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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers here in the states!  I know some of you are probably up right now putting the turkey in the oven.  I hope everyone enjoys their turkey dinner and spending time with friends and family.

Also, happy shopping for everyone that can get out there and find some super bargains on black friday.  I see that this year is the year for super bargains on the Cricut and cartridges.  If you live near a Menards store, they have the expression for only $148 and $20 cartridges!!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

PKS Challenge #5 - Holiday Invitation punch art

Challenge #5 for the Peachy Keen Let's Face it Fridays (LFIF) was to create a holiday party invitation using our PKS face stamps.  I was thinking this would be the perfect time for a set of reindeer!  Please visit the PKS Challenge site HERE to check out all of the other wonderful projects by the rest of the design team.  If you have some PKS face stamps, you can play along on the challenge for a chance to win the Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge!!!  Written instructions for this card are below the pictures.

Reindeer Card instructions:

1) Using Stampin' Up! punches, punch out the following pieces:
3 bodies from the 2 Step Owl in Close to Cocoa -  HEADS
6 Small Hearts in Close to Cocoa - EARS
3 Medium Ovals in Close to Cocoa - MUZZLES
3 Bats in Creamy Caramel - HORNS
6 of the 1/2" Circles in black - HOOVES
1/2" Circle in glittery red - Rudolph Nose

2) Clip off the feet and horns on the owl pieces.  Sponge the edges of all cocoa pieces with chocolate chip ink.  For the horns, clip off the head and tail of the bat.  Cut away some paper between each bat wing point to create the top of the horns.  Cut in half to create 2 horns. 

3) Glue a heart on each side of the head for ears.  Glue horns onto back of head.  Stamp the muzzle with the nose stamp from the Peachy Keen Tear Bear Face Parts (PK-139) stamp set.  Stamp the eyes from the same set on each face.  Add highlights to eyes and nose with uniball white gel pen.  Attach muzzle with dimensional.  Trim 1/2" red circle into an oval for Rudolph's nose and attach with dimensional.

4) Cut a small wedge out of each black circle to create hooves.  Apply a little highlighting. 

5) For card base, cut 8 1/2 x 5 1/2".  Along the long side, score at 4" & 8".  The 1/2" flap will keep the card closed.  Add layers of choice onto card.  You could try a wood look paper to make it look like a wall where the reindeer are perched.  To keep the card closed, I used the crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the center of the flap and attach a jewel brad.  Then, punch  hole in the lower center of the card front and attach another brade.  Loop a piece of cording between the 2 brads.

6) Attach reindeer and hooves with dimensionals to front of card.  Tie taffetta ribbon on front.

Punch Inspiration 11/19/10

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Peachy Keen Guest Designer Call - new monthly program

Hello everyone, I just wanted to share the news on this awesome new guest DT program over at Peachy Keen that will start in the new year.  Following are the details of the challenge.  I know I have many awesome readers that have purchased PKS face stamps recently.  Try out for the DT spot and you'll be handsomely rewarded!

...By popular demand...
Peachy Keen Stamps is
holding our FIRST EVER Guest Designer Call!!

Starting in January 2011, we will have two guest designers each month.
Guest designers will design alongside our awesome full time DT {check 'em out to the left}.
Each guest designer will be asked to create 5 projects (posted M-F)
for their guest spot.

That's right. Your work will be showcased on our blog for an entire week!
Projects must be original and of course, have a Peachy Keen stamp used on them.

Depending on the week, you will be asked to also create a project for one of our challenges.
(hosted on our Challenge Blog every other Tuesday and every other Friday)

This means...
4 projects = your choice
1 project = based on the current challenge

We're looking for talent and bloggers of all skill levels!
We have both images that are PERFECT for coloring/paper piecing and fun techniques.
And we also have our famous face stamps - PERFECT for your Cricut and other die cuts!
Each guest designer will receive $40 in PKS credit towards stamps of their choice.
Each designer will also receive a gift to give away on their blog
from PKS during their guest spot.
Over 1,000 bloggers and almost 4,000 people on Facebook will see
YOUR creations for a whole week!
a permanent link on our "Guest DT Alumni" section {coming soon}

Does this sound like fun or what??
If this sounds like something you are interested in, here is what you have to do:

Send a link to your blog here: pksguestdt (at) gmail (dot) com
(replace at with @ and dot with . ~ updated w/ correct email sorry about that!)
Send me your first and last name (I'll get your mailing address from you at a later date)
Let me know if you've used our stamps before (it's ok if you have not)
Feel free to send along a photo of your favorite PKS project if you have one (it's not required)

(Don't have a blog? Set one up for free at! This is required to be a Guest Designer)
Please send me your information no later than 
{You have three weeks!}

We will be filling spots for 
January - July 2011 (14 different spots!)

Thanks you guys, I have a feeling this is gonna be FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!
Please direct any questions to the email above ~ Thank you for being so fabulous!!
xo Angelica

Friday, November 12, 2010

Peachy Keen November Release Blog Hop

Yay!  It's time for another PKS blog hop!  If you arrived here from Viv's site, then you are on track (if not, be sure to start at the beginning at the PKS Challenge Site).  The November stamp release is gorgeous!  Today, I am featuring a new stamp set called Happy Lashes (PK-460). Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the Happy Lashes 1 1/8" stamp set (PK-461).  Please visit the other stops on the hop.  Every stop has a new PKS stamp set to give away!  Instructions for making this card is below the hop list.

Happy Lashes Sliding Pop Up Card instructions:

To create this card, you will need the following pieces of cardstock:
5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base (shimmery white)
5 3/8" x 4" pop up back piece (marina mist) - layer snowflake print with one end aligned and small border on 3 sides, score at 1 1/2" from the aligned end
5 1/4" x 3 7/8" snowflake print paper
1 1/2" x 9" sliding wrap (shimmery white)
1" x 2 1/2" pop up piece (shimmery white) - score at 1/2" on one end
1" x 2 3/4" card back prop piece (marina mist) - score at 1/2" on each end
1/2" x 1 1/2" pop up prop piece (shimmery white) - score at 1/2" on each end
round tab punch (or substitute) for the pull tab (snowflake print)

Follow the instructions for assembling the above pieces HERE.
Stamp greeting from Peachy Keen Christmas Greeting Words (PK-859)

Supplies needed for the punch art snowman:
Use all Stampin' Up! punches
Wide Oval in shimmery white - body
1 3/4" Circle in shimmery white - body
Ornament in shimmery white - head
Word Window in black - hat brim
Round tab in black - hat top
Round tab in print - hat band
2 Branches from 2 Step Bird in chocolate chip - arms
small heart from Heart to Heart in cherry cobbler
Peachy Keen Happy Lashes stamp set (PK-460) - 1" stamp

1) Attach wide oval to 1 3/4" circle with dimensional.  Stamp and color face on ornament.  Glue neck of ornament onto back of wide oval.
2) Clip hat band out of punched round tab.  Glue onto black round tab.  Glue onto back of head.  Attach hat brim to front of head with dimensional.
3) Clip leaves on each branch to create stick arms as shown in the above picture.  Glue right arm onto back of body and left arm onto front of body.  Glue heart onto chest.
4) Tie ribbon around neck (I used old olive taffetta).
5) Attach snowman to pop up piece on card.  Tear some pieces of shimmery white and glue to base of snowman for snow.  Add Polar White Flower Soft to snow and a little onto the snowman's tongue.

Punch Inspiration 11/12/10

Hi all, sorry I haven't been posting a lot of projects in the past few weeks.  I've been working long hours at my full time job (12+ hour days) and I just don't have the time or energy when I get home.  Please check back tonight at 7 pm for the Peachy Keen November Release blog hop!  I have an AWESOME punch art tutorial for you to see and you won't want to miss it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Peachy Keen November Release sneak peek

It's time for another Peachy Keen sneak peek!  The PKS November release blog hop will go live at 7 pm central time this Friday.  I have to say, this month's release is the most AWESOME yet!  There are some new fun face sets as well as some gorgeous holiday sets.  Here is a little peek at one of the sets I got to play with.  Please be sure to come back for the hop on Friday.  EVERY stop on the hop will have PKS stamps to give away (including mine)!

Punch Inspiration 11/9/10

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Punch Inspiration 11/7/10

Precious Piecings sale

My friend Lisa creates the most wonderful paper piecing patterns!  You can either hand trace and cut the patterns out or use your cutting machine like Cricut (with SCAL), Pazzles, Gisselle, Bosscut, etc.  She has a fantastic sale going on until the 13th.  You HAVE to drop by and check out her stuff!

And, keep in mind, if you aren't good with drawing faces, you can visit Peachy Keen and buy some of their awesome face stamp sets!

New look for my blog

Hello everyone, just wanted to let you all know that I've given my blog a new holiday look.  Please come over and check it out.  Depending on your browser, you may need to refresh the page the first time you come to the site to see the changes.  Let me know what you think.  Are any of the links or text hard to read?  Thanks

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Banner Blog Hop

Hello everyone, if you arrived here from Joy's website, then you are on the right track.  If not, then feel free to check out all of the other fantastic stops on the Banner Blog Hop.  The list of participants are at the bottom of this post.  The challenge for this hop was to create a banner to display in your home with a Holiday or New Year's theme.  This was the perfect opportunity for me to break out my Stampin' Up! punches and create some punch art!

Please leave a comment and you will be entered into a random drawing to win my Christmas Magic instructional class (digital class to be emailed)! I will announce the winner on Monday morning here on my blog, so please come back to see if you won.  Every stop on the banner blog hop is offering free blog candy, so be sure to visit and leave a comment at every stop for a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Banner Recipe:
Sizzix Bigz XL Pennant die
Wide oval punch
Large oval punch
Ornament punch
Scallop Oval punch
Heart to Heart punch
Full Heart punch
2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch
Shimmery white, cherry cobbler, crumb cake, creamy caramel cardstocks
Stampin' Up! Square Lattice embossing folder (sizzix)
1/8" pink taffetta ribbon
1/2" organza ribbon
dazzling diamonds glitter

Don't miss the other blog hop stops!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Daddy's Dreams a worthy cause

Hello everyone, I wanted to share a link to a worthy cause.  Daddy's Dreams was founded to provide support and encouragement to cancer patients of all ages.  They create handmade quilts, hand knit/crocheted hats and handmade greeting cards.  They are always looking for volunteers and individuals willing to donate handmade cards, fabric and sewing supplies for quilts and even your time to help sew/knit/crochet.

Please visit the blog for more information.  I plan on sending a bunch of cards for the cause and I hope many of my readers will do the same!

Punch Inspiration 11/1/10


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