Bonus Tutorial from Cut@Home Design Team Member Polly Zastawnik and a Give Away! 04 03 2015

Cut At Home Designer – Polly Zastawnik

This week we have a bonus tutorial for you, brought to you by one of Cut At Home‘s designers Polly Zastawnik.

Before we show you Polly’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…


Hi, Polly here, I am so honored to be a featured designer here at Paper Crafters Library and to be representing the Cut@Home design team.

I was born and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area. I have a loving husband of 36 years, a wonderful son and daughter-in-law, and the apple of my eye, a granddaughter who will be two in May. We also have two fur babies, an Old English Sheepdog named Maggie and a Golden Retriever named Ella.

I work full time managing a copy/mail center by day and a craft studio by night! I have been an artist/crafter since I can remember. I always had a desire to cut, paste and design. I did well in art at school and have a two year Degree in Commercial Art.

I started paper crafting in 2001 when a friend’s daughter asked me to take her to a scrapbook store. After that it was all over, I was hooked. I am a gadget girl, which can tend to get me in trouble. When a new gadget comes along I have to have it! I try to use restraint but it usually doesn’t work very well. Somethings sit forever till I use them, but I usually always do eventually.
Just the other day I was making a tag that I wanted to use ribbon for, after I cut it and tied it onto my tag I noticed that the ribbon was wrinkled. Finally, an opportunity to use that Pebbles ribbon iron I just had to have. LOL, but I did finally use it!
Well anyway, on to my project.

Picture Frame Trinket Box

Today I made a picture frame trinket box.I got this cute little wooden box from a local store here called Pat Catans, but you could probably find something similar at any craft/hobby store. First I sanded any ruff spots on the box then I painted it, after it dried I gave it a second coat of paint. After it dried I cut the paper to fit the areas that I wanted to cover. I adhered the paper onto the box with the podge. After I adhered the paper I gave the whole box a coating of podge. The only thing that doesn’t have a coat of podge is the drawer, the paint I used for the drawer was a metallic paint so it really didn’t need the semi gloss finish of the podge.


Next I created the flowers. I made them from a sheet of colored foil. I adhered the colored foil onto a sheet of cardstock using the podge. I got this great idea from Patti, another Cut@Home design team member. It works great, the podge really sticks to the foil. Then I cut the flowers from the Delightful Daisy die, shaped them, added the gems and adhered them to my box.


Finally I added the sentiment and the card which I created using the Silhouette design software. PollyZastawnik-550W-04032014

Here’s my video instructions for this Picture Frame Trinket Box.

I am really happy with the finished results! I hope that you enjoyed my project and hope that you will stop by Cut@Home to check out our weekly blog posts and browse around to see all the great products that they carry. I would also love to have you join my own personal blog:


Acrylic paint
Metal Accent
Angel Craft Podge available at Cut@Home,
Heartfelt Creations Peacock Paisley Collection Paper,
Heartfelt Creations Peacock Paisley Delightful Daisy Die
Silhouette to make the insert card.

We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Polly Zastawnik a Cut@Home design team member. Be sure to stop by Polly’s blog or you can find her and more of her works using these links:,,


And now for a give away…Cut@Home is graciously offering a give away which includes: 34 piece Gelatos Gift Set from Faber-Castell, 6 piece Essential Tools from Faber-Castell, Arianna Hummingbird stamp set form Heartfelt Creations and 4 ¼” Round Acrylic Stamping Block with Finger Grips and Guide Lines from Apple Pie Memories.

Total value is $65.00!!! *Please note this give-away is only open to residents of continental USA* PriceCut@Home

In order to enter the give-away, please leave a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Friday. Once again, the winner will be chosen from continental U.S. only – and will have 3 weeks to claim their prize.

ETA: To see the Cut@Home winner click HERE.

67 replies on “Bonus Tutorial from Cut@Home Design Team Member Polly Zastawnik and a Give Away! 04 03 2015”

  1. Love your fab box, Polly… especially those foil flowers!!
    Thanks to C@H for the FAB giveaway!!!

  2. Love the project today! Thank you so much for the inspiration. These gelatos also look
    Like something I would like to try.

  3. So fun to meet Polly and read about her craft journey and how she is a gadget girl. Ha! Her trinket box is just lovely. The paint color and metallic colors go so well with the Design Paper. Thanks for sharing and the beautiful inspiration.

  4. Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments, it was a privilege to featured here at Paper Crafter’s Library!

  5. Beautiful project. You did a marvelous job with the papers and paint. So talented. Loved it.

  6. This creation came out so pretty!
    Great design and would be fun
    to have sitting on a desk.
    Carla from Utah

  7. Great project! Thank you for sharing, and thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous prize!

  8. This altered trinket box is so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial and sharing this beautiful project. I am rather shy about working with 3-D projects but love to see them!

  9. The box is adorable, Polly. It would make a great gift for a special
    friend. And so nice to put a face with a name, and to get to know you
    a little, as well. We also love English sheepdogs (ours were “Snow
    Angel of Windy Hill” and Max) and Golden Retrievers (Zeke and Daisy.)

  10. Love the project. I have not used foil. Did not see that listed in your supply list so I was just wondering what the brand name is, where can you buy it, is it different from foil leafing?

    1. Paulette, I got the foil from a local paper shop here, I do not believe it has a brand name. You could try Aluminum foil, that’s what one of our other Design Team Members uses. You could try coloring the foil with Alcohol inks, I believe that would work.

  11. This is just lovely. I’d love to make this for my daughter! Thanks so much for the idea.

  12. OOOOO! I love this!!! Would love to get my hands on one of these pieces to decorate!! Awesome prize package that is sure to make the lucky winner squeal with delight!!! Thanks for the chance to be that person!

  13. I know Polly! I’ve been admiring her work for
    a few years! What a fabulous piece-it would make
    a great birthday gift for someone! I’ll have to go
    Shop over at Cut At Home now 🙂

  14. I have several wood pieces that I’ve bought at yard sales and need to refinish.
    this prize would give me the push to get busy working on them.
    Love the little cabinet.
    Happy Easter

  15. Fabulous, lovely box! And thanks for the great giveaway- I’ve been wanting to give Gelatos a try.

  16. Excellent project. You make it sound so easy – I just might try something like this!

  17. Wonderful, the trinket box is just inspiring, Love the paint color and metallic colors that compliment the Design Paper. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Love the beautifully created little trinket box by Polly. Love the colors and the designs chosen.

  19. Would love to win this wonderful prize!
    Thanks for the chance
    love the blog—it’s a daily read!

  20. What an awesome project!! Love the flowers on your box! It would make a great gift for any occasion. Thanks for the fantastic prize, too. Who wouldn’t want to win all those glorious products? Keep up those creative ideas. Love them all.

  21. The trinket box is so cute and it’s fun to see what crafters will come up with. Thank you for the opportunity to win this array of great prizes!

  22. What a wonderful transformation, great project and thanks for the chance to win!

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