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September Card Ideas and Tips For You
August 30, 2021

September 2021 Paper Twists

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Sale-A-Bration is a fun time for two reasons - the new product lines and the chance to earn free exclusive products!

If you place a $90AUD order with me at SusanSalutations by September 30th, you'll earn yourself a free reward! Go to my page to find out more.


Tips and Techniques - Blending Brushes

The Stampin' Up! blending brushes are sure fun to work with. Did you know you can add an ombre look to coloured cardstock with them?

Here I started my background with Petal Pink cardstock and Polished Pink ink.

I added some ink to a blending brush by taping it onto an open Polished Pink inkpad.

I had my cardstock on some scrap paper and started a circling motion off the card on the scrap paper, before working my way onto the Petal Pink cardstock, adding colour as I went.

When the first load of colour had been used up, I got some more ink and starting on the scrap paper again, used circular strokes to add more colour.

I kept going till I was happy with the end result. See how the colour gradually fades out about mid way down the cardstock? You can add colour to designer series paper as well, or to any

You can add colour to Designer Series Paper as well, or try it with other lighter coloured cardstock. Even a deeper colour of cardstock like Melon Mambo can be altered with blending brushes and ink.

Have a play!

Crafting With Kits On the Road

Just after getting settled in our new house, my husband had knee replacement surgery. Once he had sufficiently recovered from that and between lock downs, we managed to get away in our caravan.

I'm on the road now and do you know what crafty goodness I took with me?


Stampin' Up! has some beautiful card kits and I had been waiting to put together this Gorgeous Posies one (now retired but still oh-so-pretty and perfect for caravan crafting).

Kits are so convenient! You get all the supplies you need to make many cards. In this kit I had

16 Card bases 16 decorated card fronts 16 printed envelopes Die cut Tags Die cut Images Ribbon Linen thread

All I needed was the Gorgeous Posies stamp set, a few stampin' blocks and coordinating ink pads. Oh, and adhesives.

It made for easy and light packing. Nearly everything fit inside the kit box too!

I made sure I had a piece of scratch paper to stamp over as well.

When I had a chance to craft on the road with my dear friend Sharon, a like-minded papercrafter, I was all set. As the planning had all been done, we could also keep chatting and laughing as I put together my 16 cards all in one evening. I love that about crafting together!

It's such a joyful time.

Here's a sample of the cards I made. See how they are embossed with gold? That was done for me too:

Isn't the box gorgeous too? I think it is my favourite one so far.

If Kits sound good to you too, Stampin' Up! always has a few current ones. You can check them out on the Kits page of SusanSalutations.

Tool Tip: Maintaining your Paper Cutter

Your Stampin' Up! paper cutter sometimes needs some tender loving care (TLC) to give you it's best.

Cardstock tends to be fluffy when it is cut. You'll find that the little runner that the cutting blade runs along may get filled up with this fluff. That makes the cutter work unevenly at times.

All that you need to do is to take a little square piece of scrap cardstock and run the corner of it down the track a few times. You'll probably be amazed at what fluff you can get out of the track!

Also, use a non alcohol baby wipe to remove any resin left behind by adhesives on the surface of your cutter. Don't forget to clean off the cutter arm too.

Make sure no paper fluff is gumming up the swing arm hinge.

And if these tips don't fix your paper cutting, consider if it is time for a new cutting blade. They are available in my SusanSalutations shop.

Other News

My craft room is finally in good order! You can see it's current look at the Craft Room Makeover Part 4 page on PaperCraftCentral.

Also check out the Card Ideas I posted since last writing, and the Stampin' Up News page too.

Have a great Stampin' time till we are in touch again!


Susan Hurley-Luke of SusanSalutations and

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