Cutting Cardstock for Beginners

Hi Everyone.

Today I wanted to share with you how I cut my cardstock to make my basic layers for my cards.

Now I am a quilter at heart, as well as a stamper – so I do work in Inches, which I understand some people are just not a fan off! Lol. But I honestly feel it gives you more even cuts.

They are like anything you learn.  It make be a bit difficult to grasp initially, but easy once you have practiced.

If the video doesn’t load then You can watch Cutting Card Layers for Beginners Here so you can see how I do it.

Here are the card layers that are my ‘go to’ when creating cards.

Card Bases:

Cut on short side of A4 cardstock at 4 1/8″

Cut on long side of A4 cardstock at 14.9cm ( this is the centre of your Australian A4 cardstock)

Layers:

5 3/4″ x 4″

5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″

5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″

5 3/8″ x 3 5/8″

This means that if you want a larger border around one piece of your cardstock, you simply skip to the next measurement.  There are so many ways you can do layers.  Once you are more confident you can really begin to play around with them!

Download the PDF below:

Basic Card Layers

And here is just a little guide to help you with your Inches!

And a couple of layered examples.

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Daisy Delight from Stampin Up

Colour Inspiration #10 by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up!s Beautiful You and Sheltering Tree

I do hope you find this helpful!  If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will get back to you.

Happy Crafting!

 

 

CTC 131 – Everyday Occasions

A super excited HELLO to everyone tonight from the CASEing the Catty Team for hop CTC 131!

Why so excited you may ask?????

Because it’s NEW CATALOGUE TIME!!!!!!

Thats right – the Brand new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue has just begun and we have a whole year ahead of us to CASE the gorgeous new projects!  And you can join in too. We have made it super simple! Just make your own creation and upload it to our Facebook Page – right to the wall – no album necessary! Its that simple!

So take the hop…be inspired….and upload your own design HERE!

This week we get to CASE anything from the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue on pages 18 – 67.

Thats A LOT of pages to choose from! Do you know how hard it was to narrow down! Lol.

But eventually I did!  I chose to showcase some of the items from the gorgeous new Wood Words Suite. I have been using it so much since I got it!

And I have two cards to show you, both CASEd from different projects in the catalogue.

My first card takes inspiration from the card in the image above.  I have stamped the flowers for the background and heat embossed with white embossing powder directly on to the Wood Textures Designer series Paper.  I then used the new copper trim to make a ‘mesh’ over the image before stamping and adhering the sentiment and heart in the new Fresh Fig colour.

CTC 131 Everyday Occasions by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Wood Words Suite by Stampin' Up!

It’s a bit hard to see the mesh effect of the copper trim but you create it by cutting a long piece of it and then cutting it down the length to ‘open’ it, as it’s like a tube.  Then just spread it and adhere pieces to suite your card.  Here’s a close up…

Such a quick and simple card where the background does most of the work for you!

My second card was based on these images …

I have this stamp set and I love these cards, but have yet to make them … but for today’s challenge I changed it up a little … you see, I had so many little pieces of the Wood Textures DSP left after making 17 little crates for my Launch this weekend, so I tried to replicate this look using those scraps!

CTC 131 Everyday Occasions by Mel Pagano from My Paper Oasis using Wood Words by Stampin' Up!

I think its a great way to use up all of those scraps!

Have fun taking a look at all the New Catalogue Inspiration!

It’s time to hop on over to Rachel’s blog and see what she has created for you this week!

Happy Crafting 🙂

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It’s Here – the New Annual Catalogue 2017

A Big Hello to you!!!!

Today is a very exciting day in the Stampin’ Up! World – It’s New catalogue Day!

233 pages of absolutely gorgeous products ready to meet everyones needs!

You are bound to find a product or 3 or 4 or 5…you get the idea…that you love and have to add to your collection!

So grab a cuppa, get your pen and wish lists ready, and a biscuit or two

and enjoy the glorious pages that are the brand new catalogue for 2017!

Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue 2017

Enjoy xx

CTC 130 – Favourite Project – Occasions Catalogue

Hello and welcome back to CASEing the Catty Challenge #130!

I do hope you take the time to hop around and see everyone’s creations and then create your very own masterpiece!  Don’t forget to pop on over to our Facebook page, upload your project and join in the challenge for the week! We love to see everyone’s ideas and inspiration!

This week we get to CASE our favourite project from the Occasions Catalogue.

I absolutely love that we can CASE ANYTHING, but it does make it difficult with just so many projects to choose from!  I have a few standout items in the 2017 Occasions Catalogue – The Nailed It Bundle, Carousel Birthday, Cool Treats and the Window Box Dies – just to name a few!  Don’t forget that lots of items are retiring in this catalogue and you only have 3 …YES …3 days left to get your hands on them!

For the challenge today, I picked one of my all time favourites!  The Beautiful You Stamp set.

I have used this stamp set HEAPS and was very happy to see it continuing in to the Brand New catalogue!  You can achieve so many looks with this stamp set and cards for so many occasions.  The sentiments suit lots of occasions and you can stamp, watercolour or paper piece those gorgeous ladies!  It’s super versatile, and that is one of the reasons I love it!

So for this project I took these images off cards and popped them into a frame!

CTC 130 Favourite Occasions Catalogue Project by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin Up's Beautiful You Stamp Set

The stamp designed to fill the dress and the skirt give a real arty feel about them, and I watercolored the rest.  Do you spy the new colour??? It’s the new Berry Burst and you can get your very own when the new catalogue launches on the 1st of June!  The sentiment I chose is dear to my heart and had to be included … my dad used those same words in his speech on my wedding day!

I would love to know what you think of my project – so feel free to leave a comment for me 🙂

Now it’s time to hop on over to Rachel’s and see what she has created for you all!

Happy Crafting

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Colour INKspiration #10

A big hello to you all!

Welcome back to another Colour INKspiration!  You may be popping over from the lovely Rebecca Scurr, or starting right here! So have a hop around and then come back and create your own masterpiece! We are loving seeing your fabulous creations on our Facebook page – so keep them rolling in!

I am glad to be back this week after missing the last one.  Going to Picture to Page in Pakenham and then having a Biggest Morning Tea Event really kept me very busy!  And as Colour Challenges are my favourite kinds of challenges, I was a bit sad to have missed it!!!

But this week’s Challenge I found just a little bit tougher than usual!

Our colour palette this week are gorgeous Autumn / Wintery Hues with Cajun Craze (yes, dust it off!), Island Indigo, Smokey Slate and Delightful Dijon (retiring colour).

So I set to work creating some Autumn / Wintery cards to set these colours off.  My first card I had a bit of fun playing around with the Shaving Foam Technique again.  It’s a great way to mix a few co-ordinating colours and make those stunning backgrounds.  You can watch my video over at my You Tube Channel HERE to learn how to create your own.

Colour INKspiration #10 by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis using Colourful Seasons Bundle

I mixed Island Indigo, Cajun Craze and Smokey Slate re inkers into my shaving foam for the background.  I love all the leaves falling from trees in Autumn.  The bright reds and soft yellows!  So I stamped the leaves in Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon.  I lightly sponged the tips of the Delightful Dijon leaves in Cajun Craze to give them an Autumn feel.  I also used the matching framelits to cut a leaf in Delightful Dijon, and then sponged the edges in Cajun Craze, and I then topped this one off with some our fine tip glue pen to really make it stand out!

Colour Inkspiration #10 by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up!s Colourful Seasons Bundle

The sentiments from the Colourful Seasons Stamp set are just stunning!

I then went on to have a bit more of a play, with a card type I don’t normally do, but I thought I would show you the ned result anyway…because sometimes its all about the learning as we play!

Colour Inkspiration #10 by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up!s Beautiful You and Sheltering Tree

I would love to know what you think, so feel free to leave a comment to let me know!

 I do hope you are going to make some time to be inspired and play along too 🙂

Now it’s time to hop on over to Nicole Wilson and see what she has created to inspire you all!

Happy Creating everyone!

Don’t forget – there is only 7 days left to stock up on your retired goodies before they are gone forever 🙁

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CTC 129 – Favourite Project – Annual Catalogue

Welcome back to another week of CASEing the Catty!

This week we get to CASE our favourite Project from the Annual Catalogue!  I was like…wwwwhhhhhhhhaaaatttttttt???????

With all those great projects how on earth are you supposed to choose?

Well to help me decide I went back to what caught my eye when I very first got to see the catalogue!  There were two things that really stood out to me and I wanted NOW!  The Foxy Friends Suite and the Baby Bear Stamp.  But the project that really caught my eye was this one….

Found on Page 90, that tiny fox really caught my attention!  It took me a little while to actually find where the little fox came from, but I eventually found it in the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack (slapped forehead! )

I love the layout on the box and all the layered elements, so this is what I decided to create for you this week….on a card!

CTC 129 Favourite Project in Annual Catalogue with Mel pagano from My Paper Oasis, using Foxy Friends Suite from Stampin' Up!

It looks so adorable on a card, and I added the extra layer of white with our Layering Circle Dies just to help it stand out a little more from the Calypso Coral Background! Sooooooo Cute for a baby card – and you could make the matching gift box too.

So as I had made a ‘pink’ one….I decided I definitely needed to make a ‘blue’ one too!

CTC129 Favourite Project from Annual Catalogue with Mel Pagano from My Paper Oasis using Foxy Friends Suite from Stampin' Up!

I hope you too use the catalogue for your inspiration.  With so many wonderful projects, it makes creating your own version extra easy!  And don’t forget – this gorgeous paper stack from this suite is retiring as are the Baby’s First Framelits and the sequin trims.  You only have 10 more days to get your retiring items before they are gone 🙁

Now its time to hop on over to Monique’s page and see what her favourite project is from the Annual Catalogue!

Happy Crafting

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Shaving Foam Technique

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m back to share my Stamp it Sunday Facebook Live video on how to create brilliant background using the Shaving Foam Technique!

It’s so simple, so messy and so fun! And just take a look at the stunning backgrounds you can create.  The skies the limits with hundreds of potential colour combinations!

Here is my favourite so far!

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set by Stampin Up

My boys actually choose these colours – My youngest said his favourites are Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo, then they choose some of the new Powder Pink!  It matched the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set beautifully.  I was lucky enough to win this at the demonstrator On Stage event! I was one very happy girl!  This one was created with a lovely friend and downline in mind and it has already been sent to it’s new home!

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Daisy Delight from Stampin Up

These two were created using Wisteria Wonder, Flirty Flamingo and our new Lemon Lime Twist reinkers!  Teamed with our Daisy Delight bundle to create some lovely Gerber’s.  You can highlight different colours from your batch of shaving foam.  These two still need sentiments which I will save until the right occasion arises!

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel Pagano from My paper Oasis using Scenic Sayings from Stampin Up

Great for smaller card with big bold sentiments…

Shaving Foam Technique by Mel pagano from My Paper Oasis using Daisy Delight from Stampin Up

Or use the patterned card to create your embellishments!

So many variations! I encourage you to try it!

You will need:

-shaving cream (cheapest one will do)

-something to squirt your shaving cream in to (I used a plastic plate)

-reinkers in colours of choice

-something to swirl your colours

-something to scrape the foam (i used an old iTunes card)

-whisper white cardstock

Take a look at my You Tube Video to see exactly how it is done over at My Paper Oasis.

And then go get messy and have some fun.

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CTC 128 – Favourite Kit

Hi everyone.  I seemed to have been MIA the past couple of weeks as I prepared for the Picture to Page show in Pakenham.  But I am back this week for another awesome CTC Challenge!  This week we get to CASE our Favourite Kit from any Catalogue!

I do have a couple of favourite kits in the catalogue – especially the Watercolour Wishes Card Kit. But for todays hop – I decided to try something a little different.  I have always liked the Perfectly Wrapped Kit on page 159 in the current Annual Catalogue, but it was one of those kits I never actually got around to purchasing!

I thought it was such a bright fun kit, and just a bit different to our usual kits with all its fun packaging.  I had so much fun creating for this challenge!  I had never thought to CASE a kit before!

So today, being Mother’s Day in Australia, I thought all that cute packaging may just come in handy for some lovely little gifts!

I used the Grateful Bunch stamp set and Blossom Bunch Punch to base my mini kit around.  I am just a bit sad this set is retiring! I loved the lace and the triple flowers that you could layer together were so quick and easily … not to mention that is my most favourite butterfly …. sob…

Anyway – here is what I came up with!

CTC 128 Favourite Kit Projects by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis using Stampin' Up! Grateful Bunch and Blooms and Bliss DSP

I created the gift bag by using our Kraft Tag a Bags (also retiring).  I simply stamped the bag, folded the base and adhered the corners underneath to create an open bag.

The Clear Tiny Treat Box was simply decorated with some hand stamped Whisper White card, scored and folded for inside the box, with a belly band wrapped around and a cluster of flowers popped on the top.

And instead of creating the cello bags – I CASEd the design and turned it into a card to suit the occasion!

The sentiments from this suite really do go well with the Mother’s Day theme.  I hope that where ever you are today, and whom ever you consider your ‘babies’, that you are having an amazing day! Every woman is fabulous and deserves to be treated special xx

Don’t forget – you can play along too by simply adding your photo to the CTC 128 album on our Facebook page HERE.

Now its time to pop around to see what the rest of the crew have created for you.

Next on the hop is the amazing Julia Quinn!

Happy Stamping!!!

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3D Flower Making using Flower Shop

Hi everyone,

I have had loads of interest in how I made my 3D flowers using the Flower Shop Stamp set on the top of my Windows Hexagon Box, as seen in the CASEing the Catty Challenge a couple of weeks ago.   You remember the one……

CTC125 Antique Window Box design by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, flower shop

Here’s the link to that post – CTC 125

So I thought I would pop past and show you what you will need and the link to my brand new ‘How To’ Video on You Tube  showing you exactly what to do!

Essential Tools:

You will need a

: Flower Shop Stamp Set

:Pansy Punch

:ink pad

:bone folder

:tooth pick or similar

:tombow multipurpose liquid adhesive

:hot glue gun

Here’s a picture of the petals you will need to complete the flower –

How to create stunning 3D flowers using the Flower Shop Stamp and Pansy Punch by My Paper Oasis, Stampin' Up!, 3D flowers, paper flower art

You need 4 full flowers to being with.

Trim the first flower by removing one petal as shown (keep all petals).

Trim the second flower by keeping only 2 petals joined together.

The third flower remains while with just a snip straight into the centre of the flower.

The fourth flower is completing whole.

Watch my video over at My Paper Oasis HERE to see just how to put it altogether 🙂

Happy Crafting!

Don’t forget, there are still loads of discounted items available on the retiring list!

Shop Supplies or the Retiring List by clicking the image below!

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Colour INKspiration 08

Hello and welcome to Colour INKspiration Challenge #08!

At Colour INKspiration, we play and create using a different colour palette every fortnight.  It’s a fantastic way to stretch your creativity and I encourage you to join in.  We have a dedicated Facebook group where you can upload your own creation to right HERE.

I missed the last challenge, so I was determined NOT to miss this one! And boy is this a challenging one!

I love this picture but I must admit, I was a bit daunted initially with the colour palette – Delightful Dijon; Tip Top Taupe; Soft Suede; Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  But after a little pondering I realised what it reminded me of … the colours of a sepia photo …you know the ones … with just a hint of colour to highlight a certain area.

Once I had that idea in my head I knew exactly which stamp set to reach for – so I am giving you a little sneaky peak at one of our new upcoming sets from the Birthday Memories Suite. It is sooooooo adorable!

Colour INKspiration #08 Sneak Peak from the upcoming Birthday Memories Suite by My Paper Oasis, Birthday Delivery, Stampin Up, Sepia Colouring, Vintage Card

Isn’t she gorgeous!  I used the masking technique for the addition of the flowers before lightly water colouring them with Delightful Dijon. I created the sepia effect by watercoloring around the image of the girl lightly with Soft Suede, then inside the image gradually building with small amounts of colour until I was happy with it.  As this is on Very Vanilla Cardstock, I did have to make sure that my aqua painter was not very wet or it would ruin the card.

The flowers were created with the Succulent Flower Dies (retiring item) simply sponged in Delightful Dijon, curling the tips under and then layered on each other.

Colour INKspiration #08 Sneak Peak from the upcoming Birthday Memories Suite by My Paper Oasis, Birthday Delivery, Stampin Up, Sepia Colouring, Vintage Card

I absolutely love the vintage feel of this card! I hope you do too. And I know you are going to love the entire Birthday Memories Suite!

But don’t stop here!!! We have an absolutely amazing array of stunning projects from our Design Team lined up to inspire you for this hop!  Get ready to be WOWED as you make your way around to everyone’s blogs!!!!!

Up next is the lovely Rebecca Scurr and her gorgeous creation!

Happy Crafting!

PSSSTTTTT – don’t forget you can shop for your items, especially those retiring products, right in the comfort of your own home, from anywhere in Australia!

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