Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Friendship Valentine's Day Card

Welcome bloggie friends! Its Stampin’ Up! Artisan blog hop time, if this is your first stop of the 14th stop of the 16 we have prepared for you today, I am sure I am not alone but every week I am BLOWN away but the clever ideas the Artisan girls come up with or use a stamp set that I was not totally loving…. yes sometimes I dont love everything at first, like the main stamp set I am using today called “You Plus Me” it is kind of a “Valentines” stamp set and I am not normally one to celebrate Valentines day, but last week the New Zealand Artisan Susan Wong blow my mind this stamp set HERE creating the sweetest memory keeping layout and showed how to use this stamp set in a non Valentines way.

With that clever idea in mind I got started on my card. We all have a friend who is your “rock” our go to when times get rough, the sounding board when you just need to vent and you know there is no judgment, just tissues if you need them and when they know it is safe they will give you advise or the hard truth. This card is for THAT friend to me, she is not a cardmaker and in fact she does not really understand my love of papercraft but she knows I love it.  The greeting  you + me = is actually a great  stamp because you can add so many things to it, I have then stamped the image from Sale-A-Bration set “A Happy Thing” Our friendship is a very happy thing.  Going back to Susan from last week you make her’s   you + me = Family  I mean just think how many ways you can use that stamp! To think I did not like the set in the beginning.

Teneale Williams | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop | Friendship Valentine's Day Card

I have a very simple layout, with a little washi tape…. which I must say I LOVE that stuff! Under the friendship line is a very thin strip of Silver Glimmer Paper and in real life looks amazing {If I say so myself} The design being simple is again coming back to the person receiving it, she is very too the point in life and very much less is more so I know she will like it is more on the simple side.

Just a simple card today but I am happy with it, now hop over to Vicky from the UK and see what her creation is for this week.

 

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I just love this time of the year, not for the wonderful weather or kids being on holidays or even the relaxed feeling that always comes after the craziness of Christmas, no my stamping friends it is because of Sale-A-Bration! The best promotion of the Stampin’ Up! Year when we earn free product for every $90!

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Teneale Williams |Artisan Blog Hop 1 January 2015

Happy New Year

My first post of 2015 and round one for the  Artisan Blog Hop for 2015, thank you for stopping by. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, mine was delightful spending quality time with my loved ones and the same with my New Years Eve, having a lovely family dinner at Grandmas house, my sister was cooking and I was taking care of the “styling” aka table setting and activities. To help my out with my role I called on my wonderful friend My Digital Studio {MDS} featuring the When The Clock Strikes Twelve download to create it all with few Sizzix dies including a NEW die called the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits which you will see used in this first photo below, it is not able to be ordered until the 6th January but here is a sneak peek.

Teneale Williams | My Digital Studio |Create a Resolution using Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

I love this little bag/pocket, it is the prefect size for a note card or a little treat! One of the  activities I planned was for us to all prepare resolutions for 2015. Everyone had one of these made and sitting on the table for talk discussion as we eat the wonderful meal my amazing sister will have prepared for us.

Teneale Williams | My Digital Studio |Create a Resolution with loved ones, talk about what your planning and then follow up through the year or even have the same resolution together

Inside each packet is two slips:
Best Moments of 2014… {which I now realise should say… of and not for I always believe you must review before you plan ahead, it was great fun talking with everyone about the best moments for the last year but I personally loved hearing my nieces spoke of their highlights, they were all little moments like from Bailey who is 9 said “When Ebony said her first prayer at family dinner all by herself”  that made me melt a little! Its was wonderful yet surprising to hear that she was proud of her little sister as on most days they want to kill each other!

Teneale Williams | It is important to reflect on the past before you make planes for the future, write down your best moments for 2014 before you prepare  resolutions for 2015

My resolutions for 2015… The thought of writing down resolutions can be daunting or taken too serious, my Mum was not overly excited when she first heard what I was planning so I used my good friend Google and he helped me prepare a little resolution inspiration to have on the table, I kept the suggestions lighthearted with some very clearly targeted to some people and others to get a giggle. I am not one to take new year resolutions too serious or set anything too large but it is a good chance to reflect and maybe remind yourself what is important.

Teneale Williams | My Digital Studio | Resolutions Inspiration- Prepare a lighthearted list of resolutions, they can be a great talking point

I used to work for a Cinema company and trailers to upcoming movies used to arrive in these film canisters which we used to have 100’s of them empty laying around, one night they were being thrown out so being the storage loving person I gave a few a new home…. after not using them I throw half of them out in a clean out a few years ago but now that most cinemas has gone digital they are not made anymore and I love the few I now have.

Teneale Williams | My Digital Studio | 2015 Resolutions - Facebook Stalker

Mum and dad took us on the best road trips when we were little, I just loved some of the crazy places we went, I would love to revisit and see how the have changed and even my sister would love to show her girls.

Teneale Williams | My Digital Studio | 2015 Resolutions - Childhood Memories

Totally something I need to work on in 2015, I know sometimes I am a bad friend! I look at my mum who has still good friends around her that she went to school with or worked together many years ago, some friendships that are 60 + years and I would love to have that when I am mums age.

Teneale Williams | My Digital Studio | 2015 Resolutions - Stay in touch more with friends

This one was TOTALLY pointed to my sister who is always checking her phone when we have family dinner EVERY Monday night and it drives my Mum and I crazy. She knew straight away it was directed to her, I must note even after reading this she was on her phone as we all wrote our resolutions. #shocker

Teneale Williams | My Digital Studio | 2015 Resolutions - Phones with others

For the table I just made a little belly band to go around a white fabric napkin, then cut the circles and flag with thinlit dies and my Big Shot.

By Teneale Williams | My Digital Studio | New Year Eve Dinner

Team work at its finest in the below photo with a look into our New Years Eve celebration dinner, my sister prepared the most amazing dinner!

Teneale Williams | Artisan Blog Hop | New Year  Celebration

After dinner I planned for use to do a group activity, again using one of my film canisters I created a time capsule. I design a worksheet to document where we are at this point in time, I created two versions: one for the kids and another for the adults.

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Here is the adults, it includes worklife.

Teneale Williams | Artisan Blog Hop | Time Capsule for AdultsHere is the kids, as I found out I should have band/singer.  Or even song as my 5 year old niece Ebony answered with “that girl who sings shake, shake it off” as she is shaking her hands. Also the “treat” question was interesting as Baileys answer was “Mummy does not let me have treats”

Teneale Williams | Artisan Blog Hop | Time Capsule for  Kids

Now I know I should have posted this before New Years Eve but I thought you can still prepare sometime like this and do with loved ones or friends at anytime, it does not need to be New Years Eve. The time capsule was a hit and we have decided next year we are going to do it again where we answer questions about our present “self” then open a year later as we answer questions about the “self” we are then.

Next up on the Artisan blog hop is UK’s amazing Vicky Hayes

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As I sit and type this Christmas message to you, my blog readers it is the early hours of Christmas morning, I have finally wrapped all the gifts, I LOVE wrapping and every year I offer my wrapping services to my Mum, Sister and Santa {wink, wink} for me to wrap their gifts besides the items they are giving me of course, I do like a little surprise on Christmas Morning.  I have used 3 rolls of sticky tape and 7 rolls of wrapping paper, I have lost count of how many rolls of ribbon I used as you should be aware I have a little obsession with ribbon and pretty bows.

Teneale Williams | Christmas Wrapping
This month I was {trying} to taking photos and notes for Project Life/Hello December, I really enjoyed it, which is a surprise to me but I realised it made me so much more aware of our little family traditions that we have that we did automatically and then had us talking about our memories when we were kids, the foods Mum used to prepare and the family we celebrated with on Christmas Day.

If you are not sure what Hello December Christmas is all about…
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I also found it made my sister and I aware of how roles have changed as we have gotten older, my Sister {Terrianne} is the official Christmas Chef, where I take care on all the decorating and what I would say is the fun stuff {wrapping, craft, planning events} also love being Santa’s helper, putting the gifts out to be found by excited little girls in the morning and tasting the treats they left out for Santa and his Reindeer’s.

I love that my “craftness” has rubbed off on my nieces and you can see in the blow image my niece Bailey with a Christmas Tag she created for her mum.

Teneale Williams | Christmas Tag Making with Bailey

The moments this year have been the drives at night with my sister and nieces to go looking at Christmas Lights, we have been out twice but they have been a great time as we chatter between houses, we had a few games of dare’s which I will explain when I share my final Hello December pages after Christmas. We also created our own Christmas Song, it is hilarious {well to the four of us}  as we drove on one of the outings, which reminds me that I should write that next hit song down!

If you live any where near Rouse Hill, you want to head to Noble Way! This was the most amazing light display, WOW!

Christmas Lights Teneale Williams Hello December

I am pretty sure I will be back before the end of 2014 to post my Hello December album with you, I have the photos taken and now I just need to print and pop in the page  protectors and make them a {little and I do mean little} more pretty.

Now I better get a few hours sleep before my nieces wake up and the whole house to open all the gifts!

Christmas Wishes from Teneale Williams


By Teneale Williams | Artisan Blog Hop | Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies

 I just realised Christmas is 7 days away and this post is my last Artisan blog hop for 2014! As our next blog hop falls on Christmas Stampin’ Up! have told the Artisan team we can have a week off to be with family and friends celebrating Christmas.

The project I am sharing today has quite the shory to go with it but I will share only part of it today! I am sure you can relate when you first see a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue loaded with amazing new products and you need to flick through a few times to “take” it all in then you pull out a note pad to start to write your wish list, I see you shaking your head saying yes! When I first saw the current Holiday Catalogue and spotted the Letterpress Winter Stamp Set with the matching Snowflake Card Thinlits dies they were PERFECT for my nieces upcoming Frozen Party.

I then set out and created the sweetest invites for her party and what was even cuter was she helped me with making them! She wrote the name on all the envelopes and could not wait to give them away to her friends! However I am kicking myself as I had taken photos of all the finished invites, even photos of Ebony helping and her writing on the envelopes, then about 3 weeks ago my computer was lacking space on one of my drives so I went through and deleted photos I thought I had copied over these photos and others to my external hard drive…. without checking I deleted the photos! I did start to remake the invite to show you but my heart was just not in BUT this is a good reminder to cherish your photos…. and for me to double check before deleting.

This cute little bags are what we made for the treat bags for the kids to take home after the party, I used the Snowflake Card Thinlits dies  and Pool Party Cardstock, the cardstock was 10cm x 28cm and I only cut the top Snowflake section of the die. Inside is a cello bag with some sweet treats, there is no point in me listing the scoring measurements as the sizes will need to be different based on what you have inside the “bag” think of this as a starting idea.

By Teneale Williams | Artisan Blog Hop | Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies

I just love the video resources that Stampin’ Up! Create, their video on the Snowflake Card Thinlits dies was fabulous and answered the question I had from looking over the Hoilday Catalogue where they had the die cut snow flakes on top on Christmas Trees.

 

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