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Apothecary Art -- Stampin' Addicts Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Hop

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Hi There!

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Hop.  This weekend I'm joining a group of extremely talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrator members of the Stampin' Addicts on-line community to share with you some of the great new items that will be available in the Occasions Mini Catalog beginning on January 3rd. 

If you're progressing through the Hop from the beginning, you've just arrived from Sharon Field's awesome blog featuring the Rue des Fleurs stamp set.  I just love Sharon's work and her projects are just wonderful! You can click here to see her post for the blog hop.

However, if you're traveling through the Hop from the opposite direction, then you've just spent some time with my Central Florida neighbor, Adriana Benitez, and her fun projects featuring the You're My Type stamp set.  I'm always impressed with Adriana's clean style.  You can click here to return to her blog.

My stop on the Hop features the Apothecary Art stamp set.  I hope you enjoy viewing the projects.  Be sure to stop by next week for all the details about how these projects were created.

We'll begin with a very mailable birthday card.

(click on card to see larger image)

The image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Staz-On Jet Black ink and watercolored with the Blender Pen and Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Riding Hood Red inks.  It's hard to see in this photo (except for the embarassing splotches), but there's Gold Glow Smooch Spritz over the stamped and colored image.  The image was die cut using the new Labels Collection Framelits dies for the Big Shot.  These are so EASY to use!  The next size of Framelits die was used to cut the Blushing Bride card front and a piece of Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.  A pretty bow of Whisper White Taffeta ribbon was adhered just below the center of the banner on the focal point.

My second project is a decorated gift box filled with gift tags.

(click on box to see larger image)

The Kraft Gift Box is such a versatile size and is so fun to decorate.  For this box, I used the Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper.  A piece of this great paper was double matted with Pool Party and Poppy Parade cardstock and adhered to each of the outside panels of the box (with the exception of the bottom) and the inside panel of the box lid.  You'll note that there's lots of sponging on this box; all done with Soft Suede ink. 

The focal point for the box lid was stamped with Staz-On Jet Black ink and colored with the Blender Pen and Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, and Pool Party inks.  The image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered to a Poppy Parade mat cut with the corresponding size Labels Collection Framelits die.  A banner was created and placed across the center of the focal point.

(click on box to see larger image)

The inside of the box was lined with the reverse side of the Designer Series Paper used for the outside of the box.  A piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon was adhered along the top edge of the liner.

(click on tags to see larger image)

Inside the box are some pretty gift tags.  The stamped image was created using the same process utilized for the box top with the exception of the banner.  Instead, a piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon was wrapped around the center of the image and knotted.  The card base consists of two pieces of Poppy Parade (or Pool Party) cardstock cut with the Labels Collection Framelits die.  More info on how the cards were assembled will be provided next week.

I really liked that the Apothecary Art stamp set includes a stamp image that can be used for a journaling block on a scrapbook page (in addition to being a great image for a jar label).

(click on scrapbook pages for larger image)

These are 6" x 6" facing pages with a Riding Hood Red Textured cardstock base.  Pieces of striped paper from the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper were matted with Pear Pizzazz cardstock to reside along the left edge of the left facing page and the right edge of the right facing page.  The edges of the cardstock were cut using the scallop edge Adorning Accents Edgelits die.  These are way too cool and just as easy to use as the Framelits!  A piece of Riding Hood Red 3/8" Pleated Satin ribbon covers the edge of the Designer Series Paper nearest the scallop edge of the Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  A second piece of Twitterpated Designer Series Paper was die cut using the Paper Doily Large Sizzlits die.  Isn't it just beautiful??!!  The doily was cut down the center and each half was placed along the center edges of each scrapbook page. 

The label image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Basic Gray ink.  The first time the image was stamped to include the dotted journaling lines.  The second time, the stamp was cleaned and only the outside edge and floral design of the image were inked using the brush tip of a Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker.  The beautiful sentiment from the Butterfly Prints stamp set was placed in the open area under the floral image.  Both images were colored with the Blender Pen and Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, and Riding Hood Red inks and cut out using Paper Snips.  The images were matted with Pear Pizzazz cardstock cut with the corresponding size Labels Collection Framelits die.  A butterfly of Baja Breeze (Rock & Roll'd) with Riding Hood Red ink resides near the top right corner of the right facing page.

In addition to the Apothecary Art stamp set, you've seen a boatload of new items from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  By completing the Blog Hop you'll be able to see a whole lot more.  There's just so much deliciousness in this catalog, it's hard to take it all in!! 

I look forward to your return visit next week for more details on how each of these projects were made.



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Gorgeous, gorgeous projects Mickey! The box is lovely - I imagine it would make a lovely gift container for any special occasion... or just to look at :)


Fabulous projects!! Love that box, just gorgeous! And the scrapbook layout is wonderful, too!!


Beautiful projects. The kraft box is my favorite. It is so pretty it doesn't even need a gift in it!

Heidi Baks

Beautiful projects! The decorated box is gorgeous!


love these!! SO elegant and classy!


Beautiful job showing the versatility of this set!! Love your ideas! I was a little iffy on this set, but now I think I have to have it!


Fabulous!! Love the gift tags. This is the set I'm looking forward most to getting.

Sharon F

LOVE the simple card design... the box is absolutely GORGEOUS!! The tags are too sweet! What a great stamp set... got to put it on my list now!

Cindy E.

Mickey, I really didn't think I "needed" the Apothecary Art stamp set, but you've changed my mind (darn you!). The beautiful simplicity of that first card is what nailed it. I hadn't even thought of making tags with the Labels Framelits, but now I'm thinking of the possibilities!

Shelley Z.

The box and tags are a wonderful gift! Anyone would be honored to receive. Your scrapbook pages are marvelous too!

Kim B

Lovely ideas, Mickey. I really like how you decorated the kraft box.

Paula aka Scrapshappen

Love, love, love the box. I don't have this set or that paper and now I want both.

Diane Simpers

Beautiful projects, Mickey! You are a real inspiration!

Lisa Young, Add Ink and Stamp

Absolutely lovely - each and every one. That box is especially beautiful!


Beautiful projects Mickey!


Great project. I just love the box. Lots of ideas are coming to mind.
Thanks so much

Deb B (Debadoo)

You did a fantastic job with this set and I must say I was looking forward to seeing this set used, cuz it had me baffled. lol I'm usually not drawn to frilly stuff. I love how you used so many mini items on your projects! That box with the gift tags is gorgeous.

Cindy Ware

I love these! Esp. the box and tags. Beautiful!

Sara Mattson-Blume

Mickey-- these are fabulous! WOW!

Melisa Roeber

Lovely projects!

Jen Timko

Mickey, these are lovely!! I love that first card and your box is a wow!

Twila Davis

Gorgeous work, just beautiful. That's all needs to be said about them :) Happy New Year!

Tanya Boser

Yummy! That gift box is to die for, and the gift tags are gorgeous too! Ah, heck. EVERYTHING is amazing!

Jeanne Nielsen

Beautiful card! Love the box and tags too! TFS!

Connie Collins

Mickey, your projects are amazing! Great job!

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