Hi! I’m so excited to be participating in my very first blog hop. You might be starting here, or you may have just arrived from Nikki’s blog, who was also playing with DSP. I’ve admired the creations in these blog hops for a long time and gotten so much inspiration from them. All blog hop participants are members of ESAD, a supportive group of South Pacific Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, a group I am very grateful to belong to.
What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.
We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful 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 and I’ll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.
For this blog hop, each participant was asked to select a product from the Occasions catalogue (28 Jan – 30 June) to showcase. My selection was Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (DSP). Now, I L-O-V-E patterned paper. I collect it, I admire it, I adore it and I hoard it! But, I do use it. Not as freely as some crafty folk, which is a sin! All beautiful things in life should be used. So my mission is to showcase the funky new Retro Fresh in all its glory. It’s a great choice for neutral / male cards and projects. It coordinates with Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla.
When I first opened my packet, I used the DSP to make some simple projects where the focus is on the beautiful patterns of the paper. There is just so much you can do with DSP. I think it’s a staple in any collection. One packet of DSP and coordinating cardstock has endless possibilities.
My tutorial for you today is a “Little Something Holder”. It is the perfect size for a lotto ticket, gift card, money or note of inspiration, and what you need to make when you just want to give a little something to a special someone.
In addition to showcasing the DSP, this project highlights how versatile the Envelope Punch Board is. At only $31.95, it has to be the most economic Stampin’ Up! product – you get a tool that can help you make a variety of projects (not limited to envelopes) plus a scoring tool (which you can use in the place of a bone folder) and a corner rounder.
Envelope Punch Board (EPB)
Optional for embellishments:
Cardstock – Coastal Cabana
Stamp Set – Itty Bitty Banners
Ink – Tangerine Tango
- Cut Very Vanilla cardstock to 3 5/8 x 6 3/8. On the long side, score at 2” and 5”.
- On the short edge (with the smallest panel), use the Envelope Punch Board to cut 1” from each end, creating a tab.
- Fold the top and bottom panels into the middle, creating a pouch using the tab. Score using the scoring tool from the EPB.
- Cut two pieces of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock. A larger one measuring 3 1/2 x 1 7/8, and a smaller one measuring 3 1/2 x 013/16.
- Cut two pieces of DSP. A larger one measuring 3 3/8 x 1 3/4 and a smaller one measuring 3 3/8 x 011/16.
- Use your adhesive to stick the DSP on to each corresponding size of cardstock.
- Stick the larger piece to the top front of the folded pouch and the smaller piece to the bottom front of the folded pouch.
- Inside envelope – Cut a piece of DSP to 5”x5”. Using the Envelope Punch Board, make an envelope by lining up the DSP at 2 1/4 – punch & score. Rotate 180 degrees and repeat. Rotate 90 degrees, line up the score line with the score guide on the EPB – punch & score. Rotate 180 degrees and repeat. Use the reverse punch on the EPB to round the corners if desired. Fold up to create an envelope and use adhesive to stick it together. Adhere the envelope to the middle panel on the inside of the pouch.
- Embellish the front if desired. I used the arrow from the On Film Framelits in Coastal Cabana and the “FOR YOU” from the Itty Bitty Banners stamped in Tangerine Tango, then cut out using the matching framelit from the Bitty Banners Framelits.
- To create a matching envelope, cut a piece of DSP to 6″x6″. Using the Envelope Punch Board, make an envelope by lining up the DSP at 2 5/8 – punch & score. Rotate 180 degrees and repeat. Rotate 90 degrees, line up the score line with the score guide on the EPB – punch & score. Rotate 180 degrees and repeat. Use the reverse punch on the EPB to round the corners if desired. Fold up to create an envelope and use adhesive to stick it together.
Thank you for staying with me through what turned out to be a LONG blog post!! You’re now off to see what Alisha has made with the So Very Grateful Stamp Set. I hope you ‘hop’ all the way around the 25 blogs. If you end up back here, you’ve done it! Thanks for supporting some of the most amazing Stampin’ Up! demos in the South Pacific.
The full list of clever stampers in the blog hop:
2. Libby Dyson
5. Delys Cram
6. Gail Kirby
9. Amity Knight
10. Clare McIlhatton
11. Ann Gelach
12. Andrea Buckland
13. Narelle Hoggard
14. Keryn Campbell
15. Sally Williams
16. Liv Ingle
17. Chloe Evans
18. Kathryn Ruddick
19. Nikki Sadler
20. Kelly Kent – YOU ARE HERE!
21. Alisha Watson
22. Dianne Dunk
23. Debbie Lamb
24. Paula Reid
25. Angela Harders