Monthly Archives: March 2012

Welcome… Twitterpated, Pleated Ribbon and Adorning Accents

This week I thought I’d try another new paper challenge to welcome our soon to be launched Stampin’ Up! stars, Twitterpated, Pleated Satin Ribbon and Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies.  This one is a sketch challenge from Paper Players and I really enjoyed this layout.  

I have used the hostess set Up in the Air from the Summer Mini Catalogue and  this is the first time I’ve inked up this set and I just love it.  I’ve used Chocolate Chip to ink up the stamp and then used my Stampin’ Up! markers, Pear Pizzazz, Lucky Limeade and Blushing Bride to colour in the flowers.  Love this colour combo.  When I finished, I felt that something was missing around the bottom right hand side of the image and tried a few things, buttons, ribbon, brads  but nothing seem to work.  What do you think?  Do you have any ideas?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Speaking of comments, don’t forget to enter my blog candy giveaway!  All you need to do is leave a comment to win.

 

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Card:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Twitterpated Designer Series Paper (Released April 1)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Markers:  Lucky Limeade, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride
Tools:  Paper Cutter, Paper Snips, Decorative Label Punch, Edgelits, Adorning Accents (Released April 1), Big Shot
Sticky Bits:  Snail, Dimensionals
Fabulous Flourishes:  Pearls, Pleated Satin Ribbon, Baja Breeze (Released April 1)

Did you know that we say goodbye to the Summer Mini and Sale-a-bration in just 3 days? If there is something that you need, be sure to send me your order by no later than 9.00pm Saturday, 31st March.  Email orders to tania_willis@bigpond.com

Happy stamping.

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Limited Time Starter Kit Freebies

If you purchase the Starter Kit from me before March 30, 2012, you will not only receive over $610 worth of product for only $249 (usually $289) you will also receive an additional stamp set of your choice – that’s right – your choice! This means that you can get the most expensive stamp set in the catalogue (valued at 77.95) for FREE!

AND as part of my blog celebrations, the first two people to purchase the starter kit from me, will also receive my blog candy give away – Yay!!

Here’s what you get in your starter kit:

You can substitute most items for a similar item of the same value or less. Click here for more information and the details on how to sign up.

Please note: This offer is strictly limited to Australian residents and is only available through me. Your Starter Kit order and payment MUST be finalised by 30 March.

Contact me at tania_willis@bigpond.com or call 0401173203 to join my InkyDayz Team today!

 

 

Blog Candy Giveaway

Recently, my blog ticked over 10,000 visitors. So…what’s the best way to celebrate? A blog candy give-a-way, of course!

When I first opened up WordPress in August last year and introduced myself to the blogging world, I had no idea what to do or what expect. I have found blogging to be incredibly rewarding and have absolutely loved the learning experience! I’ve now settled on my theme and think it’s looking pretty good.  Here is the prize:

The lucky winner will get: 6 sheets of Everyday Enchantments Designer Series Paper (12″ x 12″), Outlined Occasions Stamp Set and the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack.

To win…simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you like best about my blog and what you would like to see more of… more tutorials, stamp supply organization, ideas, etc? I’d love to hear any suggestions or comments! Anybody with an Australian mailing address is eligible to win!

Entries close by 8pm, 30 March, 2012 and the winner will be published on 1 April.  Be sure you leave your email address so I can contact you.  If you don’t, I will re-draw as it’s too difficult to chase. The winner will be selected by random number generator.  If you haven’t already, Subscribe so you can keep up to date.

Thanks to all of you who read, subscribe, and leave me nice comments that just MAKE MY DAY! I hope that you have been using my creations to help with your own papercraft journey.

For a limited time, you can also win this little pack by joining my Inkydayz team.  Click here for the deets.

Good luck!

Workshop Make and Takes

Last weekend a fab group of women made this card as a make and take at one of my workshops.  This was one of two creations that we all made.  This little card is inspired by a creation from our monthly demonstrator newsletter and I just had to CASE it.  

Supplies
Stamp Set:
Just Believe
nk:  Basic Gray, So Saffron, Basic Gray and Baja Breeze Markers
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Grey, So Saffron, Baja Breeze Patterns DSP 
Fabulous Flourishes: Antique Brads, Rhinestones, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Crystal Effects, Baja Breeze Ribbon
Tools: Paper Cutter, Square Punch (for the banner), Mat Pack and Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Snips
Sticky Bits: Snail

Don’t you just love how a few bits and bobs come together to make something special.  I didn’t have the stamps used in the original but that’s what is so great about this little design – you can use so many different items and colours to change it up.  Don’t have the ribbon?  Why not use pleated paper?  Don’t have the brad?  A button would be a great alternative.  No glitter?  Well…you can not use it at all…but really…I think you might need to buy some because glitter is pretty special. There’s nothing like glitter to bring back those primary school memories.  I used the stamp set, Just Believe, especially for one of my face-book followers.  I hope she likes it. 

If you would like to host a workshop, there’s still time to earn Sale-a-Bration freebies (ends 31 March).  It’s a great way to get a group of friends together, enjoy some craft and earn some great hostess benefits.  Click on the workshop tab above for more deets or email me today to find out more:  tania_willis@bigpond.com or call 0401173203.

Happy stamping!

Open Sea

Wow…it’s been a busy month.  Sooo many wonderful products and sale-a-bration freebies – I have had far too much fun!   I’ve had a few workshops, enjoyed a craft night with my Canberra Demonstrator Group, Avid Inkers and this coming weekend, our group is hosting the Nautical Expressions Stamp Camp, using the stamp set that I’m highlighting in this post.   I can’t wait for Saturday!

It’s seems like ages since I have entered a challenge so I thought I’d combine a sketch challenge with a colour challenge and really stretch myself whilst making a masculine birthday card for a special family member.  For some reason, I find it more difficult when I try to combine two challenges.  I’m not sure why but here goes.

I’ve entered this card into the Just Add Ink Colour Challenge * and Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.  Pop on over and have a go yourself. 

*Ooops – I popped on over to enter my card and found that I had missed the deadline by an hour – not to worry I still enjoyed the colour combo!

Supplies
Stamp Set:
Open Sea, Sweet Cake (Autumn-Winter Sneak Peek – Available April 1)
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Early Espresso and Pool Party Patterns DSP
Fabulous Flourishes: Bakers Twine, Metallic Brads
Tools: Paper Cutter, Modern Label Punch, Mat Pack and Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Snips, Dauber
Sticky Bits: Snail, Dimensionals

Did you know that we say goodbye to the Summer Mini at the end of the month?  This is your last chance to order the Open Sea Stamp Set, Bakers Twine and many other fabulous products – click on the catalogue to the left for the deets.  And don’t forget Sale-a-bration also ends on 31 March so this is your last chance to get your choice of these fabulous limited freebies.  If you need supplies, contact me at tania_willis@bigpond.com

See you soon.

Petal Cone Die

So…what do you get when you team up the petal cone die with window sheets?  A gorgeous gift box of course!

This little giftie was made especially for todays workshop hostess.  Now this particular hostess loves Stampin’ Up!  In fact, this hostess is the person that introduced me to Stampin’ Up! when she invited me to my first ever workshop in June last year.  I had never even heard of Stampin’ Up! until that day and when I laid eyes on the catalogue…well…lets just say…I felt like a kid in a candy store. 

I wanted to make something simple, yet a little different and, in my opinion, colourful candy needs to be in a transparent box.  That’s when ‘clear take out box’ popped into my head.  I haven’t spotted one anywhere else before so I thought I’d give it a go.  Teamed up with the Sweet Shop Paper from the soon to be released Autumni-Winter Mini Catalogue makes a winning combination.  What do you think? 

After I used my trusty big shot to cut out the clear sheets – my first thought was that it’s too plain. So…what does one do when something is too plain? You guessed it, you emboss it! Add a handmade tag and some ribbon and there you have it – a sweet little candy box filled to the brim with colourful treats to say thank you.

Recipe
Stamp Set: 
Best of Everything
Card: Clear sheets, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade 
Paper: Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper (Available April 1).
Tools: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Petal Cone Bigz L Die, Paper Cutter and Score Tool, Handheld Punch, Extra Large Tag
Fabulous Florishes:  Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Whisper White Tafetta Ribbon, Sale-a-bration Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon, Sweet Shop Jelly Bean Brads IAvailable April 1)
Sticky Bits: Sticky Strip, Snail, Dimensionals 
xtras:  Cellophane Bag

Instructions to make this little box can be found here.  Simply replace the card stock with clear sheets and emboss after you have cut of the end.

Happy crafting!

Autumn-Winter Mini Sneak Peek

So…my pre-order of the Autumn-Winter Mini arrived last week and boy have I been having fun today! The best thing is it’s a long weekend here in Canberra which means more time to spend crafting. If only I didn’t have to do the housework! Anyway….enough about me.

You might remember one of my earlier posts where I had a go at marker layering. Today, I used this technique on the soon to be released Bordering on Romance stamp set. I kept the card fairly simple to keep the focus on the colouring. I enjoyed using this technique with this set so much I just couldn’t stop at one. So, I decided to make an in-colour set. What do you think?

The Bordering on Romance stamp set is from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue which will be available April 1. It’s packed with super sweet stamps (of course), delicious designer series papers, fancy fabric, to die for dies, elegant embossing folders and fabulous flourishes.  I know you are going to love it.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Bordering on Romance (released April 1), Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card: Watercolour paper, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait
Ink: Black Staz-on
Markers: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, Peach Parfait, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
Tools: Paper Snips, Paper Cutter, Blender Pen
Fabulous Flourishes: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride and Peach Parfait Stitched Poly Ribbon, Pearls
Sticky Bits: Snail

The marker layering technique can be found on one of my favourite sites, Splitcoast Stampers. Head on over and give this a go. It’s much easier than you think.

If you would like to receive a copy of the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue the day it’s released, contact me at tania_willis@bigpond.com to find out how.

Happy crafting.

Gift Wrap brought to you by Sale-a-Bration

Have you ever thought of using your designer series paper for gifts? Well, I decided at the very last minute to whip up a bag for a gift that was in a round box. Who likes wrapping round stuff? This bag is around 17cm high and only took me 10 minutes to make from start to finish. By the way, that includes working out which paper I wanted to use, working out the measurements to fit the gift and making the embellishments I added to schmancy it up. It’s not perfect, by any means, but I think it would have taken me at least 10 minutes to neatly wrap the round box!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Stamp Set: Best of Everything
Ink: Marina Mist, Calypso Coral Marker
Paper: Sale-a-Bration Everyday Enchantments DSP, Whisper White
Fabulous Flourishes: Chantilly Lace, Marina Mist 3.2cm Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Sale-a-Bration Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon, Sale-a-Bration Everyday Enchantments Brad
Tools: Paper Cutter and score tool, Large Tag Punch
Sticky Bits: Snail, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Sticky Strip

If you would like the instructions for this bag or you would like to order product, email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com

Happy Wrapping!

Triple Treat Flower

Gosh…what a week it has been! I can’t believe all of the things that have happened the past week and it’s been a bit of a roller coaster. Not to mention the non stop rain at the moment!  So…what do you do when it’s raining and you need to de-stress after a difficult week? Craft of course!

I’ve made a few items this weekend and I’ll share them over the next few days. The first is the birthday card below I made for my son’s gorgeous friend who turned 16 on the 29th. She is like a daughter to me so I wanted to create something especially for her. We tend to share our birthdays each year because mine is the 28th so it was nice that she could have her own day for this very special birthday. Mine was a big one too this year. 40 – I can’t believe it! Where does the time go?

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Stamps: Triple Treat Flower, Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess Set)
Ink: Lucky Limeade Marker and Ink, Melon Mambo Marker, Early Espresso Marker and Ink
Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White,
Paper: Cheerful Treat DSP
Fabulous Flourishes: Subtles Rose Red Button, Early Espresso 3.2 mm Tafetta Ribbon
Tools: Paper Cutter and score tool, Fancy Flower Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, 3.2cm Circle Punch
Sticky Bits: Snail, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots
Extras: Whisper White C6 Envelope

Inspiration for this card came from one I found on pinterest. If you are a member of pinterest you can follow my board here. If you are not a member, I encourage you to join. It costs absolutely nothing and there is a stack of inspiration from all over the world. One warning though…it is incredibly addictive!

Happy Crafting

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