Oct 31

Stampin Up Owl Punch

The Stampin Up Owl Punch is an incredibly versatile addition to your craft collection.   Seriously, you could choose any holiday through the year and we could come up with some way to use the owl punch to make a card for it.  This year I made a Halloween card using the Stampin Up Owl Punch, and the reason I did so is kind of sad.  :'(

It all started with this CUTE scarf….

Stampin Up Owl Punch

I bought this scarf early in October.  I was out shopping for some sunglasses and saw this on sale for $4.99.   You can’t tell from the picture, but it is made with really soft material along with being so stinkin’ cute!  I picked it up to send it to my daughter (who lives 6 hours away) for a little “surprise, I love you, thinking of you” kind of gift.  I intended to mail it that week so she could wear it throughout the month.  On Friday I found it still at my house and there was no reasonable way to get it to her for today.  Boo hoo!  In my despair I went to my studio and created a card inspired by the scarf.

Stampin Up Owl Punch Card

Stampin Up Owl Punch

I just love the Stampin Up Owl Punch!  This little “ghost” is adorable and he wasn’t hard to make.  Here’s how I made his costume…

First I cut a rectangle of white cardstock that was a tad wider than an owl punched.  It needs to be about 1 3/16″ wide.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Next, I used the large oval punch to cut the rounded shape to go over his head.  You can tell from the picture how I inserted the paper in the punch from the bottom so that only one end of my rectangle was being rounded.  You could also do this with an oval framelit, but you would insert it in the framelit just like this punch, where only one end was being cut.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Take your owl shape and place it over your punched piece so you can mark how long your costume needs to be.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Then, insert this piece into the scallop oval punch the same way you did the oval punch.  You only want to cut the bottom edge of the costume.  Use your pencil mark to make sure your costume is the right length.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

This is how the costume should look on the owl shape before you embellish with the facial details.

Stampin Up Owl Punch

Honestly, the face was the most difficult part of this card because you’re working with smaller punched paper pieces, but if you had some googly eyes on hand you could completely eliminate this step and glue those babies on instead.

I just love this card and I love being able to use tools that I’ve had for a while in a fresh new way.  So… I am asking you to challenge me.  Come up with a holiday, or any card sending occasion, for me to create a card using the Stampin Up Owl Punch!  Please leave your suggestions in the comment section.   AND if you do that TODAY, I will give you the card that I make for the occasion you suggest…my Halloween treat for you!  Hope you all have a very blessed day!

Oct 13

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Cable Knit Sweater Card was not on my list of things to create today.  I had lots of items to work on in my studio, but this beautiful fall day was a bit of a distraction.  I played in the yard with the dogs for a while and returned an escaped (and unhappy) goat back to the pasture.  I did finally come back in the house and sat down in my studio to work.  Pinterest was my next distraction and I honestly cannot even tell you what I went there searching for, but I found some cute sweater cards made from the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (that’s a mouthful) from Stampin’ Up and I had to make one.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

The beautiful weather called me outside again and so I photographed my sweater card next to the pumpkin and mum on my front porch and “voila”…a near perfect fall picture was created.  Don’t you love those beautiful fall colors?  The bright orange pumpkin makes me so happy!  But that sweater card, though.  Isn’t it the cutest?! Here’s how I made it…

The card base is 11 X 4 1/4”.  I used Very Vanilla cardstock.  Fold it in half to create your card.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next I used a 2″ circle framelit to cut a “neckline” from the folded edge of the card base.  You can always use a punch for this, but I didn’t have one large enough.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

It will look like this when you’re done.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next I took a piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock that measured 4 1/4 X 5 1/2″ and ran it through the Big Shot using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder.  REMEMBER that with this Embossing Folder you will only use a cutting pad on the top, not the bottom.  It is too thick to use two cutting pads like you normally would.  In this picture you can also see that I used a ruler to mark spots on the sweater front.  First, I marked the center of the card at 2 1/8″ from either edge.  Next I made a mark 1 1/2″ just below this center mark.  I also made marks at the top edge 1″ from both sides.  To create the sweater neckline, use scissors or your paper trimmer to cut the “V” shape you created with these dots.  You will see what I mean in the next step.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

This is how the sweater front looks when placed over the card base.  We’ll take our paper snips and trim those two triangles along the top edge that stick out from the sweater.  (You’ll see it in the final picture.)

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Use any punch or framelit that you have to create a “pocket-shaped” piece of cardstock.  The framelit I used is from the retired Chalk Talk framelits.  You can see that I ran it through the embossing folder after it was die cut, and that I trimmed off the upper edge to make it look more like a pocket.

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Next, I grabbed my paper crimper and created the contrasting color trim for the sweater.  I also pulled out some self adhesive silver rimmed pearls to use for buttons.  You can check out the placement for the trim and the buttons on the final card.   Cable Knit Sweater I used Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive to attach the trim to the sweater and the sweater to the card.  The pocket was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Here’s a last look at the finished project…

Cable Knit Sweater Card

Cable Knit Sweater Card

I chose fall colors for this card, but my next one will be a Christmas sweater!  It was so much fun to make.  I hope you’ll try your hand at creating a Cable Knit Sweater Card too.

 

Oct 16

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

‘3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards’ might sound like an odd title from someone who doesn’t even really celebrate that holiday.  However, I read an article recently, from Kirk Cameron, that talked about how Christians should be throwing the biggest and most fun Halloween party on their block.  He challenged believers to invite their neighbors to a family fun event and use it as an opportunity to share Christ’s love with them.

So that got me to thinking about how I could translate that into my card making.  And here is what I came up with…

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

1.  Because you have some cute Halloween themed stamps and they need to be inked!  I don’t often buy Halloween stamps, but I do have some cute ones that have come in other holiday sets.  Now I could just ignore them, but wouldn’t it be better to partner them with an encouraging note and send them to someone who might need another smile in their day?!

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

2.  Because, if you’re like me, you LOVE the fall colors and will take any excuse to use that pallet in your card making!  The colors of fall are beautiful on the changing leaves and on our cards.  But those beautiful leaves don’t last long on the trees, and this season passes away just as quick.  Creating Halloween cards for our friends and loved ones gives us an additional opportunity to use these rich fall colors.

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

3.  Because Jesus has defeated the grave!  Is there a better time to talk about this than at Halloween?  What a great opportunity for us to remind others that Christ overcame death, and made a way for us to have eternal life with Him. That is worth celebrating!

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

Now those are just three of the reasons I came up with.  We all have loved ones who live away from us, and this is just another opportunity to let them know we’re thinking of them.  We probably all also have some kids in our lives that we care about.  Kids love to get mail and a cute Halloween card (nothing scary) would make their day!

Whether or not our 3 reasons to send Halloween cards inspired you, I hope you are using your creativity to bless others and that you are doing that often.  Let’s not let the holiday season sneak up and catch us off guard.  Get busy preparing those holiday cards and projects.  Start making your list now of all those people for whom you want to create something special.  If I can help you in your planning or in your actual projects, please let me know.  I would love to help!

Sep 24

Thanksgiving Cards

Thanksgiving cards might not be at the top of your holiday to-do list, but maybe you should add them.  Typically we are so focused on Christmas cards that we miss out on a great opportunity to express gratitude to our family and friends.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas cards (and everything else about Christmas!)  But I also love fall and the wonderful palette of autumn colors.  Creating Thanksgiving cards gives us a chance to use these bold, rich fall colors and some stamp sets that might get overlooked.

Thanksgiving Cards

Thanksgiving Cards

 

This is Day 2 of using the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set for cards.  I again used the masking technique, this time for the leaf image.  I then stamped a single leaf in the coordinating color and cut it out before adhering it to the card front.

Tomorrow we have card #3 from this same stamp set.  Be sure to check it out!

Sep 23

Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 {1}

The Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set is not just for creating scrapbooks!  I have had a lot of fun playing with this set and creating cards using all of the different images.  I am going to be sharing these cards over the next few days, so check back tomorrow!  Today’s card features the bat image in this set.

Spooky! Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015

Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015

 

I decided that I wanted a group of bats, instead of the single image.  The masking technique was used to stamp the bat several times without overlapping them.   And since this is a photopolymer stamp set, it is easy to create these zig zag borders and make them straight the first time.  I hand lettered “spooky” across the card.  The set does include a Halloween sentiment, but sometimes I enjoy adding a unique touch of my own to the cards.

There are so many great stamp sets in the 2015 Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog, but if you are looking for a versatile set that can be used throughout the holiday seasons, then the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set is an obvious choice.  Tomorrow I will be sharing the Thanksgiving card I made from this set, so be sure to come back and check it out!

Sep 20

Sunflower for Your Fall Paper Craft Ideas

Fall is coming!  I am so excited about sweater weather, which I am sure is just around the corner.  I love the cooler  mornings, seeing pumpkins for sale at the store and watching football.  It all points to autumn.  This means that we get to work on some fall paper craft ideas too!  There are so many fun colors and themes to use in our fall crafts.  It really is a great time of year!

Here is a little treat I made for a door prize for the Christmas Card Club we had earlier this week.  I had some mini m&m’s left over from a baby shower this weekend and I wanted to bless someone with that yummy chocolate.  I decided on this sunflower that was made by cutting 5 circles in half and sponging the edges.  I used the Big Shot to add texture to both the petals and the center of the flower.  Then I attached the circles to the brown center.  All that was left, was attaching the flower to a 1 X 8 cello bag that held the candy.

 

sunflower punch art fall paper craft ideas

I encourage you to try making one of these to pass on to someone else and brighten their day!  Share a little love in your part of the world with some fun fall paper craft ideas.

Here is a list of supplies you will need to create this:  2 1/2″ Circle Punch (120906), Stamping Sponges (101610), Crushed Curry 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock (131199) and ink (131173), Early Espresso 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock (119686), Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335), Square Lattice embossing folder (119976) and a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439).  The 1 X 8 cello bags can be used for many fall paper craft ideas and are a real bargain at only $2.50 for 50 (124134).

More fall paper craft fun is in store, so check back soon!