Spending Time With You – Easel Dress & Purse

Cups & Kettle - Spending time with you CLOSED

Sometimes when you look at something (like a stamp, die or punch) you get inspired or you might think “hey this also looks like…..” When I first looked at the Cups & Kettle Framelits dies set I saw a skirt (by turning the rounded cup upside down).  Sweet!!!  Some of you may already know, but before Stampin’ Up! (yes I had another life before Stampin’ Up!….Lol!) I was a seamstress.  I created special event and wedding gowns.  If you ever come to my studio just ask to see my portfolio.  So when I look at anything I see it in a variety of different ways.  I just LOVE looking at and being inspired by Fashion Designers the most.

Today’s post is the second design from my April “Mother’s Day” Card Class.  After creating the “dress” (hello…that was the most important part) I wanted to put it onto a fun fold card.  I had not done an easel card in a while and thought that would be great a fit so the dress and purse would stand up and get the full effect with the sentiment……”[Heart] spending time with you.”  I just love the pun.  [giggle]

EASEL BASE:  It starts with a 3-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Bermuda Bay.  Fold in half to create the 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ base.  Then fold the top inward to the center fold to get your easel base.  When I completed the card it felt too rigid.  I contemplated what I could do to soften the look of the card…….tada!!!! [TIP:  By rounding just the bottom corners it softened the look and I was a happy camper.  Lol!]

Then I remembered I had several packages of corrugated paper.  [It comes in Whisper White and Kraft.]  So I thought “lets give it a try” and I LOVE the subtle texture it gives without overpowering.  [smile]

DRESS & PURSE:  The skirt, from the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper pack, is the “rounded” tea cup from the Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies Set with the handle cut away and turned upside down.  The top is the Sweetheart Punch in Silver Foil.  [Sorry, I had a hard time getting the foil to show without a glare.]  This was glued to the skirt just until the edges met (to create the hourglass shape.  THEN it was topped with the swirly heart steam shape also from the Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies Set in Black Glimmer.  I KNOW isn’t it just too stinkin’ cute!!!

A girl’s gotta have the perfect accessory, right?  I debated between a shopping bag or purse.  As you can see, I went with a purse.  Lol!  It is so cute and just the “right accessory”.  It is half of a Large Oval punched in Silver Foil as well.  I cut about a 3/8″ from the top and then flipped it 180 degrees to get the flap.  Then I topped it with a small Black Glimmer heart from the Confetti Hearts Border punch for the clasp.  [Forget the sentiment, my happy chair dance ensued at this point.  Lol!]  Oops…..I almost forgot to mention the purse strap is a very narrow (1/16″) strip of Black Glimmer.   😎

Cups & Kettle - Spending time with you OPEN

EASEL BASE:  “Spending Time With You” is from the A Nice Cuppa Stamp Set that coordinates with with Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies Set.  When I saw this sentiment I smiled and thought “this is perfect”!  So I it stamped onto Whisper White and punched with the Large Oval and backed with two ovals in Basic Black [TIP:  Cut one in half horizontally and the other vertically].  I was excited to make my punch a multi-tasker!  The oval is popped with several Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhered to the inside bottom of the card to hold the “easel” front up.  At this point, I thought about adding the corrugated and black under the sentiment, but it was getting too bulky to fit easily into an envelope.  BUT, it still needed an “I love” to finish it off…..Duh!  I punched a mini-sweetheart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack in Silver Foil and topped that with another mini-Black Glimmer Heart.  [Happy chair dance, happy chair dance, happy chair dance.  Lol!]

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s post.  Have a great Friday and weekend!


  • STAMP:  A Nice Cuppa
  • PAPER:  Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White, Corrugated-Whisper White, Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Black Glimmer (vintage)
  • INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punches–Sweetheart, Itty Bitty Accents (mini-sweetheart), Corner Rounder, Confetti Hearts Border, Large Oval |  Framelits–Cups & Kettle


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


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