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CTC159 – Any Holiday Project with Brightly Lit Christmas

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to this weeks CASEing the Catty blog hop!  We are up to challenge CTC 159 and can CASE anything from the Holiday Catalogue this week!  Such choice!

 I am a bit excited to share this weeks project with you all for 2 reasons.

Firstly – because I get to showcase one of my favourite Holiday Catalogue Items – the Brightly Lit Christmas Bundle!  I really am a sucker for dies that aren’t that common to find, and I know this set will be useful for all kinds of projects and cards – not just for Christmas.  It’s one of those sets that would really help create an entire scene for lots of occasions with it’s beautiful lamp posts!  It’s also on our retiring list – so it won’t be around for much longer 🙁

Secondly – Because I have FINALLY managed to finish my Christmas Cards!  And not a moment too soon I might add!  I love adding a Christmas Card to my New Catalogue mail out for the Occasion’s Catalogue and they are ready to be posted this week!!! So if you don’t have a demonstrator, live in Australia, and would love a copy of the New Catalogue, simply send me an email using the ‘Contact Me’ form and I will pop one in the post for you 🙂

Tonight I am CASEing the card at the very top of the boxes!

So here is my Brightly Lit Christmas Card for you all!

CTC 159 - Brightly Lit Christmas Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis with measurements

I really wanted to show off some of our Merry Music DSP without obscuring the lamp post, so I created panels for this card to do just that.  and of course being Christmas, it needed at least a bit of sparkle – so our Foil Snowflakes sorted that for me too!

Here’s a Gold Version:

These colours are not colours I would traditionally use or choose for a Christmas card, but I think they work quite well together and I love how the Merry Music DSP has Christmas Sheet Music so had to show that off too!

But I have to say – the one item that REALLY rescued me when creating such a stack of these cards was our Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets! These sheets were new in this years Annual Catalogue. I simply attached a piece to the back of a piece of black cardstock before running the dies through the bigshot.  It was then simply a matter of peeling away the backing paper and adhering the lamp pieces directly to the cardstock!  Oh. My. Goodness. What a time saver!  Seriously – if you haven’t tried it yet – you really need to! Especially for the more intricate pieces that you need to adhere!  No messy tombow fingers at all!

CTC 159 - Brightly Lit Christmas Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis with measurements

Here are the measurements if you would like to create your own version:

Real Red Card Base – A4 card cut in half on long side (14.9cm)

Merry Music DSP – 5 5/8″ x 2″

Basic Black Card – 5 5/8″ x 2″

Whisper White Layer – 5 3/8″ x 1 3/4″

Cut your Foil Snowflakes in half and adhere to Merry Music DSP before adding the Basic Black layer, which will overlap slightly.

I hope you are all ready for Christmas now!  Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Julia and see what she has created for you all!

Don’t forget to come back and play along this week and show us your lovely creations!  You have until next Monday to upload your project to our Facebook Group –

Happy Crafting everyone!

Why not get a head start on next Christmas by picking up a bargain at our Year End Sale!

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Colour INKspiration 24

Welcome everyone to Colour INKspiration 24!

Being right in the middle of silly season, I almost forgot to complete a project for this challenge!  Boy is it a challenge for you this week!

Such an unusual combination of colours – but don’t they work so well together!

Tranquil Tide; Pool Party; Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride

are your colours for this weeks challenge.

I thought I had better get some Christmas momentum happening for this challenge, given that I am sooooo far behind in my Christmas card making this year – like – ridiculously behind!  I can see a lot of late nights looming ahead 🙁  I used Bronwyn Eastley’s Coffee Cafe Easel Card Tutorial for my project tonight.  I just couldn’t resist! After making a Vase with this design a few weeks ago – I was dying to try out a 3D Christmas Tree Card. So here it is…

Colour INKspiration 24 - 3D Christmas Tree by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I love a good 3D project, and the Tree from the Ready for Christmas Bundle suited this project perfectly.  Unfortunately it’s retiring at the end of the year – so you need to get it before it’s gone for good 🙁 The little birds are cut from the Tree Builder Punch.  And wasn’t I lucky that our new Stampin Blends have the matching colours to this weeks challenge!

Colour InNKspiration 24 - 3D Christmas Tree by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

The crew have some brilliant projects using these colours this week. So make sure you hop around to everyone and see what they have for you.

And I know its totally busy, but I do hope you make some time for craft and join in for this challenge. It really is good therapy!

Now its time to hop on over to Monique to see what she has created for you all!

 

Happy Crafting everyone!

Take a look at war’s going, going, gone in the Year End Sales!

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CTC 158 – Case a project from the page thats your age

Well hello everyone! Have we got a fun CASEing the Catty for you tonight!  Tonight we get to CASE a project form the page that’s your age! Lol.  And it can be from any catalogue!  We also had a disclaimer clause that we could use the page that is the age we would like to be!!!

How much fun is this weeks challenge going to be! I can’t wait to see all your projects as you play along for this one!

I decided this week be brave and CASE a project from the page that was my actual age!  So over on page 43 of the Annual Catalogue you will find the design that I CASED this week –

I CASED the layout from the little notebook on the left hand side.  Initially I was going to use the same coloured DSP from the Colour Theory Suite, but then I completely changed my mind, pulling out the yet to be used Petal Garden DSP Stack instead!

I kept the same basic layout and used the Tabs for Everything Stamp set for my sentiment and created this card instead…

CTC 158 - A page thats your age using Petal Gardens DSP by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

As you can see, I changed up the colours and imagery, but kept the basic layout the same.  I don’t think I use our Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate anywhere near enough!!!!

Here’s a bit more of a close up for you so you can really see the elements!

CTC 158 - A page that's your age using Petal Garden by Mel Pagano at My paper Oasis

The Petal Garden DSP has some really beautiful floral imagery, and those roses were fussy cut straight from a piece of it!  How easy is that!

I really do enjoy the variations you can create simply by CASEing a project from the catalogue and changing a few elements!

I can’t wait to see what you do with this challenge this week!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Angela’s page and see what her age…oops…project is this week 😉

Then don’t forget to come back and play along with your own project. Simply post a pic over on our Facebook Group –

 

Happy Crafting everyone

Don’t forget to take a look at the retiring list of goodies and sale items! Just click the image

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CTC 157 – Case a Colour Combination

Hi Happy Crafters!

Well nutty season has hit! Hands up if you ave finished creating your stash of Christmas cards yet – Yeah me neither! Lol.  I am bound to get there eventually.  I just need everything to STOP first, so I can sit and create and write and address and post them!

So because it’s not like I’m in a hurry to do that or anything … I decided to create something for CTC 157 instead – where this weeks challenge is to CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Selectively Edit) any Colour Combination in any Catalogue.

Despite needing to complete lots more Christmas cards, I decided not to do Christmas at all.  I have had a beautiful friends birthday this past week – so I created for her instead!  I wanted the card to be a bit more special than usual, so I called upon Bronwyn Eastley’s Tutorials to help me along.

Ever since I saw Bronwyn’s Coffee Cafe Easel Card I knew that I had wanted to try it with a vase, which would also be perfect for my friend’s birthday too and to top it off – the catalogue had the perfect colour combination for me to CASE. Don’t you love days you feel like you’re winning!

Here is the Colour Combination I decided to CASE.  You can find it on Page 28 of the current Annual Catalogue.

I love the simple colours, and it even helped me design my card!

So here is my version of Bronwyn’s Coffee Cafe Easel Card using the Jar of Love Framelits!

My Jar of Love Easel Card!


CTC 157 Jar of Love Easel Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis.

Now I can’t share how to actually create the easel – you’ll need Bronwyn’s tutorial for that!  But I can tell you that to get the variance in colours for your flowers, use the stamping off method.  That means you can get more use out of your available colours.  Each colour used here is only one ink pad.

To use the stamp off technique simply ink up your image in your chosen colour, stamp it once on to a scrap piece of paper (our Grid Paper is perfect for this), then, without inking your image stamp it again onto your card stock.  This will give you a ‘lighter’ version of the same colour.  The next image you stamp as normal, giving you the full colour strength.  It really does help you get more use out of your colours!

When creating my card, I really wanted it to give the impression of a vase of flowers on a little doily, like you would find on a table.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I think it could even be used as a decorative piece at home.

I hope you enjoyed my project tonight!

If you would like to take a look at how to make this card then you can hop on over to ADDinktive Designs HERE to purchase the tutorial!

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

Don’t forget you to can play along with our challenges every week.  Create your own project and post a pic on our Facebook Group right HERE.

Happy Crafting everyone!

Have you taken advantage of the Year End Sales and Retirement List yet?  Once they are gone, they are gone for good – so why wait? Get your stocking fillers today by clicking on the image below.

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New Catalogue Sneak Peak Magical Day

A big hello to you all my crafty friends!

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty excited about the new upcoming Occasions Catalogue and all the wonderful new products!

Did you know that a perk of being a demonstrator means we get to see all the new goodies first! and if you attend the Demonstrator Only On Stage event – you even get to play with some and take some home! WINNING!

Well I thought today that I would share just a little sneak peak of one of my absolutely new favourites that will be available at the beginning of January – The Magical Day Stamp Set.

I don’t normally share too much too early and ruin the excitement for you all … you know – it can be a bit of a wait and there are still so many lovely goodies in the Holiday catalogue to play with!  But I couldn’t resist sharing this one!

I used one of Bronwyn Eastley’s tutorials to create this card – The Lots of Labels Bridge Fold Box Card. You can purchase any of Bronwyn’s Tutorials at her ADDinktive Design Shop right HERE. She has LOADS to choose from!

Sneak Peak Magical Day Bridge Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Sneak Peak Magical Day Bridge Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

The Magical characters in this set are so much fun! I can’t wait to get my hands on the entire suite!

I used Bronwyn’s tutorial as a basis for the card and then added a draw bridge and used the ‘grass’ to create the ‘bridge piece’ for my card.  I simply trimmed away the grass lengths under where the draw bridge sits.

It’s so easy to create brilliant looking characters too with our new Stampin Blends.  I love that we can highlight and shade when colouring. I think it brings much more depth to the stamped images.  And – our Fine Tip Glue Pen can still be used to ‘colour’ over the images.  You can’t see it on the photos, but the Dragon’s belly, wing and fire are coloured with the Fine Tip Glue as is the shield and sword of the Knight to add a lovely glossy finish to the images.

I also embossed a piece of Smokey Slate Cardstock with our Brick Wall Embossing Folder, trimmed away portions to adhere to the card, and sponged them with some Smokey Slate Ink.

The card can even still be folded flat by lifting up the drawbridge and the folding as per instructions!

  I love creating something just a little bit different and I was super happy with how this card turned out. I hope you like it to!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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CTC 153 – Holiday Catalogue Tags

Hi Everyone and welcome to CTC 153.  This week we get to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) any Tag from the Holiday Catalogue!

That gives us a lot of options doesn’t it!  So much scope to use our creativity equals so much fun in my book!

When exploring the catalogue I felt that I didn’t need to go much further than this gorgeous tag on the front cover on the Holiday Catalogue …

I was really attracted to the different layers that add lots of elements to the tag.  I decided to turn my tag into a card and made it very Non Christmassy! Lol.

CTC 153 Holiday Catalogue Tags and Colour Me Happy by My Paper Oasis

I have been having a bit of fun playing with our new Stampin’ Blends and the Colour Me Happy Project Kit Bundle that became available for you all to purchase this month, so I decided to use them in this weeks CTC challenge. I mean, that little bird is SUPER cute – I currently want to use him on every project!

I omitted the Rosette from the original design in my CASE and opted for the flower, leaves and mini sequins for a few more layers and a bit more visual effect. I’m super happy with how it turned out too.

The Stampin’ Blends are fabulous, but do take a bit of practice to get used to – so if you use them, don’t give up to quickly!  You have a few important things you NEED to remember to help your journey…

1. You need to use Momento Ink to prevent the ink colour bleeding into your colouring.

2. These blends are designed to be used with the Thick Whisper White Card stock.  They do bleed through underneath as you colour and blend, which is normal for alcohol markers, so don’t panic.

3. The blends are quite moist, so start small and with a light hand.

4. Use the Colour Lifter Pen to remove colour from your images and lighten them.

5. Alcohol markers can colour other elements such as rhinestones and pearls as you can see on this project.

6. Have fun and experiment. Practice makes Perfect!

I do hope you enjoyed my take on the ‘Holiday Catalogue Tag’.  Now its time to pop on over to Monique’s blog and see what she has created for you all this week!

Don’t forget that once you have taken the hop to pop on in to your own craft space, get creating and post a pic on our Facebook Page to join in the challenge!

Happy Crafting everyone 🙂

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Stained Glass Technique on Vellum

Hi everyone!

I thought I would pop past today and share my project and YouTube video on how I use the Stained Glass Technique on Vellum to create a lovely Stained Glass effect on stamped images.

I created this card some time ago on a Facebook Live Video and realised recently that I hadn’t posted the information for it! Apologies for that!

I created some special Thank you Note Cards using this technique –

Stained Glass Technique on Vellum by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis with Video Link

I promise – these cards are quick and simple to create.  You can take a look at my How To video HERE .

These cards are our Notecards and Envelopes.  A great value pack of 20 notecards and envelopes, already prescored for you, and available in Whisper White or Very Vanilla to make your card making extra easy!

The piece of vellum for this card front measures 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ (or 8.5 cm x 12.5 cm!)

The colours I chose for the Stampin Write Markers where:

Leaves – Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzaz

Petals – Melon Mambo and Rose Red or Pool Party and Bermuda Bay.

Can you imagine these now created with our Stampin Blends!!! I can’t wait to give those a try!

Happy Crafting Friends 🙂

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CTC 143 Pocket Full Of Sunshine Gift Card

Hi everyone and welcome to CASEing the Catty Challenge 143.  This week we are taking inspiration for the Artistic Expression Section of the Annual Catalogue on Pages 132 -181.

CTC 143

So take the hop all the way around, be inspired, flick through the pages in the catalogue, create your own CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit) and then upload your own creation directly to our Facebook Page HERE. You have until next Sunday night to complete the challenge!

I had to create a birthday card this week for my son’s friend. I knew which stamp set I wanted to use, so I looked for some inspiration in what type of layout.

I chose to CASE the Flamingo design on Page 164 to create my Pocketful of Sunshine Gift Card.

I thought the layout would work really well, and I was wondering what to do on the background of my card to jazz it up a bit, so this card inspired me to use my recently purchased Marbled stamp set.

Here’s what I created…

CTC 134 Pocketful of Sunshine Gift Card by My Paper Oasis.

I am really liking this set, and the fact that a gift card fits perfectly inside the little pocket.  It really makes it super simple to make a quick card for the recipient!  I added the notes behind the gift card, so the pocket still has something in it once he uses his gift card.  I loved how quickly this card came together by simply taking a flick through the catalogue to get inspired, but still looks very different to the original!

I hope you enjoyed my creation this week.  Now it’s time to hop on over to Monique’s Blog and see what she has created this week!

HAPPY CRAFTING!

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CTC 141 – Birthday Foil Frenzy Pretty Packaging

A big hello to all our regular CASEing the Catty blog hoppers and a warm welcome to those who are new!

CASEing the Catty is a weekly hop, where every Sunday the design team showcases projects from a particular section of the catalogue by Copying And Sharing (CASEing) with you how they have used the design and changed elements, colours, textures or anything else to make it their own.

This week we are focusing on the Birthdays Section of the Catalogue on Pages 68 – 85.

I decided to use the image on Page 76 this week to create some Birthday Foil Frenzy Pretty Packaging using this as the basis for my design –

Have you noticed our gorgeous Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper in the catalogue?  It is hard to miss with all it’s beautiful sparkle in 4 different colours and 3 beautiful designs!  But just in case – you will find it on page 77 or 189 of the Annual Catalogue.

It is perfect for creating pretty packaging – so thats exactly what I did!

CTC 141 Birthday Foil Frenzy Pretty Packaging By Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I chose to use the Soft Sky Spotted Page for my project as it coordinated well with the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, not to mention the gorgeous Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon – Oh My Goodness – It’s so soft and smooth – I LOVE it!  I cut out my favourite bear image and touched up some areas like the balloons, hat and bears noses, with the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add some extra shine.

The Pool Party strip of Cardstock under the tag was finished with the Ticket Tear Border Punch for a bit of added fun!

Creating boxes is pretty easy really!  My top was created by trimming 1/2″ of two sides (with an adjoining corner) of the 12″ x 12″  foil frenzy sheet.  I then scored all four sides at 2″ before folding on score lines, cutting one of the score lines in each corner, folding in and adhering the tabs to the inside panels.  To create a base that fits perfectly, just trim an extra 1/8″ off two sides again from the box base piece, score at 2″, cut tabs as before and adhere to create your box base.  It really does save all that measuring!

Here is a close up of the tag –

CTC 141 Birthday Foil Frenzy Pretty Packaging by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I do hope I have encouraged you to try and create some of your own gorgeous birthday or gift boxes!

Now it’s time to pop over to Krissy’s page and see what she has created for you all!

And don’t forget – once you have taken the hop, get creating and come back to our Facebook page and upload your own creation for us to admire HERE!

Happy Creating Everyone!

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Colour INKspiration 15

Hi Everyone.  Welcome to our next Colour INKspiration Challenge – number 15 to be exact!

How does Colour INKspiration work?  I’m glad you asked!

We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand who, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, create projects using inspired colour Combinations from pinterest.  It’s loads of fun and we LOVE you to play along.  So take the hop, be inspired, create your own work of art and then play along over in our Facebook Page!

This week’s colour challenge image is below:

Our palette this week is Elegant Eggplant; Bermuda Bay; Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party.

I was just a bit excited by this challenge as I don’t use Elegant Eggplant very much, and as much as I LOVE our new Lemon Lime Twist Colour – I REALLY struggle to use it in colour combinations.  So this challenge was a fun way to give me a stretch!  And just because I don’t use those colours very much – I really wanted them to be the feature of my card!

Colour INKspiration 15 featuring Lovely Inside and Out by Stampin Up with the new Lemon Lime Twist!

 I started with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and splashed on some Lemon Lime Twist with my aqua painter, then followed that up with some touches of Elegant Eggplant wear the framelit would cut. Once that had dried, I cut out the framelit and trimmed the ‘friend’ out of the oval.  I cut the framelit a further 3 times in whisper white, trimmed all the ‘friends’, then layered them together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, before covering the entire word with the fine tip glue for a glossy look.

The background was created by stamping the ‘raindrops’ in Pool Party on the backing piece of whisper white, tracing the outline of the framelit and then picking out a selection of Pool Party sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment pack and adhering them in place (a tip I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s video’s).  I really liked the idea instead of a shaker card, so you can permanently see the sequins in the background.  I popped a piece of window sheet behind the framelit cut out and adhered an Elegant Eggplant sentiment piece that I had cut with the Layering Oval Framelits to give me an outline.

Some more watercoloring on Shimmery White with Pool Party and Bermuda Bay before cutting with little flowers from the Blooming Heart Thinlets, helped finish off the overall look – with a good smothering of Wink of Stellar of course! Lol.

Colour INKspiration 15 featuring Lovely Inside and Out by Stampin Up from Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

We can’t wait to see what you create with this combination!

Now it’s time to hop on over to see what Jackie has created

Happy Creating everyone!

 

 

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