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.

Offcuts of Polished Stone

When I make backgrounds such as the Polished Stone background you saw in the last post, I tend to cut out my card stock equal in size to a card front. That way I have “off cuts” I can also play with.

This is what I came up with, when playing with the “off cuts”. I still used the stamp set Baroque Motifs as well as the same colour combination of Pink Pirouette, Pale Plum and Rose Red. I just used entirely different layouts for both cards.

I changed the words and the accessories to include Rhinestone Brads and Designer Brads, even changing the centre brad to highlight the colour combination further.

Polished Baroque

A While ago, I finally managed to purchase some Glossy white card stock and ink refills. I had eagerly wanted to attempt the “polished stone” background.

One of my favourite all-rounder stamp sets is Baroque Motifs. The large swirl stamp is extremely useful. It lends itself to all types of styles and occasions. You can use it for backgrounds or the main image (as I have done here).

Here is a very girlie card I made for my Sister’s Birthday. The colours I have used include Pink Pirouette, Pale Plum and Rose Red. In case you have forgotten, Pale Plum is one of the retiring colours, and will only be available until sold out, even if that means before the release of the new Ideas Book and Catalogue in September 2010.

Baroque Matchbox










This was a card a did for a class a few months ago. I cased the inspiration from the matchbox card we were shown how to do at last years Regionals for Stampin’ Up! (another perk for being a demonstrator- being given ideas and tutorials).

I just love Raspberry tart DSP. Here I have teamed it up with Very Vanilla and Rose Red cardstock and Kiwi Kiss ink. Stampin’ Up! colours are great because you can mix and match with what you have and it will blend with more than one colour. I have used Old Olive ribbon and it looks right at home.

90th Birthday



What to do when your grandmother turns 90?

I wanted to put something together that was nice, not too “old fashioned” looking but remains sophisticated. This is what I came up with. I stamped the main image from Fresh Cuts in basic Black, and then added colour to part of the image by colouring in with markers (Old Olive, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink). Layer on matching card stock.

I stamped a flourish from Baroque Motifs onto the base card, and added some punched flowers to the opposite corner to balance the colour, and to finish added a saying from Sincere Salutations.



It was my son’s confirmation over the weekend.  I should have been more prepared and ordered Special Blessing, but that didn’t happen. So,I ended up using my daughter’s non SU alphabet stamp set. I’m sure it would have been a whole lot easier to use if I had a Stamp-a-ma-jig.

I embossed the flourish from Baroque Motifs onto Riding Hood Red cardstock, stamped half an image with red ink along the top, and then layered it with Basic black cardstock. My daughter gave this to her brother.


Next I needed a card from my hubby and I. Again my talented SIL sent Nathan a card for his confirmation. I didn’t case it, but I certainly used it for inspiration and it was a challenge to see what I could come up with.

Riding Hood Red was the perfect colour for the occasion. I teamed it up with Close to cocoa and used multiple stamp sets including Weathered, Lovely as a tree, Starring you and All scallops.

I sponged the edges of the cross to make it appear more natural, and distressed the edges of the card-stock to enhance the whole natural effect. As well as using markers to give depth to the tree image. To top it all off, dimensionals were added to adhere the cross.

Square Kiwi Baroque


SquareKiwiGlitterBrocadeOne of the images from Baroque Motifs really lends itself for square cards. When I first saw this years Double Sided Designer Series Paper, I just had to have Raspberry Tart. I’m just not into strawberries, but give me raspberries any day.

I have attempted to exaggerate as well as highlight the colour combination by using co-ordinating card stock in Rose Red and Pink Pirouette against the Kiwi Kiss stamped image.





After cutting out my focal image, I used the green glitter alternatively around the image before adhering it with a dimensional.


Popular Baroque

At the convention it was mentioned that there have been over 5000 Baroque Motifs sets sold throughout Australia and New Zealand. This is definitely one of the most popular sets around. It has such a timeless quality about it.

I have finally obtained my set recently. I am sure that most designs/layouts/combinations have been attempted by someone, somewhere at some-stage. Nevertheless, it was now my turn.


CreamyPinkCocoaBrocadeNow I must admit, I did sort of “CASE” this one from SplitCoastStampers. Although I changed the colours, changed which DSP I used and added extra paper piercing. So I am not sure whether it is a “CASE” or whether it is just inspiration.

The DSP is Candy Lane, teamed with Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Red Riding Hood, and Very Vanilla. I still don’t have any Red Riding Hood ribbon, so I coloured some Whisper White Grosgrain using sponge daubers and an ink pad.