Saturday, 24 July 2010

ESAD Christmas in July blog hop – welcome!

Hi & welcome to the ESAD Christmas in July blog hop. This is my first blog hop, so an extra big welcome if this is your first visit here.

If you're following the hop, you may have come from Susan's blog, but if not, you can join in by following the link at the end of each post. There are lots of great places to go, so if you get lost, there's a full list of all hoppers below.
I hope you're ready for the ESAD Christmas in July Blog Hop!

What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand demonstrators for Stampin' Up! 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's 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.
Now....onto my projects

Holiday Treasures Gift Card Folder
These gift card  folders are a lovely way to personalise giving a gift card & are one of my all time favourite projects. To make them, you just need a sheet of double sided paper, stamped images, ribbon & brads. I used a DSP from the 'Holiday Treasures' pack.
The Christmas tree image is from 'Fun & Fast Notes. It's water-coloured using my aquapainter with & ink pads. Of course, it's not Christmas without some Dazzling Diamonds glitter too. Here's the folder open inside.
I include 2 cards inside – one to write a message & one to hold a store card. The gift card is held in place with slits made with the slit punch. Here's a closer pic of the cards:
I've made lots of these over the years, but for this one, I fiddled with the measurements to make it a little bigger than previous ones. The final front is approx 10 x 14.5cm.
You can see more of my gift card folders here & the original tutorial I used by Andrea Hayes here.
And now for something completely different...

Desk Organiser & Notebook
My second project is this desk organiser & matching notebook.

This idea has been floating around in my head for a looong time, so thanks to this blog hop, I've finally gotten it out of my head & finished to show you. While it's not Christmas themed, I thought that Christmas also means the end of the school year teachers gifts. Of course, it would also make a lovely gift for any stationery obsessed friend too.

This idea came from a little post-it box I designed about a year ago (which somehow I never blogged!). I realised if I combined multiple sized boxes, I could make then into a little desk organiser. It's very solid too, as each of the boxes have double layers of cardstock & no raw edges. The main box is of course certainly celery (a fave if you don't know me!) & I used the gorgeous Urban Garden DSP, not quite navy card & celery grosgrain ribbon. Here are some more pics showing it empty & from the top:

...& this is the little notebook I covered in DSP to match. The quote is from the lovely 'Asian Artistry' hostess stamp set from the Autumn/Winter mini.

If you want some more facts, the organiser is approx 15cm long, 11cm high & 6cm deep & is made up of 3 separate boxes - a long box at the back, the original little post-it box & a pen holder. The measurements of the individual boxes are:
Long box: 15cm(l) x 11cm(h) x 3cm(d) (at highest point)
Post-it-box: 8cm x 8cm x 3cm (at highest point)
Pen holder: 6.5cm x 8cm x 3cm
You can see each of the boxes individually here:
Also before I finish & since I haven't shown it before, here's a pic of the original post-it box I designed.
Phew, that was a lot of pics. Thanks so much for stopping by & hanging in there. I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen &  I'd love to see some comments. If you have any questions about anything, drop me a line.

Now, get set to hop again, as your next stop on the blog hop is Paula.
...& if you're a little lost, here's a list of all the ESAD bloggers on the hop

Sonia Garbutt:
Sharlene Torres:
Nikki Sadler:
Clare Mcilhatton:
Leonie Schroder:
Gardenia Pepworth:
Susan Byers:
Narelle Hodges:
Bev Watt:
Carol-Ann Torrie:
Melissa Barkwith:
Genelle Little:
Richelle Fletcher:
Angela Purdie:
Katrina Criglington:
Karen Southwell:
Susan Joyce:
Di Barnes: (that’s me!)
Paula Fuller:
Claire Harrison:
Shelley Stewart:
Linda craven:
Vicki Were:

Supplies: All Stampin' Up! unless stated.
Holiday Treasures Gift Card Folder
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes, Tiny Tags, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Best Yet
Ink: black stayz on, riding hood red, old olive, summer sun classic ink pads
Card/Paper: Holiday Treasures DSP, choc chip, riding hood red, certainly celery, whisper white card
Accessories: dazzling diamonds glitter, two way glue, choc chip grosgrain ribbon, fire rhinestone brads, silver brad
Tools: slit punch, Big Shot, SU Top Note & Ovals dies, scallop oval & large oval punch

Desk Organiser
Stamps: Asian Artistry
Card/Paper: certainly celery, not quite navy, baja breeze card, Urban Garden DSP, purchased notebook (non SU)
Ink: not quite navy
Accessories: certainly celery grosgrain ribbon


Karen said...

Very nice Di, good job

Susan Joyce said...

Hi Di
Love your beautiful projects.

Genelle Little said...

Beautiful, Di! I agree your stationery box would make a perfect gift. Love your gift card holder as well!

Richelle said...

Perfect gift ideas! I can see I'm going to have to case this for many people's gifts :)

Bev said...

great projects Di, fanyastic gift ideas

Angela said...

Great projects Di.

Andrea said...

Your stationery box is just awesome!

Leonie Schroder said...

wow love your Christmas folder and i love that desk set - do you have instructions or a template for the boxes?? Thanks for participating in the ESAD Christmas in July blog hop :)

KimB said...

Hi Di,

love the detail you put into your projects - especially the gift card folder - makes the gift card an extra special gift!!


Claire Harrison said...

Two gorgeous projects! TFS

Unknown said...

fabulous ideas-thanks so much for sharing especially the tutorial on how to amke your stationery box.

Carole Stedman said...

Beautiful ideas Di, love that gift card holder :)

Anonymous said...

Lovely lovely creations. thanks for sharing

Monique said...

Di, I like the stationary box. It woudl be a great gift (or even a gift to myself lol)


Sonia G said...

Your creations are so beautiful - actually I realllllllly like the Desktop organiser - my address is...... LOL!

Thanks for sharing


kareN stampZ said...

Wow both projects are just brilliant - you are a clever puss

Lynda said...

The Stationary gift box is an amazing idea....LURVE IT. i also love the wee card holder too...I am so torn. TFS these AWESOME projects.

Christine Blain said...

Beautiful projects, Di; love them! It hadn't even occurred to me to use Certainly Celery with that DSP, but it's perfect. Really beautiful.

Juliette Chapman said...

Di these are lovely. Love the desk top stationary box - will make a great gift. TFS

Bec Tipace said...

your stuff is amazing, I just love you desk organiser TFS :)

Laura said...

You are a talented Lady, I too would love to know how to make the stationery box. I love, love, love it.

Anonymous said...

That is the best stationary box. If you wouldn't mind sharing a tutorial I would be in heaven for a long time!!!

Unknown said...

I just found your blog tonight, and I'm amazed at your talent! Do you have a tutorial or PDF for this organizer set (including the individual boxes)? I guess it would be too much to ask for it in inches, right? :)

Diane Barnes said...

Just popping in with an update for those who've asked about a tutorial for the stationery box.
I don't have one available for this set at the moment, but If I make one available, I'll post an update on my blog.
Thanks again for your interest.
Inky wishes, Di

mousekemom said...

I would love to know how you folded the gift card wallet. It looks like single sheet but not quite sure how you got the folds done. Would you be willing to share?

mousekemom said...

Just wonderful! How did you fold this? I am guessing a single sheet but not quite sure how you got all the folds. Would you be willing to share? Thanks for sharing your talent with us...the organizer is great too!

Anonymous said...

Can you please email me your instructions for the desk organizer please. Love it! Love it!

ColourmehappyDi said...

Hi Mousekemom
Sorry - I must have missed your post. The gift card folder is made with a double sided sheet of 12x12 paper. The tutorial link to make the folders is in the blog post, but if you missed it - check it out here:
Hope this helps.
Cheers, Di

ColourmehappyDi said...

For anyone interested in the stationery holder tutorial, I don't have a written tutorial available.
If I do make one, I'll post an update on my blog.
Thanks again for your interest.
Inky wishes, Di

Christine said...

If you did a tutorial for this fantastic stationery holder i would love to see it. Thank you