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Window Card Challenge

Hi and I must apologise profusely on my lack of posts.

I have been quite ill with a chest infection and I now and quietly thinking that after almost 2 rounds of antibiotics I am starting to feel better. Today also marks 4 weeks since I smoked my last cigarette. I am sure some of the unwellness I have been feeling can be contributed to this but no where near all. I have a repeat of the last antibiotics so going to get them made up and really knock this bug on the head.

So last week was my last week on the Design Team at Sunny Challenges and Creations and the challenge was to put a window in the front of the card. Again first I must apologise to Kris, Vicky and Gwen as this card was not up to my usual standards. However, here it is in all its glory.

SC 037 - 12 Window Card Challenge

Now I am not happy with this as its too flat, if I were to do this again, it would have sponging around the edges and dimensionals to give the card some depth. Maybe I am being too picky, I am moving on.

I have also been participating in a Secret Sister group on Facebook and I made this window card for her. I am sure that she should receive this in the post today or no later than tomorrow!! As its the reveal card I have no problem with posting this here, made later last week when I was feeling a little better.

Window Card - April Reveal

No I wasnt drunk, I just took a crooked photo and had already posted it off last week before looking at the photos. Oh by the way I left the camera on too. Lucky it goes to sleep on its own or I would have had no battery!!

I used some of the Twitterpated Designer Fabric a bit left over from the final reveal gift. I just love this pleated ribbon, its just so luxurious dont you think?

I also hadnt been near my sewing machine for a little while so I cased a gift I received from my secret sister and made a final little gift for my secret sister.

Desk Caddy Corner.

This is using the Large Scallop Square Die and the lovely, gorgeous Twitterpated Designer Fabric. I have just used some “pellen” (I think that is what its called) between the layers of fabric to ‘stiffen’ the walls a bit, so it stands up on its own. Here is another view of one side. Where I appliqued a Beautiful Wings Butterfly out of the inner fabric just to see if I could machine applique around corners. It turned out ok for a first go (I have only appliqued in straight lines before this).

Front of the Desk Caddy.

I love how this turned out and I am sure my Secret Sister will be thrilled with her final reveal gift.

I will be posting more this week as there is a new challenge at Sunny Challenges and Creations this week and I am itching to have a go.

However, I have 6 desk caddy’s cut out ready to sew up so they are ready for the markets. They would make lovely gifts for Mother’s Day which is coming up very shortly now. I also am making some little gift tags that I will be bagging up with a sweet topper on them to sell. They will be quite generic so they can be used all year round but also would make a nice last minute gift for someone else.

Off I go to sew now.

Thank you for being so patient and I hope you dont have to wait so long for my next post. Until then..

“May the Stamps be with You”

xxTessxx

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Challenges, Challenges, Challenges

Hi! Welcome and Thankyou so much for visiting, I have woken up to a overcast, wet Sunday, so its a lovely lazy morning here at home. I think that I will be spending some time at my table today making a few more of these cards today. Of course the inspiration for the card this week came from Sunny Challenges and Creations, sketch this week.

Here is my card for the sketch.

Medallion Birthday Card

I really love the Medallion Stamp, but have rarely used it, I am ashamed to say. The next few months I will be personally challenging myself to use some of the ‘older’ stamps again just to remind myself of some of the gorgeous treasures I have in my “stash”. I wanted to use purple this week as while its lovely, I dont use it a lot. An invaluable tool for coordinating different colours from the large range, is the Color Coach, from Stampin’ Up!

120148 - Color Coach

It is such an invaluable tool, especially if you are struggling for inspiration. Ok,,,, so not exactly true to colours, they are very, very close. Want to make a card with a specific colour in mind? Simple flick to the colour you want to use. On the back of the cards there are a couple of different colour combinations and on most a monochromatic suggestion too. Take the combination back to our wonderful cardstock and see how the combination works together. You will be wonderfully surprised! In the front there are a lot of ideas, tips information about the colour wheel, primary, secondary and tertiary colours and in the back are spaces where you can put your own colour combinations that work for you and that is just for starters. I love my Color Coach.

If you are looking for inspiration or would like to get creative, why not join us at Sunny Challenges and Creations this week.  Sadly, I only have one more week to go as a guest designer on the team and I have had a lot of fun and it was also good to make me a little more organised with getting my bits and pieces done.

Please leave a comment if you like. I love to see feedback here and thank you if you do.

My last 2 – 3 weeks have been huge and I have a lot to do over the next few weeks as well. Come back and visit, I will have more posts on their way this week.

Until then,

“May the Stamps be with you”

xxTessxx

Blossom Punch Mother’s Day Card – SC 035 12

Hi there fellow crafters,

I am hoping you are having a wonderful Easter, enjoying time with family and friends and perhaps some chocolatey goodness too.  I will be going down to the markets at the Jetty on Bribie Island for a while to hopefully sell the last of my Easter Goodies, then home to have a nice quiet day with the family in the afternoon. Whatever you do enjoy your day!! If you have some spare time and want to relax and craft, just keep reading.

It is my second week as Guest Designer over at Sunny Challenges and Creations and here is the sketch for this week:

Sunny Challenges and Creations SC 035 12 Sketch plus “Mother’s” Theme

I couldnt resist having another play with the new Blossom punch and made a Chrysanthemum for the front of the card. Rather than the usual “feminine’ type colours, I chose to use Not Quite Navy with some Daffodil Delight. The Petals a Plenty Embossing folder made a lovely background to go with the punched flower. Here is the card:

Blossom Punch Mother’s Day Card

I added a couple of Vintage Brads, one to the centre of the flower and another on the punched ribbon border. I love this Ribbon Border punch so much and its a “go to” when I dont seem to have the right coordinating coloured ribbon to finish off a project.

I also decided to take a close up of the flower, as a way of perfecting photography for pictures and because, I loved the look.

Chrysanthemum Close Up

I must say thankyou to a couple of the talented Ladies from the ESAD Autumn Winter Mini Blog Hop (start here) that inspired me to make this flower for a Mother’s Day card. I always remember making sure that my Mum had a bunch of Chrysanthemums on Mother’s Day. We always called them the “Mother’s Day” Flowers.

Why not go over and join in a fun challenge this week at Sunny Challenges and Creations? Its all a lot of fun and we would love to see your interpretation of the sketch for this week. Next week, I will be doing the sketch design, a little nervous, but I can do it I am sure.

Thats all from me for now and Thank you again for stopping by.

“May the Stamps be with you”

xxTessxx

A Spicey Notebook

Hi there, I have a quick post for you , before moving on to some more creativity today.

I have been using a lovely covered notebook that a friend gave me, for quite a while now. The problem with it was, it ran out of paper. So what to do? I grabbed a notebook from down at the local newsagent yesterday and started to write in it. The cover of the notebook was fairly disgusting in colour and was distracting me from what I was meant to be doing. So I stopped writing notes and decided then and there to cover my notebook so it wasnt offending my sense of colour. I reached for the trusty Spice Cake DSP and off I went. Here is what I come up:

A covered notebook for me!!!

Not very often I do something for me.  I used the Spice Cake DSP and the lovely new Framelets which you can get in the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue.

Thank you once again for stopping by.

“May the Stamps be with you”

xxTessxx

Exciting News

Hi Crafters, thanx for stopping by. I have some exciting news that I have been keeping quiet about until now. I could have shouted it out from Sunday but I have been under the weather.

My news? I was invited to be a Guest Designer for April for Sunny Challenges and Creations. I am excited and flattered to have been invited. First here is the sketch for this week.

My entry is here:

Mixed Bunch and Blossom Punch

Here is another couple of items from the new Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue.

I have used the new Mixed Bunch Stamp Set that coordinates with the new blossom punch and of course that lovely Pleated Satin Ribbon.  I love these new sets and have been using them quite a bit.

You still have plenty of time to join in the Sunny Challenge for this week and I am sure that we would love to see what you come up with from the sketch.

Thank you again for stopping by

“May the Stamps be with you”

xxTessxx

ESAD – Autumn/Winter Mini Blog Hop

Hi and once again, thank you for stopping by.We are just so excited to be showing you special and gorgeous projects that you can make with the new products from Stampin’ Up!’s Autumn Winter, Mini Catalogue and all items are available now. This is one of the most exciting minis I have seen for a while and I almost wanted everything in it!!!!

Your Blog Hop may have started with me or you may have come from the wonderfully talented Sharlene Meyer. It really doesnt matter. If you havent done so already, grab yourself a well deserved cuppa, a notepad and pen, and “hop” around. You are going to love it all like we do!!!!

First things first before I show you my “Baby Prints” Collection (yes I am calling it that), just a little housekeeping from ESAD.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin Up demonstrators.

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

Onto my project!

Baby Prints Collection

I have had so much fun with the stamp set. I literally fell in love!! This stamp set is also so very perfect for all your baby scrap book pages. I have chosen Baja Breeze and Blushing Bride as they coordinate with Stampin’ Up!’s new Satin Pleated Ribbon. There is also Cherry Cobber and Pear Pizzazz in the range. I am sure you will agree with me on how extraordinarily luxurious this ribbon is.

"Cherish" Hands and Feet in Baja Breeze, Whisper White and DSP from the paper patterns stack to coordinate. Baja Breeze Satin Pleated Ribbon

I really love this card and I have made the same card in the Blushing Bride, however, you can see it in the broader collection and I want to save some room for the other items in my ‘collection’.

Baby Prints "Firsts" Mini Notebook - Blushing Bride. Hand dyed coordinating cotton twine.

I have 4 children of my own, 3 girls and 1 boy, they are well past the age that I would need one of these. This is a mini composition book that I have altered. Its small enough to fit in the corner of a nappy bag or hand bag so that if you are out with bub and a ‘first’ occurs, it can be jotted straight down! I always thought, I will write that down when I get home and didnt as it was always busy on arrival at home from a day out with bub or bubs in tow.

Baby Prints - Baja Breeze - Mini Milk Cartons.

These are just so gorgeous! A cute and novel way to say thank you to guests for attending those special days before and after bubs arrives. On both the “Firsts” Notepads and these Mini Milk Cartons, I hand dyed the cotton twine to match the projects. I am very pleased with these first attempts at this.

Baby Prints - Hands Cards and Mini Milk Cartons - Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze

Finishing off with this last picture. It again features the Mini Milk Cartons and a lovely card using gathered Whisper White Ribbon and the lovely Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.

I took too many photos to upload them all to my post today and I hope that I have given you some inspiration of what can be done with this most lovely of stamp sets.

Time to hop on and see what lovely projects Carolyn Cassidy has made with absolutely gorgeous “Tea Shoppe”. Please feel free to leave comments on my fellow blog players as well as mine. We love to hear what you have to say. If you get lost, simply come back here and try another link to keep going.

Thank you so much for your patience and for stopping by, until next time….

“May the Stamps be with you”

xxTessxx

1. Tanya Bell

2. Michelle Grech

3. Jane Norrish

4. Juliette Chapman

5. Pauline Bennetts

6. Alison Barclay

7. Keryn Campbell

8. Sharlene Meyer

9. You are here

10. Caroline Cassidy

11. Michelle Halling

12. Leonie Schroder

13. Delys Cram

14. Libby Dyson

15. Tina Hewett

16. Kelly Nelson

17. Yvonne Walker

18. Alisa Tilsner

19. Nicole Mitchell-Stalker

20. Peggy Quarmby

21. Andrea Buckland

22. Carolyn Bennie

23. Narelle Hoggard

24. Monique Fielder

25. Nicole Derendorf