Sniff, sniff, yes it’s time to say goodbye to some lovely products! Today’s Blog Hop is brought to you by the lovely ESAD group and will feature some favourite products from the Retiring List to give you some ideas how to use them …. and if you love them so much you MUST have them, then contact your demonstrator ASAP to place your order!
You may have found me from Sharlene’s Blog or just come visiting me today (aww, thanks!) either way, have a look through the hop for some inspiration and we all love to read comments, so feel free to leave a comment to let us know what you think of our projects!
What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for 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 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 it is needed. So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please fee free to click here to join our wonderful group
On to my creations …..
I have to say, ‘Scribble This’ is a favourite stamp of mine. I just love the large pointy flower and have used it on cards from birthdays to anniversaries and you can use so many colour schemes with it. My favourite way to use it is to stamp it in Stazon on Whisper White and then use my markers (the brush tip end) to add colour. Very quick and easy – best bit is the colouring doesn’t have to be perfect because of the sketched lines of the flowers.
And here is a similarly done one that I CASEd from Jayne Mercer! All you need to do is mask off around where you want to stamp (love post-it notes!), stamp, colour then pull the post-its off! This would look great for an invitation too.
Another way I have used it is by stamping with Black stazon on Vellum and then layering it on top of DSP on the cardfront. Here you can see I have used a layer of the Lap of Luxury DSP and I just happened to have the piece with the word ‘Love’ so I think this will make a nice engagement or anniversary card. I added some brads and a ribbon slide from the HodgePodge Styled Silver Set (also retiring) and a piece of Black Grosgrain to finish it off.
Another set that I love for very quick and effective cards is ‘Christ is Born’. I LOVE this flower and I think I cut out over 100 a couple of years ago 😀 but I am sorry to see this go. You can make simple 1-layer cards or dress them up and cut out the flowers too. The first one I’ve kept to using simple colours, Poppy Parade and some Sunny Garden DSP. I embossed the sentiment on the DSP using White embossing powder and once I cut the flower out I used my bone folder to curl the petals to add more dimension. You could also add ribbon, or glitter, but I like the simple red and white look.
This next colour combination is my favourite for this set, Naturals Ivory cardstock and Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip Inks – sometimes I throw in a little Old Olive (or Kiwi Kiss when it was in!) too. Just a nice simple background of the flowers and the sentiment stamped straight over the top. If I have time, I like to add drops of Crystal Effects onto the centres of the flowers to give the card some texture. Not sure how easy it is to see this on your screens, but I also stamped the flowers while I had the cardfront on a thick paper pad. As I pressed the stamp down I gave the stamp a slight rock all around (not too far) and this gives you the impression that the ink is darker at the edges of the petals, especially the tips.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today. Next stop on the Blog Hop is Mel Sharp. Thanks for visiting! Kari 🙂
PS There’ll be another Blog Hop in a few weeks to showcase some new products too!