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Posted on October 24, 2017

Polka Dot Spooky Cat – 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 8

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Polka Dot Spooky Cat – 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 8.  Hello friends! Today I have a fun Halloween project for you. In fact, I'm sharing six with you, since I'm a little behind! There's still time to put some “spooky” cards and treats together for family and friends!  And, of course, there is always overnight or second day shipping; I've had to use that more than I'd like lately! 🙂

A couple of these great ideas are not my original work; thanks Pinterest! So many things are re-shared these days that I can't find the original artist who should get the credit; they are awesome projects though.

Polka Dot Spooky Cat - 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 8

I'll have all the instructions for this project below. I also wanted to share just a few images of other ides you can do with this cat punch. As you can see, even though it is perfect for Halloween, it can be used for so many other things as well.

Here are the instructions for the first project. Enjoy!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Spooky Cat (144749 photopolymer), Labels to Love (144967 clear, 144970 wood),
  • PAPER – Pumpkin Pie (105117), Very Vanilla (101650), Spooky Night Designer Series Paper
  • INK – Tuxedo Memento Black (132708)
  • OTHER – Cat Punch (144666), Everyday Label Punch (144668), Linen Thread (104199), Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082), Banner Triple Punch (138292), Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143709), Big Shot (143263), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Cutting & Scoring:

  • Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2 x 5-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4” & scrap
  • Very Vanilla 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP) 1-1/2” x 4” & scrap


  • Run Very Vanilla layer through Big Shot in Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • Flick black ink on embossed layer using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker by flicking the large end of the marker in the lid and directing it at the cardstock.
  • Punch end of DSP strip with Banner Triple Punch and adhere to card front where shown with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  • Stamp Halloween greeting on Pumpkin Pie cardstock scrap with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and punch with Everyday Label Punch – add to card front where shown with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Tie a Linen Thread triple bow and add to banner with Mini Glue Dot.
  • Punch cat from DSP and glue to card front where shown.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a stamptastic day!! 🙂

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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!


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.



  • 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)



  • 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”




  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!

circle heart punch art

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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Posted on January 13, 2014

Pop Up Card…A Little Smaller

Holidays / Special Days/ Punch Art/ Samples/ Stamping

This cute, little card, is just like the one I featured the other day, but smaller. This size doesn't quite fit into one of our medium envelopes, but it is fun to use our envelope maker or diagonal scoring plate with scoring tool to create your own envelope! I'm going to continue to work on the measurements to get one that will fit exactly into a medium envelope…stay tuned!

flower pop up cardI made this birthday card for one of my dear stamping friends who recently moved to Virginia with her family so her husband could attend medical school. Do you think she'll like it?

Here are the dimensions for cutting and scoring:


Cut a piece of card stock  5- ½” x 10-½”

Score on the 10-½” side at the top at 2-½”, 5”, – ½” and 10”

Turn 90 degrees and score at 2-½” on the 5-½” side at the top

Cut the 4 box sides and cut out the little extra on the top to form a tab

Fold on the score lines and glue the little tab to the side to form a box

You now have a box with no bottom. The base of the box is 3 inches and the top flaps are 2-½” square

When you fold the flaps down don’t fold the back one; you will put your sentiment on the back of the box

Designer Paper to decorate your box

Cut the designer paper: 3 pieces are 2-3/8” square for the flaps; 3 pieces are 2-3/8” x – 7/8” for the bottom sides

The back of your box is one strip of neutral paper cut to 2-3/8″ x 5-3/8″ for your sentiment/message.


Cut two little strips to attach to the inside of the box (between the sides).  These will hold your images up. Cut the strips – ½” x 1”. Score from each end ½”.

Fold them and glue inside the box close to the top edge.

Now glue your images (I punched flowers using the pansy punch and In Color Designer Series Paper to match my box panels) to the strips and you are done… you “might” notice one or two buttons on my project as well; hey, it isn't a finished project without buttons!!


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Posted on January 11, 2014

Love Is In The Air!

Holidays / Special Days/ Projects/ Punch Art

love ya box insidelove ya box outside

One of this month's stamp club projects is an adorable Valentine box card. It is easier to put together than you might think!

My color scheme is Strawberry Slush. Of course, you can add many embellishments; clubs are doing 2 lengthy projects this month so did minimal for time's sake.

Steps: Cut cardstock for card base to 8.5″ x 12″ (Sahara Sand used here – it has become my “go to” neutral color for so many projects; it looks so different depending upon what other colors you use). Score on the long side at 2.75″, 5.5″, 8.25″ and 11″. Cut off a 2″ x 12″ piece and set aside for use later.

Turn the 6.5″ x 12″ piece a quarter turn to the left and score at 2.75″. At the 11″ score line, cut in at a slight angle up from the edge of the cardstock to remove the excess above the score line, which creates a “tab”.

Cut the 2″ x 12″ strip at 4.75″ from the end with the 1″ score line; then cut the strip in half the long way to create 2 strips, each 1″ x 4.75″. Fold tabs back.

Measurements for patterned paper that is used to decorate each “panel”:
1 for inside back panel – 2.5″ x 6.25″; 3 for lower panels (outside) – 2.5″ x 3.5″; 6 for upper panels (sides and front), inside and outside – 2.5″ square.

Fold the decorated box on the 5.5″ score line and attach the tab to the inside (I used Mono adhesive for the entire box). Apply adhesive to the end tabs of each 1″ x 4.75″ piece and adhere them to the inside of the opened box, making sure to align with the top of the opening.

Fold the box down in both directions using a bone folder (do this several times) to ensure your box will lay flat for mailing.

I used the Heart Punch and Heart Framelits to cut out pieces to decorate my box. The transparent heartin the front (just peeking out) is punched from the Quatrafancy Specialty Paper…who would think this could be used for a Valentine's Day card?

Questions? Email me and I'll be glad to help! There is also a great tutorial on SCS!


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Posted on November 11, 2013

Framed Art With A Positioning Trick!

Holidays / Special Days/ Projects/ Punch Art/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Framed Art is all the rage! Here is one I did over the weekend using Stampin' Up!'s Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper. My plan for the frame is to find an old one at Goodwill, sand it, and paint it white with Island Indigo and Pool Party Ink sponged in for an antique look.

blue christmas frame

If you've made these framed art pieces, have you struggled to get everything centered? Nothing seems to work “just right”? My fabulous downline, Debbie Johnson, figured out the perfect solution and she said I could share it with you.

You will need four strips of cardstock, cut about 2 inches longer than your piece. Two of them should be 3/4″ wide and the other two should be 1/2″ wide. Attach the 3/4″ strips to the top and bottom of the piece, so that the outside edge lines up exactly with the outer edge of your piece. Attach the 1/2″ wide strips on each of the sides, making sure the outer edge of each strip lines up exactly with the outer edge of your piece. (you will have a box around the frame).  Use a post-it note in each corner to keep these pieces securely positioned on top of your piece.

Lay out all of your squares in the design/pattern you want for your finished piece. After you have each square positioned in the perfect spot, attach your corner pieces first, using either hot glue or Tombow Glue  (you don't want to use SNAIL because the pieces might fall off over time). Do the pieces on the top and bottom next, leaving about 1/4″ between your paper squares. Lastly, do the middle row. Carefully remove the paper strips and all your squares should be perfectly aligned. Don't you agree Debbie is a genius??!!

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Posted on October 21, 2013

Stepped Up Paper Pumpkin

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I love the cute little note holder we got this month! It was a tad bit plain for me so I added a binder clip for hanging to the back, tied on some ribbon and added a couple of Gumball Green dahlias to complete. What do you think?

note holder

If you haven't heard about Paper Pumpkin, it is a monthly “paper escape” subscription that comes directly to you.  You might get a project like this one or it could be a card (with all the supplies you need to make several), perhaps a mini album, or another type of 3D project. Check out all the details at:

If you decide to give it a try, I'd love for you to choose me, Anne Brown, as your demonstrator when you order it.


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Posted on July 4, 2013

God Bless America

Holidays / Special Days/ Punch Art/ Stamping

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays…and NOT just because I get a day off from my “other” job…lol. I feel so blessed to live in the United States of America and am so thankful for everything I have, inlcuding many wonderful customers and demo friends.

I created this card to try something a little different from my “normal” July 4th cards.

I punched the owl out of a piece from the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper (129310). This pack uses Island Indigo which worked perfectly for the “blue” in my red, white and blue color scheme. The eyes on the owl are Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (129324), colored in with a black Sharpie marker.

The pinwheel is made using a small piece of Real Red Polka Dot paper from the Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper stack (126902).

Wonder how I did the brad? We don't have a Glimmer Brad in Island Indigo so I took one from the Brights (121008) collection, sanded it with my Stampin Sanding Block (129357) and colored with my Island Indigo marker.

Happy 4th and leave me a comment and let me know how you are spending your day!

p.s. My “other job” has been consuming a little more time, but we will have the fancy fold tutorial videos up in the next couple of days….thanks for your patience-see you again soon!

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Posted on May 30, 2013

Paper crafting/ Punch Art/ Stamping

I love creating cards with punches! ‘Girls, INK', (my downline and I), had a swap the other day and here are a few of our creations. As true “case” er's, (copy and share everything), most of us got ideas from other places so we happily say thank you if you provided the original inspiration!

Fishbowl Punch Art Bear Punch Art

Doghouse Punch Art Fox Punch Art

If you have children who are always begging to use your stamps and markers, give them your punches and some paper. You will be amazed at what they create!!

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