Special Reason Cards

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Special Reason Card CC

It is the end of January already – can you believe how fast 2017 is already flying by?  The end of the month is always an exciting time for me because it means I get to make my lovely customers a special thank you card and get to send out some awesome happy mail.  This is the card I have made for my customers who have purchased with me during January and I love it!


I got the inspiration for the card from the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge, as usual with me I used the sketch to get my starting point and modified it to fit with my stamp set and the creativity of how everything worked together.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Special Reason Card SS

I made two different cards this month, well two different colour combinations for the flower really.  You see I couldn’t decide whether I liked the Calypso Coral cut out over the Sweet Sugarplum flower or the Sweet Sugarplum cut out over the Calypso Coral flower – the end result was a few of each.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Special Reason Cards

These cards use a few of my framelits from Stampin’ Up! including the Stylish Stems, Layering Circles and Banners, I just love my Big Shot when it comes to making cards.  I even used my framelits to create the mask for the woodgrain center on the front of the card.  I really enjoyed making these cards and can’t wait to get the wonderful goodies in the mail to my customers tomorrow.


Floral Boutique Birthday

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Floral Boutique Birthday

From time to time I get asked to create a very special card to celebrate an amazing milestone / celebration and this is one of those cards.  A friend of mine at work was trying to find the perfect card to give to her mum who was turning 90 and, as you can imagine, the standard store offerings for “Happy 90th Birthday” is kind of limited.  So she asked if I would be willing to make a card for her to give to her mum.  Of course I would!  

In a few words my ‘brief’ was: Blue, Spode China and Wrens.  For those not old enough to remember (or have never heard of it), this is what typically comes to mind when I think of Spode China …  


Knowing I had the perfect Stampin’ Up! DSP in mind – Floral Boutique (the colours are a little darker but the designs remind me of the Spode look), the rest was pretty easy to pull together.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Floral Boutique Birthday open

I think a 90th birthday deserves something a little more special than your regular ‘open and shut’ card so a quick flick through Pinterest for inspiration and I found easy instructions for this super “Double Display Card” on The Craft Spa which I thought was just perfect!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Floral Boutique Birthday back

The only trouble I had was making sure that there was a good sized panel to write a personal greeting – the back panel of the card worked perfectly for this and I just used the same dimensions as for the inside – easy!

I had some much fun putting this card together and was so pleased to receive a text message from my friend saying her mum loved the card … nothing better than that for me!


Iconic Occasions

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Today I had time to play along with the second Colour INKspiration challenge which is a brand new colour challenge group on Facebook.  I really was intrigued with this colour combination, certainly one I would never normal use.  I also really wanted to push myself to stay away from the Succulents for this challenge as that was my immediate ‘go to’.

Stampin' Up! Stamping-T! - Iconic Occasions Note Card Set

Instead I decided to make another little box of notecards (I will post the other set this week too!) using the fun Hostess Set Iconic Occasions.  I teamed the colours above with Smoky Slate (and a touch of silver) to complete my look.  This box is super easy to make and has 8 little notecards inside – two in each of the main colours (Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron and Garden Green), each with a different greeting.

For each card I stamped the front panel in the same way but changed which of the icons was coloured to match the greeting I was using.  I didn’t even have to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig so it was super fast to pull these 8 gorgeous note cards together. In no particular order:

Stampin' Up! Stamping-T! - Iconic Occasions Note Card Birthday Stampin' Up! Stamping-T! - Iconic Occasions Note Card Get Well
Stampin' Up! Stamping-T! - Iconic Occasions Note Card Good job
Stampin' Up! Stamping-T! - Iconic Occasions Note Card Missing You Stampin' Up! Stamping-T! - Iconic Occasions Note Card Hi Stampin' Up! Stamping-T! - Iconic Occasions Note Card Sorry Stampin' Up! Stamping-T! - Iconic Occasions Note Card Welcome Baby

Here they are with the gift box ready to give as a little special “Just Because” gift to a friend of mine.

Stampin' Up! Stamping-T! - Iconic Occasions Note Card Set Open


Time for Cool Treats

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Cool Treats You're Cool

It is summer time in Australia and over the last couple of days in particular we have been in the midst of a heatwave that is almost unbearable if you have to go outside!  So tucked away in my craft room on these hot days I decided to ink up my new Cool Treats Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! and make a few cards.  The bundle also comes with coordinating framelit dies but for this first card I just wanted to play with fun images that come in the stamp set and it was so easy to make this little card.

I have used Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay for my colour palette to create these three cute little popsicles.  I love how fun this card was to create and how bright and happy it is.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Cool Treats Sundae

This second card uses the coordinating framelits and I decided to keep my sundae very simple (Vanilla with Chocolate topping and white sprinkles) with a single cherry on top.  Now we have had small cherry punches before and the cherry in this framelit set is also very tiny.  Unfortunately I always want the cherries to be true to how they really look i.e. with a green stem!  But cutting out tiny pieces and gluing them together is a nightmare SO the tip is to glue your card stock together before you cut out your pieces.  Easy!


Colouring Inside the Lines


There are so many amazing products available for FREE during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration it is hard to choose my favourite.  I did fall in love with the cute little chicken in the Hey Chick Stamp Set here but I have come to also love the gorgeous Inside the Lines DSP.

I love to colour in so this one naturally was something I wanted to get.  However I sometimes (well a lot of the time actually) find myself really short on time when I want/need to make a card or a gift so colouring in the whole sheet of DSP is really just not an option BUT you really don’t need to.  As you can see with this card and gift box the Inside the Lines DSP is truly the star however my colouring is very minimal – still will maximum effect though.


The card itself is so very simple, just a simple Black card base with a piece of the lovely DSP attached to the card front.  I have cut a small panel of black cardstock for the middle of the card front and place a piece of the DSP on one side and stamped the “thanks” greeting from the Suite Sentiments Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! on the other side.  The only colouring I did was on this very small panel and I used Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron and Emerald Envy marker pens.  To finish off I tied a little bow and added to the dimensioned up panel.


Of course I had to make a matching gift box and wanted desperately to try out the NEW Window Box from Stampin’ Up!  Again I kept it very simple and added another piece of the Inside the Lines DSP to the lid of the box with only a little pop of colouring just behind the greeting on the top of the box.


The extra detail and options you have to choose from with this set of Dies is fantastic, for this box I used the little flowers/hearts image to create pop up panels for three of the sides of my box to thread the ribbon behind – so pretty.

All my customers received a little card kit of this card with their new catalogues in January and really hope they enjoyed putting it together, the create thing is that you can colour the panel with whatever markers, water colour pencils you have or even use a blender pen to add your colour from an ink pad.


Shop Online – Monthly Hostess Code


Those of you who regularly shop with me on-line know that I love to send out little thank you cards each month and from time to time Stampin’ Up! products as little gifts – well I have decided to offer each of you a little something more by having the ‘Hostess Code’ feature available for ALL on-line orders from now on.

What is the Hostess Code?

Well it is simply that, a code that you enter with every on-line order you make when you shop On-line in my store.  You order the same way you always do but by adding the Hostess Code that I will provide each month, you will not only receive a little something extra, from me, each month you place an order.  

Quarterly Bonus

Every quarter one lucky shopper will be randomly selected to pick out a Hostess Stamp Set of their choice simply by shopping on-line with me and using the Hostess Code.  For every $50 you spend you will get one entry into the quarterly draw – it is really that simple!

How to use the Code

There are only a few things to remember to be eligible for the monthly freebies and quarterly bonus including:

  1. You need to make sure you are shopping with me – click on the ‘Order Now’ button on the top right hand side of my blog.
  2. Make sure you are signed in to your account OR create an account if you don’t have one.  You also need to make sure that you allow me to have your contact details (otherwise I can’t send your card and free gifts)
  3. Enter the monthly hostess code before you check out

Ordering with Hostess Code

Your goodies will be sent directly to you like always and at the end of the month I will sent out the freebies – see simply!

To kick start January the Hostess Code you need is:


Now I now quite a few ladies have already placed orders this month – don’t worry I have included your orders as part of this offer already so no need to worry (my fault for being a little slow of the mark.

Dragonfly Dreams

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I have had a little crafting break over the Christmas – New Year period to spend time with the family, organising/cleaning the house and catching up on all those ‘MUST DO’ things left over from my 2016 list.  However, the new year is here and I am back into the craft room whenever I can and today I wanted to share with you a couple of cards I made using inspiration from a brand new challenge site called Colour INKspiration. It is a Facebook base challenge site and is proving to be a great source of inspiration for me so encourage you to check it out.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dragonfly Dreams card

So when I first saw this challenge I wanted to make myself put down my Cool Treats Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! that have been playing with endless the last few day – obviously it was the first stamp set that popped into my mind.  So I turned to a new bundle from the Occasions Catalogue that I had yet to use – Dragonfly Dreams and the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  This first card was my original idea and to create it I cut out the group of dragonflies in the Thinlits Dies from a piece of Tip Top Taupe cardstock.  I then cut out lots of little section of the same die in five of the colours from the challenge.  Yes I hand cut each dragonfly out so that they all fitted neatly back together in the space created in the card front.  I also had to use some of the cut outs from the Tip Top Taupe to backfill the card front to separate all the dragonflies only leaving the space for their wings.  

It is hard to see in the photo but I have placed a piece of Glassine Sheet paper behind the dragonflies so their wings really pop!  I then stamped a greeting from the stamp set with Versamark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The front panel is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I really wanted to keep this card simple and really did like how it turned out.

That was until I turned and looked at my pile of ‘off cuts’ from making this card and decided I simply could not through the scraps away, so….

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Dragonfly Dreams v2

I made this second card by adhering the first cut out set of dragonflies to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and the adding the wings from the colours left over from the many little dragonflies I cut for the first card.  I also added some strips (about 1/8″) of the same colours across the card to separate the image and the greeting, which is stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink.

In the end I actually liked the second card just as much, if not more, than my original idea.  Just goes to show you never know what your scraps and off cuts can turn into.



Stampin’ Up! Custom Tees


Tomorrow is the start of the new Occasions Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! and also my most favourite time of the Stampin’ Up! year – Sale-A-Bration!  I have been a little behind over the Christmas period with my stamping but I have finally gotten around to getting out catalogues to all my wonderful customers and today I wanted to show you the little card I have included with the catalogues I sent out.


This cute little card is made using the Notecards from Stampin’ Up! and features one of my favourite products from the new Occasions Catalogue – the T-Shirt Builder Thinlit Dies and the Custom Tee Stamp Set.  I had so much fun creating these ‘happy stamper’ shirts to pop on these cards.  Yes they were a little time consuming but I just loved how they turned out.

Now if you haven’t gotten your catalogue by the end of the week from me please email me at tanya@stampingt.com.au and I will get one to you straight away.  Remember Sale-A-Bration is a fantastic time of year to buy Stampin’ Up! products because for every $90 you spend you get something from the SAB flyer for FREE.

It is also a super time to join Stampin’ Up! so if you have a little wish list that is around $235 worth you can join my team and get it all for $169 PLUS additional FREE items during SAB, fantastic I know!

Playstation Birthday


With an ‘almost’ teenage boy in the house we seem to have an increasing demand for ‘technology inspired’ birthday cards for the seemingly never-ending week-ends of birthday parties.  I will admit to never really being all that good at male cards so this last year has certainly stretched my creative limits.

This card is a little of a ‘cheat’ card – the main feature, the playstation controller, is made using my Silhouette Cameo cutter.  I simply purchased the cut file and used my Stampin’ Up! card stock to make the 3D controller, which was a hit by the way!  The other tricky thing I faced with this card, as if there was enough to deal with already, was that I needed a greeting that matched with the Playstation theme.  Not to worry though, Stampin’  Up! has the amazing Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set which is just what I needed to customise the greeting.

We had seen cards with ‘Level Up!’ on them in the stores so all I had to do was replicate it with my Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set and I had a winning card!  


Silver Poinsettia Christmas – PCC223


Sadly my Christmas crafting is rapidly coming to an end for 2016, I certainly have managed to squeeze loads in this year which is fantastic.  Today I have the last of my Christmas cards for the year (about to express post these with some goodies first thing Monday) and have decided to finish with a less traditional colour combination of Island Indigo, Pool Party, Silver and White.  

After making the Poinsettias for my Christmas Wreath this year (see my post here) I decided to see how these beauties would look on a Christmas card.  I made them using the Silver Glimmer Paper from Stampin’ Up! and am so pleased with how they turned out.  I looked to my favourite Sketch Challenge site Paper Craft Crew and found they had the perfect layout to showcase my flowers.


I wanted to keep my colour palette simple and decided to use the ‘direct to paper’ technique to colour to top strip of my whisper white card front panel (I just rubbed the Pool Party ink pad across the top of the panel).  I added a touch a texture with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I wanted only a fine embellishment at the top and after much trial and error I finally decided to take the Silver Ribbon from the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack in the Occasions Catalogue and, after tying a knot in it, separated the strands to give a softer look.  The greeting is from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! which has been a much loved Christmas stamp set this year.  

Just in case you are wondering where I got my Pool Party epoxy centres for my Poinsettias I can share my secret with you – all I did was take the largest White Perfect Accents from Stampin’ Up!, removed the white backing and replaced with a Pool Party circle cut using the medium circle in the Owl Builder Punch.  I adhered the circle to the epoxy dot with a little Tombow and allowed it to dry before attaching to the centre of my flower with a mini glue dot, EASY!

I can’t believe it but I finished all ten of these in one morning – now to get about ‘de-glittering’ (yes that is a real thing) my crafting room!