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

 

A Quick Stocking-Stuffer for the mint lovers on your list

I found these mints at the local grocery store and thought they would make a cute, inexpensive (the package of 3 was just $1.99) stocking-stuffer gift. They are called “Amuse Mints (r)” if anybody wishes to find them.

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The names on the tins helped guide me as I made the wrappers I put on them.  Because the top of this tin is slightly larger than the bottom, that took just a couple minutes longer to get a nice snug fit. They won’t slip out unless you give the tin a little nudge.  You wouldn’t want them falling out as someone reaches in their stocking to pull them out!

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The final dimensions on the wraps themselves are:

  • 5 1/8″x2 15/16″
  • Score @ 3/4″, 1 3/8″, 3 1/8″, 3 3/4″
  • Put your tear tape on the 3/4″ section and attach to 3 3/4″ side (larger side on top and should be flush with the score line-making it look seamless on the outside)
  • If using Designer Series Paper (like the snowman design) cut this to :         1 1/2″x 2 5/8″

The Mint tins are individually wrapped too and simply slide in and out either side of the wraps, with a gentle push.

You can decorate these any way you wish.  I had a few punches lying nearby and quickly made up these three.  I think I’ll be getting more of them to decorate with the Cookie Cutter builder, Owl builder, and Fox builder punches too.–Mints for everybody! 🙂

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While I plan on using these as stocking-stuffer and small just because gifts, these would be great craft fair projects too.

Thanks for looking!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Watermelon Wonder meets Peekaboo Peach Scrapbook Layout

Today I have a nice cheerful scrapbook layout to share using Stampin’ Up! Fruit Stand designer series paper, In-Color card stocks: Peekaboo Peach & Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo ink and the emboss resist technique with Versamark and White embossing Powder.

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Petite Petals & Flower Shop stamp sets & their matching punches were used to create the fantastic flower images. Punches are a very quick way to make multiples as I did in this layout. You truly won’t mind that you are making so many.

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The flowers were stamped onto Peekaboo Peach & Watermelon Wonder card stock with Versamark ink and then sprinkled with white embossing powder and heated before punching out. After the punched images were created, I used a dauber with Flirty Flamingo ink to the centers and edges of the flowers.  The embossed area resists the dauber ink and provides additional highlights and depth to the flowers without the ink covering the white stamped area-thus the “resist”.

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I also used this emboss resist technique on the journal tag “always” strip.  The word from this and the title which follows is from the Sunshine Wishes Stampset.

As you can see, I’ve already gone ahead and made lines with a Watermelon Wonder marker at 1/2″ spacing in order to write a few words with the Project Life black pen.  The words I selected highlight things which make my girls my sunshine.  I believe including my own writing is necessary for future memories. Even if I don’t like my own writing now, someone will cherish it some day.

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The Title was stamped with Watermelon Wonder ink onto Whisper White card stock and easily layered onto a Watermelon Wonder Scalloped oval both die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits.

Most traditional 12″x12″ scrapbookers I know are always behind in getting their pictures into Layouts.  Sadly, I am very behind.  Hopefully by blogging and making layouts to share, I will slowly catch up.  I’ve challenged myself  to post a layout a week.  So, if you wish to follow along, you can do so. Perhaps you’ll catch up too, if you are behind.  I’d love to hear if these layouts are helping you scrap your memories.  So, please share in the comments.

To make things easy to recreate this or a similar layout, here are the cut instructions:

  • You need 1)  12″x12″ Sheet DSP for background of page.  All other colors should match this patterned paper.  I chose this pattern from the Fruit Stand DSP collection and used the coordinating card stock pack to match.  So easy that way!
  • Watermelon Wonder: 7.5″x7.5″, 3.25″x4.25″ for Oval die cut, 1.25″x2″ for journal card header, and approximately 1/3 sheet for stamped/punched flowers
  • Peekaboo Peach: 2) 3.25″x4.25″ photo mats, 1) 4.25″x6.25″ photo mat, 1/2″x2″ strip for journal header, & approximately 1/2 sheet for stamped/punched flowers
  • Whisper White: 1) 3.25″x4.25″ for Oval title, 2.25″x4 7/8″ for journal area.

If you like different colors, it is easy to create this layout and change up the colors by selecting different patterned paper and matching card stock.  I thought these colors really highlighted the idea of sunshine.

Remember this is the time to stock up on DSP.  The Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper I used in the layout above is part of the October 2016 Buy 3, Get 1 deal.  Stock up now!

Until next time…

-Joanne

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.

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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.

Instructions:

  • 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…

-Joanne