Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Last week, Richard Garay sprung a little surprise on all of his readers and gave his Make Amazing Girls the go-ahead to chose even MORE winners from all of the blog hop entries! YAY!

So, the lucky comment from right here on my blog is...................

Pamela, please use the 'eMail me' link under my photo over there in the right-hand sidebar to message me with your mailing address so I can relay the information to the office. You will receive a lovely package of retiring goodies from Fun Stampers Journey.....how FUN! CONGRATULATIONS! 

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Blog Hop: Up, Up & Away Retirement Sale Showcase

Welcome to Richard’s first-ever Up, Up & Away Retirement Sale Showcase! The Make Amazing Girls are showing off some incredible projects, each featuring retiring products from Fun Stampers Journey. Make sure to visit each and every blog, because there’s a lot of inspiration to be had… and a chance to win prizes, too! And check out the incredible deals on fabulous stamp sets, patterned paper, and more HERE.

Here is the project I want to share featuring two of the retiring stamp sets called: Flower Stitch and Border Buddies. If you know Richard at all, you know that his favorite saying is "When in doubt....POP it OUT!"  And that's exactly what I did with this wonderfully colorful blossom adorning my pocket card!

Here's the steps I took to build my flower:

NOTE: You will have enough individuals petals to make up to 4 flowers at once if you choose.

1. Stamp one daisy stitched flower from the Flower Stitch set onto Whip Cream cardstock. Repeat for the number of flowers you wish to create (up to 4 without duplicating the following steps).
2. Using your Detail Pro Shears, cut out around these flowers approximately 1/8" from stamped images.
3. Stamp the same daisy stitched flower onto Riverstone, Orange Creamsicle, Lavender Fusion, Watermelon Fusion, Candy Apply, Pool Play, Lemon Grass and Banana Cream cardstock.
4. Before cutting out the individual petals, stamp the polka-dotted border stamp from Border Buddies across the petals of Riverstone, Orange Creamsicle, Lavender Fusion and Watermelon Fusion ONLY (TIP: Stamp the first border across the center of the stamped flower, re-ink your stamp then stamp again on the side, repeat re-inking and re-stamping for the remaining side.)
5. Grab a Whip Cream flower that you stamped in step one to use as the base to build your flower.
6. Cut out individual petals from each of your stamped flowers without the polka-dots (i.e. Candy Apple, Pool Play, Lemon Grass and Banana Cream) and adhere them over the petals on the Whip Cream cardstock using Small Foam Squares making sure to skip every other petal space.
7. For the polka-dotted petals you stamped in step 4, do the same. However, you will do a double layer of petals. So, first adhere a petal using a small foam square, then go back and adhere another petal on top using a foam square. This creates a wonderfully dimensional bloom.
8. Finish off the center with a Sparkle Drop.
9. Lastly, give your bloom some leaves that are cut from the patterned paper in the Journey Basics patterned paper pack.

Thanks for taking a look at my creation. I have listed all the supplies used for this project at the foot of this blog post. It is important for you to know the things I've used that are retiring are the two stamp sets: Flower Stitch and Border Buddies, and the patterned paper packs: Journey Basics and Black & White. All other products listed are NOT retiring! YAY!

You can only order these products through a Fun Stampers Journey Coach. A listing of those coaches can be found at www.funstampersjourney.com. If you need assistance locating one, please let me know and I'll be happy to give you some guidance.  You can email me using the link under my photo over there in the right-hand sidebar.

Here’s what you do:

• Visit each blog listed below
• Leave a comment on each blog; one winner from all comments received will win their choice of one retiring stamp set. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances to win!
• Comments close on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Midnight, PST.
• Return on May 8th to see the winner announcement on Richardgaray.com! 

Richard Garay
Kathy Martin
Tania Willis (that's ME!)
Angi Barrs
Mindy Baxter
Michelle Woerner
Laura Williams 
Fun Stampers Journey

Be sure to check out ALL the stops on this amazing blog hop and comment on each and every one to increase your chances for a FABULOUS prize!

Black Licorice, Riverstone, Orange Creamsicle, Lavendar Fusion, Watermelon Fusion

Riverstone, Orange Creamsicle, Lavendar Fusion, Watermelon Fusion, Candy Apple, Pool Play, Lemon Grass,Whip Cream, Banana Cream

Flower Stitch, Border Buddies

Pocket Card

Patterned Paper:
Journey Basics, Black & White

Paper Clip Elements, Sparkle Drops

Adhesives & Tools:
White Liner, Journey Dots, Journey Foam Squares – Small, Crease Tool, Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer, Acrylic Block, Detail Pro Shears, Journey Grand Machine, Bloom Tool

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WINNER Blog Hop: Top Dog Dies & Echo Park Paper

Thanks to every one of you who stopped by for the blog hop with Top Dog Dies and Echo Park Paper.

The winner chosen from my blog comments is............



Please email me (link in sidebar) with the collection you'd like to receive, along with an alternate choice just in case your first choice isn't in stock. :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Blog Hop: Top Dog Dies + Echo Park Paper

Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! 

Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team is showcasing projects from our latest collections and working with fabulous Top Dog Die Cut shapes.

Top Dog sent me the Heart Mini Album Die, which is a steel rule die, and the Madison Doily Die, which is a wafer thin die. For my project,I chose to pair both of my dies together on one project using the Splendid Sunshine collection by Echo Park Paper.

To re-create this card:
  1. Cut a piece of white cardstock measuring 6" x 10 1/2" and fold it in half to create a 6" x 5 1/4" card base.
  2. Place the folded edge of the card base just inside the straight edge of the Heart Mini Album Die and run it through your die cut machine. This allows the folded edge to stay intact creating your shaped card base.
  3. Open up the card and machine stitch, on the card front only, just inside the edge of the heart shape using white thread. I stitched around the shape a total of 4 times.
  4. Die cut the Madison Doily Die using white cardstock. Hold the die cut in one hand and flick the paper with the other hand to help release all of the intricately cut pieces from the doily.  
  5. Cut an 8" piece of pompom ribbon or lace. Drape it across your doily die cut and begin building the 'happy' banner using stickers from the Splendid Sunshine Element Sticker sheet.
  6. Once you have it in place, staple the 'happy' banner stickers and pompom ribbon in place. 
  7. Secure the ends of the banner with large white brads and trim excess pompom ribbon.
  8. Continue embellishing the doily with the remaining stickers shown--all from the Element Stickers sheet.
  9. Add mini rhinestones to the flower stickers.
  10. Adhere the doily to the card base.

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused!
  • ONE winner will be selected from each Echo Park Paper designer's blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing. 
  • Top Dog will also be offering special prizes so check each blog for details. 
  • To qualify for winning the kit you must leave a comment. Comments will be due by midnight MDT, Sunday, March 16th.
  • Winner will be announced on each blog Wednesday, March 19th so be sure to check back to see if you've won.

Hop List:
Echo Park Paper
Ashley Horton
Corri Garza
Holly Gagnon
Tania Willis
Aly Dosdall
Lisa Swift 

Happy hopping!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Echo Park Paper: Easy Valentine Card Pocket

Are you looking a super quick last minute Valentine idea? This darling card doubles as gift packaging to store some delicious chocolate treats for the ones you love...or child's teacher. Wait, that didn't come out right. I didn't mean to make it sound like you don't love your child's teacher. Errr, ummmmm, nevermind.

Moving along.

To make this charming Valentine Pocket, I used the Head Over Heels collection from Echo Park Paper. More specifically, I used product HOH59010 Journaling Cards.  If you're familiar with Echo Park Paper's product, you know that they design a set of journaling cards for nearly every collection, so if you're not needing a Valentine, you could use this same concept with a different collection kit. Brilliant, yes!?

Anywho.  I simply cut out the two adjacent cards (the "xoxo" and the "one sweet love") and folded along the bottom edge of the "xoxo" journaling card. Then, before sealing up the sides to create the pocket, I used a paper piercing tool to pierce holes along the outline of the heart, so I could add..........you guessed it......hand-stitching! I just used all 6 strands of DMC embroidery floss in a coordinating color.  Once my stitching was completely, I added layers of stickers, sealed up the sides and stuffed it with filler shred.

Tuck some delicious chocolates in there, and you've got yourself a gift!

If you're looking for additional Valentine's ideas, be sure to check out these projects by the other Design Experts:

Valentine for Teen's by Ashley Horton
Valentine Gift Bag by Holly Gagnon
Valentine Fold-Out Card by Aly Dosdall
Valentine for Friends by Lisa Swift
Valentine Wine Tag and Candy Box by Corri Garza

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Echo Park: Head Over Heels "Oh Darling" Layout: FREE Tutorial Download

I'm back in the saddle already with creating tutorials and loving every second of it!  Afterall, teaching others how to craft is my passion. :)

This time it comes in the form of a double-page layout using Echo Park's Head Over Heels collection.I absolutely *adore* everything about this collection. 
I love that the Element Stickers sheet it is versatile enough to be used on layouts with pictures of couples AND photos of children and/or other loved ones. The soft colors paired with the red are just so sweet.
If you're not a double-page spread type of scrapbooker, no worries. I created each page in such a way that they can stand alone if desired. Just pick one of the two and ignore the instructions for the page you don't wish to create. Easy enough, right?
I've used a good portion of the patterns from the Head Over Heels collection pack that includes 12 12x12 double-sided patterns, along with the Element Stickers sheet, the Journaling Cards, and the Alphabet Stickers sheet, but still had PLENTY leftovers to create several other projects.
The instructions also have some other close-up detail photos that will be helpful as you follow along.  As always, if you have any questions, you're welcome to email me using the link over there in the sidebar under my photo!

You can download the FREE step-by-step tutorial for the layout by clicking here: Head Over Heels "Oh Darling" Layout by Tania Willis

Enjoy, and I'll catch you back here soon!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

New Year = New Opportunities

So, um, hello. It's me, Tania.  Hope you haven't forgotten me in my long lost absence here on this blog. I surely haven't forgotten all of you who have always been so faithful as to check in on me only to be let down time and time again when you saw that nothing had changed.

I'm sure that has you asking....where have I been?

Well, to sum it all up briefly, I spent the last 18 months dedicated to blogging as a Lead Fiskateer for Fiskars for what was supposed to be a part-time position.  If you know me, you know that I don't do anything half-way. I'm either all-in or I'm out. And well, I wanted to give it my all, which meant putting some other things on the back burner.....like this blog here.

BUT.  There's always a 'but' isn't there?  I'm quite thankful for those.

But, that's all changed.

I am no longer working for Fiskars as a Lead Fiskateer or a Crafting Expert, which allows me opportunity for growth and advancement while working for myself and other companies in the industry. 

New beginnings are always a good thing, yes? I quite like new beginnings.

Which brings me to the point of this first post of 2014--my first new opportunity in 2014:

I'm beyond thrilled to have been asked to join the Echo Park Paper Design Team.  So for those of you following my crafty adventures, check back here often because I'll have lots of fun stuff to share in the weeks to come.

Now that I have all this new-found time blogging time on my hands you might just see a whole lot more of me in this space of mine. :)

Happy New Year, friends!  Onward and upward. It's gonna be a GREAT year! I can feel it in my bones.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Punch Art Turkey Thanksgiving Cards

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it only feels natural to want to express our gratitude to those who help make our world go round. Yes?

This year, I'm thanking friends and family with these mixed-media cards featuring a delightful little paper pieced turkey using layers of basic punched shapes using a variety of my Fiskars punches.

First, punch both scalloped circles and regular circles, in graduating sizes, making sure that the colors of each layer contrast with one another. It's also fun to mix up the textures and finishes of the papers you use. For example, maybe mix in some cork paper for the texture and a bit of metallic cardstock for the shine.

For my turkey, the shapes I used from largest to smallest are:
Fiskars Circle Lever Punch 4XL
Fiskars Pretty Scallops Lever Punch 4XL
Fiskars Circle Lever Punch 3XL
Fiskars Pretty Scallops Lever Punch XXL
Fiskars Round ‘N Round Squeeze Punch XL
Fiskars Round ‘N Round Squeeze Punch Large

If you don’t have these exact sizes, get creative in layering the shapes that you do have on hand. Graduated hexagons would make an adorable graphic mod turkey too! It's a darling way to celebrate the season and embellish those cards we like to gift expressing our utmost gratitude. It's even more fun when you can pull out some fun and funky colored cardstock to create your little turkey masterpieces, don't you think!?

Once my turkey was assembled with finishing details, I misted a kraft card base and layered it with washi tape and a 'thanks' banner made with punched pieces and alphabet stickers. Super easy, yet looks like you fussed over it for hours. Love those kind of projects!

You can see the full tutorial with a bit more detailed instructions on Fiskars.com by clicking here.

How many of you send Thanksgiving cards?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Altered Canvas Album featuring Prima Marketing Inc. Products

Prima Marketing Inc. sent me a wonderful assortment of their products to pair with my Fiskars tools to create a few projects to share with you. Today, I’m sharing a few of those products with you and will explain how I created a Canvas Mixed Media Covered 12-month Calendar. The quilted canvas mixed media covers by Prima are a wonderful blank canvas just bursting with possibility. They have a subtle text resist on them allowing the pattern to peek through once they are altered with inks and mists.
To alter my canvas covers, I first placed a Prima stencil, measuring approximately 6” x 6” onto the front canvas cover making sure the area underneath and surrounding the cover was adequately protected. Then I began adding a layer of Chartreuse Color Shine. Once the Chartreuse was dry, I added a few more layers of Shimmer Mist and Color Shine.
After determining where my flower embellishments would go, I punched three hexagon shapes in a row out of a scrap piece of cardstock using my Hexagon Squeeze Punch and used this as a stencil in the area on the bottom right. I held the cardstock firmly in place and then applied Barn Door Distress Paint. Once that was dry, I added several layers of machine stitching around the perimeter of the larger Prima stenciled design.
Next, I cut a piece of pink burlap cut with Medium Design Set 100780-Circle.
Then, hot-glued on the fabric and flower embellishments by first adhering the burlap circle to the lower right section of the cover. Layered on top of the burlap circle is a paper doily and several flower embellishments from Prima. My favorite is the Pewter Ascot Park style flower that anchors the center. The red-ish flower was created by adding layers of Mustard Color Shine and Barn Door Distress Paint to a cream colored flower. Because the flowers are made from a mulberry-like paper material they take paints, inks, and mists very well. To embellish further I added some wooden leaves from Prima from a set of Wooden Icons. These come as a natural wood so you can leave them natural or use paints or mists to color them. To give them a nice golden color they were sprayed with Mustard Color Shine. Lastly, I brushed the edges of the album in various places with Barn Door Distress Paint and then used Crayola Crayons along with my heat embossing gun to create drips of green, white, and mustard yellow wax on the album cover.

Full Disclosure: The Prima Marketing, Inc. products were supplied to me free of charge for the purpose of creating this tutorial. I was not compensated in addition to the free supplies. Again, I only agree to use products that I love and would shell out my own money for. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blowing Kisses Layout featuring Prima Marketing Products

As a designer for Fiskars, I received some products from Prima Marketing, Inc. to pair together with Fiskars tools. I couldn’t resist putting the beautiful 12x12 stencils to use to make my own background paper for a layout.

These stencils are a nice weight and really are perfect for both scrapbooking and mixed media albums and really easy to line up and get centered on the layout as they are the full 12” wide.

To create my background, I first covered my work space to protect it from the mist overspray. Then, used the Circle Lattice stencil over a light blue textured cardstock. I then sprayed a layer of Turquoise Blue Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist all over. Once dry, I added light layers of Sweet Cherry, Mustard and Chartreuse Color Shine just around the edges to give more depth to the color and design. Once that was completely dry, I added some purposeful drips of mist randomly across the background by unscrewing the spritzing mechanism and letting the mist drip onto the page from the end of the uptake tube.

I couldn’t believe how perfect of a match the Say It In Crystals Hexagon Bling matched up with Fiskars Hexagon Squeeze Punches. Like so perfect you’d thing the two companies were in collaboration together in the making of these products. So, I decided that the hexagon punched shapes and the bling would be paired together as accents on the layout. They were punched from Coredinations Cardstock and then some of them even layered together on the page.

To put the page together, I layered several coordinating pieces of patterned paper on top of the stenciled background before adding two matted photos. These papers were right-aligned as to leave space along the left for embellishing with flowers, wooden icons in a box and the hexagon bling, all by Prima Marketing, Inc.

Prima Supplies:
Flowers: Cabriole – Lavender
Wooden Icons In A Box: Birds and Owls
Wooden Icons In A Box: Leaves and Mushrooms
Say It In Crystals Hexagon Bling

Fiskars Tools:
Paper Trimmer
Hexagon Punches

Full Disclosure: The Prima Marketing, Inc. products were supplied to me free of charge for the purpose of creating this tutorial. I was not compensated in addition to the free supplies. 

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