Sunday, May 3, 2020

ESAD See Ya Later Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome again to another ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) Blog Hop! Today, myself and a number of demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand are feeling bittersweet as we say farewell to some retiring products going at the end of May, and making way for some new products in the upcoming 2020-21 Annual Catalogue.

You might have come here from Melissa Gifford's blog, or you might be starting here, either way let's start hopping and giving you inspiration for some of the retiring products. Make sure those that you suddenly find you need, you order them before they are gone for good, as they are only while stocks last and some are going fast!

I love creating with Designer Series Papers and I always stock up on the new ones that come in a new catalogue, however, I don't always finish off using the ones that I already have and that are retiring. So for this blog hop my aim was to finish up the last sheets of one of the retiring Designer Series Papers (they are all going from both the current Annual Catalogue and Mini Catalogue) and so I picked the See A Silhouette DSP pack to create these cards. I cut my DSP up usually in 12" x 6" pieces, especially for my paper shares, so I can quickly and easily create six cards from one sheet of DSP.

The first six cards I created were for my April customers and I used the retiring Crafting Forever stamp set, using a bit of fussy cutting/paper piecing, and of course some colouring with my Stampin' Blends. Colouring is always therapeutic for me and especially in this time of social distancing.


I felt the sheet of DSP that was splotchy in pattern would be a great background to my pot of brushes and the little piece I cut off the bottom to create my front panel gets adhered to a piece of Whisper White cardstock inside my card to run the colours/design through. I also stamped the inside with the 'Do Something Creative Every Day' greeting from the same stamp set. Although this stamp set is retiring it is one that will be staying in my craft supplies as I feel it reflects my love of stamping and getting creative with others.



I really liked an idea on saw on the web, and I can not find the person again to give credit, where they used the Stitched Rectangle Dies (or it might have been the square dies) to offset and frame the focussed stamped image. Of course, I had to add one of the stamp images to reflect Stampin' Up! and this I clear embossed on Crumb Cake cardstock and then again fussy cut.

The next six cards I created, using another 12" x 12" sheet of DSP from the same See A Silhouette DSP pack, was some very quick and easy Happy Birthday cards.


As the pattern on this paper was so bold I wanted a simple design and so I picked up my Beautiful Day stamp set for the greeting. I had also thought of adding a single flower or butterfly from that stamp set onto my card, however, I felt they were a little large for what I had in mind. So I decided to add a cute little bee from the Honey Bee stamp set and coordinating Detailed Bee Dies, which I am sad to see go and not carry on over to the new Annual Catalogue, to add a little extra element.


As I didn't have any Crushed Curry Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, and there is no Crushed Curry Stampin' Blends I used my Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends to colour my Whisper White Crushed Seam Binding Ribbon to put on my card. I raised both the greeting and little bee with some Stampin' Dimensionals and added some Wink of Stella to the bee.

You can see how easily it is to add colour and background to quickly create a stack of cards using some Designer Series Paper as your base. I have about two sheets left in this pack of different designs that I still need to use up (plus, some other packs!) before I can make room for the new Designer Series Papers that I get to preorder early this month as a Demonstrator.



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Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of the projects on this blog hop. Your next stop is Sharni Haines and you can head there by clicking the 'Next Blog' image below.

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10 comments:

Melissa Gifford said...

How fun are these! I love the backgrounds x

Nicole said...

Gorgeous bright cards Mae! Loving the off centred frame x

Cathy said...

Great card sets. very colourful.

Narelle Fasulo said...

Love these cards Mae. I too buy all the paper...lol...then rush to use it at the end of a catalogue...lol...must change that this time around.

Lynsey's craft by the ocean said...

Wow your cards are so bright, vibrant and fun. I love them all xx

Sharni Haines - Australia said...

Fabulous cards! So colourful, vibrant and full of fun!

Jenny Hayward said...

Great cards Mae. I love the bright, happy colours.

Libby Dyson said...

Lovely bright, fun cards, Mae. Thanks for sharing.

Mandy Depiazzi said...

Wow look at these bright creations! You have been super busy making all these. Great way to use up the retiring DSP. Thanks for sharing.

Lou said...

What a great way to whittle down your DSP stash Mae. I love these bright and vibrant cards. So cheerful. x

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