Friday, 23 April 2010

ESAD Mother's Day Blog Hop - Asian Artistry

Good Morning everyone!
I hope you’re ready for today's ESAD Blog Hop! Better go grab yourself a cuppa as you’ll be hopping for a while! There are fifteen blogs in today's Mother's Day hop.
What is ESAD you say?
ESAD stands for Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand demonstrator's 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.

Ok on with the Hop!!  You should have arrived from Jane Norrish's wonderful blog and her beautiful designs with Autumn Days.
I based my theme on the Asian Artistry clear mount stamp set. My lantern was an idea from the Paper Crafters Sampler April 2010 issue and Cherie Franklin. Thanks to Andrea Buckland and Melanie Schulenberg for helping me access the Sampler and my daughter Fiona for helping me make the roof of the lantern.  I resized the lantern to my own specifications, it is larger than the Paper Crafters lantern.  The base uses an A4 sheet of card and the roof uses an A5 sheet of card.  The two pillow boxes are made using the Top Note Die and the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. The smaller one is a straight forward template cut with the die. The second one is made by folding the Designer Paper in half before cutting and placing it just below the end cutting line on one side.  I made the little lanterns with the Circle Circus stamp set. I wanted to use non traditional colours for my Asian theme and decided to go with one of the new Stampin' Up! In Colours Soft Suede combined with Sahara Sand and Antique Gold.  The idea was for a dramatic, elegant combination of projects and I love how they came together. 

Stamps: Asian Artistry, Circle Circus
Card and Paper: Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Metallic Gold, Autumn Traditions DP
Ink: Soft Suede
Embellishments: Gold Tassel, Gold Cord (R), Gold Organdy Ribbon (R), Soft Suede Grossgrain Ribbon
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Fiskars Cutter and Scorer, Dimensionals, Sponge, 1" Circle Punch, Crimper, Small and Large Oval Punches
Don't forget to leave your comments on all the blogs and you could win  some of the Blog Candy, lots on offer this time.  Once you have completed the hop email Sharlene Torres ( and let her know you have finished the hop and commented on all the blogs.
Now on with the hop, the next blog to visit is Keryn Campbell from New Zealand and her amazing designs with the Top Note Die.
There will be another ESAD Blog Hop for Mother's Day on the 29th April for the rest of the participants starting with Sharlene Meyer.
Hope you enjoyed my creations I just love to challenge myself to see what I can create.  Do stop by my blog again soon.
Happy Stamping!
Cat's Ink Siggy