Halloween Magic

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This year’s Halloween paper is absolutely gorgeous and whilst Halloween is still almost two months away, I find myself using it again and again (you’ll see it make an appearance in my Birthday Party Live Week). For this project, I wanted to showcase the gorgeous bats and the giant label you get as part of the stamps and dies, so a large box was the perfect solution.

The large bat on this project was the first item I used when I received my Mini Catalogue pre-order, the fact that the dies fit around the Designer Series Paper (DSP) patterns is a great added bonus and I love how these bats look when they’re cut out.

I went quite simple with the box design so that the paper and the decoration could take centre stage. The Metallic Mesh ribbon is perfect for this project with its almost spiderweb appearance – but could be a great addition on Christmas projects too.

Finally, a bit of blends colouring on the label brings it all together. The box is large enough to fit numerous treats – perhaps to give to children out trick treating? Or as a table gift at a Halloween party? What do you think? I hope you like it. #

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Cardstock = 8 x 11 inches.
  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 9 inches.

Scoring:

  • Base (Cardstock): 2 inches on all four sides.
  • Lid (Designer Series Paper): 1 inch on all four sides.

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Wild Hedgehog

This stamp set was the first one from the Annual Catalogue to make it on my ‘wish’ list. I absolutely love hedgehogs and this one is so cute! I love the sketched nature of the stamp set and the free reign it allows me for art materials – the imagery would suit Watercolour Pencils, Stampin’ Blends, using ink with an Aqua Painter or just left as outline images.

For this particular card, I chose to use Stampin’ Blends as I wanted to play around with the colours and the shading. The image shown is made up of three separate stamps – the mushrooms, the hedgehog and the leaf. Only the mushrooms came with grass as part of the image, but the versatility of my Stampin’ Blends allowed me to replicate under the hedgehog and leaf also – barely noticeable too?

I wanted to keep this card simple to show off the coloured image, so backed it onto a single piece of Just Jade – which I think it absolutely gorgeous. Don’t you agree?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Triangular Shades of Purple

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Happy Hump Day to you all! I hope you are all keeping safe and well? Today, I wanted to showcase some dies recently introduced in the Annual Catalogue. I love basic shapes – squares, circles, rectangles – and we have a lot of these available as dies with stitched effect too. However, we didn’t have any triangles until now..

At first I wasn’t too sure how I was going to use them, but I knew I wanted them to be purple and not used around a sentiment. In the end, I kept playing with their positioning and this is what I came up with. I love the differing shades of purple and how they work with one another – another reason to use Stampin’ Up! colours.

I then finished the card off with the ‘Lovely You’ stamp set and kept the card neutral from any event, with a touch of Crumb Cake ink to highlight the floral stamp used. I hope you like this as much as I do?!

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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Gradient Blue

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Squee! I absolutely LOVE the Artistry Blooms paper – I cannot stop using it! I absolutely love the ombre effect side of the paper and these bags show off the paper in great style.

This bag uses a single strip of glue (for the sentiment), which means they can be stored flat until you’re ready to construct and gift. The paper being double sided means the inside has a gorgeous patterned interior.

I decided to finish mine with a bit of ribbon & a punched out sentiment – take a look at the video to find out more and let me know what you think!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 12 inches

Scoring:

  • Long Side (12″): 31/2, 5, 7, 81/2
  • Short Side (6″): 11/2, 41/2  

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Camo Love

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to watch my Facebook Live on Friday evening. As promised, here is the blog post to accompany the project we made.

Whenever I scour a new Stampin’ Up! catalogue, there are items which immediately jump out to me and set ideas going in my head. The camouflage background stamp immediately got me thinking about cards for male recipients – they are one of my biggest challenges.

Originally, I made this as part of a challenge set in the Stampin’ Up! team that I am part of – we had to use the three colours Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight & Balmy Blue (with only white or black as additionals). This is what I came up with!

As part of my TFI Crafty Friday, I demonstrated how to make this card and used a different colour way – Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider & Granny Apple Green.

**This video was streamed live on Facebook and has not been edited**

Measurements:

  • Card Base = 41/8″ x 113/4″ inches (scored at 57/8)
  • 1st Layer = 37/8″ x 55/8″ inches
  • Stamped Layer = 35/8″ x 53/8″  inches

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Unicorn Magic

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So, I have a confession to make! I wasn’t the person who designed and made this card – it was my daughter, Mia. She is a fan of unicorns and absolutely loved the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) when it arrived in my new catalogue order. The Hippo Happiness Stamp Set is her absolute favourite and so whilst I was sat in my room crafting one evening, she joined me and this is her creation.

Mia didn’t want to take too much focus away from the gorgeous background paper she chose for her card, but she knew she wanted a unicorn to feature on there somewhere. Using the Hippo & Friends dies, she chose two shapes and layered them up with a flagged banner between them.

And of course, what goes better with a unicorn die cut than a unicorn sentiment and some Wink of Stella? I think she’s absolutely nailed it! Please leave Mia your likes and comments about her card, she would be absolutely thrilled to see if you like it too.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Tealights with Comfort & Hope

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Recent global events have us all looking at things differently – for me this has crossed into the way I look at crafts. My posts earlier this week involved making, and subsequently posting, cards for team members who I would normally see every day at work. A 21st birthday and the welcoming of a new baby are events we would normally celebrate together in the office and present cards as part of this.

It made me think about other ways in which we can show we still care in times when we can physically see those we love. Today’s box is a great way of doing this with very little craft material needed. It houses 6 tea lights, the standard size ones you can usually get from supermarkets.

The Comfort and Hope stamp set gave the perfect sentiment to add onto the front, with a stamped off image to finish it off. How has crafting helped you during lockdown?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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