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ESAD Blog Hop – Retiring products!

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!


My Sister sent me …..

Isn’t it gorgeous?! The bag is just lovely – and I LOVE that DSP – and then there was more inside it! A bag hanger, tube of shower gel, a gorgeous card AND a lovely box of decorated Love Notes! How spoiled am I?! That bag is just beautiful, a lot of work has gone into making it look just like a real bag, right down to the buckles on the straps and the pocket on the outside!

BIG thankyou to Karen Lister for spoiling me so much! Karen is a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in New Zealand. Such a surprise to get an international parcel in the mail I was not expecting it to be my Secret Sister gift! Thanks again Karen! K xx

Secret Sister

I’d heard about ‘Secret Sisters’ before but I’d never joined in with one until ‘UnConvention’ on the ESAD group! For those of us that couldn’t attend the Stampin’ Up! convention (sob, sob!) in Sydney last weekend, some of the girls on the ESAD group organised a fabulous weekend of challenges and activities for us to keep our minds off of the fun stuff the other were doing.

I didn’t get any of the challenges done on time but I have started a couple and have been very inspired – and challenged! – by them, so they will get me creative in the coming weeks. However, I did get to join in with a Card Swap (I’ll show pics of that later) and a Secret Sister swap. With the Secret Sister, it’s kind of like Secret Santa, you sign up for it then get given a name and send a card/gift to that person. The rules for this one were that it had to be a handmade gift and worth $10. Here is what I made for my Secret Sister ……

Can you see I liked the Very Vanilla/Rich Razzleberry combo? With the Friendly words Jumbo Wheel? And the Vintage Vogue flower with a half pearl? LOL! I had the colours in front of me and I just wanted to make it all match! I’ll describe what I’ve made just incase you can’t tell properly in the picture….

top left: I covered a little spiral bound notebook with Rich Razzleberry and stamped the cover with the Friendly Words Wheel before adding the cutout flower and half pearl.

top right: I folded a piece of card lengthways before cutting it with the top Note die to form a pocket. I stamped the front with the wheel and tucked in some of those Jarrah Latte Sachets before tying with some wide Very Vanilla ribbon and adding the flower and half pearl

bottom right: I scored a Top Note diecut shape 1/2″ either side of the centre mark to form the case of the box. I then cut a strip and scored it so that it formed the sides of the box (it also had tabs to stick to the base inside). Before sticking it together I stamped it with the wheel of course! 😉 Inside the box are some Felt Flowers in Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive and then I tied it and embellished it with the small flower this time 😉

bottom left: I used a scored Top Note Die to top a small cello bag containing some Werthers butterscotch lollies and of course the Top Note die was stamped and embellished like the other projects.

Lastly, I also made a little mini pizzabox to put a tealight candle in

And here was the card I made to go with it …. I kept the colour theme except I added a little Kraft and Chocolate 😉

Hope my Secret Sister liked it all!  Happy Unconvention!! Cheers, K 🙂