Thank you!

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Thank you so much to everyone that visited the blog tour - especially to those who left me a comment! It was nice to read all of them, really made me feel good. Cyber hugs to you all! My son chose a random number for the blog candy - and the winner is Kay Mespelt! Kay, please send me your address and I'll get some goodies mailed out to you.

Be sure to come back and visit me often - I love hearing from you!

Welcome to Tour 4, Stop 10!

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Welcome to the Occasions Mini Catalog Tour! There are 16 stops all together that each feature something different from the mini. Don't forget to follow the next link from here and then to all the rest of the stops.
Here we have the Matchbox Bigz XL Die on page 16. It is AWESOME! Not only do you get the top and bottom of an adorable box, you get three styles of labels! I've actually showed some of these on an earlier post, but here are some more.

First is one in Lavender Lace base and white top stamped with Inspired by Nature grass. On top is the smallest of the Beautiful Butterflies die in glitter with a few holes punched out.

Next is one in Riding Hood Red with matching Bella Rose DSP. This time I took the Curly Label Punch and punched out the top with some clear acetate behind it so you could see what's inside. Hey, who took my mints?

Here we have a classic black and white box stamped with Baroque Motifs and wrapped in taffeta ribbon that I dyed black to match. This makes a wonderful way to give a gift, don't you think?

So, what can you use these boxes for? Besides the earrings I've shown, you could fit bracelets, anklets, necklaces or rings in there. They would make great favors for any kind of party (even weddings) with mints, chocolates - lots of kinds of candy. You could also fold money inside. Oh hey, you could put lots of buttons, brads, ribbons and many more embellishments in there too. : )

And last, but not least, for this stop, is for the card makers. Those three labels layer great with some of our punches or even with themselves! Here's a cute, quick card that matches a box above - and a pic of the other label.

Some of the reasons I love this die is that the box requires very little adhesive and all of the pieces can probably be cut with paper from your scrap box! You could get a lot of mileage out of a piece of DSP just using it for the top of your boxes.
So if you're not totally sold on this die, how about if you got a stamp to go with it for FREE? Until the end of April - which is coming up fast - you get to pick a free stamp from our "under $10" page 208 in the Idea Book and Catalog through the Get Connected Promotion. How great is that? Just email me and I'll get you set up.
Well, I can't let you leave just yet - how about some blog candy? Leave me a comment on here telling me what you think of this die and my samples. One of my kids will pick a number from however many comments are made and I'll send you the card above as well as a bunch of pieces from this die so you can make some for yourself!
ETA: This tour is now over, but look for another next month! Thnks so much for visiting!

Blog Tour Tomorrow!

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Be sure to pack your bags and join me for a ride on the ONE DAY ONLY Blog Tour happening Monday, April 27th. Be sure to make some time tomorrow to go through all the stops on the tour featuring products from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog as the links to the stops will disappear from the blogs at midnight!

I'll be featuring the Matchbox Die! I'm loving this die and am sure you will too. I'll be offering some blog candy to go along with it so don't forget to join me! After my stop, be sure to visit Carolee HERE for the next stop where she'll feature the Matchbox Messages that go great with this die.

Little Bird Notes

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So I thought you could use a break from the Fifth Ave. Floral (even though it is awesome) and show you something I'm making for a craft fair the end of May. The stamped bird is from Cheep Talk and the matching paper is from Good Morning Sunshine. Gotta love the Pacific Point striped ribbon too. So, my big question is how much should I charge for these little notepads? I have a number in mind, but would like to see if it's what you would expect. Let me know and I'll pick a commenter to recieve a little birdie card from me. Thanks!

My Favorite Roses

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First let me say I am amazed that I actually figured out how to change/fix my blog. Thanks for the kind words. It's not perfect, but I'm getting there. I'm not really trying to brag, but to encourage anyone who would like a blog that doesn't think they can set it up. If I can, you can! Google is your friend. : )

These are my favorites from the stuff I made with only one stamp set (Fifth Ave. Floral) and one accesory (white organza ribbon).

The first one is stamped, colored with a blender pen and the ink you smoosh onto the top of the inpad as well as the marker - all Elegant Eggplant. Then it's popped up on a white base with a Scalloped Oval Frame. The lighter layer is Perfect Plum and sponged in Craft White, then layered onto the EE base.
Here's a 12 X 12 Scrapbook Page that was pretty quick, and I'm hoping will be good for when I get my daughter's pictures back from Target. Pretty in Pink base, Pink Pirouette sponged with P in Pink and some DSP from a hostess pack. The rose was randomly stamped in white and then I stamped one on the lighter pink, embossed in white and cut it out. Then I took a sponge dauber and rubbed P in Pink ink around it. The ribbon is wrapped around the top left corner and then folded behind the popped up rose.
So, are you sick of seeing roses? I'll try and post something else soon.
Thanks for visiting. Let me know what you think.


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I'm trying to update my blog "look" but it's not quite as easy as I hoped. I was proud of myself making it 3 columns but then I couldn't get any 3 column backgrounds to fit right. Now I managed to get one to fit and I can't change the title and I lost a bunch of stuff! Oh well, I'll keep plugging away. But if you know how to "fix" this, let me know! thanks!

Two more FAF's

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Here's 2 more of the cards I came up with using the set Fifth Ave. Floral. The first is stamped with post-it masks and cut around the flowers on the front. The second uses that white organza ribbon, only died with a marker to match the Pale Plum card base. I also chalked the inside of the flower to match. I wanted the eyelet border to stand out more so I just adhered a strip of the Night of Navy cs inside. I still have more to come later this week.

The Case for Fifth Ave. Floral

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I am lovin' this set! I recently got to be the Artist of the Month for my upline, Jan. My assignment was to make 4-6 cards, a 3D item, 6x6 page and 12 X12 page using only ONE floral stamp set and ONE acessory. I could also use something for the greeting or such. So, I'm pretty ahppy with what I came up with. Here are 3 of the 6 cards I made. My personal goal was make each one fairly different. This can be a Very versatile set - esp. with the New Embossing folder that matches it (but I couldn't use that here - show you that later).

The first one is in Rose Red and White. I have 3 layers of the rose on dimensionals.

This one is in Barely Banana - which I hardly ever use and Going Gray. Note the New Scalloped Oval punch!!

Last one for now is in Night of Navy, Baja Breeze and Basic Gray. My one accessory is the White Striped Organza ribbon which is easily died to match any color!

Check back later for more and let me know which is your favorite. I'm in the mood to send out some paper smiles!

So Tweet Stamp Camp

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Here are peeks at the cards we'll be making at my next Stamp Camp. I love these sets, Friends 24/7 and Cheep Talk. I had a hard time narrowing down the card ideas for the class, so I'm sure I'll have more for you to see. Come make 8 of the "So Tweet" cards for $12 on Friday, April 24th at 7:30 pm - my house. RSVP with payment by 4/16.