ESAD Blog Hop

Good Morning everyone!

I hope you’re ready for the ESAD Blog Hop! Better go grab yourself a cuppa as you’ll be hopping for a while!

What is ESAD you say?

ESAD stands for Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help and support each other when its needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

Now on with the show……

You may have arrived here from Nikki Sadler’s blog, but if you are starting here, don’t worry… can make the complete circuit just by following the links at the end of each post. There are 25 stops along the way, so that’s plenty of inspiration for you. We are also offering blog candy again which you can read more about how to enter at the end of this post.

I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to share with you today. I love the Cottage Garden stamp set and coordinating Cottage Wall DSP. And who doesn’t like the Vintage Vogue stamp set?? But these were already being showcased by many others participating in the ESAD Blog Hop and I’d already used the Cottage Garden stamp set and Cottage Wall DSP in my team blog hop anyway.

So what did I decide to showcase?

After looking through the list of what the other Blog Hop participants were using I noticed one set seemed to be missing altogether and that was the Pendant Park stamp set.

Over the Easter weekend I was playing around with this stamp set using some different techniques and by the time I had 3 cards done I knew this was what I was going to use. My colour scheme came from the lovely Autumn Traditions DSP which I have used some in my 4th card to complete my set along with a quick bag to present them in. I hope you like them.


The first card I made I used the Emerging Colour technique. I haven’t played with this technique since we lost the Fabulous Flowers stamp set last main IB&C.  I love how the other colours peek out through the tree.

Stamp sets: Sanded, Pendant Park, Autumn Days
Card: Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Whisper White
Inks: Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke, More Mustard
Accessories: Brayer, Clear Embossing Powder, Word Window Punch, Heat Gun, Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Seeing I already had my brayer out I decided to play around with a scenery.

Stamp sets: Pendant Park
Card: Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Inks: Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Photo Corner, Small & Large Oval Punches, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Brayer, Sponges.

This time I decided to brighten the tree up by using the ‘Thumping’ technique. I love this multicolour tree and I’ve placed it in a pot plant made using the wide oval punch and I’ve stamped it using the lovely border image from the Pendant Park stamp set (initially the reason I wanted this stamp set…hahaha).

Stamp sets: Pendant Park, Thank You Kindly
Card: Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Ruby Red inkpads, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke  & Elegant Eggplant Stampin’ Write Markers.
Accessories: Word Window & Wide Oval punches, Earth Element brads.


My final card uses the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ technique. I’ve Rock ‘n’ Rolled the stamp through 4 colours starting with More Mustard, then Ruby Red, Always Artichoke and finally Elegant Eggplant.

Stamp sets: Pendant Park, Occasional Greetings
Card: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Ruby Red, Whisper White, Autumn Traditions DSP
Ink: More Mustard, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant inkpads, Always Artichoke & Elegant Eggplant Stampin’ Write Markers
Accessories: Always Artichoke 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, Small & Large Oval punches, Paper piercing template & tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Of course when you make a set of coordinating cards you need something to present them in. I decided upon a quick 12” x 12” bag using the Autumn Traditions DSP.

To finish off the bag I’ve added some of the gorgeous Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon and then I’ve punched out 4 coloured word window punches along with one in Whisper White which I’d stamped ‘just for you’ on first.

That’s my projects for the hop.

To be eligible to win the blog candy you need to do the following.

  1. Leave a comment on every blog along the way.
  2. Once you have left all your comments you then email Sharlene Torres and let her know you have done so. Please mention whether you reside in Australia or New Zealand as there will be one winner from each country.

** Residents outside Australia & New Zealand, along with Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are not eligible to enter but please still leave a comment if you like what you see.

So now you are off to see the wonderful creations Philippa Petty has to share with you. Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time…..

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