Christmas in July Blog Hop

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

Hopefully you are already enjoying yourself and have come from the previous blog that belongs to Gardenia Pepworth.

Keep on reading and then don’t forget to keep on hopping, by following the link at the end of the post.

In case you have started with me here is a little about 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 it’s 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.

This is my little creation for Christmas. I have gone with a non-traditional variation of colours, which include Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip.

This is what I have called my three C’s of Christmas. (Cards, Candles and Chocolate). I have created two different christmas cards, A card wallet that can be used as a gift, with another two cards inside, A couple of candles and of a chocolate gift wrap.


  This is a lovely card wallet, that was shared with our group on ESAD a while ago as part of a weekly challenge. I didn’t participate then, but I still loved the idea.

I used elements taken from one of the scrapbooking kits “Sweet Nothings” and also one of my all-time favourite stamps from “Baroque Motifs”.

As you can see here, the only limitation to christmas is your imagination. Again I have used elements from the scrapbooking kit and just added a christmas sentiment and accessories and you can easily transform any card.

This a technique I learnt at one of our Regional events that is held every year for Demonstrators. Regionals is a great day where we have lots of fun stamping, learning new techniques and sharing ideas with friends we have made, especially on ESAD.

Stamping on candles is so easy once you know how. I love candles, they certainly always create such an ambience to any situation. It is such a pity that you cannot buy too many different aromas in white.

And lastly there is Chocolate. I am such a chocoholic. And what kind of Christmas would it be without chocolate.

This is such a clever design, especially with the pull-out tabs made with ribbon.

Yet another idea that was shared among the group as a challenge.

So there you have it. All the goodies that I like at Christmas.

Have fun continuing on your adventure today. Next on your list is to go visit Bev Watt.


This was my first successful attempt at the Chalkboard technique.

I say successful, because I had tried it before using Versamark and chalk, but really couldn’t get it to look right.

That was until another lovely demonstrator over at ESAD showed me how.

ESAD is short for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators. They are a bunch of helpful talented ladies that I am proud to be a member of.

Anyway, back to the chalkboard technique. I feel you get a much better result once you use the White craft ink and then colour with the chalk. I still have to improve on not smudging, but I feel this turned out pretty OK.

Too easy 96

I participated in this weeks Clean and Simple challenge.

As soon as I saw it and started reading some of the suggestions the girls had used, I knew I had half done this challenge already.

The images I have stamped onto the Very Vanilla card stock, are almost 2 years old. This is one of the first A4 sheets I stamped. Now normally when you do this you use it for making “Own DSP” or “One Sheet Wonder”.

I kind of never got around to using it.

With changes in the air as far as Colours are concerned at Stampin’ Up! I thought I might as well put this to good use.

What I like about making your own DSP, is that it always has 3-4 colours in it.

This is perfect when making multiple cards as you can easily change the colour of the base card and you have easily transfigured the feel of the card.

Add to that a different sentiment and the change is almost complete.

I say almost, because when I was making these cards, I had some leftover pieces of card that I just couldn’t resist throwing together.

The Vanilla card in the centre is what I came up with.

As per normal, my children like to comment on my cards (there is nothing like honesty), and they liked the vanilla card more.

It must be because they are used to seeing much more elaborate designs from me, but that certainly doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with the other cards I have created.