Hand-penned Thanks

Everybody loves getting more value for their money – which is what this project originally was themed around. I had started to make a One Sheet Wonder and got about 6 cards in when I didn’t like how the remaining few would look, so I stopped. The pictures of the other cards haven’t made it onto my blog today and I’m still a little undecided whether they should.

So whilst I’m unsure on the other pics, and the fact my One Sheet Wonder didn’t work, I did get to play around with the new Hand Penned paper. It is absolutely gorgeous – if you’re not a fan of the flowers then the opposite side with its muted subtle shades and less busy patterns will suit better.

Once the paper was added to my card bases, I finished it off with some stamping, fussy cutting around my sentiments and finishing off with the most gorgeous bee embellishments (if you don’t have them, you seriously need them – they are so cute!)

How amazing is this suite of Designer Series Paper and stamps?

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project.

Best Wishes,

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

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Flowering Perfection

This Designer Series Paper (DSP) didn’t look as brilliant in the catalogue as it does in real life – the lesson here is to buy it if the thumbnails even slightly intrigue you. Not once has any of the products I have bought this way failed me. I’m sure you’ll agree by watching my video below, this paper is absolutely gorgeous!

I love the contrast of the bright colours against the black background, and I also love that the papers (and the stamp set) are one of the many options you can earn for FREE until the 28th February. The selection this year is one of the the best I have seen in my time as a demo! I’m not sure what the project I made is considered a box or a bag, but I love it nonetheless. They can store flat too, so for those who may mass produce them for sending treats or products, they can make them in advance and store them with minimal space required.

And don’t get me started about how good this stamp set is – I find myself reaching for it all the time. Just like the paper it is one of the choices available for FREE during Sale-a-Bration.

Have you chosen either of these as part of your freebies?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Basic Black = 81/4 x 113/4 inches
  • Designer Series Paper (2 pieces) = 4 x 4 inches
  • Basic White Scrap

Scoring:

  • Long Side (113/4) = 3/4, 47/8 inches on both sides
  • Short Side = 2 inches on both sides

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Simple Sunday #14 – Boho Indigo

Welcome to my new Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features part of a product medley that you can purchase from the Annual Catalogue.

The great thing about Stampin’ Up! is they have all crafting skill levels covered, from beginner right through to avid crafter. They think about those who may have just started their crafty hobby and so don’t have much in their stash. Boho Indigo is one of those times. Whilst my Simple Sunday has focused on just the stamp set and one of the pop outs that comes with the medley; it contains so much more including dies, designer series paper, embossed paper and ribbon. Perfect for all levels of crafting!

This video is a very short video, designed with the purpose that should you need a quick make you can re-watch this video. With barely under 5 minutes of total make time, you would be able to whip multiples of this card up in no time!

Did you spot the medley in the Annual Catalogue, you can find it on page 9.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Boho Blue

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Product Medleys are amazing. The Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue offers one of my favourite ones in Boho Indigo, not only do you get everything you well need except ink and glue in a single product, but you can buy refill kits to continue making more and more and never run out. With stamps, dies, designer series paper (DSP), embossed card, ribbon & pop outs, there is lots for you to work with and make a variety of projects.

It features one of my favourite colours, Misty Moonlight and pairs it up with Very Vanilla (which isn’t featured enough in my opinion), with gold and green accents in the popups and ribbon.

So, aside from adding a couple of ink pads and picking an adhesive, you receive everything to get you going on your craft journey – perfect for beginners. If you search my website using the tag #bohoindigo you will be able to see exactly what I have made with the set!

Are you a beginner crafter that isn’t sure how to start making cards? Let me know..

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Origami Blooms

You know when you sit down at your craft table with a project in mind, but then something just doesn’t go quite right so you end up with something completely different? Well that’s what happened here, a misjudged measurement meant the project took a very different turn and ended in something else, equally beautiful.

The project gave me the opportunity to use the pierced blooms dies again, which now I have them, I cannot stop using. They’re the perfect addition to any project and coincidentally co-ordinate with the FREE Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I chose.

Also I’ll let you into a little secret, I personally prefer the version I made in the video, especially because I manage to tie a gorgeous bow on camera!

Have you ever had a project that went wrong, but then you preferred the end result?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 12 x 12 inches
  • Scraps of Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Basic White, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose, Old Olive.

Scoring:

  • Side 1 = 3 and 6 inches
  • Side 2 = 41/2 and 71/2 inches

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Simple Sunday #13 – Dragonfly Garden

Welcome to my new Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features a stamp and punch bundle that you can purchase from the January to June 2021 Mini Catalogue.

I absolutely love a punch bundle – there’s nothing better than being able to sit there and mass produce cards / boxes with toppers that include punches. Don’t get me wrong, dies are beautiful, but I find a punch much faster and sometimes time is of the essence!

On this card, I didn’t want to use too many products as that would distract from the simple nature of the series I set out to create, but sometimes the Stampin’ Write Markers are overlooked – especially following the release of the Stampin’ Blends. So I wanted to make sure that new crafters could see that you don’t need everything right away. If you don’t have the inks, you can use the markers instead and they are cost effective to buy in bulk than the ink pads.

For some final dimension on this card, I lifted the dragonfly using dimensionals and coloured in the outline using Wink of Stella to bleed the ink and add some gorgeous sparkle.

What do you think? Are you going to try out the marker ink technique?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Strawberry Best

I am falling in love with the Berry Delightful and Berry Blessings set that come FREE as part of Sale-a-Bration. At first, the thought of fruit on a card didn’t appeal to me and I preferred the patterned sides of the paper. But the more I look at it, the more the fruit draws me in. And this card will hopefully show you why!

The colours on this particular pattern are gorgeous, they open you up to endless colour choices for a project and make life that bit easier when understanding what you are going use. When I first saw this pattern, I knew it had to be a project that showed off the paper, with minimal stamping – so a card seemed the perfect opportunity.

With a quick sentiment at the bottom and a strawberry fussy cut from a left over piece. This card is too cute to keep! A close up of the paper pattern above should show you why. Anyone who receives that won’t be able to stop themselves from falling in love with it too.

Have you seen the other designs in the pack too?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Floral Thanks

I first made this box on the day my pre-order from Stampin’ Up! arrived. The grey background on the paper with the bright colours instantly drew me in. I didn’t know what I was going to make, but knew it had to be with that particular pattern. The grey background contrasts beautifully with Coastal Cabana, so that formed the colour theme of my box.

Using Fine Art Floral and some two step stamping, the picture really shines on the box. The colour theme also allowed me to bring out one of my favourite sets in the Annual Catalogue – Playing with Patterns, using both the embellishments and the ribbon.

And the best part? The darker shades on each of the flower heads is the same stamp. It has been designed to work with all three flowers, which I think is pure genius! And the box itself, well as the video shows – this can be made in bulk as it’s easy peasy to put together.

Which colour do you prefer, Coastal Cabana or Real Red?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Cardstock = 91/2 x 71/2 inches
  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 12 inches
  • Cardstock Scrap = 31/4 x 23/4 inches
  • Basic White Scrap = 3 x 21/2 inches

Scoring:

Cardstock:

  • Long Side = 3, 41/2, 71/2, 9 inches
  • Short Side = 11/2 inches

Designer Series Paper

  • Long Side = 51/4 inches on both sides
  • Short Side = 11/2 inches on both sides

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Simple Sunday #11 – In Bloom

Welcome to my new Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features a stamp and die bundle that you can purchase from the January to June 2021 Mini Catalogue.

My main focus of today’s project was the dies, they are absolutely gorgeous and the pierced detail on the flowers really adds a beautiful touch to your project. The dies contain varying leaf shapes, flowers of varying size plus their middles so you can really build up a bouquet or arrangement or any shape or size.

I stamped my sentiment to the 3×3 panel and then just die cut flowers and leaves in vary colours to build up the floral arrangement. I took my colour inspiration from the co-ordinating Designer Series Paper which you can earn for free with a qualifying £45 purchase.

How gorgeous is the finished card?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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