Simple Sunday #19 – Artistically Inked

Welcome to my 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 the Artistically Inked Bundle that you can purchase from the Annual Catalogue.

The suite that this bundle forms part of caught my eye immediately, it is absolutely gorgeous. The stamps, the dies, the Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the ephemera are individually and collectively stunning. It was the first thing that went onto my wish list – mainly because it features on the front cover of the catalogue itself. But that side, it is simply gorgeous.

With its dist-INK-tive stamps, you get a lot of texture and layers on your card with the smallest amount of effort, and beautiful results every time. I don’t think I’ve made a card using this set that hasn’t looked nice because of the stamp set.

Have you bought anything from this suite yet?

Best Wishes,

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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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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!

Simple Sunday #6 – Freezin’ Fun

I am so sad to be seeing this bundle retire, although expected it’s still sad to say goodbye to these gorgeous characters. I’m such a fan of cute character stamp sets, especially ones that I can colour in with blends. My children love crafting with me and these sets are always a hit with them.

So that I could play with this set one last time, I decided that my final Simple Sunday of 2020 would feature the Freezin’ Fun bundle – like I needed an excuse! I featured the bunny in my sample card, but then the penguin in my video and I just love how both of them finished up.

In true Simple Sunday style, I have created my project within a 3 x3 inch square, which is then mounted onto a Whisper White base. Which hopefully shows you just how easy it is to bring a card together, without many supplies.

I hope you like it.. Will you be sad to see this set go too?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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