Jan 18

Winnie the Pooh Day

Did you know it is Winnie the Pooh Day?  When I heard that it was coming up this week I decided I would try to create something special to share with you for the occasion.  The card turned out really CUTE, but the amount of time and tedious effort that it involved was kind of ridiculous.  I am sure it was far too involved for Winnie the Pooh himself to have approved of it.   What do you think?

Winnie the Pooh Day

All of these characters were created with Stampin’ Up paper and punches.  It literally took me all night to make just the three that you see here.  I figure there is a lesson we can learn from this little exercise.  After all, Winnie the Pooh is all about simplicity… and honey.  In the end, I have the likeness of Pooh, but there is none of his character here.  It wasn’t simple and I don’t even have a honey pot on the card.

I wonder how often in my crafting, and in life in general, I do this?  Do I complicate things so much that it takes the fun out of it?  Or do I over think things and turn them into something they really aren’t?   It probably happens to me more than I care to admit.  So I made a list of Winnie the Pooh quotes that will give us wisdom in keeping life simple and fun.

Winnie the Pooh Wisdom

  1.  Don’t think too much.  You’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.
  2. Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.
  3. Let’s start by taking a smallish nap or two…
  4. Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
  5. When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles.
  6. “What day is it?”  “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.
  7. It’s more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, “What about lunch?”

I hope this Pooh wisdom brought a smile to your face, I know it did mine. 🙂

 

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!

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. 🙂

Apr 25

Penguin Punch Art

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I thought Penguin Punch Art would be the perfect way to celebrate World Penguin Day 2016, but first I just have to share some cute penguin pictures with you.  Who doesn’t love baby penguins?!  Check out this little guy…

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When my daughter was in high school she visited Australia as a student ambassador.  She fell in love with the cute little blue penguins that live there.  They are also called fairy penguins.  Did you even know that penguins lived in Australia?!  Here is a picture of the Little Blue Penguins…

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I am not sure that a paper penguin can compare with the cuteness overload of the real thing, but it did turn out pretty adorable.

Penguin Punch Art

Penguin Punch Art

The penguin punch art is made mostly of ovals including his body, wing, feet and the white mask on his face.  His head and eye are obviously circles and the beak is from a flower punch.  Here is a list of the punches used…

  • Extra-Large Oval (119859)
  • Large Oval (119855)
  • 1 1/4″ Circle (119861)
  • Festive Flower Builder Punch (139682)
  • 1/8″ Circle (134365)

 Penguin Punch Art Altered

Penguin Punch Art

Because of the stamp set I decided to use on my finished project, I altered my penguin a little and added some snazzy sunglasses.  The arm of the glasses is the branch portion of the Bird Builder Punch.  I added the lens part with a pink 1/2″ circle and black circle from the largest eye portion of the Owl Builder Punch.  Didn’t they turn out cute?!  And now (insert drum roll)…

Penguin Punch Art Finished Project!

Penguin Punch Art

Love how the card turned out.  I may even decide to use this on a scrapbook page instead.  I partnered my penguin punch art with the Words of Truth stamp set (wood – 138758, clear – 139397).  This is a great set for cards or scrapbook pages and is perfect for Bible Journaling!  It is retiring in May, so you better get it before its gone!

I hope our post has inspired you to create something today.  Go get those punches out and see what you can come up with!  Make sure to share your creations with us so we can be inspired too!