Hydrangea Happy Pouch

Stampin’ Up! really do design and make some absolutely gorgeous suites and thanks to the colour families they have, the embellishments and ribbon etc are always the most divine colour ways. The Hydrangea Heaven suite has to be one of the best examples for this in my opinion – I’m a purple fan, so this really floats my boat!

The papers are beautiful designs featuring Hydrangeas, with this pattern in particular grabbing my attention for a more subtle project. Of course, I also included the Clever Clasps which if you don’t look carefully in the Mini Catalogue you may miss entirely!

Isn’t the paper just divine? And I’m so happy about Stampin’ Up! bringing a clasp / clip back into the catalogue. I miss the pegs / clips from previous years as they’re such an easy and quick way to close a bag without struggling to tie a bow.

Did you spot the Clever Clasps in the catalogue?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 91/2 x 63/4 inches
  • Basic White scrap

Scoring:

  • Long side = 11/2, 41/2, 6, 9 inches
  • Short side = 11/2 inches

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Simple Sunday #10 – Touch of Ink

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 set that you can earn FOR FREE during Sale-a-Bration between 5th January and 28th February.

Touch of Ink – this has to be my most favourite stamp set of any Sale-a-Bration that I have been part of. So I decided to add an extra card in this week for my Simple Sunday. I absolutely love both of them for different reasons.

The softer colours of the hummingbird card vs the brighter hues of the butterfly, both of them are gorgeous in their own way and I really enjoyed making them both. The stamp set is two step – which means you can stamp the outline and then get another stamp to infill – leaving you a whole host of different colour combinations.

As you can see, I went for more muted tones for the Hummingbird hovering over the sweet flowers using four separate colours to show a difference between the outline and fill colours. The Hummingbird is them popped up on dimensionals to give some extra shadow on the card itself.

The Butterfly is popped up in the same way, but the colours are a little less muted. However, this doesn’t change just how pretty the card looks. They’re both equally beautiful.

I hope you find my Simple Sunday Series useful and it shows you that you don’t have to throw everything craft product you own to create a pretty project.

Which colour way / card do you prefer?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Simple Sunday #9 – Hydrangea Heaven

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 earn during Sale-a-Bration between 5th January and 28th February.

This bundle is absolutely gorgeous and brings back memories of gardening with my Grandma as a young girl. At a car boot sale, my Grandma and I found a beautiful Hydrangea plant being sold which had the bluest, most gorgeous flowers. The soil conditions in my garden at home meant it remains the most beautiful bright blue for years to come. Whilst I didn’t use blue for the flower head on this card, I feel Gorgeous Grape is a beautiful substitute.

For the flower itself, I used the dies – aside from the sentiment there is no ink used to bring this together. I love how the flower head die gives you the petal detail allowing you to add some dimension to your projects.. and I’m in love with the suite as a whole.

What other colours would you use for the flower heads?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Happy Birthday, Slim

We all love an easy project, right? Something that we can pull together in a moments notice if a last minute need crops up. Well this is perfect for exactly that reason. A full 12 x 12 sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP) is used to create this tall slim bag, which can be made up in minutes ready for filling and a label being added.

The label is made from two stamps from the You are Amazing stamp set – which I just can’t get enough of. It adds an occasion to the bag meaning you can switch it up as needed.

The paper on this particular bag is from the Paper Blooms DSP pack, which can be earned for free when purchasing £45 worth of craft goodies from the catalogue. It is absolutely gorgeous and is definitely a favourite with other demos and customers alike.

What quick and easy projects do you reach for when working against the clock? Have you placed your order from the new catalogue to earn this paper? If not, why not?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 12 x 12 inches
  • Whisper White Scrap = 2 x 3 inches

Scoring:

  • First side = 13/4, 53/4, 71/2, 111/2 inches
  • Second side = 13/4, 101/4 inches

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Come back for these after the 5th January and they will be live!

Simple Sunday #8 – Art Gallery

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 weeks project is showcasing the brand new Art Gallery bundle, which is part of the new catalogue which launched on 5th January.

The stamp set is gorgeous and features beautiful two tone flowers, which are so easy to line up and create gorgeous designs. I love them! I’m not a massive fan of flowery sets, but this absolutely sung to me in the catalogue as it’s part of a larger suite (Fine Art Floral) with co-ordinating ribbon, dies, paper and golden speciality acetate

As you can see from this card, the flowers lend well to simplicity and the varying sentiments allow you to switch up the design for a large variety of occasions. I did a second colour way in my video – which one do you prefer?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Come back for these after the 5th January and they will be live!

Dandy Inspiration

Sometimes, there are items in the catalogue that you don’t appear to fancy as much as others. These items are lower down on your wish list and sometimes, you don’t purchase them because you want the other items first. Well, I’ll be honest, that was my first thought when I saw the Dandy Garden suite.

However, demonstrators who attended Onstage at Home in November were gifted part of the suite by Stampin’ Up! as part of the Swag Bag option. The paper, stamps, punch, ribbon and trinkets were included as part of this – so rather than leave a set unused, I decided to have a play.

As you can see, I have created a lovely card from the set and massively proved to myself that I shouldn’t write off any item in the catalogue based on the images in there. I love how the stamps look coloured with Stampin’ Markers against the Very Vanilla cardstock.

And the best part? The trinkets – oh they are the sweetest things! I quickly adhered three onto this card and they look absolutely gorgeous.

So the moral of the story – never judge a suite by the images in the catalogue alone.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Come back for these after the 5th January and they will be live!

Hooray for You

I was recently challenged to use the colour Pink more as it’s not a colour I reach for that often, unless it’s Magenta Madness. I took part in a team event that was based upon the Curvy Variety bundle and so used that as an opportunity to dip out of my comfort zone and used pink – in this case, Petal Pink.

A version of this card was showcased by Deb Toner using the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP), but I chose Peony Garden for my version. I love the finished outcome, especially the silver sprig focussed on the right.

Look at the detail on those dies, they emboss the leaves at the same time as cutting out the sprig. As I had used silver for the sprigs, I wanted to use the Silver Metallic Edged Ribbon but incorporate it with the pink theme. To do this, I coloured in the ribbon using Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends, which I think looks amazing!

Which colour in your collection do you find is used the least? Why not challenge yourself to use it – you may be pleasantly surprised?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Hexagonal Thanks

I enjoy making unusual shape boxes – anything that isn’t square or rectangular. I also love making big boxes that can house lots of treats and goodies. This box was meant to be a flat bottomed, tall box with a hexagonal top to it. However, when making the net of my sample, I got the idea to turn both ends into the same.

On my second version, I switched things up a little by using ‘Tis the Season Designer Series Paper to make a Christmas version. The paper is absolutely gorgeous and so many designs to choose from – I went for a Cherry Cobber candy cane pattern.

My most favourite part is the gold cord that I used to tie up the two ends of the box. I’ve always loved cord to tie boxes and bags together, it is so forgiving when tying bows and is easy to untie to gain access to the contents.

Which colour do you prefer – the Night of Navy or Cherry Cobbler?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Cardstock = 73/4 x 11 inches
  • Designer Series Paper (6 pieces) = 11/2 x 4 inches

Scoring:

  • Long side (11) = 13/4, 31/2, 51/4, 7, 83/4, 101/2 inches
  • Short side (73/4) = 13/4 inches on both sides

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For ‘Tis the Season version:

Happy Boho News

Stampin’ Up! make simple cards so easy – the products in the Annual Catalogue are beautiful and co-ordinate with one another perfectly. To make life even easier, they bring together Product Medleys – one of which is used in this project. The Boho Indigo product medley is gorgeous, full of floral patterns, shades of blue and finished with gold accents.

This card uses three simple items from that medley – a piece of Designer Series Paper, a gold edged die cut for a sentiment and two gold pop out die cuts for decoration. All I added was the card base and stamp a sentiment – which is ideal for those last minute cards that are needed or for someone who is new to crafting and isn’t sure where to start.

But I think you would agree – Boho Indigo makes great projects every time?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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