Onstage Brisbane 2018



It is that exciting time of the year again for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. Onstage November 2018 is sure to not disappoint with Stampin’ Up celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year. I am so happy to be a part of this celebration. I joined Stampin’ Up! almost 2 years ago now and I am always wondering why I did not know about Stampin’ Up! sooner. I love the products how they co ordinate together, the friends I have made and the opportunities that have enabled me to travel interstate to be a part of these events.

One of the highlights for me is participating in swaps. I love making something to swap with others using anything from the current catalogues. Swapping with others allows me to meet new people and get lots of inspiration from others.

This year my swaps are made from the Time for Tea Bundle.

Time for Tea Photopolymer Bundle


I really enjoyed using this set with the Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper.


Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper

I made some tea bag holders using the envelope punch board to create mini 3 x 3 inch envelopes, the perfect size for a teabag inside! After a long day at Onstage I think a nice cup of tea will be well received by others. Go home put your feet up and read the new catalogue! Now what could be better than that!



I made 50 swaps well 55 actually, my kids swiped 5 for their teachers as an end of year thank you. I love how my kids come and watch me craft and they just love as much as I do what I make. It is so nice that they wanted to gift one each to their teachers at the end of the year. I am thinking they might need something a little stronger than a cup of tea though by then haha!

Using the blends made it easy to decorate these swaps and as I was making a bulk lot of these, the stamparatus sure does come in handy to get the job done quicker. I ran out of the gorgeous ribbons, these come in a 2 pack and are simply just the prettiest ribbons. I will have to reorder some for sure.

Nothing can really prepare you for an Onstage event until you have been to one yourself. If you think this might be something you might like to experience get in touch with me about joining my team. I would love the share the excitement of an Onstage event with you too!

So that’s all from me today, I will be enjoying my craft day with friends this weekend.

I hope whatever you are doing it is creative in some way.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mandy x


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Enjoy the Little Things in Life Video Blog Hop – All about flowers

Welcome to this month’s Enjoy the Little Things in Life Video Blog Hop. This month’s theme is all about flowers. When it comes to Stampin’ Up! products there is so much choice for flowers. I decided to use a favourite of mine, Petal Palette for this month’s card.

I wanted to video the no line water colouring technique. I love water colouring, using an aqua painter makes this technique easy.

First I stamped the image in Sahara Sand, a very light image is best for this technique so I stamped off a few times before stamping onto Shimmery White Card Stock. I then used my aqua painter with Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry ink pads to colour in my image. No hard and fast rules with water colouring, I just do whatever I think looks good. I generally outline the image the darkest and then fill in the rest with a lighter colour.


Embossing paste is one of my favourite products to add some background interest and texture to cards. It’s so much fun to use! If you have not used the embossing paste for a while I encourage you to give it a go.

I love how this card came together, it’s a simple design but effective. It is bound to brighten someone’s day!

If you want to watch me make this card, watch the video below.

In the video I forgot the name of the clear embellishments I placed on the flowers, these look like beads of water and I thought it added a nice little touch to the water coloured flowers. I have searched the catalogue and I think these are now retired! Oopsie. I best update my embellishment stash! I still like using retired embellishments though. Sometimes a retired embellishment is just what is needed to finish off that card!

I hope you enjoyed my video blog this month. Make sure to click on the link below to check out what the rest of the team has made. Loads of inspiration I am sure.

Until next time,

Mandy x

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Petal Palette Clear-Mount Bundle

Petal Palette Clear-Mount Bundle

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Halloween

It’s October! And October means Halloween! We have a spooktacular blog hop lined up for you with our Paper Adventures Team as well as Guest Designer Tanya Boser. Welcome Tanya, I hope you will enjoy hopping along with us.

Halloween is not overly big in Australia but there are some cute Halloween sets in the new holiday catalogue that I just couldn’t pass up!

The preparation is well under the way for my Kids Halloween Craft Class that I am hosting on 31 October. I love these little treat boxes decorated for a fun Halloween project!

So cute right???

I got my inspiration for these little treat boxes from another fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator LaQuita Jackson you can view her video here.

I used the die from the Takeout Treats bundle to cut my little boxes out and before adhering them together, I used a matching ink pad to the cardstock to do some background stamping using the cute little lolly stamp from the bundle. Once I assembled my box together it was time to decorate!

Did you know the Toil and Trouble Designer Series paper can be die cut out using the dies in the bundle? This was such a time saver for me. I didn’t need to colour in the images, just used my dies to cut out the images on the DSP. Total win for me as I have been super time poor this week!

To decorate I used some 1 inch wide cardstock with the triple banner punch, added some vellum cut out using my starburst punch and stamped some Halloween sentiments. I used some dimensionals to stick my cut out DSP images. I must not forget my spooky bat punch too, this little project used 3 different punches. Perfect for saving time and for a kids class.

It’s not too late to join my Kids Halloween Craft Class on Wednesday 31st October. I have two time slots available 3.30pm – 4.30pm and 5pm – 6pm. If your kids would like to come along to join in on some Halloween Craft please get in touch with me. The class will cost $10 per child. I would love to have your child join me for some Halloween fun! I haven’t finished designing for the class just yet…I will be doing some Halloween design brainstorming over the weekend.

I hope you have enjoyed my Halloween Treat Boxes today. Be sure to click on the next button below to hop around the blog to see what the rest of the team has created. Next up is my lovely friend Narelle, lets see what spooky creation she has in store for us!

Catch you next time,

Mandy x

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Magical Mermaid

Hello! I haven’t been blogging much lately but that does not mean that the creating in the craft room has stopped. Quite the opposite really. I can’t go more than a few days without making something. My craft room is so messy at the moment but it is my happy place.

Miss 8 had a birthday party to go to recently so I decided to make her friend a cute mermaid card.

I used the Magical Mermaid stamp set with Brushos for the background. If you haven’t tried Brushos yet you must have a go! I have 5 colours of crystal like powder that when spritzed with water makes a beautiful watercolour background. I chose the Prussian Blue colour for the underwater background. I spritzed water on some shimmer paper first before sprinkling some brusho powder over the top. I used my stampin spritzer filled with water to spray over the top and I just kept spraying water onto the cardstock until I had reached my desired look.

My kids were watching me while I was “playing” with Brushos and they commented on how it looks like I was back in kindy! Haha! I guess it is a little messy but messy means fun!

I stamped my mermaid onto Whisper White card stock and used my Stampin’ Blends to colour in. Once I was happy with my mermaid, I fussy cut her out ready to mount onto my card.

I used a die from the Frosted Bouquet die set to cut some cardstock and vellum that kind of looked a bit like coral. Some copper trim was added and a sentiment cut out with the stitched shape framelit dies. Some background stamping on the background completed this card nicely adding some dimension.

Lastly, for a bit of sparkle, I added a few sequins from my box of embellishments.

I even stamped inside for an extra bit of underwater fun!

So what do you think? Not bad for an underwater scene I reckon!

Have you made a handmade card lately and given it to someone special? How much brighter life would be if we all shared the love of handmade cards.

Tomorrow is my monthly card class, I must get cracking on the preparations. If you are interested in joining me at one of my monthly classes please get in contact with me.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mandy x


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Enjoy the little things in life video blog hop – Pop up interactive

It is that time of the month again for another “Enjoy the Little Things in Life Design Team ” video blog hop! This month’s theme is a goodie, a pop up or interactive card. I liked the idea of a pop up card and I have chosen a pop up slider card for my project this month. With this fun theme there is sure to be some amazing inspiration from the others on the team so make sure that you hop around the blog to see all the other creations!

My pop up slider card is using some of the Halloween products from the new holiday catalogue. How cute is this set? The witch, the cat and the cute little frog! I loved it as soon as I saw it.

Pull on the ribbon and the card will pop up to reveal the “Happy Halloween” sentiment inside the card, the top part of the card leaves an area to write your message.

How cute is that?

I have used the instructions for this pop up slider card from the lovely Kelly Kent, you can view her blog post here which has all the details, or if you prefer a visual be sure to check out my video below for how to make this fun card.

I coloured my stamped images using memento ink and Stampin’ blends. I have listed below the colours I used. These are the best markers I have ever used with my colouring projects. The colours are so vibrant and the light and dark combinations blend together beautifully. It makes colouring easy and fun!

What is really great about this card is it folds flat so it can be placed in a normal sized envelope. No problem to put this card in the post.

This is my third video and I think each video so far has had a blooper (that I have edited out) but this time I kept my blooper in the video (for entertaining reasons obviously) so if you want to see me make this card watch the video below.

Be sure to click on the next button below to see what everyone else has created to show us.

I love reading all your comments, thanks for stopping by today, see you next month for another video!

Mandy x



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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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