Lighthearted Trees

ESAD Blog Hop Header Holiday 2015

In every catalogue there’s a stamp set that at first doesn’t scream my name but usually by the time it comes to order, I think I need it, so I order it and then I can’t stop thinking about creating with it and it becomes a favourite. Lighthearted Leaves is that set for me in the Holiday Catalogue. I thought I liked it for a while and then I thought some more and I KNEW I liked it.

I like to make stamp sets and tools work hard for me. I like them to have more purpose than perhaps what they were originally designed for. So in today’s post, Lighthearted Leaves is going Christmassy.

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I started with a graduating wash of Mossy Meadow watercolour on Shimmery White cardstock. I then used the ‘leaf’ stamp that I think looks like a tree anyway in Mossy Meadow on top. Next I added some decorations but kept it simple and in the same style as the leaf/tree. I simply used my Real Red marker (fine tip end) and drew some small red decorations or perhaps they are berries? Next my Fine Tip Glue pen added some dimension and gloss, Crystal Effects style.

Anyone that follows my blog will know that I am NOT a sentiments type person. Most of my cards don’t even have one – I just like it better without. BUT, sometimes you need one and this was one of those times. Most of the sentiments that came with the sets I chose from this year’s catalogue referred to winter or snow etc, which just does not apply in this neck of the woods. My eye caught the Noel from Happy Scenes and I thought it would be cute with something. A quick Google tells me that Joyeux Noel means Merry Christmas in French, and everything is more classy in French, right?

I used my trusty Alphabet Rotary stamp for the ‘Joyeux’ and made them into little flags and paired them with a bright Real Red ribbon.

And then I made lots… for swaps… because it’s nice to share ideas.

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If you’re following along the ESAD blog hop, you’ll have arrrived from the amazing Delys Cram and next you’ll want to click on and visit Lou Kitzelman – enjoy!

Blog Hop Next Button Holiday 2015

“What is ESAD?” – I hear you ask

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

1. Libby Dyson
2. Paula Reid
3. Keryn Campbell
4. Carly Middleton
5. Rachael Lewsley
6. Narelle Fasulo
7. Emily Campbell
8. Emma Palonek
9. Jo Weedon
10. Rebecca Scurr
11. Andrea Buckland
12. Rochelle Blok
13. Kathryn Ruddick
14. Monique Fielder
15. Bernie Collins
16. Liv Ingle
17. Sally Williams
18. Ria Kaire
19. Delys Cram

20. Jessica Williams <– You are here

21. Lou Kitzelman
22. Barbara Williams
23. Kelly Kent
24.  Jenny Hayward


Jess x

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42 thoughts on “Lighthearted Trees

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  3. Jess I love these- and Christmas cards was my first thought too when I saw the lighthearted leaves set.I plan for this to be my Christmas image for 2015! don’t you just love the look of a whole bunch of cards grouped together, lucky swap participants! I would love some info about joining the group! Thanks so much for sharing, Liz

  4. Jessica, your card design is just amazing. Truly lovely. What a great concept to use the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set for Christmas cards. I am totally in love with it all from the water colouring to the shimmer and the little red berries dotted with Crystal Effects. Totally need this set now! Thank you ❤️

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  6. This set was a ‘slow off the mark, but now a firm favourite’ for me too Jess and it was your mindfulness card that pushed it to the top of my list. And now this goregous inspiration. I love your work, thanks for sharing! Kelly x

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  8. This is perhaps the single most gorgeous Christmas card I have seen this year, without a single Christmas image in sight! I love how you turned a leaf image into a tree. It looks awesome against the wash background. Fantastic Jess, you are amazing ♥

  9. Love these Jessica! Love the thinking outside the square to use a non-christmas set for christmas cards. It is a beautiful CAS card and absoulutely stunning! I’ve just got this set and can’t wait to have a play! Thanks for sharing! Rochelle xo

  10. I’ve just seen this card of yours on Pinterest, Jessica, and had to pop past to let you know how cute and clever it is. Easy enough for mass production, but stylish too. Not sure how I’m going to be able to change it up , but think this will be what I use for a large proportion of my cards. AND you’re totally correct, French is very cool.

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