Occasions mini 2011

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Can you see the butterfly in the window?

I love these beveled window panes. I am so glad Stampin UP is carrying them over to the new catalog. I put one on top of this butterfly from the Clearly for You set. This is a super easy card to make. It looks really pretty in person when you can see it up close. Hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Mother's Day!

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Everyone Loves a Fancy Purse!


I made this card a couple of months ago and just realized that I never posted it. I did copy the purse  idea from someone's blog but I can't remember who it was. I did change a few things though. I just thought it was such a cute idea. The purses are made from the Cupcake punch! The main part of the purse is the bottom of the cupcake and you flip it upside down so the ruffled edge is on the bottom. Then use the small circle punch and cut it in half for the flap. I think I used the 3/4 inch circle but it could have been the 1 inch. The handles are made by punching half of an oval punch out of a piece of cardstock and then you keep moving the punch over just a bit to punch out part of the oval. I hope that makes sense. The designer paper I used is called Love Letter. Oh, I also used the Tulip frame embossing folder on the black piece.


Clearly For you


This is a card I made a while back using the Clearly for you set. I am so bummed this set is leaving in a few days. It is one of my favorites from the Occasions mini. I just love it. It is so versatile to use and goes great with our Simply Adorned line of charms. I used the tulip frame embossing folder and the newsprint designer paper also.


Check out this Masterpiece….

My daughter Lindsey is a high school senior this year and she is taking all AP classes. She loves her teachers and wanted to make a birthday card for her AP English teacher. She wanted to make it big enough so the whole class could sign it so we used a whole sheet of cardstock folded in half. Then  we sat down and created this masterpiece. She pretty much did it herself with a few suggestions from me.  She used the Baroque Motif set for the background.


If you look closely at the flowers, you can see the white shimmer paint we sponged on them to give that faux pearl look. The flowers are from the Fun Flowers die in the Occasions mini.


Super Easy Little Treat

I was trying to come up with a cute and simple little treat idea and I noticed I had all of these mini Hershey bars left over from something else I made. So, I decided to wrap them in that gorgeous Springtime Vintage paper and tie with some seam binding ribbon and a little tag. The sentiment if from You're a Gem in the Occasions mini. This is a great way to use up your leftover designer papers when they retire. It only takes a little piece to wrap it around the candy bar. These are great to just keep in your purse and hand out to anyone to brighten their day.


Build a Blossom Fish


This adorable card was created by one of my very talented customers (Rebecca Weil). She used the Build a Blossom stamp set and the matching Blossom Petals punch both located on pg 12 of the Stampin Up Occasions mini. She brought it to class to show everyone the other day and I just thought it was so cute! She said she came up with the fish idea herself so I was very impressed.

Here is a close up of the fish. All of this can be punched out so no cutting is required!


Bye Bye Bliss


I am so sad to see this set go. It is by far my favorite SALE-a-Bration stamp set. Today is the last day you can get this stamp set for free with  a $50 order. Don't miss out! For this card I used the pretty in pink striped ribbon and the first edition newsprint designer paper (cut out with the top note die). I stamped the first stamp in pretty in pink and then stamped the butterfly in black and cut him out. There is a little pearl on the butterfly too.

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Beveled Windowpanes are so cool!


This is one of the cards I am doing at my stamp camps this month. I am focusing on the beveled window panes that are available in the Stampin Up Occasions mini until the end of April. They are so cool and once I started playing with them, I just loved them! I don't know why I didn't buy them sooner. You have to have them if you don't already. For this card I used the Clearly for You stamp set also in the Occasions mini. The background paper is called First Edition and I stamped some flowers on there . I used Not quite navy ink and paper also. For the Beveled window pane part, I put sticky strip around the edges of it and then dipped it into the baha breeze glass glitter. I stamped directly onto the windowpane using black stazon first though. Hope you like it!


Featured Demo of the Month (part 2)





Here are some more of the awesome projects that Rachelle created. This first one is a framed art piece using a frame you can pick up almost anywhere. I love how she cut out the opening and put the words kind of set back. Isn't it gorgeous?






This is a really sweet card she made for Valentine's Day. She used the Tiny Tags set and the jewelry punch to create the "LOVE" hanging there.







This one is made with the Greenhouse Gala designer papers that are featured in our big catalog. I love this ribbon technique. It is a favorite of mine.







I think this is my favorite project of all…..another framed art with the Fun Flowers die and more of the Greenhouse Gala papers.  She also stamped the   background using Elements of Style and then colored in the flowers. It is so vintage looking. I just love it.







Here is a close up of the flower part inside the frame.  This Flower die is so popular, it has already sold out and we are waiting for another shipment to come in. Stampin Up can't keep them in stock because they are selling so fast.




Here is another Valentine's card but it really could also be for an anniversary or wedding. It is so simple but also elegant. The background is the En Francais set.







Here is a composition notebook that Rachelle covered in the Elegant Soiree designer papers found on pg 175 in the big  Stampin Up idea book. Then she decorated it with the paper daisies and build a brad. THese would make great gifts for teachers or friends.




Here is a close up of the flowers and the brad and the punched edging. Very nice details that add so much.


Featured Demo of the Month!(part 1)



I would like to introduce you to my March demo of the month, Rachelle Escalanti. Rachelle is one of my incredibly talented downline and she volunteered to be the featured demo this month.

Rachelle has been a demo for less than a year but she is already creating some fabulous projects!

This one is a gorgeous candle that she wrapped in our designer papers and then made a tag for the front using the Bliss stamp set from the sale-a-bration mini. How cute is that?





Here is a close up of that tag on the front of the candle.




Here is a cute tea bag holder that she made out of the scalloped envelope die in the big shot.







This is an adorable calendar made out of a wooden clipboard you can find at a craft store. She covered it in our designer papers and then printed a calendar from the computer.



This is a coaster calendar made out of chipboard coasters and covered with the designer papers.





This last one is a 3×3 notecard made with the Love Letter designer papers. That is one of my favorites. I will post more of Rachelle's projects later this week!

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