September Birthdays!

Hello and welcome back to my blog! It’s been a very busy couple of weeks in my household. Two of my kids had their birthdays only 2 days apart so it was pretty full on with lots of excitement and cake of course!

For Miss 6 turning 7, I created a card using the Magical Mermaid stamp set because let’s face it, what 7 year old doesn’t love Mermaids!

To make this card, I used the versamark ink with the copper embossing powder for the mermaid and the sentiment. I then created a mask to place over the mermaid. To create a mask it is quite simple, you just stamp the mermaid onto some sticky note paper, cut the mermaid out then place the sticky note mask over the mermaid. Once in place, ink up your background stamp and stamp over your cardstock. Then peel away the mask and it will reveal your original stamped image of the mermaid with the illusion of the background stamp right where is should be…in the background.

I used Night of Navy ink to stamp some underwater reeds in the background to give the card a more realistic look.

The sentiment was cut out using the stitched framelit dies and a layering circle die. Before mounting onto dimensionals I added some copper trim for extra decoration.

Miss 7 liked her card and proudly displays it in her room, her messy room I might add!


Master 3 turning 4, I created an Eclipse card, using the No Bones About It stamp set.

I love the Eclipse Card technique where the letters pop out from your card. This type of card is so simple to make and looks awesome too!

To create this card, just stamp your image onto some whisper white cardstock. Use the Alphabet letter dies to cut out your word. Assemble your card and use Stampin’ Dimensionals to make the letters “pop”.

Making your own personalised cards is so much fun! To learn how to make your own cards I can run various classes to show you how! It’s a fun thing to do plus it’s even better with friends! Please get in touch with me if a class interests you!

That’s all from me for today. Enjoy the weekend.

Mandy x


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A Musical Thank you.

Welcome back to my blog!

Both of my daughters play piano and with our recent 10 week holiday away, one of my daughters needed a little extra help to catch up with the rest of the class.

As a little thank you, I created this card for her piano teacher, using one of my favourite in colours Berry Burst.

I love how I can create a card that is meaningful to the recipient. I knew straight away that I would use the Sheet Music stamp as a background. To make this card, I used the masking technique.

I stamped the Floral Statement stamp set “Thanks” onto some whisper white card stock. I then stamped this image again just onto some normal copy paper. I cut around the image on the copy paper and then carefully laid this on top of the image stamped on the card stock. Next, I stamped the sheet music stamp over the top of the card stock. Pull the copy paper away and you have the music sheet stamped into the background of your card. Very simple for a great end result!

I needed to add some colour to the flowers and leaves. I used my ink pads, Old Olive and Berry Burst with my blender pen. This was the first time I used the blender pens and I really liked the finished look. A touch of wink of stella made the flowers sparkle a little.

No card is complete without some sort of little embellishment and with this card I couldn’t resist using the Berry Burst Crinkled Ribbon. Attached with a glue dot and voila you are done!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s blog post.

If you are chasing a handmade card for a special occasion, or any occasion for that matter, I would love to make a card for you!

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Mandy x

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop DSP

Tonight’s topic for our Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop is sure to be a favourite! We are blogging about Designer Series Paper or DSP.

I am so in love with some of the amazing papers that are in the recently new annual catalogue and the holiday catalogue! If you would like to get your hands on a new catalogue please get in touch with me, otherwise you can view the online version here.

Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack is an absolute favourite of mine (although, I must confess I have more than just one favourite!)

I love how these paper stacks are already cut into 6 x 6 inch squares, ready to use on your next card project.

I managed to use one 6 x 6 inch square dsp to make 2 cards!

My second card, I used the leftover amount of DSP from my first card to create a similar card just with less use of the DSP.



I have always wanted to do a one sheet wonder. This is when you cut a 12 x 12 inch piece of DSP into smaller pieces to create 12 cards! If you ask me that is a really great way to add to your stash of cards. It’s a great option to have some cards on hand, you never know when you might need one.

I followed the instructions from World of JenCraft you can view her you tube video here.

I did make some adjustments to the measurements to match our card stock sizes. Instead of cutting the DSP to 5 1/2 inches I cut it to 5 7/8 inches. The rest from memory was kept the same.

Don’t you think these cards are just the cutest?

12 cards with one 12 x 12 sheet of DSP! And how great do they look?

I left some of the cards without a sentiment, perfect for those times that you need a card quick but don’t have the time to create one. Add a quick sentiment and you have a delightful card for someone special.

I used my wink of stella with my Berry Burst ink to colour in just a few areas on the stamped images on each card. I think it gives a nice highlight without over colouring in the images.

I am also using my favourite ribbon to embellish, the 1/8 inch sheer ribbon. This ties so beautifully and really completes the look of any card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I hope you enjoy blog hopping your way through our amazing teams blogs!

Next up is my amazing friend Kelly Kent. I love seeing what she has made, I hope you do too!

Mandy x


List of Participants

Marian Fleming (guest designer)
Mandy Depiazzi  YOU ARE HERE!

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Happy Father’s Day!

It’s Father’s Day in Australia today and I’ve been busy making some Father’s Day cards.

My first time using the Coffee Break Suite for a Coffee loving Dad! It took me a while to buy this set as I hate coffee but I am absolutely loving this set for coffee lovers. A great set for male and females. I love how everything just co ordinates with Stampin’ Up! One of the reasons I just love it so much.

I love using the little coffee bean stamp to create a background look on this Early Espresso cardstock. The “Happy Father’s Day” sentiment was from a retired stamp set but I just thought it was perfect to complete this card. I love these colours. I think I am going to get a lot more use out of this set.


My next card is using the World’s Best Trophy Set. I love the versatility of this stamp set. So many options!

I used the embossing paste in the background on this card and it was so much fun! I love the effect you get when using this paste.


My final card was cased from Rose Packer, you can view her blog here.

The stamp sets used in this card are now retired but I just could not resist using this set for my Dad.

I had a lot of fun creating Father’s Day cards today. I hope all the Dad’s out there had a great day and my thoughts are with all the people that can no longer share this special day with their Dads.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Mandy x


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ESAD 2017 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

It’s time for another ESAD blog hop, this time we are showcasing some of the new items in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue!

I thought I was all prepared for this blog hop before I realised it was actually using product from the new holiday catalogue and I was still waiting for my box to arrive!

I was able to borrow a couple of sets while I waited for my box to arrive. Thanks Kelly!

The new holiday catalogue is jam packed with lots of Christmas sets and other sets that can be used for Halloween and some sets that can be used all year round! You need to get your hands on a catalogue because there is just so much to choose from!

I am never prepared for Christmas. I do everything at the last minute but I can tell this year will be different! I have already started on some Christmas cards.

I decided to make a simple card using the Watercolour Christmas Stamp Set. My inspiration for this card was from Paula Dobson. You can visit her blog here.

This set can be used with a DIY Watercolour Christmas Project Kit but you can also use it for other things too! What appeals to me about this stamp set is the large sentiment. Perfect for heat embossing in gold which I have done here.

I had fun stamping the little christmas trees in the background making it look like my own designer series paper. I used garden green stamp pad with my aqua painter to create a messy watercolour look to the trees.

Adding some gold stars to some of the trees to make this card have a bit of bling!


This card I used the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set. This cute stamp set can also be bought as a bundle with the coordinating dies and you save 10%! Who doesn’t love a saving?

How cute is this little reindeer?

The Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper was perfect to brighten this card. I love the sparkle this paper gives. I know I have kept the colours of christmas quite traditional here I will have to try some versions using nontraditional colours too!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today. Next up is the lovely Samantha White. Let’s see what amazing things she has made.

Happy Blog Hopping,

Mandy x

Blog Hop Participant List

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Megan Lenske
  3. Amity Knight
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Kelly Kent
  6. Josie Dean
  7. Cheryl Algie
  8. Maree McIntosh
  9. Kristel Rimmer
  10. Chloe Evans
  11. Sharon Dalton
  12. Carly Middleton
  13. Nicole Wilson
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Kim Oliver
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Sandra Mastello
  20. Cathy Pinchbeck
  21. Rose Packer
  22. Barbara Williams
  23. Jessie Holton
  24. Rosalie Desmond
  25. Liv Ingle
  26. Ellen Woodbridge
  27. Rebecca Scurr
  28. Mandy Depiazzi  YOU ARE HERE!
  29. Samantha White
  30. Libby Dyson
  31. Lisa Gibson
  32. Delys Cram




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A special birthday!

A special day today, a special celebration for Ryan’s grandmother Marney. She turned 99 this week and today we had a little party for her.

A special birthday deserves a special card!

I knew I wanted to use the Graceful Garden set to make Marney’s card. Whenever I think I Marney, I think of all the roses she has in her garden! So it was an easy choice which stamp set I should use.

I just love the colours Old Olive and Calypso Coral together. I stamped the background stamp from the Graceful Garden stamp set using Old Olive ink and used some Calypso Coral DSP from the Petal Garden Paper Stack to add some background colour.

I fussy cut around the rose and mounted this on dimensionals (my least favourite part of this card!). I added the 99 using a goil foil sheet and added a bit of ribbon for extra decoration. This 1/8 inch sheer ribbon is one of my favourites!

The happy birthday sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I couldn’t resist to use some mini sequin trim behind the sentiment. I love a bit of sparkle!

Marney loved her card and she couldn’t believe that I had made it especially for her. Such a lovely compliment, it makes me happy that it meant so much to her.

Marney pictured here with some of her great grandchildren.

We couldn’t fit 99 candles on the cake so we settled for just 1. One more year until the big 100!

I think she had a pretty great day. I look forward to making Marney a card next year when she turns 100!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stampin’

Mandy x



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Stampin’ Up! Team Swaps

Welcome to another one of my blogs!

It’s nearly springtime in Australia and I am loving the sunshine at the moment! There is something about spring that makes me happy, lots of flowers are out and it’s just so pretty.

Tonight, we have our monthly team meeting and we each bring a card we have made to swap with each other. It’s a lot of fun, I love swapping with others, there is so much inspiration and creativity that you can gain from others.

I made these colourful cards using the “Oh So Eclectic” stamp set and dies in 2 different colours, Berry Burst and Night of Navy so everyone can choose their favourite colourway.

I just love the pop of colours you get in this card. The leaves embossing folder adds a beautiful background texture complimenting the “Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper” (DSP). I am totally in love with this DSP. The ink colours I used for the flowers and leaves were Berry Burst, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.

All my favourites all on the one card!

I have used a square stitched framelit and mounted the flowers on using some dimensionals.

I used the “I like you” sentiment out of the “Oh So Eclectic” stamp set because I kind of like my Stampin’ Up friends!

I made 8 cards all up, I kept a navy one for me. I love them both but Navy is my favourite.

What colour is your favourite?

I love crafting with friends. If you would like to know more about joining a class or even joining my team to join in all the fun, just ask me! You get some awesome discounts on products and it is a super fun way to meet new people!

That’s all from me for now. Enjoy your week and the sunshine!

Keep smiling,

Mandy x



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