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Friday, December 30, 2011

Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge #30 Critter Valentine

The Peachy Keen Let's Face it Friday challenge this week is a color combo challenge.  I really like these colors together.  The equivalent Stampin' Up! colors for this challenge are Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette & Poppy Parade.  These are great colors for a Valentines card, so I made a little Bucky Beaver punch art character and stamped his face with the PK-754 Critter Faces Medium face set.   Check out the other great projects at the Challenge blog HERE.

This is a Criss-Cross card style. You can get the step by step tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers HERE.  The papers are a combination of Stampin' Up!, DCWV and My Minds Eye. See the step by step instructions for Bucky Beaver below.

Supplies Needed:
Close to Cocoa card stock
Pink Pirouette card stock
Chocolate Chip ink
Cherry Cobbler ink
Basic Black ink
Regal Rose ink
Island Indigo ink (greeting)
uni-ball white gel pen
stipple brush
scoring board or cutter with score blade
1-3/8" Circle punch
Small Oval punch
Extra Wide Oval punch
1/2" Circle punch
3/4" Circle punch
Full Heart punch
sponge daubers or stamping sponges
assorted designer papers

Step by Step:
Punch the following pieces with Stampin' Up! punches:
1-3/8" Circle in Close to Cocoa (HEAD)
Extra Wide Oval in  Close to Cocoa  (BODY)
(2) Small Ovals in  Close to Cocoa  (LEGS)
(4) 3/4" Circles in  Close to Cocoa (FEET & PAWS)
(2) 1/2" Circles in  Close to Cocoa  (EARS)
Full Heart in Pink Pirouette

Score a small piece of Early Espresso every 1/8", turn and score every 1/8" to create a cross hatch design.  Punch a Large Oval out for the tail.  Stamp the face onto 1-3/8" Circle with PK-754 Critter Faces Medium face set.  Add highlights to face with uni-ball white gel pen.  Stipple regal rose ink onto cheeks (I love the PKS brushes HERE).  Stamp greeting on heart (PK-281 Valentine Cupids) with Cherry Cobbler ink. Sponge edges of heart with cherry cobbler ink.

Sponge the edges of close to cocoa pieces with chocolate chip ink. Clip the bottom off two 3/4" circles for feet.  Glue ears onto head.  Attach head to body with dimensionals.  Glue legs onto back of body. Attach feet with dimensionals.  Glue tail onto back of body.  Attach heart to front with dimensional and attach paws with dimensionals.

Peachy Keen has a great sale going on until the end of the month.  Stock up now! 
Save 10% throughout December 2011 on orders 25.00 and over.
SAVE an additional 10% off of the same order with promo code DEC10 through December 31st!
99 cent shipping in the USA on the same order too, through December 31st!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Together

I don't think I ever shared this project on my blog.  I created this card for my T-Slide tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.  You can find the step by step to create the bird on my blog HERE.  The T-Slide tutorial is located HERE.

Bear for All Seasons

The new year is coming up on us.  How about a great gift idea for the new year?  I posted this tutorial on my blog last year.  Some of you that haven't seen it may want to check it out.  There is a great design for each month of the year of these sweet bears.  Please note that the face in the tutorial uses the old Stampin' Up! small oval.  If you don't have this oval, you can easily use the current small oval in the catalog and they will look just as cute!

Details here:

Want to add more outfits to this class? Check out the Build a Bear class.  The outfits in this class will fit the bears in the Bear for all Seasons.

Valentine Project Ideas

Looking for some fun Valentines projects?  I have two tutorials that you will love.  Please note, THESE ARE NOT NEW TUTORIALS.  Please make sure you don't already have them before ordering.  Thanks!

Love Bot Treat Box

Valentines Punch Art Collection

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

For those of you that celebrate, I wish you all a very merry Christmas.  I hope everyone has friends/family to spend this wonderful day with.  This year, my daughter got all the toys she wished for.  My heart goes out to those that could not afford to celebrate the holidays.  I wanted to share a couple heart warming stories for the holidays.

Christmas list travels 700 miles by ballooon

Kmart layaway accounts paid off anonymously

In case you missed it, Craft Project Central is offering a FREE tutorial for a holiday gift.  Check it out HERE.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Give a Holiday Gift from the Heart

Instead of spending lots of money on small gifts for the teachers, coworkers, friends, mail carriers and other people you usually gift a small gift to during the holidays, how about making something beautiful from the heart?  Check out my snowman treat box which is super easy to make and can be done assembly style for all your gift giving needs.  The step by step tutorial is only $2.50 and uses all Stampin' Up! punches.  I released this pattern last year but I thought I would remind any new readers of my blog that it's still available (if you aren't sure whether you purchased the class last year, please check before ordering).  Details and ordering HERE.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Punch Inspiration 12/19/11

Good morning, everyone!  I have a tip to share for viewing these foreign sites I share on occasion.  Use the Google Chrome web browser (which is far superior to Internet Explorer!) and in the options, activate automatic page translation.  It's nice to go to a foreign language site and have it automatically show up in English.

Stocking Quilt Card

Tag Angel & Angel Choir

Holly Berry Thank You

Blushing Angel

Make it Snappy

Glitter Poinsettia tutorial

Pretty Butterflies

Video of the day:
Candy Wrapper Treat Holder tutorial

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Punch Inspiration 12/11/11

I have a challenge over at my Facebook Page.  If I get to 500 likes this week (I'm not that far from it), I will do a drawing for a free punch art class of your choice!  Be sure to leave a comment on my Facebook wall post for the challenge to be eligible for the drawing!

All Ruffled Up

Non Traditional Christmas

Pink Rhinestones

3-D Projects:
Santa Treat Boxes

Fancy Favor Santa

Santa Hat Card Tote tutorial

Reindeer Pouch Tag

Wine Bottle Topper

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Gingerbread Treat Box & Card

This gingerbread treat box and card is my contribution to Craft Project Central this month.  The box is the perfect size to hold up to 10 Ghirardelli chocolate squares.  This makes a perfect stocking stuffer, teacher gift or secret santa treat!  For the full instructions, sign up for December at Craft Project Central for only $10.

Inspired by Stamping Release Day Party

Today is the big day!  Please hop on over to Inspired by Stamping to check out the new set! This set is so easy to paper piece with.  You will get an awesome look by stamping onto designer papers instead of coloring.  Try mixing it up by stamping on several different color papers and then combining on an image that is stamped with black.  
Free shipping today and tomorrow. discount code: BALLOONS

The girls on the design team have ideas to share!  Check it out:
Susie Moore

Card Recipe:
Designer Paper:  Stampin' Up Big Top Birthday
Card Stock: Stampin' Up! Island Indigo,white
Ink: Stampin' Up! Island Indigo
Extras: Petite Pocket Bigz XL die, 1" Circle, 1-1/4" Circle, Extra Large Oval, sticky strip

In case you missed it, check out my other 2 projects.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge #29

The challenge this week for Let's Face it Friday is to use fabric somewhere in our design.  I cheated a little and put fabric on the outside of the card on the belly band.  I've been waiting to share this pop up stage card for just the right time.  I used the PK-333 Snowmany Thanks Snowman and Bunny for the bunny, paper pieced hat and greeting.  For the face, I used PK-451 Wide Eyed Kids 1-1/8".   See below for the instructions to make this card.

For more great projects, check out the challenge site HERE.  Play along on the challenge for a chance to win a great Peachy Keen prize!

Create the pop up stage card using the pop up stage tutorial HERE.  The tutorial shows the card in landscape  view, however, this card can be adapted to a portrait view by cutting the card base 4-1/4" x 11" and folding in half.  Cut the stage piece 4-1/4" x 5" (score at 1/2", 4, 4-1/2" on long side).  The rest of the pieces and assembly is the same.

Paper and Ink Supplies used:
Baja Breeze card stock
Shimmery White card stock
Early Espresso card stock for snowman arms (arms are free-hand cut out)
Cherry Cobbler card stock for snowman heart
scrap of patterned black card stock for hat
Letters to Santa designer series papers
Basic black, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Regal Rose ink pads
Blushing Bride marker for bunny ears and feet

Punches Used
2-1/2" Circle for snowman
1-3/4" Circle for snowman
Ornament for snowman head
Small heart for snowman
Scallop border for card embellishment
Doily Triple Layer for card embellishment
Decorative Label for greeting tag

Other Supplies Used:
PK-333 Snowmany Thanks Snowman and Bunny stamp set
PK-451 Wide Eyed Kids 1-1/8" stamp set
Deck the Halls Designer Fabric
Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Dimensionals (assemble snowman body parts with these for dimension)

Inspired by Stamping Sneak Peek Day 2

Day 2 of the Inspired by Stamping Sneek Peek is here.  More fantastic projects are waiting at the design team member's blogs.  I created a tent card which is perfect with this set.  The basic tutorial for a tent card is located in the resource section at Splitcoast Stampers.

Susie Moore

Card Recipe:
Designer Paper:  Stampin' Up Soft Subtles Patterned Papers & Domestic Goddess
Card Stock: Stampin' Up! White, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Stampin' Up! Rose Red, Island Indigo, Garden Green, Baja Breeze, black
Extras: sticky strip, dimensionals, dazzling diamonds glitter

Punch Insiration 12/9/11

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Inspired by Stamping Sneak Peek

Today is the first Sneak Peek day for the Inspired by Stamping The Sky's the Limit stamp release party that will take place this Saturday.  Please join me for the next 3 days to see the Design Team projects featuring this new set!  It has been quite a while since I've made a T-slide card.  This fantastic set is just perfect for it! For step by step instructions on how to make a T-Slide card, please check out my tutorial HERE.  Please hop along to the other design team blogs.  They all have beautiful ideas to share for this set! Leave a comment at each stop for a chance to win the set in a drawing!

Other Design Team Members:

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping  The Sky's the Limit set
Designer Paper:  Stampin' Up Soft Subtles Patterned Papers, My Mind's Eye
Card Stock: Island Indigo, Blushing Bride, Old Olive
Ink: Stampin' Up! Rose Red, Island Indigo
Extras: sticky strip, dimensionals, dazzling diamonds glitter, round tab punch

Punch Inspiration 12/8/11

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Punch Inspiration 12/4/11

Calling all blog owners!  Hi all, in an effort to make my life a whole lot easier, I would love to add to my current blog reader.  If you have been featured in the past on my daily inspiration, then no need to respond, as I already have you on my radar.  But, if you are a regular reader here and have not been featured, I would love to check out your blog!  I am always looking for quality blogs that feature beautiful projects on a regular basis.  This makes it much easier for me to find my daily inspiration.  Please leave a comment here with your blog address. (please note my comments are moderated, so please wait for it to show up) I'll be checking you out soon!

In-Laws Birthday punch art

Petal Poinsettia

Glitter Birds

Chocolate Turquoise Stockings

Jolly Bingo Bits

Video of the day:
Christmas Pinecones

3-D Projects:
Rosette Snowman

Christmas Star tutorial

Scallop Lidded Tall Box

Friday, December 2, 2011

Peachy Keen Design Team Call

Are you excited?  I know that a lot of my readers are now big-time Peachy Keen fans.  How would you like to design for a wonderful stamp company with fantastic products and service?  How about getting to know some of the nicest people I've met?  Now is your chance!   The Peachy Keen design team has not changed in 2 years and PKS has decided to "shake things up" by putting together another fantastic group of designers.  If you would love to join, here are the details of the design team call:

Term: Jan 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012

Benefits of designing for Peachy Keen Stamps:
* Supply of high-quality, clear, peach-tinted self-clinging stamps to get started
* 25% off any additional stamps or supplies from from the store the length of your term
* Selection of NEW Releases automatically shipped to you
* DT badge to display on your blog
* Custom watermark to use on your Peachy Keen Projects
* Exposure with links on the website, Peachy Keen Blog, and features on the Facebook page and newsletter
* Participation in Co-Hops & Cross-Promotions (Participation optional, but encouraged.)

What they're looking for:
* An active blog that you've maintained for a minimum of 6 months"
* Positive attitude, team players, people who are willing to share feedback and communication within the Design Team (area designated just for DT members in our PK Connection)
* Support fellow teammates by visiting their blogs often & leaving feedback when possible
* You must have a camera with good photography skills (light & bright photos)
* Ability to meet deadlines

Designers will be asked to:
• Post 1 blog post every 6 wks on the company blog. {You are responsible for adding your watermark to your photos - we will be happy to help you create one or show you how to add one! We want YOU to receive credit for the art you create!}
• Create ONE project for at least 2 of the challenges each month. {we have weekly challenges that fluctuate between our face stamps and sketches.}
• Create ONE-TWO projects for the new release week with each new release (bi-monthly). {We will showcase your project on our company blog and ask that you simultaneously post to your own personal blog.}
THIS IS A TOTAL OF 2-3 PROJECTS PER MONTH (with a possibility of an additional 1-2 projects for a new release week)
• Maintain a current gallery in Splitcoaststampers {for Peachy Keen creations, please use keyword: "peachykeenstamps"}
• Upload your Peachy Keen Stamps' creations to the NING site, the PK Connection.
• From time to time, they will ask for volunteer Designers to create projects for participation in cross-promotion of Peachy Keen Stamps and other papercrafting companies' blog hops and giveaways. This is optional and in addition to any other projects on the blog.
• Encourage fans of Peachy Keen Stamps to participate in the challenges and view the blog by promoting the links on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, and any other outlet you choose. Social Networking plays an important role in marketing efforts, so they ask that if you have a Facebook account or Twitter account, that you help spread the word about PKS stamps.

If this sounds like something you'd love to be a part of, please send an email to:
Angelica{at}PeachyKeenStamps{dot}com with a SUBJECT line of: PKS DESIGN TEAM CALL and include the following info:
1. Your full name, email address, phone number and a link to your blog {if you do not want to provide your phone number, please supply an alternate contact method.}
2. Your creative resume, if applicable.
3. Photos or links to 3-5 favorite stamped projects you've created. Peachy projects are great, but not required!
4. Any current DT's you are on or have been on. It is absolutely ok if you are on another DT, we just want to be sure everyone can commit to the DT requirements we have set up.
5. Why you think you think you'd be a great fit for PKS! This call is open to ALL paper crafters - we'd love to see what you've created! Please let us know any and all electronic cutting software you are familiar with and have access to (if applicable).

This call will remain open until December 23rd - 11:59 pm CST.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Punch Inspiration 11/30/11

Sorry I didn't get this posted in the morning.  December is going to be an incredibly busy time for me.  I have a lot of projects to complete for the several design teams I work on.  I know that other bloggers will probably be busy with holiday planning and spending less time on blogging.  Consequently, there probably won't be as many quality projects to share with you and I don't have hours to spend combing the net for them.  My daily inspiration posts will probably not happen on a daily basis because of this.  I will try my best but you may have to check back every other day to see what's new on the inspiration post.

The good news is that with all of these projects coming up, I'll have lots more creations of my own to share!  So, please keep coming back often to see what's new!

Christmas Club

Frosty the Snowman

Snowman Gift Card Holder

Birthday Owl

3-D Projects:
Bookmark Keeper

Hershey Kiss Christmas Tree

Mini Honeycomb Ornament

Owl Nugget Treats

Pinecone Tutorial

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Baby Gingers

I posted my Gingerbread House treat box earlier today HERE.  I thought it would be nice to make a cute little card to go along with the box.  Since we postponed the Peachy Keen Let's Face it Friday challenge to December 8th, I wanted to share this baby gingerbread card with all of my readers.  I've always loved the sweet little faces from the Peachy Keen Snow Cuties set.  It's such a versatile set for snowmen, gingers and people.  I used the assortment size set HERE because I needed the smaller 3/4" size stamps for the faces.  Additionally, I used the new Oh by golly! greeting set.  The greetings in this set are perfect for all of your cute and whimsical projects!  See the tutorial below for my baby gingers card.

I just had to share this information.  PKS is having a fantastic sale this weekend only. 35% off selected bundles of fantastic face sets.  I'm especially excited about these bundles:

Face Assortment Bundle featuring 2 of my all time favorite sets!
Winter Face Bundle featuring my current favorite face set!
Face Part Bundle featuring the most versatile stamps for every day!

Do you already have these sets? No problem, they are offering 25% off all other stamps!  Check out my top 10 face sets list HERE.  You don't want to miss this sale!  Stock up now on the best sets to make your punch art come to life!

Baby Gingers Card Tutorial

Punch the following pieces out of Crumb Cake card stock for the baby gingers with Stampin' Up! punches:
3 Small Ovals (from current catalog) for heads
3 1" Circles for bodies
6 3/8" Circles for hands (from Itty Bitty Shapes punch set)

Stamp the Snow Cuties 3/4" faces on small ovals with black ink.  Add white hilights to eyes with uniball white gel pen.  Stipple regal rose ink onto cheeks (I suggest the brushes HERE). Apply regal rose ink to nose with blender pen or brush.  Sponge edges of ginger pieces with Soft Suede ink.  

For the card, cut 4" x 8" piece of Real Red card stock and fold in half.  Cut piece of Holly Berry Bouquet designer series paper 3-7/8" x 2-1/2".  Cut piece of 4" x 1-1/2" Chocolate Chip card stock.  Emboss with Square Lattice embossing folder.  Trim the length of piece down to 3-7/8" (I suggest embossing before cutting since the paper shrinks a little when it's embossed).  Mount designer paper onto card base, aligning left, right and top borders equally.  Glue body pieces of gingers along bottom of designer series paper.

Mount chocolate chip piece, aligning left, right and bottom borders equally (it will overlap bottom of ginger bodies).  Cut a piece of red glimmer paper 1/2" x 3-7/8" and mount over the seams of DSP and chocolate chip card stock.  Attach ginger hands and heads with dimensionals.

Cut piece of real red card stock 1" x 3" and corner round edges.  Cut piece of crumb cake card stock 7/8" x 2-7/8" and corner round edges.  Sponge edges of crumb cake with soft suede ink.  Stamp greeting from Oh by golly! stamp set with red red ink.  Layer onto real red piece and attach greeting to top center of card.  Punch small heart in real red and attach with dimensional.

Gingerbread House Treat Box

This sweet gingerbread house is the perfect treat container for candy or other small gifts!  Buy this easy to follow step-by-step tutorial for only $2.50.

Need an idea for a gift card to go with the box?  Check out my free tutorial HERE.

This is a full color step by step picture tutorial in pdf format. The design uses Stampin' Up! paper punches.

This is a digital class that are delivered via download. After completing payment, you will receive an email from Fast Wagon with a link to download the class. If you don't receive the email, please check your spam box before contacting me. If you plan on ordering classes from me in the future, you may want to add to your address book to avoid spam filtering.

Contact me with any questions or issues at

Thank you for your purchase!

Punch Inspiration 11/26/11

Looking for some super cute ideas for treat packaging for the holidays?  Check out my Gingerbread House and Snowman treat containers HERE and HERE.

Circle Christmas Tree

Christmas Pocket Card

Ornament Tree Scrapbook Page

Barney Dinosaur Punch Art

3-D Projects:
Angry Bird Nugget Holder

Christmas Cupcake

Santa Pants Basket

Video of the day:
Custom Glimmer Paper

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers that celebrate today!  Some time today, many of us will be laying around in a turkey induced stupor after eating way too much.  I myself am a crazy shopper and will be hitting Kohls at midnight.

I shared this turkey a couple years ago but I thought I would share him again.  If you haven't seen this and want to check out the tutorial, go HERE.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Forest Festivities Sliding Pop Up

I'm finally getting around to posting this.  I created this when I was down in Green Bay spending some quality crafting time with my Peachy Keen sisters.  I don't even pretend to be a copic expert, so I got a lesson from the copic queen, Lorie Souther.  She showed me how to color the images and I showed her how to make a sliding pop up.  This sweet little fox is from a Stampin' Up! set called Forest Festivities.  The greeting inside is another Stampin' Up! set called Hand Penned.  Both sets are in the holiday mini and available through December.  The pretty tree is from a Peachy Keen set called PK-231 Snowflakes.  For the step by step tutorial on making a sliding pop up, please go HERE.

Punch Inspiration 11/23/11

Monday, November 21, 2011

Punch Inspiration 11/21/11

Hey all, do you have any Peachy Keen face stamps?  Play along on the current Let's Face it Friday challenge for a chance to win one of the new Kut Out dies with stamp combos (your choice).  There aren't a lot of entries right now so you have a great chance of winning! (winner will be randomly drawn from all entries).  Please go HERE to enter!

Purple Ice Skates

Cowboy Snowman


Santa legs

Jingle Bells

3-D Projects:
Folded Christmas Tree Ornaments

Snoopy House

Elf Punch Art Set

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Punch Inspiration 11/20/11

Did you see my newest tutorial?  Check out my pop up gift tag tutorial HERE.

KISS Trees

Plaid Snowflakes

More Spice Cake

Step Up Tree

3-D Projects:
Holiday Luminary

Round Note Pad

Naughty or Nice

Video of the day:
Ornament Punch Card

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pop Up Gift Tag Tutorial

As promised this morning, I'm sharing the tutorial to create a pop up gift tag as featured on THIS POST.  When I got my newest Sizzix die from Stampin' Up!, I knew right away what I wanted to do.  The frames on the Bigz L Peekaboo Frames die is perfect for this technique. If you don't have the die, you can make a full size pop up card as instructed on Splitcoast Stampers HERE.  Once again, I got to use this beautiful set from Inspired by Stamping called Christmas Cheer.  Check out all of Joanna's beautiful stamps HERE.  I discovered that the swirly tree fits perfectly inside the Pennant Punch from Stampin' Up!  How cool is that?

Click on the link below to download printable tutorial

click on link below to download tutorial:

Peachy Keen Kut Outs Blog Hop

I'm excited to show you the newest, coolest products over at Peachy Keen!  Do you dread cutting stuff out?  Now you don't have to!  Peachy Keen has come out with a new line of dies called Kut Outs that are used with a coordinating stamp set.  There are several beautiful sets to choose from (dies and stamps come separate).  I got to play with the PKS-14 Gingerbread Boy and PKKO-02 Gingerbread Boy Die along with the PKS-02 Gingerbread Girl and PKKO-01 Gingerbread Girl Die.  I also got this awesome new greeting set PKS-15 Oh by golly! These dies are so easy and fun to use!  For a step by step tutorial on using the dies paired with the stamps, please scroll down below the blog hop list.

Are you loving the new Peachy Keen product?  They have a great sale going on this weekend only!  FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING!  10% Off Entire Order PLUS an Additional 5% off with promo code KUTOUT5

BLOG CANDY ALERT!  Leave comments on the hop stops for a chance to win a die and stamp set combo prize.  3 winners will be drawn from all comments left on the hop stops.  The more places you comment, the better chance you have to win!

Jump on over to Heidi's blog to check out her fantastic projects!

Did you happen to start the hop here?  Check out the other great stops on the hop.  


Step 1:  Stamp and color coordinating Peachy Keen stamps on card stock.

Step 2:  Cut a piece of card stock 3-1/2" x 5" for a template.  Center the die on card stock and cut with die cutting machine.  With the Sizzix Big Shot, use the platform with all folders closed, clear plate, card stock, die cutting side down and other clear plate.

Step 3:  Lay the template over the stamped image and position so that there is an equal border all the way around stamped image.

Step 4:  Color in the little circles on template with pen or pencil.  Set template aside (keep for future use).

Step 5:  Place stamped image on cutting platform and clear plate of Big Shot.  Place Kut Outs die over top of image (cutting side down).  Align the marked circles on the card stock with the register holes on the die.  Carefully place the clear plate of die cutter on top and run through Big Shot.

Finished piece will have a perfect border all the way around!


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