Saturday, April 30, 2011

ESAD Autumn Winter 2011 Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the ESAD Autumn/Winter 2011 Blog hop. You may have arrived here from the lovely Pauline Bennetts Blog. Did she do an amazing job with our new product? Or perhaps you've just arrived at my blog all by yourself. Don't stress, just click on the link below to Sharlene Torres blog and on each blog you'll be given a link to the next and eventually you'll be lead right back here.

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and it's 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 but we share our love of 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 support each other when it's needed.

So if you are a Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

Right now that's the formalities over. Onto the interesting stuff.... so what have I made to show you today?

Firstly we have this cute little book box. How often do we collect buttons and have no cool place for them. I've made this little book to store my buttons in. I've decorated the front with images from the Sew Suite stamp set. If you are a sewer, you just HAVE to have this set. It's super cool.

Now to the buttons. I did include some of the Sweet Stitches Designer buttons on the front, however two of the ones on the front of the box were made by me. Yes, faux buttons. If you'd like to know how to make them, please click here to find out how.... don't forget to come back and do the rest of the blog hop though!

I made mine using the Sweet Stitches DSP. Isn't it just adorable? You can make these buttons using punches or in my case I used my Big Shot and the Buttons #5 Sizzlet Die.

The picture above shows how I held them while I was waiting for the Crystal Effects to dry. Below is a photo of a selection of them.

You'll notice in the photo above that some are shinier than others. This is partly due to camera angle and also partly due to whether I added just one or two layers of Crystal Effects

Card: Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Rose Red, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla
Ink: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise
DSP: Sweet StitchesTools: Big Shot, Buttons #5 Sizzlet Dies, Cyrstal Effects, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder
Ribbon: Twill
Stamp Set: Sew Suite

Okay so you thought that was enough... well no.... this mini is full of great items and I just have to show you a card I made.

This card is made using the Create A Cupcake stamp set and it's co-ordinating punch. Yes, we have the most adorable punch to make 'cutting' these out easier. I chose to use the punch to cut DSP for the cake patties and cardstock for the cake and cherries. I stamped the sprinkles on with Versamark and embossed them, so they are shiny. Kind of hard to show in the photo. I also used Crystal Effects on the cherries, so that they are all shiny! So cute! I've also used one of my own matching designer buttons on this card as well.

Card: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue
Ink: Rose Red, VersamarkDSP: Sweet Stitches
Punches: Build A Cupcake, Decorative Label
Tools: Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Cyrstal Effects
Ribbon: Blushing Bride 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon
Stamp Set: Create A Cupcake

Okay so now I have finished with my creations and it's time to say goodbye! It's been lovely having you here and please feel free to leave comments on what you like and didn't (is that possible?)

Now it is time to go on over to Sharlenes blog and check out her fantastic creations.

Till next time, happy stamping...


  1. Oh Sonia I just love love love those buttons! and stamping the measuring tape onto twill - very clever!

  2. Sonia I think your projects are great, what a good idea to make yourself a button box, and absolutely love the DSP buttons inside, I really need to make myself some of these.

  3. oh wow those buttons are waaaaaay cool- i totally adore them-thanks for sharing and being part of the blog hop with me!

  4. Wow, you've been busy making some fantastic buttons there!! Great idea for the button box too, it's given me a a great gift for a hostess gift (once I buy the die of course :P)

  5. WOW the buttons are great, I love them, will have to learn how to make these

  6. You are very clever Sonia, thank you for sharing, Im in awe of you ladies!!!!!!!
    Sharon xxx

  7. Oh my - I love the buttons you have made - far too cute

  8. The buttons are cool Sonia. I love the idea of the buttons box as a hostess gift:)

  9. love your button box and your faux buttons are great.

  10. I {heart} your colour combo! Gorgeous all around - I'd love that box and those buttons - looks like I have some crafting to do!!

  11. Love the cute buttons you have made Sonia they are just so cute, will have to have a go at making them and really like your colorful cupcakes card you have been very busy I see.

  12. Love those buttons Sonia. They look so real. Love the DSP on the Cupcakes too. Great card. TFS xx

  13. Great projects, these are really fantastic love your buttons.

  14. Oh Sonia! You have inspired me to get out my Big Shot and create some buttons! What a fabulous project! Fab idea for storing your buttons. I think it is such a fun project. And ... love love love your cupcake card. The DSP is gorgeous (although I have resisted so far!) Take care hunny! Hugs xxaxx

  15. Is there no limit to ur creativity Miss Sonia. I lve this idea. The buttons are magical and the tape measure is genius!!! So brilliant!! oxx


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