Month: August 2015

Snow Way- it’s time for a Holiday Catalogue Hop already!


I am so excited. It’s time for our FIRST EVER Pennsationals Team Blog Hop. And what better way to kick off our regular hops, than with products from our gorgeous new Holiday Catalogue.  It goes live for you all on Tuesday, so the LONG wait is over….get your orders ready…and hopefully you will find some fabulous inspiration along the way in our hop to add to your ‘I NEED’ lists!

You may have arrived from the talented Tracy Penn or be starting here. Which ever the case, I hope you enjoy hopping around and seeing what we have created to inspire you all!

It was so very difficult to control myself with this new catalogue! I love just about EVERYTHING in it. I think it is one of the best Catalogues we have ever had!  But, I did have to make a decision, so I knew the first things on my list was that beautiful, traditional Home for Christmas Designer Paper. It has so much potential. And when combined with our Hearth and Home Framelits – it really comes into it’s own.

I have been quite excited about these cards, but I haven’t been able to show anyone for weeks.  As soon as I got my parcel of goodies, I was inspired and made them….but then I have had to wait SSSOOOOOO LONG to show them off to you all!

Anyway, here it is. Those santa’s are too cute, and the window framelit makes for such an easy christmas card that draws the focal point to one small area. So thats all you really need to decorate and embellish – a little area 3′ x 2 3/8″ – you can easily manage that and get a whole stack done! Which is exactly what I did……

I used this card for our team swap card. I didn’t limit myself to just one style Santa.  I used them all. They make for such an adorable card.  I am already well and truly in love with our corded trim in silver and gold –  and I highly recommend the new fine tip glue pen. It made creating those christmas banners at the top of the window super simple. Such precision in that tip! And the New Sleigh Ride Edgelits make the perfect backdrop for the scene.

Once I had created one style of this card, I had to see what else I could come up with using that same paper. So I made a typical christmas window scene. LOVE IT! And Yes – I did hand cut those individual presents under the tree – but I do like a bit of fussy cutting! It’s a bit hard to see – but gold glitter on the candle lights really sets this off too.

I had also ordered the Delicate Ornaments Thinlets, so had to have a play with those too.  I created this little gift box as a Name Place for the Christmas Table. You can fill it with some special christmas goodies. I placed an ornament on both sides of a Baker’s Box (I used one from the All Boxed Up kit) so you can see straight through when its empty – that way you can even put something like an electric candle inside – could you imagine those around the Christmas table at each place setting. It really does look stunning with the new red foil sheets.
Now these dies do cut the outline as well as the intricate patterns – so I have backed it with a window sheet inside the box and adhered the ornament to it.  I closed it of with the Gold Cord Trim, so they can get into it without ruining the box!

So here’s a picture of the whole lot together. What do you think?  Inspired to get ready for Christmas yet?

Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to leave some Blog Love in the comments below before hopping over to the wonderful Jessica Williams at ThePaperCaper who I know will have something gorgeous for you all.  There is a list at the end of this post in case you get lost along the way 🙂


Here’s a list of everyone on the hop in case you get lost along the way 🙂

 Rebecca Scurr
2.   Tracy Penn
3.  Mel Pagano – You are Here!
4. Jess Williams
5.  Emma Palonek
6.  Jane Wilkinson
7. Roslynne Lockwood

Father’s Day Fun Card #3 – Very Vintage Guy Greetings!

So today is my last of 3 Father’s Day Cards that we made in class.

I really wanted to feature the Guy Greetings set Muscle Man with this one.  I must be honest – I didn’t really like him when I first saw him, but now I see him as a bit of fun to give a card some spunk!

The Guy Greetings set is vintage and I wanted to keep it that way. So some sponging with Soft Suede ink for a distressed, aged look was what was needed for this card – on some vintage style paper – Typeset DSP definitely fit the bill.

I added just a bit of colour using the hats in the set, stamped in Cherry Cobbler and then fussy cut,  and an aqua painter for the pants.  This style also looked amazing with the vintage car stamped in Cherry Cobbler and fussy cut (one of the ladies couldn’t bear to use the muscle man! Lol).

And sentiments are so easy to pop on a banner with the triple layer banner punch. Its been a real hit at class with my ladies as it enables them to get that point just right!

Remember you can purchase any supplies you see in my online store and get them delivered directly to your door!

Now hop on it! Get those Father’s Day Card created!

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Father’s Day Fun Day 2 – Man Shirt #2

And on to Man Shirt Number 2 we go! One for each dad or father in law, and just as simple as the first one!
I again used our Bohemian DSP card stock for this funky shirt and the tie.  Doesn’t that paper suit a tie so well!!!! I love it!!!
I have layered the DSP on a Very Vanilla Card stock base this time.  It matched the paper used for the tie much better.  I did trim it down slightly, so it would still fit inside a regular envelope once the collar was folded.


I simply scored the DSP at 3/4″ from the top, and trimmed along each side of the line approximately 3/4″ – 1″ from the edge.  I folded these pieces in until I met the edges in the middle.
I lined up the tie before I attached it with glue dots. Then simply placed another glue dot under each base point of the collar – before using the paper piercer to pop in a small hole and one of our 1/8″ silver brads.
There are loads of tutorials out there on Pinterest to learn to fold a paper tie – but click here to go to the YouTube video that I used.
I hope you enjoyed Card #2. I would love it if you shared your creations in the comments 🙂
Stay tuned for Card #3!
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Fathers Day Fun Day 1 – Man Shirt Style #1

Well, with Father’s Day fast approaching I thought I would share a few of the man cards we have made in class over 3 posts – so make sure you are signed up to follow my blog by email so you don’t miss anything!
The first Father’s Day Card came from inspiration from my gorgeous upline Simone Bartrum.
I really enjoy making these cards as they are very simple and quick to make – but the men in our lives think we have spent HOURS on them!
So our Day 1 Card is Man Shirt Style #1!
I used our Bohemian DSP for this card. I like retro looking shirts and think this fit the bill perfectly.
I used our new Thick White Card Stock for the base (just a hint – score it first!) and then cut a piece of DSP slightly larger than the card front – 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″. I then cut this at 2″ down the length so you end up with a piece 2″ x 5 3/4″ and another at 2 1/2″ x 5 3/4″.
Mark the 2″ piece at 1″ from the left outside edge and 2″ down on the inside length, and fold to make the shirt flap.
Mark the 2 1/2″ piece at 1″ from the right outside edge, and 2 1/2″ down the inside length and fold to make the opposing flap.  It’s that simple. Adhere these pieces to your card base, with the larger piece overlapping in the front.
I then just popped on some of our metallic buttons, punched a bow with the bow builder punch and made a pocket using the note tag punch! EASY!!!
Have fun creating your own variations!


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Build a Birthday … Cake!

I really, really, really, really (you get the idea!) like our Build a Birthday Stamp set.
I find it is truly is one of the easiest sets to use to make a very simple yet effective birthday card!

Great for cards in a hurry, to stamp a stack for future use, for males, females and for children.  There are loads of ideas on Pinterest if you are struggling for inspiration.

This one is using my favorite colour combination at the moment of Mint Macron and Wisteria Wonder. It rally is a soft and pretty combination – I encourage you to try it!

You can change up the colour combination to suit the occasion. Emboss it in Gold for a more formal look for a wedding, on a cream background, add ribbon for a bit of extra pizzazz. The skies the limit with this set. It is just so versatile!

And don’t forget that you can use the cake layers to make Candles for a completely different look.

So what are you waiting for????
It’s time to get creative!

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Sweet notes for Best Thoughts

I am getting lots of use out of the Best Thoughts Hostess Stamp Set.
I find it is very versatile – great for birthdays, thank you, sympathy, just because – anything really!
This one was coloured, cut and layered and put on our whisper white notecards as a thank you to someone who did something sweet for me.
Using a blender pen, I coloured the petals with Wisteria Wonder and layered up the colour as each one dried.
The leaves are coloured with Pear Pizzazz (favourite all time green).
I love how stamping a sentiment on vellum doesn’t detract from the whole look of the card!
So – how pretty is that!
Happy Crafting!


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My Minion Madness

It was my littlest minions birthday the other day – and you guessed it – 
he loves minions!
So a minion card was a must.  I hunted around on Pinterest and found one very similar to this from I couldn’t find the direct link to the card itself, so I CASEd it with a few minor changes.
Minion colours call for the brightness of Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point Card Stock to achieve just the right look.
The card base opens at the bottom. I created the curved head by using the circle framelit that matched the width of the card.  I positioned it so as to leave a portion of the top of the card uncut. I then ran it part way through the bigshot so as to only cut to the edges of the card.
Use a black 1/2″ strip and run from edge to edge and hand cut the excess.
Use smaller circle framelits to cut the silver glimmer paper for the eye. Cut the larger circle first, then create the ring by using the next size down and cut an inner circle.
Use the same larger framelit that you used for the eye to cut a piece of window sheet and one in plain white card stock.
 Adhere the window sheet using tombow to the back of the silver glimmer ring.
Punch a pacific point circle with the 1″ circle punch, then a black circle with the 3/4″ punch. Adhere those to the white circle you cut earlier.
 I still have some shaker frames – so I used one of those and positioned it between the silver glimmer paper / window sheet piece and the white circle piece for a 3D effect.
Cut a square from the square framelits in pacific point.
I used the word window punch with the ends cut off for the shoulder straps and the note tag punch for the pocket.
Draw on stitch lines and the mouth and you’re done!
I also thought it would be cool to make our own matching lolly bags for the party guests!
So using our Gift Bag Punch Board and Daffodil Delight Card stock, I made the bags so they are ready for our little guests to decorate.
The guests will make the bag in the background as its bigger (for more lollies you see!).  It was made using the ‘medium’ line on the punchboard.  The card stock was 11″ x 7″.
All I then needed to do, was make sure I had extra shapes for them to stick on (minus the window sheet as I thought it may be to fiddly for little fingers), and a peg that they can draw some hair on, for the closure.
I really hope you like it and have a go yourself!
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below 🙂
Happy Crafting!

Holiday Catalogue 2015

It’s one of those times of the year that Demonstrators absolutely LOVE! 
It’s new catalogue release time – and we get the benefits of sneak peaks and pre order!
I’ve seen the new catalogue and all the fabulous new products within, that will be available to you from September 1st.
Trust me – You will NOT be disappointed. This has to be one of my most favourite catalogues ever!
There is sooooo much to choose from.
I placed my first order yesterday, so I should have all my new goodies in my hot little hands by early next week AND. I. CAN’T. WAIT. TO. PLAY!!!
If you can’t wait either, then perhaps NOW is a great time to become a demonstrator.
People join for all sorts of reasons – they love the product and want their own discount, they want to have some fun and get a little extra cash or build a business.
Thats the best bit – the choice is entirely up to you!
And now you can order from the NEW catalogue for you starter kit – you get to CHOOSE! 
That’s right – no set kits – you CHOOSE exactly what you want.
$235 of product for ONLY $169.
What are you waiting for???? Use the ‘contact me’ tab and I will get back to you to discuss it further.
I don’t want anyone to miss out on one of these catalogues – so contact me if you would like me to send you one!
Happy Crafting Everyone!