Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box

Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box

Hello, Friends!  This Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box is one of several special order gifts I made during the Christmas holidays.  It will come as no surprise to learn that this was made for a cat and plant lover.  Sometimes I am asked why I keep such a large stash of papers. (Of course you never ask such things.  You understand completely.  This is why we are such good friends.)

When a customer says, “I need a special gift for someone who has everything. She loves cats and plants.” I can answer, “oh, I have just the thing.”  I always feel somewhat vindicated when I can reach into the Closet of Inspiration and Delight and find the very thing that a customer is looking for.  It’s wonderful when it works that way!

This is a larger than usual party in a box with lots of layers and fussy cutting. By layering fussy cuts beside and behind the focal image, I was able to create the cozy little scene on the cover.

I am sure this sweet kitty is having the loveliest dream while its bolder companion is gazing out of the window to the wide world beyond.

TIP: Fussy cut the small cat image, then back it with foam tape.  Now you can tuck it into the flower cluster to add a bit of whimsy to the card design.

A Peek Inside

One of the biggest challenges I had in making this gift was the size of the images in the 12×12 paper pad.  But fussy cutting around the profile of this snoozing feline allowed me to use it as a flap element inside the card cover.

A beautiful garden of orchids is hidden behind the flap along with a few fussy cut images and sentiments.

Party in a Box

How do you put together a party in a box?   First, gift wrap a tall packet of Raspberry Cocoa.  Then top it with a pretty bow to make it extra special.  Next, use scraps of designer paper to gift wrap some cookies and chocolate. Now tuck in a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon for a dash of elegance.  Finally, stitch up a little magnet to add a gift that keeps on giving.

I know many of you have a fear of cutting into your Stamperia papers.  Perhaps this example of how I used them will give you the courage to bring them to life.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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8 thoughts on “Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box

  1. Sara Barker

    Ha! Ha! Fear of cutting into beautiful Stamperia papers! NOT me! It is indeed inspiring to see how you make these images come to life. Love the addition of the stitching on the front and how the kitty seems to be looking out the window. Great use of the large image to make the flap–such a charming party in a box card! I’m especially drawn to this collection because the cat looks like my kitties.

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  2. MaryH

    Drum roll please; this is very special – The cat’ pajamas, Kathy! What an excellent, talented artist you are my friend to produce such an impressive fancy surrounding for the desirable contents of deliciousness. Hmmm yes I spent lots of time looking at the various Raspberry Cocoa products on line after viewing this. (You would be happy to know that it was a fanciful journey but nothing consumed – a waistline not increased!) I enjoyed the fussy cutting of the largest cat page; looks great from both sides of that page. So special everyone would enjoy it, even the cats!!! Think I will follow the example of the front page cat and take a nap to dream of a hot chocolate and treats.

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  3. Martie Rollin

    You’ve definitely met the creative requests for this project, Kathy. I happen to have a resident cat lady in my family…a younger sister with 5 fur babies. This project is inspiring me to create something a bit special for her. Thank you to you and your customer!!

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  4. Claire Gagne

    I am a cat & flower/plant lover. I think you hit it on the head on with this one Kathy! There are a few of us out here who are cat & flower/plant lovers. This card is so beautiful. I love everything about it. Especially the Raspberry Cocoa. I love that stuff. I found it about 3-4 years ago & it’s delicious. My winter go to hot beverage. Be well, be safe & TYFS

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  5. Cheryl Wells

    Great job in creating this adorable card – I have this paper collection waiting in the wings – Stamperia is one of my very favorite paper companies, and as always, I really appreciate you sharing your talent, tips and tricks – Thank you Kathy!!!!

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  6. soozyb2013

    I do love Stamperia papers. This is lovely and I have two friends that would adore this, they are cat lovers! Thanks for sharing this lovely project Kathy!!! Happy Sunday.

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  7. Rosemary D Schroader

    Hi, Kathy…what a special (box) card!! I can imagine the look of amazment on the face of the lucky recipient…cards within a card! BUT do you have a tutorial for making it?? I’m not that good to be able to figure it out just by looking at it! Thanks, Kathy!

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  8. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this is such a darling card! We are big cat and dog lovers. Every cat that wondered up to the house we gave a home to. I love the colors and images in the collection. So soft and pleasing to the eye. The kitty curled up in front of the the window is so sweet. The orchid flowers in the pretty pots are just gorgeous and your flowers and ribbon are absolutely stunning! What a great collection to work with. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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