Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop! 


Hello and a big warm welcome! You have probably arrived here via Mandy, thank you for clicking through…

The gorgeous Kelly Kent at Paper Adventures invited me to be a honorary member of her Paper Adventure team’s blog hop showcasing some of the new products in the soon-to-be-released 2017-2018 annual catalogue.

I first met Kelly online last year and as we got chatting and realised we had a lot in common (besides our love of Stampin’ Up!). She is so generous with her time and ideas and is a such a talented crafter. She amazes me with her ability to achieve so much in a day!She joined me late last year hosting a market stall at her old primary school which was a really fun day. She has since helped me countless times with questions and advice.

When it came to attending the Onstage event in Perth a few weeks ago she adopted me for the day as my team were attending at the Sydney location. She let me hang out with her team and we had a blast. The ladies in her team are just as gorgeous – more than happy to share and equally talented as you have already seen in this blog hop! Thank you girls for making me feel so welcome.

onstage 2017

So enough chatter, I have a card to share with you all – that’s what you came for right?  The theme for the hop was Prize Patrol – to use the new stamp sets and products we won at the Onstage event. I was lucky to win a beautiful sentiment stamp set called ‘Special Celebrations’ It’s designed to be grouped in pairs – one sentiment for the front of the card and the other for the inside.


And here is the Wedding card I made.

I knew I wanted to create a wedding card as I love the font and the words in this set. As I only had sentiments and no images to play with I decided to use the Bloomin’ Heart thinlit die to create a focal point. I die cut this in our beautiful shimmery white cardstock. It has a very subtle sheen to it which I thought was lovely for a wedding. I sponged the heart randomly with 3 inks using the sponge dauber in calypso coral, peekaboo peach and tangerine tango. I first saw this idea on Patty Bennett’s website (

To add some interest to the front of the card I added a panel of Very Vanilla which I embossed with the Hexagon embossing folder. I added the sentiment then tied a bow using the gorgeously soft Very Vanilla Lace Ribbon.

The sentiment for the inside of the card I wanted to stand out a bit so I stamped it in tangerine tango on peekaboo peach cardstock and then used the Lots of Labels dies to cut around it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog – next up is Siobhan


Hot off the press – new items on the clearance rack!!

CM300100B.jpgWoo hoo, we just found out that there are new items on the clearance list – get it quick there are some great bargains – the papers are at a great price!

I’ll be placing an order in the next day or so – let me know if you want me to add anything for you 🙂


Happy Stmapin’

Melissa x

Eastern Palace samples 

As promised here are some of the samples I have made with this new suite called Eastern Palace. This is such a beautiful suite and there are so many possibilities for the dies as they layer together to create intricate layers.

These cards were made using the speciality designer series paper called Eastern Palace. The colours and patterns are really elegant. The design is from Kylie Bertucci. The shapes a die cut using the gold foil sheets and the sentiments are embossed in gold.

These are small notecard sized cards measuring 4×4″ and are ones I think I will be using for my customer thankyou cards this month. I saw these on line from a fellow demonstrator Linda Dalke. The medallion is backed again with our gold foil sheets . I have then added a gold sticker and embossed the sentiment. I haven’t done a lot of emobossing of late and I’m not sure why as it always looks really nice!

The very talented Mary Fish, a US demonstrator has done a short video about this set and this was one of the cards she made. I thought the contrast of colours was really striking. I was able to use one medallion and cut it in half to place on the card. Pretty neat trick hey?

This is a sample card I found online that showcases the die cuts and how they can be used on their own or layered together to build up the designs.

Want to see more? Here is a link to a really informative youtube video from Patty Bennett in the US. click HERE to watch that. And may I suggest you subscribe to her youtube channel? Her videos are so inspiring!

I love the sentiments in the stamp set, the font and the words are really lovely. 

Eastern Palace Premier Bunbdle – 147209 $178.25

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – 147196 $104.75
Remember these bundles are available to order as of May 1st 2017. That’s less than a week away, how exciting!

Happy Stampin’

Melissa x

Have you reserved your copy of the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue?

The new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogues will be arriving soon and I would love for you to get your own copy. It really is stunning – full of ideas and inspiration as well as lush new stamps, papers, ribbons, dies and more!

There are 5 new 2017-2019 In Colours – Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide all with co-ordinating papers, ribbons, cardstock and accessories.

Please Email me if you would like a copy sent to you. I am anticipating them arriving around the middle of May. For those of you who have placed an order with me in the last 12 months, you will automatically be sent one.

Between now and June 1st I will be showing some sneak peaks of some of the new goodies. 

In the meantime, remember that the retirement sale is still on and there are some fantastic bargains to be had. These are only while stocks last. Click HERE to shop the list online. 

Happy Stampin’

Melissa x


Eastern Palace Suite pre-release 1st May!

On May 1st Stampin’ Up! are releasing a brand new suite on called Eastern Palace – that’s one whole month early so you can get a head start on creating from the new Annual Catalogue!



They are offering 2 bundles which also include 3 of the new 2017-2019 In Colour inkpads and cardstock (can you spot them already?)

Prepare to be wowed, these colours are just beautiful. The bundles contain stamp set, framelits, ink pads, cardstock, stickers, designer series papers and more! AND there is a free gift with purchase of new thick Very Vanilla cardstock or Very Vanilla note cards and envelopes – see the chart below.


eastern palace.JPGThe bundles will only be available during the month of May – after that the items will be available to purchase individually and without the free items.

I received this set late last week and can I just say WOW! There are so many combinations of medallions that you can mix and match to create intricate die cuts. Tomorrow I will share some of the samples I made. There are some really stunning samples all over Pinterest already!

I will post more information as it comes to hand.

Happy Stampin’

Melissa x



New Stampin’ Up! goodies have arrived!

Hello all, I was very excited today to receive a big box of new Stampin Up goodies to play with – just in time for the weekend yippee!

One of the many perks to being a Demonstrator and attending the Onstage event a few weeks ago is that we get the opportunity to place a special order called a Product Purchase Premiere (or PPP for short as that’s a bit of a mouthful, right?!)

Let me tell you it was sooo hard to limit myself and not order one (or more) of each item but I was a good girl and just got a small sample to play with.

I cannot begin to tell you how lovely this catalogue is, my wish list is gigantic!

Lookie here!

Do you want to be able to get your hands on the new catalogue RIGHT NOW? Would you love to be able to place your order before everyone else? Would you love to do all of this AND get a minimum of 20% off? Then what are you wanting for? Join my team and get hold of these benefits for yourself. There are no obligations to hold parties or classes and do the hard sell. You can sign up as a hobby demonstrator and support your addiction at a discount. There’s nothing to loose and so much to gain. Sign up HERE

Right, that’s all from me, I am off to craft up a storm and I’ll be sure to show you what I can!

Happy Stampin’

Melissa x


These are a few of my favourite (retiring) things….

I’ve hesitated sharing this list with you as everything on the retirement list is selling out so fast but there are a few of my all time favourites on the list (boo hoo) so I wanted to showcase them in case you haven’t seen them. I cannot guarantee they are all still available but they were when I last checked!

So these are my top 15 in no particular order……

Product List

Shop the retiring list HERE and remember if you are shopping online to use the April Hostess Code – VKP4F4NP.

Please do ask if you have any questions, it can be a bit overwhelming!

Happy Stampin’

Melissa x