Occasions Mini Trio

Stampin up walk in the park trio

The Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini (available April 1) is loaded with new products and delightful stamps for spring and summer. Today's trio gives you a sneak peek at some of my favorites.  Click here for a link to all my Occasions Mini samples.

Stampin up matchbox bigz xl die

This darling box was created using a Big Shot Die-Cut Machine and the new Occasions Mini Matchbox Bigz XL Die.  Load up designer paper or card stock and crop out a box that you can assemble in minutes.  TIP:  Four Hershey's Nuggets (wrapped in Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper) fit perfectly inside–no slide!  How sweet for a party favor, bridal shower, wedding or small gift!  TIP:  The finished matchbox is approximately 2.75 x 2.

The sentiment is from Matchbox Messages (also from the Mini).  It's inked in Baja Breeze ink and stamped on Whisper White card stock. I popped it out with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch.  It's followed by a couple Stampin' Dimensionals, a 1 3/8" Circle of Baja Breeze and a Cameo Coral Scallop Circle.  The bird is from Summer Love Rub-Ons.  I transfered it to Whisper White, snipped it out and placed it as a corner accent.

Stamp Set:  Matchbox Messages (113800, available April 1)
Paper:  Walk in the Park Designer Series (115123, available April 1), Whisper White (100730), Baja Breeze (111352), Cameo Coral (100475)
Ink:  Baja Breeze (111833)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Matchbox Bigz XL Die (114890, available April 1), 1 1/4" (104403) and 1 3/8" Circle (104401) Punches, Scallop Circle Punch (109043)
The Perfect Touch:  Summer Love Rub-Ons (114620, available April 1), Valet Ribbon Originals (114318)

Stampin up bag with scallops bigz xl die

Are you loving the quick and pretty projects using the Bigz XL Dies? The Bag with Scallops XL Die is available in the current catalog and allowed me to whip together this sweet goodie gift.  I cropped out the window using a Large Oval Punch and covered it with Stampin' Up!'s new Window Sheet product.  TIP:  There is a medium thickness (used here) and a thicker version for creating accent shapes using the Big Shot (think clear and cool flowers and more).  Wait until you see the Printed Window Sheets!

I confess.  I sorted the Easter M & M's so that they would coordinate with the Walk in the Park DP.  The yellow and purple "rejects" gave me sustenance to keep creating.  Good trade off.  I added a touch of Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon and a sentiment from Summer Love Rub-Ons.

Paper:  Walk in the Park Designer Series (115123), Whisper White (100730)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Bag with Scallops XL Die (114519), Scallop Oval Die (114889, available April 1), Crop-A-Dile (108362)
The Perfect Touch:  Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064), Metallic Eyelets (105319), Black Hemp Twine (101259)

Stampin up summer love rub-ons

Finally, this 3.75 x 3.5 card and envelope shows off another Summer Love Rub-On (butterfly) and Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper (envelope).  I used a Scor-Pal to add double score lines on three sides of the card and to create the custom sized envelope.

Stamp Set:  Frames with a Flourish (113496)
Paper:  Walk in the Park Designer Series (115123), Cameo Coral (100475), Whisper White (100730), Basic Gray (108692), Baja Breeze (111352)
Ink:  Cameo Coral (103035)
Cool Tools:  Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Scor-Pal (www.ucutathome.com)
The Perfect Touch:  Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064), Silver Brads (104336), Stampin' Dimensionals

You can pre-order select items from the Occasions Mini now.  Click here for details!


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  1. Mary, love everything you show here. How did you make the cute little envelope for that adorable little card?? Did you find instructions on the Scor-Pal website or what?

    Susan, aka Soozie4Him on SCS

    Hi Susan: I used the directions for the Scor-Pal website on making envelopes. It’s pretty easy! Here’s the web address: http://www.scor-pal.com/basics/index_files/Page358.htm

    Hugs, Mary

  2. Helllo Mary,

    These projects are wonderful! very nice presentation. I thought the walk in the park paper was pretty, but really didn’t see myself using it. You have just changed my mind! these projects are elegant and you showcase them so well. Way to show off all the new occasions mini offerings. Your classy style and the way you present them on your blog rival the SU! catalog!



  3. Absolutely love it. I love everything from the mini occassions catalog – on top of that i love the colors you use! Love it all! 🙂

  4. Simply Stunnin Mary. Takes my breath away!
    hugs – Jean

  5. I love your stuff and am thinking about signing up as a demonstrator because of you! Anyway, I love the scallop bag and I think I may make bridal shower favors with it but couldn’t find the window sheet product in the current catalog – can you tell me where it is?


    Hi Amanda: The Window Sheets are in the Occasions Mini and will be available for customer order on April 1. If you become a demo, you can pre-order anything in the Occasions Mini now 🙂

    Hugs, Mary

  6. Jeanette Galindo

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love for the color combo!!!


  7. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration. You are gifted. Can’t wait to get my matchbox die in and thanks for showing me how to use the basket and bloom die.

    Linda Panattoni

  8. Oh be still my heart! These are LOVELY!

    Many Blessings,

  9. Mary, These projects are AMAZING!!! The colors, everything! Wow. And I laughed out loud at the M & M stuff! ;o)

  10. Mary, you have an amazing ability to make Basic Gray appear formal or casual, but always classy. I would never have thought to use it in a spring design, but that’s why you run the blog , and I read it faithfully. Thanks.

  11. I love that paper! I hope mine arrives someday! 🙂 Gorgeous creations Mary!!

  12. Love your trio! SO wishing I had bought the Walk in the Park DSP – thanks goodness there is still time 🙂

  13. Are you loving the Walk in the Park paper or what?

    Such cool projects … can’t wait to get my sample of the matchbox from the Pals swap!

  14. Oh my gosh, I luuuuuvvv this! So pretty and full of nice details! Wow! Whoever receives this set from you is one lucky friend!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!


    P.S. My mini preorder got home yesterday (minus one stamp set that was forgotten during packaging), so I’ll finally be able to share something done with mini stamps today!

  15. I was planning to order the Big Shot today and now I really want the Matchbox Die too! Beautiful, Mary!!

  16. I love these projects. The little matchbox is adorable.

  17. Amazing Mary!
    I agree with Whitney….I wouldn’t change a thing on your samples……Just love your blog….your inspire and fortify that I can be creative….. questions….in attaching the window in your box…what adhesive do your suggest? Do cut the window out or use a punch to cut the window sheet?

    Thanks again, Mary for sharing…YOU ROCK!!!

    Hi Judi: Thank you for your kind words and questions. I attached the Window Sheet from the inside using mini glue dots, one in each corner of a rectangle that covered the opening. I cut the Window Sheet (medium thickness, using my Tonic paper trimmer. Piece of cake.

    Hugs, Mary

  18. colleen kramer

    Oh those XL dies are my un-doing! These are just fabulous!

  19. Okay Mary:

    OMG!! You and I must have fell off the same turnip truck! LOL!! (as my Mom use to say) No joke, let me ask you this question?
    this is how I know if I really like something I make and decide it is what I am going to teach. I bring into the house with me up from my stamp studio and I sit on the kitchen counter.If Everytime I walk by it makes me smile then I know thats it. You are seriously challenging that. Now I am going to have to go down stairs and make these BREATHLESS beauties.I love these. I can’t wait to get my match box die. It should be here but not until next Tuesday!! I can’t wait that long. And my friend has the scallop box, I have the #2. It may be worth a trip to her house today!! Good Lord woman. I absolutley love waking up to you inspring feedblitz’s every morning. Thank you! Please don’t alert the authorities I am not a crazy blog stalker or anything I just am very passionate about what I love doing and I have never met anyone that I wouldn’t chnge a thing on what they do!! Seriosly, the color combo and design is gorgeous! You rock!!

    Dear Whitney . . . . you really made me smile this a.m. Thank you so much. And . . . you rock, too! Hugs, M

  20. Doesn’t that scalloped box look so good with the window cut out? Are those M&M’s or eggs?
    Looks perfect with the paper. I love it all.
    That envelope and card is sooooo classy. Great job! You get an A plus.

  21. These are gorgeous, I love the colors.

  22. WOW!! Stunning set!! Love it all!!

  23. Forgot to mention….beautiful projects.

  24. You said it! The Occasions Mini is loaded with great stuff. I’m loving the paper, stamps and can not wait to bust out my matchbox die. I’m so excited to share it, I’m specifically using it for a make and take project for my hostess club.

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