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New Craft Tote

Hi again everyone

I’ve had a wonderful sewing day today making a birthday gift for my good friend, Deb Fearns.  I’ve used the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Tea for Two designer fabric for this project and I decided to make a larger craft tote than the one I made last year and I am so pleased with how it turned out.  This tote is fantastic – you can fit so much in it.  Check it out…

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I found the pattern for this tote on the Gina Bean Handmade Blog by Gina Allen and she has very very generously posted a FREE tutorial which you can find here.  You will need a google account to access. Her quilts are stunning and she has stacks of free tutorials for small projects like this one that you might like to add to your project list.

I still haven’t had time to make one of these for myself but I’ve now cut out the fabric I’m going to use and I’m ready to go for another crafty day tomorrow.  It’s soooo nice being on holidays.

Happy Stitching!

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NOTE:  I made one change to this pattern.  So I could make this out of one package of Stampin’ Up! fabric, I used a 1/4″ seam instead of 1/2″ seam.  I also used a non Stampin’ Up! cream fabric for the pocket linings to be sure I had enough fabric and I wanted a contrasting fabric to bring it all together.

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Inkydayz Guest Crafter

These gorgeous coffee mug holders have been made by my very good friend Bussy Mpelasoka.  Bussy is a member of the Inkydayz team and she is a very clever crafter who always has new ideas.

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So you want to know how Bussy made these…right?  Head on over to her blog  for the deets along with loads of other papercrafting and sewing ideas that reflect her gorgeous style.

Interested in joining the inkydayz team?  You can right now and get more in your starter kit.  Between now and 30 May you get an extra $60 worth of product in your starter kit.  That’s $295 worth of YOUR CHOICE OF PRODUCTS for only $169.  Yep you read right $295 for ONLY $169!!!  Join by 30 May 2013 and you will also receive one of my handmade craft totes as my gift to you.

Want to know more…email me at: tania_willis@bigpond.com or find out more and join the team online here.

Happy crafting!

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Handmade Craft Tote

You know sometimes I forget how much I love to sew!  Last weekend, a special Kris Kringle was calling and I love to make gifts for my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator besties. I felt so happy whilst making this project and am so pleased with how it turned out. Mind you…now I want one for myself!Handmade Craft Tote2 Handmade Craft ToteHandmade Craft Tote3

Stampin’ Up! Fabric:  Orchard Harvest (from the Holiday Catalogue)
Non Stampin’ Up! supplies:  Fabric stabilizer, wadding, thread and white bias binding

Oh by the way, I found the pattern for this lovely little craft tote from a pinterest board I follow which then led me to the amazing blog called 2 Little Hooligans. This site is simply gorgeous with tons of amazing ideas and free tutorials to really get the creative brain going. Didn’t know that Stampin’ Up! has now added fabric to its range? Check out the Holiday and Annual Catalogue to see this gorgeous, colour co-ordinated range and fill out my order form or send me an email to tania_willis@bigpond.com to place your order to anywhere in Australia.

Happy sewing!

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Fabric Sneak Peeks

I love love love the new Stampin’ Up! fabric and I’m lucky enough to have a friend in the US who has sent me some of the brand new pretties so I can whip her up a few items. I decided to have a go at a little tutorial I found and make this little notebook cover for her. Hers is finally in the mail, along with a few other items – thanks for your patience Robin!! This one is mine. I had to make one for myself to be sure I got it all right, right? After all…practice makes perfect and yes…Robin’s is better.  I made a mistake on mine  but I’m not going to tell you what it is.

This project uses the brand spanking new Floral District. Yep…it co-ordinates with the DSP – don’t you just love that?

You’ll also notice a super duper daffodil delight chevron pattern. This is another addition to the Stampin’ Up! fabric range which is the new Essentials Designer Fabric. You can now use polka dots, chevrons, stripes and fancy fans patterns in a range of colours to co-ordinate with the beautiful patterned fabrics.

It’s a great little design this one.  As you can see I can fit my iphone (which I also use as my mirror…LOL), business cards and notebook inside and they are all organised – more than can I say for my handbag!

These fabrics will be available September 1. Interested? Email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com for your copy of the catalogue.

Happy sewing and see you next time. I can’t wait to share my next sneak peek with you.

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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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.

Using Designer Fabric in your Projects

Well, I had an exciting day yesterday.  Not only did I attend my first Stampin’ Up! demonstrator event, but I was asked by Stampin Up! to present a workshop WOW on the day.  I was sooo nervous but the women were all so supportive, I felt right at home.  My presentation covered simple and effective ways to use Designer Fabric in workshops.  These are some of my finished creations I shared with the group using ‘Flirtatious’ and I’ll add some Christmas versions using ‘Deck the Halls’ over the next few days.

I absolutely love this fabric.  It is reasonably priced and high quality, making it very easy to work with and, as always, co-ordinates with all of the other Stampin’ Up! products, making it so easy to include in your projects.

I learnt so many new techniques yesterday, I can’t wait to share some with you. Keep an eye out for more new projects over the coming days/weeks.

Remember, if you are interested in learning how to make these projects or you would like to order the Designer Fabric or any of the items showcased on my blog, email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com for delivery to anywhere in Australia.

See you again soon.

Tania XX

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!).

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