Hi There!

I’m so excited to be a part of the ESAD Autumn/Winter Mini Blog Hop today.  You may have arrived here from the lovely Libby Dyson’s blog.

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 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 it is 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.

There’s so many gorgeous goodies in this Mini Catalogue it’s sure to please everyone.

I came up with a couple of cards using the Mixed Bunch stamp set and the matching Blossom Punch.

I used the “Kissing” technique to create the pattern on the flowers.  This stamp set contains 3 different images of the flowers, one is a more solid image, one is a delicate pattern, and the other looks like daisy petals. Ink up the solid image in a light coloured ink, ink up the patterned image in a dark coloured ink, then “kiss” the rubber stamps together (put the solid image to the pattern), and then stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Punch out with the Blossom punch, and there you go.

The colours I used are:  Concord Crush and Wisteria Wonder (for the top left flower), Island Indigo and Pool Party (for the top right flower), and Concord Crush and Pool Party for the middle flower.  The leaves are another flower stamped using the solid image and Pear Pizzazz ink.  The centres of the flowers are another stamp in the same set, which are then punched out with the 3/4″ Circle punch.

The card base is Concord Crush, and I’ve put a Whisper White panel which has been embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

My second card uses the same technique, but here I’ve used different colours for the flowers (Riding Hood Red and Blushing Bride), and the Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I’ve also added a strip of the new 3/8″ Pleated Satin Ribbon in Riding Hood Red to add a finishing touch.  The flower centre on the bold red flower is also in the same stamp set, and this one is punched out with the 1″ Circle punch.

On both cards the flowers are raised on the card base with Stampin Dimensionals.  I used Mini Glue Dots to attach the ribbon.

I hope you like my cards, and I hope you enjoy the blog hop!  Now it’s time for you to move on to Kelly Nelson’s blog.

Happy Stamping,