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

Friday, October 29, 2010

PKS Challenge #4 - Snowman Ornament

The Peachy Keen "Let's Face It Fridays" Challenge #4 was for us to create an ornament using a PKS face stamp.  This was the perfect opportunity to share my rolly polly snowman idea.  Step by step instructions are below.  Please visit the PKS Challenge site HERE to check out the other great design team ideas!  If you have any Peachy Keen face stamps, you can play along in the challenge for a chance to win the NEW chipboard ornament shapes and stamp set!

Supplies Needed:
*All punches listed are Stampin' Up!

1 3/4" Circle punch - SNOWMAN BELLY
Ornament - HEAD
Small Oval punch - BOOTS
Medium Oval Punch - BOOTS & MITTENS
Modern Label - ARMS & LEGS
Large Oval Punch - HAT BRIM
Scallop Oval Punch - HAT BRIM
Full Heart Punch - HAT
Word window Punch - MITTEN CUFFS
Small Heart Punch - MITTEN
Boho Blossoms Punch - HAT
White cardstock (I used shimmery white)
Black cardstock for boots 
Patterned papers for mittens and hat
Ribbon of choice for scarf
black ink pad
pumpkin pie marker
pink pirouette ink pad and sponge dauber
glue, dimensionals, crop-a-dile, bone folder, 1/8" taffetta ribbon or cording

1) Punch out 16 white 1 3/4" circles.  Fold each circle in half. Use a bone folder to sharpen the folds.
2) Start with the first circle folded in half.  Put adhesive on the top side and attach another circle half to it. (I recommend applying adhesive to the centers of the circles.  This way, the edges will be open and you can slip the head, arms and legs between the layers)
3) Continue to glue and stack the circles together, adding only adhesive to the top of the stack.  After gluing all of the circles together, you will have a stack like this.
4) When you take your finger off the stack, it will naturally want to fan out like this.
5) Glue the ends of the fan together to form a ball.  This is the snowman's belly piece.
6) Punch out 4 modern labels.  Glue these onto the bottom and sides of the snowman for the arms and legs. (if you glued only the centers of the circles, the edges will be open and you can slide the arms and legs between the layers).  You may have to clip a little off each end of the label to get the legs and arms positioned properly.
7) For the mittens, punch 2 medium ovals, 2 small hearts and one word window.  Cut the word window in half and round out the end on each half to form the cuffs.  Glue the cuffs onto the bottom of ovals.  Glue the heart onto the back of the mitten for the thumb.  Attach mittens to arms with dimensionals.

8) Punch 2 black small ovals and 2 black medium ovals.  Cut each end off of the small ovals so that the total length of the piece is 5/8".  Glue onto end of leg.  Cut the bottom off of medium oval and attach to foot with dimensional.  Add highlight with white gel pen.
9) Punch a white ornament.  Stamp the face, color the nose and add pink cheeks with a sponge dauber.  Apply some glue to the neck of the ornament and slip it between the top layers of the ball (this is where the tip in step 1 comes in handy).
10) For hat brim, first punch half of the large oval.  Then, line up the scallop oval over the top of that punched hole and punch the brim.  Glue the full heart onto back of head.  Attach brim of hat with dimensional.  Clip the ends of the small oval to form a point for the hat.  Attach with dimensional.  Punch a boho blossom and attach to hat (you may want to add glitter to the tassle).
11) Punch a hole in top of hat and tie on a ribbon or cording for a hanger.

Punch Inspiration 10/29/10

I have just a few links today.  Please check back at 10 AM today for the PKS Challenge when I'll be sharing a fun punch art holiday ornament idea!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Top 100 Paper Crafting Blogs - please join!

EDIT: If you have already added your blog to the listing, please log into your account (you can get there easily by clicking on Member Login at the top of the list page) and then click on "get your link code" in the Your Account box.  Now, you will notice a photo button in addition to the text only available.  Choose the photo button and then click on Generate Code.  Then, you can copy and past this code into a widget that you can place anywhere on your blog.  Please note that the ranking is based on inbound clicks, so the better placement of the banner on your site, the better for your rankings.  It's rather small, so it should fit comfortably anywhere on your site.  Please let me know if you have any issues or are unable to get your blog on the listing.  Thanks!

Hello all, I thought it would be fun to create a top 100 site for best paper crafting blogs.  If you have a stamping, scrapbooking or paper crafting blog, please visit my site and sign up.  To prevent spammers or questionable entries, each site has to be approved, so please don't worry if there is a delay in your site showing up.

It is totally free to join my Top Paper Crafting Blogs listing!  Please visit my listing here:

Enter your information, verify your registration and then be sure to insert the html code into your blog (simply add an html widget).  Some time in the near future, I will create a picturelink that you can use for the list link.  Until then, the link will show up as just text.  Thanks!

Coming soon....

Hi All, just wanted to let you know that I'm almost done with my Holiday 2010 class.  I have the punch art done and just need to get them onto a card or other project.  Writing up the instructions will take some time as well.  Hopefully, I'll be able to get it completed by Sunday.  Then, I can get back to posting projects on my blog more often.  Thanks for your patience and continuing to visit every day!

Punch Inspiration 10/20/10


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