Mini Desk Calendar with Lift Me Up Bundle

Hi everyone,

I had lots of fun this week sharing on my Facebook Live video how to make these handy little desktop calendars, that are quick and easy to create!  I used the Lift me Up bundle to decorate them, combined with the stitched shape framelits (don’t you love how those framelits really add pop to your images and backgrounds!)

These are so handy to keep on your desk or by a phone for a quick reference for dates.  I managed to pick up some of these little calendars at a local Papercraft Show, but they can usually be found online if you are looking for some.

And you can get the gorgeous Carried Away Designer Series Paper (DSP) for FREE when you spend $90! That’s as easy as purchasing the Lift Me Up Bundle in clear mount and a pack of Night of Navy Cardstock! You can shop securely anytime in my online store HERE from ANYWHERE in Australia!

Below is the list and measurements of what you need to make your very own calendars and go to My Paper Oasis Youtube channel to see how to create it 🙂

What you need –

Base – Night of Navy Cardstock: a piece 8″ x 4″ and scored at 4″ and 6″ on long side; a piece 4″ x 3 3/4″ for top section; a piece 3 1/8″ x 2″ for under the calendar itself.

DSP (Carried Away) – a piece 3 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ for top section and a piece 3 7/8″ x 2 3/8″ for under calendar.

Scrap of Mint Macaron for largest square of Stitched Shape Framelits.

Whisper White for stamped image and cloud.

Keep Crafting!

Don’t forget – there are amazing benefits to be had by shopping, hosting and joining during Saleabration!  Just ask me how!

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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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CTC112 – Cupcakes and Carousels

We are back this week for another CASEing the Catty Challenge!  We have had some fantastic entries over on our Facebook Page – so keep them coming – we are so glad you are enjoying the new way to play along!  This week for our challenge we are taking inspiration form the Cupcakes and Carousel section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 8 – 13.  Remember, you don’t have to have any of the stamps sets to play along, you just use the images in the catalogue to spur your creativity! It may be the paper, colours used, images, designs or layouts that you use to inspire you to create your project!

I cannot tell you how much I love this suite (I know – I love just about all of them! Lol) – but this suite makes it easy! And it has a real vintage feel about it! I love the DSP paper stack (I just wish they were 12×12!), the colours that are used in the suite and the stamp sets! It made it so easy to create my projects…and I guess I took inspiration from it all!

The one thing that really caught my eye in this picture were the Rosette’s . I used to love making these, but had forgotten about them – until now! So I knew I had to use them for this challenge.

I set about creating a scrapbook page using the Carousel Birthday Set – it came together so quickly for me, which surprised me, because I am not a natural scrapbooker!  It just goes to show…when you have the right products its easier to create!

Do you see the stamped Carousel Horse Image on my page?  I took inspiration from one of the actual papers in the DSP stack- this one –

I love the way they looked, so I made my own.  Its easy to do – just stamp your image in the lightest base colour (in this case peekaboo peach) and the ink up other ares using a sponge dauber with your stronger colours (calypso coral and early espresso). See – easy and SUPER effective!

I didn’t stop there with this suite either.  I decided to have a bit of fun and made this 3D carousel, well, just because I could, using a large rosette for the roof! And if you are wondering how the centre is made – it’s from our empty ribbon spools – I never throw them out! Lol.

I hope you enjoyed these creations this week!  This suite is LOADS of fun, so I encourage you to have a play and join the challenge.  Simply upload a picture of your creation to the album on the Facebook page HERE.

Now it’s time to hop on over to the wonderful Julia Quinn and see what she has created for you all!

Keep crafting!

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CTC111 – Saleabration of Hey Chick

Its time for another CTC challenge and this time, we can CASE anything from the Saleabration Catalogue! How fun is that… there was sooooo much to choose from but I knew exactly where to start!

From my first sneaky peak of the Saleabration Catalogue at On Stage I knew that I had to have the Hey Chick Stamp set.  Those chickens are so darned cute I couldn’t help myself.  It was the first Saleabration set I added to my order.  Apart from the chicken with the crazy hairdo, my other favourite was they way the chicken had been coloured on page 17 –

She is so bright and colourful and not really what you expect your chicken to be! So I just had to put her on a card! So on she went – Ready in time for my new product play day this week, so others can make her too!

I love how our stitched Framelits really set off images! And the great news is – they will be back in stock and ready to order from the 16th of January! The cool chicken wire background was created using the new hexagons dynamic embossing folder.  Simply pat your ink on the raised edges, lay your card stock over the top and rub gently with your bone folder or sponge brayer and voila…instant background from any embossing folder! And it coordinates perfectly with our little chickens!

Hope you like her!  Now pop on over to Julia Quinn’s blog to see what she has created for us this week!

And don’t forget – you can play along too on our Facebook Page by clicking HERE!

Watch my video at My Paper Oasis to see how this was created.

Card Base – crumb cake

Card Layer one – real red 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″

Card Layer two – whisper white 5 3/8″ x 3 5/8″



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Colour INKspiration 001 – Pastel Popsicles

 

WELCOME

to the very first Colour INKspiration Blog Hop!

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. Our first one starts on Wednesday, 11th January.

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!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/349642308720075/

We have a fantastic colour challenge this week to get you started! Full of pretty pastels! Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise and Peekaboo Peach!  Pick at least three – or up to all six! Neutrals are welcome – black, white, vanilla, crumb cake, kraft and sahara sand!

What a gorgeous colour palette to begin playing with!

I initially started by making a watercolour wash on some shimmery white to mimic the sky, using tempting turquoise, so saffron and blushing bride, which I planned to pair with our new Lift Me Up Bundle. But once I had it completed I instantly went back to my childhood – enjoying a cone with lovely gelato ice-cream flavours! You know…the kind you don’t seem to be able to find anymore!  Well, lucky for me Saleabration has the perfect set for me to use! Yep, out came Tasty Trucks to create my gelato heaven!

I gave the truck a light wash of mint macaron and sweet sugarplum and then cut out the shape and windows before ‘colouring’ it with our fine tip glue pen to give it a glossy finish. I also finished off the ice creams with 2 coats of the fine tip glue pen to give them a bit of lift and shine!  The sentiment was from the Suite Sentiments set and was perfect for my gelato card finished off with Copper Embossing powder!

Don’t forget – you can get your very own Tasty Trucks Set with any purchase over $90 whilst Saleabration is on! Just use my handy ‘Shop Now’ button to get your supplies.

I hoped you liked my creation! Continue on to Kathryn’s blog to see her use of the colour challenge! And don’t forget to join the challenge yourself over on our Facebook group!

Keep Crafting!

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Bokeh Technique using Beautiful You!

Hi everyone.

It is lovely to be back creating again after my break!  But I can tell you – some of my mojo seems to disappear when I haven’t been in the craft room for a while! So I started with something that I have wanted to create since seeing the Beautiful You Stamp Set in the New Occasions Catalogue.

I wanted to create a stormy effect to use with the lady carrying the umbrella.  I have used the Bokeh Technique in the past, and new I would be able to create the background I was looking for – so off I went!

I demonstrated how to make this card Live on Facebook this week, so you can easily make it too! Take a look at my video at My Paper Oasis – and scroll down for the card measurements.

Here’s another one using the same technique, but this time I used Blushing Bride and Rose Red to create the background.

This set is truly lovely.  So many possibilities for lots of occasions! And that FONT!!!!!  But if you don’t feel like creating your own Bokeh Backgrounds, our new Designer Series Paper – Falling in Love – has made it truly easy for you! With not one, but three different Bokeh Backgrounds to choose from, creating this card has never been simpler!

I hope you like these examples of this technique and that they encourage you to have a go at creating your own!

Card Details –

Card Base – Marina Mist – cut on long side at 14.9cm and folded in half.

Layer one – smokey slate – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″

Layer two – Shimmery White – 5 3/8″ x 3 5/8″

Sponged colours – Soft Sky; Smokey Slate, Marina Mist and White Craft Ink.

Don’t have all the supplies you need? Simply pop over to my online shop and have your order delivered directly to your door 🙂

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CTC110 – Party Animal

I have some very exciting news to share with you all! I have been invited to join the team over at CASEing the Catty! Its a weekly blog hop, where every Sunday Night the team CASE different sections of the catty to inspire your creativity!  It’s loads of fun….and you can play along too!

This week is all about CASEing the Party Animal Section from pages 4-7 of the New Occasions Catalogue! (Have you seen it yet? It’s spectacular!)

I absolutely love the Cake Crazy Stamp Set on Page 7 and I needed a female birthday card, so I took inspiration from the card on the left. I love the way it stacks!

My order hasn’t arrived yet with this lovely set, so I improvised using the new Birthday Bright Set available in the Occasions Catalogue on Page 13, to create my very own cake stack card.  Its quite easy to do with the photopolymer stamps – but if you are not confident you can always use the stamp-a-ma-jig!

I did add a little bit of sparkle by using the Gold embossing powder instead of the white and I was pleasantly surprised at how well this stamp set ‘stacks’!

And seeing as I have been taking a break and was keen to get creative again, I decided to make another card using the same set, but this time I used the base of the centre card below for inspiration.

I thought the little banner pieces in the set would be prefect to create a focal point on my card.  I simply lined them all up on a single block and stamped away before applying my white embossing powder!

And let me tell you – that white ribbon in the new Occasions Catty is fast becoming a favourite of mine! It’s the perfect size for card makers!

I hope this has given you some inspiration for creating!  You can now hop over to Jackie’s blog to see what she has created for you all!

Don’t forget you can play along too by using the link tool below or by joining our BRAND NEW Facebook group – CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge – where you can play along by adding your photo to the related challenge album.

I’m really looking forward to being a member of the Caseing the Catty to help inspire you all!

Happy crafting

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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

Christmas or Birthday Money Pouch Gift Pocket

A very Merry Christmas to you all!

Christmas is all about giving, and one thing I find a lot of us give is the gift of cash or gift cards. I found myself in the situation yesterday where I needed to give a gift of cash, so I wanted to create something a little more special to give it in. So today I wanted to share with you all how easy it is to create a fancy gift pouch that you can whip up in minutes to give someone a gift of cash,  gift card or even movie vouchers.

 

So simple, so fast to create, but a gorgeous way to present your gift!  I even added a panel to write your message on the inside of the birthday one –

What do you think?

If you would like to make some of your own, here are the measurements –

Pouch – 7 3/4″ x 7 1/2″.  Score on long side at 2 1/4″ and 5″. Fold and burnish. Apply adhesive to each edge of small flap.

DSP for front and whisper white for inside top panel – 7 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.

DSP for front of bottom inner panel – 7 1/4″ x 2″.

Here is my Youtube ‘How To’ video over at My Paper Oasis.

Have you noticed some of our gorgeous new saleabration and Occasions catalogue goodies? I can’t wait to play with them all beginning the 4th of Jan!

I will take a short rest over Christmas, but will be back in full swing in the New Year.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Mel xx

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Christmas Sampler Shadow Box

Hi Everyone!

I absolutely love how this project has turned out so I had to do another quick share with you this week!!!

I had a special weekend class where the attendees got to make this lovely 12″ x 12″ frame to assist their Christmas Decorating this year.  It was a huge hit!  The ladies even starting embellishing with ‘tinsel’ around the tree, we adhered bells to just about everything, and a load of fun was had! And now it’s hanging in pride of place in my house!

It was sooo hard to get a good picture without the glare! And believe it or not, the sentiment is embossed with the gorgeous new glitter embossing powder! It adds such a sparkle!

I have dressed it up a bit more now with our mini jingle bells and twine! Its a great way to display all those christmas products you have on hand….and if you don’t, why not get together with a friend a share your supplies. But you had better hurry to get your hands on the Candy Cane Lane DSP – as it’s on the Year End Clearout Sale!

Have fun creating!

Mel xx

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