Blog Candy Au Chocolat

Stampin up au chocolate candy
Time for something sweet?  Just drop me a comment at the end of this post with what you most hope to see in Stampin' Up!'s Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog (to be released Aug. 11) before Noon CST, Sunday, June 22 and you get a chance to win all these chocolate-y delights.  Savor 24 delicious 6 x 6 pieces of Stampin' Up!'s Au Chocolat 2-Sided Designer Series Paper (retired and one of my all time favorites), this luscious little custom purse (and an extra plastic base to create your very own) and a snippet of the real thing in Hershey's form.  I'll choose a comment at random and announce the winner Sunday afternoon.

Stampin up au chocolate purse
This adorable clear purse is a fabulous way to showcase Stampin' Up!'s 2-sided Designer Series patterned paper since it looks good both inside and out.  No need to line the interior.  TIP:  It's perfect for candies, favors, even mini cards and envelopes.  The idea is the brain child of Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink (her detailed tutorial is here). 

Life for this project begins with a clear stationery box from Papertrey Ink.  TIP:  I have assembled many paper box templates in my card making lifetime, but using these clear stationery boxes is simple and sturdy.  While the box is still flat, slice it in half, 2 7/8" from the main body (not the tab).  TIP:  I used a Hobby Knife, Cutting Mat and a straight edge to make this a snap.   You get two purses out of every box! 

Stampin up au chocolate clear insert
I chose two pieces of patterned paper for the front and scalloped the edges (both inside the purse and outside) using a Corner Rounder Punch (Scallop Border Tutorial here).  Overall dimensions need to be 4 3/8" wide x 6 5/8" long.   After scoring at 2 7/8" in from each side (the short way), I used Vellum Glue Dots Sheets to fit the paper invisibly and securely within the clear case.

The Boho Backgrounds stamp was inked in Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, stamped on Very Vanilla and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  TIP:  An embossed finish mimics the shine of the clear plastic.  I then popped it out using Nestabilities Scalloped Circles and layered it with Stampin' Dimensionals on an Old Olive Scalloped Circle.

The Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain handles were applied using strips of Sticky Strip adhesive.  The Boho Blossom Punch cranked out four Chocolate Chip flowers and were topped with 1/4" Old Olive centers.  I attached the "blooms" to the ribbon with Mini Glue Dots on both the front and back of the purse.  TIP:  Mini Glue Dots keep small objects in place.  The final touch was to simply the reverse colors.  I punched out an Old Olive flower and layered a Chocolate Chip center.  This fit neatly in the middle of the Boho stamp.

Hugs and Pretties . . . M

P.S. Good luck on the blog candy . . . please leave your comment at the end of this post to play.

Stamp Sets:  Boho Backgrounds
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Au Chocolat Designer Series (retired), Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Chocolate Chip Craft
Cool Tools:  Boho Blossoms Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Heat Tool, Hobby Knife, Cutting Mat, Nestabilities Circles and Cuttlebug
Perfect Touches:  Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain, Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, Vellum Glue Dots Sheets


  1. Marie Donnelly

    Just adorable, Mary! And thanks for the chance!

  2. crystal czarapata

    hey mary, it’s crystal and i just wanted to stick in a comment real quick.. i’ve had a lot of personal things going on in my life right now so i’ve been out of the loop.. but i’ve been wanting to order some things so when exactly can i place an order for the new catalog?? thanks a bunch!!!!!!

  3. DANG IT! I missed the CANDY! Wanted to let you know you’ve been TAGGED! Go to for the deets!

  4. DANG IT! I missed the CANDY! Wanted to let you know you’ve been TAGGED! Go to for the deets!

  5. I would love to see some new birthday sets as well as some new word sets. Never seem to have enough. Always sad to see Designer Paper go…but they always have other great ones coming out.

    Thanks for the inspiriation.

  6. Amanda Currier

    I hope to see some new alphabets that I can use in my scrapbooks and some great polka dot ribbon. I LOVE ribbon!

  7. I hope to see the Afternoon Tea designer paper. I love all the colors, but since it has a lot of the in colors it probably won’t make it.

  8. Would love to see all the stamps die-cut like in the mini occasions caddy.

  9. Hi Mary, I also visit your blog everyday and enjoy your talents!! This will be fun and I have some of these plastic boxes. In the new catty I’d like to see more punches and would love some of the retired in colors to be available (me & how many others?) Thanks again! Karen

  10. I would love to see some more patriotic, I love the current The Free & the Brave would like to see more of the same! I also really love bold floral stamps. Thanks for the chance for blog candy!

  11. Cheryl McAskill

    Oops forgot to mention what I’d like to see in the new upcoming catalog…I would like to see more sets like the Punch Tag set in the tins, also SU silk flower or paper flower embellishment in the colors to match or compliment all thier cardstock. Thanks for all you do…Cheryl

  12. I would love to see more of the die cut cards and coordinating sets! I love the originality! I would also love more of the pre cut stamps as the mini flyers have had -they are so easy to mount!

  13. Love your purse and all of your creations– Visit your blog almost every day-I would also like to see the markers in the “in” colors.I’m excited to see all the new “stuff”.Thanks for a chance to win–Karen

  14. Cheryl McAskill

    So cute. I just made a chocolate card with pink paper for a friend who is ill. I think this is definitely my next thing to make and send to her. Thanks for your great ideas and especially the tutorials.

  15. Love your purse and all of your creations– Visit your blog almost every day-I would also like to see the markers in the “in” colors.I’m excited to see all the new “stuff”.Thanks for a chance to win–Karen

  16. I love all your ideas, thanks for all the work & effort

  17. My wish would be for Purely Pomegranate to come out of retirement. I’d also love to see some nautical stamps. Thanks for the chance to win some chocolate.

  18. I love your work and great ideas. I would like to see some sets like the nestabilities. Obviously they can’t be the same but similar idea.

  19. Mmmm, chocolate! That said, I would like to see Wild Wasabi as a regular color. That is my absolute favorite color.

  20. Wow~ These are adorable~ I’m hoping that they continue to add to their designer papers. I love how they go w/ the cardstock! I would also like to see them expand the scrapbooking stuff. Thanks for offering the candy 🙂

  21. Thanks for the daily dose of inspiration! I would like to see the in colors available in markers. Thanks!

  22. I’d love to see that the current In-Colors aren’t actually retiring! 🙂

  23. RosettaJ enkins

    Very nice idea. You are very creative! You know what I want in the new catalog? I would like markers with the in-colors. Also, an instructional DVD!!!

  24. Heather Campbell

    I would love to see some “girl talk” stamp sets, and the lollipop flowers as in the new Decor Elements.

  25. I would love to see more Hardware (I can’t believe the current Hodgepodge is retiring!) I’d also love to see more cool embellishment and punch sets in the storage tins (I am big on organizing and those I love those tins!)

  26. I am so hoping to see some sort of cupcake set. I am really into cupcakes and since they have become so popular, I hope that SU catches on and have a set in their new catty!

  27. great blog candy! I love designer papers and tutorials!

  28. I can’t wait to see the new designer paper. They really did such a nice job this year, so I know they will be great for winter!

  29. That purse is sooo cute! I even have some papertrey ink boxes handy! Guess I know how I’ll spend my afternoon.

    I’d love it if SU offered clear stamps. I just cannot store the wooden ones, and I have such a terrible time aligning them.

  30. LOVE the purse! I stocked up on this paper since I knew it was going to be “retired”–I can make a ton of these for gifts–thanks for a great idea! As for my wish list for the new catty–I’d love to see something similar to the ‘Bella line of stamps; a MUCH greater selection of designer papers; and embossing templates for the Cuttlebug–I think that would be a great market for SU! to get into!

  31. I would like to see less “cartoony” and more real life stamps…I am not a fan of so many embellishments.Just love to stamp!!!
    Love your blog! So creative!

  32. Mary,
    Your site is in my “bookmarks” because I just love to come back time after time. Your ideas and creativity are so amazing. I would like the new SU catalog to have some new Christmas stamps. Making my cards is so important to me. They are like little gifts from the heart! The Stampin Up Christmas stamps are always so special! I can’t wait! Fran

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  33. Mary,
    Your site is in my “bookmarks” because I just love to come back time after time. Your ideas and creativity are so amazing. I would like the new SU catalog to have some new Christmas stamps. Making my cards is so important to me. They are like little gifts from the heart! The Stampin Up Christmas stamps are always so special! I can’t wait! Fran

    [email protected]

  34. Oh my–I have been wanting the Chocolate DSP. Your purse is too cute!

    I hope SU has a set with music instruments such as piano (baby grand of course), guitar, etc. Also one with theatre productions theme would be wonderful. My son is in a youth/teen actors program and I’ve been making a scrapbook for him. But please, oh please, bring back the gold and silver cord!!!

  35. The Au Chocolat paper is one of my favourites too…there’s nothing like brown and cream for elegance. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize!

  36. I love all your work, Mary!! I visit your blog very often these days!! I would love to see the SU catalog have a Vintage section in it. And Embossing Folders to use with a Cuttlebug, and more new background stamps, and TONS of new stamp sets, and…. and….. Big grin!


  37. OMG I have to make myself one of those purses one way or the other. It is absolutely to die for. So very cute. I hope SU offers unmounted stamps. I never mount mine anyway. Also, another coffee set would be great. Haven’t like one since “Like it a Latte” and, of course, I don’t have that one. Thanks for offering such a great treat.

  38. I LOVE your purse!! You always have terrific ideas – thanks so much for sharing them!! I’m hoping to see a stamp set with a music theme in the new catalog – 2 of my kids are in band (high school and college). Also, hoping for some more great punches. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great gift – you’re the best!!

  39. I’d love to see unmounted and/or clear, but I don’t really think it’s going to happen! I guess die cut would be the next best thing. I always like to see what new punches are available! …and bling!
    Love your little purse! …and can’t get enough of any kind of chocolate!
    Sandy Kay

  40. Awesome blog candy from an awesome blogger. I can’t wait to see the new design papers and I would really like to see the stampin` write markers in the in colors….

  41. LOVE the purse idea – soooo cool! I would like to see die cut stamps in the new catty as well as more co-ordinating lines.

  42. I am soooo loving this little purse! Can’t wait to try one. I would love to see more die cut stamps.

  43. This purse is stinkin’cute. Perfect for putting some monogrammed stationery in for our daughter to take back to college!

    I am hoping for more detailed hardware! Also, since the Elementary Basics is retiring I’m hoping there’s something fun to “replace” it with.Of course I can’t wait to see the DSP –the list could go on and on!!

  44. Thanks for all the inspiration and tutorials. You are a top-notch demonstrator!

    I hope to see more products and ideas that I can use in 1212 scrapbooking. I make cards, but I am really a scrapbooker. I like the Simply Scrappin’ sets and I hope to see some new sets.

    I use all sorts of textures in my card-making, but I make scrap layouts that lay quite flat so the pages and pictures will hold up for many years. So, I’d like to see more ideas that can translate to long-lasting scrapbook layouts.

  45. I love your creative ideas on your website! Mary, you have such a wonderful gift of creativity and passion.

    I would love to see a new selection of punches and a fresh assortment of designer paper. As far as stamps, floral, whimsical and animal designs.

  46. Amazing purse idea – and great blog candy – pick me, pick me 🙂 I’d love to see SU introduce spots and writers in the in-colors!

  47. kathy amstutz

    I can’t wait for the new catalog!!! I’m hoping to see more large eyelets and grommets to use with my Big Bite!

  48. I hope they have more glitters and embossing powders! Also more nautical sets!Ree

  49. Carolyn Sharkas

    I am so excited to see the new catalog. I am hoping for die cut stamps, more punches, more DSP (cuz a girl can never have enough), and more colors in brads (like white). My all time favorite DSP was au chocolate and I bought an extra pack, but alas, it is almost gone :(. I have done so much with it, frames, clipboards, scrapbook pages. It is so versatile. I love chocolate, period! This little purse is so cute. I will have to see if I can order some of the little purses. What a great gift bag for a special gift. Thanks for sharing. I love visiting your blog each day. Your artwork is incredible.

  50. Love Love Love your blog! I visit daily and often in a day! Cute cute purse!

    I would love to see all the stamp sets die cut! Also wouldn’t it be great if the dp came in packages that had all one sheet design. Hate when you fall in love with a design and it is gone in a flash. Maybe they could have the current packages be Sampler packages so you could try them out and then move them to packages of one design next cycle! Reach for the stars when you wish right!

  51. I would like to see new dog sets – I would be in heaven if one of the dogs looked a little like mine! I also love realistic images that I can color and I think SU has been light in that area for a while. I love two step stamping for quick projects and am hoping for more in that genre.
    And I love chocolate!
    Thanks for such a great and informative blog.

  52. What a great idea! And who can resist CHOCOLATE?!?!? I would like to see the textured cardstock offered in single color packs, either 12 x 12 or 8? x 11, for all the colors. I would also like to see some chocolate coming my way!!!

  53. Any green is my favorite color, and when it is paired with chocolate brown the love goes up a notch!
    I’d love to see some new punches, Christmas DP, ribbons to match, and some simple fruit and or flower shapes to use my watercolor crayons with, as well as my pastel chalks.
    Thanks for the fun chance to win!

  54. I like the cute little animal sets. I do a lot of kids cards so I like the cutesy type. I’m sure the book is probably all done for this year, but I hope Stampin Up picks up comments on what the Stampers want to see for next year.

  55. Now you know that I have to make one of those. That is so cute. Thanks for posting your sample. I love the paper, you know how I love paper. Too bad it’s retired.

  56. Grace Lange-Way

    I’d love to see some double stamping Christmas sets. Double stamping is my favorite. Also, a few companies are coming out with triple stamping sets and I’d like to see Stampin’ Up add these to the line.

    These little purses would be perfect for our granddaughters “princess” birthday party so I think I’m going to give them a try. Thanks Mary.

  57. Hershey w/ almonds is absolutely my favorite candy bar! Yum! In SU’s new catalogue I would like to see some really great halloween and fall images and some more vintage designs that could be colored.


  58. What a cute purse ! I would like to see more stamps for guy cards in the new catty .

  59. Kadie Labadie

    DSP is without a doubt what I can’t live without at SU…Can’t get enough of this product – Love the colors – the designs -the VARIETY! LOVE THAT EVERYTHING MATCHES! Thanks for the blog candy-your tote is ADORABLE and love the clear case-thanks for the link. Kadie

  60. I love the clear box, (how could they be new to me?). I hope to see more designer paper cause I love it! and it coordinates so well and I always have a solid color that will match also.

  61. I love your sense of style Mary! I’d like to see more die-cut stamps sets, 5/8″ black grosgrain ribbon, more colorful striped ribbons, more of the DP paper series, a true real red brad, and the white storage organizer on page 193 of the current catalog. Whew!

  62. This purse is so cute. I finally ordered some of these boxes and haven’t done anything with them. This is a great project! Oh, I would like to see some more “baby” sets and I can’t wait to see new Christmas sets! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  63. I’d like to see Bloomin’ Beautiful make it. I just love that set!!

  64. As I fly off to the airport, I am inspired by this idea. Drat. I don’t have time to order anything. I love the die-cut stamps so here’s hoping they are all going to be so in the new catalog!

  65. colleen kramer

    You had me at Chocolate! You could have folded that dp in an awful little shape and I would love it! But this little purse is WONDERFUL! May I humbly say, it even surpasses the one Ms. Nichole made (no offense). Love the Boho medallion, too! I really want some more of this paper, or something close to it. In the new catalog…I would like to see some sets with some really great sentiments, quotes. As always, Man sets and teenage boy sets. Some great watercoloring sets, some sympathy sets, a set to personalize envelopes…(sounds like a Dear Santa list). Thanks for the great inspiration. I’m going to try a little purse this weekend!

  66. Mary, that’s just the cutest little darn purse!

    I don’t care about what stamps are in the catty, I just want to see them all die-cut. That would make my whole year!

  67. Oooh, sweet treats!! I dunno anything specific I want to see in the new catty, but I always look forward to the flower sets!

  68. This purse is adorable. I’d love to see some more masculine stamp sets and maybe the Cuttlebug and/or accessories for. One can hope 🙂

  69. Good evening! I am hoping to see a sushi/Japanese stap set or a yoga stamp set. Thanks for the chance to win a treat!!

  70. Love the purse! I’m hoping to see new punches, wheels, and Christmas DP. Thank you for the chance to win.

  71. I would like to see more manly stamps and a set of cute cupcakes!

  72. MmmMMmM! That paper looks good enough to eat. 🙂
    Like someone else mentioned, I’d love to see some cupcake images! I desperately need to get a cupcake stamp.

  73. I’d love to see all of the stamps sets pre punched!!!! And I’d like to see more that I can color—-I didn’t ever get that chocolate paper—it looks so yummy! Thanks for the chance!

  74. What a fun little gift that purse would make! Very cute, Mary! I would love to see more flowers that can be painted aqua painters or blender pens. Thanks for the chance to win this DP and great purse!

  75. If you’re willing to take ones from Canada this time, I’m in! I love your blog. No worries if you are not, but I didn’t see anything about it!

  76. i want to see more masculine sets that are generic and don’t involve sports or wildlife. It’s very hard to make something for a guy.
    very cute purse!

  77. Hmmm…I want to see LOTS of new sets! I have specifically been looking for more sets that have cupcake images in them. I also would love images that let us do a lot of coloring! Watercoloring is one of my favorite stamping techniques! Thanks so much for this great candy! 😀

  78. WOWW Mary, I love the DP and the chocolate too!!!! The purse is absolutely adorable and the color combiantion is great!!!
    What I want to see in the new catty are the new DP, I love paper!!

    Thanks for the chance to win, please pick me, pick me, that reminds me Shreck the movie, LOL

    God bless

  79. Love this!! The color combination is gorgeous!

  80. I want to see the organdy ribbon back!!! I miss it!

  81. That is the cutest darn thing, and I love the colors! Pick me, pick me! Thanks for offering a great prize!

  82. Susanne Sorensen

    i’m hoping to see another coffee set which would include some “perky” sentiments.

  83. I’m very new to Stampin Up, well the craft of stamping in general. So I guess I just hope to see lots of project ideas to inspire me!

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