Watercolour Wings & Happy ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

The best thing about the new Watercolour Wings stamp set is layering. Simply use several of the stamps in different colours to get masses of butterfly options! I used my blender pens to fill in any white bits with a touch of lighter colour. 

This stamp set also has two sets of coordinating dies that allow you to layer it upward. Here I used an offset piece of vellum to give a bit of subtle interest. And don't ask me how I managed to stick the tiny metallic thread in place with very little to anchor it to. It kind of just happened with a bit of random sticking...

Watercolour Wings Happy Card (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Watercolour Wings Happy Card ~ Susan Wong

This week marks the end of a full year as Artisans. Most of us are excited and able to carry through to the extended date in October, but sadly two of our lovely ladies will be posting as part of this hop for the last time. We wish the amazingly talented Vicky and Lisa well and thank them for sharing their talents with the world. Be sure to follow them in their creative projects over the coming months and leave them some extra love on their blogs this week. 

Time to hop through to the lovely Teneale!

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Easy Ombre Tag-A-Bags ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Fun and colourful, the Tag-A-Bag kit makes dressing gifts easy. Here I've created an ombre of colour on our lovely white Sketched Dots bags using the brayer. Do you have any parties coming up??

Easy Ombre Tag-a-Bags (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Easy Ombre Tag-a-Bags ~ Susan Wong

Brayer tips for even coverage without lines (but I must say these bags are very forgiving!):
After inking up, roll one full turn on scrap paper to get a lot of the ink off.
Start almost completely off the paper bag and work your way upwards.
At the end of each forward and back motion, flick the roller with your wrist to spin it so it doesn't roll in exactly the same spot on the next forward and backward motion. This is the key.

Time to hop over to Teneale :)
We have heaps to dazzle you with loads of gift packaging ideas this week!

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Home Truths Flip Book ~ Stampin Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to the July Facebook Showcase week here on the Artisan Blog Hop! We're featuring a bit of a kid theme this week so happy hopping :)

Each page in this mini Home Truths Flip Book has a few words of truth that every kid needs to know. How cool is the Words of Truth stamp set? On the white pages you can stick photos or write more words from the heart.

Concertina fold two strips of 3" wide Designer Paper at 3" intervals. Bind them together with your favourite washi tape and stick a strip of card stock down spine on the outside if you want the extra strength.

Words of Truth Flip Book (cover) ~ Susan Wong

Words of Truth Flip Book (inside) ~ Susan Wong

Let's see what Teneale has whipped up for us...

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Over the Rainbow Card ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

This week we have a bit of a love and sympathy theme going on with the Artisan Blog Hop. Take a gander and have a great week!!

I'll be honest and say I found the Over the Rainbow set a bit (a lot) of a challenge so I took a couple of cues from our awesome Catalogue pages. Sometimes it's not until you get to play with something that you realise the possibilities! Happy with this one :)

Over the Rainbow Hope card (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Over the Rainbow Hope card ~ Susan Wong

Time to hop on 'Over the Rainbow' to Teneale...

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Cheers Gift Box ~ Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

July!! The second half of the year has begun and it's the middle of Winter in New Zealand. Brrrrr. 14 degrees today (57 if you speak Fahrenheit) is sort of a manageable cold though.

July also marks our twelfth month of bringing you weekly inspiration as the Artisan Design Team 2014-2015. Has it really been a whole year already?! Most of us look forward to continuing until October as we bring things into line with the Global Stampin' Up! calendar. So thankful for these fabulous gals and - hey - saying thanks is our theme this week!!

It's the last week of term two before our mid-year school holidays. Penny and I baked some shortbread and I thought, why wait until the end of the year to show her kindy teachers some appreciation? So this little package joined us on the walk to kindergarten... and went down a treat of course ;)

Cheers Gift Box (detail) ~ Susan Wong

Create a shadow effect behind your die cut by sponging through the hole from the off-cut with white ink.

Cheers Gift Box (front) ~ Susan Wong

Cheers Gift Box (back) ~ Susan Wong

The Nitty Gritty:
This box is size medium on our fabulous Gift Bag Punch Board. I created flaps on both top and bottom to give a bit of strength and interest and left off the gusset scoring on the sides. Made using card 1" shorter than our standard A4 card width (21cm). Sorry - I always mix imperial and metric!! The yellow insert is 3" wide.
Don't forget to stamp before you stick the box together!

Time to hop on over to the talented Teneale :)

Supplies used in this project:

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