A very warm welcome to stop no. 1 on the Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop!  If you’ve gone full circle you will just have arrived from Krystal’s blog where she showed you amazing creations using the stamp set Mother of Mine.

I am using the stamp set XOXO that you will find on pg 6 of that Mini Catalog.  It is a set of 4 featuring a background stamp, a heart, a circle of love and hugs & kisses – I am not able to show you a picture of the stamps until the Mini goes live on January 4th but let me tell you, it is one cute and versatile set!  So please read on for my projects plus deets of my yummy blog candy…

As you might have guessed from it’s name, the set XOXO is themed for Valentine’s Day – and it’s really not too early to start thinking about those projects since February 14th is just a little over 6 weeks away!

My first card is bold and fun and uses several goodies from the new Occasions Mini…

The textured background frame was made using the beautiful new Framed Tulips Embossing Folder – it is absolutely GORGEOUS – and the Scallop Flower was punched out using the new Red Glimmer Paper – oh my goodness – this is such a joy to work with as it gives you lots of glitter without any mess…that’s right…no sparkles fall off even when cutting into it!

That flower face, the heart and the sentiment were all stamped using stamps from XOXO and the stem was stamped from another new fabulously versatile set called Bold Blossom which is also a steal of a deal.

My second card goes elegant…you might be familiar with the black and white combination which is everywhere right now…well I decided to create a similar look using the background stamp in XOXO…

Like it?  I stamped my XOXO background stamp several times onto a piece of Vanilla cardstock and cut it out using my Big Shot and Top Note Die – I then trimmed down my die cut shape to get that beautiful mat covered with hugs and kisses…

The heart?  Again punched out of that sparkly Red Glimmer Paper and attached to it is a beautiful new product – a Vanilla Ribbon Rosette featured in the Occasions Mini….like the key?  Yup – yet another new item from this fabulous new Mini Catalog – let me tell you, you are going to LOVE it…

My third item…of course I always think of chocolate when working with Valentine’s items and this was no exception – I decided to fill a jar with chocolate chip cookie mix and add a spoon to make a cute gift…

The tags are all stamped using stamps from XOXO and hung with Linen Thread…I made a background for my ‘love’ stamp hanging from the jar using the background stamp in XOXO and simply punched it out…on the back is a tag with directions printed on it for using the cookie mix.  Come back on Monday and I’ll have the recipe here for you!

See the fabric covering the lid?  It’s brand new and from the Springtime Vintage assortment – I added some beautiful Rose Red Seam Binding, a Ribbon Rosette and voila – one very cute and yummy gift.

And on to my last item which is a little bit different…I like to think outside the box and decided to create a treat for kids using this set that is candy free…

This treat simply uses a pencil and 4 heart shaped erasers that I found in packages in the dollar spot in Target – I know my girls love pencils and erasers and we get through tons of them so figured this would make a great little gift…

The card is tied onto the pencil with Grosgrain Ribbon and Mini Glue Dots to ensure it stays in place…see the spinner in the center on my card?  Yup – yet ANOTHER brand new product in the Occasions Mini!  This catalog is choc-full of fabulous new stuff and these spinners are no exception – I used my XOXO background stamp to make the center disc and that Red Glimmer Paper again provides a great backdrop…I stamped those hearts using a stamp from XOXO and attached them with dimensionals adding a heart shaped eraser between each…

And on to Monday…please come back and visit me to see some close-up photos and lots more details about how I made my projects…

Want the chance to win some Blog Candy…leave me a comment to let me know which project you like the most and you will be entered into a drawing to win a pack of 5 Handmade Cards made by yours truely, plus samples of Fabric, Papers and Ribbon from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

You are now leaving to visit the very talented Yapha and see what she has come up with using the fun set Take a Spin – visit her by clicking HERE – enjoy!

Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop!
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74 thoughts on “Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop!

  • January 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Sarah, I always enjoy checking out your blog and projects. Great work on the hop. I really love the last project, has got to be my favorite.

  • January 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I love all of your projects, but my favorite one is the bold and fun card. I love the flower made from the glittery paper and the cute little heart in the corner. The tulip border really completes the card. I love it!

  • January 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Love them all but would choose the pencil & eraser set as my favorite as I’m always looking for different cute ideas to send to my grandnieces & grandnephews for Valentine’s Day. Seems early to me but waited too late to make my Christmas cards so the pressure was on. Don’t want that to happen again. On to my next blog stop!

  • January 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Happy New Years everybody:)
    i love all the creative projects, thanks for sharing. my favorite is teh recipe jar. very cute plus it looks yummy;-)

  • January 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Oh, drat, drat, drat. I thought the XOXO set I could live without. . . . I love all of your projects, and my Occasions Mini list just grew longer!

  • January 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    WOW!! I love all the projects, but my favorite is the second card it has an elegant look and I love the red glitter paper.

  • January 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    My favorite project is the first card using the tulip embossing folder…this new folder is fabulous and has soooooooooooo many uses. I also love your colour choice for the card. Happy New Year!

  • January 2, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Fabulous projects Sarah! Hard to pick a fav but I think I’ll go with the pencil and eraser with spinner cutie. Very original idea! Thanks for the loads of inspiration…xoxoxo!

  • January 2, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Sarah – I just love all of them, but . . . think I am gonna CASE your cookie mix in a jar! I’ve done the mix for Christmas gifts, but think it’s a great idea for Valentine’s Day! A little slower pace of life at that time for people to use the mix and can be given to almost anyone on your Valentine’s list! Thanks for sharing all your ideas with us! Just love your blog – it keeps me inspired!

  • January 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    What a lovely selection of projects, Sarah! It’s too hard to choose a favorite, so I’ll just say the flower valentine really pops. . . and the eraser/pencil set is too clever!

  • January 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    All of you projects are just ADORABLE! I thought I didn’t need this set, but you just made it jump right on to my list!

  • January 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I would say the cookie mix & wooden spoon is my favorite project today.

    Happy New Year!

  • January 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I have been through the mini a ton of times. I didn’t even notice the framed tulip embossing folder in it, till I saw the WONDERFUL card you made with it. Thank you! I have a new number one on my list of things to get.

  • January 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Oooh, I love the jar and spoon – so stinkin’ cute!! Love the use of the fabric like that – great idea!

  • January 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I LOVED the pencil and eraser card. I love the idea and to have a valentines card that doesn’t include candy is a WONDERFUL idea! Any little girl would love to have it! After looking at your ideas I am thinking that this is a set that I MUST have as soon as I can!!!

  • January 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Oh wow, Sarah, you really made this set shine (glitter paper pun intended)! I think I love the first card the best, but you also had me at chocolate chip cookie mix!

  • January 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Sarah, as always with your creations, I love them all but if I HAD to pick one favorite it would be your first bold card! It is SO cute and just my style! I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that the red glitter paper doesn’t shed! That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

    Hugs, Christine aka The Stampin’ Ninja

  • January 3, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Sarah! Hello, hope all is well with you and the family. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ideas! My fave is the card using the key trinket, love the little add ons for our charms! Miss you and convention just wasn’t the same without you this time. Keep up the good work! Love, Mandy

  • January 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Love them all, the idea for baking mix in jar w/spoon, etc, but I have to say I love the elegant card, the embossing, red glimmber paper, the lace, key -soooo pretty. Thanks for all your creative ideas and chance to win. Karen

  • January 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    they are all loveley but I love the paper and pencil set the best and what a neat way to use the erasers, thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win blog candy.A belated happy new year,

  • January 4, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I LOVE the pencil and heart eraser project. So creative. Thanx for sharing!!

  • January 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    These projects are just adorable. I especially like the non-candy valentine for kids.

  • January 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I think my favorite project from the new catalog would have to be your Chocolate Chip Cookies in a jar project. Just love it. I think I will have to put one of these together for my son. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • January 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Beautiful projects, Sarah! Love that first card.. so pretty, with just the right touch of sparkle!

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