06 August, 2011

ESAD Retiring Products Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the ESAD Retiring Products Blog Hop!  This is my inaugural Hop - so it's all quite exciting.  If you're already taking the tour, you must have arrived here from the wonderfully talented Christie Kunkel!  Christie makes some fabulous projects and she hasn't let us down this time either!  

This Blog Hop theme is the ESAD 2010-11 Catalogue Retiring Products.  

What is ESAD?  

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.   

We 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 are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.  So, if you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in either Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group. 

The projects that I'm sharing with you today are ones that I'm also demonstrating at my class this afternoon.  There are cards, a gift holder and treat pouches all using the retiring stamp set Pun Fun. At the class we're only making the cards (two each of three designs).  

I'm quite disappointed that Pun Fun is going because it's one of my favourite sets suitable for children and those who are young at heart.  The images are very cute and I love having to colour in the images. 

The idea for the Treat Pouch was from Julie Davison who is a demonstrator in the USA. She has a wonderful tutorial on her blog, which is very easy to follow.  

And, here's what the inside looks like:

Here are the cards: 

And, here they are as a close up:  

This gift holder has been around for a very long time but unfortunately, I'm not sure where it originated from.  

Here's a photo of the inside and you can see the SU! Envelope which houses the gift card and a small card, where you can write a personal message.   

Stamp Set: Pun Fun (Retiring), On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Regal Rose, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Black Stazon, Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point
Accessories:  Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Watercolour Wonder Crayons (Brights and Neutrals), Blender Pen, Aqua Pen, Pink Fine Cosmo Stampin' Glitter, Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon (Retiring), Large Tag Punch, Small Tag Punch, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Silver Brads,  Basic Rhinestone, Classic Stars Wheel (Retiring), Small Star Punch. 

Well, that's about all I've got to share with you now.  I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop!  The next stop is the amazing Clare Mcilhatton.  Just wait until you see what is waiting for you there!  Check it out here

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the blog hop.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have {although I was beginning to panic at 10pm last night when I still hadn't decided what I was going to make}.  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  


  1. Wow! Everything is just gorgeous! I don't use this stamp set nearly enough, but will be casing your cards before it leaves us :) TFS xxx

  2. I agree wow, love these, Great set for the kids and love the use of the envelope. Might need to case this one

  3. So sad to see this set retire, so good for kids cards.

  4. This is certainly one of the sets I am going to miss the most. Love what you have done with it ... even though it is retiring I think I will just have to hold on to it just a little longer now!

  5. Gorgeous Debbie. How cute are the Freddo holders?

  6. Lovely projects, watercolouring was one of the techniques that got me started on cardmaking so always enjoy seeing other people's work!

  7. Fabulous Treat pouches, Gift holder and cards Debbie, I love them all

  8. Super cute!!!! Another set I looked at buying many times and never did.... Mite have to case the layouts though and the freddo treat pouch!

  9. lovely projects Debbie! that treat pouch is very cute :)


Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really enjoy reading them. Regards, Debbie