Monthly Archives: August 2011


I was inspired by a work colleague today – someone who absolutely loves Christmas and is always super organised and gives us regular updates on the number of days until the big day. I’m hopeless – always running around at the last minute trying to find that special gift for someone and then basically just doing with what I can find! Disgraceful! So…now that I have my creative mojo back…I have decided to make cards and gifts this year. Yep…you read right and now I have to deliver.

This card is the first of many and is inspired by this wonderful woman who has, over the last few years, helped me to find my Christmas spirit again and I am looking forward to sharing my creations with you over the next few months.

Oh…and just so you know…it’s 4 months (that’s 123 days) to Christmas! This means it’s time for a Christmas card class. I’m planning to run one on Sunday 25 September from 2.00pm.  The cost will be $30 ($15 deposit to be paid when booking). This will include all supplies and you will make 10 cards. The design above is one sample and I will add more over the next few days. Numbers are limited to eight people but I will run another in October and November. If you are interested, email me at or call me on my mobile on 0401173203.  If you prefer, I can come to you (minimum 6 people) just let me know your preference when you book.

Sneak Peek…Special Surprise…

Hello everyone

I have been working hard on some more sneak peeks.  Remember…in one of my last entries, I mentioned there was going to be a special surprise in the new catalogue – well take at look at the card below.  What can you see?  Yep, that’s right…it’s fabric!!!  Stampin’ Up! have added beautiful fabric to the range and I have been having a fabulous time using all my new pressies.  Now I get to include my love for sewing and fabric in my creations.

The card is inspired by a design by Angeline Yong. I made the heart out of one of the Flirtatious Designer fabrics.  The fabric comes in a pack of three and co-ordinates with the new Flirtatious Specialty Designer Paper pack.  I used one of the doily papers and this particular one is actually melon mambo (pumpkin pie is also included) but I decided I wanted a simple colour palette so simply turned it over and cut it out in a heart shape.  I used the new Lace Ribbon Border punch to punch the border which has been cut in half.  I then layered all the pieces together and finished off with hemp twine.   I used one of the new stamp sets for the sentiment with Wisteria Wonder  ink (also new) and that was about it.  I thought I had finished at that point but decided to have a break to get to the Canberra Craft Fair where I discovered the little heart pins.  These finished it off perfectly.

Like what you see?  If you would like to learn more about how to make this card with a group of your friends in your own home and enjoy free hostess benefits, contact me to book a workshop.

Supplies Used:
Stamp set: Easy Events (available September 1, 2011)
Ink: Wisteria Wonder (available September 1, 2011)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, and Wisteria Wonder (available September 1, 2011)
Paper: Flirtatious Specialty Designer Paper – doily (available September 1, 2011).
Accessories:  Flirtatious Fabric – Wisteria Wonder (available September 1, 2011), Lace Ribbon Border Punch, (available September 1, 2011), hemp twine, craft knife, mini glue dots, snail adhesive, heart pins (not Stampin’ Up!).

Fast and Fabulous

This card was definately fast and I think it’s pretty fabulous too.  This card only uses 5 elements: whisper white card, basic black ink, pacific point dots from the brights pattern designer series paper, teeny tiny sentiments stamp and fast and fabulous hostess stamp set.

The fast & fabulous stamps set retires at the end of August so if you would like this stamp set, contact me to book a workshop today.

Just Add Ink Challenge

Hi there fellow stampers.  The card below is my first entry to the weekly Just Add Ink Challenge.  This weeks challenge is ripping and distressing and I have to say I found this very difficult.  I’m one of those people who like clean lines and perfect finishes so tearing and crumpling was way out of my comfort zone – but I guess that’s what challenges are for!  It has certainly expanded my creativity, so much so, I think I’ll add the distressing kit to my wish list!  If you want to know more about Just Add Ink – click on the thumbnail to the right and join in the fun.

See you next time.

Tania XX

Sneak Peak

Well…here they are as promised…

These two cards are made using a fantastic and versatile new stamp set called button buddies. 

Like what you see ?  Contact me to purchase a copy of the new catalogue so you can start planning your wish list before the launch on September 1.

Busy day today

Boy, have I been a busy beaver today! I received my new light cube today to help me with my photos and I have to say – best thing ever! I’ve updated all my pics and they are looking much better. I’m still trying to work out my camera…disgraceful really…I’ve had it for almost four years now. Anyway…here are todays creations.

The first is a CASE from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogue (page 100) using the Baroque Motifs stamp set. This is a beautiful stamp set and I really enjoyed making the flower embellishment. I had to adapt things a little because I don’t have all of the supplies but it seemed to work.

Busy day today cont…

The second is something I put together. I am pretty happy with how it turned out in the end but I had a few issues along the way with this one – it just didn’t come together as easily as it should have. The butterfly is an unplanned addition which was necessary because I dropped the card on my early espresso ink pad just after I stuck on the tag.


See you again tomorrow. As promised I will share some sneak peeks from the new catalogue and I’m also going to have a go at my first ‘Just add Ink’ challenge.


Tania XX

New Ideas Catalogue…

Well the order is in, shipping confirmed and they will be here any day now… If you would like a copy let me know – only $10 (+postage if you don’t live in Canberra) or free if you host a workshop.   Full of new stamps, papers, colours, accessories (even something special for those quilters among us!!), new hostess choices and of course new ideas to inspire you to get crafting.  Contact me to get yours.

Don’t forget… limited time left to order retired items – once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Say Goodbye…

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Hello again everyone

It’s that time of the year where we say goodbye to retired products in preparation for the new catalogue.  Some of these products are discounted so it’s a great time to book a workshop or email your order to purchase your wish list items.  Remember…stocks are limited so order now to avoid missing out. 

If you are having any problems viewing the list or have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Also…Don’t forget to check back regularly (or click on subscribe) for sneak peaks of the new catalogue.  Over the next few weeks, I will be busily creating samples to show off the fabulous new products and colours.  Only four weeks to go…

Have you thought about hosting a  workshop to celebrate the lauch of the new catalogue?  Click on my website link to contact me.

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Don’t forget to take time out for yourself and create something special.


Tania XX

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