Oct 16 2010

Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Challenge

Time for another Saturday Challenge for subscribers of Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Edition CCMC-HM4!  We offer prizes to those who participate…another great reason to join!  It's not too late…you still have access to all the past projects!  This week we have been featuring the Design-A-House…lots of FUN ideas have been shared!  To carry on the theme, this week's challenge is a small hostess gift…you know…something you'd take to someone's house that is hosting a dinner or other event!  Just a small thank you gift.  The Design Team has come up with some great ideas!

My idea carries out the theme of "houses"…a bird cage…a house for birds!  Well, yes…it is a stretch!  So…on to my hostess gift!  I found these bird cages at the local craft store in the $1 bin.  They were all different colors, so I spray painted it gold to start. 

I used the Two Tags Bigz Die with Crumb Cake cardstock and cut out the larger tag.  I stamped Stampin' Up! Bells & Boughs image TWICE in Stazon Black Ink on Shimmery White cardstock and colored with Poppy Parade, Real Red, Wild Wasabi and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers.  I cut it out, then cut out the larger poinsettia from the second image and added it on top with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I stamped Merry Christmas with Versamark on Shimmery White and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder, then cut into a pennant shape.  I added the Tasteful Trim XL Diecut in Early Espresso along the bottom, then a Vintage Brad (I love these brads!).  In the center of the Poinsettias, I placed small half backed Pearls.  Then I colored the Pearls with my More Mustard Stampin'  Write Marker.  It isn't a permanent color because it will wipe off, but I didn't think people would be really touching it anyway.  At the top, I tied on the tag to the bird cage with the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon.



Something fun, is that the top lifts off the bird cage so you can place something in it.  I found these votives in the same $1 area with snowflakes on the side and gold and silver colors.  It fits perfectly inside.  I added a couple Stampin' Dimensionals on the bottom to help hold it in place.  Then I put in a Votive Candle inside.  WARNING:  I'd take off the tag before lighting the candle!


Wouldn't these be cute hanging on your tree or as a little decoration on your table?  A sweet little hostess gift!


Make sure to check out the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team to see what they have done this week!  Their projects are awesome, like usual! 


Mary Brown – StamperCamper's Corner

Cristena Bagne – Gettin' Crafty

Rochelle Gould – I stamp, I create, I have fun!

Jenn Picard – A New Ink on Life



Stamps:  Bells & Boughs

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Shimmery White, Early Espresso

Inks:  Black Stazon, VersaMark

Accessories:  Vintage Brads, Gold Embossing Powder, Pearls, Tasteful Trim XL Bigz Die, Two Tags Die, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon

5 People have left comments on this post

Oct 16, 2010 - 06:10:30
Christine Maupin said:

I love your "bird cages"!  Where did you find them for a $1 and did you leave any behind?!?!

Oct 17, 2010 - 09:10:08

Love the topper tag. What a wonderful creative idea.  Thanks so much for sharing how you made it.

Oct 17, 2010 - 10:10:01
Robbie said:


This is beautiful!  It would look great on a tree!

Oct 17, 2010 - 11:10:09
Carol Pinkey said:

Love it!!  I had also tried making this stamp 3-D with several levels.  It was so time consuming… can you tell me hoe you did yours/how many levels?  Thanks so much, Carol

Oct 17, 2010 - 12:10:07
LuAnn said:

Such a beautiful gift created with a $1 bird cage!  I  am constantly on the lookout for things in the dollar bins to alter to give as gifts!