Cottage Bird on a Branch

Everyone's lovin' the new Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch from Stampin' Up!  I love it, too, and combined with the Cottage Wall designer series paper, this card came together in a snap!

The base of the card began with Rich Razzleberry card stock, layered with a beautiful tone-on-tone print from Cottage Wall.  A strip of Rich Razzleberry card stock was dressed up using the Big Shot and the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder.  Next came another beautiful printed paper from Cottage Wall, bordered with Old Olive card stock that was punched down the right-hand side with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, free with a $50 purchase through the end of the month.  I added Silver Brads down the side with a Mat Pack and Paper Piercing Tool.  The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White card stock with Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad using Short & Sweet stamp set, then punched out with the Modern Label Punch and adhered to the card with Dimensionals.  The main image began with Orchid Opulence card stock cut out with the Big Shot and the Scallop Circles #2 Die, then paper pierced at each scallop.  I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock with the largest circle on the Circles #2 Die and the Big Shot.  Then for the fun!  I used the Extra large Two-Step Bird Punch and three different papers — the Old Olive and the Orchid Opulence prints came from Cottage Wall, and the bird itself is Rich Razzleberry card stock.  The wing is popped up with Dimensionals, as is the entire image.

Here's a closer look:

Item No. 115060 Short & Sweet $17.95
Item No. 113469 Scallop Circle #2 Die $19.95
Item No. 114526 Circles #2 Die $15.95
Item No. 105826 Mat Pack $9.95
Item No. 116631 Paper Piercing Tool $3.50
Item No. 104336 Silver Brads $6.95
Item No. 117191 Extra Large Two-Step Bird $15.95
Item No. 117336 Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder $7.95
Item No. 115671 Cottage Wall Designer Paper $9.95
Item No. 116630 Modern Label Punch $15.95
Item No. 118402 Scallop Trim Border Punch FREE with $50 purchase!



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Get Well Wishes for Sumana

A brave little girl is having surgery today.  I made this card for Sumana Holman, daughter of a friend and team member Cheryl Holman, to let her know I'm thinking of her. 

This card is the first I've made that is a larger greeting card size.  I folded a piece of 8-1/2"x11" Pink Passion card stock in half to create a card that measures 5-1/2"x8-1/2".  I wanted my color scheme to be bright, fun and little girl-friendly, so my palette also included Green Galore, Lovely Lilac, Pumpkin Pie and a piece of designer paper (Chocolate Chip and white polka dot) from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack.  I used the embosslits called Cherry Blossom to die cut the flowers using my Big Shot, and the centers of the flowers contain Green Bead Duo beads held in place with Crystal Effects.  The sentiment is from Wellness Wishes stamp set, which you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 purchase.  Click HERE for more details on that promotion.  I used the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch from the new Occasions Mini Catalog to make the leaves.  What, you say?  There are no leaves that look like that on the punch?  I just used the bird's wing to make my leaves! 

Here's a close-up:  









Item No. 114516 Cherry Blossom Embosslits Die  $11.95
Item No. 117191 Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch   $15.95
Item No. 117161 Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack   $24.95
Item No. 115356 Wellness Wishes stamp set   $14.95
Item No. 101055 Crystal Effects   $6.25
Item No. 110754 Green Bead Duo   $9.95

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U Pick 2 – Quilted Bird

Apologies to anyone who tried to join me between 10PM last evening and 6AM this morning.  I exceeded my bandwith on my site and had to be upgraded to a larger one.  Amy Celona hosts my blog, and she does an incredible job keeping everything running smoothly.  With the Catty Cruise, so many were stopping by that it pushed me over the top!  Which is actually a good thing, but something that needed correcting.  Thanks for your patience!

It's time for the eighth and final U Pick 2 Card for January through April! This card features the brand new Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch and paper quilting with Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack, new Satin Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch and the Big Shot!

The U Pick 2 Menu is now complete!  Be sure to check out the full offering by selecting "U Pick 2" in the Navigation Bar above.

Once you've checked out all the possibilities for your Private Stamping Class, contact me to get yours on the calendar.   

One of the punches that we're using on this card, the Scallop Trim Border Punch, is a product that you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration by spending just $50! Here's a look at the punch:

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  • To contact me about registering for the Syracuse, NY Regional Seminar – details are HERE!
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Set Sail for a Catty Cruise!


 Welcome aboard the Occasions Mini Catty Cruise!  If you're sailing with the Catty Cruise, you've made your way here from Connie Collins's blog Constantly Stamping.  Weren't her projects simply fabulous?  I love everything Connie creates!  And Connie's blog has gotten a recent redo by Michele Laycock of Laycock Designs.  Isn't it gorgeous!

Well, we've assembled some of the top design artists in the stampin' field to share with you their favorite products from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog.  You're in for a real treat as you stop at all of the ports of call!

The minute I opened the catalog, I knew I just HAD to share the Eggcellent Eggs Kit with all my blogging buddies!  This little set packs a punch and at only $9.95, it's worth every penny!  Just the tiny little self-adhesive rhinestones are worth the price!  BUT, this fabulous kit is only while supplies last, so after you've looked at my projects and thought of all the wonderfully creative things you can do with it, you'll want to order it right away.

The catalog shows darling Easter eggs decorated with this kit, as well as a 3D project using the Big Shot.  But I wanted to show you how this awesome kit translates into card making.  I chose to work with 4" x 4" cards, since I wanted to incorporate the strips of paper designed for the egg holders as borders, and they measure 4-1/2" long.  So — are you ready?  Here goes!

CARD #1 Trendy Thanks

I began this card by running the bottom portion of my Pretty in Pink card stock through the Big Shot with the Textured Impressions Folder Perfect Polka Dots.  Man, do I love this little tool!  The polka dots are deeply etched into the paper — much better, in my opinion, than the texturz plates.  The top row of white flowers are rub-ons that come with the Egg Kit.  Then comes a piece of So Saffron card stock bordered with a Certainly Celery "egg holder" from the Egg Kit.  A piece of 1" Double-Stitched Grograin Ribbon is wrapped around the card, then tied with some Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon.  The circle was cut from the Circle Scissors Plus, and I used some of the "egg holder" on the bottom of the circle, then ran chipboard and designer paper through the Big Shot with the "t" from the Alphabet Simple Letters die.  I stamped "hanks" by using a Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker and Thank You Kindly stamp set and finished off the tag with some flowers, leaves and a tiny rhinestone from the Egg Kit, all popped on Dimensionals.

Here's a closer look: 








CARD #2 Beautiful Bluebird

This card's base is So Saffron card stock, and I punched some extra branches and leaves from the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch also from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  Those leaves created a tone-on-tone background effect.  The same punch was used to create the bird and leaf in the main image.  The Certainly Celery polka dot fringy strip on the right side is an "egg holder" from the Egg Kit.  The white border along the bottom comes from rub-ons, and all of the flowers and rhinestones are in the Egg Kit as well.  Are you starting to get the idea that this kit is packed with potential?!

Here's a close-up of the dimension on the card: 









CARD #3 Wonderful Whimsical Tag Card

This is my favorite of the group — I just love all of the different elements combining for what I hope comes off as a very interesting card.  The base is Certainly Celery card stock, and the top has yet another great rub-on from the Egg Kit.  I paper pierced below the rub-on for interest.  The pink scallop piece is, yes, you guessed it, an egg holder from the Egg Kit.  Now you're catching on!  The bottom third of the card shows a tone-on-tone flower motif; I punched Bashful Blue card stock out with the Trio Flower Punch and arranged them randomly on the page.  The tag was the really fun part!  I formed the base of the tag by using So Saffron card stock and the Tag Corner Punch.  I punched a hole at the top and threaded through some Linen Thread which is tied to a Small Metal Edge Tag.  Then I got to work decorating the tag.  I used flowers and rhinestones from the Egg Kit and attached a tag to a tag!  Can't have enough layers, now can we?  Behind the entire tag is a piece of ripped Certainly Celery card stock to get yet more dimension.

Ready for a close-up?  I'm sure I'll be putting extra postage on this one, but I just love the layers!







CARD #4 Stair Step Fold Happy Easter

I was going to show some decorated eggs in an Easter basket and then thought that my creative readers would be all over that on their own, so I opted for my fourth project to be a stair step card.  I've wanted to try one of these for a long time, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity.  This picture shows the card "closed" or how it would come out of the envelope when given to that lucky someone.

And here it is opened up!  Still not sure where the "stair step" is coming from?  Here's another angle:

Okay!  NOW we see the "stair step"!  If you'd like to make this type of card, start out by using a piece of card stock measuring 5-1/2"x10-1/2".  For my card, I cut the 5-1/2" down to 4-1/2" so that my "egg holder grass" would fit across the bottom.  Then score at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", 4-1/4", 6" and 8-1/4", and use your Bone Folder to get nice, crisp folds.  Then the fun begins!  This type of card offers endless design possibilities!  I paired A Good Egg stamp set with my Egg Kit, along with Well Scripted stamp set for the Easter greeting.  Oh, and don't get me started on how much I love my new Clear Mount Stamps!  They're just to DIE for!!!  Notice the darling little butterflies?  They're from the Embosslits Die Beautiful Wings, also from the Occasions MIni Catalog.  This little die is just $11.95 and cuts and embosses four different butterflies with just a crank of the Big Shot handle.

Here's a close-up of the Easter tag:












Item No. 117335 Textured Impressions Polka Dot Folder Polka Dots   $7.95
Item No. 111848 Bashful Blue 1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon   $8.95
Item No. 109067 Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon   $6.95
Item No. 109066 Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon   $6.95
Item No. 115960 Alphabet Simple Letters Bigz Dies   $89.95
Item No. 111700 Thank You Kindly   $13.95 OR FREE with purchase of $50
Item No. 117191 Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch   $15.95
Item No. 109183 Trio Flower Punch   $15.95
Item No. 107215 Tag Corner Punch   $6.95
Item No. 103374 Aluminum Metal Edge Tags   $4.25
Item No. 104199 Linen Thread   $4.50
Item No. 114974 A Good Egg   $23.95
Item No. 118601 Well Scripted clear mount   $14.95
Item No. 118138 Embosslits Die Beautiful Wings   $11.95

And, of course, the Eggcellent Eggs Kit
Item No. 117179   JUST $9.95

That's it for this port, folks!  I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of the possibilities with the Eggcellent Eggs Kit.  To order this and other Stampin' Up! products, click HERE then click the big "Shop Now" at the bottom of the page.

Next stop, Kay Kalthoff of Stamping to Share.  Wait until you see what this talented lady has in store for you!  Just click on the icon below to reach Kay, or go to


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