Paper Adventures Team Hop – Sketch Challenge


Hello Paper Adventurers! Welcome to your next stop along on our hop this month. If you’ve already hopped on over from our guest designer Zoe and the fabulous Kelly, thanks for keeping the hop going, and make sure you keep going after this.

Tonight I’m sharing with you a special card I’ve made for my husband’s birthday, which is tomorrow. The handsome devil annoyingly never seems to age.


This is the fabulous sketch that Kelly came up with.


When Kelly first showed us her sketch my first thought was that it was perfect for layering the fabulous new stitched rectangles which I have been using on nearly every card lately. But in the end I just went with traditional matt layers cut on the old fashioned trimmer!


This card was actually very simple to create since it uses several patterns from the Classic Garage DSP (from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue). Stampin’ Up! make it so easy to put together a project like this with DSP collections which coordinate so well. The base card is Basic Gray with several of the papers layered on top, finishing with this fun pattern covered in gauges (which I thought was reminiscent of the circles in the sketch).


For the large circle, I used the largest of the circles from the stitched shapes. It fits perfectly around the large circle from the Swirly Frames and together they reminded me of a speed gauge, playing off the DSP. I’ve used black embossing powder and the black foil form the Holiday Catalogue (retired) to cut the numbers out. The two look so great together, shiny and bold.


As you can see I’ve stuck quite close to the original sketch, and the colour palette from the Classic Garage suite.


I love the way a sketch challenge can result in so many different looks, so I’ll be hopping along next to the super talented Lisa to see what she’s come up with. Make sure you keep on hopping right through to see all the creations as well.



Thanks for stopping by,





Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop February 2019 – Sketch
Zoe Tant (Guest Designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons – you are here!
Anne Barker (Facebook)

ESAD Blog Hop – Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogues 2019

Good evening, Happy New Year, and welcome to your next stop in this month’s ESAD blog hop! This is the first of two blog hops I’m taking part in this evening – what better way to spend the post-Christmas downtime than crafting happily, particularly with new goodies.

Our theme this month is the new Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues, which are absolutely full of gorgeous new products. I predict the biggest hit of this catalogue is going to be the Butterfly Gala suite, including this stunning Botanical Butterfly DSP that you can earn with a $90 purchase. I’ve used this DSP – along with another SAB freebie, the Organdy Ribbon – for a gift for a good friend of mine who has just had a beautiful baby girl.


I thought the butterflies made a rather delightful non-traditional baby card and wrapping. She’s a bit of a non-traditional girl, this friend of mine, so I know she will love this colour scheme of black, white, and Grapefruit Grove.


The black and white DSP and those butterflies are from the same DSP collection. Not only does it have beautiful patterns but it also has several sheets of stunning butterflies that can be punched out with the Butterfly Duet Punch, or fussy cut, as these larger butterflies have been here.


The ribbons on the gift wrapping are from the gorgeous Organdy Ribbon pack, also earned as a free item from Sale-A-Bration. They are such lovely ribbons I had to use two, in Grapefruit Grove and Highland Heather. The tag is simply another piece of DSP trimmed with the tag topper punch and a butterfly punched from back cardstock.


On both the card and the tag I’ve mounted the butterflies with a strip of adhesive but then folded up the wings slightly so they are raised off the page. It gives the butterflies even more presence.


I do so love a neat stack of beautifully wrapped presents!


While I was photographing the card and presents this little guy came by to have a look. Clearly he too was impressed with the Botanical Butterfly DSP. (I think he’s a moth rather than a butterfly, but still quite striking. Also, please don’t look at how dirty my window is here. It gets sprayed by the sprinkler!)


Last month we had a huge influx of monarch butterflies for a few days when the weather was a bit funny and there was lots of late Spring blossom about. To get this shot below I was up a ladder, leaning into the middle of a grass tree, absolutely covered in bugs myself. The things we do to satisfy our creative vision!!


Next up is Katrina Duffel with another inspiring creation, so hop right along. Make sure you keep hopping and check out the whole collection of projects. There’s nothing quite like a whole new catalogue of goodies to get those creative juices flowing!

Thanks for stopping by,




Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Lou Kitzelman

2. Leonie Schroder 

3. Shannon Kissane

4. Nicole Wilson 

5. Narelle Fasulo 

6. Rachael Lewsley 

7. Angela Harders 

8. Kelly Kent 

9. Cheryl Algie 

10. Jenna Watkins 

11. Libby Dyson 

12. Sharon Dalton 

13. Rose Packer 

14. Sharni Haines 

15. Denise Buetler 

16. Peta Stephen 

17. Kim Oliver 

18. Monique Fielder 

19. Lauren Meiklejohn 

20. Siobhan Fitzsimmons 

21. Katrina Duffell

22. Tatiana Tobin 

23. Cathy Pinchbeck 

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

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!