Punch Art Critters: A Horse, Dragon, AND Unicorn with the Fox Punch

Today’s post shares how to put your Stampin’ Up! Fox punch to even more use by creating 3 more punch art critters. I’ve put the horse, dragon, and unicorn together in this post because creating them begins in a very similar fashion.

First, let’s take a look at the horse:

Poor little guy looks pretty sad that he can’t reach the Sprinkles of Life apple on the other side of that fence. Surprise-That fence is also created from the fox punch! (Those bonus directions are at the end of this post)

You’ll notice that the differences between the horse and dragon are small. Of course the change in colors is first, (the dragon looks cute in shades of blue, orange, red, and purple too!) but otherwise there is just an addition of the chest oval and a fire breathing swoosh. The tuft of hair can go either way based on preference. So, I wouldn’t count that as a difference to create this critter.

If you don’t have the now retired Owl Punch or Cucumber Crush cardstock, try making small modifications: change up the colors and use a black marker to draw in the eyes (pupils).

Lastly, take a look at the unicorn. Color changes and added flowers from the Sprinkles of life stamps & punch (the adorable compliment cupcake is made from that set also) aside, the only differences from horse to unicorn is the split circle nostrils and horn.

Unicorns are so popular now again, I’m sure this one will look great on a card.

These critters are very easy and so is the fence. With all the animals I created it just seemed natural to create something which would also look cute on a card or scrapbook layout and a corral to keep these critters seemed just right. Here is that simple bonus punch art:

You can make a second version of this fence (as seen above with the horse) by making the posts larger.  You just need to use the next section (above the white line on the diagram above) to get the larger post.

Thanks for stopping by. If you create any of these guys, I’d love to see your finished projects in the comments. Have fun!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

It’s official: My One Year Blogiversary AND A Contest!

Who’s having a one year blogiversary?

I am! I am! Yippee!

My official launch of this blog was one year ago today! How time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I posted a punch art photo and got asked, “Why don’t you have a blog?” After a month of planning and a lot of learning and many bumps along the way, I launched this craftymademoiselle blog.

Thank you to all who visit and especially to those who comment. I love hearing from everyone.

I wish to say a huge thank you anyone who was or is ordering from me & a special hello to my down line. You keep me going! Without you I am just a woman with a paper craft hobby who is absolutely crazy about Stampin’ Up!

There are still so many things that I want to accomplish with this blog.  I’m learning as I go and have struggled getting my punch art downloads page and downloadable items to work properly. Once I was almost there and was hacked! A big reminder that this is the internet where some people are not living with a kindness motto. I had to delete much of that body of work and start over. Then my dear friend the Stampin’ Up! Owl punch was retired/discontinued. RIP, my friend. I still love you. Please never break on me. I will accomplish that download page. I’m just not sure the time frame. I’m thoroughly disappointed it is still not ready and working properly at this one year mark. Thanks for being oh so patient during these learning/growing pains.

Now to celebrate my blogiversary with what started it all…punch art!

The how to for the cute owl hanging out in the Sprinkles of Life tree above. Check it out:

*Note: Delightful Dijon (an In-color 2015-2017) was retired.  Try using Crushed Curry.  Also, if you need a replacement for the 3/8″/Owl punch circle or even the 1/8″, the Circles on the Cookie Cutter Builder punch work well.

 

Blogiversary Contest:

As a special One Year Blogiversary Celebration, comment on this blog post today thru noon EST World Card Day (Saturday, October 7, 2017) and you will be entered (one entry per person) to win this Owl card and a free surprise (Stampin’ Up! product) in the mail.  The winner will be chosen by random using random.org and announced Sunday at noon EST. Upon announcement the winner will be required to contact me within 48hrs to claim their prize and provide their mailing address so that the card + surprise can be mailed out on October 11. If this person fails to contact me with their address within those 48hrs, the card/surprise is forfeited.

Thanks for celebrating my blog year with me today!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Stampin’ Up! has some great deals this month which are worth checking out.

As if a deal on Designer Series Paper wasn’t enough there’s another sale on select stamp sets to celebrate October 7th World Card Making Day.

You can shop both sales and get more information about the World Card Making Day sale HERE.

 

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

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

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!

Please Subscribe & stop by often to see the new things I’ve made. I have many things planned for this blog, including plenty of punch art designs.

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…

-Joanne