Retreat time again

Every year I run two retreats. This year COVID19 put our April retreat on hold until July when restrictions in Queensland were lifted. Our next retreat runs from the 23rd to the 25th of October.

We love getting together to create and laugh.

Here are some snaps of our July retreat. Next week I’ll post pictures of all our projects we completed.

This time everyone packed light.
A sneak peek at next week’s post.

As usual we will have projects to complete and challenges. There will be prizes to give away as well as gifts. Please get in touch if you’d like more information. Places are filling fast for the weekend. 23-25 October 2020.

Epic adventure

Today Jessica, our 12 year old, and I sent out on our epic adventure. Our goal was to walk from home, Burpengary, to my in-laws in Nundah, a feat of 34km but was in fact over 35km.

Why on earth would we think to do this in our holidays? Like many things this year Jessica’s Kokoda Challenge was cancelled because of COVID19. I’d promised to enter Jessica with me this year as her school didn’t allow such young students to do the 30km event. Jessica was desperate to do it last year so a promise is a promise and although she couldn’t do the actual event we made sure she could still prove a point.

Our planning had us walking off paths and on the side of the roads during the early hours of this morning for about 5 or so km. We were equipped with rear flashing bike lights, head torches and high vis jackets. We were able to walk on the wide verge or the grass and pass vehicles were very respectful and kept their distance.

Our firefly bottoms

After this it was paths all the way. We had many laughs, no tears, a bit of pain- I have a big blister on my small toe and we bother have very sore legs- lots of chats, a bit of pick me up music, a coffee and frozen cokes stop and a bit of annoyance over a miscommunication about the amount of hills. Overall we had a fabulous time and I’m so proud of Jessica. Hopefully her school will allow her to do the 30km Kokoda Challenge next year.

Only 8km to go

Challenge accepted

Kevin has challenged me to write a blog post every Wednesday because we both have been very slack for a very long time.

We could both make the excuse that we are very time poor. This, I think, is true for all of us. One thing the whole lockdown taught me is that we don’t need to be so busy and that, in fact, being still and doing nothing is actually good and what we like to do.

We returned a few weeks ago to the kids attending real classes rather than zoom classes. I must admit that the zoom classes were awesome for us as parents. I’m pretty sure the kids didn’t find them that great and have enjoyed being back in actual classes for karate and dancing. This has meant that we have to run around after them though so will we stay still? No, I don’t think so.

While COVID19 has been around and we have been on lock down I ran a few zoom classes myself. Who even knew about zoom before this and what a blessing it has actually been. Now my classes are returning to a normal schedule and I will be holding my postponed retreat in 2 weeks. Things are looking good in the crafty world.

Next week’s blog post will include the photos of the flower cards we are making this weekend.

Until next week, stay safe and keep crafting.

ESAD Holiday Catalogue bloghop

Thanks Sandra Mastello for your fantastic creations.

One of the things I really love about this holiday catalogue is the new Stampin’ Blends. I love alcohol markers and have loved them for many years so I am pleased to see our selection growing.

Such a simple design and sooo pretty. Just a little bit of time relaxing and colouring. I love it.

Always love a bit of wink of stella.

This is probably my favourite card. A little more time spent colouring here but it is so so worth it.

I love that the die just cut these out. So easy and totally perfect.

Finally we have a non-traditional coloured card. I do love how this bauble turned out.

I love the tone on tone of the Gorgeous Grape with the versa mark stamped all over the background.

More wink of stella adds another special touch.

I’m sure you’ve all enjoyed to hop so far. Please make sure you continue hopping and please leave some comments and subscribe to the blogs along the way. It really means a lot to us. Hop along to Sharon Dalton.

Here are a list of blog hoppers in case you get lost along the way.

Blog hop participant list:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kim Oliver
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Delys Cram
  5. Katrina Duffell
  6. Peta Stephen
  7. Cathy Pinchbeck
  8. Barbara Williams
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Jo Stubbings
  11. Fi Cobbin
  12. Rebekah Crisp
  13. Jenna Watkins
  14. Rachael Lewsley
  15. Jenny Hayward
  16. Rochelle Blok
  17. Lauren Meiklejohn
  18. Rose Packer
  19. Monique Fielder
  20. Maree McIntosh
  21. Sandra Mastello
  22. Amity Knight
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Narelle Fasulo
  25. Sharni Haines

26. Rebecca Scurr

As always if you want to know more about our great online group of demonstrators please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Fun Friday

I’m on a bit of a roll now with my posting. I’m sharing 2 cards today using the same set, Marquee Messages. One created by my daughter and the other by me.

Here’s a creation from my 8 year old for one of her classmates this year. She has some serious card making potential. I just wish she would take a bit more time to make sure the images are stamped properly but she IS only 8. You have to love how great the No Bones About It set is.

Here I created a card using the same set Hannah did, Marquee Messages. Simple card but very effective.

Do you find you use the same sets over and over again or do you like using different sets all the time?

ESAD bloghop sale-a-bration

Today is my birthday so the perfect day to celebrate some fun and versatile stamp sets from the ocassion and sale-a-bration catalogues.

We have some really amazing products in this year’s sale-a-bration catalogue. I’ve created these 2 cards using the same sketch. One card using the occasions catalogue products and another using the sale-a-bration set

We have some fabulous bloggers in the ESAD group. Thanks for your great post Nicole.

This card was created for my daughter, Lisa, who turned 7 on New Year’s Eve. We tell her she is lucky that she gets fireworks on her birthday every year. This year we gave her the first Harry Potter book because she has seen her 3 sisters read them, role play about the books and be slightly obsessed about them. So in keeping with the theme of her birthday I created a card using the ….. set which is perfect for the Harry Potter theme.

One of my daughter’s has a friend whose birthday it is today as well so Jasmine also received a card from me because we a birthday buddies.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep hopping and if you get lost don’t forget to follow the list below.

Blog Hop Participant List

  1. Cheryl Algie
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Amity Knight (me)
  4. Sharon Dalton
  5. Lou Kitzelman
  6. Carly Middleton
  7. Kelly Kent
  8. Kim Oliver
  9. Ellen Woodbridge
  10. Fi Cobbin
  11. Megan Lenske
  12. Barbara Williams
  13. Peta Stephen
  14. Maree McIntosh
  15. Delys Cram
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Monique Fielder
  18. Cathy Pinchbeck
  19. Courtenay Heuston
  20. Leonie Schroder
  21. Libby Dyson
  22. Rachael Lewsley
  23. Jessie Holton

Reflection cards part 1

Starting with the card with no video I will show you some fabulous cards we made at our recent technique class.

The reflection technique is one of those stunning techniques which look really tricky but are in fact extremely easy to do.

I love this set. Pretty Kitty has been on my list for a long time but I have always made other purchases but I borrowed it off one of my team members then ordered it straight away. How cute is this card?

ESAD Blends bloghop

I’ve always been a massive fan of alcohol markers. One of the benefits of our markers is the are colour matches with their blending buddy. It’s takes the guess work away and you don’t have to decide which colours you’re going to buy to go with which.

Welcome from Monique‘s blog. Thanks for your fabulous work Monique.

I have created some cards for this bloghop and I used my recent technique class as inspiration for these cards. Remember to use the cards you love as inspiration for new cards.

These pens blend really well. The key is more ink rather than less. Here is my reflection card inspiration.

My next blends card.

Many years ago I created a similar card for a stamp-a-stack but I love the detail the pens offer. I’ve included it below so you can see how effective both versions are. I am pressed for time constantly but using a design you know works is very helpful in cutting down time wasting.

Hints for using blends:

Make sure you go back over your image with the lighter colour to ensure everything is blended well. Use a circular motion so the colours all blend well together.

Use smaller amounts of the dark colour. You can always add more.

Flick with your brush end.

Use the small end for detailed, smaller areas.

Next you off to Maree. Enjoy her delightful creations and if you get lost please use the links below to make sure you get around to everyone.

Blog Hop Participant List

  1. Libby Dyson
  2. Rachael Lewsley
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Nicole Wilson
  5. Nerida Carter
  6. Jessie Holton
  7. Kristel Rimmer
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Amity Knight
  11. Maree McIntosh
  12. Leonie Schroder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Kelly Kent
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Fi Cobbin


I’ve always been a lover of dragonflies. I have a necklace I bought while in Byron Bay one weekend which features a dragonfly and this necklace always draws attention.

My mother-in-laws birthday was back in February and of course I had to make her a handmade card.  I am always so time poor but obviously I wanted a quick but beautiful card to give her.

This card uses very basic supplies. One stampset, the coordinating dies, one piece of thick whisper white and 4 ink pads.

Stay tuned for the video to come.