Month: July 2016

Hope and Sunshine Wishes #GDP045

So today I decided I had to play along in another Global Design Project challenge.  Guess what….it’s another colour challenge! I’m not sure whether these are the kinds I like the best, or they just happen to be the challenges when I have time to play along!  In any case they are super fun! You can always hop over and see the latest challenge here.


This weeks colour challenge is using basic black, smokey slate and melon mambo! A perfect challenge for utilising our Pop of Pink designer paper – but I chose not too!

I decided to pull out my new Sunshine Wishes Thinlets and play with those instead! When creating this card, I was thinking about friends that suffer anxiety, depression or are going through a difficult time.  So I went about creating a watercolored background of smokey slate.  I knew I wanted the flower to be pink and bright and bring that feeling of hope amidst the dark times – so I was delighted when I saw the thinlets had the word ‘Hope’ (no I hadn’t noticed it before!)

Card of Hope with Sunshine Wishes Thinlets for the GDP045 challenge by My Paper Oasis

I used our Shimmery White cardstock to for a bit of extra sparkle, and it holds the watercoloring so well!  I cut my flower from shimmery white too, and the plopped some melon mambo reinker on a clear block and mixed it with water using my aqua painter, before applying it to my flower.  I then cut two more flowers in melon mambo cardstock and adhered them all together with our fine tip glue pen.  I then used my aqua painter to splash fine spots of ink over the card base too.  And yes, I made that butterfly from our silver metallic thread by wrapping it into position directly onto a glued – not for the feint hearted I can tell you! I then popped a couple of our white perfect accents on the card with glue after removing the white backing.

Card of Hope with Sunshine Wishes Thinlets for the GDP045 challenge


I think I need to send this off to someone quite special now!!!  I hope you like it and consider playing along too!

Mel xx


Pssstttttt – don’t forget about Bonus Days during July.  For every $90 you spend you get a $9 voucher to use during August! No limits!!!
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In This World New Catalogue Pennsationals Blog Hop




Welcome to another Pennsationals Blog Hop.  This hop we wanted to show you some of the gorgeous new products from the new catalogue!  So sit back, relax and prepare to be inspired. You may be starting here or coming from the very talented Joanna at With Love Handcrafted Cards.  In either case, follow the links at the end of each post and hop your way around some amazing projects!

I wanted to showcase today the gorgeous new In This World Stamp Set.  I think this is a set that will be easily overlooked in the new catty, but it’s vintage feel is what I love and I was drawn to it immediately! Once I started playing, I kind of couldn’t stop, so I made various colour combinations and a few tweaks in the layouts!  I LOVE how they turned out!

In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis


In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis


In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis


In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis


Unfortunately our butterfly punch doesn’t fit the stamped image – so it’s lucky I enjoy a bit of fussy cutting! But I really like the vintage look! I cannot wait to play some more with this set with different colours and layouts! I hope you love it too!

Now its time to pop on over to the absolutely amazing Jess at The Paper Caper.  She is an absolute inspiration and is sure to have created something stunning!  I have also popped the entire list at the bottom of the page for you so you don’t get lost on your hop 🙂

Mel xx


1. Mel Pagano – You Are Here!
And don’t forget – July Bonus Days lets you earn a $9 voucher to spend in August for every $90 spent in July. No Limits!!!!

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Fairy Celebration Meets Sliding Stars

I have been playing with ….. you guessed it…..the Sliding Star Framelits still! I really can’t help myself! I love to see the images wizz around the card. It makes for so much fun!!!

This time I made a couple of different cards.  The first card I created the background paper of flowers from our Garden in Bloom Stamp, because I thought it would work beautifully for the cute little bee to buzz around the garden. It’s really easy to create your own papers, so I encourage you to give it a try!

Sliding star framelits and garden in bloom, card from My Paper Oasis.

Those tiny bees are too cute on the background! But I warn you – it’s super easy to loose that TINY matching framelit – so be careful!

I then decided to have a play with more of our Serene Scenery papers and my new Fairy Celebration stamp set.  I really wanted a cute fairy whizzing around too!

Fairy celebration meets sliding star framelits to create this adorable card from My Paper Oasis.

How enchanting is this card! I LOVE how it turned out.  To create the seamless background you just adhere the thin circle piece directly to the card base underneath, as the other pieces need to be mounted with dimensionals so the spinner works! I coloured a second set of wings using my stampin write markers, and then used our now retired 2 way glue pen before sprinkling them with some dazzling diamonds glitter.  Im sure it would work as well with a smear of tombow glue, but I was to impatient to wait for it to dry :-/

I hope enjoy some crafting time and give these cards a go. You won’t be disappointed!

Mel xx

PS – Remember for the month of July we have our Bonus Days Deal – for EVERY $90 you spend, you receive a $9 voucher from Stampin’ Up! to redeem in August! Who doesn’t love a freebie!!

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BB-8 Sliding Star Galaxy Card

Hi everyone!

I hope you have been finding some time to relax and create!

I’m a little excited to share this card with you.  My sons birthday was coming up and he was getting a remote controlled BB-8 for his birthday, so I had an idea to create a BB-8 card.  But when I saw the amazing galaxy background demonstrated by Alisa Tilsner on her Facebook page – I knew exactly what I wanted to do! She has also made a blog post on how to recreate it yourself – here – so have a go. It’s lots of fun!

I have been playing HEAPS with the sliding star framelits! My youngest card maker extraordinaire is too! They really are so much fun.  I will be showcasing them in my next few projects.  I knew they would be perfect to make my mini BB-8 flying around in space!

BB-8, Galaxy background, stampin Up, my paper oasis, star wars, sliding star framelits

It’s safe to say that my son absolutely LOVED his birthday card this year.  I used reinkers instead of my stamp pads.  I find it easier to control the colour if I apply a drop of colour onto a clear block and mix from there. You definitely need the watercolour paper for this project too. A variety of circle punches and BB-8 was built 🙂

I hope you will give the background a try. Let me know how you go. You can even post your projects in the comments! I would love to see them!

Mel xx
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Adorable Baby Bear

Have you seen our Baby Bear stamp yet??? It is absolutely ADORABLE! I knew as soon as I saw this stamp back in April at our On Stage event that he would be one of the sets that made my first order from the new catty! And he did, and then he sat there…until the new CTC blog hop focusing on babies and kids!

I have a friend who has recently had a little boy, so this set was going to be perfect to get its first use.  I used the catty for some inspiration.  I loved the brown bear on the blue background on page 61 – so he helped inspire this creation.

baby bear, my paper oasis, stampin up, handmade card, baby card

Isn’t he adorable.  And so versatile – girls, weddings, gift cards, you name it, he could be used.  And because this is a triple step stamp, the colour combinations are endless.  My best tip for lining him up when stamping is to focus on his bottom and the gaps under his arms.  That generally sets you right!

And if you are wondering about that background…it’s one of the papers from the serene scenery stack that I used in my previous post! I did use our recently retired Little Letters for the name – but they fit too well not to!

I hope you enjoy playing with this stamp set!


Mel xx
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