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 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!