Susan Simpson - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Stampin' Up! - Cake Soiree for Stamp 'N Hop

Hello and welcome to the first ever Stamp N' Hop!  We are a group of demonstrators from around the world who are sharing projects and inspiration featuring products in the Spring / Summer Catalogue. 

If you have hopped over from Jessie, welcome - wasn't her project lovely?  If you haven't visited my blog before, my name is Susan - I am an Stampin' Up! Demonstrator based in the UK (Cambridgeshire) and I have been with SU for three wonderful years!  Why not grab a cuppa and hop around with us?

It was a very difficult choice to decide which products to use for my project - I am a Libran; decisions are hard for me!  Eventually I decided to use the Sweet Soiree Suite.

I chose the colours for my project from a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP). If you have ever bought DSP from Stampin' Up! you will know that on the reverse of each pack is a list of colours used on the papers - this is so useful!

I started with the background, adhering a piece of DSP onto some Whisper White card.  

Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Stamp 'N Hop, Cake Soiree, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I then ran this piece through the Ruffled Dynmaic embossing folder - this is the first time I have used this folder - it won't be the last time, love the texture and deep impression it gives.

Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Stamp 'N Hop, Cake Soiree, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous die cut tag but after cutting out a selection of flowers and foliage I realised that there would be no room for a sentiment.

Top Tip Number 1
Did you know you can 'extend' dies to make longer pieces?  Well, you can!

I started with a piece of card in Marina Mist Card measuring 4.8 x 8.5cm.  Place the die at the top of the card and lay on the Big Shot platform.  Turn the handle as normal but only allow the top half of the die to cut - reverse the big shot at this point.  

Remove the die and place at the bottom of the piece of card, turning so that this end will cut when you turn the handle.  Run through the Big Shot as before and reverse.  Et voila - one large tag!

Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Stamp 'N Hop, Cake Soiree, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

After stamping a sentiment on the white tag I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere it to the Marina Mist one. I spent some time arranging an assortment of flowers and foliage on the tag using a mixture of Tombox and Dimensionals.

I added Wink of Stella to the flowers for a bit of sparkle - hopefully you can see it on the photo below.

All I needed now was some coordinating ribbon for the top of the tag.  Unfortunately SU are not currently offering any sort of trim in Marina Mist but, a solution was at hand!

Top Tip Number 2
Did you know that you can colour ribbons and trims to match your projects?  Well you can!  

I used a Stampin' Write Marker to colour some the lovely white organza ribbon.  If you use a marker you need to allow time for the ink on the ribbon to dry.  You can also use Stampin' Blends in the same way and, as they are alcohol based, the ribbon dries much quicker!

The inside of the card and the envelope were also decorated with DSP and die cut elements so that everything coordinated.

Here is the finished card and envelope.

I really enjoyed creating this project - I can see this set becoming my go to set for birthdays, weddings and other celebrations.  In fact, I enjoyed using Cake Soiree so much that we will be using it next week for Coffee & Cards sessions.  Pop back soon to see more projects made with this versatile bundle.

Thanks for joining us on the very first Stamp 'N Hop - click the 'Next' button to head on over to see what Shannon has been doing.  If you get lost along the way, a list of hop participants can be found below.  

You can find details of the products I used for this project below, if you have any questions, please get in touch - I am always happy to help.

Don't forget to leave comments  - we would all love to know what you think of our projects!

Happy Crafting!

Susan xx

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