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This and That and Retro Ways to Keep your Memories

As a child and later in my teen years, I loved making my own journals to keep track of my ideas, thoughts, designs and memories and I often used writing to get through some difficult times during my life.  In those days, I used A3 project books which were pretty basic and I prettied them up by covering them with wrapping paper, photos, brown paper or painted newspaper and used coloured pencils, markers, paint, calligraphy, lettering and fabric to decorate my pages and photos.

So…when Stampin’ Up! announced the launch the This and That range, I was pretty excited as these products bring back so many memories of how I used to scrapbook.  Even more exciting…there’s no need to wait for the new catalogue…This and That is available through my online store NOW!  I’ve ordered mine and it’s on its way and I can’t wait to share my work with you.

In seven days, I will start the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation program and I am going to use my journal to keep track of my journey.  Every week I’ll post a page of my journal that represents a week of the ups and downs of this life changing journey.  I’m so excited about this program and am so ready to take back control of my health and wellbeing.  What better way to keep track of my progress…through my love of papercraft.

Ok…enough about me…to check out the exciting This and That range, simply click on the pic below.

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Happy scrapping!

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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.

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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Imagine the Possibilities with Word Play

I’ve been in a bit of creative rut lately so I thought it was time to hit the challenge blogs for inspiration.

For this card, I pulled out one of my old favourite stamp sets, Just Believe.  Teamed with a sentiment from Word Play this card seems to capture where I am with my creativity and my personal goals at the moment.  Let’s just say…this card is a gift for me.

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The inspiration I worked with comes from Case Study:

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Stampin Up! Supplies
Stamps:
 Just Believe (120453) clear (121540) wood), Word Play (120651) clear (121590) wood
Card:
Whisper White (106549)
Paper: Twitterpated (125406)
Ink: Basic Grey (126981), Summer Starfruit (126991)
Tools: Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (118138), Big Shot (113439), Stampin Trimmer (129722), Textured Impressions Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder (129383)

Happy Stamping!

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Saleabration ends soon…

…be sure to get your order in as there’s only 5 sleeps left.  Boy time flies!  I’ve just realised I haven’t posted at all this month – sorry all – It’s been a bit hectic lately!

I’ve been asked to make some cards for another direct sales friend whom I met recently at a friends party.  She sells Arbonne and I have absolutely fallen in love with the skin care and make up range.  My skin has not look this good in years and people keep telling me I look great so I must be on to a winner.

Anyway…here are two clean and simple cards that showcase the bloomin marvelous Bloomin Marvelous stamp set that I’ve made for her.

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  • This card proves you don’t need many supplies to make handmade cards and one layer cards are the way to go when you want something quick and easy.

Stampin Up Supplies
Stamp Set:
Bloomin Marvelous, Sentiment is demonstrator set
Card: Whisper White
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit (my fave!!!), Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso
Tools:  Paper Cutter

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  • Inspiration comes from the gorgeous Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper, and I’ve used the bright colours, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade and Melon Mambo to ink up the flower and Basic Grey ink for the sentiment.
  • I have trimmed away 2.5 cm from the bottom of the front of the card and adhered a strip of Sunshine and Sprinkles dots to give a little something more.

Stampin Up Supplies
Stamp Set:
Bloomin Marvelous, Friendly PhrasesCard: Whisper White
Paper: Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Basic Grey
Tools:  Paper Cutter

Saleabration orders close 10.00pm (EST) Friday 22 March so be sure to send me your order to tania_willis@bigpond.com (Australia only please).

See you next time and happy stampin!

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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 3

Well…this one took me longer than I thought but I finally finished the next two pages. I made my own DSP for this one using the three main colours, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry and the fabulous stamp set, Betsy’s Blossoms. This is one of my go to sets and I just love it. There are also a few sneak peeks a from the Seasonal Catalogue which is due for release on Feb 1 and the lovely Tangerine Tango Stripe DSP is a sneaky peek of one of the Sale-a-bration gifites. Woo hoo…only 1 sleep to go.

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Stampin Up! Supplies
Stamps:
A Fitting Occasion, Itty Bitty Banners, Betsy’s Blossoms, Raining Flowers, Hearts A Flutter (Seasonal sneak peek)
Card: Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Paper: Floral District, Polka Dot Parade, Sycamore Street (Sale-a-bration sneak peek)
Ink:
Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry
Fabulous Flourishes: Paper Doily (Seasonal sneak peek), Tangerine Tango Ribbon (Sale-a-bration sneak peek), Daffodil delight Designer Button, Whisper White Bakers Twine
Tools: Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Hearts A Flutter Framelits (Seasonal sneak peek), Petite Pocket Bigz Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Boho Blossoms Punch, 1” Circle Punch, NEW Stampin Trimmer, Big Shot, Bitty Butterfly Punch (Seasonal sneak peek)

Oh…by the way…did I mention I will be hosting a launch class to celebrate the release of the fabulous Seasonal Catalogue? Be sure to save the date: Sunday 3 February at 2.00pm. I’m just finishing off the designs for the class and hope to pop a sneak peek of what we will be making and the class price by the end of the week.

Also…don’t forget to book your workshop so you can take advantage of Sale-a-bration.  Remember…on top of your usual hostess benefits, you also receive a free item for every $100 you spend.  The brochure of goodies will be posted tomorrow so keep a look out.

Happy crafting!

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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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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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Heartfelt Christmas Projects

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been madly preparing my presentation and Heartfelt Christmas Projects  for the Sydney Heartfelt Event and now I get to show you what I’ve been working on.  Yay!!!

I presented to groups of demonstrators throughout a two hour timeslot and had such a great time.  They were all so lovely and supportive I felt right at home.  No nerves whatsoever!!  My presentation revolved around how to make a Christmas tree using the heart punch (more tomorrow on this one) and a 3D star.   I love love love these stars because a quick and easy project like this means I can have fun with glitter and ribbon and buttons and well…you get the picture…right??

I promised a number of demonstrators that I would source a good video and pop up a link.  I hope you enjoy.  It’s one of those projects you need to sit down and make during the presentation but once you get it, it’s easy peasy, you don’t need a template and you can make any size star you like.  All you need is a square of paper, a pair of  scissors and a bone folder.

Keep an eye out…because I’ll be sharing a few more projects over the next few days as well as the deets for a super duper, absolute bargain Stampin Up! Christmas Stamp-a-stack class planned for December 2.  Save the date for this great class – you won’t believe the value!

Happy stamping

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