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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.
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Lisa Tedder -
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Bingo: Day 3 of Sharing

I've been sharing some projects from my last Stampin' Bingo event featuring the new Occasions catalog.  Today, I'm going to share the second Make & Take.

Bingo Window Shopping box

The Window Shopping Thinlit Dies really make a cute box.  With Valentine's Day coming up, we needed to make something for the occasion.  To make this box, cut two of the framelit shapes.  I must admit that putting the box together was a little challenging to me.  We all have our problems, right?  I had trouble knowing just where to put the Tear & Tape.  Here's what you need to do.  Watch the Stampin' Up! video.  It really helps.


I did cut out the shapes in Tip Top Taupe for all.  Stamp them with the flourish stamp from Falling Flowers in Tip Top Taupe.  As mentioned, I put the Tear & Tape on, too. The Sunshine Wishes Framelits were used to cut the heart in Blushing Bride and the Love in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Adhere with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

B box top

An empty box is no fun, now is it.  We had to fill the box.  I used the brown or the white packaged Decorative Shred from Dollar Tree.  You just need a little.  And, wait for it, they are filled with the Valentine Little Debbie Cake hearts!!!!

B box w cake

Yes, they are packed in twos.  I separated them into single packs.  Use the Cellophane Gusseted Bags for this and seal them shut with a little washi tape.  I used the Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape.  Be careful putting them in the box.  If it cracks, you may have to eat it and get another.  Ask me how I know!  Look how perfectly they fit in the box.

B box cake inside

You can give me this any day!

B people 3

This rounds out my Bingo event posts.  Feel free to scroll down if you missed the last two posts.  Thanks so much for looking at my blog today.

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Bingo: Day 2 of Sharing

My last post shared the set up for my Stampin' Bingo event.  If you missed it, just scroll down and it should come right up.  Today, I want to share one of the Make & Takes that we made.  

Bingo Succulent Pot

I've seen a lot of gorgeous succulent pots made with the Oh So Succulent bundle.  For my Bingo M & T, I needed to keep it simple.  I did a lot of prep for this activity just to keep things running smoothly.  They seemed quite pleased.

B pot pot

I got the pots from the Dollar Tree.  They come 3 to a pack and stand 2 1/2 inches tall and have a 2 1/2 inch diameter at the top of the pot.  When I got the pots, I wished they were a deeper more richer color.  I sponged each one with Cajun Craze ink.  This took a while for 17, but I do think it was worth it.  I used Linen Thread to decorate the pot.  I wrapped the thread around 3 times and tied it.  I tied a bow and adhered it with a glue dot.  Each pot is filled with Floral Foam cut in pieces, also from the Dollar Tree.  I have seen that others have used a styrofoam ball cut in half.  I think my way might be a little more cost effective.  I then used the glue gun to adhere Reindeer Moss.  Guess where I got that.  Yes, Dollar Tree.

B pot flower

The flower is cut from Rose Red card stock and is sponged in Rich Razzleberry.  I had the layers cut out and ready for each person to sponge.  I cut 2 of the very largest size and we sponged them on both sides.  Sponge just the edges around the outside. Don't worry about getting around each petal.  I used 2 of the next size, then 1, then 2, then 1, then 1 as the sizes descend. Of course there is no right or wrong to the size and number of layers you use.  Sponge the tips of each layer.  No need to sponge the back for the rest of the layers.

Use your bone folder to curl up the petals on each layer.  Be careful.  If you do manage to pull off a petal, no one will ever know.  Just keep going.  You can always use your hands to help smooshe it all together a little more.  I did say smooshe.  The first layer will need to be adhered to the pot.  We used straight pins.  Build your flower up from there.  Be sure to off set the petals with each layer.  We used some dimensionals in the first couple layers and glue dots for the rest.  The yellow in the middle is cut from the Botanical Builders framelits.  Fold it up and adhere with a glue dots.  Once it's all together, you may need to play with it until it looks just perfect. Thanks to Donna, my Master Gardener customer, for the advice on colors to use for my succulent!

B pot sign

My husband brought me the sticks to use in the pot.  They are coffee stir sticks that he picked up in a hotel.  He was so proud as he said I should be able to use them sometime.  They have been waiting in a drawer waiting for me to use them.  Aren't they perfect!  The ovals are in Whisper White and cut using the Stitched Shape Framelits.  The scallop oval is cut from Old Olive using the Layering Ovals Framelits. The sentiment is stamped in Rich Razzleberry and is from the So In Love stamp set. The flower is from Oh So Succulents.  We made signs for both sides of the stick.  Put the stick around the side of the pot so that the bow is in front.

B pot group

Let's not forget the Lace Doily found on page 51 of the Occasions catalog.  Each person took one home to adhere later so it would not get bent on the way home.

B pot full 2

Here are a few pictures while succulents were being assembled.

B people 6


B people 4


B people 3


B people 1

  I'm so glad you came by today.  Next time I will share our next Make & Take.  It's so cute.  You don't want to miss it!




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Bingo: Day 1 of Sharing

This whole week I'll be sharing the details for my Bingo this past Saturday.  I had 17 lovely ladies come to play Bingo and have the chance to win some fabulous prizes! Today, I want to share with you the set up for the event.  I have been having a Bingo event after each new catalog comes out.  The ladies love it!  They are signing up quickly.  I hope to find a place to hold a larger event in the future.  Here's what each place looks like.

Bingo set

I always have a seat gift for my Bingo players.  This time I chose to have a paper share of the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper from the Occasions catalog on page 21.  The whole Bingo experience focused on the new Occasions catalog.  Each person got 1/4th pack of the paper.  I made a belly band for each share measuring 2 x 12. This was not quite big enough to fit around.  

B seat close

Make an oval.  Use the an oval from the Stitched Shapes in Whisper White.  Stamp using the Oh So Succulent stamp set in Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe, Calypso Coral, and Mint Macaron.  Using the Layering Ovals Framelits cut a scalloped oval from Mint Macaron.  The sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration set Designer Tee.  Put tape on each end of the belly band and place the oval.  It will hold it all together.  Place the share in a Stampin' Up! cello bag to protect it.

B seat

The water bottle is decorated using a different theme.  Usually, I try to pick a theme and use it throughout the day.  This time I decided to feature some different items.

B water bottle

There is a paper strip from the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series paper cut 1 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Tape it to the bottle with Fast Fuse.  The decoration is from the Window Box Thinlit Dies.  It's from the birthday candle dies that would fit on the side of the window box.  Use the Stitched Shape Framelits to cut a square from Very Vanilla and then cut the candles from it.  Put Emerald Envy card stock behind the candles and Daffodil Delight card stock behind the flames.  Place all of that on a Stitched Shape larger square cut from Real Red.  Add a little banner that wraps around to the back.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Balloon Adventures.  I tried to round all of this a little to fit on the bottle.  To be honest I did have some trouble keeping all of that stuck into place.

B water & card

I did make a card using the same patterned paper pack and the same square from the bottle.  I used the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies for the balloons.  I also used the Sprinkles punch and the Balloon Bouquet punch.  The Solid Emerald Envy Baker's Twine was used for the balloon strings.

B shopping card

My players did not get the card, but it showed another way to use the square from the bottle. 

The rest of the week (Wednesday and Friday), I'll share the Make & Takes from our Stampin' Bingo!  Be sure and come see what we made!

B people 2

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Just a Little Gift

I'm a retired first grade teacher.  I loved my job.  My last years I was blessed with a group of co-workers who were just the best.  We worked well together, planned together, supported each other.  Those were great years.  We still get together from time to time, but not nearly enough.  We do always gather at Mary Ellen's house around Christmas.  She is our decorator in the group and her house is always beautiful.  So, in a little while, I'm off to Mary Ellen's for lunch and an afternoon of Mexican Train.

We give each other small gifts each year.  This year I'm giving them each a journal. I'm hoping that they will fill them with things they are grateful for each day.  Did you know that gratitude makes you a happier person?  So I'm hoping that I'm really giving them happiness for 2017.  

Notebook 5

I love the way it turned out.  Each notebook measures 5 x 7.  I picked them up at Michaels a while ago.   They looked like this.

Notebook 1

I covered the notebooks using the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday catalog.  Since the spine is black I left that alone.  My sheets measured 4 3/4 x 7.  I did use the Project Life Corner punch for the two corner on the outside. Adhere using Tear & Tape.  You need strong adhesive.  Take your time and be careful to look at all corners and sides.  Once it's down, it's down.  Cover the front and the back.

Notebook 4

This close up shows you the texture of the Fancy Frost Specialty paper.  It lends such an elegance to the project.  This paper is on sale now in our Year End Close Out Sale. Click to go there now!

Notebook 3

  • The ovals were made using the Stitched Shape Framelits.  Be patient.  They will be back mid January.  I used the largest two ovals.  The largest is Lost Lagoon. It's retired, but I wanted to use some of it up.  Some colors just live on in our hearts!  The inside oval is Whisper White.
  • The sentiment is from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set from the Holiday catalog. I trimmed the paper to fit the saying.  Put dimensionals in the center of the saying and glue dots along the ends.  That gives the saying a rounded look.
  • Use the Botanical Blooms stamp set and coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits to build the flowers.  Colors used were Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow (also retired), Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black, and Pink Pirouette.  Sponge everything.  I did use Crumb Cake ink to sponge the white flower.
  • To make your flowers a little 3 dimensional, press in the center with the wrong end of your paper piercer while it sits on the Stampin' Pierce Mat.  Adhere everything with glue and glue dots.

Notebook tag

The tag uses the Merry Tags Framelits.  I used the Gold Foil Sheets and Lost Lagoon. The center sentiment is from the stamp set Peaceful Pines.  It's punched out with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch.  Of course I used the gold thread from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack to tie it on.  It's also on sale at the Year End Close Out sale.

Notebook wrapped

So here is my gift all wrapped up.  I used the 6 x 17 Gusseted Cellophane Bag.  Place it in front of the pleats of the bag.  Tie it up with Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon (sorry, no longer available).

Notebook group

It was so much fun to make these.  I hope they will be used!  At any length, they are a gift of the heart for some very special friends.  I never win at Mexican Train, but who cares.  Have a wonderful day!  


Update.  We never got around to the game playing.  There was just too much talking and catching up.  I'm not sure we have mastered the art of the selfie.



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