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Hello everyone! You’ve probably come across from Kelly Kent’s blog (isn’t she an amazingly talented lady?!), or jumped into this blog hop somewhere along the line. Thanks for joining us, and prepare to be inspired! :)

To say goodbye to the retiring products, the ESAD Facebook group have put together a blog hop, designed to give you some great ideas on how to use the retired products that are still available for purchase.

What is ESAD?

 ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors.
We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.
So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.

For this blog hop, I used the Alphabet Press TIEF, Label Love stamp set, Playground PL card kit, Calypso Coral & Crushed Curry embossing powders, and Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon.

Using the Alphabet Press embossing folder, I inked the raised side of the folder with Versamark, and stamped the card front. I then sprinkled half of the card front with Crushed Curry embossing powder, tapped it off, then sprinkled Calypso Coral on the remaining half. This was then heat set using my heat gun.

The sentiment, from Label Love, was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock with Versamark, heat embossed with Crushed Curry embossing powder; and punched out with a 1-3/4″ circle punch. I also sponged around the edge of the sentiment circle with Crushed Curry ink. The banners were handcut, and came from the Playground Project Life® card kit; and the loops of Linen Thread finished it off nicely.


The envelope and inside of the card, were also embossed using the above technique. And although the excess powder gathering in spots on the card front was not the original intention, I really like how the background has turned out. Very rustic, somewhat industrial! :)

To match the card, I also made up a small giftbag. Using an A4 piece of Whisper White cardstock, I trimmed it down to 18cm width, and kept the length the same at 29.5cm. I then scored (with the cardstock in landscape format) at 10cm, 12cm, 14cm, 24cm, 26cm, and 28cm. I then cut angles on the two largest bottom flaps, and folded along every score line.


The bag was then sealed up using the third column on the far right, and also sealed up on the bottom flaps.


I punched holes for the Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon, and added a label stamped with Label Love, embossed with Calypso Coral embossing powder, and punched with a 1-3/4″ circle punch. The edge was sponged with Calypso Coral ink.

The banners were cut from a few cards from the Playground Project Life® card kit as well. A rhinestone finished it off nicely :)

And here’s the final project, all together!


Thank you for stopping by my blog, and now it’s off to next one. Take it away Keryn! :)

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The ESAD 2015 Retirement List blog hoppers are:
1. Kelly Kent
2. Rachael Lewsley (me!)
3. Keryn Campbell
4. Rebecca O’Gorman
5. Nicole Wilson
6. Leonie Schroder
7. Donna Chapman
8. Cherie Davies
9. Amity Knight
10. Narelle Fasullo

8 Comments on ESAD 2015 Retirement List Blog Hop

  1. Nicole Wilson
    May 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM (5 years ago)

    Stunning work Rach but all of your stuff is super gorgeous xx

  2. Keryn
    May 17, 2015 at 4:56 PM (5 years ago)

    I love how you’ve tied everything together. Stunning work and gorgeous colours. Thanks for being part of the hop.

  3. Jenny Hayward
    May 17, 2015 at 6:06 PM (5 years ago)

    These projects are great Rachael. I love them. Very clever!!

  4. Kelly Kent
    May 17, 2015 at 7:50 PM (5 years ago)

    I {LOVE} Label Love and I’m going to miss it – but do you know I have *never* thought to use it in anything other than the matching punch. It looks fab – thanks for opening a whole new world for me!!! And same goes for the versmark-ing embossing folders. Great projects, thanks!

  5. Richelle
    May 17, 2015 at 10:33 PM (5 years ago)

    Love the idea of blending the 2 embossing powder colours together! I might have to try that one :)

  6. Angela
    May 18, 2015 at 5:42 AM (5 years ago)

    Great creations. I never thought to use just the words without the frame around it. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Narelle
    May 18, 2015 at 9:51 AM (4 years ago)

    Love it !!The card is very cool. And the gift bag punch board is going to be so much fun.

  8. Leonie Schroder
    May 18, 2015 at 12:19 PM (4 years ago)

    awesome project Rachel … love that bag


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