Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Retirement List

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

Today we are blogging about anything related to the Retirement List. Every year, some of our favourites (and maybe some not so favourite) products retire. There are quite a few stamp sets and other products that I will miss when they retire after 31 May. If you would like to view the retirement list for the Occasions Catalogue please click here and for the Annual Catalogue click here and for the retiring list with discounts click here. Get in quick to purchase those last minute retiring products.

One set I will miss is the Magical Day stamp set.

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Why is this set retiring??!! I will miss this set for girls and boys birthday cards and other projects. I recently used this set to make keyrings using shrinky dink plastic for my onstage swaps for April 2018 Onstage in Perth and everyone I swapped with loved them! If you want to read about these just click here.

The first card is made using the Magical Day Stamp Set teamed up with the Rainbow thinlit dies. Unicorns and rainbows make the perfect combination! The Rainbow thinlit dies are also on the retirement list (sniff sniff). I used the Large Number Dies on this card. Guess what? They are retiring too! Why? I have no idea why but there is no way I am parting with any of these sets, I am not done creating with them yet.

Do you see another of my favourites on this card that is retiring? The Teeny Tiny Stamp Set is retiring too (insert sad face). This set I have used numerous times for many different occasions, tiny sentiments perfect to punch out with the Classic Label Punch. Thankfully this punch is sticking around!

For the next card I couldn’t go past the wizard in the Magical Day Stamp Set mounted on a Night of Navy card base with a Prussian Blue Brusho background. To achieve this effect I sprayed a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock using a spritzer spray with water. Tap some on some brusho crystal colour onto the card and then spray with water again. Keep adding colour until you are happy with the look. Let it dry completely. Once dry, add this to your card. How cool does it look? Super magical if you ask me.

I just had to add some of the Myths and Magic Specialty Washi Tape. I love how it sparkles. This card is completed once again with the Large Number Dies (I am so glad that I own these). I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink then heat embossed the White Embossing Powder over the top. I think this really “pops” against the Night of Navy card stock.

If many of your favourites are retiring don’t despair! I love the new Annual Catalogue, its jam packed with lots of fun new products. If you want to get your hands on a new 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue get in touch with me and I will get one to you. If you want to order any of our retiring products I’ll do my best to order this for you. Only available until 31 May or while stocks last!

Next up on the blog hop is Katrina Duffell our Guest Designer. Welcome Katrina, I can’t wait to see what you have created. Click on the next button and if you get lost of any links are broken you can click on the participants list below!

Ciao for now,

Mandy x



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Mandy Depiazzi  YOU ARE HERE


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Kelly’s Stamping Friends Birthday Blog Hop

It’s Kelly Kent’s birthday today and to celebrate we are blog hopping for her special day! If you have hopped here from the lovely Courtenay Heuston’s blog, welcome!

I just know how much Kelly loves pink so I just knew I had to create a card and gift for her using her favourite colours!

Kelly loves  the colour Sweet Sugar Plum and I know she will be sad to see this colour retire at the end of this month. So that’s why I decided to use this colour on her card teamed up with some of the amazing Share What you Love Specialty Designer Paper available now to customers in 3 different bundles. As a demonstrator, I was able to get my hands on this amazing suite last month. There are 3 tiered bundles to choose from….

Just getting started bundle

Just Getting Started Bundle

A little bit more please

A Little More, Please Bundle

And my absolute favourite….Gotta have it all Bundle.

Gotta Have It All Bundle

I splurged and purchased the Gotta have it all Bundle so I could get my hands on all the goodies especially that gorgeous DSP!

This bundle includes the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I have used this in the background of Kelly’s card to create a bit of interest. Absolutely loving the pearl doilies, which can be used showing the pearl side (which I have done here) or showing the white side if preferred. That is versatility at its best! 24 sheets of gorgeous DSP, trust me you will love! I just had to use the Teeny Tiny Sentiments (Happy Birthday) on this card as this stamp set is retiring at the end of May. If this stamp set is a must have for you before it retires make sure you order it as soon as possible before end of May or before supplies sell out.  

I decided to create a matching envelope by adding a fussy cut flower from the DSP to the front of the envelope….

and some DSP on the back flap.

A card for Kelly was just not enough so I made a special frame for her using the Statement of my Heart stamp which is just one of the 3 items that comes free in the Gotta have it all Bundle.

My inspiration for this frame came from a lovely fellow demonstrator Debbie Blake from Darwin. Debbie had made a beautiful frame similar to this using an old frame that she decided to upcycle. I loved it so much that I decided to make one for Kelly as well as one for myself! You can view Debbie’s blog if you click here. I am going to display my frame proudly in my craft room, I hope Kelly likes hers too! The vanilla coloured cut out frame is from the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper, a new product that will be available for purchase in June in the new annual catalogue.

Where else could you get such a unique matching card and gift for someone special? Handmade cards and gifts are just the best. I love receiving handmade items, so much time and love goes into handmade projects. Something to truly treasure.

Happy Birthday Kelly! You are an amazing leader and a wonderful friend. I hope your day is as wonderful as you are!

Next up on the blog hop is Fi Cobbin I can’t wait to see what she has created. Click on the next button below!


Participation List

Participant List (B)
  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  3. Sue Vine
  4. Sharon Dalton
  5. Rebecca Scurr
  6. Julia Quinn
  7. Danielle Bennenk
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Richelle Fletcher
  10. Sara Levin
  11. Sandra Roberts
  12. Catherine Creer
  13. Cheryl Taylor
  14. Rochelle Blok
  15. Ine van den Eijnden
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Jo Weedon
  18. Courtenay Heuston
  19. Mandy Depiazzi – YOU ARE HERE
  20. Fi Cobbin

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Today is Mother’s Day here in Australia. I was lucky enough to make two Mother’s Day cards, one for my Mum and one for my Mother in Law.

My Mum loves to cook, I always find her in the kitchen with her apron on. My Dad always says she makes a truckload of food…she is always giving me and the neighbours the extra food she makes! Lucky for me, I love her food and if I score a meal that means I don’t have to cook. It’s a win win!

I decided on the Apron of Love Bundle for my Mum.


To make this card I used some thick whisper white cardstock and embossed it using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. I used some of the Picture Perfect Party DSP to cut out the Apron. I love the stitched shape framelits, they are so easy to incorporate on any card. I used the circle stitched shape to cut a circle out of Berry Burst cardstock. I snuck in a one of the pearlised doilies from the Gotta have it all Bundle which is on sale until the end of this month. To read about this bundle click here. I cut out some of the cooking utensils using the silver foil and the rolling pin using a scrap piece of crumbcake card stock. Some heat embossing using versamark and white embossing powder completed the sentiment, “Happy Mother’s Day” a stamp I got from the Your’e inspiring stamp set.

Next card was for my Mother in Law. She loves to spend time in her garden so this card seemed to be a good choice.

I used a Rich Razzleberry card stock as the base colour for this card. This seems to be my go to colour lately, it’s such a pretty colour! I used another embossing folder to create a background, Garden Trellis Embossing Folder. Stamped a pretty rose from the Graceful Garden stamp set using the memento ink then coloured in with my Stampin’ Blends. I added some leaves using the leaf punch before mounting the rose on top. There is no die cut for the rose, I just used my paper snips to fussy cut around the image.

I hope all the Mother’s had a lovely Mother’s Day today. I got lots of handmade cards and gifts from my kids and was delivered scrambled eggs in bed this morning.

Did you receive lots of handmade goodies this Mother’s Day? Handmade is always the best.

Catch ya next time,

Mandy x



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Leaf Punch


Share What You Love

Happy Friday and welcome back to my blog.

Today is the lovely Kristel Rimmer’s birthday! Kristel is a very special friend who also has the crafting bug like me. She makes some amazing creations which you can see on her blog if you visit here.

Me (Left) with Kristel Rimmer (Right)

I just couldn’t go past the Share What you Love Suite, I mean it’s just super pretty! For this card I used Mint Macaron (Yes it is back!) and embossed this using the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I cut an oval of Rich Razzleberry using our layering oval dies behind some of the Share What You Love Speciality Designer Series Paper. This DSP is my new favourite! It is so lovely, beautiful colours and some of the sheets have a pearl finish on them. What’s not to love!

Did you see the pretty envelope? I used some of the DSP to cover the flap of the envelope for an extra bit of love!

I also stamped inside the card and used my Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends to colour.

How gorgeous is this bundle!I just can’t stop using it. I love love love it and I just know that you will too!

All the items I have used come in the Gotta Have It All Bundle. This bundle is on sale from now and you can really choose a bundle that suits your crafting needs and your budget. I purchased this bundle because let’s face it, I just have to have it all! Just look at all the goodies you get in this bundle! You will even receive 3 items for FREE!

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I wanted to make something else for my crafty friend, and Kristel being the queen of 3D items, I decided to give it a go to make her a gift for her craft room.


While not all products used are exclusively Stampin’ Up! Products, I did use all Stampin’ Up! coloured cardstock. Rich Razzleberry, Berry Burst, Sweet Sugarplum and Powder Pink where used for the gorgeous roses. I created these using my Silhouette Cameo machine however I do know that there is a retired die around that Stampin’ Up! used to sell which makes the same thing.

Once the roses were put together using a hot glue gun, I glued them to the base of a 6×8 shadow box frame. I then make the sentiment saying to go on the frame, Friends Make the World Beautiful. They sure do! Since joining Stampin’ Up! I have met the most amazing friends.

Thanks for being my friend Kristel, I hope your birthday is as wonderful as you.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you all have a crafty weekend!

Mandy x


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Animal Outing Big Thank you

Since returning from the Stampin’ Up! bi annual Onstage event this month, I have had some time to reflect on the day we shared together and remember all the great reasons why I am a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. I know I say this all the time, but Onstage is my favourite event and it is so great that I have now experienced 2 in Perth and one in Melbourne. Later this year I hope to get to Brisbane and hopefully New Zealand next April!

I met some lovely new people in Perth at Onstage this month, even managed to bag some freebies, and I swapped items with over 40 people. That means 40 lovely faces I got to meet and I now have a piece of what they made in my craft room giving me new ideas and inspiration!

Just look at our lovely Paper Adventures team, all dressed up in our bright colours of the rainbow, t shirts made by our one and only Team Leader Mrs Kelly Kent.

And in this photo with our extended Stampin’ Up! Team.

I seriously had way to much fun with the photo booth as you can probably tell! Haha!

With Kristel Rimmer

With Denise Vomiero

I was lucky enough to get a photo with this lovely lady, Clare Langsford, Demonstrator Development Manager from Stampin’ Up! This girl is so beautiful! Look at her dress, what a lovely lady you are Clare.

I can only imagine the work, time and effort that goes into an event like this one. Lots of planning and it always goes off without a hitch! I wanted to say a big thank you to Stampin’ Up and what better way to say thank you to them than to send a card and a cute little gift to the Sydney office.

Are you wondering what is in that mini pizza box?

Chocolates of course! The box only holds 6 chocolates but don’t worry I am sending extras.

This card and gift box are made with the free stamp set we all got in our gorgeous reversible take home bag. Animal Outing stamp set is sure to be a favourite, I can’t wait to get hold of the new coordinating dies and not the mention the designer series paper! You will love it! You cannot buy this stamp set just yet….but you will be able to soon. Just another perk being a demonstrator, we get to play with the products before they go on sale! Just check out all the freebies I scored from the day!

We get spoilt, we get so much stuff and we have an amazing time! I got more than what is shown in the photo, I couldn’t fit it all in! Plus I had already put most of it away at home and have forgotten all the stuff I got…there is just so much.

The day is also made up of some crafting time. We made 4 lovely cards using brand new never seen before products!

It really is a fun filled day! I can’t wait for the next one in November and I would love to share this experience with you.

I have my hands on the NEW 2018-2019 catalogue. If you would like a copy, please get in touch with me and I will send you one in May. I am excited about this year’s catalogue, lots of amazing goodies to get your hands on to get you crafty! It’s not hard to be crafty with Stampin’ Up! products. Everything coordinates so the hard work is done for you.

Until next time, craft on!

Mandy x


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70th Birthday Celebration!

Happy Sunday and welcome back to my blog.

I had a friend recently ask me if I could make a card for her Mum’s 70th birthday. My response, “of course!” I love creating custom orders, most of my customers give me free range to create whatever I like which satisfy’s my creative needs!

I decided on a fancy fold for this card, a double z card, so easy yet so effective. These cards are so much fun to make and still fits in a normal sized envelope.

I used the Cake Soiree Suite for this card because my customer makes the most amazing cakes and I just knew she would make her Mum a fabulous cake for her birthday! If you are local to the Bunbury Area and you are needing a cake made for a special occasion, make sure you get in contact with the talented Fiona from Dardanup Delights.

Marina Mist cardstock and Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper were used for this card. If you love Marina Mist and this DSP then make sure you get your hands on it before the end of May or until stocks last because both these are on the retirement list. You can view the retirement list for the Occasions Catalogue here and for the Annual Catalogue here. 

Also on the retirement list are the Number of Years stamp set and the matching dies! I know….crazy right?! I am so glad I own both of these items but if you don’t they are a MUST have for your craft stash. Make sure you get yours before they sell out!

I had so much fun putting the icing on the cake on this card using the silver embossing paste. I love this stuff! It gives a special extra look and just perfect for the icing on this very special cake!

You might be wondering how I coloured in the flowers on the cake. I used our blender pens with our ink pads. One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is there are so many different ways to colour in. The blender pens are a great colouring option, just pick up some ink from the ink pad cover and colour in.

If you have a reason to order a special card I would love to hear from you. So nice to receive a handmade one of a kind card.

If you would like any more information at all about custom orders, classes, products or even joining my team I would love to hear from you.

I hope you all have an amazing working week hopefully with some crafting time!

Mandy x





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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Black

Welcome to another edition of the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month we welcome Sue Plote our Guest Designer for the Blog Hop. If you have hopped you way over from the Lovely Siobhan’s blog welcome!

This month’s theme is Black. Now I am not a fan of black, it has it’s place of course but if there was a choice between a colour and black, I’d always choose a colour! Having said that, I enjoy a challenge and I decided it was a great opportunity to try the Black Ice technique that I had heard about but had not tried myself yet.

This is the card I decided to make….

To achieve this look, I took some silver foil and my black archival ink pad, I tried to gently swipe the foil with the black ink once I secured the foil in place with a small piece of double sided tape. It is important to use the tape on the back of the foil to anchor your foil sheet so that it does not slide around while you swipe over the top gently with the black ink. Once I was reasonably happy with the background, I then over stamped the nature scene using the Waterfront stamp set.

I then left my stamped scene to dry. Afterwards I swiped my versamark stamp pad over the top of the stamped image and then covered it completely with clear embossing powder. I grabbed my heat tool to heat emboss and wow did this project then come to life! It’s hard to show in the photos but this card is not only fun to make but I bet fun to receive.

This type of card would be a great masculine card, thinking of you, friend as I have used here, endless possibilities!

As this was my first time using the black ice  technique, I know there is room for improvement but I kind of like the way this card looks. I can’t wait to experiment with some other stamp sets!

Next up on the hop is my creative friend Narelle, can’t wait to see what she has made. Click on the next button to hop through to her blog.

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy your weekend.

Mandy x


Participant List:
Sue Plote (guest designer)

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