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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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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Ombre Day

Now I’ve made no secret of the fact that this paper has to be my absolute favourite from all of the Sale-a-Bration events that I have been a demonstrator for – I just love it! The colours, the paper patterns, everything. Especially as one of the four colours is Blackberry Bliss!

My project was going to be a lidded box that was reinforced with a card base, but I couldn’t decide between the two designs, so opted for both (one for the lid, one for the base). The best part about using Designer Series Paper (DSP) for a project like this is the design on the inside of the box as well as the outside – winner!

I was able to use the Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon on this box, which is also one of my favourite ribbons (anything Blackberry Bliss is my favourite!). The bows you can tie with this ribbon are so beautiful, I love them!

Which of the four colours do you prefer; Rococo Rose, Blackberry Bliss, Granny Apple Green or Bermuda Bay? Let me know in the comments.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • DSP Piece 1 (Lid) = 6 x 6 inches
  • DSP Piece 2 (Base) = 6 x 6 inches

Scoring:

  • Box Base = 11/2 inches on all four sides
  • Box Lid = 3/4 and 11/2 inches on all four side (watch my video for a tip!)

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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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Golden Perfection

One of my favourite combos is Black and Gold and I absolutely love when I can bring all the co-ordinating items onto a single project like this one – ribbon, embellishments, embossing powder – all matching to really bring the box to light. The acetate acts as a slider on the box for added wow, which I love as it gives it a special something elevating it over any other box you may make.

I don’t get my embossing powders out as often as I should, but powder is the only way to get that gorgeous look to the sentiment. Gold was the theme for the sample I made, but in my video I switched to Silver to show the variety the acetate brings – I’m not sure which one I prefer more!

And don’t you just love the sentiment? The mixture of two fonts is gorgeous, and to make things even better, the stamp set is one of the FREE choices as part of Sale-a-Bration until 28th February 2021. The finished size is really good too and will fit plenty of treats inside.

Have you purchased any of the Golden Garden Acetate yet? If not, why not?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Cardstock = 81/2 x 111/2 inches
  • Acetate = 51/2 x 12 inches

Scoring:

  • Long side = 4, 51/2, 91/2, 11 inches
  • Short side = 11/2 inches on each side

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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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Butterfly Wishes

There are times when I sit in my craft room and I have absolutely no idea what I want to make or have any plan behind the projects I finish up with. This card is a great example of that! When I made this card, all I wanted to do was stamp the gorgeous images from Touch of Ink stamp set and see how I can play with the blending of them and different colour ways.

On a separate thought pattern, I wanted to use the paper from Fine Art as a background on a card but didn’t know where to progress from there. So far, I had two separate ideas and no way forward – or so I thought.

As you can see, in the end I pulled the two ideas together (after my daughter suggested it – credit goes to Mia) and I really happy with the end result. Perhaps I should just let my daughter do the crafting next time?

What do you think?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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

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

Colours Used:

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!