Broke Stampers Unite- Punch Art

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features another challenge from Broke Stampers Unite.  This week it is punch art; and it was one of my ideas.  When it came time for me to actually make something, I was wondering what the heck was I thinking???  I started to think about what holidays are coming up.  I am jumping ahead to St. Patrick’s Day.St Patrick's Day chocolate/treat holder

This will be a project that I will be making with my stamp club in February.  It is a Gherardelli chocolate holder.  For club I will pick a carmel flavor or something with a gold wrapper.  I only had peppermint chocolate.

So, can you see which punches are used?  I used the Bird Builder Punch for the nose and mustache.  The Bow Builder Punch for the bow tie.  The derby is the 2″ Circle Punch and the Word Window Punch. (I actually cut a strip 3/8″ x 2 1/2″, then I punched the ends to make it curved on the ends.)

His hat needs a lucky clover.  I made it with the heart from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  The clover is attached to a clothes pin with glue dots.  The verse is stamped and punched with the Word Window Punch and placed on the clothes pin as well.

His “body” is a piece of DSP (designer series paper) that is 2″ x 5″ folded in half to wrap the chocolate.  I punched the ends with the Scallop Tag Topper punch, even though it doesn’t show from the front side.

I wonder what Carol and Terri came up with this week.  Let’s check out their blogs.  Click on Carol’s blog here and Terri’s blog here.  I hope you join us with this challenge.  Share with us on Facebook.

Don’t forget the Spring Occasions Catalog has started this month.  If you need a catalog fill out my Catalog Request Form and I will get one in the mail to you.  Sale-A-Bration is going on as well.  For every $50 you spend, you will receive a FREE ITEM!  Make sure you order quickly, there are so many cute items!

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Winter Shares

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features a few projects I made during the holidays.

chocolate snowman hanging ornament, tagFirst are my chocolate snowmen.  They can be made for any winter holiday.  My family has several winter birthdays.  I think these would make great tags for gift bags.  I learned how to make these from Jeanette Cobb.  Another great use for the Tree Builder punch. I love getting lots of uses for my punches!

 

 

 

 

My second share is a home decor item.  I spiral flower die pine conesbought a pine sprig from the local craft store. I stamped a winter scene, and used my Scallop Tag punch to make the cute tags.  I tied them on with with some retired natural ribbon.  The pine cones are my FAVORITE part.  I can’t remember if I saw a card that had them on Facebook or Pinterest…. They are made using the Spiral Flower die.  You know the one that makes wonderful roses!!!  Someone was very clever to stretch the rose out to a cone shape.  I can’t believe I live in the Pine Tree State and have never thought of a pine cone.  Guess what I will be making every year.

reindeer punch artFinally, I will share a card that I forgot to share.  I am sure you saw Rudolf all over the internet.  I don’t know who the original person who created this idea.  I followed Rhonda Wades directions for my card.   He is stinkin’ cute.

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Witch’s Hat Punch Art with Video Tutorial

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features witch's hat treat clippunches and glimmer paper!  It was an adorable Halloween gift and it only take minutes to make! Great for when you’re short on time.  You know that chaotic thing called life :)

I made a bunch of these for my stamp club ladies.  If you’d like to stamp with me in person, email me and I will send you a list of dates and times.

Anyhoooo, back to the witch’s hat. I am not sure who the original designer was.  I do know it was shared at Stampin’ Up!’s Founders Circle meeting.  I loved the fact that it used the Black Glimmer paper.  I bought it immediately, and then forgot what I was going to use it for.  Please tell me you’ve done that before too.  You can use Basic Black card stock or even Halloween Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Ok Stampers, get out your circle punches, tree punch and paper and lets get crafting. You can watch the video below or click here.


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Scallop Tag Chocolate Holders

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s creative project features Chocolate!

imageOne of my favorite chocolates to craft with is Ghiradelli chocolate!  Perfect little squares to decorate with the Scallop Tag Punch. I have made three today.  Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Actually, the snowman can be used for a winter birthday or any time during the winter.  It could be a spring project as well since he is melting :)

I used a variety of inks and card stock to create each chocolate holder.  However, the measurements are the same.  Cut your card stock 2″ x 5 1/2″.  Score it at 2 5/8″ and 2 7/8″ on the long side.  This is easier to measure before you punch the two ends with the scallop tag punch.

the snowman is not an original idea.  I saw it on Pinterest and I followed the directions of Judi Anderson. I did create my own cheat sheet so I can remember how to make this cute little snowman more than once.image

You can click on the image to enlarge it to see what I used. I colored the rhinestones with a permanent marker to make them look like coal.

I love these chocolates and the scallop punch to make these holders!  It is such a quick and easy creative chaos idea for those last minute gift giving moments.

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Stace

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Frankie Pillow Box with Video Tutorial

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room!

Do you every find a imageproduct  that you just love and sit and play with it over and over and over?  I am having a ball with the new Square Pillow Box die! I have made all sorts of of boxes with this die.  One of the first ones I made was a  Frankie boxes.

Not long ago someone posted a Halloween treat using a name brand of chocolate.  I thought, hmmmm I could make something like those!  They would be so cute inside Frankie boxes!

imageCan you see what my special treats are?  Rice Krispies treats with green food coloring added to the marshmallow mixture. Once the treats hardened, I cut them into squares.  I melted a bowl full of chocolate chips in the microwave (30 seconds at a time).  I dipped the heads of my treats into the melted chocolate.  The eyes are white chocolate candy melts.  I didn’t want to melt them and draw circles, so I did something a little bizarre.  I meltedimage one side of them and then stuck them onto the rice squares.  Chocolate coated candies are the eyes.  A yummy Frankie treat to go in your adorable Frankie box.

I wrapped each one in a cellophane bag. A bit of silver cording tied into a bow closes the package.

So would you like to see how these boxes are made? Check it out here:

What an easy way to create a super special treat for some special at Halloween.  My daughter helped make these and she had a super fun time making them.  They’re as much fun to make as give!

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2015 Holiday Catalog is Here!

Hi Stampers! Welcome to my Creative Spa.  Guess what I TOTALLY forgot to stampin-up-holiday-catalog-481x600post last week?? The 2015 Holiday Catalog! Yes, I am hanging my head in shame.  I have been playing with items that I got to preorder and haven’t shared any of it.

Let me know if you haven’t received a copy from me.  Or you can download it here.  It has soooo many stinkin’ cute items.  I can hardly stand it.  I want one of everything!!

My first project I made was a sour cream container.  I have a kids class coming up soon and this is a great project to get kids started wit paper crafting and stamping.

imageI love the Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It’s called Happy Haunting.  The designs are wonderfully spooky on one side.  The other are wonderful fall patters so it doesn’t all have to be used by Halloween. The pattern I used is so cute with the headstones and ravens.

I used the stamp set Sweet Hauntings.  I love the verses: Death by Chocolate, A Treat Worth Dying For, Happy Happy Halloween along with all the poison bottles.  (Being a complete Harry Potter fan, I can use these bottles for all sorts of things.)  I stamped an image that coordinates with the Note Tag punch.

Anyhow, back to my project.  This sour cream holder was made by cutting 12″x12″ Designer Series Paper into four 6″x6″ squares.  You can make 48 treat holders from one package of paper. How awesome it that??? Pretty awesome in my book.  Friends and family will be surprised to find candy inside these.  My favorite is Lindt Chocolate Truffles. I think I eat more than what gets placed in the packages.

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Stace

Kowabunga Dude!

Hi Stampers! Welcome to my Creative Spa.

imageA while back, someone shared their French fry monsters online. Before I read the caption, I thought “The Ninja Turtles are the wrong color”. So, I decided I would make some Ninja Turtles.  The Owl builder punch was used for the eyes. A  label punch was used for the masks. Of course the main part was made with the Big Shot and Fry Box die.   Super fast, easy and cute.  All the things we love when we have creative, chaotic lives.

So have you ever looked at a craft project, and thought it was something completely different than what it was?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Cutie Pie Christmas!

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Chaos!  I have been waiting for the man in brown to show up!  It was a club order and I only ordered one item, but I couldn’t wait for it to get here.

Do you ever get an idea in your head and can’t wait to try it?  I sure did.  I couldn’t wait to try the new Cutie Pie Thinlit.  I know it makes the cutest little cake slices ever.  However, I had a completely different plan for it.  My first idea was Rudolf!

image Isn’t he just the cutest??  Ok, so his eyes look like he may have had a little too much eggnog. :)  His antlers and ears were made using the Flower Fair Framelits.

While I was patiently waiting for the Man in Brown to show up this week; the online group, VC Rocks, announced they were having a blog hop featuring new items from the catalog.  I said I would join if my idea worked out.  This idea worked so well, this was my first attempt.  No altering, no fussing, no mess.  It was great!

 

As I was cutting out the box, I looked at it and said “wow, thatimage looks like a tree”.  So here was project number two.  Very simple since I was just playing around.  I may make a second attempt later so I can stamp some texture on the tree. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the gold trim actually has some wave to it.  I used the wave blade on the rotary addition on the Stampin’ Trimmer.

I think I am going to have a lot of fun with this die.  Halloween may be next.

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Elfing Around in the Snow

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In Maine we had a huge snowstorm.  Almost a foot of snow and my huge maple tree came crashing down in large chunks.! Two thirds of it fell, luckily it didn’t take down any power lines or crash through the rooftop. I tried stamping since I couldn’t go outside.  The constant checking on trees  made to hard to focus.

I was only able to complete one card. These have bee around for several years.  I originally wanted to make elf shoes that went around K-cups.  I thought it would make the cutest present.  The Top Note  die was too small. (I may have to try to draw something large enough.)

I decided to cut the top note pieces to make a card. Cut the top note from center to center the long way first. Each half will make one pair of elf shoes.  Next, take the long piece and cut that in half at the center point.  I used punches to cut the curves of the shoes.             image

I placed the 1″ circle punch on the outer edge and punched about 3/4 of a circle. I used the small oval punch for the top cuff of the boot- just enough to give it a slight curve. The gold pompons were punched with a small circle punch that has retired. I bet the large circles from the owl punch will work.  For the stockings, I cut 1″ strips of designer series paper.  The card base was embossed with the Polka Dot embossing folder.

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Fabulous Frankie Treat Holder

imageHi Stampers! Welcome to my creative spa.  Did you need a last minute Halloween treat holder?  These little Frankensteins are super cute and super easy to make. They hold a little snack size candy bars.

They are start with a 3″x3 1/2″ piece of green card stock.  I used Old Olive for most of them.  In the video, I used Garden Green.  I also used a grass punch for the hair, but a few snips with scissors can make the hair just as easily.

I love the fact that these only take a few minutes to make since I am always doing things last minute.  The exception to this, is planning my November Classes.  Make gift bags, Christmas cards, or a scrapbook tin.

On another note. My daughter has finished soccer.  She is now in tumbling, which is only one day a week instead of three.  I am also taking classes for my teacher recertification this semester. One of them is Google Analytics.  Since I have to analyze data, I will have to be more consistent with this blog.  Other classes kept me away- this one ail actually allow me to combine both my jobs.  Woohoo! Feel free to leave comments here, on my Youtube Channel, or my Facebook page.  Share it as well if you like.  The more data I have to analyze the better.

Here is the video to watch. Fabulous Frankie Treat Holders.

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Thanks to a Cat Groomer

imageHere is a Thank You card to send to my local pet groomer.  She did an amazing job shaving my cat.  Yes, you heard me correctly, shaving my cat.  My cat has fur that is 3″ long.  Needless to say spring/summer consists of fur everywhere!

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So back to my card.  It is made with retired colors.  I couldn’t even tell you which colors exactly.  It was made with current stamps and punches.

The fence is the wood background stamp.  The cats face is a 1″ circle punch. The eyes are Neutral Candy Dots with marker pupils.  The nose and whiskers were also drawn on.  The ears are punched from Elegant Butterfly Punch and Small Butterfly Punch.  The body is the 1 1/2″ circle punch.  The tail I cut free hand. The flowers are punched with the flower punch from Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack.  Of course a few rhinestones for a little touch of bling.

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Hexagon Hive Soccer Scrapbook

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Good Morning Stampers.  Yesterday, I mentioned I learned how to make a soccer ball with the Hexagon Hive Framelit from Lynn Starzl.  As soon as I saw her little soccer card, I knew I HAD TO HAVE the Hexagon Hive Framelit.

My daughter had played soccer last fall and between myself and the school photographer, I ended up with several nice digital photos.  Now I need to get them printed.

My daughter is also participating in Spring Indoor Soccer.  I may be making lots of soccer ball scrapbook pages and cards for coaches.

imageI cut the Hexagon Hive Framelit from Basic Black card stock and then glued it to a piece of Whisper White.  I the then placed everything on my magnetic  plate in my Big Shot.  When using the Circle Framelits to make the balls, you can get at least two depending on the size of the balls you make.  In this photo, I used the 3rd and 4th circles from the center of the set.

The base of the scrapbook page is a piece of 8″x8″ Soft Sky card stock.  The grass is Wild Wasabi cut 1 1/2″x8″.  I used the Fringe Scissors to make the grass. I cut a photo frame 4 1/4″x 6 1/4″.  Finally, I used the Banner Punch to cut So Saffron banners to trim the photo. The year was stamped using ABC-123 Alphabet & Number  clear stamp set with Tempting Turquoise ink.

I’m off to the store to pick up my photos.

Suppllies needed to make this project:

  • 133325 Fringe Scissors
  • 132965 Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die
  • 130911 Circles Collections Framelits
  • 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • 130658 Magnetic Platform
  • 131203 Soft Sky Card Stock
  • 108641 Wild Wasabi Card Stock
  • 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • 105118 So Saffron Card Stock
  • 126952 Tempting Turquoise Ink Pad
  • 130565 ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers
  • 133519 Banner Punch (Free from the Saleabration Catalog with $50 purchase)

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You Are My Sunshine!

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Need a little sunshine in your life.  We are having snow again in Maine.  At least is warming up enough for the kids to go outside and play.

I am dreaming of sunshine, warm weather and flip flops.

My card was inspired by Liisa Rhine. I saw her card online (Pinterest I think).  And thought it was adorable.  It was so cheery when it was snowing here.

I embossed the Bermuda Bay card base with Decorative Dots Embossing Folder from the Saleabration Catalog.  The sun was punched from Pumpkin Pie with the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  Next time I think I will go a little smaller. The sunshine rays are Daffodil Delight punched with the Banner Blast punch also from the Saleabration catalog. If you read the fine print it will also be in the 2014-15 Catalog. The fluffy white clouds are made with new Word Bubble Framelits.  I love when you can use an item for more then one thing, don’t you??

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Rudolf and Chocolate

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Here is a little hostess gift I made using punches and framelits.  I will be posting several items  that can be cute gifts for coworkers, neighbors, the mail man etc.  I love to let people I work with know I am thinking of them.  However, when you work with 70 people in your building and directly with a dozen of them, large gifts are out of the question.  (Or at least for my wallet :) )I love chocolate and so do most of my coworkers. I think this is a wonderful way to decorate it for Christmas.

The tag is cut from Cherry Cobbler using the Chalk Talk framelits set. I decorated it with Seasons of Style Washi Tape. Rudolf is punched from Crumb Cake card stock using the owl punch (cut the little legs off and you have Rudolf’s head). I used the 1/2″ circle punch with Red Glimmer paper for his nose.  I used google eyes from the local store.  His antlers areEarly Espresso cut from a retired snowflake punch . If you have the Festive Flurry framelits, the large snowflake has shapes that could be antlers as well.

The chocolate is wrapped in strips from the Seasons of Style Designer Series Paper Stack.   I believe the Hershey’s nuggets need a strip 1″ x 3 1/2″.   I already gave this away before I wrote down the measurements.  The baggie is a pretzel bag from the candy section at the local craft store.  The name brand bags are skinnier which hold the nuggets better. A piece of bakers twine tied it off.

Items used to make this project:

  • 132181 Season of Style Designer Series Pack
  • 132155 Season of Style Designer Washi Tape
  • 129983 Chalk Talk Framelits Dies
  • 119685 Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
  • 121790 Red Glimmer Paper
  • 120953 Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • 119686 Early Espresso Card Stock
  • 123125 Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine (photo shows retired green)

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Bat Bag Topper

 

 

Autumn is definitely here.  Temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling. Smells of apples cooking warm the house.  Before you know it Halloween will be here, as in tomorrow.  Once again it’s Mr. Big Shot to the rescue.  What would I do without him??

imageThe bag topper is the top note die cut out in black card stock.  The moon is a 2 1/2″ circle punched from yellow and the edges are sponged. The bat body is made from the owl punch.  He is sponged in white craft ink.

The wings are actually from the butterfly die run through the Big Shot as well.  The butterfly was cut in half, and the small scallops are made with the 1.2″ circle punch, punching three small scallops.  The tree branch is from the bird builder punch.

I hope you enjoyed this really quick treat bag topper.  Now off to get the rest of a “cheerleader” costume.

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Fathers Day/Summer Scrapbook Page

Here is a page I did for my June stamp club.  This was inspired by a card made by my “stamping sister” Connie Staples at a downline meeting.  She made a great

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little card with a BBQ grill on it that said Happy Father’s Day.  Well, it was almost Father’s Day when we met for stamp club, so I switched it up to a scrapbook page and incorporated a new alphabet stamp set.  I used the word Father because it didn’t use the same letter twice and I was trying to think of something simple for my ladies to use. Once there one of the ladies said “you could have turned the ‘w’ upside down and had it say SUMMER”.  Oh, if only I was that clever.

Anyhow, here how I made a fun scrapbook page using punches.  I love finding more ways to use punches since they are an investment.  I started off with an 8″x8″ Soft Sky background.  Added and 8″x2″ strip of Pear Pizzazz and snipped it across the top with my scissors. The grill is punched with the 1 3/4″ circle punch out of Basic Black. The grilling surface and legs are punched with the Word Window Punch from Smokey Slate card stock.  Also, the Word Window Punch was double punched from Basic Black.**  If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see a little handle on the grill and a little red hamburger, those are just scraps of the Smokey Slate and Real Red card stock cut using the Holiday Ornament Framelit set.  It’s just a piece of the top of any ornament in that set.  Or if you have the top of the retired ornament punch, that will work too. Finally, I used my paper piercer and mat to add mini brads to give it the look of hardware.  You know how men like their version of bling :)  Oops, I forgot the verse.  I placed all the letters from the new ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Number set and inked them with a marker.  Different verses that could be placed on here are BBQ, SUN IN THE FUN,  SUMMER FUN or maybe even MY DAD.

** Double punched refers to punching a shape once and reinserting part of the punched piece back into the punch and punching it again.  Note to self: make a video showing this.

This share was put off a little bit due to the fact my friends at VC Rocks are having a little blog hop featuring Punches, the Big Shot,  and Simply Scoring Tool.  I thought this project fit in perfectly with  that theme.  Feel free to check them out.  They are a group of very talented ladies.

 

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 119873 1 3/4″ Circle Punch
  • # 119869 1/2″ Circle Punch
  • # 119857 Word Window Punch
  • # 130565 ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers
  • # 131201 Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
  • # 131203  Soft Sky Card Stock
  • # 131202 Smoky Slate Card Stock
  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # 100082 Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
  • # 127816 Holiday Ornament Framelits
  • # 133439 Big Shot Die cutting Machine
  • # 122941 1/8″ Mini Brads
  • # 126199 Pierce Mat
  • # 126189 Paper-piercing Tool

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Go in the Direction of Your Dreams Graduate

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Here is a graduation card using Word Play.  I am sad to see this set retire :(  I used the Chalkboard Technique since chalkboards remind me of school.  Of course someday, we will have to come up with the “Whiteboard Technique” since most schools don’t have real chalkboards any more.

Anyhow, when I was asked to design a graduation card; I had to think about it for a while.  I don’t own a graduation stamp set. I started thinking about high school graduations and college graduations.  They always seem to have the theme of be everything you can be, follow your dreams, be productive in society, etc. I felt the verse “go in the direction of your dreams” seemed fitting.  Then, I thought about how to incorporate a school theme.  Chalkboards are school related.  Ok there is half my project.  It still needed something.  People hang banners at graduation parties. So out came the Hearts a Flutter set & framelits. Not knowing if the person was graduating from high school or college, and not knowing school colors, I opted for black and white.  Certainly the banner could be made to match the school colors of your choice. I used a white gel pen to make the frame of the chalkboard and string of the banner.

Have you ever used the chalkboard technique on any of your cards or scrapbook pages? If you don’t know how to create this technique, come back tomorrow for my first ever YouTube video tutorial. I hope you like it.

Supplies to make this project:

  • # 120308 (w) # 120651 (c) Word Play Stamp Set* 
  • # 131098 (w) # 131097 (c) Hearts a Flutter Bundle
  • # 106960 White Staz-On Ink Pad
  • # 101610 Sponges
  • # 105021 Uni-Ball Gel Pen
  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

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Baby Bib Punch Art

baby bibIs it really punch art when I used framelits instead of punches? I don’t know, but I did use two small punches for the verse; does that count?

I had a challenge from a customer not too long ago.  She asked if I would design a baby card or two for her.  “Sure, no problem,” I said.  Ummm, I had a slight problem when I went to my craft room.  I don’t own a single baby stamp set. The only “baby stamp” I own is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and it says Welcome Baby.

“Just great Stace, what are you going to do now.” Yes, I talk to myself quite often.  You don’t need to worry unless I start arguing with myself. :) Well, I did what anyone who has opened their big mouth too quickly.  I went on the internet.  I saw a few items on Pinterest that had this design so I don’t know who the original creator is.  Cuddos for being so cleaver and saving my butt.

It was very easy to CASE (copy and share/steal everything- a very high form of flattery in the crafting world). I used the largest framelit with the scallops to cut the base in  Certain Celery.  A smaller oval for the white part of the bib (which ever size you like depending on how much background color you want to show).  I cut the neckline using just the end of the oval framelit.  Emboss everything with an embossing folder.  Stamp just the baby, punch it & layer it.  There you have it, a cute baby bib.

Supplies to create this project:

  • # 105125  Certain Celery Card Stock*
  • # 105106 Certain Celery Stampin’ Write Marker*
  • # 117152 Designer Series Pack Soft Subtles*
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 126877 Whisper White 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
  • # 129404 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • # 119873 3/4″ Circle Punch
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die cutting Machine
  • # 117335 Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
  • # 129381 Ovals Collection Framelits
  • # 115370 (w) # 127802 (c)Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set

* Get these items from the retirement list before they are gone for good.

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Happy Birthday Cupcake

Sorry I am behind this past week. Last week was school vacation, the daycare I work for was busy all week which meant I worked all day everyday.  We kept the children very busy (and the adults too).  We went hiking & made gnome houses for the wood gnomes. We went to the circus, which entailed several hours on a school bus. We went roller skating. I need a vacation after vacation.  I went to bed early every night.

 

Mountain view

This is a view from our hike. It wasn’t a super sunny day, which made it nice for the hike.  The kids were warm but not too hot.  They like to whine when they get to hot :)  I think I may have to play with My Digital Studio a little with some of the photos.

Ok, now back to stamping. Here is a quick and simple card that only takes a few minutes to make.  Changing the colors can change it from being girlish to boyish. I have  made this card in blues & greens, which made an adorable card for a boy.

make a wish femaleThis is a must have in your arsenal of quick card ideas.  A card base, a little Designer Series Paper, a Big Shot Die, and the cupcake punch.

I wish I had taken a better photo of this card.  It looks very flat.  However, the yellow Designer Series Paper (DSP) is actually on the inside of the card.  I took my standard size card and cut about an inch and a quarter off the right hand side.  The DSP is cut about one and half inches and placed on the inside of the card. The whisper white card stock cut with the top note die is adhered to the front left side of the card only.

Supplies for this project:

  • # 126859 Raspberry Ripple Classic Ink
  • # 126842 Raspberry Ripple Card Stock
  • # 126845 Raspberry Ripple  3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon
  • # 117155 Designer Series Paper Stacks Brights Collection
  • # 100730 Whisper White Card Stock
  • # 121807 Cupcake Builder Punch
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 113463 Top Note Bigz Die
  • # 129219 (w) # 129222 (c) Make A Wish Stamp Set
  • # 126922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper

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Happy Bearday

Happy bearday punch art

Happy Bearday or is that birthday?  Either way, this little bear is adorable.  He only takes a few minutes to make with punches.  It is a pretty straight forward punch art card.  A stamped birthday wish-and wahlah. A fast card for child or adult.

The honeycomb background is perfect for a little birthday bear.  Bears love honey, right??

Supplies needed for this project:

  • # 120906 2 1/2″ Circle Punch-head
  • # 119868 1″ Circle Punch-ears
  • # 119873 3/4″ Circle Punch-inner ear & paws
  • # 119855 Large Oval Punch-muzzle
  • # 119869 1/2″ Circle Punch- eyes & nose
  • # 113439 Big Shot
  • # 105021 White Gel Pen
  • # 119686 Early Espresso Card Stock
  • # 101650 Very Vanilla Card Stick
  • # 121045 Basic Black Card Stock
  • # 100702 Old Olive Card Stock
  • # 101406 Black Staz On Ink Pad
  • # 122650 (w) # 122652 (c) Delightful Dozen Stamp Set
  • # 129378 Honeycomb Embossing Folder

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Stace