Paper Adventures Blog Hop – All That Sparkles

Hello and welcome to your next stop on our sparkly, shimmery, shiny blog hop this month.

When thinking about a project for this month’s “all that sparkles” theme I found that Stampin’ Up! gives you a lot of options if you like a little sparkle in your crafting. From glimmer paper, to shimmer paint, to embossing powders, to foil paper and straight up glitter in Dazzling Diamonds, there’s much to choose from. I had several ideas brewing using these options.

And then my first goodies from the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration 2019 catalogues arrived and out came the Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets, which are a free item you can earn when you spend $90, and I fell in crafting love. It may be pushing it a little to include these under the banner of “all that sparkles” but they are just soooooo shiny and beautiful, so I think it’s fine!

These foil sheets are amazing. At first glance, they seem pretty similar to the Copper Foil that we have in the Annual Catalogue.

But you only have to change your angle a little and it looks completely different.

This card is a super simple construction of a Basic Black base, a 3″ strip of beautiful DSP from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP collection, with a 3 1/8″ mat of the foil behind it as well, and butterflies cut from the Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheets.

The Butterfly Duet Punch from the Occasions Catalogue is no doubt going to be hugely popular. Everyone loves a pretty butterfly and with the punch it couldn’t be quicker or easier to make a flutter of beautiful, shimmery, sparkly butterflies.

See how just a little angle change makes the foil completely change colour? It is absolutely stunning. It gives a simple card a lot of impact.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go put in another order that will allow me to earn more of this beautiful foil paper because I think I am going to be using a lot of it! I’m pretty certain I can find some other new beauties to make up a $90 order, right??

Before you do the same, make sure you hop on over to Narelle to see her sparkly creation this month, and if you haven’t hopped along from the start then follow the links through to Kelly and Sheila as well. After all, one can never have too much sparkle!


I wish you all a sparkly, happy new year, Stampin’ friends.





Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop December 2018 Participants

Participant List:
  1. Siobhan Fitzsimmons – you are here! Thank you!

CTC208 – Case Your Favourite Bundle

It’s been a while since I’ve played along with my favourite challenge, CASE-ing The Catty, but this week was a fun one that I just had to have a go at. This week the theme is favourite bundle from the Holiday Catalogue.


The bundle I have most loved in the Holiday Catalogue has been “Nothing Sweeter”. I just love the stitching on the dies, it really is so sweet.


Nothing Sweeter

Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue p.25


I love this bundle so much I decided to CASE all of the examples from the catalogue and made a trio of cards for different occasions.


First up is, of course, a Christmas card. I haven’t changed much from the example as it is such a sweet and simple card. I love all three of the elements in the set though so have used the present, tree, and heart. The Poppy Parade card base has been embossed using the Subtle Textured Embossing Folder, a recent acquisition from the Annual Catalogue which I can’t believe took me so long to get!!


As I’ve said before I prefer to buy “Christmas” sets that can be used for more than just Christmas cards which is why I was drawn to this bundle in the first place as I knew that little present and heart could be put to good use throughout the year. So for my next card, I CASEd the colour palette and layering of hearts from the box in the catalogue example and made this sweet card.


There are a few other favourites featured here, like the Pearlized Doily and Polka Dot Tule Ribbon. How sweet is that stitching on the heart, though??


And lastly, I went for a super simple (even more simple than the example) birthday card using the present die, paper from the Country Lane DSP (Holiday Catalogue), and a sneak peek at a new stamp set in the Occasions Catalogue that will be available next month, Amazing Life. Yay! indeed.


Making these this week has been a nice transition for me out of Christmas card mode and back to other occasions. I’ve mixed some annual catalogue favourites, some Holiday catalogue goodies, and even some newbies from the next catalogue. I’m ready for a new year and a whole new set of projects to tackle!


ESAD Blog Hop December 2018 – Holiday Catalogue

Welcome to your next hop on the…


I’m thrilled to have you here from Sharon Dalton’s gorgeous blog. I’m particularly pleased to be participating in this ESAD hop since this is the first on my new blog dedicated just to my card making.


This month’s theme is quick and easy projects using goodies from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue. I don’t know about you but I feel so time poor at this time of the year. There’s a lot of work that goes into creating that Christmas magic! I find this particularly with Christmas crafting. So many ideas, so little time. So that’s why this theme is just perfect for me right now (although it will no doubt add to both my projects to do list and my products to buy list!).

My cards today were super simple and speedy to create because they use the gorgeous Foil Edged Notecards and Envelopes (on p11 of the Holiday Catalogue). Although they are easy to overlook, I think they are actually one of the best products in the catalogue! They are gorgeous, fantastic value at just $16.50 for 20 cards and 20 envelopes, and make creating beautiful cards super quick and easy.

These holiday cards all use the notecards, some beautiful dsp, a die cut sentiment and some ribbon to make beautiful cards that are simple and quick to make. My kind of seasonal crafting!


The notecards are 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ and the white panel is 5 x 3 3/4″. Where I’ve double layered dsp and a mat I’ve cut the mat slightly larger at 5 1/16 by 3 13/16 (so 1/16th larger) and the DSP slightly smaller at 4 15/16 by 3 11/16. If this sounds confusing, basically you line up at the 5″ or 3 3/4″ mark on your Stampin’ Trimmer and then shift forwards or backwards one little line (that’s the 1/16th mark).


This first card celebrates all that is gold with the DSP from the All Is Bright collection and gold ribbon, gold foil, and gold embossing. You can’t have too much gold, right? The sentiment and rectangular stitched die are from the Farmhouse Christmas bundle.


Another piece of the All Is Bright DSP is featured on this card, this time with accents of Real Red and a gold embossed sentiment from Timeless Tidings (which goes with the Timeless Tidings Project Kit – I love it when kit stamps are so gorgeous you can use them on their own as well).


And of course there is silver as well. This one uses the Under The Mistletoe paper from the Annual Catalogue mounted to the side so just one strip edge of the metallic foil is showing.


I’ve coloured this guy from So Santa (how cute is this stamp set?!) with Stampin’ Blends and mounted him on a stitched square of silver foil.


And don’t forget that just because they are from the holiday catalogue that doesn’t mean they are only for holiday cards. A little metallic touch is welcome any time of the year! I whipped up this super quick birthday card using a silver card, Berry Burst cardstock, a little of the Share What You Love DSP, and the Happy Birthday from the One For All stamp set embossed in silver on vellum (remember to heat from behind when embossing on vellum).


I hope if you too have overlooked these foil edges cards in the catalogue you will go back and have a look. I think they are a must for every craft stash, particularly for the time poor ideas rich crafter at this time of the year!

For more quick and easy holiday crafting ideas hop on over next to the wonderful Cathy Pinchbeck.



THanks again for hopping on by!



Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Leonie Schroder 

2. Lou Kitzelman 

3. Delys Cram 

4. Nicole Wilson 

5. Shannon Kissane 

6. Rebecca Scurr 

7. Sharni Haines 

8. Lauren Meiklejohn 

9. Jenna Watkins 

10. Cheryl Algie 

11. Sharon Dalton 

12. Siobhan Fitzsimmons 

13. Cathy Pinchbeck 

14. Peta Stephen 

15. Monique Fielder 

16. Jo Weedon

17. Denise Buetler

18. Katrina Duffell

19. Narelle Fasulo

20. Fi Cobbin