I've been having a bit of a decluttering session in my craft space so before I mess it up again I thought it was a good time to take you for a quick little lap. I quite enjoy having a peek at where people create and how they store their various bits and bobs so here's my contribution.
I've been simplifying my supplies and adding lots of nice touches of pretty decor and I'm really enjoying spending time in here with all the colourful additions.
Happy creating and I hope you get some creative time this month. Cheers, Sue
Hello - January has flashed by hasn't it! I've popped a couple of new videos over on my youtube channel. This first one is a bit of a tour of my rearranged craft room. Still a few bits to finish but while it was tidy I thought I'd take the chance to give you a little video tour.
And here's another quick one I put together to show you how to use the various different dies in the Suit and Tie dies, plus we take a closer look at the Well Suited DSP This is such a fun suite of products to mix and match with. I had fun making this poster to showcase the dies and papers.
Project Craft Room Clean Out has made a bit more progress and I've put together a video to show you how I organise my embossing folder, dies and some patterned paper and frequently used cardstock that I want to keep close at hand.
Now to tackle the rest of the place!! It is a bit of a never ending job isn't it. Have you got any craft storage tips? Pop a comment here or under the video if you'd like to share an idea.
Another variation of this simple card design with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch. This time I've paired it with Artistry Blooms patterned paper (DSP.) You can stick the rectangles straight onto the white card base, or add another layer from the paper pack like I've done in the card on the left. (This panel is 8cm wide.)
Need more details and a look at how I've made this? I've got a video here if you need it. It also shows how I made that narrower shape for the Just Thinking Of You greeting with the Timeless Label Punch.
Our patterned papers are on sale for just a few more days. (How can it be almost the end of October already?!)
One from my beginners' series today or for those who want to get creative without getting a great stack of supplies out. (Find my beginners' page here for more tips: Starting Out With Cardmaking)
The cards in this video use my 8 essential card making items, plus we've added the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch, your favourite patterned paper (on sale for a few more days) and a greeting stamp and punch combo.
This is such a cool design for using with your favourite patterned paper. Here it is with Heartwarming Hugs DSP for a Christmas card.
Don't forget lots of our patterned papers are on sale until the end of October.
Felt a bit like the first day of school all over again at our place this morning with BOTH kids off to on site school again. What a year it has been. I'm so proud of how resilient they've been with all the changes to their year. Given how much Jack has grown this year (he just officially clicked over 6 foot) I was quite relieved that his pants still fit for the last few weeks of year 9. Only a few weeks and Hannah will be having her LAST day of school. Can't quite believe it. What is that saying - the days are long but the years are short. So true.
Have a fab week everyone. Double zero day in Melbourne today is one to celebrate.
Hannah turned 18 last week (I know - how fast does time fly!) We couldn't get together with family and friends as we usually would so we had to think a little outside the box to make the day special.
I've used the Christmas Countdown Project Kit and decorated it with some pretty colours to make this set of gorgeous drawers. Each drawer has a message from grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins plus our clan. Just print off the greetings and wishes and fold them to go in the little drawers.
Doesn't it come up well all decorated. I've used Peony Garden DSP plus a little of the In Good Taste DSP (patterned paper.) I've also used some Whisper White embossed with Greenery embossing folder. (In my video below I accidentally said shimmery white but it is the whisper white.) I've cut some leaves from Champagne foil for a little extra shine, and added some Beaded Pearls and Elegant Faceted Gems.
The set of blank drawers come in your kit (along with some Christmas decorating parts to make an advent calendar.) To repurpose it, just choose your favourite patterned paper or coloured cardstock to make an alternative set of drawer fronts to decorate for a special occasion. Cut each drawer front piece to 5cm square and you can either trace one of the templates from the kit and cut with scissors or a HUGE shortcut would be to get a 1" circle punch. I didn't have one of those but I did have the Timeless Label punch and just used the edge of that. It is a little shallower than the circles in the kit but still worked well and was a lot easier than cutting with the scissors.
I made a matching card and envelope using some of the same supplies.
Here's a shopping link if you need any of the supplies I've used: Project Supplies
I've put together a video giving a closer look and a few more tips for this project.
And thanks to the lovely Helena from Bakes By Her for the extra special cupcakes and biscuits.
Wow - doesn't really seem ALL that long ago that Hannah was a cute little bub and now she's 18 and soon to finish school. That saying is so true - the days are long but the years are short. Wishing you every happiness Hannah. xx
This patterned paper (In Good Taste DSP) is so gorgeous that you can make a lovely card just by popping it on a coordinating cardstock base and adding a greeting. Or you can step it up a little with a few extra layers.
In this video I run through some handy measurements I use all the time when I'm making cards featuring patterned paper. (This is for cardmaking in Australia with A4 cardstock - you can adapt the idea for other countries with different dimension cardstock.)
Adding just a narrow border and an extra layer on the greeting makes the paper really pop.
Have a fab weekend and happy creating. Chilly one coming up here in Melbourne so I'm parking myself in my craft room for a bit of inky fun. Jack just got a new Nintendo Switch game so he's busy with that and Hannah is knee deep in studying (with a bit of Netflix thrown in I think!) John's spending a bit of time on the indoor bike. We are all happy to see those Vic numbers coming down and are looking forward to seeing family and friends (and my hairdresser!) again soon. Not long to go now.
I've dusted off my technology and ventured back into facebook live video land this year. The problem with taking a break is relearning how all my gizmos work - wink! Here's my latest video.
24th Feb: Latest News and Easy Watercolouring Tips
I'm totally in love with watercolouring this set - Happy Birthday To You. I'm no expert - just like to dive in a give it a go. I'll show you a super easy technique if you're a bit intimidated by your watercolours in this video.
Thanks for watching, and a big thanks to those who leave a little comment to say hi. Much appreciated.
The new host code for March is3EAXEC6D.Pop that on if you're ordering online and your total is less than $250. Host code parcels for Jan/Feb are in the post Monday so keep an eye on the mailbox if you used the code recently.
Still finding my feet with videos but I've just finished the first in a planned series - Sue's Stamping Technique Tutorials. We're kicking off with a nice easy one - Faux Silk Technique. If you've not tried this one before, here's some step by step instructions for making a lovely textured feature for your next card.