Welcome to the ESAD Christmas in July Blog hop!!

I do hope you’ve come prepared for a wonderful ‘Christmas’ journey so if you havent got your cuppa and some biscuits you’d better go get some now … I’ll wait till you get back to continue.

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 its needed. There is also the online chat networking that is available whenever youre online.

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.

You should have come here from Clare’s blog but if you havent dont worry … just keep hopping until you get back to me.

Now, like all good bloggers, we all LOVE comments so please be sure to leave us a comment as we just thrive on them!

I have had one of these Simply Scrappin’ “I Wish” kits for eons – maybe even last Christmas and I hadnt pulled it out to use so I thought I’d better take this opportunity and use it before its retired.

Here is what I created ….

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We have ….

  • A Christmas planner
  • A Gift box with toffees inside
  • A Gift Bag
  • 6 Christmas Cards with matching Envelopes
  • 8 Christmas Tags

Now all of these things I made with just half of one of the kits – oh and I had quite a bit left over that I didnt use including adhesive die cuts, cardstock and patterned paper.

So I could still make a bundle more cards, tags and even a scrapbook layout if I wanted to – or I might even dress up a canvas for the Grannies for Christmas.  So just imagine how much you could make with a full kit!

The Christmas Planner

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I love the idea of these planners so when I was making projects for this blog hop I thought I’d love to make one of these so I went looking online for ideas and maybe a tutorial.

After spending half a day (I kid you not!) of looking and not really finding what I wanted I sat down and decided to design one myself!  So I did and I love how it turned out!

The Planner takes one sheet of 12×12 cardstock to create then I’ve just added pieces of the Designer Series Paper and adhesive die cuts from the kit to decorate it.  Easy!

Here are a couple of shots inside the planner ….

Then we have the cards ….

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These cards were actually made using the Stampin’ Up!® Notecards.  Using the Notecards made them so quick and easy to put together and they come with envelopes so I just stamped some snowflakes from the Snow Swirled Stamp Set and I was done! Easy!

A Box for the special someone with the sweet tooth!

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How cute is this box?  These Acetate boxes are so easy to make and you can put anything in them from toffees to candles!  Oh if you are buying someone a gift card you could pop that inside and then fill it up with toffees or Werther’s Caramel Chocolates – now I did buy a bag of those but they umm disappeared … well one does have to do quality control do they not?? I do know that hubby took two of them – the hide of some people!

A Gift bag …..

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How nice is this little bag?  Now you could put just about anything in here too … a CD, stamp set, punch, set of car keys, toy car even (being a replica of the new one in the drive-way maybe? please Santa???)

Not forgetting … the gift tags ….

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Now these were fun to make and I will probably make a few more – but how cute is that Penguin??  I do so love Penguins ;)  I’ve been eyeing off this Punch Pals set for a couple of years now and thought why not?? My customers need new stamps for their Christmas Stamp A Stacks!

Wow .. .I apologise this post is so long!  I didnt mean for it to be so if you’ve got this far I thank you from the bottom of my Christmas heart!  It does happen to be my favourite holiday and its a shame its all over so quickly.

Now before I go I do have to tell you that if you do happen to see those Werther’s Caramels to grab one bag for you and one bag for me cos they are D-I-V-I-N-E!

Now that you have got this far its time to hop onto the next ESAD Blogger in the Blog hop being the gorgeous Gardenia Pepworth

Now dont forget to leave everyone a comment 🙂


  1. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas Leonie. They’d be fab & easy to swap out with other goodies for lots of different occasions too …& thanks for the tip about the toffees – yum! Thanks also for all the work you do at ESAD. Cheers, Di

  2. Gorgeous! Me thinks I should get my bum into gear and get some Christmas planning done…..best go get some Werthers Caramels first! TFS xxx

  3. Lots of lovely ideas here …….. I really like your gift tags for some reason that is something I struggle with so great ideas for inspiration. Thanks Vicki 🙂

  4. Oh boy! I can only imagine how long the post would have been in you used the whole kit! I loved it!

    I bet it didn’t take you half a day to design your Christmas planner! You are a very clever little duck!

    I guess we all know how to spoil you now – Werthers Caramels.

    Thanks for sharing.


  5. Leonie, what a wonderful collection of gifts you have here, I love the Christmas Planner (please do a tutorial for ESAD, please). And I am glad to see some of the sweets made it into the box, great idea adding a gift card to this as well.
    The cards and tags are awesome as well. Inspires me to buy the kit, and I hadn’t looked at it twice before!!!
    Lovely work

  6. Wow, love them all Leonie – that penguin gift tag is just tooo cute! Amazing what you can get out of those simply scrappin’ kits. I will definitely be having a go at that planner.

  7. what a great set of Christmas goodies Leonie. I love what you have done. I only turned the computer on to check my mail and now I will just have to do this hop to see all the rest of the lovely creations.

  8. Hi Leonie
    I love your Christmas Planner – what a fantastic idea. See you don’t need anyone else’s you did a great job designing one of your own.
    xox Linda

  9. What a busy Chrissy elf you were Leonie. All that outs 1/2 a kit….how cool. Esp love the planner and the acetate box. Have only ever done one and I filled it with baby stuff!! Can’t wait to see what comes out wth the 2nd half!!

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