Saturday, December 4, 2010

ESAD Summer Mini Blog Hop

Its time again for another Blog Hop from the lovely and talented ladies at ESAD.  What is ESAD? 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.  If you are interested in learning about the great benefits of becoming a demonstrator yourself please contact me

You might have started with my post, or you might have hopped over from looking at the wonderful creations that Kim Conway has over on her blog KC  CARDS.  The beauty of a blog hop is that it doesn't matter where you start you just keep hopping to the next blog by following the link at the bottom or each post.  Don't forget we all love to hear what you think of our creations, so please leave a comment as you hop around.

The new Summer Mini Catalogue is full of a variety of products to tempt you, Trims, Punches, Dies, DSP and of course Stamps.  One of the benefits of being a demonstrator is we get to pre-order from the catalogue so here are some of the things I have created using these great new products.

Firstly I thought I would share a scrapbook page, I haven't done a scrapbook page in about 8 years and have been promising myself I would get back to that side of paper crafting.  I was finally inspired to do one using this picture my mum sent me last week.  Can you spot the three new products I have used?

- Firstly is the Victoria Crochet Trim, this is such a delicate woven lace trim, it has a wonderfully vintage feel about it and is just great to use, on this I have backed it with a strip of Real Red card stock to bring out the colour in the flowers and to highlight the pattern of the lace.  
- Second new product is the "Wonderful Mother" stamp from the Well Scripted stamp set.  For this page I used a marker to stamp technique to just stamp the word Mother, rather than the whole image.  I love the swirly font the stamp set uses.
- Thirdly is the Pinking Hearts Border Punch, don't you just love the delicateness of this border, the tiny hearts sit perfectly in the "v" of the border.  Like the Scallop Trim Border Punch, this one also has a matching corner punch so you can make complete borders for card fronts and scrapbook pages.

Next on the list of creations I wanted to share is a simple but effective Easter card using a great technique for making the cross using the Scallop Trim Border Punch. 

I love this because it shows the versatility of the Stampin' Up! punches.  I saw this technique on another blog and can't for the life of me find the link, so please leave a comment if this is your creation and I will give you credit (or update my post when I find the link).  I have also used the Lattice Embossing Folder from the Summer Mini on this card. Its a great folder that just give a wonderful fine texture to the card.
My final project was inspired by my Secret Sister October gift.  I wanted to recreate the decorated bag and use some of the fun little gold paper bags that I have recently acquired (I think I did an OK job of it). The base of this bag is Basic Gray with a Blushing Bride Top Note, layered with a Very Vanilla Top Note that I pre-stamped with images front the Grunge Rock stamp set and then ran through the Lattice embossing folder.  Grunge Rock is such a fun set, and it goes really well with Extreme Elements. 

I wanted this bag to be have a vintage sort of feel so have topped it off with a Victoria Crochet Trim bow, I wanted to bring out the gold in the bag so secured the bow with one of the stunning Antique Brads from the Idea Book and Catalogue - these two products go so well together! 

The guitar from the Grunge Rock stamp set I have embossed in gold onto Basic Gray.  I showed this to my 15 year old daughter (my official Blingologist) and her comment was "Oh mum, that is sooooooo cute. Can I have it?" - a good sign that I hit the mark I was aiming for.  These would make nice gift bags either full of goodies for a birthday girl, or as treat bags for guests.

I hope you have enjoyed my creations, please hop on over to see what Kerryn Campbell has to tempt you with over on her blog Kerryn's Cards.

Just in case you get lost here are a list of all the demonstrators in the blog hop, just click on their name and you will jump right to thier blog ...
** Monique Fielder **


  1. All of your projects look great Monique! And you did more than OK with the decorated bag, it looks fantastic! :)

  2. These are gorgeous Moni. You are so clever!

    Jenny x

  3. Oh, I love them all Monique - but my favourite is the Easter Cross - I will be making that one!

  4. Love them all Monique, but the Easter Cross is my favourite - I will be making that one!

  5. Wow you are just to clever, what a fantastic show of projects. More items on my wish list now.

  6. Oh Oh Oh Moni ... these are all awesome - love them to bits! Now you have to tell me how you did that cross ... or I might get cross!

  7. Fabulous ideas Monique. I especially love the scallop trim cross. I'd be very interested in the link if you can find it.

  8. Love the girly guitar bag! Definately rates more than 'ok' :)

  9. Mon, I can remember when you first started and you wanted a cross stamp to do up some cards for Easter, you didn't have one so you 'invented' one for your card. It looks like you went one better yet again! Love your work girl!

  10. Wow! These are great - absolutely love the way you've used the scallop trim on the cross, just fantastic

  11. Thank you all for your wonderful comments.

  12. I was so impressed with the EASTER CARD I went on a long search for the original link for you, and finally found it on Youtube by MsStampinlady (Ithink) here:
    So easy when you know how she did it! LOL
    Thanks for the inspiration, beautiful!

  13. Just gorgeous! What a clever idea to make the cross. And love that crochet trim bow with the antique brad. Beautiful.

  14. Very pretty! Monique! Simply stunning!
    I have the cross card saved under "Stephanie Lamontagne 11th Oct 2010". But ... now that I have done a search ... I can't for the life of me find it now! Will try some more! Hugs xxaxx
    PS Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog! xxx

  15. Giggle ... no wonder I couldn't find it ... it came from a FRENCH website!!!
    Stephanie's Cross Card - Picture Tutorial
    I like the pics ... cos I have limited downloads and can't view too much Utube!
    Hugs xxaxx

  16. Just popping by to share a special Christmas message with you ...
    Andrea's Christmas Wish
    Christmas Hugs xxaxx


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