It’s Challenging Today!!!

Good Afternoon Stampers!!
I have been away for a few days but I have been dieing to get this project done and posted- I have been thinking of it for a while. I decided to make these for my kids teachers for Valentines Day. I will post pics later this weekend of the complete set with them filled with treats and cards to boot! BUT today is CHALLENGING for many reasons- first it is nasty outside- AGAIN…yeah I am trying to pull color into my room through paper :-)
It is ALSO challenging today since this project was designed around a few of them I am taking part in today. The first one is over at Just Add Ink and it is for challenge JAI2 and the second challenge “Happy Heart Day” (also for Valentines Day gifts) is over at Sheli Gardner’s blog- So Sheli.
I had such a great time making this and started with the idea of making a gift item for this loving holiday, then I wanted to tackle something I have wanted to do for a LONG time which was to sew on my card stock. So I accomplished both desires with one project.

I used the NEW clear mount stamps from Stampin’ Up! and got to say I LOVE THEM!!! I have tried others before and never got a great image from other companies but because Stampin’ Up! has such a great red-rubber quality their images are just perfect and beautiful! I used Sweetheart Stamp set from the Occasions Mini and the Whimsical Words which is a SALE-A-BRATION set that I GOT FOR FREE!!!!

I used a retired Designer Series Paper called Bali Breeze, I just love the colors that are offered and combined in this package…although the new Designer Series Paper pack named Sweet Pea are VERY close if not an exact match to these colors…I just LOVE THEM!!! I already downloaded the digital version into My Digital Studio, who knows you might see some blog changes soon… :)

I love making a card or items with texture and depth and I LOVE using dimensionals to create that effect with my projects.
Check out a top view of this project, a tip for ya- I made this super-sized…I used a 12×12 piece of card stock to make this nice and large to include lots of treats for the teachers. I am going to make large cookies to go in the 4 open slots and then I will fill and line the bottom with some kind of cute chocolates. Who could resist this? Wait till you see it completed with the food!
I started by scoring and folding just like I did in THIS post for a similar project. Then I sewed my 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (I used So Saffron- retired but I love the width of this ribbon) to my card stock using Taken with Teal sewing thread (it is nearly an exact match- amazingly). Then I folded my score lines and made my holes with my Crop-A-Dile for my 1/4″ Tempting Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon.
Then on the outside of the folding box I decorated the display sides with coordinating patterned paper from the Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper paired with Taken with Teal card stock.
For the front display I used Rose Red card stock and my scallop edge punch to create a decorative base to my stamped image.

Here is a close up of the sewing I did in the corner, here’s a TIP– when coming to the corner leave the needle in the card stock when you raise your handle on your sewing machine and while the needle is still in the card stock twist your piece of card stock and repositioned THEN lower your handle to secure the card stock in the right place before beginning to sew the next side of your box.

I manually inserted the ribbon as I sewed the project, which meant i did have to go a little slower than I would normally would when I sew, but the effect turned out so nicely.

I can’t wait to see the teachers faces when they get my gifts…they work so hard for my kids and I really enjoy spending time on rewarding them with handmade items. I hope they know that I really appreciate all they do for my kiddo’s, I truly think that handmade items say more then just THANK YOU, they say I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU!!!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and inspiration. Don’t forget to be on the lookout in February for the new HAND STAMPED SENTIMENTS challenge blog. BE SURE TO ENTER TO WIN free BLOG CANDY that I am giving away, check it out here!! There are only a few days left, so don’t miss out and thanks again for stopping by and until next time~ TTFN


STAMP SETS: Sweetheart {120780/CM}, Whimsical Words {119119/CM}
PAPER: Taken with Teal {101584}, Rose Red {102544}, So Saffron {105118}, Whisper White {100730}, Chocolate Chip {102128}, Pretty In Pink {106546}, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper {117161}
INK: Rose Red {101778}, White Craft Ink {101731}
TOOLS: Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker {100063}, Scallop Edge Punch {112091}, Full Heart Punch {113693}, Paper Cutter {104152}, Stylus {100663}, Crop-A-Dile {108362}, Clear Block Pack {118491},


  1. Just love your project! What a great gift to give (and receive!)

  2. What a fantastic project and the colours you put together are gorgeous!

    S x

  3. Love this project. The stitched ribbon you have added really sets it apart from other similar projects I have seen. Thanks so much for sharing this, and congratulations on being featured in Kelly’s daily blog finds!

  4. Gorgeous project. You’ve done such a great job.

  5. Congratulations! I just wanted you to know that your project will appear on the Yahoo Group Late Night Stamper’s blog finds of the day for February 1st. Want to receive your own copy of the blog finds of the day? Join us at or visit our Blog Finds of the Day Blog at

  6. Hi Erin! I am so in love (pardon the pun!) with your project – thanks for showing how it’s done too. STUNNING! Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink!

  7. Wow this is stunning. I just love how you have put the colours together and how you’ve attached your ribbon. Awesome Chantell

  8. i just LOVE the ‘frill’ i keep coming back to look at it.

  9. This project is mind blowingly awesome. Have bookmarked this blog for another look later.

  10. wow alright!! Love the stitching on the ribbon

  11. What a GREAT Idea! Love It!!!!! Your very GOOD!

  12. WOW! What a brilliant project! I love everything about it – the scallops, the stitching, especially the stamped ribbon… I’m definitely going to have a go at making one of these. Thanks for playing! And good luck with your challenge site – I’ll be sure to check it out!

  13. Absolutely beautiful work!!! I love how you’ve combined so many colours and made it work!!

  14. Love this project. Pretty colors. Now all you need to do is fill it with chocolate.


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