Saturday, August 6, 2011

waaaaaah!! sob... sob..... sob....

why am i so sad?

the 2010/2011 catalogue is retiring
and a lot of great things are saying their last goodbye
we girls at ESAD thought it would quite nice to give them a fitting farewell
and give you one last chance to see retiring items in action before they are gone....

debbie has shown you some great ideas for retiring stuff and now it is my turn!
i want to show you 4 of the punches retiring
corner punch
small oval
large star
designer label
these are all punches i use on a regular basis...
especially the small oval-if you don't have this already you should totally buy it NOW
it is soooo useful for everything lol
i use mine for around words, as flower petals, various body parts (ears, torsos,faces, noses), 
beaks, leaves...and the list goes on
 the designer label is soooo useful for those hodgepodge hardware frames which are also retiring
sure beats cutting around the frames and trying to get them to fit perfectly!
this punch is also good for skeleton faces
 i also use them to make frilly leaves for my flowers
also going is the pennant die which, apart from the obvious, 
also has 2 different scallop borders for you to use

down below is a scrapbooking page i have made using a variety of the punches and pennant die.
i have used the playdate designer series papers for this page.
 the flowers were made from the playdate dsp and some of the scallop circles from the pennant die. in the middle of the flowers are some hodge podge brads which are retiring.
at the top i have used the other side of the scallops from the pennant die to have a wave effect whilst down the bottom i have used the 2 types of scallop edging from the pennants to give a layered effect 
 on the side i have layered the small oval in a line to also give a scalloped effect
 on this page i have used the star punch, the photo corner punch and the merry details die to add cute embellishments to the page.
 using the xmas trees from the merry details die as arrows 
gives you another use for this die apart from xmas cards
up in the corner i have used the bottom of the big bold cupcakes die as a tag with a snowflake from the merry details die as an accent with a square rhinestone brad

all the things i have used in these two scrapbooking pages are retiring at the end of this month.
if you suddenly have realised you now cannot craft without any of these cool things don't hesitate to contact your favourite stampin up demo today to order these goodies before they sell out!!!
now quickly go and check out michelle's creations to see what else you will need in that retirement order!

what is ESAD you ask?
ESAD stands for "extra special australasian demonstrators" and we are an on-line group of stampin up demos from australia and new zealand. we love what we do and we love sharing it with our customers, friends, blog visitors and other stampin up demonstrators. we run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how and cyberstamps. we are always there to help and support each other as well when needed. so, if you are a stampin up demo in nz or oz, then feel free to join us at

okies cheers ears and enjoy your weekend


Mel said... many more uses for those punches than I had ever thought of!! Don't think I'll be able to part with mine :) TFS xxx

Karen said...

Simply Fantastic Clare. I will always say you can never have too many punches. The uses are endless.
Great layouts so bright and chreey

Nicole Derendorf said...

great pages!

Monique said...

I am so going to miss these punches. I love the extra things you can do with them, TFS

Becky said...

Gorgeous punching, never would have guessed.

Carole Stedman said...

Fabulous layouts, those punched flowers are amazing!

Debbie Lamb said...

Great layouts - so bright and vibrant and a wonderful use of the punches.

Sally W said...

Great project Clare Thanks for sharing

Kristina Collett said...

I was really undecided about the merry details die, and now I "have" to have it! Thanks for sharing your fantastic projects.

Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

Gorgeous layouts! Love that your punches look so well used and loved. The flowers look great and I like the paper sets you used too! x

Richelle said...

Geez girl you think of heaps of 'outside the punch' ideas!!! I wouldn't think of using the designer label as frilly leaves! Awesome work!

kari said...

Awesome ideas Clare and your pages are just lovely. Great idea for the tree shapes too! TFS! xx

clare said...

they are really fab scrapbook pages. x