Thursday, September 13, 2018

Christmas Treat Box Featuring A Charming Christmas Collection By Becca Feekan

I'm sharing this adorable gift box today.  I created it using the new Charming Cottage Etched Dies set from A Charming Christmas Collection by Becca Feekan.   I know it's a little early for Christmas projects but I just couldn't resist playing with this adorable gift box when I opened my happy mail.

To bring the house to life I decorated by adding dimension in several different ways. Check out the directions below and I will tell you how.


110 lb White Card Stock
  • 1 - A2 panel

Woodgrain Cardstock

  • 1 - 8 1/2" x 11" sheet
Green, Shimmer Red, Mirror Gold, and Silver Kraft paper as needed for die cuts


  1. Die cut the box base out of the new Lawn Fawn Neutrals Woodgrain Card Stock.  Fold and score the box pieces and use quarter inch scor-tape to attach the side flaps and bottom flaps together.
  2. Die cut eight scalloped roof panels out of the shimmer red card stock.  Attach the first shingle on each side hanging over the edge of the roof line with just glue and  the other three using foam tape.  I love how this made each shingle pop.
  3. I'm a huge fan of the adorable scrolls.  I die cut six total and stacked and glued three together.  This created some beautiful decorations for the other roof sides.
  4. There are 2 dies to use to create each shape of window.  I die cut the solid shape out of silver kraft paper and the solid/frame out of white for each of the windows.  I then glued a silver piece to a frame for each of the windows and then attached them to the house.
  5. I added a few leaves around the roof line and windows and a door die cut out of red and then onto the last step, the trees.
  6. I first created the corner tree by die cutting four of the tree dies from the kit and cutting off the toppers and the trunks.  I then folded each of the trees in half.  I took my first tree and put glue on one of the sides and matched it to another tree and held them together for a few seconds until the bond was secure. I then repeated this until all four were connected except for the two ends.  I then applied glue to the two ends and attached one end to the front and one to the side. 
  7. I created the bow for the tree topper using the same method as step 6 except with 3 bows.
  8. Finally I created another tree using three die cuts of it and the same method as step 6.  To give the tree a slightly different look I kept the trunk intact and carefully cut off the topper so the tree would appear as tall as possible.
As for Santa he is a sticker I had in my stash and I just think he fit perfectly.  Don't you?  Such a fun, cute, and easy project. I really am happy with how all of the dimension makes this cottage pop.

If you would like to create your own you can find a shopping list below.
If you make a project inspired by this post please tag it with #perkypennypapers on 
Instagram and I will be able to see it :) 

Happy crafting :)

Joanne and Penny

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  • Spellbinder's Charming Cottage Box Etched Dies
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash Metallic Kraft Stock
  • Tonic Polished Gold Card-stock
  • Crafter's Companion Shimmering Card-stock, Candy Red
  • Neenah Solar White 110 lb
  • Lawn Fawn Wood Grain Card-stock, Neutrals
  • Tonic Comfort 8.5 inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer
  • Tonic Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior
  • Spellbinder's Platinum 6

Monday, September 10, 2018


Here are some sobering statistics:
  • Every year suicide is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one death every 40 seconds. 
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world, and 3rd in the United States for those aged 15-24 years old. 
  • Every life lost represents someone's partner, child, parent, friend, or colleague.  For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected.  This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behavior. 
Here's how you can help:
  • Follow along the stops on this Blog Hop as we share our personal stories and inspiration for creating cards with the 4" x 6" - I Care Stamp set.  This stamp set is manufactured in the USA by Simon Says Stamp© for Perky Penny Paper Arts©, and all profits from the sale of the stamp sets will be donated to support the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • Purchase one or more stamp sets by clicking {HERE}.  They make a great gifts and would also be wonderful as part of a stamping package to donate to shelters or other organizations.
  • Gather your friends, family, church group, sports club, or any other group you like to join you and....
  • Make cards, share stories, and discuss the ways you as a group can keep these conversations going in your community.
  • Gift your beautiful creations to strangers and friends alike.  You can even discreetly or not so discreetly stamp the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number on your cards so someone in need will have it if they need to reach out.
  • Post using #PPPICare so we can see all of your beautiful creations and other can be inspired to start conversations and help in their own ways as well.

  Blog Hop List

Joanne Soukup - You Are Here
Erica Andersson - CaCaCraft By Erica

My Post:
June 4th, 2018 was a normal day for me... I was checking on my Facebook feed and started seeing posts surrounding an old high school friends who's son had passed away.  There was no reason given initially but I just had a feeling I couldn't shake. Several weeks later my suspicions were confirmed and in the words of his mom depression took his life.  She is steadfast in the belief that her son would never had done this to himself. He was 21, popular, had a wonderful girlfriend, a year left in college and an adoring family, and no one knew he was sick.  No one knew of his depression.
We have all heard so many similar stories and been affected by suicide in some way. I kept thinking that as a card maker I could help make a difference and the I Care Stamp set idea was born. Because all we need to do is say I care to hopefully save a life. 

I had never created a stamp set but within a week, and with lots of googling I designed and sent this stamp set off for a sample to be created. The rest as they say is history.

You will find some incredible personal stories of survival and compassion, and card making inspiration from some amazing people. These women really stepped up with only 6 weeks to create in their already busy, busy schedules. Heidi, Tina, Erica, Kat, Ilina, Dana, Jennifer, Tracie, Marci and Vera you are my angels and I can't thank you enough!  I hope these posts inspires you to gather, share, make, and gift.

Check out this video where I show you some quick and easy card ideas you can share with  your non-card making friends. All you need is the stamp set, some card bases, and ink.
Thank you to Simon Says Stamp© and the entire Blog Hop Team!
Together we will all make a difference!

 *Suicidal behavior includes suicide, and also encompasses suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.
** The Lifeline is composed of a large network of over 150 local- and state-funded crisis centers located across the United States. It is the counselors at these local crisis centers who answer the calls and chats the Lifeline receives from people in distress every single day. Lifeline crisis centers provide the specialized care of a local community center with the support of the national network.


• Altenew RUBY RED Crisp Dye Ink Pad  
• Altenew AUTUMN BLAZE Crisp Dye Ink Pad 
• Altenew MAPLE YELLOW Crisp Dye Ink Pad 
• Altenew BAMBOO Crisp Dye Ink Pad 
• Altenew PERSIAN BLUE Crisp Dye Ink Pad 
• Altenew MIDNIGHT VIOLET Crisp Dye Ink Pad 
• Altenew RUBELLITE Crisp Dye Ink Pad 
• Altenew PINKALICIOUS Crisp Dye Ink Pad 
• Altenew PINK DIAMOND Crisp Dye Ink Pad 
• VersaFine Ink Pad, Onyx Black 
• Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk 
• Tonic Comfort 8.5 Inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer by Tim Holtz

Friday, September 7, 2018

I Care Stamp Set

Join an amazing group of card makers to recognize

 by following along the

Featuring the I Care Stamp Set from Perky Penny Paper Arts©

in collaboration with Simon Says Stamp©

Click to Pre-Order Now

All Profits Will Go To Benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline