Coming Home for Christmas

Christmas is coming! 97 days to go to be exact. So it was time to drag out my Coming Home bundle to make something Christmas themed for my September card class.


As soon as I saw this bundle, I loved the cute little car and I wanted it to move. So I went searching and I found a tutorial that I could use and make a slider card. I followed the instructions from Lisa Curcio from Lisa’s Stamp Studio. Lisa mentions in her video that the idea for this fancy fold came from her team member Megan. To view Lisa’s video please click here.

I used Smoky Slate and Pool Party card stock for the card bases then added some Trimming the Town DSP. I used Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede, Misty Moonlight, Smoky Slate, Poppy Parade blends for the colouring on the house, trees, car and Christmas wreath.

The best bit about this card is that it is interactive! That little car moves as you pull the ribbon. So easy to create but a real wow card! My 7 year old son, sat at my craft desk mesmerised by this, opening and closing it continuously. I have put a kit aside for him so that we can make this together soon. I don’t think it matters how old you are though, any interactive card is fun for the maker and just as fun for the receiver of the card.

I had positive feedback on this card from my class. It makes me happy to know people enjoy making the cards that I put together for our monthly classes. We used the 1″ circle punch to cut out the notch on the right hand side of the card and we used a handheld punch for the tiny hole for the ribbon.

The ribbon used is also from the Trimming the Town Suite Collection. It comes in a pack of two spools with two colours Old Olive and Poppy Parade. This ribbon is 1/8″ wide with gold trim.

The sentiment “From our House to Yours” was stamped onto Poppy Parade with Versamark ink then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I am so pleased with how this turned out thanks to Lisa’s awesome video. I can see myself using this card design again and again.

So will you give this a try? It is easier that you might think! I would love to see if you do. Apologies for my boring photos today, it rained all day today and I wasn’t keen to go outside and dodge the rain so the newly cleaned carpets would have to do for my photos today! Haha!

I want to know….are you an organised early Christmas planner or leave it to the last minute? I hate to admit but I am kind of a leave to the last minute kind of gal when it comes to Christmas. Maybe I will be more organised earlier this year. I can only try!

Until next time, keep on crafting!

Mandy x




Paper Adventures Team Hop Sketch

Well hello! I have missed a few Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop’s lately because well, let’s face it, my life at times (all of the time) is crazy busy! But I am back on board this month joining in. This month’s theme is a Sketch designed by one of our team members Narelle and the graphic put together by another team member Siobhan. A very warm welcome to our Guest Designer Gail Ellis this month. Thanks for joining us Gail!

I love working a design from a sketch. It really helps me during times when I just can’t think! I love the simplicity of this too.

The card I have made is for one of our Paper Adventure Team members, Narelle Simm from Eleventh Hour Stamping. Narelle has had surgery on her ankle recently and what better way to let her know I am thinking of her than to send her a card.

I couldn’t go past one of my favourites, Back on your Feet stamp set. This stamp set screams cuteness and it was the perfect choice for Narelle’s get well soon card.


This design we used in my September card class.

First of all we used crumb cake card stock to emboss the background of this card using the hammered metal 3D embossing folder. This embossing folder reminds me of a turtle’s shell so it was a great choice for this card. The 2 inch strip of DSP is from the Forever Greenery DSP. I am loving this DSP! I have used it heaps so far, it’s a great choice for all types of cards.

I coloured the little turtle in light and dark Granny Apple Green and light Crumb cake blends before cutting out with a circle shaped stitched framelit die. I wanted the little turtle to be a brighter green, the Granny Apple Green is such a nice colour green! I hardly use Garden Green cardstock but it was a great choice for this card.

I loved the design on the opposite side of the DSP too so I decided to make another card by just flipping this over. This time I decided also to have the leaves separate, to look like they are falling leaves. I am curious to see which one is your favourite? I am loving the one on the left so that one is headed right to Narelle’s letterbox!

The leaves stamp is from the Forever Fern Stamp set and are stamped in Garden Green and cut out using the coordinating dies. I also stamped them over the envelope flap and on the inside of the card. A gold twine bow was added because I just can’t get enough it! It’s just so gorgeous!

Such a cute sentiment, perfect for Narelle who will be off her feet for quite some time. Best of luck with a speedy recovery Narelle and I hope you’re back on your feet soon!

Next up is the lovely Sana, I am looking forward to see what she has created using this sketch. Be sure to click on the next button below to see what Sana and the rest of the team have made using this sketch.

That’s all from me, enjoy your weekend.

Mandy x

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Christmas Gleaming

Blues and Greens are my favourite colours and in the Stampin’ Up! world this means Night of Navy and Pretty Peacock! You know the saying, Blues and Greens should never be seen but I love these two colours together! I love that the Christmas Gleaming Bundle is back this year, the bundle comes with a stamp set, not one but two punches and the GORGEOUS designer series paper.


Best of all you will save 10% on this bundle if you buy it altogether. This set will be a great choice for all your Christmas Cards this year.

We used this bundle recently in my August card class (yes I know, I am very behind in my blogging!). I gave my ladies a choice of colours for what card they preferred. We used Night of Navy or Pretty Peacock for the card bases. Some coordinating DSP with Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Last Christmas I bought my Mum this lamp from a gorgeous lady Lauren from Lauren’s Peacock Garden. She sells some lovely things in her shop at the Fuller’s Co op if you are local to me in Bunbury, be sure to go check out her shop! I loved this lamp so much I almost didn’t want to give it away. After Christmas I couldn’t stop thinking about this beautiful lamp so I contacted Lauren again and she was able to get me another one. So now Mum and I have the same lamp. It is just gorgeous! It reminded me of the Christmas Baubles from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set.

My inspiration for this card came from Amanda from Scrimping Mommy from the UK. Amanda has a video on You Tube that you can view if you click here. She is an absolute crack up, love her accent and listening to her laugh! On her video you will see that she has created a card with a window using window sheet acetate. I decided not to do this, instead changing it up slightly by adding a piece of cardstock embossed with the Parisian Flourish Embossing Folder. I used the same concept with colouring the baubles as shown in the video, with the sponge daubers and leaving the middle of the daubers coloured very lightly. How incredibly pretty is this?? I just love love love it.

We did some stamping also on the inside of the card, one was stamped with a Christmas bauble inside and the other was stamped with the flourish and we used the Stamparatus to easily line this up. You can just see it slightly in the next photo.

I used some retired wink of stella (gold) for the bauble tops and fussy cut out the sentiment. Two of the baubles are adhered on dimensionals and one is adhered flat with tape.

This card was so easy to make but is so stunning don’t you think?

I hope these cards get you in the Christmas Spirit, Christmas is only 100 days away…If you need any supplies let me know as I will love to help you with your order.

Mandy x


Beautiful Friendship Birthday

Recently, a crafty friend had a birthday on 1st September, the first day of Spring here in Australia. So I decided to use the Beautiful Friendship stamp set for her birthday card.

My inspiration for this card came from Cheryll Miller from Sense of Whimsy. You can view Cheryll’s beautiful card if you click here. I liked the way Cheryll used the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder for the background of her card. I have used different colours, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Rococo Rose and Highland Heather.

I love this stamp set with this sentiment, Birthdays are the best days. Because they really are right? A day you can do whatever you want and calories don’t count! This sentiment is heat embossed with white embossing powder on Basic Black card stock. I fussy cut a flower and some leaves to add some more dimension. I love the clear epoxy shapes that sadly have retired but these looked so great on my card, like little beads of water. There is a similar product to these that is a current item, the Frosted and Clear Epoxy Droplets.

I added some stamping inside the card and on the envelope. So pretty to be able to customise your own cards and envelopes! This makes handmade cards just that little bit more special.

Some linen thread tied in a bow completed the look of my card.

So as you can see, I am little behind in my blogging lately as this card was made for a friend 11 days ago! When I am not blogging, I am busy working behind the scenes doing custom orders, designing and preparations for card classes. It is a busy time for me (I have just had a week of 2 kids birthdays within 2 days)… hopefully a blog of their cards will follow soon.

Enjoy the weekend and I wish you happiness and lots of sunshine…

Mandy x


Thank you for thinking of me

It is always so lovely to be recommended to others that are in the market for some new crafty products. Recently, I received a phone call from a new customer who was recommended to contact and order through me. How lovely is that?! I am so grateful that I was thought of, I am always happy to answer any questions and place your orders.

To say thank you, I did what I do best, I sat in my craft room and whipped up two lovely thank you cards. One for the lovely lady who recommended her friend to me, and one for my lovely new customer.

I used Flowers for Every Season Memories and More Cards and Envelopes paired with the Memories and More Cards. These products are ready and waiting to make up quick projects. I chose my two favourite colours, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight paired with my favourite champagne foil.

The Well Written Framelits Dies make it so easy to put this card together. The sentiment, leave vines and the cute little butterfly all cut out using champagne foil gave these cards the little bit of sparkle I was hoping for. This die set (along with the stamp set) is so versatile! A sentiment for every occasion!


It doesn’t have to be complicated to be pretty! Nothing better than a lovely Thank you card to brighten your day. Got to love happy mail!

A small thank you gift included was a little tea bag, wrapped up in some gorgeous Flowers for Every Season 6  x 6 DSP. I used the retired envelope punch board to make this little envelope, a little tag from the Have a Hoot Bundle, stamps from Fancy Phrases stamp set and some ribbon.

Happy Mail is the best Mail!

Orders are always appreciated and recommendations are just lovely! So thank you for thinking of me.

I hope you all have a fabulous week filled with craft time instead of housework!

Mandy x