Wow what an exciting time it has been here in Australia, on 1st September the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue went live. No one loves a new catalogue more than my fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, and those of us at ESAD have put together a Blog Hop to share some of our favourites with you. What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stmapin' 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 cyber-stamps, 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 feel free to leave me a message and I will invite you to our Facebook group.
You might have started here at my blog, or come from Sharlene's blog Magpie Creates, it doesn't really matter to play along all you need to do is follow the link at the end of each blog and it will hop you right on over to the next blog in the circle.
Now onto the projects I have to show you, for this hop I have done 4 items. The first one is a card using the Flower Fest stamp set and I managed to use 4 of the 5 new In-Colours on this card! Now if you have visited my blog before you might know that I am someone who loves stamps that have matching punches, well Flower Fest is one such set, of the eight stamps in the set, five of them have matching punches, how cool is that. For this card I used the leaves on the background, then layered the largest flower in alternating Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder. I finished them off with the new (and I have to say stunning) Designer Printed Brads that match the new In-Colours. The sentiment is from "It's Your Day" which is a set of two sentiments that are easy to miss because they are found with the Simply Sent kits on page 136 of the Catalogue.
This next little project is a straight copy of one that I saw on Angie Kennedy Juda's blog Chic n Scratch. I love her blog and having just this morning bought my first ever Hershey Nuggets just had to give this a go. For my American visitors, Hershey Nuggets are not easily available in Australia, however Cost Co have just opened up a store where I live and they stock them, I had to buy almost 1.5kg of them, but I am sure I will find so many projects for them now! I made the belly band for the nugget from Island Indigo and topped it with one of the flowers from the Language of Friendship (another set that matches our punches!!) and used the largest flower on the Boho Blossoms Punch then water coloured it with Calypso Coral. The little nugget fits perfectly into the tiny purse, so very cute.
This next project is another one I got from Angie over at Chic n Scratch, she had made her's for Halloween, however I changed it up a bit and will use this as a special little thank you gift. It is made from two of the tags from the new Big Shot Die "Two Tags". This one holds a Stampin' Spot, and it was an accident that I picked up my Taken with Teal from my old set of Spots! Doesn't it match well?? Those who were sad to see Take With Teal retire, will be very happy with this new In-Colour as it is quite similar. I have used the new Designer Frames Embossing Folder to get the frame image on my Lucky Limeade card stock, and then stamped an image from yet another punch friendly set, Tagtastic. Tagtastic is one of the exclusive hostess sets available this catalogue. I have emphasised the little flowers with my Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker to tie it in with the double piece of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding. I absolutely love how these three colours look together.
My final project was going to be another card, but for some reason my mojo just would not go in the 2D direction! I wanted to show you another use for the Two Tags die, so went searching for inspiration. This cute little 3D Post-It Note holder fit the bill nicely. The idea came from Holly Stampin Mania, I have made mine more simple and used the Four Frames stamp set - yes there is a theme here with stamps and matching punches - this stamp set has four beautiful frames that all go with the Designer Label punch and look amazing. I paired the Wisteria Wonder with Concord Crush and a touch of Lucky Limeade for the leaves. Isn't it great that In-Colours last for 2 years now??? We get to keep last years colours for another 12 months.
I hope you have enjoyed my creations, I certainly had a great time making them, and will continue to post up lots of projects with the new products, so be sure to stop by from time to time and see what I have been up to.
We will be offering Blog Candy on this Blog Hop. It is easy to get into the draw, simply leave a comment on each blog then email Sharlene and a winner will be drawn. Sorry but only residents of Australia and New Zealand are eligible for the Blog Candy and one winner from each country will be drawn. If you are a visitor from overseas we would love to hear your comments too :)
Now it's time to hop on over to Juliette Chapman's blog Jules Krafty Krafts and see her wonderful items.