Archive for September, 2009


One piece 4″ x 9 1/2″ cardstock or double-sided patterned paper.

Scor-It or Score Pal (or something to score with).

Circle punch or Coluzzle cutting system.



Transparency (I just used some clear packaging from some embellishments)



1.  Line the 4″ x 9 1/2″ cardstock or patterned paper with the short edge along the top of your score tool.  Score at 1″ and 3″.


2.  Turn the cardstock so that the long end is at the top of your score tool.   Score at  1″, 3″, 4″ and 6″.  Then move your piece over and score again at 7 1/16″ and 9 1/16″.   (This might take a bit of figuring if you are using the Scor-It, but just look at the picture below. )


3.  Cut the peices out as shown below.    


4.  Next cut the little triangular peices off the tabs (as seen below):


5.  Using your exacto knife/blade cut a small notch on the second score line from the right.  (the side opposite of the little end tab). 

6.  Using your coluzzle or circle punch cut out a window in the second segment  as seen below.


7.  Apply adhesive to the backside around the circle.


8.  Then flip your project over to the right side and add adhesive along the 4 tabs as shown in the picture:


9.  Now start folding up your box.  Take the adhesive off around the circle and add your transparency (your window) and take the adhesive off the four tabs and shape your box. 


10.  Add embellishements and fill with small treats!! 🙂  The perfect gift!!


Ribbon used is from the October Savvy n Sassy Ribbon kit. 

*Thank you to Brenda Quintana for the inspiration for these sweet little boxes! 🙂

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I love paper piecing.  It’s cute and saves money on buying embellishments so you can spend your money on pretty papers and ribbons!  It is also a great way to use up bits of paper scraps too. When picking out a stamp to paper piece, look for one that is more “cartoony” and is big enough to cut the different pieces.  The Imaginisce Snag ‘Em stamps in the shop, here, are great for paper piecing.  Using the paper piecing technique is also my monthly challenge on the SnS forum if you would like to join in.


coordinating patterned papers and cardstocks

paper trimmer

adhesives (one needs to be a heavy duty type to hold the seed beads if you are using them, Zip Dry Glue in the shop is a great one to use)



stamp (if using clear stamps, you’ll need your stamping block)

1 inch and 1.5 inch circle punches

coordinating ribbons

pop dots/3D foam

abc seed beads (you could also use abc sticker strips or very small stamped letters)

Other optional supplies: rhinestones, tweezers, Xacto/craft knife, corner punch, staples, other misc. decorating items

Step One:  Cutting the base of your card

I chose a black, white, and hot pink color combination for my card.  Cut the background cardstock for your card base (mine is black) 8.5 inches long and 5 inches wide.  Fold in half long-wise and flatten, perhaps using a bone folder.

Cut the patterned paper background (mine is the pink flowers) to 4.75 inches wide and 3.75 inches long.

Cut the background base for your paper piecing to lay on (mine is black corragulated) to 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches to make a square.

Optional: Corner punch the edges of your papers.  I like this look a lot.

Center and glue the patterned paper to your card base.

Step Two: Stamping your image

If there are any areas you do not want to use on your stamp, block them off.  I did not want the bird on the hippo’s head to show, so I placed a double sided mounting square over it on the stamp so it would not get inked.  Make sure you take off the mounting square before stamping or you will get a smudged ink square stamped on your paper.

Stamp the hippo stamp twice on the darker pink cardstock, once on the light pink cardstock, and once on the white cardstock.

I’m putting a little party hat on my hippo, so stamp the hat twice on the darker pink cardstock.  (These hat stamps are by Studio G.)

Step Three:  Cutting out your stamped images

Cut out around the outline of the first hippo on the darker pink cardstock.  This will be the base to glue down your paper piecing on to.  Cut out one of the party hat stamped images around the outline in the same fashion.

All of these pieces you will cut on the outline. Cut out the hippo on the light pink cardstock.  From the darker pink cardstock, cut out the circles of the ears, tail, and back hind legs from the second hippo you stamped earlier.  From the white cardstock, cut out the two teeth.  Cut out the second party hat image from the darker pink cardstock. You may want to use cutterbee scissors if you have them to make this step easier. Just a suggestion, but I keep my cut-out pieces on a strip of dark cardstock so I won’t lose them on my messy desk.

Optional step: Adding some visual interest to your hippo paper piecing

Lightly coat a dotted stamp (mine is from the Target dollar spot, so I don’t mind gunking it up too much) with white Stickles and stamp on top of the light pink hippo. You could also dot in the party hat and hippo’s eyes with black Stickles.

You could do this with Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents as well.  Other options are using a light colored designed patterned paper, but make sure your stamped image will still show.  You could also use a  dotted, textured cardstock or run it through your Cuttlebug with a texture plate.  All of these options add a subtle detail so your paper piecing won’t be flat and boring. Keep in mind though, you don’t want this optional step to compete with the actual design of the stamped image.

Step Four: Assembling your paper piecing

Glue the darker pink party hat image (the one with the extra space around the outline) to the darker pink cardstock hippo base in the appropriate location. Glue the light pink hippo on top of the dark pink hippo base, matching up the outlines.  Glue the dark pink ears, hind leg, and tail on top of the light pink hippo’s matching areas.    Glue the white teeth on top of the light pink hippo teeth. This is where your tweezers may help you out a lot.

Step Five: Decorating your card

Punch out one 1.5 inch circle from a different patterned paper that coordinates.  Punch out one 1 inch circle from the darker pink cardstock.  Punch out one 1 inch circle from the light pink cardstock.  Ink the edges of the circles.

Tie a ribbon around the bottom of the black base square.  I used the light pink satin edge organza, found here in the SnS shop.

Adhere the 1 inch light pink circle in the upper left-hand corner of your card with a pop-dot/3D foam.  Place pop-dots/3D foam on the bottom two corners and upper right-hand corner of your black base square.  Apply just glue on the upper left-hand corner of the black base square where it will touch the light pink circle.  Place down your black base square now to the card base.

Apply glue lightly and slightly slip the 1.5 inch patterned paper circle under the ribbon tie (near the knot) on the lower right-hand side of the black square base.

Apply glue on half of the 1 inch darker pink circle and a pop-dot/3D on the other half.  Slip half of the darker pink circle slightly under the larger 1.5 inch patterned paper.  Let the other half of the darker pink circle lay on the actual card part with the pop-dot/3D foam.

Apply a pop-dot/3D foam on the upper left-hand side of the paper pieced hippo.  Apply glue to the back of the rest of the hippo.  Slightly overlap the hippo over the ribbon and larger circle and place the area with the pop-dot/3D foam to hang over the edge of the black base square.

Step Six: Adding a Sentiment to the card

Glue down (or however you prefer to adhere ribbon) 3 strips of white twill ribbon as shown above.  I used the white twill ribbon you can find in the shop, here.

Using a stronger holding adhesive, glue down your seed beads spelling out your card’s sentiment.  The good thing about twill is that if you can stamp on it if you don’t have these type ABC seed beads.

TADAH! You’re done and have a lovely card now!

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This month’s ribbon kit definitely screams fall’s arrival!  Full of luxurious velvets, lace, and matching grosgrain ribbons.

See that green ribbon on this card?  It’s pulled from the threaded up brown lace in this kit.  You can leave it in or out.

I threaded the sheer brown ribbon through the punch holes left from the scallop border punch.

To double up the scallop pattern of the upper half circle I placed the mini brown ric-rac below it.

I like to use the undersides of the velvet ribbons too.  You can get more use out of your kit this way.  I reversed the cream velvet here.

I’ve been really into gathering and bunching up ribbon lately.  It’s holding my title card up in this layout.

Here’s a little closeup.

I made a ribbon/embellishment cluster on this layout. I really had fun mixing it all up!

You can really see the varying textures in this closeup.  Velvet, lace, grosgrain, dots, ric-rac, and even gingham!

Thank you for looking at my creations.  The Fall Flourish Kit is still in the SavvyNSassy shop if you are interested.

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Hi ladies!  This new SNS kit called Fall Flourish it’s the perfect little addition to every season’s LO or project!  Let me show you what I am talking about.

chicIf you want to go CHIC, SLICK and MODERN… this is the kit… I just adore how the ribbon just helps w/ the CHIC theme on this layout.

thisislifeIf you just want to have fun to your LO, then this is the kit too… here I used the rick-rack to add more attention to my main image and made a little flower w/ the light brown grosgrain ribbon and put a tiny pink ribbon flower on top.

coupon_humdinger_cu3Now, on this case… my hybrid coupon holder was missing something… and all it needed was a ribbon spine… and it is adorable what a simple piece of grosgrain ribbon can do to a project!

I hope you enjoy these samples and the ones from the rest of the team!


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This weeks Spotlight Special is Smooch Pearl Inks. This ink is amazing. It comes in such vivid colors and it has the tiniest little brush making application easy. I like to use it to color in stamped images. It’s got a gentle shine. It’s great to add a bit of pizazz to projects. Here is a card I made using Smooch (it outlines the tree).

JuneSnSpompom2 (Large)

These will be on special for the next week.

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This month’s kit is super versatile!  Click on the image above to purchase!

Sweet Baby Mini Book


Ribbon and trim from Fall Flourish Kit, Prima flowers, various buttons, Crate Baby Bee papers and other scraps, felt leaves

Cousins Layout


Had fun playing with various Cosmo Cricket and Sass Lass papers.  I LOVE this pretty velvet trim from the Fall Flourish kit.  I also used a selection of ribbons from the kit behind the clusters of embellies.  AC felt thickers, various buttons, Martha Stewart felt tomatoes, and DistressInk finish it off.

Purse Gift Bag


Love the look of this velvety trim with these Scenic Route papers!  I made this from a template online as a thank you for a friend who took care of our dog on vacation.

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I love autumn and all the changing colors. It’s my favorite time or year. This kit was right up my ally. Here are my projects.

This one is using the new BoBunny Kitchen Spice collection
SnSSept2 (Large)

This photo was taken by Lisa McDonald. I used the Die Cuts with a View Green stack

And some cards:

SnSSept3 (Large)

SnSSept4 (Large)

SnSSept5 (Large)

SnSSept6 (Large)


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Lisa’s September Projects

sns%20sept%20kitThe SnS September kit  Fall Flourish was soooo much fun to work with.  It is just gorgeous.  Here are a few layouts and other miscellaneous items I put together with this fabulous kit!!  I don’t think there are very many left – so get them while you still can!!  Also, don’t forget to check out the fabulous paper packs and alphas that are on sale this week in the store!  


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Happy Labor Day

TINSEL TOWN - Paper Collection sotweet_195735 sweet cakes paper collection

Labor Day PAPER SALE – On sale Until September 8th.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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This week’s spotlight special is alpha stickers!  All the letter stickers in the store will be on sale this week.  These are one of my absolute essential supplies: cardstock, adhesive, and alpha stickers are my top three.

And my favorite letter stickers are American Crafts thickers. They add so much dimension and texture to every project.

This is a little mini-book I made using American Crafts papers and felt Thickers.


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