Sunday, 19 November 2017

Online Extravaganza Awesomeness

Hi Crafty Friends,
Has everyone been busy creating awesome projects? I have been working hard on projects for the upcoming Christmas markets. From mini albums to advent calendars, and even a few cards, paper and ink has been flying everywhere. My favourite product at the moment has to be hands down the amazing new Stampin’ Blends. I’ve been addicted to alcohol based markers for colouring for many years, but the new Blends are so easy and fun to use. I’m even converting my non colouring friends. The colour glides on easily and you achieve a seamless blend by just using the light and dark shades.
If you are interested in the Stampin’ Blends please drop me a line. One fabulous way to get your hands on these new markers for a discounted price is by joining as a demonstrator.  It’s certainly been the best crafty decision I’ve ever made.

Now......serious business......ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA
for 24 hours starting at midnight, Stampin’ Up are having a flash sale. Many products greatly discounted. Hmmmm....only an hour and a half to go....looks like i’ll Be staying up haha.
Till next time, Cuddle a Cavie!
Stay crafty,
XO Tan

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Advent Calendar Craftiness

Hello Crafty Friends,

It's been a busy week here at the Zoo! We are once again on puppy countdown with only a week to go. Also with a week to go is Onstage Local.  I will be going up to the Gold Coast and can't wait to see other crafty friends at this amazing event. I will also be visiting my Son who lives up there. He has just had a birthday and it was the first time I haven't been there for his birthday. They grow up so quickly.....
Now, on to seriously crafty business.....
......Advent Calendars
I have had so much fun with these. Advent calendars are a tradition in my family. My three children have a fabric calendar that I made 12 years ago for them and every year on the 30th of November, we fill our calendars with sweets. It is one of the things my children look forward to about Christmas.

This year I decided in the theme of all things crafty, I would make one out of cardstock.  I was inspired by a picture I saw on the web, as soon as I can find it I will link to it.
The cover is made with thick chipboard and all the boxes are made with regular SU! cardstock.  These calendars fold to look like a book and they open up to display 24 little boxes where you store your treats.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Mini Mini

Hi Crafty Friends,
Wow! It sure has been a long time since I last was here.  I am sorry it's taken so long however, I had personal and health issues that needed to be addressed. Good news is I'm back and ready to get crafty again.  There has been so much happening lately that I will have to share it with you over the next few days.

Today I'm sharing a super cute mini album.  This is made with just one sheet of cardstock. I will be posting a tutorial for it tomorrow, so stay tuned.  I have decorated the album with the gorgeous new paper stack, Quilted Christmas from Stampin' Up!  At first I wasn't totally in love with this paper, but wow, I'm hooked now.  The patterns are so versatile and there are many different uses for this paper.  I will definitely be getting some more before it runs out.

The album measures just under 3" x 3" and 1/2" thick.  They will make such cute little gifts or stocking stuffers.  I hope that you will give them a try and tell me what you think.

Until next time,
Stay Crafty,
XO Tan

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Magic Reveal with Splitcoast Stampers!

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today is the day! I am guest designer at SplitcoastStampers. I am really looking forward to seeing all the amazing creations that everyone comes up with. Hopefully everyone will get involved and check it out.  You can find my tutorial here.  What would you like to see next? I am working on something else but you just have to wait for it hahaha.

This Sunday I will be at the Made With Love Markets again. You can find me at the Northern end of the Park Beach Plaza car park. This markets is wall to wall full of amazingly talented crafters from all over the Northern NSW area.  Wether is be sewing, paper crafts or any other hand made items, you can find them all here. So, please come and say hi if you are in the area.  I always love to meet new crafters.  I will be starting up  my social groups again soon so let me know if you are interested in coming along.

This is the scrapbook page I made to highlight the Magic Reveal Spinner Card.

Until next time,
Stay Crafty,
XO Tan

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Exciting Days Ahead......

Hi Crafty Friends,

I hope everyone is off to a great start to the week.  On Saturday I held my catalogue launch party.  There was an amazing turnout of friends, some of whom I hadn't seen for quite some time. It was wonderful to catch up and share with everyone some of the amazing new products.  Everyone got their own goodie bag which was jam packed with freebies and essential items needed for the new catalogue.
I always love the start of a new catalogue. The excitement of all these new items is just like how I used to feel just before Christmas.  If you haven't seen it yet and don't have a demonstrator, please contact me and I would be happy to send you a catalogue.  I know I say it every year, but this is the best one yet.  It really is jam packed with awesome new products, as well as some old favourites.  My absolute must get for the new catalogue is the amazing Eastern Palace bundle.  The papers are truely luxurious and the dies are probably the most versatile die set I have ever seen.

Next up in my life is my beautiful Cavies.  Coco is an amazing Mumma.  Her babies are all gaining well and some have even started to walk. Today they are 3 weeks old.  All have opened their eyes and ears.  I love being a surrogate fur momma. I often think about how lucky I am to be able to fill my life with Stampin' Up! and have my family, friends and Cavies by my side. This truly is the best job in the world.  If you are interested in how you can make new friends, get great products at a discounted price all while crafting your heart out, please call me and we can talk about this awesome opportunity.

Finally, Tomorrow is D Day!
Tomorrow Im going to be a guest artist with Split Coast Stampers.  Can you believe it??? Me!
The amazingly talented Dina Kowal has been collaborating with me to bring you the Magic Reveal Spinner Card.
Please take the time to check out all the other fabulous tutorials that are on offer there.  Make sure you make yourself a huge cuppa and have a comfy spot as you're going to be there a while.  Just as addictive as Pinterest.

Until next time,
Stay Crafty,
XO Tan

Thursday, 18 May 2017

U-Fold Box Card

Hi crafty friends,
Its been a while but I've been thinking of you all.  Crazy days here. My beloved Cavie, Coco, has had her babies.  There are 6 in total, with 3 girls and 3 boys and wow are they perfect. Of course I'm a little biased but I love my Cavs so much and they give me tons of love too.
But back to crafting, Ive been busy creating the past couple of weeks and heres a new tutorial for you all. Please check it out. Its on youtube, and if you haven't already subscribed, please do. You will be notified every time I post a new video and its free!

Here are the dimensions for the U-Fold Box Card:
Powder Pink - 11 3/4" (29.5cm) x 4 1/8" (10.5cm) Scor at 2" & 3 7/8" (5 & 9.8cm) either end
        1" (2.5cm) x 6" (15.2cm) Scor @ 1" (2.5cm) either end
        2" (5cm) x 7 3/4" (19.5cm)

Sahara Sand - 4"(10.2cm) x 3 7/8"(10cm) Scor @ 2" (5cm)

        3" (7.8cm) x 6" (15.3cm) for the ovals
        Scrap piece for stamping and punching

Fresh Florals DSP Stack 1 3/4"(4.5cm) x 3 7/8"(10cm) you need 2 pieces of this
        3 3/4" (9.5cm) x 2" (5cm)
Scrap pieces of Berry Burst and Powder Pink for the rolled roses
Scrap piece of Whisper White for the Bunting

If you are using a letter size sheet of yardstick (8 1/2" x 11") then you will cut your cardstock at 4 1/4" x 11" and scor it at 2", 3 5/8", 7 3/8", 9"
Your table piece will be 3 1/2" x 3 5/8" and scored at 2"

Until next time,
Stay Crafty,
XO Tan


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Hi Crafty Friends,

Yesterday I shared with you my top 10 retiring stamp sets.  Which one will you miss most.  As promised, I got crafty and made some cards using these stamps as well as other retiring products.

Which one is your favourite?  As you can see, I'm loving watercoloring at the moment.  I just adore the depth of colour you get from the reinkers.  Make sure you stock up now because a change is coming.....

This is from the new Catalogue.....Too cute.....

I hope this has inspired you to get inky.
Until next time,
Stay Crafty,
XO Tan