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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.
Michelle Irinyi

Melissa Kerman -

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Laurie Meier -
Lisa Tedder -
Frances Wagner -

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So Detailed Thinlits Squared

If you are like me, the So Detailed Thinlits on page 52 caught your eye the first time you flipped through the Occasions catalog.  They are so pretty.  I can envision them on a quilt spread out on my king size bed.  With that thought in mind, here is the card.

So Detailed Thinlits

  • The card base is Calypso Coral 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.
  • Start by cutting the largest thinlit in Tip Top Taupe.  Glue it down on a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Very Vanilla.  
  • Using the smallest square from the  Stitched Shapes Framelits, cut it out in 4 rows of three.  Your paper will look like this when done.  Keep the squares in order so you'll know how to place them on the card base.

Detailed cut piece

  • Place the pieces along the bottom and up the middle to get your spacing.  Get those glued and then do the rest.
  • Wrap Linen Thread around the card three times and tie it.  The bow is made according to a video by Billie Moan.  You can see it here.  Attach the bow with a glue dot.
  • The Calypso Coral banner measures 7/8 x 3 1/2.  Stamp in coral with the flower from So In Love.  Notch at the end.
  • The vanilla banner is 1/2 x 3 1/2.  Stamp the greeting in coral.  It's from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.  Notch the ends of this also.
  • Finish off the project with pearls.

Detailed close up

The inside of the card has another square with the So Detailed thinlits in vanilla in a Calypso Coral frame.  The sentiment is repeated three times in Tip Top Taupe and Calypso Coral.

Detailed inside

I do love how this card turned out.  The So in Love bundle includes the So Detailed Thinlits and the So in Love stamp set.  You can get it for 10% off if you buy it as a bundle.  Add in the Linen Thread and you'll qualify for a FREE Sale-a-Bration item!

So Detailed Birthday

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Just in case you haven't noticed, I love stamping and sharing!  It's my happy place!

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Time to Celebrate

My son Jeff had a birthday last week.  He is 37.  You may not believe it, but I remember being 37.  I honestly don't know where time has gone!  How did I get old enough to have a child that is 37?  I can't really even call him a child, can I?  Well, he will always be mine.  Here he is when he was little and now.  He loves his dogs!

Jeff collage

Here is the birthday card I made for Jeff.

Happy Celebrations

I used Dapper Denim and Basic Black on this card because Jeff loves Duke basketball. So, the black has nothing to do with the fact that he is 37, just in case you are wondering.  Here are the details for this card.

  • The card base is Dapper Denim measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4, and folded.
  • The Basic Black layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  
  • The Designer Series Paper used is Urban Underground Specialty.  It measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.  Use the new Sponge Brayer to color this paper with Dapper Denim ink.  Just keep adding ink until you have the desired color.  Cut the paper at a diagonal.  Adhere part to the top of the black and the other part to the bottom. The banner across will cover up the space that is left.
  • Stamp the balloon in black onto denim card stock and punch out with the Balloon Bouquet punch.  Stamp the balloon string in black.  Stamp twice so that the string hangs out under the banner to the bottom of the page.  Do this by first inking the top part of the string, stamp, clean, and then ink the bottom and stamp.  Adhere the balloon with dimensionals.
  • Using a 2 inch strip of Whisper White and the celebrate from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders, emboss.  This makes a debossed image in the paper. Stamp with the circle stamp from Happy Celebrations in Dapper Denim, denim stamped off, Basic Black, and black stamped off until all of the word has been highlighted.
  • The greeting is from the Happy Celebrations stamp set.  Stamp on a 1/4 strip of Whisper White and notch the ends.

Celebrate inside

Here's the inside of the card.

Happy Celebrations Alternative

I wanted to try an alternative with the solid balloon from Balloon Adventures.  I also used the sentiment in a different way.

Celebrate double 2

Which one do you like best?  Happy Birthday, Jeff!

Happy Celebrations birthday

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Beautiful You and Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack

One of the most popular stamp sets in the 2017 Occasions catalog for Stampin' Up! is the Beautiful You set.  I shared a card using this set here if you would like to check it out.  Today's card also uses the paper piecing technique.  This set lends itself so easily to this technique.  Who doesn't want to play dress up?  I loved paper dolls as a kid. Ah, the simple days.

Beautiful You and Sending Love

  • This card starts with a card base of Thick Whisper White card stock.  Cut it 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2 and fold.
  • The dotted Sending Love Designer Series Paper measures 2 3/4 x 5 1/2.  A thin strip of Basic Black card stock (1/4 x 5 1/2) butts up against it.
  • The Whisper White card stock insert measures 3 1/2 x 3.  It has a black layer under it measuring 3 5/8 x 3 1/8.
  • The woman is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  Allow to dry a little.  Stamp again on the Sending Love paper getting the dress and hat.  When I cut this, I did cut the whole piece together including the hair.  Glue this to your woman.
  • Use the Watercolor Pencils to lightly color the skin with Early Espresso and blend with the Blender Pen.  I also used the Bermuda Bay pencil to color in the puddle at her feet and blended.
  • For the sun, punch a circle with the 3/4 inch circle punch in the middle of a sticky note.  Adhere this so that the empty circle is where you would like the sun to be. Using a sponge dauber and Daffodil Delight ink, color in the circle.  When you remove the sticky note, your sun will be just where you want it.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black Archival ink.

Beautiful you 4

  • Add pieces of the Lace Doilies to the top and bottom of the insert.
  • Adhere to the card front.

Beautiful you

The greeting on the inside is from Beautiful You also.  I added a strip of Sending Love paper to the bottom measuring 1 inch x 4 1/4.

Beautiful You Sending Love

There are so many possibilities for the Beautiful You stamp set.  Search for it on Pinterest.  Are you a follower of my Pinterest board?  You can follow my original designs here.

Do you know that you can purchase the Beautiful You stamp set, Thick Whisper White card stock, Basic Black card stock, Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, and the Lace Doilies and qualify for a free Sale-a-Bration item from the brochure?  You'll need these to make this card.  My product list is below.  Thanks for reading my blog today!

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You Need Avant-Garden!

Sale-a-Bration is here!  You can get a free item for every $50 you spend from any catalog!  Just look at all the choices in the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  Don't have one? Contact me!  Today, I'm using the stamp set Avant-Garden.  This is a pretty set for the flower lover.  That's me!  Here is my card.

Avant-Garden in eggplant

  • Start with a card base of Elegant Eggplant measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  Using the Stitched Shape Framelits cut the largest oval from the center of the white layer.  This may seem strange, but it's a great way to save paper.  
  • Cut a scalloped oval from Elegant Eggplant that will fit behind the white oval using the Layering Ovals Framelits.
  • Using the stamp from Avant-Garden that is meant for the center of the flower, stamp to make a background on the white layer.  Pay no attention to the big hole in the middle.  Adhere to the card base.
  • Using the Regals Stampin' Write Markers, Garden Green and Elegant Eggplant, color in flower stamp for the center of the oval.  Use direct marker to stamp. Use the side of the marker tip and not the point, please.
  • Adhere the white oval to the eggplant scallop oval.  Using dimensionals, adhere the oval to the center of the white layer over the hole.  The extra scallop will completely cover up that there is a hole back there!

Avant garden 4

  • The banner is stamped from the Badges & Banners stamp set. Use Elegant Eggplant ink onto Whisper White.  Punch out with the Duet Duo punch.  I used dimensionals on this too.  If you are concerned with be able to mail this card, you might want to just glue it on.  
  • Add a bow using the Solid Elegant Eggplant Baker's Twine.


The inside of this card uses a set from the Occasions catalog called Big on Birthdays. These stamps are big!  Did you know that you can put both of these stamps on one block to stamp?  Oh, yes.


The Avant-Garden stamp set does have a great birthday greeting in it if you are trying to keep the supplies down.  This card is a simple one to make.  Thanks for your visit to my blog.

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