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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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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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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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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 155 – Gift Packaging Both Catalogues

Hi everyone and welcome to this weeks CASEing the Catty Blog Hop!

This week its CTC 155 and we are CASEing Gift Packaging from either catalogue!

You may have popped over from Judy’s blog or be starting here – but take the hop full circle for lots of inspiration when creating your own gift packaging – it’s not just about cards after all! Lol.

This week my inspiration is just a little bit obscure! I started with the boxes in the top left of the image below from page 36 in the Holiday Catalogue…

The box on the top is made with the Champagne Foil Sheets.  I really liked the idea of this box, but was going to create in using the Window Box Thinlets.  However…. on my hunt for where I had hidden my Champagne Foil Sheets, I came across my Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate and my mind starting wondering what a Window Box made out of this might look like.  Hmmm, a bit of a fancy Christmas Gift Packaging Idea I thought.  So you know I just had to then create it. So I did!

CTC 155 Gift Packaging with Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate Window Box by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Because of the Acetate Box, it was super tricky to get a good photo – but I gave it my best go so you can get an idea of how sweet this little acetate box really is.

I added a Gold Foil Hexagon to the top of the box for a bit more clarity to the lid, and just like the image I was CASEing – I added a Gold Foil Star on top of that for some extra texture and effect.

Add some ribbon, Year of Cheer Embellishments and a present from the Christmas Around the World Embellishments and I was pretty happy with the simple elegance of the box all dressed up for a pretty special gift for someone!

CTC 155 Gift Packaging with Fabulous Foil Acetate Window Box by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

 

CTC 155 Gift Packaging with Fabulous Foil Acetate Window Box by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

 

CTC 155 Gift Packaging with Fabulous Foil Acetate Window Box by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

 

It is definitely a bit trickier to work with the acetate but I think it was worth it. I used Fast Fuse to join all my tabs as I didn’t want glue making a mess of the acetate. I encourage you to give it try.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

And – the Window Box Thinlets are discounted this week during the Online Extravaganza!!!!

Now it’s time to hop on over to the lovely Julia Quinn to see what she has designed for you all this week!

Happy Crafting Everyone

Fabulous discounts of up to 40% for One Week Only. Starts tomorrow 20th November!

 

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Simplify Stamping with Stamparatus and Online Extravaganza


We have some amazing news for November that I just had to share with you all!

The FIRST big announcement is the release of our fantastic new tool –
THE STAMPARATUS!

We were lucky enough to see this demonstrated at our recent On Stage event!
You may have seen similar items on the market, but I can assure you – there is only ONE Stamparatus! Here’s why:

*compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps
*consistent stamp crisp, clean images
*adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
*rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
*2 open sides to stamp on larger paper
*2 reversible plates, making a total of 4 surfaces to work with
*moveable hinges (this ones a game changer!)
*2 magnets to hold your paper in place
*Magnet storage areas
*RRP – $85.00

Need to see it in action?  … then watch this video:

We know the Stamparatus is going to be super popular, so to avoid any backorder issues – we are trying something new!

Reserve your Stamparatus to guarantee shipment when the product arrives in the warehouse.
You will need your credit card to reserve your Stamparatus, but you won’t be charged until you confirm your order prior to shipment. Plus, be part of the November and December Reservation periods, and when shipment time comes around, simply add $5 more product to your order to qualify for a FREE Saleabration item!

Reservation and shipment periods are as follows:

Reservations open at 8am and are While Supplies Last! To reserve your Stamparatus, log into the Stampin’ Up! Shop HERE – you will need to be logged into your account – or create an account if you don’t already have one. Click on the image of the Stamparatus and then follow these steps:


*Limit of One per customer per reservation window and then this amazing item will be available in the next Annual Catalogue!

The SECOND big announcement is that we are having an
ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA

During this promotion we will have exclusive deals and sales for limited times.

Our first incredible offering will be on the 20TH NOVEMBER with a 24 hour Stamp Sale where select stamps will be available at 20% off for the first 24 HOURS ONLY!

Followed by exclusive deals between the 20 – 26TH of November.
We will finish with a bang on the 27TH, but it’s so good I don’t even have the info yet! Lol.  So make sure you are following my Facebook Page for regular updates – or log in to the Stampin’ Up! Website on the day!

Remember, these deals SELL OUT FAST, so your best option is to order online. Use this months Hostess Code VKJQU6E7 for a special thank you from me!

Make sure you click HERE to download the file of all the sale items!

 

Happy to help you get your Crafting On Everyone!!!