ESAD Blog Hop – 2014 Holiday Catalogue “Making Spirits Bright”

2014 holiday cat banner

Another catalogue and another blog hop!  If you’re making your way around, then you’ve just visited Debra and her holiday cheer.  Next you’ll be off to Monique‘s festive fever (see the bottom of my post for a full list of blog hop participants).

For those of you that haven’t joined me on a blog hop before, here’s the info:

  • 19 blogs
  • by demonstrators from the ESAD Facebook group
  • showcasing products from the 2014 Holiday Catalogue

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.

Making Spirits Bright Artwork

I have chosen the “MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT” stamp set as the theme for my blog hop projects.  There’s lots to love about this stamp set, which is hidden towards the back of the Holiday Catalogue (page 48).  6 cute cocktail glass designs and 7 separate sentiments including the ever faithful “Happy Birthday” and very seasonable “Merry Christmas”.  I love the font they’ve used – perfect for anybody.

My first share is a set of wine glass charms using the cocktail stamps, made with shrinkable plastic that becomes smaller & thicker as it melts.  I have designed a set of 6, which would make a fun Christmas gift for a friend who entertains and needs a way for their guest to keep track of their glass.  These little treasures are on little wire rings that open & close, allowing them to be attached to the stem of a glass of wine or champers.


To make your own set:

  • Using Jet Black Staz On ink (101406), stamp each of the images onto shrinkable plastic sheets.  For this project I just wanted each glass as the image so I used masking tape to block out the parts of the image I didn’t want – inked it up, then removed the masking tape before stamping.
  • Cut out the stamped image using 2″ circle punch (133782) and punch a hole at the top using the 1/8″ handheld circle punch (134365).
  • Shrink the plastic, following the instructions from the manufacturer.
  • Add wire rings and project complete!


Note: Shrinkable Plastic is not a SU! product (sourced from ebay).  Wire also not SU! (sourced from Spotlight).

A gift like this needs STYLISH WRAPPING and luckily there are lots of great packaging options in the holiday catalogue.  I tied all my rings together with Cherry Cobber 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (135839) and put them into a cute little box I made with the new Gift Box Punch Board (135863).  This Gift Box Punch Board makes boxes in a range of sizes with no cuts or adhesive required – easy peasy!


I made a bigger box to house the little box (again using the Gift Box Punch Board).


I then added embellishments to make my finished box festively fancy – Trim the Tree DSP Stack (135824), 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon (132140), more Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (135839) – all discretely tacked together using the fabulous new Handheld Stapler (135850) & Mini Staples (135847).


The tags were made using the new Note Tag Punch (135860) & the complete Christmas Cocktail stamp from Making Spirits Bright Stamp Set (135086{W}; 135089{C}) and the Merry Christmas sentiment from Making Spirits Bright with the Modern Label Punch (119849).  All tied together with Linen Thread (104199).


I hope you’ve enjoyed my contribution to this ESAD blog hop.  I had lots of fun and loved trying out shrinkable plastic as a new medium for stamping.  Next stop is Monique – enjoy! Kelly x

Please take the time to visit the very talented ladies that have taken the time to create some lovely holiday inspiration:

1.   Keryn Campbell

2.   Narelle Hoggard

3.   Gail Kirby

4.   Libby Dyson

5.   Emily Campbell

6.   Debra Spijers

7.   Kelly Kent – you are here!

8.   Monique Fielder

9.   Andrea Buckland

10.  Debbie Lamb

11.  Sally Williams

12.  Christie Kunkel

13.   Paula Reid

14.   Amity Knight

15.   Ria Kaire

16.   Nerida Carter

17.  Rochelle Blok

18.  Tracy Speight

19.  Rachael Lewsley


17 thoughts on “ESAD Blog Hop – 2014 Holiday Catalogue “Making Spirits Bright”

  1. Kelly, thanks for sharing the instructions. Inspired me to think of what stamps set I have that could make these with.A great idea, another craft to make using stamps.

  2. Thanks ladies for all your kind comments. I’ve just made it around the hop and finished leaving comments for everyone – so inspired for more Christmas creations after all the wonderful projects. I love ESAD blog hops!

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