Be Inspired Blog Hop - Sale-a-Brations!

Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my lovely friend Maike Ulbrich from Germany - it's she just the best?! 

The theme for this hop is 'Be Inspired by Sale-a-Bration'.

Stampin' Up!'s biggest promotion of the year is here and every year they bring out exclusive products that just have to make it into my craftroom! For today's hop I have used Epic Celebrations from page 12 of the brochure and keeping with my crafting goals for this year - to make more masculine cards - I've kicked it off with a card for my hubby. It's his birthday tomorrow and he does love his guitars. I was trying to replicate (the best I could) his white Gretsch guitar, however I been advised the shape looks more like his Ibanez - pfft, whatever - he's getting a handmade card and that's should be good enough right?! lol 

I embossed the image using White Emboss Powder onto Basic Black Cardstock and with careful precision cut out the neck of the guitar. I then stamped using Archival Black into Thick Whisper White Cardstock and cut the body out and adhered the neck using Multipurpose Glue. Those crafty lines around the outside are hand-drawn using my own Artline pen. 

Epic Celebrations

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my talented and super sweet friend, Janneke de Jong from the Netherlands.


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Global Design Project - CASE-ing Krista Frattin

Happy new year friends, I hope you had a lovely Christmas and new year - it's hard to believe it is 2018!  Do you have any goals or plans for the coming year? My crafting goal this year is to try and create more male cards. With so many amazing men in my life including my hubby, son,  brothers, nephews, uncles and friends I rarely have a male card on hand....surely they don't mind getting pink floral cards too?! ;) 

I love it when we get to CASE team designers on the Global Design Project for 'CASE the Designer' challenge. This week we are getting our inspiration from Krista Frattin from Stampin' Dolce. I have always been amazed at Krista's messy/clean style and her ability to use embellishments on her creations so skillfully! 

The definition of CASE: Copy And Share Everything or as the GDP call it Copy And Selectively Edit! Put simply, we get our inspiration from a particular project or creation. For this challenge we can use ANY element. You might be inspired by the colours, the stamp set or the card layout.

I took my inspiration from Krista's layout including a wide border and also added elements of ribbon and a flagged sentiment. 

I coloured the sweet elephant with Watercolor Pencils and Aqua Painter. Tip: When using the Aqua Painter with the pencils ensure the brush isn't too wet and use a paper towel to take off any excess water.

Even though my goal is to create more masculine cards this year, my friend Jo introduced a baby girl into the world three days ago - so that settled it - a baby girl card it is! This card using the elephant from the A Little Wild stamp set on page 108 of the Annual Catalogue can easily be turned into a baby boy card too. Another idea is use the lion or bear from the same set and make a collection of cards - I'm just filled with ideas!

Now head over to the Global Design Project and see what the amazing Design Team have in store for you this week.

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The Christmas Table 2017

The Global Design Project have a fabulous theme this week - Home for the Holidays. It could be that you are at a different 'home' - possibly making your celebrations at your 'holiday home'? We would love you to play along and this challenge will run for two weeks.

Merry Christmas. I spent the morning unwrapping gifts with kids followed by breakfast at my Mums with my brothers and their families then lunch at my place - needless to say that I am currently experiencing a food coma!!

The Christmas Table brings fond memories for me. When I was young our family celebrated Christmas at my Grandparents home and my Nan was always the most gracious host. Her cooking was filled with love and we tasted it with every mouthful. As I got older Christmas was hosted by my Mum and she too always put a lot of effort into making us feel loved - and full! 

For the past two years I have had the opportunity to prepare the Christmas table - which, as you know I LOVE to do! This year I was inspired by the Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon...I have rolls of it (because I love it so much) and I figured it needed to be used. The blue and white theme with a hint of gold and some beachy elements - I was going for an Aussie/Hamptons-style Christmas. 
Stampin' Up! do such an amazing job of knowing what we need don't they? I mean, the creative designers must have known I would need Green Sprigs (page 12 Holiday Catalogue) for the napkins! And if you don't already own the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set, then you should. I use the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment every year and the stamp set is so versatile with sentiments for every occasion. The personalised monogrammed-style favours were made using the Letters for You stamp set and coordinating Large Letter Framelits. I used the holly from the Cheery Chirps stamp set (page 41 from the Holiday Catalogue), watercoloured them and used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to give them some shine....yes it was a little tedious to cut them out - but sooo worth it! 

Below is the Australian themed Christmas table from last year - Click Here to see more. 

A massive THANK YOU to all my customers, family, friends and blog followers. You make my heart full and I am so grateful for all your love and support. Merry Christmas to you and your families.  xo 

Tons of love,
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Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop - Merry Cafe

Welcome to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my lovely friend Kimberly Van Diepen from the US, who I simply adore! 

Today the Artisan Design Team are highlighting the Merry Cafe stamp set. This is a really fun set and a great addition to your Christmas stamp collection - not only because it is super cute, but it's also really versatile and can be used for other seasonal events too. 
I used a combination of different stamps to create the sentiment. By colouring the stamp with a Stampin' Write Marker it's really easy to just use part of the stamp.

I made this card for a lovely girl at our local coffee shop who has made my (*very lame) 1/4 strength almond latte for the past 20 months since we moved here. She is moving away for a new chapter of her life and will be sorely missed by many locals - including me!  

Next on the hop is my talented friend Maike Beimler from Germany. I love her whimsical style and she seems to add certain soft touch to everything she creates.  

Tanya Boser

...AND IT'S A WRAP! This is the last hop for me as a 2017 Artisan. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute and have felt so honoured to be part of such an amazing, beautiful and talented team. A HUGE THANK YOU for all your support and love over the past year.  I am still pinching myself - did that really just happen? I've added some of my projects from the past year - yep it happened!! LOL 

This past year has been loads of fun and I know next years Artisan's will blow you away with their incredible paper crafting talents. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE all of these ladies and I am looking forward to stalking following them on their Artisan journey next year! 


United States
Lauren Alaird
Charlet Mallett
Connie Collins
Elizabeth Price

Cathy Caines
Kim McGillis

United Kingdom
Emma Goddard
Rhoda MacPherson

Sarah Lancaster

Linda van Wely-Zwolle

Sylwia Schreck
Jenni Pauli

Jessica Winter

New Zealand
Susan Wong

Jennifer Frost
Kayla MacAulay

If you live in Australia I would love to be your demonstrator. You can click on any of the items below and purchase them from my ONLINE SHOP.

Loads of Love,
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Stampin' Up Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my lovely friend Kimberly Van Diepen from the US.

Today I am highlighting the awesome new Color Me Happy Project Kit and Stamp Set. I have used elements from the kit and the new Stampin' Blends to make a pretty floral card.

Color Me Happy Kit
Kit includes enough supplies for 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. Ink and adhesive sold separately. 

Stampin' Blends
These high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers come in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours. Each colour comes in 2 shades to give you the best blending experience out there.

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