Groundhog Paper Piecing

February 2nd of every year is marked by Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog & weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil.  On this day his handler’s take him from his posh home (a glass encased enclosure in the city park, for those who are wondering and haven’t been to Punxsutawney) and take him to Gobbler’s Knob so that he may be ceremoniously pulled from a log-shaped box and deliver his prediction for the upcoming 6 weeks of weather. If Phil sees his shadow, it is a prediction of 6 more weeks of winter; no shadow means an early Spring.  Of course, it would not be groundhog day without somehow incorporating a groundhog into your day.  So, today I share with you my groundhog creations, and his prediction results.

My groundhog is made with the bunny (ears trimmed with snips) from the NEW Basket Bunch dies in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.  The teeth are hand cut. The cheeks & eyes are from the cookie cutter & owl builder punches and the grass/dirt is from the now retired jolly hat builder punch.

In the second version of Phil above, I only used the Basket Bunch dies and Owl builder punch (for all the circles needed).  The Basket Bunch dies include the die which will form the black shadow and grass, which I later used snips to cut in places to hide the groundhog and prevent overhang of the shadow.

Other dies used in both embellishments above included the Stitched Shapes framelits, Layering Oval framelits, and Layering circle framelits.

If you ever make it to this part of the world some February 2nd to see Phil in person and want to see where all the groundhog action takes place, get there before the sun rises, bundle up in very warm clothing, and look for this statue to point the way to the festivities…

The whole town has various unique groundhog statues which make great photo props.  You could make a day (or 2!) of it by getting photos with each one.  They are all different and fun to see.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Until next time…

-Joanne

A Fox Punch Merry Christmas

My last daily punch art share before I take a break to enjoy the Christmas holiday is this little pine tree.

The finished tree is only a little over 1″ tall.

I made an adorable mantel scene with this tree and some other cute holiday items to adorn it (all Fox Builder Punch Art items), but due to my recent health issues I didn’t finish the tutorials or photographs for mantel scene I created.  So, the sharing of that scene will have to wait for some future date.

From me to you I wanted to share my gratitude for all the support, kindness, and friendship you all have shared this year as I’ve launched this blog and then proceeded to increasingly struggle with ongoing health issues which have prevented me from making this blog everything I wanted.  Stampin’ Up! recently  had a stamp that said, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” and I so agree. Crafting creates happiness and meeting great people during the creative process is such a fantastic added bonus.  I appreciate each one of you!

Enjoy each moment of this week, however you may choose to celebrate the days ahead.  I’ll be back to posting after Christmas to share some layouts so you can get your Christmas photos in scrapbooks.  Plus I’ll have some cards to highlight products from the upcoming (Launching January 4, 2017) Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Catalogs.

I wish you happiness, health, & blessings.

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to make a Punch Art Walrus

Continuing along this week with my daily posts of my punch art designs using the Stampin’ Up! Fox & Owl Builder Punches, I have this walrus to share.  He’s just one of the Sea Life Creatures (you may have seen my octopus the other day) which I created with these 2 punches.  

He turned out really cute!

Yes, I really do have a whole menagerie of punch art critters which I’ve designed. If this is the first post you’ve caught, you might wish to look back over some of my other punch art designs by clicking on the Punch Art link under Categories.  There you will see some other designs and the basic blueprint on how to create them.  Most aren’t hard to make, but some take a bit more time than others to put together. Punch art does take a bit of patience.

Stop by again tomorrow as I will share another one of my punch art creations- a special daily series before Christmas.

I would love to hear from you.  Please let me know in the comments if you are enjoying my punch art and have any favorites.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

How to make a Punch Art Baby

The Fox & Owl Builder Punches are must haves for little creations like this cute little punch art baby.

While I made my baby with black hair and a pink bow, you could easily change these colors to better suit your little one’s identity.

I don’t find myself making too many baby cards anymore, so having the Fox & Owl builder punches doing double duty when I need to make one or two is quite nice.

I imagine it might be quite cute to give this little baby a diaper or onesie to wear also.  So, I might do that in the future.

Are you enjoying all the punch art creations?

Stop by again tomorrow as I continue sharing some more of my punch art designs.

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to make a Punch Art Ladybug

Today’s installment of my original punch art designs (a special daily offering before Christmas), is this little ladybug.

While winter may be in full swing here in Western Pennsylvania, these little ladies will soon be crawling & fluttering about when Spring & Summer greets us once again.

Creating multiples of this Ladybug and adding to a red, black, & white scrapbook page with the title “Cute As A Bug” is an easy way to highlight the little one in your life (whether they have 2 or 4 feet!).

I would love to see how you decide to use some of my punch art designs. Please share your thoughts or final creations in my comments.  It would be nice to hear from you.

Are you wondering what tomorrow’s punch art design will be?  I’ll let you in on the secret…it is a baby!  I hope you’ll stop by and check it out.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Three Simple Flowers From the Fox Builder Punch

Today I’m sharing how to make 3 simple flowers (Plus a bonus = 4)From the Stampin’ Up! Fox Builder Punch. 

The first of the simple flowers made from the Fox Builder Punch is a daisy.  This flower is perfect for the “(s)he loves me, (s)he loves me not” Valentines, a flower bouquet, or just because daisies are a lovely simple flower. You should have no problem making this punch art even as a beginner.

BONUS FLOWER: Turn this daisy into a sunflower!  Just change the color of your card stock.  Try Crushed Curry for the petals and Chocolate Chip for the center. If you want your center to be larger, try the larger Owl Builder Punch circle or substitute the circle punch (1″ is nice) of your choice.

For the second flower, I’m sharing a lotus flower. The simple beauty of a lotus flower floating in a body of water is a wonderful site.  I imagine the our goofy frog from the Host(ess) set “Love You Lots” hanging out in this lotus-filled pond.  While my sample is in the pink family, I believe a nice Wisteria Wonder and Sweet Sugarplum or Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral variety would also look nice.

 

The third flower today is just in time for last minute Christmas items!

You can always give more depth to any Punch Art creation by adding sponged edges, small pen techniques, or even a bit of sparkle with the Wink of Stella(r) clear.

These flowers are very simple and I hope you have a chance to give them a try some time soon.

Are you starting to see that Fox Builder Punch differently?

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For $18.00 it really is a good investment piece which creates a multitude of different items.

Have fun playing with your punch.  I’d love to see your final projects in my comments!

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to create a punch art Octopus

This Octopus was just one of my sea-life punch art designs which I made this summer (2016) when I first began playing with the Stampin’ Up! Fox Builder Punch.

I really like how this octopus turned out.  I’ll warn you, punching all the little circles and applying them can take some time, but I find fussy things like this therapeutic and fun.  So, I didn’t really mind.

Placement of the tentacle “arms” of the Octopus is up to you. As you can see from the photo, some times I placed the more pronounced tail curl under the body and sometimes it was the part of the tentacle “arms” I wanted to show.  Before attaching to the body, I placed the pieces as I wished and rearranged as needed.  then, I could just pick up the body and add adhesive and attach.

This particular punch art design really reminds me why I purchased (and love) the little silicone mat Stampin’ Up! sells.  It keeps glue off your table and allows you to put a little puddle of glue on the mat and use the paper piercing tool to pick up those tiny circles and dab in the glue before moving and attaching to your piece. It really makes easy clean up too!

I hope you have fun making this octopus!

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to create a Clown with the Fox & Owl builder punches

There has been a lot said about clowns in the news in 2016.  So, it seemed only appropriate to come up with a clown punch art creation .

I attempted to create a cute clown and not the creepy ones terrorizing people everywhere.  Although, I know a lot of people who think “cute clowns” can’t be uttered as a phrase.

The punched pieces and materials needed are listed on the diagram below:

Perhaps you could pair this clown with the balloon punch to make some cute birthday cards.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to have a few short posts like this one to share some of the Punch Art I’ve created as I know many people are waiting to see new creations.

Eventually, my health will hopefully cooperate and I’ll be able to organize and create the downloads of the entire Punch Art collection I’ve created thus far.  Until then, at least I can share a few of my personal designs.  I hope you enjoy them.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Thanksgiving Cards -Three Ways

Now that these three Thanksgiving cards are in the mail and on to their way to the intended recipients, it is time I can share them.

Unlike most of my other posts, there will be no detailed instructions for these cards. However, you can always contact me or leave a comment if you need help with anything.

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For the first two cards I used  Timeless Textures stamps to stamp, heat emboss, and then complete the emboss-resist technique with daubers & inks.

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As you can tell by these cards, the recipients celebrate this holiday in very unique ways: a traditional harvest feast, turkey dinner and a day watching football, and the most unique- a Fast Food meal because these friends are usually travelling over the holiday and love a certain fast food chain and a certain Rib sandwich that often is only available for a limited time around the holiday season.

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This year Thanksgiving is November 24th.  However you spend this day may you be blessed & remember to appreciate all the little things in life.  There is always something which we can be celebrating and for which we can express gratitude.  Sometimes it just takes a moment to pause and remember what that is.

Thank you for visiting!

If you’d like to purchase any of the above products, I’d love to be your demonstrator.  Click HERE to be taken to my online store.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Color Blocked November Scrapbook Layout with Fox Builder Punch Art

  1. Making a color blocked Scrapbook layout is one of the easiest ways to quickly finish a 12″x12″ layout.   If you have any undesirable pieces of patterned paper lying around, it can also make use of that as a base.  How about that for a win-win?!

su-november-punch-art-color-block-scrapbook-layout1. Choose your base page

In order to make a color blocked scrapbook layout you must first have a base page on which you will attach your pieces.  Typically this page will not be seen and therefore is perfect for the unused patterned paper that you may have lying around which you didn’t like.  Since Stampin’ Up! paper is thick enough that patterns don’t show thru other layers you don’t need to consider this issue, but other companies and bold prints may not work well together.  So, you may wish to consider that if you are not working with heavy weight paper to avoid v bleed through of a strong pattern.

2. Choose your Colors.

If you look at this layout you can see that I chose a Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Neutrals stack.  It is soft suede with white polka dots.  In choosing my colors, I started with those represented in the patterned paper. Then I chose others to highlight and go with my theme (November: Autumn colors)-I chose Pumpkin Pie and Emerald Envy.

3. Create a Blocked Layout

This is up to you how you decide to break up your page.  I usually like to have bigger photos on my pages and so I usually think in 4″x6″ or 3″x4″ blocks first. Color blocked layouts contain straight lines and even block endings, columns or rows.

In the example above my title strip is 4″x12″, the second row contains blocks which are 2″x2″ and one center 2″x4″ block for the punch art. The bottom row contains 3) 4″x6″ blocks.

4. Placement of colors & patterns matters

While color blocking is easy to do, you must remember that if you want the same color or pattern sharing the entire border edge, you should just make a longer piece; example in the title strip making it one solid 4″x12″ piece instead of 2 separate 4″x6″ pieces. While you could have separate pieces, it looks better as one continuous strip and gives you more flexibility with your other border endings on the page. As you continue developing your page, think of putting your similar colors in symmetrical placement as the example of mirroring the Pumpkin pie squares or diagonal placement as the Emerald Envy pieces match up touching corners

5. Create focal points within your blocks

  • The first focal point you find in this example is the title.  Using the same colors in the layout, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits and Brushwork Alphabet stamps to stamp my title “November”.  If you’ve used these letters you know you have to stamp them one at a time getting a title as follows:

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You can see a light pencil line in the photo.  I recommend the pencil line in order to keep your letters straight and remind you as you’re stamping to line up the ends of  the letter tails so they later will be able to be attached using a marker in the same color to complete the script look shown in the final layout title. Don’t forget to erase your pencil line when you are done.

  • The second focal point in this layout is the punch art I created from the Fox builder punch.  I’m using this layout to scrap a Thanksgiving dinner celebration from years ago (Yes, I’m way behind!) and here in the U.S.A. we are taught early in life that this celebration is in honor of the coming together of the pilgrims with the indigenous people at the time-American Indians.  So, my pictures of the dinner will be overlooked by these cute punch art characters.

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To create the punch art above:

  • Using the Fox builder punch, punch faces and noses from Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, and Peekaboo Peach Card stock. Attach noses to match face colors Trim ears away on each.
  • For Pilgrim Woman: Punch 1 face in white and mount on back of Blushing Bride face with ears pointing down. Punch a mask in white. Attach pointing downward and then trim points evenly off the end to form collar. Punch 1 & 1/2 masks in black.  Trim apart to form 3 oblong pieces and add to face as seen in sample for hair. Punch 1 mask (only need part without ears) in white and trim to form head covering.  Attach. Draw face using fine end of black marker.
  • For Indian: Punch 1 mask in Early Espresso.  Cut apart and attach to form hair. Punch 1/2 mask in Smoky slate (keep whole), white, cherry cobbler, and crushed curry- Cut 3 latter to form stripes.  Attach.  Allow glue to dry before snipping edges for feather appearance. Draw face using fine end of black marker.
  • For Pilgrim Man: Punch 1 black mask and attach for hair.  Draw face using fine end of black marker. Punch 1 body in Early Espresso.  Snip very small amount from rounded end to make it flat.  Cut from this newly flattened end diagonally to small bump (bottom of body) on each side. Punch white strip of just the bottom bump area from body and attach to hat. Trim any white overhanging hat.  Add buckle in crushed curry by punching a nose & attaching.
  • The Third focal area in this layout is the journal area and small photo mat whichwas made into the bottom middle (it balances the title) block.  Again, the Layering Ovals Framelits were used and a 3″x4″ Soft Suede mat was situated inside the larger 4″x6″ block.

Working in odd numbers is often considered good design in scrapbooking.  Thus my choice of 3 focal areas beyond what the pictures once placed in the open blocks/mat will allow.

Project Life®  (PL) is actually just an adaptation of this color blocking idea.  With the pocket page dividers you just slip your pictures and designed cards into slots.  If you like color blocked 12″x12″ pages, perhaps you’d like to give that style a try.  It is a much faster process and you could still make title and highlight pages in the 12″x12″ format.  I find this hybrid collaboration the way I like to complete (and hopefully catch up) my pages these days.  Since Stampin’ Up! has a line of PL designs in their catalog, you know you can find matching papers and embellishments without much work.  How great is that?!

I hope you enjoyed this project and give it or at least the punch art a try.

Until next time…

-Joanne