Thank You Card Inspiration

Hello so glad you have joined me today as I had some great inspiration from the Paper Adventures Team Hop and thought that I would share with you what I did…

My husband had a significant birthday the other day and while he is at work and it was not forgotten by his workmates, much to his disgust as he tries to forget his birthday as he reckons its just another day! Well the guys on shift did not think this birthday could go unnoticed so they threw him a BBQ after work and also gave him a gift! After speaking to my husband I knew a card opportunity could not go to waste so I did what I knew I could do and make a card fitting for his work crew. Thanks to Kelly Kent for the inspiration, have a look at Kelly’s cards here from the Team Blog Hop and maybe you could get some inspiration not only from Kelly but anyone else who joined in, do you follow any of the blog hops if not click next on Kelly’s blog and it will take through everyone who joined in.

I decided I would make 2 cards as my husband’s crew do have different colour fluro work shirts and he can send the other card into his work crew in at the depot to thank them as well.

Firstly I cut a piece of Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie cardstock as a layer for the shirt and then got a strip of silver foil and also using Night of Navy cut another strip about 2.5cm wide, I then layered them across near the bottom of the shirt. I used Night of Navy cardstock again for the buttons, I used the 3/8″ punch which is retired for the buttons. I used some double sided tape on the back of the Night of Navy cardstock to make like a sticker as they were to fiddly to cut then stick with glue as I always put too much glue and it oozes everywhere and I find making stickers so much easy and cleaner to do. You would be surprised how often this can be used with other punches and dies….

As I did not want to put any pockets on the shirt, I put ‘Thank you” using the stamp set Teeny Tiny Sentiment which is retired and Free As A Bird stamp set where the pocket would have gone and to make it look like the company logo or even the persons name. I did not have the Well Suited Suite from Stampin Up! which is in the new Mini Catalogue which is available now until 30 June 2021 so I had to improvise with the collar and draw it freehand then tweaked it to look like a collar then cut out with scissors then place it at the top of the card.

Hope you, like me it has given you some inspiration, hope you checked out the other blogs associated with the Team Adventures Team its always lots of fun doing these even if a little stressful to make sure that you have done it right!

Until next time, have fun…

Paper Adventures Team Hop |New

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Hello! Thanks for joining me in the first blog hop for 2021 with the Paper Adventures Team. Each month the team does a blog hop with a different and fun theme and today’s theme is New, anything to do with new like new year, new products, new whatever! Please welcome our guest designer, Linda Dalke I am really looking forward to see what Linda has created.

Today I have chosen lots of new!

By using white cardstock for the base of the card, I then added a Granny Apple Green layer and of course I had to chose my ‘new’ favourite free DSP called Oh So Ombre which you can receive free with every $90 spent in the new Mini Catalogue, oh look another ‘new’ thing, a catalogue! I die cut the ombre DSP using Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies, I love anything that is stitched then I had to use another ‘new’ framelit inside the rectangle called Stitched With Whimsy dies, see I told you I loved anything that is stitched! Using a ‘new’ technique that I had not used for before I embossed a piece of vellum using the Greenery embossing folder, the trick to get this glued down is to get a sponge with tombow then smear the glue over the vellum on the back make sure you get all the edges otherwise it will curl and be hard to stick down. If you use double sided tape you will see the tape as it shows thorough the vellum and looks unsightly. I stamped with a ‘new’ stamp set called Pretty Perennials I stamped Happy , Sending Lots of and Mail in black but heat embossed Happy with clear embossing powder to make it stand out and then fussy cut around to really make it pop. Such a simple card which can be changed up to suit your needs and the stamp set has lots of different sayings, so this is my ‘new’ favourite stamp set!!

I am really looking forward to what everyone has come up with for the ‘new’ theme and I am sure you will get some great ideas from this very special bunch of creative people as they have some fantastic ideas that they are only too happy to share with you all

Make sure you click on the next button below to check out Sana’s amazing creation….what do you think of our new banner? So pretty, thanks Narelle for designing them both they look amazing….

Have fun!

Happy 5th Stampaversary to me!

Hi, do you know what you were doing 5 years ago? Well, I made the decision to join Stampin Up! after having been a customer of Megan Schneiker’s for awhile, she suggested that maybe I should join and reap the benefits of becoming a demonstrator so I thought why not, I had nothing to lose and a whole heap to gain, so began my Stampin Up! love affair.

Today I thought I would make myself a card to celebrate my stampaversary so using my new products from the new Mini Catalogue which is available from now until the 5 June 2021 and Sale-a-bration which you earn free products each time you spend $90, these are only available until 28 February2021 so if you are interested in purchasing or having a look at a catalogue, please let me know so I can show you all the loveliness inside the paper walls of the catalogue and you like me might become a demonstrator…

To make the card I used 3 of my favourite colours Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Misty Moonlight. Firstly I stamped the background using one of the stamps in Basic Gray, then layered onto the Misty Moonlight card stock. I stamped the flowers using the Pretty Perennials stamp set and then die cut them out using the Perennials Petals dies, so easy to do. I love how stamps can be cut out, no more fussy cutting which I don’t mind but Megan hates it and if we are at a card class together, guess who gets to fussy cut for her, lucky me! I used Copper foil for the leaves rather than using green leaves for something different and I love how it has turned out

I stamped Happy Anniversary in Basic Gray using Many Messages stamp set and coordinating die called Messages die, this is a great set as it has lots of different phases which you stamp at once and one die cuts them all out at the same time. I think I need to ask Stampin Up! to make a stamp which says ‘Happy Stampaversary’ as lots of demo’s would use this I am sure for there downlines or even themselves as we know how much we love to make cards and spread the joy.

I hope you enjoyed my anniversary card today and I hope there will be many more stampaversary that I enjoy with you.

Lastly, I just want to thank everyone who I have met through Stampin Up! from classes each month to the fabulous time we have at Onstage and retreat days we all share, I am so glad I took the leap of faith and join as I love all the banter and laughs we all enjoy together and I am very happy to have met the most wonderful people who I call my very best friends.

Last but not least, thank you Megan for giving me the push that I needed to join and for been my upline and my friend….. xxx

Until next time I will continue to be Playing with Paper and create some amazing papercrafts for you…

Have fun!

Paper Adventures Team Hop

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Hi and thanks for joining me on the Paper Adventures Team Hop, cannot believe it has been a month since we were last here, where has the time gone!

This is a great hop as we are heading into Christmas and are trying to organise presents for families and friends. This time I have chosen to do some gifts already wrapped for my co-workers. We are having lunch on Sunday and having an early Christmas celebration before the ‘silly season’ ramps up.

I got the idea off Pinterest, of course, where else do you go for inspiration! I followed Candy Ford from Stamp Candy instructions and decorated using new and retired Stampin Up! items.

For the base and lid, I used Real Red and Garden Green cardstock and decorated the lids using retired DSP called Quilted Christmas and stamped the bow from the stamp set, Gift Wrapped, which comes with a matching punch, I do love a matching punch and this was perfect. I used Stampin Blends to colour in some of the ribbon to match the boxes.

Inside the box, I used an insert, I used the ‘H’ from the retired Large Alphabet dies, oh why, Stampin Up did you discontinue these! Gold foil was used to match the chocolates and the circle from the ‘O’ that was cut out was just perfect for an embellishment under the bow on the top, I never throw away anything like that I have a container full of bits and pieces that might come in handy….one day

Inside has 3 Ferrero Rocher chocolates which form the ‘O’ for the HO HO HO, how clever is that! I am super stoked how easy they were to put together and they look amazing.

Hope this has given you some ideas that don’t have to be expensive but look like you have spent a lot….

Let see what the rest of the team has made, so click on the next button, trust me you will want to keep going as there are some very talented ladies here.

The next blog from here is our amazing guest designer Lorri Heiling click on the next button below to visit her blog.

Have fun!



Oh boy, what day I had at Onstage@Home……

I was lucky enough to join the Paper Adventures Team, with the delightful Kelly Kent as the head honcho. We arrived with lots of excitement for a day of fun and games. All who attended were wearing a t-shirt that Kelly had kindly put a decal on and the wording could not any further from the truth….

I think we were the lucky ones here in Western Australia as we were able to get together as our restrictions are not as strict as in other states of Australia, due to our hard borders.

As we arrived we were all given a goodie bag just like going to any Onstage event but this one was made by Kelly, who I don’t think sleeps leading up to the team events! Inside was a notebook, pen and personalised zip bag and the gift tag on the front with our names that matched the notebook and the colours of Onstage@Home, how clever is that!

We were lucky enough to make 3 cards during the day using the stamp set Dandy Garden with matching dragonfly punch, which punches out 2 dragonflies, 2 for the price of one, who doesn’t like more bang for their buck! It also has the cutest ladybug embellishments that you will ever see….

This bundle is from the new mini catalogue and will be available to all customers from January to June 2021 but as a Demonstrator we can get to see and order early so if you are interested in becoming a demonstrator, let me know we can talk about all the amazing perks that are on offer. Trust me if this stamp set is anything to go by there will be some pretty amazing stamps and paper inside those ‘paper walls’ of the catalogue, I cannot wait until I can get my hands on it to have a look…

ACHOO! ACHOO!! Bless me!!

Which brings me to what swaps I made for Onstage@Home. I made tissue boxes holders that can be reuse once the tissue box is emptied as the base slips off and a new tissue box is put in its place. I got the idea off Pinterest and there are heaps on there to chose from, these ones were the most popular and super easy to make.

On the side of the box I made a frame using the Stitched Nested Labels dies and put a paper plane at the top of frame to show Paper Adventures logo. I also cut out all the initials of everyone attending so that they could chose the box they wanted and then put there initial in the frame.

It is always a highlight at any Onstage event whether it is live or @Home are swaps! At the live events you can come away with lots of wonderful swaps, depending on how many you make to swap and they range from card fronts to 3D items and some of them are a real work of art! This year since we were at home and doing a team event you can go a little bigger and make it special for the recipient. Have a look at the amazing swaps I received from the other team members.

The day sadly had to end but after a great day of sharing what we all love to do and catching up with everyone who had travelled from Perth to be with us it was time to head home back to our families and have another look at all the amazing swaps I had received…

Have Fun!

Paper Adventures Team Hop

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Hi! Thanks for joining me on my very first team blog hop where I have joined the Paper Adventures team. They get together once a month and create amazing projects, I have looked on from afar each time they do a blog hop and have been wanting to join in but was too scared so after much encouragement and hand holding to guide me in the right direction I have decided tonight is the night!

This month’s theme is Pointillism, do you have the same question as me? What is pointillism? Good question, I hear you ask basically it is dot painting, who knew it had a posh name….

I tried a few different techniques like using an cotton bud dabbed in ink and put onto the paper, I then tried just doing dots with a marker pen then I saw the stamp set Beautiful Friendship and it had a stamp that looked like dots, hallelujah! my work has been done for me even if by cheating a little.

I stamped poppies from Painted Poppies stamp set in black, I knew I had to get this inky again, then I stamped Beautiful Friendship with Real Red ink to stamp the ‘dots’ then using the Painted Labels dies I cut out the poppies, so easy as most of the work had been done for me.

Did I cheat? You be the judge!

See what the rest of the team has made. The next blog from here is Shannon Kissane and I am sure she will have an amazing creation – click on the next button below to visit her blog.

Have fun!

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Paper Adventures Team Meeting…

Hi, today I wanted to share with you what I have made for the Paper Adventures team meeting that I am lucky enough to join, even though technically its not my team but my adopted one.

Meetings are usually held once a month at someone house where we make swaps with whoever wishes to join in, there is no pressure to join but its fun and if you are anything like me and suffer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) you certainly try and make the time to participate in the swaps. There is a lot of oohing and aahing as everyone swaps with each other, lots of discussion on what technique has been used or sometimes its the just the simplicity of the swap. Then its down to business and we discuss what has been happening in the world of Stampin Up! and bring up any questions or queries we may have.

After that we have morning tea which is always something yummy and a catch up. The hostess does a make and take which is a highlight and with the banter around the table its always a fun time and I feel that my cup is well and truly filled by time I leave to head home back to reality.

This time I made a card, usually I make a 3D item but could not decide what to do, so I made a slimline card which was really simple to do and this card will fit in a DL size envelope.

I used the stamp set Free As A Bird and with matching dies called Stitched Nested Label. I then coloured the birds using Stampin Blends, I have a limited amount of blends so used what I had.

Hope this has inspired you to try making a slimline card to change it up from the normal….

Have fun!

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My First Blog Post…ever, so be kind!

Hi and welcome to my first blog post. After much encouragement and lots of help from friends I have decided to bite the bullet and as the Nike saying goes ‘Just Do It’ so here goes…..

I have been asked by my Mum to make a few sympathy cards which is something that I always struggle with. Mum gave me a black and white colour palette so that was a real challenge in itself. I used a mixture of current and retired Stampin Up! products and came up with a few simple cards.

The first three cards I used the stamp set called Painted Poppies, which is such a versatile set, can’t wait to use it again but do the poppies in red ink. On one card I used DSP for the background and is called Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is retired. The other two I just did very simply with black borders using the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies where I used the square dies and did a different orientation to give a different look but still a simple and clean card.

On the next card I used Dandelion Wishes stamp set this was the first time I had used this set and most certainly will not be the last as it has lots of potential for some really great cards.

On the last card I used Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is retired again and cut 3 strips approx 1 inch wide on black cardstock and wrapped black and white twine at the bottom of the card to finish off.

All the cards have been stamped sentiment using the stamp sets Peaceful Moments which coordinates with the dies called Peaceful Moments and the other stamp set that I used is called Better Together which is retired.

Thank you for reading my first blog and hopefully this will not be the last!

Have fun!

Robyn x