Sunday, January 3, 2021

ESAD Blog Hop - January to June Mini and Sale-A-Bration 2021

Can you believe it's time for another ESAD Blog Hop for new catalogues?  While it is a bit sad to say farewell to the holiday items in the last mini catalogue, it is great fun to see the wonderful new products in the January to June 2021 Mini.  To give you some inspiration ESAD demonstrators have been busy at work with their pre-orders to create some wonderful projects. 

My project for the hop uses the stamps and dies from the Simply Succulents Bundle, page 39; as well as the stunning Opal Rounds that are part of the Sea & Sand suite on page 41. 

I absolutely love succulents and so knew as soon as I saw this bundle that it would be the first thing on my pre-order.  These are the succulents we used to decorate the tables at my daughter's engagement party, and they were great inspiration to my colouring of the succulents on my card.  The stamp set contains a gorgeous pot as well as four succulent images and four sentiments!  The great thing about the coordinating dies is that they include options to cut out all of the succulent and pot images as well as additional succulent shapes and four new stitched label framelits for sentiments. Not only that it also includes a stunning background image which you can see layered behind my focal image.

My project for this hop uses the main succulent image as well as one of the smaller succulents to create a layering effect.  I coloured the pot with Stampin' Blends, and the succulents with Water Colour Pencils, I find I get a better colour mix with pencils then run over each section with a Blender Pen. Once coloured I went over the outline for the main succulent in the bunch with a Mint Macaron marker to add more definition to the individual leaves. 

I added some colour to the Opal Rounds with a Stampin' Blend to coordinate with my project and love that the sparkle within each round still shows through the colour. I know you are going to be seeing a lot of these on my projects in the coming months they are just so gorgeous and versatile. 

I also wanted to share how versatile this bundle is as I used the stamps and dies to help decorate my daughter's engagement party on 29 December which  had a bit of a succulent theme as she also loves these cute little plants.

The labels were perfect for identifying the juices on the Pimp My Prosecco Bar ...

And on the sauce bottles that were part of the desert platter.  I just printed out the words on Mint Macaron cardstock and cut with the cute label dies in the Bundle and then added to the bottles with Tear n Tape. They stayed on really well even with the concensation on the bottles.

We also covered the side of our shed with hessian so it looked a bit nicer and coordinated with the table runners. There was a section of the shed that didn't have anything to attach the hessian with so we used little clip magnets decorated with one of the individual succulents stamped on Mint Macaron and sponged with Rich Razzleberry.
I hope you are enjoying the hop so far, now it is time to hop on over and see what Richelle has created with her new products.

Here is a full list of the blog hop participants:
Happy Stamping


  1. Love your card and congratulations to your daughter on her engagement. I love how we can use Stampin' Up! products to enhance the special moments in our lives.

  2. Lovely creations and coordination Moni - hope your daughters engagement party went well! :) x

  3. You’ve been having fun Monique ! Great projects and an interesting colour combination there !

  4. Such a pretty card. I love your colouring using both pencils and blends.

  5. Lovely card Moni. Beautiful colouring. Thanks for sharing the photos of your engagement party and how you used the succulents there. It looked beautiful.

  6. Eeekk! Gorgeous! Love these succulents coloured with the watercolour pencils and that background is so striking! Congrats and extra squishy hugs to your daughter! Xx

  7. Oooo Monique I love how you showcased the Succulents!!!! Love love love your projects!

  8. Beautiful card. Love the bold background colour. Congratulations on your daughters engagement.

  9. Love the card and absolutely love the theme of your daughter's engagement (congrats by the way). This succulent bundle is definitely working it's way up my wishlist!!


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