Happy Retirement Adirondack Chair and Follow Your Art

Hello Paper Crafting Friends ~ welcome back to my corner of the world.

It is so lovely to hear that someone is retiring – how wonderful to be able to get to that stage in your life when your time is your own to do with what you want – when you want to do it! So when a dear friend’s husband announced he was retiring in August it was the perfect occasion to celebrate with a card for him.

Today’s card has a tiny bit of stamping using the Well Said stamp set then some die cutting with the coordinating Well Written Dies.

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Flourishing Phrases with Tufted Embossing Folder

We have a new embossing folder in the 2018 -2019 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog, simply called ‘ Tufted‘ I wanted to use it so much but for it not to get lost in too much other detail.

Once again a gentle stroll thru my stamp sets and  dies I spied the Flourishing Phases stamp set and the coordinating Flourishing Thinlits Dies – neither of which had been used for a while.

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Mixed Bunch Wedding Congratulations

A very dear friend of my Mum’s got married last week ~ a perfect reason to make and send a card.  Stampin Up’s Mixed Bunch stamp set was one of the most popular when it was launched a couple of years ago, partly because it is very versatile but also, I think, because there is a punch that works with all 6 stamps. I have to say that I prefer a punch to ‘fussy-cutting’ any day of the week.  So here is my card……… Continue reading

Punch Art 3 ~ Graduation Owl

The third in my series of punch art embellishments is the graduation owl.

We start with the Owl Punch and some Crumb Cake card stock to make the body then Whisper White and Basic Black to make his eyes.  The large flower in the Boho Blossom punch was used to cut Crumb Cake ‘wings’ which was then cut in half.  Soft Suede ink was sponged onto the body and wings.

The medium flower from the Boho Blossom blossom punch was used to cut the ‘beak’ in Tangarine Tango card stock then trimmed to a single petal which was attached behind the eyes with a glue dot.

graduation owl

The cap was made by using the oval punch to cut Basic Black then cut in half.  Then shaped with 1/2 inch circle punch from the Itty Bitty punch pack.  The top of the cap started as a 1″ square then trimmed to make the diamond shape before attaching to the base with a stampin dimensional. The tassle was made with Cherry Cobbler bakers twine, then a white gel pen to make the little ‘twinkle’ in his eye.

He was then was used as an embellishment on the scrapbook page.

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itty itty punch pack

oho blossom

Happy Punching……………….

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If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a catalog, please feel free to contact me, and if you’re thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! and my team I’d most definitely like to hear from you!

Punch Art 2 ~ Bear

Here is the second in my series of punch art embellishments, this is based on ‘Bertie Bear’  by Pat Carr (an Australian SU designer)

As you can see the Owl punch has come into play again for the body and the little fur tuft on the top of his head.  The arms and feet use the ‘wing’ from the Bird Builder Punch.

All the pieces are cut from Crumb Cake and were sponged in ‘Soft Suede’ ink.  The nose and tuft were cut from Soft Suede card stock.  I used the Chocolate Chip stampin marker to put on his features and cute little toes.

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bird builder punch

This turned out to be a very versatile embellishment as I used the him for a recent scrap book layout:

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…..  as well as a card for my recently arrived great-niece, Isla

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If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a catalog, please feel free to contact me, and if you’re thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! and my team I’d most definitely like to hear from you!

October’s Card Crafting Class

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We shall be making these two Thanksgiving cards on Monday (28th  @ 7pm) or Tuesday (29th @ 10am or 2pm).  The cards feature sunburst, rock and roll inking, sponging and die cutting techniques.

Contact me asap to reserve you place – you won’t be sorry you decided to join this class.

Class fee: $6 (or $15 Stampin Up product order)

Venue: My home in Allen

Punch Art Bear Baby Card

Punch Art Bear Baby Card

We welcomed a new member to our family last week. Made this congratulations card to send to her parents. The bear is made from using different punches and the pieces are sponged before assembly. (the pattern for the bear was from a talented paper crafter in Australia but sadly I cannot find her name – thanks so much for the inspiration 🙂 )