Paper Adventures team blog hop 21/02/2020- Sketch

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Hello and welcome to my first Paper Adventures team blog hop of 2020.  Our guest designer for this month is Laura Mackie, Laura is a very talented designer from the UK, thank you Laura for agreeing to be part of our team blog hop. The theme for February is “Sketch”

If you have been following this hop from the start you will have arrived here from Mandy Depiazzi.  Mandy creates beautiful projects and I know that you will have loved what she has showcased.

For my projects I have used the Dressed to Impress suite from the new 2020 Mini Catalogue, this is a very feminine suite that can be used in all sorts of different ways.

My first card is for that friend or family member who loves shoes, and lets face it who doesn’t love shoes, I know I do.  I began by using versamark ink to create a background and added a strip of DSP with more shoes, for my pretty red shoes I stamped and die cut then I used SU blends to colour them and finished off with Wink of Stella. I adhered them onto a die cut Stitched Shape oval which was then mounted onto a die cut scalloped oval. Finally I added the sentiment, I love this sentiment, it sums it all up.

For my second card I flipped the sketch round and made it landscape. The DSP I used is the flip side of the one I used on my first card, see how versatile this DSP is, two completely different cards from one piece of patterned paper. To add texture I dry embossed the Purple Posy Matt with the Tufted Embossing Folder, to me this folder creates a luxurious feel to the card. The sentiment was stamped onto a Stitched Shape circle die and adhered to a die cut scalloped circle, this was attached with dimensionals, to finish the card off I stamped and die cut the flower, coloured in with blends then attached it with a dimensional.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any information about the products used.

if you are considering joining Stampin’ Up now is the time to join as there is a terrific joining special.  You will have fun, make new friends and make beautiful cards.

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Next on the hop is our guest designer Laura Mackie, I am looking forward to see what Laura has created.

Paper Adventures Team Blog November- On Stage

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Hello everybody and welcome to my first blog post after my fabulous holiday, we had an amazing time and now I am back and am back in my craft room doing what I love.

A couple of weeks ago Stampin’ Up held their On Stage Local event in Perth which is only a two hour drive from our home town of  Bunbury.  This event was to launch the 2020 mini catalogue which showcases a whole new range of products, I can see my credit card groaning already.  It was an event not to be missed by our team so those of us who were able made a weekend of it and had a wonderful time catching up with other demonstrators and sharing our love of Stampin’ Up.

The theme for our November blog is “On Stage” where we get to create a design using some of the new products that we received at “On Stage”.  A huge welcome to our guest designer, Shannon Kissane, I know that you are going to love her projects. I have chosen to use the Painted Poppies stamp set that I received as my prize patrol, this was very symbolic to me as Australia had commemorated Rememberance Day only a few days before.

The card that I have made is a Dioramo, or Shadow box card. This card is a 3D card that is so easy to make but very effective.  There are quite a posts on Pinterest that will show you how to make it in various different sizes.  For this card I used Poppy Parade cardstock and the soon to be available Peaceful Poppies DSP. Follow this link if you would like to watch how Ruth created this card.

I decided to add a matching gift bag and tag using Whisper White and Poppy Parade cardstock and the matching Peaceful Poppies DSP.  The bag was made using a tutorial from Sam Hammond at Pootles, Sam is very generous in sharing all of her measurements. Click on this link if you would like to watch her tutorial.

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Thank you for joining me today and I hoped you liked my card and gift bag.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like more information on Stampin’ Up and how you could make your own beautiful cards, boxes and gift bags.

Next on our blog hop is Narelle Sims, click on the link below to see what exciting projects Narelle has created


Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – “S”

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Seattle city from Kerry Park

Hello and welcome to my blog which tonight comes from the other side of the world in Seattle. Normally when I am on holiday I don’t take part in the team blog hop but this is one that I couldn’t resist. I am in Seattle in September getting ready to board a cruise Ship on Saturday to Set Sail on the Sea, have you worked out the theme yet, yes it is the letter S.

Snoquamie Falls

As I will be sailing away into the sunset both of my cards are based on the Sea. My first card is made from the Come Sail Away Memories & More card pack, this pack is ideal for beginner stampers as you don’t have to do any stamping to make a beautiful card.

My second card is intended to show what Australians love doing best, relaxing on the beach on a sunny summers day.  Once again I used the Come Sail Away Memories and more pack along with A Good Man stamp set, this set can be used for so many different occasions. I have used my blends for the sand, sea and sky.

I hope you enjoyed my take on this month’s theme, I know I certainly had fun making them. Please follow the link below which will take you to our next talented designer – Lisa Whitehead.

Paper Adventures August Team hop – Photo Inspiration

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Hi everybody and welcome to our Paper Adventures August team blog hops and a big hello to Ellen Woodbridge who is our guest designer for this blog hop.  The theme for this month is Photo Inspiration using this photo to inspire us.

I decided to use the Pressed Petals Speciality DSP from the new catalogue. I must admit that when I first saw this in the new annual catalogue it wasn’t high on my wish list of must haves, but after seeing so many wonderful projects using it it quickly went on my list.

My project today uses Crumb Cake for the 5” square card base and I topped it with a layer of Merry Merlot DSP from the new Neutrals Colour Collection. The flowers were lovingly fussycut from the Pressed Petal DSP and layered to give depth with a touch of Wink of Stella to finish.  I attached the heart with dimensional to a Whisper White Matt and matted onto Merry Merlot.  I added  a piece of Burlap to give the card a rustic look.

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed my project, next is the talented Mandy.

Paper Adventures – Fancy Folds with JanB

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Hello and welcome to our Paper Adventures team blog for June.  A big Australian welcome to Jan Brown from JanB cards who is our guest designer for this month’s blog, I was super excited when I heard that Jan was joining us this month as I am a devotee of hers and have CASE’d many of her fancy fold cards.

If you have arrived here from Mandy’s blog post you would have seen her wonderful projects, her designs are stunning. If this is your first stop you are in for a treat with all the wonderful designs you will see as you work your way through the blogs.

The card I have chosen is an Inside Block card which is one of Jan’s designs,  follow this link if you would like the instructions –

One of my favourite DSP’s is Petal Promenade which unfortunately was retired at the end of May, I love roses which is probably why I like it so much.  I used Grapefruit Grove cardstock and matted the patterned paper with whisper white, I think it looks very summery which is just what we need on this cold, wet and windy winters day. For the front I used the Stitched Labels Framelits which are a new product in the 2019/2020Stampin’ Up catalogue which was launched on June 4th, the sentiment is from the Everything is Rosy stamp set and the roses are from the Climbing Roses stamp set. As Jan’s card was a butterfly design, I added a few random butterflies.

I was so happy with this card that I decided to make another but couldn’t decide on a design.  I have two friends who will be welcoming their first grandson in the coming month and in a flash the design was created.

I hope you like these cards as much as I enjoyed making them.  Please contact me if you would like more information on Stampin’ Up, or would be interested in attending a workshop.

Thank you for joining us Jan and best wishes for your wedding next week ❤️

Next on the blog hop is Narelle who is a good friend of mine, you will love her designs.

Happy Crafting


Kelly’s Birthday Card

On Tuesday I participated in Kelly’s Stamping Friends Birthday Blog Hop and asked the question of whether my design was going to be Kelly’s actual birthday card.  Now that the big day is over I can reveal that it wasn’t, here is the card that her dad and I gave her.

I am not sure  what to call this fold, maybe a card, on a card, on a card – any suggestions.

The colours used are:

Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sea Foam and All my Love DSP

Numerous stamp sets, blends and the Envelope Punch Board were used.

Happy Crafting



Kelly’s Stamping Friends – Birthday Blog Hop

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I am so excited to be taking part in Kelly’s Stamping Friends Birthday Blog for the first time. If you have arrived here from Julia Quinn I know that you would have seen an amazing project.

A testimony to Kelly’s talent and creativity is to see how many demonstrators immediately put their hands up to be involved as soon as the blog hop is announced.  I feel very privileged to be a part of this amazing group.

Front of card

I have had my design planned for quite a while, it is based on a tutorial by Jackie Bultje, also known as The Pampered Stamper. I almost had to completely change my plan as Mr. Australia Post wasn’t playing nice and I was thinking that my new goodies wouldn’t arrive in time.  Fortunately the BBB arrived yesterday afternoon and I was able to finish my design.

I really like the style of this Double Point fold card, and there is room for three lots of sentiments, one of which is hidden.  I used the Everything is Rosy stamp set and dies, and the Stitched Nesting labels from my pre-order, I think both of the items are going to get a huge workout in my craft room.

Hidden message
Inside of card

A big Happy Birthday Kelly and I hope you enjoy your special day … week…month.  Is this your birthday card, well you will just have to wait and see.

Next on the blog hop is Leonie Schroder, you will be blown away by Leonie’s work.

Happy Crafting