Friday, January 16, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #82 - Same, But Different

Happy Friday, everyone!

I started to post this last night to be ahead of the curve, but since I was ready to throw my computer mouse through the window, I thought it best to just walk away from the desk - kwim?

I am in a much better frame of mind this morning and am not yet ready to curse under my breath at this stupid, I mean, lovely computer!

Whew, glad I got THAT off my chest - now on to the projects!

This week's challenge was to create two projects - the same, but different. A bit of serendipity happened to me this week (serendipity - making fortunate discoveries by accident) when I was cleaning out the abyss (the studio). Way up on a shelf, I discovered a package of a make and take project that I'd designed for a party waaaay back when I was a new demo. The sample was in there along with all the cardstock pieces that I'd cut. How cool is that!? And since no one has seen this project yet - we didn't use it for the party - I thought to myself "Self, you can use this for Blogger's Challenge this week and just remake it for Valentine's Day!" Stamping saves the day once again!
Well, as you can see, this project is a little tag folder. My photos are not so good, but trust me, it's so cute in person!

To make this, start with a piece of Kraft cardstock cut at 5 1/2" x 7". Score along the 7" length at 1 3/4". Then, make a score in the middle of the 7" side so it's 3 1/2" on both sides. Once folded, take your Paper Snips and cut a small triangle from where the score lines meet towards the outer edge. This creates the flap pockets that hold the tags in the little folder. I just secured these on the outside edge with a little Sticky Strip.

The outside was decorated with the Love You Much stamp set using Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip ink. I tied up the little package with some Chocolate Chip Narrow Grosgrain ribbon. 17" is enough to go around it and make a bow. The scallop circle was cut using my trusty Big Shot - the SU! exclusive Pennant Die. I stamped the birds onto Whisper White and punched them out with the 1 3/4" Circle punch. All edges were sponged in Chocolate Chip ink and once adhered together, I mounted it on dimensionals so the ribbon would slide underneath it.

The tags were made with Riding Hood Red ink and cardstock. I used my Crop-A-Dile to add the Silver eyelet to each one and added a piece of Rope Twine from the Holiday Mini for the string. To get the single strand, I just untwisted the three strands - it was super easy!

The original project was a Christmas tag folder and since I made this 3 years ago (yes, I really needed to clean out my closet! LOL!) I can't even remember all the stamp sets I'd used. All are retired except for Loads of Love. I do know that the wheel was the Jumbo Woodcut Holly and I think the Celebrate tag was from Lexicon of Love. Does anyone remember the stamp sets that the package and the tiny tree were in? I'd love to know!

This project used Handsome Hunter and Bravo Burgundy inks along with matching cardstock. I used the Burgundy Narrow Grosgrain ribbon for the tie and Gold cord for the tag strings.

I hope you like this week's projects! I did have fun remaking this with current stamps and inks. Just goes to show that a good idea is always a good idea!

Be sure to check out all the other Blogger's Challenge players by clicking on the link in my sidebar. We all love to hear from you - so be sure to leave a comment!

Happy Stamping!



  1. What totally fun projects you have created here!

    Stay's zero here this morning. Counting the days 'till spring!

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Both projects are darling. This just proves that you were a genius stamper right from the beginning! Great projects!!!

  3. Great project! Good job with the challenge!

  4. What a cute project. I like seeing the original idea and the updated one. The Valentine set is really cute.

  5. Cute, cute, cute!!! Glad you're in a better frame of mind today!!!

  6. Thanks for your sweet comment today! I LOVE this project! I'm going to have to try this. :) Too cute!!!! It was great seeing you at Leadership! You're awesome.

  7. Very cute projects, Robin! I know...I need to clean out my studio, too...badly! Wonderful to see you at Leadership again!

  8. Such cute projects Robin! Was great to spend time with you last week in Orlando!

  9. I love the project! It sounds like you found a treasure in your closet!
    Nancy C.

  10. Wonderful cards! Love the smaller design...too cute! {sMILES}

  11. What terrific projects Robin! Love kraft paper, but I don't use it as much as I should! Try to stay warm! :D

  12. Great projects. Very nice job with the challenge!

  13. Great projects!!! Love the colors and Kraft paper

  14. What a cute project idea! Thanks for sharing the directions.

  15. I love what you did for this challenge!

  16. Oh, how I've had days like that with my *ahem* lovely computer! Adorable projects Robin!

  17. These are all fabulous!!! great job !


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