Monday, 19 February 2018

Party Time, Panda Style for TGIF #147

We are well and truly into Sale-a-bration time now and this week the team at TGIF challenges are sharing some amazing projects using SAB products. Inspired by their creativity, I wanted to share a set of cards I created with the super cute Party Pandas.


Aren't these little guys just the cutest? I have to say Stampin' Up! really knocked it out if the park with this set. 



In these first two cards I teamed the pandas with some Picture Perfect Party DSP, they really are a picture perfect match. I also experimented with some ribbon fraying and paper crinkling to add a little interest and texture.


In my last card I couldn't resist doing a little watercolouring on Shimmery White cardstock and then once it was I dry embossed the Celebrate using the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. 

Thank you for joining me for some Sale-a-bration fun. Pop over to the TGIF Challenges blog for more SAB inspiration.

-  Tan xx

Thursday, 1 February 2018

His & Hers | Lets Get Hopping Blog Hop


So I learnt something over the past few weeks, the best time to set yourself a blogging challenge is NOT when you have four children home for school holidays. Oops!  
However, now that the kids are back at school I'm back in my craft room and have some fun new projects to share with you just in time for another Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop. 

This month's theme is a His & Hers challenge - one layout, two designs, one for him and one for her.


In both cards I have gone with a watercoloured background, a shadow stamped sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday, a diecut tag from Celebration Thinlits and heat embossed elements. 


In my "Hers" card I chose to pair the Berry Burst and Powder Pink watercolouring with a Gold Foil design from Bundle of Love Specialty DSP, a Night of Navy tag, some wooden hearts and a sponged doily. 


The colour scheme for my "His" card was inspired by the piece of Naturally Eclectic DSP and I chose to team it with silver rather than gold. Did you notice the silver fringe trim across the bottom of my card? 


To make the silver fringe I trimmed the edge of a length of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon and then removed some of the Pool Party fibres leaving a fringe of silver thread. This is what the ribbon looked like before I attached it to the card.


I then used the Pool Party fibres from the ribbon to add some extra detail above the sentiment.

Thank you stopping by today. Next up in the hop is the super talented Nina McMillan, can't wait to see what His & Hers inspiration she has  for us.  

 - Tan xx


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Ice cream Stand Card in a box | TGIF #144

The design team from the TGIF Challenge Blog have come up with a different challenge this week, to create a Card in a Box.


If you pop over to the TGIF Challenge Blog you'll see some examples of Cards in a Box, however I decided to put a little spin on the theme and chose to create an Ice Cream Stand box-card and filled the box with some test tubes filled with various ice cream sprinkles and toppings.


Don't you think this would be the perfect card for any icecream lover. To construct the box I first put 9 filled test tubes into an Acetate Card Box and I then used my Stampin' Trimmer and Simply Scored score board to create a box to wrap around the acetate box. 


Then to finish off the box card I attached a sentiment and a bowl of icecream from Cool Treats.

Thanks for stopping by again, hopefully I've given you a little inspiration to create your own box style card, or at the least, an ice cream sundae 😉

- Tan xx

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Celebration time for TGIF #141 and GDP #120


New Years Resolutions. 
Have you made any this year? 
I'm not really one for making New Years Resolution but this year I have set myself a few goals that I hope to achieve. One of them is to push my creativity by participating in at least one challenge a week and another is to be more consistent with my blog. Last week I participated in a TGIF challenge and guess what, my project won!!! How exciting! (Click here to see my project)

So here I am in week 2 and today I'm participating in TWO challenges with this project. 


The colours for this project, Fresh Fig, Night of Navy and Island Indigo, were inspired by this weeks TGIF colour challenge and the layout was inspired by this week Global Design Project CASE the Designer Challenge. The card I chose to CASE is this gogreous card by Krista Frattin. 


I just adore Krista's work. She has an amazing talent of layering elements to create the most beautiful cards. Head over to her blog, Stampin Dolce, to see some more of her work.


Inspired by Krista I've layered this sponged and heat embossed cake from Celebration Time over some metallic thread, ribbons, sequin trim, punched out shapes and a metallic doily. 

I also want to give a shout out to another amazing demonstrator, Susan Wong who inspired the sponging on my background and the cake. I've not had a lot of success with the sponging technique but after watching one of Susan's Crafty Carrot Collective tutorials I picked up a couple of tips and I'm loving the technique now. 
I hope you enjoyed my post and I have inspired you today. 

 - Tan xx


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Fruit Basket Bundle meets Night of Navy Gingham | Tgif #140

Happy New Year everyone!!!
Hope you all had a magical Christmas and New Year filled with family and fun.
I am looking forward to a fabulous 2018 and  have lots of things planned for you all this year so I hope you continue to join in the fun.

Today I have two exciting things to share with you.
Firstly, the 2018 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration starts today!!!
I love this time year. Once again the new Occasions Catalogue is overflowing with gorgeous new products, add to that all the FREE product and reward bonuses of Sale-A-Bration and who wouldn't be excited.

The project I am sharing with you today has been bobbing around in my mind since the very first time I flicked through the new catalogue.


When I first saw the new Fruit Basket stamp set and coordinating mini punches I immediately thought the little strawberries would go perfect with the Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon. But it wasn't until I saw Cathy Caine's project in this weeks TGIF challange that I the completed project came together.
Here is Cathy's project that I was inspired by

Over Christmas I found these mini pizza boxes were perfect for gifting gift cards so I ordered another pack to use for birthdays and thank yous throughout the year. I've also noticed that they are still available as part of the holiday favourites, so you can still get your hands on them. Yay!!!!

The second exciting thing I wanted to share with you is the Occasions Catalogue product share I am offering with my two demo colleagues, Jennifer Frost and Tracy Bish.
Both the Paper and Embellishment shares are $20 AUD per shareholder and supply will be subject to all available shares being sold. Details of each share are listed below. Please contact me to Register your interest in these product shares.


The Occasions Catalogue paper share includes patterns from: Sweet Soirèe, Painted with Love, Petal Passion, Myths & Magic and True Gentleman Designer Series Paper.



Embellishment and Ribbon share to include:
Picture Perfect Paper Ribbon, Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon, Silver Bakers Twine, Love Mini Tinsel Trim, White Organza Ribbon, Lemon Lime Twist Mini Stripe Ribbon, Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon, Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes, Tutti-fruitti Adhesive backed sequins, Birthday Mini Binder Clips! 

Thank you for stopping by
Crafty love
- Tan xx

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Lets Get Hopping | Little Stamps


So, who's ready for Christmas? I'm am extremely pleased to say that I'm almost done. Yay!! However, the chaos of this time of year has meant my poor blog has been neglected. 😔 So, I'm very excited to be able to get back into it this week with another Let's Get Hopping blog hop. This months theme is also a perfect way for me to share what I've been creating in my absence. 
Today we are all focusing on using small stamps in our projects. If you are anything like me, quite often the small stamps of a set tend to get forgotten or overlooked, but this challenge inspired me to look at my small stamps differently, and today's project is definitely different.


Three of my four children attend the most amazing school, where all of the staff play a big part in their education and wellbeing, not just their classroom teachers. So each year I like to show our appreciation by giving them a small homemade gift. This year I went with bite sized cookies presented in a decorated Acetate Card Box.


So where is the small stamp I'm meant to be focusing on? I hear you asking. Well take a closer look at the cookies. The little Christmas tree from the Watercolour Wishes stamp set are the perfect size to stamp into the fondant icing on the cookies. 


Who doesn't love it, when you can multipurpose your craft supplies? For those of you who want to have a go at stamping your own cookies, I have a couple of tips to share
• Firstly, make sure your stamps are completely clean and dry. Even the smallest amount of moisture can make your icing sticky and you'll end up with a mess.
• Before stamping your image lightly brush your stamp with a littke cornflour (or cornstarch).
• Finally, only apply moderate pressure when stamping into fondant. You want to press firmly enough to create an impression but not to hard that fondant sticks to the stamp rather than the cookie.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with family, love and Christmas cheer.


For more inspiration for using your small stamps please click on the next button below and continue on the hop. I can't wait to see what Mikaela has created.

- Tan xx

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