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Fairy Celebration Toadstool Shaker Card

I’ve got to tell you – this card was soooooo much fun to make!

I had the idea in my head for quiet a while, and when I finally got around to putting in on paper, I was pretty pleased with the result!  It was a bit fiddly and I had to make a few adjustments along the way, but I got there in the end.

Creating a Magical fairy toadstool with an opening door shaker card with My Paper Oasis, fairy celebration, fairy card, magical, stampin up.

For a fairy card, I decided I wanted something a little ‘magical’.  Just a bit special and unlike other cards.  Our gorgeous Fairy Celebration made the ‘fairy’ part simple.  The toadstool was simply made with the door from our In this World stamp set, and the top was cut using our older circle framelits with a smaller circle punched and adhered multiple times on the top – don’t forget to give the smaller circles a quick flick using Wink of Stellar Clear!

Creating a Magical fairy toadstool with an opening door shaker card with My Paper Oasis, fairy celebration, fairy card, magical, stampin up.

The door was the tricky part! I fussy cut the door – leaving an extra 1/2″ along the left side of the door, to act as a hinge. I had to position it on the white card stock, trace around it lightly, and then cut out that piece.  I then slipped the door hinge through the gap and adhered it to the white card underneath.  I stuck my toadstool head on and the from the back of the card, sliced through the top so the door would open 🙂

You then simply make the rest of the card like you would any other shaker card.  I adhered the littlest fairy inside where the door would open and added glitter and sequins for ‘fairy dust’.  It’s super cute!  My niece got this one for her birthday. I hope you like it as much as she did 😉
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Foxy Friends Double Z Cards

A happy hello to everyone!

I wanted to pop by today and share some of the fun I have been having with our Foxy Friends Suite.  The whole suite is just toooooo cute! And the animal possibilities with that punch!!! I mean WOW!!! Have you seen what others are creating!

Well I have seen a LOT of double Z fold cards lately.  So I wanted to give one a try myself.  So I created two! Lol.

Foxy friends Suite Double Z card by My Paper Oasis, stampin up, fox

I left some white space on this card because I always feel that you need somewhere to write!  The beauty about this one is that even when you write in the white space, you can’t see it when the card is closed.  And its just too easy to create pretty backgrounds with the coordinating designer series paper stack! The next one I made, I wanted to try a couple of the other animals!

Foxy Friends Suite Double z Folded card by My Paper Oasis, stampin up products, racoon and skunk.

Here’s a quick view of what that other panel that you can’t see looks like on both cards…..

Foxy Friends Suite Double Z fold card by My Paper Oasis, stampin up

These are quite fun to make, and with so many possibilities, so here are my measurements for the second one so you can make your own!

Card base – 4 1/8 x 11″ scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.

1st cardstock layer – 2 pieces 3 7/8″ x 2 1/2″ and 1 piece 5 1/4″ x 3 7/8″

2nd yardstick layer – 2 pieces 3 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ and 1 piece 5 1/8″ x 3 3/4″.

Smaller strip 3/4″ x 11″ and scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Layers are 1 strip 5 3/8″ x 5/8″ and 2 strips 2 5/8″ x 5/8″.

Have fun creating!!!!

Mel xx
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Hope and Sunshine Wishes #GDP045

So today I decided I had to play along in another Global Design Project challenge.  Guess what….it’s another colour challenge! I’m not sure whether these are the kinds I like the best, or they just happen to be the challenges when I have time to play along!  In any case they are super fun! You can always hop over and see the latest challenge here.


This weeks colour challenge is using basic black, smokey slate and melon mambo! A perfect challenge for utilising our Pop of Pink designer paper – but I chose not too!

I decided to pull out my new Sunshine Wishes Thinlets and play with those instead! When creating this card, I was thinking about friends that suffer anxiety, depression or are going through a difficult time.  So I went about creating a watercolored background of smokey slate.  I knew I wanted the flower to be pink and bright and bring that feeling of hope amidst the dark times – so I was delighted when I saw the thinlets had the word ‘Hope’ (no I hadn’t noticed it before!)

Card of Hope with Sunshine Wishes Thinlets for the GDP045 challenge by My Paper Oasis

I used our Shimmery White cardstock to for a bit of extra sparkle, and it holds the watercoloring so well!  I cut my flower from shimmery white too, and the plopped some melon mambo reinker on a clear block and mixed it with water using my aqua painter, before applying it to my flower.  I then cut two more flowers in melon mambo cardstock and adhered them all together with our fine tip glue pen.  I then used my aqua painter to splash fine spots of ink over the card base too.  And yes, I made that butterfly from our silver metallic thread by wrapping it into position directly onto a glued – not for the feint hearted I can tell you! I then popped a couple of our white perfect accents on the card with glue after removing the white backing.

Card of Hope with Sunshine Wishes Thinlets for the GDP045 challenge


I think I need to send this off to someone quite special now!!!  I hope you like it and consider playing along too!

Mel xx


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In This World New Catalogue Pennsationals Blog Hop




Welcome to another Pennsationals Blog Hop.  This hop we wanted to show you some of the gorgeous new products from the new catalogue!  So sit back, relax and prepare to be inspired. You may be starting here or coming from the very talented Joanna at With Love Handcrafted Cards.  In either case, follow the links at the end of each post and hop your way around some amazing projects!

I wanted to showcase today the gorgeous new In This World Stamp Set.  I think this is a set that will be easily overlooked in the new catty, but it’s vintage feel is what I love and I was drawn to it immediately! Once I started playing, I kind of couldn’t stop, so I made various colour combinations and a few tweaks in the layouts!  I LOVE how they turned out!

In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis


In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis


In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis


In this World vintage stamp set by Stampin Up. Gorgeous colour combinations from My Paper Oasis


Unfortunately our butterfly punch doesn’t fit the stamped image – so it’s lucky I enjoy a bit of fussy cutting! But I really like the vintage look! I cannot wait to play some more with this set with different colours and layouts! I hope you love it too!

Now its time to pop on over to the absolutely amazing Jess at The Paper Caper.  She is an absolute inspiration and is sure to have created something stunning!  I have also popped the entire list at the bottom of the page for you so you don’t get lost on your hop 🙂

Mel xx


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And don’t forget – July Bonus Days lets you earn a $9 voucher to spend in August for every $90 spent in July. No Limits!!!!

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Fairy Celebration Meets Sliding Stars

I have been playing with ….. you guessed it…..the Sliding Star Framelits still! I really can’t help myself! I love to see the images wizz around the card. It makes for so much fun!!!

This time I made a couple of different cards.  The first card I created the background paper of flowers from our Garden in Bloom Stamp, because I thought it would work beautifully for the cute little bee to buzz around the garden. It’s really easy to create your own papers, so I encourage you to give it a try!

Sliding star framelits and garden in bloom, card from My Paper Oasis.

Those tiny bees are too cute on the background! But I warn you – it’s super easy to loose that TINY matching framelit – so be careful!

I then decided to have a play with more of our Serene Scenery papers and my new Fairy Celebration stamp set.  I really wanted a cute fairy whizzing around too!

Fairy celebration meets sliding star framelits to create this adorable card from My Paper Oasis.

How enchanting is this card! I LOVE how it turned out.  To create the seamless background you just adhere the thin circle piece directly to the card base underneath, as the other pieces need to be mounted with dimensionals so the spinner works! I coloured a second set of wings using my stampin write markers, and then used our now retired 2 way glue pen before sprinkling them with some dazzling diamonds glitter.  Im sure it would work as well with a smear of tombow glue, but I was to impatient to wait for it to dry :-/

I hope enjoy some crafting time and give these cards a go. You won’t be disappointed!

Mel xx

PS – Remember for the month of July we have our Bonus Days Deal – for EVERY $90 you spend, you receive a $9 voucher from Stampin’ Up! to redeem in August! Who doesn’t love a freebie!!

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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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Gorgeous Rose Garden Silhouette #GDP041

One of my lovely team members alerted me to this weeks Global Design Project Challenge.  It has been a while since I have participated in a GDP, but when she let me know what it was, I had to have a go!


This GDP challenge is a colour challenge – of sweet sugarplum, whisper white and night of navy! What a challenge!!!!  I love these type of challenges because they really get you thinking. As I mulled over the colours in my head a picture started forming of the card I wanted to create.  I love using the rose garden thinlets and have been wanting to create a silhouette from the petals for a while now – so I thought this challenge would be perfect for that!  So here’s what I came up with –

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I created a soft background using the timeless textures stamp set, and stamped off my images before stamping onto the whisper white. I then adhered the rose by making sure that all the pieces were cut through properly, I placed a dot or two of tombow on the back of each petal piece and placed the thinlet directly onto the card, before gently rubbing each individual petal to attach it to the card.  By gently lifting off the thinlet, all the petal pieces remained in position. Easy!!! And very effective if I do say so myself! 😉  I also applied clear wink of stella over the rose petals, but its a bit hard to tell in the pic!

If you are in a bit of a slump, or even if you’re not – I really encourage you to participate in a few challenges to kickstart your engine! You can see all the GDP entries here.

Happy crafting

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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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.

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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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Gorgeous Gold Embossed Christmas Card

I have loved playing with the Peaceful Pines stamp set this year and am excited that it is carried forward into the new occasions catalogue.

I had to design a card that I could make a lot of, without driving me insane, for all of my fabulous customers this year.  But my personal requirement was that it still had to have some pizzazz!

So a simple couple of trees stamped in Old Olive and a single gold embossed tree in the centre to stand out and add that pizzazz came to mind.  Aren’t I happy that we have framelits to match, so I didn’t have to handcuff all those trees! I am still loving our metallic gold thread – I use it on SOOOOOOO much – and have multiple rolls on the go at the same time!

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Here’s a few of what I created….and now I have run out and need to make some more!!!!!

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