Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Last Minute Christmas

How crazy is this time of the year? Have you organised all your Christmas shopping? I am semi done, I have bought stuff and hidden it, forgotten what I have bought lol and I will need to drag it all out and hopefully I have bought enough. Although I have a feeling that I have missed a few presents probably for the middle child! With a bit of luck I hopefully don’t have to brave the shops again before Christmas.

This month’s theme is last minute which goes with my theme of this month, getting everything done at the last minute! Last minute teachers gift made as well as last minute Christmas gifts for our Paper Adventures Team Christmas Party last weekend.

I made Christmas Crackers for our Christmas Party. I needed something quick and easy to make as I needed to make 12 of them.

These cute Christmas Crackers are made using the 6 x 6 inch Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper. A few score lines on this cracker and some punch cut outs and this Christmas Cracker comes together really quickly. I followed the instructions from UK Demonstration Sam from Pootles Papercraft. To view her video please click here, the only difference is I used the retired envelope punch board instead of the gleaming ornament punch.

I filled my crackers with a chocolate (probably not the best idea in our heatwave we have been having!) and a Christmas Joke. I have been told my Christmas Jokes are just the best haha!

These Christmas Crackers would be perfect for on the Christmas table on Christmas Day although it is forecast to be a scorcher here so maybe skip on the chocolates!

I used one of my favourite Christmas stamp sets, Perfectly Plaid with the matching Christmas Tree Stamp. This bundle makes bulk items so easy, just stamp and punch! Using the sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set means I can also use my Classic Label Punch.

I hope the team enjoyed my Christmas Crackers and my ridiculously funny Christmas jokes. Don’t forget to click on the next button below to see what my lovely friend Narelle has made and keep hopping through to see what the rest of the team have created. Always fun to have a sticky beak at what everyone has made!

Thank you for following along with me for 2019, I look forward to sharing more ideas with you next year. Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and a wonderful Stampin’ Up 2020.

I will leave you with one of my extremely funny Christmas Jokes….What do you get if you cross a bell with a skunk? Jingle Smells! Haha! Told you they are hilarious!

Merry Christmas!

Mandy x

Participants List

Mandy Depiazzi – You are here!

Products used

Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper
Perfectly Plaid Bundle (Includes Stamp Set and Pine Tree Punch)
Itty Bitty Stamp Set
Whisper White Cardstock
Classic Label Punch
Shaded Spruce Stamp Pad
Cherry Cobbler Stamp Pad
Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic Ink
1/8″ gold ribbon (retired)




Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Onstage

Hello Stamping Friends! This month’s Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop is following on from the excitement from Onstage. This event is held in various locations all over the world. I attended Onstage Perth with the lovely Paper Adventures Team. What a happy bunch we all are!

I may have had a bit too much fun taking photos in front of the signage lol!

So the theme chosen for this month was Onstage including any new goodies we received from the day. We have the lovely Shannon Kissane joining us on our team blog hop today. Great seeing you at Onstage Shannon! Looking forward to see what you make to show us šŸ™‚

I was lucky enough to be the very first prize patrol giveaway. Prize patrol is so much fun! I love the excitement and the drum roll of the crowd before the big screen reveals what stamp set you will get….for FREE!!!

Under my umbrella is a cute new photopolymer set. I love the font and the wording of the sentiments in this set. Best bit of all is this set comes in a combo with a punch! Buy them together and you will save 10%.

I used my favourite colour to make this card, Seaside Spray. I combined my new stamp set with Fable Friends stamp set because just look at that cute little rabbit! I could just visualise him holding that cute umbrella. Half the fun of receiving a new stamp set is to see what it goes with in my stash!

I coloured my rabbit in using blends and used the masking technique to stamp my flowers behind my bunny. I fussy cut out one lot of the flowers and mounted on a dimensional to add a bit of extra interest. I have layered some of the in color designer series paper onto the card (I am loving this DSP with the scriptive words on it!). The ribbon I used is the Seaside Spray Metallic 1/4″ ribbon with some white bakers twine tied in a bow.

I chose this sentiment because I am going to give this card to someone who I miss dearly and is constantly always on my mind no matter the weather! It’s a super cute card right?

Lets not forget some cute stamping on the inside of the card for a little bit of fun!

Thanks for stopping by today, please leave me a comment if you like, I love reading them!

Make sure you keep on hopping through to my awesome friend Siobhan and have a sticky beak at what she has made with her new goodies! Click on the next button below!

Mandy x

Participants List

Shannon Kissane (Guest Designer)
Mandy Depiazzi – You are here!

Products used:

Under My Umbrella Bundle
Fable Friends stamp set
Memento Black ink pad
Seaside Spray ink pad
Seaside Spray Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Light and Dark Seaside Spray Blends
Light and Dard Roccoco Rose Blends
Light Pretty Peacock Blend
Light Flirty Flamingo Blend
In Color Designer Series Paper
Seaside Spray Metallic 1/4″ Ribbon





Perth Onstage 2019

What a weekend! Perth Onstage 2019 did not disappoint. This Onstage event was my 5th one, and I must say the more you go to the more people remember you and the more friends you make!

This Onstage event was a little bit more special (and a bit more daunting) for me this year. In September, when I was in Dubai on my way to New York, I was asked by the lovely Donna Williams from Stampin’ Up if I wanted to present on stage, ON THE STAGE like in front of all the cameras and lights! Now anyone that knows me, knows I am not shy when it comes to getting up on stage to belt out a karaoke tune but never have I ever presented new products in front of an entire room of people before!

How did I do? Well I nailed it! Thank goodness because my rehearsal in the room the day before was terrible, I had a fly buzzing around my head and I lost my train of thoughts and finished way too early! Thankfully that was just the rehearsal and the cocktail that night a $10 special passionfruit margarita did the trick to settle my nerves!

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This cocktail was so strong it knocked me out for a good nights sleep! I woke up and I thought to myself….you can do this Mandy! And that is exactly what I did.

Look at that! My name on the big screen. Woohoo!

So what did I have to do? I was lucky enough to be sent an awesome suite to present, a new suite becoming available to customers 3 January 2020. I received my box of Stampin’ Up! goodies after I returned home from the US late September. Then the race was on to complete my samples and put together a presentation. A few rehearsals later I was ready to show my fellow demonstrators how awesome the Parisian Blossoms Suite is.

The Parisian Blossoms designer series paper comes in 12 sheets of 12 x 12 paper. 4 designs have Champagne Foil accents on them and it is just gorgeous!

Isn’t it just lovely? This suite consists of the Parisian Beauty Cling Stamp Set and the Forever Blossoms Cling Stamp Set. Stunning colours of Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler and Petal Pink. I couldn’t help but to add a card in the mix using Night of Navy cardstock with the Silhouette Scenes Stamp Set. The best bit? This Suite coordinates with Champagne Shimmer Paint and I love Champagne Shimmer Paint!!!

I had loads of fun adding Champagne Shimmer Paint to my samples. An easy way to add more sparkle is a sponge dauber dipped in the paint and in a circular motion, I added some paint to my embossed cardstock. Another example of use of the paint was to add some drops of paint into a Stampin’ Spritzer and fill with Isocol Alcohol. Give a good shake and spray it everywhere! I also used the shimmer paint sponged over the “Amour” sentiment die cut to give it a more subtle finish.

My presentation included 3 designs using this suite for three different levels of crafting. Beginner, Casual and Avid levels. For the beginner stamper, I have used just ink, stamps and paper. For the casual crafter, I stepped this sample up by adding some DSP, some blends and a punch. And for the avid crafter, I have combined all the products because avid crafters just love all the things!

This onstage was focusing on ‘celebrations”. I learnt that in life we need to celebrate not only the big stuff in life but also the small stuff. This card I gave to my lovely upline Kelly Kent, to show my appreciation and to celebrate my journey with Stampin’ Up! so far.

Me with Kelly Kent.

This suite is perfect for those scrapbooking layouts!

My product demonstration board.

Even though I was busy planning for my Onstage presentation, I still had some time to make swaps. I love making swaps and swapping with others. Not only does it give me ideas and inspiration but I love meeting new faces and I especially love it when people tell me it is their first onstage event. Such an exciting time when it is your first time!

I made holders for some freddos and caramello koalas but little did I know it was going to be 38 degrees! Not the best weather for chocolate swaps! To make these I simply cut some of the Follow you Art DSP in 6″ x 2″ and scored at 4″ and 4 1/4″. I used the It Starts with Art stamp set and dies to embellish.

I also made some team swaps and some extras to give out to some special friends I have made along the way.

Pool Party and Petal Pink little boxes were made using Bird Ballard DSP and the Just for You sentiment is out of the Meant to Be Stamp Set. To make this cute little box I followed the instructions from another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in the US called The Paper Pixie Julie DiMatteo. You can view Julie video by clicking here.Ā 

A belly band created using ribbon….

Then filled with some Onstage treats! I am so grateful that these wonderful people are my friends. Whether they like it or not! Haha!!

So grateful I had a lovely room mate to share with too. So many laughs and such a great time! Thanks Robyn for being a great roomie!

This upcoming catalogue is a cracker and I can’t wait to share it all with you. Or perhaps you would like to know more about joining onstage so you too can join in on all the fun we have together and receive a discount on your crafting supplies! Contact me for more details on how you can join the team!

I love the buzz of Onstage. I just want to share this experience with everyone so tell me, “Have your ever thought about joining up?” I am so glad I did!

Well that is all from me, I am off to drool over the new catalogue I received.

Catch you next time,

Mandy x





Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Trick or Treat

Hello Stamping Friends! Gosh it has been a while since I have blogged anything, life has just got in the way a bit. Why does life have to be so crazy?! Last month I travelled to New York for my day job as a Travel Consultant. I spent 4 nights in New York before joining the Regal Princess Cruise to Canada and New England. This trip set me back a bit and now I am busy trying to catch up on my crafting orders. It is the price you pay for my jobs perks!

I couldn’t resist joining in on the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop this month. The theme is Trick or Treat. I would like to give a very warm welcome to Mr Brian King who is joining us this month as our Guest Designer. Thanks for hopping along with us Brian!

We don’t really celebrate Halloween much here in Australia, but my kids do like to dress up and hassle the neighbours for some lollies and chocolates! I don’t have any current Halloween sets (I have something on the way but it hasn’t arrived just yet!) so I had to think outside the box on what I was going to make for this team blog hop.

I came up with some creative punch art, something I have not done much of before.

To create my cute little spider, I punched his body out using the Snowman Builder Punch with some basic black cardstock. I then cut off what I didn’t need so I was left with a body and a head for my spider. For my spiders legs, I cut out the snowman’s arms using black cardstock and trimmed these down and folded them so they looked more like spiders legs.

The owl punch (retired) came in handy for the circles for my spiders eyes. That is all there is to it! One rather cute and not so spooky spider for Halloween!

I added some of the Monster Bash DSP to a pizza box that I coloured using a re inker and a Stampin’ Spritzer mixed with Isocol alcohol. You can find this at the supermarkets here in Australia. I simply added about 10 drops of re inker into a stampin’ spritzer and filled with the Isocol. Give a good shake then spray all over your pizza box and leave to dry.

Once dry, you are ready to mount your DSP and cute spider to your pizza box. I added a “Trick or Treat” sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set, embossed with some shimmer black embossing powder (of course!) and cut out with the Classic Label Punch.

This little box wouldn’t be complete without some chocolates inside….I have a feeling that this little box is going to be claimed by a little someone in this house before Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by today and I am sorry for my long pause between blog posts!

Make sure you hit the next button below to see what our guest designer Brian King has made to show us, no doubt it will be some fantastic Halloween creation!

Happy Halloween and spook to you later!

Mandy x











Products used:

Pizza Boxes

Basic Black Card Stock

Whisper White Card Stock

Pumpkin Pie Card Stock

Snowman Builder Punch

Owl Punch (Retired)

Classic Label Punch

Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set

Shimmer Black Embossing Powder

Versamark ink pad

Monster Bash Designer Series Paper

Pumpkin Pie Reinker

Stampin’ Spritzer

Glittered Organdy Ribbon

Black Twine



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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop August – Photo Inspiration

Well hello crafty friends! Welcome back to another Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month’s theme is a fun photo inspiration and we are joined by guest designer Ellen Woodbridge. Welcome Ellen, thanks for hopping along with us this month. I can’t wait to see everyone’s creative interpretation of this photo inspiration.

For me I love the colours of this photo and the gorgeous little ladybugs! The heart captures such a soft look so I decided to make a pretty birthday card using this photo as my inspiration.

I used the gorgeous Bloom and Grow stamp set which I absolutely love!

Lovely lipstick, highland heather, old olive, so saffron and smoky slate blends were used to colour in the flower arrangement. I even stamped some flowers on the inside of the card.

I decided to mount the champagne foil heart on a piece of whisper white embossed with the subtle embossing folder. I thought after I should of used a pretty pink like blushing bride instead of the white. Maybe I should make another! The heart was cut out using the be mine stitched framelits. I love all the stitched framelit dies. They are so versatile to use on all your craft projects.

I added the cute little butterfly from the butterfly beauty thinlit dies. This was my little addition like the cute lady bugs in the photo. I choose the beautiful sentiment from the varied vases stamp set. I think this sentiment went quite nicely on this card.

I would love to know what you think! I love and read all of your comments. Thank you for joining me today and please click on the next button below to see what the rest of the team have created. Next up is our lovely guest designer Ellen Woodbridge. Let’s see what she has in store for us.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, for me it is a mix between hockey and preparation for my card class next week.

See you next time,

Mandy x

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Magical Mermaid

Hello! It feels like forever since I have blogged and you know what? It kind of is! It has been freezing in my little South West corner of Western Australia that I have been hibernating as it is so darn cold! I have still been crafting, just not that up to date with taking photos and blogging. This weather kind of puts me off a bit. I would rather jump into bed. I must invest in a decent heater for my craft room.

During the week I received an order for an 11 year old. What 11 year old wouldn’t like a mermaid card? I love the colour combo used here, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana. Lots of cool tones which I love the most.

For the water background I used a piece of cling wrap, just slightly bigger than my card front. I used my Stampin write markers (the painter end) and coloured in directly on the cling wrap. I then used a piece of shimmer paper and used my aqua painter to drop droplets of water on my card front. I used a generous amount of droplets, a good size too. Then I laid my cling wrap on top of the shimmer paper covered with water droplets, ink side down. Once the cling wrap and the water make contact, the magic happens. Make sure you give it a squish to blend the colours together. The water and the markers create a beautiful watercolour wash back ground. Perfect for an under the sea card.

Once dry, I stamped my mermaid image on my water colour background using Stazon ink. Using some good ol’ Domestos bleach and a fine paintbrush, I then painted the mermaids body and arm and her tail. This is just like magic when the colour of the background just disappears before your eyes. This is the sort of cleaning I love lol. My inspiration using this technique was from another demonstrator in France, Elostamp, you can view her video explaining the process if you click here. I love her video and love listening to her speak, it is surprising how much French I remember from highschool.

When I was happy with my mermaid, I added some background stamping for the seaweed, using a masking technique to cover my mermaid. I love all these simple techniques that turn an ordinary card into a wow card.

Some white embossing on Bermuda Bay cardstock completes the sentiment with some bakers twine behind. Some glitter sequins for some extra sparkle and just because I can!

I did use my retired large number dies with some retired Bermuda bay glimmer paper. Customer orders are why I stock retired products and this customer requested there to be the number 11 on this card.

It’s a bit hard to tell from the photos, but I added some wink of stella to the mermaid’s tail for that extra bit of sparkle!

This card is on it’s way to New Zealand, I absolutely love that my card creations can make their way to people in other countries. How cool is that? No order is too big or too small. I love creating, if there is something you are after in particular just ask.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to continue blogging again soon.

Happy Stampin’

Mandy x


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Fancy Folds with Jan B

Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month’s them is fancy folds with guest designer Jan B Queen of the fancy folds all the way from the UK. I think every demonstrator at some point have enjoyed one if not many of Jan B’s videos. Welcome Jan, it is great to have you hopping along with us today.

The new catalogue is now live, if you live in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator get in touch with me and I can send you the new catalogue. Alternatively, you can download the new catalogue if you click here.

One of my favourites from the new catalogue is the Follow your Art Suite. Perfect set for craft lovers like me!

Follow Your Art

So much crafting cuteness!

Today I have made a shaker card, inspired by the one and only Jan B our fancy fold guest designer.

There is something so fun about an interactive shaker card! I used the button dies from the suite to cut out some buttons for the shaker part. The stitched nested label dies are just perfect to create the shaker part on my card. It is so easy! Cut out some DSP using the die as well as some window sheet. Create a framed border with two different sized dies then put it altogether with some foam adhesive strips. Too easy but what an awesome effect!

I followed the instructions from Jan B’s video. To view her video please click here.

This suite has a cool embossing folder with buttons all over it. Perfect!

I love the sentiments in the stamp set. “Let’s stay up and craft” is made for me and my other die hard crafting friends.

I just had to decorate the inside with a strip of DSP and a cute silver foil die cut paperclip!

Next up on the Paper Adventures Blog is the lovely Sheila Pybus. Make sure you click on the next button below to see what gorgeous creation she has made to show us.

I hope you enjoy your weekend, for me it is going to be wild and wet so I am planning some crafting time probably in my pyjamas!

Until next time,

Happy Stamping.

Mandy x


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Mandy Depiazzi – You are here

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