Hoppy Easter Stampin’ Up! Style

Last week I was busy making lots of Easter treats for teachers and friends. I started off with a few bunnies….

Then they just multiplied!

I have lost track of how many I have made but once I got started I just couldn’t stop! I had to work fast and give them out as I made them as each time I walked into my craft room I noticed that some of the little people I live with had swiped some of the Easter Eggs! I would of loved to have taken a photo of all of the ones I made together but at the rate the Easter eggs were disappearing I knew that this was not an option!

To make the cute punch art bunny baskets, I was inspired by this video by Diane Thorsen from DLT creations please click here. I decided to use my wood crate die instead of the instructions on this video on the basket although I did make one the same.

 

I decided on the wood crate in the end as it was quicker to mass produce. I loved putting together the bunny. Such a cute little project and these were so well received.

For the creme egg boxed gift, I followed the instructions from this video by Teri Pocock from Stampin’ Magic. Although in true Mandy style, I decided to make some changes and up size the measurements to use with Cadbury’s hollow eggs. The measurements I used for the up scaled version are listed below.

  • Cut a piece of cardstock 3″ x 3″
  • Score this cardstock piece at 2.5″ on all four sides
  • Cut a piece of designer series paper 9.5″ x 2″
  • Score DSP at 3/4″, 3 1/4″, 3 3/4″, 5 3/4″,6 1/4″, 8 3/4″
  • The rest of the instructions are as per the video

We even made these cute treat boxes in my monthly class this month.

I loved giving out these gifts recently and seeing people’s faces light up when I gave their Easter gift to them. It is true, it is more than just ink, stamps and paper. I love so much how I have found Stampin’ Up! I am so glad that this is a part of my life.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.

Mandy x

 

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Paper adventures team blog hop inspired by fashion

Welcome to the April edition of the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month we are joined by guest designer Emma Goddard! Emma makes some amazing projects so I can’t wait to see what she has made to show us using this theme.

I’m not big on fashion, lately I have just been wearing my denim shorts and my favourite flannellette shirt…such a bogan haha! However, I do own some lovely dresses in my favourite colours that I decided to use as inspiration for this blog hop.

One of my favourite colours is navy so it is not uncommon for me to wear navy floral dresses.

For my card, I used the colours Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz and Sweet Sugarplum (so sad Sweet Sugarplum has retired but with new in colours on the way soon I am hopeful for a nice dusty rose colour!)

To create this card, I used one of my favourite stamp sets (I have lots of favourites!), Petal Palette. I love watercolouring so I decided to heat emboss in white and use my aqua painters to colour in my main flower piece. The leaves are from the Rooted in Nature stamp set (a must have set in my opinion), inked with sahara sand, stamped off, then stamped lightly and watercoloured using Pear Pizzazz. Some extra flowers were stamped and cut out with the matching dies to create the same cluster of little flowers on my dress.

My dress has a gold zip so I decided to add some gold thread and a gold trim ribbon to finish it off.

It just goes to show inspiration is all around us. What will be your inspiration for your next card project?

 

Next up is my lovely friend Narelle, click on the next button below to see what fashion inspired project she has made to show us!

Happy Stampin’

Mandy x

 

 

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Make a card, send a card

Reaching a milestone of any kind deserves the thought of a handmade card, actually every occasion deserves a handmade card! Today’s card is for my previous employer who has retired from the travel industry. She has enjoyed a successful career in her lifetime and now the time has come for her to relax and enjoy the next chapter of her life.

I made this card with relaxation in mind. Perhaps spending some time sitting on a chair in the garden. Although from what I am told from people I meet that are already retired is that they find themselves busy as ever and wonder how they ever found the time to even go to work! I guess the difference is that you might find yourself doing lots of different things without the distraction of work or owning a business.

I used Coastal Cabana, Berry Burst, Soft Suede and Crumb cake colours to make this card along with some gorgeous copper foil. I am absolutely loving using my foil sheets lately with the Well Said Bundle. So much versatility with this bundle. If there is a sentiment only bundle you are chasing this is the one to have. It pairs up just so beautifully with any card.

The sweet addition with the little wooden heart on this card came from the Frames Elements embellishments. I love to add texture and dimension to my projects and this complemented this card perfectly.

The layout of this card was inspired by the current Occasions catalogue. Recently, I attended a Demonstrator Retreat Day in Perth with some of my demonstrator friends. We spent the day together crafting, making 8 cards or projects that we had CASEd (Copy and Share Everything) from either the Annual Catalogue or the Occasions catalogue.

I am not the best person to CASE cards, I tend to go off in my own little world of creativity and make up my own designs. I did however manage to complete this task with the above card. I loved the layout mostly, those rectangular framelits are perfect for all your cards! The Well Said Bundle is high on my rotation list at the moment, providing the perfect dies to use with my copper foil.

The only thing I struggled to work out on this CASEd card was where they had used the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on the products list. I had no idea but I could only just see some small dots on the card. I decided to use glue dots and sprinkle the dazzling diamonds glitter over the top. I realised after that I had neglected to see that there is actually a dots stamp in the Incredible like you stamp set stamped with Pool Party ink (Insert eye roll here). It didn’t worry me as I created a new way to add some glitter to my cards, just add a glue dot and sprinkle the glitter over the top! Worked a treat. I hope you can spot them in the photo above. I still to this day, have absolutely no idea where they used the dazzling diamonds glitter on the card in the catalogue. Make it your own I say!

I couldn’t help myself but to add some matching stamping to the envelopes. How amazing do they look? I am loving this beautiful layout.

These two cards were given out this weekend. How long has it been since you made a card and sent it? I challenge you to #makeacardsendacard today! It will not only brighten the recipients day but it will also brighten yours. I guarantee it!

I hope you enjoy your week to come and remember to put some time aside to make a card and send it to someone special.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Mandy x

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Paper Adventures Team Hop Wheels

It’s the middle of March already how did that happen? I feel like this year is just flying by already and can’t believe it is time for another Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month we welcome Guest Designer Judy May, thank you Judy for being a part of our team’s hop this month.

This month’s theme is wheels. I decided to drag out a stamp set that I have been meaning to use for ages and just have not got around to it.

bike wheel stamps

I love this set because of the way you can put the elements together. If you use the matching dies you can cut out all the stamped images easily.

I used Crumb cake as my card base and I really love the colours Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist together. My new rectangle stitched framelits sure are getting a workout in my household. How on earth did I make a card before they were released?

One set that I am absolutely loving at the moment is the Well Said Bundle. A bundle of words, a mixture of dies and smaller words. I used the “happy” die and the “birthday” stamp from this bundle. So versatile, so many options to choose from. Check out the range below, if you can read backwards you will be able to work out what all the dies say (haha!)

Well Said Cling Bundle

You might have noticed on the bottom of the card a cobblestone road like texture. This die came from the build a bike framelit dies. I used the dies to cut out all everything on the bike that you see. I also used the cookie cutter punch to cut out the small circles inside the bike tyres. I love how I can use my supplies to add extra elements to my cards.

Don’t do what I did and colour in the basket using a light crumb cake blend marker. There is a stamp to use for this! I realised after (oops my bad) but hey the light crumb cake blend did a fantastic job!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my “wheels” themed card. This set comes together so nicely and a great option for many different themed cards.

Next up on the blog is my lovely friend Siobhan who actually received this card for her birthday! Happy Birthday Siobhan I hope this card made you smile. Please make sure your click on the next button below to see what wonderful creation she has in store for us.

That’s all from me, enjoy your weekend….it’s FRIYAY!

Mandy x

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Judy May (Guest Designer)
Mandy Depiazzi – You are here!

 

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One Sheet Wonder

Hello and Happy Monday!

I love the idea of a one sheet wonder and last weekend I decided to use a sheet of 12 x 12 Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. This paper is GORGEOUS and best of all you can get it for free until end of this month or until supplies have sold out.

I managed to get enough DSP out of one sheet to make 12 cards…..What??? 12 cards? Yes! I love this idea and I am so excited to show you the cards I made.

What a gorgeous display of cards!

What I love about the one sheet wonders is you can make a heap of cards and add all different sentiments to them.

To cut the DSP I didn’t follow a template, I decided to just wing it and cut the DSP to smaller pieces (for example 4″ x 5.5″ for example) then I cut these pieces into smaller pieces to layer onto some  coordinating card stock cut 1/8″ bigger.

The main colours used on these cards are Grapefruit Grove, Lemon Lime Twist, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and Basic Black. I love how well these colours go together.

I even had some smaller leftover strips that I could use to decorate the inside of my cards. Pretty, don’t you think?

Any sentiment can be used. I love my new Well Said Bundle, those die cut words are fabulous! I used my Butterfly punch to cut out some of the butterflies from the DSP. No fussy cutting required!

We are coming to the last of Sale-a-Bration and it is a perfect time to get your last minute orders in to get your hands on this beautiful paper. Spend AUD$90 and you get to choose your reward. Want to see what else you can choose from? Click here to view the SAB catalogue or click here for the Second Catalogue Release or click here for  Sale-a-Bration Coordination. But wait there is more! Click here for some more last minute rewards. There are so many free items to choose from! But don’t wait as they are only available until 31 March.

During Sale-a-Bration there is also the opportunity to get your hands on this amazing craft tote!

For all the details on how you join my team please click here

My online shop is always open you can access it here.

I love my bundle of cards, I hope you do too.

Why not give a one sheet wonder a go yourself? Or even better come and craft with me and we can make some amazing cards together!

I hope whatever you have planned this week involves some kind of crafting. I am busy getting organised for my card class next week. If you don’t do anything on Tuesdays and would like to join my monthly class please message me and we can chat.

Happy Crafting,

Mandy x

 

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Pop and Twist Card

I have been spending some time lately in my craft room, rearranging and de cluttering. I am not quite finished yet but I needed to take a break from all that and spend some time crafting!

This weekend we are celebrating with friends, a joint 40th birthday for a couple. A 40th Birthday celebration deserves a special fancy card. I decided finally to give the Pop and Twist Card a try.

This card was inspired by a fabulous crafty friend of mine, Kristel Rimmer. Kristel makes some amazing crafts including these Pop and Twist Cards. If you haven’t already visited Kristel’s blog you need to! You can visit her website here. She specialises in lots of different crafts and she is my inspiration on giving these pop and twist cards a go. Thanks Kristel!

So all folded up this card looks not much different to a regular card.

Here is a photo of this card standing…not much different to what you have seen before. It is not until you open this card up that the magic begins!

Every time I open this card I feel the need to say a big “Ta-dah!”

How cool is that?! Can you tell that I had loads of fun creating this style of card? Have you ever made a Pop and Twist card before? It looks daunting but once you have the pop and twist mechanism in place, all that is needed is to decorate and that is always the super fun part!

Below are some close ups on the inside decoration on this card.

Can you believe this is the first card I have used this Broadway Bound DSP on? I just needed the perfect card to use it on.

I felt that photographs just did not do this card justice so I have included a GIF video to show you how awesome this card actually is when opened.

This most certainly will not be my last Pop and Twist card, I am already planning my next one!

If you need a special card for a special occasion (or any occasion for that matter!) I would be happy to make one for you.

Don’t forget Sale-A-Bration is still happening until the end of this month. Any orders over AUD$90 will be eligible to receive a choice of SAB items for free. So don’t miss out!

I hope you enjoyed my Pop and Twist card as much as I did making it. Stay tuned for more to follow! (They are kind of addictive!)

Mandy x

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop February Sketch

It’s that time of the month again when the awesome Paper Adventures Team get together and blog about a chosen theme. This month we have guest designer Zoe Tant joining us.              Welcome Zoe, I can’t wait to see what you have made to show us!

This month’s theme is using a sketch layout.

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As soon as I saw this layout I knew exactly which stamp set I wanted to use. I couldn’t wait to ink up Fable Friends stamp set, that little rabbit that resembles Peter Rabbit so well, is just too cute for words!

Fable Friends Cling Stamp Set

 

I loved using my Stampin’ Blends Balmy Blue (light and dark), Crumb cake (light and dark) and Ivory to colour my little rabbit. How cute is this balmy blue gingham dsp!

Everyone one knows how much I love my stitched shape framelits and stitched label framelits and now I have new rectangular shaped ones to add to my collection! These are great for cutting out all different sizes of rectangles. Great for card stock and DSP! The pearlized doilies have always been a favourite of mine and I love the way I have been able to add one to this sketch design card. The cute mini button is from the needle nook suite and I have added some linen thread for a cute little bow.

This card makes such a cute baby boy card. Only problem now is I need to find someone to give it to!

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s project, make sure you click below to see what the rest of the team has created. Next up is the lovely Anne Barker.

Happy Hopping,

Mandy x

 

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Zoe Tant – Guest Designer
Mandy Depiazzi – YOU ARE HERE!
Anne Barker (Facebook)

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