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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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Pennsationals Team Blog Hop with Tranquil Tulips

Welcome everyone to my awesome team and a fantastic blog hop to kick of the New Annual Catalogue for 2017-2018!

Take a hop around and see the team showcase some of the stunning new products to inspire you and get you creating!

There are sooooo many lovely new products to fall in love with in this catalogue – so I am glad I have a whole year to collect them all!  Do you have a favourite yet?

Tonight I wanted to showcase one of my favourite hostess sets.  I think it is stunning, yet so simple to create lovely works of art with it!

I am of course talking about the Tranquil Tulips stamp set!

I created my first card by CASEing the one in the catalogue (CASE means to Copy And Share Everything).  It’s a great way to have a first play with a new set and get a feel for it! In fact – there’s a whole Facebook group dedicated to CASEing the Catty!

Pennsationals Team New Catalogue Blog Hop by Mel Pagano from My Paper Oasis using Tranquil Tulips stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Isn’t it just gorgeous! This stamp set really makes it easy to create these tulips with simple two step stamping 🙂

So after a bit of a play I was then able to come up with my own design.  This time I coordinated it with some of our new Designer Series Paper and the new Label Me Pretty Bundle.

Pennsationals Team New Catalogue Blog Hop by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Tranquil Tulips Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Don’t you love that new DSP!!! It is part of the Daisy Delight Suite but goes beautifully with the Tulips too!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Rebecca’s blog and see what she has created for you all!

Happy Crafting

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CTC 131 – Everyday Occasions

A super excited HELLO to everyone tonight from the CASEing the Catty Team for hop CTC 131!

Why so excited you may ask?????

Because it’s NEW CATALOGUE TIME!!!!!!

Thats right – the Brand new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue has just begun and we have a whole year ahead of us to CASE the gorgeous new projects!  And you can join in too. We have made it super simple! Just make your own creation and upload it to our Facebook Page – right to the wall – no album necessary! Its that simple!

So take the hop…be inspired….and upload your own design HERE!

This week we get to CASE anything from the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue on pages 18 – 67.

Thats A LOT of pages to choose from! Do you know how hard it was to narrow down! Lol.

But eventually I did!  I chose to showcase some of the items from the gorgeous new Wood Words Suite. I have been using it so much since I got it!

And I have two cards to show you, both CASEd from different projects in the catalogue.

My first card takes inspiration from the card in the image above.  I have stamped the flowers for the background and heat embossed with white embossing powder directly on to the Wood Textures Designer series Paper.  I then used the new copper trim to make a ‘mesh’ over the image before stamping and adhering the sentiment and heart in the new Fresh Fig colour.

CTC 131 Everyday Occasions by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Wood Words Suite by Stampin' Up!

It’s a bit hard to see the mesh effect of the copper trim but you create it by cutting a long piece of it and then cutting it down the length to ‘open’ it, as it’s like a tube.  Then just spread it and adhere pieces to suite your card.  Here’s a close up…

Such a quick and simple card where the background does most of the work for you!

My second card was based on these images …

I have this stamp set and I love these cards, but have yet to make them … but for today’s challenge I changed it up a little … you see, I had so many little pieces of the Wood Textures DSP left after making 17 little crates for my Launch this weekend, so I tried to replicate this look using those scraps!

CTC 131 Everyday Occasions by Mel Pagano from My Paper Oasis using Wood Words by Stampin' Up!

I think its a great way to use up all of those scraps!

Have fun taking a look at all the New Catalogue Inspiration!

It’s time to hop on over to Rachel’s blog and see what she has created for you this week!

Happy Crafting 🙂

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Colour INKspiration #10

A big hello to you all!

Welcome back to another Colour INKspiration!  You may be popping over from the lovely Rebecca Scurr, or starting right here! So have a hop around and then come back and create your own masterpiece! We are loving seeing your fabulous creations on our Facebook page – so keep them rolling in!

I am glad to be back this week after missing the last one.  Going to Picture to Page in Pakenham and then having a Biggest Morning Tea Event really kept me very busy!  And as Colour Challenges are my favourite kinds of challenges, I was a bit sad to have missed it!!!

But this week’s Challenge I found just a little bit tougher than usual!

Our colour palette this week are gorgeous Autumn / Wintery Hues with Cajun Craze (yes, dust it off!), Island Indigo, Smokey Slate and Delightful Dijon (retiring colour).

So I set to work creating some Autumn / Wintery cards to set these colours off.  My first card I had a bit of fun playing around with the Shaving Foam Technique again.  It’s a great way to mix a few co-ordinating colours and make those stunning backgrounds.  You can watch my video over at my You Tube Channel HERE to learn how to create your own.

Colour INKspiration #10 by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis using Colourful Seasons Bundle

I mixed Island Indigo, Cajun Craze and Smokey Slate re inkers into my shaving foam for the background.  I love all the leaves falling from trees in Autumn.  The bright reds and soft yellows!  So I stamped the leaves in Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon.  I lightly sponged the tips of the Delightful Dijon leaves in Cajun Craze to give them an Autumn feel.  I also used the matching framelits to cut a leaf in Delightful Dijon, and then sponged the edges in Cajun Craze, and I then topped this one off with some our fine tip glue pen to really make it stand out!

Colour Inkspiration #10 by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up!s Colourful Seasons Bundle

The sentiments from the Colourful Seasons Stamp set are just stunning!

I then went on to have a bit more of a play, with a card type I don’t normally do, but I thought I would show you the ned result anyway…because sometimes its all about the learning as we play!

Colour Inkspiration #10 by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up!s Beautiful You and Sheltering Tree

I would love to know what you think, so feel free to leave a comment to let me know!

 I do hope you are going to make some time to be inspired and play along too 🙂

Now it’s time to hop on over to Nicole Wilson and see what she has created to inspire you all!

Happy Creating everyone!

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Shaving Foam Technique

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m back to share my Stamp it Sunday Facebook Live video on how to create brilliant background using the Shaving Foam Technique!

It’s so simple, so messy and so fun! And just take a look at the stunning backgrounds you can create.  The skies the limits with hundreds of potential colour combinations!

Here is my favourite so far!

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set by Stampin Up

My boys actually choose these colours – My youngest said his favourites are Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo, then they choose some of the new Powder Pink!  It matched the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set beautifully.  I was lucky enough to win this at the demonstrator On Stage event! I was one very happy girl!  This one was created with a lovely friend and downline in mind and it has already been sent to it’s new home!

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Daisy Delight from Stampin Up

These two were created using Wisteria Wonder, Flirty Flamingo and our new Lemon Lime Twist reinkers!  Teamed with our Daisy Delight bundle to create some lovely Gerber’s.  You can highlight different colours from your batch of shaving foam.  These two still need sentiments which I will save until the right occasion arises!

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano from My paper Oasis using Scenic Sayings from Stampin Up

Great for smaller card with big bold sentiments…

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel pagano from My Paper Oasis using Daisy Delight from Stampin Up

Or use the patterned card to create your embellishments!

So many variations! I encourage you to try it!

You will need:

-shaving cream (cheapest one will do)

-something to squirt your shaving cream in to (I used a plastic plate)

-reinkers in colours of choice

-something to swirl your colours

-something to scrape the foam (i used an old iTunes card)

-whisper white cardstock

Take a look at my You Tube Video to see exactly how it is done over at My Paper Oasis.

And then go get messy and have some fun.

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CTC 128 – Favourite Kit

Hi everyone.  I seemed to have been MIA the past couple of weeks as I prepared for the Picture to Page show in Pakenham.  But I am back this week for another awesome CTC Challenge!  This week we get to CASE our Favourite Kit from any Catalogue!

I do have a couple of favourite kits in the catalogue – especially the Watercolour Wishes Card Kit. But for todays hop – I decided to try something a little different.  I have always liked the Perfectly Wrapped Kit on page 159 in the current Annual Catalogue, but it was one of those kits I never actually got around to purchasing!

I thought it was such a bright fun kit, and just a bit different to our usual kits with all its fun packaging.  I had so much fun creating for this challenge!  I had never thought to CASE a kit before!

So today, being Mother’s Day in Australia, I thought all that cute packaging may just come in handy for some lovely little gifts!

I used the Grateful Bunch stamp set and Blossom Bunch Punch to base my mini kit around.  I am just a bit sad this set is retiring! I loved the lace and the triple flowers that you could layer together were so quick and easily … not to mention that is my most favourite butterfly …. sob…

Anyway – here is what I came up with!

CTC 128 Favourite Kit Projects by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up! Grateful Bunch and Blooms and Bliss DSP

I created the gift bag by using our Kraft Tag a Bags (also retiring).  I simply stamped the bag, folded the base and adhered the corners underneath to create an open bag.

The Clear Tiny Treat Box was simply decorated with some hand stamped Whisper White card, scored and folded for inside the box, with a belly band wrapped around and a cluster of flowers popped on the top.

And instead of creating the cello bags – I CASEd the design and turned it into a card to suit the occasion!

The sentiments from this suite really do go well with the Mother’s Day theme.  I hope that where ever you are today, and whom ever you consider your ‘babies’, that you are having an amazing day! Every woman is fabulous and deserves to be treated special xx

Don’t forget – you can play along too by simply adding your photo to the CTC 128 album on our Facebook page HERE.

Now its time to pop around to see what the rest of the crew have created for you.

Next on the hop is the amazing Julia Quinn!

Happy Stamping!!!

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Colour INKspiration 08

Hello and welcome to Colour INKspiration Challenge #08!

At Colour INKspiration, we play and create using a different colour palette every fortnight.  It’s a fantastic way to stretch your creativity and I encourage you to join in.  We have a dedicated Facebook group where you can upload your own creation to right HERE.

I missed the last challenge, so I was determined NOT to miss this one! And boy is this a challenging one!

I love this picture but I must admit, I was a bit daunted initially with the colour palette – Delightful Dijon; Tip Top Taupe; Soft Suede; Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  But after a little pondering I realised what it reminded me of … the colours of a sepia photo …you know the ones … with just a hint of colour to highlight a certain area.

Once I had that idea in my head I knew exactly which stamp set to reach for – so I am giving you a little sneaky peak at one of our new upcoming sets from the Birthday Memories Suite. It is sooooooo adorable!

Colour INKspiration #08 Sneak Peak from the upcoming Birthday Memories Suite by My Paper Oasis, Birthday Delivery, Stampin Up, Sepia Colouring, Vintage Card

Isn’t she gorgeous!  I used the masking technique for the addition of the flowers before lightly water colouring them with Delightful Dijon. I created the sepia effect by watercoloring around the image of the girl lightly with Soft Suede, then inside the image gradually building with small amounts of colour until I was happy with it.  As this is on Very Vanilla Cardstock, I did have to make sure that my aqua painter was not very wet or it would ruin the card.

The flowers were created with the Succulent Flower Dies (retiring item) simply sponged in Delightful Dijon, curling the tips under and then layered on each other.

Colour INKspiration #08 Sneak Peak from the upcoming Birthday Memories Suite by My Paper Oasis, Birthday Delivery, Stampin Up, Sepia Colouring, Vintage Card

I absolutely love the vintage feel of this card! I hope you do too. And I know you are going to love the entire Birthday Memories Suite!

But don’t stop here!!! We have an absolutely amazing array of stunning projects from our Design Team lined up to inspire you for this hop!  Get ready to be WOWED as you make your way around to everyone’s blogs!!!!!

Up next is the lovely Rebecca Scurr and her gorgeous creation!

Happy Crafting!

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