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Make a Cake & Banners Card Class

Image What do millions of people have in common every day?

Birthdays!

You can make birthdays and other celebrations extra special for those you love with this cake-shaped card box and coordinating cards.

Your friends and family will be amazed by your calorie-free cake box that can be used to gift a set of cards or other small gifts. You’ll have so much fun using the Make a Cake and Itty Bitty Banners stamp sets with the Patio Party Designer Series Paper that you may just need to plan a party to show off your creative genius!

Reserve your spot today before the cake is gone!

DATE: Sunday 16 September
TIME:  2.00pm
COST: $25 (bring your own adhesive)
WHERE: my home in Palmerston, Canberra (address will be provided upon booking)
RSVP:  7 September

Contact me today at tania_willis@bigpond.com to join the celebration!

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!
 

 

 

 

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 tania_willis@bigpond.com. 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.

SIMPLY SCORED FEATURES:

  • 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!

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

Autumn-Winter Mini Sneak Peek

So…my pre-order of the Autumn-Winter Mini arrived last week and boy have I been having fun today! The best thing is it’s a long weekend here in Canberra which means more time to spend crafting. If only I didn’t have to do the housework! Anyway….enough about me.

You might remember one of my earlier posts where I had a go at marker layering. Today, I used this technique on the soon to be released Bordering on Romance stamp set. I kept the card fairly simple to keep the focus on the colouring. I enjoyed using this technique with this set so much I just couldn’t stop at one. So, I decided to make an in-colour set. What do you think?

The Bordering on Romance stamp set is from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue which will be available April 1. It’s packed with super sweet stamps (of course), delicious designer series papers, fancy fabric, to die for dies, elegant embossing folders and fabulous flourishes.  I know you are going to love it.

Project Recipe
Stamps: Bordering on Romance (released April 1), Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card: Watercolour paper, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait
Ink: Black Staz-on
Markers: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, Peach Parfait, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
Tools: Paper Snips, Paper Cutter, Blender Pen
Fabulous Flourishes: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride and Peach Parfait Stitched Poly Ribbon, Pearls
Sticky Bits: Snail

The marker layering technique can be found on one of my favourite sites, Splitcoast Stampers. Head on over and give this a go. It’s much easier than you think.

If you would like to receive a copy of the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue the day it’s released, contact me at tania_willis@bigpond.com to find out how.

Happy crafting.

Workshop Rewards

Hello everyone

I hope you have been enjoying your weekend. I have been super busy creating a homemade lucky door prize for my next workshop.  I’m super pleased with this creation and I hope the person that wins it loves it as much as I do.

Inspiration for the gift cards came from a fab little blog hosted by Debby Hughes called Lime Doodle.  Isn’t that a great name?  The little banners caught my eye and I just had to use them on this set.  I made them by cutting 1cm x 3cm strips from scraps of my current favourite paper.  I then used the 3.2cm square punch to punch the tails.  It takes a bit of lining up to get it right but is much neater and easier than using snips. 

Miss Fancy Pants provided me with inspiration for the gift holder.  I have changed the measurements on mine to ensure the gift cards and envelopes fit.  I cut a 9cm strip of the designer series paper.  I scored across at 9cm, 13cm and 22cm and rounded off the end at 24.5cm using one of my large ribbon holders to mark up.  Here is the template.

I have tied ribbon around the top of the lower flap and the top flap slides behind the ribbon to close.  You may also notice that I have positioned the tag so that the flap can be held behind it to keep it all in place.  I’ve tied the gift cards and envelopes onto the holder using ribbon.  I will share another example tomorrow where I have tied a cellophane bag filled with Easter eggs on to the back of the holder.

I’ve entered the holder into the CAS-ual Friday challenge

 

Project Recipe
Stamps: Spiced Paisley (Summer Mini Catalogue), Friendly Phrases, Outlined Occasions Stamp Set (Sale-a-bration Catalogue)
Card: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Rose Red, Lucky Limeade, Bashful Blue, Wisteria Wonder
Paper: Hostess Designer Series Paper – Cheerful Treat
Ink: Concord Crush, Rose Red, Lucky Limeade, Bashful Blue, Wisteria Wonder, Black Staz-on
Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter, Blender Pen, Decorative Label Punch, 1.3cm square punch
Finishing Touches:  Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Whisper White 1cm Taffeta Ribbon, Everyday Enchantments Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon (Sale-a-bration Catalogue)
Sticky Bits: Snail, Dimensionals

If you live in the Canberra region and interested in hosting a workshop, email me at tania_willis@bigpond.com to book.  Workshops are a great way to get your friends together to learn about stamp and papercraft and I cover basic to advanced techniques depending on your needs.  Not only do your friends get some well needed, time out from their busy lives, you also receive some great benefits.  Hostesses that book through me also receive a FREE copy of the latest Catalogue and Ideas Book (valued at $12.95) just for hosting the workshop!  Click on workshop for more information.

Don’t forget…from now until 31 March every order over $100 receives your choice of an exclusive Sale-a-bration gift.  Click on the Sale-a-bration catalogue to check out your gift options.

See you again soon.

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