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Stitching and stamps and ants in my pants.

Hello Wednesday!

Lately I’m having trouble just sitting and doing nothing. I think it’s from constantly being on the go and I’m simply out of practice. While my house was quiet last weekend when my babes were visiting their dad and with my determination to ‘relax’ and watch and movie from start to finish (a real treat for me) I pulled out my collection of Amy Tangerine embroidery kits, embroidery threads and played – while relaxing of course. Here is one of the projects I did.


Not every part of the image has to be used. I chose the circle out of the centre of the camera from the ‘Capture’ embroidery stencil kit. I love the result.


The back isn’t pretty but don’t worry. No one will see it once it’s placed in our Project Life albums or on top of a card.






The next day I added some stamps from Kellie Stamps.

This is such a quick and easy little project.


PS | the movie that I watched was ‘Are We Officially Dating?’. Hilarious!

Creating Outdoors | Stitching.

Hello Monday!


While visiting Amy Tangerine’s blog I came across this post called Craftcation Photos. Lots of gorgeous pics showing what her students created using her embroidery stencils and patterned papers. Totally inspired I took what I had on hand from Amy’s Cut & Paste and Yes, Please collections outside on our little verandah in the sun and set to work.

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I had some fluffy company.






So now I have a cut little stack of 3×4 and 4×6 cards to use in my Project Life album.

Here is what I used, all of which is available in my store.

Capture, Embroidery Stencil Kit | YES PLEASE, by Amy TangerineInspire, Embroidery Stencil Kit | YES PLEASE, by Amy Tangerine

The ‘Capture’ and the ‘Inspire’ embroidery stencil kits. Both on sale now. The kits come with three different colour of embroidery thread, the piercer, a needle and piercing mat together with two fab stencils.

Awesome Sauce, Patterned Paper | CUT & PASTE, by Amy Tangerine

‘Awesome Sauce’ patterned paper by Amy Tangerine from her Cut & Paste collection.

A-Lister, Patterned Paper | CUT & PASTE, by Amy Tangerine

‘A-Lister’ patterned paper by Amy Tangerine from her Cut & Paste collection.

There are lots of co-ordinating embellishments, die-cuts and stamps etc too. You can find those HERE.

Trust, Kraft Paper | YES PLEASE, by Amy Tangerine

Kraft patterned paper called ‘Trust’ from Amy Tangerine’s Yes, Please collection.

You can find co-ordinating embellishments, stickers, chipboard, stamps, etc of the Yes, Please collection HERE.

It was so refreshing and inspiring being outside, rugged up, on top of an old quilt and creating in the cool autumn air. Beats being cooped up in a studio especially when the sun was out. Try it. You’ll love it!

Have a great Monday all! x

Project Life, 2013 | Week Twenty-Four.

Hello Friday!

Sharing with you today week twenty-four of my Project Life journey.


I was telling Kellie today how much I loved putting my week twenty-four together. How much I loved selecting what photos I was going to include, how much I loved selecting what products I was going to use, how much I loved deciding on what was going where, how much I loved writing our little stories and how much I loved that feeling of completing a creative project.


Yes. I still love Project Life. Yes. I still love the creative process.

I used the Midnight core kit which is still my favourite core kit…


Amy Tangerine’s embroidery kit that was in a Studio Calico scrapbooking kit…


…a set of phrases from the same kit…


…a packet of Amy Tangerines new Charcoal rubber thickers


…my favourite star punch, my Tim Holtz tiny attacher…


…my trusty Artline black fine tip pen.


Simple and easy.









Anyone else out there as behind as me?

Anyone else out there who is still loving it anyway?

Don’t stop enjoying the creative process. Don’t stop being inspired and, above all, don’t quit.


Capture, EMBROIDERY KIT | YES, PLEASE by Amy Tangerine

Hello Friday!

Last night, as I was supervising William while he completed his homework, due today, that he had actually had 2 weeks to complete but then left most of it to the last minute… (sigh) I cracked open one of the Capture embroidery kit from Amy Tangerine’s new collection, Yes, Please.

I’ve been waiting to get these embroidery kits back in because

a) you all wanted more and b) I wanted one too!

{All photos taken by my 8 year old Stella. She is really taking an interest in the whole ‘create and blog process’. I’m thrilled and want to encourage this. Who knows? She might start her own blog… The photos were taken at night hence the yellowish tone.}

Included in the Capture embroidery kit is:

2 x stencils | pink, teal and yellow embroidery thread each with their own needle (meaning that you can alternate between different colours so that you don’t have to re-thread each time you want to use a different colour – so very handy) | a self healing, orange mat | and a paper piercer.

I started with cutting out a 4 x 6 plain white, smooth cardstock. Then I selected the image I was going to embroider. I couldn’t wait to try out Amy Tan’s staple image – the camera.

I simply positioned the camera image over my 4 x 6 piece of cardstock. Then I placed the stencil and paper combo on top of the orange mat.

I made sure that the camera image was totally within the mat area so that I didn’t have to re-position the image at any point while I was piercing the holes. If I was to move the stencil I’d risk getting the holes out of alignment.

This is what it looked like once I’d pierced all of the holes.

Like I said, you are supplied with three beautiful, bright colours of embroidery thread in each embroidery kit. A teal, pink and yellow. Again, staples of the Amy Tangerine look. When you run out of what was supplied in the embroidery kits you can use any kind of embroidery thread from any craft shop. Brown string and twine would be fun to use too.

Using the back stitch, I decided to use the pink embroidery thread for the major outlines of the camera…

and then work my way in using the teal embroidery thread and then the yellow embroidery thread for the centre of the camera lens and the flash.

Done! This whole process was really fast (and can be completed while answering year three maths questions.)


Amy Tan has done a great YouTube video demonstrating the back stitch and sharing some ideas how to use stitching in your projects. Great inspiration.

Both this Capture Embroidery Kit and the Inspire Embroidery Kit are now available here at Polka Dot Creative.


The following  Yes, Please products by Amy Tangerine are also back in stock.

Have a great Friday everyone! x




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