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Here is a box I designed using the new stamps that have just been released from the Kitchen.

I recently had a friend /colleague graduate from music school.  The music degree colors for the tassles are pink.  I feel kind of bad for the guys who have to wear this, but oh well.  She isn’t a guy so I am sure it won’t matter.  I have known her since she was 12, and now I am working with her  on a regular basis.  So this box will hold a nice gift card for her.  So…here is the box.  I originally thought I would use the other side as the front, but when I made that detail on the flap, I thought it made a nice focal point.  So I switched my plans.  This box is nice and versatile that way.  I hope you like the design of it and try it yourself!

Back of Box:

Click on thumbnail to view template and instructions.

CUT PAPER: 8 1/4 x 101/4

Score long side @ top: 3, 4 3/4, 7 3/4, 9 1/2

Score short Side @ top: 2, 5, 6 1/4, 7 1/4

Cut as shown in picture.

Stamps: Kitchen Sink“Three Step Graduation”, “Plaid Plus”

Paper: SU! Basic Black, SU! Whisper White, SU! going gray.  Ink: SU! Going Gray, Pallete Black, PTI Berry Sorbet

Here is the “How to get Started” tutorial and completely free! I made the tutorial in this word document so you can print it out while working. This just gets you started and comfortable with the program. If you have any questions after trying, just e-mail me!



Well…I just couldn’t help myself.  The Senior PTI team was given a challenge today to try and “Think Outside of the Tin”.  you know when it has to do with a project, I can’t just NOT play along!  Trying to think of something that has not been put in a tin was pretty daunting, so I thought I would make it even more daunting and have a boy theme to this project…GASP!  I don’t have boys!!  Well…I guess this project doesn’t have to be just for a boy now, does it?  Just for your favorite little fisher of the family!  Here is a great way to give some new lures to your favorite little fisher!!  Introducing, the Mini Tackle Box! 



I made this box enclosure and stamped a whole scene around the tin, so the recipient would feel extra special.  This way, after removing the tin, they could keep the box on their dresser and maybe use it to collect photos of their prized catch inside!  Maybe a tin full of photos!!  Here are the measurements and instructions for the box:
Cut cardstock 11 x 7 1/2. With the 11 inch side at the top score at 1″,4 3/4″, 5 1/2″
Turn paper. With the 7 1/2 inch side at the top score at 1 ” and 6 1/2″to meet the other score line. Then stamp as desired.
You will have leftover paper at the top so you can cut it or trim it as you wish depending on the look you want. Hope you enjoy this!

Stamps: PTI Pond Life, PTI Simple Alphabet
Cardstock: PTI Stampers Select White
Ink: Close to Cocoa SU!., Old Olive SU!, Bashful Blue SU!, SO Saffron SU!
Prismacolor pencils and gamsol
Other: Windowed Tin Papertrey Ink



Here is a flower box I printed out from a template I found. I will leave the template at the end of the post so you can use it as well. You will need to use two sheets of 8.5 x 11 cardstock since the box is in two pieces and then put together. I used groovy guava from SU!. After I assembled the box, I used one of the stamps from Kitchen Sink’s “Background and Borders” set and stamped it along the bottom. To finish the elegant look off, I then took some Groovy Guava stiched grosgrain and used it to tailor the edges of the box, as well as around the top edge. This gives a nice finished look to the box. I then used my cropadile and punch two holes in each side, threading ribbon in for the handle. For the finishing tough, I used a ribbon slider and made a bow to give it a focal point. I hope you try this fantastic template!! It is such a nice size for pocorn or a bouquet! I even got a small flower pot to fit inside!


Come back tonight when I annouce the winner of the very special blog candy for “Simple Things” TONIGHT! The contest is STILL open! Just see the post below!!

Popcorn Box Template

This lovely Wedding program was made by my new friend Maren, who I met while singing with The Crossing Choir.  We got talking about our hobbies and things and when I told her how much I loved paper crafts she was eager to show me her wedding program, as her and her new husband , Ray,  have only been married for just over a year now.  I was extremely impressed and asked her if I could feature it on my blog, to which she agreed.  It is a very simple yet striking design, and I just love how when held together by a large brad, it makes “page turnings” completely silent!  Only a musician could be thinking about things like that! I also love the shimmery cardstock she used.  It is a nice compliment to the black ink.  They were married in Hawaii and at first, Maren was thinking about wanting to do a peacock theme for her wedding.  The program certainly would have accompanied a them like that nicely.  well it turns out that during the ceremony, a peacock walked across the lawn!!  Wow.  Maren has been kind enough to offer the template she has made for this project on her blog which is HERE.  So go visit her and tell her a big thanks and what you think!  I really love how she has the program broken down into such nice categories to make a very full fan.  Here are the categories she has for each fan fold:

  1. Their Names and date, time, place
  2. Ceremony (lists prelude music, seating of the Mothers, processional)
  3. Rememberances and Acknowledgements
  4. Wedding Vows, Ring exchange
  5. Wedding Party
  6. Ushers, Officiant, Special thanks
  7. Traditions (they did a Lei exchange)
  8. About the Music: Maren explained some of the pieces as well as explaining why she chose NOT to sing in her ceremony.
  9. about the music: continuation.

 Here are some wedding pictures with some of Maren’s friends!



INTRODUCING….THE ACRYLIC PAPERWEIGHT!!  Specially manufactured by Maria Colosimo at Kitchen Sink Stamps as a request from me to go along with the other great acrylic blocks we love so much.  This beautiful oval paperweight is flat on both sides so it is easy to alter and gives you a lot of versatility in ways that you can use it!  The block is only $4.95!!  This project is also accompanied by two beautiful new stamp sets from Kitchen Sink that are being released today along with some fabulous Easter sets.  These new sets, “Mix it Up Monograms and Alphabet” and  “Playful Ovals” that coordinate well with nestabilities and your Giga Marvy oval punches.   What can YOU do with this paperweight?  Let me know and you could win a free one!  Please comment below and share your thoughts!!  I would love to see what you come up with and may just try it myself!  I will pick one winner on Wednesday at 11am and you will receive an oval from me and the new “Honey Bunny” stamp set from Kitchen Sink!  I hope you enjoy this lovely project!



I just love how versatile the new mix it up monograms & alphabet set is!  There are THREE different sizes of the entire alphabet!!  How versatile!!  See how that “B” in THAT size oval fits so perfectly in that spot on the paper!  It looks like it was printed that way!  All of the ovals fit in the nestabilities!!

How did I do it?

With this classic paperweight, I prepared the stamped image and adhered it to the patterned paper.  I used crystal effects and liberally applied it to the block.  With the crystal effects applied I put the block down onto the applied paper and swished it around until the air bubbles came out and had a towel handy for any seepage that happened to spill out of the sides.  You must work quickly.  If you happen to get a fingerprint on the front of the blog because your hands are messy with crystal effects, do not worry.  Ultra Clean seems to magically take these marks away!  Just put some onto a tissue and give it a good rub.  This should work well, as it did for me.  Just try and clean it off in a timely matter and don’t let it sit for too long, just in case.  As always, if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.


Stamps: Kitchen Sink “Playful Ovals”, “Mix it Up Monograms and Alphabet”  

Ink: Black stazon    

Paper: American crafts, PTI white CS

Ribbon: American Crafts, pearls dyed with crystal effects and re-inkers

How did I do it?

In the following technique I used a foam brush to apply the crystal effects just to the outer scallops of the piece in even limited strokes so it would not leave streaks when adhering to the block itself.  lining it up very carefully I smoothed it out with my fingers gently but quickly along the edges.  If any crystal effects or glossy accents gets oozed out a little, you can carefully spray a little ultra clean on a towel and it will take it off!! 





Stamps: Kitchen Sink “Mix it Up Monograms and Alphabet” , “Playful Ovals”, “Never a loss 4 words”

Paper: River Rock, Whisper White SU! CS

Ink:  River Rock SU! , White Chalk ink, white gel pen, clear glaze pen

Ribbon: River Rock SU! stitched grosgrain

In this picture, I added stamping to already beautiful patterned paper by American Crafts.  This gives it a nice tough and helps incorporate and lift the color black that I wanted to add.  Once again, the little oval goes a long way in bringing the pattern together and giving yourself a place to add a beautiful initial. 



Here is a lovely door hanger for a baby girls room.  It is so nice using these monograms because of the size differences.  Very appropriate in how it looks for a nice classic monogram look.  I employed the same technique of applying the crystal effects to the block on this.  When you are finished, you can finish off the back of the block using the same patterned paper or a coordinating paper.  Try using velvet paper.  It is so soft and wonderful. 

On Wednesday when I annouce the winner of the oval and stamps, I will also show you a more masculine paperweight suitable for a male boss using the small diamonds found in the “Playful Ovals” set.  And just as a surprise…

MELINDA BREIN…You TOTALLY guessed what this project would be!!  For that my friend…you are going to get a free paperweight to play with from me!!  I will need you snail mail address which you can e-mail to me at oehlers@verizon.net  This is what Melinda wrote:

I think it is a paperweight made out of one of those clear acrylic blocks you have!!! (which reminds me I still don’t have any …. and they are sooooo cool) Ok, that’s my guess – Melinda

A very beautiful star made from very beautiful papers:



I used the “striped serenity” paper on this star.  It uses an 81/2 x 11 piece of paper for this template, so  you will have leftovers of your 12×12 sheet to make a card for someone if you give this as a gift.  After printing out the template, take each square and on the white side where your marks should be,  sponge Papertrey “Spring Moss” ink on the back using a dauber.  Then take your craft knife and cut along the lines making slits. 

1) Take the inner most slits and bring them in towards each other (adhere with double sided tape, I used redline)

2) Take the next pieces and pull them the opposite way and bring them together.

repeat in opposite ways until you are finished.  When you did that to each of the six squares you can put them together at the base using glue dots.  I then used a medium sized eyelet and thread PTI Spring Moss twill through it to hang it.  A beautiful project for beautiful papers.

Template: star_template_sm.pdf

Please take a look at Lisa Johnson’s blog.  She has a cute “Treat a Lope” tuorial.


I designed this box to be a long and lean chocolate machine!  Inside I have placed medium- sized chocolate covered pretzel sticks.  Trying to get you some last minute ideas for Valentines day.  This box is REALLY simple.  If you haven’t done one yet or are scared of box templates, grab a 12×12 sheet that you love and just do it.  It is fool-proof, I promise.  Please let me know if you see any cool and useful box designs as I would love to try them.  You should all know my fascination with all things box related at this point, so you can drop me a line whenever.  My e-mail is under the “about me” section.  I can’t wait for Friday…the big Papertrey reveal.  I even have a new product I found to share with you!!  MMMWWAAAHH!!  You should be excited…I really liked playing with these little things!

Stamps: papertrey ink borders and corners oval, faux ribbon



I made this great little treat box which is “stampless” using Beate’s tutorial on her blog.  I used American Crafts Paper and the cropadile again to make holes around the front as a decorative accent.  I then put some chocolate chip cardstock behind the flaps to make the dots ‘pop’.  You should try this.  I really liked how it turned out.  Try using big bold patterns on a smaller box.  It really brings a sense fo texture and vibrancy to it.  I have some more boxes that I have done and one that I designed that I will be sharing with you in the coming days!

PS.  Did you see all of the amazing boxes the PTI designers came up with?  If you haven’t seen them, it packs a creative punch!  I absolutely adored doing my box and have at least one more waiting in the wings!!  Also Taylor came up with a really cute tutorial!  Go to Nichole’s blog and check out the fabulous new boxes!

Also…thanks to Maria over at Ria Creations for gifting me this blog award!  SO sweet!

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