Paper Adventures January team blog – New

Happy New Year fellow crafters and welcome to the first Paper Adventures blog hop for 2021. I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and that you were able to spend time with your family and friends. We are very blessed here in Western Australia in that we are living a fairly normal lifestyle with just a few restrictions. My wish for 2021 is that we will all have access to an effective Covid-19 vaccine.

Thank you for joining me for our January blog and a big welcome to Linda Dalke who is joining us as our Guest Designer. Linda is a very talented designer and I am looking forward to seeing her beautiful designs. The theme for this month is “New” – New Year, new friendships, new baby and of course wonderful new products in the new January-June Mini Catalogue, the possibilities are endless.

On Christmas Day two very close family friends, Eileen and Brian, became grandparents for the third time to Oliver George. Congratulations to Emma and Aaron on the safe arrival of your beautiful baby boy. A new baby, what a wonderful end to the roller coaster year of 2020 and a new beginning for 2021. Yes you guessed it, my interpretation of the theme is New Baby.

I started off by making a card for Oliver using the Playful Alphabet and the now retired Bonanza Buddies. I think the Playful Alphabet is my most used item from the 2020/2021 annual catalogue, I just love it. The card base is Daffodil Delight topped with a Bermuda Bay matt. To make the letters I added a strip of the SU foam adhesive sheets to a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock, die cut them using the new mini Stampin’ cut and emboss machine and attached them to a Whisper White and Daffodil Delight dies, both of which are from the Stitched So Sweetly die set. The sentiment inside the card is from the new Punch Part stamp set which you can only get if you place an order of over $500.



For my second project I made a baby sampler using quite a few different sets both current and retired. I made this in traditional “blue for a boy” colours – Night of Navy, Smoky Slate and Whisper White and the DSP is from the retired Twinkle, Twinkle. The Bonanza Buddy lion made another appearance as dad Aaron is a massive West Coast Eagle fan (colours blue and gold). I am sure that as Oliver gets older he will be guided towards the WCE 😄.

To complete my presents for Oliver, and with his dad in mind, I machine embroidered a towel for him. Watch out AFL, Oliver is coming.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have created as much as I enjoyed making them. Next on the blog hop is Robyn, click on the Next button below to see what wonderful creations she has in store for you.

Click here to see all participants of the blog hop

Happy Crafting and see you next time.

Social Stamping November blog host – Merry and Bright

Hello everybody and thank you for joining me for the November Social Stamping blog host. As the festive season is almost here the theme for this blog host is Merry and Bright. Covid19 has made 2020 a year we will never forget but I am determined that it isn’t going to spoil my Christmas.

My projects for this blog host is an Easel card with a matching gift box. Being a traditional Christmas girl my colour scheme is Shaded Spruce, Real Red and Whisper White.

For the card I started with a Shaded Spruce 11” x 4 1/8” card base scored at 5 1/2” and 2 3/4”, each of the three panels has a Real Red matt and I layered the top and bottom panels with the plaid design from the Tis The Season DSP, I opted not to add DSP to the middle section to give a contrast.

The upright panel also is also in the same colours, the sentiment and holly leaves are from the retired Merry Christmas To All set which I love and definitely won’t part with. To enable the card to stand up I added a piece on the bottom of the card using the same three colours, I added dimensionals to the bottom two layers and used adhesive to attach the Whisper White layer, this gives it the height to allow the card to stand up.

The matching gift box is made using a Mini Pizza Box which has been layered with the same colour cardstock and DSP. The “Merry” is die cut using the retired Merry Christmas dies, I have again used the Merry Christmas to all stamp set for the sentiment, the border was heat embossed with silver embossing powder and die cut.

Merry Christmas to you all, have a wonderful festive season and happy crafting

For the full list of participants in this hop, click here to visit Kelly’s blog.

Next blog on the hop is my very talented friend Denise Buetler. Click on the next button and see the wonderful creations Denise has for you today.

Social Stamping Blog Host – Get Better Soon

Hello fellow crafters and welcome to the September episode of the Social Stamping Blog Host which is the brainchild of the very talented Kelly Kent. Kelly had this wonderful idea of keeping SU demonstrators connected when the rest of our world was going crazy, we all enjoyed it so much that we are keeping it going even though our restrictions have been eased. If you have arrived here from Michelle at thank you for hopping on over.  I would like to apologise for this post being very word heavy, it is a story I wanted to tell.

The theme for this month is “Get Better Soon” and I would like to tell the story of how my card came about.

Darcy’s Story

Darcy is a five year old little boy who has been diagnosed with Leukaemia.  I have never met Darcy nor do I know his family but two weeks ago I listened to a radio interview with his father who explained that six weeks previously Darcy had been given six weeks to live as the cancer levels in his body were way to high for him to receive a bone marrow transplant. The family pleaded with the doctors to try and find another way to beat this horrible disease and after extensive research a new treatment was found and on the day of the interview Darcy’s cancer has gone below the 5% mark which meant he could now have the much needed transplant.

This story touched my heart because I am very lucky to have three healthy grandchildren. I therefore decided that I would make my version of a Get Better Soon card and send it to Darcy.

As I wanted to put a few different elements on this card I decided to make a larger double bridge fold card. The card base is 10” x 5 3/4” and scored on the long side at 1 1/2” and 3” at both ends, this will form the bridge. You can then decide, based on how you are going to decorate it, what size you would like the two supports or you could just decide to use either a top or bottom one if that suited your design better.
When I was thinking on what theme to use the Dino Roar suite jumped out saying “I am here” and what little boy doesn’t love dinosaurs.  The dies co-ordinate perfectly with the DSP designs to cut fun and friendly dinosaurs.

I am so happy that my passion for cardmaking can bring joy to other people as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to read Darcy’s story.

Next on the blog host is my delightful friend Andrea Sargent from Valley Inspiration, click on the Next button which will take you straight to her post where you will see her amazing projects.
Happy Crafting and for those of you who are attending an On Stage at Home event, have a great time, I know I will 😊




Social Stamping September blog host – Baby

Hi fellow crafters and welcome to September’s Social Stamping blog host organised by the very talented Kelly Kent. If you have arrived here from Sandra’s blog post I am sure that will have loved Sandra’s design.

The theme for this month is Baby, I love that I am able to create a card to celebrate the miracle of the birth of a new tiny human. I CASE,d my card from a similar design by Carol Payne at and adapted it for a grandparent to welcome a new grandson into the world.

Most little boys that I know love trains, boats and planes so for this card I created a Z fold card using the train and helicopter from the Moving Along stamp set, this set is great for creating children’s cards. The colours used are Pacific Point, Real Red and Whisper White and scraps from the In Good Taste DSP for two of the train carriages. I have my train running on the tracks and the helicopter hovering overhead with a banner announcing that “It’s a Boy”.

This was a fun card to make and I hope you that you like it.

As I am last on the list if you click on the Next button below it will take you to the start of the blog host and the amazingly talented Kelly Kent, I know that you will be in for a treat when you see Kelly’s creation.


Paper Adventures August blog hop – Banners

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Hello and welcome to the Paper Adventures August blog hop. Our guest designer this month is Melissa Gifford who is not only my friend but also a very talented designer, thank you Melissa for joining us for our August blog hop.

A big Hi if you have arrived here from Narelle’s blog post, you will certainly have seen some wonderful projects.The theme for this month is Banners.  Banners can be used in so many different ways, they can be used as a celebration, as the main focus of a project, or as I am going to use them – as a focal point for my sentiment.

One of my favourite bundles in the new 2020/2021 annual catalogue is the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle.  This bundle is extremely versatile and can be used in so many different ways.

My project is going to be sent to very dear friends in Victoria who are in lockdown in Melbourne due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 virus.  I wanted to let them know that we are thinking of them at this very difficult time and hope that soon they will be back to some sort of normality.  I also sent them some happy mail cards for them to send to their family and friends and share the love.

My card today was CASE’d from stampitupwithjamie. The card base is So Saffron to which I have added a matt of Mango Melody, this was then topped with a layer of the In Good Taste DSP.

The sunflower was stamped in Mango Melody on So Saffron cardstock and the die cut with the solid die and topped with a Mango Melody detailed image die. I stamped the leaves in Old Olive on Old Olive cardstock and again die cut them.  I attached to leaves to the back of the sunflower and adhered it with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Lovely You stamp set, I stamped it onto a piece of 3/4” Whisper White card stock and punched it out using the new banner punch, I also punched out a piece of Old Olive card stock with the banner punch. I adhered them together and placed them on the card using dimensionals.

I carried the Sunflowers through to the inside of the card and the envelope, I think that this little touch gives the finished card a very professional look.

I love the way that the combination of colours I have used go so well together to create a warm and happy card.

Thank you for joining me on this blog hop, I hope you have enjoyed reading how I made my card. Next on the blog hop is my very good friend Siobhan, Siobhan’s designs are amazing and I know you will love them. Click on the Next button which will take you straight to Siobhan’s blog post.

Happy  Crafting everybody and Stay Safe 😊


Social Stamping – Sympathy


Hi everybody and welcome to another Social Stamping blog host . The theme today is Sympathy, one that we all know we will need but don’t like to think of having to use it. I love that we can use our passion for cardmaking to let family and friends know that we are thinking of them during a very sad time.

I have made two different cards today, the first one is very soft and subtle and for the second one I have used brighter colours. Both of them will let the recipient know that I am thinking of them.

For the first one I used Whisper White for the card base and a Soft Sea Foam matt which I have embossed with the new 3D Tasteful Textile embossing folder.  I then die cut different sized Stitched Rectangles leaving the Whisper White to show through. You could  also use the rectangle cut out pieces slotted back into the space either with glue or dimensionals.

The flowers are stamped and die cut from The Grace’s Garden suite and coloured in with dark Purple Posy and dark Mint Macaron blends, I then adhered them into the negative space of the rectangles using dimensionals.

As I don’t have any Soft Sea Foam ribbon I made my own using white crinkled ribbon and my dark SSF blend. I love how Stampin’ Up products are so versatile. To finish off my card I added the sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

I decided that for my second card I would use the flowers from the Beautiful Friendship stamp set to create a half wreath, this stamp set can be used in for so many different occasions.

For the sentiment I brought out the Well Said stamps and Well Written dies, this bundle covers any occasion and complement each other very well. The colours for this card are Whisper White and Purple Posy for the card base and Matt and  Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and Just Jade inks for the stamping. The sympathy sentiment was die cut out of Gorgeous Grape cardstock.

Thank you for visiting my post and I look forward to showing more projects in the weeks to come. Next on the blog host is my good friend Narelle from, click on the Next button to see what beautiful projects she has created this week.


Social Stamping blog host – Change

Hello to my fellow crafters and welcome to the last Social Stamping blog host hosted by the very talented Kelly Kent.  If you have arrived here via my lovely friend Shannon Kissane – aka The Crafty Engineer, you will have seen the delightful projects that Shannon has created and are in store for many more from our lovely demonstrators.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kelly for her brilliant organisation of this blog host to keep like minded demonstrators connected during Covid 19 when our world was was falling apart and we had to adapt to the “new normal”. Kelly has come up with different themes which has definitely challenged me and made me think of something new to showcase.

All good things must come to an end and although this is the last Social Stamping weekly blog host, the good news is that all your favourite demonstrators will return on a monthly basis, stay tuned to see all of the exciting projects that we have in store for you.

The theme for this last blog host is Change and what a challenge this was. I asked myself what was I changing from or too. I decided that I would Change a card that I had I had seen made by Sharon Armstrong.

The  card that Sharon made was a fancy fold Wedding card using the American imperial measurements, this is Sharon’s card.

I changed my project to a Birthday card and changed the measurements to Australian metric, this is my card

The card base is Highland Heather with a strip of Best Dressed DSP on the 1” scored piece, the large and small matt is Mint Macaron to which I have  added a piece of Whisper White.

The flowerpot and flowers are from the new Basket of Blooms stamp set. I stamped the flowers on to the small WW piece then again on a scrap piece and fussy cut it, I then placed it on top of stamped image with dimensionals. The sentiment is from Bonanza Buddies. If  you would like to make this card here are the my measurements:

10.5cm x 29.7cm card base scored at 14.9cm and 17.4cm

DSP piece  –  2cm x 9.8cm

Large Mint Macaron matt  –  11.7cm x 9.8cm

Large Whisper White matt  –  11.1cm x 9.2cm

Small Mint Macaron matt  –     9.2cm x 7.3cm

Small Whisper White matt  –    8.6cm x 6.7cm

Thanks for stopping by for this last blog, if you have been checking in every week I hope you have enjoyed the journey

I am the last one this week, if you click on the Next button below it will take you back to the very talented Chantell Randall from Ink Everywhere, I wonder what Chantell has for us today







Social Stamping Out Of The Box

Hi everybody and welcome to the penultimate Social Stamping blog host organised by the amazing Kelly Kent.

The theme for this week is “Out Of The Box” and what a challenge Kelly presented us with.  My interpretation was to literally go with something “out of the box” and this is what I came up with.

At the end of last week I received my goodies from the new Annual Catalogue and all the products for this card came out of my SU box.

All the colours I have used today are from the new 2020-2022 In Colours. I really like this palette of colours and I am looking forward to using them quite a lot.

The card base is Just Jade on to which I have added a Whisper White matt which was embossed with the new Tasteful Textile 3D embossing Folder, this folder provides an elegant texture which lifts thecard. The triangles have been stamped and die cut with the new The Right Triangle bundle, as soon as I saw this bundle I knew I had to have it, the stamp uses Misty Moonlight and the larger triangle is Bumble Bee. To give the card a pop I added a strip of the new In Colour DSP. The sentiment is from the new stamp set Lovely You, I versamark Ed the stamp then used Misty Moonlight ink and clear heat embossed.

Next on the blog host is Kelly Kent, click on the Next button below and this will take you directly to her post where you will be able to see what wonderful projects she has created.  You can see the full list of participants here.

Happy Crafting and see you next week 😊



Social Stamping blog host – Thinking of You

Hello to my amazing Stampin’ Up friends for another Social Stamping blog host organised by the wonderful Kelly Kent. Three months ago Kelly came up with the fabulous idea of organising a blog host for demonstrators that would keep us all connected when the world around us was changing day by day. It is a tribute to Kelly that we are all still enjoying our weekly connectivity, I know I do.


The theme this week is “Thinking Of You”. Today is a very poignant day for me as 26 years ago today I lost my dad to that insidious disease – Cancer. My dad loved me, raised me and gave me the values that made me the person that I am today. In memory of my dad and his Scottish heritage I have used one of my favourite fun fold cards, the corner triangle pop up card. I first saw this technique on Jan Brown  Utube channel and have made quite a few since then. Jan has a wonderful blog, this is her link.

Here is a list of the supplies I used:

Card Base:  Cherry Cobbler
Matt:            Whisper White
DSP:            Perfectly Plaid
Stamps:       Climbing Roses, Little Ladybug
Dies:             Rose Trellis, Stitched Shapes, Layered Circles

Once I had finished this card I decided to make another one and came up with this fun version. I delved into my DSP stack (hoard) and brought out the Pleased as Punch DSP, with all the winter weather that has come our way lately I thought this was ideal.

Card Base:  Coastal Cabana

Matt:            Petal Pink

DSP:            Pleased as Punch

Stamps:     Under My Umbrella, Little Ladybug

Dies:          Umbrella punch, Stitched Shapes, Rectangle Dies

Next on the blog host is our very own Crafty Engineer, Shannon Kissane. Click on the Next button to see what amazing projects she has created.