Punch Art

Jar of Flowers-Happy Birthday America!

4th of JulyHappy Birthday America!

For this 4th of July, I created this card using the new Jar of Flowers stamp set and coordinating Jar Punch.

I paired them with a collection of various sized star punches in my collection.

I wish you a safe and happy 4th of July!

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April Fresh Ideas-Spring Hats

Spring Hat Easel CardSpring Hat Easel Card

Container hat open and closedContainer Hat, perfect for holding candy or small trinkets


Cloche spring hatsCloche Spring Hats

"Life is a party.

Dress like it."

-Audrey Hepburn

Spring is here! Let's celebrate by getting out our best spring hats!

How about creating spring hat cards too?

  Perfect for Mother's Day, bridal and baby showers, and birthdays.

  The possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

My April Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature a collection of spring hats shown above.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 2:00 pm (MST) on April 22, 2020. 

This will coincide with the release of the retiring stamp sets and accessories from the 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Annual and Spring Mini Catalogs.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime in April 2020 to receive this tutorial complete with photos and  step-by-step instructions.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!



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Happy Easter Cards for Grandkids

Daisy punch rabbit

This is the card I made for our 3-year-old granddaughter, Madysen.

Madysen has wild bunnies or "hop, hops" as she calls them, visit her yard daily. 

She's always on the lookout for them, and they bring her great joy.

For this card, I punched flowers out of various colors of card stock using the Daisy Punch.

Then, I trimmed the daisy down, leaving just two petals or hop, hop ears.

I used designs from Best Dressed 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper for the background.

I used the In the Woods landscape die and Big Shot to cut the top of the Old Olive polka dot DSP.

The greetings came from Bunny Buddies, a 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit, and were stamped using Blackberry Bliss ink and the Stamparatus.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bunny Buddies

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Petal Pink (card base), Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Purple Posy, Best Dressed 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Daisy Punch, Big Shot, In the Woods Die, Stamparatus

Blueberry Bushel Easter

This is the card I made for our 7-month-old grandson, Ryan.

I used a variety of current and retired products.

The bunny's body and the card base were cut out using the Big Shot and circles and ovals found in Stitched Shapes Dies (current). 

I used my 1 1/8 scallop circle punch (retired) to create the tail.

I cut off the bottom part of the large circle.

 I placed the largest circle just above the scored piece of Blueberry Bushel card stock, making the circle the card base.

After the body parts were stamped, I embossed them using the Big Shot and Subtles Embossing Folder.

For the bunny's eyes, nose and whiskers, I used stamps found in Bunny Buddies, a March 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.

The detail on the ears, eyebrows, feet, and bow tie were stamped using images found in Playful Pals (retired).  The bow tie was cut out using the Big Shot and coordinating Pyramid Pals Dies (retired).

I usually don't use retired product for my projects, but I saved these cute animal sets because I knew grandchildren would be on the way.

So, I hope you won't mind too much!


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Bunny Buddies, Playful Pals

Ink: Basic Gray, Blueberry Bushel

Paper: Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel

Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes and Pyramid Pals Dies, 1 1/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Subtles Embossing Folder



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Last Christmas Cards of the Season-Cards for the Grandkids

Ryan and Madysen Christmas 2019Here are the last of the Christmas cards I created this season.

I made these for our 4 month old grandson Ryan, and our 3 year old granddaughter Madysen.

The mittens were punched out of Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper using a retired mitten punch I had in my stash.

It has been retired for many years, but I'm glad I kept it!

The cat was also punched out of Wrapped in Plaid DSP using the current cat punch.

Our granddaughter loves cats, or as she calls them, "Ma's."

The greeting comes from Christmas Gleaming.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Christmas Gleaming, Still Scenes (snow flakes stamped in Night of Navy), Christmas Gleaming (greeting)

Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: mitten and cat punches, heat tool, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, red rhinestones, Stamparatus


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Leaf and Sprig Punches Christmas Wreath

Leaf punch christmas wreathHere's the companion wreath to my punched fall wreath

This one is just in time for Christmas!

Just change the colors, and you have an easy to create Christmas wreath.

Here's how!

  1. Create base for wreath by nesting 2 circle dies on Shaded Spruce card stock and cut out using the Big Shot to create a ring.
  2. Punch 10 Shaded Spruce and 10 Garden Green leaves using the Leaf punch. Cut 5 gold foil and 5 Cherry Cobbler springs using the Sprig Punch.
  3. Emboss the punched leaves using the Big Shot and Subtle Embossing Folder for added texture.
  4. Apply SNAIL Adhesive on Shaded Spruce ring. Attach leaves around the ring, alternating colors.  Slip the springs in between the leaves using SNAIL Adhesive on the stems.
  5. Attach a piece of Wrapped in Plaid 6" x6 " Designer Series Paper to Gold Foil mat.  Attach to Shaded Spruce card base
  6. Tie a piece of ribbon around the bottom of the wreath using a Mini Glue Dot.  For the sample, I used a piece of Shimmer Gold ribbon from my stash.
  7. Attach wreath to card front using Mini Dimensionals placed around the ring.
  8. Swipe Embossing Buddy over a piece of Gold Foil Sheet. Stamp greeting from Christmas Quilt (retired)  using Cherry Cobbler ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and clear embossing powder.  Banner cut the ends using the Hexagon punch.   Curl ends using a pair of scissors. Attach to wreath using Mini Dimensionals.

Leaf Punch

Leaf punch

Sprig Punch

Sprig punch

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Quilt

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Shaded Spruce, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Gold Foil Sheets, Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Dies, Subtle Embossing Folder, Leaf and Spring Punches, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, clear embossing powder, ribbon from my stash, Mini Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dot.

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Leaf Punch Fall Wreath

Painted Harvest WreathHappy Fall!

It's easy to celebrate the change in seasons by using the Leaf Punch to create this fall-inspired wreath!

(Inspiration came from Pinterest, but can't remember who.)

Here's how:

  1. Create base for wreath by nesting 2 circle dies on Merry Merlot card stock and cut out using the Big Shot to create a ring.
  2. Punch 10 Merry Merlot and 10 Cajun Craze leaves using the Leaf punch. Cut 5 copper foil leaves using the leaf die from Frosted Frames Dies. Option: emboss the leaves using the Big Shot and Subtle Embossing Folder for added texture.
  3. Apply SNAIL Adhesive on Merry Merlot ring. Attach leaves around the ring, alternating colors.  Slip the leaves in between the leaves using SNAIL Adhesive on the stems.
  4. Brayer Gray Granite and Soft Suede ink on the inside of the Hardwood Embossing Folder. Emboss Crumb Cake card stock, transferring the brayered ink onto the card stock.  Attach to Merry Merlot card base.
  5. Tie a piece of ribbon around the bottom of the wreath. For the sample, I used Crumb Cake Linen ribbon (retired), but you could use current Terra Cotta Scalloped Linen Ribbon and or Copper Trim.  Tie a bow around the ribbon using Linen Thread.
  6. Attach wreath to card front using Mini Dimensionals placed around the ring.
  7. Stamp greeting from Painted Harvest on Very Vanilla card base using Merry Merlot ink. Banner cut the ends using the Hexagon punch.  Sponge Cajun Craze ink along the edges. Curl ends using a pair of scissors. Attach to wreath using Mini Dimensionals.
  8. Attach a Frosted and Clear Epoxy Droplet to the center of the Linen Thread to complete.

Be sure to check back on October 14 for my Leaf Punch Christmas Wreath!

Leaf Punch

Leaf punch

Stamp Set: Painted Harvest

Ink: Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Gray Granite

Paper: Merry Merlot, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Copper Foil, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Leaf, Sprig, hexagon punches, Big Shot, Circle Dies, Hardwood Embossing Folder, brayer, sponge, ribbon, Linen Thread, Frosted and Clear Epoxy Droplets, Mini Dimensionals


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Aluminum Can Sun and Moon Card

Fremont Brewing sun

Fremont Brewing Sun and Moon Card

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans using the Big Shot and framelits dies or punches.

Please check HERE to see some of my other aluminum can and Big Shot projects, along with video tutorials.

I'm always on the look out for cans with interesting designs and colors.

My husband is a craft beer drinker,  and whenever he purchases a new brand, I always take a look the cans.

Well, he recently brought home some Summer American Pale Ale brewed by Fremont Brewing in Seattle, WA.

I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I saw this bright sun and moon!

Fremont brewing can

Oh my, I couldn't wait for him to pour the beer into a pint glass so I could wash out the can and get started!

This card was so simple to create, and it took about 5 minutes!

I let the design on the can do the heavy lifting.

Here's  how:

  1.  After washing it out thoroughly, I removed the top and bottom of the can (see video for instructions), and flattened it out.  As always, be careful with the cutting step as the can will be sharp.  After it has been run through the Big Shot or punched with a punch, the edges are no longer sharp.
  2. I trimmed the piece down a little so my 2 1/2" circle punch would fit around the sun and moon, and then punched.
  3.  I added the punched circle to a Basic Black mat using Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4. I stamped the greeting from Painted Glass onto the Mango Melody card base using Memento Black ink.  I added the matted sun and moon to the card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.  Enamel shapes were added to the four corners to complete.

Simple, that's it!

Fremont brewing can cut

Fremont brewing can pieces

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Painted Glass

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Mango Melody, Basic Black

Accessories: tin snips, heavy crafting scissors, Summer  American Pale Ale beer can, 2 1/2" circle punch, Dimensionals, enamel shapes

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Basket Weave Embossing Folder Apple Pie

Basket Weave Apple Pie

The Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is one of this year's Sale-A-Bration choices.

It is included in the Blossoming Basket Bundle which can be earned with a $100 order.

While the coordinating stamp set, Blooming Basket, will not be available after Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31, the Basket Weave Embossing folder will carry over to the new Annual Catalog in June.

Remember, during Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 spent, you'll earn a free item out of the Sale-A-Bration collection.

Sale-A-Bration is a great time to stock up on your stamping supplies!

When I saw the Basket Weave embossing folder, I thought the design looked like the top of an apple pie.

So, I made a quick pie to add my card!

Here's how:

1.Emboss a piece of Crumb Cake card stock using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.  Punch out a piece using 1 1/4" circle punch.  Sponge Crumb Cake ink along the edges.

2. Punch out a piece of Silver Foil paper using 1 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch to create the pie plate.  Bring up the edges slightly using your finger nails.

3. Attach the embossed circle to the scallop circle using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

4. Stamp the Burlap background stamp onto Whisper White card front using Real Red ink.

5. Attach the apple pie to the card front using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

6. Stamp greeting from Sprinkles of Life using Basic Gray ink.  Sponge edges of card front using Basic Gray ink.

7. Attach to Smoky Slate mat.  Attach to Real Red mat.  Attach to Whisper White card base.

8. Stamp apples from Sprinkles of Life on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Real Red ink.  Color in the apples using a Blender Pen and Real Red ink.

9. Punch apples out using coordinating Tree Builder punch.  Attach 2 apples to card front using SNAIL adhesive.  Attach the 3rd apple using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.

Basket Weave Apple Pie close up

This card brings a smile!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Burlap background, Sprinkles of Life

Ink: Real Red, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Silver Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" scallop circle, and Tree Builder punches, Mini Dimensionals, sponge

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Sponged Sky Party Panda Valentine's Day Card

Party Panda Valentine's

I created this Valentine's Day card for our one-year-old granddaughter using the cute Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Party Pandas.

This set just brings a smile!

I combined it with the easy sponged sky background technique.

Here's how:

To create the sky, I used a scallop circle template that I've had in my crafting stash for years.

I cut a large scallop circle out of light-weight cardboard using the now retired Scallop Circle Bigz Die and the Big Shot.

I also cut out several smaller scallop circles out of the same cardboard using my scallop circle punch.

Then, I attached the smaller circles to the larger circle using scotch tape to hold it all together.

Scallop circle template

As you can tell, this template has been used many times over the years!

To create the sky, simply lay the template onto a piece of card stock, and sponge ink around the scallops.  Move the template around the card stock, sponging on more ink.

When done, remove the template, and you've got a cloudy sky background:

Party Panda Scalloped Sponge sky

For this card, I sponged on Marina Mist and Island Indigo inks on my Whisper White card front. 

Now, it is time to complete the card.

  1. Stamp a panda from Party Pandas onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.  Cut the panda out using a pair of scissors.
  2. Punch or die cut hearts out of designer paper.  I used my retired Full Heart punch, but Stampin' Up! has several dies, such as Sweet and Sassy, that can be cut out using the Big Shot.  I punched one heart out of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, one out of Delightful Daisy DSP, and one out silver glimmer paper.  So soften the glimmer paper, I sponged on some Calypso Coral ink.
  3. Cut 4 clouds out of Vellum card stock using the Big Shot and Up & Away Thinlits Die.
  4. Attach the panda to the card front, using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.
  5. Attach the 4 die-cut clouds, layering them along the bottom of the card front.  Use a small amount of SNAIL Adhesive along the edge of the card front or where they meet.  Otherwise, the SNAIL will show through the Vellum. Trim any excess vellum from the bottom or sides using scissors or paper trimmer.
  6. Attach a piece of ribbon or baker's twine (Calypso Coral baker's twine for this card) to each balloon using glue dots, leaving enough of a tail to reach the panda's hand.  Tie the end of the balloon strings together in a knot. Attach each of the balloons to the card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.  Place a glue dot behind the Panda's hand.  Bring the knotted string down to the glue dot and secure just above the knot.  Bring the knot to the front, so it looks like the panda is holding the balloons. 
  7. Make bows out of the ribbon or baker's twine and attach to each of the balloons using glue dots.
  8. Stamp greeting from Lift Me Up using Calypso Coral ink.
  9. Attach card front to Basic Black mat.  Attach to Calypso Coral card base.

Too cute!  I think my granddaughter will like her card.

You can get your own Party Panda stamp set by making a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration (ends March 31).

Party Pandas stamp setClick HERE to view the other Sale-A-Bration selections.

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Party Pandas, Lift Me Up

Ink: Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Archival Black, Calypso Coral

Paper: Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum, Whole Lot of Lovely, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, silver glimmer paper

Accessories: sky template, sponge, Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, heart punch, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dots



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Christmas Quilt Ornaments

Christmas Quilt Ornaments

Christmas in about here. 

Are you ready?  Do you have your Christmas cards done? 

Need a quick and simple Christmas card idea?

I'm here to help with this quick and easy Christmas card using punches and Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (retiring on January 2).

Here's how:

  1. Start with a 5" x 3 3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Punch circles out using 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches.
  2. Cut pieces of Christmas Quilt Designer Series Paper a little larger than the circles.  Apply SNAIL adhesive around the circles on the back side of the card stock.  Attach designer series paper.
  3. Cut ornament toppers out of red glimmer paper using the Big Shot and Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (also retiring).  Use the die that is used as the tree stand in the set.  Turn it over, and it becomes an ornament topper!
  4. Attach various colors of baker's twine at the top of each ornament.  Bring the twine to the top of the card front, wrap around to the back and secure using SNAIL adhesive.
  5. Attach the ornament toppers using  Glue Dots.
  6. Tie bows out of the baker's twine and attach using  Glue Dots.
  7. Attach to Real Red mat.  Attach to Blushing Bride card base.
  8. Stamp greeting from Christmas Pines on scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock using Real Red ink.  Banner cut edge.  Attach to a slightly larger red glimmer piece of card stock. Attach to front of card using Dimensionals to pop the greeting up.
  9. Add glimmer enamel dots to complete.

Easy, easy, and done in about 5 minutes!

And of course, you can use any designer series paper you have on hand. 

This is a perfect project to use up those paper scraps!

Christmas Quilt Ornaments closeup

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Blushing Bride, Real Red, Whisper White, red glimmer, Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches, Big Shot, Quilt Builder Framelits Die, baker's twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Glimmer Enamel Dots

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Spooky Cat Halloween Diorama Card

Spooky Cat Diorama Card

This is the card I created for our one-year old Granddaughter for Halloween.

It's a diorama card created using the new Cat punch and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

Making a diorama card is easy to do following my instructions found HERE.

For this card, I let the Spooky Night DSP do most of the work.  The background inside the diorama, the card front, the edge panels, the cat, and even the pumpkins are all patterns found in the paper stack.

Happy Halloween!

Spooky Cat Diorama Card close up


Cat Punch

Cat Punch

Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Spooky night dsp

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: none

Ink: none

Paper: Basic Black, Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Cat Punch, Big Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, Tear and Tape adhesive, Crushed Curry baker's twine, rhinestone, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dot

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Giant Coneflower and Bee-Daisy Punch

   Bee and Daisy Punch Coneflower

As always, I'm able to find inspiration for my card making in my surroundings here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

This time of year, we have Giant Coneflowers growing along the banks of the North Hardscrabble Creek which flows through our property.

The Giant Coneflowers attract all kinds of winged creatures: butterflies, tachinid flies and bees.

Here is the inspiration for my card:

Bee and coneflower

Up close and personal. 

I watched this bee awhile before I snapped the photo. I thought to myself that her expression looks like she's mad at the world.  But after uploading the photo, I think that is just the way she looks.  Concentrating and busy at her work that's all!

Now onto the card.  Here's how:

  1. Emboss Pear Pizzazz card front using the Big Shot and Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.  Sponge the edges using Wild Wasabi ink.
  2. Punch 2 flowers using the Daisy Punch out Crushed Curry card stock.  
  3. Cut the daisies in half and layer 3 halves together, offsetting the petals. Sponge the edges of the petals using Crushed Curry ink.
  4. For the top of the coneflower, punch a piece of Early Espresso card stock using 1" circle punch.  Cut the circle about 3/4.  Attach to the top of the daisies using a Dimensional.
  5. Stamp the 2-step bee from Dragonfly Dreams onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Crushed Curry and Early Espresso inks.
  6. Cut the bee out using the coordinating die from Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.
  7. The leaves are from the retired Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies cut out of Early Espresso card stock using the Big Shot.
  8. Attach leaves to card front using Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  9. Attach coneflower over the leaves using a Dimensional.
  10. Attach bee to card front using a Dimensional.
  11. Tear a narrow piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Sponge the edges with Wild Wasabi ink.  Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams using Early Espresso ink.  Attach to the bottom of the card front.
  12. Attach to Early Espresso card base.
  13. Apply clear Wink of Stella to the top and leaves of the coneflower and to the bee for a little sparkle.

  Bee and Daisy Punch Coneflower close up

What will be your inspiration?  I hope you'll share your creations with me: annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi

Paper: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Detailed Dragonfly and Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Daisy and 1" circle punches, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, sponge, Clear Wink of Stella







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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:

Owl Punch 019

 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

Happy Home 001

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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Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
Big Shot

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White Wash Fence-Happy Mother's Day

White Wash Technique 32-1


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!

Owl punch reindeer 001


Owl punch reindeer 003

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.


Owl punch reindeer 005

Here's looking at you!



Product List
Festival Of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
Snowflake Punch

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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!


Here's my contribution:

Wonderland 037

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.

Work of Art 005

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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