May Card Kits

While I am still waiting to recommence my face to face card making classes, I have been making some card kits for people to make in the comfort of their own homes, in their own time. This is not as fun as our face to face catch ups but for now at least it is better than nothing!

For $20 (plus postage), you will receive kits to make 3 cards including cardstock, DSP, die cuts and any embellishments. You will then be able to stamp using your stamps in your own home. You can keep these cards the same as mine (if you own the same stamp sets) or change it up to make it your own. The choice is yours!

Let’s have a closer look at the cards included this month.

This beautiful set is due to retire next month, I love the Best Dressed DSP and seems like so do my customers! This DSP has been super popular lately with people stocking up before it retires. I must admit I have stashed a set away for me to use down the track too! This card has been made with Petal Pink, however I also have a Purple Posy set too if you prefer. This card uses a champagne foil heart from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits. So pretty! I have even used the negative cut out heart to embellish on the perfume bottle. I didn’t want to throw that away! The perfume bottle and flower are fussy cut out from the DSP and you will receive this in your kit. If you really hate fussy cutting I can do this bit for you.

This card looks so pretty with the tufted 3d embossing folder. This one is set to retire next month too so if you love it, be sure to place an order.

I have used a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Timeless Tulips stamp set, however if you didn’t own this one, you could add another sentiment from your craft room stash! Possibilities are endless.

I added some wink of stella to my perfume bottle and flower just to give it a little extra sparkle! Some pearls and twine to complete this card and you are done!

Next card is using the Free as a Bird stamp set. The birds are stamped with memento black ink and then fussy cut out. The sentiment is stamped onto Coastal Cabana card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Some silver metallic thread and some glitter enamel dots for embellishments. The background is embossed with the pinewood planks embossing folder.

Last but not least is this beautiful thinking of you card using the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp set. I am not sure what this card is called but the middle part of the card opens out so you can write your message inside.

I hope to resume card making classes soon but if you are interested in a card kit for now, everything included for you to stamp your own images and sentiments let me know and I would love to make one up for you.

Perhaps some card making is on the cards for this weekend for you?

Thanks for stopping by today,

Mandy x



Beautiful Friendship

I love the beautiful friendship and the dressed to impress stamp sets and guess what? They are both carrying over into the new catalogue! Woohoo happy dance! But there is one sad face moment for me that the best dressed DSP is soon to retire along with lovely lipstick in colour. This DSP I have loved and I have got myself a new unopened pack that I will stash for special occasions only.

I needed to make a special birthday card this week and you know I really like you if I use my favourite paper for your card!

For this peekaboo card I was inspired by CLB card creations you can view her card by clicking here.

I love the colours on this card, out of all the 2018 – 2020 in colours I think Lovely Lipstick is the colour I will miss the most. I have used the Country Floral Embossing folder for the lovely lipstick background, adhered some best dressed DSP before using one of our layering circle dies to cut the circle for the sentiment to peek through. Some white baker’s twine was added before layering this onto my card base.

The cute little die cut flowers are from the Dressed to Impress stamp set, coloured with blends. I added some rhinestones for an extra bit of bling!

I decorated the inside of the card and the envelope flap for an extra bit of fun!

I love how this card turned out. If you would like to get your hands on some of the soon to be retired items, don’t wait too long! Only available while stocks last or until 2 June. If you would like to place an order, get in touch with me.

What are your plans for today? For me, it is back to my craft desk.

Catch you next time,

Mandy x



Social Stamping Sunshine

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Let’s fill this blog hop with Sunshine! This is our theme for this wonderful Saturday afternoon. We have been having some glorious sunny days here in Dalyellup in Western Australia. Some of the days lately have been quite warm, it has been so lovely. I love autumn, my favourite season, although I know winter is looming so lets share some sunshine on this blog hop!

My favourite thing to do in autumn is go fishing, salmon fishing with my Dad. This year we missed out because of travel restrictions in place which is kind of a let down. We would travel an hour or so south and try our luck at catching some salmon. I love the thrill of catching one, they are my favourite fish to catch. I am usually the only girl in sight and I love it when I catch one and none of the blokes do…who says girls can’t catch fish!

The fish in the Best Catch stamp set reminds me of a salmon. This stamp set is one of my favourite masculine sets (although also great for fisherwomen too!) A customer needed a male birthday card and fishing was a favourite hobby so I thought I would create a sunset framed picture and use it for the theme of this week’s social stamping.

To create the sunset, I simply punched out a piece of sticky note paper for the sun and also covered across my card where the horizon of the ocean would be. I then used Pineapple Punch, Pumpkin Pie and a little of Poppy Parade to create a glowing sunset. Once I was happy with my sunset shades, I took off the masking post it notes and created the water. Seaside Spray and Night of Navy colours were used for the ocean using a stamp from the High Tide stamp set. I also tried to extend the colour of the sunset into the ocean.

The grass to the left of the card were cut in whisper white card stock and I used my ink pads and sponges to add colour with Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Soft Suede. The fish was coloured with blends, Smoky Slate, Pool Party and Calypso Coral. A couple of die cuts from the set were used to decorate the inside of the card. I also coloured these in with blends.

I have enjoyed stamping with this set, it was nice to use it one last time before it retires next month. I will be keeping hold of this one though. It is a great set for all my fishing buddies!

I hope you have enjoyed my bit of sunshine I have shared with you today, don’t let my photos fool you, even though it was a sunny day when I took these photos, it was so windy! I had to hang onto my card before it flew away.

Make sure you click on the next button below to see what other inspiration you can get from this blog hop. Next up is Kelly Kent, I bet she has some wonderful sunshine to share with us. To view the participants in this blog hop please click on the header banner at the top of this post.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Mandy x





Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Caseing the Birthday Girl

It’s Kelly Kent’s Birthday today! Kelly is not only a great inspiration to me but she is the backbone of our Paper Adventures team. Kelly keeps us all up to date with everything happening with Stampin’ Up! and she keeps us all connected and motivated. I always look forward to catching up and creating together. Hopefully in person sooner rather than later!

Today’s theme for the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop is caseing the Birthday Girl. This month we have Tanya Rees joining us as our Guest Designer. Welcome Tanya, we are so happy to have you here. Can’t wait to see what case design you have to show us.

Recently, Kelly posted this card for the Just add ink design team. A colour combination of Roccoco Rose, Smoky Slate and Basic Grey. You can view Kelly’s blog post here.

Fable Friends | kelly kent

I have been a bit behind lately, things have been getting a little on top of me. So I was up crafting late one night and I mistakenly thought that Kelly’s card was using Sahara Sand (oops…trust me it was very very late!) So it was too late to change my card so I have decided that instead of caseing the same colours Kelly used, I am just changing it up a bit.

I don’t mind these colours together, Sahara Sand is my all time favourite neutral colour, I love the softness of these colours together. Paired with Roccoco Rose, Seaside Spray, Mint Macaron and So Saffron. I got a bit carried away and did a few variations. I was up until after 1am and I wasn’t able to sleep so what better to do when you can’t sleep is to craft, except my brain wasn’t working entirely and I messed up the colours to use! But as they say, there are no mistakes in crafting so I am just going to stick with that and pretend I meant to do it that way…haha!

Like Kelly, I am keeping my Fable Friends stamp set even though next month it is time for this set to retire. I have loved crafting with this little bunny and while I was at it, I decided to give the other stamps in the set some inky love too!

I used the cute little duck with So Saffron (I have to say this is my favourite yellow).

The cute little squirrel in Mint Macaron.

And last but not least, I had to do a version in my favourite blue, Seaside Spray!

I think these set of cards just look darling together which suits the sentiment on the cards too! Kelly, what on earth are we going to do without the white baker’s twine! Argh this is retiring and has currently sold out in Australia! Like Kelly, I love crafting with this twine, even though my bows are not as on point as Kelly’s, I like to think my bows are just a little more rugged and rustic haha!

So let me know what you think, epic fail with my stuffed up colour combo or do you think I did ok?

Thanks Kelly for organising our team blog hops, monthly team meeting catch ups, sharing your creativeness and constantly inspiring me. I am so glad I joined your Paper Adventures Team. Have a wonderful birthday, filled with lots of love, cake and craft!

Next up on this blog hop is my favourite stand up stamper, Sheila. Let’s see what lovely cased birthday girl project she has to share with us. Make sure you click on the next button below.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Mandy x

Participants List

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Social Stamping Family

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Welcome to week 7 of our social stamping blog posts! I feel like the past 7 weeks have just flown by. This week’s theme is family.

The whole lockdown, isolation and social distancing that we have been experiencing lately has forced us to spend more time together as a family. Not everything about Covid-19 has been bad. It has been lovely to stop and slow down and reflect on what is really important during this time. We have been spending more time together as a family. Having real conversations, loving each other and spending some outside time together, including walks on the beach. Which brings me to the cards I have made.

I have used the Beautiful Moments and A Good Man Stamp sets to make these cards. I love how they go together so nicely and compliment each other. You could certainly use them combined on the one card.


I made these cards with the memories in mind that we are creating. In years to come, I hope the kids remember this pandemic time to be a time when we stayed in each other’s company and just enjoyed the little things.

I used Sahara Sand for the base and frame of my card. I wanted this to kind of look like a photograph, I decided to place the frame on an angle to create a bit of fun to this design. Firstly, I stamped my image onto Whisper White card stock and then coloured in using my blends. I created a mask over this image and then stamped the water image from the high tide stamp set in night of navy (second generation stamping) and seaside spray inks. I sponge coloured the sky using seaside spray ink.

I used some coordinating subtles 6″ x 6″ DSP in seaside spray. The shell was stamped from Seaside Notions and coloured with light calypso coral and crumb cake blends.

On the inside I added a strip of the DSP and another stamped shell. I really like this end result and I think it captures the true meaning of family.

The male version of this themed card was made using Sahara Sand card stock, Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, Corrugated Embossing Folder and some blends. I also sponged some Seaside Spray on the background after creating a mask over my stamped image.  I stamped a little heart in Seaside Spray ink before stamping my “it’s your day” sentiment over the top. It has been a while since I stamped anything in Night of Navy, one of my favourites. I just love it.

Both cards have some Night of Navy and Sahara Sand twine added, I love these two colours together. If you love these Designer Series Papers or the twine, be sure to get some quick before they sell out. These products are retiring next month. Thankfully, the stamp sets that I used are all carrying over into the new catalogue. Yay!

I added the little strip of DSP on the inside of the card on this one too.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Stamping Blog Hop, make sure to click in the next button below to see what wonderful creativeness Kelly has to share with us. To view a list of all the participants please click on the header banner at the top of this post.

Happy Crafting!

Mandy x

Products Used

  • Beautiful Moments Stamp Set
  • A Good Man Stamp Set
  • Seaside Notions Stamp Set
  • Sahara Sand Card Stock
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Rectangle Stitched Dies
  • Memento Black Ink
  • Seaside Spray Ink
  • Night of Navy Ink
  • Bermuda Bay, Seaside Spray, Ivory, Roccoco Rose, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral Blends
  • Subtles 6″ x 6″ DSP
  • Come Sail Away DSP
  • Corrugated Embossing Folder
  • Classic Label Punch
  • 1″ Circle Punch
  • Night of Navy and Sahara Sand Twine

Esad Blog Hop see ya later favourites

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Welcome to my blog today, I am joining some of my ESAD Stampin’ Up! demonstrator friends to bring you some of our favourites from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue and the Mini Catalogue January 2020 – June 2020. Some of our favourites are retiring! Even though this is sad, it can also be a really happy exciting time because it also means that new products are soon to be released! It also means that you can get some of the retired products at a discounted price.

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One of my favourites from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue is the “We’ll walrus be friends” stamp set. I bought this set initially because the walrus reminds me of my father in law. He has a huge mustache and it often reminds me of a walrus! Haha!

To be honest, apart from his birthday card, I haven’t had much time to ink it up so I changed that the other day and made this super cute shaker card!

My inspiration for this card came from another demonstrator Kurstan del Rosario which Patty Bennett shared on her website. To view this card please click here.

I wanted to change up my card so it became a shaker card because it’s always more fun if it moves right?

I used some retiring favourites to make this card. Not only is this cute stamp set retiring, but we will also be saying goodbye to the High Seas embossing folder and all our in colours 2018 – 2020 will be retired including Blueberry Bushel which I have used to make this card.

I embossed a piece of whisper white card stock with the High Seas embossing folder, I added some ink using my makeup brushes (you could also use sponge daubers) to create the different toned shades of blue. I used Blueberry Bushel and Seaside Spray ink for this. Once I was happy with the colours, I cut out a circle for the walrus to peek through using the layering circles dies. To cut a circle for the little goldfish, I used a 3/4″ circle punch, this punch is already retired but there is a reason I keep things! I used my blends to colour the Walrus and the cute little goldfish. Did you spy some little goldfish in the shaker part of the card? Some window sheet was adhered to the back of the embossed cardstock, then I used some foam adhesive strips to put my shaker card together. Don’t forget to put your shaker elements inside before you put it all together!

I decided the inside of this card needed a little something so I added another walrus stamp from the set with a cute saying.

I love how this card turned out even though some of my sequins got stuck on the form strips but hey you get the idea!

I hope you enjoyed my shaker card today. Next up on the blog is Kelly! Lets see what lovely project she has made to show us using some of the soon to be retired products.

Until next time, keep crafting!

Mandy x

Blog participant list

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Denise Buetler
  4. Sue Vine
  5. Melissa Gifford
  6. Mae Collins
  7. Sharni Haines
  8. Lou Kitzelman
  9. Rebecca Scurr
  10. Libby Dyson
  11. Narelle Fasulo
  12. Cathy Pinchbeck
  13. Lynsey McCord
  14. Bronwyn Eastley
  15. Jenny Hayward
  16. Mandy Depiazzi

Products Used

  • We’ll Walrus be Friends Stamp Set
  • Memento Black Ink
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Blueberry Bushel Card Stock
  • Blueberry Bushel Ink
  • Seaside Spray Ink
  • Versamark Ink
  • Window Sheet
  • Foam adhesive strips
  • High Seas Embossing Folder
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Smoky Slate, Seaside Spray and Pumpkin Pie Blends
  • Woven Threads Sequin Assortment


Social Stamping Birthdays in Isolation

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Welcome back to another Social Stamping Blog Hop! I nearly didn’t make this one, I only just made my cards this morning, then the rush to watermark photos and write a blog post! Nothing like keeping things to a deadline!!!

This week’s theme is “Birthdays in Isolation”. I celebrated my birthday last month, strangest birthday I had ever had. I spent the day at home eating my favourite lemon cheesecake I made with the kids, then did some food shopping for my parents. The rest of the day was just spent at home. I think we even had leftovers for tea! Pretty much a non event this year. One of the things I was so grateful for was some birthday happy mail that I received from some lovely people. It certainly helped me to still enjoy the day!

This theme comes at perfect timing with the release of the #sharesunshine download which Stampin’ Up! have just released. For US$12 you can purchase this online and you will receive 15 pages of sentiments that are relevant to the current situation of COVID-19. All proceeds of this purchase are to go to an organisation of your choice, either The World Health Organisation COVID Solidarity Response Fund (WHO) or the United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Community Response Recovery Fund. If you can’t decide, you can divide the funds equally between the two organisations. To purchase this download please click here.

So getting back to my cards, I went a little crazy and made a few! While I was on a roll I thought why not?! I have some May birthdays coming up so it made sense to make some in isolation themed ones.

I decided to use the Birthday Bonanza set, this cute set is bound to put a big smile on your face, no matter what age you are. I used one of the sentiments from the share sunshine download (from a distance) because lets face it, we still have to keep our distance….and wash our hands!

These next cards were inspired by Kelly Kent, we made this card in one of our team catch ups (oh how I miss those!). We made this card during Sale-A-Bration with the Happy Birthday to you stamp set and dies.

I particularly liked the layout so I decided to case this design and made these two cards…

Cute right? I love the scalloped edging which I had to ask Kelly what die set that was from as I had not noticed it before. It is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and to my surprise I actually owned that! Funny how you don’t see things sometimes. Notice the sentiments? They are also from the share sunshine download. I love the sentiments included and it feels great that you are also supporting great causes by purchasing.

I also made some other cards, not exactly birthday themed as such, but too cute not to share. I am going to write up some of these cards and deliver them to friends.

So whatever the occasion, this download is worth it in my opinion to add to your cards. Let’s all get together to brighten people’s day with a cute card in the letterbox.

Next up on the blog is my lovely friend Kelly, who inspires me everyday with her creativity. For a full list of participants, you can click on the header banner at the top of this blog post.

Until next time, stay home, stay safe and keep your distance,

Mandy x

Products Used

  • Bonanza Buddies Bundle
  • Birthday Bonanza DSP
  • Coastal Cabana, Terracotta Tile, Mango Melody Whisper White Card Stock
  • Brights 6 x 6 DSP
  • Share Sunshine Download to purchase click here
  • White Bakers Twine
  • Bermuda Bay Ribbon (Retired)
  • Starburst Punch
  • Classic Label Punch
  • Stitched Circle Dies
  • Stitched Nested Dies
  • Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies