By Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Easter Berry Basket

I know what your thinking, Easter already! We are in February still. I know and I am posting a disclaimer that this post is not intended to place any pressure on you, I am simply giving your “food of thought” so when you are ready to take on Easter project maybe I have helped a little.

One of my favourite products in the current Occasions Catalogue  is the Berry Basket Die, I have always loved little Berry Baskets but I LOVE the die because I can cut them out in cardstock that suits my project. I have used Kraft cardstock with Strawberry Slush dot printed paper for the scallop band holding the sides together and added a bow made from the Bow Builder Punch.

By Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Easter Berry Basket

I have to say I just adore the framelets from Handpicked, I wanted them a little stronger then simply cut from cardstock so I have cut them from 2.5mm Balsa Wood and attached the stamped image to the front, I love it having a wooden element. I should not that you do need to pass the framelet and Balsa Wood through the Big Shot a few times for it to cut but totally worth it.

By Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Easter Berry Basket

Well I hope you enjoyed this simple Easter idea, I am making a bunch more and sitting them on the table for Easter Sunday family lunch with everyone’s name in place of Happy Easter, acting like place cards but WAY cuter.

Don’t forget that We Stamp For Lara starts March 1st and you going have a few days left to get the early bird rate. It is a wonderful cause and looks of inspiring ideas.

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Next up on the Artisan Blog Hop is Vicky, I always so excited to see what she creates.

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By Teneale Williams | INKspired Sketch #INK012 | Ray of Sunshine Stamp Set Stampin' Up!

I love when INKspired Sketch Sunday rolls around, it is a blog hop made up of talented stampers part of my Stampin’Up! Team, I design a sketch and we all take inspiration from the sketch to create a card. I will admit that every blog hop I also make a joke of who designed this sketch, it’s too hard or I don’t like it :)  I guess its good to challenge yourself, we would love to have you join in and create a card using our sketch.

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Here is my card I created based on this week sketch,  a lot of paper was wasted in the creation of this card! I had no idea what I was doing and started a few different ones but they were just not working for me. If you look at the sketch it does have a banner coming of the circle but as I stamped a quote in the circle it looked funny with the banner so I stamped the butterflies and I have them coming off the circle to make up the lack of banner. I am quite the rule breaker this week!

By Teneale Williams | INKspired Sketch #INK012 | Ray of Sunshine Stamp Set Stampin' Up!

 I had double inspiration for my card this week, taking the layout for the INKspired Sketch and colours from the We Stamp for Lara Flyer, myself and 30 other demonstrators are joining together to create a tutorial each for a online fundraiser event for Lara Dunn the daughter of my Stampin’ Sister Madonna Dunn, read more about Lara HERE. The quote even is so fitting for Madonna, I just adore her, she has so much happening with Lara’s health and 3 other children but she always has a positive outlook.

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I am giving away a ticket to We Stamp For Lara for this INKspired Blog Hop, simply leave a comment here to go in the draw to win 31 days of tutorials to your email box. If you have registered and win, you will get a refund.

Next up is Barbara Williams on the blog hop

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Teneale Williams | Stampin Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Butterflies Thinlits Die

I must confess I have a terrible habit….. hoarding embellishments! Its really bad, I buy pretty little kits like the current Artisan Embellishment Kit with the sweetest little resit roses! They are so pretty I was not sure I could part with one of them, however my friend receiving the card is very dear and not a cardmaker herself but I know she adores receiving my handmade cards so I guess I should be happy to share my “Pretty Little Things”

I have used the Butterflies Thinlits Dies cutting the shape from Kraft cardstock, behind the butterfly is Filter Paper for a light layer and then Champagne Glimmer Paper, I wish the photo showed the sparkle of the glimmer paper, I LOVE this stuff. I placed the layered butterfly on ticket tags from Celebration Basics Kit.

Teneale Williams | Stampin Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Butterflies Thinlits Die

Here is the inside of the card, like the front I have Crisp Cantaloupe dots, sawing and a little glimmer paper. The butterflies stamped are the CUTEST and from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar  and perfect for this card.

Teneale Williams | Stampin Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Butterflies Thinlits Die {Inside design}

Next stop on the Artisan Blog hop is the talented Vicky Hayes waving the flag for the UK.

 

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By Teneale Williams | Creation Station Blog Hop | Celebrate Today

Goodness me, my facebook feed was filled with expressions of love yesterday marking Valentine’s Days with flowers or gifts and LOTS of hand made cards, which made me realise how many friends I have who are card makers also surprisingly many of my friends husbands made cards for them a card this year. It was very sweet to see all that love! Did you know that Valentine’s day is the 2nd biggest occasion that cards are given, with Christmas being the first? I am a bit of a fact nerd, when I was told Valentine’s day is the such a big ‘card’ day I went off to “investigate” and I was shocked that approximately 1.5 billion Valentine`s Day cards exchanged every year and 85% of these cards given by the female kind as the males are giving rose’s over cards, with 79% of rose sales are to man.  The more interesting fact I found with rose sales is that 15% of the woman buying flowers on Valentines day are buying them for themselves! Personally I would be saving my $$$ and skipping the flowers. #AllToTheirOwn

For me when I celebrate something is it mostly marked with a card, birthdays are classified as the main sent “everyday” card and that was not huge shock to me really but I was shocked that 65% of the cards given are to children, now that is most likely because I don’t have kids so I make only for my niece’s and a few friends kids.  I know myself I give more adult birthdays card but I guess I am not the average being over 30 and childless, then I was thinking about my sister who is always and I mean ALWAYS hunting around my classroom looking for Birthday cards I may have laying around for so and so’s birthday. It is found that the average house gives 20-30 cards per year, surly homes with young kids must be doing double that because my niece’s are always off to someones party every couple of weekends.

Being the super helper that I am #YouKnowYouLoveMe I have designed two cards that are fast yet cute using two stamp set but you could get away with just Celebrate Today stamp set. The birthday cards that are kind of the same design for a boy and girl…

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Celebrate Today

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Hooray It’s Your Day

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First I will show you the girl Birthday card, the stamp set Celebrate Today does come with matching framelits which I have used to cut out the balloon and ribbon details, if you own a Big Shot this will make it SO much easier but you can hand cut.
HERE is the bundle with framelits and stamps, you save 15% buying them in a bundle.

By Teneale Williams | Creation Station Blog Hop | Celebrate Today

I do love a pretty inside, here you see the balloon stamped straight to the cardstock and as this card is for girls, I used the greeting “it’s all about you today” because lets face it, everyone girl wants to feel special on their birthday.

By Teneale Williams | Creation Station Blog Hop | Celebrate Today {Inside card}

Now I have created a birthday card for the boys, it does not have as many ribbons coming of the balloons and I have used the second balloon image from the stamp set with Happy stamped in Cherry Cobbler, the base is in Island Indigo with Crushed Curry stars and ribbon. The stars and the birthday boy greeting come from Hooray It’s Your Day  however in the Celebrate Today stamp set there is an image with “Birthday” that could be used. However Hooray It’s Your Day  is only  $23.95 {in Australia} it is a fabulous addition to your collection.

By Teneale Williams | Creation Station Blog Hop | Celebrate Today

These cards were made in my Stamp-A-Stack {bulk cardmaking} this month, I am based in Western Sydney if you are interested in attending one of my stamping events, email me to get on my class list and more info. *Please advise if a demonstrator yourself.

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The fun is not over my friends, this post is part of a blog hop with the Creation Station design team and this round we are following the theme Birthdays using Celebrate Today.  Click back to see Jen Arkfeld or click next to head over to Sara Levin 

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By Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Indescribable Gift

In last weeks Artisan Blog hop {HERE} I talked about how I was in LOVE with the stamp set Indescribable Gift and that I had been missing my mojo, or was it too many ideas for one one stamping session?  Anyway I had stamped out a bunch of the blossom image and they have been sitting on my desk all weekend so I used this stamp set again from my Artisan Blog hop again this week!

By Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Indescribable Gift

I have white embossed the image on Vellum and used my Blendabilities  to coloured the back side of the vellum, creating this fabulous soft effect. I embossed the greeting in White also, as I did not want it to detract from the blossom image.

When colouring on vellum with Blendabilities you will find it does not saturate through like it does with cardstock and also you do not get that soft/blended tones like when colouring on Whisper White Cardstock, you can see in my card below.

By Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Indescribable Gift

 Next up on the Artisan blog hop is Vicky Hayes, someone I have admired for a very long time for her elegant and clean style plus for how regularly she blogs her amazing creations!

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