Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Cute Critters | Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team blog hop for this month. The theme for this hop is Cute Critters and I have to confess I struggled with this assignment. Stampin' Up! have so many stamp sets that feature cute critters which I love and am often keen to add to my collection but when it comes to using them I find it really difficult to come up with ideas. So in an attempt to work through my creating with critters block I decided to approach the challenge head on and this is what I came up with.

Aren't these little fellas from the Counting Sheep stamp set just the cutest? My family is excitedly waiting for the arrival of my sister's new bub in the next couple of weeks so I decided to go with a baby card and using a bit of paper piecing and the gingham paper from the Pansy Petal DSP I ended up with a trio of sheep that almost seem like soft toys. 

Next up in the hop the super talented Janneke Dijkstra de Jong. I always love seeing Janneke's creations so I'm certain she has created something gorgeous to share with us.

 Be Inspired Design Team Blog Roll


Tanya Rees (You are here)

Janneke Dijkstra de Jong

Carolynn Sander

Stesha Bloodhart

Jennifer Picard

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Monday, 20 September 2021

Anything but a card | Let's Get Hopping #46


Hello and welcome to this month's Let's Get Hopping blog hop. This month the theme is "Anything but a card" so get prepared to be inspired by a variety of projects. 
While most of my creating time is devoted to card making, I really enjoy getting stuck into the occasional home decor project and for this challenge I decided to create a Christmas wreath. 

I've had the wreath base sitting in my craft room for a year or two now, just waiting to be embellished. I used the Christmas Pinecone dies with some watercoloured Shimmery White cardstock to create the greenery and the pinecones have been die cut from Early Espresso and Soft Suede. 
The sentiment has come from the Christmas to Remember stamp set and has been die cut with a label from the Seasonal Label Dies.

Next up in the hop is Elizabeth Edlin. I'm looking forward to seeing what she has created for us. 
Happy crafting
- Tan xx

Friday, 10 September 2021

Sketch Challenge | TGIF Challenges #333


Woohoo! It's Friday and and time for another TGIF Challenges sketch challenge for you to play along with. Being the 333rd challenge for TGIF Challenges it seemed only fitting that the sketch feature something to do with the number 3.

And here is my take on the sketch. Sticking with the bold stripes in the background I went with a bright Daffodil Delight and Basic White stripes as a base. When creating the Dahlia focal point for the card I stamped both the flowers and leaves from the Delicate Dahlias stamp set in Polished Pink and Granny Apple Green respectively and then coloured the images with Stampin' Blends in the light shade of each colour, which resulted in a tone on tone effect. 

Inspired by the sketch? We'd love you to play along with us this week. More inspiration can be found on the TGIF Challenges Blog and don't forget to add your project while you are there.

- Tan xx

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Sale-a-bration | Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. Today the team is sharing projects featuring Sale-a-bration products. I'm excited to be sharing this hop with you as the Sale-a-bration products we are featuring you can receive for FREE for every $90 AUD or $180 AUD you spend on Stampin' Up! products. How great is that? 

The card I have created for you today feature two of the Sale-a-bration products. The focal point is a stamped image that come from the Feels Like Home Stamp Set and the patterned paper in the background is a sample of one of the papers in the Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper pack.

I'm keeping my post short and sweet for you today so you have plenty of time to follow along the hop and check out what my fellow designers have created for you. Click the Next button below to be taken to Cathy Caine's blog. I'm a huge fan of Cathy's work and I'm sure you are just as excited as I am to see what she has created.

 Be Inspired Design Team Blog Roll


Tanya Rees (You are here)

Cathy Caines

Brian King

Emma Goddard

Stesha Bloodhart

Jennifer Picard

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Monday, 16 August 2021

CASE the Mini Catalogue | Let's Get Hopping #45

Hello everyone and welcome to another Let's Get Hopping blog hop. It's hard to believe that it's already been a month since our last hop. This month the team are CASEing the July - December Mini Catalogue and with so many a-maz-ing projects in this catalogue I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has created for this hop. For those of you who are not familiar with the term CASEing (or CASE which stands for Copy And Selectively Edit) and it means to take inspiration from a project, be that the layout, colour combo, or the way a technique is used, to create your own project. Often when I'm feeling creatively blocked I will pull out an old Stampin' Up! catalogue and pick a sample project to CASE to get the creative juices flowing. 

Given that a large portion of the products in this Mini are Christmas themed I felt compelled to create a Christmas card but I chose to use the Tidings of Christmas suite of products from the Annual Catalogue as I've been hanging out to have a play with them. Below is the card I chose to CASE from page 13 of the Mini and as it was the layout of the card that really appealed to me, it became the basis for my card. 

Instead of snowflakes I've used the stars from the Christmas Trimmings Dies and the I've opted for a richer colour combo inspired from the Tidings of Christmas DSP that I've used in place of Pearlescent Speciality Paper panels. I've also added an embossed panel of Soft Succulent to add a little more texture.

Next up in the hop is Megan Teare from New Zealand, I'm certain that she has something fabulous to share with us.