Category: Techniques

Merry Mice Christmas Bauble Card

Hi everyone!

I am a bit excited to share with you today another trick I learnt at on stage using Stampin Up’s Fine Tip Glue Pen! In my last post I mentioned that it dries faster than dimensional magic, but did you know it can be used like dimensional magic! Neither did I! So, on my Stamp It Sunday Facebook Live Video this week, I set about to show you how it was done!

I absolutely love the shimmery christmas bauble effect – if I do say so myself!

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How cute are the mice out of that set! I held off getting it for a while – but with the brilliant discount until the end of November I just couldn’t resist any longer!  And they are super simple to colour with a little bit of ink and an aqua painter!

Here’s a closer look at that effect!

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Isn’t it pretty! And it doesn’t dry sticky AT ALL! I can see so many new projects happening with this now I have had a play – so be warned – you may see a few more tips and tricks with the Fine Tip Glue Pen in the future!

You can watch my video over at You Tube at my channel –  My Paper Oasis – don’t forget to subscribe!

And here are all the measurements so you can make your very own!

Card Base – Night of Navy Cardstock cut on short side at 4 1/8″

Gold Foil Piece – 5 1/4″ x 3 5/8″

Shimmery White Cardstock – 5′ x 3 3/8″

I used the second smallest circle shape from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and Shimmery White Cardstock for the bauble.

I hope you enjoy creating with this new technique!

Mel xx

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Jolly Friends and the Fine Tip Glue Pen!

I eluded to a cool trick on my Facebook page last week that I had learnt at Stampin’ Up!s On Stage event this year.  I put up two images of the Santa from the Jolly Friends Bundle to see if people could Spot the Difference,  and asked people to vote on their favourite and tell me why.

Here are the two images I showed…

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Jolly friends Bundle tip with Fine tip glue pen by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, jolly fun, santa card, christmas card

Can you spy the difference?

Apart from the darker green background and the gold ribbon?

Does this help a bit more?

Jolly friends Bundle tip with Fine tip glue pen by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, jolly fun, santa card, christmas card

Can you see just how thick and glossy that beard and ruffle are???? And its created with something I just hadn’t thought about using until I saw something at on stage.  It was one of those ‘aha’ moments.

I have ‘coloured’ the beard and ruffle with our Fine Tip Glue Pen and then sprinkled with dazzling details glitter and let it dry.  That glue dry SO fast in contrast to dimensional magic or similar.  We made these in class.  The ladies made the santa first and by the time they had made the card – he was bone dry!  It’s wonderful I tell you! And opened up a world of possibilities for me!  I am looking forward to playing a bit more with this technique!

So I encourage you to go ahead…have a play and make your santa all bushy like he is supposed to be!

Mel xx

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Quick and Simple Window Cards

Hi everyone!

I am back from my Stamp It Sunday live video broadcast! I am having so much fun doing these – I hope you are enjoying them as much as I do!

This week we took a look at making quick and simple window cards using our Stampin Up Designer Papers and a simple stamp or two! So easy everyone! I would love you to play along and create a card or two and pop the pictures in the comments!

Here’s what I created this week –

Quick Window Card with video tutorial by My Paper Oasis using Grateful Bunch from Stampin Up; Designer Paper; Blooms and Bliss; Female Card; Birthday Card; Thank you card

This card features our Blooms and Bliss Designer Paper and our Grateful Bunch stamp and coordinating punch.  I love this stamp and punch set as you get three flowers from one stamp and punch. So easy!

By using the Designer Paper and creating a small focal point, you create stunning cards with minimal effort.  These cards are a fantastic way to build your stash or make a lot of one design – such as Christmas cards.

Here’s one for the boys!

Quick Window Card with video tutorial by My Paper Oasis using Seaside Shore Suite from Stampin Up; Designer Paper; By the Shore; male Card; Birthday Card; Thank you card

How cool is that Designer Series Paper for the background! And that little blue fish….cut from the designer paper too! You could make a whole aquarium cutting out those fish!

And just a Christmas Idea too!!!

Quick Window Card with video tutorial by My Paper Oasis using Presents and Pinecones DSP from Stampin Up; Designer Paper; By the Shore; male Card; Birthday Card; Thank you card; Christmas Card

Well I hope you have enjoyed these cards and you get to making some of your own.

Here is the video link at My Paper Oasis on Youtube so you can see how it’s done.

The measurements for this one are very simple:

  1. Card Base (A4 card stock cut on short side at 4 1/8″, folded in half).
  2. Designer Paper piece measuring 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″.
  3. Whisper White Card stock measuring 5 1/2′ x 3 3/4″.
  4. 2″ circle punch or any punch or frame lit of your choice.
  5. Coordinating Ribbon and stamps.

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Happy Creating

Mel xx

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Jolly Friends Sliding Spinner Card

Hi all,

I am back for my regular Stamp It Sunday video link and card tutorial! This week we are playing with the very adorable Jolly Friends Bundle.  Do you have this bundle? It is a brilliant bundle for super quick and simple cards that use minimal designer paper and cardstock. I highly recommend getting your hands on this set!

Here is what we created this week…

A very cheeky elf!!!!!

Tutorial using the Jolly Friends bundle and Sliding Star Framelits by My Paper Oasis; stampin up; christmas card; magic elf; elf on a shelf; fun card; elf card

And an adorable Santa…

Tutorial using the Jolly Friends bundle and Sliding Star Framelits by My Paper Oasis; stampin up; christmas card; magic elf; elf on a shelf; fun card; elf card; santa card

I want you to be able to make these fun projects too, so here is what you will need:

  • A regular card base (A4 card stock cut on long side at 14.9cm) and fold in half. Mine is Cherry Cobbler.
  • A coordinating piece of card stock 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″. Mine is Crumb Cake.
  • A coordinating piece of designer paper 5 3/8″ x 3 5/8″. Mine is from our Presents and Pinecones DSP.
  • Whisper White Card stock strips 5 3/8″ x 1/2″.
  • You will need some extras like dimensionals, adhesive and washers or 5c pieces.

You can follow all the instructions on how to make this by watching my video at My Paper Oasis YouTube Channel!

Here are a couple of other projects to help inspire you to use this set –

Tutorial using the Jolly Friends bundle and Sliding Star Framelits by My Paper Oasis; stampin up; christmas card; magic elf; elf on a shelf; fun card; elf card; santa card

Tutorial using the Jolly Friends bundle and Sliding Star Framelits by My Paper Oasis; stampin up; christmas card; magic elf; elf on a shelf; fun card; elf card; santa card

Tutorial using the Jolly Friends bundle and Sliding Star Framelits by My Paper Oasis; stampin up; christmas card; magic elf; elf on a shelf; fun card; elf card; santa card

Super quick cards, tags and place cards can all be made with set! So go on….have some fun!

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Mel xx

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BB-8 Sliding Star Galaxy Card

Hi everyone!

I hope you have been finding some time to relax and create!

I’m a little excited to share this card with you.  My sons birthday was coming up and he was getting a remote controlled BB-8 for his birthday, so I had an idea to create a BB-8 card.  But when I saw the amazing galaxy background demonstrated by Alisa Tilsner on her Facebook page – I knew exactly what I wanted to do! She has also made a blog post on how to recreate it yourself – here – so have a go. It’s lots of fun!

I have been playing HEAPS with the sliding star framelits! My youngest card maker extraordinaire is too! They really are so much fun.  I will be showcasing them in my next few projects.  I knew they would be perfect to make my mini BB-8 flying around in space!

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It’s safe to say that my son absolutely LOVED his birthday card this year.  I used reinkers instead of my stamp pads.  I find it easier to control the colour if I apply a drop of colour onto a clear block and mix from there. You definitely need the watercolour paper for this project too. A variety of circle punches and BB-8 was built 🙂

I hope you will give the background a try. Let me know how you go. You can even post your projects in the comments! I would love to see them!

Mel xx
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No Bones About It Shaker Card

I get excited every time I get to pull the No Bones About It set off the shelf to use.  This time I was aiming for something a little different.  I was creating a first birthday card for my nephew.  Now first birthdays are pretty special…I mean…its when parents get to celebrate that they survived the first year – no mean feat I can tell you as a mum of 4!!!!!

But it’s pretty special for the little person too.  I mean – you never develop quite as much in your years as you do those first few. So a first birthday card has to be special right!!!!

Not only that, but I wanted to create something bright and funky for the CASEing the Catty Monthly Challenge this month! The catalogue is full of inspiration to help us create, CASE or be inspired and the birthday section never disappoints.  The projects that have really caught my eye this year are the fabulous bright colours of the Birthday Fiesta suite and the shaker cards!

So I set about to creating a bright, fun card that my nephew will still love in years to come….and who grows out of shaker cards??? They are always a bit of fun! With our brilliant new foam adhesive strips – making them has become so much easier!

Now I don’t yet have the Festive Birthday Designer Paper, so I had to use a recently retired paper (Cherry on Top) that was just as bright and colourful, and those birthday balloons fit the bill perfectly!

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I totally love the look of this overlay effect!

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It was such a fun card to make.  By using two acetate sheets on either side of the square cut out, you can then stamp the solid image on the background piece inside the card, to get the effect I created here. Just make sure you use stazon black ink for stamping on the acetate sheet in the front.

The best bit was – his whole party was dinosaur themed and I had no idea!!!! So it suited the occasion just perfectly!

So go get crafting…

Mel xx

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Saleabration Halfway Happiness Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome again to another Blog Hop.

Today I am joining in with our team ‘Eureka Stampers’ to showcase items from Sale-a-bration.  Sale-A-Bration is that fantastic time of the Stampin Up year where you get one FREE item for EVERY $90 you spend! As well as an amazing joining deal – this year you can Join in the fun and receive $295 worth of products for ONLY $169. Bargains!

Do you know we are HALFWAY through Sale-a-baration already???  Have you taken advantage of all those wonderful free items or that amazing joining offer that’s available yet? And now – today – even more goodies have been added! How good is that!

You may have joined this hop right here – or come across form Heather’s Blog.  Be sure to hop all the way around. There is links to everyone’s blog at the end of the post in case you get lost along the way.

Today I am sharing with you a couple of ‘Magical’ Cards that we have been making in class this week using the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set.  These type of cards are referred to magical slider cards.  You start with a pain black image, but as you pull out the slider, the image magically becomes coloured.

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Isn’t the little chicken in this set just so very adorable! It looks  like a normal – albeit a bit boring – card so far – but just wait for the magic…..

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It’s hard to put into a photo as you really see the magic happen as you pull the slider.  I used one of the sheets from the Wildflower Fields DSP (another FREE sale-a-bration item) and simply randomly coloured a few of those spots with colours from the subtle collection.

Here is another example using the ice cream and the Birthday Bouquet DSP.

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Honeycomb Happiness, Saleabration 2016, magic slider class tutorial, my paper oasis, stampin up, halfway happiness blog hop

Honeycomb Happiness, Saleabration 2016, magic slider class tutorial, my paper oasis, stampin up, halfway happiness blog hop

The Honeycomb Happiness stamp set is perfect for this type of card as it has lovely ‘open’ images that allow you to add a lot of colour, making it very effective!  Would you like to make one of your very own??? Jump on over to my Youtube video here.

I tell you – they are soon much fun to make and have been a HUGE hit in class this week.

I hope you enjoy hopping around to see all the wonderful creations the team have made for you. Just click on the links below to go forward or backwards 🙂

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Happy Crafting

Mel xx

 

1. Rose Packer

2. Carly Middleton

3. Julie Cocks

4. Linda Whalley

5. Lauren Meiklejohn

6. Heather McCarthy

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9. Simone Bartrum

10. Janine Rawlins

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Sprinkles of Life Thank You Tree

I had a request from a lovely customer of mine to make a Thank You card.  She was looking at the photos on my Facebook page and saw one that Sara had demonstrated at convention last year, using the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set. And yes, that’s the one she wanted!

I love to please my customers so I set about creating it for her.  I was thrilled with the way it came out.

Sprinkles of Life Stamp set, My Paper Oasis, Thank you card, apple tree, shaker card

I didn’t have quite all the elements that Sara had used.  I was missing the natural elements ‘thanks’ or the speciality DSP she used, but I had some suitable alternatives!

I used my Hardwood stamp and smokey slate ink for the woodgrain background and my Hello You thinlets Dies for the thanks.  To make it thicker and shiny I simply cut three of the ‘thanks’ and adhered them on top of each other.  I then used crystal effects to cover the stack and let dry on my silicone mat – nothing sticks to that sucker! Its a great technique to jazz up dies of any kind!

I hope you like it!

Happy crafting-

Mel xx

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So much fun with Balloon Celebration Bundle

Firstly, I apologise for some of the emails you have been receiving with tiny font.  I am trying to resolve the issue.  In the meantime – if you are unable to read the font, please just click on the ‘My Paper Oasis’ title, and you will be taken straight to my blog post 🙂

Now I need to ask you….Have you got the Balloon Celebration Bundle yet????

I cannot believe just how versatile this set is!  I have been creating so many cards with it – and it is soon very easy to do with this set.

Here is a couple of ideas for you…

This one is a quick and simple one to get you started, and varied just slightly from the catalogue using Pool Party, So saffron and Blushing Bride Inks.

From My paper Oasis; Balloon Celebration; Balloon Card; Balloon Bundle; quick and easy to make

This next one is one of my favourites.  I think it’s so soft and could be used for birthday, thank you, baby or sympathy card…Oh the versatility!

From My paper Oasis; Balloon Celebration; Balloon Card; Balloon Bundle; Birthday Card; Baby Card

Now, I am not sure if you have noticed, but there is the cutest little whimsy ‘fairy’ petal in this set – in two sizes.  When you heat emboss it in white, it gives the softest, delicate look – I LOVE it! So I CASEd the other card in the catalogue to begin with…

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Can you see those ink spots in the background? Some are using ink colours and an aqua painter, others are using our incredible new Gold wink of stellar pens!  I liked this one so much that I repeated the same, but using my favourite water colour technique…

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What do you think? I hope I have helped you decide that you absolutely need this set.  I want to extend to you the same offer I have given to my newsletter subscribers this month.  If you purchase this bundle through me this month, I will send you the tutorials to make these cards!

Happy Stamping

Mel xx

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Crazy about You Baby Wipe Technique

I love to challenge myself with my craft and am always trying to find new things to try.

Having a go at the Baby Wipe Technique has been on my list for such a long time to try – so I had a go – and then we created them at class.

You get inky fingers – but gee it’s a fun technique that has so many possibilities.

So here’s what I created –

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Those gorgeous flowers were created my using a baby wipe folded into quarters as a stamp pad.  There is a bit of a technique to applying the ink.

  1. Limit yourself to 3 or 4 colours – more than that and they muddy together and the image takes on the darkest colour.
  2. Apply drops of ink randomly on your baby wipe – start with the darkest colour, then the medium shade in different spots and fill the spaces with your lightest shade.
  3. Then simply use this as your stamp pad.

The colours I used were Watermelon Wonder, Hello Honey and Mint Macaron. All finished off with some metallic gold designer paper and gold embossed sentiment.

The second card I made was using the background baby wipe technique where you fold you baby wipe into quarters and then half again and layer drops of desired colours along the folded edge of the baby wipe. You then wipe this across your card as smoothly as possible.

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The third method I tried was heat embossing an image onto white card stock using our white embossing powder, then wiping layers using graduated colours.

This card I used Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder.

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I hope I have inspired you to have a play with this technique, then come back and share your creations in the comments.

Happy Crafting

Mel xx

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