Another Challenge ! CYCI #88

CYCI # 88
CYCI # 88

Here is their “sketch”.  It’s not really a sketch, this week on it was an anything goes challenge!


I really needed a new fall wreath, last years got a little messed up.  So I used a foam wreath form and covered it with brown burlap.  Then I added leaves that I stamped with the Vintage Leaves stamp set and cut with the Leaflet Framelits.  I added a couple of old buttons and some Linen Thread.  Then I used a little bit of our Burlap Ribbon to make a hanger and tied a small bow to the top.



This wreath is proudly hanging on my front door now.  Happy Fall!

I hope this has inspired you to create something sweet for somebody.

You can purchase the supplies needed for this wreath HERE (except the wreath form and dark brown burlap).

You can join my happy team HERE.

Now, go and create!

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Stamps  Vintage Leaves  Ink Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler  Paper Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip, Smoky Slate  Tools Leaflet Framelits. Embellishments Linen Thread, buttons


Sweet Square Pillow Box Die

First, I got a little carried away and I made another Square Pillow Box.  I don’t have a reason for this one, but I’ll find one.  I cut this in Pink Pirouette Cardstock.


Square Pillow Box Die
Square Pillow Box Die

Do you like the Polka Dot Embossing?   I love this.  Of course, I love polka dots!  I’m trying to use more embossing folders.  I think I tend to forget about them.  LOL  I used the included rounded square to cut a window in one side of the Square Pillow Box and then covered it with a piece of Window Sheet so I can fill the box and not have everything fall out!  I love the fact that we can make boxes look so professional by adding windows into them.  I added a tag that I stamped with a sweet stamp from the Sweet Stack stamp set and a background stamp from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar.  I like the way it mimics the polka dots from the embossing folder.


I used the same ink for the sentiment and the background, I just stamped off (inking the stamp and then stamping once on scrap paper then on your project) the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set.  A little bit of a retired Pink Pirouette Satin ribbon (sorry, I’m trying not to do that).   The Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set has lots of different small background stamps that can be used for lots of different occasions and layouts.  There are stars, polka dots, hearts, leaves and butterflies!  There is also a watercolor background stamp.  I just love it when Stampin’ Up! creates stamps that make us look like real artists, like the watercolor background stamp in Perpetual Birthday Calendar set and Work of Art and Gorgeous Grunge.  There are more and you can get them out on my website.  Stampin’ Up! does everything it can to help us look good.


I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and sharing with you all the cool things that you can do with our products.  I hope that I have given you inspiration to create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps Sweet Stack, Perpetual Birthday Calendar   Ink   Watermelon Wonder  Cardstock  Pink Pirouette and Whisper White, Window Sheet Tools  Square Pillow Box Die, Polka Dot embossing folder




Starry Square Pillow Box

Do you like to give gifts?  I do, I love it!  I like helping people feel special.  So today I made a Square Pillow Box with embossed stars.

Starry Square Pillow Box
Starry Square Pillow Box

After I cut the pieces for the Square Pillow Box with the die I embossed them with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.   Then I took a Crumb Cake ink and sponge dauber and rubbed it over all of the pieces, making the embossing stand out more.  Then I completed putting the box together, using the new Tear & Tape adhesive.  It is very easy to put together, simply put a strong adhesive on each of the tabs and then glue it together.  Then lightly fold the ends and close.


I added some Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Ribbon, a little bit of Gold Sequin Trim and Gold Cording Trim.  I added a tag in Wild Wasabi with a Sweet Stack stamp on it using Wild Wasabi ink.   I used the Scalloped Edge Tag Topper punch to give it a little something-something.


Now, for the treat inside…


When making the box I was thinking about the gift inside and used the Lucky Star embossing folder.   This gorgeous keychain is from Things Remembered and I will be giving this to my bestie soon.

I hope you found inspiration in my project today to go and create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  Sweet Stack  Ink  Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi Tools  Square Pillow Box Die, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Sponge Dauber Embellishments  Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Cording Trim

Sweet Stack Project Kit

As promised, I present to you today…. my rendition of Stampin’ Up! Sweet Stack Project Kit.

100_4065I had such a great time making this.  It is so super, super easy!  The directions for decorating the individual boxes are just suggestions.  I decorated them all different, so my cake has not only chocolate slices, it has strawberry and vanilla!  My favorite flavors!  The icing is different on different boxes and they are all so HAPPY looking!  I haven’t filled them yet, but I will, probably a little at a time when I want to surprise someone.  But you could of course make this as a centerpiece for your next party and fill them with goodies for your guests.

Top layer
Top layer

Here is a shot of the top layer.  See the sparkly candles?  These come with the kit and are easy to assemble, just glue two pieces together and then slip the “candle” tube over it.  I purchased the Sweet Stack photopolymer stamp set and intend to use it for birthday cards and on the “cake” slices that I will make with the new Cutie Pie Thinlit die!  The flower on top also comes with the kit and is simple to put together.  The cake stand (which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) stores the piece to make the cake and could be used to store things.  The stand itself just slips together.

Sweet Stack Project Kit
Sweet Stack Project Kit

What do you think of the bows?  These are cute and the kit comes with extra ones so you could use them on all sorts of projects.


I am so awfully frugal that I saved the left over gold Glimmer Paper (from the candles) and I’ll use that as little tags on future cards.  The supplies that Stampin’ Up! sends with Project Kits go farther than just the kit.  Stampin’ Up! always includes more supplies than you need to complete the particular project and I suggest you save them for other projects (cards, boxes, etc).

I love (do I say that too much?) this kit and when I first saw it in the catalog I knew I had to have this to share with you.  Here’s one more Happy picture of the kit for you….


I hope I inspired you to purchase this Sweet Stack Project Kit and use it as your centerpiece or like I am, to give gifts to friends and loved ones.  You can purchase this from my website and don’t forget the Sweet Stack photopolymer stamp set for decoration.   Now, go and create something sweet for somebody!

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It’s Here! It’s Here!

Holiday Catalog 2015The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is live!  You can order from it today!  I’ve been teasing you with posts about projects and supplies that you can purchase for your fall and winter paper and other crafts.  Inside this catalog are so many, many things that will thrill you as a papercrafter.  Here are a few projects that you can make! .

Witching Decor Project Kit
Witching Decor Project Kit

The Witching Decor Project Kit comes with everything you need to create this cute Witch Hat to decorate your home, except the stamp set, Witches’ Night, which is sold separately.   Can’t you see that gracing your dining room table or mantle?

Season to Season Wreath Project Kit
Season to Season Wreath Project Kit

Another wonderful project from Stampin’ Up!  The Season to Season Wreath Project Kit will be gracing my front door soon!  It comes with everything you need to create this adorable Christmas wreath,  or change it up and make it a Halloween Wreath, or a Fall Wreath with the included interchangeable banners.  The stamp set, Cheer All Year and adhesives are sold separately.

To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit
To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit

Isn’t this To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit so fun?  This kit makes 18 cards, 6 each of 3 designs.  The coordinating stamp set, To You & Yours Too, is sold separately.  After you make the cards from the kit you can use the stamps to create more cards for all  your friends and family this year.  Ordering soon you will have plenty of time to create these cards and get them in the mail.  That is one of my favorite things about Christmas, making cards, sending and receiving them.  I’m even one of those people who actually enjoy those “year in the life” letters that some people send with their Christmas cards. LOL  I’ve never done one because my life is so crazy that it would take several pages to tell everything!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit
Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit

Last Project Kit!  For this one I will be offering a class at my home on October 5.  If you live near me (I’m in Tampa, Florida) you are welcome to come!  If not, you are welcome to purchase the Project Kit and the Stamp Set  Oh, What Fun! and I will send you a PDF file on how to put your tags together.    In order for me to do this, when ordering you must leave your information (email is most important) and mark that I can contact you.  If you mark “No Contact” then I don’t even know who ordered from me.   I’d like to learn about all of my Stampin’ Friends, so please leave your information for me.

Last year I created my own Tag Kit and stamped with friends making our tags.  We had a blast!  This kit makes 30 tags for your Christmas presents that are so cute.  I am really looking forward to having my friends over again to make Christmas Tags.   If you would like to stamp with me I will post a reminder to order your Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit and a hostess code for you to use before.  Then when we stamp together everyone in attendance will get a little something extra!

Now aren’t you excited to see the rest of the Holiday Catalog?  If you don’t have one yet, drop me a line and I will be happy to send one to you.   Oh, I almost forgot today is Tuesday so there are new Weekly Deals!  Here they are ….

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Now is the time to stock up on Rhinestones, Candy Dots and Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon!  Now, go and order yours at my website! Now, go and create something sweet for somebody!


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Floral Topiary by SVGCUTS

Today I have a very different project for you.   I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I am also an owner of a Silhouette Cameo.  A Cameo, if you are unfamiliar, is an electronic die cutting machine that uses cut files and SVG files to cut paper, fabric, rhinestone patterns, vinyl, thin tin, and probably more that I don’t know.  I used my Cameo and a file called “Thank You for the Music” from  This cut file includes the topiary, a baby grand piano box, a dimensional tag and several cards.  It is gorgeous and very versatile.  Here is my Topiary.

Floral Topiary

The papers I used are from Stampin’ Up!, the flowers are Cherry Cobbler and the urn is from the Fresh Market Designer Series Pack.  I love the way the urn looks like it’s wood.  The ribbon is Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon but it’s retired.   This lovely topiary has a place of prominence in my craft room/office.  It’s right next to a Stampin’ Up! project the Sweet Stack Project Kit.  I’ll share that project next week.

Here is a close up of the flowers….


While I was outside taking the pictures for this (natural lighting really is the best!) my dog and her “cousins” were outside playing.   Here’s a glimpse of them in another picture of the topiary.  Those silly doggies!


So after I saw them in the background of this picture I decided to take a picture of them… HoneyBelle has her collar on, Chief (the larger tan dog) and Zoey the dark dog don’t.  They are “naked” LOL

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They are the happiest dogs!  But three dogs shed a lot!  Sweeping is done every other day.  😉

Now back to crafting… I have a close up of the urn for you.  Doesn’t it look like wood?   The inner portion is Cherry Cobbler and inside is some river rock and then a block of styrofoam.  Then I covered it with the Fresh Market Designer Series Paper.  Most of the supplies can be found on my website, except the styrofoam ball and block and the dowel for the stem.



I hope you like my project for you today.   If you don’t have a Cameo or another electronic cutting machine, you could still make something very similar by punching out flowers and layering them on a styrofoam ball (like I did) and putting it in a small clay pot.   But whatever you do… go create something sweet for somebody.


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Square Pillow Box Die

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing with you a new die from Stampin’ Up! in the Holiday Catalog.  I know I’ve been sharing a lot from a catalog you can’t even order from yet (sorry), but you will on September 1 and this is something you are going want! It’s the Square Pillow Box die.  Here’s my first one…

Square Pillow Box Thinlit Die
Square Pillow Box Thinlit Die

Isn’t this just the cutest thing?  I can just see it filled with goodies, or jewelry, or even a small gift for Christmas or any other gift giving occasion.  I believe that gifts should come in packaging just as nice and beautiful as the gift itself and I’m so happy that Stampin’ Up! has so many choices for us to make for us to make our own packaging using cardstock, or Designer Series Paper, maybe even Glimmer Paperl,   Oooh that would be gorgeous!  The other container dies that Stampin’ Up! has are Fry Box Bigz L Die, Berry Basket Bigz L, Hamburger Box Bigz XL, Cutie Pie Thinlits, Baker’s Box Thinklits, Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  The Square Pillow Box Thinlit die is very easy to use and comes with dies to cut windows into your box so the recipient can get a preview of what’s inside.  The ends don’t need to be glued shut so stuffing them is easy and you can easily reclose.

I added a belly band made out of 1″ of Designer Series Paper from the Sweet Li’L Things pack.  I really like this paper, it has a Very Vanilla background with little dots and circles in lots of different soft colors.  I added a bow made with the Bow Builder Punch out of Calypso Coral paper.  The Box is made with Calypso Coral too.

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I put the belly band around the short side so the ends that open are able to be opened with the band in place.  What do you think?  What would you fill this cute box with?  I’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts, won’t you leave me a comment?

Here’s another look at the box I made with the Square Pillow Box Thinlit Die.

Square Pillow Box Thinlit Die
Square Pillow Box Thinlit Die

All of the supplies can be purchased at my website  The die can be purchased after September 1.  So why don’t you go and create something cute for somebody today!

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]Stamps  Crazy About You  Ink Watermelon Wonder   Paper  Calypso Coral Cardstock, Sweet Li’l Things DSP Tools  Square Pillow Box Thinlit die, Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit die (tag), Bow Builder Punch