Category Archives: 3D and altered art

birdie tea bag book

Several years ago I made one of these tea bag books for the first time and with the release of my Special Blend stamp set, it seemed the perfect opportunity to create another one. It’s still one of my favorite templates. They make a cute little gift and this week I needed a little “thank you” for a friend.

The original template I made can be found here.  After scoring and sponging the cover, I attached patterned paper to each section. 

Decorative paper was scored, folded, punched, and adhered to form pockets… then attached to the inside at the spine.  Jumbo eyelets and ribbon were also added to the spine.  Here the pockets were stamped with additional images from Special Blend and tea bags were inserted.

On the left, the roses on the cup were paper pieced with a scrap of patterned paper.

And here’s a close up of the right side.

I hope you enjoy creating a tea bag book of your own!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Special Blend and Long Stem Silhouettes (for you); paper- Crumb Cake, white, Fancy Pants- Hopscotch; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Tea Dye; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Copics, 1 3/8″ circle punch, jumbo eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, ribbon, Labels 3 Nestabilities, adhesive pearls.

more calendars

Welcome to Day #3 of your March Release Features!  

Today’s featured set is..

Nature Silhouettes 2

  And check out the matching bird dies!

This fantastic duo is a must-have.  Imagine the gorgeous cards you’ll make!  The possibilities are endless AND this stamp set also coordinates so well with our other silhouette sets!

  • Set includes 13 images
  • Set measures approximately 4″x6″
  • Queen Anne’s Lace image measures approximately 2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is priced at $16
  • Die set is priced at $9.75

The linky code doesn’t work for my blog…sorry! So please check out some of the fabulous samples made by our talented DT in the thumbnails on the SNSS blog.

Here’s my project…I made another magnetic coaster calendar.  Actually, I made about 22 for a bunch of little gifts! 

Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs along your journey because we’re giving away this fantastic stamp set AND die set to one lucky commenter!  

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Wednesday, March 13th.  The list of winners will be announced on our website homepage on Thursday, March 14th.

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Nature Silhouettes 2, Long Stem Silhouettes; paper- K& Company Terri Conrad- Sweet Life, black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Cranberry Crisp, So Saffron; accessories- chipboard coasters, mini calendars, ribbon, Sweet ‘n Sassy Birds and Feather dies, dimensionals, tracing wheel, Crop-A-Dile, jewel brads, magnet.

going green

It’s time for a new Challenge Chicks challenge! 

This month it’s Anna’s turn and her challenge is “It’s Not Easy Being Green“.  You can choose to use the color green, go green & upcycle, etc.  I chose to upcycle five TGI Friday’s drink coasters (love their Mango Peach Lemonade)…

and turn them into a box to hold my adhesive pearls…

A friend of mine, Judy K, made a similar box several years ago which hold my gemstones.  It was holding both gemstones and pearls but I really needed a second box!  Now maybe I’ll find what I’m looking for a bit easier.

These boxes are very simple to make.  Just cover 5 chipboard coasters with designer paper.  (I like to cut the paper a bit larger and then trim the excess with scissors.)  Then punch holes down two opposite sides on 4 of the coasters with a Crop-A-Dile.  The fifth one is the base and will not be punched.  Tie the sides together with ribbon.  When you have the sides adjusted as you like, fit it over the base, trimming the base slightly if needed.  Remove, then add a bit of glue around each side of the base coaster and attach in place.

Did you notice the gorgeous flower stamp on the front?  It’s a sneak peek of one of Korin’s new Sweet ‘n Sassy sets being released Friday!  (shhh)   😉

I cut and layered the center of the flower, shaping the petals a bit…then added some tiny pearls.

Come play along and show us your Green Projects on our Facebook page! Or use the keyword CHXMAR13 if you upload to the SCS gallery. And be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

  • anna wight
  • diane zechman (me)
  • jeanne streiff
  • kelli hull
  • kelly schirmer
  • lydia fiedler
  • vicki garrett
  • stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Flower Blocks 1; paper- SU! Soft Suede and Everyday Enchantment dsp; ink- SU! Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- drink coasters, adhesive pearls, dimensionals, Crop-A-Dile.

    happy heart day!

    Just wanted to wish you all a happy Valentine’s day!  I hope your day is extra special.  Here’s another quick valentine treat I made with the retired SU! Petal Card die to hold a Ghirardelli chocolate square.

    I folded and attached 3 sides of the diecut…then wrapped a heart doily around the sides and glued it in place.  The red and white heart (minus the ribbon) is a felt piece that my friend, Susan, had attached to an envelope with my birthday card.  I couldn’t bear to throw it away so I re-purposed it onto this project.  :)  The rest was just bits and scraps leftover from previous projects.

    Have a great day!

    sparrows mini calendar

    Hello!  Today is my first post as Guest Designer on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  For my first project with the new release stamp sets, I have something other than a card.  I’ve made another mini magnetic calendar to give you a sneak peek of the new Springtime Sparrows set being released this Friday.  I thought the verse would be great for a “daily reminder” hanging on the refrigerator.

    Scraps of patterned paper were glued to a 4″ square chipboard coaster.  The beautiful sparrows image was stamped directly onto the patterned paper and the branches were colored with Copics.  The birds and flowers were stamped again onto white cardstock…then colored, cut out, and attached over the original image.  A few flowers were popped up with dimensionals.

    I’m looking forward to sharing more SNSS projects.  :)  Have a great Tuesday!

    ♥  Diane

    stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Springtime Sparrows; paper- Cosmo Cricket- Tea For Two, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Regal Rose; accessories- Copics, chipboard coaster, mini calendar (Taylored Expressions), ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, brad, dimensionals, gemstones, magnet.

    a Valentine challenge

    Today the Challenge Chicks have a new challenge for February!

    This month Kelli asked us to make valentines.  So…instead of a card I went with a valentine treat (with chocolate!).   :0)  I even got out my sewing machine!

    I used my favorite valentine image from a retired SU! set.  I just think this boy and girl are so sweet!

    Inside the heart shaped box are a few ghirardelli chocolates.

    I even added some matching paper to the inside…

    Directions for the box can be found in this post.

    Come play along and show us your valentines on our Facebook page!  Or use the keyword CHXFEB13 if you upload to the SCS gallery.  And be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

  • anna wight
  • diane zechman (me)
  • jeanne streiff
  • kelli hull
  • kelly schirmer
  • lydia fiedler
  • vicki garrett
  • stamps- SU! Admit It (ticket) & Love Letters; paper- black, white, Kaisercraft Love Notes; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Regal Rose marker; accessories- Heart Nestabilities, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, sewing machine, ribbon, button, thread, dimensionals, adhesive pearls, Ghirardelli chocolates.

    some Sweet ‘n Sassy news!

    Hello!  I am thrilled to share some news today!  It was such an honor and sweet surprise to be asked to Guest Design for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps for February!  What fun!  Thanks, Janette, for inviting me!

    On Tuesday I will have my first project to share with the February release stamps…both here and on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  In the meantime, here’s a little valentine treat using SNSS’s Owl Be There set.

    Is this owl cuuute or what???  ♥   I knew right away it would be super fun to paper piece.  :)

    The little treat pocket was made with the retired SU! Petal Card die.  And the scalloped piece behind the top is from the SU! Petal Cone die.  (I made a treat cone at a friend’s house and threw the extra scalloped piece in my bag…it fit perfectly here.  Thanks, Shannon!)  When three of the flaps on the diecut are folded in, it makes a super cute pocket that perfectly holds a Ghirardelli square.

    Have a great weekend!  I gotta ask…what happened to January?  FLEW right by!

    stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Owl Be There; paper- white, Cosmo Cricket- Tea For Two; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sizzix Petal Card die & Petal Cone die, Martha Stewart Valentine lace punch, ribbon, Ghirardelli chocolate.

    mini magnetic calendars

    It’s been a few years since I’ve made these little magnetic coaster calendars…I almost forgot how FUN they are!

    I’ve had the chipboard coasters in my stash but the webstore where I used to get the calendars seems to be out of business.  phooey.  Luckily, while searching, I found them at Taylored Expressions…and I know how fabulous Taylor is so I had no qualms about ordering them there!  :)

    I covered the 4″ coasters with various scraps of patterned paper, attached the calendars, and decorated them with some fun Paper Smooches stamps.  Then I added some bling and pearls to finish them off.  All they need yet is a magnet on the back.  They’ll be perfect for a little random RAK, don’tcha think?

    Some closer views…

    Hope you are keeping warm!!  It’s 5 degrees here….BRRRRRR!

    stamps- Paper Smooches- Woofers and Tweeters, Green Acres, Hang Ups, Warm Hearts, and Friendly Flowers; paper- white, Making Memories- Love Story, K&Company- Lovely, Momenta- Kaleidoscope, Autumn Leaves adhesive mats; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- 4″ chipboard coasters, magnets, Copics, mini calendars (Taylored Expressions), adhesive pearls and gemstones.

    more tea & cookies

    Just popping in quick with another teabag & cookie holder.  This one went to a friend as a thank you/Merry Christmas.  I used some Jillibean Soup papers, a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, and my Scor-Pal. You can find directions here.

    paper- Jillibean Soup- Christmas Eve Chowder, white; accessories- Scor-Pal, ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, 4×6 cello bag, teabag, cookies, Martha Stewart Loopy Snowflake punch, Stickles, thread, button.

    Happy Holidays! (a little late)

    Hey all!  I wanted to pop in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas but time slipped away from me.  I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas!  Because of different work schedules, we celebrated with family a little early this year so Christmas seemed to creep up a little quicker than normal.

    I already shared my cards for this year so here’s another project I did (and it involves paper too).  This is just a quick and super easy decorating idea that I started doing many years ago when we were first married and had little money to spend on decorations.  The past few years I haven’t done it, so it just seemed extra special this year…bringing back memories.

    Here’s a low cost decorating tip…use wrapping paper (this was from the dollar store) to cover the picture frames already on your wall.  Add a bow and you have instantly transformed yourself into Martha Stewart.  LOL.

    Sorry I am posting this a bit late!  But maybe you can head out and take advantage of the after Christmas sales to pick up some beautiful papers for next year.  ;0)

    Have a great day!