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)
Need supplies? Click here to Shop Now. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!

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
Need supplies? Click here to Shop Now. Thank you!

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)
Need supplies? Click here to shop now. Thank you!

*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)
Need supplies? Click here to shop 24/7! 
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
Need supplies? Click here to shop 24/7! Thank you!

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
Need supplies? Click here to shop 24/7!

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)
Need supplies? Contact me or click here to shop 24/7. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!

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

Need supplies? Click here to shop 24/7.

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
click here to shop 24/7
Proudly designed by Mlekoshi playground