Simply Elegant Magnetic

This was actually the first project I made with the Simply Elegant Suite when I received my pre-order. It was meant to just be a play around that got me my crafting mojo back, but it turned out to be a nice project that I really liked and so here it is. I’ve changed a few small things in my tutorial video, but the underlying box template remains the same and I love the use of magnets on the closure.

I think this Art Deco inspired piece of Designer Series paper is my most favourite from the pack, it really gives the box impact and meant I could focus on other elements – such as the punch tag closure – instead. Speaking of the punch tag closure, how gorgeous is the Elegant Tag punch? I really love the decorated top of the tag, it really lends itself to multiple uses.

I originally heat embossed the sentiment, but looking back, I wasn’t so happy with it and so swapped it for stamping on my second box – which I think looks much better, it pops the sentiment off the box and makes it much clearer to see.

Like any project of mine, I brought out the embellishments and ribbon – both gold to match the foiling in the Designer Series Paper. I have fallen in love with the Bumblebee trinkets, LOVE them. In fact, more of them may have fallen into my latest order!

Have you got your hands on this set yet?

Best Wishes,

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Bermuda Birthday

When I get stuck in a phase of using the same colours, I take a good look at my ink shelves and take five colours that I haven’t used recently and use at least one of them on the next project. I did go through a stage of using Bermuda Bay all the time, it was my colour of choice – it’s also my daughter’s favourite Stampin’ Up! colour.

So with Bermuda Bay chosen, I set out to make a monochrome card. It’s pure coincidence that Bermuda Bay happens to be one of the colour choices in the Oh so Ombre FREE Sale-a-Bration paper, and I course went with my favourite design – the bubbles (as I call them!).

And rest, as they say, is history. The card brought itself together and made a brilliantly monochrome birthday card.

What colour would you have chosen?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Happy Suited Birthday!

I mentioned on a post a couple of weeks ago that I struggle when making masculine cards. Which is still the case and even with a gorgeous suite such as ‘Well Suited’, I still find it takes me some time to bring a project together. However, this card came to me quite quickly and was put together in less than 10 minutes.

The vanilla panel in the middle gave me enough white space so the Paisley pattern on the Designer Series Paper (DSP) didn’t overwhelm, but then also somewhere for me to play my bow ties and sentiment.

Now I’m not sure who I’m going to give this too, but I have a masculine Birthday card prepped and in my stash ready for when I need it!

Do you find making masculine card more difficult?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Beautiful Leaves

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Sometimes a simple card says its all. You don’t need to throw every craft supply at a card for it to get the message across, simplicity is beautiful too. This card demonstrates exactly that! I am in LOVE with the Gathered Leaves dies, the detail they have on them for a small die is absolutely gorgeous especially when teamed with the Brushed Metallic card stock.

I wanted the gorgeous leaves to take centre stage, so with two sets of leaves I created a border for my sentiment. Layering up with some Early Espresso and onto Thick Whisper White – no ribbons, no embellishments – just the sentiment and the metallic leaves. Beautiful.

The inside of the card has been left blank so when the time comes to gift it to someone, a personalised message can be added. I love it!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Monochrome Love

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Do you often find that making a masculine card is more difficult than making one for a female recipient? I know I do. I try to set myself a challenge that 1 in every 10 cards must be purposely masculine – this way I’ve always got a masculine card for when I need it. I will confess, it’s no easy challenge.

I start by looking through the Designer Series Paper (DSP) available to me in my collection and pick out any masculine patterns. This particular one is from the Peony Garden DSP and the pattern meant I could let that be the focus of the garden with a simple sentiment to finish it off.

The sentiment is from a great stamp set called ‘Banner Year’, it includes many different images and sentiments to suit all occasions – including the little heart, which is so cute! I then finished it off with my favourite embellishment in this year’s Autumn Winter Catalogue – the iridescent pearls!

What do you think? Do you make many masculine cards?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Matchbox Library Part 1

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Today’s project is a special one – the idea came to my head following a struggle with my desk space and a lack of storage for my many embellishments. Prior to making this project, my embellishments were stored in spare stamp cases, but this meant I had less space for stamp sets on my shelves. But I still wanted my embellishments close to hand for quick reference when bringing a project together.

I then decided to see if I could make something suitable, which could fit in a small space on my desk, and keep them in close reach. I didn’t originally intend for these boxes to be like a matchbox, but an accidental ‘slip’ of the scissors turned into a happy surprise.

In the end, I decided to go with the matchboxes as I liked how I could personalise the outer cases into any pattern I wanted. As  the boxes were brought together, they started to remind me of books – so I started to decorate the spine to reflect that of a book.

For the spine, I used Harvest Hellos and the Playful Alphabet dies, popped up with foam adhesive to give a bit of dimension.

I would love to see your versions!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

PLEASE NOTE: The measurements below will make seven books as shown in the video:

  • Matchbox Base = 5 x 6 inches
  • Coloured Wrap = 81/2 x 4 inches
  • Decorative Strip = ¾ x 33/4 inches
  • Letter Piece = ¾ x 1 inch

Scoring:

Matchbox Base:

  • Score at 1 inch on all four sides.

Coloured Wrap:

  • Long side (81/2): ½, 31/2, 41/2, 71/2 inches

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Feeling Boho Blue

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Small boxes are absolutely adorable and they’re even better when you get to make them from a single suite of products! This project uses the absolutely gorgeous Boho Indigo Product Medley, a selection of goodies with dark blues as a theme – Night of Navy & Misty Moonlight in the Stampin’ Up! world.

I love darker colours, so getting to use these lovely dark shades of blue is right up my street. The product medley can be found on page 9 of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue, just before the kits. It contain a whole host of goodies including a stamp set, a 6×6 Designer Series Paper Stack, co-ordinating dies and two sets of ribbon!

To showcase this suite, I chose a relatively simple box to make – no fancy folds or over the top decoration. This box is 3 inches square and is a lovely size to house sweet treats, some small cards / tags or perhaps some jewellery.

The ribbon finishes off the box really well, I love the frayed edge on it and it feels so soft! And the best part? You can buy refills for the medley if you run out!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • DSP Lid = 6 x 6 inches
  • Embossed Base = 6 x 6 inches

Scoring:

  • DSP Lid: ¾, 11/2 inches on all four sides
  • Embossed Base: 11/2 inches on all four sides

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Patterns of Happiness

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Sometimes I have to remind myself of the acronym K.I.S.S (Keep it Simple, Stupid). When I sit crafting multiple cards in one session, I steadily get more and more complicated throwing every available product at the card base. I then have to remind myself to scale things back and keep it simple.

Today’s card is a great example of keeping it simple with just two colours making up the card theme – Night of Navy & Whisper White. Using the Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper (DSP), I layered up two die cuts from the Hippo & Friends dies to make the sentiment the focal piece of the card.

I absolutely love the font used on the sentiment and so didn’t want to distract away from the message it gives. To finish off the card, I used the Night of Navy ribbon from the Playing with Patterns combo pack & some basic pearl embellishments.

Sometimes, it’s nice to keep it simple..

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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After Eight Teacher

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How is already that time of year? Schools are getting ready to break up for the six weeks of summer (for those year groups that have been able to return following Covid-19 closures). For my eldest son, this is his last year in Primary School and he moves onto the scary world that is High School from September. Even though he will have only been back mere weeks, he wanted to get his teachers something to say ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’.

Inside these boxes are 10 After Eight chocolates, just the right amount to say thank you to each teacher without overloading them to the point they need a gym membership to work off the extra pounds gained from end of year gifts.

My son chose the Whale of a Time paper stack and a fish pattern in Shaded Spruce – which works well as the After Eight’s choc box is also a dark green. At first we tried stamping and colouring in the apple from Harvest Hellos with Stampin’ Blends, but something just didn’t quite sit right. A quick look on Instagram showed lots of stampers embossing their apples on coloured card stock, which has worked brilliantly on these boxes.

Finished off with a little note inside & a bow of ribbon on the front, these are gorgeous little teacher gifts without breaking the bank. My son can’t wait to give these to his teachers on the last day of school!

Where is this year going?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Cardstock = 77/8 x 9 inches.
  • Scrap of cardstock for the stamped apple.

Scoring:

  • Long Side (9″): ½, 21/2, 43/4, 63/4 inches.
  • Short Side (77/8″): ½, 23/4 inches on both sides.

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