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CTC 169 Saleabration – Blossoming Basket

Hi all and welcome to CTC 169 where we are back taking a look at the Saleabration Catalogue.

The CASEing the Catty Crew hop every Sunday night and recreate projects from given sections of the catalogues to inspire you all to get crafting!  You can play along too by CASEing a project and then uploading your version to our Facebook group before the challenge closes.

There is only a couple of weeks left to make sure you have everything you want off your Saleabration wish list!  It’s a great time to stock up on all your papers and embellishments and get rewarded for FREE products at the same time!

This week I received my Blossoming Basket Bundle from the second release of items, so I took it for a spin for tonights challenge.

The basket has a beautiful bunch of flowers and the bundle is teamed with the basket weave dynamic embossing folder which will happily be available in the new Annual Catalogue in June 🙂

I created my project using another FREE saleabration item – the Tutti Fruitti Cards and Envelopes.  I would have loved to create a whole set (and I will at some stage)  but I ran out of time before the challenge to colour and get all the fussy cutting done! Lol

CTC 169 Saleabration and Blossoming Basket by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

That embossing folder is just WOW, and when you layer up the flowers in the basket it really adds some extra prettiness to the card!  I also love the effect of the loosely tied tag around the basket using some linen thread.

You really will have lots of fun with this combination and the endless colour combinations you could produce.  And it’s the perfect product for Weddings, birthdays, thank you and sympathy!

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

Happy Crafting everyone!

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CTC 168 – Petal Passion with Charming Cafe

Hello again!

It’s Sunday night so that means it’s time for another CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop.

This week the crew will CASE (Copy and Share Everything) from the Petal Passion suite in the Occasions Catalogue on pages 22 – 27.

If you follow my Facebook Page then you would see I have been playing A  LOT with the Petal Palette Suite.  I absolutely love it! But tonight I thought I would pop a few more pages in and focus on the Charming Cafe Bundle on Page 25.

I know I say it a lot, but this bundle really caught my eye and I had been waiting (not so) patiently to purchase it for my ‘collection’.  I am a bit of a sucker for a fancy framelit and these were no exception.  What really grabbed my attention was how easily the framelits work together to make a multi layered or dimensional card.

Charming Cafe

I began by creating a bit of a quirky card CASEing the image above.  However, I wanted my Chairs and tables behind the cafe window, so I added an acetate layer to my card.  I need the stamp-a-majig to line it up properly in my window – which ended up being quite fiddly as the acetate kept moving when I tried to move the stamp-a-majig.  Not for the feint of heart I tell you!

I didn’t mind the overall affect, but I was very impatient with my acetate as I used Momento Ink on it hoping to colour the brickwork, but it took far too long to dry and as you can see – it smudged and didn’t dry at all – so if you wanted to do this you could use the archival ink and colour from the back of the image.

CTC 168 Petal Passion using Charming Cafe by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis


CTC 168 Petal Passion using Charming Cafe by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Never mind…you live and learn and at least I had my colour choices right now, so on to my next project…the one I really wanted to create.  A diorama card.  I have made a few of these over the years and we all know I love a 3D card, but this set really just lent itself to creating one of these so very easily!  The framelit that cuts out the seats and table whilst leaving the base intact does all the work for you for this card!  I even pinched a couple of birdies from the Flying Home Stamp set! Shhhh. And colouring is sooooo simple with the Stampin Blends to really make your project pop!

Charming Cafe Diorama Card

CTC 168 - Petal Passion using Charming Cafe Diorama Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Now I LOVE how this one turned out! I guess you could say I ended up CASEing myself! Lol!

 What do you think?

Unfortunately I cannot find the You Tube video I used a few years ago to create a Diorama card, but I am giving away the tutorial with any order placed with me during March.  And don’t forget – March is the LAST month to get any of the FREE Saleabration items with a $90 or $180 purchase!  Don’t miss out!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Monique and see what she has created for you all xx

Happy Crafting

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Colour INKspiration 27 – Petal Palette

Hi everyone.

Welcome to Colour INKspiration Challenge Number 27!

Colour INKspiration happens every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  The design team are given a colour swatch to create their projects with and then we put together a hop to inspire you all to get creating!

You can join in the challenges.  Just create your project using the given colour palette (neutrals and metallics are allowed) and then upload a picture on to our Facebook Group HERE.

This week we are playing with hues of blue and pink…

Your colour selection is – Powder Pink; Pool Party; Melon Mambo and Island Indigo.

Melon Mambo and Island Indigo are fairly strong colours, so I was trying to work out how to incorporate them into a design without overpowering the softer colours.  An idea sprung to mind and I began playing.  I used our gorgeous new Petal Palette Bundle for my design.  Ever since I have received it I haven’t been able to stop playing.  It’s a beautiful set that can have a vintage or modern feel depending on your design.

Colour INKspiration 27 Petal Palette

Colour INKspiration 27 - Petal Palette by Mel Pagano @ My Paper Oasis

I decided I wanted to keep this card quite subtle, so I included lots of white space, and embossed my images with White Embossing Powder before watercoloring them.  I used Shimmery White Cardstock for the images that I have coloured as it holds watercolouring much better than Whisper White.  We are allowed to incorporate neutrals into our designs, so I added touches of Sahara Sand for the stamped leaves in the background and to watercolour the embossed leaves.  I then simply trimmed my flower image to allow me to have the individual designs.  A few gentle curls of our Whisper White Organza Ribbon, a flick of tombow mixed with water and a sprinkle of Gold Glitter and the card was complete!

I haven’t popped a sentiment on this card yet as I think it could be used for multiple purposes – so I will add it when I know where its going!

I have a special this month where you can get a tutorial and card kit free when you purchase the Petal Palette Bundle this month.  You can find out more HERE.

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  Make sure you take the entire hop and see all the lovely creations.

Next up is Denita 🙂

Happy Crafting everyone!

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CTC 161 – Saleabration and Amazing You

Hi everyone!

We are back for CASEing the Catty 161 where we get to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) from the Saleabration Catalogue this week!  ANYTHING from the Saleabration Catalogue.  That leaves a lot of scope you know!

Have you got your copy of the new catalogues yet?  You don’t want to miss out because Saleabration allows you to choose FREE products for every $90 or $180 spent!  So make sure you contact your demonstrator for a copy!

This week I decided to CASE this lovely card on the front cover of the catalogue –

Although, I have to be honest, I didn’t really like the colours in this image.  So that was the task I set myself – Copy the card but change up the colours.  I pictured this card more with black and white tones, with just a hint of colour to lift the flowers.  So this is what I created –

CTC 161 - Saleabration and Amazing You by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I started with a Basic Black base and added a layer of Petal Passion Designer Paper (5 3/4″ x 4″).

For my second layer I stamped the flower from the Amazing You Stamp Set (FREE) in versamark, on another Basic Black Layer (5″ x 3 1/4″) before heat embossing with our Clear Embossing Powder.  I then stamped the ‘rays’ in versamark in the centre of this piece and heat set with Silver Embossing powder.  A couple of wraps of the New Silver Baker’s Twine finished with a bow, and then the whole layer was popped up on dimensionals to finish it off.

The flowers were created by stamping in versamark onto Vellum Cardstock and heat setting with White Embossing Powder – so much embossing today! Lol.   I then coloured the back of the images with our Stampin Blends.  You couldn’t see the colours on the black like this though – so I then adhered them with some tombow to Whisper White Cardstock, before fussy cutting each flower and adhering to the card.  I added a few other elements before using the Celebrate You Thinlets (also FREE) to cut the ‘Amazing’ sentiment.  This was so easy to adhere using the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets!

CTC 161 - Saleabration and Amazing You by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I’m really happy with how this card turned out, and dare I say – I prefer my colour combination 🙂  And even better, the stamp set and framelits are products that you can choose for FREE during Saleabration !

We would love to see you create your own work of art by CASEing something from the Occasions Catalogue and posting a picture of it on our Facebook Group – HERE. You have until next Monday to get your entries in!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Jackie Noble and see what she has created this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Colour INKspiration 24

Welcome everyone to Colour INKspiration 24!

Being right in the middle of silly season, I almost forgot to complete a project for this challenge!  Boy is it a challenge for you this week!

Such an unusual combination of colours – but don’t they work so well together!

Tranquil Tide; Pool Party; Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride

are your colours for this weeks challenge.

I thought I had better get some Christmas momentum happening for this challenge, given that I am sooooo far behind in my Christmas card making this year – like – ridiculously behind!  I can see a lot of late nights looming ahead 🙁  I used Bronwyn Eastley’s Coffee Cafe Easel Card Tutorial for my project tonight.  I just couldn’t resist! After making a Vase with this design a few weeks ago – I was dying to try out a 3D Christmas Tree Card. So here it is…

Colour INKspiration 24 - 3D Christmas Tree by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I love a good 3D project, and the Tree from the Ready for Christmas Bundle suited this project perfectly.  Unfortunately it’s retiring at the end of the year – so you need to get it before it’s gone for good 🙁 The little birds are cut from the Tree Builder Punch.  And wasn’t I lucky that our new Stampin Blends have the matching colours to this weeks challenge!

Colour InNKspiration 24 - 3D Christmas Tree by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

The crew have some brilliant projects using these colours this week. So make sure you hop around to everyone and see what they have for you.

And I know its totally busy, but I do hope you make some time for craft and join in for this challenge. It really is good therapy!

Now its time to hop on over to Monique to see what she has created for you all!


Happy Crafting everyone!

Take a look at war’s going, going, gone in the Year End Sales!

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Ready for Christmas Four Fold Card

Hi everyone!

I do hope you have all been able to squeeze in some crafty time during the madness that is December!  Life gets so hectic at this time of the year! It’s also so hard to believe we have reached the end of another year!  Is it just that they go faster as you get older?

I wanted to pop past today to share with you all a project that we created at my recent Our Inky Oasis Team Christmas Breakup!  They are always a bit of fun for everyone and we always complete a project.

This year we created a Four Fold Panel Card.  The original idea I saw was by Lyssa Zwalonek and you can see her post HERE.

I turned mine into a Christmas theme by using the At Home with You Bundle and the Ready for Christmas Bundle which will be retiring at the end of the current Holiday Catalogue. Bundles are always a bonus as you get a 10% discount when purchasing them!  Who doesn’t love that!

Here is the card we created… my Ready for Christmas Four Panel Fold Card.

Ready for Christmas Four Panel Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

This is the very front of the card using the At Home with you Bundle.  The rest of the card is created using the Ready for Christmas Bundle.

Ready for Christmas Four Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Here is the card fully opened with all it’s panels!  Here is a couple of close ups pics for you too 🙂

Ready for Christmas Four Fold Panel Card by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis

Ready for Christmas Four Panel Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

It’s not a card for the faint hearted, but it is so very effective!  I love how it turned out! It’s like being in someone’s house Ready for Christmas!

I altered my card inserts slightly as I wanted all the bases to line up nicely and as a Merry Christmas Gift to you all, I am including the tutorial for this project right here for you to download, so you can create your own special Christmas Scene. Just click on the link below 🙂

Ready For Christmas 4 Panel Card

Don’t forget –  the Ready for Christmas Bundle is retiring at the end of the month and is included in the current Year End Sales Event!

Take a look by clicking the image below:

I hope you enjoy the tutorial! Feel free to share away!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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New Catalogue Sneak Peak Magical Day

A big hello to you all my crafty friends!

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty excited about the new upcoming Occasions Catalogue and all the wonderful new products!

Did you know that a perk of being a demonstrator means we get to see all the new goodies first! and if you attend the Demonstrator Only On Stage event – you even get to play with some and take some home! WINNING!

Well I thought today that I would share just a little sneak peak of one of my absolutely new favourites that will be available at the beginning of January – The Magical Day Stamp Set.

I don’t normally share too much too early and ruin the excitement for you all … you know – it can be a bit of a wait and there are still so many lovely goodies in the Holiday catalogue to play with!  But I couldn’t resist sharing this one!

I used one of Bronwyn Eastley’s tutorials to create this card – The Lots of Labels Bridge Fold Box Card. You can purchase any of Bronwyn’s Tutorials at her ADDinktive Design Shop right HERE. She has LOADS to choose from!

Sneak Peak Magical Day Bridge Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Sneak Peak Magical Day Bridge Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

The Magical characters in this set are so much fun! I can’t wait to get my hands on the entire suite!

I used Bronwyn’s tutorial as a basis for the card and then added a draw bridge and used the ‘grass’ to create the ‘bridge piece’ for my card.  I simply trimmed away the grass lengths under where the draw bridge sits.

It’s so easy to create brilliant looking characters too with our new Stampin Blends.  I love that we can highlight and shade when colouring. I think it brings much more depth to the stamped images.  And – our Fine Tip Glue Pen can still be used to ‘colour’ over the images.  You can’t see it on the photos, but the Dragon’s belly, wing and fire are coloured with the Fine Tip Glue as is the shield and sword of the Knight to add a lovely glossy finish to the images.

I also embossed a piece of Smokey Slate Cardstock with our Brick Wall Embossing Folder, trimmed away portions to adhere to the card, and sponged them with some Smokey Slate Ink.

The card can even still be folded flat by lifting up the drawbridge and the folding as per instructions!

  I love creating something just a little bit different and I was super happy with how this card turned out. I hope you like it to!

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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Hi all,

I just had to share these gorgeous cards with you, coloured using our Blendabilities. 
Whilst the stamped image is not Stampin’ Up! – the rest is. And this little girl is a great way to practice your colouring skills and blending and shades of light and dark.  I have had plenty of practice on our Blended Bloom stamp, but this was nice for something different.
I have tried a few techniques with blending. I feel they are different than copics in that I don’t put a layer of the lightest colour first. I start with my dark shade and blend out from there.
Don’t be discouraged if at first your colouring doesn’t seem quite right! The great thing is they look awesome with little effort – but practice, practice, practice and you get the hang of it! 
And right now you can earn Blendabilites FREE with Saleabration! 
Happy Colouring everyone 😉