ESAD 2015 Retirement List Blog Hop – Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit

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Welcome to the ESAD Retirement List Blog Hop where you will travel around 10 blogs giving you one last showcase of some of those favourites.  If you’re heading around, then you’ve just come from Narelle’s blog.  If you’re starting here, then keep going until you finish at Narelle so you’ll know you’ve seen everything.

So … some of the ESAD girls got together for this blog hop to give you some final inspiration for those items on the retirement list.  Unless sold out earlier (and lots of the list already has!), these products will be available until 2nd June 2015.

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I’ve have selected the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit (134797) to show you today.  Kits are wonderful for lots of reasons, but the two top ones have to be value for money and ease of cardmaking.

So, if you purchase the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit, what do you get?

  • Enough materials to make 20 cards of various sizes from full size cards to cute note cards
  • Envelopes to match each size of card
  • A 7-piece stamp set with stamps to suit “every” occasion (happy birthday, thinking of you, thanks, love, congratulations, for you and ‘made for you’ to put on your handmade creations)
  • A clear block to mount your stamps on
  • 2 coordinating ink spots (Basic Grey & Island Indigo) – you can’t buy the ink spots on their own anymore, so this makes them super special!
  • Embellishments to give your projects a bit of wow (twine, buttons, clips)

It all comes in a super cute storage box with full instructions for only $51.95.  You just need to add in your preferred adhesive and have a pair of paper snips handy.  From there, it’s up to you & your craft style what you create.

You can follow the included instructions (more or less) and create cards like this:

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Or you can play with the pieces and create cards like this:

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Or you can go totally crazy and jump outside of the box to create other items using bits and pieces from your box and other products from your stash.  The next three ideas are all made using three of the cards that come in the kit, the stamp set and some craft room favourites:

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Tags Retiring: Angled Tag Topper Punch, Apothecary Accents Framelits
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Retiring: Angled Tag Topper Punch, Apothecary Accents Framelits
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Tea Bag Envelope Gifts

Have I convinced you that you need to order at least one kit from every catalogue because they are such good fun!?!

You’ll want to get this one before it’s gone.  You might also want to add a set of clear-mount stamp cases to your order so you can print this cover & store your stamps just like your others.  This will mean they will stay on your radar and you can keep using them once your kit materials are all made up (download the full size version of the cover here).

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That’s all from me for this blog hop.  Next blog to visit is Rachael Lewsley at My Stampin’ Haven who is showing off (among other products) the Label Love stamp set – which I am going to miss immensley!  Thanks for joining us!  Kelly x

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Here’s a full list of the blog hop participants:

1. Kelly Kent – you are here!

2. Rachael Lewsley

3. Keryn Campbell

4. Rebecca O’Gorman

5. Nicole Wilson

6. Leonie Schroder

7. Donna Chapman

8. Cherie Davies

9. Amity Knight

10. Narelle Fasulo

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ESAD Occasions & SAB 2015 Blog Hop – Getting into Guy Greetings!

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Welcome to another ESAD blog hop – a round trip through lots of inspiration for products from the 2015 Occasions catalogue & 2015 Sale-A-Bration range.  You might be starting here, finishing here or just stopping by on your way around.  If you’re on your way, then you’ve just seen Amity’s Project Life creations.  Next stop on the journey is Norelle’s blog.  A full list of participants is at the bottom of this post.

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.

Welcome to my projects.  After buying what seems like most of the products (shhhh!) from the new Occasions catalogue (who can choose a favourite when the offerings are that good???) and earning quite a few SAB gifts, I had quite a selection of products from which to choose for my blog hop focus.

After some umm-ing & ahhhh-ing, I have ended up deciding to showcase the very interesting stamp set “Guy Greetings” (138825/138828/137178) – mainly as a bit of a push to ink it up and hopefully fall in love with it.

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You see, since it arrived, I’ve been struggling to get excited about it!  [And based on the offerings of Pinterest, I might not be the only one].  In theory, it’s a great set – masculine theme, great font and lots of potential… but something about it has been blocking my creative flow.

Well, not anymore for this old-fashioned engine with determination!

Armed with a theme of Night of Navy, Cajun Craze & my favourite neutrals, here’s what I came up with:


“You’re My Anchor”

Guy Greetings paired with Birthday Bash DSP (137783), Starbust Framelits (132967) and Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (137873).

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Do you like the boating knot? Learn how to tie your own by following this tutorial.


“Hardwood Classic”

Guy Greetings coupled with Hardwood Background Stamp (133032) and On Film Framelits (132969).

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The Hardwood stamp would have to be one of my all-time favourite SU! stamps.  It goes with so many themes.


“Mechanical Bro”

Guy Greetings featuring a punch art coverall made using Square Framelits (130921) & Triangle Punch (133375).

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I do love my punch art!  This design would also work for hi-vis (which gives me an idea for the future!) or a crisp white shirt, making it perfect for a range of men.  As well as “brother”, Guy Greetings comes with father, Grandpa, Dad, husband & uncle – fully customisable for the men in your life.


And one final share, to go with my mechanic punch art card.

“Tool Bag Curvy Keepsake Box” (135853).

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Did you know that quite a few of the popular products from the 2014 Holiday Catlaogue are back as ‘returning favourites’, which is fabulous because the Curvy Keepsake Box has definitely been a favourite of mine![You can see them on page 49 of the Occasions 2015 catalogue].

So far all of my Curvy Keepsake Box creations have been ‘lovely for the ladies’ or ‘cool for kids’, so I wanted to create one that was ‘great for guys’.  Think Dad’s Tool Bag could be a winner – especially if it was filled with his favourite chocolates.


Thanks for joining me while I made friends with my Guy Greetings Stamp Set.  It’s definitely grown on me and I’m excited to make more ‘manly’ cards throughout the year.

Next stop on the blog hop is Norelle.  Please leave a comment or two as you hop around – we love hearing from you!  Kelly x

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LIST OF BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:

1. Libby Dyson

2. Narelle Hoggard

3. Leonie Schroder

4. Jenny Hayward

5. Tamsin Adams

6. Helen Williams

7. Pauline Bennetts

8. Monique Fielder

9. Nicole Wilson

10. Keryn Campbell

11. Clare Mcilhatton

12. Ria Kaire

13. Kathryn Ruddick

14. Sally Williams

15. Tricia Raineri

16. Nerida Carter

17. Mel Pagano

18. Rachael Lewsley

19. Amity Knight 

20. Kelly Kent – you are here!

21. Norelle Targato

ESAD Occasions Blog Hop 2014 – Retro Fresh DSP, yeah baby!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Supplies:

Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper

Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Envelope Punch Board (EPB)

Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar

Adhesive (Snail or 2-way glue)

Optional for embellishments:

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Cardstock – Coastal Cabana

Stamp Set – Itty Bitty Banners

Framelits – On Film, Bitty Banners

Ink – Tangerine Tango

Instructions:

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  1. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock to 3 5/8 x 6 3/8.  On the long side, score at 2” and 5”.
  2. On the short edge (with the smallest panel), use the Envelope Punch Board to cut 1” from each end, creating a tab.
  3. Fold the top and bottom panels into the middle, creating a pouch using the tab.  Score using the scoring tool from the EPB.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Use your adhesive to stick the DSP on to each corresponding size of cardstock.
  7. Stick the larger piece to the top front of the folded pouch and the smaller piece to the bottom front of the folded pouch.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Kelly x

The full list of clever stampers in the blog hop:

1.  Jenny Hayward

2.  Libby Dyson

3.  Yvonne Walker

4.  Emily Campbell

5.  Delys Cram

6.  Gail Kirby

7.  Monique Fielder

8.  Sharlene Meyer

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