A Foxy Friends Christmas Reindeer

I’m back again with some more Foxy Friends Fun!!!  This time, I am getting ready for Christmas Early and just having a play creating! Nooooo, it’s never to early for Christmas!

Did you know that our foxy friend bundle can also create a little reindeer.  What’s not to love with this bundle!!!  So at class last week, we set about creating a little bit of Christmas Cheer by creating this card…

A Foxy Friends bundle Christmas reindeer by My Paper Oasis, stampin Up products, rudolph's red nose

I just HAD to make him into Rudolph! Easily done by punching out a little nose with Calypso Coral card stock and popping it in place after you have stamped a little face!

Quick, simple and cute as!

What do you think????

Mel xx
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Foxy Friends Double Z Cards

A happy hello to everyone!

I wanted to pop by today and share some of the fun I have been having with our Foxy Friends Suite.  The whole suite is just toooooo cute! And the animal possibilities with that punch!!! I mean WOW!!! Have you seen what others are creating!

Well I have seen a LOT of double Z fold cards lately.  So I wanted to give one a try myself.  So I created two! Lol.

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I left some white space on this card because I always feel that you need somewhere to write!  The beauty about this one is that even when you write in the white space, you can’t see it when the card is closed.  And its just too easy to create pretty backgrounds with the coordinating designer series paper stack! The next one I made, I wanted to try a couple of the other animals!

Foxy Friends Suite Double z Folded card by My Paper Oasis, stampin up products, racoon and skunk.

Here’s a quick view of what that other panel that you can’t see looks like on both cards…..

Foxy Friends Suite Double Z fold card by My Paper Oasis, stampin up

These are quite fun to make, and with so many possibilities, so here are my measurements for the second one so you can make your own!

Card base – 4 1/8 x 11″ scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.

1st cardstock layer – 2 pieces 3 7/8″ x 2 1/2″ and 1 piece 5 1/4″ x 3 7/8″

2nd yardstick layer – 2 pieces 3 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ and 1 piece 5 1/8″ x 3 3/4″.

Smaller strip 3/4″ x 11″ and scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Layers are 1 strip 5 3/8″ x 5/8″ and 2 strips 2 5/8″ x 5/8″.

Have fun creating!!!!

Mel xx
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Hope and Sunshine Wishes #GDP045

So today I decided I had to play along in another Global Design Project challenge.  Guess what….it’s another colour challenge! I’m not sure whether these are the kinds I like the best, or they just happen to be the challenges when I have time to play along!  In any case they are super fun! You can always hop over and see the latest challenge here.

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This weeks colour challenge is using basic black, smokey slate and melon mambo! A perfect challenge for utilising our Pop of Pink designer paper – but I chose not too!

I decided to pull out my new Sunshine Wishes Thinlets and play with those instead! When creating this card, I was thinking about friends that suffer anxiety, depression or are going through a difficult time.  So I went about creating a watercolored background of smokey slate.  I knew I wanted the flower to be pink and bright and bring that feeling of hope amidst the dark times – so I was delighted when I saw the thinlets had the word ‘Hope’ (no I hadn’t noticed it before!)

Card of Hope with Sunshine Wishes Thinlets for the GDP045 challenge by My Paper Oasis

I used our Shimmery White cardstock to for a bit of extra sparkle, and it holds the watercoloring so well!  I cut my flower from shimmery white too, and the plopped some melon mambo reinker on a clear block and mixed it with water using my aqua painter, before applying it to my flower.  I then cut two more flowers in melon mambo cardstock and adhered them all together with our fine tip glue pen.  I then used my aqua painter to splash fine spots of ink over the card base too.  And yes, I made that butterfly from our silver metallic thread by wrapping it into position directly onto a glued – not for the feint hearted I can tell you! I then popped a couple of our white perfect accents on the card with glue after removing the white backing.

Card of Hope with Sunshine Wishes Thinlets for the GDP045 challenge

 

I think I need to send this off to someone quite special now!!!  I hope you like it and consider playing along too!

Mel xx

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In This World New Catalogue Pennsationals Blog Hop

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Welcome to another Pennsationals Blog Hop.  This hop we wanted to show you some of the gorgeous new products from the new catalogue!  So sit back, relax and prepare to be inspired. You may be starting here or coming from the very talented Joanna at With Love Handcrafted Cards.  In either case, follow the links at the end of each post and hop your way around some amazing projects!

I wanted to showcase today the gorgeous new In This World Stamp Set.  I think this is a set that will be easily overlooked in the new catty, but it’s vintage feel is what I love and I was drawn to it immediately! Once I started playing, I kind of couldn’t stop, so I made various colour combinations and a few tweaks in the layouts!  I LOVE how they turned out!

In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis

 

In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis

 

In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis

 

In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis

 

Unfortunately our butterfly punch doesn’t fit the stamped image – so it’s lucky I enjoy a bit of fussy cutting! But I really like the vintage look! I cannot wait to play some more with this set with different colours and layouts! I hope you love it too!

Now its time to pop on over to the absolutely amazing Jess at The Paper Caper.  She is an absolute inspiration and is sure to have created something stunning!  I have also popped the entire list at the bottom of the page for you so you don’t get lost on your hop 🙂

Mel xx

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1. Mel Pagano – You Are Here!
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Fairy Celebration Meets Sliding Stars

I have been playing with ….. you guessed it…..the Sliding Star Framelits still! I really can’t help myself! I love to see the images wizz around the card. It makes for so much fun!!!

This time I made a couple of different cards.  The first card I created the background paper of flowers from our Garden in Bloom Stamp, because I thought it would work beautifully for the cute little bee to buzz around the garden. It’s really easy to create your own papers, so I encourage you to give it a try!

Sliding star framelits and garden in bloom, card from My Paper Oasis.

Those tiny bees are too cute on the background! But I warn you – it’s super easy to loose that TINY matching framelit – so be careful!

I then decided to have a play with more of our Serene Scenery papers and my new Fairy Celebration stamp set.  I really wanted a cute fairy whizzing around too!

Fairy celebration meets sliding star framelits to create this adorable card from My Paper Oasis.

How enchanting is this card! I LOVE how it turned out.  To create the seamless background you just adhere the thin circle piece directly to the card base underneath, as the other pieces need to be mounted with dimensionals so the spinner works! I coloured a second set of wings using my stampin write markers, and then used our now retired 2 way glue pen before sprinkling them with some dazzling diamonds glitter.  Im sure it would work as well with a smear of tombow glue, but I was to impatient to wait for it to dry :-/

I hope enjoy some crafting time and give these cards a go. You won’t be disappointed!

Mel xx

PS – Remember for the month of July we have our Bonus Days Deal – for EVERY $90 you spend, you receive a $9 voucher from Stampin’ Up! to redeem in August! Who doesn’t love a freebie!!

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BB-8 Sliding Star Galaxy Card

Hi everyone!

I hope you have been finding some time to relax and create!

I’m a little excited to share this card with you.  My sons birthday was coming up and he was getting a remote controlled BB-8 for his birthday, so I had an idea to create a BB-8 card.  But when I saw the amazing galaxy background demonstrated by Alisa Tilsner on her Facebook page – I knew exactly what I wanted to do! She has also made a blog post on how to recreate it yourself – here – so have a go. It’s lots of fun!

I have been playing HEAPS with the sliding star framelits! My youngest card maker extraordinaire is too! They really are so much fun.  I will be showcasing them in my next few projects.  I knew they would be perfect to make my mini BB-8 flying around in space!

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It’s safe to say that my son absolutely LOVED his birthday card this year.  I used reinkers instead of my stamp pads.  I find it easier to control the colour if I apply a drop of colour onto a clear block and mix from there. You definitely need the watercolour paper for this project too. A variety of circle punches and BB-8 was built 🙂

I hope you will give the background a try. Let me know how you go. You can even post your projects in the comments! I would love to see them!

Mel xx
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Adorable Baby Bear

Have you seen our Baby Bear stamp yet??? It is absolutely ADORABLE! I knew as soon as I saw this stamp back in April at our On Stage event that he would be one of the sets that made my first order from the new catty! And he did, and then he sat there…until the new CTC blog hop focusing on babies and kids!

I have a friend who has recently had a little boy, so this set was going to be perfect to get its first use.  I used the catty for some inspiration.  I loved the brown bear on the blue background on page 61 – so he helped inspire this creation.

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Isn’t he adorable.  And so versatile – girls, weddings, gift cards, you name it, he could be used.  And because this is a triple step stamp, the colour combinations are endless.  My best tip for lining him up when stamping is to focus on his bottom and the gaps under his arms.  That generally sets you right!

And if you are wondering about that background…it’s one of the papers from the serene scenery stack that I used in my previous post! I did use our recently retired Little Letters for the name – but they fit too well not to!

I hope you enjoy playing with this stamp set!

 

Mel xx
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Serene Scenery Framed Picture and card

 

I absolutely love our new Serene Scenery DSP.  It is so versatile and has so many images to use as backgrounds.  So I decided to base a class around using this product. I didn’t want to make just a card for this project.  I really wanted to make something for my house too.

We started class creating this card.  It’s my CASE of the little bag in the catty on page 102. I also wanted it to tie in with my other project – so I added the starfish from Picture Perfect too!

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But we didn’t stop there for this class! When I was looking through the DSP the ‘beach’ page really caught my eye! I mean there are so many pretty backgrounds – but I LOVE the beach!  So I set about creating something for my home. A pretty framed project that would literally take me there!  Here’s what I came up with –

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It’s sooooooo pretty and makes me want to go straight to the beach! I stamped some gorgeous grunge on the sand background, and then added an extra piece of crumb cake card stock with an image from the timeless textures stamp set that I clear embossed, to give a texture of sand.  By tearing the edge of the card and sponging it with crumb cake ink, it adds extra dimension to the page.

By using a 3D box it allowed me to add some extra shells (I found a bottle of various shells in spotlight) which I glued using tombow, directly to the frame itself. I added a couple of pearls and a sprinkle of our gold glitter to the rest of the scene and it was completed!

I love the look and now have a pretty piece that inspires me at home!

What do you think?

Mel xx

PS – For this post, I have included the instructions on making the card for you 🙂

Cut card base from thick white card stock at 4 1/8″ on short side. Fold in half.

Cut woodgrain DSP 5 5/8 x 3 7/8″and adhere to front of card.

Cut a delicate white doily in 1/2.

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Cut co-ordinating piece of DSP 2 3/4 x 4″. Mark at 1 1/4″ on left hand short side. Cut on an angle from top right corner down to 1 1/4″ mark as shown. Adhere to base of card, securing the doily behind the top of this piece.

Trim a piece of silver satin ribbon and adhere where the two pieces of DSP meet.

Cut a piece of old olive card 2 3/4 x 1″. trim points on each end and adhere to silver ribbon.

Stamp sentiment from Scenic Sayings in old olive and hand trim. Adhere using dimensionals.

Tie a bow with linen thread and adhere to bottom of sentiment with a glue dot.

Stamp a starfish from Picture Perfect – the base layer in Sahara Sand and the second layer with Crumb Cake. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat. Fussy cut starfish and adhere to card using dimensionals.

Adhere 3 pearls to card base as in picture.
You’re done!

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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 –

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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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Sliding stars meets swirly birds and cupcakes! 

Hi fellow crafters!

I needed to make a couple of quick cards yesterday for birthdays that I had coming up this week. I was time poor, so I needed them to be fairly quick, but still a bit of fun. That’s when it came to me….my dad likes boats – so why not have a boat bobbing along the ocean with the help of the Sliding Star framelit dies! So that’s exactly what I did!

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It’s so fun to watch that little boat swirl and spin across the card. I popped a watercolour wash on a base of shimmery White cardstock, before using the Shooting Star framelit.  I then stamped and fussy cut the boat.  You need to raise the card front up on dimensionals to allow the spinner room to work and move. You make the spinner by using 2 x 5c pieces or washers stuck together with a dimensional, and tuck the bottom 5c piece under the card front and the other 5c piece over the top.

I find it works best by popping the 5cent piece under the card base first, apply the dimensional with the points trimmed to make it ‘roll’ better and then, after a few experiments, I actually found punching a circle piece or card using the 3/4″ circle punch and adhering that to the dimensional instead of another 5c piece works best. Then use a dimensional to adhere your image to the spinner, and away it goes. I hope that all makes sense.  Feel free to leave a comment for clarification 🙂

I decided ‘why stop there’ and then made a spinning cupcake too using the Sweet Cupcake bundle…

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It’s a very simple card , but super quick to make and could easily be jazzed up a bit. I did use a wink of Stella on the icing though and flicked the gold wink of Stella around for a bit of extra pizazz!
I can see me getting so much use out of these sets for a long time to come!

Hope you have been getting your craft on!

Mel xx
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