Ants at a picnic punch art


Usually, ants at a picnic are not welcome but I don't think anyone could resist this little guy.
This adorable card was created by Heidi Banks. A couple of things I wanted to point out that you might not be able to see in the picture:
  • The blanket is actually woven paper. Yes, those are woven strips of Real Red and Whisper White card stock!
  • The seeds appear to be half of a 1/4" circle.
  • The cherries have a little Dazzling Diamonds around the edge to give them some extra sparkle.
  • Even the ants legs are from a punch (my guess is the Modern Label punch).
Adorable, right? Now I'm ready for a picnic and summer :)
Thanks Heidi for sharing your punch art with us! And thank you for stopping by!

Merry Christmas! Mouse punch art


Merry Christmas!

This  mouse is not only stirring, he's singing - LOL

I hope that you have a wonderful, blessed day. Take care, where-ever you are and enjoy the gift of today and what it truly means.
Thanks for stopping by!

Flower pot punch art greeting card


This flowerpot card is one I received from Kris Kilkenny in our Stampin' Addicts punch card swap. If you pull up the flowers, you see the "inside" of the card where you can write your greeting.

I really like how she used the Scallop Circle punch for her flowers. She then cut into each of the scallops to separate the petals of each flower, really giving them nice detail. The leaves are punched from patterned (Designer Series) paper which is another touch that gives the project and extra somethin'-somethin' ;) Notice that she didn't stop there; the edge of the flower pot is punched with our Scallop Border punch which coordinates nicely with the Scallop square punch (used with the sentiment). The Dusty Durango card stock is the perfect color for a flower pot, too.
Thanks again to Kris for an adorable card. For directions on making a flowerpot card of your own, click here.
p.s. I will have a short post tomorrow (Christmas) with a small punch character, but the last card I received in this swap will be shared on Sunday due to our weekly sketch challenge on Saturday. Don't forget to check back!  

Guest Stamper Katrina Christmas Mouse punch art


This card has so much incredible detail that I had to take a few pictures just to make sure you don't miss anything! The creator of this amazing card is Katrina. (I wasn't successful in tracking down her full name or her blog, but will add it to this post if I ever find it.)
Wow, right?! Now check out this close up  - and get a good look at not only the details of the mouse, but the tree as well:
The mouse face is adorable enough to be a project on it's own. Seriously. Cute, cute ears. The eyes are all punched circles and she also added chalking for coloring, drew in eyebrows and added white gel dots for pupils and cheek detail.  The nose also has an extra layer of cardstock that appears to have Crystal Effects on it (nice and shiny!) The hairbow is sporting an extra poinsettia flower from the tree.
And, speaking of the tree - it looks like she painted the embossed paper with shimmer paint and then she went even further and painted the poinsettia leaves and berries! And she didn't stop there....
Look at these gifts - so cute! Some of the gifts are punched shapes, but a couple of them are rectangles pieced together with different pieces of Designer Series Paper. Each is adorned with ribbon bow and one has a Fire Circle Rhinestone brad. Her attention to detail is amazing, isn't it!?

Thanks Katrina for sharing this incredible card. You are a true paper artist!

Punch Art Penguins


This adorable card was created by Sabriena Satchwell and sent to me as part of a punch animal card swap. These guys are adorable - I love the one sliding on his tummy! Also, if you look closely, you can see that she added some Dazzling Diamonds along the edges of the textured white card stock giving the snowy ground a nice sparkle! Another touch I noticed - their feet are made using the snowflake punch - how creative! Thanks Sabriena for a great card!
Check back tomorrow for another amazing punch card :)

DivaSC62 Rub-ons on ribbon quick card


Happy Saturday - time for a sketch challenge with UDI! I appreciate that Carol gave us a very basic sketch to work with... my brain is stuck on cookies, wrapping gifts and "I sure hope I didn't forget something...." LOL. Here's my card:
I didn't realize how well our rub-ons work on ribbon! Doesn't it make for a cute embellishment on this card? They went into place easily and stick very well even though the ribbon has texture to it. I thought the white would also contrast nicely on the Bravo Burgundy paper and ribbon; it also coordinates with this sheet of Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper. I love it when crafting is easy ;)
Thank you for stopping by. Don't forget to check out the UDI site so that you can see what the other Divas have in store for you!
Stamps: Many Merry Messages (116586)
Ink: Bravo Burgundy (105214)
Paper: Sahara Sand (105328), Bravo Burgundy (105123), Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper (116770), Whisper White (100730)
Tools/Emb: Wide Oval punch (112082), Icicle Rub-ons (116804), 5/8" Bravo Burgundy grosgrain (109053)
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How-to: Reflection Technique for stamping


During tomorrow's class, one of the techniques we'll be using is the Reflection Technique. It's always fun to have another way to use stamps, isn't it? This one is great, especially for outdoor images.
  • First, stamp your image onto your main card stock panel.
  • Next, stamp the same image again onto a piece of clear acetate or window sheet.
  • Turn this second image face down, being careful to line it up under the original image.
  • Press your hand over the acetate and lightly run your hand over it. This will help to insure that your entire image is transferred.
  • Even on smooth cardstock, you'll notice that the entire image does not transfer. This is ok - this is just a reflection and should just give a hint of the image.
  • Color in your image using your preferred coloring method. Remember that the reflected image will be a softer version of whatever you do up top. 
Quick note - if you are watercoloring the top image you can stamp it with StazOn. However, when you stamp onto the acetate use a Classic Stampin' Pad (dye ink). StazOn stays on the acetate and doesn't transfer! Go on.... ask me how I know! ;)

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Well Scripted
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel
Paper: Whisper White, Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy, Hostess package Designer Series Paper
Tools/Other: Stampin' Pastels, Sponge Daubers, Brayer, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Jumbo Oval punch, 1/4" Navy grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
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Sam's Build-a-Bear and Holiday greeting cards


Hi folks! Today, I'm sharing two cards made by my good friend Sam. These are cards that she created to share in a class with her girlfriends up in Atlanta and she was nice enough to share them with me, too!
Both cards make use of the Big Shot; the first card is not only sporting a textured background, but she made use of our Build-a-Bear dies, too. The second card is also textured and includes die cut snowflakes. Check them out!
Isn't this Bear adorable? All dressed up for Christmas :)

Another adorable card! I really love the way she textured the background paper and that her card stock choices coordinate with the ribbon.
As a side note, they might get some snow this weekend (up in Atlanta) so this card is even more appropriate! lol Thanks for stopping by and thank you Sam for sharing these great cards with me/us!

Well Scripted birthday wishes!


One of the items for sale during Stampin' Up!'s 12 day sale is the Pennant Bigz XL die. (catalog $39.95; on sale for $29.96.) I've had this die for a while and have used it to make pennants (and even pizzas!) with it. The scalloped circles here are also from the die. Some notes:

  • Included on this large die are 2 different sized pennants and 3 scalloped circles.
  • It's a Bigz die, meaning it will cut through thicker items like chipboard, cloth, etc. 
  • The circles (my flowers) are 2 1/4" wide; they also have a scored circle in the center that is approx 1 5/8" wide. 
  • Our scalloped circle punch is 1 5/8" wide and layers nicely with this larger one. 
  • The scalloping under the sentiment is from the die as well (created along the edge of a pennant).
  • A little teaser on this project: the sentiment if from our upcoming Occasions Mini catalog. You're gonna love what we have in store for you!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Well Scripted (118601)*, Flight of the Butterfly (111564)
Ink: More Mustard (103162), Old Olive (102277)
Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Chocolate Chip (102128), More Mustard (100946),  Ruby Red (102030)
Tools/Other: 1/2" circle punch (104390), Pennant Die (113483), Big Shot (113439), Paper Snips (103579)
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*available January 2010, item # for Clear Mount

DivaSC61 Christmas Tags


Happy Saturday and welcome to another UDI Sketch Challenge! This was a very busy week (probably true for everyone!) so I took the sketch and used it to make some tags for gifts.

It wasn't 'til I was done that I remembered the additional "challenge" Carol threw in - to do some watercoloring. Oopsie - I will make another project asap and get that one posted! However, I'm still glad I made these tags. Aside from the fact that I actually need them for gifts, I was glad that I was able to use up some of the many scraps I have laying around and that they didn't take long... at all! Economical and quick - just what I need this time of year!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Sparkly & Bright (115346)
Ink: Real Red (103133), Old Olive (102277)
Paper: Real Red (102482), Chocolate Chip (102128), Very Vanilla (101650), Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (115672)
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Other: Corner Rounder punch, 1/4" Red grosgrain ribbon (109034), Silver Cording (109866), Circle Fire Rhinestone Brad (109110)

The bank is now open!


This picture is not the best (sorry!), but you may remember me sharing this "bank" a few months ago. Every year around this time, our school opens a small holiday shop. The boys always beg to go buy trinkets for friends - and themselves! I wanted to encourage them to use their own money for this shopping, so this past summer I altered this coffee tin with these Christmasy colors and we've had it sitting on the kitchen counter ever since.
Well, let me tell ya - it worked. The boys (and their grandparents, I might add) have added change to the box over time and the boys had amassed quite a stash for their shopping. Success!!

Elf 1 and 2 :)

Paper Crafting Santa's new pants


Aren't these little pants, cute? Kathie Macquire shared this idea years ago online. I was able to use patterns shared by Stampin' Up! along with the idea to create the perfect box for these altered candles!ashamed smileys
We'll be making this project, along with the stamped candles shown, at our December Club meeting this Friday. It's gonna be so much fun!
Club Ladies - be sure to RSVP and get your order to me if you won't be able to make it!
Stamps: Sparkly & Bright
Ink: Real Red
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Tissue Paper
Other: Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, tea light candles, soda can tab
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Stampin' Up! Animal Stories Big Day


My card share today is a card I made this past weekend for my nephew who is turning 4.
He'll probably like the cars we're giving him more than the card, but hey - it was a good excuse to make a card :)

Project notes:
  • The card base is Creamy Caramel card stock. A second layer of Creamy Caramel was stamped with our Woodgrain background stamp in the same color ink.
  • I rubbed this layer of paper with a little more Creamy Caramel ink on a Stampin' Sponge which really made the wood grain image stand out more. 
  • The elephant is from our stamp set Animal Stories, which coordinates with our Tall Tales Designer Series Paper
  • The elephant was stamped in Old Olive classic ink and then cut out with Paper Snips. These little scissors are so sharp that they make it very easy to cut out shapes.
  • The tags, hanging from Hemp Twine, were punched out with our new Jewelry tag punch (available in January).
  • The sentiment is a rub on from our Chat Room rub on set (also available in January). I cut it apart with my Paper Snips so they would fit onto the tags.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Animal Stores (116716), Woodgrain (117100)
Ink: Old Olive (102277), Creamy Caramel (103220)
Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), Creamy Caramel (102514), So Saffron (105118), Chocolate Chip (102128), Tall Tales Designer Series Paper (115678)
Other: Hemp Twine (100982), Jewelry Tag punch (117190), 1 3/8" circle punch (104401), Chat Room Rub-ons (117199), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Sponges (101610)

Stampin' Up! Dream Gardens Pastels Technique


In class last Friday, we took a little break from Christmas and holiday projects and played with a technique called Poppin' Pastels. It's been around for a while, but I love the simplicity of this technique and the WOW it always earns. If you are not familiar with it, or need a reminder, here's some helpful information:
  1. Stamp your image with VersaMark ink
  2. Load* a Sponge Dauber (or cotton ball) with your color choice of Stampin' Pastel. We used Bashful Blue and Perfect Plum on this card.
  3. Tap the dauber directly onto the stamped image. Do not rub the image or it will smear. Just tap several times and you'll see the chalk begin to adhere to the image. Add more chalk to your dauber if necessary and repeat until your entire image is covered.
And that's it! Easy, hmmm? Simple, but WOW!
*To load the chalk onto the dauber, rub the dauber directly onto the chalk square.
If you live in the Melbourne area and would like to schedule a workshop using this or another fun technique, please contact me right away. January is a great time to be a hostess and get lots of free supplies! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Dream Gardens (114395), Medallion (115223)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Versamark
Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Other: Stampin' Pastels, Sponge Daubers, Silver Brads, Big Shot, Perfect Details texture plate, Texturz Impressions Pad and Silicone Rubber
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DivaSC60 Stampin' Up! Vintage Vogue


Happy Saturday and welcome to Diva Sketch #60!
I received my new stamp sets today and couldn't wait to play with this one, Vintage Vogue. I started by stamping the floral design onto Card Stock Vellum; this paper is heavy weight but you can still see through it a bit. For me, this softens up the images a little and keeps the panels from appearing too heavy on the card. The "friends" image and the flower above were both stamped onto Whisper White. I toned them down a bit by sponging a little Mellow Moss Classic ink onto the edges of each piece. I skipped the bling today and added a half-back pearl from our Pretties Kit. The card still looked like it needed something, so I decided to pretty up the edge with this beautiful border punch - I love it! I apologize right now because you are probably going to see me using this tool a lot in future projects..... it's so pretty! Here are a couple of product notes:

  • Vintage Vogue will be available in our Occasions Mini catalog. Notice the stamps in the picture and they are not attached to a block? That's because Stampin' Up! will now be offering a clear mount option for your stamps - same great rubber and foam, but with a cling mount attached so that you can use them with clear blocks. To read more about it, click here.
  •  The Scallop Trim border punch will be available for sale in the future, but during Sale-a-bration (Jan-March) you can get one for free. (Gosh, I love Stampin' Up!)
Thank you for stopping by! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the project or products shared today. Don't forget to check my blog tomorrow for additional information about the punches we offer.

Stamps: Vintage Vogue (118598)
Ink: Mellow Moss Classic (102774)
Paper: Mellow Moss (102898), Whisper White (100730), Card Stock Vellum (101856)
Other: Punch Border Scallop Trim (118402), 1" circle (109046), Paper Snips (103579), Pretties Kit (109114), Stampin' Sponge (101610)
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Create a Four Bookmark Folder


Yesterday's project had an adult feel to it (though a change of papers and images could change that!) so I thought it might be fun to share a kid-feel project with you today :)
This project is another one shared years ago on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator website. I revived it with stamped images from our Animal Crackers stamp set. Isn't it cute? I'm tempted to make a batch of these and let the boys color them in with crayons. I think they would make great gifts for their book buddies at school (younger kids they help with their reading) and also great stocking stuffers for their younger cousins.
Some notes on how to create the holder:
  • Cut a piece of cardstock to 8"x7-5/8".
  • With the 8" side along the top of your trimmer, score your cardstock at 5-1/8".
  • Turn 1/4 turn (the 7-5/8" edge will now be at the top), and score your card stock at 2", 4" and 6".
  • Using a hobby blade and metal-edged ruler, trim the cardstock as follows using your score lines as your guide:
  • Use a bone folder to press all scored lines. Turn your paper so that the triangles are on the bottom; fold up and press the fold again. Put a dot of adhesive on the tip of the corner to secure the pocket.
  • Create bookmarks (finished size 1-5/8"x 4-5/8"); 4 to fill the pockets and one extra to decorate the front of your booklet.
Stamps: Animal Crackers
Ink: StazOn Black, Assorted Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Summer Sun, Ballet Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Apricot Appeal
Other: Crop-a-dile, Metallic Eyelets, Hemp Twine

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Make a Bookmark Pocket


This bookmark is based on a project shared on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator website back in 2005. I had forgotten all about it and ran across the file while looking for easy gifts to create for the holidays.
I also read an article this weekend about gifts for teachers. Because they receive more food than they could possibly consume,  they beg us to shy away from that option. But at the top of the list of things they love to receive are supplies for the classroom and gift cards for books. A project like the one shared here still allows us to be creative but give them something they want! The pocket could easily hold a gift card along with the bookmark - hooray!

To create the pocket/holder:

  • Cut a piece of card stock to 3 x 10-1/2".
  • Score at 7-1/2" and fold the short piece up. 
  • Adhere on the sides only or wrap ribbon/thread around the pocket to keep it closed. 
  • This pocket will hold a bookmark up to 2-1/2x7-1/2".

On a side note: one of the reasons I chose to use this particular stamp set (Bloomin' Beautiful) is because of the definition of the word bloom that is included as one of the stamps.  Part of it reads: A period of maximum development and reaching possibilities. Just what we hope and pray for with our children, isn't it?
Hope you enjoyed this project today. Check back tomorrow for a kid friendly project (also involving bookmarks) for your kids, their friends, or their classroom!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Cameo Coral, StazOn Black, various Stampin' Write markers for coloring
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla
Other: 1" circle, Ticket corner punch, linen thread, stampin' sponges
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Nutcracker Paper Punch Art


Time to start counting down to Christmas! To celebrate, I've created this character just for you! He was made with the following Stampin' Up! punches:
Word Window punch (arms and legs)
Large Tag punch (body and hat)
Ornament punch (face and hair)
1/4" circle (cheeks, iris', hands, hat decorations)
1/2" circle (eyes)
1" circle (top portion of hat)
scallop edge punch (teeth)
The remaining bits and pieces were trimmed using our Paper Snips (very small, very sharp scissors!)

I hope you have fun with this character. Please leave a comment here and let me know what you think and be sure to provide a link to your project if you decide to create one!
Thanks for stopping by!
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Sparkle Spinner Card


More sparkle today! I love spinner cards but haven't made any lately. While making yesterday's CD holder, I got another look at the sparkle die cut and thought how fun it would be to put a little spin to it!
Never made a spinner card before? Maybe it's been a while and you don't exactly remember how it comes together? Well  - while I had the camera out yesterday I thought I'd make a quick video on this technique, too! Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Taken with Teal, Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge Designer Series Paper
other: Big Shot, Sparkle die, 1 1/4" circle, 1/2" circle punch, Word Window punch, Silver brads

How to make a CD Holder


I'm very excited about the project I'm sharing with you today. It's a VERY easy-to-make CD/DVD holder. At this time of year, many of us are looking for inexpensive but special items to share with loved ones. Consider the following gifts:
  • CDs personalized with music that fits the recipient.
  • A CD full of pictures from throughout the year. (Our family in South America loves to get these - they get to catch up on the growth of the family!)
  • Using My Digital Studio - share a DVD version of your digital scrapbook. (Make it once, share it multiple times!)
  • Also using MDS - create a home video DVD complete with music, subtitles, voice recordings, etc.

And just for you, I've created a video tutorial for this project. I hope you find it useful!

 Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Many Merry Messages
Ink: Taken with Teal
Paper: Taken with Teal, Real Red, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge Designer Series Paper
other: Big Shot, Sparkle Die, 1 1/4" circle punch 

DivaSC57 Stampin' Up! Window Sheets


What a week! Like many others, I've been planning food for next week and getting caught up on housework. In my case, that leaves little time for playing with paper and making projects to share. I hope to get a few projects done over the weekend so that I can prepare a post for each day next week. Thanks in advance for sticking with me and checking the site - I'll get back to daily posts asap!
Today's card is for our weekly Diva challenge. To see the sketch and the cards our other Divas have made, click here to be directed to the Utah Divas International blog site.
Along with the sketch this week, Carol suggested using window sheets. The white leaves you see above are printed (by SU!) directly onto the clear window sheet and are just one of the image choices available in our Printed Window Sheets (page 169 of the Idea Book & Catalog). There are 2 other printed design sets available (some with color!) and also clear sheets that can be stamped on or used for other techniques. Here are a few more notes about the card:
  • Because they are clear, you can't really use adhesive behind the window sheets. I used two silver brads from our Hodgepodge Hardware kit to attach mine to a piece of Brocade Blue cardstock (cut to the same size). 
  • The Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon and silver ribbon slide (also from the Hodgepodge) also help to secure the window sheet.
  • My little sentiment (from Baroque Motifs) was stamped with Brocade Blue Classic Ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.
  • A handheld 1/16" punch was used to create the hole for the sentiment tag and the holes needed for the brads.
  • Silver cording connects the sentiment to the ribbon slide. 
Thank you for stopping by! If you have any questions or comments about the card, please leave a comment here or contact me via e-mail. If you would like to order any of the materials here and don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator of your own, please click here and you will be directed to my Stampin' Up! website where you can shop 24/7. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!
Stamps: Baroque Motifs (113490)
Ink: Brocade Blue (101102)
Paper: So Saffron (105118), Brocade Blue (101166), Clearly Thanks Printed Window Sheets (115122)
Other: Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (111325),  Bashful Blue Taffeta  Ribbon (109066), Silver Cording (109866), Paper Snips (103579)

Create a Fun spiral in your greeting card


At our Stamp Club meeting last Friday, we had fun with a pop-up card technique. This project was shared with demonstrators at the '08 SU! convention, but you can find step-by-step directions here. Want to see it live? Contact me to book a workshop and we'll share it with your friends!

Although we used Christmas decorations from a sizzlit die, this card is great with stars, butterflies, confetti, balloons - really anything that conveys the mood of your greeting. Have fun!
Stamps: (Hostess level 1) Patterned Pines
Ink: Gable Green
Paper: Garden Green, Real Red, Gable Green
Other: Big Shot, SU! sizzlit Merry Details, Paper Snips

Mojo Sketch and Holiday Best


Today the mojo just isn't with me! The sketch is great and I know I should be able to make a card to go with it, but it just ain't hap'nin'! However, let's keep it in perspective (and butcher a fishing analogy): A bad hour stamping is still better than a good hour working! Amen!
And, that, my friends is attempt #3 at this layout... crooked bling and all. And now, it's off to run errands. Maybe once I've done the important family and house tasks, my mojo will return and I can work on tomorrow's blog post! Have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: (Level 1 Hostess set: Holiday Best)
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers in Real Red and Chocolate Chip
Paper: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White, Merry Moments Designer Series Paper
Other: 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Circle Fire Rhinestone brads

DivaSC55 Brocade Christmas


So last week, I apparently did the wrong sketch.
To view my card for DivaSketch 56 (what I should have been doing this week...) click here.
And now, this week, I'll show you what I should have shared last week. How embarrassing....

I kept my layering and embellishments very simple; this paper is simply too gorgeous to cover and I felt like adding a lot of other things would just make it too busy. My angel (from the Holy Triptych stamp set) is colored with a few different markers and punched out with a 1" circle punch. To add a little extra "something" to the card, I added a few silver dot stickers on each panel. That's it... a quick simple card that could easily be made in bulk - and should have been easily shared last week......
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Holy Triptych
Ink: StazOn Black; Stampin' Write Markers: Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Brocade Blue
Paper: Real Red (textured), Christmas Cocoa Designer Specialty
Other: 1" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, silver dot stickers, glitter glue

Snowy Bear Punch Art Bookmark


My son Alan has a bear that is MUCH loved. Though he wouldn't admit it to friends (he is 9 after all....) Snowy travels with us and always ensures a good night's sleep. When Alan saw me working on punch characters, he asked me if I could please make one for Snowy. Since I'm trying to get the kid to read more, I thought I'd be sneaky and put Snowy's face on a book mark. (So far, so good - he instantly went to find a book to put it in; at least now he can't tell me he doesn't know where the books are.... lol).

Since I've been having so much fun with punch characters, I went ahead and purchased our Crazy Cool stamp set. It has several thought bubbles that I think will so fun to use. It comes with 4 sentiments, but this time I used a gel pen to write my own special message. (Hi, Friend! is what Alan always says to his bear. *sniff* I'm getting sentimental....)

Paper: Not Quite Navy, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, Basic Black
Punches: Wide Oval, 3/4" circle, 1/2" circle, 1/4" circle (and paper snips) 
Thanks for stopping by!

Turkey Treats!


This Friday is our Stamp Club meeting. This cute turkey (filled with Cheerios) is one of the projects we will be working on. I've given everyone so much candy lately that I thought it was time to show something else :)
With this project, I'll also be showing them how to create a "slider" behind the turkey so that they can get to the treats without dismantling the card. (This was an idea originally shared by Mike at Stampin-Style.)
If you live near Melbourne, FL and would like information regarding Stamp Club, please contact me. We'll be starting a new club with the new year and I'd love for you to join us!
Thanks for stopping by!

Deb shares Seasons of Simple Grace


This great card is one made by Deb Bryson, a demo in Harker Heights, TX. I was lucky enough to get one by taking part in a card swap over at Stampin' Addicts. (I know you've read their name here a lot lately... I'm lovin' the site!)  This card is just fantastic in so many ways! The images from Season of Simple Grace, first of all, certainly remind me of what Christmas is really about. Her addition of color around the images on the main panel really grounds them, doesn't it?
The z-fold of the card allows for 3 different card faces; there's one you can't see in this picture that goes behind the shepherds. On it, she embossed the 3 Wise Men from this set in gold; however, this panel could also be used for your handwritten message.
Now, the main reason I was excited about sharing this card with you was the mosaic work on the left edge. Did you notice that right away like I did? The colorful card stock pieces (think: tile or stone) are surrounded by gold embossed "grout"; the entire piece is then sealed with clear embossing! You have to try this.... it is SO lovely in real life!

I hope you enjoyed this card and the lovely detailing in it; don't forget to check out her blog and see what else she has to share! If you leave a comment for her here, I'll be sure to pass it on! 
Supplies: Stamps: Seasons of Simple Grace, All Holidays Ink: Not Quite Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Versamark, Summer Sun Craft  Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Night of Navy (plus asst colors in panel)  Misc: Markers, Stampin' Pastels, Iridescent Ice EP, Gold EP, Silver Stretchy Cord, Clear EP, Sponge Daubers, Heat Tool 

How to Paper Punch Matryoshka Dolls


Matryoshka Dolls, also known as Russian Nesting Dolls have been popular for ages. I love that they represent a mom, healthy and robust, who has enough room for her kids! :)
Here are some notes about my punch version of the dolls:
  • Make different size dolls by starting with different sized oval punches.
  • Punch one large oval for the body, then punch a second oval this same size in a different color. This second oval is trimmed down to help create her head scarf.
  • When trimming the scarf piece, make sure your (face) circle fits inside. 
  • The tie under her chin is a portion of a flower from the Boho Blossoms punch.
  • Although nesting dolls are now created for royal figures and animals, the original designs were based on peasant women, so consider that fact when dressing them. (Thus the scarf, apron, etc.)
Below is a picture showing the punches I used to create my dolls. Feel free to re-create these dolls and share them. However, I only request that you respect the hours I put into this and provide appropriate credit. Thank you!

DivaSC56 Rich Razzleberry Daisies


Happy Saturday and Welcome to another sketch challenge by UDI scuba diving Belize
Today's challenge had the additional twist to use punches. I'm going to pretend that die cuts count, too! This was a quick card that came together very easily once I decided to use patterned paper for the background. It would work great for quick holiday cards; imagine using a tree, ornament or angel in place of the flower - easy! Thanks for stopping by!
Quick note to newsletter recipients: I heard from one reader that the pictures in this newsletter were difficult to see. I will post those cards on this blog within the next few days. Sorry - I'll add bigger pictures next time! And thank you Judy for the heads up!

Stamps: Smarty Pants (110980)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry (115658), Crushed Curry (115659)
Paper: Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry (textured pack 115719), Whisper White (100730), Razzleberry Lemonade (115675)
Other: Big Shot (113439), Daisies #2 (114520, Fire Circle Rhinestone brads (109110), Basic Small grommets (114349)

Polished Stone Technique Snow!


Today at Hope Lutheran we will be making this card using the Polished Stone technique. This was  our technique challenge last week at Stampin' Addicts and when I shared this card, I was told it looked like he was surfing in a snowstorm - too funny! Of course, that was just luck because I haven't been in any snow storms and, living in Florida, I'm not likely to see any. Thank God! Maybe I'll try this again with nice, WARM colors and a flamingo! :D

If you are not familiar with this technique, click here to access my .pdf file with step-by-step directions and pictures.

Stampin' Up! A Wish for Peace


Recently I participated in a swap with a few other demonstrators on the Stampin' Addicts website. The card you see above is from Melanie O'Donnell.  Isn't it stunning?
The stamped images, from A Wish For Peace, are stamped and heat embossed with silver. I just love how the silver stands out against the darker colors of card stock. The bird is also embossed and is on a dimensional so that it appears to be hovering over the sentiment. This is such a gorgeous card and I'm sure her family and friends will be thrilled to receive one this year!
I'll be sharing the other cards from the swap in the next few days. I hope you'll stop by again to check them out!

Stamps: A Wish for Peace (111614)
Ink: Versamark (102283)
Paper: Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730), Basic Gray (108692)
Other: Silver Embossing powder (109131), Heat Tool (100005), Paper Snips (103579), Circle Scissors Plus (112530)
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