Retired List Blog Hop

by cathy on August 6, 2011

 With the Retired List now out, it’s a good opportunity for a blog hop to say “goodbye” to many of the stamp sets which are retiring! I’m a member of ESAD-SU, which is an on-line group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators across Australia and New Zealand, and today there are 26 of us taking part in the Blog Hop! We have all chosen retiring stamp sets to showcase on our projects for today’s Blog Hop.

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!

I thought I’d give myself a bit of a challenge, and use Dreams du Jour. I loved this stamp set from the first time I saw it, but really on used it on a few occassions. So, it was a good opportunity to get it off the shelf and ink it up again!

First I made this chocolate box. I’ve used Riding Hood Red card for the box, and Chocolate Chip card and Love Letter Designer Series Paper to decorate the lid of the box. I’ve stamped the “Dreams” image in Chocolate Chip ink onto Very Vanilla Card, and watercoloured the image with inks and a Blender Pen. The decorative edge around the box is made with a 1.5cm strip of Very Vanilla card and punched using the Scallop Trim border punch. I’ve added some 3.2mm Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon to the punched strip, and added a bow to the front of the box.  The flowers are made by using the Fancy Flower, Five Petal and Boho Blossoms punches, and layering the punch outs together and inserting an Antique brad. The flowers are spritzed with water and scrunched.

I made an insert for the inside of the box, to help separate the chocolates and keep them in place.

Each chocolate is wrapped in a strip of Vanilla card stamped with the “Love You” image and again watercoloured. I think this would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift, don’t you?

I decided to go with the same romantic vintage theme and make a matching centre step card. This card was so easy, and came together very quickly! The thing I love most about Stampin’ Up! is how everything coordinates – it makes stamping and paper crafting a breeze!

This card is decorated in the same manner as the chocolate box, and I have utilized the other two stamps in the Dreams du Jour stamp set. If you would like to purchase this stamp set, or any others from the Retired List, remember they are only available while stocks last. Contact your demonstrator today if you wish to order.


The next blog to visit on the Retired List Blog Hop is the very creative Tanya Bell

Thanks for visiting, enjoy the Blog Hop and have a great weekend!

1.    Keryn Campbell

2.    Michelle Martin 

3.    Richelle Fletcher

4.    Sharlene Meyer

5.    Karen Southwell

6.    Carole Stedman

7.    Sherylee Tutt

8.    Monique Fielder

9.    Juliette Chapman

10.  Rebecca Scurr

11.    Yvonne Walker

12.  Karen Rogers

 13.  Dani Fender

14.  Cathy Clark

15.  Tanya Bell 

16.  Kelly Nelson

 17.  Sharlene Torres

18.  Kari Hughes 

19.  Mel Sharp

 20Christie Kunkel

 21.  Debbie Lamb  

22.  Clare Mcilhatton

23.  Michelle Halling

24.  Nicole VanSteelandt Derendorf 

25.  Elizabeth Dyson

26.  Joanne Kechagias

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly August 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

This is so yummy – I wish I could reach in and take a bite!!! :)

Bronwyn Eastley August 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

Beautiful samples, Cathy.

Keryn August 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

Cathy your projects are beautiful. I love the finishes touch of having the chocolates wrapped to match.

Mel Sharp August 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

Wow! Love love love your projects! TFS xx

karen southwell August 6, 2011 at 11:50 am

Simply fantastic, these are just divine, If you need a home for them
I can send you my addy. hehe

Monique August 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

This project is too beautiful for words!!!! It looks amazing, and while I haven’t hopped all the way around it is my favourite project to date.

Nicole Derendorf August 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

WOW! WOW! WOW!!! These must have taken HOURS! They are completely and utterly GORGEOUS!

Tanya Bell August 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Totally BEAUTIFUl Cathy. An absolutely gorgeous gift … I think I will have to CASE this one in the near future thanks so much for sharing!

Carole Stedman August 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Gorgeous Cathy

Amanda Higgins August 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Just beautiful Cathy! Thanks for sharing.
I found my way here from the ESAD blog hop. Started with my dear friend Juliette Chapman.
You ladies are so very talented.

Sally Williams August 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Fabulous project Cathy I love how you have done a wrapper for each Chocolate

Juliette Chapman August 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Gorgeous- just absolutely gorgeous.

Frances August 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Wow, this set is amazing, I’d be loath to rip the wrappers off the chocolates as they are so beautiful! A fabulous gift for Mothers’ Day as you suggest.

Nancie Clarke August 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

this is a really nice stamp set–why do they retire the nice ones….and you’ve done such a great job as usual…even the chocolates get spruced up….

Richelle August 7, 2011 at 12:19 am

Simply stunning projects Cathy!

Kris Joss August 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

Love these Cathy , i feel another project for stamp club !!! x

Wendy Mitchell August 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

Absolutely beautiful. What a delight it would be to receive such a gift. It would make that chocolate taste sooo much more special.!
As usual Cathy youv’e done it again. You have a golden touch with all your projects. LOVE IT!!!

kari August 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Beautiful work, Cathy, so dainty and elegant

Becky August 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

What a gorgeous gift set, especially for mum and Grandma

Kerri D August 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

WOW Cathy what a stunning project & love your flowers!!! Also those chocolates wrapped are gorgeous!!!!!! Now I want to use this set again!

cathy August 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! Even though it’s retiring, this will definately be one stamp set I won’t be parting with! Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog xx

Sharon Tunbridge August 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

This is one of my favourites too cathy and this project is so pretty.

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