Paper Adventures Christmas Blog Hop


I’m super excited to have my first team blog hop on my new blog! I have so much love for my fellow Paper Adventurers and I love our monthly team hops. Always so much inspiration, usually something that I then absolutely must have and go and order straight away (we are our own worst enemies, or greatest enablers, depending on how you look at it!).

This month you are probably here having hopped on over from the fabulous Mandy and her festive creation. Our theme is Christmas and I don’t know about you, but the closeness of Christmas seems to have really hit me this week. I’ve been dabbling in bits and pieces here and there of crafting and shopping and planning, but I really need to get stuck into it now.

This week I had a few birthday cards to make as well as something Christmas-y for this hop, so I had fun playing with one of my favourite card styles using cute DSP and the Large Letter Framelits.


The Santa’s Workshop Specialty DSP from the 2018 Holiday Catalogue has been a huge hit and I just can’t get enough of it. The parade of cheeky characters, the bright and traditionally Christmas-y colours, and the white flocking on some of the designs (check out this little elf’s hat, it’s all fuzzy and cute!), it’s all a winner for me. For this card all that was needed was this little strip of DSP with these elves carrying presents and it’s instant impact and FUN!


The only fiddly bit on this card was lining up the letters carefully. Generally five letters fit perfectly across a standard sized card, so think “Merry”, “Happy”, “Noel”. “Joy” etc.  They are mounted on mini dimensionals to make them stand out even more.


These letter dies are so fabulous. There is no limit to what you can do with them. They are great fun and also perfect for customisation. Since I love nothing more than crafting to a theme or layout, I whipped up these other cards for the birthdays we are celebrating this week


A Happy card with Tropical Escape DSP and black and white twine.


And a couple of personalised name cards for two little girls, both turning five, using the Garden Impressions DSP. I confess I’ve not really used this paper yet but I should because it is gorgeous. There’s every colour you could want in there and the patterns are beautiful. Clara’s favourite colour is yellow so I’ve teamed it with some Daffodil Delight from the Bright’s DSP and Miss Mercy’s is on Flirty Flamingo.


I love the way these all turned out and although they were actually pretty quick to make I think they have a big impact. And there’s nothing like personalisation in particular (a card with your very one name on it!) to give something that special touch that comes from handmade creations.  Just a shame I’d have to make such a big card to fit my own name 🙂


While I may have veered off the Christmas course a little, there’s plenty of festive inspiration to be had with the team, so hop on over to Sheila next to see her beautiful creation.


And since this is my new blog dedicated to my paper crafting, I’d love to have you as a subscriber to join in the fun. High Trees House Living will still be going strong, with more photography and tales of living the creative life in the Perth Hills to share.


Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Participants – December 

Sheila Pybus (Facebook)

A New Home

I thought it would be appropriate to start off the new blog with a card I sent to a friend when she moved into a beautiful new home recently. New blog, new home!


My favourite stamp sets are ones that you can use for multiple occasions. I especially try to keep this in mind when ordering from the Holiday Catalogue, as it’s easy to buy lots of beautiful Christmas sets but it’s best to have things you can use all year around. The Farmhouse Christmas set (with Farmhouse Framelits) from this year’s Holiday catalogue certainly fits that brief for me, especially with the matching dies to cut out the cute elements.


This cute little farmhouse was the perfect focal point for a new home card, coloured in Stampin’ Blends in a colour palette similar to my friend’s new house.


The beautiful DSP is also from the holiday catalogue – the leaves, which remind me of the eucalypt and peppermint trees in the neighbourhood, are from the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP (my absolute favourite in this catalogue), and the Crumb Cake pinecones are from the All Is Bright DSP. Stampin’ Up paper collections are always so beautiful and versatile.


A little Festive Farmhouse Twine in Mossy Meadow and a cute banner from the ever-versatile Thoughtful Banners in the Annual Catalogue, finish off the design, mounted on a Whisper White and Blueberry Bushell base.


I love any excuse to make a card and send a card, and a new home is a pretty good excuse! Wishing the Kent Family many, many years of happiness in their beautiful family home.



A New Paper Adventure

Welcome to anyone who may have previously followed me over at Hightrees House Living (where I will continue to blog about life in the Perth hills with three kids), and hello to new dear readers.


When I started blogging over at Hightrees House Living I wanted to showcase both my paper crafts and cards and also my photography and all manner of things to do with my home and family. But pretty quickly the cards took over, thanks to a fabulous network of fellow crafters and through the support of my fellow Paper Adventures team members and our regular team blog hops. It never felt appropriate to insert all the other things I’d love to talk about in amongst that content. But I really want an outlet to share many other aspects of my life as well, so I’ve decided to consolidate all the cards and crafting onto this new blog, Hightrees House of Cards, and I’ll keep Hightrees House Living for all the “other stuff”.

I’d love for you to follow me on one or both of these blogs. You can also follow me on Instagram @siobhanfitzsimmons.

I’m excited to share lots of my crafty creations!