Social Stamping Hello from Mandy

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Social distancing is not my friend but social stamping is! Welcome to my blog today. A bunch of fellow stamping friends have got together to share what we love to do and what better time to do it while we are all staying home. A special thanks to my lovely upline Kelly Kent from My Papercraft Journey for putting this together, a great idea for us all while we are mostly isolated at home!

The theme today is hello. I liked this theme because I wanted to send some cards to people just to be able to brighten someone’s day. A hello card seemed perfect for the moment without the need to visit because we are all keeping our distance doing our bit to flatten the curve and get rid of this dreaded Covid-19.

So I decided to use our Whisper White note cards and envelopes to make a bunch of cards to send to people.

These note cards are the perfect size to make some gorgeous cards without it taking too long. I decided to do three different themed hello cards.

I used the Beauty Abounds stamp set to make these cards using Smoky Slate, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray and Purple Posy colours. Most of the design is just simple stamping, but as usual, I can’t help but to embellish a bit with some die cut outs of butterflies. The butterflies are die cut out of whisper white card stock and then sponged with their coordinating colours to match the card. I also cut a cute little flower using the Small Bloom Punch (yours free until end of March 2020 with a qualifying order). I also used the same stamp set to stamp on the envelopes. Got to love a bit of matchy matchy!

My next set of cards was using the Free as a Bird Stamp set. This is one of my favourites. I just love these little birds on their branch and lately, as I have had more time on my hands, I have been sitting outside watching the little birds in my garden. It is quite relaxing and makes me realise that even though there are awful things happening out in the world, with a virus I cannot see, we still have many moments in our day that are wonderful. Just like these little birds. I have used my blends to colour in these using Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Seaside Spray and Purple Posy. Mostly simple stamping here too, with a fussy cut out flower and some linen thread. Simple but pretty!

And for a bit of fun, my last set of cards is a brighter version using the sweet Little Ladybug stamp set, available free to any orders over AUD$500.

I used the coordinating dies with these cards. Coloured with Poppy Parade, Pineapple Punch and Call me Clover Blends. I decorated the envelopes on the front and back for a little bit more of added fun!

I hope these cards have brightened your day, I will be sending these out to people to hopefully put a smile on their faces during these unprecedented times. When I am not crafting and busy home schooling the kids, I will be outside on my patio watching the little birds in the garden.

If you want to hop through to see what Odette has made using this hello theme, please click the next button below!

Stay home, stay healthy and stay safe!

Mandy x


Products used

Butterfly Cards

  • Beauty Abounds Stamp Set
  • Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies
  • Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes
  • Rococo Rose Ink pad
  • Smoky Slate Ink pad
  • Seaside Spray Ink pad
  • Purple Posy Ink pad
  • Memento Black Ink pad
  • Rhinestones
  • Small Bloom Punch
  • Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray and Purple Posy scrap card stock for mini butterflies and flower

Bird Cards

  • Free as a Bird Stamp Set
  • Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes
  • Memento Black Ink Pad
  • Calypso Coral, Crumb cake Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Purple Posy and Seaside Spray Blends
  • Rhinestones
  • Linen Thread

Ladybug Cards

  • Little Lady Bug Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies
  • Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes
  • White White Card Stock
  • Memento Black Ink pad
  • Poppy Parade, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover and Basic Black Blends


Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Pootles


This month we have a very special guest designer joining us, Sam Hammond Donald aka Pootles! Sam is a very well known Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in the UK and has reached her $1 million in sales. What a remarkable achievement! Well done Sam. If you are joining my blog for the first time today, welcome, I am so happy to have you here.

So this month’s theme was a CASE (copy and share everything) design of Sam’s and she created this fun card…

The rules were quite loose, we could CASE colours, layout, designer series paper (DSP), create a fancy fold or a 3D object as long as we used some inspiration from this card.

I decided to CASE the layout and the colours used. I love the simplicity of this layout. Sometimes you just need a quick card or one that shows off our beautiful DSP. Except…. most of the time my cards are not quick but I can’t help it. I just love to embellish!

One of my favourites in the mini catalogue at the moment is the dressed to impress bundle.

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I love the femininity of this stamp bundle. My Mum loves perfume and lipstick so this set was just perfect for her Mother’s Day Card this year. Even though Mother’s Day is not until May, I wanted to get in early and show off this beautiful set.

I used my favourite piece of the DSP in the bundle, stamped a perfume bottle with memento black ink and petal pink and I coloured the lid of my perfume bottle using dark petal pink blend marker. I added some flowers, coloured also with my blends, lovely lipstick (light and dark combo) and light old olive. Some white bakers twine, rhinestones and a sentiment from the stamp set to finish it off. The sentiment is cut out using a die from this bundle. Pretty right?

I also decorated the inside of the card with some lipstick and a flower. You probably can’t see from the photos but I also added some wink of stella to the perfume bottle, flowers and lipstick. Just to add a bit of sparkle! This card is all ready to give to my Mum on Mother’s Day.

I enjoyed making this card during the week, my craft room is a great place to escape from all the craziness happening around the world at the moment. I hope you have enjoyed my card today, please be sure to click on the next button below to see what Lisa and the rest of the team have made using Sam’s card as inspiration.

Keep on crafting…safer during social distancing,

Mandy x


Participants List

Mandy Depiazzi  – You are here!


Products Used

  • Dressed to Impress Bundle
  • Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ DSP
  • Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies
  • Lovely Lipstick Cardstock
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Memento Black ink pad
  • Petal Pink Ink pad
  • Lovely Lipstick Ink pad
  • Lovely Lipstick Combo Blends
  • Old Olive Blend (Light)
  • Whisper White Bakers Twine
  • Rhinestones
  • Wink of Stella




Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Sketch

Well hello crafty people! Welcome to another Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month we have guest designer Laura Mackie joining us. Welcome Laura, I hope that you have a fun time hopping along with us.

This month’s theme is a sketch. I love using sketch layouts for inspiration, and this sketch is a goodie, a nice simple design.

I needed a card for a friend who celebrated a birthday this week. This friend is the kind of friend I can sing along with, even though I always sing all the wrong words! So a musical card was on my mind using the Music from the Heart Stamp Set in the current mini catalogue.



This sketch was just perfect for my card, I used my stamparatus with the hinge technique to create my own designer series paper using the piano and notes and some cute little hearts. The stamparatus made it so easy to ensure I had my stamp lined up correctly and evenly every time I stamped.

I am loving the Black, White and Lovely Lipstick colour combo on this card. I used one of the dies from the Painted Labels Dies cut out in Lovely Lipstick and then stamped some notes, hearts and as my kids call it a “Mrs Treble Clef” on some whisper white card stock and cut with a circle die.

The ‘happy birthday’ sentiment is also from this stamp set and I am totally loving the font! I have stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder then fussy cut this out. What a stunning finish to this card! I had a little gift to give to this friend too, so what better way to wrap it than to decorate a pizza box so it matches my card.

I know I am going to get loads of use out of this stamp set for the music lovers to my kids music teachers. Who doesn’t love music? In my car you will always find me singing my heart out to the music up loud and quite often singing all the wrong words haha!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, please be sure to click the next button below and see what the rest of the team has made to inspire us. Next up is my lovely friend Sheila. I can’t wait to see what she has made to show us.

Happy Stamping!

Mandy x

Products Used

  • Basic Black Card Stock
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Lovely Lipstick Card Stock
  • Memento Black ink
  • Lovely Lipstick ink
  • Versamark ink
  • Embossing Buddy
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • Dark Lovely Lipstick Blend
  • Music From the Heart Stamp Set
  • Painted Labels Dies
  • Layering Circle Dies
  • Pizza Box
  • Dimensionals


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Tri Fold Shutter Cards

Recently, I have been creating some custom made cards. Sometimes they are a challenge and I need to think outside the square but I always love the end result and so do my lovely customers. WARNING – There are lots of photos in this post! I just couldn’t decide which photos I liked best so I used them all!

I made this 50th birthday card for a lovely friends Mum who recently turned 50!

What makes this card special is when you open it….

Wow! So stunning right? The instructions and inspiration I used was from The Paper Pixie Julie Di Matteo a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in the US. To view her video please click here. I have made many items using Julie’s instructions and I love her! She is so inspirational. I would love to meet her one day.

I used Lovely Lipstick Card Stock with the Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ designer series paper from the current mini catalogue. This DSP is so pretty! Perfect for anyone who loves shoes and perfume and flowers!

I used my retired number dies to cut out the “50” using retired Lovely Lipstick foil. I love hoarding retired products for my custom made designs. Sometimes (quite often) the exact thing I am looking for is retired so thankfully I have quite a stash!


The “50” is mounted onto a whisper white die cut from the Painted Label Dies also from the current mini catalogue. The sentiments, Happy and Birthday are from the Well Said Stamp set. I just couldn’t stop taking photos of this stunning card!

I received another request recently for a wedding card but not just any wedding card, a wedding card with elephants! Now this one challenged me but with some creative thinking (and some clever use of retired stamps) I came up with another tri fold shutter card.

Pretty right? But wait until you see inside….

This beautiful design allows for a little opening on the front of the card for a special place to write. This has been secured shut with some lovely lipstick coloured ribbon. I got my inspiration and the instructions on how to make this card from Gaynor, click here for the link to her you tube video.

Most of the products used on this special card are retired. The all my love designer series paper is one of my absolute favourites. I am so glad I has some of this paper left in my stash to use. The sentiments are from the Special Celebrations stamp set and one of the few current items I have used on this card! This card was just to pretty not to share, current product or not!

The elephants on the front of this card are from the retired stamp set Love you Lots. I used the mirror technique with my silicone mat and stamparatus to create the mirrored image of the second elephant. Coloured in with light and dark smoky slate blends, some added hearts using the Everyday Jar Framelits and a “congrats” die (from sunshine wishes) cut out of my favourite champagne foil.

The finished size of this card was 6″x 6″ so I need to make an envelope to fit this sized card. I used the retired envelope punch board to make an envelope. See this is why I refuse to sell some of my retired stash! I love being able to complete an order to my customers needs and have the products on hand to do it 🙂

I hope the wedding couple enjoyed their special card to go with their very special wedding that was held at the Zoo with Trisha the Elephant! How amazing would that have been!!

If you are chasing a handmade one of a kind special card, hit me up and I will try my best to create something for you!

Mandy x

Products used – 50th Birthday Card

  • Lovely Lipstick Card Stock
  • Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper
  • Painted Label Dies
  • Well Said Stamp Set
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Lovely Lipstick ink pad
  • Lovely Lipstick Foil (Retired)
  • Dressed to impress bundle
  • Lovely lipstick blends
  • Old olive light blend
  • Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon

Products used – Elephant Wedding Card

  • Soft Sea Foam Card Stock
  • Lovely Lipstick Card Stock
  • Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • All my Love Designer Series Paper (Retired)
  • Love you Lots Stamp set (Retired)
  • A Fitting Occasion Stamp Set (Retired)
  • Special Celebrations Stamp Set
  • Lovely Lipstick ink pad
  • Everyday Jar Framelits (Retired)
  • Sunshine Wishes Dies (Retired)
  • Lovely Lipstick Ribbon (Retired)
  • Champagne Foil
  • Smoky Slate Blends
  • Memento ink
  • Stamparatus
  • Silicone mat




It’s my most favourite time of the year! Why? Because it is Sale-A-Bration!  What is Sale-A-Bration you might ask? For all orders from 3 January 2020 – 31 March 2020 that total $90AUD before shipping will receive your choice of a free product for a level one item or spend $180AUD to receive your choice of a level 2 product! You can check out the free products on offer here.



One of my favourite most cutest Sale-A-Bration products that I love is The Gang’s All Meer Stamp set.

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How could anyone resist their cute little faces! I recently made a card using this set for my Dad’s birthday.

The stamp with all 5 meerkats together is perfect from our little family! I made my 6 year old the cheeky one on the end because that is exactly what he is, cheeky!!! I just did some simple background stamping on some crumb cake card stock using crumb cake ink. To brighten the card I used some daffodil delight card stock cut out with a stitched rectangle framelit. Some colouring with crumb cake blends and some hats stamped in daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, blueberry bushel, bermuda bay and real red. Sentiments were stamped in versamark ink then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Cute!!!

Can you believe that this stamp set could be yours for FREE with an order of only $90!!!

During Sale-A-Bration there is also a fantastic offer to join. For only $169AUD you will receive $235AUD worth of product! Plus a FREE stamp set of your choice and a FREE mini paper cutter (perfect for cutting photos for memory planning or to have a portable cutter on the go) and a FREE stack of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper! This exclusive offer is only available between now and 31 March 2020. So if you are wanting a new hobby for 2020 or if you simply would like to join for the discount, now is the time to do it!


Don’t forget, I am available to run workshops with you and your friends. It is so easy to host a workshop, you invite some friends and provide some drinks and nibbles and I will do the rest! If getting some friends together for a crafty session appeals to you then please get in touch with me. I would love to run a workshop for you. Plus if your workshop has enough sales, you might earn some Stampin’ Rewards to use towards your purchases or even towards your starter kit price! And don’t forget if you host a workshop during Sale-A-Bration you could earn yourself the Little Ladybug stamp set for FREE with a qualifying order. It is all happening during Sale-A-Bration! Contact me for more details.


Here is Miss 9 working on a birthday card for her friend using the Little Ladybug Stamp Set.

I hope 2020 brings everything to you that makes you happy!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Mandy x


Products Used – The Gang’s All Meer Card

  • The Gang’s All Meer Stamp Set
  • Crumb cake Cardstock
  • Crumb cake ink pad
  • Daffodil Delight Card Stock
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Stitched Rectangle Framelits
  • Basic Black Card Stock
  • Versamark ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Memento ink
  • Light and Dark Crumb Cake Blends
  • Light Daffodil Delight Blend
  • Daffodil Delight ink pad
  • Pumpkin Pie ink pad
  • Blueberry Bushel ink pad
  • Bermuda Bay ink pad
  • Real Red ink pad
  • Silver Bakers Twine (Retired)


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 🙂

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