Sep 26 2014

Holy Bats, Batman! It’s a BAT box!

Halloween Bat Box: the Curvy Keepsakes Die is so adaptable! Bat & fun by LovenStamps

Earlier this week I had a FABULOUS evening crafting with friends.  Yup, that’s what a Stampin’ Up! party is all about!!  I brought all the supplies to make a couple of fun projects, and this little Halloween bat box was one of them.  Do you recognize the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies (135853)?

This is actually a pretty simple punch art creation. Let me get you started!

How to Make A Batty Box: a curvy keepsake box framelit project by LovenStamps

Be sure to pin the graphic above so you’ll be able to find it again.  And if you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

Start with a medium sized die from the Ovals Collection Framelits (129381) and cut an oval from Basic Black card stock (121045)).

Cut the oval in half on a diagonal.

Use a 1-1/4″ Circle Punch (119861) to cut small curves from the bottom side of each ‘wing’.

Assemble the box and fold a little tab back at the ‘shoulder’ end of each wing.  Adhere the wings to the box.

Add the eyes and punch the ears and fangs with the Petite Pennants Builder Punch (122361).  After adding the ears to your box, use scissors to clip away the handle between the ears.

Draw the smile and eye sparkle with the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker (132133).

Stamp a little message and punch with the Word Window Punch (119857).  Tie on the batty wing and you’re all set!

Happy Stamping!

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Mar 13 2013

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

easter bunny punch art

Hopping down the Bunny Trail!  This Easter Bunny punch art idea is sure to be a pleaser this coming holiday.  And the punches are all standard Stampin’ Up! punches that you may have on hand (or that you “need” to add to your collection).

Plus I have a Punch Art Technique Tip for you —

How To Make Punch Art Paws:

It’s the Scallop Oval Punch first (see it online – 119856), then take two ‘bites’ out of the punch piece with the Large Oval Punch (119855 – see it online).

easter bunny punch art tutorial

Too cute!  Here are the punches for the rest of the bunny (click to see the items in my online store):

  • 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (120906)
  • Small Heart Punch (117193)
  • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack – tiny circle for eyes (118309)
  • 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch (129404)* new in this year’s Spring Catalog

These bunnies are cute to add to cards like I did here, or you can add them to create your own bunny treat bag toppers, Easter favors or place card holders for table arrangements!  And bunnies are ALWAYS cute for baby shower invitations or favors.

Looking for more Punch Art Ideas?  You can check them out on my blog!

Happy Bunny Stamping!

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Other supplies: Celebrate from Feeling Sentimental Sale-A-bration stamp set; Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo; Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper; Accessories: Sponge Dauber, White gel Pen,

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Jan 02 2013

Last Day: Holiday Catalog & Scentsational Season

My friend Becky Strater made these adorable Gift Card holders as a twist on our Stamp Club project from earlier this month (the Punch Art Elf).  I loved them so much that I wanted to share them with you.  I know Christmas is over, but so (almost!) is the Holiday Catalog.  TODAY is the last day to order!

So if you love these little trees, they were cut using the Scentsational Seasons Framelits (love them – see them online – 127814) and today is the last day to order these shapes and the coordinating stamp set.

Did you see how Becky made the 3d trees?  She cut out 3 tree shapes from the Framelits: 2 of designer series paper (remove the trunks) and one from Old Olive card stock.  Then she folded the designer paper trees in half and glued the shapes together.

Pretty neat, eh? If you’d like the directions for the Two Tags Die gift card holder, they’re here on my blog.

Don’t forget — last day to order these shaped framelits is today!!  While you’re at it, be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for extra bonus bargains, while supplies last!

Happy Stamping!

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Ink: Real Red, Paper: Red Glimmer Paper, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, In Color 2011-2013 Collection Designer Series Patterned Paper, Designer Series Paper (retired); Accessories: Scentsational Season Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Two Tags Die, Big Shot, Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon

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Dec 18 2012

Elf on the Shelf: Punch Art for Gift Cards

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf at your house?  Our elf is named Freddyting, and the kids love to check out his daily adventures.  So this year I decided to create some Elf on the Shelf gift card holders using the Two Tags Die (see it online – 115954) and my Stampin’ Up! punches.

The gift card holder itself is simple:

  1. Cut Gumball Green card stock to 3-3/4″ x 7″.  Score the card stock at 1/2″ and 3-3/4″. Fold into a flat tube and adhere on the tab.
  2. Use the Big Shot and the Two Tags Die to cut out a Real Red large tag.  Cut another large tag bottom and trim at the score line.  Glue to the edges of the tag to make a pocket.
  3. Add ribbon & Gumball Green Designer Series Pattern Paper and decorate with your elf! (click below for a larger picture)

Here are the links for the punches (gotta love the Red Glimmer Paper 121790):

  • Full Heart Punch (119883)
  • Ornament Punch (119847)
  • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (teeny scallop & circle) (118309)
  • Modern Label Punch (119849)
  • 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch (cut in 1/2) (119854)
  • Merry Minis Punch Pack (ornament) (126882)

Need an excuse to get the Two Tags Die for yourself for Christmas?  Here are more ideas from my blog to inspire you!

Want to get a Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate? There’s still time before the holidays!  Just drop me an email and you can order StampBucks for someone on your Gift List.  They’re good on anything I offer — stamps, paper, supplies, Stamps in the Mail Club, class fees — everything!  In fact, I’m mailing StampBucks to someone in Alaska today (hint hint ;) )

Happy Stamping!

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Stamps: Tags Til Christmas (121169 or 120847); Ink: Real Red; Paper: Red Glimmer Paper, Gumball Green, Real Red, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, 2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Patterned Paper; Accessories: Big Shot, Two Tags Bigz Die, Full Heart Punch, Ornament Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Merry Minis Punch Pack, 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Googlies self-adhesive eyes

Jul 30 2012

Pizza & Swaps Night: so many ideas captured!

During the last night of Convention, we gather as a group to share pizzas from The Pie in Salt Lake City – if you haven’t had their pizza before, it’s quite the experience.  Their large pizzas are absolutely humongous!

We also bring all the swap cards we’ve received during the week and lay them out on tables so that everyone can see all the fabulous ideas that they might like to take home with them, even if they didn’t receive that particular swap card.

There are always tons of fun ideas to see, and I usually take another 100+ photos to bring home and have for future card ideas!

Here are a few of my favorites – and since I don’t have the swaps, I don’t have names to give credit to the artists.  If you recognize a card, please leave me a comment so I can give credit!  Here’s a fun card using Designer Paper strips to make a patchwork quilt (check out the directions on my blog):

Here’s another great idea for using up Designer Series Paper scraps – love this banner!!  Thanks to Dee Tollakson for sharing this card!

And here’s a fabulous watercolor card – using the Pleasant Poppies (see it online) stamp set.  Want some watercolor tips?  Here’s a Video Tutorial from my blog.

Here’s a card using the Moving Forward stamp set (see it online).  This set is special because when you purchase it, $3 from your purchase goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Stampin’ Up! has donated over $1 million to RMHC through the sales of the yearly RMCH stamp sets!  Thanks to Sarah Sagert (Artisan Award Winner!) for sharing her card:

Here’s another card with the same Moving Forward stamp set, by Artisan Award Winner Heather Summers:

And here are some Punch Art treats that were absolutely adorable!!  The little skunk and raccoon could hardly be cuter!! If you’re into little animal images, be sure to check out my Stamps in the Mail Club for August… and the Owl Occasions stamp set!

Punch art raccoon and skunk

Okay, that’s it for now, but really, too many fun ideas to cover, even if I posted one each day of the year!

Happy Stamping!

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Nov 16 2011

Perky Penguin Punch Art Greetings

Sometimes it’s a clean and simple card that pops out at me the most.  I’m completely in love with this little penguin Christmas Card!  I designed this card with the Owl Builder Punch (see it online) and the Petite Pairs stamp set (see it online) for my Christmas Card Stamp A Stack Class tomorrow.  So you could make the card yourself at home, or if you’re in Central Illinois, you can join me and make 4 of these little guys with me (plus 12 other cards)!

The penguin is completely done with the Owl Builder Punch.  Did you see my Reindeer Punch Art with the Owl Punch? It’s only one punch, but there are so many uses.

The little patch of ice underneath the penguin was punched from the Silver Glimmer Paper (see it online) with the Small Oval Punch (see it online).  I’m pretty much addicted to the Silver Glimmer Paper (check out some of my other projects). This paper comes with two 12×12″ sheets in a package, and a little bit (like here!) goes a LONG way.

Fun thing about the Petite Pairs stamp set, too.  Each greeting comes in two parts, so the 2nd part is perfect for adding inside a card.  With the clean and simple lines on the front of the card, I went with ‘clean and simple’ on the inside, too.

Do you love punches as much as I do?  Be sure to check out some other Punch Ideas on my blog!

Happy Stamping!

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Sep 13 2011

St. George or Bust: Founder’s Circle 2011

As this blog entry posts, I’ll be in a plane somewhere over Kansas.  Well, at least hopefully!  I guess you never know with airline schedules these days. But I’m excited to head to beautiful St. George, Utah for several days of relaxing, visiting with demonstrator friends and being spoiled at Stampin’ Up!’s Founder’s Circle Retreat.

Each year Stampin’ Up! invites the top 100 from the Demonstrator of the Year Award on this special trip.  We take over an entire hotel and get prepared for many many surprises.  (check out some past years)  Of course we have surprises for each other, including a Card Swap.  For the Swap, we each make 122 of a single card front, and trade them with everyone else.  When it’s all done, we go home with 122 new ideas!

Here’s my Swap for this year:

The Punch Art Angel was created using the Pennant Parade stamp set and a variety of punches:

So keep an eye out for the next few days for my posts from St. George about our Founder’s Circle 2011 adventures!

Happy Stamping!

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Apr 11 2011

Build A Cupcake: Punch Art Gift Tags

A few weeks ago I shared this fun little Take-Out Box gift with the Create A Cupcake stamp set tag.  The box itself is built from the Petal Cone Die for Big Shot (check out some other Petal Cone Die ideas).

The Create A Cupcake stamp set (see it online) and the matching Build A Cupcake Punch (see it online) are two of my fav items from the Mini Catalog.  This tag and take-out box (via the Petal Cone Diesee it online) are projects from my recent Stampin’ Up! Workshops.

Here I wanted to share 2 Video Tutorials for this fun project.

Tutorial 1: Create A Cupcake Gift Tag — learn how to make the most of your ink pads with the Stampin’ Off technique, plus tips for Punch Art with the Build A Cupcake Punch.

Tutorial 2: Petal Cone Die Take-Out Box — another fabulous idea for this flexible die for Big Shot.  Learn how to score and fold to create a sweet treat container.

Be sure to check out some of my other Video Tutorials!

Happy Stamping!

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