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Framed Christmas Tree using Green Sprigs

A big hello you to you!

I thought I would at least sneak in one more Christmas project post before the man in the Big Red Suit arrives!

That way you can either recreate this project in time for Christmas, or get an early start on next years decorating and pick up the Green Sprigs from the Year End Sales before they have all gone!

My project today is CASEd from the cover of our Stampin’ Success Magazine.  That’s our quarterly demonstrator magazine, full of loads of ideas and tips for products and getting the most out of being a demonstrator!

The cover has the image of a mini Christmas Tree using our Green Sprigs available in the current Holiday Catalogue (but not for much longer at all! They are only available until January 2nd, 2018).

Framed Christmas Tree Project by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

This was a fun project to make and was really quite quick to put together.

I have used a now retired Christmas Stamp Set called Wonderful You as I wanted a big sentiment with bold font.  The Stampin’ Success magazine used Carols of Christmas, but you could use any stamp set really.  I also added some of our retired Gold Sequin Trim for a bit of bling.  The larger sequins stood out more than our current Mini Sequin Trim (- although some aren’t visible in the picture). And I simply slipped the sequins over one of the pieces in the Green Sprigs, not adhesive involved.  I also added a double bow using our Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon.  The background sheet is of course a piece of the Merry Music Designer Series Paper, which will also be retiring.  The stick – well thats from my front yard! Lol.

You will definitely need your hot glue gun for this project, to secure the sprigs and the stick.  You will only need one pack of Green Sprigs to create each tree.  I found it easiest to position everything first, then adhere the sprigs, beginning at the base of the tree and work my way up.  The last 3 sprigs are overlaid through the middle to hide any gaps.

Framed Christmas Tree by Mel Pagano a My Paper Oasis

I’m really pleased with how it turned out!  What do you think?

I would love to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year!

Thank you all for continuing to follow my blog and support me!  It means so much to be able to share what I love!

If you would like to create this project too – make sure to pop on over to the Year End Sale by clicking the image below :

I’m really looking forward to playing with my new Occasions Catalogue products over the coming weeks and sharing them with you all!  You won’t be disappointed in whats on offer! If you don’t have a catalogue, live in Australia but don’t have a regular demonstrator, just pop me a message and I can send one out to you!

Happy Christmas Crafting!


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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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Merry Labels Treat Tubes

Hi everyone!


As the year draws to a close, I thought it would be a great time to highlight some of my favourite items soon to retire from the Holiday catalogue whilst I help you get your Christmas Cheer on!

Today I wanted to show you a super quick and easy little gift you can make using the Merry Labels Bundle and the Treat Tubes!

I’m calling them my Merry Labels Treat Tubes! Because well….why not! Lol

Merry Labels Treat Tubes for Christmas Gifts by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

These Treat Tubes had to be one of my all time favourites in the Holiday Catalogue.  You can use them for so many things from Halloween to thank you’s to Christmas.

These are super easy to make because they fit  M&M ‘s perfectly inside the tube. And how easy is it to create a Christmas feel once you add some festive colours!

I teamed with a little label from the Merry Little Labels Bundle and simply tied them on using the Quilted Christmas 1/4″ Ribbon.

Nothing hard about that – I promise.  How great would these be for your kids friends for a Christmas Treat at school break up, or as place settings on your Christmas table or as a table centrepiece. You could even add a loop at with the Metallic Threads and hang them from your Christmas Tree!  That would look sooooooo good!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project!

Remember, all of these items are retiring and are part of the Year End Sales event, so they won’t be around for long!

Just click on the Year End Sales banner below to take you directly there and start getting Christmas sorted!

Happy Crafting


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Ready for Christmas Four Fold Card

Hi everyone!

I do hope you have all been able to squeeze in some crafty time during the madness that is December!  Life gets so hectic at this time of the year! It’s also so hard to believe we have reached the end of another year!  Is it just that they go faster as you get older?

I wanted to pop past today to share with you all a project that we created at my recent Our Inky Oasis Team Christmas Breakup!  They are always a bit of fun for everyone and we always complete a project.

This year we created a Four Fold Panel Card.  The original idea I saw was by Lyssa Zwalonek and you can see her post HERE.

I turned mine into a Christmas theme by using the At Home with You Bundle and the Ready for Christmas Bundle which will be retiring at the end of the current Holiday Catalogue. Bundles are always a bonus as you get a 10% discount when purchasing them!  Who doesn’t love that!

Here is the card we created… my Ready for Christmas Four Panel Fold Card.

Ready for Christmas Four Panel Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

This is the very front of the card using the At Home with you Bundle.  The rest of the card is created using the Ready for Christmas Bundle.

Ready for Christmas Four Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Here is the card fully opened with all it’s panels!  Here is a couple of close ups pics for you too 🙂

Ready for Christmas Four Fold Panel Card by Mel pagano at My Paper Oasis

Ready for Christmas Four Panel Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

It’s not a card for the faint hearted, but it is so very effective!  I love how it turned out! It’s like being in someone’s house Ready for Christmas!

I altered my card inserts slightly as I wanted all the bases to line up nicely and as a Merry Christmas Gift to you all, I am including the tutorial for this project right here for you to download, so you can create your own special Christmas Scene. Just click on the link below 🙂

Ready For Christmas 4 Panel Card

Don’t forget –  the Ready for Christmas Bundle is retiring at the end of the month and is included in the current Year End Sales Event!

Take a look by clicking the image below:

I hope you enjoy the tutorial! Feel free to share away!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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Colour INKspiration 22 and 23

Hello my crafty friends!  I am so excited this week because I finally remembered to organise a project and participate in the Colour INKspiration Challenge.

This week we are combining two challenges and they will run for 3 weeks.  Here are your colour choices 🙂

Your first choice is – Beach Christmas

Your Colour Palette for this swatch are Marina Mist; Sahara Sand; Whisper White; Pear Pizzaz and Soft Suede.

Your second choice is Nordic Christmas:

With colour Palette – Crumb Cake; Real Red; Basic Black; Whisper White and Silver Foil.

I would have loved to have completed a project for both colour choices for this round, but an idea popped in to my head that I had to create and alas, I only got time to complete one! But what a ‘one’ it is!

I literally took inspiration from the Christmas image above and tried to recreate it.  It was just so cute, and even though it’s pretty hot here in Australia at Christmas time, I still love the idea of a beautifully decorated fireplace!

Here’s my creation for you this week – A Christmas Step Panel Card!

I used various sets this week to recreate my fireplace. I had stamp sets and framelits everywhere! Lol. But it was so much fun to do!

The Card fold is from Do Stamping with Dawn and is called a Step Panel Card – you can watch her video HERE so you can create one too.

I used the top panel fold as a ‘mantlepiece’ for displaying my items. It’s a bit hard to see, but those candles are sitting toward the front of the mantle by adhering a triangle shape behind the image so it sits upright.

Colour INKspiration Christmas Step Panel Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

My Nan always loves a special card – so I think this one will be off to her at Christmas to enjoy.  She displays my ‘special’ cards all year round! Isn’t she sweet 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my project.  Don’t forget to hop all the way around and see everyone’s creations, then come back and play along in our Facebook Group!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Kim’s page and see what she has created for you 🙂

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Don’t forget to nab a bargain during our Online Extravaganza deals for this week only! Ends November 26th!

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CTC 149 – Year of Cheer Mini Pizza Box Gift Cards

It’s Sunday night – so that means it’s time for another CASEing the Catty Challenge, where every week the design team uses images from the current catalogues to Copy and Share with you to help spur your creativity! You may have popped over from Judy or be starting right here, but make sure to take the full tour and see everyones creations!

Challenge 149 is all about the Year of Cheer Section of the Holiday catalogue on Pages 36-47.

The Year of Cheer section has so many sparkly projects to choose from as well as those cute as Mini Pizza Boxes.

So I took inspiration from the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper and the Mini Pizza Boxes to create Year of Cheer Mini Pizza Box Gift Cards.

I love the elegance of the Year of Cheer DSP and the gorgeous co-ordinating embellishments.  They make it very simple to create stunning cards for special occasions.

CTC 149 Year of Cheer Mini Pizza Box Gift Card by My Paper Oasis

I teamed mine with Fresh Fig cardstock and some Gold and Silver heat embossing to compliment the foil on the papers.  The gift cards are 3″ x 3″ and I have cut the DSP to 2 3/4″ to allow enough of an ‘edge’ to peek through of the base card.  I folded the Gold Foil Snowflake concertina style and adhered the centre to the gift card, so it really ‘pops up’.  The best part is – you can either gift the box and the cards, or use the cards and then pop a gift in the Mini Pizza Box for someone.

We will be making this gorgeous set at a card class at the end of November.  These papers aren’t part of our current Designer Series Paper Sale where you can Buy 3 get 1 FREE – but you could certainly use the ones that are to create your own version!

I hope you like my project.  Now its time to hop on over to Monique and see what she has created for you all.

Don’t forget to create your own and pop on over to the Facebook Challenge page and upload your creation!

Happy Crafting!


Click on the links below to take a look at the current sales:

Buy 3 get 1 FREE DSP sale until October 31st.

World Card Making Day 15% discount on selected items – ONLY until October 10th.


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CTC 145 – Merry Little Christmas with Tags and Trimmings

Hi everyone.

Welcome to this weeks CASEing the Catty Blog Hop. You may have hopped across from Jackie or be starting right here, but I encourage you to take the full tour of this weeks hop all about the Merry Little Christmas Section on pages 10 – 19 of the New Holiday Catalogue!

So I have to ask….have you got a copy of the new catalogue yet? Have you downloaded a copy for yourself?  What do you think?  Is there just too much loveliness to choose from!  Well hopefully we can help you as you tour around and see what everyone has showcased tonight!

There are a lot of beautiful ideas in these pages of the catalogue.  But if you have been following me for a while, you will have an idea that I am a sucker for little boxes.  I have NEVER sold off any of my little box dies once they have retired, I just can’t bear to part with them!

Because of that, this weeks selection was an easy choice for me.  I created A Merry Little Christmas with the Tags and Trimmings Bundle!

I used the little pillow box to the right (you can make both the pillow box and the stocking with these dies) and turned it into a little gift stocking, because the stockings are what I truly fell in love with when I saw this set!

CTC 145 Tags and Trimmings Gift Stockings by My Paper Oasis.

The gift tag die is what you use to create the back of the stocking, so the little stocking is actually 3D and stuffable too, making it ideal for a gift card, or cash or a few little treats! Who wouldn’t love to get this for Christmas. You could personalise with a name and hang on the tree ready to hand out.

I also thought they would be great as a table place setting, with the cutlery tucked neatly inside! That way you can colour coordinate them to suit your decor for the day!  You pop on the guests names to indicate seating arrangements!

CTC 145 Tags and Trimmings Gift Stockings by My Paper Oasis.

And finally I wanted to point out, that just because their primary purpose is for 3D items, doesn’t necessarily mean that is the only way to use them!  Don’t add the backing to the stocking, trim off the top and you can quickly and easily create a Christmas Card!

CTC 145 Tags and Trimmings Gift Stockings by My Paper Oasis.

So there you have it!  A Merry Little Christmas with Tags and Trimmings!!!

I do hope you have enjoyed my projects today.  Now it’s time to continue the hop and head on over to the lovely Monique and see what she has created for you all!

Happy Crafting!

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CTC 144 – Quilted Christmas

Hi everyone and welcome to CASEing the Catty Challenge 144!

I am SUPER excited about this weeks challenge because we are getting to CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit) from our


It is 55 pages of absolutely stunning Holiday Projects and Ideas! You won’t be disappointed with what’s on offer, so click the image to download your very own copy – and make sure you contact your local demonstrator to get your very own paper copy!!!!!

We are starting our hop CASEing the Quilted Christmas Section on Pages 4 – 9.


Now my most Favourite Bundle in the WHOLE catalogue is in this section!  It’s the Ready for Christmas Bundle.  I knew as soon as I saw it that I HAD to have it and it went straight to the top of my list! You can see why from the pictures below taken from page 6 –

CTC144 Ready for Christmas Bundle  CTC144 Ready for Christmas Bundle

It’s such a fun bundle with 20 stamps and 20 dies that I just couldn’t resist it.

To really show it off today I took inspiration from all of the projects that you see here and combined them into ONE card!  I haven’t made this type of Tri Fold Card before, so I was excited to give it a go with this bundle.  I thought the layout would work perfectly for what I wanted to create and I am really, really happy with how it turned out.

Here is the front of the card.  It’s a bit more bulky than a normal card, so I used some of our Gold Ribbon to loosely secure the card, so that it can slip on and off to open the card.

CTC 144 Ready for Christmas Bundle Tri Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis.

Once you slip off the ribbon you open the stair section of the card to reveal the Christmas Tree.  I love the way you can stamp this tree then cut the shape with the framelits, or cut the tree shape in coloured card and then cut and attach the leaves for a fabulous 3D look that jumps off the card!

CTC 144 Ready for Christmas Bundle Tri Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis.

The baubles are stamped and cut in the set of three, so much easier and less time consuming than doing them individually, which I love!!!  Combine the gold embossed baubles with a gold star and a bit of gold metallic thread wrapped around and your tree is all dressed up!  The panel behind the stairs was the perfect place for a Christmas Sentiment! Don’t you love that font!!!!

CTC 144 Ready for Christmas Bundle Tri Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis.

Open up the entire card and here is what you find!  A whole house scene!  This set really does have so many possibilities and is so much fun to create with!!!! I bet it will become one of your favourites too!

Here’s a clearer look at the front panel of the card.

CTC 144 Ready for Christmas Bundle Tri Fold Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis.

I hope you enjoyed my project for today, because I had LOADS of fun creating it!  I may even make a tutorial for this project! What do you think?

Now it’s time to continue the tour and hop on over to the amazing Simone Bartrum!  She has made some brilliant cards using this bundle and was also my inspiration for this card – so click the link and see what she has created for you this week!!!!

Happy Crafting!!!!!

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CTC 142 – Love and Sympathy and Brightly Lit Christmas

Hi everyone.  Welcome to CTC 142 – Love and Sympathy and Brightly Lit Christmas!

Wait what??????

Yes, this week we are taking a look at the Love and Sympathy Section on pages 86 – 101 of the Annual Catalogue.

And I finally did it….I finally chose to do a little christmas with my card making using the – you guessed it – Brightly Lit Christmas Bundle.

I haven’t seen that bundle I hear you say – you would be right again!  It’s one of our Brand New products in the upcoming Holiday Catalogue. And I’m just a sucker for a good framelit – so it was in my ‘must have’ lists (one of the great perks of being a demo is playing with the new stuff before anyone else!)

The base for my card design this week was using the Tranquil Tide card image on the bottom right of page 94 of the catalogue –

It was a bit different for a Christmas Card, and I must admit – I decided not to make a traditional Christmas Card either.  You see, I have a few friends that like ‘non-traditional’ cards and Christmas is no exception.  So I chose Black and White and silver!

CTC142 Brightly Lit Christmas in Non Traditional Colours by My Paper Oasis

It was a bit tricky to get a good pic of this card, but I layered up the lamppost by cutting the framelits 3 times in Basic Black before adding the last layer of Silver Foil.  The Fine Tip Glue Pen works really well when applying this technique.  Doing this really makes the Lamppost pop right off the card and give it a 3D effect.

And did you know our Merry Music DSP is actually the music for the Christmas Carols! I have a little musician in the house, so we thought that was a pretty cool touch to add to the Designer Paper!

I am a pretty traditional girl myself, so I can’t say I’m 100% sure about the non traditional look! What do you think?

Now it’s time to hop over to Kathryn’s blog and take a look at what she has created this week!

Happy Creating!

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