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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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The Perfect Gift

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Inspired by a gorgeous card I found on pinterest, I whipped up this gift card holder for a Stampin’ Up! Gift Card for a friend of mine who was looking for the perfect gift for a work colleague who loves Stampin’ Up!  Now I might be biased, but I can’t think of a better gift for a Stampin’ Up! addict if you ask me.

A few how tos:

  • Run a few pieces of your DSP through the honeycomb embossing folder and cut out to make perfect hexagons fast.
  • To reduce cut through, use no tabs on your multipurpose platform when using this embossing folder with DSP, Very Vanilla and Whisper White card stock.
  • Crumple your seam binding, make two loops and tie a piece of linen thread around the centre to make a four loop bow.
  • Punch out 2 of each scallop, crumple each and layer from largest scallops to smallest on top.  Attach with a mini brad.

Stampin Up Supplies
Stamp Set:  Tiny Tags (118592)
Ink:  Baja Breeze (126960), Early Espresso (126974)
Card:  Very Vanilla (106550)
Paper: More Amore DSP (129309), First Edition Specialty DSP (121878)
Fabulous Flourishes: Baja Breeze Seam Binding (122331), Mini Brads (122941), Designer Builder Brad (129329), Linen Thread (104199), Vintage Trinkets (118764)
Tools: Bigshot (113439), Honeycomb Embossing Folder (129378),  Hearts a Flutter Framelits Die (130159), Paper Cutter (126996), 4.4cm Scallop Circle Punch (119854), 3.2cm Scallop Punch (127811), 2.2cm Scallop Circle Punch (129404), Boho Blossoms Punch (119858)

If you would like one for a special someone (or you want to suggest one as a gift for yourself) simply email me these deets:

  • Your name and address (or email address if e-card).
  • Recipient’s name and address (or email address if e-card).
  • Colour scheme and/or theme (eg birthday, valentines, anniversary, etc)
  • A message (optional) and how you want it signed.
  • Date for delivery.
  • Gift amount (minimum is $50 for e-cards or $70 for mailed gift cards with hand-made holder*)
  • The recipient must live in Australia.

Email to:  tania_willis@bigpond.com

Upon receipt of your information, I’ll send you an invoice for secure on-line payment through PayPal (you no longer need a paypal account to pay via paypal).

*If you wish to purchase a gift card with a hand-made holder, I need at least 10 days notice.  E-cards are available within 48 hours of receipt of payment.

Happy Stamping!

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Patterned Occasions

Tomorrow is my rescheduled occasions catalogue launch and I’m so excited.  I had to cancel last weekend due to illness and I was so disappointed as I hate letting people down.  Everyone has been so understanding and are all still coming tomorrow and a few people who were unable to make it last week have signed up now, so the class will be even better!

I thought I’d share one of the prizes I’m giving away tomorrow.

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At workshops and launches, I always share a few prizes and I like to give away a combination of product, samples of product and handmade items.  Here’s a little handmade prize that I am super excited about.  This is a box of 6 emergency gift card holders with 10 Patterned Occasions stamped tags and scallop circles so they can be made up as needed.

This little set is inspired by a tutorial from the Spring Edition of Create with Connie and Mary. If you haven’t found this blog yet, head on over and check out their site.  I’m enjoying learning new techniques and ideas to share with you. I kept the main components of the design because I really loved it but was busting to use the simply gorgeous Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP and the honeycomb embossing folder from the new catalogue. Let me know what you think…I love to read your comments.

Happy Stamping!

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Baby Album Project Part 2

Hi again everyone

So…here it is…as promised but a little late – sorry all!.  The next 2 pages focus on the colour scheme Rich Razelberry, Rose Red and Baja Breeze. Baby Album 3

Stampin Up! Supplies
Stamps:
 A Fitting Occasion, Petite Pairs, Tiny Tags, Confetti, Perfect Punches, Betsy’s Blossoms
Card:
Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Paper:
Floral District, Sycamore Street (Sale-a-Bration sneak peek)
Ink:
Rose Red, Early Espresso
Tools:
Small Heart Punch, 1″ Square Punch,  Labels Framelits, Timeless Type Alphabet Junior (retired), NEW Stampin Trimmer, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Curly Label Punch

And here’s a close up:

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And the next page.

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I’m now…off to finish the housework so I can finish off the next set of pages. The next colour scheme is Rich Razelberry, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango.  It’s looking pretty good so far…can’t wait to share.

Have a fabulous weekend!   It’s crazy hot here at the moment so I’ve basically set up my stamping room in my family room so I can enjoy the air conditioning!!!

Happy Stamping

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Stampin Up Clearance Rack Updates

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Wow…sales items are flying of the shelves!  So….I thought I’d pop the next three weeks links up so you can get your order to me nice and early.

These next three sale periods are below. Click on each period to open the PDF.

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Click on the catalogue below for reference if needed.

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Remember…

When you send me your order, be sure to let me know which period you are ordering from and I’ll pop the order in nice and early so you are less likely to  miss out!

Be quick, these products are only available while stocks last!

  • There is no minimum purchase in this special offer-go nuts!
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits. Bonus!
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last for each time period they’re on sale-so don’t wait!
  • Sorry, but there are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.
  • You need to take advantage of this sale before 11.50pm on the last day of each sale period.

Happy Shopping!

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Stampin’ Up! Christmas Gifts

Do you like brown paper packages tied up in string?  Well…how about this simple, yet sweet Christmas packaging idea…

Stampin Up Supplies
Stamps: Heart of Christmas
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write® Marker, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker
Fabulous Flourishes: Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon
Tools: Owl Punch, 1/16″ Circle Punch, Big Shot, Fancy Favour Big XL Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies

If you would like some help with products to make your Christmas wrapping super special, simply email your order to tania_willis@bigpond.com.

Happy Crafting!

Comfort Cafe Sampler

Stampin’ Up! Designer series papers are gorgeous and comfort café is one of my favourites. I’m right into making decorative items for my craft space at the moment and, inspired by Connie Tumm, I had just had to make my own version. There are lots of sneak peeks in this next project. I hope you enjoy!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Stamp Sets: creative elements, tiny tags, Betsy’s blossoms (available 1 September)
Ink: soft suede, cajun craze, midnight muse (available 1 September), summer starfruit (available 1 September)
Card and Paper: very vanilla, cajun craze, soft suede, midnight muse (available 1 September), summer starfruit (available 1 September), comfort café DSP (available 1 September)
Fabulous Flourishes: twine (dyed using midnight muse ink refill), pearls, seam binding ribbon (dyed using summer starfruit ink refill), designer naturals buttons (available 1 September), Victoria crochet ribbon
Tools: paper cutter, 3.5cm square punch, jewelry tag punch, bird builder punch, itty bitty punch pack, small heart punch, scallop oval punch, large oval punch, blossom bouquet triple layer punch, paper snips, simply scored
Non Stampin Up: frame

Happy stamping!

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.

Sneak Peek Owls

I’m finally getting my crafty mojo back after a very stressful and busy time in my household. I found some time today to hideaway and finish off some sewing projects for a few people and make a little project for my craft space.

I found these little sweeties in a magazine some time ago and I’ve been busting to make my own version in one of the fabulous new Stampin Up Designer Series papers. It won’t be long before you can get your hands on this gorgeous paper – 6 more sleeps to go!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Ink: soft suede, midnight muse ink refill (available from September 1)
Card: whisper white, sahara sand, daffodil delight, tangerine tango, lucky limeade, rose red, floral district (available from September 1)
Fabulous Flourishes: neutrals and brights designer buttons, bakers twine
Extras: shimmer paint (mixed with midnight muse ink refill and isocol for background), sponge, dauber
Tools: paper cutter, 3.2cm circle punch, paper snips
Non Stampin Up: canvases

Happy stamping and see you next time for more sneak peeks.

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