Susan's Saga

Thursday, October 12, 2017

World Cardmaking Day 2017

World Cardmaking Day (WCMD) was on October 8th this year. Never heard about it before? Read more on PaperCraftCentral.

I was making cards for WCMD in a caravan this year since hubby and I are traveling around the country for a year or so, I decided to go simpler and found a basic card sketch I liked, then made three cards to celebrate the day and add to my birthday card stash.

You could use this sketch to make a card for any occasion though. You could also substitute designer series paper for the lower section, or add loads of bling, or add luxurious ribbon, or pop up images on your feature panel. The possibilities are endless, really :)

Here are my three cards:



I really liked them all.

All supplies used are from Stampin' Up!

New Holiday Catalogue!

Did you know the new Holiday Catalogue is available now? It is! It is! You can see it online at the catalogue page on  SusanSalutations and can order from it in the SusanSalutations Shop 24/7!

I already started with a few purchases and just need to find time in our caravan for me to craft with them. Can't wait. I keep thinking about that french horn die done in gold metallic for Christmas cards. How sumptuous THAT would be! Lol!

Of course, there is a lot more than Christmas covered in the new catalogue. The products in it are only available till January 2nd or till stocks run out, so do check them out to see if there is anything you need. Check out the lovely design ideas too to CASE using your existing supplies. It's always fun to look at new ideas!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Christmas Cards for Troops Drive

Ahh! It is so nice to be retired and able to fulfill a life-long dream to travel right around Australia! Hubby and I are doing just that right now!

But I didn't want to forget about the Cards for Troops Drive while I am a gray nomad.

I have a wonderful friend who will help out while I am traveling with collecting and dispatching any cards sent to her before October for inclusion in our Christmas cards for the Troops drive. You can read all about it at PaperCraftCentral.

I do hope you can send a few cards ☺ And thank you to those who do, in advance! (Advance, Australia fair?)




Friday, June 09, 2017

The New Stampin' Up! Catalogue is HERE! And a Special!

The beautiful new Stampin' Up! annual catalogue is here! There are some returning favourites in it but wait till you see all the new stamps, In-Colours, embellishments, tools, paper and so much more! I ordered a Big Brown Box full of new goodies today and can't wait till they get here. 😋 I hope it comes next week as hubby and I are traveling around Australia in our caravan, and I am crafting as I go. We're in this one spot for another week or so, so I can hopefully receive my order of new items. Can't wait!

Now for the Special!

Just because it's a new Stampin' Up! year, I am going to send anyone who orders from me at SusanSalutations  before July 9th using the special Hostess Code N47AR9UH a little gift! It will be a surprise just from me! 'Susan, how can you do that while you are traveling?' I hear you ask. Don't worry, I will be able to see online who orders as I travel and will send your little gift from wherever I am in Australia. Isn't that amazing?? Maybe I will be near YOU when I send it!

Don't forget to add a copy of the new catalogue to your order. If you are like me, I love to see the pictures and mark them with sticky notes and go back to my catalogie again and again for ideas and inspiration. I never throw away my old catalogues as they are still wonderful for ideas!

Happy Stampin'!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Message Stamp Set

I know Sale-A-Bration is over but maybe you bought the Easter Message stamp set and want to make a card this weekend. Maybe you also earned the pretty glitter paper. Maybe you would like an idea for how to use those supplies! I made this card for some of my family this year and thought I would share it with you.

I used the masking technique for this card. I stamped my cross first then masked it off and added the sun rays and palm fronds.

I mounted the main image on Sweet Sugarplum glitter paper and some designer series paper from the Succulent Garden paper pack. The card base is Rich Razzelberry.

May the peace and assurance of Christ's sacrifice at Easter time all those years ago rest with you this Easter.

Supplies List:



Cardstock  Rich Razzleberry card base 15cm x 10.5cm scored portrait style, Oh So Succulent Designer Series paper 14 x 9.5cm, Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper 13 x 8.5cm, Whisper White cardstock 12.5 x 8cm, Card insert  14x9 cm
Ink & Daubers – Memento Black, Early Espresso, Soft  Suede, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzelberry,Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Sweet Sugarplum
Stamp Sets – Easter Message, Kinda Eclectic
Stamp Blocks – E, D
Tools – Watercolour pencils, clear Wink of Stella, aqua painter
Accessories & Adhesives – Envelope, Post-It notes, liquid Tombow Multi and double-sided tape




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

We're In The Last Days Of Sale-A-Bration - Ending 31st March 2017



 If you have been meaning to stock up on some cardstock, inks, adhesives or even treat yourself to some new goodies, make sure you get in now!  Sale A Bration is nearly over!

That’s right!  Sale A Bration is in the final days but there is also some GREAT news!
Stampin’ Up! have released 8 more items you can get as your FREEBIES with your order!
Remember that for EVERY $90 you order, you’ll get to choose a FREE Sale A Bration item, and the new 8 items are items from current catalogues.

So here’s the list.


Simply pop the item code in as your Sale-A-Bration item when you shop online, Or contact me at SusanSalutations to place your order!

There’s more info about Sale-A-Bration and all the ways you can benefit on my specials page HERE

And remember that you can still Join Stampin’ Up! with the amazing Sale-A-Bration extra value that you can read about HERE
Happy Stampin’ & Sale A Brating!
Susan 😊

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sale-A-Bration Ends March 31st

Sale-A-Bration is that time of year where you can earn a FREE product with every $90 order you place, but it is coming to an end on March 31st. Some of the popular rewards are already sold out! If you have had your eye on something from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, be quick to order or you could miss out.

Forever!



 The Sale-A-Bration items have never been offered in other catalogues, so once they are gone, they are gone! 😭



I hope you get what you want!
Images © 1990–2017 Stampin’ Up!®

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Awesomely Artistic Dragonflies


This little card looks kind of complex but it is actually quite easy to make! You gotta love stamping. I stamped the card base, background mat AND the main image, then the envelope and inside the card too! The flowers were coloured with the new Stampin' Up! watercolour pencils and an aqua painter. I don't know if you can see it, but the flower centres are shimmering with gold Wink of Stella. 


Here is how the inside turned out. That dragonfly is so pretty! I love dragonflies. Well, I love butterflies too, and ladybugs and beetles...loads of images, actually. Good thing Stampin' Up! has such a variety of beautiful images to choose from!

I ❤ Stampin' Up!

Get all the Supplies to make this card from my SusanSalutations Online Store:



Cardstock – Tangerine Tango Card Base, 2 x Cajun Craze mats (13cm x 9cm and 8cm square) , Whisper White mat 8cm x 12cm, Whisper White scrap 9cm square for main image
Ink – Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Black Stazon
Stamp Set – Awesomely Artistic
Stamp Blocks – C, D
Big Shot – Stitched Framelits
Tools – Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter
Accessories & Adhesives – Gold Wink of Stella, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Double Sided Tape, Card insert & envelope, Stazon cleaner

Friday, February 24, 2017

Three New Sale-A-Bration Items Added!

Did you know Sale-A-Bration is still in full-swing? You can earn a FREE reward for every $90 in products you order till the end of March 2017. Today three new reward items were added! I am loving that stack of glimmer papers but there is a medallion stamp set and something else too... See what everything looks like on the Specials Page at SusanSalutations 😊

Images © 1990–2017 Stampin’ Up!®

Cards for the Troops - Mother's Day 2017

Do you like crafting for causes? I run a drive to make cards for our Troops about twice a year. It is time for us to make Mother's Day cards to get them in the mail by the end of March so they can go overseas to our deployed troops in time to send out to their mothers and wives for Mother's Day. Of course, they also need birthday cards, thinking of you ones, anniversary and birth and just about every other type of card. Even blank ones (inside) with no sentiment attached are appreciated. If this interests you and you would like to help, read more about the drive here:  Cards for Troops Drive 2017

Thank you for any help you can give our Troops.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thoughts and Prayers

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The Thoughts and Prayers stamp set allows you to send some pretty special greetings. There are sensitive words in it for expressing sympathy, sending get well wishes, and letting them know you are thinking of them and praying for them. At card class today I taught stampers how to use the emboss resist and masking techniques. It was a fin class.

The card first posted relied only on white embossing and sponging with inks, but the second card included stamping over the top of the embossing and sponging.


I liked them both.

All supplies listed below are available for you to purchase from my SusanSalutations online store.

Supplies:



Cardstock –  Whisper White 9 x 14cm, Whisper White Thick cardstock base, Marina Mist  9.5 x 14.5
Ink & Daubers – Marina Mist, Versamark, Pool Party sponge dauber
Stamp Set – Thoughts and Prayers
Big Shot – Ovals framelits
Tools – Heat Tool
Accessories & Adhesives – White Embossing Powder, paper to catch powder, large Post-It notes, Washi Tape, soft tissues, Stampin’ Dimensionals, double-sided tape or liquid glue (Tombow), wooden skewer

Monday, February 20, 2017

Little Flowers Watercolour Card



Create a lovely and cheerful little flower card with none other than the Rose Wonder stamp set! The little flower in that stamp set makes a beautiful pattern when stamped repeatedly and coloured with an aqua painter.

All current supplies are listed below and are available for you to order from my SusanSalutations online store.

Supplies:
Cardstock – Watercolour paper 7x8cm, Mint Macaron Card Base, Peekaboo Peach mat 7.5 x 8.5, Designer Series Paper Sycamore Street  (retired) 9 x 15cm
Ink – Stazon Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red
Stamp Set – Rose Wonder
Stamp Blocks – D, E
Accessories & Adhesives – Aqua Painter, Gold Wink of Stella, Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon, Frosted Embellishments Sequins, Pick Up Stick, Fine tip glue pen, Glue Dots

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Watercoloured Rose

What a lovely stamp set this is to work with, and there are so many options in it for sentiments - birthday, wedding, sympathy etc. It is a very useful set. AND it has its own framelits too. This time though. my class was using it to make a lovely water colour card with inks and an aqua pen. I showed them how to use different colours on their rose in my sample, and then everyone's cards came out different as everyone chose their own favourite colours to work with. I love that everyone can be so creative with Stampin' Up! supplies! All supplies for this card are listed below and are available at SusanSalutations. If you would like instructions, I am giving them away if you place an order this month.



Supplies:
Cardstock –  Shimmery White 9 x 11cm, Real Red card base, Basic Black 10 x 14
Ink – Stazon Black, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mamabo, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Smokey Slate
Stamp Set – Rose Wonder
Stamp Blocks – D, F
Accessories & Adhesives – Aqua painter, water, Frosted Embellishment sequins, Pick Up Stick, Fine Tip glue pen