ESAD December 2018 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

We thought we'd sneek in one last ESAD blog hop before the end of the year so whether you are starting with me or have arrived here after visiting Leonie, you are sure to find ideas for all your Christmas crafting and gift giving needs. You still have one month left to order from the Holiday Catalogue and our hop is featuring products from this catalogue.

I wanted to show some quick (but lovely) ways to whip up some cards. My motto at Christmas is to not overcomplicate or overthink things. Now if you know me you will have rolled your eyes and smirked because that is sooooo not me .... but a girl can always try!

One way to simplify things is to use products from the one suite. They are all colour coordinated so it takes the stress out of things. I have used the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper and the coordinating cardstock, glimmer paper and inks and teamed them with the Merry Christmas to All bundle.

Here are my most simple cards. A strip of DSP, a large sentiment banner and some glittery punched sprigs topped with a fun wire element. They really are quick and easy but don't necessarily look quick and easy. I do want people to feel that I spent time making their card. Well .... I did ... but maybe not as much time as they think.......

To jazz the design up a bit you can add a wider DSP piece, some copper foil edging and some die cut sentiments. Oh and some pretty ribbon for good measure. Still quick and easy but just a touch more spesh.

The Joyous Noel DSP has gorgeous copper details in the designs. They are so pretty in real life but a bit hard to capture in a pic. Here are the 2 versions of each card. I really am in love with Merry Merlot. It is such a fab colour!

I love the Sahara Sand background against the Merry Merlot piece of DSP.

And the sprig punch and glimmer paper add some elegant details. This glimmer paper is the bomb. No bits of glitter stuck in unmentionable places after using it - always a good thing!

And how about a Tranquil Tide version?

The Snowflake and Stars Wire Elements are really fun to use and really jazz up a card. Securing them is easy if you tie a bow through them and then add a glue dot behind the ribbon. Learnt that the hard way!

Make sure you check out all of the great projects that everyone has made to tempt you to add more items to your wish list by hopping around using the next arrow. Next up you are off over the ditch to New Zealand to visit Delys Cram. She always comes up with lots of amazing projects that I am in awe of!

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Sprig Punch


  1. beautiful cards Lou, Love the stepped up versions

  2. They all look fabulous but I do love the stepped up versions!!

  3. Lovely cards Lou, will have to CASE some of these!

  4. STUNNING cards with such simplicity as always Lou <3

  5. Lovely quick cards using that gorgeous DSP! The stepped up versions are gorgeous! Nice to see both.

  6. Fabulous cards Lou!! I really like the green ones, the DSP reminds me of wattle which gives it a lovely nice Aussie vibe xo

  7. Beautiful cards, Lou. I too love the Merry Merlot. Hadn't even opened the packet until I was looking for an alternate colourway to use the Frosted Floral for my project. Now I really love it xxx

  8. Gorgeous cards Lou. Simple or stepped up, the Joyous Noel DSP looks amazing.

  9. Beautiful, Lou!! Love how you have used the same overall design just changed them slightly.

  10. That's such a good idea to stick to one suite, Lou. Everything coodinates just perfectly. These are all so lovely. They look very special, even if they were quick and easy (for you!).

  11. Beautiful cards Lou. Love the variety.

  12. what lovely cards ... must really use this bundle before it's retired


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