Aug 18 2011

Blossom Bouquet + Lattice Die = Special Flowers

I absolutely love when multiple tools come together to create something unexpected.  That’s how I felt when I assembled this fun little flower embellishment, combining the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (see some other ideas here) and the Lattice Die for the Big Shot (see some other ideas for that die).

The little flower embellishment has three tiny Rhinestone Jewels in the center — they’re small, but great when grouped for effect.

The Poppy Parade petals are the little leftover pieces from the Lattice Die!  I used Tombow Multipurpose Glue to attach them to the back of the piece from the Blossom Bouquet Punch, one for each petal.

The leftover pieces from the die and the Triple Layer Punch all went onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, and I used the Lattice Embossing Folder to texture the whole background.

Don’t miss the greeting–it’s from the Happy Greetings stamp set, available in the Summer Mini Catalog, only until August 31st!

Happy Stamping!


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Jun 14 2011

Hello Blossoms: Pinks & Browns in Layers (Sneak Peek)

Here’s a little Sneak Peek from the upcoming 2011-2012 Stampin’ Up! Catalog, due out on July 1st! The Chocolate Chip Scalloped Polka Dot Ribbon is going to be a favorite.  I know I’m loving it already!

This card is super simple: it’s the three basic steps of stamping!

  1. Stamp (Hello Blossom stamp in Melon Mambo)
  2. Layer (Chocolate Chip Card Stock and Whisper White)
  3. Embellish (Triple Layer Blossom Bouquet Punch, a Square Rhinestone Brad and the new ribbon!)

By the way, have you pre-ordered or earned your new catalog for FREE yet?  Be sure to check my blog post for details!

Happy Stamping!


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May 27 2011

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: Triple Layer Punch Idea

Today I’m headed home from the Stampin’ Up! Alaskan Cruise.  Don’t worry, I didn’t spend my vacation blogging :-)  I set up my posts ahead of time, so this was actually written well before I left for the trip with my family.

But raindrops seem appropriate, since we have rain predicted for pretty much every day of our trip.  Not to worry again though–we’re prepared with our rain coats!

In any case, today’s card seemed appropriate to celebrate the rain in Alaska.

Today’s card uses the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch to create the little rain drops above the flowers. Be sure to check out some of my other Blossom Bouquet Tour projects.

This project is also one of the projects in the 2nd month of my Stamps in the Mail Club (click to learn more).  This Club runs for 3 months (May, June & July) and you can still sign up for the 1st kit.  Just use the link on my SITM page to fill out the form and sign up.

Finally, does earning a FREE CRUISE sound great to you? The good news is that each year as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator we have a chance to earn a free all-expenses Grand Vacation for 2.  Last year was an 8 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean.  This year is Alaska.  Next year is Disneyworld.  And the next year…? we’ll find out soon!

If you’re considering the opportunity to share what you love (stamping!), then this is a great time to join the Stampin’ Up! family.  The Starter Kit with My Digital Studio is 30% off until May 31st, which makes the kit $122.50 instead of the normal $175.  Even at $175 it’s a great deal–the kit has over $320 in Stampin’ Up! product.  Plus there are great benefits — the cruise vacation is just one possible perk (check them out).

Talk to your demonstrator about signing up, or if you don’t have a demonstrator, I’d be happy to talk with you.  The Starter Kit special ends on May 31st, so drop me an email or read more on my website or if you’re ready, you can sign up online right now!

Happy Stamping!


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May 24 2011

Triple Layer Punch Tour, Take 3

Day 3! Really, I could go on for weeks with this Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch. For Day 3 of my Triple Layer Punch Tour, I have a card with 3 blooms.  Get it?  Day 3? Three blooms? Okay, it’s weak, I know.

This card was originally designed by LovenStampfuls Demonstrator Melissa Guldberg.

The stems are from the Bold Blossom stamp set (see it online) in the Summer Mini Catalog, and the greeting is from the Word Play stamp set (see it online).  Word Play is one of the stamp sets available for 30% off until the end of May for National Scrapbooking Month.

Happy Stamping!


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May 23 2011

Triple Layer Punch Tour, Day 2

I just might have mentioned that I’m in love with this punch.  The Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (see it online) is never far from my right hand when I’m creating these days!

Here’s my Day 2 card for my Triple Layer Punch Tour:

If you saw my Color Block card the other day with the Touch of Kindness set, then you know I love this type of blocked layout for a square card.

Here, instead of punched squares, the pieces from the Blossom Bouquet Punch make up the pattern.  The last spot is taken by a greeting from the new Happy Greetings stamp set (see it online).

Happy Stamping!


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May 20 2011

Triple Layer Punch Tour: Blossom Bouquet Frame

Here’s a fun idea using the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch and the In Color Designer Series Patterns Papers. My demonstrator friend Shirley Casey designed this card for the LovenStampfuls Demonstrator Class last Friday evening.

Which of course reminds me to remind you that time is running out for the 30% Demonstrator Starter Kit offer.  Through the end of May you can get all the perks, discounts and benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, for only $122.50 instead of $175!  Be sure to check the Digital Starter Kit contents.

The flower in the center was created with the Triple Layer Blossom Bouquet Punch (check out some other Triple Layer Punch ideas).

Curious about the frame?  It’s a neat trick, too!

  1. Start with a 3-1/2″ square of paper and the Decorative Label Punch.
  2. Use a pencil to draw lines in a + shape on the back of the paper.
  3. Lining up the punch center with a line on one side, punch about 1/4″ into the paper.  Hint–you’ll just barely be able to see your pencil line at the far end of the punch window.
  4. Turn the paper 90 degrees and punch again.
  5. Turn again, punch, turn again, punch, and you have your window!

Looking for the leaf?  It’s actually the Little Leaves Sizzlit (see it online) for the Big Shot.

Watch for 2 more days of the Triple Layer Punch Tour!

Happy Stamping!


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May 03 2011

Coolest New Punch Design…ever!

My kids love Scooby-Doo cartoons, so I often get to see those 14-layer sandwiches that Scooby and Shaggy like to make.  Somehow the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch reminds me of a Scooby sandwich: lots of cool layers, and you can’t resist them!

The new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (see it online) is part of the Summer Mini Catalog that debuted on May 1st.  If you don’t have a paper copy of your own, be sure to ask your demonstrator for a copy.  Or if you need a demonstrator, let me know and I can mail you a copy.  (or click here to download it now as a pdf)

Like I said, it’s hard to resist this punch.  So when my sister-in-law visited this past weekend and saw the Flower Bonnet project, we decided to make a stack for her church’s Mother’s Day Brunch.  And of course we used the new Triple Layer Blossom Bouquet Punch!

For full directions on the hat box (you can put candy inside!), check out my post from last month.

If you haven’t tried these punches yet, here’s how they work.  The little lever at the end slides from left to right and you set it depending on which kind of punched shape you want.  In the US these are $23.95, which means they’re a great value–so many pieces and so many possibilities! Plus they take up less space in your crafting toolbox than storing or carrying 3 separate punches.

The layers can be used together or separately, and they’re great to use as mats for each other.  Pop a brad in the center, and you’re done!  I know you’re going to love these punches.  You’ll want to be sure to check out the Triple Layer Doily Punch, too (see it online).

Happy Stamping!


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