Paper Adventures Team Hop – CAS Clean and Simple

It’s that time of the month again when the Paper Adventures Team get together with a Guest Designer and blog about a chosen theme. This month’s theme is “Clean and Simple”. Sometimes I feel that I try to over complicate things or designs and sometimes a clean and simple design is all that is needed for a beautiful handmade card. I always love looking at other people’s ideas for cards, this blog hop is sure not to disappoint with our wonderful Kim Oliver as this month’s guest designer. Welcome Kim! Thanks for hopping along with us.

Who says a Christmas card needs to be red and green? I am going with the clean and simple approach on this card and just using Tranquil Tide and Very Vanilla colours. Nice and simple. Ooooo look at that shimmer!

I used my Stamparatus to line the trees up on this card. Firstly I stamped the trees using tranquil tide ink and a stamp from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set. I then used a sponge dauber and the champagne shimmer paint to cover the tree stamp. The Stamparatus makes it easy to line up the secondary stamping over the top of the already stamped trees. The shimmer paint gives a nice shine and shimmer look to the card when the light catches it. Perfect for Christmas Trees don’t you think? Off stamping the ink before stamping again made the lighter trees on the piece of card to create a more realistic scene.

I embossed and cut out some leaves from the Nature’s Roots Framelits and I couldn’t resist but to add some more shimmer paint to these leaves with my sponge dauber. This shimmer paint is just so much fun to use! Comes in 4 colours, white, champagne, copper and gold. I just can’t wait to use them all. I love my leaf punch so I punched some vellum leaves. In true Mandy style I couldn’t stop there, so I added a silver leaf from the leaves trinkets embellishments and a bow using the braided linen trim….I just love that stuff! A new very versatile favourite!

The “Merry Christmas” sentiment is from the Half Full stamp set.

I love the simple and clean look of this card and I hope you do too. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the team’s creations and get some inspiration for your own card projects. Be sure to click on the next button below.

Happy Blog Hopping,

Catch you next time,

Mandy x



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First Frost Musical Thank you Card

I have been a bit quiet on the blog front this month. September there is so much happening for us. Two kids birthdays within 2 days of each other, makes the first 2 weeks of September super busy for me! Now that things have settled down back to normal, I am going to blog about another card using the First Frost bundle.

I love this bundle! It’s soft and feminine (sorry guys!). I needed a music themed thank you card and this is what I came up with.

I used the Sheet Music stamp, stamping onto the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. Stamping directly onto DSP is something that I tend to forget about but wouldn’t you agree it creates a really nice background?

I used the technique of stamping the flowers in Blushing Bride then using my Blackberry Bliss sponge dauber to add a two toned effect. I really like this because let’s face it, flowers are never just one colour. The sprigs behind the flowers are cut using Tranquil Tide and Vellum. I am in love with the new Braided Linen Trim in the new Holiday Catalogue. Are you yet to get your hands on a copy of the Holiday Catalogue? Contact me if you would like a hard copy otherwise you can view the online version here.

The Thank you stamp is from the Petal Palette stamp set (another one of my all time favourites!) I have stamped this in versamark ink on Tranquil Tide cardstock, covered it in some white embossing powder and heat embossed it. Using my paper snips, I fussy cut around the Thank you and added some dimensionals before mounting onto my card.

I love the way this card came together. Simple yet stunning. I am really loving Tranquil Tide and Blackberry Bliss at the moment. What is your favourite Stampin’ Up! colour?

I hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Catch you next time,

Mandy x



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Enjoy the Little Things in Life Video Blog – Holiday Catalogue

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Welcome to another “Enjoy the Little Things in Life video blog hop!” I am excited to be once again doing another how to video as part of this amazing team of other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all around the world. This team of demonstrators get together on a monthly basis to showcase a certain theme. This month’s theme is the holiday catalogue. This new catalogue goes on sale to customers from 5th September. If you want to get your hands on a copy of the catalogue get in contact with me and I will get one to you.

One of the sets in the new holiday catalogue that caught my eye was the lovely “First Frost” bundle with the coordinating DSP.

Isn’t this pretty? I love that this stamp set comes with matching framelits and if you buy the two as a bundle you save 10%! Want to know the next best thing?

There is matching specialty paper you can get too! This paper is soooo pretty with a shimmer finish on the paper it is sure to be a go to paper for all your pretty paper projects.

I have made 3 cards already with this beautiful set, one of those projects I am sharing with you today in a video. I decided to keep it quite simple with my design, as I am still learning the process of editing my videos.

This card shows some of the beautiful designer series paper, with some stamping and some die cutting. I have also used a new reintroduced product on this card, the champagne shimmer paint is sure to be a favourite along with all the other colours.

I used Blushing Bride ink pad and my sponge dauber with Blackberry Bliss to create the two tone effect of the flower. I used the label dies in the Frosted Bouquet Framelits to cut the labels in whisper white and tranquil tide. I layered some leaves behind this sentiment using tranquil tide and vellum. I snuck a piece of tranquil tide velvet ribbon in there and if you watch my video you will see that I almost forgot to add the ribbon!

Would you like to watch how I put this card together? Be sure to click in the video link below. For those that want to know the measurements for the DSP I used for the front of the card I forgot to mention this on the video…note to self I must remember to give measurements! The top piece is measured at 2″x 4″ and the bottom piece is measured at 4 3/4″ x 1 1/2″.

I hope you enjoy watching this video. Thank you for joining me today along with the team of other demos as part of the Enjoy the Little Things in Life Video Blog Hop.

Be sure to click on the next button to hop around the blog to see what everyone else has got to show you as a sneak peak from our new Holiday Catalogue. My wishlist is growing!

Put 5th September in your diary to get your hands on some of these amazing goodies and I will see you next month for another video.

Mandy x

Enjoy The Little Things In Life’ Design Team Video Blog Hop

1. Kim Oliver – KOCreations Cards
2. Alejandra Gomez – Creating with Allie – US
3. Stefanie Droop – Stempeln mit Liebe
4. Sue Vine – MissPinksCraftSpot – Australia
5. Mandy Depiazzi – My Paper Trail
6. Janneke de Jong – the Netherlands

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Recently I hosted my monthly card class with some lovely ladies that come and craft with me each month. During these classes we make 3 cards, we chat, we enjoy crafting together and we usually eat something yummy I have made and have a cuppa.

This month one of the cards we made was inspired by my upline and lovely friend Kelly Kent. Kelly posted a little while ago a cute pocket card that she had made and I was excited to give it a go.

I decided to decorate my pocket card using the follow your dreams bundle. This is a beautiful feminine set, beautiful stamps and dies and I just love that there are feather dies. This is something new for me to add to my growing craft collection.

I am so in love with the colour Blackberry Bliss at the moment. I am pretty sure I have used it on every card for the last 2 weeks! I love Blackberry Bliss and Blushing Bride together, it makes such a beautiful combo.

My card class ladies really enjoyed making something a little bit different to a normal card, this pocket card would be perfect for birthday invitations. The middle insert just slides in and use the tab to pull it out. We stamped some feathers on the inside too for a bit of extra fun.

My dream catcher needed some bling so I used some of the Champagne Foil to add some extra shine. See that DSP? That is from Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. This DSP is a must have! New in the Holiday Catalogue which goes on sale for customers on 5th September. Or better still join my team and learn about all the perks of being a demonstrator one big perk is we get to buy products early!

I used the “just a note” sentiment from the Better Together stamp set. Given the layout of this card, I thought this was just perfect! The circle tab punch is the perfect punch to use on the pull tab part of the card and the stitched circle and the stitched love heart are both from the Stitched Label Framelit set. So Cute!

Want to make your own pocket card? Head over to Kelly’s blog click here for all the instructions.

Are you interested in joining one of my card classes? Get in contact with me to secure your seat in next month’s class, I would love to have you join me.

I hope the rest of your week is crafty!

Mandy x


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Hand delivered bunch of balloons

When I think of a birthday, I always think of balloons! The Hand Delivered Stamp set is one of the amazing hostess rewards on offer in the annual catalogue. This stamp set caught my eye because it is a build able set. Fantastic for many occasions, all you need is some little imagination. I can see this being a great teachers end of the year thank you card. Love all the possibilities.

Hand Delivered Photopolymer Stamp Set

A team member celebrated her birthday last week. I sent her this card. Ironically, I posted her card (she only lives 25 minutes down the road from me) but it took 5 days to get to her! I know I can’t really count the weekend but gosh even 3 days really is snail mail! It would of been much quicker for me to drive to her and hand deliver it! The set is called Hand Delivered after all!

This bright birthday card would make anyone smile (even if it did arrive late in the mail!) I used a selection of my Stampin’ Up! blend markers. I think I now have all the current colours, I certainly have a large selection. These markers are the best I have ever used so of course I want every colour!

Now that you have seen how awesome this set is, I am going to tell you how you can get your hands on it! This set is available for purchase using your Stampin’ Rewards on any $250+ order (plus shipping costs).  Hold a workshop, combine orders with friends and family or get everything on your wishlist – there are always lots of ways to make it happen!

I hope that has given you some inspiration to get colouring with your blends!

Catch you next time,

Mandy x


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It’s an Animal Outing!

How cute is the Animal Outing stamp set? I was lucky enough to attend Onstage Perth in April and this was one of the Stamp sets that was given away to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. I love the stamps, the dies, the matching designer series paper. I always have fun creating with this set.

Animal Outing Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist were my chosen colours for this card. Don’t you just love the way the lemon lime twist colour pops with the layered leaves embossing folder? Love love love the cute coordinating designer series paper, I couldn’t resist a bit of smart placement to include the two cute frogs on the branch.

Colouring in with the Stampin’ Up! blend markers is so easy! If you are terrible at colouring, you will find it easy with these markers. Perfect for shading but if shading is not your thing, they are just perfect for simply just colouring in. It is hard to get colouring wrong with these markers.


Another favourite is the mini stitched heart and the circle die from the Stitched Label Framelit dies. I think I have used a die from this set on every card since I purchased it! It’s a fantastic die set, it is definitely getting great use in my craft room.

Did you see the cute little wooden hearts and leaves? They are from the Frames Elements embellishments. You get a whole 72 pieces for $10.50! These are perfect to add a little extra something to your finished card.

Do you often forget about decorating on the inside of your cards? I wanted to add something cute on the inside and I couldn’t go past the cute little frog on the branch.

What does the rest of this week hold for you? I hope to get some more crafting done, papercraft and sewing. There are just not enough hours in my day for what I want to get done!

Whatever you are doing, I hope it makes you happy, life is too short not to be happy!

Catch you next time,

Mandy x


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop August Baby

Welcome to the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month joining our team is our Guest Designer, Rochelle Blok. Welcome Rochelle, I can’t wait to see what you have created for us.

This month’s theme is anything related to babies or kids sets. I decided to go with a baby theme as I got a sweet set recently and I wanted to try it out. It’s so sweet it just happens to be called Sweet Baby.

Sweet Baby Clear-Mount Bundle

I liked this set for all the different elements,I liked the idea you can cut a cute baby blanket out of some designer series paper and wrap it around the baby. You can also add a hat or a headband. I love all the sentiments included too, so let me show you what I created today.

I made the “It’s a boy!” card first, but then I had to make one to say “It’s a girl!” A simple design, not much to this card but the end result is so lovely, a perfect card for any parents to be!

I used coordinating card stock to the Twinkle Twinkle DSP, Gray Granite card stock for the base of my cards and either Pool Party or Petal Pink for the Stitched Label Framelit cut out. On previous blog posts I mentioned that the Stitched Label Framelit was going to be a new favourite of mine and I think I have used it several times since receiving it! Such a versatile set. If you don’t yet have it, I bet it will be on top of your wishlist soon!

The DSP I have used is part of the Twinkle Twinkle set. There are some really pretty papers in this range, perfect for baby cards!

Let’s talk embellishments…No card in my opinion is quite complete without some sort of embellishment! I have used the silver and pool party twine on my boy card and silver and petal pink twine on my girl card. This twine is so pretty and super easy to use. I love it! I added some little Night of Navy stars to me boy card using the Twinkle Twinkle Builder Punch. The stars on the girl card are using the Twinkle Adhesive Backed Sequins.

For a bit of fun, I stamped the cute verse on the base of the card in Gray Granite. Another favourite is my Classic Label Punch to cut out my “It’s a Boy and It’s a Girl” sentiments.

Now it’s time to see what the rest of the team have got to show us…make sure you click on the next button below to see what the talented Kelly Kent has made.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all enjoy a crafting weekend!

Mandy x

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