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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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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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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 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.

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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