More Punch Art…

Remember my little bunny…

I thought she was kind of lonely and needed some friends. I created some punch art friends to join her in the Easter basket….Take a look at these cuties:

Aren’t they just the cutest…Love punch art.

Here is a list of the punches I used for the Sheep:
-2 3/8″ scallop Circle
-Owl builder punch
-Stocking Builder Punch (Retired)
-Word Window
-Heart to Heart
-Scallop Oval
-Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer

Punches for Chick:
-2 3/8″ scallop Circle
-Owl Builder
-1″ square
-Boho Blossoms

Come back and visit…I’ll be posting directions on putting together these cuties very soon. Happy Crafting :)


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Black and White Cards…

I decided to make some black and white cards…

This one is made using the Fresh Vintage stamp set that is free during Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration promo: 

This card came together so quickly. I just stamped all the images in black and punched them out with the 1″ square punch and mounted them with dimensionals on black cardstock punched with the postage stamp punch. In a matter of minutes, you got yourself a nice handmade card.

Of course, I wanted to step it up a I made another black and white card:

This card is made using the flower image from the Mixed Bunch stamp set which is available in the current mini catalog. The butterfly image & sentiment are from the creative elements stamp set. All the images were stamped with versamark and black or white craft ink and then clear embossed. I decided to just add a “pop” of color adding in a flower center stamped in Melon Mambo. The flower image was stamped with versamark & black ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. Then, it was punched it out using the coordinating punch. Then I punched an additional blossom in black cardstock. I cut each individual black petal off and added behind each of the stamped petals. I did this again for the bottom flower layer. With the top blossom, I went back and followed the lines and trimmed around the center flower (close to the center without cutting it apart) so the little petals can curled up for more dimension. I selected one of the center images and it was stamped with Melon Mambo and embossed and punched with the itty bitty flower punch. I didn’t use the coordinating circle punch because I wanted more of the center flower to show. The butterfly was stamped in black on white, and white on black then layered. Both images were also embossed with clear embossing powder.

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Butterfly Happiness

I wanted to make a fun card to brighten up a friend’s day so I decided to use the 2011-2013 Stampin’ Up In-Colors. They are just so bright and cheery to me…creating a card with these colors makes me smile. So hopefully this card will make their day a little bit brighter.

Supplies for this card:

-Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo Inks, Cardstock, Patterns Designer Series Papers. I actually used a piece of Marina Mist to stamp the flower image (butterfly) in Island Indigo.
-Versamark Pad
-Iridescent Ice
-Itty Bitty Punch Pack
-Blossom Boquet Triple Layer Punch
-Scallop Trim Border Punch
-Boho Blossoms Punch
-Blossom Builder Punch
-Blossom Punch
-Bird Builder Punch
-Embossing Stylus
-Mat Pack (You can also use the back of the mouse pad or soft part of one of your big shot dies-away from cutting blades)
-Basic Rhinestones
-Mini Brads (Optional)
-Mixed Bunch Stamp Set
-Friendly Phrases Stamp Set

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make those cute flowers. This technique will work on any of the flower punches and scallop circles (best when it’s about 1″ to 1 1/2″ in size). Punch out your flowers.

Then cut into each scallop towards to center (do not cut all the way as this will cause your petals to fall apart. See picture below:

Next, take your embossing stylus and emboss each “scallop” with little circles on top of the soft mat. (In the picture, I am just using one of my flower dies).

This will cause that scallop to curl up a little:

After you have “embossed” every petal, continue to circular motion into the center…this will cause your petals to curl up even more.

Now, the petals are more pliable, you can use your fingers to close and adjust them..whether you want them opened or more closed.

Layer your flowers. You want to flower petals to stagger a little and not line up exactly. At this time you can put a brad and hold them together or adhere a drop of glue in the center. You just need a dab of glue, too much will cause the glue to ooze out and stick your petals together. Use one end of your embossing stylus to apply a little pressure to the center as you adjust your petals.

You can decorate as you like..use brads, rhinestones, pearls, and other smaller punches. Have fun trying these out…they can be very addictive. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Easter Basket

Hi all,

Here are the directions to put together the Easter basket from my post yesterday.

These are the basic instructions for putting together a basket like this. I chose this particular size because I wanted to be able to make one descent size basket (that will hold a few treats/easter eggs) with just one sheet of cardstock for the basket & handle. You can alter it using various sizes of cardstock…such a versatile basket and sooo cute :)

We will start with a 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock and score 1″, 2″, 3″ , 5 1/2″, 6 1/2″, and 7 1/2″. Rotate the paper and score at 3″ and 5 1/2″. Based on the diagram below, you want to mark off 4 1/4″ as the center point and draw a triangle with that center top and bottom piece. Fold and cut per diagram below.

After you cut and fold your piece it will look like this. You also want to trim the 4 corner pieces down by 1/4″. This is the best time to sponge on your ink to the edges if you want that look.

Now we will start putting together the basket. We will work from the center out. Starting with center two pieces, you want to line up and mark the first two pieces like this:

Trim off the excess:

Adhere these first two pieces to the center triangle piece. Next, line up your next two pieces like so:

Then adhere those two pieces together and then attach to the front piece that you just finished.

Next align the two last pieces so that they are in a straight line.

Then adhere that to the front piece that you just finished working on. This is what it will look like when everything is adhered together.

Trim off excess:

Punch two 1 3/4″ circles using your 1 3/4″ circle punch. Adhere one of your circles to the completed panel:

Repeat steps on putting together the basket on the other side. Then trim a piece of cardstock 1″ x 8 1/2″ for your handle. Attach to basket base. At this point, you can insert a brad into the handle or decorate as you like.

Have fun creating these fun baskets. Let me know if you have any questions.


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Easter Wishes

Easter is a little earlier this year..early April. I am trying to think of fun and unique baskets to make for the kids in the family. Hopefully the weather will be nice this year so that they can play outside and go egg hunting. I saw this basket posted on the Stampin’ Up demonstrator website, and thought it was super cute wanted to try it out. It is really cute don’t you think? I made a little bunny tag to go with it. Not sure if I’m going to attach it to the basket, or just have it sit inside with each child’s name. Sorry for the dark pictures, not enough natural light when I took the pictures :(

Here’s what it would look like without the bow (maybe for the boys :) ).

Here is a close-up of the bunny tag:

Picture of just the basket with goodies:

And here is a guide for the punches that I used for the bunny punch art:

The basket is made from a 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ square sheet of crumb cake cardstock. Then scored across at 1″, 2″, 3″, then 5 1/2″, 6 1/2″, and 7 1/2″. Along the other side score at 3″ and 5 1/2″.  Will post a diagram or more pictures later for those interested.

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Birthday Wishes…

Birthday card I made for my mother-in-law a while back that I just wanted to post a picture of. It was made using Non-SU products except the Very Vanilla Seam binding ribbon…the sentiment may be from a SU set…can’t remember.

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Enchanted by You

I am a total paper hoarder…total paper addict. Is there a group to support such an addiction? I never want to use up any of the pretty papers. I finally created a card using a lot of DSP, maybe half a sheet or more (that is a lot for me). I’m not exactly sure how much I used since I was die cutting and punching lots of flowers/scalloped circles at the time. I was thinking of making a flower wreath, but decided to do a card in the meantime. I guess if I don’t start using up the paper, I can’t buy any more. My craft space is so full that it’s busting at the seams. Anyhow….Hope you like the card. The flowers were a lot of fun to make…I see them making their way into some more of my projects. I guess I’m going to try them with the SU scallop punch next time, but they were a little bigger than I wanted for this card. Anyone have the 2 Scallop circle die? I wonder what the size of the small circle is.


-Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (Salebration 2012)

-Stamp Set: Loving Thoughts

-Cardstock Colors: Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party

-Ink Colors: Calypso Coral, Versamark

-Other Supplies: 1/8″ Organdy Ribbon; 1 1/4″ scalloped circle (EK Success); Iridescent Ice Embossing Poweder; Basic Pearls (various sizes); Square Lattice EF; Blossoms Petals Punch


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Every Bunny Pop-Up Card

I love bunny images and try to collect as many “bunny” themed stamps as I can. When I saw that Stampin’ Up had a bunny stamp set, I knew that I had to own it. This set is called “Every Bunny” and is currently in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.

The front of the card: 

This front, I used the sentiment from the retired set “Easter Blossoms” and flowers from “Bordering on Romance” in the current mini catalog. Other supplies used: Labels Framelits, Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Flower from Itty Bitty Punch set; Basic Rhinestones.

I didn’t really like how that title looked so I redid it:

This front, I used the sentiment from the Everybunny set, and cut it out using one of the smaller framelits. I like this look better.

All the images were colored with Stampin’ Write makers (various current and retired colors) and Watercolor Crayons Subtles Collection. I also added some Dazzling Details to some of the images. I stamped the images with Stazon black ink and cut them out individually and them glued them down with Tombo.

The image of the egg hot air balloon was stamped three times. I put it up against the window and traced the bottom portion of the image on the back side and glued a cut out of the egg on the top. I did this so that the image would be seen on either side when it would dangle from the window. If you have the images on MDS, you could just flip the image and print it (note to self…buy digital images). I sandwiched some clear jewerly elastic between the two images to dangle from the top of the card. This is a close of the back side that I traced and colored. 

The size of the card base is A2. The inside pop-up card piece is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored  and folded at 2 1/4 “, 4 1/4″ and 6 1/4″. I used on of the framelits to cut the center hole for the bunny in the hot air balloon to dangle from. I sponged the top and bottom of card with Bashful Blue & Certainly Celery. I adhered to two edges together with Tomo glue to create the pop-up.

Here is a close up of the dangle:

Here is a full view of the completed inside of the card:

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Happy Valentine’s Day

My son asked for angry birds valentine’s day cards for school. They don’t allow any sort of candy or treats to be included with their valentines, but I wanted to include something with the card. They have certainly taken the fun out of childhood school events…no birthday parties and no candy/food to be given out at all to classmates in school for any holiday or any celebrations. So I looked around and found some Angry birds tattoos and packages of bubbles at Target. This is the cover of the card:

I just used a couple of circle punches for the red bird’s body, but everything else was cut freehand.

And here is what it looks like inside:

Inside, there is the store bought Valentine’s day card with a tattoo, and a tube of bubbles. The bubbles were a lot of fun…my youngest son was playing with the left over tubes for hours.

Hope everyone enjoys the day with their Valentine :)

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Birthday Card and Favors…

My sister in law turned 18 this month. She is going to have a debutante party, but she didn’t want anything extravagant. Her mom asked if I could help make some party favors for the birthday/debut party. I thought it would be really cute to make a dress box (I’ve had this die forever and haven’t had the opportunity to use it) with her favorite color:

A side view of the box:

And her birthday card with her favorite animal:

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late post…

Here is a card I created for Christmas. Since we went overseas in early December, I didn’t get the opportunity to make or send out Christmas cards this year. The card has a mini photo card that I put two of the kids photos on…I used the reindeer’s leg to tuck the photo card so it doesn’t just pop open. I used my cricut to cut out the reindeer, and just sponged ink to color him in. Sometimes, it’s just so much easier to use the cricut to cut the pieces out on white cardstock and sponge on the colors.

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Happy Halloween Everyone!!! :)

Can’t believe that it’s already October 31st…and we got snow here in Virginia over the weekend. It is just getting too cold already…worried about how cold it will get this winter…I love snow, but I don’t care for the cold weather.

Just have a couple of pics to share with you today. I made about 25 of these treat bags for my son’s class…They don’t allow food/candy items, so I filled the treat bags with a pencil, eraser, stamper, and stickers. What fun is Halloween without costumes and candy??? They said it offends people, so we aren’t supposed to mention “Halloween” on anything. I had to go thru the pencils and pick out the ones that had “Halloween” printed on them, and make sure I didn’t use paper or stamps with it either. I wished I remembered to take the pictures before I sent them off to school with my son. 

And here is a pic of the treat bags I made to give out to my nieces and nephews…much more fun with cute monsters I cut with my Cricut, and filled with lots of sweets. Not sure if the parents will be too happy though. But at least they know this candy is safe for the kiddies to eat. Everyone have a fun and spooky Halloween!!!

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Another Halloween Post…

I love using punches to create punch art of little critters. I am not too fond of the real ones, but this little spider turned out pretty cute. The great thing about punch art is that you can change a punch or two to get the size and look that you want.

Here is the list of punches I used: 1 3/8″ circle punch; 1 3/4″ circle punch; Cupcake punch; Owl punch

For the spider, I punched a circle with the 1 3/8″ punch, and another with the 1 3/4″ punch. Then I punched 8 slivers of a circle to create the legs with the 1 3/4″ punch. Once you punch out your first circle image, you put the punch back over the sheet where the you punched the circle until only a sliver of the black shows and you punch successively on the top and bottom until you punch 8 pieces. Here is a pic of what it looks like when you position the punch:

For the feet of the spider, I punched 8 cherries using the Cupcake punch (with the stems trimmed off), and the eyes are from the Owl punch.

Here are all the punched pieces used to create the spider:

Here is the first card I created with the spider punch art. The embossed the background with the Spider Web embossing folder, then ran my white craft ink on top and sprinkled with iridescent ice embossing powder and heat set it. The spider, I ran the head, body, and legs thru the big shot and embossed with the square lattice embossing folder before I assembled her.

This is another sample I did of the cute spider. This time I didn’t emboss her, but versa marked the entire embossed spider web, covered with iridescent ice and heat embossed it. I gave her a pumpkin to hold. As you can tell, the spiders look very different, just by embossing and where you position the feet.

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Wedding Place Cards & Programs…

My husband’s cousin & his wife are having a church wedding in the Philippines this winter. I have the honor of helping them design their wedding program and place cards. I made some samples for them to look at and see what they like and don’t like since the bride pretty much gave me free range to come up with ideas. It’s difficult to decide on ideas since I have so many options. These first two samples remind of traditional wedding:

Here are two samples of the place cards:

The bride had mentioned they decided on a snowflakes theme, so I came up with these ideas:

And a place card based on snowflakes theme:

I think after they decide on the design…I have to decide which stamps/tools to use. I guess she picked one of my favorite themes, “snowflakes”…Look at all the snowflakes related stuff I have. I think there are more snow flakes on other stamp sets that I have but I think this is enough of a selection to choose from:

Thanks for looking. That’s it for now. I will be working on some Halloween goodies to share with you shortly.

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Christmas…so soon?

Since Hurricane Irene is coming through the DC metro area today and tomorrow, I’ve had some time stuck indoors to work on some card samples. One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator is that you get to preorder stamps & supplies before the holiday mini catalog goes live. Here is a sample of a Christmas card that I made using supplies from the upcoming Holiday Mini. I haven’t settled on the design that I will be sending out to friends/family yet…I guess it’s only August and still have a few months to make the cards. I was so shocked the other day when I saw that that stores were displaying Christmas decor with their Halloween stuff…really? in August? Anyway, here’s the card:

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Birthday card…

Lots of kiddie birthdays these next few weeks. Here is a birthday card I made using the Kidoodles stamp set & Just add cake designer series paper:

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Instructions for the Card Tote

This is the card tote that got the most comments:

To make the tote, you will begin with two sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″cardstock of your color choice. In the original example, I used blushing bride. In these pictures below, I used pink pirouette. With your first sheet of cardstock trim off 2 small strips 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ off one end of the cardstock (these two pieces will be used for the tote’s handles). With your scoring tool,  you want to score at 3/4″ and 6 1/2″ along the 8 1/2″ side. Then on the 10″ side, you want to score at 1/2″; 2 1/2″; 7 1/2″; 9 1/2″ then go back and score at 1 1/2″ and 8 1/2″ (But do not score all the way down the whole length, you want to stop at 2″ from the bottom (which is a score line that you already created) . Here is a drawing representation:

Score, fold and discard the extra pieces according the drawing. To make the notches on the sides of the tote, fold the side portion in half (along score lines), and align your 2 1/2″ circle punch (making sure that it is close to the edge of the fold line for the main body of the tote, making sure that you are not punching off any other part of the bag except that notch.) Just a side note, the circle punch will not be centered, this will give you an oblong shaped notch instead of a circular shape. When you have aligned as close to the edge of where the tote actually folds (in the picture you will see that that only a small portion it actually gets punched), punch the small notch (you can try different size shaped punches to get different looks).

Do the same on the other side. This is what it will give you a piece that looks like this:

Adhere sticky strip to both edges of the 1/2″ flaps and attach the front panel to one flap at a time.

Once you have attached the panel, fold the two small sides in on the bottom. Of the two larger flaps, decide which side you want to be the front vs. back. Apply sticky strips to the bottom of the “front” flap.

Here is your finished tote base:

To create the handles, you want two 9 1/2″strips of the crumb cake seam binding. Apply mono adhesive to the seam binding, making sure to get adhesive on the ends.

Adhere the strips of ribbon to the 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ cardstock that you reserved at the beginning, fold over the excess to the back side. Make sure you ribbon is smooth and straight on the piece of cardstock.

Smooth your bone folder along the back side (the cardstock side). This will give your handle a curved shape (It will help hold it shape rather than you “forcing” it to be curved).

Decorate your tote as desired, then attach your handles using brads. Use your crop-a-dile to punch holes through handle and tote. Be careful as you punch the holes that the other side does not get punched (ask me how I know :) ).

If you are interested in adding the pocket, you will need a scrap sheet of cardstock that is  3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″. I used crumb cake. Score at 1/4″; 1/2″; 3 1/4″ and 3 1/2″ along the          3 3/4″ side. On the 5 1/2″ side, score at 1 1/4″; 1 1/2″; 3 3/4″; and 4″ (This end will form your top flap).

Adhere sticky strip on the bottom flaps and fold up to form your pocket. The bottom piece wraps around to the backside. Decorate and adhere to the tote with sticky strip. Adhere velcro to the pocket so that it can easily be opened and closed.

For the baja breeze tote, I didn’t use any handles. I just used the circle punch and aligned it on the front panel to make the opening. Then used the punch round tab punch with a strip of cardstock. I used velcro to hold the opening closed.

For the peach parfait tote, I punched the front and back with the 2 1/2″ circle punch, then used circle scissors to make the handle. I cut the circle in half and attached to pieces punched from round tab punch and modern label punch. And attached handles to tote with sticky strip and brads. 

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Instructions for tote…

Looks like I got the most comments regarding the pink tote. I will be working on the instructions, and I will post them here as soon as I finish. I will try and include tips on how to make the others since I had interest in the other styles as well.

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Sympathy Card…

I never look forward to making a sympathy card, but it’s one of those times where I think a handmade card adds that an extra special personal touch that is really needed in a time of need. Here is one I made recently:

Stampin’ Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Creative Elements; Thanks for Caring
  • Ink: Certainly Celery; Baja Breeze
  • Papers: Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze; Pink Pirouette; Very Vanilla
  • Accessories: Basic Rhinestone Jewels; Dotted Scallop Border Punch; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch; Bird Builder Punch, Clear Embossing Powder; Non-Stampin’ Up Oval and Scalloped Oval
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Thinking about Halloween already…

I’m tired of all the heat, and looking forward to fall. I love when the leaves start changing colors, and the cooler weather. I was looking at a magazine the other day, and they were featuring lots of ideas for Halloween and Christmas. So, I better start thinking of ideas for Halloween and Christmas cards to send out. I saw this fun, interactive card that I decided to case (sorry, don’t remember who the original idea came from):

There is a lot of punch art, and I love using the punches to create other things than what it was intended. I punched the center one out of a different color and made it moveable…as you can see, when you swing to from side to side, there is a picture underneath.  Love how the card turned out. I even did my own background paper with the little spider web stamp and some iridescent ice embossing powder. You will love it when you see it in person…so shimmery.

As far as the tote tutorial, looks like the pink one is in the lead…if you haven’t commented, please do so on your favorite one. I will decide on Sunday night as to which color got the most votes…and don’t forget to come back and check for the tutorial. My blog is relatively new, so I’m trying to boost traffic/visits…

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