Wednesday, 23 February 2022

2022 January - June Mini Catalogue | Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop

Hi everyone, Welcome to this month's Be Inspired Design Team blog hop. Today the team are sharing projects created with products from the 2022 January - June Mini Catalogue and I decided to feature the Artfully Layered Stamp Set for my hop project today.

I love Artfully Composed Suite colour combo, but for this project I wanted to play with a more playful colour combo. The coloured splotches were created by cutting random shapes out of a piece of vellum that I have used as a mask with Blending Brushes. I then stamped the monstera leaves over the splotches in Tuxedo Black ink and added some extra detail with one of the stamps from the Hello Beautiful stamp set. 

Next up in today's hop in my talented friend, Carolynn Sander. I'm sure we are both going to love what she has created to share with us today

 Be Inspired Design Team Blog Roll


Louise Sharp

Tanya Rees (You are here)

Carolynn Sander

Brian King

Emma Goddard

Stesha Bloodhart

Jennifer Picard

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Friday, 11 February 2022

Sketch Challenge | TGIF Challenges #355

Happy Friday everyone. Time for another TGIF Challenges sketch challenge and the team has a sweet little sketch for your all just in time for Valentines Day.

Valentine's Day was the first occasion I thought of when I saw this sketch but not everyone celebrates Valentine's so I decided to create a Thank you card instead.  

 I love the simplicity of this sketch and wanted to carry the simple design through to my project. You may have noticed that there's no stamping, DSP, or embellishments on my card, instead I've used die cutting, paper piecing and scoring to add detail and texture.

Looking for more sketch inspiration, head over to the TGIF Challenges Blog to check out what my fellow designers have created.

-Tan xx

Saturday, 29 January 2022

Loaded Envelope | TGIF Challenge #353


Hi all. It's TGIF Challenge time again and yes, I know it's Saturday here in Australia but the bonus of a worldwide challenge is that it's still Friday somewhere in the world, so technically I'm not late. Right? Anyway, here is this weeks challenge and it's a fun one.  

Confession time, until being set this challenge I had no idea what a Loaded Envelope was and it took me some time get my head around the concept. Luckily one of my talented TGIF friends, Elizabeth Price had created a gorgeous Christmas loaded envelope late last year and recorded a video tutorial of how she constructed the envelope. (See Elizabeth's post here). Using Elizabeth's tutorial as a starting point here is what I came up with.

One of my daughters has a birthday coming up and her gift from us is tickets to a musical and a night away in Melbourne so I decided a loaded envelope would be a super special way of packaging her gift, as well as adding a couple of extra little birthday treats. The Friendly Hello DSP was my colour combo inspiration and as my daughter has asked to have an Ice Cream Parlour themed party, I decided to carry the theme across to her gift by using the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and Ice Cream Builder Punch.

The only problem I had was once I was inspired I had too many ideas to fit in my envelope so I altered the envelope by adding a second large pocket to the back .

Once my envelope was constructed I moved on to making an card that doubled as a holder for the tickets. I've added a panel on the inside to record our message and then a pocket on the other side to slide the tickets in.

Next up it was time to package up some birthday treats and since my daughters favourite treat is mint chocolate a chocolate block wrapper was a must have. The Pale Papaya Ombre Gift Bags coordinated beautifully with the Friendly Hello DSP and I've added some texture with the Hive 3D Embossing folder.

To access the chocolate you just simply pull on the ribbon at the top and the block just slides out. 

After mint chocolate, Skittles are my daughter second favourite treat and they now come in a cute little box, that was super easy to wrap in another deconstructed Ombre Gift Bag and to reduce bulk I kept the embellishments fairly simple by just adding a Heart & Home Doily and a little ribbon.

While I was out shopping for goodies to put in the envelope I stumbled across a Pale Papaya coloured pen, the perfect addition, so of course a covered notebook was also required. 

So as you can see the possibilities for a loaded envelope are almost endless. To see what the rest of the team have created, make sure you head over the TGIF Challenges blog and then why not have a go at creating your own loaded envelope. Trust me you are going to have lots of fun with this one.

- Tan xx

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

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

Hi everyone and welcome to our first Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop for 2022. You are currently visiting Tanya Rees in Bendigo, Australia and if you have been hopping along you would have arrived here via my fellow Australian Be Inspired team mate, Louise Sharp. Wasn't her creation today simply gorgeous? Louise is not often able to join us in our hops so when she does its an absolute delight.

The theme for this months hop is Sale-a-bration! I love this theme because the projects we are sharing today have been created use products that you can receive for FREE with any qualifying order during Sale-a-bration during January & February.

The Sale-a-bration products I decided to feature is the Friendly Hello Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper that can be ordered for FREE with any order of at least $180AUD (excl shipping). What I love about this particular Sale-a-bration or SAB item is that not only do you get a free stamp set but you receive a 12 page pack of co-ordinating Designer Series Paper which means you only need to add some ink and cardstock and you've got a everything you need to make some beautiful cards. 
I've gone one step further and used my Blending Brushes, Stampin Blends, some ribbon and a little heat and dry embossing to create my project today.

One of my goals for 2022 is to also add a little detail to the insides of my cards and the additional sentiments and smaller imagery in the stamp set was perfect for this. I really love the "Hello Friend" sentiment in the set but if I'm honest I don't often give out just because cards to my friends but by adding the "Hope you have the Best Birthday" stamp to the inside I was instantly able to change the purpose to a birthday card.

Top tip for creating the background; after you have adding some blending, splatters and stamping, emboss with the Hive 3D Embossing folder and then run the cardstock back through your Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine between to pieces of paper to "soften" the emboss effect.

Next up in the hop is Janneke Dijkstra-de Jong. I can't wait to see what stunning creation she has come up with for us.

Be Inspired Design Team Blog Roll


Friday, 24 December 2021

Masking Technique | TGIF Challenges


Happy Friday and happy Christmas Eve everyone. Thankfully I've managed to get everything organised for Christmas this year and myself and my family are having a super chilled Christmas Eve, which has allowed me to have a little craft time. 

This weeks TGIF Challenges theme is masking. There are various masking methods but the method I used today is to post-it notes to mask stamped images.

I love using this technique to create backgrounds and cards with minimal layers. To create this particular card I've used the brand new Dahlia Days stamp set from upcoming Stampin' Up! 2022 Jan-June Mini Catalogue. I really love this set so keep your eye out for more dahlia projects. 

For more masking inspiration pop over to the TGIF Challenges blog, to see what the rest of the team have created and if you are inspired by the theme please share with us. 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season.

- Tan