23 October 2010

ESAD Christmas Blog Hop

I hope you’re ready for another ESAD Christmas 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 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.

You should have arrived here from the blog of Pauline Bennetts, but don't worry if you're missed it ... all the blogs are linked, so you can hop around in a big circle until you get back here, and see all the fabulous projects we have prepared for you.

Before I show you today's cards I really must apologise for the quality of these photos. I don't know if it's me, or the cards, or the light, but I took tons of pics and this was the best I could manage (it's probably me lol). Anyway ...



For my first card I've used Cherry Cobbler cardstock as the base. To this I've added a piece of window sheet as the card front, and stamped on it with Frost White shimmer paint. It takes quite a while to dry, and although the shimmer doesnt show up in the photo, in real life it's really lovely. I've used textured Whisper White cardstock and the Merry Details Sizzlet die to cut the tiny trees and snowflake. They are adhered with glue dots, and I've added a couple of Rhinestone Jewels for extra sparkle. The greeting is from Curly Cute and is embossed in white on the inside of the card. A Whisper White Taffeta ribbon finished it off.

My next card also uses the Merry Details Sizzlet die (you might need your sunnies lol).



Sorry for the glare that hits you in the eye. I had to take this outside in the sun so you could actually see that the snowflakes are "suspended" on fine gold thread. Two of the snowflakes were adhered together with the thread in the middle, so I could suspend them in the window that I cut in the front of the card. The brushed gold edge around the inside of the window is actually a full panel on the inside of the card, and very conveniently hides the threads. The snowflakes are painted with Frost White shimmer paint too, and a frame was added with slivers of brushed gold cardstock.

I added tiny rhinestones to finish off the front of the card, and adhered a panel of Cherry Cobbler to the inside. Shows the shadows nicely don't you think? lol

Now it's time to hop off to see what fabulous projects Tanya Bell has created.

Thanks for dropping in,

Inky hugs
Aly

16 October 2010

Dress Up Christmas with Free Ribbons!

Stampin' Up! have just announced a FANTASTIC deal for Christmas. Get a head start on your Christmas cards and gifts with one of these terrific bundles, and choose from a gorgeous selection of exclusive, limited time only, FREE ribbon!

 

 This offer is valid from 16 October to 30 November, but only while stocks last, so get in early to avoid disappointment, as once the bundles are sold out they will no longer be available.

Click on the link in my sidebar to view full details, or visit my Demonstrator Business Website

 If you'd like some ideas for using these products or creating your own cards and gift packaging, why not try one of my Christmas Classes during November. Check out my Calendar, and call me to book your spot. Or why not host your own workshop and qualify for more FREE stuff! I love giving away free stuff, and would love to talk to you about the great benefits of being a Hostess. 

It's a fabulously windy day here .. so now I'm off to hang some more washing. Back soon with pics :)

Thanks for dropping in,

Inky hugs,
Aly

05 October 2010

WOW Did I Really Make That?

Does that ever happen to you? When you finish a card you look at it and can't believe you created it? hehehe Well that was my thought when I sat back after creating this ...



All the fabulous inspiration out there in blogland must be rubbing off on me!

I totally love how this turned out (if only everything turned out this well lol). I used a sketch from Richelle Fletcher for the ESAD Week 34 Card Challenge, but turned it around to accomodate my rather large circle. I stamped En Francais background in Crumb Cake on Whisper White, and then stamped All A Flutter over the top with versamark and clear embossed it. I sponged Crumb Cake and River Rock ink over the image panel and then cut it out using my Circle Scissor. I added some sponging with Soft Suede to create more depth. This panel was then matted on Early Espresso and Cajun Craze. The image piece was mounted on dimensionals on Crumb Cake, with an Early Espresso layer, on a Cajun Craze card base.

I also punched a leftover piece of the panel with the Curly Label punch to create the sentiment (from Baroque Motifs). The embellishment was created with the branch from the 2Step Bird punch, a Latte (retired) button, and a piece of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon. A strip of Satin ribbon and some Early Espresso brads finish it off.

I think it might be a little while before I can bear to part with this one hehe ... and couldn't have done it without all the fabulous stamps and products from Stampin' Up! I still marvel at how easy it is, even for me, to create gorgeous cards ... and I can show you how too. Contact me today to book a workshop or class and then you can WOW your family and friends as well. I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks for dropping in,

Inky hugs,
Aly