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!!

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Wheels



Hello adventurers! It’s wheely good to have you around this month for our team hop (no more bad puns, I promise). I hope you’ve hopped along from the fabulous Mandy and her gorgeous card, which I had a special sneak preview of as it is my birthday card from her 😛


My project for this month’s wheel themed hop is also birthday related. If it seems like I’m stretching the “wheels” theme a bit, well I’d argue that gears and wheels are pretty similar, for a start, and even without that I’m absolutely on brief since this is the invitation for my son’s upcoming tricycle themed birthday party (tricycles because it is his third birthday). This kid is obsessed with anything with wheels attached but has a particular love for his bikes.


For his invites, I’ve made something I’ve wanted to try since Kelly made this beautiful one last month. It’s called a Pull Out Side Pocket Card and the original design was made by Barb Stamps.


I’ve kept the design on the front quite simple with two strips of DSP from Classic Garage (a must if you too are surrounded by car obsessed big and little boys), some red twine holding one of the gorgeous Classic Garage Metal Elements, and a Tailored Tag Punch with a sentiment from Geared Up Garage.


The cool thing is the way the tab (I’ve used the Circle Tab Punch and a 3/4″ Punch) pulls out to reveal the inside panel – you can use this for a plain piece for writing on, or, as in this example, for a printed invitation.


Probably my favourite thing in this whole suite of products are the little elements (a tiny spanner and a tiny key). So far I’ve managed to keep the toddler from discovering these because I can just see him using them to make repairs to his tiny cars.


Roll on over next to the fabulous Narelle to see what she’s made to wow us.


And just because he’s so darn cute, here’s another of Mr Sammy on his beloved “mountain bike” this time (he has two balance bikes, one for mountain biking and one for skateparks and street riding. I told you – obsessed!)


Thanks for stopping by,



Paper Adventures March Blog Hop – “Wheels”

Kelly Kent
Judy May (Guest Designer)
Mandy Depiazzi
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Lisa Whitehead

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!!

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!

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)