Aug 01

Punch Art Mushrooms

Punch Art Mushrooms might seem like a random thing to be making, but I was at the park with my family the other day and I saw this…

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It was so cute sitting there in the grass that I just had to grab a picture of it.  When I showed the pic to my son, he suggested I use it as inspiration to make a card.  That’s one of the great things about having an artist in the family.  He is constantly challenging me and encouraging me to create.  It’s a great lesson though.  We spend so much time searching Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration for our cards and all we really have to do is look around us.  This little mushroom could have easily been overlooked, or just admired by me and then forgotten. I’m glad I took the time to photograph it and then create something fun from it.

Punch Art Mushrooms

Punch Art Mushrooms

First, I do realize that my punch art mushrooms are obviously more colorful than the original, but that’s okay, right?  They are made mostly of various circle punches.  The stem for the smaller one is the tree from the Tree Builder Punch (138295).  The stem for the larger one is the retired Modern Label punch, but it could easily be hand cut.

Since I created a square card I used my Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope for it.  Those stamped mushrooms are from the Foxy Friends Stamp Set (142326).  Don’t they do a good job of coordinating the envelope with it’s card?

So here’s your challenge for the day.  Look around you today and find something that you want to recreate in a card.  It can be an object, like my mushrooms, but it could also be a color combination or a pattern, or anything.  Let your imagination run wild!  We would love to see what you come up with, so please share your cards with us. 🙂

Jun 04

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

I couldn’t wait to share my favorite items from the new catalog with you.  If you attended our Catalog Kick Off Party this week, you saw most of my favorites.  For those that were unable to make it, I wanted to share this information with you also.   There are so many wonderful new items to share that I will probably have a second post about the stamp sets I want to get specifically for Bible Journaling.  But for this post, I will list my favorites overall (in no particular order).

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog…

Better Together

This set is THE set to have for cards of all occasions.  It not only includes fun images and sentiments to use on card fronts, but it also has sentiments that can be used for the insides of cards as well.  If you are new to rubber stamping this is a great set to start with, but even veteran stampers will find this set useful to have on hand for any occasion.

My Favorite Items From the New Catalog

There are 19 stamps in this all-around fantastic set.  Here is how it looks on some cards. My Favorite Items from the New Catalog My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

Pineapple Background Stamp

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

 

This background stamp has been an interesting but fun challenge to work with.  Initially I was trying to use it with typical pineapple colors, and it was pretty.  But then I saw some pink pineapples and I was smitten!  I love the fun whimsical look of this card and I will be using pineapples on many different types of cards this year!

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

Fiesta Birthday

Not everyone will get married, or have a baby or graduate high school this year, but every person you know WILL have a birthday this year!  That is why fun birthday sets are a MUST HAVE for our craft rooms.  Now I will admit that this set might not have the versatility that others have, but it certainly makes up for that in its festivity!  (Besides that I LOVE llamas!!!!)

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

You can see that this set has a coordinating framelit collection and you can purchase them in a bundle and save 10%.    The stamp set is photopolymer and includes 21 stamps. The fun little banners, streamers and flowers will be great for all sorts of cards.  Here is the Fiesta Birthday set in action. My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

One more set to share with you today.  As an animal lover I HAD to include this in my favorite items from the new catalog!

Foxy Friends

My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

This is also a photopolymer set and includes 29 stamps!  It has a coordinating punch which you can bundle and save 10%.  There is also a paper stack (A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack) that coordinates with it.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this set and the punch!  As you can see, it says FOX, but can actually be several different animals.      My Favorite Items from the New Catalog

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my favorites from the new catalog, but I want you to make a list of your favorites too!  If you have not received a copy of the brand new 2016 – 2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog, please contact me and I will get one to you!  If you already have a copy, please leave a comment and tell us which stamp set is at the top of your wish list for the new catalog!