Paper Adventures Team Hop Gift Wrapping Packaging

Welcome to our Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop! Each month our Paper Adventures Team gets together to blog about a particular theme. This month’s theme is Gift Wrapping or Packaging and I love to coordinate gifts so this was a great blog hop to join in on. Welcome to this month’s Guest Designer Lorri Heiling. It is so lovely to have you join us and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone makes! It is always a great source of inspiration.

I decided to blog about my swaps I made for our Paper Adventures Team.

Gift in a Box makes a great gift and card option in one!

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend Onstage @ Home hosted by my upline and stamping friend Kelly Kent and her Mum, Sheila Pybus. Living in WA during the Covid-19 pandemic we have been so lucky in our corner of the country not being affected by many transmissions which meant we could get together at home as a team. I am so grateful that we could get together as I would have been very sad on my favourite weekend of the year staying at home.

Meet some of the Paper Adventures Team. Aren’t we a happy bunch?!

The weekend was made to feel just like a real Onstage event, we received goodie bags, swaps, games, food (delicious food!) and some crafting! What more is there to make the day perfect?

The swaps I made were, lets just say, a labour of love! Lucky I like these people haha! They took a while for me to complete. They look just like a pretty box but when you open the box is when you see the magic inside!

Inside the box there are 4 little boxes. All boxes were decorated with the Christmas Gleaming stamp set with the matching Brightly Gleaming DSP embellished with some copper heat embossing.

Once you open the box, there is space for a message inside. How is that for gift packaging! A card and a gift all in one! I guess you want to know what is inside those cute little boxes?

You guessed it! Chocolates! A Ferrero Rocher is the perfect size but of course you can put whatever you like into these little boxes. I can see these being a wonderful thank you gift for teachers or to simply let someone know you are thinking of them with a lovely gift! The tutorial I followed to make these was from Stamp with Nellie. You can view her tutorial if you click here.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love the colours Night of Navy and Pretty Peacock but surprisingly after using Mossy meadow I actually really liked this green! I love how the baubles turned out on these boxes.

In return for my gift box swaps I received some lovely swaps in return.

I love getting swaps!
Inside my goodie bag.

I think a gift in a box is gift packaging at it’s best. I challenge you to make one (or 12 like I did!) and see if you love them as much as I do. If you would like to be a part of the amazing Paper Adventures Team, message me on here or on my facebook page and let’s chat!

I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone else has created to show us. Next up is my lovely friend Lisa. Lisa and Robyn were my team mates for the games at our Onstage day. Just call us the dream team haha!

Make sure you click on the next button below to check it out too!

Until next time, keep on crafting.

Blog Hop Participants

Lorri Heiling (Guest Designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Kelly Kent
Mandy Depiazzi – You are here
Lisa Whitehead
Narelle Simm
Robyn Houston

Love you more than Chocolate

Who loves Chocolate? Everyone right? Wrong! I am not a fan of the stuff personally but I know a friend who just loves the stuff and when it was her 50th Birthday recently, I knew exactly the card I wanted to make.

A gift hamper filled with Chocolate with one of my cards

So this card just looks like any other card right? Wrong again! This card is more than just a card, this is one of my pop and twist cards using the Nothings Better than bundle.

Lots of fun stuff on the inside!
Nothing's Better Than Bundle by Stampin' Up! includes stamp set + dies Nothing's  Better Than Bundle 154061 Price: $46… in 2020 | Coffee cards, Stampin up, Stampin  up cards
Nothing’s Better Than Bundle is a must have in your craft stash

I really love making these cards, they are fun and a great way to get creative. I used Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cinnamon Cider and Whisper white colours for this card with some Champagne foil.

Well Written framelit dies and Playful Alphabet dies using Champagne Foil Sheets

The Stitched Shape Framelits came in handy for the background, this made the writing stand out. I used the adhesive foam sheets to put the number 50 up on dimensionals. So much easier with these sheets! Just stick the foil piece on the foam adhesive sheet and run it through your die cutting machine. Too easy.

I find the Starburst punch comes in handy for these cards, it is just the right size. The sentiment, “Birthdays are the best days” is from the Beautiful Friendship stamp set. The word “Chocolate” were cut out using dies from the Nothing’s Better than bundle. I always make sure I place some double sided adhesive tape on the cardstock before I cut out these word dies. This makes it so much easier to stick onto your card. No need to mess about with glue.

The “is Fabulous” stamp is from the dressed to impress stamp set because well let’s face it, 50 is fabulous! I just had to put that on the card somewhere. The cute little chocolates were stamped in Early Espresso and coloured in using light and dark crumb cake blends.

To all the Chocolate lovers, who wouldn’t love this card and gift hamper?

A Chocolate Lovers Pop and Twist Card

This is such a great set to have in your collection. I love all the different sayings and combinations that you can do. I hope you will consider this set to go on your next wishlist!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my fun chocolate card. If you are ever chasing a special handmade, one of a kind card, I am always happy to see what I can do for you!

Paper Adventures Team Hop Pointillism

Thanks for joining us on our Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop where we create something based on a theme one Friday night per month. This month’s theme is Pointillism and if you are anything like me, you would be thinking Point-till-what?? Up until a week or so ago, I had never even heard of this technique! Once I looked at some videos, I was surprised that the technique was a fancy name for dot colouring. I decided to join and give it a go as it looked like fun! Our Guest Designer this month is Kayla McCreddie, thanks for joining us tonight, I can’t wait to see everyone’s creations!

I decided I wanted something colourful and bright so I grabbed my Hooray to You stamp set as I love the big balloon stamp. The dot effect looked a bit like confetti to me so I used some rainbow colours to go around my balloon stamp. Every party needs confetti right?

I would recommend using the Stamparatus with big stamps like this just so you get a great stamped image and if you don’t the first time, it makes it super easy to stamp again being in the exact same position. I stamped firstly with memento black ink then afterwards I stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I love heat embossing over stamped images, it really makes your image pop with a glossy finish.

The clear embossing on the balloon makes the stamped image shiny and pretty!

My dot colouring was done with Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Rich Razzleberry and Highland Heather light and dark blends. All the colours of the rainbow!

I cut this out using my stitched rectangle framelits and mounted on another piece of whisper white cardstock that was decorated striped lines using blends. I stole this little idea of Kelly Kent after making a card with a background like this at a social stamping event last term. Thanks for this tip Kelly, it works a treat for a bright and colourful background! If you would like to view Kelly’s card using this background idea please click here.

You might have noticed some stamping on the inside of my card too. I have stamped some mini flowers from the set and decorated with some colours using the dots. Pretty right?

So I had some bright coloured fun with this technique but then I wanted to try a more subtle option. So I grabbed one of my fav stamp sets, Free as a Bird. I love this stamp set, perfect for spring time too with all the little birds dancing around in the garden.

Colours used are Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crumb cake, Daffodil Delight and Sahara Sand

I stamped my bird image on a piece of whisper white card stock then used my light and dark balmy blue blends to add colouring using the pointillism technique. I don’t get fussy here, I just add dots and lots of them! Then I added some colouring to the birds and the flowers. I didn’t want too much colouring so I left the branch and the leaves. I am in two minds if I will decided to colour them in or not.

I cut the birds out with one of the stitched nested dies. Some background stamping of leaves in Sahara Sand and a white embossed fussy cut out sentiment. I also added a little flower coloured with Calypso Coral. You might notice my colouring is a bit on the messy side or rustic I like to call it. Well that is exactly what I was going for. A little bit messy. I love it! What do you think?

Sometimes I like to leave some parts uncoloured so that your eye really focuses on the star of the show, in this case the birds with that lovely soft dotty background.

So that is me done and I am happy to be able to say I have ticked pointillism off my list. I would love to see if you decide to give this a go. Not as easy as it seems but just try not to overthink it.

Next up on the blog hop is my lovely friend Narelle. Make sure you click the next button below to see what amazing creation she has to show us.

I do hope you will give this technique a try and get dotty!

List of Participants

Kelly Kent
Guest Designer
Lisa Whitehead
Robyn Houston
Shannon Kissane
Mandy Depiazzi – You are here
Narelle Simm

Christmas Treat Boxes

Welcome back to my crafty blog, I have had a couple of weeks off with the kids being on school holidays. It is always nice to pause and have a bit of a break from the normal chores of life.

Christmas is coming and when it gets closer, I like to start doing some Christmas crafting. I saw another demonstrator, Fiona Bradley make a cute little Christmas box and I thought that these would make a great treat boxes for our team meeting this weekend.

Don’t these little treat boxes just make the cutest little presents? It is a bonus that they are super simple to make too. Fiona has made an awesome video on how to make these. Do yourself a favour and click here to check out how easy they are to make.

I made 7 treat boxes, using 3 different designer series papers, Trimming the Town DSP, Poinsettia Place DSP and ‘Tis the Season DSP. I used a selection of cardstock colours, Poppy Parade, Garden Green, Old Olive, Real Red and Shaded Spruce.

To make my little boxes look like little presents, I used the Gift Wrapped Bundle. This bundle is so great as it includes a punch for the bow making projects so quick and easy. I especially love the font in this stamp set too. I didn’t use these sentiments from the stamp set on my boxes however because I didn’t want to cover up too much of my beautiful bow. Instead I used an “Oh what yum!” sentiment from my Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp set with a 3/4″ circle punch. I used a selection of my blends to colour my boxes, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red and Poppy Parade.

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So you want to know what is inside right? Chocolates of course!

One box fits a few chocolates inside, a Ferrero Rocher and a couple of mini Santas! I had to save these from my kids eating them all.

I made my boxes slightly different to Fiona’s. I prefer my boxes to open from the top rather than the side so this is how I decorated mine. I also created a belly band using all the trimmings combo pack of ribbon, you get two colours of ribbon, Poppy Parade and Old Olive with a lovely gold trim. One of my boxes (I call it the odd one out) was finished with some Whisper White Crinkled Ribbon that I coloured with a Cherry Cobbler Blend.

I think these little treat boxes would be great for teachers, neighbours, family and friends or just a random act of kindness to brighten someone’s day. Who doesn’t like to get a treat?!

If you want to get your hands on some Christmas DSP, be sure to place your orders this month to take advantage of the 15% off selected papers sale. All 3 papers I have used for these boxes are on sale until 31 October 2020. To view all the papers on sale click here. For any orders this month, use the host code JHFNTJVM and receive a free gift from me!

Don’t forget to look at all the Christmas goodies on offer in the current mini catalogue. Click here to view online or contact me for a hardcopy.

What sorts of things do you like making for Christmas? I hope to make some mini Christmas cakes in the coming months. I love Christmas fruit cakes! Another love of mine is cooking.

Well that’s all from me today, I hope you enjoyed my little treat boxes. I would love to see if you make some too!

Under my Umbrella

It’s Springtime here in Australia and that means sunshine, flowers and rain. To me, Spring is always a bit unpredictable, like this morning when it was a glorious sunshine day and then the clouds came rolling in followed by rain!

I thought it was the perfect time to bust out one of the stamp sets I received for free when I attended Onstage in 2019. Under my Umbrella stamp set was the set I received in my prize patrol. I immediately liked this set, it had wonderful sentiments with a nice font, it was photopolymer and it coordinated with an umbrella punch! What’s not to love!


I wanted to create a card with a watercolour background and this was a great stamp set to use. Using a couple of my favourite blues, Misty Moonlight and Seaside Spray, I came up with a pretty watercolour card for my September card class to create.

We used our aquapainters to add some water onto a piece of Shimmery White card stock. Colour was then added using some Misty Moonlight ink. Once dried, we stamped some cute little raindrops from the stamp set and added some flecks of ink. To do this, we simply picked up some ink with our aqua painter and used the inside of the aqua painter lid to flick some splatters onto the background. I love watercolouring because no two cards will be the same, makes your card that little bit more unique.

The cute little flowers we coloured in with Magenta Madness ink and a blender pen (because my Magenta blends had not arrived just yet). The leaves were coloured using Just Jade blends. I think it is great to see that even if you don’t own all the products, you can still achieve a great result by using another method. The gumboots we coloured with Seaside spray blends.

The basic pearls were a cute addition to the centre of the flowers but a bit fiddly! Definitely recommend using tweezers here otherwise you will loose more pearls than you want to! We used the umbrella punch to cut out the umbrella and handle. Don’t you just love the rainbow glimmer paper? So sparkly and fun in all the colours of the rainbow. Pretty and perfect for my spring inspired card.

The sentiment, stamped using Misty Moonlight ink onto Seaside Spray card stock, was then punched using the Banners Pick a Punch. The twine from the Flowers for Every Season ribbon combo pack was used with some Frosted and Clear Epoxy Droplets.

I like this sentiment and it is just perfect for a very special person to me. No matter the weather, rain or shine she is always on my mind.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, I hope your weekend is a wonderful one, no matter what the weather brings.

See you next time,

Mandy x