Homemade 3D Shoe – Two

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Homemade 3D Shoe – Orange and Pink

I taught a stamping / cardmaking workshop for 48 ladies at a women’s retreat on Saturday. I homemade a few 3D shoe favors (template by Ellen Hutson) as door prizes. The first lady who won chose this orange and pink shoe.

Homemade 3D high heel shoe party favor in orange and pink

Gems make this 3D shoe party favor sparkle

Orange and pink are not colors I typically put together, but when I saw this big pink ribbon, I couldn’t resist making a bow and adding it to the shoe. I added pink paper to accent the heel and sole of the shoe, which really made everything come together. Of course, the gems really give the shoe sparkle and put this shoe in a class of it’s own! =) The shoe holds a little bag of treats but could easily hold a little sack of bird seed.

Orange and Pink homemade 3D shoe from top

3D shoe party favor holds just a little something.

I just adore this 3D shoe. I think it would make an awesome wedding favor, bridal shower favor, Mother’s Day gift card holder or an awesome party favor at a princess party! I filled this one with a little bag of dove chocolates.

Here is another 3D Shoe.

Homemade 3D Shoe – Supplies

  1. The shoe template is from Ellen Hutson
  2. The orange paper is cheap double sided stock I picked up at Costco a while back.
  3. The ribbon is a scrap I had on hand.
  4. The pink paper is also scrap I had on hand. I think it came from a paper sample book. It’s got a sheen to it.

Princess Party – Guest Thank You Gift

Princess Party – A gift for the Guest Princesses: a Chinese Box?

Princess Party Thank You Gift - A Chinese Box

Princess Party Thank You Gift - A Chinese Box

It’s fairly common to give a little thank you gift to everyone who attends a shower. You may think it strange that my mother and I decided to to make thank you boxes in the shape of small chinese take out boxes. But since the Princess Bride-to-be was having an international wedding we decided chinese boxes would be the perfect gift. And since we were having a Princess Bridal Shower, we made all the boxes pink or red!

We decorated the chinese boxes with Jolee’s stickers. My first project using stickers (hey, we got 1,000+ stickers for $7 – I couldn’t help myself). I tend to be more of a purist and only use stamps…but am warming to the idea of incorporating computer generated materials and stickers etc.

Princess Party Thank You Gifts - Chinese Boxes

Princess Party Thank You Gifts - Chinese Boxes

The tag on each box says, “We shower the Bride with sweet gifts it’s true, but this sweet gift is just for you”. I’d love to take credit for this, but I got the poem from a website….which I can’t find right now. We filled the boxes with Hershey Kisses. Each box was decorated a bit differently based on patterned paper and Jolee stickers. We made 20 gift boxes total.

Supplies (for one box):

  • 1 piece pink or red cardstock (8.5×11 is fine)
  • 1 piece patterned paper
  • 1 piece white copy paper
  • Coluzzle tag template
  • Chinese take-out box (I used a small Panda Express Box – and I washed it, of course)
  • stickers
  • 12″ ribbon (I used sheer)
  • Blazing Red StazOn Inkpad
  • 1 red or pink brad
  • Stenciling Brush
  • Exacto / Utility Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Corner Rounder
  • hole punch
  • stylus
  • scissors
  • super sticky double sided tape
  • temporary double sided tape (optional)
  • puffy tape


  1. Trace the chinese box on a piece if red or pink cardstock using a stylus. (Use a small amount of temporary tape to hold the pattern to the cardstock to prevent the pattern from slipping) You can use a pen, but it won’t look as clean. Cut out using scissors. Cut slit for tab using exacto / utility knife.
  2. Fold into chinese box. Punch a hole on two sides for ribbon near the top of each side panel, but low enough to go through all layers. Unfold and put tape on sides then refold. Feed ribbon through holes and tie a knot on inside. Trim excess ribbon.
  3. Cut out a piece of patterned paper about 1″ wide to wrap around the box. Note: since the box is not square,  you may want to cut each side seperate or create a template for the wrap. Secure to chinese box.
  4. In a wordprocessor, type the poem, “We shower the Bride with sweet gifts it’s true, but this sweet gift is just for you.” to fit on a 1.5 x 1.25 piece of paper. I used Pristina font. Cut out and use corner rounder.
  5. Cut out small coluzzle tag on patterened paper and white copy paper. Using stenciling brush, paint the edges of the two tags and the poem. Tape all three together in layers. Punch hole in tag near top and attach red brad on the tag.
  6. Adhere tag to chinese box with puffy tape and decorate with stickers.
  7. Fill box with candy.

Princess Party Prize – Princess Notebook

Princess Party Prize – A Princess Notebook

Princess Party Notepad Front

Princess Party Notepad Front

What’s a Bridal Shower without some prizes for the guests?! I was inspired to make decorative notebooks after receiving one from a friend who recently made one at a Stampin’ Up party. I simply modified the idea to fit my princess party.

I purchased 8″x5″ notepads at my local office supply store and used the rubber stamping and scrapbooking supplies I already had at home to decorate it.


  • Dress rubber stamp from My Sentiments Exactly! W362
  • Blazing Red StazOn inkpad
  • 1 piece dark pink cardstock
  • 1 piece light pink cardstock
  • 1 piece white cardstock
  • 1 piece typing paper
  • 1 piece pink patterned paper
  • 2 pink brads
  • 1 clear / white medium gem
  • 2 feet pink ribbon ( I used sheer)
  • exacto / craft knife
  • hole punch and scissors
  • tape and puffy tape
Princess Party Notepad Inside

Princess Party Notepad Inside


  1. Cut dark pink paper to 10×8.  Cut a strip of light pink cardstock to 1×8 and adhere to dark pink so that 1/2 shows. This will now make your dark pink cardstock 10.5×8.
  2. Fold the dark pink cardstock at 5 1/8 and again at 5 3/8 (you may want to score it at these measurements so that it is easier to fold).  Your notepad should fit inside with a little extra on the right side.
  3. Trim the pink patterned paper to 4.25 x 7.25. Adhere to center of cover.
  4. Trim piece of light pink cardstock to 1.5 x 5 1/8. Adhere it to cover horizontally approximately 2.25 from the top.
  5. Create a slit on the light pink cardstock (and through every layer) using the craft knife about 1/4 from the right side allowing a place for the ribbon to feed through. Make a similar slit in the back cover. Feed through ribbon. Adhere ribbon to front and back cover using a clear tape.
  6. Trim white cardstock to 3.75 x 4.5. Stamp dress stamp in center of white cardstock using blazing red stazon inkpad. Dab stencil brush into blazing red stazon inkpad and color the edges of the white cardstock. Adhere to top of cover with puffy tape leaving about 0.5 border all around. Adhere clear gem at waistline of dress.
  7. In word processor print the word princess (I used Pristina font). Trim allowing space on the right and left to insert brads – approximately 2 3/4 x 3/4. Use stencil brush to add some color to the princess tag. Edge with light pink cardstock leaving 1/4 border all around. Punch hole in the left and right side centered vertically. Insert brads. Adhere to notepad cover using puffy tape centered under the dress.
  8. Trim a piece of pink printed paper to 3×5. Adhere to notepad covering the staples at the top. Excess paper should be on the back of the notepad. Tape the notepad to the inside of the cover.
  9. Tie ribbon in a bow which should tie the notepad closed.

Note: You could create a pocket inside the cover to allow the notepad to be changed out once it’s all used up. You would need to make a bigger cover to allow for taping the pocket to the back cover.

Princess Party Thank You Card

A Princess Party Thank You Card

Princess Party Thank You Card

Princess Party Thank You Card

I created this simple yet elegant thank you card for the princess (see previous posts for more information about who the princess is). I wanted the princess party to have a unified feel from the invitation all the way down to the thank you card the princess guests would receive after the party.

Here I was inspired to use a new technique (new to me, that is) that I recenlty saw at a rubber stamping and scrapbooking show. I used a stenciling brush to color the edges of the card. Nothing fancy, but it sure gives the card some pizzaz.


  • Dress ruber stamp from My Sentiments Exactly! W362
  • Stampin’ Up Tag set (which might be retired – I don’t know the name of the set)
  • 1 piece white cardstock
  • 1/8″ wide white ribbon (I used Offray)
  • Blazing Red StazOn Inkpad
  • Stenciling Brush (I used 3/4 LHSB)
  • Whole Punch & Scissors
  • Puffy Tape


  1. Cut the white cardstock to 5.5 x 8.5 and fold to 5.5 x 4.25 with the fold on the left side.
  2. Stamp the dress stamp in the center of the card using the Blazing Red StazOn inkpad.
  3. Dab the stenciling brush into the Blazing Red StazOn inkpad and brush color from the edge toward the center of the card. Making sure to start off the page then brush toward the center. (You’ll want a piece of scratch paper under your card).
  4. Punch two holes at the waistline of the dress. Wrap white ribbon through and trim to desired length.
  5. Stamp the tag stamp on white cardstock using Blazing Red StazOn inkpad. Then stamp the thank you inside the tag using Blazing Red StazOn inkpad.
  6. Trim the tag with your scissors. Put puffy tap on back and adhere to card so that part of the tag is on the dress and part of it is off the dress.

Princess Party – A Cookbook for the Bride-To-Be

A Cookbook for the Princess Bride at her Princess Party

My sister, the princess bride, does not cook much (not because of a lack of talent or know how – simply her choice). But I thought it would be particularly meaningful for her to have a recipe from her friends and family. So I asked everyone attending (or not attending) the Princess Bridal Shower to bring “a recipe fit for a Queen”. I created a cookbook for these recipes.

Princess Party Cookbook

Princess Party Cookbook

As you can see, the cookbook is bound with two rings mostly due to function. The rings allow the cookbook to lay flat when the bride is using a recipe and it allowed me to add additional recipes that I received in the mail by those unable to attend the princess party. I created 4 dividers for the recipes

  1. Appetizers
  2. Main Dishes
  3. Side Dishes
  4. Desserts.

In keeping with the princess party theme, the cookbook is made using various shades of pink and red.


  • Stampin’ Up Voila set
  • Stampin’ Up checkerboard (from a retired set)
  • 1 sheet deep red cardstock
  • 3 sheets light red cardstock
  • 1 sheet white cardstock
  • 1 sheet dark pink cardstock
  • 1 sheet light pink cardstock
  • 1 sheet typing paper
  • 1 sheet white cardstock
  • 1 sheet of acetate
  • black stazon inkpad
  • blazing red stazon inkpad
  • black stazon inkpad
  • pink marker & Stampin’ Up Aqua Painter
  • 2 pink brads
  • 6 pink flower brads
  • pink ribbon
  • small circle punch
  • hole punch
  • oval coluzzle
  • tape and puffy tape


  1. Cut 2 pieces of dark red paper to 4.25 x 5.5. This will become your front cover and back cover.
  2. Cut acetate to 4.25 x 5.5. This is a protective covering for the front and back of the cookbook.
  3. Cut 4 pieces of light red paper to 4.25 x 5.5. These will become your dividers.
  4. Stamp the checkerboard pattern on dark pink paper to measure approximately 1.25 x 3.75. Attach one pink brad on the right and one on the left centered vertically. Tape on the bottom of the dark red cover.
  5. Stamp the words Bon Appetit using blazing red stazon ink to the light pink paper. Trim then use small cirle punch to create corners. Trim a piece of dark pink to create a border for the light pink leaving 1/8″ border around. Use circle punch to make scalloped corner. Punch hole on the right and left in the center vertically. Making sure to leave room for the ring binding at the top, attach the tag to the card with ribbon through holes and around to back of card.
  6. In a word processor, type up a little note that says who the recipes are from. Attach to back of front cover (this will cover the ribbon that you taped from previous step).
  7. Stamp chef on white cardstock using black stazon inkpad. Color as desired with pink pen and aqua painter. Punch holes where buttons on the jacket are. Insert flower brads. Tape feet down flat but use puffy tape under chefs hat and server.
  8. Type recipe categories in a word processer. Print on white typing paper and cut out using small coluzzle setting.
  9. Cut out four coluzzle ovals the next size larter than in previous step on the light red cardstock. Tape the white categories to the light red cardstock.
  10. Tape the category to the Light red divider sheet created in step 3 above making sure to offset them.
  11. Punch two holes in all papers at the top. Insert into 1″ rings. Decorate rings with frilly ribbon.

Princess Party Invitation

Princess Party – Princess Bridal Shower Invitation

Princess Party Cover

Princess Party Cover

To get the party started, you need an invitation. Here is what I came up with for my sister’s princess bridal shower. Keep in mind, this was the first princess party I’ve ever been to and I was hosting it!

The invitation first explained what this was and who it was for. Next I asked people to bring a recipe fit for a queen to the party with a provided recipe card. Then we had the location and RSVP information. Lastly was registry info as well as special instructions for the guests such as to wear pink or red and to wrap gifts in pink or red.

Inside is a diecut of Cinderella (made by Cuttlebug) which I made into a pocket to hold a name plate (a card that had the recipients name on it such as Princess Dana Bincer). On the right hand side is a recipe card I asked each guest/recipient to fill out for the bride-to-be. Lastly the inside included instructions to the guest/recipient that they were to bring the recipe card and name plate for fun games and prizes.

  • 1 piece of dark pink cardstock
  • 1 pieces of light pink cardstock
  • 1 piece of white vellum
  • 3 pieces white typing paper
  • Blazing Red Stazon Ink pad
  • pink ribbon (I used sheer)
  • white / clear gemstones in small and medium size
  • Cinderella die cut from cuddlebug
  • Dress stamp from My Sentiments Exactly W362
  • pink gem stickers
  • tape
  • hole punch
  • exacto knife & scissors
  1. Cut light pink paper to 8.5 x 5.5 then fold to 5.5 x 4.25.
  2. Type invitation information in a word processing program. You should be able to get 4 per page. Print on white vellum. Cut to 3.75 x 5.5.
  3. Stamp dress stamp on back of white vellum invitation using stazon blazing red. Attach medium gemstone at waistline on the front.
  4. Center vellum on front of card. Punch two holes at top through both vellum and pink card. Weave ribbon through.
  5. Die cut Cinderella in dark pink paper. Attach small gemstone for earing. Tape left, bottom and right side of Cinderella to left inside panel of card to create a pocket.
  6. In word processing program type name plates of all guests and print on white typing paper. I used Pristina font. Cut out name and put dark pink boarder behind it. Put in Cinderella pocket.
  7. In word processing program type any instructions for guests and print on white typing paper. Tape to dark pink paper as a border. Attach it below and centered of the Cinderella.
  8. In word processing program, create recipe card on white typing paper. Should measure 3.5 x 4.75. You should be able to get 4 per pate. Center it on a piece of dark pink paper that measures 3.75 x 5.
  9. On inside right panel of light pink card cut a slit on the diagonal in top left corner and bottom right corner (much like a business card tab found in pocket folders). Slide recipe card into slits.


Princess Bridal Shower Inside

Princess Bridal Shower Inside


The Princess Bridal Shower

It shocked our guests, that the now married but then soon-to-be-bride (my twin sister) was having a Princess Bridal Shower. Not known as a princess myself, I thought creating a princess party was going to be a challenge. After all, I don’t have children, I’ve never been to a princess party and I’m not particularly girly. But I found that I actually enjoyed working with pink and the princess theme! I took the opportunity to add a lot of handmade touches and express my creativity at the princess party. I handmade:

Memo pad, Invitation & Cookbook

A small sampling of what I made for the Princess Party

  • Princess invitations with pink paper, gems and even Cinderlla
  • A sign at the door welcoming everyone to Princess Deborah’s Princess Bridal Shower
  • Drink charms using paper and die-cuts
  • Cookbook with recipes from the guest princesses
  • Princess gifts for the guests including decorated princess memopads, princess decorated post-it notes and princess decorated chewing gum
  • Multiple choice paper games (Love in Many Languages & Match the Disney Princess to her Prince and movie title)
  • M&M guessing game with a princess cross stitched cover
  • Princess name tags
  • A mini princess book to record the guest list and to record the gifts the princess bride received
  • Thank you cards for the princess bride
  • Because her wedding was going to have an international theme, we had pink and red chinese takeout boxes with filled with kisses as a thank you for each guest princess

Many of the guests commented on how much fun the party was. They even said I should go into the party catering business. The truth is, I had fun with it. And if you are putting together a princess party, I think the best way to make it a success is to pour your heart into it and have fun.

Be watching my future posts for more pictures and instructions on everything I did and made for the princess bridal shower.