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 –

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Click on the image below to view all retiring stamps:

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

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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!!!!

Honeycomb Happiness Easter Card in a Box

Well it’s March already! That means there is just under one month left to get all the Sale-a-bration goodies you are after! LESS than ONE MONTH! Arrgghhhhhhhh….do you have all of yours yet???

One of my favourites would have to be Honeycomb Happiness. It is soon cute and easy to use – especially when you combine it with matching designer paper, such as the Birthday Bouquet as I have done in the past.

This project was a little different.  I was requested to make a couple of Easter Cards.   Now I LOVE easter – i am a self confessed chocoholic!  But I don’t do very many Easter cards…..AT ALL!  But with the limited Easter Sets we have this year, I knew that little chicken from the Honeycomb Happiness set was going to be perfect. And because it fit the brief for the SUO challenge 143 for March, I thought I would play along with that too! It’s the first time I have played along with the SUO challenges, but those of you who visit regularly know that I quite like a challenge! You can find all the info for the SUO challenges here.

And I love a card in a box for a bit of a fancy card…. so here is what I came up with…..

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How cute is that! I LOVE how it turned out.  I started by picking a nice floral piece of DSP from the wildflower fields DSP (another Sale-a-bration freebie with a $90 spend).  I then build my box and colours around that.  That’s one of the best things about Stampin Up! Everything coordinates!  I featured colours Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey when building this card.

I used the Sprinkles of Life set for my little easter basket – and can you guess how I made the little easter eggs???? I used the little spoon from our new Cups and Kettles Framelits Dies. I just trimmed off the spoon tip and stamped with some mini stamps (the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp set is perfect for this, but you could use any little stamps you have!) And to save me colouring my chicken, I just stamped him directly onto some Hello Honey Cardstock. Too Easy!!!!

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I hope you enjoyed these projects.  Don’t forget any $90 order earns you any Sale-a-bration item for FREE!

Mel xx

PS – Do you have a HUGE wishlist??? Why not join the fun and build your stash! For only $169 you get $295 worth of any product of your choice. That’s $126 worth of product for FREE!!!    HURRY  – only until March 31st!
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Saleabration Halfway Happiness Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome again to another Blog Hop.

Today I am joining in with our team ‘Eureka Stampers’ to showcase items from Sale-a-bration.  Sale-A-Bration is that fantastic time of the Stampin Up year where you get one FREE item for EVERY $90 you spend! As well as an amazing joining deal – this year you can Join in the fun and receive $295 worth of products for ONLY $169. Bargains!

Do you know we are HALFWAY through Sale-a-baration already???  Have you taken advantage of all those wonderful free items or that amazing joining offer that’s available yet? And now – today – even more goodies have been added! How good is that!

You may have joined this hop right here – or come across form Heather’s Blog.  Be sure to hop all the way around. There is links to everyone’s blog at the end of the post in case you get lost along the way.

Today I am sharing with you a couple of ‘Magical’ Cards that we have been making in class this week using the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set.  These type of cards are referred to magical slider cards.  You start with a pain black image, but as you pull out the slider, the image magically becomes coloured.

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Isn’t the little chicken in this set just so very adorable! It looks  like a normal – albeit a bit boring – card so far – but just wait for the magic…..

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It’s hard to put into a photo as you really see the magic happen as you pull the slider.  I used one of the sheets from the Wildflower Fields DSP (another FREE sale-a-bration item) and simply randomly coloured a few of those spots with colours from the subtle collection.

Here is another example using the ice cream and the Birthday Bouquet DSP.

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The Honeycomb Happiness stamp set is perfect for this type of card as it has lovely ‘open’ images that allow you to add a lot of colour, making it very effective!  Would you like to make one of your very own??? Jump on over to my Youtube video here.

I tell you – they are soon much fun to make and have been a HUGE hit in class this week.

I hope you enjoy hopping around to see all the wonderful creations the team have made for you. Just click on the links below to go forward or backwards 🙂

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Happy Crafting

Mel xx

 

1. Rose Packer

2. Carly Middleton

3. Julie Cocks

4. Linda Whalley

5. Lauren Meiklejohn

6. Heather McCarthy

7. Mel Pagano – YOU ARE HERE 🙂

8. Sarah McCallion

9. Simone Bartrum

10. Janine Rawlins

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Sprinkles of Life Thank You Tree

I had a request from a lovely customer of mine to make a Thank You card.  She was looking at the photos on my Facebook page and saw one that Sara had demonstrated at convention last year, using the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set. And yes, that’s the one she wanted!

I love to please my customers so I set about creating it for her.  I was thrilled with the way it came out.

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I didn’t have quite all the elements that Sara had used.  I was missing the natural elements ‘thanks’ or the speciality DSP she used, but I had some suitable alternatives!

I used my Hardwood stamp and smokey slate ink for the woodgrain background and my Hello You thinlets Dies for the thanks.  To make it thicker and shiny I simply cut three of the ‘thanks’ and adhered them on top of each other.  I then used crystal effects to cover the stack and let dry on my silicone mat – nothing sticks to that sucker! Its a great technique to jazz up dies of any kind!

I hope you like it!

Happy crafting-

Mel xx

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So much fun with Balloon Celebration Bundle

Firstly, I apologise for some of the emails you have been receiving with tiny font.  I am trying to resolve the issue.  In the meantime – if you are unable to read the font, please just click on the ‘My Paper Oasis’ title, and you will be taken straight to my blog post 🙂

Now I need to ask you….Have you got the Balloon Celebration Bundle yet????

I cannot believe just how versatile this set is!  I have been creating so many cards with it – and it is soon very easy to do with this set.

Here is a couple of ideas for you…

This one is a quick and simple one to get you started, and varied just slightly from the catalogue using Pool Party, So saffron and Blushing Bride Inks.

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This next one is one of my favourites.  I think it’s so soft and could be used for birthday, thank you, baby or sympathy card…Oh the versatility!

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Now, I am not sure if you have noticed, but there is the cutest little whimsy ‘fairy’ petal in this set – in two sizes.  When you heat emboss it in white, it gives the softest, delicate look – I LOVE it! So I CASEd the other card in the catalogue to begin with…

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Can you see those ink spots in the background? Some are using ink colours and an aqua painter, others are using our incredible new Gold wink of stellar pens!  I liked this one so much that I repeated the same, but using my favourite water colour technique…

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What do you think? I hope I have helped you decide that you absolutely need this set.  I want to extend to you the same offer I have given to my newsletter subscribers this month.  If you purchase this bundle through me this month, I will send you the tutorials to make these cards!

Happy Stamping

Mel xx

Don’t forget – if you Join the Fun during Saleabration, you an get $295 worth of products of your choice for ONLY $169.  Ask me how today!

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Watercolour Wishes Card Kit

It seems I have been going mad for kit projects lately – and I HAVE!

I have kits super refreshing after such a busy year, to allow mw to create, without having to ‘think’ too much!

I took my Watercolour Wishes card kit away on a short trip with me as I knew i wouldn’t have to take anything else other than adhesive.  This kit truly has absolutely EVERYTHING you need to create 20 beautiful cards, in a number of different sizes.  It would be a great gift for the crafter who is just beginning or has very little supplies, as well as the experienced crafter.

The kit includes everything to decorate the 20 cards, including an exclusive stamp set, a mini clear block, two coordinating ink spots, dimensionals, embellishments, card bases and envelopes.  EVERYTHING! All packaged in a beautiful presentation box.

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I have used sentiments specific to my needs – for my wonderful customers who place online orders through me – but the stamp set that comes with the kit has a great variety of sentiments – 10 in all!

There was also lots of embellishments left over – so I added more bling to my cards!

I HIGHLY recommend this kit. And remember – any $90 spent until March 31st will earn you Saleabration Freebies!

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Mel xx

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