ESAD 2018 Retirement List Blog Hop

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Welcome to the ESAD blog hop featuring items on the Stampin’ Up! retiring list. You may have joined me from my stamping friend, Fi Cobbin, or if you are starting here, you are in for a real treat.

You may be wondering what ESAD is? It’s a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand. If you are demonstrator, not part of the ESAD group – more info is located at the bottom of this post.


The theme is all about retiring products from the 2017-18 Annual and 2018 Occasions catalogues. Today I am sharing with you A Mothers Flair stamp set, the Lots to Love Box die set and that ever so gorgeous Painted with Love Specialty Designer Paper.

Here I have made a simple but elegant card to match with a gift card holder, made using an alteration to the Lots To Love Box die.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, A Mothers Flair, Lots to Love Box die

First up – the card. I’m so in love with the design style in the A Mother’s Flair stamp set. It was a set I had to have when I saw it in the Occasions catalogue – it was the hat stamp, I had to have that hat. But then, once I started playing with these stamps, they all grew on me. I just love the feminine style and the multitude of occasions these can be used for.

I kept the card simple, the paper is so busy, a simple design complemented it. Here I stamped the shoe, in Fresh Fig ink, and coloured the flower using the Peekaboo Peach marker, topping it off with a simple pearl. The sentiment is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink and I used some thin strips of Peekabook cardstock to edge the stamped element. I added a strip of the Painted with Love Specialty paper to the cardbase and adhered the stamped element with dimensionals.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, A Mothers Flair, Lots to Love Box die

I was thinking about what package to make to go with this Mothers Day card. I have used the Lots to Love Box Die to make the boxes as they were designed to create, but this time I wanted something flat to hold a gift card.

I give gift cards a lot for a range of occasions – birthdays, Christmas, and Mothers and Fathers day are always gift cards or money. So when I was thinking about giving a gift card, this idea came to mind.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, A Mothers Flair, Lots to Love Box die

Here, I extended the bottom edge to create a longer panel, that is scored and closes over the card securely. I decorated the front by fussy cutting the hat stamp from the A Mothers Flair stamp set. I adhered this with dimensionals to a Whisper White 2” circle layered with Peekaboo Peach Starburst punched cardstock. If fussing cutting isn’t for you, there are stamps in the set that fit that size, so it can be a simple stamp and punch creation. Again colouring the flower in Peekaboo Peach and topped off with a simple pearl.

I decorated a panel to go inside the holder so that it’s not so plain once the gift card is removed. This set has two little dies that cut out the semi-circle notches which I used to for two purposes – one so that the holder can close over securely; the second to hold the gift card in place inside the holder. For extra security, I wrapped some of that blingy coordinating Love Mini tinsel in Sweet Sugarplum around the front half of the holder and tied in a bow to finish off the front.

I’m so glad I have these stamps and dies even though they retiring. I will continue to use them quite a bit!

Next up in the blog hop is Cathy Pinchbeck.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour INKspiration – CI32

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Welcome to this colour challenge with the Colour INKspiration crew. Welcome if you have joined me from Rachel or if you are starting here with me. We have an awesome colour combination for you to play with this time, they are:

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Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Gold.

Here is my inspiration. I have gone with a Mothers Day themed card, using the A Mothers Flair stamp set.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, A Mothers Flair, Detailed Dragonflies

I have always found Pink Pirouette to be a very light shade of pink so when I want to use it for watercolouring backgrounds, getting a dark enough coverage, can be challenging. Obviously, water colouring washes out the colour, so this is how I went about achieving a darker background:

  • I used the ink pad and lightly tapped it directly on the cardstock, I used Shimmery White cardstock;
  • Next, I used an aqua painter and blended the ink together, providing a smooth appearance;
  • I repeated this process again, building up the depth in colour. This allowed for a more intense pink, than what the tradition ink would give; and
  • Lastly, I squeezed a few drops of water from the aqua painter and allowed them to drop on to the cardstock in different spots. This moved the ink around the surface of the cardstock, allowing it to pool in other places to create that watered edge look.
  • I dried it off with my heat tool, just for speed. But this can be air dried if time permits.

I love how it came together. Now to finish my card.

I overlayed the water coloured background onto Pink Pirouette cardstock, which was adhered to a Night of Navy cardbase.

The embellishments over the stop featured a flourish in Gold Foil from the Petals & More thinlit die set, a cut square using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, a 1 ½” circle punched from Whisper White cardstock. This was layered with a Scallop Circled punched shape from Pink Pirouette cardstock. Off the top right, featured a dragonfly in Gold Foil from the Detailed Dragonflies thinlit set.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, A Mothers Flair, Detailed Dragonflies

Lastly, my stamped images – I just love all the sweet girly style imagery that feature in the A Mother’s Flair stamp set. They are just so delicate and so very useful for many different occasions. There are a couple of sentiments that can be used for other occasions also, and a few that are Mother specific.

Here I stamped the hat in Night of Navy ink and fussy cut it. I coloured the flower with a Pink Pirouette marker and used dimensionals to adhere this over the circle punched shapes. I added my sentiment to the bottom right and finished off with a couple of gold faceted gems.

I really like how this turned out and look forward to giving this one away in a few weeks. I hope that I have inspired your Mothers Day projects. I know there are many out there who may not have their own mums along side them just now, but there are still a lot of Mums out there, many who are doing it tough. Stop and look around you and bless them with one of your lovely creations.

Next up in the hop is the amazing Kelly Kent.

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Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open until 7pm, Monday 7th May. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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