Category Archives: 2016 Occasions Catalog

Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlit


The Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlit is a perfect tool for your Valentine’s cards. Of course it  and can also  be used for other occasions as well.Bloomin' Hearts Thinlit

1. To create the heart card base, fold an 8 1/2” by 11” card stock color of choice on the Big Shot Precision Plate. Next put the Scalloped Heart from the Heart Thinlits 3 scallops
above the fold ( this gives you the card hinge ).
2. Using the Bloomin’ Heart’s Thinlit, place on the precision plate atop the Magnetic Platform . ( If using glitter papers cut the heart on the smooth white side of the paper.

3. Using the new tool brush, I was able to get all the small pieces out by a few rolls over the design. Fast and easy but lots of pieces.This tool is so helpful, I was able to cut and clean 21 hearts in less than 30 minutes.

4. If you own the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit, it actually has 2 sized flowers to use with a glue dot on the heart cut out. to mix it up a little,  I punched out butterflies and flowers to add to your
5. Stamp a sentiment  and make it  into a banner that will go across your heart. Try not to cover up your flowers and butterfly. Tie  a bow  to add to the outside of your card. Under the bow add string of pearls and sequins with a glue dot.

6. Add additional bling to your flowers and butterfly.
7. For the inside use  the small scalloped heart from another thinlit collection and the Sweetheart Punch to layer on top. Stamp a sentiment, put on the white heart and layer
the white heart on to the pink heart.
8. Decorate your envelope.

Some supplies used include:



Occasions Paper Stacks are perfect for Scallop Punch Top boxes

Occasions Paper Stacks are perfect for Scallop Punch Top boxes. Using  Occasions Paper Stacks along with our solid card stock gives us the opportunity to create these cute little boxes for giving little treats, to those you care about. You can add a banner with a Birthday Wish,  Just for you, Just Because etc and get a great reaction for your troubles.scallop top boxes

Each paper stack in the new Have a Cuppa series comes with 48 sheets of 12 double sided designs 6″ x6″.  Acid free, Lignin free, papers highlight the colors of Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder.

To create these cute little boxes, additional paper packs such as the designer paper packs and any designer scraps will fit the bill.

Scallop Tag Top Boxes How To

Use solid card stock and cut 8 1/2″ by 5″

Using DSP of choice cut: (4)  of 1 /8″ x 7/8′ and (2) of 1 7/8″ x 3/4

On the landscape side score the Solid card stock at 2,4,6,8 Turn on Portrait side and score at 2 &3.

Cut score lines on both sides of the card stock to meet p to the 2″ score line. Cut off the 2 1/2 tabs at the end.

Using the Scallop Topper Punch slide your paper in the punch lined up with the score lines ( see Diagram)


Apply adhesive to the 1/2 tab and on the front and bottom piece and assemble the box. Decorate with printed DSP Scraps

Attach  DSP to box

Add ribbon

Some product must haves include:

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Happy Birthday Pop Up Card

Balloon Punch bundleA Happy Birthday Pop-Up  is one card from my Chicks and Chocolate Class today. For the front of the card, layer the printed DSP to the silver paper so that the entire 2 layers fit the front of the card. (The printed layer is off-set and reaches almost the edge of the card base.)

Place the balloons where you want them after you stamp a balloon set of strings. Make a small bow and paste accordingly.

Stamp your sentiment. Use the white paper provided and cut around it and pop up with a dimensional. Decorate your envelope.

Happy birthday pop up insideThe black card base should be folded with a bone folder. This will help line up your white inner white Pop – Up layer that is folded in half to the card base center. Your Pop-Up should be trimmed by you, 1/4” all the way around so that when you adhere it to the card base, there will be a border around it. Fold the white Pop Up in half. Place sticky tape  around the sides and align it to the crease to crease in your base card

You may leave the Pop -Up white or use post it notes to mask areas you do not want to color. Adding wink of Stella or Dazzling Diamonds gold, to candles is a good idea.

Add a few balloons and squiggles  to the inside as well.

Some supplies used were:

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Sneak Peek: Occasions Catty Goes Live tomorrow!

I am so excited about the newest Occasions catalog that will go live on Jan 5th,

 I do LOVE a gift with purchase, don’t you?

It’s time for Stampin’ Up’s annual Sale a Bration!   (and perfect timing, the new Occasions catalog begins tomorrow also!

There are 11 freebies to choose from and more coming in February.  For every $50 order, you choose one free! I will be posting the catalogs online once the clock hits midnight January 5th.

Extra perks during SAB:

Orders over $150 qualify for host rewards AND if over $250, you earn an extra $25 in  rewards!  You can do it alone or buddy up and put your orders in together.


Join Stampin’ Up as a Discount Shopper or to share stamping with others – you choose!  During SAB (jan 5-march 31)  choose $155 of products AND free shipping for only $99 +tax!  

JoinChart_SAB2016_Dec0315_USCall or email me to chat about it or on Jan 5th,

Here’s a video from the SU corporate office with Shannon West. She shows one of the new SAB freebies called  Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack! 

These 6×6 Vellum sheets are FREE during Sale a Bration!  They are embossed with white printing make gorgeous accents, invitations, and overlays. Or layer it over your favorite cardstock or Designer Series Paper to add color. In the video below, SU employee Shannon West shows how they overlay over the Botanicals designer paper in the Occasions catalog!

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I have used Party Wishes Bundle for  this card. This card is a Bendy Fold  that is a 3D card that stands bended, but easily can be placed in an envelope for mailing.Happy-birthday-Bebdy-card250

Bendy Fold How To Step by Step

•Cut 2 pieces of cardstock, 5 1⁄2”x 4 1⁄4”. Cut the 2nd piece at 2 1⁄2” making 2 small pieces 5 1⁄2” x 2 1⁄2” and 5 1⁄2” x 1 3⁄4”.

•Score 1⁄2” in from one end of both smaller pieces .

•Make a notch by trimming away 1⁄4” of the end of the cardstock.  The notch is about 1/3 of the way down, measuring approx 3/8”.

•Don’t worry too much on the size of the notch, you will make your slit to fit the notch so it’s hard to make a mistake with it at this point!

•On the left hand side of the card, attach the 5 1⁄2” x 2 1⁄2” flap to the back as shown. Measure 4” from the fold to the right hand side of the centre-back piece. Make a light pencil mark and, using the flap as your guide, mark the top and bottom of the notch on the line. Now make a slit between the top and bottom points using a craft knife. I made 2 parallel cuts about 1/16” apart.

•The left hand fold should bend and the notch should fit into the slit to make a perfect arch as shown.

•Take the remaining, narrower piece and do the exact same thing except this time you will be attaching it to the right hand side of the card. You will see again from the picture that I’ve made the notch by cutting away 1⁄4” from the outer edge, leaving a small section to form the notch.

•Attach this piece to the centre-back of your card.

•To make the 2nd slit, you will close the deeper flap across the centre-front of the card.

•Your notches and slits should match up to form a card

•You can move the slits to make a more bowed front, or a slightly flatter front, that’s completely up to you!

Now  decorate your card!

Some Supplies used 

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Card in a Box Sneak Peek

How much fun is it to get a card in a box that can fold flat and mailed? Open it up and you get a 3-D free-standing box! Card in a box tea partyNow I have gone overboard since this Card in a Box is for my sweet Grand daughter’s 9th birthday. I am taking her and her mom to High Tea to help her celebrate. As you can see I have used the new bundle, A Nice Cuppa Stamp Set and the Cups and Kettle Framelits. In addition the Have a cCuppa Designer series stack will go a long way when decorating your projects. When you do this card and are not mailing it, you can take the liberty to have a bigger piece coming off the back.card in a box tea 2 I however, wrote a poem especially for the occasion. I will be hand delivering the card at our family birthday dinner, so I did not worry about going past my A2 card borders. You can see from the sample there are all kinds of places to add tea cups, hearts and kettles to make this card extra special. Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo abound here.

Some supplies used are:

Card in a Box How to:

Use an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of card stock. Using the simply Score tool place your  paper in Lanscape position and score at 2″,4″,6″ 8″. Turn the paper to portrait and score at 2 3/4″ .

Cut down to the score line along each of the 4 perpendicular score lines.

Cut in at a slight angle up from the edge of the cardstock to remove the excess above the score line and create a tab.

Cut a pice of cardstock 2 3/4″ x 3″ for inside of box and score 1/2″ from each end. Fold both tabs back.

Cut patterned paper to decorate each panel, as follows:utside back panel – 2.5”x5.”

9 panels (outside only) – 2.75”x1 3/4″”

Cut one 2.5”x6.25” outside back panel from white cardstock.

  1. Center and adhere each panel as indicated above.

    Attach the longest decorative panels to the section next to the tab. 

    Fold the decorated card on the middle  score line, and attach the tab inside with adhesive.

    Apply adhesive to the end tabs of the 2 3/4″  strip, and adhere them to the inside of the opened box, aligning it with the top of the opening. Turning both tabs toward the outside front or back of the box will help ensure straight placement.

    Close the box in both directions and secure the score lines to ensure that it will lie flat for mailing.

    Adhere die cuts, stamped images, and/or other embellishments to the strips and inside front and back of the card. Stick them down lightly at first, as they may need to be repositioned. Inside elements should be placed so that they are not seen when the card is closed.


    A 3″ square sticky note is the approximate size of the visible area to be decorated, and can be used as a template to plan the arrangement of the diecuts and other inside elements.

    Smaller die cuts can be attached to 3.5″ strips of clear acetate. These will wave slightly when the card is opened.

    Embellish the inside front flap if desired.

    Complete the project.

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    Making an impression one stamp at a time!

    Gail Etchie Independent Stampin’Up! Demonstrator