Saturday, September 18, 2010

ESAD Blog Hop - Snorkelling Scrap Pages & Butterfly Writing Set

Okay so who isn't loving everything in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue? If you have just joined the blog hop or have come here from the super talented Susan Joyce I hope that you are enjoying some terrific ideas for how to use those Big Shot dies! So get a cuppa and enjoy the journey as I hope you’re ready for the ESAD Big Shot Blog Hop!

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.

I have created two different projects for this blog hop, the first is a scrap page layout using the Circles #2, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet  & Top Note dies for the super versatile Big Shot & the second is a writing compendium using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit and the Elegant lines textured impressions embossing folder.

I took inspiration for this layout from the new Celebrations DSP and extended the circle theme across the pages using the Circles #2 die, the Top Note die photos I hand cut off the perforated edge of the die to create a border around each photo. I also stamped a few of the bashful blue circles with a stamp from Circle Circus to continue the theme of the DSP.

Stamps: Circle Circus
Ink: Real Red
Paper: Celebrations DSP, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz DSP from DSP  ( level 1 hostess).
Accessories: Big Shot, Circles #2, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet,Top Note, Circle Scissors, SNAIL, Paper snips, Stampin' write journaler, 2-Way glue pen, 

The second project is a writing compendium based on a design by Andrea Walford that I originally made in June and have remade using products from the new catalogue. It is a lovely gift as it is a compendium that holds 4 cards and envelopes all on the same theme. I chose to use the new elegant lines embossing folder which is so gorgeous and the new Elegant Soirée DSP with the new Beautiful Wings embosslits which is such awesome value - I totally love it.

Wouldn't this make the most wonderful gift? I also used the new basic pearls to embellish the cards. It's hard to see with my photography, but the embossing is so deep, it's just gorgeous and when you emboss on plain white or vanilla card stock and sponge over the top, the design pops out and looks fantastic. 

This is what the inside of it looks like:

Here's a close up of one of the cards as well - how terrific is it that Crumb Cake (kraft) is now available in an ink pad!

Stamps: Elements of Style, Afterthoughts (level 1 hostess)
Ink: Soft Suede, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze
Card Stock:Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Basic Gray, Elegant Soirée DSP
Accessories: Paper piercer, Stampin' Dimensionals. Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Stamping sponges, SNAIL, Scallop edge punch, Crop-o-dile, Jumbo eyelets pewter, Sticky Strip, Basic Pearls.

Anyway congratulations for getting this far through my post! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me and I will try to help out, I do have scrapbook, card and gift set classes like the above running regularly, for a calendar of events, please check my website. The next blog to hop on over to is that of Dani Fender  and you are going to love what she has made! 


  1. WoW! just stunning Ann, I love the beautiful compendium and that paper is so pretty. I might have to order some now, I love the photos of little man doing his best impression of Daddy diving "LOL" Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us. Take care, lots of inky hugs from Charmaine :-)

  2. Hi Ann,
    Great scrap pages. Love your writing compendium, it's very pretty.

  3. Awww! Lovely Ann (as always)
    Can't wait for the workshops!!hehe.

    Had a great time on the blog hop, thanks for the ride ;)

  4. Ohh what a cute scrap layout - lovely idea that paper is so pretty.

  5. Lovely writing compendium (however it is spelt!) thanks for the inspiration

  6. I have just finished ordering that elegant soiree paper for a wedding album, its beautiful....your projects are wonderful, loved them all

  7. I would love to see a tutorial on how you made your box to hold those beautiful cards. WOW!

  8. Lurve your scrapping page! It is bright and fun! My kind of page (although I tend to add heaps of photos)

    Michelle F

  9. hi, wow, i love the creations you have shared, the little set is just stunning