Sunday, April 1, 2012

ESAD Autumn/Winter Blog Hop

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:

Tanya Bell
Michelle Grech
Jane Norish 
Juliette Chapman
Pauline Bennets
Alison Barclay
Keryn Campbell
Sharlene Meyer
Theresa Schirmer
Caroline Cassidy
Michelle Halling
Leonie Schroder
Delys Cram
Libby Dyson
Tina Hewett
Kelly Nelson
Yvonne Walker
Alisa Tilsner
Nicole Stalker
Peggy Quarmby
Andrea Buckland
Carolyn Bennie
Narelle Hoggard
Monique Fielder - You are Here
Nicole Derendorf

Happy Stamping


  1. Great projects Moni. Another gorgeous one using the 'Bordering on Romance' Set.


    Jenny x

  2. Hi Monique!! Gorgeous projects!! Love them and will definitely make your little box! Thanks for the tip with keeping them straight! I am definitely going to do that! Awesome idea!! Thanks for sharing :-)

    Caroline :-)

  3. Monique I always love lookiing at what you have done, and you have done it again and made some amazing designs thank you.

  4. Just gorgeous Mon. May have to case those projects. I love the new catalogue - lots of must haves and you've given me a reason to get a few more :)

  5. Hi Monique, your creations using the new Twitterpated DSP are gorgeous. Can't wait for my new DSP to arrive. Your tips about how to best use the new tools are really helpful too! TFS xxx

  6. Monique, I love your creations, they are beautiful. Thanks for sharing how you made the gift box with the framelits die, what a fantastic idea. Cheers Donna Zammit :)

  7. Monique these are just gorgeous. Love your box and the cards are just stunning.

  8. Fabulous projects and ideas here the framelit lid ... or could we call it a "Frame-lid" :)
    Diggin' the storage idea and the cutting plate idea for the edgelits! :)

  9. Love the ideas for storage and cutting with the new dies - TFS those and your beautiful ideas.

  10. Beautiful creations, and great storage tip!

  11. Amazing. I love these

  12. Love the idea of using the framelits for box ends, well done!

  13. A beautiful group of projects Monique. I love the little frames with the bordering on romance flowers inside. Thanks also for your tips on using the new tools I'll surely be using those. TFS your ideas.

  14. Gorgeous projects Moni! Pure genius to make the framelits into box lids!! And thanks so much for those fantastic tips for the edgelits - just what I need!! Sherylee.

  15. great projects Monique. Love your box.

  16. Love the little peek-a-boo designer frames. A gorgeous way to make a box from the Framelits.

  17. Wow Monique - just love your projects and your tips are fantastic!!

  18. Gosh you really have thought of some great helpful ideas. Your card are beautiful too!! A great post. Thanks. xCarolyn

  19. Great tips and lovely projects Monique! love your box especially!

  20. Great cards and thanks for the tips, very helpful ;-)

  21. Ooh, I love, love, love your acetate box - what an awesome idea Moni & beautifully done. Thanks very much for your great tips on using & storing your dies. I need all the help I can get - especially keeping my desk under control.

  22. love that box!! and thanks for the great tips :)

  23. Cool idea for the die storage! And love love love the little box!

  24. Gorgeous project & thanks for the tips.
    Sharon x

  25. Love the box Monique. Thank you for the tips on storing out new toys too. I am really starting to fall in love with the DSP and might have to think about the edgelets too.


  26. Fabtastic projects Monique, TFS so many great ideas!

  27. Fantastic idea for storing the edgelits! Love the design of the chocolate box ... yum! Sensational idea for lining up your edgelits ... I did have a little trouble keeping them straight! Sweet DSP ... pity the whole pack didn't grab me! Hugs xxx


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