To a Classy Kind of Guy

Classy Kind of Guy, Masculine Valentine, 3D, treat box

Who’s your classy kind of guy? Your husband, boyfriend, son, dad, father-in-law, uncle, nephew, or your friend, or all of the above? Whoever he is, he’s sure to love this treat box for Valentine’s Day. It’s masculine, and it says you care. Here are the details on how to make your own treat box for your classy kind of guy!

PREP for Classy Kind of Guy:

  1. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock to 3” X 4”.
  2. Cut a piece of the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper as follows: 1-1/2” X 12” strip of the plaid pattern, 4” X 4” piece of the Night of Navy paper with dashed lines
  3. Trim a piece of Night of Navy 3/8“ Corduroy Ribbon to approximately 4” long.

INSTRUCTIONS for Classy Kind of Guy:

  1. Assemble the gable box per the directions provided in the package.
  2. Fold the 1-1/2” X 12” strip of True Gentleman Designer Series paper around the circumference of the box, lightly folding at the corners, then remove the strip and burnish the folds with your bone folder.
  3. Place Tear & Tape on the strip of DSP and adhere to the box. It will not meet in the middle, but other elements will cover the empty space.
  4. Punch two shapes using the Tailored Tag Punch, and adhere to the front of the box over the strip of plaid DSP, overlapping them in the center.
  5. Using Chocolate Chip ink, stamp the “To A Classy Kind of Guy” sentiment on the piece of Very Vanilla Thick cardstock.
  6. Using Crushed Curry ink, stamp the striped heart on the Very Vanilla thick cardstock.
  7. Punch out the sentiment with the Tailored Tag punch.
  8. Fussy cut the heart using Paper Snips or cut them out with the matching framelit from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.
  9. Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the backs of the heart and the punched sentiment, and adhere them to the center front of the box, with the heart on the upper left of the sentiment.
  10. Tie the Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon into a knot and adhere to the heart with Mini Glue Dots.
  11. Add a Metallic Enamel Shape Heart to the right side of the stamped tag.

Self Closing Impossible Box

Impossible Box, Self Closing Box
  Impossible (Self Closing) Box

I love a lot of bang for my buck, and the ‘Not So’ Impossible Box delivers! At first glance, the Impossible Box looks like — a box. The surprise comes when you open the box – the lid slides up and from the top, it looks like a door from the Death Star  is opening!

Top View Closed     Top View Open     Side View Open

Want to make your own Impossible Box? Click here for a free, downloadable PDF with complete, step by step instructions.

I decorated my Impossible Box with the gorgeous, drool-worthy Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, coming in the Occasions Catalog beginning January 3, 2018. Pink is probably my least favorite color, but I adore every sheet in this collection. Just goes to show you that the right shade of pink makes all the difference 🙂

A dash of gold with the word ‘love’ die cut from gold foil and the gold edging of the vanilla ribbon add a touch of luxe to bring out the gold foil that’s part of the Painted With Love Paper, and my Impossible Box positively glows!

Lotus Blossom Origami How To Video

StampinUp! Fresh Florals DSP, Hershey Kiss holder, handmade, Origami flower, Lotus Blossom Origami, #papercraftingthreads

Check out my latest stop motion video for step by step directions on how to make this lotus blossom. The center of the blossom holds one Hershey’s Kiss.

For the petals, cut 3 strips of designer series paper to 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. Cut 3 more strips the same size for the leaves. The leaves and the petals are folded the same way until the last step. Leaves are mountain folded in half, and petals are valley folded.

Other than the items pictured below, you will need floral wire, wire cutters, and a bag of Hershey’s Kisses.

Supplies Used:

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine Treat Box

The Big Shot and Thinlit Dies make quick work of these treat boxes. Fill with chocolate now, and when the chocolate is gone, use as a tea light holder. Love!

Supplies used:

Vintage Christmas Bulb Treat Holder

Vintage Christmas Bulb Treat Holder


These treat holders have to be the cutest thing ever! And boy, are they ever easy to whip up. These were holiday teacher gifts, and each one holds several Ghirardelli chocolates inside. The Curvy Keepsake Thinlet makes quick work of the the bulb shape and one score line added to each side creates the space for the treat. Gold Foil strips run through a crimper create the bulb ends and a piece of bakers twine run through the space at the top hold the whole thing closed. A white gel pen adds a bit of dimension on the side.

Golden Fall Flowers

Fall Wedding
Fall Wedding

Just sent this 3D fall flower card to a sweet couple that got married. The cotton paper is a dream to work with and make flowers from. The graphic black and vellum paper comes from the Winter Wonderland Designer Paper Stack. Congrats Jaren and Evan!

Hoppy Easter

Easter Bunny Apples
Easter Bunny Apples

Need a last minute basket stuffer or a table setting? Take tissue paper or a paper bag. Cut it just slightly narrower than your apple, and about six times as tall. Fold in half. Using a pencil with an unused eraser, pounce the eraser in your choice of ink color, and stamp polka dots all over your paper. Cut bunny ears about a 1/3 of the way down. Wrap around the apple, and tie with ribbon. And bonus, it’s healthy too – Happy Easter everyone!

Oscar Worthy Dress

Oscar Dress 2014
Oscar Dress 2014

It’s Oscar time, and since I haven’t seen any of the nominated movies (gasp!), I was inspired by the fancy dresses to make this little gold number. It sparkles like a gold mine in real life, and no matter what lighting or camera I used, I could not capture it, so this photo was the best I could do. Watch for a dress-inspired treat box later this week.

How to Create Faux Mercury Glass Mason Jars

Faux Mercury Glass Mason Jars
Faux Mercury Glass Mason Jars

Love mason jars and all the different ways you can enhance them. For faux mercury glass, read on!

Supplies: clean mason jars, water, vinegar, spray bottle, paper towel, Looking Glass spray paint (I used Krylon brand)

Mix 1 part water with 1 part vinegar in spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray outside of mason jars with water/vinegar mixture. Spray mason jars with Looking Glass spray paint. Let dry for a little bit. Rub off some of the paint with the paper towel. Done!

Now for the hard part – deciding what to put in your faux mercury glass mason jars 🙂

Mother’s Day Shadowbox Revealed!

Hi Mom!
Mother’s Day MDS Shadowbox

Here it is! Don’t worry, my mom already has it in her possession. She got her Mother’s Day gift early since she was in town this past weekend. So good to have some Mom time – been waaaay too long!

I created a grid in My Digital Studio, and added my embellishments using stamp brushes, punches, and other elements that reminded me of my mom. Then I printed out several copies. One became the base of my project. I cut out pieces from the extra copies and mounted them on the base using Dimensionals. Added buttons, brads and pearls for more dimension. Then popped the whole thing into a shadowbox frame, and voila, a personalized decor gift.

And best of all, my mom loved it!

Free Flight


These butterflies are about to fly off the frame – hard to get a picture to do them justice, so you’ll have to take my word for it!

Quick How To

Emboss Swallowtail stamp with Black Embossing Powder on Whisper White cardstock. Sponge Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Island Indigo classic ink over embossed butterflies. Fussy cut, and apply to store-bought frame with Champagne Glitter Paper inserts using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Close Ups

SwallowtailCloseupL                     SwallowtailCloseupR copy

Emboss Your Heart Out

Embossing paper adds an instant wow. Want an even bigger WOW? Emboss glass.
I had these small glass heart ornaments in my stash and turned them into these lovelies.

Emboss Your Heart Out
Emboss Your Heart Out

Quick How To

Press your Versamark Ink Pad all over the bottom half of the heart surface. Generously spoon white embossing powder over the glass Versamarked surface. Heat evenly with your heat gun. [Tip:  Don’t wave the heat gun like a blow dryer, just hover like a helicopter over one spot until the powder melts, then move to the next area.] Let cool and embellish as desired. I used my Big Shot to die cut Silver Glimmer paper and Pink Pirouette card stock snowflakes. A brad in the center holds the layers together, and a glue dot on the back sticks the whole thing to the embossed heart. I whipped out six of these beauties in less than an hour.

Want to make some for yourself? Order all supplies (except the glass ornaments as I used up all of mine!) from my online store today!