Sweet Centers Flower

My post yesterday was short because I was in a hurry in between various things I was doing.  So I’m back today to elaborate more on the flower – I had several people ask how to make the flower.  I think when you see the Sweet Centers stamp set in the Holiday Mini Catalog it isn’t completely clear what that stamp is supposed to be.

So here is my version of the flower – and I’m sure you can do it many different ways with different amounts and layers of petals. I tried a couple of different things before I settled on what was the easiest for me.

1.  First I started with a 3″ x 3″ square of card stock.  I used the 1-3/4″ circle punch to punch a circle out of the center.  I laid it over one of the sweet treat cups.

2.  I stamped 16 petals.  In these pictures they are just stamped in So Saffron ink on Whisper White card stock.  My finished example they are stamped in So Saffron and rolled in Close to Cocoa on the edges for each petal.  I cut out all 16 petals with my paper snips.  I tried to punch the petals with one of the oval punches but none of them fit exactly.   Now that I think about it if you didn’t have the stamp set you could still make flowers – by punching out petals with an oval and then use a circle to add the curve against the cup….just a thought of something else to try (wouldn’t that be pretty with DSP….ok see now I’m on to more ideas – I better get back to my craft room once I finish this post).

3.  I basically created 4 layers of petals.  The first layer is 4 petals attached to the square with snail.


4.  The next layer is 4 more petals attached in the spaces between the first four.  Again using snail.  You could stop with that and have a pretty flower – but I wanted more.


5.  I added the next layer of 4 petals with Stampin’ Dimensionals again in between the petals I already put down – place them in every other space.

The leaves you can see in this photo are attached with snail in between the layers that were snailed down and the ones on dimensionals.  I actually added them at the very end.

flower-36.    Then add the the last 4 petals in the remaining spaces using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

flower-47.  So to finish I trimmed the square in the back so that you couldn’t see it.  You may ask why didn’t I start with a circle – I tried that but it was harder to punch the hole out of the center and harder to get the petals lined up.  So for me I found it easier using the square and trimming it afterwards.  I did cut a 3″ circle using my Circle Scissors – my finished photo shows a So Saffron piece – but for my class I used Chocolate Chip which I like better.  This is the back of the flower.  So take the Sweet Treat cup and fill it with the candy – my picture used M&Ms but my class used chocolate covered raisins (they are all brown colored).  Fill the cup and adhere it to the Chocolate chip circle.  Then set it down and adhere the flower over the top of the cup – I just used my snail.

Then I used tape to attach the skewer to the back – my skewers were the ones from the Country Living Summer cookout kit (they aren’t pointed).

I added Old Olive ribbon and then create a tag using the Oval Stamp set.

Here is the final project one more time.


I hope that all made sense.  I have new example using the Valentine heart which was giving me trouble to begin with.  I figure out what to do though – so check back for that one on another day.

Thanks for stopping by – it is again a Rainy Day in Georgia …..stay dry.




Surprise Tyler!

That was what we yelled Sunday night when we had a surprise party for Tyler.  Tyler turned 16 on Saturday and had a most uneventful day.  What he didn’t know was that I was planning a surprise party for Sunday!  If you only want to see the stamping related stuff go to page 2 of this post.

I have been asking Tyler for about a month if he wanted a party for his 16th birthday – yes, then no, then yes, then finally he said no.  So Friday night we went out as a family to dinner, came home, opened presents and ate cake.  Below you can see the card and the little gift I made him.  Saturday, Greg was gone all day at a tennis/golf tournament, and I was in and out – shopping for the party, taking stuff to my friend, Gina’s house – and by the way – the Best Friend ever – how many people would let a bunch of teenagers that they don’t even know come and have a party at their house.   Since it was a surprise I couldn’t have it at my house.  So Saturday was a boring day for Tyler – except that he did get his birthday balloon and I made him breakfast in bed!

Sunday I quietly went to Gina’s house to help with final preparation and plan B since it turned out to be a rainy Sunday so all the outside entertainment was a bust.  My one concern – was anybody coming to the party…..  Just an FYI – not a good idea to put a 17 year old boy in charge of inviting other teenagers to a surprise party – first I didn’t know who ended up getting invited and second teenagers don’t RSVP – maybe they don’t know what that means…..But it all worked out and teenagers did appear at Gina’s door, some on time and some later.  We were able to get Tyler up to Gina’s house without any clue and I think Tyler had a fun party and celebration for his 16th birthday.  Later that night he told me that he really did want a surprise party – hmmm did I know that somehow ’cause I don’t remember him telling me that…

Here are a few party pictures and on the next page are some stamping projects. (Click on page 2)

kids hiding

kids hiding

some of the kids

some of the kids

gotta have a pinata - and this one was a car!

gotta have a pinata - and this one was a car!

Summer BBQ Scrapbook Layout

cookout kit2Stampin’ Up! created a Summer Cookout Kit to sell the past few months.  It is still available until the end of August and it is now on sale for $14.95 (40% off) and the refill (all the consumable supplies) is $9.95.  At convention we were able to get a free refill with a certain purchase amount at Memento Mall.  So I had my refill and a couple of my roommates gave me there’s too.  Why – because Tyler’s birthday is this weekend and I wanted to plan a summer cookout theme party for him.  But then he decided he did not want to have a birthday party after all – so now what to do with all the supplies.  Since my scrapbook class was this week I decided instead I would try to turn this Summer Cookout Kit into a scrapbook layout – so my challenge was created – use the pieces from the kit to create a two page 12×12 layout…

The kit included the die-cut pieces for the invitation – including the skewer, food wrappers that were like tissue paper, coasters, tent cards, die cut tags, and linen thread.

So I got busy planning – colors in the kit are Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Ruby Red and Night of Navy.  There was one problem that I ran into – all the die cut pieces for the invitation had pre-printed words and holes in them that I didn’t necessarily want in my layout.  Solution – tuck the words/holes under something or put something over them.  The only thing I didn’t use was the envelope – although I considered creating a hidden journaling pocket – the envelope could have been covered in the tissue paper, and there was one die-cut piece I didn’t use – I think it is supposed to be a piece of meat – it just looked strange to me.  I even added all the little circles that were left from the holes – kind of a confetti sprinkled on the page.  It turned out to be kind of a busy page (which is not normally what I end up with) and I don’t have my pictures on it yet.  So here it is:


I added card stock – Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, Night of Navy and So Saffron.  I added buttons in the same colors.  The skewers are tied on with the linen thread at the bottom of each page – I used my paper piercer to  poke holes through the page and then tied the linen thread through it.  The Bashful Blue and So Saffron coasters were punched with the small star punch – those were glue around as needed to cover holes and add accents.  The background is stamped with the Wanted stamp set.

To create the title I glued a piece of the tissue paper to a piece of card stock – so the red tissue paper went on Ruby Red card stock and the blue on Night of Navy card stock.  Then the letters were cut with the Big Shot and the GoGo Boots alphabet dies.

When I add pictures later I plan to cut two of them with my Circle Scissor Plus to go on the coasters that are my circle mats.  The tent cards were cut in half and these are picture mats – depending on the size of the picture I may leave the checked edge showing or cover it.  I thought I did a pretty good job of using my kit.

So now everyone that has a kit – plan a party, take pictures and scrapbook using your kit left overs.  We have something planned for the weekend (I’ll tell you about it next week) that I plan to take pictures of for this layout.

Have a happy scrappin’ day – it is raining here which is always a good day to stay inside and work on your scrapbooks….


Special Convention Offer from Monika

Because I am so excited about convention – I am going to have a convention special while I am away!

Place an online order on my website from Tuesday, August 4th – Sunday, August 9th (the days I’ll be away) for a minimum $50 of Stampin’ Up! products

And receive a free stamp set from me – you will have a choice from brand new retired stamp sets that I have.

These are Sale-A-Bration sets and hostess sets from the past few years.

After I return I will email everyone that ordered the choices that I have beginning with the first order I received – so that person gets first pick.

So CLICK HERE to get to my website and click on SHOP NOW to get to my online store and shop away.

There are several specials going on too:

1.  From August 1 – September 30 only, get the exclusive Decor Elements Growth Chart – growth chart

plus, receive a free applicator tool!

2.  playground buttonsFrom August 1 – August 31, spend$35 on stamp sets from the Growing Up section of the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog (pages 74-90),

and choose a FREE package of Designer Buttons – a $7.95 value!

3.  cookout kitFrom August 1 – August 31 (or while supplies last), the Country Living Summer Cookout Kit is 40% off – making it just $14.95.

There is also a refill available for $9.95.

Have fun while I’m away at convention and I’ll see you when I get back!


Summer Cookout Flatware Wrap

The July project of the month from Stampin’ Up! uses the Summer Fun Cookout kit. 


  • Country Living Summer Cookout kit
  • Confetti White card stock
  • silver brad
  • hole punch
  • decorative toothpick
  • wrapped moist towelette


  1. Fold Coaster in half.  Punch hole through the right edge.
  2. Stamp checkered image using Ruby Red ink spot on top and bottom of Confetti White card stock.  Stamp ‘Dig in’ using Night of Navy ink spot in the center of Confetti White card stock.  Punch hole in the top and two holes in the left side.  Thread tooth pick through the two holes on the left side.  Adhere confetti white card stock to the towelette.
  3. Stamp star image in Night of Navy ink on Confetti White card stock.  Cut out.  Attach silver brad to the center and adhere over the hole for the toothpick.
  4. Thread linen thread through the holes in the coaster and through the hole in the center of the Confetti White card stock and tie in a bow.


The Country Living Summer cookout kit is available until August 31st.  The kit is $24.95 and includes:

  • 8 die-cut table tents
  • Die cut compnents, bamboo skewere, and envelopes to create 8 shish kabob invitations
  • 12 die-cut coasters
  • 16 die-cut tags
  • 24 12″x12″ food wrappers
  • 4 printed recipe cards
  • 5 yards of linen thread
  • Ruby Red classic ink spot
  • Night of Navy classic ink spot
  • Dig In stamp set

This kit can be used for any events you might have planned this summer!  Contact me today to order or shop online at my Website – www.monika.stampinup.net – just click on the SHOP NOW button and show anytime you want!

Have a great 4th of July celebration!

We will be at Greg’s family reunion in South Georgia – in the middle of a cow pasture with all of his extended family.  Eating fried catfish, fresh from the farm corn, watermelon and tomatoes!