It is that time of the Stampin' Up! year again ... the release of a new Mini Catalogue, this one runs from 1st April until 31st July. I have to say this is my very favourite mini catalogue ever, well since I joined Stampin' Up! To showcase some of the great items now available for purchase the girls at ESAD have once again put their creative caps on and have made some wonderful projects to inspire you.
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 feel free to click here to join our wonderful group
You might be starting with my blog, or have come from looking at Narelle Hoggard's wonderful creations, it doesn't matter. With a blog hop you just follow the link at the end of each post to take you to the next blog in the hop. So grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy ...
I have a few projects to show you today, I just couldn't choose which set to use or what to show! This cute card and matching box set use a number of the new products. The card uses the Bordering on Romance stamp set which is so lovely and soft, and has two stamps that match perfectly with the Edgelits Dies. You can see the scallop die used in this card, I love how each scallop has it's own little scallops. The box on the right is made with the new Simply Scored Scoring Tool and the Framelits Labels Collections Die.
Here you can see how I have used the second largest label and folded (along dotted black lines) and cut (the small red lines) to make the top and base of the box. The ribbon hides some of the flourish but it does look really cute. I adhered the base onto the Window Sheet with sticky strip and the top fits over the top and the ribbon holds it on.
When new products are released I really like to use them with existing items to see how well they work together. In this card, and the next one, I have used the Designer Frames with the Bordering on Romance stamps. On both cards I have also used the new Pleated Satin Ribbon, and I have added some pearls onto the ribbon to give a richer feel to the cards.
Like the previous card this one has used the Pleated Satin Ribbon with the pearls, the difference with this is that I have used the second Edgelits die. Isn't that a great shape? The Edgelits are great to use, they are thin dies that are made to go through the Big Shot and even though they are quite thin they are very strong and cut beautifully.
These next few pictures are not so much about my creations as they are to share a couple of things with you that I have found useful with the new Framelits and Edgelits. The first I came up with to help keep everythign steady when getting it lined up to go through the Big Shot. I started out by buying a new set of Standard Cutting Plates. On one side I used my quilting ruler to add paralel lines both vertically and horizontally. On the other side I smeared TomBow glue along every second line and allowing it to dry, making it become tacky but not a permanent adhesive (you could also use Dotto in this step). Once it was dry I patted my hands over it to reduce the strength of the tackiness a little. As you can see it makes it much easier to line the edgelits up and hold everything steady as it gets run through the Big Shot.
Finally I wanted to show you how I store my Framelits and Edgelits on my desk. I have used two of the plastic photo frames and adhered magnet sheet to each one, then added some of the Twitterpated DSP to the front to make them look a little bit prettier. The magnets are strong enough to work through the DSP and hold my dies in place ready for me to grab when I need them. I also love this because it makes them so much easier to keep track of - I tend to have things all over my desk as I work and the little dies were at risk of going AWOL before I came up with this system. I still keep the packets they came in for when I take them to workshops.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at my creations, and hop on over to visit Nicole Derendorf and see what she has made. As you hop around don't forget to leave comments to let everyone know what you think of their creations.
Here is a list of all the participants, just in case any of the links are not working:
Monique Fielder - You are Here