Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mojo Monday Mother’s Day Card

During my recent trip home, my wonderful Mother-in-law pulled out a card that I made about seven years ago for Mother’s Day.  She is a wonderful quilter so I wanted to have a go at card making and make a card that suited her love of her craft.  I was more into scrapbooking back then and my stash consisted mainly of cheap card, paper and embellishments.  I had a few stamps and ink pads but these were also cheap and the results were always terrible.  At the time, I thought it was me and simply decided that stamping wasn’t for me so I stuck with using paper.  That didn’t last very long because…well…I think I simply got bored.   My pages and the odd card weren’t that great so I simply stopped and moved on.

Six years later I was invited to a Stampin’ Up! workshop and that was pretty much it for me.  Love at first sight.  When I stamped using the wonderful stamp sets and the gorgeous coloured ink pads, I realised that years ago, it wasn’t me at all.  The simple fact of the matter was I was using poor quality products.

My latest creation is inspired by that first card I made.  When I made it, I used a craft knife to cut everything and it took me forever.  This time I used my trusty paper-cutter and punches – too easy!   The original card was square (12cmx12cm) with a large heart and large paper flower in the centre of the card.  I changed it up especially for the latest Mojo Monday Challenge so it did take me some time to do the resizing but well worth the effort.  Thanks Mum for keeping the original card for me – I completely forgot about this design and I love it!

Supplies
Card:  Island Indigo, Whisper White
Paper:  Twitterpated Designer Series Paper (Autumn-Winter Mini)
Stamp Set:  Tiny Tags
Ink:  Island Indigo, Baja Breeze
Tools:  Paper Cutter, 1” Square Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch
Fabulous Flourishes:  White Bakers Twine, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon

Why not book a workshop so you can experience the quality of Stampin’ Up! for yourself? Check out my workshop page for booking information and deets about workshop rewards or email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com.

Happy crafting.

 

More From Simply Scored

Have you ordered your Simply Scored yet?  I’m super excited because I will be demonstrating this fantastic tool at Convention this year.  What that means is I need to practice, practice, practice.  What a shame that means the re-organising of the spare room and the kitchen cupboards will just have to wait because I’m “working”, he he… at least that’s what I tell my hubby! 

These little cuties are note-book covers which you can whip up easily and quickly using the latest addition to the Stampin’ Up! tools team, Simply Scored.

So, do you want to know how?

  • First measure the notebook you want to use.  My notebooks are 12.5cm x 7.5cm x 4mm. 
  • Now you need to work out the size of card you need.  To do this, simply double the length of the notebook, add twice the depth of the notebook, add whatever amount you like for the flap. I added 4mm to each side.   To make it easier, I simply used the entire length of an A4 piece which leaves a flap of approx 3cm.  My final card measurement is 8.2cm x 29.7cm.
  • Now…becasue I’m also a quilter, I’m one of those really annoying people who switch between metric and imperial measurements when I feel the need.  So I’m going to revert to inches for scoring simply because these measurements are perfect for this size notebook.  So I set my markers at 5″, 5 1/4″, 10 1/4″ and 10 1/2″ and scored away. 
  • I then grabbed by trusty bone folder and folded at the score lines. 
  • Lastly, I decorated them all using Designer Series Paper, card, stamps, ribbon, markers. 
  • Now I do have one secret.  I used magnet tape on the inside of the flap and on the front so it stayed closed.  The magnets are covered with DSP and work a treat.

I hope you like this project. Not bad for practice, if I do say so so myself.  Now this project isn’t one I’m using for convention,  but I will share all of my very special projects with you after June 3.  I don’t want to ruin the surprise for my fellow demonstrators!

Would you like to book a Simply Scored hands on Workshop?  Contact me today so that you and your friends can learn more about this fantastic tool and make one of these notebook holders for free.  I have to say, it is the best tool I have purchased for some time and has made my papercraft life so much easier.

Happy crafting!

Schmancy Stampin Up! Flower Fridge Magnets

Well…I’m back from my visit ‘home’ and finally able to get back on the internet. I had very limited access while I was away so haven’t been able to post. But…I was able to craft and sooo excited about my latest creations.

You might remember my schmancy spice cake flowers that I made some time ago. These little darlings have been my most popular post and can you believe that they have had over 6,000 views since November last year!  So…I thought I’d make some more with some of our latest designer series papers.  The idea was to make a stack of them in different sizes to sell but I wanted to give them a useful and decorative purpose.  Now I adore decorative items, but useful, decorative items – well I can’t resist them.  So I’m looking at them on the kitchen bench, thinking out loud ‘what can I do to make these more useful?’  My dear hubby saunters in and simply says… ‘why don’t you stick magnets on the back?’

Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?

So…here they are…my schmancy flower fridge magnets. What do you think?

Supplies
Paper: Variety of Designer Series Paper
Tools: Paper Cutter, Needle, Magnet, Glue Gun
Fabulous Flourishes: Hemp Twine, Linen Thread, Designer Buttons

I hope you have enjoyed my new take on these. Free PDF is available here.

Happy crafting.

Simply Scored Gift Boxes

Sorry everyone!  I promised to post a quick and easy way to use the Simply Scored to make gift boxes with lids that actually fit and well…I’ve just been flat-out crafting!  Anyway… this a quick post before I pack the car for our 10 hour drive to Armidale (my home town).  I can’t wait to see my family and friends – it has been far too long!

I had been frustrated for so long making boxes with lids that were always just that bit too big.  So when a friend of mine sent me a link to a video tutorial on how to make boxes with lids that fit perfectly, I was so excited  (I know it doesn’t take much, does it?).  The exciting thing about this technique is you don’t have to work out the measurements for the lid – just the box base and they always fit perfectly.  How do I know?  Well, here’s how…

These are some of the boxes I made last week and they took no time to whip up and, as you can see, all of the lids fit perfectly.  All I have to do now is decorate them with ribbons and tags etc to make them simply fabulous.

So…you want to know how, right?  Check out the video tutorial from Connie Stewart.  She also has a video tutorial on how to measure and cut your box and a tutorial on how to make two tones boxes like the ones pictured above.  Check out Connie’s entertaining tutorials, you won’t be disappointed.

Want a Simply Scored?  Email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com.  Until the end of April, I’ll throw in a free shim so you can make the best fitting lids ever.

Happy crafting!

Simply Scored – Simply The Best

The Simply Scored has to be the best new tool for papercrafting!  Why?  Well…here’s my story and I promise it will be short.

When I first started papercraft, I remember saying to myself, I don’t need all the bells and whistles.  I know how to use a ruler, a craft knife, a bone folder, a pair of scissors and can cut and fold accurately…Right?  Well…yeah…sort of.  The only problem was, I was never consistent and I was frustrated because my projects wouldn’t match up properly, my cards would always be slightly out when I folded them and I didn’t even bother trying to make 3D items!  

So why did I have so much trouble?  Because I wasn’t using the right tools.  I mean…you don’t peel a potato with a knife anymore right? Unless, of course, you can’t find it in that messy second drawer (another job for the holidays).  

So now…getting to the point…The simply scored is one of those tools that will make your papercraft life soooo much easier.  I’ve been using mine today to make stacks of boxes all the same size and I’m astounded how much difference it has made to my projects.  Perfect boxes every time and each one took me just over a minute to cut and score.  Can you believe that!  And that includes the lid too.  I’ve learnt a super exciting trick for perfect fitting lids and I’ll share that with you all tomorrow!

Check out the video for more:

Simply Scored Scoring Tool Item Number: 122334
Simply Scored Metric Scoring Plate Item Number: 127531

If you would like to purchase a simply scored, email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com. Over the next few days…I will be popping up some examples of my projects using the simply scored and, as mentioned earlier, be sure to check back tomorrow to learn how to make the best fitting lids ever!  I can’t wait to share this with you.

SIMPLY SCORED FEATURES:

  • Unique place markers.   I LOVE LOVE LOVE these.  These visual tools allow you to set up the measurements you want and make it easier to get it right every time.  If you a making mutiple items – it’s a breeze!  It comes with three and you can purchase more in packs of six for only $4.50.
  • Score lines are at every 3.2mm (1/8″).
  • The stylus. It’s a stylus with two ends, one bigger than the other. The two smooth, metal ends glide over your projects, stay in the grooves (be sure to keep the angle 45 degrees or less) and you have the choice of thicker or sharper score lines.  The tool snaps into place on the bottom front of the board so it’s always easy to get to. 
  • Divided compartment at the top of the board.  There is enough room to hold your bone folder, pencil, extra tool and a smaller compartment to hold extra scoring markers.
  • 8 (yes 8) textured feet on the bottom.  No slipping!  
  • You can order a Metric Scoring Plate for metric measurements.

Happy scoring!

Twitterpated Fabric Gifts

While I had the Twitterpated Fabric out yesterday, I swapped my sewing machine for my bigshot and made these little beauties.  I purchased the Fun Flowers die ages ago and it rocks when cutting through fabric! 

How to:

  1. Cut out the flowers with your Fun Flowers Die, Bigshot and fabric – I used all three of the Twitterpated Fabric.
  2. Layer up as you like.  I used three layers but you could use many more.  You could also use tulle in between to give more dimension.
  3. Fold the layered flower in half and stitch a couple of stitches on the back in the centre and around 2-3mm from the bottom of the fold.
  4. Now open the flower and fold in half again the other way and repeat a couple of stitches on the back, in the same area.  This will help to bring your flower in at the base.
  5. Pop your button on top and your band at the back and sew both on at the same time so it all holds together.

And here is the finished product.

I have a couple of nieces that will love these and I can’t wait to see them when I head home in a couple of weeks.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
Fabric: Twitterpated
Designer Buttons:  Regals:  Cherry Cobbler. Subtles: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Marina Mist.  Neutrals:  Whisper White.
Tools:  Bigshot, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
Non Stampin’ Up: Hair elastic, Thread

Happy creating.

 

Twitterpated Fabric Creations

Woo Hoo!  I’m now on holidays for FOUR WHOLE WEEKS!  (Apologies to my colleagues who might drop in to my blog).  Now it’s not that I don’t like my day job, it’s more that I desperately needed a holiday and I’ve been looking forward to some extra craft time for the next couple of weeks before heading ‘home’ to visit my family during the school holidays.   

I had such a relaxing day today and whipped up a few items using fabric.  Yep…I’m back on the fabric train.  I soooo love that Stampin’ Up! now have fabric.  For me, it’s the best of both worlds and the new Twitterpated pack from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue is simply gorgeous.  Colour co-ordinated flowers, stripes and dots are always a perfect combination. 

For some time now, I haven’t wanted to sew and I’ve been mucking about making things that haven’t needed me to get out my machine.  Today, however, was different.  Maybe it’s because I now have time to relax and enjoy the process.  This morning, I was writing an email to a fellow demonstrator via our Oz Stampin’ Up! Forum.  She was asking for some help with sewing so I thought I’d send a few tips to help get her going.  My last piece of advice to her was to ‘take your time and enjoy what you are doing’.   As I was wrote the email, I realised how much I missed it and inspired to finally open that little pack of Twitterpated Fabric that I purchased a few weeks ago.  So…here is what I made.

It’s a sweet little business card holder for a great friend and I can’t wait to give it to her.  This little creation was so easy and so cute,  I decided to make one for myself as well.

A Tutorial can be found here.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
Fabric: Twitterpated – two contrasting pieces, 5 ½” x 4 ½”   and 2 pieces, 2 ½” x 4 ½”
Designer Button:  Subtles:  Pretty in Pink
Non Stampin’ Up!: 1 piece of fusible batting, 5 ½“ x 4 ½“, Hair elastic, Thread.

Happy crafting.

Autumn Winter Mini Share

Do you love all the Designer Series Papers and Embellishments in the *New* Autumn-Winter Mini?  Then consider joining my Mini Product Share.

To buy all of these items in full would cost you over $195! 

You can have a sample for only $24!!!

What you will receive:

  • Pleated Satin Ribbon (1cm) –  approx. 2.3 metres (58cm each): Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze
  • Designer Buttons – 6 buttons (mixed designs): Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze
  • Designer Series Paper – 18 sheets (6″x 6″):  Twitterpated,  Attic Boutique and Sweet Shop (Speciality)
  • Seam Binding Ribbon (1.3cm) Pool Party –  approx. 1.1 metres
  • Jelly Bean Brads – 4 brads, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Island Indigo and Wisteria Wonder.
  • Bakers Twine –  approx. 14.3 metres (2.8 metres of each): Lucky Limeade/White, Calypso Coral/White, Pool Party/White, Island Indigo/White and Wisteria Wonder/White

All of this for a total cost of $24 (pick up from me).  Postage extra (contact me for the price).  Payment is by cash, cheque or direct deposit. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges.

I’ll need a minimum of 8 people paid for a Share to go ahead.  The share will close on 10 April. Email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com to pop your name down.

Cheers

 

Woo Hoo The Autumn Winter Mini is Here

TODAY is the day of the release of the NEW AUTUMN-WINTER MINI CATALOGUE! I know you are going to love this catalogue. It’s jam-packed full of new tools to simplify your papercrafting, gorgeous stamps sets, designer series paper and bits and pieces that will yummy up your creations. 

You can click on the pic below to open up the e-version.  If you would prefer to have a copy of your own to browse through, contact me at tania_willis@bigpond.com and I’ll pop a copy in the mail.

Also…one final note.  I will have shares available and will pop another post up very soon with the deets.

Happy browsing

Winner of Blog Candy Giveaway

Congratulations to Kath Wisely who was the lucky winner of my blog candy giveaway.  Thanks for playing everyone and keep a look out for more!  I will be popping some new items on my blog in reply to some of your ideas.

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