Sunday, January 27, 2013

It's time to Hop!!!!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to ESAD's 2013 SAB Blog Hop!!!

Before we start I can hear you asking yourself "What is ESAD?"

Well ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an online group for just Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.

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 what we love for what we do with other demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from either Australia or New Zealand , then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

You may have arrived at my blog from the talented Narelle, but if you are starting here don't worry you will be able to hop all the way around just by clicking on the links that are provided on each blog post. I will also pop a full list of blogs, with links, that are participating today so if you get lost you can always use that to find your way around.

Now I suggest you go and get yourself a cuppa as there are 25 of us participating today. Please don't forget to leave comments. We love getting comments.

So without further ado here are my projects for you today.

I started off by thinking I wanted to use the gorgeous Sycamore Street DSP. What better way to showcase it than altering either a note book or a Diary? I managed to pick up a day to a page A5 diary for $5 and here I have a gorgeous diary for the year.

So then I remembered I had a heap of small tab calenders that I hadn't used so, I then made a desktop calender to match. The stamp set is the co-ordinating stamp set  Madison Avenue. No your eyes are not deceiving you I have used Summer Starfruit to stamp the images.
The cool thing about this calendar is that it can go flat for posting.

I still had a strip or two of the one sheet of DSP left so what else to do? Make a post-it note holder. I don't know about you but I go through a lot of post-it notes. I have made heaps of these post-it note holders but never one for me!!! Yes they are made with my own dimensions and if you would like a copy of my PDF to make one, just contact me and I will be happy to email to you for free. Please note that the dimensions are metric only.

So when all is done and you put them together you have a lovely desk set.

Materials Used:
Stamp Set: Madison Avenue (SAB 2013)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit,  Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP (SAB 2013)
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade
Other: Scallop Trip Border Punch, Typeset Alphabet Bigz, 3/8" Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon
Rich Razzleberry Glimmer Brad (Brights collection), Circle Punch from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I then decided I should make some cards, so I decided to use the Madison Avenue Stamp set that co-ordinates with the Sycamore Street DSP. You will also notice the Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Once again all co-ordinating. Don't you just love Stampin' Up! for that?

Materials Used:
Stamp Sets: Madison Avenue (SAB 2013), Curly Cute, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Whisper White, 
Sycamore Street DSP (SAB 2013)
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade
Other: Dotted Scallop Border Ribbon Punch, Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Smallest Die from Floral Frames Framelits, Flower Punch from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 3/8" Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, 1/4" Rich Razzleberry Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I also got the set Feeling Sentimental, so I decided to make some cards using that set.

I just love the images in this set and I feel that they will be good for masculine cards. Having lived in the UK I remember telephone boxes looking like the one in the top card. Rather than just using the sentiment that came in the set I decided to use some that seemed more appropriate so I used Word Play.

Materials Used:
Stamp Sets: Feeling Sentimental, Word Play,
Paper: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy
Other: Linen Thread, Extra Large Oval Punch

Now it is time for you to hop off to check out what goodies the clever Rebecca has for you.

Thank you for looking.

'Til next time


As promised the list of all blogs participating today.

1. Chloe Evans ( )
2. Emily Campbell (
3. Rochelle Blok (
4. Jenny Humphreys (
5. Andrea Buckland (
6. Ann Gerlach (
7. jenny Hayward (
8. Anna Mathieson (
9. Bron Heslop (
10. Debbie Spijers (
11. Pauline Bennetts (
12. Kristina Collett (
13. Nikki Sadler (
14. Jane Norrish (
15. Christie Kunkel (
16. Monique Fielder (
17. Elisabeth Stewart (
18. Tayna Bell (
19. Gail Kriby (
20. Michelle Grech (
21. Narelle Fasulo (
22. Juliette Chapman ( That's me!!!
23. Rebecca Scurr (
24. Keryn Campbell (
25. Narelle Hoggard (

Friday, January 11, 2013

A very Happy Belated New Year

Hi everyone,

Well I know it has been a month since my last post and I certainly didn't mean to stop my countdown to Christmas where I did, but I just got so over it all!!!

I just got to the stage that I couldn't bare to go into my craft room let alone finish a project, photograph it and then post it. Let's just say last year wasn't as balanced as I like it and I now realise that sometimes something has to give. Unfortunately for me that will have to be my crafting every now and then. I have also decided not to start my classes at the beginning of this year. I am going to take a break until March or April.

My blogging will also probably be a bit sporadic, but I do intend to try and do a few challenges during the months. I want my crafting to be for me. Having said that I am more than available to do workshops/parties and the like. Now that I won't be spending a lot of my time designing classes for the next couple of months I will have more time to design parties for those of you who would like one. Just contact me to check my availability.

Yesterday I actually stepped into my craft room and made some cards. I shamelessly cased the incredibly talented Jenny Moors from the UK.

The stamp set is Papillon Potpourri and the matching Butterfly Punch.The colours I used are Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze and Primrose Petals. The sentiment is from Create a Cupcake.

I just received my pre-order of product from the next seasonal catalogue that will be available from the 1st February, along with some fabulous free items from Sale-A-Bration that starts on the 22nd January. I can't wait to go and have a play so you never know I may be back within the month!!!

Thanks so much for looking and reading my rambles.

'Til next time,



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