Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Flamingo Card

This is a card for an old neighbor as a joke--he was always putting plastic flamingos in my garden... The card is on pink card stock from Stampin Up and the print paper is by My Mind's Eye with scrap black paper and the white is from Walmart. I used the Pink Flamingo die by QuicKutz exclusively for Archivers. Cut that out of two pink papers. Using a dauber I sponged the edges with SU ink.  Using a Xyron I put adhesive on the flamingo and put it on the white card stock. Then I trimmed it to the size I wanted and put it through the Cuttlebug machine. I used the Cuttlebug folder Kassie's Brocade for this piece. After that was done I trimmed it to size for the front of the card. Using a circle punch and two scallop circle punches I made the greeting tag. "Happy New Year" was printed from the computer onto white card stock. Punched it out with a circle punch and sponged the edges.  Pink ribbon is from the stash and I tied the bow with cross stitch threads.

Think out of the box #9

Think out of the box using paint sample cards.. .. .. they are free, come in different shapes and sizes, and you have many colors to choose from.  The first card I used a paint sample card for a Valentine's Day card. The second card I used a paint sample card for a Thanksgiving card. The third card I cut into a triangle shape and made a Christmas tree. I have also used paint sample cards with punches for hearts, trees, branches, and other shapes for various cards.

Think out of the box #8

Think out of the box.... with aluminum foil from the dollar store. The nice thing with the aluminum foil is you have a choice of using the shiny side or the brushed side. All of these cards I embossed with embossing folders in the Cuttlebug machine. The first card I had a stamp that was similar to the embossing folder pattern. The second card was using the Valentine's candy embossing folder for Valentine's Day. The third card I used a smaller folder for the bunny on the Easter card. Think out of the box when making cards--you do not have to always used card stock. I have used foil, tissue paper, napkins, paint sample cards, etc..

Think out of the box #7

Think out of the box using the 2 Step Owl Punch from Stampin' Up. First card is a Valentine's Card using the Owl Punch as owls. The second card is using the owls upside down on white glitter paper as ghosts. Simply cut their feet off (ouch). The third card is using the owls right side up and cutting their feet off for the sheep heads. The fourth card is using the owls as a turkey and I cut their ears off. The last card is using the owl as a head for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Our supplies are an investment so I try to use them for more than just what they seem to be...

Think out of the box #6

Think of of the box using various circle punches.... Made the stacked snowman in the first card using the various circle punches and then made the stand up snowman card also with various circle punches. On the second snowman I used circle punches for his buttons, eyes, and mouth. The third card is a folded Christmas tree made with circle punches.

Think out of the box #5

Think out of the box for your heart punches. The first card I pieced scrap papers together and using heart punches I made the Valentine's Card. The second card I used different heart punches and made a bride dress and a groom tuxedo---have used that idea for wedding and anniversary cards.

Think out of the box #4

Think out of the box using the Stampin' Up 2 Step Bird Punch. The first card is using the bird punch and I used the branch part of the punch and punched out branches from green card stock. I then used all the branches as a wreath. The second card I used the 2 Step Bird punch as it is intended--for the bird and the branch below it. For the third card I used the wing pieces only and made the tulips and the leaves. I also have used this punch using red foil paper for a bird on a wreath card for Christmas.

Think out of the box #3

Think out of the box for this butterfly punch. This is the butterfly punch from Stampin' Up. Of course it can be used for just a butterfly but I made a wreath for Christmas with mine. Changing out the papers and you could make a wreath for any season as well as being used for butterflies.

Think out of the box #2

Second in the "Think out of the box" series. Used various oval punches for these cards. Using a smaller oval punch I made the pumpkin on the first card, followed by a bunny that was made with various oval punches, and lastly the Easter eggs that were made with a larger oval punch. Different ways to use the oval shaped punches.

Think out of the box #1

This is the first in my series "Think out of the box" for all the punches we all own ... To begin with this is the Delightful Decorations Punch from Stampin' Up. The top card the punch was used for an ornament, followed by being used for an angel, then being used for a Santa, then used for fish in the sea. All our supplies are an investment for us to make things easier for card making. We may as well get as much use from them as we can.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Card

This card is on pink card stock from Stampin Up. The balloons paper is from Hobby Lobby on sale for 13 cents. Used the Swiss Dots embossing folder for the balloon piece--used a piece of white card stock behind it in the embossing folder as the folder embosses deeply and that can tear the decorative paper. Used the embossing folder from the Cuttlebug Birthday Wishes set for the white piece for the candles. Cut apart the size I wanted for the candle piece. (Again used 2 sheets of card stock for that)  Put this piece on a piece of the darker pink card stock.  Used a dollar stamp for the candle and I used markers to color the stamp and then stamped it on white card stock. Cut that out and put that on the candles piece. Used pink ribbon from the stash across the candle and made a bow. Used the Stampin Up Word Window punch and label punch for the greeting "wish big"---that is from the Stampin Up stamp set "Short and Sweet". Used Pixie Pink ink from SU for that. Pink crystals are from the stash. Used pop dots behind the greeting for dimension.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Another Folded Christmas Tree Card

Saw a folded tree on  and had to make one ... hers is much nicer as she has used the scalloped dies but I do not have that out (still packed) and I did not have the graduated sizes of scalloped punches out. So I had to use circle punches for my tree. I used the following size circles:
     2 3/4"   2"    1 1/2"
As you can see on her tree I think the scallops let you see the other side of the double sided paper. I punched out the circles and folded them as she instructs in her short video. I then used a dauber and sponged on the green ink on all the edges. Used twine for the garland on the tree and put on the red crystals for the decorations. Used a small star punch for the star and put a crystal on that.  I used a scrap piece of embossed paper behind my tree. Since I always use two pieces of card stock when I emboss--this gives you a smoother embossed piece and it will keep your paper from tearing--since I do that this piece was already embossed so this was an quick card to make (This embossing folder is the Square Lattice folder from SU). Used red ribbon from my stash. The "Happy Holidays" is a stamp from Hobby Lobby by Stampabilities and I used Stampin Up Old Olive ink for that. The tree is double sided paper from Colorbok, white paper is from Walmart, stripes is from Recollections/Michaels. Card is kraft paper from Stampin Up.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Thank You Card

Had seen this layout on DeNami Designs for a Christmas card so I made one up for a Christmas thank you card. Sprig stamp, ornament, flowers and leaves and large dots are from DeNami. The small dots on the ornament are by Stamps by Judith peg stamp. Used ribbon from the stash and used ink from Stampin Up for all parts of the card. The "Thank You" is from the Stampin Up set Warmest Regards from 2006 that I got off Craig's List brand new and never mounted. Pop dots are behind the ornament from dimension. I used a glue pen for the flowers and then put DeNami glitter on those for sparkle. Colored and kraft card stock are from Stampin Up and the white is from Walmart.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Punches Snowman Card

Used circle punches for the snowman--then used various circle punches for his eyes, mouth, and buttons. Hat is cut free hand. Used a small Marvy snowflake punch for his hat. Arms are the branch squeeze punch from Fiskars and I cut the leaves off. Used a light blue and a turquoise chalk for the edges of the snowman circles. Put this all on paper from Recollections from Michaels---sold in a holiday pack of 12 x 12 papers. Put a scrap piece of white paper for the ground that the snowman stands on. Then put this all in the snow flurry embossing folder by Cuttlebug. Trimmed this to size and put it on white card stock. That went onto turquoise card stock for the card. Used a glue pen and added glitter by DeNami. "let it snow" is a stamp from Stampin Up that I got in a stamp lot from Craig's List.

Tag Ornaments Card

Got an email that a local scrapbooking store was having their year end sale with most item 50% off so taking their inventory would be easier.. Off I go... their double sided papers were 40 cents each--picked up a lot of the BoBunny and My Mind's Eye prints! Stamps also 50% off--got a few of those--like 10--then some of the punches but have most of those.. but under the punches.... QuicKutz dies. Picked up two tag dies--one has two small dies for tags and then this circle tag punch. Brought it home and decided the circle would make a very good ornament---using the Cuttlebug I cut out a green tag and a red tag. Then using matching inks I used a dauber and sponged the edges of the ornaments. Using the sprig stamp by DeNami Designs I stamped the 'tree branch' at the top of the white card stock. I then put the tag ornaments in the Xyron and then put them on the white piece where I wanted them to be--using a ruler and a silver gel pen I drew the line from the branch to the top of the ornament. I then put this piece in the SnowBurst embossing folder from Stampin Up. I used two pieces of card stock since this folder embosses deeply--did not want it to be too deep and cause the paper to tear. Once the piece was embossed I then trimmed it to size and put all pieces together and put it on the kraft paper card. Using the gel pen again I went over my original line so it would show up better after the piece was embossed. Red card stock and kraft paper are from Stampin Up and the white card stock is from Walmart. The "merry" is stamped in red ink and that is a stamp from the Stampin Up "Tiny Tags" set and I got that from Craig's List.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wedding Card

This is a wedding card for a couple we know that just announced on their Christmas card that they were married in a private ceremony in September. Used Spellbinders Labels 8 dies for this card and a heart punch. The majority of my punches are still packed so I punched out the scallop punch and using that piece as the pattern I cut off the scallops and used that piece for the solid black and the white hearts. I then used a embossing folder by Cuttlebug for the white heart. Pearls are from the stash. Used the Word Window punch and label punch for the date piece--used the computer for that. Do not have my Martha Stewart bow punch out so I used a small butterfly punch to make the tie and cut that in half. Used a small circle punch for the buttons. The shiny black paper is Pearls from Joanns. Striped paper is from Making Memories and the black card stock is from Stampin Up.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Elf Season for 2011 Paper Punch Purses

Supplies needed:

  2  1/4 inch scallop square punch
  1 3/4  inch scallop circle punch
  2 inch scallop circle punch
  Small oval punch and next size up oval punch (for handle)
  Snowflake punch
  Glue dots
  Miniature candy bars

This idea is from DeNami Designs and if you go to their website you can find the video they made for this. I am still not unpacked ( :0( ) but will be soon--anyways I did not have the size punches she used so had to make do with what I have--although hers is nicer I think mine will work---I have also taken a picture of the "parts" I used so you can see. First I used the scalloped square punch and made two pieces. I scored one end of each piece---I scored just above the first scallop on each piece. Once you fold your scored line you will have the bottom of the purse. Run a tape gun across one of these folded pieces and then tuck one piece under the other---I did my sample pieces in two colors for you to see this easily. Then punch the scallop circles and score them in the middle. Use a tape gun and put adhesive on the small scallop circle and center that on top of the larger one and adhere them. Then fold at the scored line. To the one side of the purse *** tape the folded scalloped circle--underside of the scalloped circles to the right side of the purse. Then using a small oval punch punch a piece of card stock out. Using the next size oval punch punch "over" that oval hole in the card stock and this will be the 'handle'. Fold in half--lengthwise--and you will have your handle. I used two glue dots to keep this together as one handle so it lays flat. I used two glue dots to put this on the back of the purse. Using 3 glue dots I put the mini candy bar inside the squares and closed the purse---I used a removable glue dot to keep the purse closed. Added a small snowflake to the front for the holidays--used that instead of a button because the printed card stock has snowflakes. ***When you put your two square pieces
together and they are taped at the bottom be sure the front of the purse is one piece--from the back you should be able to see the bottom where you taped them together. Her video is not very long and easy to understand. Another too cute treat holder!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Elf Season for 2011 Labels 8 Treats

Supplies needed:

    Spellbinders Labels 8 dies---two sizes and Cuttlebug
    Cream card stock
    Fiskars tree punch
    Cottage Cutz Reindeer Head
    Red foil paper for nose
    Gold Pearls from Joanns for star
    Dauber and chalks
    Small circle punch
    Glue dots
    Computer for 'poems'
    Clear candy bags from Make n Mold @ AC Moore
    Various candies

To begin with once I decided on the 'poems' I typed it up on the computer and then printed it out onto the card stock I was using. Once that was done I placed the Spellbinders Labels 8 die frame on it and then used the Cuttlebug to cut this out. Using a dauber I chalked the edges of the pieces. Using the next size up die I then cut out the red paper and the printed red paper (by Debbie Mumm @ Joanns). I scored the cream piece and the red pieces in the center crosswise. I then taped the cream piece onto the red. I made small red and green bows and attached those with a glue dot. Filled the clear candy bags with candy and then folded over the top and then attached my red/cream labels to the bag with a regular stapler.  The Reindeer head is a die cut from Cottage Cutz from the website I used a small circle punch and out of scrap red foil paper I punched out a circle for the nose--used a toothpick and clear glue and attached that to his nose. He was put on the label with glue dots. The tree is squeeze punch from Fiskars but I needed a smaller tree other than the one the punch makes so I punched that out and I trimmed off the bottom row of the tree. The stars I have used are too big so I made a 'star' by using a snowflake border punch on the gold Pearls paper and then using a small snowflake for the tree top. Used glue dots behind the tree and the reindeer to attach to the labels. Good for kids and not too much candies!