ESAD 2019 Holiday Catty Sneak Peek Blog Hop

ESAD Holiday

It’s the end of the weekend and the first of two posts I have for you tonight, my crafty friends (check back later for the Case-big the Catty Crew blog hop). First up I’m hopping with some of the fabulous ESAD ladies.


This month for the ESAD hop we are treating you all to some amazing projects featuring products from the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue, which is released on the 1st of September. I confess I was fully prepared to not like very much in this catalogue, for the sake of my bank balance and the crush in my craft room, but as always Stampin’ Up! have completely destroyed any possibility I’ll be able to restrain myself by coming out with a holiday catty that is jam-packed full of amazing goodies that I NEED – I’m sure you understand, crafty friends.

Unfortunately for the purposes of this blog hop Australia Post have not understood my pressing need for new goodies and my Big Brown Box had not arrived in time for me to create anything with any of the new stamps etc. All is not lost, however, as I already had my DSP collection – the paper is always the first thing I look at and the first thing I buy in a new catalogue. So tonight I have some cards to show you that highlight the absolutely stunning Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.


This paper is absolutely beautiful, with photo-realistic images on one side and silver and white designs on the reverse. It’s the kind of bokeh heavy, macro images which make my creative heart sing, and I love to shoot. This is one I took last week, driving home from the school run on a particularly cold morning and getting completely distracted by the beautiful sunlight on some trees down the road from me.


I think it’s stunning paper, but I’ve heard lots of people say it’s far too winter Christmas-y for us southern dwellers who enjoy hot, summertime Christmases. I find though that Stampin’ Up!’s DSP collections are always more versatile thank you may first think, so I’ve made a range of cards for different occasions all using this paper.


First up, a Christmas card in traditional colours, of course! To showcase this beautiful pine cone image (and we do of course have plenty of pine trees ’round these here parts!) I’ve chosen to make a square card, sized 5.5″ x 5.5″. The base is Shaded Spruce and the layers are in Whisper White and Merry Merlot.


For the sentiment I’ve gold heat embossed my all-time favourite Merry Christmas from Better Together (now sadly retired but a keeper set for me) on some Soft Suede cardstock to pick up the brown in the pinecone image. The only other element is a little gold thread behind the stitched circle. This was a really quick card to pull together as the paper does all the hard work.


My next card is also very simple and allows the paper to be the hero. On a base of Highland Heather I have adhered a full front panel of one of the papers in these purple tones, then popped a vellum overlay over it. This is a fun technique – just cut your vellum to be the same width as your card but 1/2″ taller and score on that 1/2″ line, then fold that bit to the back of the card and adhere with strong adhesive. The vellum then covers the whole card front but floats free. It adds a lovely dimension to the card.


See how the extra flap floats off the card and both obscures and reveals the paper? The sentiment stamp is from I Say Hello and has been silver heat embossed.


For this birthday card I also used vellum for the sentiment. Vellum is a great way of adding sentiment panels on top of beautiful DSP as you don’t really interfere with it. This card picks up some of the colour in this leaf pattern with a base of Rich Razzleberry and a layer of Crumb Cake. The gold embossed Happy Birthday is from Perennial Birthday.


This card combines one of the beautiful blue patterns with these gorgeous silver and white dots which are on the reverse. I used Seaside Spray and Blueberry Bushel for the base and matt. When I went to get this “a little note” stamp from Butterfly Gala I found this little butterfly in the case, leftover from an earlier project, which happened to go quite well with the card so I added him in as an extra little element.


This last card was another happy little accident. I had a small strip of this silver and white stripe sitting on my desk and it ended up sitting diagonally across the top of a card front and I thought that looked pretty cool. So I added a little strip of Melon Mambo cardstock (I also had a bunch of offcuts of this on my desk from making my daughter’s birthday invites this week), cut three “birthday” word dies from cardstock with adhesive on the back so I could stack them together, and splattered a bit of silver pen on the front. Again this was quick and simple and will be a great all ages card for my stash.

I hope this has shown you how “Christmas” DSP can actually be used for plenty of non-Christmas purposes, and how sometimes all you need to create a bunch of cards is some pretty new paper and some of your existing supplies.

Next up on the blog hop is the fabulous Libby – head on over to her and keep hopping right through the whole group to get lots and lots of inspiration. I’ll be hopping through with a pad of paper and pen by my side to write down all the products that I will now be convinced I must have!!




Thanks for stopping by,






ESAD August Blog hop participant list:

1. Sharon Dalton

2. Cathy Pinchbeck

3. Tanya Rees 

4. Sandra Mastello 

5. Shannon Kissane 

6. Rochelle Blok

7. Lou Kitzelman 

8. Nicole Wilson

9. Bronwyn Eastley

10. Peta Stephen 

11. Siobhan Fitzsimmons 

12. Libby Dyson

13. Jo Weedon 

14. Cheryl Algie 

15. Rochelle Laird-Smith 

16. Denise Buetler 

17. Rebecca Scurr 

18. Kelly Kent

19. Monique Fielder 

20. Maree McIntosh 

21. Melissa Gifford

22. Barbara Williams

23. Angela Meiritz-Reid

24. Jackie Aitken 

25. Lauren Meiklejohn 


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  8. Wow!! All lovely projects, Siobhan. I must have missed this DSP and now have added it to my shopping list. Thanks for being an enabler. Thanks, also for the inspiration

  9. Melissa

    So lovely to see this dsp used in such a variety of ways. Love all of your cards and now I really can’t wait for my papers to arrive!

  10. Liz Gross

    Lovely creative cards and that’s abrilliant tip with the vellum overlay – haven’t done that before but I’m about to!

  11. Gorgeous cards Siobhan, I love how you’ve attached the vellum overlay, very clever. I think this is my favourite DSP in the Catty and you’ve shown some great examples of how to use it for christmas and non-christmas cards.

  12. Denise Buetler

    What a totally innovative way to showcase the versatility of this gorgeous Designer Series Paper. Absolutely beautiful cards, Siobhan!

  13. Lou Kitzelman

    Okay! You’ve converted me. I was dead against this DSP and …. well ….. now I wonder how I could have ever thought that! Thanks for converting me with these gorgeous cards. x

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