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!


Day at the Beach Xmas Card


I love Christmas time in Australia we have sun, surf, beaches, hot days and warm nights!  Certainly nothing like what is depicted in your typical Christmas cards, so I loved that Stampin’ Up! introduced the amazing Day at the Beach Stamp Set for us in the warmer parts of the world.  This stamp set is so cute and has loads of super cute images that, with a little imagination, you can fashion into a fun Aussie Christmas Tree.  I decided to stamp all the main images in Garden Green ink with the star fish in Crushed Curry – it makes the perfect star for the top of my non-traditional tree!  I found I had a little space in my tree and found that the flower image in the Biggest Birthday Ever stamp set worked in lovely in Cherry Cobbler ink.


I love my simple Aussie Christmas tree and decided pretty quickly it was the perfect Christmas Card to send to all my Stampin’ Up! customers that have purchased goodies with me this year!  Yes, I made a LOT of these cards and my Stamp-a-ma-jig certainly got a HUGE workout LOL!  I left the fronts of the card without a greeting but did pop a ‘Merry Christmas’ on the inside (forgot to take a photo of that before I mailed them all off!).


Each year, along with the Christmas cards, I also sent a range of different gifts to my customers to thank them for their support throughout 2016 and here is just a small selection of the things I sent.  I love being able to shower my customers with thank-you gifts and Christmas is just the perfect time of year for gift giving!


Pastel Swirly Bird


This sweet little birthday card is one I made for a friend of my daughter’s with my only brief being something ‘pastel’.  I decided that I hadn’t inked up my Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin’ Up! in a little while and thought it would make a lovely pastel card to go with my chosen pastel palette of: Marina Mist; Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron.

I really enjoyed making this card which was super simple and came together pretty quickly.  The only thing that took a little extra time was hand cutting out the little bird but it was totally worth it as he looks so sweet sitting on the branch.


Graffiti 1st Birthday


I have a quick card share for you today with a card I made my one year old nephew for his birthday.  I wanted to make something a little more ‘edgy’ than the more traditional baby animals and toy trains etc so opted for a more grungy look making a graffiti card for him.

Graffiti cards are great to make as the more mismatch and variety you can get in your stamped images the better.  I have used a number of different birthday stamp set I had in my collection and stamped them randomly on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Pacific Point, Basic Grey and Cucumber Crush ink.  I then embossed the panel with the Brick Wall embossing folder before I smudged a little Basic Grey ink over it.

Super fun to make and so versatile – change the colours and the number and you have a whole new card, maybe for a teenage girl. 


Home Sweet Home Christmas


Christmas is one of my most favourite time of year to craft and in fact I will find almost any excuse to create a Christmas project!  Last weekend my work had their Christmas party so I decided to make a table favour for each of the staff and wanted to give my Home Sweet Home Framelits from Stampin’ Up! a good work out so this was just perfect.  The dies make this project so easy but I did learn a few tips and tricks as I went along so decided to do a video tutorial as well.


All together the little houses were so cute and the wreaths were super easy to make using the Layering Circles Framelits Dies from Stampin’ Up! and the Holly Punch!  The video has all the details for you so I hope you enjoy watching.


Falling in Love – PCC220


I have had a very busy crafting week and wasn’t sure I would even have time to post all of what I have been up to but wanted to share these cards with you that include a few (okay a lot) of SNEAK PEAK items from the upcoming Occasions Catalogue for 2017.  I will be starting to mail out the Occasions Catalogue early next month so be sure to drop me a line to make sure I have you on my list for one of these catalogues – perfect holiday reading material!

 I used the sketch from Paper Craft Crew again this week for some inspiration in putting these cards together.  


I love the new Falling in Love DSP from Stampin’ Up! even though it is not a colour palette I would normally go for.  I even think this is my first ever Sweet Sugarplum card base!!


As always I made a few of these cards and they are off in the mail tomorrow to some very special friends of mine!

Balsam Hill Wreath – Stampin’ Up! Style


I am sooooo excited to share this post with you today as it is a project that I was honestly worried I wouldn’t get across the line (yes, I have those moments too!).  This is my Christmas Wreath for this year and I can’t decide whether I like it better lit up or during the day … what you do you think?


I was fortunate enough to be asked by Balsam Hill to work with one of their lovely products this Christmas season and I now get to share this gorgeous project with you.  Straight out of the box this Vermont White Spruce Wreath is impressive at a whopping 32″, simply stunning and has the most wonderful soft foliage with fairy lights already woven in!


I have often made my own Christmas Wreath using styrofoam or wire rings but I would have to say without a doubt this is my favourite wreath I have have created.  Working with the beautiful foliage on this wreath is a joy with the branches super flexible so I could get my look ‘just right’.  The first thing I wanted to do with my wreath was to make use of the fairy lights so I decided pretty quickly that they would make the perfect centre for some Poinsettia flowers.


These flowers are super easy to construction using one of my favourite sets of dies – the May Flowers Framelits Dies from Stampin’ Up!  Just using the small leaf and a mix of both Real Red and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (and after a little trial and error),  I had a pretty impressive start for my wreath.  


I am a very ‘traditional colours’ kind of gal when it comes to Christmas so my wreath was always going to head along that line.  To complement the gorgeous flowers I created some tags featuring the words from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits and some holly made with the Holly Berry Builder Punch.


I used some Burlap ribbon to create bow and decided I needed just one more element so made a few little ‘presents’ from cardstock and added a bow using the Candy Lane DSP and the Bow Builder Punch.


There may be some details I have missed so please let me know if there is anything you would like to know about how to make your own Wreath like this one.


This is a big post today but before I go I thought I would share one last ‘behind the scenes’ photo for you so you can see how I set up my wreath so I could fluff it out and also add all my decorations … who knew tripods could be so handy!


Now our house is really in the festive spirit … right from the front entry way!