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Let There Be Cake!…

There are so many celebrations on my calendar for May it’s hard to know where to start.  My November is like that too.  What’s up with those two months?

Here is one way I like to celebrate special birthdays rather than a card…


These are the second cake post this week…I must be hungry for something sweet.  Here’s a couple of different views…


Love me some strawberry icing with chocolate cake…


and this blue polka dot is just sweet!

Of course a gift or chocolate can be placed inside for an even better surprise.  These are easy to make and fun to decorate.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White cardstock plus a DSP of your choice
  • Ink:  None!
  • Stamps:  None!  Although there is a stamp set that coordinates with this framelit set
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Pearls, deco straw, Spiral Flower Die, Cutie Pie Thinlets


  • Cut two of the Cutie Pie Thinlet boxes (takes a full sheet of cardstock for each “piece of cake”)  Attach the two pieces with tear tape alternating pie shape and rectangle.  Burnish all score lines.  If you want to stamp “cake” stamp in chocolate or maybe strawberry you can do that before you assemble box.  Add tear tape to one center tap and rectangle tab.  Fold into box.  Close back after inserting gift if needed.
  • Cut one side of the box from DSP.  Trim at 1″ on rectangle side.  Cut a piece of DSP 2 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ for back of box and another piece 4 1/2″ x 1″ for the scalloped icing on one side.  Use the scalloping framelit to cut the back piece of the DSP that overlaps from top and the side of that same piece.  Scallop the 4 1/2″ x 1″ piece on one side.  Glue this piece to the top side that isn’t covered by the box top piece.  Add DSP to back of box then overlap the scalloped piece from top.  Check photos.
  • Cut bow from Whisper White fold and insert tips into slits, then and attach tail pieces with glue dots.  Use glue dots to attach to back of box over DSP.  Add Basic Pearl to center.
  • Cut two of the candle framelit and glue together from flame to end of candle but not the two half circles as they open to make the base for attaching to cake top.  I used Gold Wink of Stella on the flame.  Cut a deco straw and slip over candle before gluing to cake top.
  • Make two Whisper White roses and attach with hot glue.  Here I used leaves from this month’s Paper Pumpkin, but you could use leaves from Botanical Builder Framelits, Bird Punch or Rose Garden Thinlets.

These are perfect for birthday or shower favors filled with goodies.  You could make a whole or multi-layered cake for a wedding reception…there goes my ever running mind again…

So big Mothers’ Day weekend.  For those of us who no longer have our moms, it is a bittersweet day.  If you have children, I hope they all pay their respects and make your Mothers’ Day especially HaPpY!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Goodness…I hope you are filled to the brim!

Let’s get inky together and …Be HaPpY!



Wedding Cake…

Lots of cake baking going on around the studio here…

If you have a special wedding coming up, here’s a sweet way to wrap your gift, or use as display at a shower or fill will lots of money!


Wouldn’t this cake make a great gift card holder…or money if you’re loaded.  And, seriously, it’s so easy and goes together like a dream.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Mossy Meadow and Blushing Bride Cardstock, plus a few of the leaves from April’s Paper Pumpkin left over…just the right size for those little roses.
  • Ink:  None!
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gift Box Stamp Board, Basic Pearls, Spiral Flower Die, Circle Framelits, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, and Rose Garden Thinlets Die


  • Cut Thick Whisper White squares 9″ x 9″, 8″ x 8″ and 6″ x 6″ scoring per board directions to create boxes 4″ x 4″ x 1.75″, 3.25″ x 3.25″ x 1.75″ and 1.75″ x 1.75″ x 1.75″.  If you plan to add surprises inside, now is the time to place them before hot gluing them shut and stacked together.
  • Cut the largest Circle Framelits with scallops from Blushing Bride and hot glue to bottom of largest box.
  • Cut four Mossy Meadow leaf limbs and attach with Tombow glue down the front of boxes.
  • Add strips of Basic Pearls at top box edge of each box.
  • Punch eleven Itty Bitty flowers in Blushing Bride, round with bottom of piercing tool on foam mat and add pearl in each center.  Attach to cake with glue dots.
  • Cut out five roses in Blushing Bride with Spiral Flower Die.  Twirl and attach to base and top of cake with hot glue.  Bend and shape leaves before adding with hot glue.  If you don’t have these small leaves you could use the leaves from the Bird Punch instead.

Wish there was a wedding coming up…this gift box would be a hit I’m sure!  And no calories either…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Who is with me?

Let’s get REALLY inky and Be HaPpY!



No Calorie Cake…

It’s your birthday and you want a big, beautiful piece of cake?  I’ve got you covered…


I can guarantee nothing will show up on your bathroom scales and you can enjoy this little piece of wonderful for as long as you like.  Here’s a view of the back…


In my quirky imagination this is red velvet cake…just because I love it.  And here’s a top view…


When planning this post I checked the catalog to remember what this framelit set was called and realized it is part of a project kit…you shouldn’t miss this one.  Even the candle and bow are included in this framelit set.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder and Real Red cardstock
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Sweet Stack (comes with Sweet Stack Project Kit pg. 152 annual catalog)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Cutie Pie Thinlets, Spiral Rose Die,


  • Using Cutie Pie thinlets cut and assemble your “box”  using Chocolate Chip cardstock.
  • Create your cake layers using Cherry Cobbler, cut and add two to each side of box.
  • Stamp greeting in Early Espresso and cut with framelit.  Add to top with glue.
  • Make bow for back side of box.  Stamp Very Vanilla with Real Red to make “icing” then attach bow with glue dots.
  • Make candle using Very Vanilla cardstock.  Cut two and glue just the candle stick and flame together.  Color with markers Real Red and Daffodil Delight.  Open base and glue to top of box with glue (I used hot glue)
  • Make a Real Red, Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder rose.  The leaves I used were on my desk since Christmas Paper Pumpkin so I used them.  You could punch leaves from Bird Punch from Old Olive.  Glue your leaves around the candle then add roses with hot glue on top.

These boxes are really fun to make for special birthdays.

This will be another busy week around the studio with another private party this Wednesday…with a great bunch of ladies.  It’s all fun!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!




No Calorie Birthday…

It’s your birthday and you’ve been waiting to have cake.

It IS your birthday and you’ve been dieting.

It is YOUR birthday…

Here’s what you do on your birthday … have your cake with NO calories!


That’s not cake you say?  Look inside…


Ahhh…there’s that cake with no calories!  And a flower pin to boot all wrapped in a 2″ x 2″ Kraft box.  How super cute is that!


And here’s what that cake looks like when the candle is lit.

Are you interested in how to make this little cutie?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • This 2 x 2 Kraft box was left over from the holidays.  You could make one with the Box Board (there’s a 2.5″ square box) or there is a 3 1/2″ box on page 209 of the annual catalog that would work.  You would just need to change the DSP measurements to fit that box.
  • Paper:  Painted Blooms DSP and Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow cardstock
  • Ink: Craft White
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Store bought battery candle (HL $9.99 for 12), Basic Pearls, Blackberry Bliss Cotton Twine, Linen Thread, Jewelry Pin, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, 1/2″ Circle and 1 1/2″ Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, Blossom Punch, Woodgrain EF


  • For the “cake”…Punch 5 flowers with Itty Bitty Flower Punch and add small basic pearl to each.  Cut a strip of DSP 3/4″ x 6 1/2”.  Glue to “cake” sides with Tombow.
  • Punch a 1/2″ circle in a scrap of Blackberry Bliss, then use a 1 1/2″ circle punch and center over the 1/2″ opening and punch.  Use this for “cake” top.
  • Punch a scallop circle from Blackberry Bliss.  Use the Itty Bitty Flower punch to make opening for switch on bottom of “cake”.  Press the scallop over the bottom of the cake and pierce a hole for placement of flower punch.  Attach with Tombow glue.
  • Now decorate your “cake” with the flowers with pearls and some cotton twine around base.
  • Cut five DSP squares to fit the sides and top of your box and attach with Tombow glue.
  • The flower is five Blossom Punch Blackberry Bliss flowers. Sponge the edges with craft white ink.
  • Place a blob of hot glue on your silicone mat and add one layer with all petals.  Curve the petals with your bone folder first.
  • Cut a slit in the next layer and overlap one petal.  Curve with bone folder and add to glue over first layer.
  • Cut out one petal of next layer and overlap to create circle the remaining petals.  Curve with bone folder and add to second layer.
  • Cut out two petals of next layer and repeat prior layer instructions.
  • Cut out three petals of next layer and repeat.
  • Take single petal and curve with bone folder until you can curl it into itself.
  • Repeat with another single petal.
  • Add both single petals to center of flower.
  • The leaves are punched with large Oval Punch, trimmed to a point at one end freehand and run through Big Shot in Woodgrain EF
  • Punch a Blackberry Bliss Scallop Circle.  Glue leaves in place, then flower over leaves.
  • Glue jewelry pin to back.

Place “cake” in cake box, tie with coordinating ribbon and pin flower on top.

You are a genius!  What an awesome gift for someone special.  Once you have “baked” one of these little “cakes”, you will see it is an easy project to put together.

It’s just looks like a lot of instructions…

Hope you are inspired…my job is done here.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I don’t know why…since I don’t work anymore.  But the weekends still feel special to me!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!




Diet Birthday Cake…

So most everybody is watching what they eat these days, right?  I mean I make some mean chocolate chip cookies for class and they are still here because everyone said “Oh no thank you I’m watching what I eat.”  So if you have a friend who has a birthday this time of the year…here’s the perfect solution to a birthday cake…


A diet birthday cake!  This idea I found on All Things Stampin’ Up! facebook page.  Linda Parker had a similar creation she had gotten from Call Me Crafty and I just loved the idea.  I gave this to a sweet friend in my class today and she seemed to really like it.  And the bloom you see there…from the Occasion Catalog Build a Bouquet.  The little box was made with the Gift Box Punch Board.

Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits for this little no calorie treat?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  DSP and cardstock color of your choice for base.
  • Ink:  None!
  • Stamps:  None!
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Tealight Battery Candle, 5/8″ Satin ribbon, 1/8″ matching ribbon, Rhinestones, Bird Punch (for leaves if you want them) and three small flowers to place around one side of flame.  (These were old satin ones I had left over and colored them with Real Red reinker to match the ribbon.)  You could use the Itty Bitty Flower Punch, matching cardstock and put two together to substitute. 1 3/4″ Scallop Punch, 2 3/8″ Scallop Punch and 1/4″ extended punch.


  • The top is DSP punched with the 1 3/4″ Scallop Punch.  I punched a hole in the center with the extended 1/4″ Hole Punch, placed it over the flame and with Tombow Glue adhered the edges to the side of the tealight.
  • The sides are 5/8″ x 5″ piece of matching cardstock adhered with Tombow Glue.  Then place your 5/8″ ribbon on with regular adhesive.  Tie the 1/8″ ribbon in a bow and place with glue dot.  Add rhinestones around side spacing evenly.
  • The base is the 2 3/8″ Scallop Punch.  Use your extended punch to put a hole where the switch on the candle is so it can be turned on and off.  I placed two dimensionals stacked on top of each other on the bottom of the tealight and then placed this piece.  My tealight had tiny little “feet” so I couldn’t glue directly to cardstock.  Yours may be different on the bottom.  Add rhinestones to each scallop.
  • Place your leaves from the Bird Punch with Tombow and then flowers over leaves close to flame on one side.  I did use rhinestones on the top of the cake too.  (I love bling!)

If you can turn on the flame before giving the cake, it’s fun to see them open their “diet” birthday cake.  Maybe you know someone who would like this little treat.  These would be fun at a bridal shower or a little girl’s birthday party for her guests.  Lots of different ways you could use them.

It’s getting really cold here the next couple of days.  Hope you are keeping warm wherever you are…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Had a class today so you know I’m inky…and HaPpY!