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Colour INKspiration 6 – CI06


Welcome to our next Colour INKspiration Challenge!  Your entries have amazed us so far! So much talent and creativity out there – it’s a joy to see, but makes it very difficult to vote!   Keep up the great work!  You can join the fun on our Facebook Group HERE.

We have a beautiful colour swatch for you all this week.  These colours work so well together.  We have Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Gold to work with. Even though the image says gold foil, it can be any gold you like.

There are some beautiful projects by the crew this week, so make sure you hop around to see them all, including from our guest designer – Kim Oliver. Welcome Kim!

I found these colours compliment each other so very nicely and had a bit of fun creating.

Colour INKspiration 06 by My Paper Oasis, stampin up colours with Flourishing Phrases

I thought today I would try my hand at water colouring my own background.  There was a similar navy striped paper in our Floral Boutique DSP, but the lines were fine and quite dark. I really like the more subtle water coloured lines.  They are super simple to create too – just pop some ink on your aqua painter and run it straight across your cardstock.  It’s really that simple.  I used our Shimmery White for this, because it holds the water so well and the subtle shimmer is just gorgeous!

I even splattered on some extra sparkle with gold glitter, by mixing a small amount of tombow with water, then flicking it across my card using an aqua painter.  I have a specific aqua painter for this job, because it does get glue in the brush.  Sprinkle your card with gold glitter and tap of the excess and leave to dry.  It creates a beautiful effect on cards.

Well I do hope you have enjoyed my creation this week. Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Monique to see what she has created this week!

Happy Crafting

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Colour INKspiration CI04 – Botanical Blooms

Hi everyone and welcome to another amazing Colour INKspiration!  This week we have another amazing colour scheme for you play along with and spur your creativity. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month the crew share with you our creations using the selected colour palette.  You can join the fun too by posting your creation on our Facebook page – no blog required – just upload your photo!

You may be starting the hop here or come across from Kim’s blog.  Either way – hop around, be inspired and leave some blog love by commenting on the posts to encourage us!

I love colour challenges that take you out of your comfort zone and really get you thinking!  The challenge this time was no different!  I had to play with ideas in my head for a while before I finally sat down to stamp!

This week we are playing with the colours Delightful Dijon;  Elegant Eggplant; Whisper White and Crushed Curry.  What a colour palette to work with. These colours look stunning in the images above.  This is another colour selection that I would never have naturally put together, so it was fun to play with!  I built the idea of the card in my head well before I inked up a stamp, so was very happy when it came together!

Colour Inspiration#4 using Botanical Blooms by Mel Pagano from My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, handmade card, stitched shape framelits

I created the stamped raised frame by Stamping on the white card front before cutting four of the frame outlines with the stitched shapes and Layering Square Framelits. I then adhered them together and popped them back in their original position.  I used the stamp off method for the spots and flowers, so the colours weren’t overpowering the entire card. I then decorated with a range of flowers from the Botanical Blooms Framelits.  That gorgeous sentiment is from the Designer Tee stamp set which you can redeem for FREE during Saleabration!

Colour Inspiration#4 using Botanical Blooms by Mel Pagano from My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, handmade card, stitched shape framelits

Here’s a little peek at the inside of my card!  I cannot get enough of those STITCHED SHAPE framelits!!!!!

Colour Inspiration#4 using Botanical Blooms by Mel Pagano from My Paper Oasis, Stampin Up, handmade card, stitched shape framelits

Well I hope you enjoyed my creation and are encouraged to continue around the hop to see all the other amazing projects!!!

Hop on over now to the lovely Monique to see what project she has created using this colour suite!

Happy Crafting!

 

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CTC #116 – Botanical Builder Inspirational Frame

Hi everyone.  Welcome back to another week of CASEing the Catty.

I do hope you are enjoying the projects of the crew and being inspired to create. You may have come straight here today, or popped over from Kathryn’s blog.  Either way, I hope you hop around and see all the lovely projects and then play along!

This week we are using images from pages 20 – 31 of the Occasions Catalogue to create our projects.

This was a tough week because there is just so much goodness to choose from in those pages! I loved so much of it, but what caught my eye the most was that clock with the Oh so Succulent Suite.  Now I don’t have that suite (yet…) but I have a frame that I have been wanting to create for oh so long!

I was initially inspired by a picture I saw from Debbie Blake at www.nutshellcreations.com –  I used the same frame, but I wanted to use the Project Life cards to make an inspirational frame full of quotes to encourage me each day!

CTC #116 Hello Lovely Project Life Frame by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Botanical Builder Framelits, Stampin Up, Inspirational board

Now its very tricky to get a good picture of how good this frame looks with a little bit of decorating using the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, but it sits on my wall directly opposite to wear I create and I really do read it every day.  I’m so excited to have finally finished it for this weeks CASEing the Catty Challenge.  Although just secretly…I think I may add a few more bits and pieces over time!

CTC #116 Hello Lovely Project Life Frame by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Botanical Builder Framelits, Stampin Up, Inspirational board

CTC #116 Hello Lovely Project Life Frame by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Botanical Builder Framelits, Stampin Up, Inspirational board

CTC #116 Hello Lovely Project Life Frame by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis, Botanical Builder Framelits, Stampin Up, Inspirational board

The phrases on the Hello Lovely Project Life Collection was absolutely perfect for this project!

Well, it’s time to hop over to the lovely Simone Bartrum to see what she has created this week.

And don’t forget to play along too by joining our Challenge Page on Facebook

Happy Creating!

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A big hello to all my crafty friends!

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Happy Crafting

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Colour INKspiration #3 – CI03

Welcome to our third Colour INKspiration Challenge! And WOW do we have a colour challenge for you this week!

You may have come from Elizabeth Gross and here stunning project, or you may be starting here. So hop around to get some inspiration and ideas for this unusual colour combo, and then pop in to our Facebook page and play along with your very own creation!

We are using 5 colours for this INKspiration challenge – Marina Mist; Peekaboo Peach; Soft Suede; Whisper White and Soft Sky.

A gorgeous, but I’m not going to lie, a bit of a tricky challenge.  I really enjoy colour challenges to stretch me out of my comfort colour zone, but I had to play with this one in my head for a few days before I decided what products I wanted to use for this combination. I was quite happy with the end result.

A simple watercolored background was the base for this card.  I used the Stamp Off technique to soften the colours of soft suede and peekaboo peach, with a full coloured flower behind the stamped off one.

I love removing the white background on the White Perfect Accents and then using them on watercolour backgrounds.  I also added the little ‘leaf’ shape pieces that I cut in vellum from the long border framelit to create a bit more interest on the background.

Don’t forget to keep hopping around to see what everyone else has created with this challenge! Next on the hop is Paula Dobson with her amazing project!

Play along too by Joining our Facebook Challenge Page HERE.

Happy Crafting

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Colour INKspiration Challenge #02 – Jar of Love

Welcome to our second Colour INKspiration Challenge! We had some amazing entries to our first challenge – thank you all for playing along! It’s truly hard to choose a winner with so much talent to choose from! The top 5 for the first challenge will be listed on the Facebook Page so make sure you pop on over and take a look!

If you missed last week – here’s all the information –

The Colour INKspiration Crew consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

There’s also a Facebook group for Stampin’ Up! ® enthusiasts who would like to share their paper craft projects using the colour combinations.

Here’s the deal – Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

Members of the group have the option to join the Colour INKspiration ‘Challenge’ by uploading photos of their projects and can link back to their personal blog if they wish to.
Make sure you click on the link below and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.

Hope to see you there!

This week we have another gorgeous colour combination.  I love how images can be the inspiration for our colour choices – it inspires us to use colour combinations we may never have thought of!  This weeks colours combine Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, Whisper White and Garden Green – and does that image remind you of anything! Just our succulent set in the Occasions Catalogue!

I don’t have the succulent set myself – but I had an upcoming class using the Jar of Love Bundle – so I thought these colours would be perfect to inspire my class project!

I used the Stamp Off method to create my flowers, giving the appearance of two different colours so they had more depth.  Its such a great method to use when you have a limited supply of colours – or only have certain colours to work with – like a colour challenge! The class ladies loved it too!

Hop on over to the amazing Simone Bartrum to see what gorgeous project she has created for this challenge by clicking on the image below!

And don’t forget – you can easily play along too without a blog – just post your pic over on the Colour INKspiration Facebook Page – HERE.  We are looking forward to seeing your amazing creations.

You can purchase all your supplies in my online store anytime and have it delivered directly to your door!  Don’t forget to take advantage of the fabulous Saleabration rewards on offer for every $90 you spend!

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Quick and Simple Window Cards

Hi everyone!

I am back from my Stamp It Sunday live video broadcast! I am having so much fun doing these – I hope you are enjoying them as much as I do!

This week we took a look at making quick and simple window cards using our Stampin Up Designer Papers and a simple stamp or two! So easy everyone! I would love you to play along and create a card or two and pop the pictures in the comments!

Here’s what I created this week –

Quick Window Card with video tutorial by My Paper Oasis using Grateful Bunch from Stampin Up; Designer Paper; Blooms and Bliss; Female Card; Birthday Card; Thank you card

This card features our Blooms and Bliss Designer Paper and our Grateful Bunch stamp and coordinating punch.  I love this stamp and punch set as you get three flowers from one stamp and punch. So easy!

By using the Designer Paper and creating a small focal point, you create stunning cards with minimal effort.  These cards are a fantastic way to build your stash or make a lot of one design – such as Christmas cards.

Here’s one for the boys!

Quick Window Card with video tutorial by My Paper Oasis using Seaside Shore Suite from Stampin Up; Designer Paper; By the Shore; male Card; Birthday Card; Thank you card

How cool is that Designer Series Paper for the background! And that little blue fish….cut from the designer paper too! You could make a whole aquarium cutting out those fish!

And just a Christmas Idea too!!!

Quick Window Card with video tutorial by My Paper Oasis using Presents and Pinecones DSP from Stampin Up; Designer Paper; By the Shore; male Card; Birthday Card; Thank you card; Christmas Card

Well I hope you have enjoyed these cards and you get to making some of your own.

Here is the video link at My Paper Oasis on Youtube so you can see how it’s done.

The measurements for this one are very simple:

  1. Card Base (A4 card stock cut on short side at 4 1/8″, folded in half).
  2. Designer Paper piece measuring 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″.
  3. Whisper White Card stock measuring 5 1/2′ x 3 3/4″.
  4. 2″ circle punch or any punch or frame lit of your choice.
  5. Coordinating Ribbon and stamps.

Don’t forget that you still have a few days left to take advantage of our Designer Paper Sale. 3 packs for the price of 4 = $19.25 saving!  You can use my ‘Shop’ button in the right hand side bar to take you straight there 🙂

Happy Creating

Mel xx

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Gorgeous Rose Garden Silhouette #GDP041

One of my lovely team members alerted me to this weeks Global Design Project Challenge.  It has been a while since I have participated in a GDP, but when she let me know what it was, I had to have a go!

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This GDP challenge is a colour challenge – of sweet sugarplum, whisper white and night of navy! What a challenge!!!!  I love these type of challenges because they really get you thinking. As I mulled over the colours in my head a picture started forming of the card I wanted to create.  I love using the rose garden thinlets and have been wanting to create a silhouette from the petals for a while now – so I thought this challenge would be perfect for that!  So here’s what I came up with –

my paper oasis, timeless textures, rose garden thinlets, stampin up, handmade card, floral card

I created a soft background using the timeless textures stamp set, and stamped off my images before stamping onto the whisper white. I then adhered the rose by making sure that all the pieces were cut through properly, I placed a dot or two of tombow on the back of each petal piece and placed the thinlet directly onto the card, before gently rubbing each individual petal to attach it to the card.  By gently lifting off the thinlet, all the petal pieces remained in position. Easy!!! And very effective if I do say so myself! 😉  I also applied clear wink of stella over the rose petals, but its a bit hard to tell in the pic!

If you are in a bit of a slump, or even if you’re not – I really encourage you to participate in a few challenges to kickstart your engine! You can see all the GDP entries here.

Happy crafting

Mel xx

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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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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 –

my paper oasis, stampin up, watercolouring technique, ESAD, botanical blooms, number of years

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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