Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Use My Digital Studio for quick Christmas Solutions Welcome INKy friends!   Who is getting excited for Christmas? I know I am and this year I am SUPER organised as you will read shorty, last year I was far from organised to the point I had no tree up and no gifts bought three days before Christmas and I HATED it!  All year long I have be planning to correct the wrong of last year.  I hate to brag but pretty much all my Christmas shopping is done for my family, I still have a few friends to buy for but 90% is done and wrapped. I even have my tree on display, I hear that you should not have it up before December but I could not help myself!

Wrapping of gifts is as important to me as the gift I am giving, I decide on the colours I am using and the items I am wrapping my gifts with like the ribbons and twine, the buttons and other embellishments, then like to gather them all together.  I am a BIG  fan of My Digital Studio {as some of you know} and the last few years I have used MDS to design a lot of my bulk projects as it allows me to create in large quality’s quite fast.

Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Use My Digital Studio for quick Christmas Solutions

Above you can see a small selection of what I am using this year to embellish my gifts, this year I am using lots of Kraft with Glimmer creating fabulous contrast and pops of Cherry Cobbler and Real Red. Stars and Buttons with Holly and Chalk Board Tags I created using MDS.

Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! | Use My Digital Studio for quick Christmas Solutions

Lets talk tags!

I have created these in My Digital Studio {MDS}, if you do not have MDS you can get a free 30 trail to play around HERE and the download I used for the tags is called “To You From Me”  it is 6 tag images in the download, they come as digital stamps and digital embellishment with the black board look which I have used.  They are very easy to use, I have simply selected the design then clicked and dragged the selected image to my page, as you can see the this image below:

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Then I adjusted the tag to the size I desired and copied the image to fill my page: see below.

www.tenealewilliams.com.au | My Digital Studio | Sheet of tags

I printed the sheets of tags on my home laser printer on Whisper White Cardstock and trimmed them on my cutter.

Now lets get wrapping!

 The first gift wrapping idea I have for you today is using the Box Punch board, a new product in the Holiday Catalogue.  My favourite new crafting toy at the moment and it will be well used this Christmas.

Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Punch Box marker

Here is a video from Stampin’ Up! Show how to use this Gift Box Punch Board, it makes 15 sizes boxes and I will admit before I watched this video I was a little overwhelmed that it was “too” hard to use, by it is TOTALLY easy and I have made SO many boxes already.

The box idea uses the Take Out Box from the Holiday Catalogue, the come pre cut and scored in a pack of 6 and I think the are SUPER cute if giving baked treats this holiday season.

Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Take out Boxed

The printed paper I have used to make the top box and the belly band around this box is the Under The Tree range and it is a heavy weight cardstock more then a “paper” and here is a video with a little more info about the paper:

We are moving away from boxes  but sticking with paper, wrapping paper! YES Stampin’ Up! have released their own wrapping paper this year:

Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Use My Digital Studio for quick Christmas Solutions

I was super impressed with the paper I must say, it is thicker then the normal wrapping paper I normally buy , meaning to was easier to wrap with and the finished product looks much nicer. Here is a video about the paper rolls:


Buttons and Bows

I am not sure why but I LOVE buttons, they are totally sweet! This year I am using a mix of Cherry Cobbler, Gold Metal, Very Vanilla and the Vintage Faceted Buttons.  Ribbon is kind of my “thing” so no surprise I have a few different options, the Cherry Cobbler Seem Blinding is lovely and soft and creates a wonderful bow, the thicker Cherry Cobbler is new in  the Holiday Catalogue, it is a Sheer Linen and is a little stiffer then the Seem Blinding and holds well.

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When the wrapping, the tags and the embellishments come together they look pretty special under the tree.

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The Holly was also created in MDS using Berry Christmas Download, I use this on my larger items that would use half a roll of ribbon to wrap around. Like I did with the tags I dragged the image over, as it was a stamp I coloured it and also cropped the image to just have the Holly, and repeated the image over my sheet before printing.

Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Use My Digital Studio  this Christmas

I dont just use MDS for tags, I use it for Christmas postcards and photos.  I still love making Christmas cards with all stamping, you know the normal way but for my sister I make up post cards for her to send out to friends and family, we have a fun afternoon taking photos of her family then I design her a Christmas package. Below you can see a stack of the post cards with her and my two nieces.

Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Use My Digital Studio  this Christmas

This year I have also created a few different Polaroid  style tags, above you can see part of one with just Ebony my youngest niece and below you can see it is the same photo as the postcard but I have used a digital Polaroid frame over the photo and added a message.

Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Use My Digital Studio  this Christmas

Here I have created one in a photo booth style, that I have just slipped under the bow, this makes the gift really personal and I must say I have this shot below with Ebony’s Santa hat falling down over her eyes! The download I have used for the photo strip is “Tea For Two Calendar” 

Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Use My Digital Studio  this Christmas


Well I hope you found this post helpful and will look at going hybrid with My Digital Studio! This post is part of the Artisan Blog Hop, pleas take the time to hop around to all the Artisan and even leave us a little comment love, we so enjoy hearing from you all. Next stop is Vicky Hayes of the UK.

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Teneale Williams

Welcome the the INKspired blog hop if this is your first stop or you have arrived from Renee I hope you are enjoying the cards, if this is your first stop then I will catch you up, we have 11 INKspired Artists playing this week including a new face, Lissa Carter who is AMAZING and I am so happy to have a new Artist aboard. This is the sketch we are all using that I designed for use to play with is week:

Teneale Williams | INKspired Sketch 5 #INK005

I had so much fun creating this card, I love starting off with a sketch. This sketch was a bit of a classic design but has lots of room to change things up. I have used the Santa Stache Stamp set, I have coloured with my Blendabilities and paper pieced the Nutcracker.

Teneale Williams | INKspired Blog Hop #INK005

Here is the inside, I have carried over elements of the front design. I have cut part of his face off which I am not sure was a good idea BUT it is done and I am not going to recreate just for that…… Well maybe I will if a few of you say I should.  The greeting is part of that stamp set which I have put in a word bubble die and used my Smoky Slate Blendabilities to colour and that is one part of the inside I like.

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 Teneale Williams | Stampin'Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Christmas 2014

Welcome my Stampin’ Friends! You have just landed on the Artisan blog hop, this may be your first stop or you arrived from the amazing Susan Wong!  Every Thursday I love spending the time looking at all the amazing ideas the Artisan Team come up with. If you stop by last week on the you will have read {here} about my plans to host a few Christmas gathers, well this week I have a different invitation to share that you could easily change into a gift card wallet or a note card.

By Teneale Williams | Stampin'Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Christmas Invitation

I think this project is totally fun! I am loving that when you pull back the front flap you get a surprise when the details will reveal themselves, I have not included the details as yet as… they are still not set :)  I have not gone over the top with the design especially on the front with it just having a paper bow and the very glamorous “joy” that I die cut from the Wonderful Wreath Dies {see links below}. I need to make a LOT of these and when making bulk the principle of KIS applies Keep It Simple….

Before you even look for the email button to ask me the measurements they are coming! I have made a short video but I have experienced a little technical difficulty and the video was not ready for this blog hop.


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By Teneale Williams | Artisan Blog Hop | Christmas 2014

With 53 days until Christmas {who’s counting} I have a feeling that todays Artisan Blog hop is going to feature lots of Christmas ideas! You may already be on the hop and come in from Susan Wong or this this your first time, I know that all I am thinking about is Christmas! Well Christmas Parties that is, I need to host a few for different social groups so this week any extra time I had was spent on Pinterest pinning theme, food and craft ideas to help me decide on what I am doing this year, the ideas in my head don’t always match the time I have to prepare.

I will admit I have spent a lot of time on Pinterest and had to cut myself off so I could get to my desk and stamp!

By Teneale Williams | Artisan Blog Hop | Many Merry Stars, Holiday Home, Holiday Invitation

For one of the groups I decided on a fondue theme, we are going to have a great time and the personality are the happy, positive type so be merry was a perfect greeting of the invite. I love this card as it is Kraft chic! I adore a little bling and the Champagne glimmer paper really makes this card. You may get sick of the little Santa image because I plan on using it LOTS as we approach Christmas, the image is from Holiday Home   I have stamped the image over the top of a star from Many Merry Stars  that was stamped on Kraft Cardstock and I used the Star Framelits.

By Teneale Williams | Artisan Blog Hop | INSIDE | Holiday Home, Holiday Invitation
Above is the inside design, again my Santa flying over the greeting which is a builder set, “Eat. Drink and” is all one image then in the set is Celebrate, Be Merry, Be Scary and Give Thanks, the stamp set is called Holiday Invitation. I plan on writing a note under the stamped greeting. I have made this more of a greeting card then a invite but I did this as the group are cardmakers and it suits then plus I feel a card with a note to gather is a little more relaxed then a formal invitation.

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By Teneale Williams | INKspired Sketch #INK004 | Stampin' Up! Tap Tap Tap Stamp Set Used

Yesterday, part of my amazingly talented downline team {called: INKspired Artists} held the fourth INKspired Blog hop based around this sketch below, I was not able to join in yesterday however I had already created my card so I thought I would post it “after the event” and point you in the direction for the “official”  blog hop, I will post the link at the end of my post… I don’t want you leaving just yet! You need to read my blog first {wink, wink}.

INKspired Sketch #INK004

What do you think of the sketch? I am the sketch creator for each of the blog hops and I really liked this sketch as it has a little room to get creative, the circle could be a bow or button, a circle or die cut with a image!  I know a few of the girls struggled with this sketch but I have already hopped around and they have ROCKED the sketch, but I am not at all surprised as every session they just blow me away. We would love to have you use the sketch as INKspiration for a upcoming card. We have a Pinterest board we all update with our INKspired cards and sketches. Follow the board HERE

By Teneale Williams | INKspired Sketch #INK004 | Stampin' Up! Tap Tap Tap Stamp Set Used

Well, you can see what I came up with based on the sketch design, what do you think?  I did use a little creative license as I made the main section a little larger, I did not have the sketch in front of me as I was creating and I was going off memory.

I have used Stamp Set Tap Tap Tap from Stampin’ Up! Which I totally LOVE, I am a fan of typewriters and infact have been on the hunt for one to use with my memory keeping. I have stamped the main image using Memento Black ink then coloured the image with a mix of Stampin’ Blendabilities and Stampin’ Write Makers, I had a GREAT time playing around with the colours. I have used a combo of Coastal Cabana and the lightest Smoky Slate Blendabilities for the main typewriter, the parts that are just “gray” are the three tones of Smoky Slate. The VERY fine sections on the paper feed I used the pin tip of the Smoky Slate and Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker.

By Teneale Williams | INKspired Sketch #INK004 | Stampin' Up! Tap Tap Tap Stamp Set Used

Above you can see the inside design of my card, not too exciting however I have been told to still share the inside even if it is boring. You speak and I try to listen. The banner at the top is totally cute and this image also comes in Tap Tap Tap Stamp Set, some as the greeting to have used on the front and inside however the heart is from Holiday Home Stamp Set, it was the smallest heart image I could find in my stamp collection.

By Teneale Williams | INKspired Sketch #INK004 | Stampin' Up! Tap Tap Tap Stamp Set Used

I don’t always stamp the envelope but I was enjoying making this card, I did not want to stop and I had a light bulb moment….. which does not happen all the time, but I realised I could cut out the letters to spell the recipients name which lucky it was only short. On the back on the envelope I have stamped the tap tap tap image. I know Kay will love getting this card.

Are you ready to see 8 more cards based on this sketch? I am going to start you off at the top of the list with the beautiful lady who normally followers me on the INKspired blog hop, Barbara Williams AKA Stamping Barb but I like to call her MUM :)

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