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!

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“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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My Favourite Things and an ESAD Blog Hop


One of my favourite things about papercraft is turning a flat sheet of paper into something not so flat. My imagination went a little crazy when I saw the new Creped Filter Paper in the Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. You get 4 rectangles and 8 circles in a pack and they are described as having the look of tissue paper with the strength of cardstock.


Before I go on, I need to share about a fabulous group of demonstrators I belong to called Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators or ESAD for short. It’s so great to share our excitement and ideas about Stampin’ Up! Here’s a little more about ESAD…


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.


If you’ve arrived here on your own, surprise, you’re in the middle of a blog hop, showcasing many of the wonderful new products available in the Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. So, without further ado, my creations using the Creped Filter Paper…


The first, is a phalaenopsis or moth orchid. These are one of my favourite flowers and turned out beautifully on the wire stem.




My second creation reminds me of the old tissue carnations we used to make in art class at primary school. And if memory serves me correctly, the process is almost the same. I used the rectangle pieces for this bloom. Concertina folded them and tied a wire around the centre. Then simply pulled each layer until it puffed up to create a flower. These tissue paper creations are all the rage at the moment and you may come across giant versions as decorations at weddings or other events hanging from the ceiling.




Lastly, I made a daffodil. I must confess, they are not my favourite flower but it’s nice to have something so cheery as we start heading into another winter.




There you have it. Of course there are many other things you can do with the Creped Filter Paper. You can colour it as I have done, stamp on it, cut it with framelits or dies etc. At only $4.95 per pack, it’s great value too. You can order it right here in my online store.


On with the blog hop. The next blog you’ll visit belongs to the lovely Gail Kirby and she has another amazing new product to show off!


Enjoy and happy crafting!

Jess x