Category: Challenges

CTC 172 – Myths and Magic

Happy Easter everyone and welcome to CTC 172 – Myths and Magic!

Every Sunday night a new challenge begins for CASEing the Catty where the design team Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit images from a particular section of the current catalogues to help inspire you and show you how much more fun you can get from your products!

This week for CASEing the Catty we are CASEing the Myths and Magic section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 36-43

The Myths and Magic suite is one of my favourite suites to play with!  I have used these items HEAPS!  So today I chose to CASE the Flying Home Set on Page 41!

I love the little bird houses, so my thought was to make a little notecard pack using the individual birdhouses for someone who may have or be moving house and need to thank people, or you could use them for new neighbours to welcome them to the neighbourhood!  So I CASED the main image, and then the box on the bottom right to pop them all in!

Flying Home Notecard Pack

CTC 172 - Flying Home Notecards by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I used the Narrow Notecards for this project.  I sponged the background with Pool Party, as watercoloring on the notecards makes them pill.  I them masked the images I didn’t want to stamp with a sticky note, before stamping on the card.  I them stamped the entire image on a seperate piece of Whisper White before colouring with the watercolour pencils and blender pens.  I then fussy cut around the birdhouses and mounted them directly over the image on the card front using mini dimensionals.

I also stamped some little birds and fussy cut those before popping them on half a mini dimensional (yes, you can cut the mini ones too!)  I kept the sentiment fairly neutral so you could use them as a thank you or as a welcome card.  The sentiment is from Wood Words.

CTC 172 - Flying Home Notecards by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I then CASEd the box to pop all the notecards in using the Lots to Love Box.  Its fits 3 cards and the envelopes perfectly!

CTC 172 - Flying Home Notecards by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Thanks for popping in!  Now it’s time to continue the hop over on Monique’s Blog and see what she has created they week!

I hope you all have had a lovely Easter!  Don’t forget to keep crafting! And remember – you can join the challenge too by taking a picture of what you create and posting HERE!

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Colour INKspiration 29

Good evening everyone!  Welcome to Colour INKspiration 29.

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month the Colour INKspiration Crew get together and create a hop using a selected colour palette to create with.  You can join in the fun by creating a project with the colours and popping a picture of it on our Facebook Page HERE by the Monday night before the next challenge.

This weeks colour palette is a beautiful selection chosen by Bronwyn with colours Crumb Cake; Chocolate Chip; Blushing Bride; Garden Green and Very Vanilla.  I initially went to go straight to florals for this colour palette as it’s so suited, but I had another project that needed to be done for a customer order, so I decided to combine the two tasks.

My task was to create a card for a 21st for someone who loves baking.  I was inspired by how Jackie Aitken created a brilliant BBQ Card a few weeks ago, so I thought I could adapt a basic Card in the Box design to create an oven and get it baking!

Oven Card in a Box by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I must say, once I worked out how to cut it to achieve the look I wanted, this was quite fun to make!  I did use a few different bits and bobs to make this card.  The cupcakes were from Lift Me Up Stamps and coordinating dies and utensils and glove from the Apron of Love Bundle.  The Basket Weave Embossing Folder made for a great background to represent tiles – I am so glad this Saleabration item will be continuing in the new Annual Catalogue – I Just love it!

And the best bit – it folds flat for posting!

Colour INKspiration 29 Oven Card in a Box by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Don’t forget – there is only 2 more weeks of Saleabration left to grab your freebies!

Keep hopping around – the crew has some beautiful projects on display this week. Up next is Narelle:

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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CTC 166 – Lots to Love with Pick a Pattern

Hello again!

Welcome to CTC 166 where this week we are CASEing projects from the Painted with Love Section of the Occasions Catalogue, on Pages 18-21.

This section of the Catalogue is just gorgeous.  I am absolutely in love with the Gold Glitter Flakes and Painted with Love DSP, but I really went in quite the opposite direction for this challenge.

This challenge was a great excuse to pull out the Lots to Love Framelits Dies and create a box like you see in the centre of the above image.

I decided to create a box and used the image below to base my design off, but switched out the tags to use the new Whisper White Narrow Notecards for my project.

I’m not sure where the rest of the inspiration for this project came from, but I have been using a lot of florals for a while, so maybe my brain decided it had enough of those images.  As I played around the idea just evolved I guess! Lol.

Lots to Love about Pick a Pattern

CTC 166 - Lots to Love about Pick a Pattern by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I had forgotten how fun the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper actually is!  Lots of images to fussy cut and play around with.  I started by creating the notecards, loosely basing the layout on the images of the tags from the catalogue (above).  As I was playing, I was picturing images that you might capture whilst camping – without realising how easily that idea would coordinate with another one of the DSP sheets!  That’s where the box cover came to fruition.  Those cute little animals, polaroid snaps and camera images fitted so well with my overall plan!  The only image that was stamped was the ‘sun burst’ from the FREE Amazing You Stamp Set.

CTC 166 - Lots to Love about Pick a Pattern by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I really wanted to be able to see the images inside the box, so after I had adhered the black DSP, I used a circle from the Layering Circle Dies to create a window, popped a piece of window sheet on the inside and viola.  I really like how this little set turned out and it’s more masculine feel.  My mind is now racing to use the Flying Home Stamp Set and Hedgehugs to create a similar pack!

By purchasing the Lots to Love Framelit Dies, the Whisper White Narrow Notecards and the Pick a Pattern DSP you would actually qualify for a FREE Saleabration stamp set.  That means you could choose Amazing You and you would be able to recreate this project at home!

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

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 164 – Occasions Kits with Petal Palette

Hi everyone! Welcome to CTC 164 where this week we are CASEing the Occasions Kits of the Occasions Catalogue, on pages 15 – 17.

The kit you see pictured here is the Lots of Happy Card Kit!  I absolutely love this kit and have already had a class using it, which the participants loved as well!  The best bit about this prepackaged kit is that it is literally a class ready to go!

It has absolutely everything you need to create your projects, other than snail adhesive – It includes the stamp set, an ink spot, all card bases, envelopes, embellishments, ribbons, pencils and a basic stamp block to get you started creating right away!  They are great for beginners, those with limited supplies, or to take away when travelling! You can even get a refill of this one!  I cannot recommend these kits highly enough!

For today’s challenge however, I created my own little kit using the cards on the bottom of page 17 as a basis, using the Petal Palette Bundle.

I loved how bright and fun these cards were.  I started by creating with the Lemon Lime Twist Card.

Occasions Kits with Petal Palette!

CTC 164 - Occasions kits using Petal Palette by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Even though it’s a bit hard to see, I substituted the Happy Birthday Sentiment on the original card for the spotted stamp in the Petal Palette Stamp Set.  To create the flowers I stamped the image one a piece each of Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Soft Sky Card stock.  I used the Lemon Lime twist as my base piece, and then fussy cut the flowers in the other colours, before layering them on to the base piece.

CTC 164 - Occasions Kits using Petal Palette by Mel Pagano at MY Paper Oasis

My second card was the Berry Burst Card.  I stamped one of the smaller flower images on the card base, so it was similar to the original.   For this card I lightly watercolored my images with an aqua painter, which I kept quite dry as I was using regular Whisper White Cardstock.

CTC 164 - Occasions Kits using Petal Palette by Mel Pagano at My paper Oasis

The third card is just a little 4″ x 4″ card.  I changed the elements for this one to more suit my stamp set – I mean – I hadn’t even inked up that sweet little bird yet!  Even those this stamp set has coordinating framelits, I still fussy cut one of the flowers, as the framelit left a lot of white space in the middle that didn’t look right on this layout. And, if you purchase the whole bundle for this suite you automatically qualify for a FREE Saleabration item! How good is that!

 

And that my friends, is my own little Occasions Kit with Petal Palette! I am so happy with how my little kit turned out that I am offering this card kit tutorial for Free with the purchase of this bundle from me, for the month of February!

CTC 164 - Occasions Kits using Petal Palette by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I hope you enjoyed my take on this challenge!  We would love to see how you use this challenge, so why not play along!  Create your own project using inspiration from pages 15-17 in the Occasions Catalogue, take a pic then upload it to our Facebook Group right HERE.

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

Happy Crafting everyone!

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CTC 163 – Saleabration – Painted with Love Pandas

A BIG hello to you all and welcome back to another week of CASEing the Catty, where every Sunday night the design team creates a hop focusing on a selected section of the current catalogues to CASE (Copy and Share Everything)!

The best bit is that you are able to play along too!  All you need to do is CASE a design from the selected section and then upload your photo to our Facebook Group right HERE before the next challenge! Simple.  I do hope you can play along!

This week is CTC 163 and we are back to CASEing anything in the Saleabration Catalogue!

Saleabration is the BEST time of the Stampin’ Up! Year because you can earn FREE, yes FREE, products for EVERY $90 spent on orders!  If you don’t have a catalogue then contact your local demonstrator, me, any of the girls on the hop, or simply download a copy from the sidebar to see all the amazing freebies on offer!

My CASE this week focuses on the image on Page 8 of the catalogue – which is in fact, the image on the far right above!

I really wanted to cut – yes cut – my Painted with Love Speciality Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s no good leaving it in the packet and hoarding it you know!

This paper is absolutely stunning.  It’s thicker than normal, making it ideal for more sturdier crafts such as boxes and packaging, as well as for the usual paper craft uses like cards and scrapbooking.  The metallic golds with the pinks and purples is a beautiful combination – really – you NEED to get this paper!

I have also used the super cute Party Panda’s Set that you can choose FREE during Saleabration and created two cards.

PAINTED WITH LOVE PANDA’S

CTC 163 - Saleabration - Painted with Love Panda's my Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

The Designer Paper sheet that I used grades from purples (Rich Razzleberry) down to lighter pinks (Calypso Coral and Powder Pink), so I started with a ‘Pink’ card. I used our Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate for the background as it added to the gold without covering the gorgeous layers of the DSP.  For this card I stamped the sentiment Love You from the Party Panda’s set, in rows across the rectangle I created with the Stitched Shape Framelits.

CTC 163 - Saleabration - Painted with Love Panda's by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I REALLY like this second card!  The Rich Razzleberry in the DSP is just gorgeous combined with gold.  This time I punched a LOT of little hearts from the Cookie Cutter Punch and adhered them with tombow to my base piece for a very cool effect! It’s a bit like creating your own embossing folder!

I haven’t labelled the insides yet or attached a sentiment, as I thought they would be good for Valentine’s Day or birthdays!

I would love to hear which one you prefer!

CTC 163 - Saleabration - Painted with Love Panda's by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Now it’s time to hop on over to Megan’s page and see what she has CASEd this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Colour INKspiration 26 – Picture Perfect Birthday

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Welcome to Colour INKspiration 26, where each second and fourth Wednesday of the month the crew create using a select colour palette.  You can play along each fortnight by using the same colour palette and then uploading your design to our Facebook page right HERE. You need to upload your design the Monday before the next colour challenge begins! So for this one – you have until 7pm Monday the 12th of February.

This week we have a very blue / green colour palette for you to play with.

This weeks selection are Emerald Envy; Bermuda Bay; Tranquil Tide and Sahara Sand!

I immediately thought of oceans and seas when I saw this colour challenge, but I decided to go in a completely different direction.  I actually found this palette one of the trickier palettes to design with, especially when not creating ocean scenes.  Because of that I kept my design very simple and chose to use Picture Perfect Birthday as my stamp set of choice. An 18 piece photopolymer stamp set full of party fun!

Colour INKspiration 26 - Picture Perfect Birthday by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I added a bit of silver to jazz the card up a bit.  The Designer Paper is a FREE Saleabration item – Bubbles and Fizz – that you can choose with any $90 order.  I have to say though – that sentiment has been one of my favourites and is quite frequently used already.  And those ribbons look fabulous – especially when fussy cut – they pop right off the card.

I do hope you have been taking advantage of all the FREE items on offer during Saleabration.  Remember – it only runs until March 31st – so you don’t want to miss all the fun!

Now it’s time to continue around the hop and see the rest of the gorgeous projects on offer!  Next up is Denita 🙂

Happy Crafting everyone!

 

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CTC 162 – Sweet Soiree with Sunshine and Rainbows

Good evening everyone and welcome back to CASEing the Catty, where every Sunday night the design team CASE’s (Copy and Share Everything) from a given section of the current catalogues.  You can play along too, by creating your own masterpiece and loading your picture on our Facebook page right HERE. You have one week to get your entry in 🙂

We are up to CTC 162 – where we are CASEing the Sweet Soiree Section of the Occasions Catalogue, on pages 10-14.

CTC 162 - Sweet Soiree

It’s only a few pages of the catalogue, but it is overflowing with gorgeous projects ready to be recreated with your own spin on them!  I chose to play around with the card on the right on Page 14 –

I have already been having a bit of fun with the Sunshine and Rainbows suite – and I knew I wanted to take it out and play again!  I kept pretty close to the card in the Catalogue for the challenge, just changing and adding a few elements, and combining it with the Unicorn from the Magical Day Stamp Set – It’s like these sets were made for each other!

CTC 162 - Sweet Soiree with Sunshine and Rainbows by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I started by spritzing yellow brusho on a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock because it holds the water so much better than Whisper White. Once that was dry I flicked some water drops all over and sprinkled with Gold Embossing powder and heat set, to create the Gold splatters. Did you know that you can simply use water for embossing powder splatters? I stamped the sentiment in versamark and also heat set with Gold Embossing powder.

I chose to cut my rainbow using the framelits and scraps of coloured cardstock. a tip for your rainbows is to nest them together and line them up from the back, then simply apply a few pieces of tear n tape adhesive to hold them together – no tombow glue to mess about with, and then you can pop the whole lot up on dimensionals like I have done.

The clouds were cut from our Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper Pack for a bit of added sparkle, and the Unicorn, from our Magical Day Set, was coloured with our Stampin Blends!  The horn is also sparkled with gold glitter.  Easy to do once you have applied a bit of Fine Tip Glue to the horn – just add Gold Glitter and let it dry!

CTC 162 - Sweet Soiree using Sunshine and Rainbows from Stampin Up by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I hope you like my CASE this week and have been having a chance to create yourself.  Don’t forget to come back and play along after you have taken the tour and seen all the amazing projects on offer!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Jackie Noble and see what she has been creating:

Happy Crafting!

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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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