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Cheryl — Marjorie Towers


This week’s Design Team project is a double sliding box by Cheryl Stapleton. This box is great for holding candy or something larger as it measures about 5″x3″.  Here’s the box closed:

april blog tb 1

And when you pull on the ribbon to the right you get this:

april blog tb 2

So you can make this too and here is the supply list:

1 1/2″ square punch

white  cardstock

patterned paper (Authentique “Abroad” collection used in the sample)

embellishments from the collection

Color Box Chestnut Roan ink pad

Ribbon to match

Plastic grocery bag


1 piece 2 3/4″  4″ patterned card stock (tag)

1 piece 2 7/8″ x 5″ white card stock (slider frame)

1 piece 6 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ pattern card stock (box)

1 piece 5″ x 8 1/2″ pattterned card stock (box cover)


Punch a portion of each end of the frame using the square punch if you have one. Should like like this:

april blog tb 3

Cut a 1″ x 9″ strip of plastic grocery bag. Wrap around the frame and adhere to itself cutting off excess. Do not adhere to card stock. It should slide freely.

Score the box on the 8 1/2″ side at 1 , 2, 6 1/2, and 7 1/2 and on the 6 3/4″ side at 1, 2, 4 3/4, & 5 3/4.

Crease all score lines, cut out the three outer squares on each corner, and cut tabs. Should look like this:

april blog tb 4

Fold box together and apply adhesive to assemble box.

Add a small piece of coordinating patterned paper to each end of box base if desired.

Punch hole at one end of box, add ribbon for the pull tab

Add desired sticker/sentiment to tag, trim edges, punch hole, add ribbon

Slider frame: apply a strip of adhesive on plastic strip close to the edge.

Stick box to plastic on frame. Make sure the box pull is on the other side.

Flip the box over and adhere tag (sticker/sentiments face down)

Score the box over on the 8 1/2″ side at 1, 4, 5, & 8

Crease score lines, apply adhesive to the tabbed edge and adhere.

Slide cover over box and tag

Embellish box as desired.

Here are a couple of cards Cheryl made using the same paper line:

april blog z

april blog zz

Thanks for looking!



Cheryl, along with Mary Ruth, is one of our Design Team members who lives over in Grants Pass.  I think I will call them the “valley girls”.  Actually, I was pretty excited that someones outside of our local community was interested in making the commitment to drive over to the coast every month just to be part of the store’s Design Team.  It was very honoring. Cheryl has a lot of experience doing booth demos and teaching classes at CHA.  Maybe we can even get her to come to the store and do a class here. She loves Graphic 45 and you will see their influence on a couple of her projects.

Here is one of her challenge projects using the Prima Marketing Hello Pastel

pink card

Isn’t that just a lovely lacey look? Here are the instructions:

  1. Cut pink cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 11″
  2. Score center to create a 5 1/2 ” square card.
  3. Cut paper doily (Spellbinders Gold Elements), adhere under each side of a 5″ x 5″ piece of printed paper
  4. With fold on top, adhere a 5″ x 5″ piece of printed cardstock in center
  5. Cut out floral decor and adhere to the center of the printed cardstock
  6. Die cut four corner pieces and adhere to each corner with foam tape
  7. Add floral embellishments and brad to left side of lattice-like window
  8. Punch decorative corner on a 5″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock, adhere inside.

envelope card

This card has an envelope look. I love the gray tones.

  1. Cut two pieces of contrasting card stock 11 3/4″ x 6 1/4″
  2. Score at 3 1/4″ and another score at 7 1/2″
  3. Cut angled corners on the 3 1/4″ piece to form the flap
  4. Cut two 5″ border strips from Spellbinders Floral Doily Accent
  5. Adhere between the two pieces of patterned paper on each side of the flap.
  6. Die cut the flap overlay from Spellbinders Gold Elements One from a soft tone of blue-tone cardstock
  7. Cut out additional pieces for the inside from the same sets, layer for dimension.
  8. Add flowers and brad elements to the front flap.


This is a picture of the notebook she submitted as a favorite project.  Here’s what it looks like when you open it up:

notebook open

notebook open

She also submitted this wall hanging that uses last year’s Graphic 45 summer line (sadly all sold out):

wall hanging

But you could certainly use another beachy line and perhaps add a photo or two for a personal look. Love the corrugated cardboard for the background.  I’m sure you are as excited as I am to see what Cheryl will be contributing to our blog this year.