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Over the past few weeks, I have seen some super cute cards made using the negative space of one of the leaves on the Autumn Accents Bigz Die. By using a texture in the open space, it makes a incredible looking card. I combined this with the Orchard Harvest paper for a rich fall card.

Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: More Mustard, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper
Other: Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Wood Grain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Apothecary Arts Framelits, Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, Regals Brads (More Mustard)

Although there are several shapes on the Autumn Accents Die, it was really easy to just die cut one out of the piece of DSP. You can see how to position it in the picture below.

Negative space cards open up a whole new way to use a die! Now to figure out what to do with the leftover leaf!

Time is running out to get your $5 Reason to Smile stamp set! (See full details here.) Here’s a fun and easy card that I made at a Stamping Party last weekend. It is based on this fabulous card by Paula Wright.

Stamps: Reason to Smile, Perfectly Penned
Ink: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

I can’t believe this stamp set is only $5! Be sure to get yours before the disappear with the rest of July.

Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop! We are excited to be featuring stamp sets out of Stampin’ Up’s new annual catalog. You may have arrived here from Rhonda’s Blog — don’t you love what she did with those horses? — or you may be starting here. Either way, all of the blogs link together in a circle so you won’t miss a stop!

I am excited to be featuring the incredibly versatile set, A Fitting Occasion. And believe me, it fits many occasions! It contains 24 stamps, only a few of which am I able to show you here today. There are 6 circles of words, with 9 images that can go inside them, plus three more stamps that match our punches!

The first card I want to show you today is a thank you card. This is a 3″ x 3″ little square card that I slipped into each of the Scentsy orders that I delivered this week. That is why it is in the Scentsy colors of purple and green.

Stamps: A Fitting Occasion
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry
Other: 1″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

My second project is a masculine card. There are actual quite a few masculine images in this set, including an adorable mustache. For this card, though, I used the horseshoe. I don’t know if you can see the holes, but I used the new Essentials Paper Piercing Pack to make holes around the top of the Curly Label Punch.

Stamps: A Fitting Occasion
Ink: Soft Suede, Midnight Muse
Paper: Midnight Muse, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper
Other: Curly Label Punch, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon

For my third project I decorated some tea lights. These small circles are just perfect for that! Wouldn’t these be great for baby shower favors? These are quick and would be easy to mass produce. (In case it is hard to tell, that is a super cute little elephant in the middle, with a heart at the end of his trunk.)

Stamps: A Fitting Occasion
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue
Paper: Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack
Other: 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Tissue Paper

My last project for today is a super cute little purse! I used the lady bug stamp in Basic Black Ink, and then colored the wings in Real Red. I ran it through the Square Lattice Embossing Folder afterwards to add more interest.

Stamps: A Fitting Occasion
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Paper: Whisper White
Other: Petite Purse Bigz Die, Real Red 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Brights Buttons (Real Red), Basic Black 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks so much for joining me on the hop! Your next stop is over at Mickey’s Blog where she will be featuring the fabulous new Layered Labels stamp set. Enjoy, and happy stampin’!


Great sketch from clean&simple stamping this weekend. I really like the added interest of the half circle on the left.

I knew I wanted to play with the new Summer Smooches paper, and I realized that I haven’t used my Adorning Accents Edgelits much either. So I put them together and came up with this!

Stamps: Perfectly Penned
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Other: Brights Buttons, Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Big Shot

Can I just say how much I love the Perfectly Penned stamp set? It adds so much elegance to any card. And now there’s a digital version, too!

Passover is fast approaching, and that means not only cooking and cleaning, but making cards, of course! I put together this card during Stampin’ Addicts Stamp Jam over the weekend. It is pretty clean and simple, but I think it conveys the look of a Seder plate. I printed out the words in the middle, since I didn’t have a stamp that said what I wanted.

Ink: Daffodil Delight
Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Brights Patterns Designer Series Stack (in Daffodil Delight)
Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Clear Circle Bigz Die, 3 1/2 inch Circle Bigz Die, 1 inch circle punch, 1 1/4 inch circle punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

While I have made many Passover cards since then, my all-time favorite is still the Ten Plagues card I made 3 years ago.

Passover starts Friday night at sundown. Whatever holiday you are celebrating next weekend, I hope you enjoy it!

Happy April! Stampin’ Up has a new promotion today, Summer Smooches. This is a sneak peek of a suite of items that will be in the next big catalog starting June 1st. But you can order these products during the month of April! My two favorite items are the fabulous paper and the adorable purse! I showed you this group shot of the purses the other day. Aren’t they super cute? Today I have a closer look at each one.

When you first die cut the purse, it looks like this. (Not pictured is the little strap that is also cut out.)

Once you fold along the score lines, there are two little edges to put your adhesive on, and then it all comes together easily. There is even a little slit for the tab to slide into. I found it helped to wiggle a scissor tip into this slit first, before trying to slip the paper tab in, just to loosen it up a bit. For the first purse, I used everything exactly as it was cut out by the die. I added a brad to the flap for visual interest, but that is all.

Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Petite Purse Bigz L Die, Neutrals 5/16″ brads

I cut the second purse out of Island Indigo card stock, and added just a flap cut out of the Designer Series Paper. Since this is a steel-ruled die, it is easy to cut these at the same time. I again added a brad to the flap, but I also swapped out the paper handle for a ribbon one. Still super easy, and adds a little more visual interest to the purse.

Stamps: It’s a Wrap Occasions
Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
Island Indigo, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Petite Purse Bigz L Die, Printed 2011 In Color Designer Brads

The third purse is the opposite of the second. This time I cut the body out of designer series paper, and added a solid card stock flap. I used a button instead of a brad, and used a border punch to create my strap.

Whisper White, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Petite Purse Bigz L Die, Brights Buttons,  Dotted Scallop Border Punch

I love this little purse! There are already so many creations out there for non-purse things you can make out of it! I can’t wait to try a few!

Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts 5th Saturday Stamp Jam and Blog Bounce! The Stamp Jam officially starts on March 31, 2012 at 9am Eastern Time. Each hour, a challenge will be posted for you to play along with in the Stamp Jam Thread over on the Stampin’ Addicts site. I am excited to be one of the hostesses. I am featuring the third challenge, which highlights the new Summer Smooches line. This is available for purchase during the month of April, and then again when the next Stampin’ Up catalog begins in June. If you don’t have these products yet, go ahead and create something  featuring the Summer Smooches colors — Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, and/or Tangerine Tango.

The first project I have for you uses the sketch from Stampin’ Addicts Sketch Challenge #128 and features three of the designs in the new Summer Smooches designer series paper. It also has the yummy new Daffodil Delight seam binding! (I used two layers of it so it wouldn’t be so sheer.)

Stamps: Perfect Punches
Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo
Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

My second project is a trio of thank you notes. They were super easy to make with the Summer Smooch paper and my Simply Scored! Come back later in the week and I will have a closer look at the these three cards for you.

Stamps: Thank You Kindly
Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango
Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Labels Collection Framelits, Simply Scored

The final project I want to show you today are these adorable purses from the new Petite Purse Bigz L Die. Again, if you come back later in the week, I’ll have a closer look at each one. These purses are fairly small — each holds about four Hershey’s Nuggets. They are super cute and easy to make. The die does cut out a strap for the purse, as seen on the purse on the left. You can easily substitute this for ribbon (on the middle one) or a border punched strap (right). There is a slot for the flap to slip into, so the brads and buttons are merely decorative.

Stamps: It’s a Wrap Occasions
Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
Island Indigo, Whisper White, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Petite Purse Bigz L Die, Neutrals 5/16″ brads, Printed 2011 In Color Designer Brads, Brights Buttons, Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, Dotted Scallop Border Punch

Thank you for stopping by the Blog Bounce! Here is a complete list of the participating blogs. I hope you will visit each one to check out all the wonderful creations. When you’re done, head on over and join us at Stampin’ Addicts in theMarch 31 Stamp Jam Thread to play along!

1. Holly (catrules)~Birthday Celebrations
2. Twila~ Easter/Passover
3. Yapha~ Stampin’ Up! Summer Smooch Promotion <— You are here!
4. Rhonda (rhondag)~ Celebrating Moms
5. Tanya (tanya27)~ Fabulous Fathers
6. Betty (kittystamp) ~Think Spring
7. Kim (s1itcher46)~ Weddings/Princess
8. Shelley (packerfan) ~Babies
9. Sara (lilyinkpad) ~Milestones

For today’s card I combined this weekend’s Stamping411 challenge with the Friday Mashup. Stamping411 has a great sketch with a large focal image. This works perfectly with the Friday Mashup’s challenge to create a quilt card. I love quilt cards and it’s been a long time since I made one.


I used some more of the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper from Sale-a-Bration (which ends Saturday!!) to create my quilt. The 1″ square punch was super handy in getting the exact part of the designs that I wanted. For the part of the Mashup challenge to “use something that’s been forgotten,” I used my Curly Label punch. That seems to have fallen by the wayside since the Decorative Label punch came out.

Stamps: Baby Bundle
Ink: Peach Parfait
Paper: Pool Party, Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper
Other: Curly Label Punch, 1″ Square Punch, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Pool Party Seam Binding

I don’t know if you can see it that well in the picture, but I ran the “quilted” piece through the Big Shot in the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions folder to give it more of a quilted look.

I love the off-center circle on this week’s sketch from clean&simple stamping. The butterfly is a fabulous touch as well.

Of course I had to use the gorgeous Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper. I love the subtle butterflies throughout. I used one of the sentiments from the You’re My Type stamp. They are great with or without the typewriter!

Stamps: You’re My Type
Ink: Pool Party
Paper: Pool Party, Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper
Other: Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Scallop Circle #2 Die, 3″ Circle Die, Word Window Punch, Basic Pearls

Don’t forget, Sale-a-Bration ends in less than one week. And when it is over, this gorgeous Everyday Enchantment paper is gone. Make sure to get all that you need before that happens!

As many of you know, my husband had a pretty major back surgery this past Monday. I wanted to send him to the hospital with a fun “Get Well” something, but more than just a card. Eve made him a great poster for the wall of his hospital room. So I figured, what says “Get Well” better than chocolates? Nothing, really. So I made a cute three-tiered matchbox dresser full of chocolates.

The brads I used as drawer handles are from the retired Hodge Podge Hardware. Did you know that this is still available on the Clearance Rack? And it’s only $12.99 instead of $29.99!! Crazy! I filled those drawers with chocolate nuggets wrapped in little band-aid like wrappers.

Stamps: It’s a Wrap Occasions, Perfectly Penned
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Peach Parfait
Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper, labels
Other: Matchbox Bigz XL Die, Silver Hodge Podge Hardware

For now it is sitting by his bed side. I’ll know he’s on the mend when he eats the chocolate inside!

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