Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Punch Art Fun

I saw a punch art project on pinterest that was made by the so very talented Deb Valder. It was an adorable punch art UPS man. I just HAD to try it since I so look forward to the UPS man's deliveries to my house! I didn't have instructions on how to make him, so I had to kind of figure it out as I went. I'd love to hear what you think .. . please leave a comment if you can.
I've listed most of the products I used, but some of them are retired.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Envelope Punch Board - It's NOT just for Envelopes

I held a class yesterday on the Envelope Punch Board. The ladies made lots of projects -- and only 1 was an envelope! Check out what they made:
In this picture, you will see the A2 sized envelope that the group made -- notice the pretty lining? We also learned how to make liners to add a special touch to the envelope. We also made the file folder card and decorated it using the Celebrate Today stamp set and thinlit die set. Next we made these cool things:
A great bag (looks like a spruced up lunch bag, don't you think?); a star shaped pull tie bag; and an adorable little treat holder. We finished up with these beauties:
A coin envelope; a box to hold a set of handmade cards (that would make for the perfect gift, wouldn't it), an adorable snowman that holds a chocolate treat (seemed so appropriate since we received record amounts of snow this winter!), and a library pocket note card holder. Check out the great bows we made; and it's so easy to make these in whatever size you need -- from tiny to large: endless possibilities.
This tool is worth it's weight in gold!!
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Tri-Fold Gate Card with Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Can you bear to see one more project with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch? I was playing around with it again today (I told you I loved it!), and came up with this card. There are a few things I'd probably do differently next time, but for the most part I'm pretty happy with it.
I think next time I'd probably pick a different stamp set for the inside -- one that fits perfectly within the cut out space. Once the card is open, though, Im happy with it.
I started with a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. With the long side along the top of my score board, I scored at 2 1/8 from each end.
Then I made a tick mark at the center point (2 3/4) along each side of the card (the 5 1/2" side).
I inserted the paper into the punch and lined up the tick mark with the center of the punch and then punched.
I cut off the "tabs" on either side of the punch with my paper cutter.
I cut out two strips of paper measuring 5 1/2 x 1 3/16 from the Sweater Weather DSP and attached it to the front panels of the card. For the inside, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla 5 1/3 x 4 and stamped the ballons from the Celebrate Today set in Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango. The "birthday" and bows on the balloons are stamped using Chocolate Chip ink. (I added a thin piece of the DSP to the bottom of the inside to cover up a tiny ink smudge!) The ribbon is also Crushed Curry. I'd love to hear what you think of this. Maybe tomorrow I'll try the same design with a different stamp set . . .
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ghiardelli Chocolate Treat Holder with Scallped Tag Topper Punch

It's no secret that I just LOVE making tiny treat holders, so today I whipped up a few of these with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. It's a great way to use up some of your paper scraps!
Start with a piece of paper measuring 5 1/2 x 2. Score at 2 5/8 and 2 7/8:
Attach the chocolate (I like dark chocolate!). I didn't want the ends of the wrapper to peak through, so I folded them over. I lined up the bottom of the chocolate with the score line.
Bring the two ends together, tie with a bow, embellish as you like, and you're done!
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Treat Bag with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch- Cute, Cute, Cute!

It's raining here today, so I decided to spend some time in my studio. I used up some scraps and made this adorable treat holder using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
Start with a piece of cardstock cut at 5 x 7 1/2. I used Sahara Sand. With the short side on the top of your score board, score at 1 1/2. This will be the bottom of the treat bag. Rotate the paper, and with the long side at the top of the score board, score at 1 1/2, 3 1/2, 5, and 7.
You now have a 1 1/2" panel, a 2" panel, another 1 1/2" panel, another 2" panel and a 1/2" panel. You will be punching the 2"panels. Insert one of the 2" panels into the scallop tag topper punch and center it between the score lines; punch; repeat with the other 2" panel.
Now you will need to cut off the little tags on the two 1 1/2" and 1/2" panels. Place the paper into your paper trimmer as shown an trim them off.
You now need to do some trimming for the bottom. First, cut off the 1/2" panel. Next, cut along the side score lines of the other panels. Leave the pieces from the 2" panels in tact, but trim the 1 1/2" panelsto 1/2 inch. Your paper should now look like this:
Apply sticky tape as shown:
You will need four small pieces of DSP to attach to the panels. I used a sheet from the Sweater Weather set. Cut 2 each in these measurements: 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 and 1 3/4 x 2 1/2:
Take the sticky strip off and put the box together. If you press the two side panels slightly, they will naturally bend into a bag.
I dressed my bag up by stamping three flowers from the Petite Petals stamps set in Sahara Sand onto Sahara Sand cardstock and punching them out with the Petite Petals punch. I attached them with Stampin' Dimensionals for a little pop. I hope you have a chance to make one of these adorable treat bags. I think I'll make some more in some bright papers and fill them with chocolates for the little ones for Easter!
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Monday, March 9, 2015

I LOVE Sketches!

Last Saturday I had a "Sketch It" class.  We used two sketches and made 4 completly different cards from them.  Sketches really are a great tool to have whether you are creating cards or scrapbook layouts.  I find I barely ever put a scrapbook layout together without referring to a sketch.  Sketches are like a blank slate and subject to so many interpretations.

The first sketch we used was from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenges.  Although it is a square sketch, most likely sketched for a scrapbook layout, it lended itself very well to become an A2 card.

The card we made was a very literal interpretation of the sketch:

The base is Whisper White; the first layer is Pistachio  Pudding; the next layer is Coastal Cabana embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot folder; the circle was cut from the Starburst Framelit set in Crisp Canteloupe; and the butterfly is from the Papillion Potpourri stamp set, punched with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  The white strip is stamped with Pistachio Pudding with the Bordering Blooms set.

Then we turned the sketch on it's side:

and created this card:

The base is Baked Brown Sugar; the first layer is Very Vanilla stamped with the Hardwood stamp in Baked  Brown Sugar.  The inside layers are Always Artichoke, layered with Very Vanilla stamped with an image from the Moon Lake set in Always Artichoke.  The ribbon is Always Artichoke seam binding, and the twine is Baked Brown Sugar Thick Twine.

Same sketch; completely different look!

The next sketch we used came from Mojo Monday (a GREAT resource!).  This sketch is for a tall and skinny card, but it worked perfectly for an A2 card:

Again, the first card we made  was a pretty literal intereretation of the sketch:

The base is Island Indigo; the first layer is Whisper White  embossed with the Arrows folder; the strop along the side is Daffodil Delight; and the envelopes are stamped from the Lovely Amazing You set in Daffodi Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Island Indigo.  The ribbon is Daffodil Delight.

Then we used the same sketch and came up with much "softer" card

The base is Wisteria Wonder, the first layer is Whisper White embosed with Fancy Fan folder.  The flowers are stamped in Blushing Bride on Blushig Bride with the Flower Shop set and punched out with the Pansy Punch.  The centers are flat back pearls, and I think they just add a very soft, feminine touch to the flowers.  Ribbon is chevron ribbon in Wisteria Wonder.

So, what do you think?  Grab a sketch and see how many different designs you can come up with!

Finally . . . the Directions!

Sorry for the delay --life got in the way.  Here are the directions for the card I posted last week.

1.  Start with a piece of cardstock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  DO NOT SCORE

2.  Bring the shorter ends together -- DO NOT SCORE -- and slip it into the Scallop Tag Punch

3.  Punch

4.  Cut off the "tails" with the paper trimmer (or by hand if you  can cut a straight line -- I can't!!)

5.  Insert the paper into the paper trimmer and line up the straight edge at 4 1/4 and score.

6.  Insert the other side of the cardstock into the trimmer and score at the bottom of the scallop

7.  Fold along the scored lines.

That's pretty much it!  Of  course, then you decorate it as you wish.  I put a piect of Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 4 x  5 1/4 on the inside of the card and a piece of Very Vanilla cut at just shy of 2 1/4 x 5 1/4 on the outside.  I stamped  with the Stippled Blossom stamp (because I LOVE it) but this great design lends itself perfectly for many different stamps.  Have fun!!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Love this Design!

I've been itching to try this design ever since I saw one like it on Pinterest.   It went together pretty easily, too!

I'll be back shortly to edit this post with directions.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello Kitty!

While chatting with a co-worker today, she mentioned that she liked Hello Kitty.  When I got home, I was surfing Pinterest, and I came across a cute punch art Hello Kitty card.  Well, of course I HAD to make it for her.  What do you think?

The ears are the point part of the Sweetheart punch, and the face is from the Oval Framelits.  The bow is on Melon Mambo emossed with the Lacey Brocade embossing folder.  It was also pieced together from the Sweetheart punch.  The stamp is from the "Four You" stamp set, embossed in Melon Mambo.  The ribbon is also Melon Mambo.