January 17, 2016


So, have you seen the beautiful, wondrous items on pages 16 and 17 of the new Occasions Catalog that went live January 5???? REALLY?? You HAVEN'T?? Get over there. (Click on the icon on the right!)

The moment my eyes fell on these pages, I knew I had fallen irretrievably in love! Just looking at the tiny pictures that accompany the information about the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies made me think of a puzzle, just waiting for me to put it together. 

These items were the first thing I pre-ordered from this catalog. And, yes, I ordered the BUNDLE. Because, well, just because! I mean, did you notice the adorable stamp set that accompanies the set of Thinlits? Yup. They were mine. Bundle, here I come! And, besides, buying the bundle saves me 15% over purchasing the items separately. A no brainer, for sure.

I wanted to create a card with these items that would make my customers fall in love with it, just like I did! The girls created their own on Monday, January 11, at my monthly Stamp-In. 

And, this is the card I came up with:

A close-up view of the detailing:

I love the intriguing profile the card boasts when it is standing up. And the dimension! LOVE IT!

Showing what it looks like opened. Notice the neat little hinging at the top:

Would you be interested in re-creating this card for yourself? Well, you're in luck, because below you will find the complete directions to do so.

Bloomin' Love stamp set (page 17 in the Occasions Catalog)

Blushing Bride cardstock
Calypso Coral cardstock
Whisper White cardstock

Calypso Coral ink
Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker

Big Shot
Circles Collection Framelits
Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits (page 16 in the Occasions Catalog)
Precision Base Plate (page 19 in the Occasions Catalog)
Scallop Border Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
Basic Pearls
Simply Scored

With the Simply Scored tool, score a 5" x 10" piece of Whisper White cardstock at 5". Crease on the score line.

Cover the folded piece with the large scalloped Circle Framelit, making sure that the fold line is a bit down from the edge of the Framelit so it doesn't cut through at the fold. Run through the Big Shot.

Also with the Circles Collection Framelits, cut a 4" circle from Calypso Coral cardstock. Adhere this piece to the scalloped circle card base.

Draw dots insidee each of the scallops with the Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker.

Run a 4" x 4" piece of Blushing Bride cardstock through the Big Shot covered by the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlit, making sure you are using the Precision Base Plate. Run it through three times. Use the fine end of the scoring tool to rid the heart of the excess pieces of paper. (I do have the Big Shot Die Brush -- which I've heard is THE BOMB! -- on order, but didn't have it when I created this card.)

Adhere the heart to the Calypso Coral circle, using minute drops of glue.

On scraps of Whisper White cardstock, stamp two of the large flowers and three of the small ones in Calypso Coral ink. Using the proper flower Framelits, cut out each of the flowers. You can cut one large and one small at the same time.

Adhere the cut-out flowers into their places on the heart with a BIT of Stampin' Dimensional. Add an appropriately-sized Basic Pearl to the center of each flower.

Use the (retired) Scalloped Border Punch on a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock that measures 1 1/8" by 3/4". Use the Simply Scored tool to make a crease along the approximate center of this piece. Then, applying glue to both edges, adhere this piece over the fold at the top of the card.

Inside the card, in Calypso Coral ink, stamp the banner, followed by your sentiment of choice in the center of the banner.

NOTE: When I initially had my card completed, I simply HATED how it looked at the fold line. I tried several ideas, not liking any of them. Until I finally came up with the solution of the Scalloped Border punched hinge that I added. I am very happy with the looks of this! 

If you would like to make exquisite cards for all your Valentines, just click on the Occasions Catalog icon on the right column of my blog, and order all the essentials! While you're there, order the Big Shot Die Brush on page 19, instead of waiting like I did.

Have fun!!



  1. That's a beautiful card. That bundle is on my list for sure.

  2. So pretty, I love that hinge solution - very clever.

  3. This card is just amazing and decorating your hinge is so clever. It's one of those little details that it's so easy to overlook but makes such a huge impact to the final finish.

  4. You made such a pretty card!
    Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  5. This is just incredible. I've never seen such beautiful work before. Thank you so much for sharing it on the #HomeMattersParty

  6. This is SO pretty! OMG I love it!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  7. What a cute card! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

  8. This is just GORGEOUS! Featuring when my party opens up!

  9. Lovely! I'm sure the folks you share it with will treasure it!! Thank you for sharing your creativity at #FridayFrivolity!!

  10. That is just so beautiful Linda. You amaze me with your creativity. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Love, Mimi xxx