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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-Five.

Hello Friday!

And welcome to week twenty-five of my Project Life.

{Any products that I have used and that I have in stock are linked directly to my store for your convenience. I have also linked other products I have used from other stores that I support directly to their stores. This support is not sponsored. I do it because I love spreading the word of fellow creatives. x }


I had a ball creating this week.

I used two beautiful patterned papers from the new Cut & Paste collection by Amy Tangerine – Heart Throb and Sorbet and a kraft patterned paper called Bundle (currently on sale in my store for 50% off) from her Yes, Please collection – as well as various stamp sets from Kellie Stamps.


As most of you already know, I have four darling babes. Those of you who have more than one out there… Do you ever complete a week of Project Life and realise that you have photographed one of your kiddos more than the others??? Henry and Stella are the focus this week. 😉


These die-cut tags are also from Amy Tangerine’s new Cut & Paste collection. That ‘week’ stamp is from Kellie Stamps new range of rubber wood mount stamps.


This stamp set is called ‘Best Friends’ from Kellie Stamps. I love them. They are versatile and a beautiful quality whether they are acrylic or wood mounted.


This is one of her wood mounted stamps ‘Proud Moment’.


I wrote a little blog post about this giving a quick and easy tip on how to cover void space in our photos. You can see that post here.


My sewing machine didn’t like me doing this. But I had fun 😉

This stamp set is from the Kellie Stamps April release called ‘Today Stamp Set’.


That flower is from a piece of scrap kraft Bundle paper. Don’t throw out your scraps straight away. They come in handy. I promise!

The ‘awesome’ stamp is another one of Kellie Stamps but she has all sold out of these ones 🙁


See! More scraps.


I love these die-cut tags. I have a post about using these Amy Tangerine die-cut tags here called ‘for the love of tags and stitching’.



See that stamp? It’s actually a combination of two stamps from Kellie Stamps. It’s Kellie’s April stamp set with the ‘crafting’ stamp from her March release called ‘Currently Mini Set’ which is out of stock at the moment BUT she is getting more in asap.


You may have noticed that I am ‘getting my craft on’ lately. I’m having the chance to get back to what I love. It’s the reason why I started Polka Dot Creative. The creativity. The sharing. The supporting of other creatives. But a girl has to make a living and support her little family and sometimes that takes priority. I’m working hard professionally and as a proud mum and it is slowly, but surely, paying off. Because of you all.

I know I’ve said it heaps before and I may sound like a broken record but I really, really mean it. Thank you for your encouragement through your comments on my blog, your personal messages on Facebook and emails. Honestly girls. I feed off you all 😉

Have a wonderful Friday! xxx

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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