Category Archives: Occasions Catalog

Bright Colors on a Birthday for PPA251

Hi there!!  I have a quick post for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge PPA251, since I love the bright vibrant color scheme!


This even *looks* like it should be fun to use these colors.. and it was!  Here is my simple take on this combo:

As you can see, it doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult!  I used Big News stamp for the sentiment, and Balloon Bash from the Occasions Catalog for the balloons which I cut out. The Daffodil Delight striped DSP is from the Occasions Catalog, called Painted Blooms.  If you want the Occasions Catalog items, act fast, they go away soon!
I finished off the balloons with some Early Espresso Baker’s Twine (also retiring). One giant rhinestone, and this one’s done!  Super quick and simple, yet so colorful!!

Thanks for looking!


New In-colors for PCCCS143


Today’s card features some of the new products and new In-Colors from the new Catalog going live in just a few short weeks! Did I mention they were NEW? 🙂

I used the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch – PCCCS143 here:


I wanted something bright this time, and fun, and the new In-colors fit right in! Here’s my take on it:

Lots of bright summery fun colors in this one!  The background is Watermelon Wonder (NEW), with a layer of the new Cherry on Top DSP stack and stripes from the Birthday Bash DSP (in the Occasions Catalog).
The fun polka dots across the middle are from the Cherry on Top Washi tape, stuck on white card stock first – so the colors below don’t show through at all.
The sun rays are from Kinda Eclectic, and the sentiment is from the New ‘Ronald McDonald House Charities’ set Sprinkles of Life.
I used the Boho Punch for the flowers and added rhinestones on those as well as the Scalloped Circle punch behind the Crushed Curry sun.

This one definitely screamed fun to me!!  I hope you like it, and if you do… you won’t want to miss my class coming up at the end of the month where you can check out some of the new products for yourself!  Details for that will be posted soon.

Thanks for looking!

Wisteria Wonder Butterflies

Today’s card is my take on a monochromatic style. I used the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge #141 for the layout, and immediately thought I had an amazing idea for this. Well, it turns out my original not-so amazing idea didn’t work (that happens occasionally), so I came up with something else.. using one of my favorites, the butterflies!

Side Note:  My not so amazing idea was to color and stamp individual portions of a multi-image stamp with a black marker, then color them in on the paper with other markers… well, the black marker mixed with a yellow marker did not come out yellow. More like a dirty yucky blah yellow-ish color. So, that got scrapped!

Here’s the sketch for this week:


Here’s my rotated take on this design:

I decided to use Wisteria Wonder for this, because I knew I wanted to make silver butterflies… but not completely silver… so, the Wisteria Wonder card stock and the silver ink really worked out nicely together. I stamped the butterflies from the Butterfly Basics set using silver and used the coordinating framelit (this bundle is on sale btw!) to cut them out. I embossed them with clear embossing powder, then sponged some Elegant Eggplant over them to make them a little darker.

I wanted something subtle in the background, so I used the Hexagon Hive thinlit in the same color as the base. I added vellum to the side and that made the rhinestones pop out a little more. A few strips of the 1/8″ Silver ribbon line the vellum edge behind the butterflies.

The sentiment is from Lovely Amazing You, one of the newer photopolymer stamps. It’s stamped in Elegant Eggplant and then cut out by hand.

I hope you like it!

Spring Color Sheltering Tree

Good day everyone!!    For today I’m going back to one of my favorite things… Trees. I am fascinated by trees, especially when the leaves are multicolored.. Fall colors are my favorite… But guess what, you can get the same effect with Spring colors!

Today’s card is inspired by two challenges.  One is the Fab Friday 61 Color Challenge, which you can see here:Fab Fri Logos-069
The other is the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch PCCCS138, shown here:

I decided to combine them to come up with this springtime delight. 🙂

It’s pretty much right out of the “soft” Subtles color family. I used the “Sheltering Tree” stamps from the Occasions Catalog, and the sentiment comes from one of the Project Life stamp sets, “Remember This”.  I think it fit perfectly.

For the leaves, I inked it up with So Saffron first, then added on some of the Pear Pizzazz with a sponge dauber.  I added the Pink Pirouette afterwards to the paper with the little leaves stamp. The tree is Crumb Cake.  Once again, I accidentally attempted to make my own DSP by using the giant tree leaves stamp (the one I used on the tree itself). I stamped it on white with the Soft Sky and just cut a strip of it to use on the left.
I was also pretty excited because I finally have a flower punch to use. The Boho Blossoms punch works great to get multiple size flowers all at one. I just layered a few on top of each other and added bling. <yay for bling and rhinestones>

One thing that may be hard to tell here is the So Saffron frame is actually on top of the tree… I cut it out myself using the Square framelits since I didn’t have the On Film Framelits set – which would have made that a lot easier!

Fun tidbit… I actually had to upload this card twice.. I was just about to save it, and the kiddo looks at it and says… ‘I would just change one thing…’ then he proceeds to pick at the blue flower leaf that accidentally was touching the letter “a” in the sentiment. SIGH…. ok, yeah, yeah. So, move the petal, retake the shot, re-upload… maybe that’s why I don’t let him critique all my work before I post it. 🙂    Have a good day!

Hello Life and Butterfly Medallion – FMS180

Hi folks!  I have an elegant card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches FMS180 Challenge.  Here’s the layout I used:

Here is the card I made: 

I love how this turned out, and I actually used an additional inspiration to go along with it.  For the Stampin’ in the Woods retreat, we make our own name tags (and then we all vote on them, too!).  I made mine using some of the same supplies as this card.  Here’s a picture of that one (despite the lighting being off for these, it really is Sahara Sand):

I’m proud to say mine came in the top 3 choices this time. YAY!

I used the Something Borrowed DSP for these, as well as Sahara Sand and Whisper White card stock.  The sentiment on the card came from the Hello Life Stamp Set – which has a coordinating Project Kit in the Occasions Catalog.
The bow is tied using the Linen thread, and there is also some Sahara Sand Lace Trim. There are two different size butterfly punches and some Pearls for accents to finish it off.  The name tag also uses the Butterflies Thinlit and the Little Letters Thinlits.

Thanks for looking, and don’t forget FREE Shipping this week! 🙂