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Posted on December 28, 2016

Thinking Ahead to 2017…Ideas for You

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Project Life by Stampin' Up!/ Punch Art/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Videos

If you're like I am, the holidays sort of “took over” and I need to get back on track! I'm thinking ahead to 2017 and I have a few fun ideas for you that just might spark your crafting creativity!

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Do you have photos from a 2016 vacation that are still in a box, on your camera, saved in the cloud, ______ you fill in the blank. Use a road map (or country map if you traveled abroad) as a background for your memory pages. If you are a Project Life gal, this will still work. Use pertinent pieces of the map for matting or making embellishments. You can actually tear the map and then glue on luggage tags, hotel keys and postcards, tickets stubs, etc. to complete your pages. You can even make handstamped cards using this same idea to tell others about your trip and “show off your eclectic style”!

Speaking of maps, here's another fun idea. Have a wedding coming up? Why not get a map of the honeymooners' destination and use it to wrap up their gift? I bet you could even find some little embellishments to finish off the gift perfectly and give it a little extra “punch” and pizzazz!

Punch…that leads me to my last tip. Do you have some dull punches or some that no longer work? Grab a piece of aluminum foil, those dull punches and run the foil through them a few times and they will be sharp again! If your punches need a bit more TLC, watch these two short videos by my Stamp Slave, Dave. He'll show you how to fix them in no time! Subscribe to my channel while you're there so you don't miss any new videos!

Watch repair video-new style punch

Watch repair video-old style (whale tail) punch

Oh, before I forget, the last day to shop from the retiring Holiday Catalog and Year-end Closeout Deals is January 3, 2017. If you still have a few things on your list, you can shop right now at my online store before you forget!

Thanks for popping in today and let me know if we can help you in any way…together we'll make 2017 FANTABULOUS!!!!:-)

 

 

 

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Posted on March 8, 2016

Birthday Card Inspiration – Day 2

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Product Information/ Punch Art/ Uncategorized

I just love how Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper provides birthday card inspiration in every pack! No matter what your color them is, you're sure to find so many options with our paper offerings.

This card uses the “It's My Party” Paper Stack. There is even a cardstock paper pack to match and, no matter which cardstock you use, the DSP works beautifully! It also uses the Balloon Bouquet Punch featured in yesterday's post.

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Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Balloon Celebration (140675) Available as a bundle with coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch (140609), Party Pants (141324 wood mount) or (141327) clear mount) for inside greeting
  • Paper: Basic Black (121045), It’s My Party Cardstock Pack (140553), Whisper White (100730), It’s My Party Paper Stack (140552)
  • Ink: VersaMark (102283), Basic Black Archival Pad (140931) for inside greeting
  • Other: Balloon Bouquet Punch (140609), Confetti Embossing Folder (140592), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Baker’s Twine Whisper White (124262), SNAIL adhesive (104332), Dimensionals (104430), Clear Block “D” (118485)

 

Measurements:

  • It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack 3” x 3”
  • Basic Black 4 ¼” x 9 ½” score at 5 ½”
  • It’s My Party Cardstock Pack 3 1/8” x 3 1/8”, 1” x 4”, scrap for balloons (Crushed Curry used it the sample pictured above)
  • Whisper White 4” x 4” for inside greeting
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine, 16”

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Punch out two large balloons and one small balloon.
  2. Stamp the balloon texture image on one large and one small with VersaMark ink.
  3. Stamp the inside greeting on the other large balloon.
  4. Place the 1” x 4” piece of cardstock at bottom or the top of the Confetti Embossing folder so that you avoid the oval part in the center.
  5. Lay a piece of Baker’s Twine on the back of the balloon near the bottom of the balloon. Secure with a dimensional near the very bottom of the balloon so that the string does not swing out of the side of the balloon.
  6. Assemble card as shown in the photo.
  7. Give this birthday wish to someone special!

 

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Posted on February 3, 2014

Puppy Love Valentine Punch Art

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Punch Art/ Scrapbook

I saw this cute little project on a craft website last week….of course I had to try using Stampin' Up! products and changing to make it my own…can't just totally CASE!! I was doing a class at the library in Howe, TX and all the girls, ages 10 to senior in high school and their moms, seemed to enjoy this project.

We've set a date and I'll be teaching them some scrapbooking techniques for their “senior” scrapbooks. The evening will culminate with each of them doing 4 pages I am bringing. If you live near the area and have a high school senior who might enjoy (Howe, Sherman, Pottsboro, Dennison, etc), please give me a shout and I'll give you the details. We'd love to have your senior join us…the more the merrier in our crafting vortex!

puppy love punch art

Now, back to this project. I used the Hearts Collection Framelits for the puppy's body, feet, ears, nose and red glitter “heart”. The accenting on ears and feet is done with White Stampin' Chalk Marker. Card base is Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock, body, ears and feet are done with Baked Brown Sugar 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock, nose is Basic Black scrap and heart is scrap of Red Glimmer Paper. I drew in eyes with Black marker.

Come back tomorrow and I'll show you a VERY easy Valentine note card made with 1/2″ circles.

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Posted on February 3, 2014

Fun Valentine For Young Artists!

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Punch Art

Here's one more Valentine Punch Art project. You could also use buttons instead of 1/2″ circles, but that can get expensive!

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For this project, you will need 16 circles, punched out of Real Red Cardstock, using a 1/2″ circle punch. For a fun twist, emboss your cardstock first and this will add some texture to your project.

Figure out where you want to start the bottom of your heart and place a small dot on your paper. Then center two circles, then the next row up will have three, then four. At the top of these rows, you will place 3 circles in a triangular shape. I would suggest getting your layout first and then putting down each circle using either a glue dot or Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. SNAIL is not a good choice for this project because of the size of the circles.

Once your heart is done, it will look like a small “v” inside of a larger “v”. Stamp a greeting on the bottom and you're done.

With supervision, even younger children can complete this project; it would be a low cost Valentine for the class and would be a fun family activity!

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Posted on January 20, 2014

Pop Up Box Card – Success!!

Paper crafting/ Projects/ Punch Art/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

OK, not claiming to be the first to figure it out, but, after several (ok, more than several…and my dad WAS a math teacher…guess it didn't pass on to me)  attempts using copy paper, I figured out measurements for a pop up card that will fit into one of Stampin' Up!'s regular (medium) sized envelopes.

To make this card:

Cut the 11″ side of a piece of  8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of Smoky Slate Cardstock to 8-3/4″.

Laying the 8-3/4″ side at the top of your Scoring Tool, score down at 2-1/8″, 4-1/4″, 6-3/8″ and 8-1/2″. Turn 90 degrees and score down at 2-1/4″.

Turn your paper so 1/4″ “tab” is at the top, and cut at 5-1/2″. Take the strip that was left after cutting, turn it 90 degrees and cut at a smidge over 2-3/4″. Now, cut two pieces at 1/2″ each.  You will use these two pieces later when you construct the “pop up” part of your box.

Turn your large piece so that the 1/4″ score line is on the left, and cut along the long score line of each small panel up to the 2- 1/4″ horizontal score line. Once you cut the last score line, there will be a small 1/4″ wide piece that you can totally cut off.  I like to cut on a diagonal on each end of the piece that is left – this will be the “tab” you use to close up your box and it will look neater this way. Assemble your box,  placing the “tab” at the back.

Take the 2 small pieces you cut and bend one tab forward and one tab back on each piece (you will have something that resembles a fat “z”). You are going to put both of these inside the top of the box, one at the front, one at the back, which will divide your box opening into thirds. I use Tombow glue for this instead of sticky strip because it is more forgiving and gives you a little more wiggle room as you are putting these into your box.

You will fold down the front three panels, but you won't fold the back. This will be where your sentiment and written message will go. The measurements for this panel are: 1 piece of colored cardstock measuring  5-3/8″ x 1-7/8″ and one neutral piece of cardstock measuring 5-1/4″ x 1-3/4″.  I like the layered look; you can also just use one piece of patterned paper cut to the largest dimension.

Dimensions for “panel pieces”:

You have three longer panels and for each one of these you will need 3 pieces of colored cardstock measuring 3-1/8″ x 1-7/8″ and 3 pieces of coordinating patterned cardstock measuring 3″ x 1-3/4″

You have four shorter panels and for each one of these you will need 4 pieces of colored cardstock measuring 2-1/8″ x 2″ and 4 pieces of coordinating patterned cardstock measuring 2″ x 1-7/8″.

Now comes the fun part….decorate the inside by placing whatever cut out pieces/embellishments you would like to “pop up” from your card.

Here it is going into the envelope.  A perfect fit!

I hope to get around to making a video soon; there are videos out there showing a larger box. One I like is Stampin T's…she is a Demo from Australia I think.

Have fun with this and I'd love to hear if these instructions helped you!

Here is another one I made, using the Backyard Basics Stamp Set and Framelit Dies. Honestly, I don't know why I purchased this bundle…not really my style (I bet you have never done that)! But, my former Principal from California has a birthday coming up and she absolutely loves birds so it came in handy when making this card. You might notice I even used a bit of Washi Tape instead of SNAIL in a couple of places…love, love, LOVE Washi Tape.

Speaking of Washi Tape, did you know there is an online class you can purchase from Stampin' Up! that gives you lots of instruction, including samples using Washi Tape. Check it out!

 

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