Jun 13 2009

Stampin’ Addicts Blog Hop!

It’s here!  The Stampin’ Addicts Bon Voyage Blog Hop.  If you arrived from Michelle’s #5 Blog Stopwelcome…my name is Connie Babbert and I’m stop #6!  Over 34 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are participating in this tour, featuring the Last Chance stamp sets retiring at the end of June.  The Blogs will feature 3-4  projects, each using a different retiring set.  You should come away with LOTS of inspiration and help selecting those final sets before they retire!  Don”t worry if you missed the first stop, you will make a continuous loop around to all 34 stops.  But remember, the links to each Tour Stop go away after midnight, Tuesday, June 16.  And hey…leave me a comment…it’s my BIRTHDAY!

My featured retiring set is Bella Blossoms.  This set in my arsenal didn’t get much ink until lately!  I always wanted to do a Stamp Camp using it, but just never made time.  Of course, now it is one of my favorites because it is so easy to work with.  I want to show you three different ways to use it.

My first card I used the large blossom cut away from the stem.  I stamped the blossom twice with Riding Hood Red on Glossy White cardstock (I think Glossy works best with these solid type stamps) and cut out one complete blossom and one with just the center of the blossom.  I layered the center one over the full one with dimensionals and placed it with dimensionals on a square of Whisper White.  I added the pierced design in the upper right corner.   The base card is Pink Pirouette and I layered the Red print from Bella Rose DSP on the left side.  I also added some of the Kiwi Kiss Polka Dot print from that same DSP under the Whisper White square.  And I added some Riding Hood Red striped ribbon.  Finally I cut two "leaves" from Build A Flower Die with the Big Shot, sponged around the edges with Kiwi Kiss ink and placed them under the Bella Blossom flower.   I added the "Thank You" from this set in the upper right corner with Riding Hood Red ink.

My next card is one that my Technique Class did last week using the Faux Shaving Cream technique.  I stamped the small flower Bella Blossom three times on Glossy White cardstock using this technique and then stamped it three more times in solid Riding Hood Red ink.  I punched the Faux Shaving Cream ones with the 1 3/8 circle punch and hand cut the centers of the blossoms from the other three solid ones, layering it in the centers of the Faux Shaving Cream ones (wow…hope you followed that!).  Each of the three flower units was layered onto a punched Riding Hood Red Scallop Circle.  The base card again is Pink Pirouette (that wasn’t planned!) and I used the Scallop Edge Punch on two strips of Whisper White cardstock.   These were layered under the check pattern from Bella Rose DSP.  I added the Red Taffeta Ribbon (I am going to MISS this ribbon…I stocked up!)  The flowers were adhered over the check DSP with dimensionals.

And, my final project is a mini gift ensemble.  The Bag is made from two sheets of Walk in the Park Designer Paper in the Occasions Mini which also ends June 30th.  We learned how to make the bag at Convention last year (or maybe the year before?)  I added two lengths of Baja Breeze Striped Ribbon for the handle.  I cut Glossy White cardstock with my Top Note die in the Big Shot.  The large blossom I inked up carefully with Baja Breeze ink for the flower and Kiwi Kiss for the stem and leaves.  I stamped on the Glossy White Top Note.  I inked up the center of the Blossom again and stamped it on a scrap piece of Glossy White, then cut it out and layered it over the large blossom.  Thank You was stamped in Black on the Top Note tag and added to the bag with Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbon

The square Note Pad was covered with Baja Breeze cardstock and layered on top with Walk in the Park DSP.  I stamped the Blossom exactly the same as I did the bag tag and layered it on Kiwi Kiss Cardstock.  I punched the Slot Punch in the lower right corner and added some Kiwi Kiss striped ribbon

I hope you enjoyed my projects made with the retiring Bella Blossom stamp set. 

Bella Blossoms



Make sure to check out your next #7 blog stop, Kat from Kat’s Card’s Blog.  She is featuring Happy Heart Day!



44 People have left comments on this post

Jun 13, 2009 - 08:06:50
jmniffer said:

Great cards, I haven’t done the faux shaving cream technique, love the look. Happy Birthday. jmniffer

Jun 13, 2009 - 08:06:12
Mary Brown said:

GREAT projects Connie! I really like the blue one…but I have a thing about blue flowers!

Jun 13, 2009 - 10:06:33
chrisd said:

That Bella Blossoms set is great. I like the first one best! Hugs from Michigan

Jun 13, 2009 - 10:06:44
Twila Davis said:

Great projects! Love your last set of projects. Cute bag!

Jun 13, 2009 - 10:06:31
Rachel B said:

I love your cards. I really like the one you made in Red Riding Hood with the three little blossoms. It was very pretty.

Jun 13, 2009 - 11:06:59
amysings said:

Lovely job! Thanks so much for participating! Love that faux shaving cream card!

Jun 13, 2009 - 12:06:02
BarbaraD said:

I love what you’ve done with this set! Everything is lovely as always. Had hoped to choose this set with my SAB rewards, but sadly, it’s on the Last Chance List!

Jun 13, 2009 - 12:06:23
Deb B. (Debadoo) said:

connie you always do such great work and these are no exception!! Beautiful.

Jun 13, 2009 - 12:06:08
Brandi said:

Beautiful projects, Connie! It’s one of my fave sets. TFS!


Jun 13, 2009 - 12:06:08
Sharon said:

I love what you did with this set. The projects are just stunning.

Jun 13, 2009 - 01:06:47

These are SO gorgeous! Awesome projects. Happy birthday, too!

Jun 13, 2009 - 01:06:03
rhondag said:

Such pretty and soft projects!

Jun 13, 2009 - 02:06:57
Alicia said:

Happy, happy birthday! I hope your day is wonderful!
I love your projects. I agree, I love this set, and never got it, now I may just have to!

Jun 13, 2009 - 02:06:50
dixie finn said:

Happy Birthday, fantastic job with this stamp set.

Jun 13, 2009 - 02:06:41
Marti said:

Gorgeous, most awesome projects!! Thank you so much for sharing in this blog hop! I’m loving the tour!

Enjoy your day, Happy Birthday! 🙂

Jun 13, 2009 - 03:06:15

Sweet cards! Love the Bella Rose stamps!

Jun 13, 2009 - 04:06:22
Jean Fitch said:

Hi Connie,

Happy Birthday from Southern Oregon. Our two birthdays are exactly 6 months apart! And thanks for sharing such detailed projects with one of my favorite stamp sets. I’m heartbroken to see this one go.

Blessings – Jean

Jun 13, 2009 - 06:06:41
Kathy said:

It’s so sad that this set is retiring! You have made some beautiful projects. I love them all!

Jun 13, 2009 - 06:06:09
Cheryl said:

Great projects, Connie! Very nice.

Jun 13, 2009 - 06:06:10

Great job on these projects. Thanks for sharing the glossy card stock trick for big solid images. I will have to try that.

Jun 13, 2009 - 06:06:28
sudmo said:

Love your cards. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! -Diane

Jun 13, 2009 - 06:06:55

I LOVE this stamp set! I especially like your last project with the pretty Walk in the Park DSP!

Jun 13, 2009 - 06:06:08
TABray said:

Love you work. These cards are beautiful. Happy Birthday.

Jun 13, 2009 - 07:06:05
rose kerry said:

Love your projects Connie, the colors are fabulous!

Jun 13, 2009 - 07:06:24
Yapha said:

Happy Birthday!!! Your projects are fabulous!

Jun 13, 2009 - 08:06:24
Rhonda L. said:

Beautiful! Love the gift bag and tag!

Jun 13, 2009 - 08:06:40
Julie A. said:


I love the beautiful projects that you made with Bella Blossoms. I hope you are having a wonderful day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Jun 13, 2009 - 09:06:38
Margaret said:

I’m going to miss this set! Thanks for sharing!

Jun 13, 2009 - 10:06:46
Carolee said:

Happy Birthday, Connie! Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 13, 2009 - 11:06:19

Happy Birthday from West Chester, Ohio! … Patricia

Jun 14, 2009 - 08:06:53
Sandy said:

I loved your cards with this stamp set. It seems like we just got it and now it is gone. So sad- I loved it. I have all of the paper for the mini set and you inspired me. Thanks again and Happy Birthday!!!

Jun 14, 2009 - 03:06:32
Holly said:

Oh my, Connie, I hope your birthday was every bit as lovely as these projects. I haven’t really noticed this set–now you’re making it so hard to resist!

Jun 15, 2009 - 10:06:18
MaryR said:

so pretty – i just love the second card with the circle blossoms layout

Jun 15, 2009 - 01:06:30
Holly said:

They are soo pretty! I like all of them! Great job! Love the gift bag set!

Jun 15, 2009 - 02:06:10
Comeka said:

Your projects are great – I especially love your red and green card! TFS!

Jun 15, 2009 - 07:06:05
Debbi said:

Great cards Connie! I really enjoyed the faux shaving cream one and the tutorial on layering the large flower was great.

Jun 15, 2009 - 07:06:50
Pammybaby said:

Oh, yummy!! These are beautiful!

Jun 16, 2009 - 12:06:28

LOVE your projects! One of my favorite stamps sets of all times!

Jun 16, 2009 - 12:06:01
Candace said:

Wow… love your projects!

Jun 16, 2009 - 01:06:08
Dawnmarie said:

Absolutely love them all! Especially the card and matching gift bag. Too cute!

Jun 16, 2009 - 01:06:37
Beth said:

Happy, happy birthday!! Your projects are all stunning-I love how you cut out the big bloom in the first card (CUTE polka dot leaves, too!), the trio of flowers in the second card is awesome, and I am so lovin’ your gift bag set-oh, how I wish Walk in the Park could stay forever…TFS!!

Jun 16, 2009 - 04:06:31
Renée said:

Beautiful projects! I love your variety of colours and project types. TFS 🙂

Jun 16, 2009 - 11:06:20
Kat Menk said:

Great Projects! I love the bag.

Jun 16, 2009 - 11:06:50


I thoroughly enjoyed the Blog Hop! I finished the last stop with minutes to spare! Just been very busy lately. A big thank you for all the inspiration! What fun to be a participant! Love a challenge!