Paper Adventures Team Hop | photo inspiration

Hello! Welcome to the April hop for our Paper Adventures Team. The theme tonight is a fabulous photo inspiration.

The photo was taken by our resident team photographer Siobhan Fitzsimmons at her Hightrees property. She is surrounded by the most wonderful Australian native flora & fauna.

I didn’t feel I could do justice to these native mushrooms, so I’ve used the theme to create using the cutest craft mushrooms we have in the Stampin’ Up! Collection – the Snail Mail DSP!

Snail Mail is a whole pack of fun – mushrooms and snails as far as the eye can see. I’ve layered them on this super fun double slider card. Yep – two sliding snails!!!

I first made a card like this last Christmas at a class by Mandy Depiazzi. She saw the idea on Lisa Curcio’s blog and made this version (click here to see). I couldn’t decide which snail to make slide, so I added two tracks and attached a snail to each.

When you pull the tab on the right side of the card, the inner piece slides out and guess what? – another snail & mushroom combo!

It’s a little bit of fussy cutting for the pieces. The coordinating dies cut out some of the snails, but they can all be cut using your Stampin’ Snips.

The beautiful fonts of the birthday sentiment was the final touch for this card. You’ll find that cute happy birthday in the retiring Rustic Retreat stamp set. At the time of writing this, it was still available at an amazing 75% discount – jump online to see if it’s still available now.

You’ll also want to keep hopping and see what the rest of the Paper Adventurers have been inspired to create by Siobhan’s photo. The full participant list is below, but if click on the next button you’ll travel around all the blogs. From here it’s over to the wonderful Narelle Simm

Have a wonderful weekend!

Participant LIst
1. Kelly Kent
2. Narelle Simm
3. Lisa Whitehead
4. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
5. Shannon Kissane
6. Sana Arslan

Birthdays are the new Christmas | Snail Mail

With Christmas behind us, it’s time to get excited about the upcoming mini catalogue!!! There’s lot of love in the new catty – the problem won’t be what to buy, it will be how to order your wishlist!!! There’s also the bonus in January and February of Sale-A-Bration gifts with every $90 you spend.

My favourite suite of the new catalogue is Snail Mail. Whilst I can’t say snails are my favourite insect in real life, the crafting version is unbelievably cute.

The suite features a stamp set, coordinating dies, DSP and twine – all so pretty in colours I adore.

The sentiment is a mix of the Snailed It stamp set and a Sale-A-Bration {FREE} set I’m loving called Approaching Perfection.

The layout for the card is the rip & flip technique – a fave way to use DSP that is pretty on both sides. I’ve layered that on top of the Fine Art Embossing Folder – another gorgeous new product from the Jan-June mini.

Lots of birthday love to the people who have birthdays in late December!