Saturday, July 24, 2010

ESAD 'Christmas in July' Blog Hop

Hi all,

Welcome to the ESAD Blog Hop - 'Christmas in July'!
What is ESAD? ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.
We love what we do, and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors, but we share what we love with other Demonstrators too. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help and support each other when needed. So if you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in either Australia or New Zealand, please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.
If you're hopping in order, you'll have just come from the very talented Melissa Barkwith's blog.

My projects today focus on Christmas decorations. First up I have made this little ornament for the Christmas tree. It would also look great hanging over a window or doorway - although it has been such a challenge to photograph!

I have punched 7 stars from Holiday Treasures DSP pack using the large star punch, and folded each in half. I have adhered them together, alternating the pattern. Using sticky strip, the stars have then been attached to a hat pin, along with some pearl and crystal beads (all from the Pretties Kit). I learned this technique from Petronela Hardy at Regional training last year (she used the Full Heart punch - it will work with any punch that is symmetrical).
I've sponged the edges with Choc Chip ink and added some Crystal Effects to finish it off.
My second project again features the Holiday Treasures DSP, and the Pennant Die. This die features a small pennant, large pennant and four scalloped and perforated circles, all on the one die!
I have cut three smaller pennants and three scalloped circles using my Big Shot. The letters 'j-o-y' have been stamped onto the reverse pattern of the DSP using the Jumbo Outline alphabet, and cut out. I have adhered the pennants to some 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon (there is a special fold on the pennant specifically for this purpose) and embellished the joins with taffeta ribbon and buttons. To make the customised buttons, I punched a 3/4" circle of Holiday Treasures DSP and attached to the back of the small Stampin' Up! clear buttons. Some Chocolate Chip 'thread' finishes it off.

If you've got any questions about either of these projects, leave me a comment or send an email & I'll get in touch! Your next stop on the Blog Hop is Richelle Fletcher , I'm sure you'll enjoy the beautiful projects Richelle has in store!

Thanks for visiting - pop back again soon!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A little bit Vintage

Hi all,

I've finally managed to show you some of the projects from my Vintage Vogue class. It's not my usual style, but I enjoyed experimenting with something a little different, which was made easy by using the gorgeous Vintage Vogue stamp set.
We made a sticky notepad holder and a matching card, in either Pink Pirouette or Baja Breeze with the Bella Bleu DSP, Kraft taffeta ribbon and Soft Suede ink.

Here are Cherie's beautiful projects, in the Baja Breeze option:
Kay opted for Pink Pirouette for this gorgeous creation:

And Mel chose Pink Pirouette also for her wonderful card:

Ellie made some gorgeous projects as well, but I'm sorry I can't show you as the photo vanished! I will have to be sure to feature Ellie's work soon :)
Yesterday I held a 'Christmas in July' event, which was great fun. It's been great to get an early start on Christmas projects, so that it doesn't become another chore in the December rush.
I hope to share some of those projects soon, and also get back into some challenges.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Two-Step Specials for July

Hi all,

Hot on the heels of the Deals of the Week during June, there is a great new special from Stampin' Up!

You can purchase selected Two-step stamp sets for 20% off until 31st July:

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price
116386 39 Loads of Love $39.95 $31.96
116342 42 Big Bold Birthday** $53.95 $43.16
115860 78 A Rose Is a Rose** $66.95 $53.56
116332 86 Playful Petals** $52.95 $42.36
115770 98 Cheep Talk $47.95 $38.36
115946 115 Wonderful Favourites $39.95 $31.96
119187 14* Tiny Tags (wood-mount) $38.95 $31.16
118592 14* Tiny Tags (clear-mount) $28.95 $23.16
119163 31* Cottage Garden (wood-mount $32.95 $26.36
120003 31* Cottage Garden (clear-mount) $24.95 $19.96

*From 2010 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue
**Retiring stamp sets

Contact me to place an order for any of these great sets.

I still have to show you the projects we made at my class the other week, and hopefully get back into my favourite challenges. I have been really busy, but I did manage to get to the movies twice this past week! I had Gold Room tickets booked for what seemed like ages, to go and see 'Eclipse' on Saturday, with my friend Sam, and we also went to the 'Twilight' marathon on Wednesday night, to see 'Twilight' and 'New Moon' again in the theatre. It was fabulous, and there were even people there in their pyjamas and ugg boots! 'Eclipse' is amazing, and I can't wait to see it again already :)

In between movies, sport, creating (and mostly family stuff) I have been getting ready for my 'Christmas in July' event as well - if you're on my mailing list you will have received your invitation - if not pop on over to my Demonstrator website to check out the details.