How to Alter a Jumbo Wintery Themed Paper Clip

Hi everyone! Have you ever wondered what to do with those jumbo paper clips that you see in the office and craft sections in store? I will show you how I altered this paper clip, using a good portion of leftovers from other projects that was on my desk, into a book mark or as a closure to a bag/gift. Let’s get started!

First, I cut to size a scrap piece of bluish cardstock from the Making Essentials Cardstock Pack to fit the paper clip. I placed one end of the cardstock into the Crochet Mandala 3D Embossing Folder and run through the Diecut Machine.

I lightly inked over the raised embossed areas, folded the non embossed area of the cardstock and slid the cardstock through the paper clip.

I added adhesive to the lower half of the non embossed flap and glued to the back of the embossed cardstock. Side note…you want the “banner” to still move freely on the paper clip so don’t glue directly to the paper clip.

I cut two small strips of glittered tulle, gathered together and staples in the middle. Side note…glue would have been a lot messier. Also I don’t think I will ever buy glitter tulle again. I left a glitter trail everywhere I moved. YIKES!

I had a leftover strip of cardstock that I embossed with a Polka Dot Embossing Folder (retired), adhered the tulle to the backside of that and then glued to the banner.

I had two leftover banners that I had cut from the Geometric Box Diecut so I decided to cut the top off of each and adhered both to the top of the banner. Another side note (apparently I’m full of them today) I had used the those shapes to created a cool little treat box for Eileen Hull’s Comfort and Joy 2022 Kickoff Event (only $20). It’s over 8 hours of different designers sharing projects to make. If you are interested you can find the link HERE to purchase. Also I cut two Snowflakes from the Wreath and Snowflake Thinlits and glued those on top of each other before adding to the banner.

I cut two snowflakes from the 3D Impresslits Snowflake Diecut (retired). The smaller snowflake I lightly inked over the raised edges of the die, added a Foam Pop Dot to the back before placing on top of the larger snowflake. I also added a sequin and gems to the center of the snowflake, glued a bow to the side and added lace to geometric shaped banner.

The larger snowflake I did the same steps as with the smaller snowflake but glued directly to the banner. While I was cleaning up my craft room I came across this half sheet of snowmen that I had stamped out multiple times. I decided to fussy cut all out and use as needed. I have no idea who made the stamp and if I find out I will update my supply list. I added a foam pop dots to the back of the snowman before placing onto the lower half of the banner. I also glued a cord bow underneath the snowman to finish.

I think it turned out pretty good considering I was, for the most part, using what I had laying on my desk. I tried it out on a book and I think it look great. I also think you could use this to keep a Christmas bag closed to give as a gift.


Jumbo Paper Clip

Sizzix/Eileen Hull: Crochet Mandala 3D Embossing Folder

Sizzix/Eileen Hull: Geometric Box Diecut

Sizzix/Eileen Hull: Wreath and Snowflake Thinlits

Sizzix/Tim Holtz: 3D Impresslits Snowflake Diecut (retired)

Sizzix: Making Essentials Cardstock Pack

Diecut Machine

Polka Dot Embossing Folder (retired)

Glitter Tulle

Foam Pop Dots

Lace, Cording, Sequins and Gems


Paper Cutter

Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Adhesive

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Thanks for stopping by, hope your Sunday is wonderful and enjoy creating!

Fall Tea Cup

Hi everyone and Happy November! I want to share an Autumn themed tea cup I created for ClearSnap! 

I started by printing out a Tea Cup Printable from Layers of Color which is found on Pinterest. I printed on burnt orange cardstock and fussy cut tea cup and saucer images out and adhered all pieces together, including a paper doily that I added to the sauce before adhering to the cup. I also glued a small wadded piece of tissue paper to the bottom of the tea cup.

I cut Millinery Leaves Diecuts from white cardstock and inked the glass tray with the following ColorBox Blends Inks: Melon, Frog, Golden, Sunshine and Nutmeg. I added water to each ink and applied the ink mixture randomly to each leaf diecut.

While the leaves were still a little damp I shaped with my hand and let dry.

I adhered lace around the top of the tea cup and added dry moss inside the cup.

Once the leaves where dry I shaped and inked the edges of each leaf with Top Boss Embossing Powder Stamp Pad. I added Copper Embossing Powder to each of leaf diecut and set with a heat tool. I completed the same steps for each Golden Sparkle and Opalescent Embossing Powders as I did the Copper Embossing Powder.

I adhered the leaves inside tea cup along with mini pumpkins and mini pine cones. I finished by placing tulle and cording as a filler between mini pumpkins and mini pine cones. Now are you ready to create one for yourself? 😀 As always if you have any question please let me know.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, hope your Thursday is wonderful and enjoy creating!

Eileen Hull: Love Notes Card

Hi everyone! I’m back with another project I created this past January for Eileen Hull’s newest diecut collection called Book Club Chapter 2 to display at Creativation. At the time I made this card Valentine’s Day was around the corner but this could be used as an anniversary or just because I love you card too. To get started I folded a piece of 6″x12″ patterned cardstock in half to create a 6″x6″ base for the card.

First I layered different pieces of cardstock to the card base before adhering to the card along with a gold paper heart doily.

I cut two strips of cardstock 2″x6″ and 3″x6″ and with a decorative punch I punched a border along the length of each piece of  cardstock. I found the center of each piece of cardstock and cut down the center leaving about an inch from the bottom not cut.

The 3″x6″ piece of cardstock I adhered the sides and bottom to the card base. I did leave an inch on each side not glued to the card because this will need to be “rolled”. Complete the same steps on the 2″x6″ piece of cardstock as the 3″x6″ piece.

Before “stuffing” the pocket I cut one of the Heart Journaling Card Dies from white cardstock, lightly inked the edges  and adhered to the card base along with a piece of vellum.

I used the Graphic 45 Mon Amour Tags and Pockets and Mon Amour Decorative Chipboard embellishments also on the card. The G45 envelope I added one of the mini hearts from the Heart Journaling Card Dies as a closure to hold the envelope flap down.

To finish I added tulle, gold thread and pearl sprays to fill the inside of the pocket. Be sure to stop by Eileen Hull’s blog to see the latest Book Club Chapter 2 projects from the Inspiration Team! You can find those posts HERE and HERE. As always if you have any questions about this project please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Tuesday is awesome and enjoy creating!

Thinking of You Roses Card

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a quick card I created with some leftover cardstock scraps, diecuts, etc. that I had laying on my desk. I started by folding a 6″x6″ piece of patterned cardstock in half to create a base for my card. Next I had scraps of cardstock that had roses on them so I fussy cut those out and along with half of a doily I adhered all to the front of the card.

I added Stickles to the larger rose and mini lime green gems to the smaller roses. I watercolored four of the smallest Romance Flower Diecuts, crinkled and glued two each together. Added a dot of Stickles to the center of each, added a leaf sprig, tulle and twine to finish off the flowers. I printed the “thinking of you” verbiage from the computer and matted with a patterned cardstock before adhering to the card.

If you have any questions about this card please let me know.
Also I would like to submit this card to the following challenge:
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge: Week #298- #299
Thanks for stopping by, hope your Thursday is awesome and enjoy creating!

Java Queen

Hi everyone! I am back with another quick project that I created using the Tea Cup Diecut. If you haven’t guess I love tea cups even though I don’t like tea let alone coffee but I sure do enjoy adding flowers and quirky little printables to them. Actually I had cut out this tea cup last year and had pull it together and then put a side because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to decorate it. Do you ever do that? Raise your hand if you have several unfinished projects laying around. 🙋🙋🙋

Well, enough about that! Lets talk about how I decorated this tea cup. 😉 I added pink velvet ric rac to the base of the tea cup and sequins and Dew Drops around the rim.

Next I adhered wadding up tissue paper to the inside of the cup. Next I fussy cut the coffee girl and you can find that printable HERE and glued her to the tissue paper and then added the moss. I added paper flowers from my stash, some Leaf Diecuts leftover from another project, lace and tulle to finish off my project. As always if you have any questions about this project please let me know.

Also I would like to submit this project for the following challenge:
Word Art Wednesday: Challenge #284-285

 Thanks for stopping by, hope your Wednesday is awesome and enjoy creating!

Witch Candy Box

Hi everyone! Today I am here to share my Inspiration Team project this month for Eileen Hull. This month’s theme is Halloween and Holidays and I decided to try and create a little witch from the Cookie Box diecut to hold candy in. 

First I cut the cookie box from Mat Board and assembled according to directions.  I used black mat board which is no longer available from Sizzix but you can paint or cover with cardstock.

For the hat I cut from Purple Crackle Glitter Cardstock a Cone diecut ( and assembled) a Scalloped Circle and a 1 1/2″x4″ piece of Halloween Stripe Glitter Cardstock (I used the lime green side of the cardstock) for the face.

I centered the cone in the middle of the scalloped circle die  and adhered to the scalloped circle. I cut a two inch wide piece of black tulle and tied around the cone to create a band. Next I cut out several Romance Flowers diecuts from Orange Crackle Glitter Cardstock and lightly wet, crinkled and let dry before putting together. I added a Dew Drop to the center of a few of the flowers.
I cut a Spring Leave diecut from the Moss Green Glitter Cardstock, lightly wet, shaped and let dry. I used the Twist and Style Craft Tool to create some “twigs” and then I adhered everything to the brim of the hat.

Next I cut several 1/4″ strips of Black Bats Glitter Cardstock, crinkled and adhered to either side of the witch’s face. 

For the face I used white sequins, Men’s Dew Drops, a green gem for the eyes and nose. The mouth I punched out a small scalloped circle and then used a circle to punch out a small section that looks like teeth.

There you have it my little witch candy holder. If you have any questions about this project please let me know.

For more inspiration be sure to hop on over to Eileen’s blog and check out the other team members projects which can be found HERE and HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your day is wonderful and enjoy creating!

Jane Austen and Tea

Hi everyone! Last month was a sparse month as for as projects and blogging went  I started the next phase of remodeling of the laundry room/den and kitchen. My parents have been coming over four days out of the week each week which I am very thankful for…it has been slow going but without them it would definitely be a snails pace as far as what has been accomplished so far. Ceiling have been scraped of popcorn and painted up to where the den ends and the kitchen begins as well as walls primed and today we start painting the walls with an actually color…YEAH!!! 
Well, enough about remodeling and on with this little teacup I created. I started with Teacup diecut and cut it from Anna Griffin’s Garden Party Stack and assembled according to the directions.

 I adhered a wade of tissue paper inside of the teacup. I purchased the Jane image from Art Tea Life by One Crab Apple on Etsy. I printed and fussy cut her out and adhered to the tissue paper inside of the cup. I cut a strip of dark green tulle and tied off every two inches…it beats trying to sewing it…and then I started bunching it up inside the teacup and gluing to the tissue paper as I went.

I used the leaves out of the Secret Garden and the Hydrangea (no longer available) diecuts. I cut those out and shaped. I used my Martha Stewart punch for the little leaf sprigs which I shaped also. I added flowers from my stash along with pearl sprays, sequins, Dew Drops, trim around the base and I bunched up a paper doily to finish off Miss Jane and her cup of tea.

Also I would like to submit this little teacup for: 

I have a couple more of these teacups cut out waiting to be put together and decorated…yes, I have a thing for teacups…and will be sharing these with you when I get the chance. 🙂
If you have any questions about this project please let me know. 
Thanks for stopping by, hope your Monday is awesome and enjoy creating!

Canvas Corp: Chicks and Tea Cups

Hi everyone! I am here to share a project I created for Canvas Corp’s Joy’s of Spring Challenge. We were given the colors below to use as inspiration and asked to think about what would be our joys of Spring? Also we could not do a card or an Easter Egg as our project.

The Tea Cup was cut from the Pink and Ivory Dot Reverse Cardstock and put together according to the instructions that can be found HERE. I wadded up some tissue paper and adhered inside the teacup. This is what I use as a base to glue flowers, moss, etc onto. Also I added lace and flat back pearls to the base of the teacup.

I fussy cut from Spring Garden cardstock the little chicks and painted them with the following Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: SunflowerItalian Sunset, Moss and Bittersweet. I spritzed each color into a separate bowl and watered down before painting onto the chicks.

Once dry I adhered to the tissue paper that is inside the teacup and then added moss to cover the tissue paper.

I punched flowers from the following cardstocks: Yellow and Ivory Mini Dot Reverse and Pink Lemonade and shaped and added a dew drop or sequin to the center of each. I finished off with a little tulle, thread, buttons and more sequins inside of the teacup and around the rim of the cup I added sequin and dew drops.

There you have my take on this challenge and if you have any questions on how I created this project please let me know. Also be sure to check out the other design team members project for inspiration HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Saturday is awesome and enjoy creating!

The Robin’s Nest: Pink and Frilly Valentine

Hi everyone! I am back as a guest designer today for the Robin’s Nest! I want to share a project I created for a Valentine’s Day card swap I am in on Instagram. The thing is my swap partner doesn’t know (I hope) that this little gift box will be traveling with the card I created for her. 🙂
For more photos and info on this project please click HERE.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Wednesday is awesome and enjoy creating!

Once Upon a Time There was a Fairy that Lived in a Vase

Hi everyone! I am back with my other vase I created using Eileen Hull’s 3D vase diecut. As  with the other vase I cut it out from mat board and spritzed with Verdigris glimmer mist…one of my favorite Tattered Angels products! Once dry I glued the vase together.

The fairy image I found on the Land of Nod Studio blog. I printed, fussy cut the image out and added Stickles to the wings.

I added crinkled tissue inside of the vase and then adhered moss and the fairy image on top on the tissue paper.

The pansy/flower diecut is new from Eileen Hull…which hasn’t come out yet so I don’t have a link to that so stay tuned. 🙂 I actually watered down Sugar Plum Fairy (discontinued)  and Moss glimmer mists and painted the flower shapes on both side and let dry. 

Once the flower pieces were dry I shaped and put together. I added a button and Dew Drop to the center and adhered to the fairy along with pink tulle and sewing thread.

I added sequins and mini flat back pearls to finish off the vase. 

Here are my two vases along with past projects…snowman candy drawer and you can barely see the corner of the suitcase (pink and lime green) in Eileen Hull’s booth at CHA. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this project and if you have any questions please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Monday is awesome and enjoy creating!