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?

Fox Builder Punch

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

 

Jar of Haunts: Holiday Traditions

Halloween may be long over, but don’t put away that Jar of Haunts stamp set yet.

The sinister eyes in the Jar of Haunts stamp set was the reason I initially bought this set. They screamed “BUY ME” so loudly that I almost didn’t give the rest of the set a second thought. It wasn’t until I played with the entire set that I really began to like them all.  BUT this image is still my absolute favorite in the set, because I knew I was going to make this guy:

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Isn’t he great?!

I really love how this turned out and believe I will be making quite a few of this punch art this season and probably for years to come.  They are quite easy to make and everyone in my family loves holiday television specials, with this guy featuring as one of our favorite characters.  His transformation reminds us of love and that Christmas means more than things. It is this reminder we all need at the holidays.

Materials Needed:

  • Jar of Haunts stamp set
  • Acrylic block (I used D block)
  • Fine tip Scissors such as SU! Paper Snips
  • 1 3/4″ circle punch
  • Stazon Jet Black Ink
  • Project Life Black Pens
  • Old Olive card stock
  • Crushed Curry card stock
  • Fine Tip Glue Pen (or your preferred adhesive)
  • Jolly Hat Builder Punch
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock
  • Whisper White card stock

The Instructions:

  • Punch an Old Olive 1 3/4″ circle.
  • Stamp the eye image in black on this circle towards the top 1/2 of the circle (where eyes would be) & also stamp onto a scrap of Crushed Curry.
  • Cut out just the Crushed Curry eyes, leaving the black border intact, and attach over the Old Olive image.
  • Use a black Project Life Pen to draw the nose, grin, chin mark, and extra eyebrow markings.
  • Add a Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White Christmas hat made from the Jolly Hat Builder Punch.
  • Add a Whisper White fur strip from the Jolly Hat Builder Punch & then Cherry Cobbler one under it to mimic his collar & shirt.

I thought he would be cute to put in cards; punch a small hole and add a string for an inexpensive little decoration to send along in some of my cards as an added surprise.  Then I decided I also wanted to make him into a card.  This is how that turned out:

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The additional materials needed to make the card include:

  • Moroccan DSP (Delightful Dijon quatrafoil pattern) cut 3″x4″
  • Soft Suede CS cut 2 1/8″x4″
  • Old Olive CS for card base 5.5″x8.5″, scored in half @ 4.25″
  • Old Olive CS  2″x3″ for Scalloped Oval Die cut
  • Whisper White CS  2″x3″ for Oval Die cut
  • Early Espresso CS cut 1/2″x4″
  • Soft Suede Ink
  • Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Big Shot
  • SU! Snips
  • Layered Ovals Framelits
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp “Merry Christmas”
  • Acrylic Block D (can use smaller, I prefer this size for hand grasp)
  • A small scrap of Cherry Cobbler CS for hand cut heart
  • dauber
  • Dimensionals &/or Foam Adhesive Strips (I recommend having both)
  • Access to running water
  • Paper towel or old towel
  • Fine Tip Glue Pen

Instructions for card:

  • Attach Moroccan DSP using SU! Snail adhesive to top half of card leaving equal edge borders.
  • Attach Punch art character to Moroccan DSP.  Use Dimensionals or Foam Adhesive strips to raise hat & head portion, while applying SU! Snail adhesive to Collar portion.  *Collar bottom should line up with DSP bottom.
  • Stamp “Merry Christmas” from Teeny Tiny Wishes set onto Whisper White CS
  • Cut Merry Christmas sentiment (center it) using Layering Oval (2nd smallest oval) Framelit & Big Shot
  • Attach White Oval to Scalloped Oval with Dimensionals
  • Cut Layering Framelits Scalloped Oval from Old Olive CS
  • Apply Soft Suede Ink directly to raised side of the Brick Wall Textured Embossing Folder and run Soft Suede CS thru Big Shot. *Pay attention that bricks are running length of CS in proper orientation for card
  • Immediately run your empty inky embossing folder under water to rinse away ink.  Dry with towel.
  • Using Dauber & Soft Suede Ink, add ink to edges and any additional to bricks as you desire to give aged appearance.
  • Attach brick CS to lower half of card base using Dimensionals or Foam Adhesive Strips
  • Adhere Early Espresso CS strip so that it covers both brick & DSP area evenly.
  • Adhere Sentiment Oval directly to brick
  • Hand cut a Cherry Cobbler heart (use pencil to draw first if desired) & attach directly to brick
  • Add Fine Tip Glue Pen to entire heart to make glossy (this will take time-usually many hours/overnight+ to dry completely.  So, you may wish to omit if you can not leave it undisturbed for this long)

I have not yet completed an insert panel for this card, but I was thinking of using the stamp “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” as the interior sentiment.

I hope you now look at these eyes differently and find the Jar of Haunts set is not just for Halloween.

If you wish to purchase anything from the Holiday or Annual catalog and do not already have a demonstrator, I would love if you would shop with me HERE.  Every single order increment of $25.00 (before shipping & tax) between now & December 31, 2016 qualifies for one entry into my Happy Holidays Drawing.  (Example: order $25.00 in product-1 entry, order $65.00 in product-2 entries, order $101.00 in product-4 entries)  ONE winner will be randomly (using random.org) selected from qualified entries for a package containing these products:

  • 1 New Hostess Set (My choice)
  • 1 New Ink Pad (My choice)
  • Every 4 entries (from all my customers total during this period) adds additional items to the winning package.  More purchases = A bigger  winner’s gift package!  The winner is guaranteed to win the Hostess Set & Ink pad regardless of sales.

Winner will be announced January 1, 2017 around noon EST. Items will be mailed out no later than January 7, 2017.

Everyone who makes a purchase from me during this time will receive a card in the mail from me.  This card will contain an extra surprise! 🙂

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!

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Until next time…

-Joanne