Matchbox Birthday

Welcome to my Butterfly Bouquet spotlight week – this week will feature 7 video tutorials posted back to back to spotlight this early release collection from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. The collection is made up of several components – Stamps, Dies, Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Specialty Paper.

Eek! I’m so excited to show you this project – it’s so so easy to make and is so cute! Today’s project features the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Butterfly Bouquet collection – this paper is an exclusive which will only be available during this promotion and it is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve teamed the paper up with the Treat Boxes from the Love you Always suite in the Jan to June Mini Catalogue. These are a really good size and so can be filled with plenty of treats to gift to someone as a thank you, a congratulations or even part of a birthday gift!

Using one of the leftover butterflies that I cut out for yesterday’s project, I wrapped the outer layer of the treat box with a piece of Designer Series Paper cut to fit. The paper instantly gives the box a lift and makes it feel special even without the extra decoration.

The second largest butterfly then makes its appearance on the front with a quick sentiment in Bermuda Bay to match the paper. I love how it looks when finished and I still have plenty of butterflies left for more projects!

Have you been tempted by the Butterfly Bouquet collection yet? If you have and want to get your hands on it, click the links at the bottom of this page.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 53/4 x 4 inches
  • Basic White Scrap

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Origami Blooms

You know when you sit down at your craft table with a project in mind, but then something just doesn’t go quite right so you end up with something completely different? Well that’s what happened here, a misjudged measurement meant the project took a very different turn and ended in something else, equally beautiful.

The project gave me the opportunity to use the pierced blooms dies again, which now I have them, I cannot stop using. They’re the perfect addition to any project and coincidentally co-ordinate with the FREE Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I chose.

Also I’ll let you into a little secret, I personally prefer the version I made in the video, especially because I manage to tie a gorgeous bow on camera!

Have you ever had a project that went wrong, but then you preferred the end result?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 12 x 12 inches
  • Scraps of Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Basic White, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose, Old Olive.

Scoring:

  • Side 1 = 3 and 6 inches
  • Side 2 = 41/2 and 71/2 inches

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Prism Congrats

How amazing is the new Hydrangea Hill Mercury Acetate? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a pack of it – not only because it contains purple either! The pack contains two different colours, Highland Heather & Rococo Rose, both equally beautiful. My box is made from Highland Heather and during my Facebook Live, I made one using Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Snail Mail suite.

The box is a prism slider, where the acetate or DSP acts as a ‘wrap’ around the inner card box. It’s a good size and will hold a varying amount of sweet treats or jewellery – perhaps even stationary. Because of the acetate and how stunning it looks, I didn’t need to add much more to get a gorgeous finish to the project.

A quick bow using the Gorgeous Grape sheer ribbon, a couple of flowers from the Hydrangea dies and a sentiment from the ‘You are Amazing’ stamp set. Quick and easy project which showcases the suite perfectly.

Which way did you prefer – acetate or Designer Series Paper?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 63/4 x 8 inches
  • Cardstock = 71/2 x 113/4 inches
  • Scraps for stamping.

Scoring:

  • 21/2 inches on all four sides

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Golden Perfection

One of my favourite combos is Black and Gold and I absolutely love when I can bring all the co-ordinating items onto a single project like this one – ribbon, embellishments, embossing powder – all matching to really bring the box to light. The acetate acts as a slider on the box for added wow, which I love as it gives it a special something elevating it over any other box you may make.

I don’t get my embossing powders out as often as I should, but powder is the only way to get that gorgeous look to the sentiment. Gold was the theme for the sample I made, but in my video I switched to Silver to show the variety the acetate brings – I’m not sure which one I prefer more!

And don’t you just love the sentiment? The mixture of two fonts is gorgeous, and to make things even better, the stamp set is one of the FREE choices as part of Sale-a-Bration until 28th February 2021. The finished size is really good too and will fit plenty of treats inside.

Have you purchased any of the Golden Garden Acetate yet? If not, why not?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Cardstock = 81/2 x 111/2 inches
  • Acetate = 51/2 x 12 inches

Scoring:

  • Long side = 4, 51/2, 91/2, 11 inches
  • Short side = 11/2 inches on each side

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Floral Thanks

I first made this box on the day my pre-order from Stampin’ Up! arrived. The grey background on the paper with the bright colours instantly drew me in. I didn’t know what I was going to make, but knew it had to be with that particular pattern. The grey background contrasts beautifully with Coastal Cabana, so that formed the colour theme of my box.

Using Fine Art Floral and some two step stamping, the picture really shines on the box. The colour theme also allowed me to bring out one of my favourite sets in the Annual Catalogue – Playing with Patterns, using both the embellishments and the ribbon.

And the best part? The darker shades on each of the flower heads is the same stamp. It has been designed to work with all three flowers, which I think is pure genius! And the box itself, well as the video shows – this can be made in bulk as it’s easy peasy to put together.

Which colour do you prefer, Coastal Cabana or Real Red?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Cardstock = 91/2 x 71/2 inches
  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 12 inches
  • Cardstock Scrap = 31/4 x 23/4 inches
  • Basic White Scrap = 3 x 21/2 inches

Scoring:

Cardstock:

  • Long Side = 3, 41/2, 71/2, 9 inches
  • Short Side = 11/2 inches

Designer Series Paper

  • Long Side = 51/4 inches on both sides
  • Short Side = 11/2 inches on both sides

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Best Suited Dad

I say this every time I showcased a masculine card – but they are difficult to design when you need one on the spot. I like to have a couple of card choices already made for when an occasion comes round celebrating a male in my life. Well Suited is the Designer Series Paper (DSP) that features in today’s card – of course – and I decided to layer different patterns together on the card front.

This layering technique was first introduced to me by Sam over at Pootles Papercraft, where you cut down 3 or 4 patterns from a pack of paper and layer them up to make a card front, finishing it off with a simple sentiment / ribbon / embellishment.

I always try to choose two more subtle patterns and then pair them with one a little more funky / bright, which in this collection isn’t too bright but is far more patterned than the others and the tiny sentiment on the white catches your eye. Ready to gift to a dad for any occasion.

Have you tried a layered DSP card?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Simple Sunday #11 – In Bloom

Welcome to my new Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features a stamp and die bundle that you can purchase from the January to June 2021 Mini Catalogue.

My main focus of today’s project was the dies, they are absolutely gorgeous and the pierced detail on the flowers really adds a beautiful touch to your project. The dies contain varying leaf shapes, flowers of varying size plus their middles so you can really build up a bouquet or arrangement or any shape or size.

I stamped my sentiment to the 3×3 panel and then just die cut flowers and leaves in vary colours to build up the floral arrangement. I took my colour inspiration from the co-ordinating Designer Series Paper which you can earn for free with a qualifying £45 purchase.

How gorgeous is the finished card?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Hydrangea Happy Pouch

Stampin’ Up! really do design and make some absolutely gorgeous suites and thanks to the colour families they have, the embellishments and ribbon etc are always the most divine colour ways. The Hydrangea Heaven suite has to be one of the best examples for this in my opinion – I’m a purple fan, so this really floats my boat!

The papers are beautiful designs featuring Hydrangeas, with this pattern in particular grabbing my attention for a more subtle project. Of course, I also included the Clever Clasps which if you don’t look carefully in the Mini Catalogue you may miss entirely!

Isn’t the paper just divine? And I’m so happy about Stampin’ Up! bringing a clasp / clip back into the catalogue. I miss the pegs / clips from previous years as they’re such an easy and quick way to close a bag without struggling to tie a bow.

Did you spot the Clever Clasps in the catalogue?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 91/2 x 63/4 inches
  • Basic White scrap

Scoring:

  • Long side = 11/2, 41/2, 6, 9 inches
  • Short side = 11/2 inches

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Happy Suited Birthday!

I mentioned on a post a couple of weeks ago that I struggle when making masculine cards. Which is still the case and even with a gorgeous suite such as ‘Well Suited’, I still find it takes me some time to bring a project together. However, this card came to me quite quickly and was put together in less than 10 minutes.

The vanilla panel in the middle gave me enough white space so the Paisley pattern on the Designer Series Paper (DSP) didn’t overwhelm, but then also somewhere for me to play my bow ties and sentiment.

Now I’m not sure who I’m going to give this too, but I have a masculine Birthday card prepped and in my stash ready for when I need it!

Do you find making masculine card more difficult?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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