Thursday, 23 November 2017

Let's Get Hopping | Back to Basics

Hi. Welcome back to another Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop.

Today's hop is all about getting "Back to the Basics" and sharing a project that's been created without the tools and gadgets we all love.
I've got to say, this challenge was tough. It really highlighted to me how much I rely on gadgets like my BigShot, punches and colouring tools to add detail to my projects. However, I'm really glad I persisted and here's the project I created

Inspired by this week's TGIF challenge theme of Gratitude I was drawn to this lovely script stamp from All Things Thanks. To add a little extra dimension I stamped the sentiment first in Powder Pink and then in Berry Burst.

The background was created by randomly stamping the large flower from Birthday Blooms in Basic Black Archival ink on Whisper White cardstock and I couldn't resist adding a little extra bling with some ribbon, bakers twine and a tassel.

Hopefully, I've inspired you to give the gadgets a break and have a go at creating a project with just some stamps, paper and ink.

For more "Back to Basics" inspiration, please click on the next button below and continue on the hop. I can't wait to see what Diana Tillery  has come up with

- Tan xx

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Merriest Christmas Wishes for GDP #113

I'm back with another Global Design Project colour challenge project and I have to admit this was my toughest colour challenge so far. The colours for this weeks challenge are

And don't they look great together in this little graphic. 

On a card, however, I really struggled to come up with a design where the colours complimented each other. Finally, after many attempts, this is the card that I created

I'm loving the trend of embellishing cards with frayed ribbon at the moment. It's a great way to double purpose your ribbons and adds a fun detail to your project. 

My good friend Jennifer Frost gave me the inspiration to build up this section with embellishments in a recent Crafty Carrot Collective tutorial. Unfortunately I'm unable to share her design as it was part of an exclusive, subscribers only, tutorial program  but if you head over to the Crafty Carrot Collective blog you'll find details on how to join in the fun.

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you pop over to the Global Design Project blog to see how other designers have been inspired by this colour challenge

- Tan xx

Monday, 13 November 2017

OnStage Treat boxes

Hi. Welcome back to my blog. 
This weekend I attended my very first Stampin' Up! OnStage event in Melbourne. I had such a wonderful time meeting other demonstrators from all over Australia as well as getting a look at the amazing new products in the upcoming 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues.  But not only did I get my hands on a copy of each of the new catalogues, I also got the opportunity to play with a few new stamp sets AND even scored a couple of freebies to bring home with me. Believe me, the perks of being a demonstrator are the best!!

Sadly, I'm not allowed to share any details of the new catalogues with you yet, so today I thought I'd share with you some treat boxes I created to give to the demonstrators I was sharing my table with at OnStage.

I wanted these treat boxes to be pretty and bright, so the Naturally Eclectic DSP and the Eclectic Layers framelits were the perfect choice. And you just can't go past some mini sequin trim to add a little bling. 

When I handed these out I had lots of people ask me how I made the box so I also wanted to share the link to an amazing little calculator I stumbled across earlier this year. 

The Box Buster calculator by Joanne at The Crafty Owl, is so great, you just put in the measurements for the size box you want and it gives you the cardstock size and the punch measurement you need to create a box. Head over to Joanne's blog to see her video tutorial on how to use her Box Buster calculator and your Envelope Punch Board

Thanks for stopping by 

- Tan xx