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.


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


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.


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.

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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:


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.


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…


How to make a Cookie Cutter Bear Punch art character in Costume

This bear wearing a pumpkin costume is a perfect adornment for a Halloween card or scrapbook page.


The bear is made with the Cookie Cutter & Owl builder Punches with a Jack-o-lantern costume made from the Jar of Haunts stamp set.  The hat is made with the Fox builder punch.


  • Stamp a Jack-o-lantern from the Jar of Haunts stamp set & fussy cut after stamping.
  • Punch 2 Soft Suede Cookie Cutter bodies.
  • Cut arms off of both bodies- you will use these as ears & arms over the pumpkin.
  • Cut 1 body just above legs (he needs to be longer because of the pumpkin)
  • Attach to underside of your jack-o-lantern so that his feet stick out and his head and neck show at top.
  • Attach arms over pumpkin and trim to follow the pumpkin.
  • Punch a shirt and medium circles in Tip Top Taupe from the Owl builder punch.
  • Trim the shirt to form an oval which will form the bear muzzle.  Attach.
  • Draw smile on muzzle using the fine tip end of a black marker.
  • Attach Medium circles to other set of Soft Suede arms for ears and attach to underside of the head.
  • Punch an Emerald Envy bow from the Cookie Cutter builder punch-the sample is stamped using the matching bow stamp and Soft Suede ink.
  • Punch Whisper White circles from the Cookie Cutter builder punch for the eyes.
  • Punch Basic Black circles from the Owl builder punch for the eyes.
  • Attach black eyes to white and attach to the bear head.
  • Punch a Cherry Cobbler heart from the Cookie Cutter builder punch for the nose.  Attach.
  • The witch hat is made from the Fox builder punch.


You can check out full instructions for the hat in a previous post by clicking HERE.

I used this cute little guy & another without the pumpkin face on this color blocked scrapbook layout:


More details on color blocked scrapbook layouts will be provided this week with a single page November layout which matches this one. The November layout instructions include details on some new punch art as well.

All of the products I used to create the items above can be bought thru my Stampin’ Up! storefront by clicking here.

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How to make guilt free Candy Apples

It is Autumn, which means it is time to make things with apples!

Apple pie, apple sauce, apple butter, apple crisp, apple dumplings, apple cider, & candy apples. Here in Pennsylvania it is that time of year when making things with apples is at its peak. Biglerville, PA even holds the National Apple Harvest Festival and is finishing its two weekend run this weekend. While I haven’t been there for years, I have many fond memories from this festival from my childhood. At the festival you could make your way thru a multitude of stalls with apple-centric crafts and eat your way thru the experience with any of the above (and then some) apple-y treats. As a young girl I would never leave the festival without some type of candied apple on a stick. Yum! For this reason, I decided to make the following card to send to a family member who would get a good laugh at the memories conjured up by this autumn greeting.


The best part is that these apples can be enjoyed without the guilt of the calories that comes with the real thing.  Although, I think pairing these with a homemade apple treat might be nice, don’t you?

If you’d like to make this card, or just the punch art apples, read on for the details.


  • The Card Layers include a Soft Suede card stock (CS) base, Early Espresso layer and Early Espresso striped DSP layer (from the Neutrals DSP Stack).
  • Since chocolate drizzle seemed the most appealing, I went with Early Espresso Ink to stamp the image from Jar of Haunts onto a 1 3/4” punch circle in both Cherry Cobbler & Pear Pizzazz card stock.
  • Then I used the same color to color in the stamped image.
  • The circle was then also punched using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch’s largest circle(s) which is located close to the punch edge and allow for the 1 3/4” punched circle to be inserted so that a portion can be punched to form the ‘bump’ you may find on each apple.
  • A 2”x5/8” strip of Crumb Cake CS was inserted into the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch leg in order to get the rounded Popsicle stick look.
  • The 1/2” x 4” Soft Suede inked & embossed Brick Wall strip was made by inking the embossing folder before running thru the Big Shot machine.
  • Layered oval framelits with “sweet treats” sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set were stamped in Early Espresso Ink.
  • Whisper White Twine bows were added on each stick.
  • To finish it off, I added a glossy look to the chocolate drizzle by adding glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the entire chocolate drizzle area.

*Note: These will need to dry for about 24hrs, so make sure you have the space to leave them untouched for the glue to dry and take on that shiny appearance.

I set my stamp pad down on my first green apple while the glue was still sticky and didn’t notice it right away.  Once discovered, I was able to clean the glue off the ink pad, but I had to remake the apple. I got a good laugh since this triggered a memory of a time I was eating a candy apple and it slipped off the stick after only a few bites, creating a similar sticky situation & subsequent cleaning.  Isn’t it interesting how things can  bring back memories?   I hope this card brings back some good, and fun times for the recipient.

I hope you have a go at making some of these no-calorie, guilt free candy apples.

If you need any of the wonderful Stampin’ Up! products to make this or any other item, I’d love to be your demonstrator. You can shop with me by clicking HERE. Any order before October, 28, 2016 using hostess code: Q6HTERV3 will include a handmade card sample (my choice) sent directly from me as a thank you.

Until next time…



Wondrous Wreath meets Punch Art

When I purchased the Wondrous Wreath stamp set & matching dies from the 2014 holiday catalog, I knew I would be using it year round.  I’m glad it stuck around and made it into two Annual catalogs (so far) so that others could find the beauty of this set.

With the addition of some cute punch art and sentiments in die cut banners,  I believe the resulting cards are totally adorable!

The first is this jack-o-lantern wearing a punch art witch hat:

su-wondrous wreath jack-o-lantern-witch-punch-art-wreath-card-design

Isn’t that card quite a treat?!

Did you figure out the witch’s hat was made from the Fox Builder Punch?   If you read on, I”ll give you instructions.

But first, check out another card with a cute punch art crow in a similar card design using the Wondrous Wreath set.

su-crow-punch-art- wondrous wreath-card-design

Crows are kind of a quirky little bird; a bit of a nuisance, but fun to watch this time of year when most of the prettier summer birds have already begun their migration to warmer climates.  Maybe not so funny if they are chomping on your pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns though.

The focal point of these cards is the punch art hat & crow adorning the Jar of Haunts Jack-o-lantern nesting in the Wondrous Wreath.

The punch art creations are very simply made with some of  the fabulous Stampin’ Up! punches.  Punches are by far one of my favorite things, after stamps, in the Stampin’ Up! product line.  So easy to use and versatile too.

The pieces:


The Instructions:

The hat:

  •  Using the Fox Builder Punch & Basic Black CS, punch the entire body portion only and trim away white areas as shown in photo of pieces above.
  • Using the Fox Builder Punch & Basic Black CS, insert CS into the body portion so that only the bottom strip of the body punches out, giving you the black strip.  Repeat this to give you 2 Basic Black CS punched strips, and 1 Pumpkin Pie punched strip
  • Adhere Pumpkin Pie CS strip directly over the same area on your body punch which you’ve punched and trimmed to form the pointed hat top
  • Adhere Basic Black punch strips, one at a time slightly below Pumpkin Pie CS strip so that a portion of the orange shows AND an overhang creating the hat brim occurs.  The second black strip will overlap the first.
  • Attach this hat to the jack-o-lantern (OR any other critter or character to dress them for Halloween!)

The Crow:

It is made with the Fox Builder Punch, Owl Builder Punch, and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.

  • Using Basic Black CS, punch the body from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and trim away white areas as shown in photo.
  • Using Basic Black CS & the Fox Builder Punch,  punch 2 tail ends (no need to punch entire tail, just insert enough CS to cut tips of tail closest to punch edge) You will trim these later to follow curve of the pumpkin.
  • Using Basic Black CS & the Fox Builder Punch, punch 1  swooshy-thing (see photo) for feathers coming out top of crow’s head. Adhere to top underside of head punch.
  • Using Crushed Curry CS (other yellows work too) and Fox Builder Punch, punch the mask and trim to form beak.  Adhere to head (make sure you are adhering to front side-the “feather” is coming out top of underside/back.
  • Using Whisper White CS, Punch the small circles from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch for the eyes.
  • Using Basic Black CS, punch the smallest circles from the Owl Builder Punch for the eyes.
  • Adhere the Basic Black eye circles to the Whisper White eye circles
  • Adhere the assembled eyes to the head -they are best spaced within the beak width and just slightly above.
  • Attach Crow body to Pumpkin & wings as shown in final card.  You will trim wings to follow the edge of pumpkin so that it appears he is peeking out from behind it.

**TIP** This crow is meant to be hidden behind something, if you choose to hide him behind something other than this pumpkin, you may need to adjust how large his wings are and how they are trimmed to fit the piece.  (Try having him pop out of Jars or behind banners, holding signs, or peeking over fences or photos on a scrapbook page.

Instructions for the remainder of the card:

  • The card base is Basic Black CS 8.5″x5.5″ scored in 1/2 @ 4.25″ and folded
  • The 1st layer is Pumpkin Pie CS 4″x5.25″
  • The Hardwood Background stamped Layer is Crumb Cake CS stamped in Soft Suede Ink 3.75″x5″
  • The Wondrous Wreath is stamped in White Craft Ink onto Basic Black CS and Embossed with White Embossing Powder & heat gun. It is cut out using the matching dies.
  • The Sentiments are from Teeny Tiny Wishes & Banners For You stamped onto Pumpkin Pie CS using Stazon Jet Black Ink and die cut using Bunch of Banners Framelits (which is also available bundled with the Banners for you stamps)
  • The Jar of Haunts jack-o-lantern face was stamped onto Pumpkin Pie CS using Stazon Jet Black Ink, the pumpkin was stamped using Calypso Coral Ink.  The pumpkin was fussy cut using SU! snips (scissors).
  • The Banner sentiment & jack-o-lantern/punch art are popped up using dimensionals

I hope you’ve enjoyed these cards featuring the Wondrous Wreath set & my punch art designs. While I hope you find many other uses for my punch art,  I spent a lot of time creating my designs.  So, please remember to be kind and credit me if you are using these and sharing with others.  Check out my Terms of Use Page.

As always, should you wish to purchase some of these great Stampin’ Up! products, I’d be honored if you’d choose me as your demonstrator. I’m only a few sales away from my next title promotion.  You can shop with me as your demonstrator HERE.  If you place your order by October 28, 2016 AND enter this month’s Hostess code Q6HTERV3 on your online order form, I’ll send a replica of one of the two cards (my choice) you’ve seen above as a personal thank you.

Thanks for visiting.

Until next time…


Crafty Mademoiselle Welcome Punch Art Card

The Stampin’ Up! Fox Builder Punch creates great Punch Art projects!

This punch art lady represents the backstory of how I chose Crafty Mademoiselle as my blog name from my days as a French Teacher while also telling each one of you I am glad you are here to visit my blog.

SU! Welcome Teacher Punch Art Card

This teacher punch art is just one of many I recently created with Stampin’ Up! punches.  My punch art designs were created when I challenged myself to come up with 100+ punch art creations from the Stampin’ Up! Fox Builder Punch which was a new release in the June in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

When I first began playing with the Fox Punch, I chose to ‘Copy and Selectively Edit’ a fellow demonstrator from Germany , Lysette van Eekelen.  She had posted some of her beautiful creations on Pinterest.

Having had great fun with Lysette’s punch art designs,  I set out to create designs of my own, believing 100+ was easily possible.  After I had created enough of a mess that I needed to clean my work area, I decided to take a photo (at that time having made 96 items which included Lysette’s original designs as well as my own) and I posted the photo to 2 demonstrator only sites to show others how versatile this new punch is.  I received amazing feedback from these demonstrator sites and much encouragement to jump into blogging so that others could find me and my designs.

Here is the photo I posted:

SU! Fox builder Punch Art 96 items

Lysette’s 26 designs are contained within the 4 rows between the pink asterisks.  As stated, I altered some of her punch art designs slightly.  I did not have instructions to her designs. I only had a photo, which sadly did not include her name,  and I made them and edited as I desired. After posting this photo, with the asterisks & note that I was inspired by an unknown crafter, she commented on my post and I am able to share with everyone who it was who inspired me with the items between the asterisks.

I will be slowly introducing instructions to some of these and other punch art designs I made in my posts. (You’ll have to see Lysette’s site for hers.)  Additionally, I am working on providing downloadable tutorials on my punch art.  At the time this post and blog launched, my tutorials page is under construction, but they will be available  here .

In order to make the Crafty Mademoiselle Welcome Punch Art Card above, you will need the materials and sizes of cardstock (CS) listed in the following diagram:

SU! Welcome blackboard card

Now it is time to make some Punch Art!

  • Gather the Products Listed and punch out the pieces you need as indicated in the diagram.  It is always best to punch all needed pieces before gluing.
  • Use the Picture of the finished product as a guide to assemble.  I didn’t go into detail here as the diagram shows enough detail that you should be able to assemble this lady with the pieces & finished photo in front of you.
  • Since her head needed a support piece, there is a scrap you don’t see running behind her as support (size indicated on diagram) for her body and head.
  • When finished gluing, don’t forget to add her smile and white dots to highlight her eyes.

SU! Punch Art Teacher Lady

Don’t you think this would be a nice card to send to that special female teacher? (Sorry guys, I’ll have male punch art another day)

Scrapbookers: This punch art project would make a great focal point on a scrapbook page with the grade, teacher name or school name on the blackboard and a 1st day &/or school photo of your child as part of the page.  Inside the card you could write their favorite and least favorite things about the year. This gives your scrapbook page an interactive element. The Smoky Slate Neutrals Designer Series Paper stack I used as a photo backdrop in the card dimensions photo above would make for a great base to the page.  Mount your photos on Basic Black and Voila! an instant page with built in hidden journaling.

Here’s to the new beginning of my blog and all the creativity ahead… Cheers to you my new crafty friends!

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If I can help you with any of your Stampin’ Up! purchases, let me know. I’d love to be your demonstrator if you don’t already have one.  Just click HERE and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up! site where you can order some of the great SU! products used in today’s sample.

I know you are going to want that Fox Builder Punch (item#141470) if you don’t already own it.  It really is quite a great item! I will be featuring it, the Owl Builder Punch (item#118074), the Jar of Haunts stamp set (item#142247), the Jolly Friends stamp set & Punch Bundle (item#143511), & the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set & Punch Bundle (item#143493) in many of my punch art posts over the next few months.  Of course you’ll see other things too, but I believe you’ll really like some of the things I’ve come up with from these items and want you to have items in hand so you can create when you are inspired.  These items with the addition of a variety of cardstock, scissors, the Fine Tip Glue Pen,  a black marker, & white chalk pen will keep you creating fun stuff from here through Christmas. Add a few ink pads and embellishments & you’ll only wish you had more time!

Until next time…