Coming Home to You

I love trying out new techniques and whilst I have done sponging before, I’ve never paired it up with masking at the same time. So I thought I would give it a shot! The moon on this card was masked prior to sponging the gorgeous shades of blue background, to give the effect of a night sky and I absolutely love the results!

I teamed my background up with the Coming Home stamp set, using blends to colour in the images (of course!) and then layered them up on the front to create a cute little scene. I am such a fan of these little houses and trees.

When I had finished the scene, I picked a message from the Peace & Joy stamp set and finish the night sky with the little stars from the All the Trimmings embellishments. Which I think finishes the card front off perfectly! What do you think?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Snowy Snowmen

It’s starting to get chilly here in the UK with the first of the gritters heading out onto the roads where I live. In my house, we combat the cold with fluffy blankets, dressing gowns and fluffy socks (as well as the central heating!). But of course, this time of year is brilliant weather for winter critters and snowmen!

Today’s card features these three cute snowmen, who as you can see are having lots of fun outside, and uses one of my favourite colour combinations – Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Pool Party.

After stamping the snowmen in Memento, I used my blends to add a pop of colour before layering onto matts of each colour. I really love how it turned out!

Do you enjoy this time of year and getting cosy? Let me know.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Merry Owlmas!

I love a cute stamp set, especially little characters that I can colour in with my blends – and aren’t these little owls the cutest little family? I wanted to make the card simple, so that the owls were the main feature and the attention wasn’t drawn away from them. So, I used three colours plus white, to keep it as simple as possible.

One of my favourite colour combinations is a red such as Cherry Cobbler or Real Red paired together with Pool Party. The contrast between the two colours is gorgeous and was a recent colour challenge in a Stampin’ Up! group I am a part of.

The card base is Crumb Cake to match the owls bodies, with simple matts behind the main image. No ribbbon, no embellishments, just simple card layers and some colouring. Which I think is rather adorable!

What do you think?

Best wishes,
Suzanne

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Gleaming Selection Box

I think I am well and truly getting into the Christmas spirit now – the second lockdown that the UK currently faces has almost pushed me into getting organised and so my projects have turned to Christmas treats for my team at work. Every year, they get a box (or bag) of handmade gifts from me as a Christmas present usually including something tasty and something they can put to use in their role.

This gorgeous box is a selection box and houses four different mini chocolate bars (multipack size). Rather than building segments into the base, I have created four separate mini boxes and then housed them with a single lid. The Brightly Gleaming paper has to be one of my ultimate favourites and I will be sad to stop using this paper when the Mini Catalogue comes to an end. However, whilst its still here, I will continue to use it as much as I can (and quite possibly buy more!)

What chocolates would you house in a box like this? Let me know…

Best wishes,
Suzanne

This video was recorded during my TFI Crafty Friday Live – Please feel free to skip sections where I am chatting to those watching live.

Measurements:

  • 4 pieces Whisper White = 31/8 x 55/8 inches
  • Night of Navy = 71/2 x 53/4 inches
  • Designer Series Paper = 51/2 x 33/4 inches
  • Tag = 2 x 3 inches

Scoring:

  • 7/8 inch on all four sides on all five pieces.

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Gleaming Cube

Making large boxes isn’t done often, mainly because I like to save Designer Series Paper (DSP) and not use an entire sheet in one go. But that’s silly – that’s what it’s for and should be used for others to be amazed by. So I’ve done it, this project uses a full 12″ x 12″ sheet of Specialty Designer Series Paper and a full 12″ x 12″ foil sheet. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I wish I had done it a lot sooner.

The Brightly Gleaming paper is a returning fave from last year’s Autumn / Winter Mini Catalogue and you can see why – it’s absolutely beautiful. There isn’t much you need to do to a project when you have paper like this! So I decided to make the most of the stunning paper and not do too much to cover it up.

The foil base sits with the paper lid and a wrap of Night of Navy ribbon – the only extra piece is a small label, ready for the recipients name to be added. I love it, almost too much – who is going to receive this from me? It’s a great size to fit lots of treats, jewellery, scarves, ornaments, a bundle of smellies… all sorts!

Have you got your hands on this paper? If not, why not?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 12 x 12 inches
  • Copper Foil = 12 x 12 inches
  • Copper Foil scrap.
  • Very Vanilla scrap.
  • Night of Navy scrap.

Scoring:

  • Designer Series Paper = 4 inches on all four sides (see video for tip)
  • Copper Foil = 4 inches on all four sides

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Double Slot Treat Box

Birthday Party Live – Project #6

I love when Stampin’ Up! release dies that make cute little boxes such as the new Little Treat Box dies that are available. They are great when you are struggling to bring a box together for a project and mean you don’t have to work out the measurements before making it. This cute die is meant for a small treat, perhaps a small treat bar or some biscuits?

The treat box size is quite narrow, so does limit the treats that go inside it – however, I adapted mine to have two slots, so double the treats!! Who could say no to that?

To make the project does require two sheets of 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, but it’s well worth it in my opinion. I chose to make mine from the Regals paper stack, but this could be very easily adapted to suit any occasion. A Christmas Designer Series Paper stack would be perfect with a few stocking filler treats inside – perhaps some chocolate coins?

This project means that there is only one left of my Birthday Party Live Event, I’ll be sad to see it end…

** Don’t forget to take part in my Birthday Party Giveaway **

Good Luck!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper (2 Pieces) = 6 x 6 inches
  • Whisper White = Scrap piece

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Snowflakes One Sheet Wonder

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Gotta love a One Sheet Wonder, you get to make gorgeous cards with beautiful paper and only use a single sheet of it, meaning you have loads left for other projects! The paper in this One Sheet Wonder is from the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (DSP), it has gorgeous set of colours – nothing too traditional and looks almost inspired by the film, Frozen. Absolutely gorgeous.

To make this One Sheet Wonder, I cut my DSP into three 4 inch strips. Then I cut at every 31/2 inches down each strip resulting in 3 pieces of DSP ready for your card fronts. I backed mine onto a layer of Misty Moonlight and then onto a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.

Finally, I added a gorgeous sentiment using Balmy Blue Glimmer paper and finished them off with the Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems. I’m really pleased with the results and have found a very quick way to make customer thank you card for any future shoppers.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Gleaming Christmas

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Weeeeeeeee! Another sneak peek of product from the Mini Catalogue which launches next week! Some of you may recognise the paper I have used in this project and that’s because it carried over from last year!

I absolutely adore this paper, every single pattern in the pack is gorgeous and I bought so much of it last year and used it for practically every gift I made boxes for. This year, I decided to make a box and mix it up with some other sets available. This box was made for my work colleagues last year, it housed trophies for award winners who had gone that extra mile for our customers.

The box is made up of two sections, the copper foil inner section and a wrap on the outer made from the Brightly Gleaming Speciality Designer Series Paper (DSP). I decorated the box with a copper foil tree using the Pine Tree punch and finished with touches of Night of Navy in the sentiment and ribbon.

It makes a gorgeous box and an item I would love to receive if made by someone else.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper (DSP) = 111/2 x 21/4 inches
  • Copper Foil = 61/2 x 91/2 inches

Scoring:

  • Long Side (91/2): 21/4, 41/2, 63/4, 9 inches
  • Short Side (61/2): 21/4, 31/4 inches

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Cylindrical Treat Box

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It’s not often that you see a Cylindrial box, in the almost 5 years that I have been a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! I have seen plenty of cuboid, cubes, slopey lids, hexagons, octagons etc but very rarely have I seen a cylinder.

I like to challenge myself every now and again, so decided it was time to see if I could bring one together that could be replicated dozens of times. I’m happy to say that I think I’ve achieved this and not only is today’s project a cylindrical box, it is a flush lidded cylinder box.

The treat box uses one of the larger circles from the Layering Circles dies to help form the base and the lid, with a technique shown in my video to help curve the card and stop it from kinking. The box in the video is a Halloween version, but I just love the Christmas one in the photo above too.

The below tutorial was filmed during my TFI Crafty Friday Facebook Live, in which some of the measurements I listed were for a different size box.  To make a box the same as the image above you will need to follow the measurements lower down on this post.

Please have a go at making your own and if you have instagram, please tag them with #yourfavouriteyorkshiredemo or #hullahbaloo so that I can come see them!

Enjoy!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

Measurements:

  • Cardstock:
    • 1 piece = 85/8 x 21/2 inches
    • 1 piece = 85/8 x 13/4 inches
    • 1 piece = 811/16 x 11/4 inches
  • Designer Series Paper:
    • 1 piece = ½ x 811/16 inches
    • 1 piece = 1½ x 811/16 inches
  • Die Cuts:
    • 4 circles = 23/4 inches
    • 1 DSP circle = 21/2 inches

Scoring:

  • Score both the 85/8 x 13/4 and 811/16 x 11/4 inches at ½ inch on the short sides.
  • Then every ½ inch on the long side with the ½ inch section at the top.