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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.

Imagine the Possibilities

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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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.

Baby Album Part 3 page1

Baby Album Part 3 page2

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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Stampin Up Scrapbooking

I just had to share this sweet little 6×6 page with you today. This page is one of the projects from my Up, Up and Away class that I held today. Don’t you just love cheeky two-year olds?  I just love the expression on my son’s face in these pics.

Supplies
Stamp Set: Up, Up and Away
Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools: Paper Cutter, Big Shot, Scallop Edge Punch, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Small Heart Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies
Fabulous Flourishes: White Bakers Twine
Sticky Bits: Dimensionals, Snail, 2-Way Glue Pen

Didn’t get to my class?  Well. I have good news!  This class is now available as a Stamps by Mail Class.  You can also order the PDF instructions.  Head on over to my Stamps by Mail page to buy now.

Need to add to your stash??  Order Stampin’ Up! products here.

Happy scrapping!

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

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!
 

 

 

 

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!

It’s Paper Party Time

During May, join the Paper Party and earn FREE Designer Series Paper* (valued at $18.95) in two different ways!

  1. Get a FREE package of Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Designer Series Paper when you buy three!
  2. Join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator and get a FREE package of Designer Series Paper EVERY month for the rest of 2012!

Find a Designer Series Paper for your every crafting need, in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue and 2012 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.  Click here to see all of my Designer Series Paper Projects for inspiration.

PAGE
ITEM NUMBER
DESCRIPTION
129
122354
Pocketful of Posies
129
122357
Beau Château
129
122367
Paisley Petals
129
122355
Domestic Goddess
129
124339
Just Add Cake
129
122351
Frightful Sight
129
122352
Timeless Portrait
129
122350
Berry Blossoms
129
122359
Well-Worn
130
122347
Nursery Nest
130
122349
Letters to Santa
130
122348
Big Top Birthday
13**
125406
Twitterpated
17**
125407
Attic Boutique

*Excludes Specialty Designer Series Papers
**From the 2012 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue

More From Simply Scored

Have you ordered your Simply Scored yet?  I’m super excited because I will be demonstrating this fantastic tool at Convention this year.  What that means is I need to practice, practice, practice.  What a shame that means the re-organising of the spare room and the kitchen cupboards will just have to wait because I’m “working”, he he… at least that’s what I tell my hubby! 

These little cuties are note-book covers which you can whip up easily and quickly using the latest addition to the Stampin’ Up! tools team, Simply Scored.

So, do you want to know how?

  • First measure the notebook you want to use.  My notebooks are 12.5cm x 7.5cm x 4mm. 
  • Now you need to work out the size of card you need.  To do this, simply double the length of the notebook, add twice the depth of the notebook, add whatever amount you like for the flap. I added 4mm to each side.   To make it easier, I simply used the entire length of an A4 piece which leaves a flap of approx 3cm.  My final card measurement is 8.2cm x 29.7cm.
  • Now…becasue I’m also a quilter, I’m one of those really annoying people who switch between metric and imperial measurements when I feel the need.  So I’m going to revert to inches for scoring simply because these measurements are perfect for this size notebook.  So I set my markers at 5″, 5 1/4″, 10 1/4″ and 10 1/2″ and scored away. 
  • I then grabbed by trusty bone folder and folded at the score lines. 
  • Lastly, I decorated them all using Designer Series Paper, card, stamps, ribbon, markers. 
  • Now I do have one secret.  I used magnet tape on the inside of the flap and on the front so it stayed closed.  The magnets are covered with DSP and work a treat.

I hope you like this project. Not bad for practice, if I do say so so myself.  Now this project isn’t one I’m using for convention,  but I will share all of my very special projects with you after June 3.  I don’t want to ruin the surprise for my fellow demonstrators!

Would you like to book a Simply Scored hands on Workshop?  Contact me today so that you and your friends can learn more about this fantastic tool and make one of these notebook holders for free.  I have to say, it is the best tool I have purchased for some time and has made my papercraft life so much easier.

Happy crafting!

Simply Scored Gift Boxes

Sorry everyone!  I promised to post a quick and easy way to use the Simply Scored to make gift boxes with lids that actually fit and well…I’ve just been flat-out crafting!  Anyway… this a quick post before I pack the car for our 10 hour drive to Armidale (my home town).  I can’t wait to see my family and friends – it has been far too long!

I had been frustrated for so long making boxes with lids that were always just that bit too big.  So when a friend of mine sent me a link to a video tutorial on how to make boxes with lids that fit perfectly, I was so excited  (I know it doesn’t take much, does it?).  The exciting thing about this technique is you don’t have to work out the measurements for the lid – just the box base and they always fit perfectly.  How do I know?  Well, here’s how…

These are some of the boxes I made last week and they took no time to whip up and, as you can see, all of the lids fit perfectly.  All I have to do now is decorate them with ribbons and tags etc to make them simply fabulous.

So…you want to know how, right?  Check out the video tutorial from Connie Stewart.  She also has a video tutorial on how to measure and cut your box and a tutorial on how to make two tones boxes like the ones pictured above.  Check out Connie’s entertaining tutorials, you won’t be disappointed.

Want a Simply Scored?  Email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com.  Until the end of April, I’ll throw in a free shim so you can make the best fitting lids ever.

Happy crafting!

Woo Hoo The Autumn Winter Mini is Here

TODAY is the day of the release of the NEW AUTUMN-WINTER MINI CATALOGUE! I know you are going to love this catalogue. It’s jam-packed full of new tools to simplify your papercrafting, gorgeous stamps sets, designer series paper and bits and pieces that will yummy up your creations. 

You can click on the pic below to open up the e-version.  If you would prefer to have a copy of your own to browse through, contact me at tania_willis@bigpond.com and I’ll pop a copy in the mail.

Also…one final note.  I will have shares available and will pop another post up very soon with the deets.

Happy browsing

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