Monday, 18 May 2020

My Happy Colour | Let's Get Hopping #31



Good morning to you all and welcome to another Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop. This month's theme is "My Happy Colour" and the challenge is to create a project that shows off your favourite colour, whether it be your favourite Stampin' Up! colour or your favourite colour in general. For me this meant making a choice, my favourite colour is pink, particularly a bright pink but my favourite Stampin' Up! colour to use is Pool Party. After a little deliberation, I decided since I don't often create with my favourite colour, I'd to go with pink, more specifically Melon Mambo.  



For those of you that follow me on social media you maybe aware that I have been focusing on using the stamp sets in my collection that are retiring soon and the sentiment on this card in from one of the sets I will miss the most, Seriously The Best. I absolutely adore the bold script sentiments in this set and while I don't usually hold on to many of my retired sets I just might hold on to this one a little longer.




Rather than making a completely pink card I decided to go with some magnolia buds water-coloured in Melon Mambo to highlight my chosen colour. I love the effect you get when water-colouring with bold colours like Melon Mambo. Don't you love how they "pop" on the Smokey Slate background?




As an extra touch to make the magnolia buds stand out a bit more I added a touch of Wink of Stella which gave them a beautiful shimmer.

Next up in the hop is my beautiful friend, Nina McMillan. I'm sure she has something gorgeous to share with us all.


Now I'm sure you are all aware that the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue is on its way and this year I am joining forces with the incredibly talented Mikaela Titheridge to bring you an Online Catalogue. Starting in the afternoon on Saturday 30th May and continuing through the night and into the morning on Sunday 31st May. To ask for more details or to book a spot click on the Contact Me link at the top of this page.


Thank you for joining me today. 

Crafty Hugs

- Tan xx

Friday, 15 May 2020

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop - Guest Designer



Hello everyone and welcome. An extra special welcome to those of you who are visiting my blog through the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. I'm so honoured to be joining the hop this month as a guest designer. 
To start with I'd like to say a big Happy Birthday to the leader of the Paper Adventures team, Kelly Kent. Today is Kelly's birthday and it only seems fitting that the theme of this hop is to CASE one of Kelly cards. The project I chose to CASE is this gorgeous split panel card Kelly shared earlier this week. 




I've wanted to have a go at creating a split panel card for a while now and when I saw this gorgeous card on Kelly blog I figured now was the time to do it. To see the details of Kelly's card (and another beautifully bright version of this one) head to her blog post here



If you follow me on social media you may be aware that this year I've been selecting a focus product each month with the aim to get more use out of my Stampin' Up! supplies and for the month of May I've chosen to focus on the products in my collection that are retiring at the end of the month. With that in mind I opted to use the Birthday Jubilee Stamp Set and coordinating Jubilee Beauty dies. The spray of flowers from the stamp set is perfect for colouring and for this project my chosen colouring tools were the Stampin Blends markers, they really are my favourite to colour with. 




To create the top and bottom split panels I used one of the papel picado dies from the Jubilee Beauty dies and then I've joined them with a die cut circle featuring the sentiment. This particular element did not initially work the way I had pictured in my mind as there was not enough overlap joining the sentiment circle to both panels to hold the card upright so I added some window sheet on the inside for extra support. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. Next up in the hop is Narelle Simm from Eleventh Hour Stamping. Click on the Next button below to see Narelle's project and continue on the hop.

- Tan xx





Sunday, 10 May 2020

Retiring Favourites | Stamping Sunday



Hello and welcome everyone. Happy Mother's Day to those of you who are celebrating Mother's Day today.

Today the Stamping Sunday crew are showcasing some of their favourite Stampin' Up! products that are retiring at the end of this month . I find this time of the Stampin' Up! to be rather bittersweet; I'm so excited to see all the new goodies in the 2020/21 Annual Catalogue but at the same time sad to say goodbye to a few of my old favourites.



While quite a few of my favourites are retiring, today I'm showcasing the Stitched Label Dies and coordinating stamp set,  Stitched All Around, along with the Garden Lane DSP. Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo and Leaves Trinkets.



My favourite things about the Stitched Lace Dies has to be the extra stitching detail each on each of the dies, particularly the quilted effect die that I've use on the card base and die cut circle. I love the detail that this die adds and the good news is that it is still available in most markets so if you don't yet have it in your collection there's still time to pick it up.



Another item that I'm sad to see leave are these Copper Tea Tins. For the past couple of years
I have filled and embellished many of these tins as gifts for friends, neighbours and teachers and I am very glad I still have a few in my stash.

That's all I have to share today but I'm certain that the rest of the team have lots of retired items inspiration to share.

Sending crafty hugs
- Tan xx