Category: Birthday

CTC 157 – Case a Colour Combination

Hi Happy Crafters!

Well nutty season has hit! Hands up if you ave finished creating your stash of Christmas cards yet – Yeah me neither! Lol.  I am bound to get there eventually.  I just need everything to STOP first, so I can sit and create and write and address and post them!

So because it’s not like I’m in a hurry to do that or anything … I decided to create something for CTC 157 instead – where this weeks challenge is to CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Selectively Edit) any Colour Combination in any Catalogue.

Despite needing to complete lots more Christmas cards, I decided not to do Christmas at all.  I have had a beautiful friends birthday this past week – so I created for her instead!  I wanted the card to be a bit more special than usual, so I called upon Bronwyn Eastley’s Tutorials to help me along.

Ever since I saw Bronwyn’s Coffee Cafe Easel Card I knew that I had wanted to try it with a vase, which would also be perfect for my friend’s birthday too and to top it off – the catalogue had the perfect colour combination for me to CASE. Don’t you love days you feel like you’re winning!

Here is the Colour Combination I decided to CASE.  You can find it on Page 28 of the current Annual Catalogue.

I love the simple colours, and it even helped me design my card!

So here is my version of Bronwyn’s Coffee Cafe Easel Card using the Jar of Love Framelits!

My Jar of Love Easel Card!


CTC 157 Jar of Love Easel Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis.

Now I can’t share how to actually create the easel – you’ll need Bronwyn’s tutorial for that!  But I can tell you that to get the variance in colours for your flowers, use the stamping off method.  That means you can get more use out of your available colours.  Each colour used here is only one ink pad.

To use the stamp off technique simply ink up your image in your chosen colour, stamp it once on to a scrap piece of paper (our Grid Paper is perfect for this), then, without inking your image stamp it again onto your card stock.  This will give you a ‘lighter’ version of the same colour.  The next image you stamp as normal, giving you the full colour strength.  It really does help you get more use out of your colours!

When creating my card, I really wanted it to give the impression of a vase of flowers on a little doily, like you would find on a table.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I think it could even be used as a decorative piece at home.

I hope you enjoyed my project tonight!

If you would like to take a look at how to make this card then you can hop on over to ADDinktive Designs HERE to purchase the tutorial!

Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Fi and see what she has created for you all!

Don’t forget you to can play along with our challenges every week.  Create your own project and post a pic on our Facebook Group right HERE.

Happy Crafting everyone!

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CTC 153 – Holiday Catalogue Tags

Hi Everyone and welcome to CTC 153.  This week we get to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) any Tag from the Holiday Catalogue!

That gives us a lot of options doesn’t it!  So much scope to use our creativity equals so much fun in my book!

When exploring the catalogue I felt that I didn’t need to go much further than this gorgeous tag on the front cover on the Holiday Catalogue …

I was really attracted to the different layers that add lots of elements to the tag.  I decided to turn my tag into a card and made it very Non Christmassy! Lol.

CTC 153 Holiday Catalogue Tags and Colour Me Happy by My Paper Oasis

I have been having a bit of fun playing with our new Stampin’ Blends and the Colour Me Happy Project Kit Bundle that became available for you all to purchase this month, so I decided to use them in this weeks CTC challenge. I mean, that little bird is SUPER cute – I currently want to use him on every project!

I omitted the Rosette from the original design in my CASE and opted for the flower, leaves and mini sequins for a few more layers and a bit more visual effect. I’m super happy with how it turned out too.

The Stampin’ Blends are fabulous, but do take a bit of practice to get used to – so if you use them, don’t give up to quickly!  You have a few important things you NEED to remember to help your journey…

1. You need to use Momento Ink to prevent the ink colour bleeding into your colouring.

2. These blends are designed to be used with the Thick Whisper White Card stock.  They do bleed through underneath as you colour and blend, which is normal for alcohol markers, so don’t panic.

3. The blends are quite moist, so start small and with a light hand.

4. Use the Colour Lifter Pen to remove colour from your images and lighten them.

5. Alcohol markers can colour other elements such as rhinestones and pearls as you can see on this project.

6. Have fun and experiment. Practice makes Perfect!

I do hope you enjoyed my take on the ‘Holiday Catalogue Tag’.  Now its time to pop on over to Monique’s blog and see what she has created for you all this week!

Don’t forget that once you have taken the hop to pop on in to your own craft space, get creating and post a pic on our Facebook Page to join in the challenge!

Happy Crafting everyone 🙂

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Stained Glass Technique on Vellum

Hi everyone!

I thought I would pop past today and share my project and YouTube video on how I use the Stained Glass Technique on Vellum to create a lovely Stained Glass effect on stamped images.

I created this card some time ago on a Facebook Live Video and realised recently that I hadn’t posted the information for it! Apologies for that!

I created some special Thank you Note Cards using this technique –

Stained Glass Technique on Vellum by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis with Video Link

I promise – these cards are quick and simple to create.  You can take a look at my How To video HERE .

These cards are our Notecards and Envelopes.  A great value pack of 20 notecards and envelopes, already prescored for you, and available in Whisper White or Very Vanilla to make your card making extra easy!

The piece of vellum for this card front measures 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ (or 8.5 cm x 12.5 cm!)

The colours I chose for the Stampin Write Markers where:

Leaves – Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzaz

Petals – Melon Mambo and Rose Red or Pool Party and Bermuda Bay.

Can you imagine these now created with our Stampin Blends!!! I can’t wait to give those a try!

Happy Crafting Friends 🙂

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CTC 143 Pocket Full Of Sunshine Gift Card

Hi everyone and welcome to CASEing the Catty Challenge 143.  This week we are taking inspiration for the Artistic Expression Section of the Annual Catalogue on Pages 132 -181.

CTC 143

So take the hop all the way around, be inspired, flick through the pages in the catalogue, create your own CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit) and then upload your own creation directly to our Facebook Page HERE. You have until next Sunday night to complete the challenge!

I had to create a birthday card this week for my son’s friend. I knew which stamp set I wanted to use, so I looked for some inspiration in what type of layout.

I chose to CASE the Flamingo design on Page 164 to create my Pocketful of Sunshine Gift Card.

I thought the layout would work really well, and I was wondering what to do on the background of my card to jazz it up a bit, so this card inspired me to use my recently purchased Marbled stamp set.

Here’s what I created…

CTC 134 Pocketful of Sunshine Gift Card by My Paper Oasis.

I am really liking this set, and the fact that a gift card fits perfectly inside the little pocket.  It really makes it super simple to make a quick card for the recipient!  I added the notes behind the gift card, so the pocket still has something in it once he uses his gift card.  I loved how quickly this card came together by simply taking a flick through the catalogue to get inspired, but still looks very different to the original!

I hope you enjoyed my creation this week.  Now it’s time to hop on over to Monique’s Blog and see what she has created this week!

HAPPY CRAFTING!

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Colour INKspiration 16 – Just Add Colour

It’s the second Wednesday of the month, so that means it’s time for another Colour INKspiration Challenge.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month the design team create projects using Colour Schemes inspired by Pinterest.  You can take the hop, see everyone’s projects and then play along by uploading your work of art on our Facebook Page HERE.

This week we have a very cool colour palette to play along to. Our colour selection is Whisper White; Dapper Denim; Sahara Sand and Basic Grey!

These are great masculine colours to play with to create cards just in time for Father’s Day here in Australia, but you might say I went in completely the opposite direction 🙂

As I mulled over the colours in my head, I thought about how pretty the blue and white would be to create the look of Wedgewood China pieces.  Then I had a lightbulb moment where I realised that our new Just Add Colour Speciality Designer Series Paper had some images of Teapots and cups, so I knew that is what I would use.  When thinking about incorporating the rest of the colours an image just evolved in my head about the look i wanted to achieve.  I have seen some stunning U-Fold cards and more recently a ‘Bench Fold Card’ by The Craft Spa – take a look at her work HERE. Here work is lovely, so I wanted to have a try at my own.

Colour INKspiration 15 - 3D Bench Card using Just Add Colour DSP by My Paper Oasis

My card doesn’t fold flat for posting, but I thought it would be lovely as a gift to welcome someone to their new home, or for Mother’s Day. And it was truly such a fun card to make once I had played around with some measurements!

I would have loved to have added a vase with flowers, but alas – I couldn’t make it work with the selected colours for this challenge.

I hope you enjoyed my project today.

Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Jacque Williams and see her stunning project!

Happy Crafting!!!!

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CTC 139 – Everyday Occasions Using Pick a Pattern!

It’s Sunday night – so that means it’s time for another fabulous CASEing the Catty Blog Hop!  The crew hop every Sunday Night, sharing their inspiration taken from select pages / categories in the current catalogues.

CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) is a great way to gain inspiration and use as a springboard for your own creativity.  So take the hop, be inspired and join our Facebook Page so you can inspire us with YOUR project!

This week we are focusing on the Everyday Occasions Section on pages 18 – 67.

Pick a Pattern Shaker Card

This week I decided to CASE one of my favourite cards in this section.  I have been wanting to do it for a while – so this was the perfect opportunity.

See that Green shaker card in the top left corner – yep – that’s the one I had fun with this week!

I was initially going to replicate the card using those fun images from the Designer Series Paper (DSP).  But then another sheet in the collection caught my eye.  You see – I need to make a Welcome card for a new team member (one of my favourite things to create!) – and this DSP pack has a very ‘crafty’ sheet in it.  Perfect for this new member, who loves to craft!

So here is my version of this shaker card:

CTC 139 - Pick a Pattern Shaker Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin Up DSP.

It’s a good thing that I love fussy cutting!!!

The Pick a Pattern DSP means you can create lots of different cards simply by purchasing a pack of the DSP.  It has lots of different elements you can cut and use for Cardmaking and scrapbooking for lots of different occasions – camping, dinosaurs, crafts, photography and more! That’s why it has become a favourite DSP of mine this year.

I hope you have enjoyed my take on this card this week.  Now it’s time to hop on over to Megan’s page and see what she has created for you 🙂

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Happy Crafting!

 

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CTC 137 – Artistic Expression with Rose Wonder

Hi everyone and welcome back to CTC 137.

You may have noticed that I missed last weeks hop.  That’s because I was away on my very first cruise having an absolutely amazing time and a much needed break!  But I am back and ready to go!

I also wanted to say a very big WELCOME and CONGRATS to our new crew members! I am looking forward to playing along with you and all the amazing upcoming guest designers!

This week we are taking our inspiration from the Artistic Expression Section of the Annual Catalogue on pages 132 – 181.

There are LOADS of images to spark creativity this week, so I do hope you play along and upload your creations to our Facebook page HERE!

I found it so difficult this week to choose just one project.  This is one of my favourite sections of the catalogue, with a load of my favourite products to play with.  So in the end, I chose to CASE an image on page 162, using the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, to play with a technique I haven’t used in a while.

This technique is called the Stained Glass Technique using Vellum.

You first stamp and heat emboss an image on the vellum, the turn it over and colour the image on the back of the vellum, creating a stained glass look.  You can colour with markers or sponge the image for the look you desire.  I chose to colour mine with our Stampin Write Markers using Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder (retired), Pear Pizzaz and Wild Wasabi.

Stained Glass Technique for CTC 137 using Rose Wonder by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I use the different shades of colour to create depth in the image coloured and then mounted the vellum on Whisper White Card to really highlight the colouring.  I then HAD to add some of our new Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon and some Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and mini sequin trim for some extra sparkle!

It’s a pretty cool technique, so I encourage you to give it a try. It works best on ‘open’ stamps that allow to to apply a fair amount of colour.

Now it’s time to head on over to the lovely Elizabeth and see what she has created for you all!

Happy Creating!

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CTC 135 – Holidays – In This World

Hi everyone and welcome to CASEing the Catty 135, where every Sunday night the crew share ways in which they have Copied And Selectively Edited (CASE) images and projects from the Catalogue.

This week we are focusing on the Holidays Section and Pages 112 – 125.

Now I don’t know about you – But I am DEFINITELY not ready for Christmas just yet!!!! So even though most of the projects are Christmas themed, I just used the image on Page 121 as a springboard for a completely Non Christmassy Card, using our In This World Stamp Set.

This card really grabbed by attention because of all the lovely layers, and I know layering works really well with the In This World Stamps.  However, the colours didn’t, so I changed them up!

In This World for CTC 135 Holidays section by My Paper Oasis

I copied some of the layering elements from the original card then added some of my own extra elements.

It’s super hard to see on the photo, but that butterfly is actually heat embossed with Pool Party Ink and looks so much prettier in life, adding just the right amount of subtle colour!

You can heat emboss any colour you have really.  Just ink up in Versamark first, the ink straight into your chosen colour pad, then sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.  Neat trick huh!

And those tiny black dots are actually our new mini sequins!  Even though they are super small, you can still seperate them and add them to your card base with a little tombow adhesive.In This World for CTC 135 Holidays section by My Paper Oasis

Once you have taken the hop and feel all inspired, don’t forget to create your own work of art and join the challenge by uploading the pic directly to our Facebook Page!

Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Kelly Kent and see what gorgeous project she has created for you all!

 

Happy Creating

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Magical Mermaid Shaker Card

Hi Everyone.

 

I couldn’t resist popping back so quickly to share another of my Magical Mermaid cards. I told you I LOVED this set! This time I decided to create a shaker card in purple and pink hues.

Magical Mermaid Shaker Card

The base of this card was created during my Sunday Night Live Video on Facebook, where I demonstrated how to create the same background on my mermaid card in the recent CASEing the Catty blog hop.  You can see that one HERE.

I told everyone that I would finish off the card in these ‘New’ colours and show you all.

Well, here it is!

Magical Mermaid Shaker Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Stampin' Up!, Watercolour backgrounds with video link

This one has so many of our gorgeous new products. The colours are 3 of our new In Colour Range – Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig. And our New Iridescent Sequin Assortment suited this shaker card perfectly.

The Mermaid’s beautiful glossy tail is again achieved by first watercoloring the image and gradually building and blending layers, before coating the whole thing with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  It gives of such a glossy smooth finish – and no sticky feel AT ALL! Definitely one to add to your tool kit!

For some added bling I popped on a couple of our New Glitter Enamel Dots!

Take a look at my Video HERE to see just how easy these beautiful watercolour backgrounds are to create!

 

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Happy Crafting

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CTC 132 – Birthdays

A big hello to you all and welcome to CASEing the Catty Challenge #132, where this week we get to CASE the birthday section of the catalogue!

Everyone has birthdays (whether they want to or not! Lol), so this is a great way to hop around and see everyone’s projects so creating your own birthday cards is a breeze!

I had to create a special 50th birthday card this week for a friend.  Not only is she a friend, but she is also my downline and loves card making too (Yes Lynda – this one is for you!).  I don’t know about you, but I find they are always the trickiest people to create cards for! And a 50th has to be a pretty special card.

I was struggling with just what to create, when I picked up my catalogue and started flicking through the birthday section.  On page 80 I came across this image …

Now I know it’s not exactly a birthday card, but I love 3D cards for those ‘special’ birthdays – so this got me thinking and playing around with ideas, when my mind was drawn back to a gorgeous creation I had seen by none other than one of our very own crew members – Bronwyn Eastley!  She had made a stunning foldable card using the (now retired) Botanical Blooms and the Window Box Dies.

You can see her original post HERE with the link to see how the card is made.

As much as I love those Botanical Blooms, I wanted to use one of my most favourite floral current products – Tranquil Tulips (yes…again…)!

CTC 132 - Birthdays by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Hostess Set Tranquil Tulips by Stampin' Up!

If there is one downfall with this set – its that there is no matching framelits 🙁 So let me tell you ….there was a LOT of fussy cutting!  It’s just as well that I actually like to fussy cut (just ask my class ladies! Some are not so fond of it as me! Lol). You will definitely need a good pair of scissors for this one!

There was even more fussy cutting than you would expect, because I made the tulips appear more 3D by cutting and adhering the top layer of the stamp on the front of each image.

CTC 132 - Birthdays by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using hostess set Tranquil Tulips by Stampin' Up!

It looked sooooo pretty in real life! I was really happy with how it turned out! And – it folds flat for popping in an envelope and posting!

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Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Kelly Kent and see what beautiful project she has to share with you all!

Happy Crafting!!!!

 

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