Seaside Shore Shadow Box Shaker Card

Hi all my crafty, creative friends!

Today I thought I would drop by and share one of my latest fun 3D cards.

My Grandad turned 94 yesterday, and I always like to make them something a bit more special!  My Nan really appreciates them! Lol.

So for this card I used a Bronwyn Eastley Tutorial – Mermaid Shaker Shadow Box Card.  Bronwyn’s tutorials are really easy to follow, with plenty of step by step instructions, including pictures!  You can take a look at here tutorials right HERE.

I adapted Bronwyn’s design and used my Seaside Shore Stamp Set to create my Seaside Shore Shadow Box Shaker Card!

Seaside Shore Shaker Shadow Box Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Adding a shaker element to a shadow box was so much fun! I can guarantee that this won’t be the only one of these types of cards I create! In fact – I’m already working on design number 2!  Who wouldn’t when you can create so much fun!

The Designer Paper used for this card is from the Myths and Magic Specialty DSP.  It’s a thicker card, making it sturdier and perfect to create these type of box cards!

These cards also fit perfectly into a normal C6 envelope! So you can even post them!  I added a white panel to the back of my card to write my birthday message!

I hope you like it!

Happy Crafting everyone!

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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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Colour INKspiration 25 – Epic Celebrations

Hi everyone and welcome back to Colour INKspiration Challenges for 2018.

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month the crew design a project with the colour template we are given.  You are able to join in the fun too, by creating your own project with the selected colours and then posting them our Facebook Page HERE.  I hope you can join us for our Colour Challenge kick off for 2018 with Colour INKspiration 25!

Here is our Colour Palette for this challenge –

Your Colours are simply Night of Navy; Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist!

I don’t think I would have thought of putting Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist together before this challenge, but they actually go very well together!  I had to play around with ideas in my head for this one for a while, but I decided to create a bit of a funky card for a young man’s upcoming birthday using the brand new Saleabration Set Epic Celebrations.

For me, Epic Celebrations is a fantastic teen set – sometimes some of the most difficult cards to make in my opinion.  And it’s even better because you can choose it for FREE with any $90 order!

Colour INKspiration 25 - Epic Celebrations by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

This was such a fun card to make.  I just kept adding to it.  I knew I originally wanted a water coloured background with the Navy specks, but I then added to that with our new Shimmery White Embossing Paste and the brick background, then I added some Gold Glitter Flakes for a bit of extra background ‘noise’! And whilst we don’t actually have any 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon in Navy – you can colour the white ribbon with our Stampin Blend Alcohol Markers – so thats what I did – and Ta Da – Night of Navy Ribbon!

Colour INKspiration 25 - Epic Celebrations by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

What do you think? Funky enough for a young man?

The crew have some AMAZING projects for you on the hop – so jump on over to the lovely Jacque to see what she has created for you all.

Happy Crafting everyone!

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CTC 160 – Picture Perfect Party Panda’s

A big hello to everyone and welcome back to CASEing the Catty.

I trust you had a lovely Christmas break and are all set for a new year of crafty fun!

It’s lovely to be back crafting and stir those creative juices again.  I must admit, it was pretty easy with our brand new Occasions Catalogue and Saleabration events!

For our first CTC of 2018, we are CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) the Picture Perfect Party Section on Pages 4-9 of the brand new Occasions Catalogue.

The Picture Perfect Party Suite is such a fun and bright range.  And the imagery on the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) is AMAZING!  It really does make creating cards super simple – you just let the DSP do the work.

I CASEd the image on the top left of page 6 of the Occasions Catalogue. 

I liked the simple design, and as I wanted to play with my Party Panda’s from the Saleabration Catalogue, I knew it would suit my layout. The best bit – You can choose Party Panda’s for FREE with an order of $90 or more during Saleabration!

So I created my Picture Perfect Party Panda’s teaming the DSP with the Panda’s and making two slightly different cards.

CTC 160 - Picture Perfect party Panda's by My Paper Oasis

See how that background just pops right off the card! And those Panda’s are just too cute to resist.

Because the layout was quite simple, I decided to make a second card…

CTC 160 - Picture Perfect Party Pandas by My Paper Oasis

This time I used some Silver Foil Sheets for some added pizzaz to the card.  You really could build your birthday stash so quickly using this Designer Paper!  It even has a sheet of presents that you could use for the front of a card, or in my case – I cut some out to help me dress up the insides of the cards –

CTC 160 - Picture Perfect Party Pandas by My Paper Oasis

How simple is that!

I hope you are looking forward to sharing another year of crafty fun with us! Why not kick start it by joining in with this challenge!   Create your own CASE from the section mentioned above, then upload your picture to our Facebook Group – HERE!

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

Happy Crafting!

Don’t forget all the amazing Shop, Host and Join Specials on during Salebaration!  Find out all about it by clicking on the picture!

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Saleabration and the New Occasions Catalogues have arrived!

It’s Here! It’s Here!

The absolute BEST time of the Stampin’ Up! Year!

The New Occasions Catalogue has just been released, and SALEABRATION comes with it!

Click on the images below to download all the lovely catalogue goodness!

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The Occasions Catalogue has 55 pages of beautiful eye catching projects to get you creating for any occasion you think off – Weddings, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day – anything!  It’s not to be missed.

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Saleabration as always has some gorgeous exclusive Stamp Sets, Designer Papers, Ribbons, Card Kits, Memories and More Packs and this year – FRAMELITS all for FREE with qualifying purchases of $90 or $180!

Yes, you read that right! This year Stampin’ Up! Have included some Big End Items like Framelits or large stamp sets that you can redeem with a $180 spend – or get two other items for the same amount.  Just look for these reward icons throughout the brochure –

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And if you don’t have a catalogue yet and you live in Australia – simply send me an email and I can pop one in the post for you!

But Saleabration doesn’t end there you know!  Here are some other benefits!

Now is a great time to HOST a workshop and reap the rewards – literally!  Saleabration means you can earn more rewards by hosting a qualifying workshop or placing an order of $400 or more! $40 MORE! That’s a great chance to get more items ticked off the wishlist!Workshop rewards

Love Stampin’ Up! and the amazing products?  Then now might be the perfect time to JOIN as a demonstrator!

With no lock in contracts, what have you got to loose?

During Saleabration you get $235 worth of ANY product for ONLY $169 – thats $66 FREE to start with, PLUS Free Shipping on your order as well as TWO ADDITIONAL STAMP SETS! That potentially another $174 of FREE product! Making the total value of $239 of FREE products!

$408 worth of goodies for only $169!!!! What a way to build your supplies!

You can use the Contact Me form or email for more information, or if you can’t wait – then click HERE to Join my Inky Oasis Team and the fun with team meetings, Facebook forums, personal support and more!

Enjoy all the new crafty fun and I will see you on Sunday for our first CASEing the Catty of 2018!

Framed Christmas Tree using Green Sprigs

A big hello you to you!

I thought I would at least sneak in one more Christmas project post before the man in the Big Red Suit arrives!

That way you can either recreate this project in time for Christmas, or get an early start on next years decorating and pick up the Green Sprigs from the Year End Sales before they have all gone!

My project today is CASEd from the cover of our Stampin’ Success Magazine.  That’s our quarterly demonstrator magazine, full of loads of ideas and tips for products and getting the most out of being a demonstrator!

The cover has the image of a mini Christmas Tree using our Green Sprigs available in the current Holiday Catalogue (but not for much longer at all! They are only available until January 2nd, 2018).

Framed Christmas Tree Project by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

This was a fun project to make and was really quite quick to put together.

I have used a now retired Christmas Stamp Set called Wonderful You as I wanted a big sentiment with bold font.  The Stampin’ Success magazine used Carols of Christmas, but you could use any stamp set really.  I also added some of our retired Gold Sequin Trim for a bit of bling.  The larger sequins stood out more than our current Mini Sequin Trim (- although some aren’t visible in the picture). And I simply slipped the sequins over one of the pieces in the Green Sprigs, not adhesive involved.  I also added a double bow using our Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon.  The background sheet is of course a piece of the Merry Music Designer Series Paper, which will also be retiring.  The stick – well thats from my front yard! Lol.

You will definitely need your hot glue gun for this project, to secure the sprigs and the stick.  You will only need one pack of Green Sprigs to create each tree.  I found it easiest to position everything first, then adhere the sprigs, beginning at the base of the tree and work my way up.  The last 3 sprigs are overlaid through the middle to hide any gaps.

Framed Christmas Tree by Mel Pagano a My Paper Oasis

I’m really pleased with how it turned out!  What do you think?

I would love to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year!

Thank you all for continuing to follow my blog and support me!  It means so much to be able to share what I love!

If you would like to create this project too – make sure to pop on over to the Year End Sale by clicking the image below :

I’m really looking forward to playing with my new Occasions Catalogue products over the coming weeks and sharing them with you all!  You won’t be disappointed in whats on offer! If you don’t have a catalogue, live in Australia but don’t have a regular demonstrator, just pop me a message and I can send one out to you!

Happy Christmas Crafting!


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CTC159 – Any Holiday Project with Brightly Lit Christmas

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to this weeks CASEing the Catty blog hop!  We are up to challenge CTC 159 and can CASE anything from the Holiday Catalogue this week!  Such choice!

 I am a bit excited to share this weeks project with you all for 2 reasons.

Firstly – because I get to showcase one of my favourite Holiday Catalogue Items – the Brightly Lit Christmas Bundle!  I really am a sucker for dies that aren’t that common to find, and I know this set will be useful for all kinds of projects and cards – not just for Christmas.  It’s one of those sets that would really help create an entire scene for lots of occasions with it’s beautiful lamp posts!  It’s also on our retiring list – so it won’t be around for much longer 🙁

Secondly – Because I have FINALLY managed to finish my Christmas Cards!  And not a moment too soon I might add!  I love adding a Christmas Card to my New Catalogue mail out for the Occasion’s Catalogue and they are ready to be posted this week!!! So if you don’t have a demonstrator, live in Australia, and would love a copy of the New Catalogue, simply send me an email using the ‘Contact Me’ form and I will pop one in the post for you 🙂

Tonight I am CASEing the card at the very top of the boxes!

So here is my Brightly Lit Christmas Card for you all!

CTC 159 - Brightly Lit Christmas Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis with measurements

I really wanted to show off some of our Merry Music DSP without obscuring the lamp post, so I created panels for this card to do just that.  and of course being Christmas, it needed at least a bit of sparkle – so our Foil Snowflakes sorted that for me too!

Here’s a Gold Version:

These colours are not colours I would traditionally use or choose for a Christmas card, but I think they work quite well together and I love how the Merry Music DSP has Christmas Sheet Music so had to show that off too!

But I have to say – the one item that REALLY rescued me when creating such a stack of these cards was our Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets! These sheets were new in this years Annual Catalogue. I simply attached a piece to the back of a piece of black cardstock before running the dies through the bigshot.  It was then simply a matter of peeling away the backing paper and adhering the lamp pieces directly to the cardstock!  Oh. My. Goodness. What a time saver!  Seriously – if you haven’t tried it yet – you really need to! Especially for the more intricate pieces that you need to adhere!  No messy tombow fingers at all!

CTC 159 - Brightly Lit Christmas Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis with measurements

Here are the measurements if you would like to create your own version:

Real Red Card Base – A4 card cut in half on long side (14.9cm)

Merry Music DSP – 5 5/8″ x 2″

Basic Black Card – 5 5/8″ x 2″

Whisper White Layer – 5 3/8″ x 1 3/4″

Cut your Foil Snowflakes in half and adhere to Merry Music DSP before adding the Basic Black layer, which will overlap slightly.

I hope you are all ready for Christmas now!  Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Julia and see what she has created for you all!

Don’t forget to come back and play along this week and show us your lovely creations!  You have until next Monday to upload your project to our Facebook Group –

Happy Crafting everyone!

Why not get a head start on next Christmas by picking up a bargain at our Year End Sale!

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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!

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