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Hello friends!

Welcome to the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Design Team’s June hop!   This month our theme is “The Sweet Smells of Summer“.   If you’ve arrived here from  Deborah Saaranen’s blog, then you are in the right spot!   If not, I suggest you start back at Sharon’s Stamp Simply Ribbon Store blog so that you don’t miss anything!

When we were discussing what theme we should use for this month, my suggestion was Americana.   When I think of summer, the things that come to mind are July 4th, picnics, BBQs and family reunions.   I was thinking Americana would work for any of those.  Well, the other day, my aunt and I were talking about how my mom would drag us all out to Watsonville (in CA) each summer to pick  strawberries for preserves.   My mom’s preserves were famous.   Not because they were “smuckerlike”, but because they always tended to be a little runny.   They were absolutely perfect for putting on fresh hot waffles!

So, for today’s project, I created a basket of strawberries.   They are fresh picked and ready to can! 🙂  Can you smell them?


The strawberry pattern came from Sherry Brickey at Paperscrapz.   You can find it HERE.


The basket is woven with 1/4″ pieces of Garden Green card stock.   I scored them on one end to secure them to the basket bottom I created.   Alternating from one side to the other, I created the vertical slats first.   Then I used a piece of Garden Green cardstock cut at 1″ to wrap around the top to secure the top of the slats.   lastly, I cut 1/4″ x 12″ pieces to weave around the horizontal way.   It was a bit tricky, but after the pieces are all together, you can make adjustments until it looks right.


For my card, I created two strawberries using the small oval punch.   Each strawberry is three punched ovals adhered at the tips then snipped off at the top.   I freehand cut the strawberry leaves and vines.


Here are my deets:

Stamps:  Just Rite’s Seeds of Kindness (medallion on basket); Just Rite’s Friendship set (sentiment ring on card) ~ both from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Colors: GP White, Garden Green, Real Red,  Pink Paislee 365 degrees dp

Ink: Always Artichoke, Versamark, Tim Holtz tea bag distressing ink

Accessories: 1.25″ wide crochet lace, 1/8″ red and green satin ribbon, red/off white gingham ribbon, white brads, white candy dots (colored with copic marker to match the garden green), circle punches, scalloped circle punch, sticky tape, scoring blade, hole punch, sponge, swiss dots embossing folder, circle nesties, scalloped circles nesties. eyelet border punch, ribbon threading punch, dimensionals


Ok, now for some fun stuff!    One lucky hopper is going to win the new Cappella Kit that is shown above.    How we do this is… after the cut off time (see Sharon’s blog), a random number is chosen that corresponds to one of the blogs in the hop.   Then another number is chosen based on the comments on that blog, to determine the winner.    So, though it’s not required, you’re best served to comment on all the blogs to increase your chances of winning this awesome candy!


Sharon is offering 20% off of all JustRite products in her store HERE.  The sale runs thru Monday June 14th at 8am.  You can e-mail your orders to Sharon at [email protected]



Sharon Johnson – Stamp Simply Ribbon Store blog

Michelle Woerner

  Linda Duke

  Sherry Cheever

 Barb Schram

 Deborah Saaranen

 Holly McMillen

You’ve come to the end of the hop!!   We thank you so very much for hopping along with us today.   Blessings, all!



77 Responses to “~ The Sweet Smells of Summer – Blog Hop ~”

  1. on 08 Jun 2010 at 06:20Linby

    Love the clean fresh crisp look of these pieces.

  2. on 08 Jun 2010 at 06:25Jerri Kay

    Totally adorable designs Holly, love the strawberry theme, so sweet . . . . pardon the pun . . . LOL . . . hugs, Jerri

  3. on 08 Jun 2010 at 06:39Deb Saaranen

    These are over the top “sweet” Holly! I love the yummy strawberry theme, the red and white colors together are so fresh! Fabulous!

  4. on 08 Jun 2010 at 06:51Linda Duke

    I LOVE THIS!!!! girl.. you always come up with the best idea’s….. really adorable – Linda Duke

  5. on 08 Jun 2010 at 06:54Becki Jo

    Brilliant !!! The colors are so fresh and bright, so pretty !!

  6. on 08 Jun 2010 at 06:58Velta

    Hi there Holly!! Long time no see…I love your project here what a great gift idea! The strawberries are perfect (the ones you made out of paper) LOL! The card, another beauty! Hope you and yours are doing well!

  7. on 08 Jun 2010 at 07:08Luanne Ford

    Gasp! These are unbelievable! The colors are so “strawberry”, with the red and green. And the DSP is a great setting. Love it!

  8. on 08 Jun 2010 at 07:15Lisa Silver (silvergirl)

    I just ADORE this! The bold strawberries with the crisp white is just perfect!

  9. on 08 Jun 2010 at 07:21Rhonda H

    What a great project. Our family picked strawberries this year. What great memories and a wonderful card!

  10. on 08 Jun 2010 at 07:21Laurie

    This is a happy fun summer card! Love the strawberries and all of the bright colors you used.

  11. on 08 Jun 2010 at 07:24Kelly Massman

    First of all, YUM! Your strawberry card and basket are just darling!

  12. on 08 Jun 2010 at 07:31Betsy

    Your lovely designs are lip-smacking sweet!! Just couldn’t get enough of looking at this lovely summer eye-candy.

  13. on 08 Jun 2010 at 07:32Kathy Hering


  14. on 08 Jun 2010 at 07:36cristinoel

    How cute and clever. Love those strawberries.

  15. on 08 Jun 2010 at 07:49Charlette

    Your card and little bag are just so sweet! You are so talented. I really love all the little touches on your card. TFS and have a wonderful day.

  16. on 08 Jun 2010 at 07:59Holly

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those darling strawberries! That basket? OH MY HECK – what a wonderful job you’ve done weaving this!!!

  17. on 08 Jun 2010 at 08:02chaun

    Takes me back to when we used to go and pick strawberries on a strawberry farm when I was a little girl.

  18. on 08 Jun 2010 at 08:22Beth Taylor

    What great projects-crisp summery colors–I can almost smell the strawberries!

  19. on 08 Jun 2010 at 09:07Lynda Hill

    Holly, I can smell and taste those strawberries. Absolutely beautiful card. This brings back so many memories of my Mom and Dad. Dad would grow and pick, and Mom would make preserves. We enjoyed that for so many years. I really miss it and them, now. Thanks, for the memories!

  20. on 08 Jun 2010 at 09:14Gail S.

    I just want strawberries now! Very nice!

  21. on 08 Jun 2010 at 09:16Susan G

    Beautiful Summer colors. Thanks so much for sharing the info for the strawberries. They and the basket are just the cutest!

  22. on 08 Jun 2010 at 09:16Louise

    Love the colors you have used and the strawberries . . . . just beautiful!

  23. on 08 Jun 2010 at 09:41Heidi Karpen

    This set is incredible- I’m still marveling at the basket and the strawberries! What a lovely way to give some summer gifts!

  24. on 08 Jun 2010 at 10:02Sylvia Johnson

    What a pretty card. I like how you kept the embossed dots on different layers. It really pulled your card together. The whole thing is so summery. Strawberries happen to be one of the best smells of summer to me.

  25. on 08 Jun 2010 at 10:19Cindy H

    I love it! Thanks for sharing

  26. on 08 Jun 2010 at 10:34Emily

    Your card and basket set are so fresh and sweet! Love the paper and colours you used.
    Thanks for sharing! :o)

  27. on 08 Jun 2010 at 10:44Marisa

    Love those strawberries, Holly! Fabulous! Our patch is producing and it is so much fun to go out and pick a few. Love the basket – you are so good at making 3D items! And yes, I can smell those strawberries all the way from here LOL!

  28. on 08 Jun 2010 at 10:51Sherry Cheever

    Holly your project is FABULOUS! It’s so creative and just perfect!!!

  29. on 08 Jun 2010 at 10:58Marlene (cards4u)

    This is just wondeful!! Thanks for sharing all the details! Love the red and white – so fresh and summery : )

  30. on 08 Jun 2010 at 11:06Sharon L

    Wow! Gorgeous set! I had fresh strawberries for breakfast and was thinking about the sights and smells of summer. Thanks for round two of summer smells. Hee hee!
    Sharon L

  31. on 08 Jun 2010 at 11:11Colleen Dietrich

    Love those strawberries! And you had my mouth watering at the description of your mom’s preserves and those waffles…yum!

  32. on 08 Jun 2010 at 11:44Rachel Hope

    Mmmm, fresh, bright and Delish!

  33. on 08 Jun 2010 at 11:50Carla Suto

    Fabulous project and card, Holly! The basket of strawberries is amazing and each detail of your presentation is perfect! Looks so yummy!

  34. on 08 Jun 2010 at 12:09Mary Harris

    I am loving this!! What a wonderful idea and how fun!! You thought of everything. You can almost smell them. I love all the details!!

  35. on 08 Jun 2010 at 12:11Cyndee

    What a cute card and basket! The color combination is delightfully fresh and crisp!

  36. on 08 Jun 2010 at 12:44Pati L

    YES! Strawberries! My fav! Love your project, all the details, very cool! I love that plant/harvest saying on the medallion too.

  37. on 08 Jun 2010 at 12:57Lynne Phelps

    I love how you made the strawberries – you are so clever! Charming card, so fresh and summery!

  38. on 08 Jun 2010 at 13:40Lynne

    Holly such an awesome card. The strawberry looks good enough to eat. I loved visiting your blog and I’ll be back again soon.


  39. on 08 Jun 2010 at 13:48Tara Prince

    Gorgeous set!!

  40. on 08 Jun 2010 at 14:19Sandra

    love it!

    You are my inspiration to pull out and use my Spellbinders dies!
    Thank you!

  41. on 08 Jun 2010 at 14:22jackie watson

    I just love your project. Your strawberries are super. I would have never thought of that. I think it will be fun to make them since I love strawberries. Thanks for sharing your artwork with us.

  42. on 08 Jun 2010 at 14:22Glenda Brooks

    Wow! Girl, you went the extra mile on this one! Great job! Love the colors!

  43. on 08 Jun 2010 at 14:38Debbie Reaves

    Your projects are just out of this world beautiful!

    Great ideas!

    take care,

    Debbie Reaves

  44. on 08 Jun 2010 at 14:56Mary Smith

    Yes, I can just smell them! Beautiful card.

  45. on 08 Jun 2010 at 15:18Stacie

    OMG! This is sooooooooo sweet and pretty!! Love it!

  46. on 08 Jun 2010 at 15:21Deb

    Wow, Holly! WOW! This is so gorgeous!

  47. on 08 Jun 2010 at 15:34marilyn

    Beautiful card .I can taste those sweet strawberries now .Thanks for sharing

  48. on 08 Jun 2010 at 15:47Kelly G

    What a great box! Can definitely taste those strawberies

  49. on 08 Jun 2010 at 16:51teresa kline

    wow Holly, those strawberries look so real, yummy card!

    enjoy *~*

  50. on 08 Jun 2010 at 17:05Andrene

    This card is not only creative but also just about the cutest one I have seen!! Perfect for the summer theme.

  51. on 08 Jun 2010 at 17:15Brenda H

    Love your card — The strawberries look good enough to eat! The card is gorgeous.

  52. on 08 Jun 2010 at 19:03Peggy Allen

    Love the strawberry card and basket. Soooo sweet! You know I do love next to the strawberry capital of the world in Plant City, FL.
    God bless!

  53. on 08 Jun 2010 at 19:05Rebekah Kaberry

    I could just pluck those strawberry right off that card and eat them they look so delicious! So fresh looking and a great colour combo. Red and green can be so hard to put together without looking christmassy but you’ve done a great job. Thanks for sharing!

  54. on 08 Jun 2010 at 19:13Sylvia from Minnesota

    The stamping with white ink and the lace are beautiful-what a striking card. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  55. on 08 Jun 2010 at 19:36Patti J.

    Wonderful project! Those ‘berries’ make me smile! Great idea, and what fun – thanks for sharing!

  56. on 08 Jun 2010 at 20:13D Perry

    What a talent you have! I would not have thought to make the strawberries that way. Wow, what an imagination! Thanks for the inspiration.

  57. on 08 Jun 2010 at 20:44Shelly Kasban

    Your projects made me so happy! Cute, cute, cute. Shelly K

  58. on 08 Jun 2010 at 20:47Cassie K

    LOVE this card. Strawberries are so summer to me and the way you created yours is just so cute and creative.

  59. on 08 Jun 2010 at 21:30Sue D

    This is so cute! I love the strawberries and the card and the basket ia adorable!

  60. on 08 Jun 2010 at 22:00Marilyn

    Adorable!! Your hard work shows in this card. Love strawberries!!!

  61. on 08 Jun 2010 at 23:31Corinna

    I am always wowed by your work and today is no exception! tfs Holly!! 😀

  62. on 09 Jun 2010 at 07:14Kathy W

    Nothing says summer like fresh strawberries! This is a wonderful card and project. Thanks for sharing.

  63. on 09 Jun 2010 at 07:25Barb(GrandmaUpNorth)

    Love your design. Its soooo summery. I really like everything about it!

  64. on 09 Jun 2010 at 11:02Janet L

    Wow! I love your projects. The colors and details are all beautiful! I can almost taste the strawberries. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  65. on 09 Jun 2010 at 11:10Cherie

    Fantastic! Such beautiful colors and I absolutely love the ribbon! 🙂 The strawberries look like you could eat them right from the picture! TFS!

  66. on 09 Jun 2010 at 12:20erin

    Great bright colors.

  67. on 09 Jun 2010 at 14:25SherylH

    Oh, your card is so nice and summery — brings thoughts of sunshine on this cool rainy day. Great idea for creating the strawberries.

  68. on 09 Jun 2010 at 15:15conniemelancon

    This is BEAUITUL!! LOVE the basket and the red, green and white.

  69. on 09 Jun 2010 at 19:20Traci S. (at SCS)

    Hi Holly~

    How great to find you here! I had no idea!
    I love your basket of strawberries…so red!
    Of course, I would have to turn them on top of some sponge cake with ice cream and whipped cream!

    Delicious card!

    He IS Able,
    Traci S.

  70. on 09 Jun 2010 at 20:57Kathryn Moffatt

    Berry Pretty!

  71. on 10 Jun 2010 at 02:24Helen L.

    Wow! your creations are amazing!! Great color choices, and such creativity!! And so definitely summer: thanks for sharing your great talent!

  72. on 10 Jun 2010 at 06:19Pat

    Amazing card. Quite beautiful.
    thanks for sharing.

  73. on 10 Jun 2010 at 16:07Becki B

    All I can say is WOW!!! what fabulous colors and everything about it is fabulous.

  74. on 10 Jun 2010 at 17:56Denise Bryant

    Love this strawberry card! Lots of terrific details!

  75. on 11 Jun 2010 at 08:10StampinCathy

    This is just stunning and so inspiring. Love the colors, texture, and details. The card is so refreshing.

  76. on 11 Jun 2010 at 12:47Monika/buzsy

    What a fabulous card Holly! Love that image… great colors… and pretty lace! :o)

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