Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Non Traditional Christmas

Welcome back to another Friday night Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop.

The theme for this month’s blog hop is non traditional Christmas. I didn’t have a great deal of time to prepare for this blog hop, lots has been happening! My trip to Melbourne last week with some of the Paper Adventure Team members so we could attend Onstage! Onstage is an event that Stampin’ Up demonstrators can attend, it’s such a fun day and we get a preview of the new catalogue! I can tell you it’s a beauty!

A quick trip to the hospital with my middle child, she hit her head hard on the concrete and got concussion and car trouble all resulted in my limited crafting time this week. But you know what? That’s life! Sometimes it happens that way.

So I am pretty happy that I have at least made something to blog about on our team blog hop.

As soon as I saw this little Santa stamp, I had to have it! I love how Santa is seen to be flying through the night sky. When I think of Christmas, I think of Red, Green and Gold. So as this is a non traditional Christmas blog hop, I decided to make a card with none of those colours. I used night of navy cardstock as my base card topped with some whisper white cardstock. I stamped some little stars and embossed them with white heat embossing powder.

To create the moon, I punched out a circle from my post it notes using a 3/4 inch circle punch. Next, I used a sponge dauber and my night of navy ink pad to colour in the night sky. Once completed I pulled off the post it note circle and stamped my Santa sleigh across the moon.  Love this look on the card!

I used the thinlits from the hearts come home bundle to cut out the houses. I decorated the houses and the front of the card with dazzling diamonds glitter, this looked like snow! There is nothing traditional about snow for us in Australia for Christmas!

I used the Christmas Wishes sentiment from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set. I just love the font of this, I used white heat embossing powder on night of navy cardstock.

A night of navy crinkled ribbon bow to finish this card off. I was inspired by many cards I looked at on Pinterest for this card, not one in particular but there are many online that are similar.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to click on the next button below to see what the lovely Narelle has created for us. You will not be disappointed!

Mandy x

Participants List:

Carolyn Bennie (Guest Designer) –
Anne Barker (Facebook) –
Sheila Pybus (Facebook) –

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Join Stampin’ Up!

Well hello! I have safely make it back home after spending the last week in Melbourne. Last Saturday myself and another 6 members of the Paper Adventures Team attended Onstage 2017 in Melbourne. This was my second Onstage event and it was just as exciting as my first one! Lots of demonstrators all under one roof, swapping items they have made with each other, presentations, new catalogue previews and not to mention all the free stuff we got!

Joining Stampin’ Up! was hands down the best decision I ever made. What first attracted me to Stampin’ Up! was everything co ordinates so well. This makes it so easy to create amazing looking cards or other paper craft items. When I first got my hands on a catalogue, I wanted it all! So what better way to get it all than to sign up and get a discount!

Recently, I have had a lovely lady join my team. She could see the benefit in joining to receive a discount on the items she buys. I would like to welcome Denise to my team.


I made Denise a thank you card for joining. I chose to use our new Stampin’ Blends, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight to make this card “pop”. How amazing do they look? Even if you are super bad at colouring, these will make you look like a pro!

I love these colours together. I used my Layered Leaves embossing folder to create a textured look on the Night of Navy card. A simple card with a big meaning.

It costs $169 to join, you get $235 worth of product to choose from and you receive free shipping! You will also receive some catalogues and order forms. Best thing about joining is you can run it as a business or just use it as a hobby. The choice is yours! Either way you get that discount!

If you would like to know more about joining our amazing team, please get in contact with me. I can guarantee it will be the best decision you make.

Have a happy week!

Mandy x

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Melbourne On Stage Swaps November 2017

Woohoo! The time has come for me to go to On Stage in Melbourne with Stampin’ Up! For those that do not know what On Stage is all about, I can tell you for a craft lover it is THE BEST DAY EVER! #onstage2017

The day is jam packed full all kinds of exciting stuff! It starts really early (like 7.30am) where Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all over Australia come together (in either Melbourne or the Gold Coast) and swap creations with each other. I love this! I get to meet new people and be inspired by what others create. It gives me ideas and it’s a great way to meet new friends.

I decided to make a cute take home gift for my new stamping friends I get to swap with an On Stage. I make Coffee Treat Pockets….about 43 of them!

Funny thing is….I hate coffee! I can’t stand the smell (it makes me sneeze!) and I don’t drink it but most people do so I think this makes the perfect little gift. Or you can substitute the coffee pouch for a hot chocolate one if you prefer. I might hate coffee but I love this Coffee Cafe Bundle and that DSP! I totally love this for all coffee lovers.

This little gift was not my idea, but one I was inspired by Linda Dalke another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Australia. If you want to learn how to make your own coffee treat pockets please watch Linda’s video here.

I was lucky enough to travel to Melbourne with 6 other members of our team. We decided to do some team swaps also. I stayed with my coffee theme, and decorated some cute mini coffee cups and filled them with lollies!

Aren’t these just the cutest? I found these cute mini coffee cups at a discount store and they are just so small and cute but the perfect size for a little gift. I managed to fill them with about 8 little lollies.

If you are thinking, hey that sounds like fun, then ask me how to join my team and I would love you to join me at the next On Stage event in April 2018!

I can’t wait to share with you all the new ideas from On Stage.

Mandy x


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Kids Christmas Card Class

Ho Ho Ho! It’s time to make Christmas Cards! I had a lovely Sunday morning with some crafty kids. We made 3 amazing Christmas Cards.

First we made a snowman card, I know, I know we don’t have snowmen in Australia at Christmas time but the Seasonal Chums stamp bundle is just so super cute I couldn’t resist to make a card with him on it.

Look at these busy little beavers at work!

Snowman card was made using thick whisper white cardstock, pool party for the card front which we embossed using the winter wonder embossing folder. We stamped, coloured in and cut out our little snowman from the seasonal chums bundle. Great saving of 10% for stamp set and die bundles when purchased together! We added a cute little silver foil snowflake using another die from the bundle. To finish we stuck a pearl on the middle of our snowflake and added a Merry Christmas sentiment using the classic label punch.

Next we made the Santa card, with Lemon Lime Twist card base, embossed with the Holly embossing folder. The scalloped tag topper was used for the white tag on the card front and we added a foil snowflake for an extra bit of bling. The cute little Santa is from the Cookie Cutter stamp set and the Cookie Cutter Builder punch was used to punch it out.

The final card was a hit with the kids! A cute little spinner card, that when opened spins around. They all decided this was their favourite card but they loved them all. This card required a bit more assistance to get right, but was still manageable. I CASEd this card from Laura’s Stamp pad you can watch her video here.

The Seasonal Chums Bundle is just so cute! This little reindeer is just so adorable. Best thing is this set can be used on cards but also as tags for your Christmas gifts!

Just look at the kids wonderful card creations! I am just so proud of them. They all managed really well. Ages of today’s kids were 6 years to 12 years.

If your little person in your life enjoys craft but you just don’t have the time to dedicate to do this, have them join me in a morning or afternoon class. It’s lots of fun and they will go home with their beautiful creations and a smile on their face!

Enjoy the rest of your sunny weekend.

Mandy x


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Stampin’ Up Blends Available now!


There is a certain buzz of excitement in the Stampin’ Up World at the moment. As of today, 1st November, you can buy the new and improved alcohol blending markers in all your favourite colours!

These markers are so easy to use, come in a fantastic range of light and dark colours and there is even an ivory, bronze and a colour lifter.

You can buy single colours or in duo packs with a light and dark marker or do what I did and buy the whole set (because let’s get real here, you are going to want them all eventually!)

Being a demonstrator, I was able to order these in October to use them before any customers can purchase them.

This was just one of the cards I made using the new alcohol markers. So easy to use and you won’t get any colour streaking lines with these. Easiest way to colour and blend. I am looking forward to getting better using these with light and shading techniques.

I couldn’t resist, I just had to take a photo of this card in our fairy garden pot. I love fairies and fairy gardens. Please tell me I’m not too old to believe in fairies!

Such beautiful colours! These markers can be used with our stamps (must used momento black ink) or you can use our Just add Colour Specialty DSP.

If you are keen to try these markers, make sure you let me know and I can schedule this in for my next upcoming class.

So tell me…. which colours will you buy first?

Mandy x


Painted Harvest Sunflowers

Hello and welcome back to my blog! This week I needed to make a very special card for a very special family. I wanted them to know that I was thinking of them.

I decided to use the painted harvest stamp set for this card. I wanted to create a card that didn’t look too girly but had a slightly rustic feel to it.

This is what I came up with….

Three sunflowers stamped in Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry with the centre of the flowers and the sentiment stamped in Soft Suede. I used a sponge dauber to sponge the edges on the banner sentiment to give it a rough rustic look.

I used Old Olive to stamp the leaves and cut them out with the leaf punch. What a handy little gadget the punch is! Saves so much time fussy cutting.

I used some of the Wood textures DSP for the background of this card, it completed just the look I was going for.

I needed to add a little butterfly in there somewhere and what better than to use the butterfly die out of the Sunshine Wishes Dies. I used some of the new Champagne Foil for the butterfly. It is just gorgeous!

I love the look of the linen twine on cards especially this one. I used three strands of twine to tie this bow. There isn’t a punch or die to cut out the sunflowers so I just fussy cut them out with my paper snips. I think they look great! What do you think?

I love the idea behind sending cards to people. I think most people are pretty happy to receive something in the mail that isn’t a bill and just a little something to know that I care and I am thinking of them.

I’m not done playing with this stamp set. I can see many more creative cards from this set.

Time for me to do some more crafting.

Stay happy,

Mandy x

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It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas

Hi there! Christmas is just around the corner whether we like it or not! Less than 8 weeks to go…. Are you an early Christmas planner or do you like to do everything last minute?

I am going to be organised this year, especially with my Christmas Cards. Last Friday I held a Christmas Card making class. We made 20 cards, 4 different designs, in 2 1/2 hours.

It is easy to find 20 people to give a Christmas Card to. Family, teachers, friends, team members, customers, hairdresser, your postman just to name a few!

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit

Whether you want them made for you, or if you would like to join a class with me to make your own, what a great way to support a small business owner. The end result, either way you will end up with 20 gorgeous cards to spread Christmas cheer to the special people in your life.

Crafting with others is a great way to get out of the house and socialise for a bit and its a fantastic way to avoid doing housework! Crafting forever, housework whenever!

To have 20 handmade Christmas Cards made for you for only $35 is an absolute bargain! Tell everybody, tell all your friends! I would love as many people as possible to enjoy my cards instead of the store bought kind this Christmas.

Let me know if you would like to order a gorgeous set of Christmas Cards with gold lined envelopes this Christmas.

Remember there is only 56 days to go!

Let’s get organised together 🙂

Mandy x

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