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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




Clipboard Calendar: May 2016

2016 Calendar May HeaderAhh, the “Merry Month of May!” And, as we all know “April showers, brings May Flowers…” Hence the Corner Garden for the May 2016 Calendar 


**Please note: I completely forgot to post May’s Calendar. One reader reminded me! Thanks Kim.


2016 Calendar May

MAY Calendar 2016

Corner Garden
Teeny Tiny Wishes


Daffodil Delight (5″ x 7-1/2″)
Whisper White (5-1/2″ x 4-1/2″)



Memento Black


Multi-Purpose Glue or SNAIL, Colored Pencils
6″ x 9″ Clipboard from dollar store

2016 Calendar May Detail
1. On the piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp the Corner Garden in Memento Ink as close to the edge of the card stock as possible


2. Color in the Corner Garden with pencils or Blendabilities & cut out the Corner Garden close to the edge


3. On a piece of a Whisper White scrap,  stamp in Lost Lagoon Ink the Happy Mother’s Day greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set


4. Using the BIG Shot cut out the greeting with the small oval from the Oval Collection Die


5.Adhere the calendar in the upper right hand corner of the Daffodil Delight card stock base, the Corner Garden in the bottom right hand corner and tuck in the greeting.


**Please note my “Happy Mother’s Day” message isn’t on my calendar due to my three year old Grandson Jackson, who told me he had it in a safe spot. So safe, we can’t find it!


Thiswas suppose to be the last post of 2015, so, “See you all next year” n longer seems like a fitting ending!






Clipboard Calendar: December 2016

2016 Valendar Dec HeaderHere we are in December-our last month of our 2016 calendar is upon us. I hope you’ve enjoyed this calendar making journey with me. If you want to make a few of these alendars and leave the calendars off for 2017 calendars that will be available sometime in the Fall I believe. You can go to SKY BLUE PINK and find out.

2016 Calendar Dec

DECEMBER Calendar 2016

The Newborn King


Lost Lagoon (5″ x 7-1/2″)
Night of Navy (3″ x 3-1/2″) & (3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″)
Very Vanilla (5-1/2″ x 4-1/2″) & a scrap piece


Night of Navy, Memento


Multi-Purpose Glue or SNAIL, Chalk Marker, Blendabilities-Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight & Old Olive, Colored Pencils, Silver Dazzle Marker, Holiday Ornament Framelits, Big Shot Apothecary Accents Framelits Sponge Dauber
6″ x 9″ Clipboard from dollar store

2016 Calendar Dev Detail

1. Ink up the The Newborn King in Memento Ink and stamp it on the Very Vanilla. You only need the part of the stamp with the manger.
2. Color in the manger and the surrounding sky with a combination of Blendabilities and colored pencils.
3. Line up the stamped manger with one ornament from the Holiday Ornament Framelits and run it through the BIG Shot.
4. With the Silver Dazzle Marker, color the top of the ornament cap
5. On the scrap pieve of the Very Vanilla stamp Glory to the Newborn King in Night of Navy Ink
6. Run the greeting through the BIG Shot with the Apothecary Framelits squarish die. It’s a tight fit, but it works.
7. Distress the edges of the ornament and greeting with a Sponge Dauber and Night of Navy Ink
8. Adhere the ornament and greeting on the 3″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Night of Navy card stock
9. On the background of the Night of Navy card stock make snowflakes/stars with the Chalk Marker.
10. Adhere the December calendar on the 3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Night of Navy.
11. Distress the edges of both pieces of Night of Navy card stock with a Sponge Dauber and Night of Navy Ink
12. Line up the two pieces and adhere them to the Lost Lagoon card stock


Thanks for following me and visiting my blog. I appreciate each and everyone of you. Check back next week for more exciting cards and projects to make for Valentine’s Day. And, please leave me a comment and follow me on FACEBOOK and TWITTER. Thank you!






Clipboard Calendar: November 2016

2016 Calendar Nov HeaderNovember holds one of my favorite holidays-Thanksgiving.  I love the celebration of a meal with loved ones,  all the colors associated with Autumn; on the brink of Winter and the mindful gratitude. I think this stamp Tweet Leaves, in all it’s simplicity and sweetness says it all.

2016 Calendar Nov

NOVEMBER Calendar 2016

Tweet Leaves (retired)
Four Seasons(retired)
Project Life Holiday Cheer


Hello Honey (5″ x 7-1/2″)
Very Vanilla (3″ x 3-1/2″) & (3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″)


Tangelo Twist
Blackberry Bliss


Multi-Purpose Glue or SNAIL, 2014-2016 In-Color Markers, Sponge Dauber
6″ x 9″ Clipboard from dollar store

2016 Calendar Nov Detail
1. Ink up the Tweet Leaves stamp using the In-Color Markers. Huff on the inked stamp before stamping onto the 3″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla
2. Stamp the greeting “So Thankful” in Blackberry Bliss Ink and stamp it in the bottom right hand corner of the Very Vanilla or where ever it comfortably fits.
3. On the 3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Very Vanilla adhere the November Calendar
4. Distress all edges of the two pieces of Very Vanilla with a Sponge Dauber and Tangelo Twist Ink
5. On the Hello Honey card stock stamp the leaf image from the Four Seasons stamp set randomly in Tangelo Twist Ink.
6. Center and adhere the two pieces of Very Vanilla card stock onto the Hello Honey.


One month left to go…I’ll see you tomorrow.


Keep making what you love and loving what you make,





Clipboard Calendar: October 2016

2016 Calendar Oct Header

Need I say more for October? I think it’s obvious October is for Halloween and so, is the October Calendar theme. And, the perfect stamp set to use is the Holiday Home. I love the little bats flying around.

2016 Calendar Oct

OCTOBER Calendar 2016
Holiday Home
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Tangelo Twist (5″ x 7-1/2″)
Basic Black (4″ x 6-1/2″)
Wisteria Wonder (3-1/2″ x 6″)
Whisper White (1-1/2″ x2-1/2″)

Tangelo Twist

Multi-Purpose Glue or SNAIL, Blendabilities or markers- Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight & Wisteria
Wonder, Homemade Holiday Framelits, Big Shot
6″ x 9″ Clipboard from dollar store

2016 Calendar Oct Detail
1. Ink up one of the houses from the Holiday Home stamp set in Memento Ink
and stamp it on the Whisper White card stock


2. Color in the house with Pumpkin Pie (house), Wisteria Wonder (Door & Roof), and Daffodil Delight (Windows) Blendabilities or markers.


3. Line & match up the stamped house with the Homemade Holiday Framelits
and run it through the Big Shot.


4. Adhere the house on the Wisteria Wonder card stock towards the top edge
and left hand side.


5. Ink up the bat and lamp-post stamps in Memento Ink and stamp them on
the Wisteria Wonder card stock so that the bats are flying and the lamp-post is
beside the house


6. Ink up the pumpkin stamp in Tangelo Ink and stamp a few pumpkins
alongside the house


7. Ink up the pumpkin jack-o-lantern faces in Memento Ink and stamp on


8. From the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set ink up “Happy Halloween” in Memento and stamp where it fits comfortably on the Wisteria Wonder card stock


9. Adhere the October calendar on the bottom of the Wisteria Wonder card



10. Layer the Tangelo Twist, Basic Black and Wisteria Wonder card stocks as


Two more months to go and you will have completed your 2016 Calendar just in time for the New Year.


Craft on my sweet friends…





Clipboard Calendar: September 2016

2016 Calendar Sept HeaderI love this September Calendar! The Basic Black Card Stock works as a blackboard background and is perfect for writing on using a Chalk Marker. You can be as creative as you’d like with this, I just chose the basic “A, B, C” theme and simple line drawings of an apple and crayon.  If you have the wood grain stamp, stamp up the Soft Suede first. How much fun is this?

2016 Calendar Sept

SEPTEMBER Calendar 2016


Real Red (5″ x 7-1/2″)
Soft Suede (4″ x 3-1/2″)
Basic Black (3-1/2″x 2-7/8″0 & (3-1/2″ x 3″)




Multi-Purpose Glue or SNAIL, Chalk Marker
6″ x 9″ Clipboard from dollar store

2016 Calendar Sept Detail
1. On the 3-1/2″ x 3″ piece of Basic Black card stock hand write “A,B,C” and a
few chalkboard looking drawings with a Chalkboard Marker to resemble a
school chalkboard.
2. Attach this chalked up piece to the piece of Soft Suede card stock.
3. Adhere the September calendar to the 3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Basic Black
card stock.
4. Center the two pieces and adhere them as shown to the Real Red card


Please join me tomorrow for the October Calendar share. See you then.


Embrace this great day!




Clipboard Calendar: August 2016

2016 Calendar Aug HeaderAugust screams Summer! And, Summer screams watermelon. I love this watermelon idea using the Work of Art Stamp Set. Not only can watermelons be made, but you can also make rainbows and very subtle or not so subtle backgrounds.

2016 Calendar Aug

AUGUST Calendar 2016


Work of Art
Project Life Day to Day
Good Greetings


Strawberry Slush (5″ x 7-1/2″)
Whisper White (4″ x 6-1/2″)
Basic Black scraps


Strawberry Slush
Mossy Meadow


Multi-Purpose Glue or SNAIL, Bird Builder Punch
6″ x 9″ Clipboard from dollar store

2016 Calendar Aug Detail
1. On the 4″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp the brush stroke image from the Work of Art stamp set in Mossy Meadow about 3″ down from the top edge of the card stock.This stamped image is the watermelon rind.


2. Using the same cleaned brush stroke image stamp it twice above the Mossy Meadow. Leave a strip of the Whisper White card stock showing. Stamp it in Strawberry Slush Ink to resemble the watermelon


3. In the top left hand corner stamp SUMMER from the Project Life Day to Day stamp set in Mossy Meadow and above it stamp CELEBRATE from the Good Greetings stamp set in Mossy Meadow as well.


4. Stamp the heart image from the Work of Art stamp set in Strawberry Slush randomly on the Whisper White card stock background.


5. Adhere the August calendar to the bottom of the Whisper White card stock.


6. With the scraps of Basic Black card stock punch out the leaf part of the Build a Bird Punch. Cut the leaves off and adhere them as watermelon seeds to the watermelon.


Phew-September’s share tomorrow! Wow this is going fast. Look soon for cards and projects made using supplies from the new Stampin’ Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog.


Embrace the day and thanks for stopping by,



Perfect Peacock Journal

Perfect Peacock Detail

Hello and welcome back!


I honestly don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t love and admire the beauty of Peacocks. Their colors and plumed fan like feathers are absolutely magnificent.  When I saw the Stampin’ Up!’s Perfect Peacock stamp I knew I had to have it. I stamped and colored it many, many times and was never satisfied with the results. I couldn’t capture the brilliant colors, until I designed this Perfect Peacock Journal for one of my workshops. I did what I’m calling, “The Block Watercolor Technique!”

Perfect Peacock Journal Final

The journal I used can be found at any local craft store. These I found at Michael’s and they were on clearance, which made them even more attractive. This journal measures 5″ x 7″ and the measurements I’m providing are for a 5″ x 7″ journal. If your journal measurements are bigger or smaller you’ll have to adjust them. If you need help figuring out the measurements for a different sized journal, just leave me a comment and I’ll figure it out for you. So, let’s get started.




Ink Pads pn Acrylic Block

1. To begin this technique you’ll need a Stampin’ Up! Clear Block “A”  The block will work as a stamp and you need to ink it up, by  adding the color straight from the ink pads. To do this simply drag the Ink Pads across the block. For the featured peacock I used, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Old Olive Ink Pads. The photo to the left shows another color combination. In this combination, I used Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, and Perfect Plum.


Perfect Peacock Watercolor Sample 1


2.  Before you stamp from the block, spray a few squirts of water on to the block using a  Stampin’ Spritzer. Now this can get a bit messy. You now will stamp directly from the inked up block to a piece of Watercolor Paper. You can either flip the inked up block or you can leave the block facing up and lay the piece of Watercolor Paper directly over the block. I like to flip the block, because the colors run and blend nicely this way.


3. Let the stamped Watercolor Paper dry for a few hours or overnight.





1. Tempting Turquoise~ 4-5/8″ x 7″ (Cut two)


2. Night of Navy~ 4″ x 6-3/8″


3. Very Vanilla~ 3-5/8″ x 6″


If your journal has any rounded corners like the sample does, round off the corners with the Corner Punch.





Now you might think this peacock took hours to color and it probably does if you had to color each individual feather. Well, now it’s time to use that Watercolor Paper that was stamped with the block and waiting.

Perfect Peacock Practice


1. Ink up the Perfect Peacock stamp in Memento Ink. With the stamp facing up, lay the Watercolor Paper ink~side down. Lay it over the stamped peacock stamp carefully and with a Bone Folder rub across the back. Now, pull the Watercolor Paper straight up. You can stamp the traditional way by stamping on to the paper, but this way works better because of all the dimples in the Watercolor Paper.


2. Color in to add some depth and details. No need to color everything, because it’s already done. The inked up block took care of that.


3. Once you’re happy with the coloring, carefully cut out the peacock. Cut the peacock away from the flowers. Cut the peacock’s head plume off as well. Put aside.


4. On the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, stamp the peacock in Memento Ink. Color in the flowers with colored pencils or Blendabilities or other alcohol makers, such as Copics.




Perfect Peacock Detail 1


1. Layer and adhere all the cut cardstock with Multi~Purpose Glue. The glue will hold everything together best. Use the second piece of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock on the back of the journal.


2. Add glue to the back of the cut out colored peacock and place it over the stamped image on the Very Vanilla Layer.


And, now you truly have a Perfect Peacock!


Check back later this week when I’ll share a card project using this Block Watercolor Technique!


Thanks for stopping by and check out the product carousel at the bottom of this post to order the materials used to create this Perfect Peacock Journal.


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


Initially Yours: Monogrammed Note Cards

Monogram Card Detail

Welcome Back!


These “Initially Yours” monogrammed note~cards were made at my last workshop. I love serifed typefaces, so when Stampin’ Up! came out with their Sophisticated Serifs I knew I had to buy it.  These monogrammed cards make great wedding gifts for the new bride and groom or as a thank you for a hostess. It’s an addictive projects, so make sure you have plenty of Note~Cards and Envelopes on hand!

Monogram Final

These Monogrammed Note Cards were made from Stampin’ Up!’s pre~cut blank Note Cards & Envelopes. which are a great deal at $5.95 for twenty 5″ x 3-1/2″ cards. They come in Whisper White and Crumb Cake. With everything cut, you can really concentrate on the designing and stamping part of the project.


For the card layers cut a 4-1/2″ X 3″ piece of Elegant Eggplant and a  4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Whisper White. This Whisper White piece is the one you’ll be stamping on.


The first step was to stamp the wreath in Wild Wasabi Ink.

Stamp it as close to the center as you can.

1. Stamp Wreath in

Next choose your monogram letter and stamp the initial in Elegant Eggplant.

With the Sophisticated Serifs stamp set you get two different sized letters

plus elegant accents. Sixty five stamps in all as a matter of fact and

because it’s a photopolymer set, images such as the initials are easy to line up.

Of the two sizes I chose to use the smaller initial.

Some workshop attendees chose the larger letter. Both looked great.

2. Stamp Initial in

Because the wreath is a bit skimpy, the stem and leaves from Your Perfect Day stamp set were inked up in Wild Wasabi and they were added to the wreath. Stamp the stems at an angle so they look a part of the wreath. The little flower from the Your Perfect Day stamp set were stamped first in Wisteria Wonder then in Crushed Curry.

3. Stamp leaves in

Next I stamped the stem and flowers going up both sides of the note~card. Some of the stampers, and I wish I had photographed their cards, grouped the stems and flowers in the corners. I also added the stem and leaves along the left hand side of the envelopes. If you stamp the stem and slightly twist your wrist as you stamp it will resemble a vine.

Monogram Card Detail

And, there you have it! This is only one design and one way to make gorgeous monogrammed note cards for yourself or to give away as a gift.



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