01 September 2010

Are You Ready to Hop?

Hi everyone,

So glad you could visit today. I hope you're ready for the ESAD New Catty 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-hows 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 click here to join our wonderful group.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the lovely projects made by Vicki Were from Christchurch. Now I'd like to show you a "little something I whipped up" hehe. I had something completely different in mind when I sat down to create something for the blog hop, but as I worked on it, it seemed to take on a life of its own, and took me in a direction I'm not used to lol.

Inspired by a calendar book by Laurie Schmidlin, I decided to make a Birthday List book so I don't lose track of all the birthday cards I need to make. I've used the new Newsprint Designer Series Paper and my favourite set at the moment called Friends Never Fade (can't put this one down lol).

I normally don't "do vintage", but I love how this dsp looks when it's "aged", and how easy it is to achieve a worn, olde worlde look with SU products.

Each page has a pocket made by adhering Newsprint dsp to Very Vanilla cardstock that has been folded in half, and stuck together to form the book. I've added a strip of scalloped Very Vanilla to reinforce the top of the pocket, and all the pieces have been sponged with So Saffron ink.

Each pocket has an insert which was made by stamping one of the images from Friends Never Fade in Real Red ink on Real Red cardstock, and matted on Basic Black. Although the photos don't show it clearly I've sponged all the edges with Real Red too. The calendar was printed out on printer paper, and adhered to the front, and I stamped-off the flower 4 times, before adding it to the page.

The back of each insert has a piece of printer paper adhered to it, so I can record names and dates.

A final close up of the detail on the front. I've used a strip of Newsprint dsp down the spine as well as on the front. See the embossed panel? Isn't it stunning! That's one of the new embossing folders called Vintage Wallpaper. It's just delicious in person, and looks just as good on white or vanilla as it does on coloured cardstock. I've sponged the edges with Real Red. I stamped a Very Vanilla panel with the flower image, sponged the edges of that too and added the Friends Never Fade main image, popped up on dimensionals.

I had so much fun creating this, and I hope you've enjoyed looking at it. Don't forget, to be eligible for the blog candy you need to leave a comment on each blog on the hop (24), and then email Leonie at stamp-a-latte to let her know you've done so. Winners will be announced next Tuesday. If you lose your place on the Hop don't worry ... there's a full list of participants at the end of my post.

Now it's time to hop off to the next stop and see what Juliette Chapman has created for you.

Thanks for dropping in,
Inky hugs,

  1. Leonie Schroder - http://www.stamp-a-latte.com
  2. Keryn Campbell - http://kerynscards.blogspot.com
  3. Vicki Were - http://www.stampinvickistyle.blogspot.com/
  4. Aly Adcock - http://www.inkyaly.blogspot.com
  5. Juliette Chapman - http://juleskraftikrafts.blogspot.com
  6. Kristine Thompson - http://www.inkspotcreations.typepad.com
  7. Jo Weedon - http://www.scrapandstampin.blogspot.com
  8. Jan McAnulty - http://cardcaperswithjan.wordpress.com/
  9. Karen Southwell http://www.kareniescrafts.blogspot.com
  10. Kim Conway - http://www.kimconwaycards.blogspot.com
  11. Jane Norrish - http://janenorrish.com
  12. Pauline Bennetts - http://www.paulinebennetts.com/stampede
  13. Gemma Coumbe - http://www.gemmacoumbe.blogspot.com
  14. Genelle Little - http://www.stampedecards.blogspot.com
  15. Sharlene Meyer - http://www.magpiecreates.com
  16. Susan Joyce - http://www.catsinkcorporated.blogspot.com
  17. Rhonda Statham - http://rhondastatham.typepad.com/
  18.  Monique Fielder - http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com/
  19.  Andrea Buckland http://creatingcardswithandrea.blogspot.com
  20.  Bev Watt http://stampinovation.blogspot.com
  21.  Claire Mcilhatton http://www.crafty-cow.com/
  22.  Mae Collins -  http://maecollins.blogspot.com/
  23.  Charmaine Black - http://www.l-ink-edtopaper.blogspot.com/
  24.  Lynn Powell - http://www.lynnpowell.com.au


Anonymous said...

What a lovely gift idea, thanks for sharing your talents

Karen said...

You have done it again, wonderful project and that DSP is to die for
Well done Aly

Anonymous said...

Love your calendar. This would make a great Chrissy gift. Bev

Shirley McAvoy said...

Aly. OMG! Such gorgeous detailing. See you in a few weeks

Tanja said...

Lovely ideas Aly. Thanks for sharing.

Andrea said...

Lovely idea. I havent liked this stamp set much but what you have done with it makes me think again about it.

Leonie said...

Oh Aly .. this little book is just divine ... I love it :) but you already knew that! I'll have to try one of these i thinks :)

Lynda said...

Vintage is such a hard look to achieve, but you have nailed it. Love the concept adn the idea....cogs are clunkin"!!! LOL Don't you love creating by the seat of your pants??

rhonda said...

love this..great gift idea...might just have to go make 1 NOW...lol

Sherylee said...

Absolutely lovely idea!

Bev said...

what a fantastic project..you put it together beautifully!

Juliette Chapman said...

Aly this is fantastic. I am thinking I will have to give this a try. Love your Vintage feel

Keryn Campbell said...

Gorgeous Aly. Thanks so much for the step by step tutorial.

Melinda said...

What a wonderful and practical gift idea. I really like the colours.

Leanne said...

i'm adding the newsprint dsp to my shopping list. i love the way you have used it

Lynn Powell said...

absolutely fabo project Aly! Just love it!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Wow! Gorgeous Aly! I am so keen to get some of the new DSPs ... this wasn't on my wish list ... but definitely there now! Haven't had a chance to blog hop for the last few days ... I can't begin to explain my last week or so ... but just wanted to say hi! I haven't forgotten you. Will pop by sometime soon and have a good look at all your gorgeous samples! Hugs Andrea xxx

Mae Collins said...

What a great idea, I like the angled page edgings in particular.

Libby said...

I love what you have made. Love the DSP - my DD was very musical so I guess I'll add that paper to my wish list. Thanks for your inspiration

Anonymous said...

What an excellent (and very practical) project. Love the DSP and stamp set you chose also!

Genelle Little said...

Gorgeous birthday calendar book, Aly! Beautiful work.

Julie G said...


Sharna Russell said...

hi, i love it, it is old world meets new world

Monique said...

great project, and a really good idea to get all organised with. I need more of that in my life!

Anonymous said...

Great creations,TFS

Jenny Reed said...

Simply stunning