Category: Birthday

Sky is the Limit with Saleabration

When I first saw this set I knew it was going to be top of my list to get! And considering it is a limited edition Saleabration item – only available until February 15 – I didn’t waste time.

I just love how versatile this set is.

I have a lot of birthdays coming up – but my Grandad turns 92 at the end of January – thats quite an achievement, so it deserves something a little bit special! I wanted to make something with a vintage feel and I knew this set would be perfect.  Of course I had to combine it with the Large number dies in gold foil paper to make it really stand out!

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I used paper from the Going Places Designer Paper Stack.  Initially I was going to tear the edges to give it a more vintage feel – but I decided to use a match and burn parts of the paper like we used to for school projects! I then inked the edges in Soft Suede and sponged lightly over the paper.

Its a bit hard to tell, but that aeroplane is actually popping off the page on one side – giving it the appearance of flying off the card.  I used a 1″ x 1/4″ strip, scored at 1/4″ each end and folded in a ‘z’ and adhered it between two cut out stamped images of the plane. I then adhered the other side with a dab of tombow. That way, the plane will still sit flat for postage.

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The sentiment and stamped map of the world behind the plane, come from the Going Global stamp set.  The world image is stamped directly onto a piece of designer paper from the Going Places Paper stack.

And don’t forget to decorate the inside of your cards too!

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I hope you enjoyed this creation!

Make sure you take advantage of sale-a-bration and the limited time products on pages 16-19 as they are only available until Feb 15th!

Mel xx




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ESAD 2016 Occasions & Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

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Welcome to the ESAD 2016 Blog Hop featuring items from the new Occasions Catalogue ‘Handmade from the Heart’ and the 2016 Sale-a-bration Catalogue. You may have hopped here from Nicole Wilson, or you may be starting here.  I hope you enjoy the projects we have all created for you!

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I had lots of fun creating for this blog hop. I am IN LOVE with just about everything in the new Occasions Catalogue!

Water colouring is BIG at the moment and fun to create as you never get the same effect twice.  I love it.  I had a special card to make for my niece’s 16th birthday – so I set to work creating a card that looked a bit special using some of our new products in our Handmade from the Heart Catalogue.

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I find water colouring directly onto card difficult. So my favourite technique for watercoloring is by using reinkers and dropping them onto my largest clear block. I add a drop or two of water from my aqua painter and swirl it around on my block. I then add more colours as I desire until I am satisfied.  I then pick the block up and tilt it slightly from side to side (this makes the colours run a little) and then stamp it on to my paper.  You will need drying time with this method, or dry with the heat tool.

I used pool party, blushing bride and watermelon wonder for this card as I was originally going to combine it with the Birthday Bouquet DSP.  But I had a bit more fun with the watercoloring by dropping more ink onto the card and using a straw to blow the ink around – like what we used to do in art in primary school. It was a bit of fun!

I then splattered the card base with some gold glitter, framed it with the largest scallop square framelit, added our newest ribbons and cut the numbers from the Number of Years framelits (loving these!). I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment ‘Dream Big’ from the ‘Enjoy the LittleThings’ Stamp set and cut out the ‘dream’.

Here’s a close up for you –

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And don’t forget the inside of the card! I added a smaller piece of the watercoloring to the inside of the card too!

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I hope you enjoyed this project.  I would love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment for me 🙂

Hop along to the next blog by Richelle Fletcher for more inspiration by clicking on the image below.

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Richelle Fletcher

Monique Fielder

Rachael Lewsley

Paula Reid

Pauline Bennetts

Amity Knight

Courtenay Heuston

Chloe Evans

Carly Middleton

Kelly Kent

Sally Williams

Barbara Williams

Andrea Buckland

Narelle Fasulo

Libby Dyson

Lou Kitzelman

Nicole Wilson

Mel Pagano – You are here.


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Global Design Project GDP#018 Party Wishes

I haven’t played along for a while, so I thought it was about time to tackle another Global Design Project Challenge.

This week was a sketch challenge –


When I saw it, I immediately knew what I could do.  I had been playing around with one of the stamps from the Party Wishes set, all I had to do was give it a background.  Here’s what I came up with :

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When I saw this cake, I was inspired to ice it ‘ombre’ style from an amazing local cake decorator. I love her work, so I replicated it here on the cake using pool party, bermuda bay and pacific point inks.  You will need your stamp-a-ma- jig to get this one right, or have a go with colour markers.

I also added glitter to the cake using the clear wink of stella brush (how amazing is that tool – I think I’m in love!) which you can see a bit of in this next pic.  It’s sooooooo pretty!

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And of course, you can’t have a gorgeous card without the inside with a bit of decoration too. It makes it all that more special!

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Why not have a go and play along with the design team!

We will be playing with loads of new products just like this in my upcoming classes – so take a look at the class page and come along and join the fun.

Mel xx

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Floral Wings Vase of Flowers

I am really enjoying using our Floral Wings Hostess Set.  I feel like I have two sets for the price of one.  With the ability to use it for a big, beautiful butterfly or an elegant vase of flowers.

Today I chose to use the vase of flowers and team it with my favourite in colour designer paper.
This really is a pretty set. Versatile for birthdays, sympathy and thank you – its virtually like giving a bunch of flowers!
This look is very simple to achieve.  I have stamped the vase in Tip Top Taupe and fussy cut it. To get your placement of the stems just right – turn your vase over and position it on the card, then stamp your stems, making sure the bottom edge just overlaps onto the back of your vase.  Once you are happy with the amount of stems, turn your vase back over and stamp the flowers.
I stamped mine in Watermelon wonder, stamping off occasionally to vary the depth of the flowers. I also stamped some more on scrap whisper white card and then fussy cut them! They’re tiny – so you may need your glasses! Lol.
Adhere your extra flowers using dimensional. Wrap some Gold Thread around the neck of your vase, before popping it up on dimensional too.
I think it’s quite effective. What do you think?
You can get this stamp set yourself by hosting a workshop or spending $250 in one order to qualify for rewards to spend on hostess sets. Contact me if you would like to host a fun stamping workshop!
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Father’s Day Fun Card #3 – Very Vintage Guy Greetings!

So today is my last of 3 Father’s Day Cards that we made in class.

I really wanted to feature the Guy Greetings set Muscle Man with this one.  I must be honest – I didn’t really like him when I first saw him, but now I see him as a bit of fun to give a card some spunk!

The Guy Greetings set is vintage and I wanted to keep it that way. So some sponging with Soft Suede ink for a distressed, aged look was what was needed for this card – on some vintage style paper – Typeset DSP definitely fit the bill.

I added just a bit of colour using the hats in the set, stamped in Cherry Cobbler and then fussy cut,  and an aqua painter for the pants.  This style also looked amazing with the vintage car stamped in Cherry Cobbler and fussy cut (one of the ladies couldn’t bear to use the muscle man! Lol).

And sentiments are so easy to pop on a banner with the triple layer banner punch. Its been a real hit at class with my ladies as it enables them to get that point just right!

Remember you can purchase any supplies you see in my online store and get them delivered directly to your door!

Now hop on it! Get those Father’s Day Card created!

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Father’s Day Fun Day 2 – Man Shirt #2

And on to Man Shirt Number 2 we go! One for each dad or father in law, and just as simple as the first one!
I again used our Bohemian DSP card stock for this funky shirt and the tie.  Doesn’t that paper suit a tie so well!!!! I love it!!!
I have layered the DSP on a Very Vanilla Card stock base this time.  It matched the paper used for the tie much better.  I did trim it down slightly, so it would still fit inside a regular envelope once the collar was folded.


I simply scored the DSP at 3/4″ from the top, and trimmed along each side of the line approximately 3/4″ – 1″ from the edge.  I folded these pieces in until I met the edges in the middle.
I lined up the tie before I attached it with glue dots. Then simply placed another glue dot under each base point of the collar – before using the paper piercer to pop in a small hole and one of our 1/8″ silver brads.
There are loads of tutorials out there on Pinterest to learn to fold a paper tie – but click here to go to the YouTube video that I used.
I hope you enjoyed Card #2. I would love it if you shared your creations in the comments 🙂
Stay tuned for Card #3!
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Fathers Day Fun Day 1 – Man Shirt Style #1

Well, with Father’s Day fast approaching I thought I would share a few of the man cards we have made in class over 3 posts – so make sure you are signed up to follow my blog by email so you don’t miss anything!
The first Father’s Day Card came from inspiration from my gorgeous upline Simone Bartrum.
I really enjoy making these cards as they are very simple and quick to make – but the men in our lives think we have spent HOURS on them!
So our Day 1 Card is Man Shirt Style #1!
I used our Bohemian DSP for this card. I like retro looking shirts and think this fit the bill perfectly.
I used our new Thick White Card Stock for the base (just a hint – score it first!) and then cut a piece of DSP slightly larger than the card front – 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″. I then cut this at 2″ down the length so you end up with a piece 2″ x 5 3/4″ and another at 2 1/2″ x 5 3/4″.
Mark the 2″ piece at 1″ from the left outside edge and 2″ down on the inside length, and fold to make the shirt flap.
Mark the 2 1/2″ piece at 1″ from the right outside edge, and 2 1/2″ down the inside length and fold to make the opposing flap.  It’s that simple. Adhere these pieces to your card base, with the larger piece overlapping in the front.
I then just popped on some of our metallic buttons, punched a bow with the bow builder punch and made a pocket using the note tag punch! EASY!!!
Have fun creating your own variations!


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Build a Birthday … Cake!

I really, really, really, really (you get the idea!) like our Build a Birthday Stamp set.
I find it is truly is one of the easiest sets to use to make a very simple yet effective birthday card!

Great for cards in a hurry, to stamp a stack for future use, for males, females and for children.  There are loads of ideas on Pinterest if you are struggling for inspiration.

This one is using my favorite colour combination at the moment of Mint Macron and Wisteria Wonder. It rally is a soft and pretty combination – I encourage you to try it!

You can change up the colour combination to suit the occasion. Emboss it in Gold for a more formal look for a wedding, on a cream background, add ribbon for a bit of extra pizzazz. The skies the limit with this set. It is just so versatile!

And don’t forget that you can use the cake layers to make Candles for a completely different look.

So what are you waiting for????
It’s time to get creative!

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