Sunday, January 27, 2013


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Well Sale-a-Bration is now upon us and to start us off, ESAD an online group of Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrators which I belong to has organised a blog hop.

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 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 it is 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.

My first project is a very simple card using the Pretty Petites stamp set and matching punch. The punch is being carried over to the next main annual catalogue and a new stamp set that matches the punch will be available in the next seasonal catalogue which starts on 1 Feb.

When I was putting this set together I realised that the sheet of rubber left over from popping out the dies would be very useful for making a reverse mask. I placed the rubber over the cardstock and used sponge daubers and ink pads to fill in the spaces with colour. I then highlighted a few of the images with stamped and punched out pieces popped up with dimensionals. A very quick and easy card!

The next project is a scrapbooking page showing a few of the papers in the Sycamore St DSP pack. You get 12 sheets of doubled sided 12 x 12 paper - 2 sheets of 6 different designs. The ribbon and buttons are also from the same suite - 3 rolls of ribbon and buttons that match the paper are also available as a SAB item as well as a matching stamp set and embossing folder. All of these items are available with a $100 order and if you have a $600 order/workshop you will receive the paper, ribbon and buttons and stamp set for free!

My poor little pug Buffy was recently under the weather after getting into a garbage bag. She is always doing stuff like this so I was quite worried when she started showing signs of being unwell. The vet did blood tests and they came back showing she has pancreatitis which he said in 50% of cases is caused by a "dietary indiscretion", such as getting into the garbage, but I think it is more likely all her past dietary indiscretions have caught up with her. So now she will have to be on a very strict, plain food diet. She's been on a supposedly strict prescription weight loss diet for about 18 months but she is very good at finding extra food which will now have to stop. The family have been warned about leaving things out where she can get hold of them as anything forbidden could cause her to become extremely ill needing hospitalisation. No more scurrying out of the left open pantry with a packet of potato chips in her mouth for example! I am having to be very careful when preparing food as she literally sits on my feet waiting for anything to drop off the bench. We will get there and she might even lose a couple of kilos!

Thank you for visiting my blog. The next blog on your journey is my lovely friend Michelle Grech at - Enjoy!


Keryn Campbell said...

Thanks for sharing your projects. What a great idea to use the excess rubber as a reverse mask. I've always intended to use it with a lot of my stamp sets but have yet to get around to it.

Monique said...

Gail, what a cute scrap page! I love how you have brought out the blues so effectively.

Chloe said...

Gorgeous card and Layout Gail.Very clever idea using the negative rubber. I usually just throw that out lol.

Hope your gorgeous little pug is on the mend too!!

Alisha said...

Gail what great project, Love your Pug with a bug page.

Richelle said...

Great idea with the reverse mask! And I love the scrappage :)

Rochelle Blok said...

Very clever to use the negative rubber from the stamps! Great effect! Love your scrapbook page too! Well done!

Juliette Chapman said...

Just gorgeous Gail. Love your scrap page. How clever of you to think to use the excess rubber as a reverse mark.

Kristina Collett said...

Such fantastic projects, love the use of the rubber as a "mask" such a clever idea. TFS

Anonymous said...

I really like the scrapbook layout Gail. I need to get back into scrapping myself!

Nerida said...

Gail, great colours on your scrap page, works really well.