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February 2017

NC Blog Hop for February, Favorite Occasions

Welcome to another NC Blog Hop!  I'm so excited to have you come along with us. We are posting about our favorite Occasions catalog item. I don't know how to choose. The catalog is filled with so many wonderful items.  Ask my pocketbook about that!  I can't stop adding to my collection!

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I've been spending this whole week using the Basket Bunch stamp set and the Basket Builders Framelits Dies.  Today I'm sharing a frame with you.  I will tell you right now that this project was a LOT of hard work.  But now I've done the thinking for you! Warning!  This post might end up being quite long.  Please stay with me.  I have an easier card alternative near the end.  I must say that I am so proud of this frame. Here it is!

Basket Bunch Easter Frame


Now, of course there is glare on the frame.  It's impossible for me to take a picture without it, but I've got pictures before it all went into the frame.  Here's just a few details.  The frame is from Ikea and measures 9 x 9.  It is a shadow box.  The background paper for the frame is from Succulent Garden.  Each square is cut from the Stitched Shape Framelits, the next to largest.  Each square is mounted on a scallop square cut from the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.  The colors for this are Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party, and Mint Macaron.  Almost everything is adhered with dimensionals.  You'll use a lot.  Here is a picture of the frame before it went into a frame.

Frame adhered

I think you can see that a little better.  I'm going to tell you a little about each square.

Frame 1

The first square has a background from Succulent Garden.  The grass is Old Olive.  I glued it to a piece of  Whisper White and then cut out a circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The bunny is stamped in Early Espresso on Tip Top Taupe.  The egg is Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight

The background paper for the sun is from the Sale-a-Bration paper Carried Away.  The sun is punched using the 3/4 inch circle punch.  The rays are the stem die.  Little clouds are added.  They are cut using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

Frame 2

The background paper for the daffodils is from the Tasty Treats Specialty paper.  The daffodils are stamped in black on Daffodil Delight.  The stems and leaves are from Old Olive.

The peeps are on a background from Succulent Garden.  The peeps are alternating Pool Party and Daffodil Delight.  Add a little bow using the Linen Thread.

Frame 3

The basket is on a Succulent Garden background.  The basket is Tip Top Taupe.  It's on a solid basket from Early Espresso.  You can see a little grass peeping behind the eggs. It's Old Olive.  The eggs are Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Pool Party.  I did shorten the handle to fit better.  A linen thread bow embellishes the handle.

The carrots square is again on a Succulent Garden background.  Stamp the carrot in Tangerine Tango onto Pumpkin Pie.  The tops of the carrots are stamped in Garden Green on Wild Wasabi.  Trim the tops and glue them on the orange carrots.

Frame 4

The chicks are on a background from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper.  Clouds again were added with the Up & Away Thinlits.  The grass is Old Olive and the chicks are stamped in black on Daffodil Delight card stock.  Color in the beak with a Pumpkin Pie marker.  The tiny basket is stamped in black on Tip Top Taupe.  I did have to fussy cut this basket.  Hint:  cut the handle off and then just match it up when gluing to the paper.

The flowers are stamped in Calypso Coral on coral.  Add leaves in Mint Macaron.  The flower centers are from the Regals Enamel Shapes.

The bunnies are stamped in black.  Color in the bow ties with Pool Party and Calypso Coral markers and ears with a Blushing Bride marker.  Another carrot was added.

So there you have it.

Basket Bunch Frame adhered

So, you just might be thinking that this is fantastic, but who wants to put in this much work. I enjoy working on something like this, but it's not for everyone.  Here's an alternative for you.  Take one of the squares and use that to make your card.  Here is an example.

Basket Bunch card from frame square

This card is on a card base of Pool Party.  There is a layer of Tip Top Taupe and then a layer from the Succulent Garden.  The square on this card does not have all of the dimensionals used for the frame.  I added 5/8 Mini Striped Ribbon in taupe and some Linen Thread.  The sentiment is from the Gift from the Garden stamp set.  

You can adapt any of the squares to make a card.

Frame card

Frame plus card

Thanks so much for looking at my project today.  I am in love with the Basket Bunch bundle!  You can see other samples from earlier in the week here and here and here. Please continue on the hop.  There are more great projects to see.  What will our other participants choose for a favorite Occasions project.  I can't wait to see!

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A list of supplies will follow the list of blog participants.  You need to order this bundle and I would love to have your business.

February Blog Hoppers

Debra Ballance-Byrd -
Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins -  You are here.
Michelle Irinyi

Melissa Kerman -

Tracie Evans Langley -
Sharon Maranich -
Laurie Meier -
Lisa Tedder -
Frances Wagner -

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Basket Bunch Thanks a Bunch

I'm going to continue my week with the Basket Bunch stamp set and the Basket Builders Framelits Dies.  On Monday I shared a card with an Easter basket here and on Wednesday the card was a basket of flowers here.  Today I have a basket of carrots.

Basket Bunch Basket of Carrots

  • Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White.  It measures 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2 to make the regular A2 size.
  • The Tip Top Taupe layer is cut 4 x 5 1/4.  I did stamp the carrot image sparingly on the background in Tip Top Taupe.  Stamp off first so it's a very soft image.
  • The Designer Series Paper is from the Festive Birthday pack.  Cut it 2 x 5.  Notch the end using the Triple Banner Punch.
  • Cut the largest square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  It's in Whisper White.
  • The basket is cut from Tip Top Taupe with a solid basket of Early Espresso behind.  I like the way the design of the basket shows through.  Adhere the basket to the white square.
  • Stamp the carrot on Pumpkin Pie card stock with Tangerine Tango ink and cut out.  I made a lot of these.  You make what you think looks good.  You probably would not need so many.  Stamp the tops of the carrots on Garden Green card stock in Garden Green ink.  Trim the tops and adhere them to the carrots. Arrange your carrots to your liking.

Carrots 2

  • Add a few of the green dots from the Regals Enamel Shapes.
  • Adhere the white square with dimensionals.
  • The greeting is stamped on a 1/2 inch wide piece of Whisper White scrap.  Notch the ends.

Here's the inside of the card, very simple.

Basket bunch 5

We often don't say thank you enough.  I know I don't.  This is a cute way to spread a little thanks.

Bassket Bunch carrots in a basket

I have a special project to share with you next time with the NC Demo Blog Hop.  Join us on Monday and we'll hopefully have all the kinks worked out.  You don't want to miss it!

The list of products used follows.  I would appreciate your order.  Click below, and thank a bunch!

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Basket Bunch Flower Pot

I'm going to continue to explore the possibilities of the Basket Bunch stamp set and the Basket Builders Framelits Dies.  I'm going to be sharing projects with these all week!  You can see the card shared on Monday here.  It's an Easter card.  Today's card could be for Easter, but it would not have to be.  In fact, it would make a great Mother's Day card if you change the greeting.  I would use the one from Oh So Succulent.  Here is the card.

Basket Bunch Flowers

Here are the details.

  • Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White cut 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2, and fold.
  • The Sweet Sugarplum layer measures 3 3/8 x 4 3/8.  
  • The next layer is 3 1/4 x 4 1/4.  The patterned paper is from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.
  • The pot is cut from Smoky Slate.  Sponge around the outside and a little to one side of the pot.  Add a Linen Thread bow.
  • Use the Lace Doilies to ground the pot.  I cut one in half and sponged the white side until I was happy with it.
  • Adhere the doily with Fine-Tip Glue and adhere the pot.

Flowers 3

  • Stamp the flowers in Sweet Sugarplum ink.  I needed 3 of the plum.  The daffodils were stamped on Daffodil Delight.  I did experiment with different combinations and I like the Sweet Sugarplum ink on the yellow best.  Cut 5.  The leaves and stems were cut from Wild Wasabi.  Just add until you are happy.  The flowers and leaves are on dimensionals.
  • Add the greeting in the bottom right corner.


The inside of the card has another daffodil and a completed sentiment.  I really am thinking now what a lovely Mother's Day card this would make.

This sure looks like a lot of little pieces and it is.  But it is so much fun to use.  I would recommend the Basket Bunch stamp set and the Basket Builder Framelit Dies.

Basket Bunch flower pot

Would you like to see the PDF for the 3 new items released for Sale-a-Bration?  Here you go!

Download SAB_2017_2nd Release_US


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Basket Bunch, So Fun!

This week I'll be sharing projects made with the Basket Bunch Bundle from the Stampin' Up!  Occasions catalog.  I just got this bundle on Saturday and I am having so much fun with it.  My mind is just reeling with ideas for this bundle.  Easter is coming soon.  It's the perfect set!  So here is my card.

Basket Bunch Bundle

I thought I would start out with an Easter basket.  Isn't it cute!  Here are the details.

  • Start with a card base of Pool Party cut 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.
  • The Whisper White layer measures 4 x 5 1/4 and the Tip Top Taupe layer is 3 3/4 x 5.
  • Stamp with the stamp that has the 5 eggs in Tip Top Taupe all over the taupe card stock.  I moved the stamp from side to side so everything on each row would look a little different.
  • The Whisper White oval is the largest oval from the Stitched Shape Framelits. Cut a Pool Party scalloped oval using the Layering Ovals Framlits.
  • The basket itself is Tip Top Taupe.  Cut the plain basket in Early Espresso and place it behind the basket.  Glue on the handle.
  • The grass is cut from Wild Wasabi.  You'll have to trim it a little from the sides and adhere it from the inside of the basket.  Leave a little room for the eggs.
  • Use Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Pool Party for the eggs.  Adhere all the pieces for the basket oval and use dimensionals to put the oval onto the card.

Basket bunch 3

  • The greeting is stamped on a 1/2 inch scrap and notched on the ends.  The Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper was used for the banner.  It is 3/4 inch wide and notched.  Use the Triple Banner Punch to notch all of the ends.  Use dimensionals for the banner.

The inside of the card uses more of the grass and eggs found on the front.  

Basket bunch 4

I do love how this card turned out.  I like how the stamped rows of eggs look on the background of the card.

Basket bunch

As I said, this week is all about the Basket Bunch Bundle.  It's found on page 18 of the Occasions catalog.  Pair it up with some dimensionals, you'll need those, and you will have enough to earn a free Sale-a-Bration item from the brochure!  Check back for more Basket Bunch ideas!


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Inside the Lines Meets the Botanical Builders Framelits

Last spring, the occasions catalog had the most wonderful framelits that paired with the Botanical Blooms stamp set.  The Botanical Builders Framelits are just fantastic. I'm so glad they carried over into the 2016-2017 annual catalog.  With all the new products available to use, my  botanical framelits have been a little ignored.  Now that's a shame.  They are a perfect match to go along with the Sale-a-Bration FREE item Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  Here is my card for today.

Inside the Lines DSP and Botanical Builder Die

I ended up covering the card base with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  I was going to have a plain white border, but it did look plain.  I thought this looked much better.

  • Use Whisper White Thick card stock.  It's cut 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.  Cover the entire front with a piece of the Inside the Lines paper.  This is cut 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  If you use glue instead of tape, you get a little more give to the paper and can move it some if needed.  I'm speaking from experience here.
  • The Cherry Cobber card stock is cut at 3 3/4 x 5.  The next layer of Inside the Lines is cut 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  I did use the same print, but you really would not have to do that.  I just thought about that, interesting?
  • The Botanical Builder Framelits were used to cut the parts of the flower.  The leaves are in Old Olive and the flower is in Cherry Cobbler.  Both are sponged. The center is Daffodil Delight.  Cut two.  I folded them in half and ruffled them up a little and placed them with a glue dot to make a whole circle.
  • I got the Hello from the Hello You Thinlits.  Cut from Cherry Cobbler.  Now, if you are smart, you can cut the word and the flower from the base of Cherry Cobbler before you adhere the patterned paper.  I did not do that, but I could have with a little more thought.  You can benefit from my experience!
  • The greeting on the front comes from the stamp set Birthday Blooms.  Stamp in Versamark on Basic Black card stock.  Use white bossing powder to cover the ink. Use your heat tool to melt the powder.  I ended up cutting the words apart.  I just liked it that way.

Hello inside 4

Here's the inside of my card.  The sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Avant-Garden.  The Inside the Lines paper measures 1 1/2 x 4 1/4.  There's a 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of Basic Black card stock attached before it's attached to the card.

Inside the Lines and Botanical Builders

I apologize to you Botanical Builders.  I have ignored you and you have proved that you have your place.  I think the problem is that Stampin' Up! has so many wonderful products.  We can't possibly give them all the attention they deserve.  That's why we are so lucky that there are so many great blogs to see.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I so appreciate it.  I love sharing with you!  My product list follows.  


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