Ghirardelli Candy Holder


These are quick and lovely little gits to make for teachers or co-workers. Leave them scattered on everyone’s desk. Using scraps of your favorite Holiday Designer Series Paper and the Envelope Punch Board these are a cinch to make. And what a treat they hold inside!


  1. Start with a 5″ x 5″  piece of Designer Series Paper. For these the Candy Cane Lane Paper was used- Perfect for wrapping gifted chocolates!2.
  2. Place the 5″ x 5″  piece of DSP into the Envelope Punch Board and punch at 2-1/2″, score and turn. Repeat this on remaining three sides.
  3. Cut two 1″ x 7″ strips of Designer Series Paper. One is to wrap around the package and the other is to make as bow. The bow directions are below. All the punches along the edges are done with the Envelope Punch Board.


Tape up three edges as you would to make an envelope, slide in the Ghirardelli Chocolate, close  the last flap and wrap it up with the one 1″ x 7″ strip of DSP that you didn’t use for the bow. Secure with Tear and Tape. Adhere the bow across the strip.\


Now fill a festive basket or two with these. Recipients will love them.

Make what you love, and love what you make!







Grateful Bunch: Pocket Book

Grateful Bunch Pocket Book HeaderWhat a fun project! This pocket book was made using CD Pocket folders and they work perfectly in the assemblage of this book. Once completed this book can be used as a baby photo book, wedding album, receipt/coupon organizer, restaurant menu holder-I could go on and on. Switch out the Designer Series Paper and the colors to match whatever theme you want your book to be.

Grateful Bunch Pocket Book 1

Before you begin this project, you need to purchase some of these CD folders. For this book three CD folders were used. These CD folders can be found at an office supply store or online.

Grateful Bunch CD Folder



Grateful Bunch CD Folder Glue

  1. First three folder were affixed together using Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. Place the glue on two of the back of the pocket pages.




2.  Cut five 5″ x 5″ pieces of Designer Series Paper, of the same pattern, for the front and back covers and the three full pages of the book.

3,  Cut three more 5″ x 5″ pieces of different patterned Designer Series Paper for the three pages with the pockets.

4.  Carefully trace the pocket onto the three sheets and hand cut along your traced lines. If you rotate the cut pieces, you’ll be able to have enough to cover the top and the bottom of the three pocket pages in different papers.



  1. For pages 1 and 2 of my book, I embellished it with the same Wisteria Wonder paper. On the full page I ran the strips horizontally and on the pocket page vertically. This paper was computer generated onto 12″ z 12″ paper using R, G, B numbers for the color. These were adhered with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.
  2. A 1″ x 3″ strip of Designer Series Paper was affixed up the side and a 1/2″ circle was punched halfway on the edge.
  3.  The floral border along the pocket edge was cut from Designer Series Paper and glued.
  4.  The large flower, from the Grateful Bunch stamp set was inked up in Blackberry Bliss Ink (retired) and stamped randomly on the full page. The butterfly was stamped in Wisteria Wonder and the greeting in Calypso Coral.

Grateful Bunch Pocket Book Pages 1 & 2


Grateful Heart Pocket Book Pages 3 & 4

Grateful Bunch Pocket Book Pages 5 & 6

For the Cover:

Grateful Bunch Ribbon Placement



Grateful Bunch Front & Back Covers

THE COVER MEDALLION: I’m using the word “medallion” loosely here as a  form, used as an ornament in a design.

  1. Cut a 2-1/8″ x 2-1/8″ and a 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″ piece of Whisper White.
  2. Cut a 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″ piece of Designer Series Paper.
  3.  On the small piece of Whisper White stamp the large flower from the Grateful Bunch in Blackberry Bliss (retired).
  4. Adhere the three medallion layers together.
  5. Adhere the front and back covers with Multi-Purpose Glue.
  6. Cut a 5″ x 1″ piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock and affix it across the middle of the front cover.
  7. Adhere the medallion over the Blackberry Bliss strip as shown.

Grateful Bunch Front Flowe Medallion

Grateful Bunch Cover Side View

If you get your hands on some of these CD Pocket Folders, try a few of these pocket folder books. They make great gifts!


Thanks for stopping by and remember, “To make what you love and love what you make!”


Embrace the day,

Siggy 2




Happy First Day of School: Rolo Pencil

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So, here we are at the end of Summer vacation and the beginning of the new school year. Here’s a very quick project to make for your children or your child’s teacher. These are adorable to make and hand out for Halloween as well. I fear that they’re almost too nice to rip open and eat the rolo and hershey candies… Notice, I said “almost!”

Rolo Filled Pencil Final


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Here’s the “How To” make these candy pencils:



First you’ll need one roll of Rolo’s and one chocolate Hershey’s Kiss for each pencil. Yum…The trick is NOT to eat any as you make these. Maybe buy an extra roll or two just in case.


Rolo Filled Pencil



1. One 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock and score it every 1/4″ to the end. Score it along the 3-1/2″ edge.


2. One 1″ x 3-1/2″ piece and one 7/8″ circle from Blushing Bride Cardstock. The circle will be for the top of the eraser.


3. One piece of 1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of  silver foil paper or aluminum foil in your kitchen drawer. If using aluminum foil, you have to hand cut it, because a paper trimmer will not work. I cut the same size piece from cardstock and folded the foil around it and used the edge of the cardstock as a guide for cutting.


Here is the link, for the above Rolo Filled Pencil Template  for you to print out:

Rolo Filled Pencil Template




1. To assemble add Glue Dots to the bottom of the Hershey Kiss and adhere it to one end of the Rolo candy.


2. Next add Glue Dots along both 4-1/2″ edges of the Daffodil Delight Cardstock and affix one edge to the roll of Rolo candy. Now roll the candy and the Daffodil Delight, as tightly as you can, until the other Glue Dot edge sticks as well.


3. Take the 1″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Blushing Bride and with a Bone Folder curve the cardstock a bit. Again, add Glue Dots to each edge and adhere this piece over one edge of the Daffodil Delight. Make sure as you do this you line up the top edge of the Blushing Bride with the top edge of the Rolo candy.


4.  Place some Glue Dots on to the 7/8″ circle and place it on the top to finish off the eraser.


5. Place small dabs of All-Purpose Liquid Glue along the bottom edge of the Blushing Bride and adhere the 1/2″ x 3-1/2″ foil piece.




1. Print out the text on to Daffodil Delight by clicking on this link Rolo Pencil Text


2. Trim up the text, punch a hole in one end and attach it to the Rolo Pencil with a piece of Baker’s Twine or ribbon.




Rolo Filled Pencil Detaii 3



Rolo Filled Pencil Halloween


Make it a great year. Make sure to thank your child’s teacher. Make sure to hug your child when he/she gets home from school. And. make sure to make a few of these to pass around. I’m pretty sure these Rolo Pencils will bring a smile to anyone’s face receiving them.


Rolo Filled Pancil 1



Sheer Perfection: Little Box

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Hello Friends! I call this the Sheer Perfection Little Box, because I used the Stampin Up! Sheer Perfection Paper Stack from Sale-A-Bration, which is a designer series printed vellum; hence the Sheer Perfection name. But, I also think this little box is perfect for jewelry gifts, wedding favors, gift cards and table place settings. This is one designed using the perfect paper rose and I have several other designs made, but they’re for sharing this Autumn and Winter. Ahh, something to look forward to…


Sheer Perfection Little Box Final


This Sheer Perfection Box is quite simple to make. I first designed it with the 6″ x 6″ paper stack papers in mind, but changed the size to 5″ x 5″, so two bottoms could be cut from one 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock. With the 6″ x 6″ design only one bottom could be cut per sheet.


This is the template and dimensions I used:

*The score lines on this box were made all around, at 1-1/4″ for the bottom and at 3/4″ for the lid.

Sheer Perfection Little Box


Here’s a close up of two of the cut corners:

Sheer Perfection Little Box1-1:4" SCORE LINES

Sheer Perfection Little Box SuppliesThe box bottom was cut from Mint Macaron Cardstock. (love this color)  scored, the corners were cut and assembled according to diagram.



Sheer Perfection Little Box OverlayNext the lid was cut from one sheet of the Sheer Perfection and one from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Papers.  See dimensions diagram for size. The two papers were adhered together with dabs of Multi~Purpose Glue on the dark areas, so the glue wouldn’t show. Once the glue was dry, the glued layers were scored, the corners were cut and the lid was assembled. The photo to the left shows how the Pretty Petals Paper shows through the Sheer Perfection Vellum.



Sheer Perfection Little Box Closed Lid

The box was decorated with a simple paper rose that was cut from the Spiral Flower Die and the BIG Shot. To see how to make this rose CLICK HERE



And, that’s how you make this Sheer Perfection Little Box! Try making one or two of your own





Nothing is Cuter Than the Cutie Pie Slice of Cake

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Hello, Lakeside Stamper Friends!


Today I want to share this Cutie Pie Slice of Cake with you; and I know you’re going to love it. This Stampin’ Up! Cutie Pie Thinlits isn’t only cute, but it’s a gift box as well (if you want it to be one). These are perfect for birthday gifts or party, holiday and wedding favors. They go together pretty easily and the sky’s the limit when it comes to decorating it. And, just think you can make it any flavor and filling you want!

Cutie Pie Slice of Cake 1

These Cutie Pie Cake Slices are relatively easy to make. That is they’re easy to make if you have the Stampin’ Up! Cutie Pie Thinlts set. Here’s the “How To” for this delicious piece of cake:



DIE CUTTING ALL THE PARTS___________________________________


1. Two pieces of the cake part using the Cutie Pie Thinlits and the BIG Shot were cut out of Whisper White Cardstock.


2. A third piece was cut, but thi time only the triangular shape was cut, to use for the top of the cake. Just run the thinlit though making sure you just get the whole triangle. Cut off any extra. You only want the triangle shape. Then run the triangle cake topper through the BIG Shot with the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder.


3. Next cut five scallop edges from the Cutie Pie Thinlits out of Blushing Bride Cardstock.


4. With Blushing Bride Cardstock cut out the bow and bow tails using the Cutie Pie Thinlets.


5.  With the Spiral Flower Die cut two spiral flowers: one from Blushing Bride and one from So Saffron Cardstock.


6.  Cut out two to three leaves with any green patterned designer series paper using the Secret Garden (retired) or Flower Fair Framelit Collection.





1. On each side of the cake cutouts stamp the cake filling stamp from the Sweet Stack Stamp Set with Blushing Bride Ink. You may stamp one, two or three depending on the amount of layers you want your slice of cake to have.



FINISHING TOUCHES:_________________________________________


Cutie Pie Slice of Cake 2

1. Put the Cutie Pie box together and adhere it with Tear and Taper Adhesive.


2. Attach the pieces of Blushing Bride scallop on the top and bottom cake edge.


3. Adhere the triangle embossed shape to the top. Use Multi-Purpose Glue, because it’s embossed the glue will help it adhere better.


4. Along the top and bottom edges affix a string of pearls with glue. These pearls can be found at your local craft or dollar store.


Cutie Pie Slice of Cake Rose Detail


5. The two spiral flowers were made into roses. To see how to do the click HERE  Once roses have dried place them and the cut out leaves, in a pleasing way on the top of the cake slice.  Use glue or Glue Dots to affix them.


6. Make up the cut out bow and stick it on the back with a Glue Dot.



Don’t you love it? Can you see all the possibilities? Well, now it’s your turn and if you don’t have the Cutie Pie Thinlits, you need to order one today! If you’re local I’m holding a Birthday Bonanza Workshop on August 29 and we’ll be making this Cutie Pie in a different flavor decorated differently! Click on link to like my FB page, see my newsletter and find out more about my Birthday Bonanza Workshop


Nice to see you again and remember to make what you love and love what you make. Just make it!!






Build~A~Bow Treat Holders: The Perfect Wedding Favor

Jill &Jeff's HeaderJack & Jill 5-2-15We attended a wedding in Boston over last weekend and it was so much fun. It was held in a bowling alley! You heard me right–a bowling alley. The bowling lanes were old and so were the “Candlestick” bowling pins and wooden bowling balls. They had an open bar, flat~bread pizza and everyone was a part of the fun. Today casual weddings seem to be the new trend.


Candy tables are a big part of almost all celebrations these days, so for the wedding favors I made the cute Build~A~Bow Treat Holders. I featured HERE  For Valentine’s Day. I switched up the colors to match the invitations I made in Daffodil Delight. Here’s a photo of Jill kissing her nephew, our Grandson Jack, or as we like to say, “Jack & Jill!”



Build A Bow Wedding Favors

You can click on the link above or here’s the “Show Me the Way”


1. Cut a 2″ x 6″ piece of Daffodil Delight Card Stock  and score at 2-1/2″ and 3-1/2″, Crease the score lines with a Bone Folder. These score lines will be the bottom of the treat bag.


2. Take each end of the treat bag and punch them one at a time with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch.


3. Stack two pieces of Hershey Nuggets. Hold them together with a Glue Dot. Place another Glue Dot on the bottom to hold them in place in the treat holder


4. Place a few Glue Dots to hold the top of the treat bag together. You can also hold it together by threading a piece of ribbon through the tag topper hole. I chose not to use ribbon, because I wanted this little paper bow to shine.


5. To make the perfect little bow for the perfect wedding favor, simply use the Build~A~Bow Punch. I used various Designer Series Papers having Daffodil Delight in them and proceeded to make many, many, many bows! Did I mention many?


6. I computer generated the text for the 1″ x 2″ labels and trimmed them with my Paper Trimmer. The bows and labels were affixed with Glue Dots and Dimensionals.

Computer Generated LabelsBuild A Bow Wedding Favors 3
















Build A Bow Cellophane

7. Place the  Build~A~Bow Treat Holder inside a cellophane bag and tie the top of the bag with a piece of Baker’s Twine.

Build A Bow Bakers Twine

I have to be honest with you, I had everything done for these Build~A~Bow Treat Holders, except for the Baker’s Twine Bows. I worked on those in the car on our way to Boston and finished them about 15 minutes before we arrived. It was close!

Build A Bow Angle

Once again, thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to keep your eyes opened for your new 2015~2016  Stampin’ Up! catalogs to arrive in the mail soon!


Embrace the day,




Post-it Note Pad Holder

This project can be whipped up on no time at all. No, I’m not talking about cupcakes here, I’m talking about our favorite little Post-It Notes! If you’re like me you have them stuck all over your computer, kitchen and where ever else the little notes will stick! Since we all use Post-It’s, here’s a perfect little gift to make as a party favor, for your favorite co-workers or teachers. These are wonderful to use all those designer series paper scraps!!

Post-It Note Holder final

Let’s get started on how to make this little cutie:


Cut a 3″ x 9″ piece of card stock. I used Pear Pizzazz. Score it at 1-1/4″, 2-1/2″, 2-3/4″, 5-3/4″ and 6″.

Post-It Note Score lines

Use a Bone Folder along scored lines to get a crisp clean folds. Note the photo has the 6″ scored line furthest to the left and shows Garden Green card stock.


Now cut two 2-3/4″ squares and one 1″ x 2-3/4″ pieces of any Designer Series Paper. Try to match it to the color of your Post-It Note Pad and card stock. Below is how you adhere them to the outside..

Post-It Note Holder Outside

Look at the second photo for inside tape placement. Once your tape is down affix your Post-It Note Pad and fold the flap up and push it along the other piece of tape. Here’s a side view with everything in place.

Post-It Note Holder

Post-It Note Holder Side View

Add a Velcro dot on the flap, to hold the Post-It Note Holder closed. I purchased inexpensive Velcro dots from the dollar store, which turned out to be too thick. Do yourself a favor spend a little more money on the real ones. That’s what I wound up doing in the end.


These would make great Mother’s Day gifts and end of the year teacher’s gifts.


Post-It hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


With All My Heart Week: Love You to Pieces Treat Bag

Welcome back to my last With All My Heart Week project: the Love You to Pieces Treat Bag!


These are very easy to make and use scraps of whatever you have. Everybody has scraps of card stock and Designer Series Papers we just can’t part with and this treat bag is perfect for all those scraps!

Valentine Little Treat Bag Final

Here’s what to do:


1. Cut a 2″ x 6″ piece of Designer Series Paper or Card Stock of choice and score at 2-1/2″ and 3-1/2″, Crease the score lines with a Bone Folder.  These score lines will be the bottom of the treat bag.


2. Take each end of the treat bag and punch them one at a time with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch.


Vamentine Little Treat Bag Side

3. Stack two pieces of Hershey Nuggets. Hold them together with a Glue Dot, Place another Glue Dot on the bottom to hold them in place in the treat bag


4. Place a few Glue Dots to hold the top of the treat bag together. You can also hold it together by threading a piece of ribbon through the tag topper hole. I chose not to use ribbon, because I wanted this little paper bow to shine.



5. And speaking of the perfect little bow…

Valentine Little Treat Bag Bow

So happy you spent time with me this week! And you still have time to make these treat bags for tomorrow. If you don’t have the Build A Bow Punch  make sure to order one; and for tomorrow, tie a pretty little ribbon one.

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Curvy Keepsake Box: Votive

Here’s a very nice and easy votive to make just in the “Nick” of time for Christmas. With the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die,  Vellium Card Stock and a battery Votive Candle you’ll have that perfect hostess gift or Christmas favor to adorn your festive Christmas dinner table.

Curvy Box Votive 2

This votive is so easy to make, it doesn’t really need directions, but here goes anyway.


1. Take a piece of Vellium Card Stock and cut it in half from corner to corner, so you have two triangular pieces.


2. Place the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die in the corner and run it through the BIG Shot, Repeat this for the other piece of Vellium.


3. Once you have your two pieces of the curvy box cut, stamp it up in VersaMark and sprinkle it with White Embossing Powder and heat it with a Heat Tool until the Embossing Powder is melted. I used a snowflake/star from the Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set.

Curvy Box Votive


4. Put the box together by adhering the bottoms.


5. Place a battery operated votive candle inside, curve the four sides up and you’re done!


These can be stamped with any image and embossed in any color.





You still have time to make all the projects I’ll be posting this week, so get to it!!


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Fun Flowers Note Pad

I try to think outside of the box.  Always pushing to see what else can I do with the materials at hand. Sometimes I’m successful, sometimes not so much. I think this project, as simple as it is, works. See if you don’t agree???

Big Shot Fun Flowers Note Pad


If you love this little note-pad, here’s how to make it:


!.   Run a piece of Vanilla Coaster Board through the BIG Shot with the Fun Flowers Die. Cut 2 of the largest flower. Stampin’ Up!’s Coaster Board is much like chip board, except it’s less porous and vanilla. Great for stamping on as well.


2.   Then take a piece of your favorite designer series paper and cut two more of the flowers. (I used the retired Sycamore Street)

Stampin' Up! Fun Flowers Big Shot die


3.   Adhere the designer series paper on the Coaster Board.  To do this I would recommend Sticky Strip or All Purpose White Glue. Make sure you line up the flower petals correctly, because they are all different.


4.   Now take some of your regular printer paper and cut out about 40 flowers. The BIG Shot can cut about eight sheets at a time and if you’re careful you can get six flowers per sheet. So all together you’ll need about seven sheets.  If you want extra paper refills cut a bunch more and set them aside.


5.   Take your Crop-A-Dile and punch the larger hole in one of the petals of the front cover. Do the same on the back cover, again making sure the right petals line up.

Fun Flowers Big Shot Die


6.   Using one cover as a guide punch holes through the inside page petals, lining them up as well.


7. Decorate your cover. I used the Pansy Punch and a Very Vintage Designer Button with a piece of Baker’s Twine through it.


8.   To keep your little note pad all together, go to your local craft’s store and pick up a package of scrap-book screw posts and place the post through the hole.


These are great to carry in your bag or to make as party favors. Not only are they cute, they’re useful as well!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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