Saturday, July 24, 2010

My first Blog Hop: Be of Cheer for Christmas comes more than once a Year!

I hope you’re ready for the ESAD Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Welcome to those who have hopped here from Bev Watts' blog.

I had fun creating traditional green white and red Christmas crafts: a 6x6 inch scrapbook page, a treat container, greeting cards and a tag box full of tags. The tag box would be great for chocolate truffles or other sweet treats that need "luxe" presentation.

The scrapbook page used real red, whisper white and old olive cardstock. I have stamped the white strip with stamps from the Season of Joy stamp set. The title uses Schoolbook serif plus another Season of Joy stamp for the "O". I used 2 circle punches and the corner rounder for the scallop border. A  touch of journalling with an old olive marker and a little glitter and another page is ready for the album!

At our team training meeting on Thursday, my upline Donna taught us how to make a sour cream container: what an easy an effective little treat container: It can be made any size, so it is very versatile. My version used quarter of an A4 sheet. Just the right size for a few sweets, a special soap, or even jewellery. You could even used this for a Christmas decoration, or "snapless" cracker. I have used Season of Joy again for the background, This would be even even easier with the So Swirly wheel, but I don't own that... yet! The tag uses the curly Label Punch Bunch set.

My divided tag box used the tutorial from SplitCoast stampers here. I had fun filling it with tags using diferent techniques. It has an acetate lid, which makes for great presentation. I have used Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon and the curly Label Punch Bunch set again for the tag.The tag set would make a lovely secret santa or hostess gift.

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.

Thanks for spending time here: now its time to see the cool projects on Melissa's blog

Friday, July 23, 2010

Blog Hop Sneak Peak

I've been getting in the groove for the ESAD blog hop this Saturday and my old olive and real red are getting put through their paces with some traditional Christmas-colour cards and tags. I still love the classic red, green and white for Christmas. Here is a sneak peak of one of the projects. Check back tomorrow for all the goodies!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gelato Stars: definitely scrappy

A Quick Share of the quilt I finally finished for my niece's 13th birthday. The fabrics were all hand dyed many years ago with the Chris Behersing's creative quilting group at Anchorage Park Community House.

Friday, July 16, 2010

My First Regional Training Day

Can't believe a week has gone by since the Stampin' Up! Training Day in Parnell. I had a great day, meeting up with friends old and new! Appropriately enough "friends" was also the theme of my swap card above. I love the jewellery tag punch matched with the tiny tags stamp set (one of the stamps on special this month) I used soft suede ink combined with real red and kraft cardstock and taffeta ribbon. I am pleased with how this turned out: and I made 15 to swap. I will share some of the other lovely art works I received in return over the next week