Frame Me Till Christmas ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Here's a frame-able 12x12 page I made for display in my home with the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life cards. Pattern overlooooaad! You can never have too much colour right?

I feel it's a little early so it won't be put out quite yet! BUT the best part is, I'll easily be able to add some photos and pop it in the album after the festive season. Christmas is in the Summertime here in New Zealand and where I live we're not more than 40mins from loads of different beaches. Naturally, some of my favourite family snaps year-by-year are over this time. 

Seasonal Snapshot Holiday 12x12 Decor ~ Susan Wong

Seasonal Snapshot Holiday 12x12 Decor detail ~ Susan Wong

Seasonal Snapshot Holiday 12x12 Decor detail ~ Susan Wong

Seasonal Snapshot Holiday 12x12 Decor ~ Susan Wong

Inks: Real Red Marker
Papers: Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Whisper White (for backing) and Sahara Sand 12x12, Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Gold Foil Sheets, Old Olive, Real Red.
Stamps: Remember Rotary Stamp
Accessories/Tools: Seasonal Snapshot Project LIfe Accessory Pack, Linen Thread, Gold Metallic Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

Go check out what the talented Teneale has been up to!

For All Things - Hello You!! ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

I had a particular person in mind as soon as I saw this stamp set in my October box and, my, how convenient, her birthday is in October too! This card is on its merry way to Tanzania where my wonderful sister lives with her family. If I'd had my act together a bit better she may have actually received this before this week's post went live......... oops.

LOVE the yellow polka dot background. That's a 3x4" Project Life card!

For All Things 'Hello You' card detail ~ Susan Wong

For All Things 'Hello You' card ~ Susan Wong

Supplies Used:
Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Black Stazon
Papers: Kraft Cardstock, Smoky Slate, Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White
Stamps: For All Things (Holiday Catalogue), And Many More (seriously, I seem to use this every week!)
Accessories/Tools: 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Linen Thread, Venetian Crochet Trim

Time to hop on over to Teneale's blog...

Love You! with Seasonally Scattered ~ Stampin Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Seasonally scattered is a set I wish I had more time to play with! It'll definitely be popping up in my Project Life pages - or other layouts. But for now, here's the 'love' stamp on a card for you.

Welcome if you've clicked through from the Stampin Up! October Artisan showcase on Facebook. Hope you have fun and get inspired as you hop through the blogs. This is a seriously talented bunch of ladies! Pssst ~ have you seen our collective board on Pinterest? Click here!

Seasonally Scattered 'Love You' card detail ~ Susan Wong

Seasonally Scattered 'Love You' card ~ Susan Wong

Inks: Tangelo Twist, Strawberry Slush, VersaMark
Paper: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, White Vellum, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White
Stamps: 135023 Seasonally Scattered, 134275 And Many More, 134198 Choose Happiness
Accessories/Tools: Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Linen Thread, Gold Basic Metal Buttons

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Thankful Concertina ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Early last year, I helped make invites en masse for my friends' wedding. It occurred to me when rustling through the Project Life cards in our box this month that they're the perfect size for this little concertina purse made from Stampin' Up! C6 envelopes. Below is the original design we made. They were sealed and posted just like that.

Concertina Wedding Invitation ~ Susan Wong
Jo Currie Photography
And here's my new take on it. (School holidays - my son is the hand model this week.)

I'm Thankful For Concertina cover ~ Susan Wong

I'm Thankful For Concertina cover detail ~ Susan Wong

I'm Thankful For Concertina closure ~ Susan Wong

I'm Thankful For Concertina inside ~ Susan Wong

Want to make your own?

For the concertina:
Seal (licky licky) then slice a couple of millimetres off both ends of two envelopes.
Fold them in half and lay flat with all open ends at the top.
Stick them together with a thin line of glue between each layer.
Place Project Life Seasonal Snapshot cards in each pocket. I've done one each but you could fit more and add other embellishments if you choose.

For the cover:
Cut a piece 25.5 x 11.7cm.
Where the card bends we score 4 lines very close together to give it a wider bend without having to add a spine. Here are the measurements I used:
Score at 8, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4 & 16.4, 16.5, 16.6, 16.7cm.
Now is the time to thread your buttons on if you want a button closure.
Shape cover around your concertina envelopes and adhere with the same thin strip of glue in the centre.
Time to decorate :)

Supplies Used:
Ink: Tuxedo Black Momento Ink, Strawberry Slush, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry
Paper: Kraft Cardstock, Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes, Basic Black, Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection (Holiday Catalogue), Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Watercolour Paper
Stamps: 135170 I'm Thankful For, little heart from 135095 Holiday Home
Accessories/Tools: 133763Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Gold Sequin Trim, Venetian Crochet Trim, Linen Thread

Teneale's up next. Go check it out :)

Embossed Storage Jars ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

It's school holidays here in New Zealand before we head into term four and the final countdown until Christmas and our long Summer break. So my project this week is kid-focussed, because that's where we're at right now. Lots of crafts and spontaneous outings and lots of jobs getting done that don't seem to fit into the normal school week routine (I tidied my linen cupboard!).

Organised colouring pencils not only get heaps more use but are much nicer on the eye than the overloaded box we had going on. Here we go...

White & Gold 'Dipped' Storage Jars Tutorial ~ Susan Wong

White & Gold 'Dipped' Storage Jar ~ Susan Wong

Omit the washi tape if you don't want a specific edge pattern. I found the versamark had a clean enough edge on its own. 

Inks: Versamark, Markers in various colours
Papers: Whisper White
Accessories/Tools: 135860 Note Tag Punch (Holiday Catalogue), 133763 Gold Basic Metal Buttons (Holiday Catalogue), Linen Thread
Empty jam/relish jars with labels soaked off.

Hop across to the talented Teneale next.