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.


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!


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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No Bones About It Shaker Card

I get excited every time I get to pull the No Bones About It set off the shelf to use.  This time I was aiming for something a little different.  I was creating a first birthday card for my nephew.  Now first birthdays are pretty special…I mean…its when parents get to celebrate that they survived the first year – no mean feat I can tell you as a mum of 4!!!!!

But it’s pretty special for the little person too.  I mean – you never develop quite as much in your years as you do those first few. So a first birthday card has to be special right!!!!

Not only that, but I wanted to create something bright and funky for the CASEing the Catty Monthly Challenge this month! The catalogue is full of inspiration to help us create, CASE or be inspired and the birthday section never disappoints.  The projects that have really caught my eye this year are the fabulous bright colours of the Birthday Fiesta suite and the shaker cards!

So I set about to creating a bright, fun card that my nephew will still love in years to come….and who grows out of shaker cards??? They are always a bit of fun! With our brilliant new foam adhesive strips – making them has become so much easier!

Now I don’t yet have the Festive Birthday Designer Paper, so I had to use a recently retired paper (Cherry on Top) that was just as bright and colourful, and those birthday balloons fit the bill perfectly!

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I totally love the look of this overlay effect!

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It was such a fun card to make.  By using two acetate sheets on either side of the square cut out, you can then stamp the solid image on the background piece inside the card, to get the effect I created here. Just make sure you use stazon black ink for stamping on the acetate sheet in the front.

The best bit was – his whole party was dinosaur themed and I had no idea!!!! So it suited the occasion just perfectly!

So go get crafting…

Mel xx

June is also a fabulous month to Join the Fun with Stampin’ Up!.  Not only do you get $235 of items of your choice for only $169 – right now you can also get an extra 2 stamp sets for FREE – thats up to $173 value extra depending on what sets you choose!!!! What are you waiting for????

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Love You Lots New Catalogue!

The spectacular new catalogue has arrived with all its goodness! I hope you have had a chance to take a good look at and absorb all its loveliness!

I have to say the first thing I fell in love with in the new catty was the cuteness of one of the new hostess sets – Love you Lots!  I have been having so much fun playing around with this set.  The possibilities and combinations are endless, and our new In Colour’s just seem to match perfectly!  To begin with I tried just simple and clean and let the cute critters do the talking for themselves.  Teamed with another fabulous new set – Thoughtful Banners, making quick cards has never been easier!

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The whole cute bundle together! I softly water coloured each animal in it’s matching cardstock colour. You want to water colour lightly on whisper white as it doesn’t like a lot of water at all!

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How gorgeous are those new In Colours! And the names…..Peakaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugarplum! Simple and stunning I think!

How much do you LOVE this set. as an exclusive hostess set you can get your very own in two ways!   Either host a workshop and with qualifying sales you can redeem your reward dollars for a set or spend $250 in one order and use your reward dollars to get your set! It’s that easy.  Click on my Shop button to take you straight to my shop and have it shipped directly to you!

Get Crafting!!!!

Mel xx

June is also a fabulous month to Join the Fun with Stampin’ Up!.  Not only do you get $235 of items of your choice for only $169 – right now you can also get an extra 2 stamp sets for FREE – thats up to $173 value extra depending on what sets you choose!!!! What are you waiting for????

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Gorgeous Paper Gerbera’s 

I was feeling a little low last week, so I did a couple of things to cheer myself up a bit.

First – I went for coffee and cake – by myself! I was out and about and thought ‘why not!’ So I spilt myself with a mocha and a lovely slice of chocolate roulade. I wish I had taken a picture for you all. Then I sat back, scrolled through a bit of Facebook and enjoyed the serenity!

As I continued my shopping I came across a florist and found these beautiful gerbera’s. The colour was enough to really brighten my day!

How gorgeous are they!!

So these beautiful flowers inspired me to create some of my own Gerbera happiness with my Stampin Up! supplies.  I have made paper gerbera’s before, but these ones were a little smaller as I used the soon to be retired 7/8″ scallop circle punch to make the flower.  Here it is –

I actually started with daffodil delight cardstock and then used a sponge dauber with pumpkin pie ink to colour the centre of each piece. I then snipped down to the centre of each flower in each ‘scallop’ and rolled each individual petal around a tooth pick to curve them – be warned its not for the feint hearted – your fingers definitely cramp up! And there were 3 layers of this one!

I did the same procedure with the very tiny flower from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack from the 2013-2014 catalogue (a long time ago I know, but I find it hard to get rid of ANY retired items :-/) You will need two layers for this one.  And then a little circle from the cupcake punch for the centre.  I glue all my pieces together with tombow and then poked some holes for effect in the centre circle using what I fondly refer to as the ‘pokey tool’, but is in fact the paper piercing tool!

The vase and sentiment are from the gorgeous hostess set ‘Floral Wings’ and of course the wonderful Trio Corner Punch (also retiring) for the corners!  And what is a petal without a sparkle of wink of stella to make it dazzle right!

This card is being gifted to a special friend ‘just because’ I can! I LOVE this job!

If you have ever though about joining Stampin Up! now is a fabulous time to do it! You get the extra perks of preorder before the new catalogue is even seen by anyone else! And its definitely got some ‘to die for’ sets ! I can’t wait!

Happy Crafting

Mel xx
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2015-2016 Annual Retirement Lists

Hi all,

It’s been a while since I have posted – but this post contains the BIG news of the Annual Catalogue RETIREMENT LIST!

If you follow mw on Facebook I have been preparing you all for some time now about the retiring In Colours and that the list was coming.  Well it’s finally here.  There is quite a few things heading off to the Going, going, gone pile – so NOW is the time to get those items you are after and avoid disappointment!  These items sell out super fast – so I always recommend shopping online directly in my store.  It will only take a few minutes to set up an account if you don’t have one – and then you are on your way! And all your lovely goodies will ship directly to your house! NICE!

Don’t forget today is also the LAST DAY for the weekly deals. And why not take a look around the Clearance Rack for more bargains whilst you’re there!


Here you go – all the links –

Click the image below to download the PDF of all the retiring products – please note that this list changes daily (sometimes hourly) as items are sold out –

retirement PDF


Click on the image below to view all retiring stamps:



Click on the image below to view all retiring accessories (ribbon, punches, dies, paper and more):



Don’t forget to apply APRILS Hostess code to your online orders  76R7C3B4 under $250 and I will send you a special little something in the post to say thank you (just make sure you DON’T select ‘No Contact’ under your account)!


Don’t forget, that new Catalogue is just around the corner, with gorgeous new products for you all too!

Watch my Facebook page to find out about my Launch Day!


Have fun everyone!!!!