Sweets, Stamps and Tea

This is the last day of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop, featuring Sizzix dies created by multi-talented designers Brenda Pinnik, Eileen Hull and Karen Burniston. This has been so much fun and has made me push the creative envelope. These dies have been so easy to work with and, in a time of year that is extremely hectic, they have made me slow down and relax with the thing I enjoy most, creating art.

This final die, by Eileen Hull, is one that truly stretches the imagination. It is designed as a baggie topper, but the elements can be used for so many other items. The embellishment pieces alone (hearts, scallops, nameplates) conjure up a variety of ideas for future projects.

I used three toppers and one embellishment, all cut from mat board, to create a traditional bag topper, a book and a little storage space for stray postage stamps.

Here's how I made them:

Valentine Bag Topper
You don't have to wait for Valentine's Day. Show your love anytime!
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Treat Bag Toppers
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Frame, Easel
Sizzix Mat Board
Patterned paper, 1 sheet 12 X 12
White card stock scrap
Border Punch (Stampin'Up!®)
Smooch Spritz, Cosmic Pink (Clearsnap)
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
Stickles Glitter Glue, Gold (Ranger)
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive (Beacon)
Brads, 3
Be Creative Double-stick tape
Wide wired ribbon (Designer Trimmings, Sam's Club)


1. Adhere paper to both sides of one sheet of Sizzix matboard (6" X 13"), being sure to align paper front and back. Cut frame/easel. Spray Smooch Spritz on a paper towel or sponge and color edges and folds. Paint outside and window edges and draw swirls with Krylon Pen. Paint swirls and open heart embellishment with Stickles Gold Glitter Glue and set all aside to dry.
3. Cut topper from Sizzix matboard and color with Smooch Spritz. Punch border from white card stock and adhere to underside of topper front and back.

1. Fold Frame/Easel along score lines and use brads to secure.
2. Place candy pouch inside and secure with double-stick tape.
3. Add topper to Frame/Easel using double-stick tape.
4. Adhere heart embellishment with Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive.
5. Insert ribbon in punched holes and tie into bow.

Tea Time Book

This is the perfect gift for the tea lover on the go. It fits easily in a brief case or handbag, so the recipient can always have their favorite tea on hand, no matter where they are.

Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Treat Bag Toppers
Sizzix Mat Board
Chipboard, two pieces 3" X 6"
Coordinating patterned paper, 2 3/4" X 5 3/4"
Textured Card Stock, two sheets with coordinating textures (Bazzill)
White Card Stock scraps
Alcohol Ink, Espresso (Ranger)
Distress Inks, Vintage Photo, Broken China, Black Soot, Marigold and Fired Brick (Ranger)
Felt ink applicators (Ranger)
Stamps, Afternoon Tea (Oxford Impressions)
Satin Ribbon, Brown (Stampin'Up!®)
Glassine Envelopes, three 2 3/4" X 5"
Tea Bags
Be Creative Double Stick Tape
Glue Dots


1.Attach one piece of textured paper to mat board and cut die. Using the handle topper, ink with alcohol ink and wipe off excess.
2. Cover two pieces of chipboard with second sheet of textured paper for covers. Line inside with patterned paper.
3.With inside of covers together, attach topper with double-stick tape. Tie satin bow in handle loop.
4. Color white cardstock with distress inks and stamp cup and tag with Black Soot. Trim images and ink edges with Vintage Photo ink. Attach to book front with glue dots.
5. Insert two tea bags into each envelope and clip envelopes closed with circle paper clip. Use double-stick tape to adhere opposite ends together so that the paper clips are on the right hand edge. Apply double-stick to front and back left hand edges and press between covers. Your envelopes should swing free except at the left side.

Stamp Caddy
This last one fits right in my wallet and will save me a lot of money when I need an extra 1¢ stamp.

Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Treat Bag Toppers
Sizzix Mat Board
Colorbox Chalk Queue, Sand Dunes (Clearsnap)
Stazon Ink, Fuschia, Mustard and Black
Flourish and Word Stamps (unknown manufacturers)
Small glassine envelope or waxed paper
beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Glue Dot

1. Cut die from matboard. Ink small scalloped topper front and back, blending colors.
2. With Black Stazon, stamp words randomly on topper
3. Tint glassine envelope with Mustard Stazon and tint edges with Fuschia. Stamp image with black Stazon.
4. Attach top to envelope, gluing front and back with Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive. Attach glue dot to inside of envelope flap and close.If glue dot is extremely sticky, tap it a couple of times on your clothing and adhere the stickiest side to the flap. The side that is less sticky should open and close easily.

Be sure to click the box on the left to hop forward or back and see what 60 other designers have done with this die. You will be amazed. I know I always am!


Cindy Rippe said…
What a great idea, to use the folded die cut for a small book binding! I always enjoy your artistic style and creative designs.
Subriagirl said…
Candice.....I just LOVE it girl!

Seeya this Saturday!!
Eileen Hull said…
Wow- home run again! Love the little stamp storage idea... and you are so smart to add the topper to the frame (why didn't I think of that???) and love the album idea too. Thank you so much Candice for being with us again. I always look foreard to seeing what your amazing brain has come up with! :-)
Lynda said…
Really nice ideas for ways to use this die. Thanks for sharing.
Einat Kessler said…
Wow! I love everything. the rich beautiful colors and all the details. I really enjoyed everything youshared inthe hop. Merry Christmas
Madeline said…
I love all your ideas Candice, they are just so creative and appealing. Have yourself a very Merry "Bluegrass" Christmas!
Phyllis Dobbs said…
I love the colors and the project idea! You have really great projects.

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