Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop August – Photo Inspiration

Well hello crafty friends! Welcome back to another Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month’s theme is a fun photo inspiration and we are joined by guest designer Ellen Woodbridge. Welcome Ellen, thanks for hopping along with us this month. I can’t wait to see everyone’s creative interpretation of this photo inspiration.

For me I love the colours of this photo and the gorgeous little ladybugs! The heart captures such a soft look so I decided to make a pretty birthday card using this photo as my inspiration.

I used the gorgeous Bloom and Grow stamp set which I absolutely love!

Lovely lipstick, highland heather, old olive, so saffron and smoky slate blends were used to colour in the flower arrangement. I even stamped some flowers on the inside of the card.

I decided to mount the champagne foil heart on a piece of whisper white embossed with the subtle embossing folder. I thought after I should of used a pretty pink like blushing bride instead of the white. Maybe I should make another! The heart was cut out using the be mine stitched framelits. I love all the stitched framelit dies. They are so versatile to use on all your craft projects.

I added the cute little butterfly from the butterfly beauty thinlit dies. This was my little addition like the cute lady bugs in the photo. I choose the beautiful sentiment from the varied vases stamp set. I think this sentiment went quite nicely on this card.

I would love to know what you think! I love and read all of your comments. Thank you for joining me today and please click on the next button below to see what the rest of the team have created. Next up is our lovely guest designer Ellen Woodbridge. Let’s see what she has in store for us.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, for me it is a mix between hockey and preparation for my card class next week.

See you next time,

Mandy x

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Magical Mermaid

Hello! It feels like forever since I have blogged and you know what? It kind of is! It has been freezing in my little South West corner of Western Australia that I have been hibernating as it is so darn cold! I have still been crafting, just not that up to date with taking photos and blogging. This weather kind of puts me off a bit. I would rather jump into bed. I must invest in a decent heater for my craft room.

During the week I received an order for an 11 year old. What 11 year old wouldn’t like a mermaid card? I love the colour combo used here, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana. Lots of cool tones which I love the most.

For the water background I used a piece of cling wrap, just slightly bigger than my card front. I used my Stampin write markers (the painter end) and coloured in directly on the cling wrap. I then used a piece of shimmer paper and used my aqua painter to drop droplets of water on my card front. I used a generous amount of droplets, a good size too. Then I laid my cling wrap on top of the shimmer paper covered with water droplets, ink side down. Once the cling wrap and the water make contact, the magic happens. Make sure you give it a squish to blend the colours together. The water and the markers create a beautiful watercolour wash back ground. Perfect for an under the sea card.

Once dry, I stamped my mermaid image on my water colour background using Stazon ink. Using some good ol’ Domestos bleach and a fine paintbrush, I then painted the mermaids body and arm and her tail. This is just like magic when the colour of the background just disappears before your eyes. This is the sort of cleaning I love lol. My inspiration using this technique was from another demonstrator in France, Elostamp, you can view her video explaining the process if you click here. I love her video and love listening to her speak, it is surprising how much French I remember from highschool.

When I was happy with my mermaid, I added some background stamping for the seaweed, using a masking technique to cover my mermaid. I love all these simple techniques that turn an ordinary card into a wow card.

Some white embossing on Bermuda Bay cardstock completes the sentiment with some bakers twine behind. Some glitter sequins for some extra sparkle and just because I can!

I did use my retired large number dies with some retired Bermuda bay glimmer paper. Customer orders are why I stock retired products and this customer requested there to be the number 11 on this card.

It’s a bit hard to tell from the photos, but I added some wink of stella to the mermaid’s tail for that extra bit of sparkle!

This card is on it’s way to New Zealand, I absolutely love that my card creations can make their way to people in other countries. How cool is that? No order is too big or too small. I love creating, if there is something you are after in particular just ask.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to continue blogging again soon.

Happy Stampin’

Mandy x


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Fancy Folds with Jan B

Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month’s them is fancy folds with guest designer Jan B Queen of the fancy folds all the way from the UK. I think every demonstrator at some point have enjoyed one if not many of Jan B’s videos. Welcome Jan, it is great to have you hopping along with us today.

The new catalogue is now live, if you live in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator get in touch with me and I can send you the new catalogue. Alternatively, you can download the new catalogue if you click here.

One of my favourites from the new catalogue is the Follow your Art Suite. Perfect set for craft lovers like me!

Follow Your Art

So much crafting cuteness!

Today I have made a shaker card, inspired by the one and only Jan B our fancy fold guest designer.

There is something so fun about an interactive shaker card! I used the button dies from the suite to cut out some buttons for the shaker part. The stitched nested label dies are just perfect to create the shaker part on my card. It is so easy! Cut out some DSP using the die as well as some window sheet. Create a framed border with two different sized dies then put it altogether with some foam adhesive strips. Too easy but what an awesome effect!

I followed the instructions from Jan B’s video. To view her video please click here.

This suite has a cool embossing folder with buttons all over it. Perfect!

I love the sentiments in the stamp set. “Let’s stay up and craft” is made for me and my other die hard crafting friends.

I just had to decorate the inside with a strip of DSP and a cute silver foil die cut paperclip!

Next up on the Paper Adventures Blog is the lovely Sheila Pybus. Make sure you click on the next button below to see what gorgeous creation she has made to show us.

I hope you enjoy your weekend, for me it is going to be wild and wet so I am planning some crafting time probably in my pyjamas!

Until next time,

Happy Stamping.

Mandy x


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ESAD 2019 – 2020 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

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Woohoo! Brace yourselves for a sneak peek of new products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue! Thank you for joining me today on the ESAD blog hop. I love being a part of such an awesome group of fellow demonstrators coming together to show some new projects from our new catalogue. If you are in Australia and do not already have a demonstrator and you would like a catalogue, get in touch with me and I will be happy to send you one.

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One of my favourites in the new catalogue is the Free as a Bird Bundle.

Free As A Bird Bundle

These little birds are just so cute! I have made a shutter card, a new fold for me, but I must say is so much easier than I actually first thought. My inspiration came from this video by Tina Zinck. Make sure you check it out!


The outside of this card has a cute belly band, which I used my Stampin’ Blends to colour in with. On the first card I used calypso coral to colour the birds and balmy blue for the flowers. The coordinating colour blue on this DSP is actually pool party but I realised this after I started (whoops) and when I did my second card I actually preferred balmy blue instead.


Do you spot those new stitched dies? These dies are brand spanking new and I can see myself getting all kinds of use from them.

Do you want to see what happens once the cute belly band is taken off? Once you open the card a secret message is revealed inside. Check out the GIF below to see it unfold.


How fun is that? I love the moving mechanism of this card.

There are so many new goodies in the new Annual 2019-2020 catalogue I just know you are going to love just like I do. Thanks for visiting my blog today and be sure to click on the next button below to check out what other amazing inspiration you can see from other demonstrators.

Next up is Sharon Dalton. Click on the next button below to see what she has made for us using new catalogue products!

Happy Stamping.

Mandy x


Blog hop participant list:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Rochelle Blok
  3. Kelly Kent
  4. Jo Stubbings
  5. Nicole Wilson
  6. Denise Buetler
  7. Sandra Mastello
  8. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  9. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  10. Shannon Kissane
  11. Libby Dyson
  12. Jo Weedon
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Carly Middleton
  15. Lisa Whitehead
  16. Bronwyn Eastley
  17. Cathy Pinchbeck
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Rebecca Scurr
  20. Richelle Fletcher
  21. Jackie Noble
  22. Mandy Depiazzi
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Maree McIntosh
  25. Samantha White

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Kelly’s Stamping Friends Birthday Blog Hop 2019

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Hello and welcome to what has become an annual blog for the one and only Kelly Kent. It is Kelly’s Birthday month and what a way to celebrate with a birthday blog hop with all her stamping friends! If you have made your way here from Michelle Strazds blog, welcome it is great to have you here. This blog hop is filled with some amazing talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrator friends so be sure to click your way through the blog hop to see what amazing projects everyone has made.

Kelly is my very talented upline but she has also become my very good friend. Kelly loves birthdays so I am grateful that I can share this special day with her.

I couldn’t go past the Everything is Rosy bundle to make a birthday card for Kelly.

Everything Is Rosy Product Medley

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) in this bundle is just gorgeous! It makes me so happy I get 48 sheets of double sided 6 x 6 paper in this set as well as 8 sheets of stunning Rose Gold Foil!

The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:

  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
  • Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

Just look at all the amazing products you get in this set! All for the cost of $139.00. Such good value! If you love it, order it soon as it is only on sale until 31 May or until sold out. You can access my store anytime by clicking here.

Navy, Melon Mambo and Rose Gold what is not to love about this set? I am so in love with it (you can probably tell by now haha!).

My favourite sentiment combo at the moment is the Well Written dies paired up with the words from the Well Said stamp set. A must have combo in my opinion for all kinds of sentiments. The word “happy” is cut out of the rose gold foil paper. I love how the classic label punch is the perfect size for punching out a lot of the words from the well said stamp set.

I used one of the rose gold die cuts layered over the top of a pearlized doiley. Added a melon mambo flower and night of navy leaves for a pop of colour. Kelly loves pink so I have added a strip of the melon mambo ruched ribbon. So pretty! Vellum leaves placed behind the rose gold die cut to finish this card.

The sentiments in the Everything is Rosy stamp set are lovely. I have used one for the inside of the card….

and used another on the pretty label on Kelly’s gift bag package.

Happy Birthday Kelly, I hope your day brings lots of fun and happy memories just like a birthday should.

I promise next time I blog something it will be something new!

Next up on the blog is the super talented, Rochelle Blok. I just know that you are going to love what she has made. Be sure to click the next button below.

Thanks for visiting today,

Mandy x

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Everything is Rosy Mother’s Day!

Today is a glorious Mother’s Day that I have been lucky enough to spend the day with my family. My day started off with a sleep in (I never sleep in but today I slept in until 8.20am!) I never sleep in that late, although going to sleep at about 1am last night may have had something to do with it!

The kids showered me with their gifts they purchased at the school mother’s day stall as well as handmade craft and cards. I love how proud they are to show me what they have made and bought for me. It really is so sweet.

For Mother’s Day I am so happy that my box arrived just in time with my Everything is Rosy bundle inside. I could not wait to bust my box open to start using this beautiful set and make my Mum a beautiful card.

Me with my Mum.

Ryan with his Mum, my mother in law. To view the card I made my Mother in Law please click here

I love these colours! Night of Navy with Melon Mambo and Rose Gold! This set is completely me all over. I mixed the Rose Gold Shimmer Paint with white embossing paste on a silicone mat with palette knives then used the brick mask to create a textured background. I have never mixed shimmer paint with embossing paste before and I really like the effect it made.

The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:

  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
  • Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)


All for $139.00 plus shipping.

I love adding some of my all time favourites to this card, the word “happy” is from the well written framelits cut out of the rose gold foil and the words Mother’s day are from the Well Said stamp set. Buy these two as a bundle and save 10%. I am so happy that this sentiment set is sticking around. I just love this set for all types of cards. My classic label punch sure does get a workout in my craft room. It is just the perfect sized punch with a lot of sentiment stamps. I couldn’t help myself and I snuck a pearlised doily in the background, these are such a favourite of mine. The beautiful ribbon on this card is one of the two ribbons you receive in the bundle. The cute centre of the flower is using one of the rose gold mirror embellishments from the kit. Love to see some bling to finish off a card!

Can you see the inside of the card also has some decorating inside?

It is often fun to add some stamping to your envelopes. For not much extra effort you have a wonderful coordinating card and envelope. This bundle also comes with some gorgeous DSP, even though I haven’t used any on this card, I plan to make many more cards with all the pretty papers!

If you love this kit as much as I do, order today so you don’t miss out! This gorgeous bundle is only on sale until 31 May or until stocks last. I recommend ordering early to avoid disappointment! You can access my online store 24/7 by clicking here.

I hope all the Mother’s out there had a lovely Mother’s Day today. To all those that today is a hard day for you, I am sending you warm thoughts and a hug.

Catch you next time,

Mandy x



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Paper adventures team blog hop – Goodbyes

Yay it’s Friday!

The theme for the Paper Adventures blog hop this month is Goodbyes. I decided to not make a “goodbye” sentiment card as such except to make a card using products from the annual catalogue that will be retiring on 3 June that I will be saying goodbye to. I must give a warm welcome to this months guest designer, Teneale Williams.


My card showcases all the 2017-2019 in colours, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig. Not a colour combo I would normally put together but somehow it works teamed up with the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set.

It is often sad to say goodbye to some of our favourites but at the same time I am excited welcome new products into my craft stash. Always fun to have new products to play with and I am excited with the new products in the annual 2019-2020 catalogue.

One of the amazing products that I am happy is sticking around is the well written dies. These can be purchased on their own or as a bundle with the stamp set. I actually scored this amazing stamp set at November 2018 onstage event I went to in Brisbane. One of the awesome perks of being a demonstrator. If you love to craft and would like to be a part of my team click here for all the information.

My suggestion with these dies is to use the adhesive sheets on the back of the card stock before die cutting. This makes it so much easier to adhere to your project without getting messy glue everywhere!


If you live locally to the Bunbury area and do not have a demonstrator of your own already, I would love to be your demonstrator. If you would like to get your hands on a copy of the new catalogue, get in touch with me and I will get one to you.

I think I will miss Tranquil Tide in colour the most, which one will you miss? The 2019-2021 in colours are so beautiful! I can’t wait to show them to you.

So it may be time to say goodbye to some of our favourite products but I can tell you now that there are some super exciting new products that will be available to you soon!

Make sure you hop around the blog to see what everyone else has made. Next up is my lovely friend Kelly Kent. Click on the next button below to see what she has created.

Happy Weekend!

Mandy x

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