Category: Birthday

Sliding stars meets swirly birds and cupcakes! 

Hi fellow crafters!

I needed to make a couple of quick cards yesterday for birthdays that I had coming up this week. I was time poor, so I needed them to be fairly quick, but still a bit of fun. That’s when it came to me….my dad likes boats – so why not have a boat bobbing along the ocean with the help of the Sliding Star framelit dies! So that’s exactly what I did!

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It’s so fun to watch that little boat swirl and spin across the card. I popped a watercolour wash on a base of shimmery White cardstock, before using the Shooting Star framelit.  I then stamped and fussy cut the boat.  You need to raise the card front up on dimensionals to allow the spinner room to work and move. You make the spinner by using 2 x 5c pieces or washers stuck together with a dimensional, and tuck the bottom 5c piece under the card front and the other 5c piece over the top.

I find it works best by popping the 5cent piece under the card base first, apply the dimensional with the points trimmed to make it ‘roll’ better and then, after a few experiments, I actually found punching a circle piece or card using the 3/4″ circle punch and adhering that to the dimensional instead of another 5c piece works best. Then use a dimensional to adhere your image to the spinner, and away it goes. I hope that all makes sense.  Feel free to leave a comment for clarification 🙂

I decided ‘why stop there’ and then made a spinning cupcake too using the Sweet Cupcake bundle…

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It’s a very simple card , but super quick to make and could easily be jazzed up a bit. I did use a wink of Stella on the icing though and flicked the gold wink of Stella around for a bit of extra pizazz!
I can see me getting so much use out of these sets for a long time to come!

Hope you have been getting your craft on!

Mel xx
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No Bones About It Shaker Card

I get excited every time I get to pull the No Bones About It set off the shelf to use.  This time I was aiming for something a little different.  I was creating a first birthday card for my nephew.  Now first birthdays are pretty special…I mean…its when parents get to celebrate that they survived the first year – no mean feat I can tell you as a mum of 4!!!!!

But it’s pretty special for the little person too.  I mean – you never develop quite as much in your years as you do those first few. So a first birthday card has to be special right!!!!

Not only that, but I wanted to create something bright and funky for the CASEing the Catty Monthly Challenge this month! The catalogue is full of inspiration to help us create, CASE or be inspired and the birthday section never disappoints.  The projects that have really caught my eye this year are the fabulous bright colours of the Birthday Fiesta suite and the shaker cards!

So I set about to creating a bright, fun card that my nephew will still love in years to come….and who grows out of shaker cards??? They are always a bit of fun! With our brilliant new foam adhesive strips – making them has become so much easier!

Now I don’t yet have the Festive Birthday Designer Paper, so I had to use a recently retired paper (Cherry on Top) that was just as bright and colourful, and those birthday balloons fit the bill perfectly!

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I totally love the look of this overlay effect!

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It was such a fun card to make.  By using two acetate sheets on either side of the square cut out, you can then stamp the solid image on the background piece inside the card, to get the effect I created here. Just make sure you use stazon black ink for stamping on the acetate sheet in the front.

The best bit was – his whole party was dinosaur themed and I had no idea!!!! So it suited the occasion just perfectly!

So go get crafting…

Mel xx

June is also a fabulous month to Join the Fun with Stampin’ Up!.  Not only do you get $235 of items of your choice for only $169 – right now you can also get an extra 2 stamp sets for FREE – thats up to $173 value extra depending on what sets you choose!!!! What are you waiting for????

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Love You Lots New Catalogue!

The spectacular new catalogue has arrived with all its goodness! I hope you have had a chance to take a good look at and absorb all its loveliness!

I have to say the first thing I fell in love with in the new catty was the cuteness of one of the new hostess sets – Love you Lots!  I have been having so much fun playing around with this set.  The possibilities and combinations are endless, and our new In Colour’s just seem to match perfectly!  To begin with I tried just simple and clean and let the cute critters do the talking for themselves.  Teamed with another fabulous new set – Thoughtful Banners, making quick cards has never been easier!

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The whole cute bundle together! I softly water coloured each animal in it’s matching cardstock colour. You want to water colour lightly on whisper white as it doesn’t like a lot of water at all!

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How gorgeous are those new In Colours! And the names…..Peakaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugarplum! Simple and stunning I think!

How much do you LOVE this set. as an exclusive hostess set you can get your very own in two ways!   Either host a workshop and with qualifying sales you can redeem your reward dollars for a set or spend $250 in one order and use your reward dollars to get your set! It’s that easy.  Click on my Shop button to take you straight to my shop and have it shipped directly to you!

Get Crafting!!!!

Mel xx

June is also a fabulous month to Join the Fun with Stampin’ Up!.  Not only do you get $235 of items of your choice for only $169 – right now you can also get an extra 2 stamp sets for FREE – thats up to $173 value extra depending on what sets you choose!!!! What are you waiting for????

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Gorgeous Paper Gerbera’s 

I was feeling a little low last week, so I did a couple of things to cheer myself up a bit.

First – I went for coffee and cake – by myself! I was out and about and thought ‘why not!’ So I spilt myself with a mocha and a lovely slice of chocolate roulade. I wish I had taken a picture for you all. Then I sat back, scrolled through a bit of Facebook and enjoyed the serenity!

As I continued my shopping I came across a florist and found these beautiful gerbera’s. The colour was enough to really brighten my day!


How gorgeous are they!!

So these beautiful flowers inspired me to create some of my own Gerbera happiness with my Stampin Up! supplies.  I have made paper gerbera’s before, but these ones were a little smaller as I used the soon to be retired 7/8″ scallop circle punch to make the flower.  Here it is –


I actually started with daffodil delight cardstock and then used a sponge dauber with pumpkin pie ink to colour the centre of each piece. I then snipped down to the centre of each flower in each ‘scallop’ and rolled each individual petal around a tooth pick to curve them – be warned its not for the feint hearted – your fingers definitely cramp up! And there were 3 layers of this one!

I did the same procedure with the very tiny flower from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack from the 2013-2014 catalogue (a long time ago I know, but I find it hard to get rid of ANY retired items :-/) You will need two layers for this one.  And then a little circle from the cupcake punch for the centre.  I glue all my pieces together with tombow and then poked some holes for effect in the centre circle using what I fondly refer to as the ‘pokey tool’, but is in fact the paper piercing tool!

The vase and sentiment are from the gorgeous hostess set ‘Floral Wings’ and of course the wonderful Trio Corner Punch (also retiring) for the corners!  And what is a petal without a sparkle of wink of stella to make it dazzle right!

This card is being gifted to a special friend ‘just because’ I can! I LOVE this job!

If you have ever though about joining Stampin Up! now is a fabulous time to do it! You get the extra perks of preorder before the new catalogue is even seen by anyone else! And its definitely got some ‘to die for’ sets ! I can’t wait!

Happy Crafting

Mel xx
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Saleabration Halfway Happiness Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome again to another Blog Hop.

Today I am joining in with our team ‘Eureka Stampers’ to showcase items from Sale-a-bration.  Sale-A-Bration is that fantastic time of the Stampin Up year where you get one FREE item for EVERY $90 you spend! As well as an amazing joining deal – this year you can Join in the fun and receive $295 worth of products for ONLY $169. Bargains!

Do you know we are HALFWAY through Sale-a-baration already???  Have you taken advantage of all those wonderful free items or that amazing joining offer that’s available yet? And now – today – even more goodies have been added! How good is that!

You may have joined this hop right here – or come across form Heather’s Blog.  Be sure to hop all the way around. There is links to everyone’s blog at the end of the post in case you get lost along the way.

Today I am sharing with you a couple of ‘Magical’ Cards that we have been making in class this week using the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set.  These type of cards are referred to magical slider cards.  You start with a pain black image, but as you pull out the slider, the image magically becomes coloured.

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Isn’t the little chicken in this set just so very adorable! It looks  like a normal – albeit a bit boring – card so far – but just wait for the magic…..

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It’s hard to put into a photo as you really see the magic happen as you pull the slider.  I used one of the sheets from the Wildflower Fields DSP (another FREE sale-a-bration item) and simply randomly coloured a few of those spots with colours from the subtle collection.

Here is another example using the ice cream and the Birthday Bouquet DSP.

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The Honeycomb Happiness stamp set is perfect for this type of card as it has lovely ‘open’ images that allow you to add a lot of colour, making it very effective!  Would you like to make one of your very own??? Jump on over to my Youtube video here.

I tell you – they are soon much fun to make and have been a HUGE hit in class this week.

I hope you enjoy hopping around to see all the wonderful creations the team have made for you. Just click on the links below to go forward or backwards 🙂

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Happy Crafting

Mel xx

 

1. Rose Packer

2. Carly Middleton

3. Julie Cocks

4. Linda Whalley

5. Lauren Meiklejohn

6. Heather McCarthy

7. Mel Pagano – YOU ARE HERE 🙂

8. Sarah McCallion

9. Simone Bartrum

10. Janine Rawlins

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So much fun with Balloon Celebration Bundle

Firstly, I apologise for some of the emails you have been receiving with tiny font.  I am trying to resolve the issue.  In the meantime – if you are unable to read the font, please just click on the ‘My Paper Oasis’ title, and you will be taken straight to my blog post 🙂

Now I need to ask you….Have you got the Balloon Celebration Bundle yet????

I cannot believe just how versatile this set is!  I have been creating so many cards with it – and it is soon very easy to do with this set.

Here is a couple of ideas for you…

This one is a quick and simple one to get you started, and varied just slightly from the catalogue using Pool Party, So saffron and Blushing Bride Inks.

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This next one is one of my favourites.  I think it’s so soft and could be used for birthday, thank you, baby or sympathy card…Oh the versatility!

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Now, I am not sure if you have noticed, but there is the cutest little whimsy ‘fairy’ petal in this set – in two sizes.  When you heat emboss it in white, it gives the softest, delicate look – I LOVE it! So I CASEd the other card in the catalogue to begin with…

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Can you see those ink spots in the background? Some are using ink colours and an aqua painter, others are using our incredible new Gold wink of stellar pens!  I liked this one so much that I repeated the same, but using my favourite water colour technique…

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What do you think? I hope I have helped you decide that you absolutely need this set.  I want to extend to you the same offer I have given to my newsletter subscribers this month.  If you purchase this bundle through me this month, I will send you the tutorials to make these cards!

Happy Stamping

Mel xx

Don’t forget – if you Join the Fun during Saleabration, you an get $295 worth of products of your choice for ONLY $169.  Ask me how today!

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Watercolour Wishes Card Kit

It seems I have been going mad for kit projects lately – and I HAVE!

I have kits super refreshing after such a busy year, to allow mw to create, without having to ‘think’ too much!

I took my Watercolour Wishes card kit away on a short trip with me as I knew i wouldn’t have to take anything else other than adhesive.  This kit truly has absolutely EVERYTHING you need to create 20 beautiful cards, in a number of different sizes.  It would be a great gift for the crafter who is just beginning or has very little supplies, as well as the experienced crafter.

The kit includes everything to decorate the 20 cards, including an exclusive stamp set, a mini clear block, two coordinating ink spots, dimensionals, embellishments, card bases and envelopes.  EVERYTHING! All packaged in a beautiful presentation box.

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I have used sentiments specific to my needs – for my wonderful customers who place online orders through me – but the stamp set that comes with the kit has a great variety of sentiments – 10 in all!

There was also lots of embellishments left over – so I added more bling to my cards!

I HIGHLY recommend this kit. And remember – any $90 spent until March 31st will earn you Saleabration Freebies!

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Mel xx

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Sweet Stack Project Kit

I have had the Sweet Stack Project Kit sitting around here for AGES just begging to be made, and then when I finally pulled it out to complete it, my Early Espresso ink pad needed reinking – alas – it was one of the few reinkers I had not purchased, so it had to wait a bit longer.

I have been caught out a couple of times – so I vowed never to have to wait to craft again, and have all my reinkers now tucked safely away ready to use when needed!

When I finally got to sit down and complete the project, I was thrilled with the final result.  The kit has everything you need except the ink pads and matching stamp set (highly recommend it) and was super easy to follow and complete! The boxes even have the adhesive already applied for you!

I changed my colours up from the kit and used mint macaron on all my cake edges.  That meant I also had to make my own banner pieces – but I think it was well worth the effort!

And I haven’t added the candles as I want to be able to use it for all occasions.

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I also have the Cutie Pie thinlets die so I can make more cake pieces whenever I need to.

Fantastic for birthdays, christmas, gifts…any occasion!

What do you think?

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Sky is the Limit with Saleabration

When I first saw this set I knew it was going to be top of my list to get! And considering it is a limited edition Saleabration item – only available until February 15 – I didn’t waste time.

I just love how versatile this set is.

I have a lot of birthdays coming up – but my Grandad turns 92 at the end of January – thats quite an achievement, so it deserves something a little bit special! I wanted to make something with a vintage feel and I knew this set would be perfect.  Of course I had to combine it with the Large number dies in gold foil paper to make it really stand out!

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I used paper from the Going Places Designer Paper Stack.  Initially I was going to tear the edges to give it a more vintage feel – but I decided to use a match and burn parts of the paper like we used to for school projects! I then inked the edges in Soft Suede and sponged lightly over the paper.

Its a bit hard to tell, but that aeroplane is actually popping off the page on one side – giving it the appearance of flying off the card.  I used a 1″ x 1/4″ strip, scored at 1/4″ each end and folded in a ‘z’ and adhered it between two cut out stamped images of the plane. I then adhered the other side with a dab of tombow. That way, the plane will still sit flat for postage.

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The sentiment and stamped map of the world behind the plane, come from the Going Global stamp set.  The world image is stamped directly onto a piece of designer paper from the Going Places Paper stack.

And don’t forget to decorate the inside of your cards too!

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I hope you enjoyed this creation!

Make sure you take advantage of sale-a-bration and the limited time products on pages 16-19 as they are only available until Feb 15th!

Mel xx

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ESAD 2016 Occasions & Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

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Welcome to the ESAD 2016 Blog Hop featuring items from the new Occasions Catalogue ‘Handmade from the Heart’ and the 2016 Sale-a-bration Catalogue. You may have hopped here from Nicole Wilson, or you may be starting here.  I hope you enjoy the projects we have all created for you!

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I had lots of fun creating for this blog hop. I am IN LOVE with just about everything in the new Occasions Catalogue!

Water colouring is BIG at the moment and fun to create as you never get the same effect twice.  I love it.  I had a special card to make for my niece’s 16th birthday – so I set to work creating a card that looked a bit special using some of our new products in our Handmade from the Heart Catalogue.

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I find water colouring directly onto card difficult. So my favourite technique for watercoloring is by using reinkers and dropping them onto my largest clear block. I add a drop or two of water from my aqua painter and swirl it around on my block. I then add more colours as I desire until I am satisfied.  I then pick the block up and tilt it slightly from side to side (this makes the colours run a little) and then stamp it on to my paper.  You will need drying time with this method, or dry with the heat tool.

I used pool party, blushing bride and watermelon wonder for this card as I was originally going to combine it with the Birthday Bouquet DSP.  But I had a bit more fun with the watercoloring by dropping more ink onto the card and using a straw to blow the ink around – like what we used to do in art in primary school. It was a bit of fun!

I then splattered the card base with some gold glitter, framed it with the largest scallop square framelit, added our newest ribbons and cut the numbers from the Number of Years framelits (loving these!). I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment ‘Dream Big’ from the ‘Enjoy the LittleThings’ Stamp set and cut out the ‘dream’.

Here’s a close up for you –

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And don’t forget the inside of the card! I added a smaller piece of the watercoloring to the inside of the card too!

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I hope you enjoyed this project.  I would love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment for me 🙂

Hop along to the next blog by Richelle Fletcher for more inspiration by clicking on the image below.

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Richelle Fletcher

Monique Fielder

Rachael Lewsley

Paula Reid

Pauline Bennetts

Amity Knight

Courtenay Heuston

Chloe Evans

Carly Middleton

Kelly Kent

Sally Williams

Barbara Williams

Andrea Buckland

Narelle Fasulo

Libby Dyson

Lou Kitzelman

Nicole Wilson

Mel Pagano – You are here.

 

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