Paper Adventures Team Hop – Sale-A-Bration

Welcome to the March edition of the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop!

If you have hopped across from the lovely Siobhan’s blog, welcome! I am so happy to share what I have made today with you.

This month is the last month for Sale-a-bration. What’s Sale-a-bration? It’s A special time of the year where you can earn free products when you place an order of AUD$90 or more. Who doesn’t love free stuff???

One of the free products is Epic Celebration stamp set.

This stamp set is great for pre teens and teenagers or for that little rockstar in your life! I needed a card for a 10 year old boy celebrating his birthday with a disco party!

I used Night of Navy cardstock with some Bubbles and Fizz DSP (another Sale-a-bration free item you can choose when your order is over AUD$90!). Stamping onto navy cardstock with versamark and heat embossing with white powder completed my rocking guitar. I fussy cut this out and teamed the sentiment with a stitched circle die adding some night of navy ink around the circle with a sponge dauber.

This card wasn’t complete without a bit of sparkle so I used the myths and magic specialty washi tape and some mini silver sequin trim! If you look closely you might even spy some of the washi tape on the inside of the card.

Silver foil for the numbers all mounted on dimensionals.

Check out the rest of the Bubbles and Fizz Paper.

There are so many free products to choose from during Sale-a-bration! Check out some of the other products on offer click here and to view the second release items please click here.

Dont forget Sale-a-bration ends at the end of March, don’t miss out!

Please enjoy hopping through the rest of the Paper Adventures Team blogs. Be sure to click on the next button below to see what my lovely crafty friend Narelle has made for us. I always enjoy seeing what others have created, I hope you do too!

I hope your weekend is a creative one.

Mandy x


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Teacher’s Birthday

Miss 10 is in year 5 this year. First week back to school for 2018 she comes home telling me its her teacher’s birthday soon and I must make her a card. Well, you don’t need to ask me twice! If there is a card to be made, I will make it!

I decided to make a sweet card using the Sweet Soiree Suite. I can tell you now I have had a lot of fun using the silver embossing paste with the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks. Not to mention my love of the Stampin’ Blends! I used these to colour the flowers and leaves on the cake. I layered two cards from the Sweet Soiree Memories and more card pack (a FREE item with any order $90 or more until end of March 2018). I snuck a few silver vellum leaves in there from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit.

Miss 10 said I couldn’t just make a card, so I quickly teamed it up with a cute little chocolate….

This cute little treat box I made using the instructions from Heidi Smith. You can view her blog post and how to make video here.

The sweetheart punch is retired, so I used the love heart die from Mini Treat Bag Thinlits to cut out the little loveheart window. You could even use the Sweet & Sassy Framelits. So many options! I love how this treat box turned out. It was super easy make and made a nice little gift for a new teacher on her birthday.

You might be wondering what stamp set I used on the treat box? There is a pretty flower stamp in the Wood Words stamp set. I used that stamp set to stamp my own DSP. You might have noticed that Classic Label Punch (one of my favourites) got used with the Teeny Tiny Sentiments. I find this stamp set and label punch so handy for all occasions!

I think Miss 10’s new teacher liked her card and gift, I mean who wouldn’t love a pretty handmade, one of a kind card made for them on their birthday!

I hope the rest of your week has some craft time scheduled. Mine certainly does!

Catch you next time,

Mandy x


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Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentines Day! So I wanna know, did you get flowers? Chocolates? Jewellery? Out to Dinner? Maybe you were lucky enough to get a handmade card.

I decided to make a Valentine’s Day card using the Barn Door Bundle. I was lucky enough to borrow this set from a lovely friend Siobhan. Why can’t I just own everything in the catalogue?

Originally I was a little bit hesitant with the Barn Door Set until I watched the Stampin’ Up video of how it works. I have linked this video below.

I decided to make a cute Valentine’s Day card using the Barn Door Bundle and the This Little Piggy Stamp set.

I used Crumbcake card stock with Early Espresso card stock for the barn door handle and hardware. My blends were the perfect choice to colour in my piggy! I added some love hearts from the Everyday Jars Framelits using Real Red cardstock. The use of the simple stripes embossing folder was a handy idea, which enabled me to line up where to put my die to cut out the tracks for the slider card.

This card was so much fun to make! I needed some washers to create the sliding door so I dragged Master 4 along to Bunnings to find the correct size. We found the 5/32″ & M4 size to work best.

I couldn’t resist stamping another piggy on the inside. How adorable is this stamp set and those little kisses? Just too cute!

Super sweet don’t you think?

Any card that is interactive is fun!

I love the Barn Door Bundle teamed up with the This Little Piggy set. This card makes such a cute Valentine’s Day card.

However you spent your Valentine’s Day I hope it was filled with love.

Thanks for stopping by…catch you next time.

Mandy x


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Team Swaps

Tonight is our team meeting. We get together every month as a team to craft and chat about things that are happening in the Stampin’ Up! World.

One of the things I love about our meetings is we get to swap something we have made. I decided to make everyone a cute little easel desk calendar. I got the inspiration of this project from the lovely Debbie Blake when I caught up with her in Melbourne last year at Onstage 2017.

I am totally in love the with Petal Passion Suite! The DSP, the stamp set, its just so beautiful! Who wouldn’t love a pretty desk calendar to sit on their desk all year. I know, its a bit late to give a calendar out but hey there are at least 11 more months to this year! I will let the recipients, tear off January now that we are well into February!

The Stampin’ Up blend markers make colouring so easy! I used Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive to colour these flowers and leaves. Don’t they look amazing? It is so effective and so easy to do! Don’t forget to add a bit of wink of stella to give your flowers a bit of sparkle!

No project of mine would ever be complete without some sort of embellishment. I used Old Olive 1/8″ sheer ribbon with some mini sequins in silver or gold. These were the perfect size to add that little bit extra to finish off my project.

I love these! I made 7 for the team but then felt a bit sad I couldn’t keep one so I did what any crafter would do…I made myself one so I didn’t miss out! Haha!

I hope you all have a wonderful week 🙂

Mandy x

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Animals

Happy Friday and Welcome to another edition of the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop! If you have hopped over from the amazing and very talented Kelly Kent’s blog…welcome! I just know you would have loved seeing what Kelly made. Welcome also to our guest designer this month Chloe Evans. Thank you for joining us on our blog hop!

This month’s theme is “Animals”. I love animals, I chose the “We must celebrate” stamp set. This set was a must have set for me from the new Ocassions catalogue. I love that this set is a little bit cute, perfect for the young and young at heart people in your life!

We Must Celebrate Clear-Mount Stamp Set

I love that I can use my blend markers to colour in these cute little animals! That is exactly what I did!

I used Bermuda Bay card stock for the base , embossed with our Simple Stripes embossing folder (I really love this one, perfect for all types of cards!). The Picture Perfect DSP mounted on Berry Burst card stock gives this card the pop of colour I was looking for. I added a balloon from the Birdie Banter stamp set (because let’s face it, it ain’t a party without a balloon!) A scrap piece of Basic Black was just what I needed for the sentiments. I really like the look of the white embossing on black card stock. Finished off with a cute Bermuda Bay ribbon (comes in a 3 pack of shimmer ribbons) which can only be earnt for FREE during Sale-a- Bration. Spend $90 or more and you get to pick from a wide range of items for FREE until end of March 2018. Don’t miss out!

This card just screams fun to me! I just love this set, if you don’t have it, you might like to add it to your wishlist.

Next up on the blog hop is Siobhan. Let’s see what wonderful creation she has in store for us. Be sure to click on the next button below.

Enjoy your weekend, craft on…

Mandy x




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Colour INKspiration #CI26

Hello and welcome back to my blog.

A couple of weeks ago, I joined in a Colour INKspiration Challenge for the first time. I enjoyed it so much, there was over 60 entries and I was blown away to be voted in the top 5! Overall I came in second. I have to say, I was pretty chuffed to be voted in second. This means that people like my cards! So that is pretty much a win for me!!! If you missed my blog on the last challenge, you can view it here.

It’s all about the greens for this challenge. I have to say, I love these colours! I decided to create a card using the Sale-A-Bration “Amazing You” stamp set. Love love love this set! It has a combination of sentiments and stamped images and it co ordinates with the “Celebrate You” thinlit dies. Both items are FREE during Sale-A-Bration with qualifying sales.

For my card, I used a tranquil tide cardstock base, with whisper white. I stamped the flowers from the Amazing You stamp set in archival black ink, then coloured them in with an aqua painter and Bermuda Bay ink before fussy cutting two flowers. I used some dimensionals to mount these flowers to give the card a more interesting layered look. I added what I call the firework stamp (I don’t know what else to call it lol) behind the flowers in Sahara Sand ink. The leaves were stamped with Emerald Envy using the Painted Harvest stamp set then cut out with the co ordinating leaf punch. I added some extra leaves cut out of vellum for a softer look.

The sentiment I used is from the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set, another FREE stamp set during Sale-A-Bration!

So what do you think? I am starting to enjoy these challenges.

I hope your week has some crafty creative time scheduled and if it doesn’t make sure you change that!

Mandy x


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Leaf Punch


Sunshine and Rainbows!


Have you ever stopped to think about just how beautiful rainbows are? All those amazing bright happy colours in the sky? The Sunshine and Rainbows Bundle makes a really happy and bright card.

The shimmering white embossing paste was the perfect background on pool party cardstock. I am loving our embossing paste options lately, if you haven’t tried this technique I encourage you to give it a go! It really adds a nice texture to your cards. I used the cloud template stencil out of the pattern party decorative masks set. You get a set of 4 masks, great for a range of different cards.

Pattern Party Decorative Masks


Real red, daffodil delight, peekaboo peach, lemon lime twist, berry burst and soft sky colours make up the rainbow. According to master 4, I forgot to add indigo in the mix! Oops silly me!

I love how the clouds shimmer with the embossing paste in the background so I decided to add some dazzling diamonds to the clouds attached to the rainbow. Look at that sparkle! So simple to use just add some glue and sprinkle the dazzling diamonds on top.

In this bundle you get the stamp set and the dies to make some wonderful rainbow cards. Buy the bundle as a set and you will save 10%! I can see this set being a winner with my kids craft classes. If you are interested in getting your kids involved in some craft but don’t want to craft at home, send them to my house! Ask me about my kids craft classes.

Want to see more? Check out this Stampin’ Up! video featuring this set.


It’s a long weekend in Australia starting tomorrow with my favourite holiday of the whole year….Australia Day! However you are celebrating, I hope you have a ripper of a day! I’m looking forward to the 3 days break, who knows… I might even get some craft time in. Let’s hope so!

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend,

Mandy x

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Night Of Navy Solid Baker's Twine

Night Of Navy Solid Baker’s Twine