Punch Art

Owl Builder Punch Black Cat-Friendship

The swap card theme for our May Stamp Club was "friendship" with a twist.  We were to use the Owl Builder Punch for our creations. 

Here is my swap card:

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 I found this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to create my own little black cat!

I created a mask for the moon by punching out a post-it-note using my 1 3/8" circle punch.  I laid the mask on my Shimmery White card front and sponged around it using Sahara Sand ink. 

The fence was created by punching out Shimmery White card stock using my Word Window punch.  I used the Owl Builder punch to create the cat out of Basic Black card stock.  To create more cat-like ears, I simply snipped the ears at an angle using a pair of scissors.  The tail was cut free hand and a black marker was used to draw in the whiskers.  The greeting is from a new stamp called Sitting Here which will be in the upcoming 2016-2017 catalog.

Fun, fun!

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Happy Home-View From My Front Window

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The apple trees are in full bloom here at the Hayward Homestead, and this looks like the view from our front windows!

I first sponged Marina Mist and Cucumber Crush ink onto my Whisper White card stock.  I colored the tree image from the stamp set Happy Home using Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso and Cucumber Crush markers.  The window and sill were cut using my Big Shot and Hearth and Home Thinlits dies.  I used my Decorative Label punch to make the window valance cut out of Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper. 

Happy Spring!

 

 

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White Wash Fence-Happy Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day!

 

To create the white wash effect, stamp Hardwood on Sahara Sand card stock using Versamark.  Heat emboss using white embossing powder.  Fill in the parts of the embossed image with a chalk marker. Create a palette of ink in the lid of an ink pad by squeezing the top of the closed pad.  Open the pad, and there should be a spot of ink in the lid.  Pick up the color from the lid using an Aqua Painter or wet brush and color over the embossed image.  For this card, I used a combination of Soft Suede and Cajun Craze inks.

Create a palette of ink in the lid of an ink pad by squeezing the top of the closed pad.  Open the pad, and there should be a spot of ink in the lid.

 

Stamp Set: Hardwood,Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Versamark

Paper: Sahara Sand, Pool Party, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Wild Wasabi, Cucumber Crush

Punches: Build a Bird, Chevron Border, 7/8”Scallop Circle and Boho Blossoms punches

Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter, Fringe scissors, Candy Dots, Chalk Marker, Aqua Painter

 

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Owl Builder Punch Reindeer-Cheers!

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I made this cute guy for our September Stamp Club swap.  The theme was "silly or funny." Even though it was only September, I was in Christmas card making mode, so I decided to make a happy looking reindeer using my Owl Builder punch.  The antlers were made with a retired snow flake punch, but the branch from the Bird Builder punch could work just as well.  The nose and the circles behind the eyes were punched out of red glimmer paper and Early Espresso card stock using the "eye" circles on the owl punch.  I had a package of googly eyes in my crafting stash. The greeting is from the retired set Good Greetings.  The window on the front was cut out using my Big Shot and Squares Framelits.  The frame was cut out of retired Festival of Prints Designer Series paper.

 

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Here's looking at you!

 

 

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Wonderland Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer-Nacho Average Sketch Challenge #171

We hope you'll join us for this week's Nacho Average sketch challenge.  We'd love to see your cards!

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Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I created a Rudolph reindeer using the Owl Builder punch for the eyes and nose and the antlers image found in the Wonderland stamp set.  The background is embossed with the Gently Falling embossing folder.  Easy, easy with a little sparkle!

 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

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Work of Art "Sweet" Popsicle Card

I'm having such fun creating using the Work of Art stamp set.  I used it to make a "sweet" watermelon card shared on July 28 for the Nacho Average Color Challenge #152.  The challenge colors are Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry and Watermelon Wonder.  I decided to continue on with the challenge and make this "sweet" popsicle card.

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To create the popsicle, I stamped  the "swoosh" image from Work of Art full strength at the bottom of my 3 1/2" x 2" Whisper White card stock using Watermelon Wonder ink.  Then I continued stamping up the piece without reinking.  I rounded the corners using my corner rounder punch and used my scallop circle punch to create the bite mark.  I sponged on Watermelon Wonder ink along the bite and around the edges.  To create the stick, I used the long, narrow image in the stamp set inked up in Cucumber Crush and stamped on a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock.  I then punched it out using my Word Window punch.  The bottom half of the card front is embossed using the Stripes Embossing Folder and Big Shot. This embossing folder is retired, but any in the current catalog would work (dots, stars, stripes). The greeting "sweet" comes from one of my favorite retired stamp sets, Sweet Shapes.  Alternate current stamp sets could be You're So Sweet and Six Sided Sampler.

 

 

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Ray of Sunshine-Nacho Average Challenge #146

Our colors for this week's Nacho Average Challenge are Island Indigo, Hello Honey and Smoky Slate.

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I used the sun and greeting found in Ray of Sunshine and the clouds found in Sprinkles of Life combined with the Tree Builder punch.  These sets have become two of my favorites!

 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Stamp Sets: Ray of Sunshine, Sprinkles of Life

Ink: Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo

Paper: Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Hello Honey, Whisper White

Accessories: 1 1/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, Tree Builder Punch, Dazzling Details

 

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Easter Bunny Berry Basket

Happy Easter!

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For instructions on how to make this cute punched bunny, please click here.

Love the new Berry Basket Bigz L Die!

Make a cute basket just right for delivering a little special something. Use with a Big Shot and Standard Cutting Pads. Finished box size: 4" each side x 3-1/4" high, 5" with handle.

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 Other supplies: Easter grass

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Star Santa Claus

I'm in full Christmas card making mode, so I checked one of my favorite challenge sites, Merry Monday, for a little Christmas card inspiration. This challenge site helps get us in the Christmas spirit by offering weekly Christmas challenges all year long.

This week's challenge is "Santa".

Here's my contribution:

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I do not own 1 Santa Claus stamp!  I know, how sad!  So, instead, I made a Santa Claus out of punches and the Single Christmas Star stamp.  I had seen this idea on Pinterest awhile ago, and have been wanting to make my own Star Santa for awhile now.  This challenge got me into gear!

These are the pieces I used made using punches and a star traced on cardstock and cut out:

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1 3/4" circle punch for Santa's face out of Blushing Bride and sponged with Real Red ink

large circle from Owl Builder punch for Santa's nose out of Blushing Bride and sponge with Real Red ink

2 small circles from Owl Builder punch for Santa's eyes out of Basic Black

Petite Pennants Builder punch for Santa's hat out of Real Red and embossed using the Big Shot and Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder

2 Word Window punch for hat's brim out of Whisper White.  The 2 pieces were attached as 1, then embossed using the Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.

7/8" scallop circle punch for hat's tassel out of Whisper White embossed using Petals a Plenty Embossing folder

2 birds from Bird Builder punch for Santa's mustache out of Whisper White

3 petals from Build a Blossom punch for Santa's beard, with the top 2/3 of each petal cut off

misc scrap pieces for Santa's eyebrows out of Whisper White and Santa's mouth out of Real Red

1 star (Christmas Star clear-mount stamp unmounted from block) traced on a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" Whisper White card stock, scored and folded at 5 1/2".  Once the outline of the star was traced, I cut it out using a pair of scissors.  The top of the star was placed above the score line so it would open as a card.  It was embossed using the Big Shot and Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder.

The hanger is attached to the back of Santa's head using Mini Glue Dots.

Tips: play around with the different pieces to get the look you want.  You may need to trim some of them, especially the beard and mustache pieces, to get the look you want.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes (for greeting), Single Christmas Star

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Blushing Bride

Accessories: 1 3/4" circle, Owl Builder, Bird Builder, Petite Pennants Builder, Build a Blossom, 7/8" scallop circle, Word Window, Modern Label punches, Big Shot, Petals a Plenty, Perfect Polka Dots, Stylish Stripes Embossing folders, sponge, ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, White Gel Pen

 

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Punched Candy Corn-Nacho Average Challenge #58

We have a "Halloween" inspired color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge site.

Basic Black, Summer Starfruit and Pumpkin Pie

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Here's my contribution:

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When I first saw this color challenge, I immediately thought of candy corn, just in time for Halloween!

Here's a quick and simple way to make punched candy corn:

Use the Pennant Builder punch from Stampin' Up! and punch 3 triangles out of Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie and Summer Starfruit card stock.

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Cut the top off the Pumpkin Pie triangle and the bottom off the Summer Starfruit triangle.

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Layer the bottom portion of the Pumpkin Pie triangle onto the Whisper White triangle.

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Layer the bottom portion of the Summer Starfruit triangle to the bottom of the Pumpkin Pie triangle.

Done!

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamp Set: Sweet Shapes

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black

Accessories: Pennant Builder punch, Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Folder

 

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Happy Harvest Owl-CASology Harvest Challenge

"Harvest" is our cue word this week over at the CASology challenge site.

Here's my contribution:

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This cute little guy was made using the Owl Builder punch and some scrap Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Old Olive paper.  The greeting was made in My Digital Studio.

I tried out my new Envelope Punch Board to make a coordinating envelope and liner. 

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Stampin' Up! supplies used:

Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Owl Builder punch, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, My Digital Studio for greeting, Envelope Punch Board

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Chevron Border Punch-Christmas Collectibles

I've been learning how to best use the new Chevron Border punch from Stampin' Up!  There is a bit of learning curve for getting evenly spaced chevrons.  Please be sure to visit the link below for a free tutorial on how to use this punch.

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It took me several tries to figure out how to use the punch so I would have evenly spaced chevrons on  pieces of card stock measuring of 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", 5 1/4" x 4", 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and 4" x 5 1/4". 

Here is the pile of punched chevrons to prove it too!

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This may come easy to some, but I always struggle with how to get evenly spaced designs when using border punches.  After some trial and error, I created a quick tutorial that will hopefully help someone else along the way.  Be sure to check out the free tutorial HERE.

And don't forget to add a coordinating liner to the envleope using the Big Shot and Envelope Liner Framelit!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Christmas Collectibles, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Raspberry Ripple

Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Chevron Border and Christmas Ornament punches, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, rhinestone, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Envelope Liner Framelit

 

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Punched Books-CASology Book Challenge

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Update: Woo Hoo, this card was chosen as one of the "Honorable Mentions" by the CASology Design Team!  Thank you ladies.  I so enjoy the CASology site and find daily inspiration in the beautiful creations shared by all.

Our CASology cue word this week is "book".

Here's my contribution:

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The "books" were made using 1/2" wide strips of Designer Series Paper cut to various lengths.  I slipped the ends of the paper into my Word Window punch to make the cut and rounded edges. If you'd like wider books, start with a wider strip of paper (3/4", 1" etc), and punch the ends using a 3/4" or 1" circle punch.

This way to make the cut edge:

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This way to make the rounded edge:

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I built the books on a scrap piece of paper, popping them up using Dimensionals.  Then I trimmed the edges of the scrap paper so it wouldn't be seen.  Then, the books were layered onto the card base using Dimensionals.

Stamp Set: Define Your Life, Tiny Tags

Ink: Calypso Coral, Basic Gray

Paper: Very Vanilla, various Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Word Window and Heart to Heart punches, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, sponge

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Tulip Flower Pot

My Mom and I just returned from a week-long trip to Iowa.  We attended the annual Tulip Festival in Pella, Iowa.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate as it was cold, rainy and snowy during the festival.  Tough weather for tulips and the festival, but Mom and I had a great time exploring the area.  We were able to visit Pella the day before the festival began.  It was a warm, sunny day and the tulips in the town square were beautiful!

I created this tulip flower pot card in celebration of our adventures in Iowa!

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Flower Pot: Start with a piece of card stock measuring 9" x 3 1/2".  Score it at 2" and 5 1/2".  Fold the 2" section towards you and the 5 1/2" section away from you.  Trim up the sides at angle to create the pot.  

Tulips: Punch out 3 of the "wings" on the Bird Builder punch and layer.  The leaves were punched using the Blossom Petals Builder punch out of Old Olive card stock.  Using scissors, I cut narrow strips of Old Olive card stock for the stems.

Insert: The tulips were layered on a piece of 2 1/4" x 4 1/4" Whisper White card stock.  This was matted onto a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  The insert just slips into the pot.  There is not any adhesive holding the pot closed.  The ribbon tied around the top will keep the card closed, allowing for the insert to be put in and taken out easily.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Bloomin' Marvelous

Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Brights Pattern Designer Series Paper 

Accessories: Bird Builder, Blossom Petals Builder, Oval and Scallop Oval punches, Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

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Punch Art Rabbit-In Memory of July, my bun, bun

A few years back, our household included a very sweet gray house rabbit named July.  July was a stray bunny who appeared one day on our property.  I brought her into the house fully expecting to find and return her to her owner.  That didn't happen, and after bunny proofing the house, she became a full-fledged and active member of our household.  July was very, very smart and very, very stubborn, but she was the sweetest creature. She became my constant companion, especially while I worked in my craft room.  To this day, I still have a framed photo of her on my craft desk.  For whatever reason, I have been thinking a lot about July, and I still miss her terribly. 

When I saw the gray patterned designer series paper in the Twitterpated paper pack (found in the Occasions Mini Catalog), I instantly thought of July.  I've been wanting to create a rabbit using this paper in memory of my sweet girl.  I finally took the time to create my little gray rabbit using punches and the Twitterpated paper. 

This project may seem like it coincides with Easter and all the punched rabbit projects that have been hitting the blogs. This was not my intent.  But, I know that a lot of people purchase rabbits for their kids at Easter time because, well, they are so cute.  But, rabbits are  complicated creatures who definitely have personalities of their own.  I could also go into all the reasons why rabbits DON'T make good pets, especially for kids. And I could go into all the reasons why rabbits do make good pets. All I will say is, please, please, please do not bring a rabbit into your home unless you have done your homework and understand fully the needs of rabbits and how that may affect your household.

In memory of July, my sweet bun bun.

This is a whimsical portrayal of July.

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 July had beautiful, soft, dark gray fur.

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 Supplies Used:

Ink: Going Gray

Paper: Going Gray, Whisper White, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper

Accessories: 2 1/2" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 3/4" circle, Heart to Heart, Owl Builder, Boho Blossoms, oval punches, paper piercing tool and mat, brad, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, wiggle eyes

 

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