Saturday, 10 February 2018

Feb 2018 Stamp n Hop Blog Hop - Anything from Occasions


Welcome to the first ever Stamp n Hop blog hop.  My name is Karen and I'm from the south east of the UK. It's pretty cold here this week, with snow, so a good excuse to stay home in the warm and play with some of my favourite things from Stampin Up!'s Occasions catalogue. This is the seasonal catalogue and is available until 31 May 2018.

I joined Stampin Up! just over a year ago and what a year it has been. I was never a stamper before, so used to buy sheets and sheets of peel off stickers to add sentiments to my cards. Now those sheets lay unused and unloved as I stamp EVERYTHING!! 

This is my first blog hop and I am very excited to see what everyone else is making this month. 

As for me, this has certainly been a year of "firsts" - I was very lucky to attend my first Onstage Local in Solihull, England last November so got to see all the new things in the current Occasions catalogue ... and wanted it all!

The first thing I bought in the Occasions catalogue and so the project I would like to present first is my rollercoaster card for my grandsons birthday

I used Tempting Turquoise as my base card, (basically a full sheet cut in half). Then layers of Real Red and Whisper White. It was a little fiddly folding out the 3D part but after watching the demonstration by Stampin Up!, I soon got to grips with it. I then added Wood Textures DSP to the front of the coaster.
Outside I had fun with the balloons. I used mainly the Brights selection of colours. Dont tell anyone, but the little gem at the end of the ribbon hides a little smudge of ink 😉

At Onstage I was lucky to choose 2nd from the hopper  on our table at the end of the day and brought home the Cake Soiree set. I usually buy the clear mount stamps and these are wood mount  but at least I get to see the difference now - I prefer clear mount!


I mention the Sweet Soiree set for a reason. I simply fell in love with the whole suite, especially the matching DSP, and bought 2 packs as I knew I'll be using it a lot.

 This is the first thing I've made with the beautiful paper. Each 12x12 sheet has silver foiling on one side and is super thick

The gift bag was an easy make. You need a 12" x 9" piece of DSP

On the long side score @ 1 3/4", 5 1/2", 7 1/4" and 11"

On the short side score @ 1 3/4" and 8 1/4" 
(if there is a definite pattern to the paper, like mine, make sure the 1 3/4" score line is for the base, otherwise your bag will be upside-down!)

Cut away the small rectangular corner piece (it will be obvious where it is).  Fold and gently burnish all the score lines.

Cut up to the first score line for the base. Add adhesive of your choice to the side flap and attach the sides of your bag.  Tear n Tape or Fast Fuse is best. Fold over the top score line. Fold up the base flaps and adhere creating your bag base. Gently pinch the sides of your bag ensuring the edges are even. 

I used my Crop-o-dile for the next part as the paper is so thick. You want to punch holes at the top of the bag to thread your ribbon through. I used my Powder Pink ribbon as its one of the colours in the paper and Powder Pink and Whisper White card for the tag.

The sentiment comes from the Cake Soiree stamp set and I used Berry Burst ink (another of the colours in the dsp).

I hope you like my little showcase, now please do go see what my fellow bloggers have been up to. I'm sure they'll inspire you!

Love, Peace & Happiness

Karen x

Melissa Kerman

Christina Walker

Karen Pearmain (you are here)

Lisa Kmiec

Joyce Whitman

Bobbi Miller

Ilka Teschke

Danielle Kassing

Terry Montgomery

Tracey Gourad

Kat Spencer

Mo Rootes

Laurie Meier

Georgia Gaydos

Courtenay Heuston

Jessie Holton

Susan Simpson

Shannon Cole

Linda Richenberg


  1. so cute! your grandson is going to love it

  2. Lovely job! I'm so happy your year was full of great firsts! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Soo beautiful. I love the roller coaster card and how much fun it is. Thanks so much for hopping along.

    1. Thank you Christina, it was fiddly nut worth the effort

  4. Happy Birthday for your grandson. He will abolutely love the rollercoaster

  5. Fab card, looks really complicated x

    1. Thanks Mo, I enjoyed making it ... once I figured out how to!

  6. Such a bright and happy card, lovely! The gift bag is very pretty as well, I like the soft look.

  7. That roller coaster card fantastic. And congrats of a year of loads of firsts!

    1. Thanks Eva, you could say it's been a rollercoaster of a year!

  8. The roller coaster set totally intimidates me, but you’ve made it look so wonderful! I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this for a year!

  9. That card is adorable! And such a fun greeting for a 5 year old!

  10. Great job with that set. So cute!

  11. Your projects are stunning! I especially like the gift bag. So sweet! :) TFS!

  12. Love your card, such a great set... thank you for sharing, Laura xx

  13. I love your card & your bag! Thanks for sharing xx

  14. Your card and bag are wonderful! I can only imagine the big smile that your grandson will have when he sees his birthday card. I don't have the rollercoaster bundle (yet!)...but, now have it on my list. You definitely have had a busy last year. Thanks for sharing your projects. See you next month!

  15. This is such a fun card and I love your choice of cheerful colours. Thanks for sharing x

  16. What a fun birthday card. I am sure your Grandson will love it - I know I would :)

  17. Such a sweet card and bag. Nice job.