Saturday, April 30, 2011

ESAD Autumn - Winter 2011 Mini Blog Hop

Hi everyone,

It is time for another ESAD blog hop. This time we are focusing on the fabulous products available in our Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.

What is ESAD I hear you ask?

ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand demonstrators for Stampin’ Up!

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help and support each other when its needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

You may have arrived here from the fantastic blog of Kayleigh. If not, not to worry as this is a blog hop all you need to do is click on the link of the next person that is listed at the end of each entry to go all the way around. I can tell you there will be some fantastic creations so if you can, please check out all of the blogs involved. Oh and leave comments if you can as well love comments!!! 

Now onto my creations. When I saw the mini catalogue I just had to get the set "Bring on the Cake". This set is fabulous as there are 13 stamps all with fantastic phrases that can be used either as a focal point for a card, scrapbook page or 3D item, or used as a sentiment.

I decided to make up some 3" X 3" cards show casing 4 of the stamps. Naturally I had to make up a set for girls and a set for boys. I have two young children who are constantly going to parties so these 3" X 3" cards are fantastic to add to the gift.

Here is the first set.

I couldn't pass up the combination of Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink. Perfect for little girls!!! You may also notice that I have used some of the fabulous Daffodil Delight pom pom trim that is available in the mini  catalogue. Let me tell you a little goes a long way.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Bring on the Cake, Party this Way
Paper: Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo DSP, Pretty in Pink DSP, Whisper White.
Inks: All are Stampin' Write Makers - Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight
Other: 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Daffodil Delight Pom Pom Trim, Dimensionals

I also made a small box to pop the cards in. This would make a fabulous gift to give to friends who are in the same situation as I am.

The second set uses the colours from the Celebrations DSP that is available in our main IB&C. I took my inspiration from Ilina Crouse a fabulous demo from the other side of the world. These colours are perfect for boys cards!!!

Mateials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Bring on the Cake
Paper: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Celebrations DSP.
Ink: All Stampin' Write Makers - Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, Real Red, Bashful Blue.
Other: 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/4" Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon.

You may be asking about the little boxes I made to pop them in. Well I got the idea from Marelle Taylor and you use two Scallop Envelope Dies and piece of cardstock that measures 19.6cm X 4cm. You score that piece of cardstock at 5.7cm & 13.9cm and it forms the bottom and sides of the box. Depending upon how much you embellish the cards you can fit anywhere from 4 to 7 into the little box.

My next card is also using the set "Bring on the Cake". Now I have to say when I first saw the image that I used on this card I did not like it. Having said that I have huge difficulties with masculine cards (unless they are for little boys), and this image is perfect for that painful masculine card.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Bring on the Cake
Paper: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Crop A Dile  Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Hemp Twine 


Lastly I have made another masculine card using the A La Carte stamp "Motorcycle". Now I am a mad motorsports fan - cars or bikes it doesn't matter - so I just had to have this stamp and at only $13.95 it is a bargain. I have lots of ideas for this stamp so be warned there will be more cards to follow over the coming months but for now here is just one.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Motorcycle, Bring on the Cake
Paper: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Elegan Soiree DSP
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Big Shot, Frame Tulips EF, Sixxiz Ovals Die, Crimper, Crop a Dile, Pewter Eyelets, Sponge Dauber.

Well that is it for me. You are now off to see the wonderful creations of Teresa

Here is the list of all involved - just in case you get lost!!!

Sharlene Torres -
Monique Fielder -
Lisa Bullock -
Andrea Buckland -
Yvonne Walker -
Sherylee Tutt -
Jacinta Argent -
Clare Mcilhatton -
Leonie Schroder -
Kim Conway -
Richelle Fletcher -
Kayleigh Dowdeswell -
Juliette Chapman -
Teresa Leggo -
Pauline Bennetts -
Sonia Garbutt -

Thanks so much for looking.

'Til next time,


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Awash with Flowers for my sister

Hi everyone,

Well Happy Easter to you all. I do hope you are having a wonderful day. I wonder if you have been trying to tell your kids that Chocolate really isn't a good idea for breakfast like I have!!!

Today we are going to my sisters for Easter lunch and as it is her Birthday later on this week, and I won't see her, I thought I should make her a card. I also thought that you might like to see it.

I finally got Awash with Flowers which I have been wanting since the IB&C came out but I really couldn't justify the price to myself. Lucky for me I have such wonderful customers who purchased over SAB time and as a result I was able to get this set for free due to the amount of sales I had - yet another perk of being a demonstrator.

I saw a card similar to this on Danielle Daws blog last year (click here to go to her stunning card). My DH said that he really like this one - even the colours which for me are a bit outside my comfort zone. I haven't done very well with Peach Parfait no matter how much I try!!!

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Bring on the Cake
Paper: Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Big Shot, Polka Dot EF, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Stamping 411 - 200

Hi everyone,

I actually managed to find some time today to make a couple of cards. One is for my sister, which I will show you tomorrow, the other one is for the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge 200. I love looking at what the operators have to inspire you but I rarely have the time to make anything.

Here is the sketch.

Here is my take on it.

I seem to be having a love affair with Pretty in Pink, Concord Crush and the Lap of Luxury DSP at the moment. For this card I pulled out Baroque Motifs. I do love this set but I haven't used it for a little while. The big swirl is gorgeous and you can use it as a focal point or a background as I have done with this card. Anyway I hope you like it - my DH said that he liked it must be OK.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Paper: Concord Crush, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Luxury DSP
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Concord Crush
Other: 5/8" Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Baskets

Hi everyone,

Wow! Good Friday already. I do hope that everyone is spending some time with their families today.

I thought I would show you some Easter baskets that I made. I actually made them for DD4's pre-school teachers - although these are not the ones we gave. I forgot to take photo's before we gave them away yesterday so I made some more - as you do!!! I am going to see my sister on Sunday for Easter lunch so they will not be wasted.

As you can see they easily fit one of the luxury Cadbury Easter Bunnies - or several smaller eggs. I am sure that the Lindt bunnies would fit also.

Here are some close ups of the sides and handles of these cute baskets.

This one is using Concord Crush and Luxury DSP. The little 'flowers' on the handle is made from the Sizzlet Die Floral Fusions and one of the Itty Bitty Punches.

This one is using Pretty in Pink along with another pattern from the Luxury DSP. The 'flowers' have been made using the same Sizzlet Die and punch.

This last basket has been made using Crumb Cake as a base with Pink Pirouette textured card stock attached. The flowers have been made using the Boho Blossoms Punch. The sentiment on all of the baskets is from Well Scripted (which was available in the 2010-2011 Summer Mini catalogue).

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Easter Bunny comes early

Hi everyone,

Just thought I would pop and show you what I have been doing during the school holidays. I decided that it would be a lovely idea to do a kids class and have the kids make Easter Baskets using the Pillow Box Bucket tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. Click here to go straight to the tutorial.

Well three classes down and 13 Easter baskets later I am now finished!!! Here is the original Easter Basket I made.

Here are my two DD with their completed baskets. You may note that the Bunny looks different due to using the Ornament Punch for the head and changing the size of the bunnies cheeks.

They were so proud of themselves - they both said that when they are older they want to become demonstrators as well - how cute!!!

Oh the purple one is using retired card stock Lovely Lilac and the Pink one is Melon Mambo - just in case you are interested.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Clean & Simple FTL136

Hi everyone,

Well believe it or not, despite the school holidays, I have found some time to craft. Well I generally find time to craft but it is usually working out what I want to do in my up coming classes. This time I decided I would sit down and do the Clean & Simple challenge. Now this card was made out of cut offs that I had stashed away - not even the card base needed to be cut as I already had it cut from a previous card. So this card took all of about 10 minutes to put together.

Here is the sketch that we worked from.

Here is the card that I came up with.
I don't actually own any SU! buttons (shock horror) and as I like using nearly all SU! product when I make cards I decided to add the butterfly from Cottage Garden in place of a button.

Materials Used: All Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Cottage Garden,
Paper: Sunny Garden DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Poppy Parade
Other: Decorative Label Punch, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mothers Day Class - Punched Lilies

Hi everyone,

Just a quick one to show you what my class is this week. Now I have totally CASED this from Valita's Designs & Fresh Folds where she has a fantastic video tutorial on how to make these beautiful punched lilies. The scrapbook box is from Papercrafts Love Affair. Now naturally you can have a look at these blogs and have a play yourself, or come to my class where the box and lid is already cut and scored for you and you have access to all my toys. I will take you through how to make these step by step at a slower pace. I still have room for both tomorrow night and Thursday night. Just email me to book your spot so I can make sure I prepare in advance for you. Cost is $25. Note if you do make it there will be a little Easter gift for you too.

Thanks for looking.

'Til next time,



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