I'm a "JOYFUL" Copycat!

Hey, everyone!  I'm so excited to be able to participate in this wonderful party, hosted by the incomparable duo of Vanessa & Heather from At the Picket Fence!

This great party will be going on for "6" days -- woohoo -- with a wonderful slate of very talented co-hosts each day!  Today, one of my favorite "Crazy" ladies, Debbie at Debbie's Blogging & Blabbing is doing her "Copycat" thang!  Debbie is such a sweetheart, & I give her much credit & my heart-felt gratitude for guidance & encouragement through my first year of blogging.  This is my first time to participate in one of her "Copycat Parties," so I'm very psyched!

I really wanted something different for displaying my Christmas cards this year & discovered this idea on marthastewart.com, but it was featured in her magazine 


Martha's version started with a 14" embroidery hoop, but I could only find 12" & that worked fine for me.

I already had the small clothespins.

I got to work gluing the clothespins to the hoop, alternating the direction of the clothespins.

Since my walls are a light color, I decided to paint the card holder black.  I also painted the Command Hook to match.  Added ribbon & a bow, and found the perfect spot to display the holder just outside the entrance to the kitchen.  Here I will get to see it and enjoy it all the time!  It looks a little naked right now, so let the holiday well-wishes start rolling in!

Now this next copycat project is not from a magazine, but I wanted to share it anyway. 
I wanted to make my own version of this wonderful "JOY."  I discovered this on Pinterest & tracked down the original creator.  You can find it at Craft Goodies.  Lots of fun stuff to see!


I actually found the bell, first, at The Dollar Tree!  I was going to spray-paint it black, but decided 
to leave it red.

I bought the paper-maiche letters at HL for $1.25 ea. with their 50% off special.  Do you ever buy anything at HL that isn't on sale? I don't! 

Because they are light-weight, The Man cut a wood base for me so I can glue on the letters & bell.

My next step was to choose my paper.  Then I painted the base & the letters & used mod-podge to adhere the paper.

Hot-glued everything together, and.........wa-la!  I'm so happy with how it turned out!

This may be its permanent home, but maybe not.  I'm a "tweaker" ya know!

Tomorrow, this fun "Blogger Block Party" is all about "Mantles" or "Mantels;" so until then, thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope ya'll are havin' a "HO! HO! HO!" happy day!


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  1. Good morning Cas! WOW you been busy. Your copy cat is so cool. I love that idea for displaying cards and that is the first I have seen of that one. The JOY is adorable too. Thanks for joining in on the fun. Enjoy!

  2. Why, you're just the best copy-catter ever! Love the little joy copy! Can't wait to see your mantle!

  3. Both copies are wonderful, you did a fantastic job, love the JOY!

  4. Hi Cassie Pooh! Oh, I love your copycatting. That is a darling way to display Christmas cards! Love the little clothes pins! Now your JOY is another winner! You did so good! :) I wanna see more.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. I think that is such a cute way to display your cards. It will look like a wreath when it's complete! Your JOY sign turned out cute as well. There are so many cute craft ideas to do this month, but just not enough time.

  6. Great copy cat, and so creative. Your Joy sign is cute as ever. This was my first time doing Debbies Copy Cat Challenge, it is so fun. I am having a ball.

  7. Ok now I am going to have to do the Christmas card holder! THat looks so great! I saw that in her issue, too. Loved it! :)

  8. Both projects are really cute! I especially love the JOY sign. No, I NEVER EVER buy anything at Hob Lob that isn't on sale.


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