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Sunday, 7 May 2017

ESAD Eastern Palace Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another ESAD blog hop featuring the new Eastern Palace Suite . This suite is available for customers to order from May 1 st . This is also your chance to get some of the new in colours before the new annual catalogue goes live on June 1 st ! The new colours in the suite are  Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide .
Now for my projects ! My first is a scrap book layout and I have combined the  Eastern Palace suite the retiring set Moroccan Nights - if you want this set you need to be quick because it is retiring at the end of this month ! I also used the Moroccan DSP and was surprised at how well the colours coordinated with my photos . I  heat embossed the medallions with our gorgeous copper embossing powder  and stamped the hanging lanterns .  The images from the Eastern Beauty stamp set  were randomly stamped ,  the circles are  great for this collage type stamping ! The sentiment suits my beautiful granddaughter shown here in Year 3 , she is a beautiful person inside and out and is almost 16 now ! Oh yes I am a little behind with my scrapbooking ! The medallions were cut out in all of the coordinating colours . You may also spot the Very Vanilla 12 x 12 and I cannot tell you how happy I am that this is returning as a 12 sheet pack in the new catalogue !

The next page was also a collage of different images from the Eastern Beauty stamp set and the dies were  also cut using the matching framelits . Can you spot some more new product on this page ? Its the new Pretty Label punch which is in the new catalogue beginning June 1 st . It has a lovely co ordinating stamp set as well called Label Me Pretty and is available as a bundle . I am happy with how my pages turned out !

I continued to work with the Eastern Palace suite and cased this next card from the S.U website . The DSP is simply stunning and it was hard to convince myself to chop too much of it ! I have used a sentiment from Label Me Pretty and have cut it out using the Lovely Laurel framelits  also available June 1 st .

 I couldn't wait to play with the Glossy card stock which is returning in the new catalogue and as it so happens I have a little bit of a stash , don't we all ! I have combined  Paisleys and Posies with the Eastern Beauty stamps to create an emboss resist project and I have used the new Berry Burst in colour ! Don't you just love this colour ! The glossy CS gives this card a lovely shine and Ive used the matching CS for the matt and the medallion is cut with the framelits . I am loving this sentiment and it will be one I will reach for often .

 This suite is so easy to use so I continued to play and see what else I could create . This card uses the new in colour Lemon Lime Twist and I am loving it ! So bright and cheerful ! It was simply created by die cutting the medallion out of my Whisper White matt and popping in onto the Berry Burst base ! I used a piece of the In Colour DSP stack and can you see the gold sticker and the  super cute gold tassel ? They are available in the same suite ! Awesome right !

The next card was the one I created for my class I held yesterday and my ladies got to add a tassel to their cards . I did not have enough to put one on my card , sigh ! I love this card anyway and don't the stickers look fabulous ?

 I just have one more card I want to show you ! A totally different look using this amazing suite of products ! I have diecut the circles and placed this piece of the top of a piece of Shimmery White card stock I have water coloured using our water colour pencils !

I hope you have enjoyed my projects and will continue on the hop to take a look at the projects created by the very talented Peta Stephen 

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Saturday, 8 April 2017


Hi everyone !
As you are reading this I will be in Sydney attending On Stage and I thought I would share the card I created for the board !

After last week's class I began playing around with the shaving cream technique contemplating teaching it for my next class !
I was inspired by a page called Stamptogether and  the samples created by Esther Boyle . I played some more and decided to try also bleaching out the lady as we had in the previous class and then I also tried colouring her in using my water cooler pencils ! I was more than happy with my efforts so my class ladies will be playing with this these techniques  at one of my  classes !
Here are some more samples and variations of both techniques !

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Sunday, 2 April 2017


Hi everyone !
We had a lovely day of classes today .  The first style  of card created was a shaker card using Balloon Adventures bundle.
I gave my ladies a choice of colours . These cards pack a wow factor  and are really not difficult to create !

I was inspired to create this card by a card I had seen on Pinterest which was created in a totally different way by Kimber Kreations .
 Everyone was in awe of how effective but simply created this was ! It is the bleaching technique !  I was inspired by Frenchie and Sandi McIvor , thank you so much ladies !The card is given a Soft Suede water colour wash , dried and  stamped . Then we took a fine paint brush and washed out " the lady's dress and hat ! Amazing ! You can also pretend you are an artist and add a few little swirls and on this one I tried adding some detail to the flowers as suggested by Gail McK - good thinking Gail , it looks fantastic ! I love how we can all learn from each other and when you have such lovely groups of ladies to stamp with my life is complete ! Denise joined the advanced group today and her cards were awesome ! Well done Denise !

I spent some time playing around with this technique in different ways . The two cards on the left are created in the same way as I have described as is the blue card bottom right with the flowers - I have used Dapper Denim as my wash . The purple lady and blue flower  is bleach direct to card stock  , as is the flower card above , but I have coloured it using our pencils after first bleaching out the colour  (inspired by Debbie Henderson ) , the Always Artichoke card ( inspired by Kathya Kalinine ) is gold embossed and I've used the bleach which has turned the CS a pale gold , then I have given the design pieces lick of  wink of stella . The fish and the owl card were to showcase  other uses for the paisley stamps and dies .

Last of all , was a very simple card , again in two colour choices using Special Reason and Stylish stems. I  made up a collection of cards using this set in a huge variety of different ways . I  give credit to several stamping sisters for these ideas and  if I have left anyone out I do apologise I would like to give credit to Di Barnes , Kylie Bertucci , Kathya Kalinine , Christy Velasquez ( I used my watercolour pencils and all SU product for my sample though !) Sabrina , Liz Bailey and Patty Bennet.
The class cards - simply cut your flower and mount this piece onto some DSP or glimmer or a sponged piece of card stock ! Add some ribbon and a sentiment and you are good to go ! If you could only own one floral bundle this is the one to go for ! So versatile !

I hope you enjoyed this overview of a few different techniques and you are inspired to head to your craft room and create something beautiful today !

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