It’s Just a Little Tacky

It’s just a little tack board. The genius, Mary Jo Price Williams over at Techno Stamper, posted this fantastic idea to make miniature bulletin boards with the Carousel Notes in our last mini catalog. If you bought the Carousel Notes and are wondering what to do with them . . . you’ve struck gold. If you didn’t buy the notes, it’s still worth a hop-skip to Mary Jo’s place for a cute idea to make thumb tacks. Check out her rockin’ tutorial here: Get Them While You Can. Inspired by her idea, here’s what my hostess club members got to make Saturday.

Of course, our in-colors, striped grossgrain, and Be Happy stamp set are all retiring next month, and the Carousel Notes and library clips have already retired, so this was our tacky send off of some of my favs.


I followed Mary Jo’s tutorial pretty closely except, instead of using bubbles from Making Memories or our build-a-brads, I used flat-back glass marbles. You can get about a zillion in a bag at Michaels or Hobby Lobby for under $5.00 (look in the floral arrangement section). The flat-back marbles just attach to the top of your thumb tack with Crystal Effects.

Here’s the recipe.


For the little bulletin board:

  • Paper: Carousel Notes, scalloped cork board from the dollar spot at JoAnns. 
  • Tools: 1/8″ circle punch, Classy Brass Pick-a-Petal template to help mark where the holes go, red sticky tape to attach the cork to the note paper.
  • Ink: We sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink and used the Color Spritzer tool to splatter a little chocolate chip for more distressing.

For the little tacked-up note:

  • Stamp Set: Be Happy
  • Ink: Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi (retiring in just a few weeks), Chocolate Chip
  • Paper: Whisper White, Groovy Guava, scrap of Afternoon Tea designer paper
  • Misc: Library clips (retired), staples, Striped Groovy Guava grosgrain ribbon, Vintage Brads, Sponges, Cutter Kit for distressing, Color Spritzer tool with Chocolate Chip marker

For the thumb tacks:

  • Stamp Set: Be Happy
  • Ink: Groovy Guava
  • Paper: Whisper White and scraps of Afternoon Tea
  • Tools: 3/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches
  • Misc: Chocolate Chip ribbon, washers, flat-back glass marbles, large Pop-up Glue dots, Crystal Effects

If you’re like me, when you see a recipe with a lot of ingredients you think “I’m not cooking that tonight.” But, honestly, this project was a lot of fun. Thanks Mary Jo!

Finally, here’s a shout-out to the Jenkins/Heaton clan. Nearly all of my family, Aunts, Uncles, 1st/2nd/3rd cousins (you get the idea) live within about an hour of each other in Indiana, a fer piece from Texas. They were all together, including a few who have migrated to Wisconsin and California, marrying off one of our good ones on Saturday. I thought about them all day – so here’s a virtual hug. I’ll just have to drink a little champaign on the back porch in their honor tonight! Cheers to Sarah and Jay!


Sweet Comments

  1. Cute cute cute!!!

  2. You did a great job! I am so glad you found that those glass marbles work, I have tons of those! I tried looking around locally for the other ones for you but did not see them. Thanks for the link back and the praise,lol. Glad you had fun.

  3. these are darling!!! what a fun idea! can’t wait to go look for a cork board and give these a try!! :)

  4. So clever! I may have to case that one- why aren’t you closer to me? :)

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