Ribbit says this cute Frog

Ribbit says this cute Frog

Animal Talk is one of the sets in our annual catalog that I really like.  I love the animals and what they are saying.  But I’m sad to say it is on the retired list.  This fun card was one I received last year at convention as a swap from Shanae Nay.  She created a punch art frog and paired it with the Animal Talk stamp set for a cute card.  I used this as a card for my Welcome Spring class earlier this month.

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Here are some of the details on this card:

  • The front of the card is actually a pocket and the frog itself slides in like a book mark – you could take him out and use him elsewhere.   Afternoon Picnic Designer Series paper (retiring) and a strip of Basic Gray embossed with the Needlepoint Embossing folder (retiring). frog-card-3
  • The frog is a punch art frog and here are all the pieces  frog-parts
    • Arms- Square Framelits to make the arms – cut out a corner
    • Body – Apothecary Accents Framelits
    • Hands – Boho Blossoms punch – trimmed to 3 petals
    • Head – 1-3/4″ Circle punch
    • Eyes – 1/2″ circle punch in Basic Black & Whisper White, 3/4″ circle punch in Old Olive
    • use Sponger Dauber for the cheeks (these are on the retired list but only because they are changing the packaging to a smaller quantity)
    • hand draw the mouth – you can trace an oval punch out it you want
  • The tag is the Hexagon Punch and the Six-sided Sampler stamp set along with the Animal Talk little frog.  Drag the edge of the hexagon in the ink to add color on the edge.  To color the Baker’s Twine use a Stampin’ Sponge to hold the Whisper White Baker’s Twine into the ink pad while you pull it through.
  • Animal Talk stamp set (retiring) was used to stamp the background and on the frog on the tag.

There are many retiring items on this card – I’m going to come back later and fill in with a list of everything used. Right now I’m leaving for the day for Stampin’ Up! business.  Going to join a focus group prior to dinner with 24 of my demonstrator friends and then the catalog premiere in the theater tonight!!

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Have a great day!

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Jelly Belly Bunnies!

These are fun little treats for Easter that you can make with just a bunch of your punches.  I’m working on a bunch of them this morning to put out on my tables for tomorrow.  I’ll have 29 here for Easter lunch – 25 are family and 4 are family friends.  Only 2 younger ones that will be hunting eggs – they will have a bunch – I filled up all the plastic eggs that I had in my Easter stuff.

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Here are the pieces I used for these cuties:

  • body is 2-1/2″ Circle punch – plus the treat cup filled with jelly beans
  • head is 1-3/4″ Circle punch
  • Ears are the Large Oval punch – sponged with Blushing Bride ink in center and the edges
  • nose is heart from the Owl punch
  • eyes are tiny circles from the Owl punch
  • q-tip dipped in Blushing Bride ink for the cheeks
  • Whiskers drawn on with Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
  • mouth drawn on with Raspberry Ripple Stampin’ Write Marker
  • bow is Raspberry Ripple ribbon and the flower is the little Dahlia

I use the multi purpose liquid glue and my tiny craft tweezers to assemble.

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Happy Easter!

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When Skies are Gray

When Skies are Gray like today you need a little pick me and this little card might be just the right thing!

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We have had pouring rain ALL day so it is a very gray day here at my house.  Everyone is home – no golf for Greg today.  I was sort of waiting to post this card on a rainy day and I guess this is it.  This card was part of my Sale-A-Bration class last month.  I have seen many people make the sunshine using the little Banner Punch – this is my version.  I went with a Summer Starfruit colored sun – I used the Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper for the center of the sun and then used the Banner punch to make the sun rays.  Here is a tip for how I added the rays to the circle – think of a compass and add one banner at North, East, South and West.  Then fill in between each of those with two banners.  That was the easiest way for me to get them somewhat evenly spaced around the circle.

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One of the many cards that I saw with this sunshine idea included clouds made from the Cupcake Punch!  What a great idea – I’ve actually used that before – remember the stamp set with the hot air balloons from last year – I added clouds to that one.  But sometimes you forget until someone triggers you.  My clouds are Smoky Slate on this card.

The stamp image is from the See Ya Later stamp set.  I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stamp, but also stamped the large Happy in the Summer Starfruit so it could be cut out and popped up.

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You make me HAPPY when skies are gray.  What a nice thing to say!

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Num Num! Cookies!

I made this fun card for Kyle the other day -

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I sent him a box of Girl Scout cookies and thought they needed a fun card to go along with them.  Cookie Monster was perfect.  This is what I used -

  • Circle Framelits, Word Bubble Framelits (from the Occasions catalog)
  • Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Magnetic Platform
  • Circle Punches (so I forgot exactly which sizes and I don’t have the card here to measure – I’m thinking the 1-3/4″ and the 1″ for the eyes, and 1-1/4″ for the cookie)
  • Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (from the Sale-A-Bration brochure)
  • Oh, Goodie! stamp set (carry-over from the Holiday catalog)

Inside there is a white circle and I stamped “Enjoy” also from the Oh, Goodie! stamp set.

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Just a tip on making the card base – go ahead and cut a standard size card base and score it – fold the card and place it so the scalloped circle cuts near the edge of the cut side of the card and the folded side doesn’t get cut because it is inside the die.  I guess I should have taken a picture of that.  Hopefully it makes sense.

Enjoy!

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2014 Owl Calendar

I wanted to share one of the 2014 calendars that I made this year.  This one was created for a fun group of ladies that I stamp with each month.  Every year I create a small desk calendar for them.  They all work at a local university whose mascot is an owl. So this year I decided to feature the Owl punch along with the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  Here is the result:

owl-calendar-1st-qrtrEach panel represents one quarter of the year.  I used My Digital Studio to create the calendar strips and printed them at home with my printer – then cut them to the size I wanted.

owl-1stFor each quarter I created a different owl – I didn’t want them all to be the same.  The 1st one is a little girl owl with a bow on her ear – the bow is made from 2 of the little hearts.

owl-calendar-2nd-qrtrThe 2nd quarter is on the flip side of the first quarter.  And at the bottom there is a little piece of card stock that slides under the calendar strip on each side to keep the calendar standing up on your desk top.

owl-2ndFor the second owl I pulled out the Two-Step Bird punch to create the branch for him to land on.  And the 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle to create the wings.  Just punch one scallop circle and cut it in half – glue one half to each side of the owl.  Ta-da flying owl!  You know this reminds me that one year I made an owl costume for one of the boys.  It was out of felt and for something going on at school.  I wonder if I can find pictures of that – something to add to my to-do list.

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Once you are half way through the year – the calendar gets flipped inside out and the last two quarter of the year are there.  Slide out the little holder and put it back in once you do the flip.  I probably should have taken pictures of that part.  Basically its a little piece that keeps the calendar standing up – without it the sides slide it falls flat on your desk.

 

owl-3rdFor the 3rd quarter I added this little studious owl.  The calendar was after all for a university – and school starts in the fall – I thought it was the perfect choice.  His wings are the wing from the two-step Bird punch ( I already had it out anyway).  The glasses – I think they are cool – first punch out a circle with the little circle from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, then use the 1/2″ circle punch and line it up in the same spot to punch the ring around the punched out circle.  You aren’t using the little circle that you punched to begin with.  For the book I used the tiny postage stamp from the Itty Bitty Labels Punch pack – and just trimmed it to a rectangle to look like a book.

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For the 4th owl – I decided to give him a little hat.  I used the little tree punch from the Merry Mini’s punch pack.  I trimmed off the trunk and then trimmed the sides to make the triangle.  I actually think this one looks like the Tootsie Roll Pop owl from the old commercials – “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?” What do you think?

owl-calendar-4th-qrtrI used the Gold Baker’s Twine on each panel – the bow is tied on one side.  If you wanted you could add a bow to the back side as well but I didn’t to that this time.

I hope you like this fun little seasonal owl calendar!

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We all scream for Ice Cream

I scream, you scream.  We all scream for Ice Cream!!  And the new Stampin’ Up! In-Colors scream Ice Cream – don’t you think?  I do.  So one of the things on my list for the In-Color hands-on class that I had this month was to make an ice cream cone card.  Before I had a chance to make mine my friend Cindy created one – great minds think alike!  So I took her inspiration and created a card for my class.

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  • I used the Cupcake Builder punch to make the ice cream scoops – a scoop of Strawberry Slush, a scoop of Pistachio Pudding and a scoop of Crisp Cantaloup.  Each scoop was sponged with the same color of ink.
  • I used the Pennant Duo punch to make the ice cream cone – Baked Brown Sugar cone.  Embossed with the Big Shot and the Square Lattice Embossing folder. Then sponged with Baked Brown Sugar ink.
  • I glued the scoops on top of the cone.  To the top add a cherry – punched from the Cupcake Builder punch from the Strawberry Slush card stock and use the Baked Brown Sugar marker to color the stem.  If you would like – carefully sponge one side of the cherry.
  • cone-close-upThe card base is Strawberry Slush card stock – punched on the front edge with the Scallop Border punch – then I used the Paper Piercer and piercing mat to pierce a whole in the center of each scallop.  On the inside of the card I glued a piece of Pistachio Pudding card stock.  Its a little hard to see in the photo.
  • Stamp greeting on the front – lower right hand corner with Baked Brown Sugar ink – I used “SMILE” from the Happy Day stamp set.
  • On the front glue a half piece of a paper doily and then a strip of the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer paper – the Strawberry Slush print.
  • Tie Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the front of the card – tie in a bow.
  • Add the ice cream cone with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Sent it to someone special!

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Cute Punch Art Lion

lion-cardLook at this cute thing we made at stamp club last week!  I had a punch art Lion card from another Stampin’ Up! event – I think convention probably.  It was a swap I received and had posted on my card tree that was up during my classes.  Everyone always thought it was cute and Cari wanted to make it at stamp club.  Finally I designed a card to go with the punch art lion.

A few new products from the Spring Mini are on here – including the Parker’s Patterns Designer Paper and the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.    I’ll come back later and add in all the punches and dies.

Have a great day!

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Snowman Tea Light Tags

Take a look under our tree -

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These cute little snowman tea lights were an idea from Becky Roberts.  They are just adorable and I decided to turn them into tags.  The little battery operated tea lights are the base with the “flame” as the snowmans nose.  I turned them on and put them under the tree.  Very fun!

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It’s Christmas Eve – I hope everyone has been good.  Have a Merry Christmas tomorrow!  And I’ll be back on Thursday with a fun color challenge for Create with Connie & Mary – something to get you read for a New Years party – so be sure to stop back by.

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Cute, Cute Holiday Tags

Look at these CUTE Holiday Tags that I made for my Bags & Tags class last week!

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I saw on Pinterest a photo of some stickers and thought I bet I can make those with my punches and dies and they would be so super cute.  I stayed up late one night finishing these cute things because once I got started I was so excited with how they were turning out.  I have one more that I want to create but haven’t had a chance to sit down yet to do it.  And guess what I created a tutorial to share with everyone!  Merry Christmas from me to you!  The link will be at the bottom of the post.  Here are some close up pictures for each tags.

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Mr. Snowman

Cute Penguin

Cute Penguin

Rudolph the Reindeer

Rudolph the Reindeer

Santa

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Aren’t they the cutest tags?  I loved them and so did all the girls that came to class last week.

CLICK HERE if you would like the tutorial on how to make these cute tags.

Merry Christmas!

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Treat Wrapper Swaps

At my last PAWS team meeting we had a treat wrapper swap and I wanted to share all the cute ideas with you. Hopefully I remembered correctly who made all of these (I don’t have them with me to check). I’m in VA at my sister-in-laws house – we did some crafting yesterday and have plans to do more – I’ll share those ideas later.

Anne’s swap – reindeer treat cups – color the large pearl with a red sharpie for the red nose

 

Fran’s swap – a little purse made from the framelits – she showed us how to make these for one of our M&T projects

Joyce’s swap – Two Tags die Mr. & Mrs. snowman

 

Laree’s swap – hot cocoa pocket

 

Leishman’s Swap – Pillow Pocket pouch

 

Lisa’s swap – Hot cocoa pouch

 

Monika’s Swap – rolo snowmen with fabric hats and scarves

 

My snowman idea came from Cindee Wilkinson – I thought the ones she posted were so cute I wanted to make something similar.  The eyes are pearls and I colored mine by mashing them into my versamark ink pad so they got covered with ink then pouring black embossing powder over them – then I carefully heat set – and then I had black pearls. I did use our new Heat Tool which has a high and a low setting – I imagine if it was too hot you could melt or burn these pearls – so do it carefully.  I’m going to try some of our other colored embossing powders too.

I wanted a punched nose and was trying to figure out which punch to use – finally I realized the Mitten Punch was perfect – use the thumb for the nose – here is what it looks like when I punched it -

Then I used a Pumpkin Pie marker to add some lines like a real carrot would have.  Sponge the edges a bit too to add some dimension to it.  It was the perfect little carrot nose.

Our meetings are so much fun – I enjoying getting together with everyone – my downline, my adopted downline and all my sidelines.  Come join my team and join the fun!  Join today and take advantage of the Online Extravaganza specials and the ONE DAY only Doorbusters – you could really build a deal of starter kit – plus you still get the free st of Ink Pads too!  Join today by visiting my website and then you can take advantage of all the added demonstrator discounts for the rest of the week.  If you have questions send me an email – I’ll be checking throughout the day!

And here is a picture of most of the group that was at the meeting – Joyce is missing and I’m missing (I was behind the camera).

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