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Colour INKspiration 29

Good evening everyone!  Welcome to Colour INKspiration 29.

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month the Colour INKspiration Crew get together and create a hop using a selected colour palette to create with.  You can join in the fun by creating a project with the colours and popping a picture of it on our Facebook Page HERE by the Monday night before the next challenge.

This weeks colour palette is a beautiful selection chosen by Bronwyn with colours Crumb Cake; Chocolate Chip; Blushing Bride; Garden Green and Very Vanilla.  I initially went to go straight to florals for this colour palette as it’s so suited, but I had another project that needed to be done for a customer order, so I decided to combine the two tasks.

My task was to create a card for a 21st for someone who loves baking.  I was inspired by how Jackie Aitken created a brilliant BBQ Card a few weeks ago, so I thought I could adapt a basic Card in the Box design to create an oven and get it baking!

Oven Card in a Box by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I must say, once I worked out how to cut it to achieve the look I wanted, this was quite fun to make!  I did use a few different bits and bobs to make this card.  The cupcakes were from Lift Me Up Stamps and coordinating dies and utensils and glove from the Apron of Love Bundle.  The Basket Weave Embossing Folder made for a great background to represent tiles – I am so glad this Saleabration item will be continuing in the new Annual Catalogue – I Just love it!

And the best bit – it folds flat for posting!

Colour INKspiration 29 Oven Card in a Box by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Don’t forget – there is only 2 more weeks of Saleabration left to grab your freebies!

Keep hopping around – the crew has some beautiful projects on display this week. Up next is Narelle:

Happy Crafting Everyone!



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CTC 169 Saleabration – Blossoming Basket

Hi all and welcome to CTC 169 where we are back taking a look at the Saleabration Catalogue.

The CASEing the Catty Crew hop every Sunday night and recreate projects from given sections of the catalogues to inspire you all to get crafting!  You can play along too by CASEing a project and then uploading your version to our Facebook group before the challenge closes.

There is only a couple of weeks left to make sure you have everything you want off your Saleabration wish list!  It’s a great time to stock up on all your papers and embellishments and get rewarded for FREE products at the same time!

This week I received my Blossoming Basket Bundle from the second release of items, so I took it for a spin for tonights challenge.

The basket has a beautiful bunch of flowers and the bundle is teamed with the basket weave dynamic embossing folder which will happily be available in the new Annual Catalogue in June 🙂

I created my project using another FREE saleabration item – the Tutti Fruitti Cards and Envelopes.  I would have loved to create a whole set (and I will at some stage)  but I ran out of time before the challenge to colour and get all the fussy cutting done! Lol

CTC 169 Saleabration and Blossoming Basket by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

That embossing folder is just WOW, and when you layer up the flowers in the basket it really adds some extra prettiness to the card!  I also love the effect of the loosely tied tag around the basket using some linen thread.

You really will have lots of fun with this combination and the endless colour combinations you could produce.  And it’s the perfect product for Weddings, birthdays, thank you and sympathy!

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

Happy Crafting everyone!

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CTC 166 – Lots to Love with Pick a Pattern

Hello again!

Welcome to CTC 166 where this week we are CASEing projects from the Painted with Love Section of the Occasions Catalogue, on Pages 18-21.

This section of the Catalogue is just gorgeous.  I am absolutely in love with the Gold Glitter Flakes and Painted with Love DSP, but I really went in quite the opposite direction for this challenge.

This challenge was a great excuse to pull out the Lots to Love Framelits Dies and create a box like you see in the centre of the above image.

I decided to create a box and used the image below to base my design off, but switched out the tags to use the new Whisper White Narrow Notecards for my project.

I’m not sure where the rest of the inspiration for this project came from, but I have been using a lot of florals for a while, so maybe my brain decided it had enough of those images.  As I played around the idea just evolved I guess! Lol.

Lots to Love about Pick a Pattern

CTC 166 - Lots to Love about Pick a Pattern by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I had forgotten how fun the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper actually is!  Lots of images to fussy cut and play around with.  I started by creating the notecards, loosely basing the layout on the images of the tags from the catalogue (above).  As I was playing, I was picturing images that you might capture whilst camping – without realising how easily that idea would coordinate with another one of the DSP sheets!  That’s where the box cover came to fruition.  Those cute little animals, polaroid snaps and camera images fitted so well with my overall plan!  The only image that was stamped was the ‘sun burst’ from the FREE Amazing You Stamp Set.

CTC 166 - Lots to Love about Pick a Pattern by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I really wanted to be able to see the images inside the box, so after I had adhered the black DSP, I used a circle from the Layering Circle Dies to create a window, popped a piece of window sheet on the inside and viola.  I really like how this little set turned out and it’s more masculine feel.  My mind is now racing to use the Flying Home Stamp Set and Hedgehugs to create a similar pack!

By purchasing the Lots to Love Framelit Dies, the Whisper White Narrow Notecards and the Pick a Pattern DSP you would actually qualify for a FREE Saleabration stamp set.  That means you could choose Amazing You and you would be able to recreate this project at home!

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

Happy Crafting 🙂

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Sympathy with Heartfelt Blooms

Hi everyone!

I thought I would pop past today to quickly share with you one of my all time favourite Saleabration FREE Stamp Sets – Heartfelt Blooms.  This set is proving to be very popular with not just me, but everyone taking advantage of FREE items during Saleabration.  This stamp set has been the most chosen stamp set by my customers!

This beautiful stamp set truly makes creating a lovely card quick and easy without having to need a heap of supplies!  It’s definitely been a go to for me to create a quick card with a big impact.  A few simple layers and a bit of ribbon makes it even better!

Sympathy with Heartfelt Blooms by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I have created mine using Fresh Fig cardstock and Ink, but you could use any colour you choose.  A brighter colour would give this card a nicer feel for a birthday for instance. A add some rhinestones or pearls for extra pizzaz!

I have included the measurements today do you can create your own Sympathy with Heartfelt Blooms card.  It is so quick and simple you won’t stop at just one!

1. Regular A4 Card Base cut in half, then fold your piece in half.

2. Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock at 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ (14.4cm x 9.8cm) and stamp your image on opposite corners (top left and bottom right). Adhere to your Card Base.

3. Cut a Fresh Fig piece 4″ x 3″ (10.2cm x 7.6cm). Do not adhere it yet.

4. Cut a Whisper White piece 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (9.5cm x 7cm).  Stamp your image on to the centre of this piece.  There this piece to your Fresh Fig piece in step 3.  Wrap and secure a length of ribbon around the bottom of these pieces, approximately 3/4″ (2cm) up from the bottom of the piece. Tie and adhere a bow.  Adhere to the centre of your card.

5. Add a sentiment of your choosing by stamping on a piece of Whisper White, cutting close to the sentiment and then adding a layer of Fresh Fig behind.  Pop it up on dimensionals.

6. Don’t forget to stamp a corner of a piece of Whisper White for the inside of your card. It should measure the same as the Whisper White in step 2.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card!

Don’t forget you can choose Heartfelt Blooms as a FREE item during Saleabration with every $90 ordered!  It’s that easy!  But only until March 31st!  Click on the Shop button to securely order from anywhere in Australia and have it delivered directly to your front door so you can begin stamping right away! I will even send you a little Thank you as a bonus for choosing me!

Happy Crafting!

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CTC 164 – Occasions Kits with Petal Palette

Hi everyone! Welcome to CTC 164 where this week we are CASEing the Occasions Kits of the Occasions Catalogue, on pages 15 – 17.

The kit you see pictured here is the Lots of Happy Card Kit!  I absolutely love this kit and have already had a class using it, which the participants loved as well!  The best bit about this prepackaged kit is that it is literally a class ready to go!

It has absolutely everything you need to create your projects, other than snail adhesive – It includes the stamp set, an ink spot, all card bases, envelopes, embellishments, ribbons, pencils and a basic stamp block to get you started creating right away!  They are great for beginners, those with limited supplies, or to take away when travelling! You can even get a refill of this one!  I cannot recommend these kits highly enough!

For today’s challenge however, I created my own little kit using the cards on the bottom of page 17 as a basis, using the Petal Palette Bundle.

I loved how bright and fun these cards were.  I started by creating with the Lemon Lime Twist Card.

Occasions Kits with Petal Palette!

CTC 164 - Occasions kits using Petal Palette by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Even though it’s a bit hard to see, I substituted the Happy Birthday Sentiment on the original card for the spotted stamp in the Petal Palette Stamp Set.  To create the flowers I stamped the image one a piece each of Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Soft Sky Card stock.  I used the Lemon Lime twist as my base piece, and then fussy cut the flowers in the other colours, before layering them on to the base piece.

CTC 164 - Occasions Kits using Petal Palette by Mel Pagano at MY Paper Oasis

My second card was the Berry Burst Card.  I stamped one of the smaller flower images on the card base, so it was similar to the original.   For this card I lightly watercolored my images with an aqua painter, which I kept quite dry as I was using regular Whisper White Cardstock.

CTC 164 - Occasions Kits using Petal Palette by Mel Pagano at My paper Oasis

The third card is just a little 4″ x 4″ card.  I changed the elements for this one to more suit my stamp set – I mean – I hadn’t even inked up that sweet little bird yet!  Even those this stamp set has coordinating framelits, I still fussy cut one of the flowers, as the framelit left a lot of white space in the middle that didn’t look right on this layout. And, if you purchase the whole bundle for this suite you automatically qualify for a FREE Saleabration item! How good is that!


And that my friends, is my own little Occasions Kit with Petal Palette! I am so happy with how my little kit turned out that I am offering this card kit tutorial for Free with the purchase of this bundle from me, for the month of February!

CTC 164 - Occasions Kits using Petal Palette by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I hope you enjoyed my take on this challenge!  We would love to see how you use this challenge, so why not play along!  Create your own project using inspiration from pages 15-17 in the Occasions Catalogue, take a pic then upload it to our Facebook Group right HERE.

Now it’s time to hop on over to Monique’s page and see what she has created this week!

Happy Crafting everyone!

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Myths and Magic Shaker Shadow Box Card

Hi everyone!

Today I thought I would pop past and share on of my creations with you all!

You see, my niece turned 18 last week – so that requires a bit more of a ‘special’ card in my eyes.  I mean, its a pretty special birthday and something to celebrate. Plus, its another good excuse to create a 3D project! Lol.

My niece is a BIG Harry Potter fan, so I knew whatever I created had to be themed around that.  Aren’t we lucky that our new Myths and Magic Suite could make sure that happened for me!

I used Bronwyn Eastley’s Magic Mermaid Shaker Shadow Box tutorial again (you can see my first creation HERE) to create the base of this card.  However Lou, one of the other AddINKtive Design Team members created the same box with clear acetate, so I guess you can say I CASEd her’s as well! (with permission of course!) You can see her design HERE.

So here it is – my

Myths and Magic Shaker Shadow Box Card!

Myths and Magic Shaker Shadow Box by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I have created the back portion of the box using the Myths and Magic Speciality Designer Series Paper.  This is just one of a couple of lots of Designer Paper in the new Occasions Catalogue that is thicker than regular Designer Paper, making it fantastic for 3D projects!  The centre piece, number 18 and sentiment are all using our Silver Foil – it was just SUPER difficult to photograph with the dark background and glare off the acetate no matter what lighting I tried to use!

The wizard himself has been stamped and coloured using our Stampin’ Blend Alcohol markers, but the little wizard and the castle in the background are fussy cut directly from other pieces of the Designer Paper.  I thought the young wizard at least had Gryffindor’s colour scheme! All I really need was a white owl! Lol.

The castle and trees are actually set on the very back panel, so here’s a bit of a close up for you –

Myths and Magic Shaker Shadow Box Card by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oaisis

It’s a mini Hogwarts!

The lovely ‘Celebrate’ die is a FREE item available during Saleabration.  It was cut from our Silver Foil Sheets with a Fresh Fig Sentiment layered underneath help ‘lift’ it off the card.

The shaker middle section just adds a bit of extra bling and fun to the card!

Bronwyn’s tutorials are really very versatile! Once you have the base, you can mix it up to suit your needs!  Take a look at her tutorial store and all that is on offer HERE.

I hope you enjoyed my project today!

You can purchase any of the items to create this yourself in my online store, or by clicking on the images below.  Remember to take advantage of our FREE items during Saleabration – but only until March 31st!  So don’t miss all those lovely FREE goodies on offer!

Happy Crafting!


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CTC 163 – Saleabration – Painted with Love Pandas

A BIG hello to you all and welcome back to another week of CASEing the Catty, where every Sunday night the design team creates a hop focusing on a selected section of the current catalogues to CASE (Copy and Share Everything)!

The best bit is that you are able to play along too!  All you need to do is CASE a design from the selected section and then upload your photo to our Facebook Group right HERE before the next challenge! Simple.  I do hope you can play along!

This week is CTC 163 and we are back to CASEing anything in the Saleabration Catalogue!

Saleabration is the BEST time of the Stampin’ Up! Year because you can earn FREE, yes FREE, products for EVERY $90 spent on orders!  If you don’t have a catalogue then contact your local demonstrator, me, any of the girls on the hop, or simply download a copy from the sidebar to see all the amazing freebies on offer!

My CASE this week focuses on the image on Page 8 of the catalogue – which is in fact, the image on the far right above!

I really wanted to cut – yes cut – my Painted with Love Speciality Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s no good leaving it in the packet and hoarding it you know!

This paper is absolutely stunning.  It’s thicker than normal, making it ideal for more sturdier crafts such as boxes and packaging, as well as for the usual paper craft uses like cards and scrapbooking.  The metallic golds with the pinks and purples is a beautiful combination – really – you NEED to get this paper!

I have also used the super cute Party Panda’s Set that you can choose FREE during Saleabration and created two cards.


CTC 163 - Saleabration - Painted with Love Panda's my Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

The Designer Paper sheet that I used grades from purples (Rich Razzleberry) down to lighter pinks (Calypso Coral and Powder Pink), so I started with a ‘Pink’ card. I used our Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate for the background as it added to the gold without covering the gorgeous layers of the DSP.  For this card I stamped the sentiment Love You from the Party Panda’s set, in rows across the rectangle I created with the Stitched Shape Framelits.

CTC 163 - Saleabration - Painted with Love Panda's by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I REALLY like this second card!  The Rich Razzleberry in the DSP is just gorgeous combined with gold.  This time I punched a LOT of little hearts from the Cookie Cutter Punch and adhered them with tombow to my base piece for a very cool effect! It’s a bit like creating your own embossing folder!

I haven’t labelled the insides yet or attached a sentiment, as I thought they would be good for Valentine’s Day or birthdays!

I would love to hear which one you prefer!

CTC 163 - Saleabration - Painted with Love Panda's by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

Now it’s time to hop on over to Megan’s page and see what she has CASEd this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Colour INKspiration 26 – Picture Perfect Birthday

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Welcome to Colour INKspiration 26, where each second and fourth Wednesday of the month the crew create using a select colour palette.  You can play along each fortnight by using the same colour palette and then uploading your design to our Facebook page right HERE. You need to upload your design the Monday before the next colour challenge begins! So for this one – you have until 7pm Monday the 12th of February.

This week we have a very blue / green colour palette for you to play with.

This weeks selection are Emerald Envy; Bermuda Bay; Tranquil Tide and Sahara Sand!

I immediately thought of oceans and seas when I saw this colour challenge, but I decided to go in a completely different direction.  I actually found this palette one of the trickier palettes to design with, especially when not creating ocean scenes.  Because of that I kept my design very simple and chose to use Picture Perfect Birthday as my stamp set of choice. An 18 piece photopolymer stamp set full of party fun!

Colour INKspiration 26 - Picture Perfect Birthday by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I added a bit of silver to jazz the card up a bit.  The Designer Paper is a FREE Saleabration item – Bubbles and Fizz – that you can choose with any $90 order.  I have to say though – that sentiment has been one of my favourites and is quite frequently used already.  And those ribbons look fabulous – especially when fussy cut – they pop right off the card.

I do hope you have been taking advantage of all the FREE items on offer during Saleabration.  Remember – it only runs until March 31st – so you don’t want to miss all the fun!

Now it’s time to continue around the hop and see the rest of the gorgeous projects on offer!  Next up is Denita 🙂

Happy Crafting everyone!


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CTC 161 – Saleabration and Amazing You

Hi everyone!

We are back for CASEing the Catty 161 where we get to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) from the Saleabration Catalogue this week!  ANYTHING from the Saleabration Catalogue.  That leaves a lot of scope you know!

Have you got your copy of the new catalogues yet?  You don’t want to miss out because Saleabration allows you to choose FREE products for every $90 or $180 spent!  So make sure you contact your demonstrator for a copy!

This week I decided to CASE this lovely card on the front cover of the catalogue –

Although, I have to be honest, I didn’t really like the colours in this image.  So that was the task I set myself – Copy the card but change up the colours.  I pictured this card more with black and white tones, with just a hint of colour to lift the flowers.  So this is what I created –

CTC 161 - Saleabration and Amazing You by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I started with a Basic Black base and added a layer of Petal Passion Designer Paper (5 3/4″ x 4″).

For my second layer I stamped the flower from the Amazing You Stamp Set (FREE) in versamark, on another Basic Black Layer (5″ x 3 1/4″) before heat embossing with our Clear Embossing Powder.  I then stamped the ‘rays’ in versamark in the centre of this piece and heat set with Silver Embossing powder.  A couple of wraps of the New Silver Baker’s Twine finished with a bow, and then the whole layer was popped up on dimensionals to finish it off.

The flowers were created by stamping in versamark onto Vellum Cardstock and heat setting with White Embossing Powder – so much embossing today! Lol.   I then coloured the back of the images with our Stampin Blends.  You couldn’t see the colours on the black like this though – so I then adhered them with some tombow to Whisper White Cardstock, before fussy cutting each flower and adhering to the card.  I added a few other elements before using the Celebrate You Thinlets (also FREE) to cut the ‘Amazing’ sentiment.  This was so easy to adhere using the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets!

CTC 161 - Saleabration and Amazing You by Mel Pagano at My Paper Oasis

I’m really happy with how this card turned out, and dare I say – I prefer my colour combination 🙂  And even better, the stamp set and framelits are products that you can choose for FREE during Saleabration !

We would love to see you create your own work of art by CASEing something from the Occasions Catalogue and posting a picture of it on our Facebook Group – HERE. You have until next Monday to get your entries in!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Jackie Noble and see what she has created this week!

Happy Crafting!

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CTC 160 – Picture Perfect Party Panda’s

A big hello to everyone and welcome back to CASEing the Catty.

I trust you had a lovely Christmas break and are all set for a new year of crafty fun!

It’s lovely to be back crafting and stir those creative juices again.  I must admit, it was pretty easy with our brand new Occasions Catalogue and Saleabration events!

For our first CTC of 2018, we are CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) the Picture Perfect Party Section on Pages 4-9 of the brand new Occasions Catalogue.

The Picture Perfect Party Suite is such a fun and bright range.  And the imagery on the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) is AMAZING!  It really does make creating cards super simple – you just let the DSP do the work.

I CASEd the image on the top left of page 6 of the Occasions Catalogue. 

I liked the simple design, and as I wanted to play with my Party Panda’s from the Saleabration Catalogue, I knew it would suit my layout. The best bit – You can choose Party Panda’s for FREE with an order of $90 or more during Saleabration!

So I created my Picture Perfect Party Panda’s teaming the DSP with the Panda’s and making two slightly different cards.

CTC 160 - Picture Perfect party Panda's by My Paper Oasis

See how that background just pops right off the card! And those Panda’s are just too cute to resist.

Because the layout was quite simple, I decided to make a second card…

CTC 160 - Picture Perfect Party Pandas by My Paper Oasis

This time I used some Silver Foil Sheets for some added pizzaz to the card.  You really could build your birthday stash so quickly using this Designer Paper!  It even has a sheet of presents that you could use for the front of a card, or in my case – I cut some out to help me dress up the insides of the cards –

CTC 160 - Picture Perfect Party Pandas by My Paper Oasis

How simple is that!

I hope you are looking forward to sharing another year of crafty fun with us! Why not kick start it by joining in with this challenge!   Create your own CASE from the section mentioned above, then upload your picture to our Facebook Group – HERE!

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

Happy Crafting!

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