Occasions Mini Expires June 30

Stampin up sparkle
My 50 "something" sister-in-law just graduated from college.  She showed so much tenacity as she completed a few courses at a time over many years . . . all to culminate in such an amazing accomplishment.  However, a cap and gown or "grad" card didn't seem quite appropriate.  So I just went with her personality, "sparkle."

The BRIGHT IDEA for this card was using Stampin' Up!'s Die Cut Blooms (Occasions Mini Catalog, expires June 30).  The layering possibilities of these textured shapes are endless and every combination promises a WOW factor.   The pack includes four 12 x 12 sheets of textured die cut flowers and centers, one each in Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie.  The colors coordinate beautifully with many of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series papers. 

I stamped "sparkle" (Warm Words) in Real Red on Whisper White and punched it out with a Large Oval Punch.  It was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to one of the Die-Cut Blooms Bashful Blue flower centers.  I then gave it some tangible sparkle with Robin's Nest Dew Drops.  TIP:  Kitchen Sink Stamps is a delightful on-line store for ordering Dew Drops. TIP:  Dew Drops are easily attached using Stampin' Up!'s Mini Glue Dots.  Next came quick layers of Real Red and Old Olive Die Cut Blooms.

The horizontal banner is strips of Stampin' Up!'s Textured card stock in Bashful Blue (1 1/4 x 5 1/4), Real Red (1 1/2 x 5 1/4) and Old Olive (1 3/4 x 5 14).  TIP:  This textured card stock is a perfect textural match to the Die Cut Blooms.  TIP:  Using a Paper Piercer and Template, I lined up some Real Red Brads for a charming accent.

The 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" card base is Bashful Blue Textured card stock.  Stampin' Up!'s Summer Picnic Designer Series paper (Occasions Mini Catalog) provides the perfect backdrop to the big bloom in the center.  Hope you have a sparkling day 🙂

NOTE:  The deadline for the Occasions Mini is June 30.  If you are interested in purchasing before the catalog expires, you may place your order on-line here.

COMING UP:  I will post Stampin' Up!'s Retiring Stamp List (stamps no longer available once the new catalog is relased Aug. 11) as soon as it's available this Sunday, June, 15.  Be sure to check back.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  Warm Words
Paper:  Summer Picnic Designer Series (Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Mini Catalog), Whisper White, Old Olive Textured, Real Red Textured, Bashful Blue Textured
Ink:  Real Red
Cool Tools:  Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit), Large Oval Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Die-Cut Blooms (Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Mini Catalog), Bold Brights Brads (Real Red), Robin's Nest Dew Drops


  1. colleen kramer

    Very Bright and cheery! Nice to step outside tradition and match up cards with the “person” were giving them to, and not just the occasion. Happy Weekend!

  2. What a cute card. I love the summer picnic dp and you have done it up so well!

  3. This is such a fun card! I just bought the die cut blooms and now I can’t wait to play around with them. As always, thanks for the inspiration!

  4. What a bright, fun card! I love the dew drops. They add such a nice touch on cards or scrapbook pages.

    Have a great day!

  5. This card has such character with the word Sparkle and the dew drops surrounding it.

    I just love it! I didn’t realize Kathy was graduating. That’s good to know. 🙂

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