My First Blog Hop


I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator as there are so many wonderful demonstrators out there in Australia now.  Because there were some many of us around the place a few demonstrators created an online group called ESAD which stands for Extra Special Aussie Demonstrators and invited all the demonstrators in Australia to join.

This group has gotten quite large and there is such a difference in style and techniques that we all use that one particular demonstrator, Leonie, thought it was about time we all shared our talents by doing a blog hop.

If you’re new to blog hopping then here is how our ESAD Summer Mini Blog Hop will work:

Leave a comment on this blog post then follow the link at the bottom of my post to get to the next blog.  On each blog you visit leave a comment and then follow the link provided to move on to the next.  If you keep following those links you’ll end up right back here with me.

And this isn’t just about enjoying the creativity of the Australian Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, there will also be a reward for those that visit each blog and leave comment.  So don’t forget to share some comment love with everyone for your chance to win some Stampin’ Up! blog candy.  It couldn’t be any easier.  So let’s get started!

The blog hop will start at 6am on 1st December 2009 so if you start before this then you won’t be able to find the links you’ll need.

ESAD Summer Mini Blog Hop

Seeing as today is the first day of Summer it is also the release of new Summer Mini Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!  All the blogs in this blog hop will be featuring products from this catalogue so that you can see how beautiful they are and how versatile they can be.

I chose to use a stamp set called Framed with Love.  And this is the card I made with a couple of the stamps.

I’ve used this layout before and I still love it so I chose to use it again.  It works so well with the frame and the damask image fits perfectly inside the oval.  How awesome is that!

For this card I used:

Stamps:  Framed with Love

Inks:  Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze

Accessories:  Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and a Bone Folder to score the grid lines for the background


And then just to show you that is is a versatile stamp set I used Framed With Love again to make these cute Christmas decorations for my tree.

We put our Christmas Tree up today and when I opened the box and saw the decorations I thought that they were looking a little shabby.  I was able to keep some of them and include them with my new scheme but I also needed to make some more.  I grabbed some rattan balls and tied a ribbon on them to hang from the tree and then to keep the round bauble theme going I go to work on making some more.

I stamped a piece of Confetti Cream Cardstock with Riding Hood Red Ink using the stamps of my choice.  Next I punch out 9 circles using the 1 3/8″ circle punch and then folded each circle in half with the printed side facing inwards.  I then proceeded to glue each folded circle together until I joined the last circle to the first to make the ball shape.  To finish it off I threaded both ends of a piece of help twine through the centre of the ball leaving a loop at the top for hanging and tied it in a knot to stop the ball slipping off.

A very simple design that can add so much more to your decorating this Christmas.  I can’t wait for to make some more to hang around the house.  I plan to do more this size but also make some larger ones and even try a few smaller.  Well, that’s the plan anyway.  I’ll see if I get the time to do it 🙂


Well, if you’ve made it this far and gotten through my ramblings then you’re sure to want to go to the next blog.  So here it is:

Andrea Eppingstall

And don’t forget to leave me a comment and all the other blogs along the way.  I must warn you that there are 30 blogs in the ESAD Summer Mini Blog Hop so be prepared for a sensory overlaod as you will see many different ideas and projects that will take your breath away.

Have fun and I’ll see you back here soon!

70 Responses to “My First Blog Hop”

  1. Gorgeous, Amy! Love the decorations, and the stamp set is one I’d overlooked – so thanks for that!

  2. I love this Amy, I hadn’t thought about buying this set, but after seeing your creation, I might just have to get it.

  3. Love what you’ve done with the set Amy! Gorgeous creations!

  4. Wow Amy love your colours and those decorations are just so cute thanks
    Kym Byrne

  5. 5 Deena

    I love that cute little tree deco!! I may need to “borrow” that idea for my bare little tree. TFS

  6. Lovely Amy! I didn’t think of getting this stamp set either. Love what you have done with it. Gorgeous decs! Andrea 🙂 x

  7. 7 Meegan

    Love the Christmas Tree decoration – such a cute idea and looks so effective. I can see me trying this in the next few weeks.
    Thanks for Sharing.


  8. wow baubles Amy and love what you’ve done with this set – I actually ordered this one too and waiting on its arrival! Thanks for paricipating in our first ESAD Blog HOp

  9. cute card and love the decorations.

  10. I love the versatililty of SU stamps and you have certainly shown that! Well done! I’ll be checking out my decorations today!

  11. 11 Louise

    Wow you’ve framed a frame with a frame with a frame, that is such a creative use of this stamp set!!

  12. 12 Di Hardie

    Fabulous work Amy!!! The decoration is a great one for the kids.

  13. Love the decorations Amy! what a great way to use this set. Love the card too!

    Thanks for sharing,

  14. Beautiful job! I especially like your ornaments!

  15. Gorgeous Amy they are just devine!!! What a great use of stamps! TFS Steph X

  16. These are just so classy Amy. I really love what you have done with both – so versatile.
    Thanks for sharing your work.
    Shaz 🙂

  17. 17 sandie carter

    Gorgeous card – love the ornament idea.

  18. Love the baubles! Can’t wait to try them for myself!

  19. 19 stampingelephants

    Amy, once again your creations are outstanding. Great to catch up with you at Regionals on Sat.


  20. Both card and decoration are soooo elegant… them. tfs.

  21. I love this set. My wish list is getting bigger and bigger. Thanks for sharing.

  22. 22 Vanessa Garrahy

    The decorations are great.
    I know what my boys will be helping me with for christmas.
    Great Idea

  23. 23 Keegan Rigby

    I LOVE the christmas decs!! They are gorgeous!!

  24. 24 Sue White

    great ideas Amy. Love the christmas tree decoration

  25. 25 Kim Conway

    Very nice card and loved the decorations. Fantastic work. Very inspring.

  26. 26 Liz

    I just love the baja breeze/chocolate chip colour combination!! So classy! And the christmas baubles – if only I had time to make everything…….

  27. 27 Lyanna

    I love your ornament! love the card too. Thanks for sharing!

  28. 28 Liz Latham

    Thank you for sharing. I love your ornaments

  29. 29 Tina

    What a great idea for ornaments!

  30. Love the ornaments, like how you used the flourish in the centre of the frame.

  31. What a great christmas ornament idea

  32. 32 Rebecca O'Gorman

    I love your work. TFS

  33. Hi Amy Love your blog, and your work, especially now like “framed with Love” this blog hopping is causing my budget a headache. I NEED EVERYTHING! LOL. hugs Tracy x

  34. Fantastic ideas… thanks for the sharing

  35. 35 chantell16

    Awesome…..I love the scoring you have done on the background…I must give this a go sometime. Chantell

  36. 36 becreativewithamy

    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has hopped onto my blog today. I’m loving all the comments. Thanks so much.

    Don’t forget you can sign up to receive updates by email whenever I post something new. Just click on the link in the left side bar and follow the prompts.

    Once again, thanks 🙂

  37. I had overlooked this set as well!! I really like your decorative baubles as well, so creative,
    thanks for the inspiration.

  38. Great projects! TFS!

    Cynthia Ferenz
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers

  39. 39 Lynda

    Brilliant and practical as always Amy. LURVE the Chrissy decos. Too cute. Well done darl. ooxx

  40. 40 Sarah S

    Lovely tree decorations & I love the card using baja breeze–very elegant

  41. Amy, I love the idea of the blog hop, and especially love the Christmas ornament. I will be trying some of these.

  42. 42 mel

    Love those colours together!

  43. 43 Karen L

    Simple, yet elegant. Love the colours and the stamp set!!!

  44. 44 Karen L

    Lovely Chrissy decorations and easy to do, will give my teenage daughter something to do on the holidays!!! Thanks!

  45. You have a wonderful style just your own which I love.

    Your samples for the Summer Mini are wonderful – clean & fresh! Love them!

  46. 46 Tania Salvati

    Just love the decorations.

  47. 47 Diana

    What gorgeous decorations, such a fantastic idea, thank you for sharing

  48. Great idea Amy – I have just ordered this set & need new decorations, so thanks for the inspiration!

  49. 49 Andrea

    great ideas. Love your ornaments

  50. 50 lisakadir

    I love the simplicity of the limited tones of colour in the card and the decoratons look really stylish. My tree is buried in tinsel thanks to the kids though so we have no room for decorations!

  51. 51 Wildflower

    I just so love those colours. They truely go well together.

  52. Love your card .Well done

  53. 53 Christine Tuff

    Absolutely love your card and colours Amy, and the decorations are just too cute, will have to make some of those myself!!!

  54. Great ideas and love the decorations. TFS.

  55. 55 Lisa Huff

    Hi Amy

    Love how you have show-cased the damask image. I can see this is a stamp set with many, many uses.
    Thank you

  56. 56 Sherry Davis

    The colors you used for this are absolutely stunning!

  57. 57 joanie

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!THANK YOU for sharing

  58. 58 Kathryn Forster

    Love the colours on the card. The decorations look great too.

  59. 59 becky manning

    I love Baja breeze, what a classy colour and with your chosen stamp even classier!

  60. 60 Kerren

    Love the colours you have use in the card and I can’t wait to try and make the christmas decorations, they look great. Kerren

  61. Love the colours!

  62. 62 Fiona

    Great stylish ideas, thanks!

  63. Beautiful very classy

  64. 64 Jac

    Wow love the colours of the card and the new Damask stamp – I have made these ornaments before and taught them in an online class – they are so quick, easy and extraordinarily effective – planning on a 6yr old trying his hand at them this year.

  65. 65 Claudette

    Love the card and the decorations! Have fun with your creative talent!! : )

  66. 66 JoBee

    gorgeous works of art… Thanks for the inspiation.

  67. Thanks for sharing. This set was on my wishlist & just moved to my must buy list!

  68. 68 Louise C

    Fantastic ideas! That’s the beauty of stampin up products, so versatile. Love the colour scheme on the card as well.

  69. 69 Aliessa

    Love the simplicity of the bauble Amy! And I’ve learnt a new technique, I would never have thought of the scoring reverse side out, for a background! You are so clever 🙂

  70. Hi Amy, I love the card you have done for the blog hop. The colours are gorgeous and I just love the way you have put it all together. Awesome

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