Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop #4

Fabulous time for a hop, don't you think?  Christmas has been tucked away for another year and we have all likely returned to work with that wonderful feeling of "ho hum" ..

First project is a simple little card featuring the stamp set Perfect Pennants, the new banners framelits, watercolor wonder designer washi tape all from the Occasions Catalogue and designer series paper: sweet sorbet from the upcoming Sale-a-bration brochure.

other papers: gold foil sheets, basic black, whisper white
ink:  pear pizzaz, pool party, crisp cantaloupe
other stamps: papillon potpourri

Banners are fun!  I think I will get a lot of mileage out of this framelit set!

Next:  I created a tea bag caddy using our new envelope punch board.  I was lucky enough to get inspiration from a demonstrator in the UK.  She made these really interesting treat holders which she calls a "sweetie pot".  Thank you Sam! I figured out how to adapt it to hold tea bags, then decided to put three together making a counter-top caddy to hold approximately 21 assorted tea bags.

This is what it looks like:

You need:
an envelope punch board
3 pieces of cardstock 6 1/4" square (I used wild wasabi)
2 pieces or designer series paper (sneak peek from the SAB brochure) of 8 1/2" x 1"
1 piece of wild wasabi for the back brace measuring 4 1/4" x 1 1/2"

... and 21 tea bags

score and punch @ 1 3/8" and 4"
on two opposing sides
on the other two sides score and punch
in two locations indicated by previous scored lines

See the 2 punched and scored spots on
each side (not 4 as listed on video).
Use reverse punch to round off corners

@ large flap sides cut up two scored lines as indicated.

fold in cut lines - glue together
glue side flaps to sides of boxes
on middle box cut off both big flaps
glue and fold in top flap on top box
glue and fold in bottom flap on bottom box
glue bottom flap of top box
into middle box
glue top flap of bottom box into middle box
note: cut off two big flaps on middle box
glue the sides of boxes together

glue back brace (4 1/4"x 1 1/2") to
bottom of boxes
glue dsp strips around boxes
add dimensionals to tiny flaps
embellish and decorate
Here is my video which explains how to make it.  It has closed caption too!

Ok -- that's all I'm showing you today.  Thank you very much for taking the time to look around.  I hope you are inspired.  Below are the navigational buttons.  PREVIOUS will take you back to Deborah Smart's page of magical creations; HOME will take you to our Blog Hop starting place; and NEXT will take you to Christine's fabulous offerings.


  1. Nice, Bev!!! Love the tea caddy.

  2. Great projects! Love the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh my, Bev. Fabulous projects AND a tutorial! Thanks so much.

  4. Fabulous projects, Bev! I love how you used the banners on your card. And I'm with you about liking Sam Donaldson (pootles) - she's the go-to for boxes! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Beautiful projects. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I'll be making some of those for my tea drinking friends.

  6. Thank you so much for being part of this blog hop, Bev. I love your projects, especially the tea bag caddy. Having the tutorial and video is going to make it easy to put one together for my tea-loving sister. I really do have to use my envelope punch board more frequently.

    Your card really shows off the versatility of the Pennants framelits. You've used so many different sizes and they work together beautifully. I love the way you've carried over the colours in the Sweet Sorbet DSP onto the sentiment by using the same colours of ink for that and the butterflies.

  7. Bev, your projects are wonderful. Your tutorials are great.

  8. Thank you for the tutorial and the pictures to go with it. It's very well done, and easy to understand (good idea to use the captions). I love the tea caddy, and would like to try it myself.

  9. Thanks Bev for showcasing a couple of very fun projects. Those banner framelits have been the siren song in my ears since the Occasions catalog came out. Don't ask me why but banners make me smile! Love them. Thanks too for your labor of love in creating a visual and a video tutorial for your wonderful tea caddy. Above and beyond the call my friend. I'm grateful that you did though so I can make one of my very own. Thanks for hopping and making the watercooler a fun place to hang out. Hugs - J.

  10. hi bev, thanks for sharing your beautiful designs! i especially appreciate the tutorial for the tea bag holder as i come from a family of tea lovers so this will have to go in my 'case' file. thanks for contributing to a great hop! smiles, karen ;-)

  11. WOW Bev, the tea bag caddy, great project-hadn't seen that yet. Gotta try that.