Petal Palette Colour Ink Challenge


I decided to enter my very first colour challenge this week. The colours selected to use were Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White. I love these colours so I decided to join in on my very first Colour Ink Challenge!


I decided to make this card….

I LOVE how this card turned out! I used whisper white card stock for a card base, night of navy card front with some embossing paste using the brick stencil. If you haven’t used the embossing paste yet, it is so AMAZING and so easy to use for a WOW effect on your cards.

Petal Palette is the perfect set for this card. I love using the night of navy light and dark blender markers for the flowers and you might be wondering how I coloured the leaves in lemon lime twist. I used my lemon lime twist watercolour pencil from my lots of happy card kit, I also used a piece of lemon lime twist ribbon from this kit too! I added some mini silver sequins for some bling!

I loved this design so much I decided to make the same card in a different colour combo using rich razzleberry, old olive and whisper white.

Such a pretty design, simple yet pretty.


Which one is your favourite? I am loving both of them but I am a true blue girl at heart so I think the night of navy and lemon lime twist combo wins it for me.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Until next time, get crafty!

Mandy x




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Party Pandas!

It’s all about birthdays today! It’s my Dad’s birthday and also one of my work colleagues. I have previously posted about the card I gave to my Dad, but if you missed it, you can read about it here.

For my work colleagues birthday card today, I decided to make her a card using one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration Stamp sets (free when you purchase $90 or more). How darn cute are these little Party Pandas???

Sale-A-Bration runs from now through to 31 March 2018, the more you spend, the more you will receive for FREE! There are some amazing products to choose from!

Who can resist these cute little pandas???

For this birthday card, I used berry burst cardstock for the base with some whisper white card stamped with some party blow outs from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set (this was another set I got for FREE when I attended Onstage last November), The colours I used were peekaboo peach, berry burst, bermuda bay and lemon lime twist. Did you see the bermuda bay ribbon? This is another FREE Sale-A-Bration item when you purchase $90 or more! Best of all it comes in a pack with 2 other colours. I am always using ribbon on my cards so to get some for FREE is a bonus!

How pretty is the font also from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set. Making cards for people makes me so happy!

Looking for something to do? Perhaps you would like to host a workshop with some friends? It can be such a fun way to have some friends over, what can be better than chatting and crafting? Best of all, you can get even more rewards!


Today, an exciting day as I also registered for Onstage 2018. For those of you that know, Stampin’ Up! Onstage is the most amazing day for a crafty person. You have to experience it to really understand it, we meet other demonstrators from all over Australia, swap things we have made, listen to new ways to grow our businesses, recognise others achievements, we get given FREE stuff (now who doesn’t love free stuff?), we get our hands on the new catalogue and we get to craft! Best day ever! If you love crafting as much as me, you might like to join my team so you can join in the fun at Onstage too. I would love to have you there! If you join during Sale-A-Bration (SAB) you will also receive 2 additional stamp sets for FREE!



I have a couple of hours free before a birthday dinner with my Dad, so…..I’m going to do some craft! If you need me, that’s where you will usually find me, in my craft room!

Until next time, get inky!

Mandy x



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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Masculine 2018

Welcome to our first Paper Adventures team blog hop for 2018!

You might have hopped on over from the lovely Kristel Rimmer’s blog and if you have, welcome and thank you for joining us!

This month’s theme is anything masculine. I have to admit, masculine cards are a bit harder than girly ones but I am loving the new “Dad Jokes” stamp set in the new occasions catalogue. This stamp set immediately appealed to me as my Dad always says a couple of the jokes in this stamp set.

It’s my Dad’s birthday this month and I just know this card will make him laugh.

My Dad has always said this joke to me, even still does now, even though he is almost bald!

I used night of navy cardstock as a base for this card, embossed with the simple stripes embossing folder also featured in the new occasions catalogue. I stamped the scissors using night of navy ink on whisper white cardstock, the “Dad joke” was stamped on a scrap piece of night of navy using versamark and heat embossed with white powder.

I stamped on the inside of the card and added some basics pack 3 washi tape to the bottom of the inside of the card to match the front.

Sometimes simple cards are the best. My Dad is a no frills kind of Dad so I think this card is just perfect for his birthday next week!

Thanks for joining me on this blog hop today, be sure to click the next button below to see what the rest of the team and our guest designer Jenny Hall have made today. Next up on the blog is my crafty friend Sheila, let’s see what she has created for us, just click on the next button below.

Until next time, stay crafty!

Mandy x

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Sheila Pybus (Facebook)
Joanne Gaff (Facebook)
Anne Barker (Facebook)

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Heartfelt Blooms

Happy Friday!

Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is well underway with all the goodies that goes with it. It is my favourite time of the year! So much new product with lots of freebies. Got to love free stuff!

My favourite free item in the SAB catalogue is “Heartfelt Blooms”. This stamp set is truly amazing. The quality of the stamp amazes me, it is just like a photo and it stamps so beautifully. I have used it a few times and I am loving the finished product.

I decided to use this stamp by stamping the flowers and leaves 3 times and fussy cutting the flowers and leaves out. If fussy cutting is not your thing, no problem! This stamp is beautiful on it’s own without having to cut a thing. I love the sentiments that go with the stamp set too, Thinking of you, Thank you and Sending Heartfelt Thoughts. Perfect for many occasions. But I needed a Birthday Card so I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Soft Sayings Card Kit but you could use anything at all.

I used Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizzazz with Whisper White to make this card. I used my Layered Leaves embossing folder to make the leaves background on the card. Some Whisper White twine doubled over completes the card with a pretty bow.

Why is Sale-A-Bration my favourite time of the year? Because from January through to March simply order $90 or more (before shipping costs) and you will earn FREE product of your choice from the Sale-A-Brations Catalogue! This year there is even 2 special release items available for FREE with an $180 or more order.

Don’t forget you can earn extra host rewards on all orders from 3rd Jan – 31st March 2018 over $400!

Fantastic time of the year to build your stash!

Thinking of joining so you can take advantage of getting a discount off your craft supplies?


Join as a demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration (3 January–31 March 2018) and get your starter kit for $169 AUD (Choose $235 worth for only $169!), along with TWO additional stamps sets included in your kit valued up to $174 for FREE!

To view the Annual Catalogue please click here

To view the Ocassions Catalogue please click here

To view the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue please click here

If you want a hardcopy of any of the catalogues get in touch with me and I will get one to you!

Enjoy the weekend! Happy Stampin’.

Mandy x

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Sending Hedgehugs

Happy New Year to all of my lovely blog followers! I do hope that 2018 will be an amazing year for all of you! I am off to a great start, I managed to get some sewing done, made a dress for my daughter who just thinks I am the best Mum ever (haha!) and I started a gratitude journal writing done 3 things I am grateful for each day. Not everyday is a good day, but there is something good in everyday. We have so much to be thankful for.

Here is my daughter showing off the Little Red Riding Hood dress I made for her. I am so glad she still likes wearing the clothes I can make for her.

I also managed to get some card making done. Craft is where my heart is, always has been. I find it my escape from being a Mum and it’s a time where I can just be me. I love it. I find being creative a very rewarding experience. The sense of satisfaction when someone says “Wow, did you actually make that?” is indescribable.

During the week, I made this card using a new stamp set called Hedgehugs featured in the new occasions catalogue. I used my Brights Stampin Write Markers to colour directly onto my rubber stamp for the mushrooms and the little bird instead of using my ink pad. This is a technique I have used before, but not for a while. It was fun to try something different.  The hedgehog was stamped using soft suede and the tree stump was stamped with early espresso ink.

The lovehearts I added in real red using my Everyday Jars Framelits. These are the sweetest size, perfect for this card as an extra little embellishment.

How cute is the sentiment? I love that I have a cute stamp set to be able to make cute cards to brighten someone’s day.

For the inside of the card, I couldn’t help but add a little flower on the inside.

If you haven’t got a new catalogue yet, you need one! So many new goodies to play with! There are just not enough hours in the day! Best of all, tomorrow is the day that customers can buy from this catalogue and it’s Sale-A-Bration time! What is Sale-A-Bration (SAB)? It’s my favourite time of the year! Simply buy $90 worth of product and you can choose an item for FREE out of the SAB catalogue and let me tell you, there are some fantastic goodies to choose from!

Or if you are thinking of doing something new in 2018, and would like to come along to one of my classes I will be scheduling some very soon. I would love to have you join me! Or perhaps you would like to add to your craft stash at a discount? That’s what I did this time last year, I joined Stampin’ Up! during SAB and I have loved every minute of it! If you are interested in knowing more obligation free, send me a message so we can chat 🙂

It’s back to work for me tomorrow, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your first week of 2018!

Mandy x


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December Birthdays!

It’s all about Christmas this time of the year, but what about those December Birthdays? This month my boss celebrates her birthday, I wanted to make a card that would hopefully make her laugh and not get me fired! Haha!

This ‘Text ya Later” stamp set was one I had to have, but this was the first chance I had to use it. With modern technology these days everyone is on their phones and we all have had a funny auto correction happen to us!

This series of stamps makes me giggle. I do hope the recipient (aka my boss) was able to see the funny side!

For this card, I cased a similar card in the annual catalogue, just used different colours. I love the look of lemon lime twist card stock embossed with the polka dot basics embossing folder. Added some berry burst cardstock in there, I just love this combo together! Two of my favourite colours.

Did you see that DSP? That is from our new occasions catalogue, picture perfect party 6 x 6 designer series paper! This pack is filled with all my fav colours. You get 48 sheets, 4 of each 12 double sided designs. I love these little packs of paper…so much fun to use on your cards.

I’m loving the new Silver Baker’s Twine which also features in the new occasions catalogue. Message me for your own copy today! All items in the new catalogue go on sale to customers 3 January. Save some of your Christmas dollars for that….I know I will be!

I do hope that everyone has a lovely and safe Christmas break. I am lucky enough to have almost 2 weeks off, you guessed it, I will be spending some time with my kids and hopefully in the craft room.

Merry Christmas, eat, drink and be Merry!

Mandy x



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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop December 2017

Welcome everyone to what is possibly our last Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop for 2017! What a year it has been! I joined Stampin’ Up in January 2017 and I have loved being a part of this amazing team of Paper Adventurers. I have been able to attend 2 On Stage events (one in Perth and one in Melbourne). I have made many new crafty friends who love all the things that I do!

This month’s blog hop theme is to make a card following this sketch layout.

As soon as I saw this layout I had an idea! But I had to wait for my new box of goodies to arrive because I wanted to use the new Petal Passion Suite that features in the new occasions catalogue. If you want to get your hands on this catalogue get in contact with me and I will get one to you!

This set may not be available to customers until 3 January 2018, but it is certainly one to put down on your wishlist. I am loving all the watercolour look stamps which work so well with the blend markers when using your memento ink.

I decided on black and white theme for this card with a pop of colour. I know, black is not really the colour you want on a sympathy card but I just love the new petal passion DSP so much that I wanted to use it and with the pop of colour in there, I think it actually looks amazing.


I used memento ink with my pink pirouette light and dark stampin blends for the flowers and light and dark old olive for the leaves. It’s probably a bit hard to see on this card but the background DSP is cut into 3 panels to match the sketch layout above which was the theme in today’s blog hop. If you look closely you can even see I have stamped a little flower on the inside of the card too!

This card shows the DSP better with the panels cut into three. I loved the pink version so much I needed to make a blue version. I love the way these two cards turned out. Hard to see in the photo but I have also added a touch of wink of stella to the flowers to give it that glittery sparkle. Everyone loves a bit of sparkle!

Next up on the hop is Sheila, she makes amazing cards, lets see what she has created to show us. Click on the next button below!

Mandy x

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Joanne Gaff (Facebook)



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