Happy October, Happy Fall!

Fall Box 3


Pick of the Patch Fall Box Tutorial (Bundle, page 51, September Mini Catalog)

 I love wrapping gifts & giving fun gifts!  Here is a gift wrap idea to celebrate Fall.

Cardstock: Basic White—159276, a piece to use for stamping and punching 3 pumpkins, stems, and leaves, and a hexagon shape. After stamping and punching assemble the pumpkins as shown in the photos with a stem and a leaf on each.

Pecan Pie (161717) cut 7-1/2” X 7-1/2” and a piece cut 3-5/8” X 3-5/8”

Designer Series Paper (DSP) : All about Autumn (162178). Cut five 2-1/4” X 2-14” squares from metallic copper pieces. 

Inks: Pumpkin Pie (14086), Pecan Pie (161665), Garden Green (126973)

Stamps: Pick of the Patch (162196), Heartfelt Hexagon (162882)

Tools: Heartfelt Hexagon punch (162888, online exclusives), Pick of the Patch Builder Punch (162200)

Paper Snips Scissors—103579

Paper Trimmer—152392

Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)

Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue-110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals-104430, Mini Glue Dots—103683, Tear & Tape-- 154031


1. Using the Pick of the Patch stamp set, stamp on Basic White c/s 3 large pumpkins with Pumpkin Pie ink, 3 leaves with Garden Green ink, 3 stems with Pecan Pie ink. Instead of stamping and punching the stems, you could punch the three stems from Pecan Pie cardstock.

2. Using the Heartfelt Hexagon stamp set, stamp the wider bordered hexagon shape with Pecan Pie ink on Basic White c/s.

3. Stamp “a harvest of BLESSINGS” from the Pick of the Patch stamp set on a narrow piece of Basic White c/s with Pecan Pie ink. Trim both ends at an angle.

4. Using the Simply scored scoring tool, score the 7-1/2” X 7-1/2” piece of Pecan Pie c/s at 2-1/2” and 5.” Rotate 180 degrees and score again at 2-1/2” and 5”

5. Score the 3-5/8” X 3-5/8” piece at ½” on all four sides.

6. Fold the two pieces on all score lines, and burnish with a bone folder.

7. On the 7-1/2” X 7-1/2” scored piece, cut the corner squares on the scored lines up to the horizontal scored line on that side, Rotate 180 degrees and repeat the cutting on the other side.

8. Cut off half of the four corner pieces.

9. Add Tear & Tape to the four corner pieces and fold to the inside of the adjacent whole square.

10. Adhere a piece of the copper print DSP to each of the four squares that will be the sides of the box.

11. Add a piece of the copper print to the center square of the box lid.

12. Cut the corners of the 3-5/8” X 3-5/8” lid piece the same way as the larger box EXCEPT-do not cut the corner squares in half.

13. Add a small piece of Tear & Tape to each of the four corners, Remove the backing and adhere the corner pieces to the longer side pieces.

14. After stamping and punching the Heartfelt Hexagon shape, add an assembled pumpkin as shown in the photos and adhere to one side of the box.

15. Adhere the remaining 2 pumpkins to the lid as shown in the photos.

Fill the bag with candy and/or other small items and present to your guest.

TIP: Add sequins or other embellishments if you like.

Enjoy and Share!

Fall Box 1


Altered In Color Treat Bag


Altered Treat Bag Tutorial

 One of the first items I learned to make when I was a new demonstrator (a long time ago!) was called a Bag-a-lope. It was a bag made from a sealed empty envelope. This project is a variation of the Bag-a-lope.  Actually, an improvement!  I used the 2023-2025 In Color Treat (161752, page 126 AC) Bags to make it.  An easy peasy 'gift wrap'!


1. Take one of the Copper Clay treat bags and score 1/2 “from both long edges and on the bottom edge. Be VERY GENTLE with your scoring so that you don’t tear the bag.

2. Fold all creases back and forth two or three times and smooth with your bone folder. 

3. Open the bag and shape the sides and bottom to be an open bag. 

Formed Bag - Photo 1 Bag Bottom Triangles - Photo 2










4.  Glue triangle corners to the bottom of the bag.

Glued Bottom - Photo 45.  Cut a 10" piece of the matching Copper Clay Ribbon (161629, page 143 AC) adhere to the bag in a zig-zag.  Punch out a circle from the matching In Color 6" x 6" DSP and add a half circle stamped with Happy Birthday.  Add this to the bag with Dimensionals.  Add several In Color Dots (161620, page 141 AC).  Fill your Treat Bag with candy or small gifts and gift it!  Fun!

Finished Bag - Photo 5


Join me today ~ Open House in the Cat/Art Studio

Stampin' Up! 2023-25 In Colors


Here’s a fun card idea using the new In Colors that can easily be multiplied. Tip: did you know that Stampin’ Up also sells envelopes for your gift cards?  Check out the 3" x 3" Basic White envelopes on page 135 in the annual catalog.

Irresistible Blooms Gift Cards (2)

Here’s how to make these gift cards. Tip: they make a great gift idea too – bundle 5 together with matching envelopes and gift them to friends and family.


Stamp set: Irresistible Blooms (161140)

Ink: Copper Clay (161647); Wild Wheat (161651); Boho Blue (161650); Moody Mauve (161649); Pebbled Path (161648)

Paper and cutting dimensions:
Basic White: (5) 6" x 3" [base]; (5) 2 1/4" squares
In Color Designer Series Paper: (5) 2 6/8" squares
Solid Color cardstock: (5) 2 1/4" squares

Misc: 2023-25 In Color Dots (161620); Multipurpose Liquid Glue; 12" x 12" In Color Assorted Cardstock (161712); In Color 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (161646); Stylish Shapes Dies (159183); Basic White 3” x 3” Envelopes (159233)


1. Fold each gift card base in half and burnish.

2. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, adhere In Color layer to gift card base.

3. Ink flower using In Color ink and stamp onto Basic White square. Die-cut using Stylish Shapes circle die.

4. Die-cut solid In Color circle using Stylish Shapes die.

5. Adhere stamped circle to In Color solid circle, then adhere to matching card base.

6. Add In Color Dot to center of each In Color flower to complete each gift card.


Barb Schweiger continued...


In addition to the cards that Barb created with the BY THE BAY SUITE COLLECTION (page 22, Mini Catalog) she created this framed piece as a gift to me.  To say that I am thrilled is to minimize my response.  I love it!!!!  It is hanging in the Cat/Art Studio with another, similar use of the DSP, that I created.

IMG_9490Thank you so much Barb!




Note Card M 2
Naturally Gilded DSP, Silver



 CLASSIC LETTERS & NOTE CARDS ~ a wonderful gift to give a friend ~ just change the monogram!

Stamp Set:  Classic Letters (161267)

Cardstock:  Basic White Note Cards & Envelopes (159232); Thick Basic White cardstock (159229)

Designer Series Paper:  Naturally Gilded 12" x 12" (161639, ONLINE EXCLUSIVES)

Stamp Pads:  VersaMark (102283)

Other:  Metallics Stampin' Emboss Powders (155555); Silver 3/8" Metallic Edge Cotton Ribbon (159193); Something Fancy Dies (160424); Dimensionals (104430); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine (149653); Heat Tool (129053)


* Naturally Gilded DSP:  2" x 5"

* Ribbon:  16"

* Thick Basic White:  scrap for the letter


  1. Choose the letter for the monogram ~ yours or a friends.  A set of note cards makes a great gift!
  2. Stamp the letter using Versamark, add Silver Embossing Powder & emboss on a scrap of thick basic white cardstock.
  3. Cut the letter out with the six-sided die.
  4. Adhere the DSP to the notecard using the Miltipurpose Glue.
  5. Tie the ribbon around the front of the card and tie in a knot.
  6. Add the monogram letter using Dimensionals.


Note Card M 3
Naturally Gilded DSP, Copper
Note Card M 4
Naturally Gilded DSP, Gold

Wreath of Blooms

Available TODAY, 1 February 2023, the Wreath of Blooms Kit is such a fun way to try new crafting techniques and create something special for your home! You’ll get an 8" (20.3 cm) diameter wreath to fill with blossoms. Roll and shape the precut paper pieces to make three-dimensional flowers. Pin them together with brads and glue them to the wreath (a hot glue gun is not included in this kit). Then hang it for all your friends and family to see!  Or, gift it for Valentine's Day!


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This month’s kit includes: 

  • One 8" (20.3 cm) diameter chipboard wreath.
  • Precut paper pieces that can be rolled and shaped into three-dimensional blossoms.
  • Multicolored brads to keep everything together.
  • Thick twine to hang your wreath.
  • Enough adhesive* to complete the project.
  • Coordinating colors: Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, So Saffron, white.

*Please note that you will need a hot glue gun for this project, which is not included in the kit.


What a great idea!!!

The paper I used yesterday for my 'silly goose' card is a part of the SALEABRATION FREE products (Day At The Farm DSP, #160835).  I saw this project on the Demonstrator Planning Place FB page and had to share.  The demonstrator that created this fabulous counting book is Catherine Proctor and you can find more information here.  I love this idea!  What do you think?




Thank you Gourmet Stampers!

I  received  lovely Christmas  cards  last  week  from  the  members  of  one  of  my  stamp  clubs.  I am  so  proud  of  all  of  them  ~ wonderful  cards  ~ wonderful  techniques!  I was  so  excited  that  I decided  to  share them  with  my  family  when  I was  wrapping  their  gifts  this  weekend!  (I  hope  y'all  don't  mind!)  THANK  YOU  SO  MUCH!

Beachy little Christmas tree by Susan Tran
Merry Christmoose by Agnes Leach
So many scallops by Barb Raliski
Christmas Lights by Abby Geddes