Monday, 21 August 2017

Welcome little one for gdp100

Some of you may remember my post last week (check it out here) where I played along with the TGIF Challenge Sketch Challenge, well imagine my surprise when I discovered my card was selected as the winner!!! What an amazing honour to be chosen from so many beautiful cards.

Motivated by such a wonderful compliment I couldn't resist playing along with another fabulous challenge blog, Global Design Project. This week marks the 100th challenge for the Global Design Project and to celebrate each designer has created a card and particpants have invited to CASE one of the cards.
The card I have decided to case is this beautiful card by Allison Okimitsu from Nice People Stamp. I've been a long time admirer of Allison work and this gorgeous card is no exception.

And, here is my card

I have a few friends and family members expecting babies in the next few months so I thought I should stock up on some baby cards, starting with this one. While it can take some time, I really enjoy handstiching on cards and the effect it has on a special card is well worth the time so it was this feature on Allison's card that I have chosen to CASE. I was also drawn to the simplicity of the placement of the coffee cup and sentiment in the centre of the card and have made that same placement choice for the teepee and sentiment.

I just love the detail in this gorgeous teepee from the Little One stamp set and I've added this spray of flowers makes it just a little more girlie. And don't you just love the combination of copper and blushing bride?

Thanks for stopping by.
- Tanya xo

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Delightfully Potted Gifts | Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

Welcome back.

Today I'm playing along with Kylie Bertucci’s monthly International Blog Highlights.  I've long been a follower of Kylie Bertucci, an awesome Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Australia, and one of my goals when starting this blog was to participate in Kylie's International Highlights .

Each month participants in the post a project using the current theme (this month is "teachers gifts"), and everyone asks for their friends and followers to vote for their project. The top 10 picks get to take part in a blog hop with Kylie! How exciting, hey!

So, here is my project using Kylie's theme. If you have the time, check out all the wonderful submissions and vote for your favorites!  If one of those favorites, happens to be me, thank you!

I am constantly amazed by my children's wonderful teachers and what
better way to show your appreciation than with a beautifully wrapped pot plant.

Stampin' Up! makes the most beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP) and this Delightfully Daisy DSP is no exception. 

When working with DSP that has a large detailed pattern like this one I like to keep the other details simple. On this project I've added a tag with a watercolour splash of Old Olive and the sentiment from All Things Thanks was heat embossed in copper Stampin' Emboss Powder. The tag is then secured with some Ombre Ribbon in Calypso Coral

The second plant has been wrapped in the daisy print Delighfully Daisy DSP with some Double Stitched Ribbon in Daffodil Delight and a bow in the new Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon.

The Pretty Label punch and coordinating Label Me Pretty stamp set is great for creating tags and in this instance I've embossed the a floral pattern on a Night of Navy Pretty Label in White Stampin' Emboss  Powder and then layered a circle of Daffodil Delight and Whisper White with the sentiment stamped in Night of Navy. I've then secured the label and another bow to a cake pop stick before sticking it into the soil.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you've enjoyed this post and have been inspired to create your own beautiful gifts. Don't forget to check out Kylie Bertucci's blog to vote for my project.

- Tanya xo

Monday, 14 August 2017

Eclectic Diamonds for TGIF Challenge #120

Oh my goodness, I think I've become addicted the challenge blogs! There are just so many out there in blog-land and whether it's a sketch, colour combo, theme or CASEing challenge they are great when looking for inspiration.

Today's card was inspired by the TGIF Challenge #120 Sketch Challenge.

And, here is my card

I've taken the colour combination from the gems on this dazzling piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper and added a touch of silver with the diamond from Eclectic Layers Thinlits and silver Mini Sequin Trim. 

None of the ribbons in my stash seemed to fit in my design so I decided to replace the ruffled ribbon in the sketch with some roughly gathered pieces of Metallic Foil doilies. That's what I love about a sketch challenge, it's a great place to start but the end result is only limited by your own creativity.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I'll be back soon with some more exciting projects to share with you all

- Tanya xo

Friday, 11 August 2017

Bundle of Love Memories & More

Hello again everyone.
I'm so glad you've decided to pop back.

Today I am having a closer look at the scrapbook page I shared in my first blog post (you can see the post here).

As I've mentioned before, scrapbooking is not something I often spend time doing, but when I saw the Bundle of Love Memories & More card pack in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! catalogue I was inspired to step out of my comfort zone and create this scrapbook page featuring my youngest little man.

At first glance the Memories & More cards are the perfect accessory for pocket style memory keeping, but as the name suggests these card packs can be used for so much more.

In this project, I've combined the Memories & More cards, acetate sheets and stickers with photos, cardstock, Designer Series Paper, some embellishments and a little stamping to create a traditional 12 x 12 scrapbook page.

I have to admit, I was pretty chuffed with the finished project. I definitely see more memory keeping in my future.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you've enjoyed this post and I look forward to sharing another project with you very soon.  

Friday, 4 August 2017

CASEing The Catty 139 | Everday occasions

I've only recently come across the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge and I'm already hooked.

This weeks challenge was to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a project from the Everyday Occasions section of the 2017 - 2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and this project on pg 58 was the inspiration for my card today 

And here is my card...

This beautiful watercolour print of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper is the perfect stormy sky. Using the cloud stamps from the Weather Together set I've stamped some clouds in Night of Navy, stamping 2 or 3 times before re-inking.

The umbrella and grey clouds were stamped on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and watercoloured using watercolour pencils in Melon Mambo and Basic Gray and an Aqua Painter.
Then I've cut them out using the coordinating Umbrella framelits and to  add some dimension I've popped the sentiment and umbrella up on some Stampin' Dimensionals with a little Silver 1/8" Ribbon under the sentiment. 

I've really enjoyed creating this card and am glad I've been able to share it with you. Thanks for taking the time to stop by
- Tan xo

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Watercoloured Electic Layers

Wow!!! I'm completely overwhelmed by all the encouraging comments I received for my first post. Thank you so very much

As promised I'm back today to give you a closer look at one of the cards I shared in yesterday's post. 

This card came together one wet and rainy afternoon over the school holidays. With the older two children at friends' houses and the youngest having his nap, my 6 yr old and I took the opportunity to have a little 1 on 1 time at my craft table. Miss 6 has a very curious nature and was keen to know what my Aqua Painter did, so out came some watercolour paper and a couple of ink pads and this Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay watercolour background was the end result.

I chose to use the diamond mosaic die from the Eclectic Layers thinlits to die cut the watercoloured background but rather than removing the cut out diamonds I've left them inlaid to add an element of texture.

Basic Black and Lemon Lime Twist seem to be my favourite colour combination at the moment so I went with Basic Black for the card base and a square frame cut with the Stitched Shaped Framelits. The diagonal stripe was an off cut from another project that I stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White cardstock with the Diagonal Stripe background stamp. 

Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay flowers, along with vellum leaves from the Eclectic Layers thinlits are the focal point of the card. And I've add a little bling with some Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Metallic thread and sequins from the Silver Mini Sequin trim

Finally I've used the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from the Confetti Celebration set embossed with Whisper White Stampin' Emboss Powder on Basic Black cardstock 

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you've enjoyed this card and I look forward to sharing another project with you very soon.   

- Tanya xo