Ink Inclinations

Claire Harrison Independent Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrator

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ESAD Autumn/Winter Mini Blog Hop

Good morning everyone!

I hope you are ready for the ESAD Blog Hop! Better go grab yourself a cuppa as you'll be hopping for a while. You may have come to me from the blog of the super talented Charmaine Black if so Welcome. If you are starting with me, follow the link at the end of this post, and that will take you hopping merrily on your way.

What is ESAD you say?

ESAD stands for Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand demonstrators for Stampin' Up!

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors, 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.

So what goodies do I have to share with you today? I have to confess, since it arrived I have had eyes only for my bigshot. It has been wonderful playing with it and working out what it can do! My projects today focus on the Bigshot Movers and Shapers Dies and also a card showcasing the Manhattan Flower Embossing folder.

This card is a Z fold card using the ornament from the Movers and Shapers Dies. The DSP is also from the new mini, Cottage Wall, it is soooo yummy!


Another card using the Movers and Shapers ornament die, this time I have cut two, but slightly offset, to create the focal point of the card. The sentiment is from Heard from the Heart, a new stamp set in the mini. I purchased the clear mount option for this set and it just makes positioning sentiments soooo easy!



OK, at this point you could be forgiven for thinking that I am a little mad, designing Christmas Cards in March/April. However, my sideline and I have a lovely group of ladies who join us to make Christmas cards once per month (waving to you girls!) so I am always on the lookout for ideas to share with them... For this card I used the dove from the Movers and Shapers and an idea I saw on Stamp with Heather for using up ribbon scraps. It makes a great Christmas card, but in different colours and with another sentiment, it could easily become a sympathy card.



OK, the last card I have to share with you uses once again the gorgeous Cottage Wall dsp, but this time I have teamed it with the Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder to create a different kind of look. The stamp is also from the new mini, Share a cup.

I hope you like the creations I have shared with you today. I know that the blog hop will provide a great deal of inspiration to anyone looking for projects to create with the wonderful items available in the new Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter mini catalogue. If you don't yet have one of these minis email me and I will send you one!

We are again offering Blog Candy for our Blog Hop. What you need to do is complete the blog hop until you get back to me. Once you've visited and commented on every blog then you will need to email Sharlene at stampwithsharlene@hotmail.com who will then put your name into the draw for the blog candy. There will be one winner from New Zealand and one winner from Australia.

So start hoppin by going to the next blog, the unique and fabulous stylings of Corinna Buchanan at PinkFlowers and Bling!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the hop!

Claire



30 comments:

Juliette Chapman said...

Love the Movers and Shapers cards - haven't got that yet but I am adding it to my list. Beautiful

luv2stamp said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Creations! Thanks for the inspiration, and yes I will have to buy those movers and shapers now! :)
SS3

Genelle Little said...

Gorgeous projects, Claire! I love the Share a Cup stamp too and I love what you've done with it!

nickiturner said...

This is the first place in the hop that I have seen the movers and shakers used. And now I want it - this hop is going to cost me a small fortune! Thanks!

Shandell said...

Love the Manhaten embossing folder - will definitely put that on my "to buy" list!

Nicole Derendorf said...

I Love what you've done with those Holiday Windows. I had no desire to buy them, until now....Stampin Up will thank you as I place my next order...haha! Well done!

Charmaine Black said...

Hi Claire, what stunning creations, I love the way you've used the Manhaten flower plate, I have it but haven't had time to have a go with it yet. Thanks for sharing, lots of inky hugs from Charmaine :-)

Jan McAnulty said...

Lovely - and now I'm saving up for that movers and shapers!

Allison Brudenell said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Allison Brudenell

kari said...

gorgeous cards! love the embossed DSP! thanks for sharing :)

Leonie said...

oh gorgeous Claire ... oh and you used the stamp they made 'just for me' haha well thats what I tell people! These movers and shakers look awesome and now need to get me thems too! Thanks for participating in the blog hop :D

corinna said...

Claire,

I love the way you have showcased the Movers & Shapers. In particular the bird/dove with ribbons. The ornament cards are also realistic cards to be massed produced for Christmas.

Thanks

Louise P said...

Love the use of ribbon scraps on the dove card. It looks so effective.

Susan Joyce said...

Nice designs Claire. I well have to add the Movers and Shapers to my wishlist now!! TFS
Sue

Mae Collins said...

Great cards as always Claire. Must remember that idea of using scraps of ribbon behind the die cut shape it is very effective - another reason why we crafters don't throw anything away! Movers and Shapers will be going on my wishlist - which keeps on growing!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love the very different cards you have made with the movers and shakers. AND no it's not too early to start the Xmas cards, if we all made 1 or 2 a week, we wouldn't be panicking at xmas time- well done! Love the use of ribbon scraps. Thanks for inspiring. Enjoy your Easter. Cheers Donna Zammit

Jane Norrish said...

Great project with the Movers & Shapers die, very clever. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca said...

I love the colours of your christmas cards, non traditional and inspiring.

Rebecca said...

Love the christmas cards, the no traditional colours have me inspired. :)

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Haven't had a chance yet to see the Movers and Shapers cards so it is great to see a sample! TFS! Lotsa great ideas, here. Love the left over ribbon idea! Stampin' Hugs, Andrea xxx

Anonymous said...

Clare, i am loving all of your creations, the more i see the more i want, i have the vintage vogue on its way, and the top note die is on my most wanted list
Sharna

Gail Kirby said...

Just lovely Claire and it's never too early to make a start on yor Xmas cards *g*

Theresa said...

Really lovely! Bigshot is top of my wishlist.

mona99 said...

I love all of your projects. Thank you for sharing your ideas. It has got me thinking about all the things I can do.

Annette said...

Wow Awesome cards! Thanks so very much for the great ideas. I love the cuppa card!!!

Cheers
Annette

Rochelle said...

Claire, your projects are great, I especially love the ribbons through the dove. And just when I thought I couldn't possibly want any more sentiments stamps I see your card and Heard From The Heart and think, hmm, maybe just one more set!!

Anonymous said...

Love that ornament shape - too gorgeous
Diana

Princess Stephanie said...

I love the use of bright colours and strong lines. Right up my alley!

Leah said...

Hi Claire, I hope you will except an award from me. See my blog. Thanks.