Thursday, April 29, 2010

My very first 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 demonstrators for Stampin’ Up!

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.

You should have just come from Rachel Jackson's blog , what fantastic creations.

The theme for this blog hop was Mother's Day, as it is Mother's Day here in Australia next weekend. We also had to use Big Shot products in our projects. I decided to use the scallop circle die. These are my creations.

I have seen a few scallop circle purses on blogs, but since I couldn't find a tutorial, I designed my own. It wasn't that difficult, it just took a little thinking and adding (which I am not too good at!). I started off by making the box for the inside and then decorated the scallop circles to go on the front and back and stuck them on with sticky strip and used some pewter jumbo eyelets to thread the ribbon handles through. Here is a photo of the box inside.Next up was the card. I had a vision, but when I had made it, it didn't look that great so I had a play around with it, and this is what I came up with. It is called a tent card and is very simple to make. You just make your base card with the fold at the top and then stick the scallop circle on the top of it.
Here is a close up of the scallop circle. I stamped the "Happy Mother's Day" first and then stamped the vine image in pink pirouette all over the rest of the circle. To make the flowers two toned, I inked them with regal rose ink first and then used a dauber to put a little pumpkin pie around the edges. I also stamped three small flowers with pumpkin pie ink and adhered them together with a clear rhinestone.
And now a picture of the inside. I kept it very simple so there was plenty of room to write a message.

Kari Hughes is next on our blog hop, and I am sure she will have something fabulous to show you.

If you make it around all the blogs on this blog hop, and leave comments on them, you could win some blog candy! Yes we have blog candy! There will be two winners, one from New Zealand and one from Australia. All you have to do is visit and leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's blog hop and then send an email to the lovely Sharlene and advise her that you have commented on all the blogs, and give her your name, email address and tell her whether you are from New Zealand or Australia.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit, please come back soon to see what I have been creating.

Til next time, Keep on creating.

xx Nicky

Stamp set: Vintage Vogue, Occasional Greeting
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie
Card: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
DSP: Sweet Always
Accessories: Scallop circle die, Big Shot, Circle Scissor Plus, 1/4" chocolate chip grosgain ribbon, linen thread, clear rhinestones, dauber, button, stamp-a-ma-jig, pewter jumbo eyelets


Helen Williams said...

Lovely projects I love your colour choices.

Unknown said...

Nicky how gorgeous are your projects? I love the Sweet Always DSP and need to use it more.

Jan McAnulty said...

Lovely projects, Nicky - and I love the colours!

Christine Blain said...

Your first blog hop - what fun! Look out; they're addictive! Beautiful projects, Nicky. The little purse is super-sweet; you did a great job. Nice colour choices, too.

Liam said...

Just gorgeous work. Fantastic job.


Anonymous said...

I love mitchy matchy things, so love your box and matching card! I also love that you've used such bright and cheery colours - makes for a nice change from the soft feminine colours that you normally see on Mother's Day projects. Thanks for sharing :)

Susan Joyce said...

Very pretty Nicky. Love your little purse.

Vicki Were said...

These look great - I like the idea of the card with the scallop circle sitting above the card.

Sharna Russell said...

hi, congrats on your first blog hop, let me say i love your creations, the colour combination is stunning, i looove it, i little bag it super cute

kari said...

Hi Nicky! ~waving~ Love the purse Nicky! It's so cute! and the tent card is fabulous! Great to see a different way to use the scallop circle for a card too(that means I can justify buying the die a bit easier!! LOL!) thanks for sharing! K :)

Campin and Stampin said...

beautiful colour combo on these projects.

Catherine said...

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous - love that purse!

Tania Delgado said...

love the colour combination and in particular the effect of the vine stamp as the background to the scallop circle on the card ... great work

Becky said...

Very Pretty projects