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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