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Friday, April 29, 2011

Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge 14

This week's Peachy Keen Let's Face it Friday's challenge was to create a project featuring a banner.  This can be a full size banner or a card/scrapbook/altered item that features a mini banner strung across it.  Check out the other great projects at the challenge site HERE and play along for a chance to win the Cottage Cutz Faceless Bug Die set.
click on photos for a closer look

My project suprisingly does not feature punch art this time!  I recently received the Cottage Cutz Duck and Egg and the Accesories dies to go along with it and just HAD to show it off.  I also paired it with my Fun Flowers Bigz die from Stampin' Up!
Peachy Keen Cottage Cutz Duck and Egg die (shown HERE)
Peachy Keen Cottage Cutz Duck and Egg Accessories die (shown HERE)
Stampin' Up! Fun Flowers Bigz die (shown HERE)
Colorbok Flea Market designer paper pack
So Saffron card stock (duck bodies)
Pumpkin Pie card stock (duck feet)
More Mustard ink pad (for sponging edges of duck body)
Cajun Craze ink pad (for sponging edges of duck feet)
Pumpkin Pie ink pad (for coloring duck bills)
Jet Black Staz On ink pad (for stamping faces)
Regal Rose ink pad (for cheek color)
White Uni-ball gel ink pen (for highlighting eyes)
Blender Pen (for coloring duck bills)
Stippling brush for cheeks (shown HERE)
Mono liquid glue
Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze and Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding ribbon (shown HERE)
Pewter Build-a-Brad (shown HERE)
1/2" Circle punch (for brad)
Mini Glue Dots

Royal Wedding Blog Hop with a prize

Good early morning everyone!  Today several of my Peachy Keen sisters and crafting friends are celebrating the union of Prince William and Kate Middleton with a royal blog hop!  Check out these wonderful projects featuring weddings, prince/princess, fairy tale or love.  The full blog hop list of participants are below the picture.  For instructions on how to make my castle, please see the details below the hop list. 
How would you like to have a copy of my Fairytale Magic punch art class (details HERE)? Please sign up to follow me (if you haven't already) and leave a comment and I will randomly draw a winner on Sunday night.  Please make sure you have an email on your profile or in your comment so I can contact you. Thanks and good luck!
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The next stop on the hop is Ruthie
If you are just joining the hop here, you can jump to any of the spots from the list below:

Instructions for Castle gift bag:
*all cardstock and punches used are Stampin' Up!

1) Cut the following pieces from Crumb Cake card stock (I used textured)
Main back section pieces - 4-1/2" x 5", 4-3/4" x 1/2"
Front entrance section pieces - 3" x 2-1/2", 3" x 1/2"
Tower section pieces - (2) 1-1/2" x 4", (2) 1-3/4" x 1/2"

2) Punch out 18 Jewelry Tags from Crumb Cake card stock and cut off the small tops.  Punch 3 Large Ovals in black and cut in half.  Punch 1 Large Tag in black.  Punch bottom center of the front entrance section with the Extra Large Tag punch.  

3) Sponge edges of all crumb cake pieces with crumb cake ink. Glue jewelry tag pieces onto back of 1/2" wide castle pieces (7 on longest one, 5 on medium sized one and 3 on each small one).  Emboss pieces with Bricked embossing folder (Tim Holtz) (optional if you have the folder).  

4) Attach 1/2" wide pieces onto top of section pieces with dimensionals.  Glue 1/2 black oval pieces on for windows. Attach front center section onto center of main back section with dimensionals.  Glue large black tag into the doorway of front center section.  

5) For roof, cut 4-1/2" x 3" in Pretty in Pink.  On the back side of cardstock, draw a line from lower left and right corners to top center and cut off to create triangle.  Cut a narrow triangle section in Bashful Blue for center.  Cut a narrow strip of black for the pole at top.  Punch smallest heart from Heart to Heart in real red. Stamp greeting from Occasional Quotes on white with regal rose ink.  Hand cut banner and glue onto pole.

6) Punch 10 branches from 2-Step Bird in Wild Wasabi.  Punch flowers from Itty Bitty Punch pack in Pretty in Pink, Marina Mist and So Saffron.  Attach branches and flowers to towers and center section.  Add pearl jewels onto center of each flower.  

7) Die cut clouds using My Favorite Things Dynamics die.  Attach Soft Sky cardstock to front of 8 x 10 gift bag.  Add strip of wild wasabi cardstock along bottom of bag for grass.  Attach main castle section with strong adhesive.  Attach towers with dimensionals.  Add glitter to edges of clouds and flowers.  Tie pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon on bag handle.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

INKspirations 4U Subscription Winners!

Congratulations to the two ladies that won an INKspirations 4U Summer Edition subscription!  Following are the winners with their comments.  If this is you, please contact me right away at so I can set up your membership.

The first winner via is RedGem who had this to say:

The second winner was Judy Lucas who had this to say:

INKspirations 4U Free Subscription blog candy

Good morning everyone! Today is your last chance to leave a comment for a free subscription to the upcoming INKspirations 4U Summer Edition.   There are many awesome projects planned for this edition, so you don't want to miss out!  For a chance to win, please leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite Stampin' Up! set is right now:

I will be drawing for 2 free subscriptions tonight.  Good luck!

Punch Inspiration 4/28/11

Monday, April 25, 2011

Punch Inspiration 4/25/11

Pentagon treat tube challenge winner

Thank you to the 7 ladies that entered the Pentagon Treat Tube challenge.  The random winner of the Peachy Keen Cute and Cuddly stamp set is ShelleyW who shared this entry at SCS:

Shelley, please email me at to claim your prize.  Thanks

Punch Inspiration later today

Good Monday morning everyone.  With the holiday this weekend, it appears that quite a few less people were sharing. As a consequence, I didn't have much to share this morning.  I plan on compiling some ideas for later this day.  I'm hoping to find more mother's day ideas as I'm ready to move on from the Easter ideas.

Please check back later today for my inspiration post.  Thanks

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Just wanted to drop in and say Happy Easter everyone!  Sorry I didn't get time to post any inspiration today but I figured many of you would probably be spending the day with family and friends and not surfing the net anyway.  I will be back on Monday with more inspiration!  

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Punch Inspiration 4/21/11 & Blog Candy Reminder

Hi everyone, before I get to the inspirations of the day, I wanted to remind you of 2 opportunities for blog candy. One is for a Peachy Keen stamp set HERE and the other is for a free subscription to the upcoming Summer Edition of the INKspirations 4U online stamping tutorials HERE.  Please take a moment to check it out.  For one, all you have to do is leave a comment on that blog post.  Thanks!

Ballerina Costume punch art

Rolled Rose Card

Mother's Day Bird card

3-D Projects:
Golden Bunny Baskets

Hatching Chick

Huge Easter Basket

Fun Flowers Bookmark

For the Graduate

Monday, April 18, 2011

Punch Inspiration 4/18/11

Peachy Keen blog candy winner

Good morning everyone!  Congratulations to the winner of my Spring Fling punch art class!  The selection was #15!

The winner was Cathryn who had this to say:


EDIT: please note, I originally posted that this drawing was for the PKS stamp set.  Correction, this drawing was for the digital copy of my Spring Fling punch art class.  The drawing for the PKS stamp set is on my Pentagon Treat tube challenge that ends on the 24th.  Details are HERE.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge #13 with Blog Candy

Our challenge was to create a mothers day card.  My mom is a gardening expert and has the most beautiful flower beds.  I thought this card was the perfect thing for her.  I used the PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortment and the PK-500 Snow Cuties Face Assortment sets.  Be sure to check out the other great projects by my fabulous design team sisters at the PKS Challenge Blog HEREPlay along on the challenge for a chance to win the PK-640 Princess Face Assortment stamp set!


 As a special treat, I am going to offer some blog candy today.  Leave a comment on this post by Sunday at midnight.  On Monday, I will do a drawing and the winner will get a digital copy of my Spring Fling punch art class (details HERE).  Please make sure that you either have an email on your profile or you leave your email with comment so that I can contact you if you win.  Thanks and good luck!

Sorry I didn't have time to do a picture tutorial but I think this one will be easy enough for you all to figure out.  You need the following Stampin' Up! punches:

1-3/4" Scallop Circles punched in Shimmery White and Razzleberry (3 per flower)
1" Circle (for face) in So Saffron
Blossoms Petal (for leaves) in Wild Wasabi (3 large petals per flower)
Word window (cut in half and glued end to end) for stem in Wild Wasabi

Fold the blossom petal in half and sponge the fold to create the vein on the leaf.  Sponge edges of leaves with old olive ink. Sponge edges of So Saffron with mustard ink.  Stamp faces with black staz on. Add whites to eyes with uniball white gel pen, brush on cheeks with stipple brush and regal rose ink.

Punch 3 scallops and clip each scallop towards the center. Layer on top of each other with a dimensional for depth.  Attach the face with a dimensional.  Create 3 leaves and glue together at base.  Glue on stem and glue flower head to stem.

The card base is 7" x 10" Bashful Blue folded in half so that the final card dimension is 5" x 7".

Clouds (shimmery white) and grass (pear pizzazz and wild wasabi) were created using Die-namics by My Favorite Things. Layer clouds using dimensionals.  Attach flowers to card with dimensionals.  Glue grass at bottom of card over flowers.

Punch Inspiration 4/15/11

Please come back at 10 am today for another Peachy Keen challenge.  I have another fun punch art creation!

Punch Art Carnation

Slumber Party

Butterfly Easel Card

3-D Projects:
Hillbilly Easter Bunnies

Sweet Easter Basket

Peek a boo box

Chocolate Wrapper Tutorial

Papers and Pixels April Edition

Today is the release of the April Edition of Papers & Pixels.  I didn't have enough time to write an article for this issue but there are many fantastic tutorials this month.  Many paper based projects for Mother's day.  You can download the issue for free.  Visit the site HERE.  My friend Tracy has a gorgeous paper piecing project and she provides a free download for the pattern at her blog.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Recommended Peachy Keen stamps

Do you find yourself confused about what size and kinds of stamps you should buy when you get to the site?  Here are my suggestions for what to consider when picking the sets you want:

1)  What size head will your punch art or piecing have?  If you are using the 1-3/8" or larger circle or the Ornament punch, then the 1 1/8" or medium size (3" - 4" size figures) sets work perfectly.  Most of my free PKS tutorials here on the site use this size stamps. Following is my suggested list of 1-1/8" and medium sets:

PK-441 Cute & Cuddly 1-1/8"
PK-491 Everyday Character Faces 1-1/8"
PK-451 Wide Eyed Kids 1-1/8"
PK-758 Wide Eyed & Bushy Tailed 1-1/8"
PK-139 Tear Bear Face Parts
PK-754 Critter Faces Set A
PK-501 Snow Cuties 1-1/8"
PK-461 Happy Lashes 1-1/8"
PK-134 Bird Faces and More
PK-138 Kitty Tear Face Parts
PK-643 Boy Mates 1-1/8"
PK-641 Princess Faces 1-1/8"
PK-493 Everyday Character Face Parts 3" to 4"
PK-681 Retro Paper Doll Faces 1-1/8"
PK-673 Rag Doll Face 3" to 4"

You may not be able to afford all of them at once, but if you had all of these sets, you would have a very nice and thorough variety of sets that would work with boys, girls, men, women and all sorts of animals plus holiday figures like snowmen, gingerbread, easter bunny, etc.

2) If you want to work with smaller figures that require a head that is 1-1/4" wide or smaller, then you should go with the Assortment sets which have a large variety of stamp sizes in them.  Obviously, these sets are more expensive but you get a lot more stamps in the set.  If you are considering an Assortment set, my most recommended set is the PK-490 Everyday Character Faces Assortment.  I use this set the most and have used the assortment for all of my smaller figures.

3) On the market for some holiday face stamps?  Here are my top picks:
PK-693 Monster Mash Faces 1-1/8"
PK-691 Make a Monster Faces 1-1/8"
PK-550 Pumpkin Faces
PK-501 Snow Cuties 1-1/8"
PK-461 Happy Lashes 1-1/8"
PK-471 Happy New Year 1-1/8"
PK-521 Winter Faces 1-1/8"


A Challenge for some blog candy!

Hello everyone! It's time for a challenge and a chance to win some Peachy Keen stamps!  As many of you know, my Pentagon Treat Tube was last week's featured technique over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I haven't seen many entries into the gallery for this technique and I would love to see what you all create with this technique.  So, I challenge you all to create a pentagon treat tube and upload your creation to SCS.  I will have a random drawing from all the entrants and the winner will receive my new favorite Peachy Keen stamp set called Cute & Cuddly.  Who wouldn't want to win this set?!
It is very easy to enter the challenge.  Follow these steps:

1) Create a pentagon treat tube.  You can decorate it any way you want.  Please don't just copy my embellishments.  I want to see YOUR creativity on this.  The pentagon treat tube tutorial is located HERE.

2) Upload your creation to the Pentagon Treat Tube gallery on Splitcoast Stampers.  The gallery is located under the techniques section in the drop down menu.  To see other entries in the gallery, please go HERE.

3) Leave a comment on this blog post to let me know you uploaded your sample.  Please include your splitcoast stampers username in the post so I can locate your sample in the gallery.


I will conduct a random drawing from all the entries on April 24th.  Show me your creations!!!!

Punch Inspiration 4/14/11

Monday, April 11, 2011

Punch Inspiration 4/11/11

Pick Your Projects Promotion

Hello all, by now, you have seen many great projects that I have shared from Craft Project Central.  Did some of the projects catch your eye but perhaps you didn't want to subscribe to a single month?  Now is your chance to pick and choose ANY of the projects on Craft Project Central for only $2.00 each.  You only have to buy a minimum of 5 projects and with all of the great projects out there, it won't be hard to do.

I have personally picked a top 10 recommended list and if you like my picks, all you have to do is download the form I have included below. It is already filled out with all of these great projects.  Then, you simply add your name and paypal email address and send the completed form to  Feel free to change my picks or add more to the form before you email it.  As long as you order at least 5 projects, the choice is completely up to you!  To see all of the great projects available, please visit CPC HERE.

Here are my Top 10 Project Picks:

All of these great projects for only $20.  If you want to download my prefilled order form, please click HERE.  You can change my form if you wish to add or delete some of the projects.  If you adjust the number of tutorials, please be sure to change the top portion of the form that lists the number of tutorials and cost.  Again, please be sure to order at least 5 tutorials.

This promotion ends on the 17th, so don't delay!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

INKspirations 4U Summer 2011 Edition Blog Candy

Hello everyone!  I'm excited to tell you about my newest design team opportunity.  I will be guest designing for the INKspirations 4U 2011 Summer Edition.   You can sign up on the early bird special for $20 if you sign up by April 20th.  For details, please visit the site HERE.  As a guest designer, I will be giving away 2 free subscriptions to the 2011 Summer Edition.  Invitations will be sent out on May 7th for anyone who signs up.  And, don't worry about signing up early and taking advantage of the early bird special.  If you sign up and win my drawing, your payment will be refunded.  You have nothing to lose!

For a chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post.  Please tell me what your favorite current Stampin' Up! stamp set is.  I will be drawing 2 random entries on April 28th. 

Thanks for playing along!

Punch Inspiration 4/10/11

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pentagon Treat Tube video

The technique this week on Split Coast Stampers is my pentagon treat tube. The written tutorial is available in the resource section HERE.  The cute little bunny attached to the front of the box is a punch art bunny I made for the PKS spring stamp release blog hop.  The step by step instructions for the bunny is HERE.  Please visit SCS and leave a comment on the tutorial.  Thanks!

Pentagon Treat Tube Video

Punch Inspiration 4/6/11

Please check back a little later this morning for my Split Coast Stampers video tutorial.  Thanks!

Elegant Mothers Day card


Becoming Granny

Milk & Cookies

Springtime Vintage Dress card

Redwinged Blackbirds

Trillium card

Gone Fishin

3-D Projects:
Easter Carrot

Strength and Hope Notepads

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

joining technorati

Just verifying my blog for technorati

Peachy Keen Sneak Peek Winner

In case you didn't check the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog, the winner of the Peachy Keen Cute & Cuddly stamp set is Heather

Congratulations Heather! 

If you have not already emailed Angelica at PKS, please contact me at

Stay tuned for the listing of winners from the PKS Blog hop this past Friday.  Thanks!


Punch Inspiration 4/5/11

Join me on Facebook

Hi all, I started my Facebook page some time ago.  It would be great if you could come on over and "Like Me".  Thanks!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Craft Project Central Winners!

Congratulations to the following winners who won a free subscription to Craft Project Central!

The winner of the March CPC subscription is The MadStamper who had this to say:

The winner of the April CPC subscription is Pat N. who had this to say:

Congratulations ladies!! Please email me at to claim your prize!

Spring Release sale over at Peachy Keen plus recommended list

Hey all, Peachy Keen has a great sale on the new spring release stamp sets and cottage cutz dies through 11:59 tonight.  Now is the time to get that awesome new Cute & Cuddly stamp set!!!!

They also have 10% off all other stamps in the store with a $25 purchase through the month of April.  If you have been thinking about getting some face stamps, now is a great time to do it!

I have had many people ask me what sets I recommend.  For punch art, I find that the 1 1/8" or Medium sets work best for me.  If the head on your figure will be at least 1 3/8" wide, you can use these sizes perfectly.  However, if you want a full range of sizes, you should go with the Assortment packages. 

Following are my top 10 stamp sets (these are clickable links):

Cute & Cuddly

Wide Eyed Kids

Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed

Critter Faces

Tear Bear Face Parts

Everyday Character Faces

Happy Lashes

Snow Cuties

Bird Faces and More

Kitty Tear Face Parts

Punch Inspiration 4/4/11

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Win Some Blog Candy!

Would you like to win a free subscription to Craft Project Central?  I will be drawing for a free subscription to March and April on Monday.

For a chance to win the March subscription, please leave a comment HERE.

For a chance to win the April subscription, please leave a comment HERE.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Peachy Keen Spring Stamp Release blog hop

Another fantastic new Peachy Keen stamp release is here!  If you arrived here from Viv's site, you are on the right track.  If not, please start at the beginning of the hop HERE.  My assigned set is Cute & Cuddly (PK-440 & PK-441).  The instructions for creating this sliding pop up card is below the blog hop list.  Want a chance to win some stamps?  Be sure to leave a comment here and on the other hops along the way. Please note that I will be out of town with no internet access during this hop.  I have temporarily set my comments to unmoderated with word verification.

Click here to visit Lorie's awesome blog.

If you got lost in the hop, here is the list of hoppers. 

Instructions to make the Easter bunny sliding pop up card:
Bunny and Basket Punch Art Instructions:
1) For the bunny, punch the following pieces out of card stock color of choice (I used Iced Cocoa by Coredinations, Pink Pirouette and Shimmery White by Stampin' Up!):
1 3/8" Circle for Head
Ornament for Body
Blossom Petals for Ears (large petal for outside and small petal for inside)
Medium Ovals for Legs & Feet
3/4" Circles for Paws
2-Step Cupcake for Tail

2) Clip off top of ornament and cut off bottom of 2 medium ovals.  Sponge the edges tan colored pieces with cocoa ink.  Sponge the edges of pink pieces with regal rose ink.  Stamp the Cute & Cuddly face with black Staz On ink.  Add white to eyes with unibal white gel pen.  Add blush to cheeks with stipple brush and rose ink.  Color nose with rose ink and blender pen.

3) Glue ears to head.  Attach legs to back of body with dimensionals.  Attach feet to legs with dimensionals.  Attach paws to front of body with dimensionals.  Attach head with dimensionals.  Attach tail onto back of body with dimensionals.

4) For the basket, cut 3 strips of creamy caramel card stock 1/4" x 6".  Punch or cut one square 1 3/8" x 1 3/8".  Use mini glue dots to attach each end of 1/4" strips on the square (make sure to not adhere the strips in the middle.  Clip off the excess strip pieces from the square.  Turn the square 90 degrees and adhere 3 more strips.  For the first strip, slide the strip under the first strip on the square then over the middle and under the 3rd strip.  For the next strip, start at the top then under the middle strip and on top of the third.  For the last strip, weave it on like the first.  Clip off excess strip pieces.  The finished square should look like a woven basket.  Corner round punch the 2 bottom corners.  Take excess strip pieces and cut to 2 3/4" length.  Fold in half and round out the unfolded ends to form a basket handle.  Make 2 of these.  Sponge the edges of basket and handle with cocoa ink.

5) Punch out 5 wide hearts from Heart to Heart in assorted colors.  I used the new Glitter paper available from Peachy Keen Stamps.  Cut the hearts in half.  Use glue dots to attach 5 of the heart halves onto the back of the basket.  Slip a handle onto each side of the basket.  Pierce a hole through the handle and basket. Attach a mini black brad. Attach the other handle.

6) Die cut 2 strips of light green glitter paper and 2 strips dark moss glitter paper (Peachy Keen) using the grass Dienamics die from My Favorite Things.  Round out the ends of the other 5 heart halves to create eggs. Die cut clouds in Shimmery White card stock using Dienamics die from My Favorite Things.

Card Assembly:
1) Cut and score the following pieces for the sliding pop up card:
Card Base - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Certainly Celery
Pop Up Back - 4" x 5 3/8" Baja Breeze scored at 1 1/2"
Prop for Pop Up Back - 1" x 2 3/4" Baja Breeze scored at 1/2" on each end
Sliding Wrap - 1 1/2" x 9" Certainly Celery designer series paper (or other celery colored paper)
Pop Up Back for Bunny -  1" x 3" Baja Breeze scored at 1"
Pop Up Mechanism for Bunny - 1/2" x 2" Baja Breeze scored at 1/2" on each end
Pop Up Back for Basket - 1" x 1 1/2" Baja Breeze scored at 1/2"
Pop Up Mechanism for Basket - 1/2" x 1 1/2" Baja Breeze scored at 1/2" on each end

2) For assembly of the card, follow the basic instructions for the sliding pop up card HERE. If you are more of a visual learner, you can view the video HERE.  When you get to step 4, place the pop up back for bunny on the right and pop up back for basket on the left.  The pop up bunny piece will be 1/2" in front of the pop up basket piece as shown in the picture below.

3) Once the pop up card is constructed, you can add the embellishments and piecings.  Glue grass pieces along back.  Cut to fit around the pop up mechanisms.  Attach basket to left pop up backing.  Attach darker green grass to front of basket.  Place 2 eggs onto front of grass and attach another strip of lighter green grass over the top.  Attach a strip of darker grass onto right pop up backing.  Attach bunny and then attach a piece of light green grass.  Add eggs and then another piece of light green grass.

4) Punch the Round Tab punch for the pull tab.  Attach to celery card base.  Stamp greeting on celery base were it will show when the card is slid open.


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