Month: October 2015

Global Design Project #GDP008 – Christmas Ornament

It’s time for another Global Design Project Challenge – this week is Case the Designer.  You are allowed to take inspiration from pretty much anything – layout, design, theme, colours….  Here is this weeks

Case the Designer

And I am on a Christmas Roll – so why stop now!

This card was fun and fiddly to make.  A vellum bauble that was stitched on the machine.  It has a tree from the perfect pines framelits and then filled with glitter and sequins.  I then used versa mark around the edges and dipped in Gold embossing powder and gently heated it.


Cherry cobbler cardstock and ribbon and gold, gold and more gold!  I just tied a few stars together with the gold metallic thread – its so thin so it makes it so versatile. Christmas isn’t far away now so I’m off to build my stash!


Mel xx

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Crazy about You Baby Wipe Technique

I love to challenge myself with my craft and am always trying to find new things to try.

Having a go at the Baby Wipe Technique has been on my list for such a long time to try – so I had a go – and then we created them at class.

You get inky fingers – but gee it’s a fun technique that has so many possibilities.

So here’s what I created –


Those gorgeous flowers were created my using a baby wipe folded into quarters as a stamp pad.  There is a bit of a technique to applying the ink.

  1. Limit yourself to 3 or 4 colours – more than that and they muddy together and the image takes on the darkest colour.
  2. Apply drops of ink randomly on your baby wipe – start with the darkest colour, then the medium shade in different spots and fill the spaces with your lightest shade.
  3. Then simply use this as your stamp pad.

The colours I used were Watermelon Wonder, Hello Honey and Mint Macaron. All finished off with some metallic gold designer paper and gold embossed sentiment.

The second card I made was using the background baby wipe technique where you fold you baby wipe into quarters and then half again and layer drops of desired colours along the folded edge of the baby wipe. You then wipe this across your card as smoothly as possible.


The third method I tried was heat embossing an image onto white card stock using our white embossing powder, then wiping layers using graduated colours.

This card I used Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder.


I hope I have inspired you to have a play with this technique, then come back and share your creations in the comments.

Happy Crafting

Mel xx

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Global Design Project #GDP006 – Time for Christmas Pudding

I have missed so many of the Global Design Project Challenges that I was determined to give this one a go no matter what it was going to be!

Challenges really are an amazing way to spark your creativity, so I really encourage you to try a few and play along!


Hmmmmmm, interesting design challenge – what to come up with?????

I have been needing to prepare some Christmas cards for display for the Picture to Page Scrapbook Show this weekend – so it was going to have to be another christmas card! And how cute is this!


I am loving the Home for Christmas Designer Paper. It is so traditional and versatile. I teamed it with a little piece from the winter wonderland vellum stack and sentiments from the Holly Jolly Greetings Stamp Set.

I hand cut the icing from a white 2″ circle and covered it with crystal effects for the super glossy appearance – all topped with a little 1/2″ punched circle from the red foil paper!


I generally hate christmas pudding – but I’m pretty happy with this one 😉

Happy Crafting


Mel xx

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

I Love a Colour Challenge – Pennsationals Blog Hop #1


It’s the first of our Pennsationals Team Monthly Hops and what fun we are starting with! Its a colour challenge. And not a simple colour challenge – but one that really got the creative juices flowing!

You may have come from the wonderful Tracy Penn or be starting here – either way I hope you hop around and see all the fantastic inspiration everyone has for you.


I have really come to love playing along with design challenges.  I find they really help spur your creativity and get you thinking outside the box.

Take for example this colour challenge.  I would usually never put Blackberry Bliss and Island Indigo together – so that really had to get me thinking how I would use those colours and what my theme would be.  I haven’t really done too many Christmas Cards yet – so I thought this would be as good a time as any to start!

So here’s what I came up with….


And of course the inside had to have some silver embossing too!


I simply brayered a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with both colours. Staring at either edge every time I laid down colour, to give it a graduating depth of colour. I love the effect – don’t you!

Silver was the only option to choose to set this card off and I have wanted to use this gorgeous stamp from the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set ever since I first saw it.  The one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the absolute quality of our Stampin Up embossing powders.  They leave such an amazing smooth and clear image. A few more embossed stars from the Jingle All The Way set and I was done.

We will be making a version of this card at an upcoming class next week – It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas – contact me if you would like to join the fun!

I really hope you like it and enjoy hopping around with the rest of the team.

Next stop is on to the lovely Jess at My Paper Caper. Her work is always inspiring so make sure you hop across by clicking the button 🙂 There’s a full list at the bottom in case you get lost along the way.



Happy Crafting.

Mel xx

  1. Emma Palonek
  2. Rebecca Scurr
  3. Tracy Penn
  4. Mel Pagano – you are here
  5. Jess Williams

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog