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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Peachy Keen September Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Peachy Keen September Release blog hop!  If you started the hop at the PKS Challenge Blog, then you should have hopped her from Viv’s blog.  If you arrived here first, be sure to hop on over to the PKS Challenge Blog to catch the first 2 stops of the hop. My hop card features the new face set called Snow Cuties (PK-500 & PK-501).  Instructions for making this card is below the blog hop button.  I'm also excited that my design is one of the new CottageCutz dies called Herby.  You can see him HERE. There are so many other AWESOME new halloween dies. You just have to see them all HERE.  Also, be sure to leave a comment here, as I'll be drawing a random name to win the Snow Cuties Assortment stamp set, courtesy of PKS!  The other DT members are also offering goodies, so be sure to check out all of the stops on the blog hop. Oh, and don't forget to start at the PKS Challenge blog.  If you leave a comment there, you could win a Copic Marker Set!!

All punches used are Stampin’ Up!
(sorry, the pictures look a little "yellow", not sure what happened)

Punch 2 1/2” Circle, 1 3/4” Circle & Ornament in textured white.
For arm, punch half of the Medium Oval, then line up the Large Oval over the top of the punched hole and punch the arm as shown.  Round out the sharp edges of the punched arm. Punch 3/4” Circle for one hand.

Punch 1 1/4” Square in black, Word Window in black and one third of the 1 1/4” Square in a color of choice for the hat band.  Use the Crop-a-dile to punch 3 of the smallest circles for the holly berries.  Cut 2 small rectangles.  Use a 1/4” circle and punch around the outer edges to create the holly leaves.  Punch 3 of the 1/4” Circles for buttons and the smallest heart from Heart to Heart for the chest. 

Stamp the snowboy face onto the ornament using the Snow Cuties 1 1/8” stamp (PK-501).  Sponge the edges of the white pieces with soft sky ink.  Attach the 1 3/4” Circle at the top of the 2 1/2” circle with dimensionals.  Attach the head to the body with dimensionals.  Glue hat band onto hat.  Clip away a little on each side at an angle so that the square is narrower at the bottom.  Attach the word window onto the square with dimensionals.  Glue holly leaves and berries onto hat.  Attach hat to head with dimensionals.  Attach arm and heart with dimensional.  Glue on buttons.

Punch 1 3/4” Circle, 1 3/8” Circle & 1 1/4” Circle in textured white.
For arm, punch half of the 3/4” Circle, then line up the Small Oval over the top of the punched hole and punch the arm like you did for the snowboy.  Round out the sharp edges of the punched arm.  Make 2 arms.

Stamp the snowgirl face onto the 1 1/4” Circle using the Snow Cuties Assortment stamps 1” size (PK-500).  Sponge the edges of the white pieces with soft sky ink.  Attach the 1 3/8” Circle at the top of the 1 3/4” circle with dimensionals.  Attach the head to the body with dimensionals (tilt the head towards the snowboy).  Attach the arms and heart with dimensionals.  Attach snowgirl to front of snowboy with dimensionals.  Attach snowboy hand onto snowgirl shoulder with dimensional.

Card Assembly:

For the basic card assembly, follow the instructions for a Tent Card in the SCS Resources Section HERE.  For card base, cut 5 1/2” x 11” baha breeze cardstock.  For inside of card, cut 5 1/2” x 4”.   I used a retired Stampin’ Up! DSP called Ski Slope.  The new Stampin’ Up! DSP called Candy Cane would be a great substitute.  Cut striped paper for the front  5 1/4” x 5 1/4”.  Cut snowflake print for inside 5 1/4” x 5 1/4”.  I used the Nestabilities Petite Circles (largest) and the Nestabilities Scallop Circle (largest) for the window on the front.  The greeting from SU! Bright Christmas is stamped in real red and cut out with the Nestabilities Mega Ovals.  You can’t see in the picture, but the words are outlined with a stardust pen to add shimmer.  Card is embellished with the SU! Red satin ribbon.   
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Punch Inspiration 9/30/10

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Peach Keen September Release sneak peek

Hello everyone!  Today is the start of the Peachy Keen new stamp release party.  I can only show you a little peek of my project today. Please check back on Thursday for step by step instructions to make this fabulous punch art project featuring the Peachy Keen face stamps!  Thursday will also be a fabulous blog hop featuring ALL of the PKS design team members.  It's going to be a HUGE and FANTASTIC blog hop.  You don't want to miss it!  Without further ado, here is the little teaser....

No matter how much you beg, you can't see more until Thursday.....he he he (aren't I a stinker?)

Want to get a couple more sneek peeks today?  Check out Lorie's, Heidi's and Viv's blogs!  There will be sneak peeks all week at the other Design Team blogs.  Be sure to check them out!

Punch Inspiration 9/26/10

Friday, September 24, 2010

Blog Candy Challenge Winner!

Hello all, once again I jumped over to to get the winning number of my Blog Candy Challenge.  And the lucky winning number was......


And I thought 13 was an unlucky number?!

Congratulations to Patrice Herrera (who also had AWESOME projects to share in the challenge).  Patrice, please email me at to give me your mailing address.  You will have so much fun stamping with this PKS stamp set!

birthday bear - Mojo Monday 157

This is the first card I've made for the Mojo Monday challenge blog.  They have such great card sketches! I was in the mood to do a little watercoloring.  My daughter was invited to her first kid party and this is a special birthday card for her friend.  The bear stamp is from Lili of the Valley (these are such sweet stamps!).  The greeting is Stampin Up Birthday Bliss.  I watercolored with Stampin' Up colors.  The designer papers are from the DCWV Citrus stack.  I wish you could see this card in person.  The papers have glittered swirls and the birthday cake & greeting is all glittery.  I used my new favorite ribbon - the Stampin Up! In Colors poly ribbon (poppy).

Punch Inspiration 9/24/10

Thursday, September 23, 2010

tear bears

Ok, I was all eager to share some instructions for making punch art tear bears and sure enough, I was out of my extra thick mulberry paper!  So, I went and ordered some but you'll have to wait a few days.  Boo hoo hoo.

Blogoversary Drawing Winner!!!!!

I jumped on over to and generated a random number from the total number of comments on my blogoversary contest and the lucky winning number was....... drum roll please.....


Congratulations to Sassy Scrapin' from Texas!  (now you know that leaving a comment early isn't always a bad thing when it comes to random numbers!)

Please email me at to claim ALL of my tutorials!!

blog candy challenge reminder

Hello everyone, just a reminder that you have until tomorrow night to enter my blog candy challenge for the PKS stamp set. Enter the challenge here:

You don't need a blog to enter the challenge. You just need to upload your entry to a public photo albumn that others can view. Good places to do this is on Split Coast Stampers, Picasa, Flickr or Photobucket (my personal pick).

I use Photobucket because they give you the URL to copy and paste for sharing online with other people. Here is the website. It's free to sign up and super easy to use!

I don't have a lot of entries for the contest yet, so your chances are very good that you could win the prize.  This is a random drawing out of all entrants, not a judged contest.  Also, this challenge is open to ALL of my readers in the U.S. AND Internationally.  This is your chance to get some Peachy Keen stamps to dress up your punch art!

Punch Inspiration 9/23/10

diaper darling scrapbook page

These pictures were taken when Lilly was 6 months old.  I LOVE this Stampin' Up! DSP.  Too bad it was discontinued.  But, I did manage to get 3 full packages before it retired (and I've already used half of it).  For all of you card makers out there, I will be sharing more cards soon.  I have 3 challenges I'm trying to get prepared for and I'm still working on my holiday class.  I work full-time, so I can only work on it in the evenings after Lilly goes to bed.  Thanks for your patience!

holiday scrapbook layout

Here are a couple more pages.  I wished I had scanned some of these pages and stitched them since I had some bowing of the cardstock when I stood them up to photograph them in my cube.  Lilly was only 2 in these photos.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Punch Inspiration 9/21/10

Discovering the Daisy scrapbook layout and MORE INFO

Good morning everyone! I finally got around to photographing some of my scrapbook pages.  I'll be posting a layout every day for a few days in addition to all of my other posts.  On the punching horizon, I have some fabulous projects coming up in the next week for the Peachy Keen new release party and the next PKS Challenge.  You won't want to miss these ones!  Also, I'm still working on my new holiday collection.  It's taking me a little longer than anticipated but I'm hoping to have it out by the middle of October.  Be sure to check back on Thursday when I announce the winner of my Blogoversary drawing HERE!  And, there is still time to share your halloween/autumn themed project (stamped or punched) for a PKS stamp set HERE.

These pictures were taken when Lilly was only 9 months old.  She is discovering my daisies in the back yard. I wish you could see this page in person.  The papers are deeply embossed with daisies and the daisy flowers on the page were punched in shimmery white.

Here is a close-up of the title on page one.  The D is a chipboard letter that has been sponged with mellow moss craft ink.  Then, I stamped "too cute for words" along the one side of the letter.  The daisies are made with the Stampin' Up! 5-Petal flower punch (layer 2) and there is a yellow jewel brad in the center.  The leaves are mellow moss grosgrain ribbon. The letters were stamped with a Stampin' Up! alphabet set

Monday, September 20, 2010


My daughter Lillianna turned 4 this past week and I just had to share this cute picture of her.  What a ham!

Punch Inspiration 9/20/10

1 Year Blogoversary! - WIN ALL MY TUTORIALS!

Some of you may have noticed a countdown clock at the bottom of my blog.  It is my one year blogoversary!  I can't believe it's been one year.  Time sure flies when you are having fun!  Thank you to all of my loyal readers and customers.  The past year has been a joy to read your wonderful comments and find all of the wonderful punch art inspiration on the net!  Now it's time to celebrate!

How would you like to get a copy of EVERY SINGLE TUTORIAL I HAVE FOR SALE?

Leave a comment on this post and I will pick one random winner from the comments.  If you have already purchased all of my classes, you may gift your win to a friend.  That's $78 worth of tutorials and one of you can be the big winner!  Please note that my comments are set to moderation to avoid spam. There may be a delay for your comment to be approved.  One entry per person, please.  Please be sure to log in a with a profile OR leave your name and email in your comment.  Anonymous comments without this information won't be eligible for the prize!   I will be drawing on the evening of the 23rd.   Thanks!

Good luck!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Blog Candy Challenge

Hello everyone!  I have some Peachy Keen goodies to share!  I got my design team package today and I'm so excited that I got some stamp sets to share with my readers in the coming months.  To kick off the fun, I wanted to share one of my all time favorite stamp sets.  It is the first face set I used on a project HERE.  The set is called Pumpkin Faces.  Not only is is great for jack-o-lanterns, but it works great for ghosts and monsters as well.  This is a must-have face set for your halloween projects!

This weeks "Let's Face It Fridays" challenge is underway HERE.  If you already entered this challenge, you can also enter mine for a chance to win.  You don't need a PKS set to enter my challenge.  Maybe you are a PKS fan but haven't started collecting?  Now is your chance to start by winning a set for free!  So, for my challenge, simply share one of your halloween or autumn creations.  It can be stamped, punch art, treat containers, cards, scrapbook pages, altered items, whatever you want to share!  Please share a NEW creation that is newly posted on your blog or in a public photo gallery like Split Coast Stampers.  On Friday the 24th, I will randomly draw a name from all of the entrants and they will win the PKS Pumpkin Faces stamp set!  All of my readers are eligible, including all of my international readers.  Come join the fun and share your halloween or autumn creations.  In the Mr. Linky widget below, please add your name and URL link to your entry.  If you are linking to your blog, please link directly to the blog post and not just your homepage.  Please also leave a comment on this blog post so that I may contact you if you win.  Thanks!

Punch Inspiration 9/18/10

Friday, September 17, 2010

PKS Let's Face It Challenge #1

Hello everyone!  Today is the first official challenge for the Peachy Keen "Let's Face It Fridays" design team.  Our challenge was to create a Halloween treat box/bag/package featuring a Peachy Keen face stamp as the focal point.  I just HAD to create this cute little witch using my new Princess Face stamps.  After checking out my tutorial, be sure to check out all of the other awesome projects by the other design team members at the PKS Challenge Blog.  Play along on the challenge blog if you have some Peachy Keen face stamps and you could win a Cottage Cutz Tear Kitty Die with faces set, Snow Bitty Faces stamp set & 2 round acrylic blocks.  What an AWESOME prize!

Pieces Needed for Witch:

Ornament in pink pirouette - HEAD
3/8” Circle (itty bitty shapes punch pack) in pink pirouette - EARS
Small Oval in pink pirouette - NECK
Modern Label and little flower (itty bitty punch pack) in pink pirouette - HAND
3 Wide Oval in early espresso - HAIR
2 Wide Oval in black - HAT BRIM
3 Round Tab in black - HAT & CAPE
2 3/8” Scallop Circle (half) in elegant eggplant - DRESS SKIRT
Scallop Circle (half) in elegant eggplant - DRESS SKIRT
Designer Label in elegant eggplant - DRESS BODICE
 Label in elegant eggplant - DRESS SLEEVE
Word Window in pumpkin and black - TIGHTS
2 Medium Ovals in black - SHOES
3 Word Windows in soft suede - BROOM STICK
Ornament in more mustard - BROOM

Witch Assembly Instructions:

1) Trim the pieces as shown.  Sponge the edges of the eggplant pieces with eggplant ink. 
2) Cut one espresso oval into quarters.  Fringe cut the edges of the pieces for the hair.  Fringe cut the length of the other 2 espresso ovals for the back of the hair.
3) Cut the stem off the pink pirouette ornament.  Sponge the edges of the pink pirouette papers with blushing bride ink.  Glue the ears onto the head.  Stamp the face onto face.  Color whites of eyes with a uniball gel ink pen.  Use a blender pen and suede ink to add a little color to the iris of the eyes.  Sponge a little pink pirouette ink onto the cheeks.  Glue fringed hair pieces onto top of head.  Trim away excess on top of head.
4) Glue 2 fringed ovals together and glue onto back of head at the top (leave open towards the bottom)
5) Glue 2 black ovals together to form hat brim.  Glue hat top onto brim.  Glue hat onto back of head.
6) Glue neck onto head at a slight angle.  Glue dress bodice onto back of neck at a slight angle.
7) Attach scallop circle half onto large scallop half with dimensional to create skirt.  Glue skirt onto bottom of bodice.  Trim the length of the sleeve and attach to body.  Glue hand onto back of sleeve.
8) Sponge edges of cape with white craft ink.  Attach cape to front of body with dimensional.  Glue cape back onto back of body (slip between back of hair and bodice).
9) Glue suede word windows together for broom stick.  Sponge edge with soft suede ink.  Round out sharp edges on broom piece.  Fringe bottom of broom.  Draw detail lines with zig pen.  Attach broom head to handle.
10) Cut the black word window into little strips. Glue onto orange word windows.  Glue feet onto legs.  Glue one leg onto bottom of skirt.  Glue broom handle onto back of skirt.    Make sure position of handle comes into contact with hand.  Glue hand in place.  Cut 2 petals off mini flower to create thumb.  Glue thumb onto back of broom handle.  Glue other leg onto back of skirt.

Treat Box  Instructions:

1) Cut 6 x 8 1/2” for box body.  Score along the long side at 1/2”, 1 1/2”,  4 1/2”, 5 1/2”.  Apply scor tape along the 1/2” score line and tape in place to form a box that is open at the top and bottom.

2) Cut 3 x 5” and score at 1”  on each side.  Clip the 2 short score lines on each end.  Fold the tabs in and tape in place to form an open top box.  Glue the box body into this box bottom piece.

3) Cut 2 pieces 3” x 3” for the box top.  Glue the pieces on the top front and top back of the box body.  Punch the wide oval at the top of each piece.  Tie handles together with a ribbon.

Punch Inspiration 9/17/10

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Panda Bear pop up gift card

Hello everyone, are you ready for some more punchy goodness?  My niece and daughter were born just a few days apart, so she will also be turning 4.  I made this pop up gift card holder with a cute punch art panda on the front.  The tutorial for the bear and pop up card is detailed below.  Want to dress up your cute little punch art bear?  Check out my Bear for All Seasons & Build a Bear punch art classes for many outfits and costumes.

Punch Art Bear Instructions (bear only):

Pieces needed (punched out using all Stampin' Up! punches):
Ornament in white - HEAD
1 3/4" Circle in white - BODY
Medium Ovals in black - PAWS, EARS
Medium Oval in white - MUZZLE
Modern Label in black - ARMS & LEGS
Butterfly in black - FEET
Heart to Heart in basic gray  - FEET
crop-a-dile in basic gray - FEET

1) Cut butterfly in half and bottom of wings off to create feet (as shown).  Round out sharp corners on feet pieces.  Lightly sponge the edges of the black pieces with craft white ink.  

2) Cut the top off the ornament and round out the pointy bottom.  Lightly sponge the edges of the white pieces with basic gray ink.  Stamp the face with black onto the ornament using the Peachy Keen Tear Bear Face Parts stamp set (panda face).  Stamp the nose and mouth parts onto the white medium oval.  Use a fine line zig pen to draw a little circle "o" mouth onto the muzzle.  Use a sponge and pretty in pink chalks to add some blush to the cheeks.  With this face set, you don't even have to add any white highlights to the eyes and nose.  Attach the muzzle to the face with a dimensional (line up the muzzle over the stamped nose on the ornament).  

3) Glue ears onto back of head.  Attach head to body with dimensional.  Attach arms onto back of body with dimensionals.  Attach paws with dimensionals.

4) For feet, glue smallest heart onto foot pad.  Use the crop-a-dile to punch the smallest circles out of basic gray cardstock and glue on toe pads.  Attach legs to body with dimensionals.  Attach feet to legs with dimensionals.

Pop Up Gift Card Assembly:

1) Cut the following pieces:  
8 1/2" x 5 1/2" folded in half for card base 
2 pieces cut at 5 1/2" x 3 1/2", on both pieces, score along the short side at 1", 2" & 3"
Die cut the scallop envelope using the Stampin' Up! Sizzix die.  If you don't have this die, you can make an envelope the size of the gift card, or simply use the little envelope the gift card comes in.  Glue the sides in place on the scallop envelope.

1) Apply scor tape along the 1" score line on one of the pop up pieces.  Attach to the inside of the card base with the edge of the pop up piece lined up with the center crease of the card. Apply scor tape along the 3" score line. Holding card base at a 90 degree angle, adhere the pop up piece onto the inside of the card.  It should form a little "chair" on the inside of the card.  Make sure the card closes flat before securing the score tape in place.

2)  Attach the little gift card envelop to the front of the "chair" as shown.

3) Apply scor tape along the 1" score line on the other pop up piece.  Adhere to the front of the pop up piece, covering the bottom front of the little envelope.  Apply scor tape along 3" score line and adhere to inside of card, the same as before.  Make sure that the card is closing flat when adhering the pop up piece.

4) Decorate inside of card.  I stamped the greeting from Well Scripted stamp set and punched out with wide oval and mounted onto Decorative Label.  Tie the 1/8" pink taffeta ribbon around the little envelope to keep the flap closed.  The designer papers I used are from My Minds Eye and it's called Deena's Penny Lane.  The paper is so much prettier in person because it has glitter all over it.  Cut a 12" x 3 1/2" belly band to wrap around the outside of the card to keep it closed.  Tie the poly twill blushing bride ribbon around the outside belly band and mount the panda with dimensionals on the belly band.

Punch Inspiration 9/16/10

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Punch Inspiration 9/13/10

I'm back from my retreat.  I had a great time, ate too much but didn't make as much as I thought I would!  I did get my PKS challenge for this coming friday done and a couple new punch art pieces for my new holiday class. If you are a member of my yahoo group, you have seen most of these links already, thanks to Judy.   I thought the rest of my readers would enjoy these ideas.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Halloween Punch Art Blog Hop

Hello everyone!  It's time for a halloween punch art blog hop!  After checking out my happy monster tutorial, please visit the other blogs on the hop to see their halloween punch art creations!  The list of hoppers is below my tutorial.  Please note: the hop is scheduled for 8 am central time.  If you are checking earlier than that and don't see some projects on some hop stops, this is the reason.  Thanks!

Happy Monster Treat Tube Box Tutorial:

Pieces Needed:
All punched pieces are made with Stampin' Up! punches

Decorative Label in so saffron - BODY
1 3/4" Circle in so saffron - BELLY
3 5-Petal Flowers in soft suede - SPIKES
Large Oval in ruby red - BACK
1 3/4" Circle in ruby red - BACK
Wide Oval in ruby red - TAIL
2 Small Ovals in ruby red - TAIL
2 Small Ovals in ruby red - FEET
2  1" Circles in ruby red - LEGS
1 3/8" Circle in ruby red - FACE
Small Oval & Large Oval used for ARMS
2 medium Boho Blossoms in ruby red - PAWS
large Boho Blossom in white - TEETH
Medium Oval in black - MOUTH
4 of the 3/8" Circles (itty bitty punch pack) in black - TOES
3/8" Circle in real red - TONGUE
2  1/2" Circles in white - EYES
2  3/8" Circles in soft suede - EYES
2  1/4" Circles in black - EYES

Assembly Instructions:

1) To create face, first punch half of the medium oval in ruby red.  Line up the 1 3/8" circle over the top and punch the crescent shape.  Round out the flat edges.

2) For the arms, first punch the small oval in ruby red.  Line up the large oval over the top of the punched hole and punch the arm as shown.  Punch 2 of these.  Round out the ends.

3)  Punch out the rest of the pieces.  Clip one of the small ovals and the large ovals as shown. Clip the petals apart on the 5-Petal flowers.  Clip 2 petals off each medium boho blossom to create the paws. Clip off the points on the decorative label.  Clip 2 petals of the large boho blossom off to create teeth.

4) Sponge the edges of the ruby red pieces with riding hood red ink.  Sponge the edges of the so saffron pieces with more mustard ink.  Sponge the edges of the soft suede pieces with soft suede ink.

5) Glue the eye layers together.  Add highlights with a white uniball gel pen.  Glue teeth onto face piece.  Glue the black mouth piece onto back of face piece.  Glue on tongue piece and clip away excess.  Draw detail with zig pen. Attach eyes to face with dimensionals.  

6) Attach belly to body piece with dimensional.  Attach face to top of body with dimensional.  Glue large oval onto center of 1 3/4" ruby red piece to create the back. Glue the back onto back of saffron body piece.  

7) To create the tail, glue the whole small oval onto the wide oval.  Glue the clipped small oval onto the small oval.  Glue tail onto body.  Glue spikes onto top of head, down back and along tail.

8) Glue small ovals onto 1" Cricles for legs/feet.  Glue 3/8" circles onto small ovals and clip away excess.  Attach front leg onto body with dimensional.  Glue back leg onto body.

9) Attach paws to arms with dimensionals.  Attach front arm with dimensional and glue on back arm.

10) Create treat tube box following the cutting and assembly instructions HERE.  I used nickel coin tubes.  Wrap designer papers around the cap rim.  Attach 1" punched circle on top of cap.  Glue punched bats on tops and sides of caps.

Please visit these other blogs for some great halloween punch art ideas!

Punch Inspiration 9/8/10


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