Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fall Fever!!

Good Wednesday Morning to Ya! I am feeling so much better, now if my energy level would rise up I'd be set, lol! I have a few things to share with ya today so bear with me. First and foremost, my teabox template/directions is at the end of this post if you've been waiting for it (I will post the dimensions for the hot chocolate box tomorrow). Secondly, please visit my Whiff of Joy DT sistah Murielle's blog to enter for some yummy blog candy including a "Melinda Blowing Kisses" stamp. And lastly its Whatchadoin' Wednesday over at Storage Units, Ink and More so go check out all my DT sistah's lovely creations this week!

Ok, my first card was done using this week's SCS "Try a New Technique" Challenge #190 which was to make a stair-step card. I think this is such a fun and easy idea--how fun would this be to give to someone and there are so many different ways to use this (love it)!! I used my new stamps from Storage Units, Ink and More (Bountiful Harvest and Giving Thanks)--these 2 sets allow you to mix and match so many ways. I created the background scene with my SU inkpads, a cut-up makeup sponge and homemade hill and cloud template (cut out circles and scalloped circle)--I just sponged different colors onto my cs to make the water, land and clouds, easy-peasy. Each image was stamped, colored w/ Copics and then cut out and attached with dimensionals. The cs is Coredinations and the dp is from SU "prints pack". Whatcha' think?

The second fall card today uses both stamps and a sketch challenge from H&M Stamps--see the sketch here--Play along to win a 10% off coupon to the store. This scarecrow and crow stamp are from the "Old Fashioned Hayride" set which I colored w/ Copics. I inked the edges for distressing in 2 different ColorBox colors (their chalk inks are wonderful for this). The fun colorful dp is from DCWV's "Pet Stack"--I loved the shock of bright blue in this plaid dp, so fun! I embossed the brown strip of cs w/ my CB "button border" embossing folder and added some Basic Grey buttons on top. I wanted this card to look like it was bursting with hay like the scarecrow so I bundled up raffia, trimmed it and attached it underneath w/ gluedots. I think it turned out cute.
Ok, below are the pictures and directions for my tea box that you can see here. I will post the dimensions for the hot chocolate box tomorrow. Once you make one (they're super easy) you can adjust the dimensions to whatever you'd like.

To start with you need:
-(1)2.75"x9.75" pc of cs for the frame of the box
-(2) 2.75"x4" pieces of cs for sides
-scor-pal or other scoring tools
-tacky tape or other strong adhesive

Referring to my photo(double click to make larger) you need to score the longer piece of cs along the long edge at: 2.75, 3.5, 6.5, and 7.25. Fold and crease your score lines well. Your front foldover flap should be a tad shorter than the back.

Next, you need to take the two smaller pieces of cs (for sides) and score along long edge at a 1/2 inch seven times on each piece. You should end up with an accordian fold with 4 mountain/valley peaks.

Attach your 2 side pieces to the main box frame (see above picture) with tacky-tape or another strong adhesive--my picture shows it attached to the back, but you will also need to attach it to the front. And that's it, now you decorate it to your heart's desire.

I used a Basic Grey magnet hidden under my dp to keep it closed. You could also use velcro or a pretty ribbon. This holder will fit 4 teabags. If you have any questions just email me at . Alright that's all for me today--I'm off to run errands. Hope this tutorial was ok and easy to follow.



  1. Wow Suzanne you have been busy and what beautiful cards! Hugs Linda x

  2. thanks for the tutorial, it always helps me to have pictures! love the cards you made, especially that scare-crow with the raffia. hugs, annie x

  3. oh beautiful cards Suzanne, thanks for the tutorial too on your teabox.
    glad to hear that you are feeling a lot better...xx

  4. What adorable cards!! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!! :)

  5. Love your blog. Lots of great ideas and beautiful cards! Thanks for all the tutorials. :)

  6. Hi Suzanne,

    I LOVE your projects! That step card is just adorable! Thanks so much for the tea box tutorial! I can't wait to try it! Glad you are feeling better.
    Hugs, Christine :)

  7. Both cards are great, and I really love that step card! Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. GORGEOUS card Suzanne! Love how you made your own clouds! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! You Rock!
    Hugs~ Kim

  9. Your stair step card is amazing. Thanks for sharing your tea box.

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  11. Suzanne First I'm glad you are feeling better. I sure think your scarecrow card is adorable, especially with the straw rafia hanging out of the card! Very Clever...
    Thanks so much for the Tea Card Instructions.
    Also the coloring and job you did on your pilgrims card is just Outstanding!! Love it...Thanks for all the inspiration!
    Take care.

    October 15, 2008 11:46 PM

  12. Suzanne your cards are just lovely! I love Fall and these brought a smile to my face ...thanks for sharing such a treat with us.

  13. Wow! Love, love, love all of these projects! :D

  14. Thank-you for sharing your tea box tutorial; the instructions were great and easy to follow. I am going to be making several of them for gifts at the office.

  15. love your cards and thank you for directions on making your tea bag holder.

  16. I am a complete "newbie" and find your blog so exciting! So many new ideas and you have such wonderful tutorials.

    Thank you for making my new dream in life a fun challenge!

    Your Pilgrims are delighful!



I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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