Saturday, September 27, 2014

ESAD Holiday Catalogue 2014 Blog Hop

I'm excited to take part in another ESAD blog hop.  You might have joined me from Libby's blog or you might be starting here, either way - welcome, and I hope you enjoy the tour today.

I have chosen to work with the Wondrous Wreath bundle and have used it to make several cards and an ornament.  They are all Christmas themed, and I did also make one that wasn't red and green but would you believe it, it has completely disappeared from my desk - I suspect a girl-child of mine has taken a liking to it - and I didn't take a photo of it before it disappeared, so I will have to share that one with you at a later date if and when it turns up!!!

First off, let me tell you about the Wondrous Wreath bundle.  It comes with both the stampset (above) and co-ordinating Framelits which not only cut out your wreath and its accessories, but also gives you a couple of gorgeous greetings as well - Joy and Noel.  I really love it, and I think its the easiest bundle to use that Stampin' Up! has released so far.  The stampset is photopolymer, which is just perfect for this set as it uses two-step stamping to create the different layers of the stamped image, so lining each layer up is easy-peasy with both the stamps and your clear acrylic blocks being easy to see through to your project underneath.  Not only that, but the each stamp, as well as its co-ordinating Framelits dies, has a little tab to help you line up the bottom (or top), so there is no confusion when stamping or cutting.  Great thinking by SU!
Now for my projects!  My first card uses a Cherry Cobbler mat on a Whisper White base.  The "confetti dots" are stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink, and were created with the "berries" stamp from the bundle.  I simply stamped it over and over, rotating slightly each time to give some variance.  The wreath is stamped with the first layer in Pear Pizzazz and the second in Old Olive, and the berries are embossed with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  The "Joy" is also from the Framelits collection and is done in Gold Foil.  The greeting is gold embossed, also from this same bundle.

I just love the soft bow, tied into a double-bow with our Cherry Cobbler seam-binding ribbon from the Annual Catalogue.

Next I wanted to play with an Easel Card and the Circles Collection Framelits.  The wreath layers beautifully inside the nested circles.  I gold embossed the leaves onto Window Sheet, and skipped the middle layer of leaves and went straight to my Cherry Cobbler embossed berries, and this is popped up on tiny chopped up and hidden Dimensionals, to give it some height. 

I did another double-bow with the new gold ribbon, and added some pretty gold and Cherry Cobbler flowers to hold the card open.  The pearls in the centres are coloured with the darkest Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities marker.  Peace and Joy comes from the promotional hostess set, Good Greetings, and is also gold embossed.

Next I made a hanging ornament, again using the Circles Collection Framelits, Gold Foil, Gold ribbon and a piece of Window Sheet to hold the floating layer in the centre.  The wreath is again stamped in Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler embossed berries, and I've used another of those seam-binding ribbon bows.

This is going to look amazing hanging on my tree this year.

This one is a wee bit different.  I used the emboss resist technique and clear-embossed the leaves onto Whisper White cardstock, and sponged over the top with Old Olive ink.  I could just as easily have white embossed onto Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  What I really wanted to show with this one though, was the use of the coloured Pearls instead of using the berries stamp.
And finally, here is a tag made with the Noel framelit as a negative.  I used Typeset DSP - sponged and grunged with Crumb Cake ink - and glued it onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (for strength), and then cut the two pieces together with both the Angled Tag punch and then put it through the Big Shot with the Noel thinlet.   Tied off with another of that beautiful seam-binding ribbon.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this bundle used in a few different ways, and I hope you don't mind that I couldn't find my non-Christmassy example to show you in time for the Blog Hop! 

Your next stop is Debra Speijers.
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 love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship, and we're always there to help and support each other.  

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address and I'll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bright and Beautiful

I realised this morning while looking at another demonstrators projects, that I didn't blog my Bright and Beautiful projects last month during the promotion where you could buy the stampset and star framelits together as a bundle - how remiss of me!  So without further ado, here they are now!
The first is a 3D ornament, made by layering several stars of different sizes and cut from a selection of Champagne Glimmer cardstock, Cherry Cobbler and gold foil (with white embossing),  Some of the pieces are scored and creased to give dimension.   I used gold sequin ribbon to make the hanger, doesn't it look great!
The next is my own creation, with Crushed Curry cardstock, DSP and ribbon, and some dazzling diamonds for a lovely glittery finish.
Last but not least is a CASE from the Holiday Catalogue, and adapted slightly to use a ribbon and DSP that I had on hand, so mine is Baked Brown Sugar instead of Basic Black.  I'm in love with this card, and my Stamp Club ladies enjoyed making it last month too.
This month I will be showing them the Blendabilities markers with the Christmas Bauble stamp, so stay tuned for that project in the next few days (to be followed on Saturday with another ESAD blog hop - exciting!)

Have a great day!