A very warm welcome to stop no. 5 on the Stampin’ Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop!  You have just arrived from Carmen at Stamping Addiction where she showed you things she made using the nautical set The Open Sea.

Every stop on this hop is showcasing a brand new product featured in the Summer Mini Catalog and I am going to be showing you my creations using the stamp set Pretty Postage that you can find on pg 11 – it is a set of 4 featuring stamps that co-ordinates with the brand new Postage Stamp Punch on pg 10 to create some cool effects…

And as I found out when I played with it, it is a very versatile set…I have made 4 items to show you all 4 stamps (but promise not to laugh at the last one which was a bit of an experiment!!!) so please read on to see my projects and for details of my pretty little blog candy…

My first item is a Card featuring a real Tea Bag…

And this first item uses my favorite stamp in this set – the Sweet stamp featuring yummy looking berries…they remind me of the blackberries that freely grow in hedgerows back in England that I used to pick and munch on…mmm…

But I found some Raspberry Herbal Tea and decided to color them accordingly, punched the image out using that new Postage Stamp Punch and added it to the end of the tea bag string.  The tea bag is held in place by just a little tape so will be easy to remove and use…

Like that patterned paper?  Its from Paisley Petals DSP that it ONLY AVAILABLE TODAY AND TOMORROW – Sunday you can no longer order it – if you want it, get it quick!

Want all the details of how I made my card? Come back on Monday and I will tell you!

My second item is a ‘scentsational’ little gift…a set of Tubes containing Moisturising Bath Beads…

Isn’t it sweet?  And how perfect for Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation gifts…I used the Happy Birthday stamp from this set but you can change it to whatever you wish…

Inside those tubes are bath beads – the tubes have screw top caps making it easy to pour out some of the contents leaving the rest safely inside…and all packaged in a crystal clear box making a nice way to present your gift.

It is trimmed with beautiful papers from Springtime Vintage DSP featured in the Occasions Mini – DON’T FORGET that Mini Catalog retires on Saturday night – stock up on this beautiful pack of papers before it’s gone for good!

Want to know how I made this gift set? Come back on Monday and you will find more photos along with my FREE tutorial!

My third item is a clean and simple thanks card…

So simple to make but so very effective to look at…my card uses the Thanks stamp from the set and I think this is my favorite item.

The papers are from Elegant Soiree DSP and I just love the soft look that you get when you use Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

I punched out the squares using that Postage Stamp Punch and added my sentiment to the top of one of them.

On Monday I will have more photos and details including dimensions of this card so be sure to pop back to find them…

Now on to the final and – ahem – experimental one…

Mmm…what do you think?  I’m not sure what I think about this one and I almost left it out!

You see the Brights colors live in a drawer in my craft room and I have this arrangement with them…they only come out on certain occasions such as red at Christmas time and pink in the summer…

But out came the red to create a heart themed card to use my last stamp on and…well…I am just not a brights girl!

But the idea of postage kept making me want to use an envelope with this set and so this card incorporates that idea – the envelope was made using the Bitty Box & Envelope Die and I again used that Postage Stamp punch to make shapes out of DSP…mmm…jury’s out for me!

Well, don’t forget to come back and visit me on Monday for more details, photos and tutorials about my projects…and of course to find out the winner of my blog candy…speaking of which…

Leave me a comment to let me know which item is your favorite and you will be entered into a prize draw – the winner will be chosen by random.org on Monday and one lucky winner will win their very own Pretty Postage Stamp Set!

Thank you for visiting – now you’re off to visit Jennifer at Sunflower Stamper where she will show you some fabulous things that you can make using the cool Sail Away stamp…enjoy!

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63 thoughts on “Stampin’ Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop!

  • April 29, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Can’t wait to get my punch today so I can play! Thanks for sharing.

  • April 29, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Sarah, they are all lovely, but the bath oil bead container was my fav, then I would have to say your third project came in second. Although, I liked what you did on your last card. Hmmmm, tough decision.

  • April 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I really like all your projects! I love the idea of the bath salts but the Elegant Soiree one is my favorite! I agree, you have to use an envelope with this set/punch sometime! Thanks for sharing your talents.

  • April 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Love all your projects! My favorite is your experimental card, I love the colors and how you used the your punch and the envelope. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  • April 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I love the tea bag card. The red card was a bit WOW, but sometimes our bright sides just need to be explored.

  • April 29, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Great projects!! Love the first one with the real tea bag, and the last one with the fabulous background! I may have to get the punch just for that!

  • April 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Neat, neat, neat, Sarah!

    Everything is fabulous, but I especially like the tea bag card–leave it to an English girl to come up with that darling idea!

  • April 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I love the teabag card, but I *really* love the last one, because of the arrangement of the “postage squares” on the black paper – wow!

  • April 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    So clever! I love way you used the punch! Thanks for sharing!

  • April 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    They’re all great, I think I’m liking the last one best!
    No wait…the first one…………..

  • April 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Fabulous as always Sarah! The bath beads box was my favorite! Sure hope that paper carries over in July! I’m not a brights girl either, although I do like them better now after the color renovation, but I love how you used the stamp with that positive/negative diamond design! Great idea. And the raspberry tea card is adorable! Thanks for the chance to win the set.

  • April 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Awesome projects! I love the individual details of each one. I especially love how you created the background on the last one with the punch.

  • April 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Well, Another punch I need to get…lol..lol Love the Thank You Card… very, very nice.

    Thanks for sharing,

  • April 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Great cards! Now I really want that stamp punch!!

  • April 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Your projects are amazing and I especially like your tubes with bath beads. I can’t wait to come back on Monday for your tutorials. Thanks for sharing.

  • April 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Sarah, you are so funny! I love your “experiment,” and thanks for the idea of using it for Christmas! I love the bath beads with the pearls though…. Did you make the bath beads? I wish my best efforts were as good as your uncertain experiments! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

  • April 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    these projects so fabulous as quick gift ideas…loooove the scentsational tubes…where can we find the tubes? Can’t wait to make all of these lovely projects…already made the coffee cup cards for 10 teachers

  • April 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    A favorite? They are all so unique and pretty, but I think my favorite is the one you almost didn’t use because I love red and black together and this is stunning. The postage stamp punched background is eye-popping and the little envelope looks very classy tied with a black bow. Great projects! Thanks!

  • April 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Oh wow Sarah!!! I love them all. Especially that valentine! Thanks for sharing your talents in the bloghop!

  • April 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Love the cards the red on the last one made me think of Valentines day… or a great anniversary card.

  • April 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I’m a big tea drinker so your tea bag card is definitely my favorite, with the bath salts coming in second.

  • April 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I like them all…even #4 that looks way cool with the punch. But…my fav is #3. I LOVE the neutral colors of the gorgeous DSP and how you got to use “9” beautiful squares. TFS

  • April 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    OMGoodness Sarah! It is hard to pick just one, i like them all. I’ll say the bath set, and the thanks card! The experiment is neat, i like the background, not sure how I feel about the envelope etc.
    Thanks for sharing,

  • April 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I had a tough time choosing, but i would have to say the bath beads!

  • April 30, 2011 at 3:31 am

    All were great, but I loved the tea bag one this best. Thanks for a chance to win this set.


  • April 30, 2011 at 6:42 am

    I absolutely love your red, bright, envelope card! While they are all beautiful, this one is the most unique! Love it!!

  • April 30, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I really like your second project – I have so many of those test tubes I need more ideas! Thanks!

  • April 30, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Do I have to choose??? If I really have to I would pick the berries- such a cute idea with the tea bag. As always your little details are what make these so special- the little pearls on the bath salts, the raised elements on the square card and the pattern of the background of the last card are so fun!

  • April 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Your 24-7 is GREAT. I am a total Brights girl and am drawn to them. The use of the punch is a fabulous! TFS.

  • April 30, 2011 at 7:31 am

    They are all great projects and really show this set to the best! The tea bag is such a good idea, it will make the card smell as pretty as it looks :)
    Love the 9 square card, casing that one for sure! TFS

  • April 30, 2011 at 7:39 am

    My wish list keeps growing…I like the tea bag card and the thanks card best. Really like how you illustrated them all!

  • April 30, 2011 at 7:50 am

    All beautiful projects Sarah! What great ways to show off this set. I love your experimental card. So clever how you used the layering to show the background xcolor!

  • April 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

    These projects so beautiful and they would make great gifts ideas. Can’t hardly wait to make all of these lovely projects. Tks for sharing them!

  • April 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I love that you used a real teabag, that is so great. The card is so darn cute

  • April 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I love all of your projects but the Thanks card is my favorite! I love it when simplicity gives such impact! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win this great little set:-)
    Inky hugs,

  • April 30, 2011 at 10:36 am

    My favorite is the teabag card. Its adorable. I was on the fence about the punch, guess I might have to order it now. Thanks!

  • April 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I have to say the bath bead gift was definitely my favorite–so elegant with the pearls! I do love what you do with the elegant soiree paper, though. Neat patterns! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  • April 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Rats! I was thinking I wouldn’t need this punch (key word: need!), but now I’m thinking I do! Love what you’ve done with them all–each so unique. I love the last one. The first one too…I like the idea of the bath beads and can’t wait for instructions! Fun!

  • April 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Super cute projects! I love it!

  • April 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I love them all but think I like the Thanks card best. What a great way to use up all my teeny scraps! That is an awesome punch! Great ideas, Sarah!

  • April 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Great projects!! I’m the same way about stepping out of my comfort zone when creating but you did a wonderful job!! My fav were the 2nd and 3rd projects!!

  • April 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Unique projects! Thanks for sharing :)

  • April 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    they are all lovely projects but my fav is the bathsalts set, as it would be a lovely present.Thanks for sharing and for this opportunity to win,

  • April 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I LOVE IT ALL! You know I am such a FAN!

  • April 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I love the clean and simple card thanks card—please pick me so I can make my own card just like it!! Thank you :)

  • April 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Your last experimental card was very fun and pretty! I’d like to try it on a white background instead of black and see how that looks. But I love the spacing in between, like tiles. The clean and simple thanks card is my favorite!

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