Sunday 25 April 2021

ESAD Farewell Annual Catalogue

 Hello Crafty Friends

Welcome to the ESAD Farewell Annual Catalogue Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Jackie Aitken in Western Australia.  If you have been following the hop you will have arrived here having just visited the very talented Cheryl Algie and seen some pretty impressive creations using ESAD's favourite RETIRING products. 

I always have mixed emotions with the arrival of a new Annual Catalogue as you just know some of your most precious crafty item are about to hit the retirement shelf.  Saying goodbye to these beloved products as they leave the Annual is soon replaced with excitement for the arrival of delicious new goodies and in colours and embellishments and ohhhh all the pretty new stuff.

Being a big embossing folder user I am most saddened to see some of my staple folders not make it into the new catalogue, especially the Pinewood Planks folder. One stamp set I am truly going to miss is BLOOM & GROW. So for todays creations (which I whipped up at lunchtime today after receiving a reminder that I had a blog hop today!!!) I am using my all time favie EF teamed with a couple of the images from the BLOOM & GROW stamp set. 

I must be clear the black n white DSP is from the Mini Catalogue as I do not have any from Annual due my year sabbatical lol.

For both cards I  have simply stamped the images, coloured with Stampin' Blends and then fussy cut - there are matching dies to complete this bundle but I prefer to fussy cut with scissors.

To finish off the cards I added a white heat embossed sentiment along with a few pearl embellishments.

Due to time constraints I will have to love you and leave you with little details other than what I have already provided as this post is due to go live in about 15 minutes!!!!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to keep on hopping with the ESAD crew for loads more inspirational and creative projects using products we all love that are retiring with the outgoing catalogue.

Up next in the ESAD Blog Hop is Tracy Held with her amazing creations. A full Blog Hop participant list has been provided below. 

Participant List


1.       Sue Vine

2.       Rochelle Laird- Smith

3.       Narelle Sim

4.       Nicole Wilson

5.       Narelle Fasulo

6.       Monique Fielder

7.       Lou Kitzelman

8.       Cathy Pinchbeck

9.       Sharni Haines

10.   Cheryl Algie

11.   Jackie Aitken

12.   Tracy Held

13.   Tanya Rees

14.   Denise Buetler

15.   Maree McIntosh

16.   Rochelle Blok

17.   Mandy Depiazzi

Thursday 1 April 2021

Creating Kindness Blog Hop - Spring Fling

Good Day Crafty Friends,

I am super excited to be participating in my very first blog hop in over a year! When Jay asked if I would like be guest designer for this months CREATING KINDNESS BLOG HOP I jumped at the opportunity.

I also got to chose this month SPRING FLING theme for the Design Team to create along to. It’s going into Autumn here in Australia but I know on the other side of the world they are about enjoy all the wonders of spring. 

Nothing says spring to me more than new bulbs shooting everywhere. Western Australia has a phenomenal wild flower season during our spring so I was inspired by the little wild daisies that are dotted everywhere during this short lived event.

For today's creations I’ve used my all time favourite punch to create my daisies combined with the True Love Designer Series Paper. 

Slimline cards are all the rage at the moment. The only issue can be finding the right sized envelope. A quick and simple solution is to wrap the card in vellum and secure close with a decorated vellum band.

Here is a close up of the embellished belly band. DSP has been cut to the exact width of the vellum band and decorated using the Detailed Bands Die, Ribbon, Stitched Shapes & Pierced Blooms Dies.

While I had everything out on my workspace I decided to create a couple of standard sized cards as well. Using embossing folders for the card bases, DSP, punched daisies and heat embossed sentiments were added along with die cut elements created using the Pierced Blooms Dies.

That is all from me today, friends. Thanks so much for stopping. It was such a pleasure to be part of the creative blog hopping community again!

Be sure to follow the rest of the blog hop for more SPRING FLING inspiration shared by the talented CREATING KINDNESS Design Team by clicking on the next button or using the links list posted below. - Enjoy.

Until next time, stay crafty and stay awesome!!


Jackie Aitken - Guest Designer - Australia
Marcy Denning - Canada

Thursday 30 January 2020

Fancy Friday Blog Hop - January - Shake Shake Shake

Good Day Crafty Friends

Welcome to a very special Stampin' Fancy Friday Blog Hop. I am so excited you are able to join us. We are a group of past and continuing Stampin’ Up! Artisans bringing our followers a fancy monthly challenge to inspire them to get creative!  Fancy Friday has had a makeover which includes an exciting new way of doing things, fancy new logo's and loads of new Artisans joining the Design Team this year. 

We're shaking things up this year on the Fancy Friday Design Team! This will be our last official 'blog hop' because we're moving in a new direction! We'll be posting a challenge on the first Friday of every month over on Instagram and Facebook. And then we'll show you our team projects as the month progresses. We can't wait to have you around so any time you're inspired by our challenge, tag us in or use hashtag #stampinfancyfriday. Ok, it's time! Go follow us on Instagram and Facebook - @stampinfancyfriday. Stay inspired. See you there!

I am absolutely obsessed with the Tropical Oasis suite, in particular the gorgeous images in the Memories & More card pack. While watching a few episodes of Vikings on Netflix, I fussy cut a whole heap of images and played around with ideas's for shaker cards.

Fancy Friday, Jaxx Crafty Creations, Tropical Oasis

All three creations feature different pieces of the Memories & More cards. The first has a basic oval shaped die cut from the card front, which was lined with gold polka dot vellum before adding sequins. The vellum along with the foliage are from the Sale-A-Bration kit called Kerchief. The fussy cut flamingo and hibiscus flowers have been adhered with mini dimensionals along with the medium sized Punched Daisy.

The next card was super easy to construct. I have simply fussy cut the floral frame from one of the large Memories & More cards, adhered Acetate with Multi Purpose Glue and then bent Foam Strips around the edge. I like to place the shaker elements in the centre of the card front and then adhere the shaker front over the top. If I don't do it this way, I end up with the insides shaker bits stuck to the foam strips and it all ends in disaster and eventually the rubbish bin! 

The final card again uses one of the fussy cut Tropical Oasis Memories & More cards to create the frame for my shaker element. The foam strips for this one did require cutting down a little to fit the thin sized frame. Before adhering to the card front, which has been splattered with Flirty Flamingo ink, I added a circle of twine. The fussy cut "woody" car and a few stickers from the Card Pack were also added. To finish the card and somewhat balance the busy card front, I added a strip of bright colour by chopping up yet another M & M card and adding it to the left hand side of the card base.

That is all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure to continue hopping for more Shaker inspired projects from the Fancy Friday Design Team.  Up next in this astonishing line up of former and continuing Artisans is Jennifer Smith Sootkoos with her beautiful creation. Enjoy xx

Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Be Inspired Blog Hop - Love

Good Day Crafty Friends

Welcome to the Be Inspired Blog Hop for January. This month the talented Design Team are sharing inspirational projects with a LOVE theme, just in time for Valentine's Day!

My Hubby isn't a fan of Pink or Reds so I had to be a little more creative with his card and decided to go with a colour palette not normally associated with all the lovey dovey colours of Valentine's - Black, Yellow & White. 

Random Fact lol - the starting point for my creation was the cute little envelope that was in one of our projects at Onstage in November! I never do my make and takes at these events, instead I bring all the bits and pieces home and fiddle with them later.

Starting with the little Best Dressed Envelope, added some foliage and a punched Daisy with one of those uber cool fluffy embellishments for the centre. A few white heat embossed hearts from the Meant to Be Stamp Set with a couple of black sequins and all the "pretties" are done. Oh dear, I forgot to mention the little tuffs of Polka Dot Ribbon (barely visible lol) and that some of the foliage pieces are from the Sale-A-Bration Kit called Kerchief.

Next, I took the embellished envelope and adhered it to a piece of So Saffron Vellum that has been embossed with the Parisian Embossing Folder. A layer of Whisper White and then this was adhered to the card front which has a panel of the Golden Honey DSP (this DSP is from the Sale-A-Promotion).

That is all from me today. Be sure to keep looking through the Be Inspired Blog Hop as the Design Team have gone all out with this months theme and you are sure to get loads of inspiring ideas for Love Themed creations.

Up next is my super talented friend Manuela Geiswinkler with her delightful project. Enjoy!! Until next time stay awesome and stay crafty

Blog Hop List

Thursday 16 January 2020

Just Add Ink #488 Blog Hop

Good Day Crafty Friends

Welcome to Just Add Ink Challenge #488  - The first JAI challenge for 2020!! I am super excited to be Hopping with my Just Add Ink friends as we celebrate 10 years of Just Add Ink Challenges & 1000 Facebook Followers with a special Blog Hop. How amazing is TEN years!!! Just Add Ink was my first ever Design Team and I am so proud to belong to a creative community that has such amazing longevity with so many talented designers, past and present. To top it off, the Just Add Ink Design Team has also had its fair share of Stampin' Up! Artisan's too, with Narelle & Rochelle being re-selected for the 2020 ADT!! Wahoooooo!!!

As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes. Our Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive a special gift. We'll be choosing some other entries to receive a little something also - to be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop - 14 stops in total. Prizes include stamp sets, card kits, embossing folders, ribbons, rhinestones, handmade cards/tags....

PLEASE NOTE: Prizes are only eligible to South Pacific (Australia & New Zealand) entries - sorry to those of you from all around the world, postage prices are very steep these days.

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How gorgeous is the Blog Hop inspiration picture!!! I was so inspired by the stunning colours I decided to start my creations with this colour palette in mind. The floral images in the Tropical Oasis Memories & More cards were the perfect fit for what I was designing in my head and worked wonderfully with the colour combination.

I absolutely adore anything with a Tropical theme, especially floral's, pineapples and flamingos. The Memories & More card pack has so many delicious images, it was hard choosing images to fussy cut for today's Blog Hop projects.

For this bright and colourful creation I started with a piece of Shimmery White card stock and sponged Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo ink. Next, I spritzed the sponging with water and once dry, I cut into strips and applied them to a Whisper White card front. The fussy cut image from one of the Tropical Oasis Memories & More cards has been adhered with dimensionals along with Gold Foil leaves and tag with sentiment.

Stampin' Up! have so many wonderfully detailed Embossing Folders in the current catalogues, which I find myself reaching for often, in fact I'm finding more often than not I have an embossed panel or card front for most of my creations. This card uses the new beautiful Parisian Flourish Embossing Folder. I have also added some Mint Macaron DSP, Blushing Bride card stock die cuts and the fussy cut tropical image - from the Tropical Oasis Memories & More Card Pack.

That is all from me today. We would love for you and your crafty friends to play along, if you have a blog you can add your creation to the Just Add Ink gallery here. Don't have your own blog? No problem! Just send us an email  to with a photo attachment. We will upload it to our challenge entry blog for you. Just be sure to use the inspiration picture and Celebration theme for your creation.

Up next in this special Just Add Ink Blog Hop is my super duper fabulously awesome friend, Kelly Kent with her amazing creation - enjoy.

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Blog Hop Participant List

Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty

Sunday 12 January 2020

Stamping Sunday Blog Hop - Sale-A-Bration

Good Day Crafty Friends

Welcome to the first Stamping Sunday Blog Hop for 2020. I hope you, your family and friends had an enjoyable and safe festive season. I am excited to be back creating again after a little break over Christmas. 

This month's Blog Hop is all about Sale-A-Bration. What is Sale-A-Bration? Only the best time of year in the Stampin' Up! hemisphere. With the release of the new Mini Catalogue and all the new products, now is the perfect time to stock up on all your Stampin' Up! items because for every AUD$90 you spend during 3 Jan- 31 March 2020 you will earn FREE items from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

My FAVOURITE freebie from the Sale-A-Bration promotion is the Golden Honey DSP Pack. I am such a fan of the black and white striped DSP, I think it should be a staple and may just have to sandbox that idea lol. However, I chose to use another pattern for the cards I have to share today.

I have teamed a variety of embossing folders, Blushing Bride and Gold Foil card stock with the Gold Foil patterned DSP to create the card fronts. I really like the broken gold foil stripes in this DSP and thought it would look lovely with soft muted colours.

I have angled the DSP and card stock panels for a bit of interest and then added fussy cut black and white flower images and Gold Bees from DSP - also from the same DSP pack just a different sheet to the one used for the card front. Heat embossed sentiments and die cuts in Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam and Gold Foil were also added.

Each card has different embellishments: gold metallic thread, Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon, Gold Glitter dots and Champagne Rhinestone jewels.

That is all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting our blogs. Be sure to keep hopping for more inspirational and creative projects from the Stamping Sunday Design Team using our favourite Sale-A-Bration items.

Until next time, stay awesome and stay crafty
Blog Hop Participant List