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Today is the Day!

Hi everyone!


Welcome to 2017! I hope you have been able to enjoy some well deserved rest over the Christmas Period. I LOVE holidays!!!

I just wanted to let you all know that today is one of the most exciting days in the Stampin Up Year…Not only has the New Occasions Catalogue started but its also the start of Saleabration!

What is Saleabration about??

It’s the wonderful period during January to March where for every $90 spent on any product – you receive a FREE EXCLUSIVE item from the Saleabration Catalogue!!!

If that’s not enough – you can also earn an EXTRA $40 in FREE PRODUCT for hosting a qualifying workshop!

Join the Fun with Stampin Up during Saleabration and you get soooooo many perks!!!!

  1. $235 worth of ANY product for ONLY $169!
  2. FREE postage.
  3. Choose TWO MORE FREE stamp sets of ANY value (potentially up to $179 added value!)
  4. Discounts on Further orders.
  5. NO penalties if you don’t order again.
  6. NO requirement to host workshops or build a business!
  7. Team Support and Forums.

How good is that!!!!

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Keep Crafting!

Mel xx

Stampin’ Up! New 2016 Occasions and Saleabration Catalogues


Oh am I excited to publish this post!

If you are familiar with Stampin’ Up! You will be just as excited as I am at the launch of these completely gorgeous new catalogues to get the creative juices flowing!!!! So many new products to love and play with and get for FREE!

If you are not sure what all the excitement is about then read on!

Sale-a-bration is one of the most exciting times of the Stampin’ Up! Year!!!

A time to get FREE products!

Here’s how it works – for every $90 you spend (not including postage), you can choose one product FREE from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue. Spend $180 and get 2 products for FREE…. Spend $270 and get 3 products….

Host a workshop and achieve qualifying sales for an extra $40 worth of products…

Join and receive an extra $60 to spend on your starter kit! That’s $295 of YOUR CHOICE OF PRODUCTS for only $169! What a Bargain! What a way to build your stash and receive discounts on products you love! With no penalties, why wait – JOIN NOW! I would love to have you on my team 🙂

Click on the images below to download a copy of the latest catalogues –

Saleabration 2016
Saleabration 2016
Handmade from the Heart Occasions Catalogue
Handmade from the Heart
Occasions Catalogue









If you would like me to send you a copy then just use the ‘Contact Me’ Page and I will pop one in the post for you 🙂

Happy Crafting Everyone! – or should I say – Happy Shopping!

Mel xx

Last Chance Year End Sale!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you, but it has been a super busy time for me – but I was FINALLY able to get back into the craft room last night for a much needed creative break!  Look out for a post in later this week of what I created!

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to take full advantage of the super cheap Year End Sale.

Its a great time to stock up on pretty ribbons and embellishments, grab some cheap punches and perhaps even stock up on Christmas Sale items ready for this year (I know – this year already!) 🙂

Just click on the image below to go straight to the online shop and have your order delivered directly to your door!



And then look out for the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogues that go live on the 5th of January.

Handmade from the Heart Stampin Up Occasions Catalogue 20162016 Stampin Up Saleabration catalogue







Sale-A-Bration 2016

What is Sale-a-bration? The best time in the Stampin’ Up! year where you can get FREE product!

Thats right! FREE PRODUCT!

For every $90 you spend (not including postage) you get to choose a FREE item from the Saleabration Catalogue. Spend $180 and get 2 FREE ITEMS! Beautiful, limited edition, papers and products for FREE!

It’s also a fantastic time to Join Stampin’ Up! where you can choose an extra $60 IN PRODUCT FOR FREE. Thats $295 OF PRODUCTS OF YOUR CHOICE for only $169! Plus a business pack fro free. So JOIN THE FUN now – no restrictions, just loads of benefits!

If you don’t have a copy of the new catalogues, just use the ‘Contact Me’ tab and I can pop one in the post for you 🙂

Make sure to use the “follow by email” link in the right hand side bar so you don’t miss any of my posts.

Happy Crafting!

Mel xx

Stamping Sale!

You had better be super quick to take advantage of this fantastic sale! 

Only until Friday. Better be quick. Selected sets only! 
Pick up some favourites at great prices! 

Order online using the link in the right side bar and apply hostess code

YZQA32DT  at checkout. 
Find out what’s on stamps are on sale HERE

Happy Shopping

Mel xx

Crazy about You Baby Wipe Technique

I love to challenge myself with my craft and am always trying to find new things to try.

Having a go at the Baby Wipe Technique has been on my list for such a long time to try – so I had a go – and then we created them at class.

You get inky fingers – but gee it’s a fun technique that has so many possibilities.

So here’s what I created –


Those gorgeous flowers were created my using a baby wipe folded into quarters as a stamp pad.  There is a bit of a technique to applying the ink.

  1. Limit yourself to 3 or 4 colours – more than that and they muddy together and the image takes on the darkest colour.
  2. Apply drops of ink randomly on your baby wipe – start with the darkest colour, then the medium shade in different spots and fill the spaces with your lightest shade.
  3. Then simply use this as your stamp pad.

The colours I used were Watermelon Wonder, Hello Honey and Mint Macaron. All finished off with some metallic gold designer paper and gold embossed sentiment.

The second card I made was using the background baby wipe technique where you fold you baby wipe into quarters and then half again and layer drops of desired colours along the folded edge of the baby wipe. You then wipe this across your card as smoothly as possible.


The third method I tried was heat embossing an image onto white card stock using our white embossing powder, then wiping layers using graduated colours.

This card I used Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder.


I hope I have inspired you to have a play with this technique, then come back and share your creations in the comments.

Happy Crafting

Mel xx

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I Love a Colour Challenge – Pennsationals Blog Hop #1


It’s the first of our Pennsationals Team Monthly Hops and what fun we are starting with! Its a colour challenge. And not a simple colour challenge – but one that really got the creative juices flowing!

You may have come from the wonderful Tracy Penn or be starting here – either way I hope you hop around and see all the fantastic inspiration everyone has for you.


I have really come to love playing along with design challenges.  I find they really help spur your creativity and get you thinking outside the box.

Take for example this colour challenge.  I would usually never put Blackberry Bliss and Island Indigo together – so that really had to get me thinking how I would use those colours and what my theme would be.  I haven’t really done too many Christmas Cards yet – so I thought this would be as good a time as any to start!

So here’s what I came up with….


And of course the inside had to have some silver embossing too!


I simply brayered a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with both colours. Staring at either edge every time I laid down colour, to give it a graduating depth of colour. I love the effect – don’t you!

Silver was the only option to choose to set this card off and I have wanted to use this gorgeous stamp from the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set ever since I first saw it.  The one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the absolute quality of our Stampin Up embossing powders.  They leave such an amazing smooth and clear image. A few more embossed stars from the Jingle All The Way set and I was done.

We will be making a version of this card at an upcoming class next week – It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas – contact me if you would like to join the fun!

I really hope you like it and enjoy hopping around with the rest of the team.

Next stop is on to the lovely Jess at My Paper Caper. Her work is always inspiring so make sure you hop across by clicking the button 🙂 There’s a full list at the bottom in case you get lost along the way.



Happy Crafting.

Mel xx

  1. Emma Palonek
  2. Rebecca Scurr
  3. Tracy Penn
  4. Mel Pagano – you are here
  5. Jess Williams

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Welcome to My Paper Oasis


A very big welcome to you all to my new website and name – My Paper Oasis!

It took a little while to come up with a suitable name that suited what I was trying to say about my creative space! I had a lot of help from a friend too!  I needed something that described my craft space as a peaceful place. A place where I come to rest and recoup from my hectic nurse, wife and mum of four life!

My craft space is my haven – my sanctuary – my OASIS!

So WELCOME! I hope you enjoy visiting here often and finding some creative inspiration.

Feel free to contact me if you notice any problems whilst I get the site up and running!

Mel x

A Change is coming!


Hi all,

I just wanted to let you all know that although my lovely blogspot has served me well these past two years – I have decided with much trepidation to make the big move to my very own website!!!!!

I know – huge right!

I wanted to let you know that I will let you know when it the change occurs.  It is in the process of being arranged right now.

I have someone who is doing all this for me (I’m not that savy when it comes to redirecting everything!) – so fingers crossed all posts and pins will link directly to the new webpage.

My final post on this blogspot will have all of the redirection information, just in case links get lost along the way 🙂 And then you can make sure to update your favourites to bookmark my new address 🙂

Wish me luck………………….

Holiday Catalogue 2015

It’s one of those times of the year that Demonstrators absolutely LOVE! 
It’s new catalogue release time – and we get the benefits of sneak peaks and pre order!
I’ve seen the new catalogue and all the fabulous new products within, that will be available to you from September 1st.
Trust me – You will NOT be disappointed. This has to be one of my most favourite catalogues ever!
There is sooooo much to choose from.
I placed my first order yesterday, so I should have all my new goodies in my hot little hands by early next week AND. I. CAN’T. WAIT. TO. PLAY!!!
If you can’t wait either, then perhaps NOW is a great time to become a demonstrator.
People join for all sorts of reasons – they love the product and want their own discount, they want to have some fun and get a little extra cash or build a business.
Thats the best bit – the choice is entirely up to you!
And now you can order from the NEW catalogue for you starter kit – you get to CHOOSE! 
That’s right – no set kits – you CHOOSE exactly what you want.
$235 of product for ONLY $169.
What are you waiting for???? Use the ‘contact me’ tab and I will get back to you to discuss it further.
I don’t want anyone to miss out on one of these catalogues – so contact me if you would like me to send you one!
Happy Crafting Everyone!

Stampin Up Tin of Cards Kit

Need a card in a hurry??? Kits have got you covered!
I knew as soon as I saw this tin of cards at convention, that I HAD to have it.
I really love Card Kits – everything you need to create quick and gorgeous cards, with minimal brainpower! 
And to top this kit off – you have a beautiful tin – with dividers – to store all those cards in. Never be short of a card again!
You get so much in this kit. Envelopes, card bases, patterned papers, die cut butterflies, sentiments and tags for sentiments, dividers for the tin, pretty much everything you need except the stamp set!  You can substitute for your own – but I found the matching stamp set so versatile, and I know I will get so much more use out of it!
The kit demonstrates the cards like this –
Like I said – I love being able to whip a card up quick – with little brain power – but I also like to mix things up a little!  So here’s what I created with mine –
I left two of my Gold striped sets blank at this stage – I just think they are too special for anything other than a significant birthday or a wedding. They just pop!  I completed some by the book and had a play with the others.  Im pretty happy with how they turned out 🙂
Here’s a few close ups –
This background paper was by far my most favourite! So i didn’t mess with it too much.

I really love the cut out on this card and will do this more when I make my own cards, and those edge elements in the stamp set just set it off beautifully.

All I can say people is DO NOT waste those gold strips! I loved this blue card for male birthday cards. DO use Staz On black ink when stamping on wood.
Well there you have it. My play time with the Tin of Cards.
I hope you enjoyed it. I really encourage you to get this set for yourself and have a play.
Check out my classes to come along and complete it 🙂
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