ESAD Designer Series Paper Promotion Blog Hop

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I am excited today to be joining in on an ESAD Designer Series Paper Buy 3, get 1 FREE promotion blog hop! If you have made your way here from Denise Buetler’s blog, welcome!


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Until 31st July 2018, Designer Series Paper is on sale, buy 3 standard dsp packs (AUD $19.25 each) get 1 FREE! This is an awesome time to stock up on some pretty paper for all your paper crafting needs! Below is a list of the DSP you can choose from.


If you are more of a visual person like me, watch the video below showcasing all the pretty papers. Now who can resist pretty paper and better still, pretty paper on sale? Not me! I want it all!


I have made a card today that I recently made for my July card class. My card is created using the Wood Textures DSP. Love this DSP, so versatile, can be used for male or female cards.

Today’s card teamed up with the Jar of Love stamp set and dies creates a very feminine card. I am not sure what this type of fold is even called…if anyone knows please tell me! I guess it might be a variation of a gate fold card.

To make this card I used a sheet of A4 cardstock in crumb cake, cut it in half measuring 4 1/8 inch. I then trimmed the length slightly to 11 5/8 inch. Scored at 3 7/8 inch and 1 7/8 inch from each end. That’s it! Too easy. Then just decorate as desired.

I used two different papers out of the Wood Textures DSP to make these cards. I actually love the darker DSP. Makes the card look more rustic I think. The colours of the Jar of Love set really make a beautiful contrast. I used Lovely Lipstick for the flowers and Shaded Spruce for the leaves. I stamped off some of the ink to create the look I wanted.

The sentiment “Happy Birthday” is from the Lemon Zest stamp set. I love the size and font of this stamp. I added some pearls for that extra bit of embellishment and a pearlised doiley too! Love, love, love! Did you also see the cute little bow around the jar? That is a stamp from the Jar of Love stamp set that I have stamped using versamark ink and heat embossed white powder. Cute!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Please make sure you click on the next button below to see what the lovely Lou Kitzelman has made to show us.

Happy Paper crafting!

Mandy x


Blog hop participant list:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Fi Cobbin
  5. Delys Cram
  6. Sharon Dalton
  7. Kim Oliver
  8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Peta Stephen
  11. Jackie Aitken
  12. Rebecca Scurr
  13. Narelle Fasulo
  14. Barbara Williams
  15. Maree McIntosh
  16. Libby Dyson
  17. Cheryll Miller
  18. Denise Buetler
  19. Mandy Depiazzi – YOU ARE HERE


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Photo Inspiration

It’s time for another blog hop with the Paper Adventures Team! Our guest designer this month is Sharon Dalton. Welcome Sharon, thanks for joining us on our team blog hop.

This month’s theme is using a photo for inspiration. This amazing photo was taken by my lovely friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons.

Now this is one spectacular photo! It reminds me of last year when I visited the Nannup Tulip Festival and I was lucky enough to capture this photo….

It’s amazing how similar the colours are! I love bees! We have plenty that visit our garden and if I ever see one struggling in nature I always help them out. Such beautiful insects. I love them.

The card I have made today, features two bees and some flowers from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set. This set is one of my all time favourites.

I used Sahara Sand as a card base and used the leaf embossing die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits. I thought the honeycomb embossing folder worked for this theme with some Lovely Lipstick flowers and Old Olive leaves. Anyone who knows me knows I love the leaf punch so I have used that on this card too with some vellum to create some soft extra layering.

Lately I have been using my fine metallic thread to add a little extra something to my cards. This card is no exception, I have used some gold metallic thread behind one of my friendly bees. I also couldn’t resist placing a gold faceted gem to the centre of one of the flowers. These are super pretty and sparkly!

I jumped in on this blog hop last minute and I am so glad that I did. I’m happy with my efforts coming up with something using this lovely photo inspiration.

Next up on the blog hop is our Guest Designer, Sharon Dalton. Lets go see what amazing project she has made for us.

Enjoy your weekend,

Mandy x











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Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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Stamparatus in the Round

I have been super quiet on the blog front lately, not because I am not crafting but because life has just got in the way a bit lately. School Holidays, work commitments, trying to keep on top of all the home jobs, oh the list goes on and on!

Recently, I made a card using the new Stamparatus. Now this little gadget is a dream for papercrafters! It is a fantastic positioning stamping tool. It certainly makes life easier if you are creating multiple cards.

To stamp a card in the round it’s quite easy. Choose a stamp that you are happy to have in a wreath design. I created a template on window sheet drawing two 4 inch x 4 inch squares off set to each other. You can see what I mean from the photo above. Cut a 4 inch x 4 inch square of card stock, place it on the template and hold in place using your magnet. Position your stamp where you would like the wreath to start. Make sure you do not place it too close to the edge. That’s it, you are ready to ink up your stamp and get stamping. Once you have stamped once, rotate your cardstock to the next corner of the square on the template. I love this and the possibilities are endless!

I have used two of our fabulous new in colours, Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick. The green leaves are stamped in another one of the 2018-2020 in colours, Call me clover. I used the coordinating 6 x 6 inch designer series paper and the matching ribbon for the bows. How sweet is this card? I can see this card in all the colours.

Tell me which colour is your favourite! I love the Lovely Lipstick but the Grapefruit Grove is just gorgeous too. So I am not deciding this time (in true Mandy style) and I am going with both are favourites 🙂

Just to keep you updated, there is so much happening in July!

Designer Series Paper Sale Buy 3 Get 1 Free

If you LOVE pretty paper, now is the perfect time to buy! Designer Series Paper is on special, a ripper deal of buy 3 standard DSP packs ($19.25 each) and get one pack of DSP for FREE! Who doesn’t want a stash of pretty patterned paper! Me, Me, Me!!!

And that is not all…..

During the Stampin’ Pad Family Promotion, which runs between 1 and 31 July, all new demonstrators will be able to select a FREE assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads in addition to their Starter Kit! If you were waiting for the perfect time to join Stampin’ Up!, that time has arrived. Join now, and start your new business off on the right foot! For only AUD$169 you can select AUD$235 worth of products of your choice plus you will receive these ink pads! What a great deal! If you would like to know more, please contact me.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Until next time…. get inky!

Mandy x


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Colour Revamp

This month’s Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop is showcasing the colour revamp! This month we have Sara Levin as our Guest Designer. Welcome Sara, thanks for blog hopping with us!

At the end of May we said goodbye to 13 colours, with the introduction of some brand new exciting colours! If you have joined me here from Siobhan’s blog, welcome! I am happy to share my blog today with you.

Our new colours…


We are lucky enough to also have some returning favourite colours back too! Favourites like Coastal Cabana, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Flirty Flamingo, Poppy Parade and Mint Macaron! Check out all our colour families below!


Lets not forget our amazing new in colours….


What lovely colours we have to choose from! What colour is your favourite? I love Mint Macaron….so I am quietly excited for it’s return in the colour revamp!

Because I am so excited to have Mint Macaron back, I have created a beautiful card to share with you on today’s blog hop.

This card was created using a fancy fold I had not tried before. It is called an Open Step Card. I found a fantastic video on how to make this card from another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Jan Brown, if you would like to view this video for the instructions to make your own Open Step Card please click here.

Being a fancy fold, this card might look hard but honestly it wasn’t. I really enjoyed making this card and I just know you will too!

I have used coordinating Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper with some Rich Razzleberry Card Stock. I used the Layering Oval Framelit Dies and the Stitched Shape Framelit Dies for the middle of the card, the whisper white piece is stamped with the Love What You Do Stamp Set. This is one of my absolute favourites in the catalogue but I have so many favourites! I love that we have many amazing stamps sets available giving me the flexibility and freedom to choose from when designing my cards.

The flowers are coloured in using Rich Razzleberry Dark Blend Marker and if you look closely they are fussy cut out and popped up on a dimensional. This was an idea I stole from the lovely Kelly Kent (I am glad she didn’t mind!) Adding a bit of wink of stella to the flowers, a small pearl embellishment and a silver baker’s twine bow completes this card just nicely.

I hope I have given you some kind of inspiration on the new colour revamp as well perhaps making your own fancy fold card.

Make sure you hop on over to Kelly Kent’s blog to view what amazing creation she has made for us.


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ESAD Blog Hop 2018 Annual Catalogue Launch

Hello and welcome to the ESAD Annual Catalogue Blog Hop. If you have hopped over from Megan Lenske’s blog, welcome!

It’s a favourite time of the year when the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue is released. I’m really excited about this catalogue, its so bright and cheerful, featuring a new colour revamp with some favourite colours returning and some new colours in the mix too!

I truly could not decide on what to make for this blog hop. I love so many things in the new catalogue! I decided to go with the Rooted in Nature stamp set. This set immediately appealed to me, probably because I don’t have any tree stamps but also because it is a fantastic set to have in your stash for male cards! Often I struggle with masculine style cards but I find this set works well for those cards (It comes in a bundle with dies too, be sure to check that out! Buy them together you save 10%). Perfect bundle for many different occasions.

This card I decided to make in two colour ways, just to show off some of the different designer series paper. It’s funny, I never really used Tranquil Tide much before but I absolutely love this colour matched with the coordinating DSP. Inspiration for this card came from the new Stampin’ Up Annual Catalogue, let me know if you would like a hardcopy or alternatively you can view the online version by clicking here.

The first step to make this card was to make a water colour background on some Shimmery White card stock (you could also use watercolour paper but for this card I was happy with Shimmery White). I started with some mint macaron ink picked up some ink with an aqua painter and lightly painted the background. I wanted my colour wash light so I added lots of water. Next I added the Tranquil Tide colour blending it in slightly with the Mint Macaron. Finally, I used some Soft Suede ink to create the ground.

I waited for this to dry completely before stamping the tree and the sentiment. For the tree, I inked up the stamp using soft suede and spritzed with a water spritzer, a couple of times to so that the stamp was slightly wet. This, when stamped, created a beautiful watercolour look on the card. I then stamped the sentiment, which I love, personally I love uplifting quotes and “You are Wonderful” is really lovely on a card to give to someone special.

The card base is stamped with a stamp from the same set, just to add some more interest to the card. I off set the DSP then added the shimmery white watercoloured piece I made earlier. I am loving my leaf punch at the moment, with the matching coloured card stock plus a piece of vellum. I love love love the true gentleman buttons as embellishments with some linen thread. Use a glue dot to put together and your card is done!

How nice do these look? Which colour is your favourite?

Colour combinations are endless with this set! I am so in love with the button on this card. The perfect embellishment!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today. I hope you enjoy hopping through this blog hop to see what other fantastic creations have been made by a wonderful bunch of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. I hope you will be just as excited as I am with the new catalogue and all the new products!

Next up on the blog hop is Bronwyn Eastley, I can’t wait to see what she has created for us. Click on the next button below!

Ciao for now,

Mandy x



Blog Hop Participant List

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Leonie Schroder
  3. Joanne Stubbings
  4. Libby Dyson
  5. Courtenay Heuston
  6. Fi Cobbin
  7. Carolina Evans
  8. Peta Stephen
  9. Sharon Dalton
  10. Jackie Aitken
  11. Rochelle Blok
  12. Nicole Wilson
  13. Emily Campbell
  14. Denise Buetler
  15. Katrina Duffell
  16. Delys Cram
  17. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  18. Megan Lenske
  19. Mandy Depiazzi – YOU ARE HERE
  20. Bronwyn Eastley
  21. Jo Weedon
  22. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  23. Melissa Gifford
  24. Cathy Pinchbeck
  25. Jessie Holton
  26. Jenny Bowman
  27. Rose Packer


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School Project Stampin’ Up! Style!

It was my daughters first ever school project assignment this week, she is learning about the Solar System. She needed to create a poster with information about a planet, she chose Saturn and then she had to present it nicely to the teacher.

What better way to create a Solar System assignment that to decorate using Stampin’ Up products!

At first she had to do alot of planning and research (which she informs me took her FOREVER). Then we went to the local newsagent, picked up a large sheet of black card and then the fun bit we started decorating!

Miss 10 used the Large Letter Thinlits to cut the letters out to make the word “Saturn”. She then used a mixture of circle punches and the Layering Circle Framelits to create the planets. If you are wondering how she made the rings around Saturn, she used the Layering Oval Framelit Dies. Clever idea, don’t you think? For the Sun she used the Starburst Punch. Perfect punch to make a sun.

The finished product! I was very proud of her efforts with this, with very minimal help from me. The Stars Framelit Dies are retired but just goes to show, even after certain products retire they can often come in handy, great for school projects!

I even learnt a thing or two about the Solar System during the process! Did you know it takes 29.4 Earth years for Saturn to orbit around the Sun. Amazing!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your long weekend, I am hoping to get some time at my craft table.

Mandy x


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Fancy Fold Easel Card

Welcome back to my crafty blog!

Recently, I held a card class and we made some fancy folded easel cards. These cards are so much fun to make! Winter has certainly started where I live in Bunbury Western Australia so it is the perfect weather to craft! Although, I think any type of weather is perfect crafty weather!

My inspiration for this type of card came from another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Jan Brown. If you would like to watch her video you can click here. There is a bit of cutting involved but the end result is a really fun card that is well worth it in the end!

For this card I used the Picture Perfect Party DSP with the Large Number Framlits. Can you believe the number dies are retiring? I am so in shock over that. If you missed it and don’t already own them, you will want to get them ASAP as they are low in stock and by 31 May they will be gone!

This finished card measures 51/2 x 51/2 inches is too big and square shaped for a normal envelope. So I used my envelope punch board and some 12 x 12 inch DSP to create a custom made envelope. Too easy!

I had so much fun creating this card, I decided to make another using different colours.

I sure am going to miss using these cute Designer Series Papers. All current DSP is set to retire on 31 May 2018. Only available while stocks last so if you love it stock up on it!

Cute cards hey? If you would like to make some amazing cards too but not sure how or don’t have all the supplies, join a card class with me! It is a fun way to socialise and meet new friends.

The new catalogue is bursting with lots of new products. If you would like to view the new catalogue you can do so by clicking here. If you would prefer a hard copy instead, get in touch with me and I can get one to you.

Thanks for stopping by today. Catch you next time,

Mandy x



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