Thursday, 23 November 2017

Let's Get Hopping | Back to Basics

Hi. Welcome back to another Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop.

Today's hop is all about getting "Back to the Basics" and sharing a project that's been created without the tools and gadgets we all love.
I've got to say, this challenge was tough. It really highlighted to me how much I rely on gadgets like my BigShot, punches and colouring tools to add detail to my projects. However, I'm really glad I persisted and here's the project I created

Inspired by this week's TGIF challenge theme of Gratitude I was drawn to this lovely script stamp from All Things Thanks. To add a little extra dimension I stamped the sentiment first in Powder Pink and then in Berry Burst.

The background was created by randomly stamping the large flower from Birthday Blooms in Basic Black Archival ink on Whisper White cardstock and I couldn't resist adding a little extra bling with some ribbon, bakers twine and a tassel.

Hopefully, I've inspired you to give the gadgets a break and have a go at creating a project with just some stamps, paper and ink.

For more "Back to Basics" inspiration, please click on the next button below and continue on the hop. I can't wait to see what Diana Tillery  has come up with

- Tan xx

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Merriest Christmas Wishes for GDP #113

I'm back with another Global Design Project colour challenge project and I have to admit this was my toughest colour challenge so far. The colours for this weeks challenge are

And don't they look great together in this little graphic. 

On a card, however, I really struggled to come up with a design where the colours complimented each other. Finally, after many attempts, this is the card that I created

I'm loving the trend of embellishing cards with frayed ribbon at the moment. It's a great way to double purpose your ribbons and adds a fun detail to your project. 

My good friend Jennifer Frost gave me the inspiration to build up this section with embellishments in a recent Crafty Carrot Collective tutorial. Unfortunately I'm unable to share her design as it was part of an exclusive, subscribers only, tutorial program  but if you head over to the Crafty Carrot Collective blog you'll find details on how to join in the fun.

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you pop over to the Global Design Project blog to see how other designers have been inspired by this colour challenge

- Tan xx

Monday, 13 November 2017

OnStage Treat boxes

Hi. Welcome back to my blog. 
This weekend I attended my very first Stampin' Up! OnStage event in Melbourne. I had such a wonderful time meeting other demonstrators from all over Australia as well as getting a look at the amazing new products in the upcoming 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues.  But not only did I get my hands on a copy of each of the new catalogues, I also got the opportunity to play with a few new stamp sets AND even scored a couple of freebies to bring home with me. Believe me, the perks of being a demonstrator are the best!!

Sadly, I'm not allowed to share any details of the new catalogues with you yet, so today I thought I'd share with you some treat boxes I created to give to the demonstrators I was sharing my table with at OnStage.

I wanted these treat boxes to be pretty and bright, so the Naturally Eclectic DSP and the Eclectic Layers framelits were the perfect choice. And you just can't go past some mini sequin trim to add a little bling. 

When I handed these out I had lots of people ask me how I made the box so I also wanted to share the link to an amazing little calculator I stumbled across earlier this year. 

The Box Buster calculator by Joanne at The Crafty Owl, is so great, you just put in the measurements for the size box you want and it gives you the cardstock size and the punch measurement you need to create a box. Head over to Joanne's blog to see her video tutorial on how to use her Box Buster calculator and your Envelope Punch Board

Thanks for stopping by 

- Tan xx

Monday, 23 October 2017

Christmas Table Decor inspiration.

This weekend I collaborated with two of my crafty friends, Jennifer Frost and Tracy Bish, to host Holiday Craft Party to celebrate the release of the 2017 Holiday Catalogue from Stampin' Up!  We all had a wonderful time crafting with everyone who attended!
In preparation for the day I chose to create some Christmas table setting decor display and I thought I would share some pictures of this display with you today

Won't your Christmas guests feel special sitting down to this beautiful place setting. These Gold Striped treat bags from Stampin' Up! are the perfect size to hold your guest's cutlery and napkin and no Christmas table is complete with Christmas crackers.

Last year, the super amazing Louise Sharp shared her Christmas table setting and when I saw her decorated glass bottle (you can see the details here) I knew it was an idea I wanted to CASE.

To add an extra touch of my display I chose to include these decorated candy jars. My colour scheme was inspired by this weeks Global Design Project Colour Challenge , Old Olive, Basic Black and Gold.

I even managed to find some delicious coordinating Lindt chocolates, yummo.

I hope you I have inspired you to get started on your Christmas decor crafting.
Thanks for stopping by

- Tan xx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Merry Little Advent Calendar | Let's Get Hopping blog hop

Welcome to another Let's Get Hopping blog hop. 

This month the amazingly creative, Jennifer Frost, challenged us to upcycle any jar we may have had stashed away, into a beautiful gift jar. Initially, I found the theme a little challenging. I wanted to take advantage of the theme to create a Christmas gift for someone but I was also really keen to do something different and none of my ideas fit the bill.
Then one night I found myself awake at 2.00am and the idea of decorating jars to create an advent calendar suddenly came to me. Our family advent calendar was in serious need of updating and I loved the idea of creating something that can be used year after year but could also easily be redecorated. 

Unfortunately, we didn't have 24 empty jars stashed away in our home so I cheated little and purchased some cheap preserve jars. But this idea would work just as well using a range of different jars that you may have lying around. 

The jars are the perfect size to fit all sorts of items. At the moment the jars are empty but I intend on filling them with a variety of things like treats, decorations for the tree and christmas activities we can do as a family.

I am completely in love with the Merry Little Christmas suite in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue. So it's no surprise that I've used both the Merry Little Christmas DSP and Merry Music Specialty DSP in most of the tags. I've added a touch of gold to the colour scheme with metallic doilies, gold foil sheets, glimmer paper and ribbons. And, of course, the Number of Years stamp set and coordinating Large Number framelits are a must when constructing an advent calendar

You may also see in the photo above that I've done some heat embossing over the top of embossing paste on one of the tags (number 9) which was a fun way to add some texture and bling at the same time. 

I've really enjoyed working on this project and I hope I've inspired you to decorate some jars yourself, whether it be for an advent calendar or as a gift for your loved ones this festive season. 

Thanks for stopping by. Next up is Nina McMillian from Nina's Southern Accents,  I can't wait to see what amazing gift jar ideas she has to share with us 

- Tanya xx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

At Home With You on World Cardmaking Day

Yesterday was World Cardmaking Day, however it was also a very busy day here at our place so I wasn't able to indulge in a day of cardmaking. Instead, inspired by this weeks TGIF Color Challenge , I took some time this morning to get creative and here is the card I created.

I've had my eye on the At Home With You bundle for a while now and when it arrived in my last order I couldn't wait to start playing with it. It is such a versatile  set, today's card is a New Home Congratulations card but could just a easily be changed to a Birthday, Thank you or even a Christmas card.

Speaking of Christmas cards, myself and a two other demonstrator friends have been very busy preparing for a super fun Holiday Cardmaking Party we are hosting at the end if this month. If you are in the Bendigo area (or feel like a drive) we'd love for you to join us. Details can be found on here on Jennifer Frost's blog. Can't wait to see you there.

Thanks for stopping by

- Tan xx

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Deck the Halls for GDP #106

Hello everyone. I'm sure I'm not the only paper crafter who loves Christmas and like many of you every year I can't wait to make a start on my Christmas creations. However this year, life has been so busy I've not done a scrap of Christmas crafting.... until today!!! 
So here it is, my very first Christmas card for 2017.

The inspiration for this card came from the Global Design Project sketch challenge this week, GDP #106. I love a great sketch challenge and this one is no exception. 

Once I had completed my card I still had my crafting mojo and the kids were entertained so I decided to create a coordinating wine bottle gift tag.  

I always make sure to have a couple of bottles of wine on hand around Christmas and these wine bottle gift tags are the perfect instant gift wrapping.

Both of these projects will be featured at a Christmas Paper Craft Party I'm co-hosting with the super amazing Jennifer Frost and Tracy Bish next month. I'd love to see you there, to find out more or book you place head over to booking page on Jennifer Frost's blog (click here)

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you pop over the the Global Design Project to see how others have been inspired by this sketch

- Tan xx