Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Take a meander through our inspirational SUDSOL blog tour

Hi and welcome.

I'm a Stampin' Up! demo based in the UK and I joined SUDSOL back in January for the 24/7 access to inspirational ideas, project instructions and templates that I can use to WOW my workshop guests and hostess. SUDSOL offers a free two week trial membership to SU! demos around the world, just click on the blinking SUDSOL icon on the right hand side menu or here to sign up.

If you're not a SU! demo then please still take a look at the projects on the tour for inspiration for your own creations, or why not book a workshop and see them first hand?

This first project is great fun, it's a faker shaker card and so easy to make - when you know how, lol. I found the idea in the Patterns and Templates area of SUDSOL's Creative Library.

Stamp Set: Strength and Hope
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Rose Red, White Stazon
Taffeta Ribbon: Pretty in Pink
Punch: Small Heart
Sizzlits 4-Pack Die: Lots of Tags
Embosslits Die: Beautiful Wings
Embossing Folder: Square Lattice
Other: Cello Bag, Basic Pearls

The Cello Bag was stamped with the writing in White Stazon, then filled with dinky punched and die cut heart and butterfly shapes before folding over the bag top and sealing. Using Rose Red ink the scroll motif was stamped onto a square of Pink Pirouette card. One of the Lots of Tags sizzlits was used to die cut an aperture just above. This leaves an impression on the card of the full sizzlit plate and so the square was run through the Square Lattice to emboss the pattern over the top. The faker shaker was adhered behind the aperture then adhered to the card front with dimensionals. The butterfly was stamped in Rose Red ink onto Pink Pirouette card, cut out and popped up on a dimensional. Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon was shaped into a Ribbon of Hope, secured with a glue dot and a Pearl fixed over the dot.

Next up, I raided the library again for their all-occasion bag box pattern.

Stamp set: Strength and Hope
Cardstock: Rose Red, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink
DSP: Lap of Luxury
Punches: Extra-large Tag, 1-1/4" Square
Embossing Folder: Square Lattice

After following the cutting and folding instructions in the pattern, the front of the box was decorated with a piece of Lap of Luxury DSP that had been stamped with the butterfly in Pretty in Pink and Rose Red inks. The butterfly was stamped again with Rose Red ink onto Pink Pirouette card, cut out and popped up on a dimensional over the one stamped on the DSP. Using Rose Red ink, the Hope sentiment was stamped onto Pink Pirouette card, punched out with the 1-1/4" Square and run through the Square Lattice embossing folder. This was adhered direct to a Large Tag punched from Rose Red card and then tied to the bag closure with Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon.

Finally, I have a masculine card to share. It took inspiration from the samples gallery to create this.

Stamp sets: Sail Away, Plane and Simple (sentiment)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Watercolor Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Black Stazon, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Cherry Cobbler
Seam Binding Ribbon: Baja Breeze
Bigz Die: Top Note
Other: Pewter Jumbo Eyelets

Watercolor paper was die cut using the Top Note, the left edge trimmed off and the rest of the shape cut to the perforated line before stamping the Sail Away image with Black Stazon. An aquapainter was used to pick up ink and paint the image, leaving the sails unpainted. This was then matted onto another Top Note, die cut from Cherry Cobbler card and a Pewter Jumbo Eyelet was added using the Crop-a-dile. Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon was wrapped around a mat of Basic Gray card, threaded and tied through the main image which was popped up on dimensionals. The sentiment from the Plane and Simple set was stamped onto Very Vanilla card with Cherry Cobbler ink. This was then cut into a flag shape, sponged along the edges with more Cherry Cobbler and popped up on slivers of dimensionals on the card front.

I hope that these projects have inspired you. If you're a demo and would like access to all these patterns, templates and more, then be sure to sign up for your free trial. After you activate your membership you'll also be able to view my gallery.

If you're not a demo then why not email me to book your own workshop and I can demonstrate one of these projects for you in person.

Sara xx

Edited - sorry all the blog links are now gone. Please watch out for our next blog tour.


Mary said...

Hi Sara,

Love the Sail Away and the watercoloring on it - and that it was a masculine type card too using the Top Note - fits the sailing theme really well. Glad you could join us on the Sudsol blog tour! Mary Lecuyer :-)

Robin Messenheimer / Robin's Craft Room said...

The shaker card is FABULOUS! Beautiful use of the colors and texture.

Mary said...

Sara, fantastic projects! I love the faker shaker card! Your coloring on the Sail Away card is gorgeous! TFS!

Blythe from MAHA said...

Great projects--all of them. My favorite would have to be the shaker card but the others are right behind. Thanks for the inspiration. ~Blythe

Tammy Fite said...

WOW!! Love the Sail Away card--gorgeous! All your projects are wonderful!

Marti said...

Your projects are wonderful. Love the way you made the fake shaker card. I'll be back often.
Marti Crapo

Jan said...

Love all the projects Sara. I think my favourite is Sail Away though! Jan x

Tami Black said...

I think your Sail Away card is awesome -- love the layout and your coloring!

Kim said...

Love the faker shaker card and the sail away card. both are GREAT cards to CASE

lora said...

The faker-shaker card is super cute! I love all your projects!

Elizabeth said...

Love the faker shaker card - I think I might take that trial and see what I am missing!

Judy said...

Great projects! Loved them all!! Think the last card was my favorite! Thanks for making this a great tour!!

Anika - Ania Czy┼╝yk - said...

super project. card of the boat is wonderful :)