Monday, 20 January 2020

New Beginnings | Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop #27

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Let's Get Hopping blog hop. This month's theme is New Beginnings and I just couldn't go past creating a card for a new baby. 

While a baby card isn't the first thing you think of when you see the Come Sail Away Suite but this striped DSP pattern is so versatile and Balmy Blue is a perfect baby blue colour.  That said I'm sure this design could easily be adapted to create a card for a baby girl. 

That's all from me today. Next up in the hop is my beautiful friend from the US, Nina King McMillan. You are going to adore what she's created. 

- Tan xx

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Sale-A-Bration 2020 | Stamping Sunday Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome the first Stamping Sunday Blog Hop for the year and my first blog post for 2020. You may have noticed that I have made a few changes to my blog over the New Year break. I hope you like my new logo and watermark. This month the Stamping Sunday team are featuring their favourite Sale-A-Bration product. Before I start showing you my creations you probably want to know what Sale-A-Bration is. It’s the biggest Stampin’ Up! sale of the year! From January 3–March 31, you get FREE exclusive products when you shop, host, or join.

My favourite product on offer in Sale-A-Bration has to be the Golden Honey Speciality Designer Series Paper.

Don't you just love these stunning black, white and gold foil patterns? The cute little bees and flowers are gorgeous but I have to admit my favourite part about this DSP is the stripe, spot and honeycomb patterns, particularly the Basic Black and Whisper White stripe which is the pattern I've chosen to feature today.

This first project is aimed at the beginner stamper and while a beginner level project is usually features only stamps, paper and ink, I just couldn't resist stepping it up slightly by adding a little ribbon, a few rhinestones and a bit of a doily. 

When creating this next project for a casual crafter I kept with a similar layout to the first card, but used both some heat embossing and embossing paste and the sentiment has been punched out with the 2" Circle Punch.

Finally the last project has been designed with the avid crafter in mind. To tie the black and white stripe in with the floral design I opted for a white embossed sentiment on a black stitched rectangle and I busted out my Paper Snips to create a little cluster of fussy cut flowers.

The other patterns that I have featured in these projects come from my second favourite Sale-A-Bration exclusive product, this ah-maz-ing Designer Series Paper Sampler and Mini Cutter bundle which is available to anyone who joins Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration. 

I love how the Designer Series Paper Sampler includes a selection of DSP featured in the 2020 Occasions Catalogue. It is such a great way to get a little taste of each DSP pack .

That is all for me today. To see more of what is on offer with Sale-A-Bration be sure to check out what the rest of the team have been up to.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - Tags, Tags, Tags & Tiny Keepsakes

Welcome to the final Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog hop for 2018!  Wow!!  What an amazing year it has been. I feel so blessed to have had this wonderful experience and I'm a deeply thankful for the beautiful friendships that I've gained in this group of incredibly talented artists.

Today I am featuring the Tags, Tags, Tags bundle and what could be more appropriate than creating some tags, tags and more tags.

Making tags is one of my favourite Christmas crafting activities and creating these was no exception. For these tags I started with the tag base. The striped and buffalo check stamps from the the Tiny Keepsakes bundle are awesome for creating background on tags.

My aim for creating these tags was to create a set with three different tag designs, one for each of the three Christmas themed images in the Tags, Tags, Tags stamp set. Creating cohesive sets of cards or tags can often be tricky but I've found if you stick to the same "recipe" for each design it's hard to go wrong. In this case each of the tags feature the same colour combo of Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party and Whisper White. They all have a similar layout of a focal point tag with a layer of either ribbon or another tag adhered to the tag base and each design features a little embellishment (rhinestones, pearl or fussy cut birds).


 Since these particular tags were for someone else I decided to package them in a gift box. Don't they look pretty all tied up with a bow?

Since this is my last Artisan posted I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all you love and support over the last year, it really has meant so much to me. I've absolutely loved sharing my time on the Artisan Design Team with you all. Don't fret though, I'm not going anywhere and I hope you will still follow me on my crafting journey.

However with every ending there is a new beginning so now I'd love to take a moment to introduce the new Artisan team for 2020! I'm so happy for all these amazing designers and I know they're going to have a wonderful year together.

2020 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team

Next up in the hop in my beautiful friend, Angela Meiritz-Reid from Christchurch New Zealand. You are going to adore the cute little projects she has created.

Thanks joining me

- Tan xx