Blog Candy Is “So Sweet”

Last minute shoppers your attention, please.  Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion ends Monday (March 17).  However, if you are feeling especially lucky, please leave me a comment at the end of this post with your favorite stamp set in the Occasions Mini and earn a random chance to win Sale-A-Bration’s "So Many Scallops" stamp set (used in today’s post).  All comments for consideration need to be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. CST Sunday, March 16.

The vase is free hand but simple.  TIP: I sketched a vase with pencil (you can erase and redraw easily) on Whisper White Paper, flipped it over and stamped the area opposite the vase.  It was then cut out with a hobby blade (scissors if that’s your preference) using the sketched drawing as a guide.  I chose Boho Backgrounds and sponged the edges in Pumpkin Pie.  However, you can create a cool design for the vase with any stamps.

I chose the "So Sweet" daisy from the So Many Scallops set and inked it
in Pixie Pink.  I stamped twice on Pixie Pink card stock and twice on
white.  I first punched out the pink daisies with a Scallop Circle
Punch and added Pink Duos beads.  TIP:
I find the beads are easiest to apply by stabbing them with a Paper Piercer,
dabbing them a tad in some Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive and carefully
sliding the bead off the piercer in the spot you want.  You need a good
strong glue to avoid "wardrobe failure."  The white "So Sweet" centers
were punched with a with a 1" Circle Punch, followed by a 1/2" Circle
Punch of an Apricot Appeal flower from  "Always."  3-D is added with
Stampin’ Dimensionals.

TIP:  For perfect placement of the flower stems within the vase,  l temporarily lined up the vase where I wanted it (not adhering it) and covered the top of the vase with a sticky note (this also helps hold the vase in place where the sticky is wider).  I then used the dashed acrylic line stamp (curving it to my  heart’s content) inked in Green Galore and stamped onto Whisper White card stock, stamping on top of the sticky note.  I removed the sticky note and then adhered the vase with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Three leaves were added and the daisies topped off the stems (the taller of the two launched on dimensionals and the shorter without–I like to stagger). 

The "All Holidays" sentiment is in Green Galore, stamped on Whisper White.  TIP:  I adhered it to the white main layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals, before adding the Hodgepodge Hardware label holder.  I find it much easier to add the holder on a fixed sentiment.  I then placed the paper piercing mat below and created holes for the green Soft Subtles Brads.

The main image layer is cropped on the corners with a Tag Corner Punch and attached to Apricot Appeal and a Pumpkin Pie card base.  Pumpkin eyelets accent the corners (with the help of a Crop-A-Dile).

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  So Many Scallops (111409), Boho Backgrounds (111072), All Holidays (109397), Always (111141), Papertrey Ink  Faux Ribbon and Beautiful Blooms
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie (105117), Apricot Appeal (105124), Whisper White (100730), Pixie Pink (105121)
Ink:  Pixie Pink (105212), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Green Galore (102122), Apricot Appeal (105218)
Cool Tools:  Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1" Circle Punch (109046), 1/2" Circle Punch (104390), Tag Corner Punch (107215), Sponges (101610), Paper Piercer (Crafter’s Tool Kit, 104310), Crop-A-Dile (108362)
The Perfect Touch:  Bead Duos (Pink, 110752), Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Hodgepodge Hardware (Occasions Mini, Styled Silver), Soft Subtles Brads (106954), Earth Elements Eyelets (100381), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


  1. Love this, gonna have to case! great job!

  2. My favorite stamp set………Just Celebrate. Simply year round and versatile. My favorite blog……Stampin’ Pretty!
    Thanks for the offer of the candy. I’m getting fat on the dream!

  3. Kristina Seymour

    I love sassy suzy out of the mini. My tart & tangy wikll be here on tuesday:) Please keep up all your hard work & inspiration.

  4. Hi Mary,
    I have tons of beads, maybe I will try that next time on my flowers, thanks for the idea.
    My favorite set on Mini Ocassion is: Essence of Love, I reallly really like it.

    Keeping fingers crossed.
    God bless you

  5. I’m really loving what I’m seeing done with Tart and Tangy!

  6. There are so many sets that I like out of the mini. I think my favorite one is the Tart and Tangy set though! I love the DP that goes with it too! Since they are so close in contest I have to tell you that I also love the Just Celebrate set. The images in that set are just so cute! I just hate the fact that it is so expensive! 😀 Thanks for sharing this great blog candy with us!

  7. My fav is definiatly The scalloped set!!! I love your cards & your work is very inspiring!!

  8. My fav is the “BLoomin Beautiful” set

    What a great one to see first~such detail!
    and for spring time…
    blossom “a time of vigor, freshness, and beauty; a period of maximum development and reaching possibilities”

  9. The whole mini is great!
    But, the “Bloomin’ Beautiful” examples are done so well that they held my attention the longest.
    I love the stamps with details…
    “a time of vigor, freshness and beauty” and
    “a period of maximum development and reaching possibilities”

  10. The whole mini is great!
    But, the “Bloomin’ Beautiful” examples are done so well that they held my attention the longest.
    I love the stamps with details…
    “a time of vigor, freshness and beauty” and
    “a period of maximum development and reaching possibilities”

  11. What a beautiful card and great use of the “so many scallops” stamp set. This stamp set is my favorite! It seems so easy to create cards with it.

  12. Oh, blog candy… (fingers crossed).

    My favorite set is: big on spring

  13. My all time favorite stamp is Lovely As A Tree but I also love So Many Scallops. Great Blog.
    [email protected]

  14. Thanks for the chance to win blog candy! My favorite set from the mini is For Father, closely followed by Bloomin Beautiful and By Ones & By Twos.

  15. I really like the Essence of Love Set. I think the larger stamp with the plants would look really good embossed!

  16. How fun is this?! I only recently stumbled onto your blog and am now a faithful reader. I love your artwork, Mary, and it’s so sweet of you to offer us a chance to win that free Sale-A-Bration stamp set (I LOVE that set!)! My favorite set in the Occasions mini promo is Just Celebrate and May All Your Dreams Come True…couldn’t pin it down to just one. lol

  17. My favorite set is Sassy Suzie, but a very close second is Just Celebrate. Thank you for the chance to win. You have a nice blog.

  18. Colleen Moreland

    I love the stamp set, “For Father”. I can see using this set many times. Mary, I love all your ideas. I look forward to seeing your emails in my inbox. I have been stamping for a long time and looking at the internet, your site has to be the Best. Thanks for keep the ideas coming!

    Colleen Moreland

  19. Love how you used the beads on this card. Awesome. Let’s see, favorite Occasions set…That’s hard, I love about 5, but if I narrow it down, I think Sassy Suzzie is my current fave. Friendly Flowers, Live Your Dream and Just Celebrate are strong contenders.

  20. I like So Many Scallops – it’s so versatile.
    Thanks for the chance.

  21. I’m new to Stampin’ Up and my friend recommended your blog. Thank you so much for sharing all of your tips and inspiration.

  22. I love almost all SU sets and many of the Occasions Mini catalog sets as well. I especially like the sentiments set, “Full of Life.”

  23. I love Bloomin Beautiful, I saw a watercolored example on someones blog. It was gorgeous.
    Mary, thank you for all your wonderful ideas, the way you break it down for those of us who are not seasoned stampers is appreciated.

  24. I can see all sorts of possibilities with Sassy Suzie, being that I’m pretty sassy, and a Suzy myself!
    I just found you this past week, and I’m glad I did!

  25. colleen kramer

    This is really nice Mary! Love the different layers. You don’t have to enter me in your drawing (thanks anyway) as that set will be in my hands soon enough!
    My occasions favs: Sassy Suzie (the sentiments alone are so different and can fit so many different stamps sets I already own), Phrases for a friend (great font), and Big on Spring. Thanks for all the time you put into your posts. So very detailed and clear!

  26. LOVE your blog & the butterfly cloissoine technique!

    Live Your Dream is my fave stamp set in the new Occassions mini catalog. I would be totally thrilled if I won the So Many Scallops stamp set! 🙂

  27. sandie carter

    I love the Live you Dream set best from the mini catalogue.

    I would love to win the so many scallops set so pleae put my name in the draw.

    Thanks for the chance to win such awesome blog candy.

    [email protected]

  28. If I had to narrow it dow to one set which is real tough I would say “Just Celebrate” because of all you could use set for.


  29. Favorite sale a bration set–hmmm that is difficult cause I love them all but I think So Many Scallops and Merci are my faves(probably since you did so many neat things with them).

  30. My favorite from this catalogue is ‘By Ones & By Twos’. Thanks for the chance!

  31. oh my I thing I ordered half of it! But those last page ones-the inside and outside stamps (I forget the name) are pretty versatile.

  32. It’s a tie, as I have two that I love equally. Live your Dream and Tart & Tangy are my favorites. Thanks a bundle for the chance to win your scallop set:)

  33. I bookmarked Time for You in the mini collection. It just looks like fun. Thanks for the tips.


  34. I just had a look through and I think I love them all. I think I like the lots of stars because I just received a lovely card with a star and the stamp set further inspired me. I love the cards you’ve posted. Great work!

  35. My favorite stamp set from the Occasions Mini is the “Live Your Dream” set. It’s so cute plus I’m a sucker for sayings on stamps.

  36. My favs are Bloomin Beautiful and Friendly Flowers ! Love your card !

  37. I absolutely LOVE the set “Live Your Dream” from the Occasions Mini. So versatile, plus I’ve seen a lot of beautiful cards made using this set. Love your blog!

  38. Love the So Many Scallops!! My favorite set in the Sale a bration catalog!

  39. My favorite set would be “Live Your Dream”. I don’t have it yet, but hope to order it soon. Love your tips.

  40. I’m going to buy Just Celebrate, because all the images are so cute and versatile! (If I mount the sentiments seperately.) Later on, if I have enough money, I also really like She’s All That!

  41. I love “Time for You”. I know I can do a lot of things with them.

  42. Kelly Schelske

    My fav would be Live Your Dream…. I don’t have it yet, but hope to soon:-)

    Kelly S

  43. I really like Sassy Susie. I think I ordered the whole mini this time around though. Oh I am so darn addicted to stamps I can’t help it. I like the way you wrote how you made your card. Very inspiring.

  44. That is a darling card and what a cute idea to freehand your own vase!? I’d love to win that set! 🙂 I like the new fruity set with cherries…it’s sooo cute!

  45. I like the Full of Life stamp set… the sayings are fun. Love your blog.

  46. Just one? Ack! This is one of the most amazingly diverse minis I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t know that I can just pick one! My first favorite was Time for You…so sweet for watercoloring! Now I just can’t wait to get my hands on Essence of Love…so many different techniques to use with this set!

    Thanks for all the great inspiration and for the great give away!

  47. My favorite from the mini is the Essence of Love. Seeing GREAT stuff with that and I just ordered it!

  48. My favorite is TART and TANGY. There are quite a few others I will be purchasing as well.

  49. My favorite set is So Many Scallops–because that is the one that I have. You can bet that I will be caseing this card now! Very cute.

  50. Thanks for all the tips…they make lots of sense and will help my process! Cheers!

    Oh, and the one I ordered from the mini was Essence of Love. I hope I get it and don’t get stumped!

  51. The So Many Scallops set seems to be the best of the bunch to me! Thanks for the chance to win. jmniffer

  52. I LOVE Live Your Dreams set. So classy. Count me in on the blog candy. Great job as usual Mary.
    Mary P.

  53. Thanks for sharing the great tips.
    My favorite stamp from Occasions Mini Catalog is “Live Your Dream”.

  54. Love all the details on your card. I have been loving all the samples I’ve been seeing from the mini catalog. I really like She’s All That! So different and modern!

  55. Ok, I’m a dork and don’t pay attention, sorry 🙂 My favorite set from the Mini is Friendly Flowers – I have a million flowers sets but there is always room for one more.

  56. Wow, that is a wonderful card and thanks for all of the great tips! My favorite set is So Many Scallops!

  57. My favorite stamp set is the Tart and Tangy set! Love it!

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