Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fun Little Door Prizes (Anniversary Open House Giveaways)

This is one of the gift bags everyone received at my 8th Annual Open House last Saturday.  Yes, you guessed it -- it's made from a tissue box!

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* Empty Tissue Box
* Crop-a-Dile or hole punch
* Jumbo Brads (I used retired Stampin' Up! brads)
* Ribbon (about 15")
* Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
* Scissors
* Tissue Paper


1. Remove plastic from inside top of tissue box.  Use scissors to cut slits from the center opening on top of tissue box out to each corner.

2. Fold flaps toward inside of box and secure with Hot Glue.

3. Attach Jumbo Brads on two opposite sides.

4. Insert ends of ribbon through centers of brads from outside to inside; tie knots at ends of ribbon to secure on inside of box creating the handle.

5. Add some tissue paper, and you now have a gift box.

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. . . and here's what was inside each box:

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This clip can be used as a note holder, place card holder, gift card holder or business card holder.


Stamp Set:
* Fabulous Phrases

* This and That: Epic Day Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (2" x 3-1/4" -- or other measurement to fit your particular brand of clip; scraps for butterflies)
* Very Vanilla (scrap for punch)

* Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad

Tools and Accessories:
* Petite Curly Label Punch
* Elegant Butterfly Punch
* Bitty Butterfly Punch
* Pearl Basic Jewels
* Small length of ribbon
* Stampin' Sponge
* Multipurpose Liquid Glue
* Crystal Effects
* Stampin' Dimensionals

Miscellaneous Items:
* Jumbo Binder Clip


1. Apply Crystal Effects to outside of black portion of clip; wrap DSP around clip, and allow to dry.

2. Use Calypso Coral ink to stamp sentiment on scrap of Very Vanilla card stock; punch out with Petite Curly Label punch.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Crumb Cake ink to edge of label.  Attach to clip over DSP with Stampin' Dimensional.

3. Punch one of each size butterfly from contrasting colors of DSP.  Adhere small butterfly to larger butterfly with a few drops of Multipurpose Liquid Glue in center of butterfly.  Add a self-adhesive Pearl to center of top butterfly.  Attach butterflies over DSP on clip with a Stampin' Dimensional in center.

4. Make a tiny bow from ribbon (I used some Sale-a-Bration ribbon) an attach to top of clip with a Glue Dot.

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This is a very simple and cute little project -- made with a few pieces of Washi Tape.  It makes a great bookmark!


* Ginger Garden Designer Washi Tape
* Baker's Twine
* Large Paper Clip
* Large Eye Needle


1.  Cut two pieces of Washi Tape -- one 5/8" wide piece about 3" long; one 3/8" long about 2-1/2" long.  Cut a "V" in each end of each piece.

2. Adhere the narrower tape to the wider tape, slide through end of paper clip, fold and adhere the two ends together.

3. Using the needle, thread the Baker's Twine through the Washi Tape close to the paper clip and tie in a bow on the front.

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My friend Marla made these great little treat cups for each of the guests at my open house.  Each treat cup holds two Peppermint Patties.


Figure 1
* Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (about 2-1/2" x 8")
* Whisper White card stock (3" x 2-1/2")
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Dress Up Framelits Die
* 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
* Sticky Strip


Figure 2
1. Score card stock 3/4" from all four edges.  Cut along score lines to create flaps on each end (see Figure 1).
2. Fold up sides at score lines; fold side flaps to inside and adhere with Sticky Strip (see Figure 2).

3. Fold up end flaps and adhere with Sticky Strip (Figure 3).

Figure 3
4. Fold DSP in half; line up DSP under framelits die so fold line is just below top edge of the dress shape.  Attach ribbon around waistline of both front and back halves of dress.  Tie a knot in the front of the front half of dress.

5. Apply Sticky Strip to back of DSP at dress bottom (both halves); adhere to sides of box.

6. Place a small gift or treat in the box.

I hope you enjoy all these little gift items.

Cathy  ;D

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sweet Little Flower Bouquet (Anniversary Open House Make and Take)

I totally love the new Pansy punch and the coordinating stamp set, Flower Shop.  That's what was used, along with a small plastic water bottle, to create this sweet little flower bouquet.

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Stamp Set:
* Flower Shop (130939-w, $23.95; 130942-c, $17.95; set of 6)
* Chalk Talk (130631-w, $25.95; 130634-c, $18.95; set of 6)

Scraps of each of the following for flowers and circles:
* Coastal Cabana card stock
* Crushed Curry card stock
* Daffodil Delight card stock
* Pear Pizzazz card stock
* Perfect Plum card stock
* Pool Party card stock
* Very Vanilla card stock
* Wisteria Wonder card stock
* Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (scraps for flowers, plus 8-1/2" x 1-3/8" for band)

* Daffodil Delight Refill Ink
* Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Jet Black StāzOn Ink Pad

Tools and Accessories:
* 1-3/8” Circle Punch
* Scallop Circle Punch
* Pansy Punch
* Paper Snips
* Bone Folder
* Simply Pressed Clay
* Buttons and Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds
* Aqua Painter
* 1/8” Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon (about 16")
* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin’ Dimensionals

Miscellaneous Items:
* Small Water Bottle
* Plastic/Poly Pellets (for stuffing bean bags)
* Flower Stems
* Hot Glue Gun


1. Use Simply Pressed Clay and Mold to create three small flowers.  Set them aside to air dry.

2. Remove label from water bottle, leaving "sticky stuff" that holds the label in place.  Attach one end of DSP strip over sticky stuff; wrap around bottle and adhere at overlapping end with Sticky Strip.

3. Wrap ribbon around DSP and tie in a bow.

4. Use Pear Pizzazz Ink to stamp "For You" on Very Vanilla card stock; punch out image with 1-3/8" Circle punch.  Punch a Scallop Circle from Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Use SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere Very Vanilla circle to Pear Pizzazz scallop circle.  Adhere circle over seam of DSP band with Stampin' Dimensionals.

5. Use Black StazOn ink to stamp flower images on three contrasting colors of DSP.  Punch out images with Pansy punch.  Use Paper Snips to cut between petals to about 1/4" from center of each flower.  Use Bone Folder to curl up petals (similar to using scissors to curl ribbon).

6. Punch one Pansy from each of the other colors of card stock.  Punch 3 more Scallop Circles from Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Each flower will be made from one DSP Pansy, two coordinating colors of card stock, and one Scallop Circle.  For center layer of flower, slightly curl petals with Bone Folder; do not curl petals of bottom layer.  Drop a little hot glue in the center of the bottom (flat) layer of the flower, and lay the middle layer on top; drop a little more hot glue in the center of the middle layer, and attach the top (DSP) layer on top of it.  Remember that little flower we created in Step 1 above.  Once it has dried completely, drop one more little bit of hot glue in the middle of the DSP layer of the flower and press the air dry clay flower into the hot glue.  Use an Aqua Painter and Daffodil Delight refill ink to paint the clay flower.

7.  Use Paper Piercing Tool to punch hole in center of each Scallop Circle.  Use Paper Snips to cut a slit from edge to punched hole in center.  Bend about 3/8" to 1/2" of the flower wire to a 90 degree angle.  Slide bend wire to center of circle so bent end is on inside.  Drop hot glue onto circle and bent end and adhere to back of flower.  (Watch the You Tube video below for a good visual aid in assembling these flowers.)

8.  Once the flowers are assembled, partially fill the bottle with poly pellets, and poke the flowers into the pellets.

(Find out how to order this Bloomin' Bouquet Project Kit on my Current Promotions page.)

I hope you enjoy this project.  It's a cheerful little bouquet that will brighten any desk or window sill.

Cathy  ;D

Happiness Card (Anniversary Open House Make and Take)

This card was based on a design by LeAnne Pugliese.  To view LeAnne's original design, as well as several of her other creations, visit her blog at
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Stamp Sets:
* Summer Silhouettes (132082-w, $24.95; 126447-c, $17.95; set of 9)
* Fabulous Phrases (128577-w, $37.95; 120501-c $26.95; set of 30)

* Crumb Cake card stock (8-1/2” x 5-1/2”)
* Calypso Coral card stock (5-1/4” x 4”)
* Naturals White card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8"; inside: 5-1/4" x 4")

* Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad

Tools and Accessories:
* Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape
* Very Vintage Designer Buttons
* Linen Thread
* Glue Dots
* SNAIL Adhesive OR Multipurpose Liquid Glue

(Unless otherwise indicated, use SNAIL or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to assemble card)

1. Score Crumb Cake 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from scoreline to create card.

2. Adhere Calypso Coral card stock to front of card.

3. Use Crumb Cake ink to stamp leaves randomly on 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" Naturals White card stock; use Calypso Coral ink to stamp flowers over leaves; use Early Espresso ink to stamp stamen at centers of each flower; use Pool Party ink to randomly stamp stamen image as an accent. 

4. Adhere Crumb Cake Washi Tape to Naturals White card stock.  Use StazOn ink to stamp "happiness" on Calypso Coral Washi Tape; adhere Tape to Naturals White card stock slightly overlapping Crumb Cake Tape.  Trim tape on left side of card stock.  Adhere card stock to front of card over Calypso Coral card stock.

5. String Linen Thread through holes on button and tie in a bow on the front.  Use a Glue Dot to adhere button to front of card over Washi Tape.


6. Use the same colors as above to stamp off* once, and then stamp a leaf image, a flower, and stamen on 5-1/4" x 4" Naturals White card stock.  Adhere to inside of card.

* Stamp off:  Stamp an image once on scrap paper, then on card stock to create a slightly faded out version of the image.

Now . . . go buy a bunch of Washi Tape and go crazy!


Cathy  ;D

Coffee and Friends Card (Anniversary Open House Make and Take)

This was one of the first stamp sets I bought from the new 2013-2014 Catalog! I had sketched out the card and was anxious to make it way before the stamp set arrived! This was one of the make and takes at my 8th Annual Anniversary Open House this past Saturday; it also was the card I took to my friend Ann's shoebox swap in June.

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Stamp Set:
* Perfect Blend (130745-w, $13.95; 131392-c, $10.95; set of 3)
* Timber Stampin’ Around Wheel (129717, $6.50)

* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2” x 5-1/2")
* Baked Brown Sugar card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Crumb Cake card stock (2" x 1-1/2") 
* Island Indigo card stock (2-1/2” x 1-1/4”)
* Whisper White card stock (about 5" x 2"; inside: 5-1/4" x 4")
* Soho Subway Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (4” x 2-3/4”; inside: 4" x 1")

* Jet Black StāzOn Ink Pad
* Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Tools and Accessories:
* Stampin’ Around Standard Wheel Holder
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
* Artisan Label Punch
* Linen Thread
* Stampin’ Sponges
* Aqua Painter
* Paper Snips
* Glue Dots
* SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue
* Stampin’ Dimensionals

(Unless otherwise noted, use SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to assemble card.)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.

2. Use Big Shot and Embossing Folder to emboss 5-1/4" x 4" Baked Brown Sugar card stock.

3. Rip Island Indigo card stock to create a 2-1/2" x 1-1/4" rectangle.  Rip DSP to create a 4" x 2-3/4" rectangle.

4. Use StazOn Ink to stamp coffee cup image on Whisper White card stock; stamp another image of just the lid portion of the image.  Clean stamp, and then use Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to color just the sleeve portion of the image on Crumb Cake card stock.  Use Paper Snips to cut out the cup, the lid, and the sleeve.

5. Use StazOn Ink to stamp sentiment on Whisper White card stock; punch out image with Artisan Label punch.

6. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Baked Brown Sugar ink to edges of embossed card stock, DSP, the sleeve, and the sentiment.  Use Aqua Painter to apply Baked Brown Sugar ink to coffee cup and lid.

7. Adhere embossed card stock to card front; adhere Island Indigo card stock near upper left corner.  Wrap Linen Thread around DSP and tie in a knot at front; adhere to card over Island Indigo leaving about 3/8" of the card stock peaking out at top left corner.

8. Use Glue Dots to adhere lid and sleeve to coffee cup (this adds a little more dimension than the SNAIL or Liquid Glue).  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere coffee cup and sentiment to front of card as shown.


9. Using Baked Brown Sugar ink, stamp off* once, then stamp coffee cup image near lower left edge of Whisper White card stock.  Stamp off once, and then stamp sentiment over sleeve of coffee cup image.

10.  Cut 4" x 1" piece of DSP; rip away one long edge.

11. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Baked Brown Sugar ink to all edges of card stock and DSP.

12. Adhere Whisper White card stock to inside of card; adhere DSP over card stock at bottom edge.

* Stamp off:  Stamp an image once on scrap paper, then on card stock to create a slightly faded out version of the image.

That's it!  What a fun, all-occasion card.  This also would make a great card to enclose a gift card from your favorite coffee shop.


Cath  ;D