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Technique Class

I made this card today for one of my work colleagues who is leaving us.  Sad for us but fantastic new opportunity for her and I’m so happy for her.

I had one of those good craft days today, where everything just came together and I’m pretty proud of this card. Not to mention my photo today. I don’t know what setting I had my camera on but I’m going to have to work it out next time because it makes the colours really pop! I really need to take a photography class. Sigh…another thing to add to my bucket list.

I’ve used the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge for inspiration to get me started and I had to try one of the new techniques I learnt at convention.  I love this tumbled tile look that Sophie Zadeh shared with us and it’s so easy.  The instructions are below.   

Watercolour paper, Real Red, Whisper White
Paper: Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper
Stamp Set: Up in the Air (oops)  Up, Up and Away
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Versamark Refill
Markers: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Fabulous Flourishes: Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder
Tools: Paper Cutter, Build a Cupcake Punch, Simply Scored, Heat Tool, Brayer 

So…here’s what I did:

  1. I  stamped my images on watercolour paper.  I used watercolour paper because I wanted more texture.
  2. Using my simply scored, I scored vertical and horizontal lines at 1/2″ intervals.
  3. On a piece of plastic, I poured out a small amount of versamark refill.  Using my brayer I spread this across the plastic.
  4. Using my versmark ready brayer, I rolled it across my stamped image a couple of times.
  5. I then poured clear embossing powder over the image making sure that it was completely covered.
  6. Using my heat tool, I melted the embossing powder.  I set aside for a few minutes to cool.
  7. I then turned over the image, sprayed with a little water and…wait for it…scrunched it up a few times!  Yep…that’s right after all that work, I scrunched it up.  Open out and you have your tumbled tile look.

You should have heard the audience when Sophie scrunched hers.  It’s a wonder there was any oxygen left in the room – soooo funny.

I will be holding a class where you can learn this technique on Sunday July 8 at 2.00pm.  You will make 3 cards, a gift card holder and as a bonus, a scrapbook page.  Come along and enjoy an afternoon of craft, chat and champers (can’t forget the champers) and learn this tumbled tile technique and how to make the cloud background.  The cost will be $20 and includes everything you need.  Email me at to book your place.  I need final numbers by July 1.

Happy Crafting

Wedding Favours

This little project  was another that I made for the simply scored product playground display at convention.  This was super easy and my little foray into the gorgeous vintage style which I love dearly but find very challenging.   This little treat holder made using the Boutique Attic  paper is just right for weddings, don’t you think?

Project Supplies
Card:  Pool Party
Stamp Set: Broadsheet Alphabet
Ink:  Pool Party
Paper: Attic Boutique
Fabulous Flourishes: Pool Party Seam Binding, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Pearls
Tools: Paper Cutter, Simply Scored, Full Heart Punch

I made the little heart embellishment using shimmer paint.  I simply poured shimmer paint on to a piece of card, ensuring it was thick and even.  After it dried, I punched two hearts using the Full Heart Punch.   I then used my simply scored to make the diagonal lines.  I layered the hearts, added the pearls and Bob’s your uncle, you have your own handmade embellishment.  Click here for the holder template .

Now…the most exciting news…is that you can order the diagonal plate for the Simply Scored from July 1.  No waiting for the new catalogue – yay!!   Diagonal lines are a snap using this plate and I’m busting to pop my order in.  If you would like to order your own, email me at

Happy Scoring!

Simply Scored Scrapbook Page

I don’t scrapbook much any more so I thought I’d create a page as part of my convention projects.  I created these projects to showcase the new Simply Scored and I was able to really make the most of this fantastic tool with this page.  I’ve used the tool to pleat the background paper, make the rosettes and make a little picket fence.


Project Supplies
Stamp Set:
Vintage Vogue
Whisper White 12 x 12, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Twitterpated
Ink: Basic Gray, White StazOn
Fabulous Flourishes:  White Bakers Twine, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Clear Rhinestone Brads, On Board Alphabet Soup, Baja Breeze Pleated Satin Ribbon, Designer Buttons: Twitterpatted and Neutrals
Tools: Simply Scored, Boho Blossoms Punch, Pinking Hearts Punch, Lace Ribbon Border Punch

I’m working on a gorgeous little project that I learnt during convention from the wonderful Stampin Up! trainer Sophie Zadeh  using this tool.  Sophie is one of the concept artists at Stampin Up and teaches us wonderful, yet simple techniques from the art world.  Her style is  gorgeous and I can’t wait to have a go and share this new technique with you – I just hope I can make it look as good as hers.  Be on the look out – you never know you might even see projects that feature products from the new catalogue.

If you would like book a Simply Scored workshop where you can learn some of these techniques or you would like to purchase the Simply Scored, email me at tania_willis@bigpond to place your order.  Check out the video here to see the Simply Scored in action.


2012 Stampin’ Up! Convention

What do you get when over 450 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are in one room?  You get a community of fabulous, generous and talented crafters who share, inspire and teach one another everything there is to know about papercraft.  Over the last two days, I have been at the Stampin’ Up! convention here in Canberra and boy do I have some fabulous new ideas and techniques to share with you. 

As many of you know, I have been working on several projects using the Simply Scored for convention and I thought I’d take this opportunity to share one of them with you.  I’ll post more over the coming days.  So here is my first…



Stamp Set: Best of Everything, Vintage Vogue
Ink: Versamark, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, White StazOn
Card: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Vellum
DSP: Sweet Shop
Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Designer Buttons: Twitterpatted, Subtles, Neutrals, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, Cherry Scented Emboss Powder
Simply Scored, Paper Snips, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Adorning Accents Edgelits Die
Punches: Boho Blossoms, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pinking Hearts

Template available here.

If you would like more details on how to make this project, email me at

I’m off to bed now.  I have an early morning for the third and final day of convention which finishes off with the Awards Banquet so it’s going to be a huge day and I can’t wait. 

Happy stamping


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  Until the end of April, I’ll throw in a free shim so you can make the best fitting lids ever.

Happy crafting!

Simply Scored – Simply The Best

The Simply Scored has to be the best new tool for papercrafting!  Why?  Well…here’s my story and I promise it will be short.

When I first started papercraft, I remember saying to myself, I don’t need all the bells and whistles.  I know how to use a ruler, a craft knife, a bone folder, a pair of scissors and can cut and fold accurately…Right?  Well…yeah…sort of.  The only problem was, I was never consistent and I was frustrated because my projects wouldn’t match up properly, my cards would always be slightly out when I folded them and I didn’t even bother trying to make 3D items!  

So why did I have so much trouble?  Because I wasn’t using the right tools.  I mean…you don’t peel a potato with a knife anymore right? Unless, of course, you can’t find it in that messy second drawer (another job for the holidays).  

So now…getting to the point…The simply scored is one of those tools that will make your papercraft life soooo much easier.  I’ve been using mine today to make stacks of boxes all the same size and I’m astounded how much difference it has made to my projects.  Perfect boxes every time and each one took me just over a minute to cut and score.  Can you believe that!  And that includes the lid too.  I’ve learnt a super exciting trick for perfect fitting lids and I’ll share that with you all tomorrow!

Check out the video for more:

Simply Scored Scoring Tool Item Number: 122334
Simply Scored Metric Scoring Plate Item Number: 127531

If you would like to purchase a simply scored, email me at Over the next few days…I will be popping up some examples of my projects using the simply scored and, as mentioned earlier, be sure to check back tomorrow to learn how to make the best fitting lids ever!  I can’t wait to share this with you.


  • Unique place markers.   I LOVE LOVE LOVE these.  These visual tools allow you to set up the measurements you want and make it easier to get it right every time.  If you a making mutiple items – it’s a breeze!  It comes with three and you can purchase more in packs of six for only $4.50.
  • Score lines are at every 3.2mm (1/8″).
  • The stylus. It’s a stylus with two ends, one bigger than the other. The two smooth, metal ends glide over your projects, stay in the grooves (be sure to keep the angle 45 degrees or less) and you have the choice of thicker or sharper score lines.  The tool snaps into place on the bottom front of the board so it’s always easy to get to. 
  • Divided compartment at the top of the board.  There is enough room to hold your bone folder, pencil, extra tool and a smaller compartment to hold extra scoring markers.
  • 8 (yes 8) textured feet on the bottom.  No slipping!  
  • You can order a Metric Scoring Plate for metric measurements.

Happy scoring!

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