Monthly Archives: June 2012

Summer Smooches For You

Oh boy…do I have an exciting post for you.  Firstly…this is a little sneak peek of the Summer Smooches range from the new catalogue which will be available in September – Yay!!!   I feel like I’m wishing my life away but please hurry up September!  It’s going to be super exciting this year.  Can’t tell you yet but boy oh boy are you in for a treat!  My second, very exciting piece of news is that this is my first order to be shipped to the US.  Yep…I couldn’t believe my eyes when I received the email asking if I could make two of these cute little business cards holders for a US demonstrator.  I hope she likes them.

So…how did get my hands on this little lovely.  At convention, of course!  And the best thing is, we all received the matching Summer Smooches paper too!  Keep an eye out, I have some more sneaky peeks from the paper range coming soon.

Would you like to enjoy demonstrator benefits like these?  Check out the new and exciting fully customisable starter kit for only $169 and join Stampin’ Up! your way today.  Contact me at tania_willis@bigpond.com for more information and find out how to get your exclusive Inkydayz information pack to get you started.

Happy crafting.

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Memory Book

When Stampin’ Up! asked me to run the Simply Scored Product Playground table at my first convention this year I was absolutely floored.  As part of the playground, I was asked to make some projects using the simply scored to show off the versatility of this fantastic tool.  I made a few items, some I have already shared with you, the wedding favour holder, scrapbook page and the little house.  I still have a couple more to go but this one is by far my favourite of all.

When I started planning this project, I wanted to make a paper dolls house?  Don’t ask me why!  There are only boys in my house so maybe I needed some girly stuff at the time. So…for inspiration…I surfed the internet for ideas as you do, of course!  I googled ‘paper dolls house’ and I found a cute vintage 360 degree pop up dolls house book. The concept was exactly what I was looking for but then I stumbled upon this more modern concept and decided this was definitely it!  There is a tutorial to make this but it is quite large.  I resized mine so that 1 piece of 12×12 card could be used as a cover. It’s about half the size and it took me several prototypes to get it right but it was well worth the trouble.

Supplies
Card:
Whisper White, Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:
Twitterpated, Vellum
Ink: White StazOn, Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz
Tools: Paper Cutter, Simply Scored

I’ve also used buttons and brads and a number of stamp sets, punches, markers, embossing folders etc etc but you can use anything you like to decorate each page to make this your own.

As you can see, in the end I got over the dolls house idea as I decided I wanted something more useful.  It took me ages to work out what I was going to do.  I knew I had to use the concept but I didn’t know how I was going to decorate it.  As was searching through my photos for my house project, I discovered all of my son’s school portraits.  Jake is almost 17 now so I get a little nostalgic looking through his photos and I’ve been wanting to do something special with his school pics for ages. And it hit me, use the concept and turn it into a memory book.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of each section or a photo of it open and tied but I will when it is returned. The Stampin Up! Office have it at the moment to share at Regionals around Australia over the next few months.

I had several demonstrators ask me for the instructions for this project and I am in the process of putting together a tutorial that will be added to my tutorial and templates page so keep an eye out or subscribe and receive updates direct to your inbox.

I hope you enjoyed this project and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com

Happy Crafting

July Technique Class

Are you hibernating this winter?  Well…it’s time to get out of your house and come to mine and enjoy an afternoon of craft, chat and champers (can’t forget the champers).

Learn some new techniques and different ways to use your stamps to make the most of your stash.  You will make 3 cards, a gift card holder and as a bonus, a scrapbook page.

When: Sunday July 8 at 2.00pm
Cost:  $20  (includes everything you need and refreshments)
RSVP: 
July 1
Venue: 
My home – details will be provided upon booking.

Email me at tania_willis_bigpond.com to book your spot.

Cheers

Tania

Technique Class

I made this card today for one of my work colleagues who is leaving us.  Sad for us but fantastic new opportunity for her and I’m so happy for her.

I had one of those good craft days today, where everything just came together and I’m pretty proud of this card. Not to mention my photo today. I don’t know what setting I had my camera on but I’m going to have to work it out next time because it makes the colours really pop! I really need to take a photography class. Sigh…another thing to add to my bucket list.

I’ve used the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge for inspiration to get me started and I had to try one of the new techniques I learnt at convention.  I love this tumbled tile look that Sophie Zadeh shared with us and it’s so easy.  The instructions are below.   

Supplies
Card:
Watercolour paper, Real Red, Whisper White
Paper: Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper
Stamp Set: Up in the Air (oops)  Up, Up and Away
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Versamark Refill
Markers: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Fabulous Flourishes: Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder
Tools: Paper Cutter, Build a Cupcake Punch, Simply Scored, Heat Tool, Brayer 

So…here’s what I did:

  1. I  stamped my images on watercolour paper.  I used watercolour paper because I wanted more texture.
  2. Using my simply scored, I scored vertical and horizontal lines at 1/2″ intervals.
  3. On a piece of plastic, I poured out a small amount of versamark refill.  Using my brayer I spread this across the plastic.
  4. Using my versmark ready brayer, I rolled it across my stamped image a couple of times.
  5. I then poured clear embossing powder over the image making sure that it was completely covered.
  6. Using my heat tool, I melted the embossing powder.  I set aside for a few minutes to cool.
  7. I then turned over the image, sprayed with a little water and…wait for it…scrunched it up a few times!  Yep…that’s right after all that work, I scrunched it up.  Open out and you have your tumbled tile look.

You should have heard the audience when Sophie scrunched hers.  It’s a wonder there was any oxygen left in the room – soooo funny.

I will be holding a class where you can learn this technique on Sunday July 8 at 2.00pm.  You will make 3 cards, a gift card holder and as a bonus, a scrapbook page.  Come along and enjoy an afternoon of craft, chat and champers (can’t forget the champers) and learn this tumbled tile technique and how to make the cloud background.  The cost will be $20 and includes everything you need.  Email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com to book your place.  I need final numbers by July 1.

Happy Crafting

Reason To Smile Scrap Book Page

The following three projects feature the Reason To Smile Stamp Set*.  I love the simplicity of this set and as you can see it’s very versatile.  These projects have come from my Web-site.  If you haven’t visited, be sure to head on over as Stampin’ Up! add projects on a regular basis to give you even more ideas and inspiration.

Project Supplies:
Stamp Sets:  Letter It, Reason to Smile
Card:  Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi
Markers:  Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Fabulous Flourishes:  White Bakers Twine, Neutrals Designer Buttons
Tools: 
Scallop Border PunchProject Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Loving Thoughts, Reason to Smile
Card:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink:Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
Fabulous Flourishes: White Bakers Twine, Neutrals Designer Buttons
Tools:
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch 

Project Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Petite Pairs, Reason to Smile
Card: Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Ink: Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, White StazOn
Fabulous Flourishes: White Bakers Twine, Daffodil Delight 1/8″ Tafetta Ribbon, Bitty Buttons
Tools: 1/2″ Circle Punhc, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Fancy Favour Bigz XL Die, Labels Collections Framelits 

 
*Get the exclusive Reason to Smile set FREE with a $125 purchase until 30 June 2012.  Email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com or click on the order tab above.
 
Happy long weekend!
 

 

 

 

Wedding Favours

This little project  was another that I made for the simply scored product playground display at convention.  This was super easy and my little foray into the gorgeous vintage style which I love dearly but find very challenging.   This little treat holder made using the Boutique Attic  paper is just right for weddings, don’t you think?

Project Supplies
Card:  Pool Party
Stamp Set: Broadsheet Alphabet
Ink:  Pool Party
Paper: Attic Boutique
Fabulous Flourishes: Pool Party Seam Binding, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Pearls
Tools: Paper Cutter, Simply Scored, Full Heart Punch

I made the little heart embellishment using shimmer paint.  I simply poured shimmer paint on to a piece of card, ensuring it was thick and even.  After it dried, I punched two hearts using the Full Heart Punch.   I then used my simply scored to make the diagonal lines.  I layered the hearts, added the pearls and Bob’s your uncle, you have your own handmade embellishment.  Click here for the holder template .

Now…the most exciting news…is that you can order the diagonal plate for the Simply Scored from July 1.  No waiting for the new catalogue – yay!!   Diagonal lines are a snap using this plate and I’m busting to pop my order in.  If you would like to order your own, email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com

Happy Scoring!

Convention Photos

I thought I should share some photos of my Stampin’ Up! family.  The lovely group of ladies below make up Avid Inkers, which is the name of our group of demonstrators.  We get together every second month just to enjoy our craft, share new techniques and ideas, plan stamp camps and simply catch up and chat as like minded women do.  When I joined as a demonstrator last year, I was invited to join this group and I tentatively went along to my first meeting not knowing anyone except the demonstrator I signed up with.  I felt welcome as soon as I knocked on the door that first night and these women have been my saviour and I love them all dearly.  The thing I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator the most is the friendships that I have made and I am incredibly grateful.  I want to take this opportunity to thank these women who have enabled me to find my ‘real’ self again.  Thanks ladies – I’m looking forward to our Goulburn trip to visit Bec.  See you in a couple of weeks. 

Avid Inkers and the CEO and co-founder of Stampin’ Up!, Shelli Gardner. Bec made that gorgeous bag out of catalogues and gave it to Shelli as a gift. Shelli was so grateful and Bec soo excited – love you Bec – you are one super talented woman!

Deb (Deb is who I signed up as a Demonstrator with)  at our convention display tables.

My Work

Deb’s work. Unfortunately my closer version of Deb’s is blurry – darn it! It’s such as shame as Deb’s work is so gorgeous. Click on the pic and you might be able to see how Deb has used the umbrella stamp from the Rue Des Fluers (current mini) as a skirt. I love love love Deb’s vintage style.  Love Deb’s style?  Check out her blog here.

Hard at work on our make and takes…at least that’s what I told my family.  If you look really close, you might see a little sneak peek of NEW product!

And last but not least…Shellie and Me

See you next time

Simply Scored Scrapbook Page

I don’t scrapbook much any more so I thought I’d create a page as part of my convention projects.  I created these projects to showcase the new Simply Scored and I was able to really make the most of this fantastic tool with this page.  I’ve used the tool to pleat the background paper, make the rosettes and make a little picket fence.

 

Project Supplies
Stamp Set:
Vintage Vogue
Card: 
Whisper White 12 x 12, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Twitterpated
Ink: Basic Gray, White StazOn
Fabulous Flourishes:  White Bakers Twine, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Clear Rhinestone Brads, On Board Alphabet Soup, Baja Breeze Pleated Satin Ribbon, Designer Buttons: Twitterpatted and Neutrals
Tools: Simply Scored, Boho Blossoms Punch, Pinking Hearts Punch, Lace Ribbon Border Punch

I’m working on a gorgeous little project that I learnt during convention from the wonderful Stampin Up! trainer Sophie Zadeh  using this tool.  Sophie is one of the concept artists at Stampin Up and teaches us wonderful, yet simple techniques from the art world.  Her style is  gorgeous and I can’t wait to have a go and share this new technique with you – I just hope I can make it look as good as hers.  Be on the look out – you never know you might even see projects that feature products from the new catalogue.

If you would like book a Simply Scored workshop where you can learn some of these techniques or you would like to purchase the Simply Scored, email me at tania_willis@bigpond to place your order.  Check out the video here to see the Simply Scored in action.

Cheers

We {heart} our hostesses

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During June and July, hostesses who hold a minimum $650 workshop will receive an additional $90 in hostess FREE merchandise dollars.  That means that you can receive $190 of FREE product and 50% off 1 product – any product of your choice! Click on the pic below for more information.

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And, during June, you and your guests have the opportunity to purchase-or earn for FREE– an exclusive stamp set, available only through this special offer!  Get the Reason to Smile Set FREE when you spend $125 on any Stampin’ Up! products. Or purchase it at the regular retail price of $28.95 (clear) or $35.95 (wood).  This offer is available with or without a workshop – it’s up to you.

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Contact me at tania_willis@bigpond.com to book your workshop or order today so you can take advantage of either or both of these fantastic offers. 

Don’t know what a workshop is?  Well…it’s where you invite a group of your friends and I come to your home (or you can come to mine) and share 1-2 papercraft projects with you and your friends.  You get to spend a couple of hours of YOU time with your friends and learn new papercraft techniques so you can use your purchases more effectively. You and your friends get to keep what you make.  You will receive a handmade gift just for hosting and you can receive FREE hostess $$ and discounts so you can add to your papercraft stash. Click here for more deets.

Happy hosting!

2012 Stampin’ Up! Convention

What do you get when over 450 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are in one room?  You get a community of fabulous, generous and talented crafters who share, inspire and teach one another everything there is to know about papercraft.  Over the last two days, I have been at the Stampin’ Up! convention here in Canberra and boy do I have some fabulous new ideas and techniques to share with you. 

As many of you know, I have been working on several projects using the Simply Scored for convention and I thought I’d take this opportunity to share one of them with you.  I’ll post more over the coming days.  So here is my first…

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Stamp Set: Best of Everything, Vintage Vogue
Ink: Versamark, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, White StazOn
Card: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Vellum
DSP: Sweet Shop
Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Designer Buttons: Twitterpatted, Subtles, Neutrals, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, Cherry Scented Emboss Powder
Tools:
Simply Scored, Paper Snips, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Adorning Accents Edgelits Die
Punches: Boho Blossoms, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pinking Hearts

Template available here.

If you would like more details on how to make this project, email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com

I’m off to bed now.  I have an early morning for the third and final day of convention which finishes off with the Awards Banquet so it’s going to be a huge day and I can’t wait. 

Happy stamping

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