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Christmas in July - Blog Hop

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If you are one of my regular blog followers, today we have another blog hop to get you in the festive spirit and get you started on all those Festive Season projects.

Some of the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team girls have joined forces to present some fabulous Christmas projects to inspire you. This year we already have new Christmas sets to play with in the 2015 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, and some old favourites too. We also have a brand new 2015 Holiday catalogue coming soon.

If you would like a copy of any of our catalogues, to attend a Stampin' Up! class or join a large fabulous group of crafty women by becoming part of the team (hobby demonstrators welcome), be sure to contact me.

If you have already been hopping through the blog hop, you will have just arrived here from the blog of the very talented Claire Daly. At the end of my post is the link to the next person. Be sure to leave comments for everyone and enjoy the trip down Creative Lane!

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About a week ago, a card by US demonstrator Debbie Mageed popped up in my Facebook feed and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to recreate it in a Christmas version.

So using Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and the new Merry Moments Designer Series Paper - along with returning favourite Festive Trees stamp set, I created this while on our casual kiosk at Chirnside Park shopping centre last week. I just love it!

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How did I get the Floral Frames dies to cut the edges with those folds? Very easy following Debbie's straight forward instructions.

I'm hosting a great big Christmas in July event soon and have been making lots of goodies for it, so I also wanted to show you today my advent calendar. This one is made from the Tiny Treats boxes. They are so cute, so easy to assemble and you get 25 food safe boxes in a pack for only $12.25.

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This is what the stack of boxes looked like with just the ribbon decoration added - don't we have the yummiest ribbons in the Stampin' Up! catalogue? Have you felt how soft those Striped Grosgrain ones are?

But you probably want to see the finished boxes right?

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The boxes are approximately 5cm x 5cm x 5cm. I love to know what you would put in them, so please leave a comment below and then continue on the blog hop with the gorgeous work of Judy May.

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If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Ros Davidson
  2. Rachel Woollard
  3. Tina Gillespie
  4. Kayleen McLean
  5. Claire Daly
  6. Kathryn Ruddick
  7. Judy May
  8. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  9. Kate Morgan 


Christmas in July Event

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You are warmly invited to a fun, festive afternoon of Christmas Papercrafting. 

Get a start on your Christmas cards and be inspired with gorgeous gift tags and pretty packaging.

Several Stampin' Up! demonstrators are getting together to share their talents, project ideas and displays so you will be more inspired, get heaps of ideas and go home with a bag full of completed projects to give your Christmas crafting a real head-start.

  • When: Sunday 26th July, 2015
  • Time: 12 noon until 4pm
  • Where: Marion Ave Scout Hall, Marion Avenue, Croydon
  • Cost: $35 includes all materials and luscious afternoon tea. Bring a friend, pay only $30 each.

To book contact: Kathryn Ruddick

Phone: 0418 361 931
Email: [email protected]

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Awesomely Artistic - ESAD Blog Hop


Welcome to our inspirational exploration of the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. You may be one of my regular visitors, or you may have arrived here via the ESAD blog hop, from the blog of the lovely and talented Pauline Bennets. Either way, welcome!

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I'm always getting asked how do I watercolour, so today I wanted to show you just how easy watercolouring is, showing off the gorgeous flower stamp in the Stampin' Up! stamp set Awesomely Artistic - there are pretty much just three easy steps.

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Step 3.  I chose Crushed Curry and Old Olive inks and came back with the blender pen to add some depth and shading to really make those flowers and leaves jump off the page.

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These projects were inspired by one I saw on Pinterest about 6 weeks ago, by Tricia Raineri, another Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I copied Tricia's sketch and changed the colours for some variety.

One of my very favourite things about this time of year is what's flowering in the garden, and this year is no different. Every time I walk out my back door to go to my stamping room, or to pick some winter vegies out of our garden, I am greeted by glorious Daphne!

I was pondering what other ways I could colour the flowers in the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, and it suddenly hit me! It looks like Daphne!

So out came the Rose Red ink pad and blender pens, and this time for the leaves I did a gentle (think, very light-handed here) combination of Cucumber Crush and Old Olive for the leaves.

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It doesn't look exactly like Daphne, but you can see the colour inspiration!

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I decided on the same sketch for the first one, but changed it up a bit for the second "Daphne" card.

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On the second sample, the background leaves are stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink, but I stamped it off onto scrap paper first, before stamping onto my base card.

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Well, that's probably enough inspiration from me, please leave me a comment below to let me know what you thought of these sweet cards using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, then please continue on the blog hop to see the work of the other ESAD ladies.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas and friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address and I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.


Next person in the blog hop is Barbara Williams. Blog Hop Next Button 2015 Catalogue (250x250)

Please click on the arrow picture to continue on the blog hop, but don't forget to leave a comment before you go! Thanks for stopping by!