there are some kits available such as the Timeless Tidings Project Kit which co-ordinates with the Timeless Tidings stamp set to make your Christmas Card making quick and easy.

If you would like to participate in the Global Design Challenge click here for all the details.

Happy crafting! Suzanne xx

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wishing You Well Stamp Set

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I hope you have had a great week. I wanted to share with you today how you can use one stamp set to create different themed cards.

Here I have used the Wishing You Well stamp set to create a Christmas Card and a get well card. This is a distinktive stamp set, the latest innovation in stamp making by Stampin' Up! The stamps create a photo realistic image, they are made with a special texture to give a lot of depth and dimension.

To make my card bases I simply cut an A4 piece of cardstock in half on the long side, then fold in half so that I get two card bases from one A4 sheet. To work out my dsp layers on my card I cut them a 1/8"shorter than my card base. 

On the Christmas card I have used mossy meadow and cherry cobbler card stock and the festive farmhouse designer series paper. The wreath is stamped with pear pizzazz ink and the bow in cherry cobbler ink. The wishing you well card is created with the frosted floral designer series paper, the bouquet is stamped with soft sea foam ink and the bow and flowers stamped in blackberry bliss ink. You can shop for all of these supplies and more in my online store here.

Sale-a-bration catalogues are arriving soon! One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is being able to pre-order the new catalogues ahead of time. I will be ordering some new catalogues in early December. If you would like to receive the new catalogues or the current annual or holiday catalogues please email me here with your postal address and I will post them to you.

I hope you have a great weekend! Suzanne xx