Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Inspired by Fashion


Welcome to your next stop on this month’s blog hop with a few of our fabulous Paper Adventures team. I am stoked about this month’s theme – ‘inspired by fashion’. I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with.

I had so many ideas for this post (and lots of them I will still make) but ended up going in quite a different direction to planned at the last minute (like, this morning, last minute).

Many moons ago I used to pay a lot more attention to fashion, I read Vogue, I spent a lot of money on beautiful clothes for me. And then I had kids – hahahahaha. So the fashion I pay attention to these days is for the little people. And I do love children’s clothes. I particularly love bright and bold patterns and am often inspired by the colours in their clothes.

At the moment I am really loving the fabulous designs from Bonds. They are knocking it out of the park when it comes to my requirements for ‘bright and bold’. In fact when Miss Genevieve was born Kelly sent her a fabulous suit with matching card. This is the suit that has inspired my card today (a bit faded from lots of wearing and washing!)


The spunky rhino on the suit reminded me of Mr Rhino in the Animal Expedition DSP. I’ll be stockpiling this paper ahead of its upcoming retirement because it’s so good for kids’ cards and I love when I can cut something straight from DSP with the matching die.


Some of my very most favourite colours are here, too – I see Night of Navy, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Crushed Curry, Blueberry Bushel, and maybe a little Shaded Spruce as well. There’s even some tiny bright red/pink birds hanging out, just like in the Animal Expedition DSP.


Unusually for me I used a few different elements from different sets on this card, because the more I looked at the suit the more I saw to the design. The background strip of DSP (like the cuffs on the suit) is from Share What You Love, the large palm fronds are cut from the Tropical Escape DSP, and I’ve used the Petal Passion dies to cut some leaves and flowers in Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel, and Crushed Curry.


The sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lipstick and is from the Occasions Catalogue set Itty Bitty Birthdays. I don’t know how I didn’t see this the first 157 times I looked through the catalogue but I only just noticed it a couple of weeks ago, promptly ordered it, and have been thrilled with its awesomeness.


That rhino is so cute I had to put him on the inside of the card as well.


I love the way this card turned out and it has me thinking about some of her other cool suits as well and how they could be turned into card designs.

And just for a final dose of cuteness, here is Miss Genevieve modelling the suit, chilling in her car and practicing her very best blue steel.


Now head on over next to Lisa to see what fashionable project she has to share with us, and then keep on hopping through all the team’s blogs. We make it easy for you to do with this funky button here:



Thanks for stopping by,
Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop April – Participants
Emma Goddard (Guest Designer)
Anne Barker (Facebook)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons – you are here!!

XOXO, Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, all you lovely people!

V-Day isn’t really a huge deal in our marriage. Both our birthdays are close to V-Day and our anniversary not much later, so we tend to make a bigger deal of those celebrations. But any day is a good excuse for a card, right? And cake. There’s always a good excuse for cake that you can find.


Valentine’s Day cards tend to skew heavily towards the pink and feminine, but that doesn’t really work for giving to the Mr. He’s not really the pink and feminine type. Masculine lovey-dovey cards are definitely more of a challenge to make, don’t you think? It can be hard to get the balance right. Fortunately, this is one of those ones that worked out as well in real life as it did in my head when I was thinking about this.


When I was looking through the rather divine new Needlepoint Nook DSP (from the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue) I thought that this beautiful stitched pattern also kinda looked like a series of tiny X’s and O’s, aka hugs and kisses. Taking this as my motif I cut some X’s and O’s using my beloved Large Letters Framelits (seriously, The Best Dies Of All Time) and offset those on a complimentary panel of DSP from the Twinkle Twinkle DSP which has hearts and stars on it so is suitably lovey-dovey in a totally masculine way.


This colour combo of Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Whisper White is always a winner. The colours work so beautifully together. They inspired me to take a series of photos using those colours, with a little brown thrown into the mix.


I love to mix my paper crafting and photography hobbies. Sometimes a photo provides the inspiration for a card, and sometimes the other way around!


Hope you all have a beautiful day, whether Valentine’s Day celebrations are on the agenda or not.






Paper Adventures Water Themed Team Hop


Hello and a warm welcome to you on this your next stop on the Paper Adventures team blog hop for this month.

Fittingly for January in Australia and the hot hot weather we’re having, this month’s theme is water. Now I’ll admit that at first I really struggled to think of something for this theme – until I went to my stamp shelves and started pulling out any set that is water related, and it turns out there’s quite a lot, as I’m sure you’ll notice while hopping through the team’s creations this evening.

I chose to have a play with the Sea of Textures bundle. I love this set and the super cool octopus in particular, but it has been languishing, neglected, on my shelves for quite a while. So this was a great excuse to get it out and have a play.

For my card I’ve gone with a simple colour scheme of Blueberry Bushel and Whisper White with a touch of Crumb Cake (my favourite neutral).


But it was in creating the background that I really had fun by channelling my inner kindergartener. You too may have made bubble paintings like this when you were a kid. You take a cup of water and add a little dishwashing detergent or bubble mixture and some ink (I used a few drops of Pacific Point re-inker to get the colour I wanted) and then you, or your helpful 8 year old assistant who is just desperate to have a try, blow gently into the mixture with a straw so it bubbles up. Then you place a piece of cardstock over the top and see what patterns you get.

I apologize for the dodgy iPhone at night shots, but hopefully you get the idea. Every time you get different patterns of course. We tried different card types as well. I most liked the softer effect on watercolour paper which is what I used for the background of this card. Shimmery White or Gloss White produce a much more definite pattern with a stronger colour. The fun thing about this technique is that you get a different result every time – so have a play!


Next up on our watery journey is our newest Paper Adventurer, the very talented Lisa. I’m so excited to have her on board (see what I did there?) and can’t wait to see her creation this week. Make sure you keep hopping along to see the whole crew’s watery wonders.



Thanks for stopping by,




Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop January 2019

Anne Barker (Facebook)
Leonie Schroder (Guest Designer) 
Siobhan Fitzsimmons – you are here!!