ESAD 2017 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Hi There! And welcome to the ESAD 2017 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop! You’re sure to find loads of inspiration through the hop for the new holiday products that became available for purchase yesterday! YAY!!! What is ESAD you ask?

As always, I’m excited to share with you my projects, but especially excited for one of them because I finally did a technique I’ve been avoiding because I thought it was “too hard”…. it wasn’t too hard I found out, just messy! lol

Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year and I especially love the magic that comes with children looking for Santa in the night sky and that was my inspiration for today’s first card.

To create the card, I used the 1 3/4″ circle punch (in vellum) to create a mask for the moon and lightly adhered that to my card. I then sponged using Tempting Turquoise Pacific Point, Night of Navy and Rich Razzleberry inks to create the night sky. I sponged in circles to create the effect and then once I had a coat of each colour, I spent some time going back over them to blend each colour.

I stamped the Santa image and the sentiment from the new Hearts Come Home stamp set. I didn’t want the sentiment to take over the card, so stamped in black in between the Pacific Point and Night of Navy section of the card.

I can’t get over the “magic” feel of this card. I added some white dots which can be interpreted as “stars” or “snows”, whatever tickles your fancy. I can’t wait to make another!

My next project is something I always LOVE to make at Christmas time – red & white stripes are my go to for the festive season. They always look so crisp and clean and the new Around the World Designer Series Paper has a gorgeous sheet exactly like that!

I find when you’re a working mum, have a family or just a busy woman but still want to craft, you need quick an easy Christmas cards to create! Then this is the perfect card for you… or even you could use the sketch/ layout of the card to create your own design.

The stunning cursive sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set that accompanies one of the fun kits in the new Holiday catalogue. How beautiful is that font?

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my cards (feel free to leave a comment below) and the blog hop has got you thinking about what you’re going to make for your Christmas projects this year. Hop on over to Ellen from Ellen the Happy Stamper to see what she has created to inspire you; her projects are just gorgeous!

Happy Crafting,

Create these cards at home using these Stampin’ Up! products:

Glue Dots



Got lost along the way? Here is a full list of the Blog Hop participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Megan Lenske
  3. Amity Knight
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Kelly Kent
  6. Josie Dean
  7. Cheryl Algie
  8. Maree McIntosh
  9. Kristel Rimmer
  10. Chloe Evans
  11. Sharon Dalton
  12. Carly Middleton
  13. Nicole Wilson
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Kim Oliver
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Sandra Mastello
  20. Cathy Pinchbeck
  21. Rose Packer
  22. Barbara Williams
  23. Jessie Holton
  24. Rosalie Desmond
  25. Liv Ingle – YOU ARE HERE.
  26. Ellen Woodbridge
  27. Rebecca Scurr
  28. Mandy Depiazzi
  29. Samantha White
  30. Libby Dyson
  31. Lisa Gibson
  32. Delys Cram

By | 2017-09-06T22:19:56+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Christmas, Holidays, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , , , |42 Comments


  1. Cheryl Algie September 3, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Lovely cards Liv and I am so in love with the Santa in the sky one – I am always a sucker for those types of cards . I also love your clean and simple card , would you believe it I am presently designing for my very first stamp a stack and I think I may be stealing er , casing your design ! Thanks so much for the inspiration 😀😀😀

    • inkreations September 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Cheryl! Thanks so much for all your positive feedback. Me too!!! A flying Santa always sucks me in!!! Good luck with your first stamp-a-stack. How exciting. Stamp-a-stacks are my favourite types of classes! Case away I say! Love that you’re going to “steal” it. lol

  2. Carly September 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Your Santa sky card is just stunning. Thank you for sharing

    • inkreations September 3, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks Carly! I think I’ll be making more of them that’s for sure.

  3. Libby Dyson September 3, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Two wonderful cards Liv. I love the Santa one in the night sky – looks fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration and for participating in the blog hop

    • inkreations September 3, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks Libby! Looks like Santa is pretty popular. lol!

  4. Mandy Depiazzi September 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I am loving the santa in the sky card. Wonderful colours! Thanks for sharing.

    • inkreations September 3, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks Mandy. I started with just the 3 blues but after a tip from a wonderful friend, I added the purple and it really just “made” the card.

  5. Kim Oliver September 3, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I adore both cards Liv! Your technique with the night sky is spot on! And your simple card is just adorable right down to the dot on the bow xx

    • inkreations September 3, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kim. Such a compliment coming from you about my night sky. 🙂 I’m all for simple. It’s my “thing” lol

  6. Barbara September 3, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I love both your projects, as a child we were always encouraged to look into the sky and see the sleigh up need the moon, your card has been remembering……………………….beautiful
    I also love your red and white stripped cards. So lovely and crisp.

    • inkreations September 3, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Barbara. I remember too looking up to the night sky in the hope of catching a glimpse of the man in red. Can’t go wrong with red and white stripes for Christmas.

  7. Lisa Gibson September 3, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Both your cards are lovely, I really love the Santa flying, it brought back memories of my kids when they were little always looking for Santa. Thanks for sharing and taking me on a trip down memory lane

    • inkreations September 3, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa. Appreciate your comment. Glad you could take a trip down memory lane. Then my job here is done. 🙂

  8. Sandra Mastello September 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I really love the Santa card, simple Sandra effective, great job!

    • inkreations September 3, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sandra. 🙂

  9. Jessie Holton September 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Both great, but I really love the shading on your moon card! Gorgeous! xx

    • inkreations September 6, 2017 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jessie. It certainly was a messy task to get the shading right! Second time around I decided to wear gloves. lol! Thanks for your feedback.

  10. Samantha White September 3, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Amazing cards Liv. I especially love the santa flying in the night sky.

    • inkreations September 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Samantha. That Santa seems to be the popular one. 🙂

  11. Kelly Kent September 4, 2017 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Two great cards Liv! Gorgeous design elements with perfect execution! Kelly x

  12. Angela Meiritz-Reid September 4, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Your cards are gorgeous Liv xx

    • inkreations September 6, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by and your comments Angela. x

  13. Sharon Dalton September 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Liv what a breathtaking card, the colours just POP!!! I too am a sucker for Christmas and to think of Christmas my first thought is Santa flying around the world on Christmas Eve <3 Beautifully executed <3 Cheers Shaz

    • inkreations September 6, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sharon. I’m glad you think so favourably of my card. xx

  14. Chloe Evans September 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    What can I say expect GORGEOUS!! I just love both cards but hands down my fav is Santa. Your shading really is amazing, and Santa just flying over the moon is such a magical final touch!! Chlo xx

    • inkreations September 6, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chloe! I guess I’ll be making more Santas like that for Christmas this year! lol

  15. Rebecca S September 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    What a stunning background!! gorgeous cards!

    • inkreations September 6, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rebecca!

  16. Nicole Wilson September 4, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Wow Liv wonderful cards I really love the santa card the sponging is awesome xx

    • inkreations September 6, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your kind comments Nicole. 🙂

  17. Lou Kitzelman September 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    2 fab cards Liv. Love the sponging on the first – perfect backdrop for Santa – and the design of your 2nd card is a great one that I can see me making in different colours.

    • inkreations September 6, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lou. I love the simplicity and ease of the second layout so definitely will be using it more this festive season to pump out those Christmas cards!

  18. Rose Packer September 5, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Awesome cards Liv. Beautiful sponging on the Santa card, the blending is lovely. Plus I’m a sucker for stripes, so love the simplicity here. Nice.

    • inkreations September 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      Yay! Someone else who is a sucker for stripes. They’re so easy to use on so many different projects. x

  19. Peta Stephen September 7, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Liv, your first card is stunning. I love everything about it.

  20. Cathy Pinchbeck September 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Love your Santa sleigh card. I nice idea.

  21. Monique Fielder September 7, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I love the background on your first card, it is just amazing.

  22. Josie Dean September 10, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    I love both cards, but love to sponge so it’s a winner!

  23. Maree McIntosh October 4, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    WOW that sponging is so good – love both your cards.

  24. […] To celebrate feeling refreshed and excited, I’m sharing a card today that celebrates joy to reiterate how I’m feeling after a break. The gorgeous sentiment on this card is from the Watercolour Christmas stamp set. You can see another of the gorgeous sentiments from the set in a card I made for the ESAD Blog Hop. […]

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