Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop February Sketch

It’s that time of the month again when the awesome Paper Adventures Team get together and blog about a chosen theme. This month we have guest designer Zoe Tant joining us.              Welcome Zoe, I can’t wait to see what you have made to show us!

This month’s theme is using a sketch layout.

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As soon as I saw this layout I knew exactly which stamp set I wanted to use. I couldn’t wait to ink up Fable Friends stamp set, that little rabbit that resembles Peter Rabbit so well, is just too cute for words!

Fable Friends Cling Stamp Set


I loved using my Stampin’ Blends Balmy Blue (light and dark), Crumb cake (light and dark) and Ivory to colour my little rabbit. How cute is this balmy blue gingham dsp!

Everyone one knows how much I love my stitched shape framelits and stitched label framelits and now I have new rectangular shaped ones to add to my collection! These are great for cutting out all different sizes of rectangles. Great for card stock and DSP! The pearlized doilies have always been a favourite of mine and I love the way I have been able to add one to this sketch design card. The cute mini button is from the needle nook suite and I have added some linen thread for a cute little bow.

This card makes such a cute baby boy card. Only problem now is I need to find someone to give it to!

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s project, make sure you click below to see what the rest of the team has created. Next up is the lovely Anne Barker.

Happy Hopping,

Mandy x


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Zoe Tant – Guest Designer
Mandy Depiazzi – YOU ARE HERE!
Anne Barker (Facebook)

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Floral Romance

I can’t believe it is February! Where did January go? It was a busy start to the year for me, entertaining 3 kids on the 7 week school holiday break. I am looking forward to school starting for them on Monday and I finally won’t have to hear the same questions everyday such as “Is it a school day today?” or “What are we going to do today?”

I managed a bit of craft time last week in between the crazy busy school holidays. I was excited to get an order for a 40th birthday card and it gave me the perfect excuse to go and hide in my craft room for a while. So much better than cleaning and decluttering the house!

For this card order, I decided to use the beautiful Floral Romance Suite which caught my eye the moment I saw it in the current Occasions catalogue.

Floral Romance

It’s super pretty right? I can see lots of different uses for this suite, birthdays, get well soon, thinking of you, wedding cards, anniversary cards, just to name a few!

Wonderful Romance Cling Bundle

The stamp set with the matching dies is a must have in my opinion, although if you prefer you can always buy them separate (but if you purchase them as a bundle you will save 10%). I love the great range of dies especially the edged die, so pretty!

Floral Romance 12 X 12 (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper

This Designer Series Paper is simply GORGEOUS! Some of the paper is vellum with printed designs on it. Oh my, it is just so divine!

I created a beautiful card using soft sea foam cardstock paired with my favourite pink, blushing bride. I used the gorgeous edge die to create the edge of the card, this is just so delicate and pretty, it really finishes this card off nicely. I used some of that stunning printed vellum dsp on the front of the card. I was a bit naughty and have used a retired product the large number dies but how could I not, this was for a 40th birthday order!

I just love the butterflies from the beauty abounds stamp set. I had to put some butterflies on there somewhere. Fresh fig was the perfect colour for my butterflies to blend in with the beautiful dsp. Turning 40 calls for a celebration and the sentiment I chose for this card was from perennial birthday, cut out using one of the dies from the stitched label framelit dies.

I just had to add a cute flower from the frosted flower embellishments and yes I did have to add some rose metallic thread behind the sentiment because it is simply the prettiest! Some layers of leaves in pear pizzazz and mossy meadow with some blushing bride and vellum flowers peaking through.

I hope the recipient of this card loves it just as much as I do! If you are looking for a special card for that special person or occasion, I would love to make something for you.

Don’t forget some great products are on offer for free during Sale-a-Bration which ends 31 March 2019. All orders over $90 receive a free product as a reward, the more you spend the more free items you get to choose!

My classes will also resume this month so if you are looking for something to do once the kids are back at school, perhaps come along to try one of my classes. I guarantee it will be fun and no prior experience is necessary!

Thanks for stopping by,

Mandy x



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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Water Theme

Welcome to our first Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop for 2019! If you are joining me from the lovely Lisa Whitehead’s blog it’s great to have you here! Please be sure at the end of my blog you click on the next button to hop on through to see everyone’s amazing water themed creations. I would also like to welcome our Guest Designer this month, Leonie Schroder. Welcome Leonie, I can’t wait to see what you have created to show us!

New Year means new stamps for me and I received my box of Stampin’ Up! goodies this week from the new 2019 Occasions catalogue. I wanted to use the Best Catch Bundle for my Dad’s Birthday and I am so glad this stamp set arrived just in time!

Best Catch Cling Bundle

Perfect stamp bundle for a water themed card. I decided to get a little messy or as my kids say I look like I am back at Kindy when I am watercolouring, I will take that as a compliment I guess!

To create the background on this card, I used Shimmery White card stock and spritzed it with a decent amount of water. I used my pool party ink pad to create a soft light blue sky using my aqua painter. Then I got messy with my Brusho’s. I love this stuff, add as much colour as you want. A little bit of this crystal powder goes a long way, I added a small amount then spritzed my card stock again. This is when the magic happens. Keep adding water or Brusho crystals until you are happy with the end result.

To colour my fish (I am calling it a salmon as Dad and I love to go salmon fishing), I used an aqua painter with Bermuda Bay, Blueberry Bushel and Smoky Slate ink pads. Shimmery white or watercolour paper is best for water colouring. On this card I used Shimmery White.

I love how the fish die cuts the flipper of the fish to make it 3D like. Love the design work that goes into our products! There was already some shimmer on the fish from the Shimmery White cardstock but I decided I needed a bit more shimmer so I spritzed it with some champagne shimmer paint.

Finished off this card with some silver metallic thread behind the stitched label die sentiment. I really liked this addition as it looked like fishing line to me.

This bundle is a must have especially for masculine cards. So nice to start the year off with a birthday card I know my Dad will love.

Thanks for stopping by today, next up on the blog hop is my lovely friend Kelly Kent, please make sure that you click on the next button below to see what the rest of the team have made.

Catch ya next time (excuse the pun!),

Mandy x



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Hello Cupcake!

OOPS… I may have hit publish too soon on my post! Apologies for sending the first blog post prematurely. This is the complete blog!

Who loves free products? I do, I do!!! From now until 31 March 2019 that is exactly what you can receive on any qualifying order. Spend $90 on products and you get to choose 1 from a selection of products for free!

Today I am showcasing one of the free rewards available in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, Hello Cupcake. This stamp set is perfect to anyone who loves cupcakes. I can see myself using this stamp set for many birthdays to come.

I used my favourite pink cardstock, Blushing Bride for this card teamed up with my stamparatus. Have you got a stamparatus? I love this stamp positioning tool and it makes it so easy to make effective cards using the hinge technique. Just mount up your stamp, position your paper, ink it up (I used lovely lipstick) and stamp. Didn’t get a great stamped image the first time? No problem just reink and stamp again. This is a fool proof way of getting the image to stamp in the exact same spot everytime. I then used the hinge technique to move the sentiment down the card stock for the “celebrate your day” sentiment.

I used some vellum to layer over my cardstock for a softer look. I love vellum on cards but it is often hard to stick it to your card without the adhesive showing through. My tip for this is to put some tombow on your silicon mat, in a circular motion pick up the tombow glue on a piece of sponge then continue using circular motions on the back of your piece of vellum. This technique prevents any adhesives showing through and it sticks down really well. Winning!

My cupcake icing was stamped in Blushing Bride, with the loveheart in Lovely Lipstick. The patty pan case of the cupcake is stamped in Crumb cake. I couldn’t resist to add some rose metallic thread behind my project and the share what you love artisan pearls were just what I needed for a bit of bling.

I can certainly see myself using this stamp set many times over. Put this free stamp set on your list when you purchase any Stampin’ Up products to the value of $90 during Sale-A-Bration.

Make sure you check out all the other free goodies you can choose from too. Click here to view the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. If you are in Australia and would prefer a hard copy of any or all of the current catalogues contact me today and I will get one too you.

What will be on your Sale-A-Bration wishlist?

Mandy x

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Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2019


January is always an exciting time for Stampin’ Up! fans, with the release of the new Occasions 2019 and Sale-A-Bration catalogues. What is Sale-A-Bration? Every order during Sale-A-Bration (3rd January – 31st March) earns your choice of reward from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  There are two levels of rewards, spend $90 to choose a level 1 reward or spend $180 and choose a level 2 reward (or 2 level 1 rewards if you prefer). This time of the year is great as you get rewarded with free stuff!

To view these catalogues online please click on the links below.

Occasions Catalogue


SAB Catalogue


If you are in Australia and would like to receive a copy of the catalogues message me and I will send one out to you. Click here to email me or message me via Facebook.

This week’s card features “So Hoppy Together” which is one of the free reward items from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.

My choice of colours were Call me Clover, Balmy Blue, Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove. I stamped my frog first in memento black ink (onto some whisper white cardstock) then stamped this same frog image onto a post it note. I cut the post it note image out and layered this over the frog using the masking technique. This technique allowed me to stamp the water ripple over the frog to make it appear as if this cute little frog is actually sitting in a pond.

The peaceful reflection stamp set is really quite beautiful and I had lots of fun creating with it. Isn’t it funny how you can’t always see the beauty in stamp sets until you actually get to play with them! This, in my case is often dangerous as every stamp set I use I generally want! Background stamping of the foliage and the water ripples added some dimension.

The addition of the grapefruit grove and pineapple punch coloured dragonfly was the perfect touch to bring some colour back into this card. The DSP (designer series paper) used is from the 6×6 in color 2018-2020 range. I have been loving creating with this DSP lately. It just adds a little bit of something and who doesn’t love spot and stripes! I used both the square stitched shape framelits and the layering squares dies. I just happened to have some Call me Clover ribbon in my stash so I put a little behind my frog and then mounted on dimensionals.

My gorgeous little frog is coloured in using the Call me Clover light and dark stampin’ blend combo. The sentiment “Always thinking of you” suited the purpose of this card, this stamp was from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set. Perfect card for a frog lover!

If you love this frog stamp set as much as I do, all you need to do is place an order during Sale-A-Bration (3 January – 31 March) that is $90 or more in value and you can choose this or many other items for free!

More exciting things are happening during Sale-A-Bration too!

Every order of $400+ earns a bonus $40 of Stampin’ Rewards. You can shop for yourself, or collect orders from family and friends. Click here to shop.


I can run workshops for you and some friends and help you earn some rewards to build your own craft stash. This can be a lot of fun, anyone can use these amazing products and walk away with their own masterpiece!

If your wish list is long and you want it all, you can sign up as a demonstrator, I would love to have you join my team! There is a fantastic Sale-A-Bration starter kit on offer. For only $169 you will receive $315 worth of your choice of products, free shipping and a 20% discount to purchase more of what you want.

There is also an opportunity to upgrade your Starter kit to include the Craft & Carry Tote. This tote is an exclusive offer to new demonstators. This upgrade option is $210 and includes all the amazing items listed above in the $169 starter kit plus you get that amazing tote!



Click here to purchase your Starter Kit and join my team!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope 2019 brings you lots of crafting moments!

Mandy x


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Geared up Garage

Wow what a busy few weeks it has been! With the excitement of Christmas and the new start to 2019 it has kind of thrown my routine all out of whack! So much happening this time of the year, I am glad the new year has begun so I can get back on track with my crafting.

For this blog I have decided to show you a set from the new catalogue for 2019. Geared up Garage is a fantastic bloke set, great for the Dad’s and Brother’s but not limited to masculine cards, also fantastic for the ladies who love their cars too!

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This bundle comes with the stamp set and the matching dies. I used this set recently for an order for a very special birthday.

For this card, I used basic black cardstock as the base paired with some basic gray. I used some of the stamps inked with basic gray to background stamp onto the basic gray cardstock. This is subtle but just enough stamping to create some interest in the background.

The car is stamped in memento ink and coloured in using light and dark real red stampin blends and smoky slate. My stitched shape framelit dies sure do get a workout, I love these dies and continuously used them over and over. A must have item in anyone’s stash!

It wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t some embellishments. The gears or cogwheels are cut out with silver foil, some silver thread behind the sentiment and lets not forget the spanner embellishment above the sentiment. How cute are these!!!

This card was needed for a 60th birthday. I left the “60” off for some of the photos as the large number dies are now retired but I am SO glad I own these. Even though they are retired, I still use my retired items, some items there is no way I am ready to part with!

For a visual of how I made this card, I made a video for a blog hop that didn’t end up happening. Videos can take some time to organise and edit so instead of it going to waste I am going to post it here for you to watch. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it inspires you to make a car themed card for someone special today!



Interested in getting your hands on this set? This one is available to customers from 3rd January. If you would like to see the new catalogue get in touch with me and I will get one out to you.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mandy x


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Beauty Abounds Stampin’ Up!

Hello! I have been a bit quite on the blog front this month due to the crazy busy silly season! It seems to happen every year to me, December seems to sneak up on me and it is always a race to get things done! I have been super busy with orders, but I am loving it. If I can create a card for someone special and it makes them smile then I am doing something right!

Recently, I had the pleasure of making a special card for a 30th birthday celebration. I used this opportunity to use one of my new sets in the new 2019 occasions catalogue, that is due to be released to customers in January. Save your Christmas money for this catalogue, there are many fantastic new sets that are worth the spend in your craft room stash. If you want to get your hands on a catalogue, please get in touch with me and I will get one to you.

Watercolouring and butterflies make a fantastic combo for this stunning 30th birthday card. I have used Blackberry Bliss paired up with Blushing Bride cardstock, I love these two colours together they make the most gorgeous butterflies! My best tip when working with these butterfly dies is to make sure that you use some multipurpose adhesive sheets on the back of the cardstock before cutting out your butterflies. This will make it easier to adhere these down on your card. I am totally in love with watercolouring at the moment. Aqua painters with Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Blueberry Bushel make the perfect water colour background on shimmery white card stock.

Because the large number dies are retired, I took some photos of this card before I added the #30. I have no idea why these dies retired. I am so glad that I own them. I use them for all special birthdays.

The “here’s to celebrating you” sentiment is from the Perennial Birthday and I have used the cute stitched heart and the decorative circle die from the Stitched Label dies set. I couldn’t resist in adding some rose gold thread, whisper white polka dot tulle ribbon and some share what you love artisan pearls just because I can!

It didn’t stop there…I even stamped the inside of the card with a couple of stamps from the Beauty abounds bundle.

If you would like a custom card made for someone special please get in touch with me. I love creating something that you cannot find another like it in the shops. All my cards are made with love.

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak of what is to some soon from the new catalogue.

Thanks for stopping by, now its time for me to get back to my craft desk to get some things done!

Mandy x

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