Susan Simpson - UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Stampers by the Dozen Blog Hop #001

Hello, and welcome to the very first Stampers by the Dozen blog hop!  We are a group of 12 Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world who will be hopping once a month.  

I have been wanting to take part in a blog hop for several months now so, when this opportunity arose I jumped at it!

For our first hop the brief was to focus on items that we had been able to pre order from the upcoming Autumn / Winter Catalogue.

For me, it was an obvious choice as soon as I saw page 48 of the Autumn / Winter catalogue and the new Painted Autumn Suite.  Bold water coloured images in beautiful autumnal colours - absolutely stunning!

I have always had a bit of a thing for sunflowers - in fact one of the very first stamps I bought almost 28 years ago was this sunflower stamp!

Things have moved on a lot since then but I still love sunflowers and don't think I will ever part with this particular stamp!

The stamps I used are from a set called Painted Harvest (item 144783 - £19) and the coordinating Leaf Punch (item 144667 - £14.50).  These two items are available as a bundle for just £30 = 10% saving!

Craftyduckydoodah!, painted Harvest, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I decided I would attempt a fairly shabby chic look as I have someone special in mind for this card - here are the colours I decided to use.

I created a background for my card front with some Early Espresso card stock. Now for some strange reason I used Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the leaves around the edges - odd when I have the Early espresso ink but hey ho!

Using stamps as a border to create a background is quick and simple to do. There is some absolutely stunning Designer Series Paper in this suite but I could not quite bring myself to cut into just yet as I am still admiring it - I think I might be a DSP hoarder ...

The Crushed Curry was an obvious choice for the sunflowers - can you see the depth and dimension of the stamped images?  I love the mottled texture; this is achieved using two step stamping for the flowers and the leaves.  I punched the leaves out with the matching punch and used my poky tool to curl and shape each leaf.  I fussy cut the flower and shaped the centre a little (pressing with my thumb) before adhering on top of another stamped flower with a Stampin' Dimensional.

Craftyduckydoodah!, painted Harvest, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I used a stamping sponge and some Cake ink to give an aged look to the card stock and the envelope inking in a circular movement around the edges.  I then stamped the leaves using both stamps in Crumb Cake and added some dotty splodges in Garden Green ink.  Hopefully you can see this clearly on the envelope, I added an additional piece of card to the inside decorated in the same way.

Craftyduckydoodah!, painted Harvest, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I used some of the new Jute Twine (item 144625 - £5) across the front of my card and then I had one of my usual dilemmas with the card - to add a bow or not?  After leaving the card overnight, I added a bow!

Here is the completed card and envelope.

Craftyduckydoodah!, painted Harvest, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I hope you enjoyed this sneaky peak at one of the new product suites, I would love you to leave a comment below to let me know what you think ...

Scroll to the bottom of this post for details of the products I used for this project and details of how you can receive a free gift from me.

Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, come back soon for some sneaky peaks from the new Autumn / Winter catalogue!

Please click the image below to hop to continue with the hop and look at the other fabulous projects - next up is Tricia!

Susan xx

If you get lost along the way, here is a list all participants in the hop.

1.      Rachel Pine
2.      Karie Beglau
3.      Judi Anderson
4.      Susan Simpson you are here!
5.      Tricia Butts
6.      Lyndsay LaRae Carara
7.      Courtenay Heuston
8.      Tashana Lundy
9.      Carly Middleton

If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a brand new 2017 - 2018 catalogue and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you straight away.

If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.

How to get your hands on the new Autumn / Winter Catalogue!

Anyone who has placed an order with me in the last three months will be receiving a copy in the next few weeks!  Let me tell you, it is choc a block full of gorgeous goodies that you will absolutely love!  Products are available to order from September 1st - the first of my crafty ladies received their catalogues yesterday!  If you would like a copy just let me  know.

Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: 
ZCP2U7YP I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits.

If you are in the UK click on the products below to purchase!


  1. Lovely card Susan, I love the sunflower, but wow, great job of fussy cutting.

    1. Thank you Carly - always had a thing for sunflowers! xx

  2. Love the card and Kudos to you for the fussy cutting!! I also LOVE the design on the scrapbook page too!

    1. Thanks Karie - not a fan of fussy cutting but sometimes, it just has to be done! xx

  3. Beautiful card created with one of my new favorite stamp sets. I love the dimension you created.

    1. Thank you Tricia - this set is already a firm favourite! xx

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks Bev - didn't want to use the predictable yellow lol! xx

  5. Very pretty card Susan. I'm loving this set too it's so much more versatile than first glance suggests. Best wishes with the blog hops. Zx

  6. Thank you Zoe. It is such a versatile set - just finished stamping some flowers in blue! xx

  7. Oh Susan, this is beautiful. When I got home today, I looked at the lovely Autumn/Winter supplement you gave me and fell in love with the same set. No surprise to learn that I think this will be on my order list. xx

    1. It is a marvellous set Jayne - so many possibilities! xx