Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Looking at things differently | TGIF Challenge #159

It's been a while since I've played with the Jar of Love stamp set but when I saw this sketch for this weeks TGIF Challenge I was immediately inspired. 

However once I sat down to start creating I  just couldn't get it to work and eventually "Mum duties" called so my project was set aside until later in the day. It was when I returned to my desk that I knew how to fix it....turn it upside down!!! What do you think? 

I'm absolutely loving the Wood Textures DSP stack from Stampin' Up! at the moment so you can imagine how happy I was when I found out that it is still available in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue. 

These Delicate White Doilies, however, are retiring so if you are going to miss them as much as I am, you'll need make sure you order a packet or three as they are only available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. That means don’t wait! Once they are gone, they're gone. 

Thanks for poping by today. Make sure you pop over to the TGIF Challenge Blog to see what the TGIF Design team have done with this sketch.

- Tan xx

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Picture Perfect Gift Wrapping

Hello and welcome back. 

As you may have already guessed, I enjoy making beautiful cards for my family and friends, however the perfectionist in me can't help but create beautiful gift wrapping to go with the card. Often I will make a box or decorate a gift bag but my go-to gift wrapping supplies are a huge roll of plain white wrapping paper, Stampin' Up! stamps, ink and some Designer Series Paper. And these designs from Picture Perfect Party DSP are perfect for gift packaging. 

Lucky for me these gifts are books for my nephew and nieces so they were super easy to wrap and were a great blank canvas to decorate.

The only draw back to gift wrapping with the Picture Perfect Party DSP stack is that the pages are only 6 x 6 inches so creating a belly band is rather difficult for most sized gifts however for this gift I used my snail and short strips of different patterns to create a bricked effect belly band to go around the gift. 

This candle image is my absolute favourite design from this stack and really only needs some subtle background stamping and a few simple embellishments.

When completing this last design I CASEd the layout of card I had created in the past. Casing one of your past project is always a great way to get the creative juices flowing when you are stuck for ideas. 

Thank you for stopping by. I hope I've inspired you to get more out if your crafting supplies by multi-purposing them for gift packaging. 

- Tan xx

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Lil' lunch notes | Let's Get Hopping #9

Welcome to another Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my amazingly talented friend Susan Wong, didn't you just love her projects? If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around

This month's task was to complete a set of cards and I'm really excited to share my creations with you. 
My biggest boy (age 11) has been having a little bit if a rough time at school of late, just the standard school yard bickering but it's got him down just the same. So as a bit of a "pick-me-up" I decided to create some little lunch box note cards that I can write an uplifting message in and pop in his lunchbox. Since most of the problems are occurring during snack and lunch times my hope was that when he opens his lunch box he'll find my handmade note and that will lift his mood before he heads out to play. 

The bright and colourful designs from the Tutti Fruitti DSP stack were the obvious choice for me when I was deciding on my designs and I just couldn't resist adding a piece of coordinating DSP to decorate the envelopes. When it came to adding the sentiments I was spoilt for choice, Stampin' Up! includes so many wonderful sentiments in their stamp sets that I had a hard time narrowing the sentiments down to just 6! 
Here's a close up of each of the cards. 

Thank you for hopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my post. Next up in the hop is the super talented Sherry Espinoza, I can't wait to see what set of cards she is sharing.  

 - Tan xx

Monday, 23 April 2018

Designer Series Paper Love for GDP #134

Hands up all you Designer Series Paper hoarders. I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who has sheets of DSP in their stash that they are "saving" for that special project that never seems to come along. 
I'm not sure why I think this way, what's the worst that can happen if I use up all my DSP? I mean if I run out I can always buy more, right? So in a bid to get over this I made a commitment to myself to start using up my DSP and this card is the first of what I hope will be many cards featuring my favourite DSP. 

This pattern from Delightful Daisy is my absolute favourite. The soft colours of Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party and Calypso Coral are so beautiful in this floral pattern. I'm also guilty of saving the pieces of the white wash woodgrain from the Wood Textures DSP stack but it goes so perfectly with the florals, don't you think?

My inspiration for this card came from this weeks Global Design Project sketch challenge (GDP #134)

This sketch is perfect for showcasing the beauty of the DSP. 
To see what the Global Design Project Team have done with this sketch head over to their blog here.

I also wanted to showcase one of my favourite retiring sets , Celebration Time. This cake image has been my go-to for many of my projects and I'm a little sad to see it go. 
Thanks for stopping by today. 
Tan xx

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Just can't resist Petal Passion

Wow, it's been a big few days in the world of Stampin Up and there are a couple if exciting announcements that I'm busting to share. However, before we get to that I want to share my most recent project. 

If I'm honest the Petal Passion suite did not appeal to me when I first saw it. I'm not sure what it was, but I just didn't have that "I've gotta have that!" feeling. The one day I was browsing through one of my favourite blog hops, The Crafty Carrot Collective, and I was immediately converted and I ordered the whole suite. (Seriously if you don't subscribe to the Crafty Carrot Collective yet you need to join asap, the four amazing demonstrators who host the program are absolute design geniuses. Click here to find out how to join.)
So it's no surprise that as soon as the postie delivered my order I just had to get creating. 

The first thing I wanted to do was use a little emboss resist. I'd seem these flowers embossed in white and then watercoloured. Unfortunately in my excitement to get crafting I stamped the flowers on a piece of Whisper White cardstock rather than Shimmery White so instead of watercolouring I coloured the flowers with a blender pen. Thank goodness Stampin' Up! has so many colouring tools.

Then when it came to building the card I had another dilemma. In my mind I had envisioned a long narrow white card with some Petal Passion DSP and touch of Basic Black. However, in my initial design the white base was too white and the DSP was too black. Fast forward a bit and my problem was solved with a vellum circle to soften the black and white DSP and the embossing leaves from the Eclectic Layers thinlits to add texture to the white base.

Now to the exciting new Stampin' Up! has shared this week. 

The release of the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue also brings a Colour Revamp!!! 

Woohoo new colours to play with!!! 
However sadly to make way for the new colours some of our favourites will be retiring. If you have any of the colours listed below make sure you get in quick to order reinkers and some cardstock because once stock of these colours has sold out they will be gone for good. 

There are also lots retiring from the 2017-2018 Catalogue at the end of May. To say goodbye to a few of my favourites stay tuned over the coming weeks where I'll be playing with some of my favourite retiring products one last time.

Happy crafting
- Tan xx

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Vanilla Little One | Lets Get Hopping #8

Welcome to another Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my very talented friend Tracy Bish. If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around

This month's theme is a colour challenge of sorts, create a project that shows Very Vanilla to advantage.

Very Vanilla is certainly not a go-to colour for me so I really enjoyed going outside my comfort zone when creating this baby card.

Admittedly I needed a little more inspiration to get started on this project so I turned to my Stampin' Up! catalogue to get the ideas flowing.  It was when I turned to the Memories & More section that inspiration hit. As I've said many times before, the Memories & More range can be used for so much more than memory keeping and today I've used some of these Bundle of Love cards the same way I'd normally use DSP on a project. 

The little teepee from the Little One stamp set is my favourite stamp for baby cards at the moment, isn't just so cute? To add a little extra depth to my project I stamped teepee once on the Very Vanilla circle and again on a separate piece of Very Vanilla which I have fussy cut and adhered over the first image with Stampin Dimensionals.

Thank you for hopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my post. Next up in the hop is the super creative Nina McMillan. I can't wait to see how she has used Very Vanilla in her project.   

 - Tan xx

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Flamingo fun for TGIF Challenge #152

Hello and welcome back. 

Today I wanted to share some pictures of the party favour bags I created for my daughter's flamingo themed party.  Stampin' Up!s Pop of Paradise had the perfect images to fit the party theme and teamed with the Gift Bag Punchboard, I had everything I needed to create some beautiful party thank yous for my daughter's guests.

Did you notice that the pineapple and flamingo images have been stamped in different colours?

To achieve this multi-coloured effect I used the Marker to Stamp technique that is being featured in this weeks TGIF Challenge

This is such a great technique to create more detail in your images. 

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my post. To see some more Marker to stamp inspiration be sure to popover to the TGIF Challenge Blog.

 - Tan xx