Saturday, 24 July 2010

ESAD-SU Christmas in July Blog Hop

I hope you’re ready for the ESAD Christmas in July 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! 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.
You may have arrived from the fabulous Karen Southwell's blog or just joined the hop here.  There are 25 blogs participating so enjoy your hop. OK! that said it's time to check out my projects. 
Christmas Wreath
The Reverse Side of the Wreath.
I decided to make a Christmas Wreath with the Big Shot and the Leaves #2 Die from Stampin' Up! I know some of you saw the Autumn one displayed at Convention, but as I did not go I have created my own design. My base is an Oasis Wreath that I wrapped with SU's brown packing paper so it was not so easily damaged and much less messy.  I stamped the Old Olive and Real Red leaves with the different grass stamps from Autumn Days and sponged all the edges.  I manipulated the leaves with my fingers, giving them some shape, then I attached the leaves with a Hot Glue Gun.   I added the Designer Paper and Metallic Gold leaves last so I could evenly space them throughout the wreath.  I love this Traditional colour combination for Christmas.
Stamps: Autumn Days
Card: Old Olive, Real Red, Metallic Gold, Ski Slope DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red
Embellishments: Ribbon Unfortunately Not SU, nothing to complement the colours available in the width I used
Tools: Big Shot, Leaves #2 Die, Oasis Wreath, Brown Packing Paper, Hot Glue Gun, Sponges, Double Sided Tape
Christmas Card Set
I made three cards using the Christmas Classics stamp set, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla cardstock and lots of embellishments. On each card I have gold embossed one of the images, cutting it out and mounted it on dimensionals. I have also scored a section of the Very Vanilla cardstock to add more definition. I love the elegant simplicty of these designs.

Stamps: Christmas Classics, Many Merry Messages, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Soft Suede
Embellishments: Gold Cord, Soft Suede Ribbon, Star Brads, Pearls, Star Gemstones
Tools: Fiskars Trimmer and Scoring Tool, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Dimensionals, Gold Gel Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Punched Book Tags - This Book Belongs to...............
I make these tags for our Grand-daughter's when I give them books as gifts for Christmas or Birthdays.  I have cased most of the images from others and added my own ideas.  I love that they are cute, add a little personal touch and the girls love to see their names on the tag.  
Stamps: Frames With A Flourish
Card: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Blush Blossom, Very Vanilla, Apricot Appeal, Black, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Metallic Gold
Ink: Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Pretty In Pink, So Saffron, Apricot Appeal, Blush Blossom Chalk, White Gel Pen
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds
Tools: Computer and Printer, Sponges, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals, 2 Way Glue Pen, Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Word Window Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Trio Flower Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Scalloped Square Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Aqua Painter, Stamp-a-ma-jig 
Your next stop on the Hop is Di Barnes blog.  Go check out her beautiful projects.
Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope I have inspired you with my projects, let me know if you like them. 
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  1. Wow wow wow Susan! Your wreath is spectacular & your card sets & tags are really lovely too. Enjoy the hop! Hugs, Di

  2. Stunning projects, Susan! Your wreath is perfect, love the elegant cards and those punch art tags are brilliant!

  3. Love it all! especially those cute book tags :)

  4. your wreath is stunning, I have stacks of felt I will be using to make one of these...your cards are very classy too

  5. Oh! Wow! So much eye candy. Love everything but particularly the gorgeous cards in the Gold, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla - a delightful colour combo!

  6. Fantastic projects, love every one of them.

  7. Susan, your projects are all fantastic. I didnt think I would use the leaf die but now I may just have to get it. So nicely done.

  8. oh wow ... i lurv that wreath! needless to say your muscles are nice and big in your arms now! I love the card and bookplates - great idea & thanks for participating in the ESAD Christmas in July blog hop :)

  9. Your projects are amazing. I particularly love the cards - they are just stunning, so elegant.

  10. i have been uwondering about getting the leaves die and now i know i have too..tfs so much!

  11. Susan, you are amazing!! These projects are gorgeous. Love them all :)

  12. WOW love all your creations! You have made some amazing projects here!

  13. The wreath is great, looks amazing, great use of colours gold and DSP.

    I also love the personalised name tags for the books for your grandchildren, makes the gift all the more special.

  14. It's always good to see a little recycling - such as on your wreath.

    Your cards are stunning!

    Love the personalised book tags - very cute!



  15. So much effort and v v much appreciated. I love the wreath....and it will be around for years to come too. The card are stunning and the wee book tags are a fab idea. I am in awe!!

  16. Magnificent Wreath and lots of work. Love it

  17. Wow, Sue - what a lot of beautiful projects to show us! Your wreath is magnificent; I love the colours, the stamping and sponging. It is stunning. Your Christmas Classics cards are gorgeous - what a great colour combination for Xmas. I particularly love the baubles. Oh, and those little tags for your grand-daughters are priceless. Everything is so beautifully finished. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  18. Sue these are fabulous. I just love Christmas and love your ideas. Too date I have not purchased the Leaf Die but am thinking I will need to make one of your wreaths for Christmas this year. How cute are your book tags what a fabulous idea.

  19. All wonderful projects, Susan, and the cards are so elegant - hope you don't mind if I case these!

  20. Your creations are very inspirational! I love the book idea TFS

  21. Love both your projects! and you have given those stamps a unique look using those colours.

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