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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Growing Green Pedestal Card

This is my second project for the June edition of Craft Project Central.  I was feeling floral again!  This cool technique will WOW anyone who gets it!  To get the instructions, please subscribe to June at Craft Project Central.

Just a reminder, if you missed past issues of Craft Project Central, you can still subscribe.  Just visit and click on the month you want to subscribe to on the menu bar at the top of the page.  Scroll down the page to a "subscribe" link under the last project picture (it will be in pink).  Every month is $10 for 10 fabulous projects! Totally worth the price.

Punch Inspiration 6/28/11

Monday, June 27, 2011

Problems with leaving a comment

Over the past month, it seems that there has been wide-spread problems with leaving comments on people's blogs.  I have encountered it myself and it's been rather irritating.  I think that somehow, the way blogger is processing cookies is interfering with the comments process.

I have figured out how to get around this problem.  When leaving a comment, it will usually ask you to use a profile.  When you go to sign in to your google profile, for example, make sure that the check box for "save sign in information" is unchecked.  If you do this, you will be able to leave a comment with no problem. 

I'm hoping that blogger can get this problem fixed since it's obviously a system wide problem.  Incidentally, I don't have this problem using google chrome for my browser.  It appears that internet explorer is causing this big issue.

Feel free to share this information with anyone who needs it!

Punch Inspiration 6/27/11

Friday, June 24, 2011

Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge Old School

Our challenge this week was to create a project that reflected the year we graduated from high school.  While the other gals went totally retro with the cool 70's vibe, I went totally abstract.  1992 was the year of the monkey, so this is why I did a monkey card (care to see some other fun facts about 1992? see below picture).  Be sure to hop on over to the PKS Challenge blog to see the other groovy projects.  If you have some PKS face stamps, you can play along for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate!

Free Stamp with order at Peachy Keen! check out the details HERE.

click on picture for larger view

Fun Facts from 1992:
Year of the Monkey
Bill Clinton elected president of the United States
The largest mall in America opens in Minneapolis, MN (Mall of America)
DNA Fingerprinting is invented
TWA declares bankruptcy
Riots break out in L.A. after the Rodney King trial
Prince Charles and Princess Diana separate
Winter Olympics in Albertville, France
Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain
Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer sentenced to life
Windows 3.1 released
Cost of a gallon of gas is $1.05
All major Oscar awards awarded to "Silence of the Lambs" (excellent movie BTW)
Top musicians include Natalie Cole, Bonnie Raitt, Van Halen, Metallica, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith), Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross, Michael Bolton, R.E.M.

Monkey Card Instructions
Punch out the following pieces with Stampin' Up! punches:
Owl in close to cocoa - BODY
1-1/4" Circle in close to cocoa - HEAD
(2) Medium Oval in close to cocoa - FACE & BELLY (this is a write-in punch from mini catalog)
(2) 1/2" Circles in close to cocoa - EARS
(2) small circles from Owl punch in creamy caramel - INSIDE EARS
(4) small flowers from Boho Blossoms in creamy caramel - HANDS & FEET
(4) curved pieces punched with Large Oval in close to cocoa - ARMS & LEGS
large oval punched then wide oval punched over top of punched hole to form ring - TAIL
small heart from Owl punch in real red - CHEST

Trim feet and round out top of head on owl.  Clip away 1/4 of the ring to form tail. Trim petals off boho blossoms to form hands. Sponge edges of all pieces with chocolate chip ink.  

Attach belly to body with dimensional.  Glue hands and feet onto arms and legs.  Glue small circles together for ears and attach to back of head.  Stamp face on medium oval using the Peachy Keen PK-140 Teddy Bear and Reindeer Face Parts stamp set and Black Staz On ink.  Add blush to cheeks with regal rose ink and highlights to eyes and nose with white unibal gel pen.  

Attach face to head with dimensional.  Attach head to body with dimensional.  Glue arms, legs, tail and heart onto body.  Hand cut a tree limb out of wood grain print paper.  Punch small leaves from Blossom Petals in certainly celery and pear pizzazz and glue onto limb.  Hook monkey tail onto limb.  Die cut grass and clouds using dies from My Favorite Things.  Stamp greeting from My Pink Stamper.

Create bananas by punching 6 curved sections of so saffron cardstock with Large oval punch.  Punch 6 jewelry tags. Clip off the tops and sponge with chocolate chip. Sponge edges of bananas with more mustard ink.   Glue rounded part of tag to top of banana.  Bunch bananas and attach to card with dimensionals.

Base of card is 4 1/4 x 11 Wild Wasabi cardstock.  Fold in half and then fold one of the halves in half to form base of an easel card.  Cut 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Soft Sky card stock for card front.

Punch Inspiration 6/24/11

Please be sure to come back at 10 am today for another fabulous Peachy Keen LFIF challenge.  I have a super cute punch art character you won't want to miss!

Gnome Wagon card

Polkadot Daisy

Melon card

Snip & Tuck card tutorial

Goodbye Star Punch

3-D Projects:
Cupcake Throne tutorial

Bakers Twin Dispenser tutorial

Video of the Day:
Punch Art Garden Gnome

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Punch Inspiration 6/21/11

Sorry my daily inspiration posts have been late the past few days.  I've been working on some important projects and not able to get my post done for the morning. Thanks for your patience!

Hop Flower

Sunny Blossom Bouquet

Shabby Tea Room Pennant

3-D Projects:
Fire Cracker Treat

Table Setting

Video of the Day:
Two Tags Die Box

Monday, June 20, 2011

I love David Cook

Ok, I know this is totally unrelated to paper crafting but I just had to share this awesome music with all of you rock fans out there.  I've been a fan of David Cook since he was on Idol.  His sophmore album comes out on the 28th.  Walmart has a live performance of 5 of his new songs. If you are a fan of great rock music, check it out!

Punch Inspiration 6/20/11

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Small Oval Punch Substitute

Happy Father's Day to all of you fathers out there!  One of my readers reported that the Stampin' Up! small oval punch is officially sold out and you can not buy it anymore.  Many of my classes use this punch, so if you don't have it, I have found a good substitute for you.

EK Success has an Oval Punch that is 1 1/2" wide.  It's only 1/8" larger than the Stampin' Up! punch which makes it a good substitute.  Here is a link if you wish to buy it.  I'm sure that you can get it online at other crafting sites and maybe even at Michaels or Joann etc.

Of course, I won't be using this punch in future punch art piecings that I create which will be very difficult to do!  This information is also provided on my ordering pages if I use the small oval in my patterns for that class.

Punch Inspiration 6/19/11

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Punch Inspiration 6/18/11

Sweet Blog Award

Thank you to Terri from Two Pink Peas for this Sweet Blog Award!

Part of this reward is to share 7 random facts about myself and pass the award onto 8 other bloggers.  So, here goes:

1. I'm a techie.  My magazine subscriptions include PC World and Technology Review.
2. I love playing video games.  Of course, I don't have nearly enough time to do that so I have to settle for using my wii with my workout.
3. My daughter was a surprise miracle baby (after trying for 7 years and giving up).
4. I wanted to study art in college but ended up getting an accounting degree so I could get a job.
5. I bought my first car when I was 17 and we called it the Flintstonemobile because the floor was rusted out and the carpeting was the only thing between my feet and the road!  Over the next 2 years, all of the door handles broke off, the rear hatch window spontaneously blew out and the front end of the car collapsed onto the tires.  If you're curious, this car was a 79 Plymouth Horizon.  I owned a string of crappy american made cars after that.  This is why I now buy Japanese cars.
6. My favorite color used to be blue and now it's pink.
7. I'm a do-it-yourselfer.  If I can research online and figure out how to do it myself, I will.  This includes carpentry, mechanics, appliance repair and tech repair.

I'm awarding the following 8 people:

1.  Tracy Wray
2.  Valita
3.  Carrie Gaskin
3.  Jacque Craig
4.  Anne Marie
5.  Nelia
6.  Lisa Young
7.  Viv
8.  Heidi

Of course, I could think of dozens more wonderful bloggers so if you don't see your name on the list, it doesn't mean that I wasn't thinking of you!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Favorite Instructional Videos

Hi all, sorry I haven't shared any instructional videos with my daily finds.  I was having problems with Youtube and of course forgot to resume showing the videos when I was able to get back on the site.

So, I thought I'd catch up and share some awesome videos.  Enjoy!

Marquee Card Tutorial

Peek-a-boo Card Tutorial

Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album

Nugget Mailbox

Princess Pull Peek-a-boo Card

Punch Inspiration 6/16/11

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Firecracker Treat Tube

Another new issue of Papers and Pixels is out.  This month's theme is Red White and Blue.   I of course just had to create this fun project!  For the free downloadable step by step instructions, please click on the hotlink below the picture.  To see all of the wonderful projects in this issue, you can subscribe for free HERE.

The site has been revamped so it's much easier to download the current and past issues right from the site.  I had a chance to read the issue and it's AWESOME! So many great tutorials in there that you don't want to miss!

Punch Inspiration 6/15/11

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Winner of Craft Project Central subscription

Thanks to everyone that left a comment on my Fabulous Florets blog post.  The winner via is Debadoo who had this to say:

Congratulations Deb!  Please email me at to claim your free subscription

Punch Inspiration 6/14/11

Friday, June 10, 2011

Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge #17 Patriotic Bee

Hi all!  This challenge was a tough one for me since I usually don't decorate for Independence Day.  But, this little patriotic bee sure turned out cute!  I used the Peachy Keen PK-500 Snow Cuties assortment stamp set for the face.  The rest of the body was made with Stampin' Up! punches.  See the instructions below the picture.  Be sure to check out the other great design team projects HERE.

Instructions (sorry, no pictures this time):

1) Punch the following pieces for the Bee
  • (1) Wide Oval in So Saffron - BODY
  • (1) Wide Oval in Basic Black - BODY
  • (1) 1-3/8" Circle in Basic Black - HEAD
  • (1) 1" Circle in So Saffron - FACE
  • (4) Branches from 2-Step Bird in Basic Black - ANTENNA & ARMS
  • (1) Word Window in Basic Black - LEGS
  • (2) Small hearts from Heart to Heart in Basic Black - FEET
  • (2) Wings from 2-Step Bird in Shimmery White - WINGS
  • (1) Fiskars 5/16" Oval in Black for Nose (or hand cut 3/8" circle into oval)
  • Hand cut Stinger in basic black
  • 1/4" x 3" strip of Chocolate Chip for flag pole
  • 3/8" Circle in White for flag pole
  • (1) Decorative Label in White for flag
  • (1) Decorative Label in Cherry Cobbler for flag
  • hand cut pieces of Pacific Point for flag
2) Cut the black wide oval into strips.  Glue the strips onto the saffron wide oval.  Sponge the edges of the wide oval and 1" circle with more mustard ink.

3) Stamp the PK-500 Snow Cuties face onto the 1" circle.  Add regal rose ink to cheeks with stipple brush. Add hilights to eyes and hearts to cheeks with unibal white gel pen. Attach nose with glue dot and add small white highlight.  Attach face to head with dimensional.  

4) Trim off all leaves except one on end of each branch piece.  Attach 2 to the head for antenna.  Attach head to body with dimensional.  Attach other 2 branch pieces to body for arms (curving inward). 

5) Cut word window in half and round out ends for legs.  Attach small heart feet and round off heels.  Attach legs to body (one leg on front of body and other on back).  Attach stinger and wings.  Add glitter to edges of wings.

6) Cut red decorative label into strips and glue onto white label.  Hand cut flag to look like it's waving.  Glue blue piece on and add stars with gel pen.  Hand cut label to look like waving flag.  Attach to flag pole.  Attach 3/8" circle on top of pole.  Glue pole into hand of bee.

7) For fire crackers, punch 2 word windows (one each cherry & pacific).  Punch word window in white and cut off 4 small strips for ends of firecrackers.  Hand cut 2 small strips of black for wicks.  Punch 2 small flowers from Boho Blossoms in saffron for flames.

8) Create center step card following the instructions HERE.  Base of card is Pacific Point with panels in cherry cobbler and white.  Glue large stars onto white and emboss with Square Lattice embossing folder.  Add glitter to outer edges of stars.  Greeting is from Just Buzzin' By stamp set.

9) Attach bee and firecrackers with dimensionals.

Fabulous Florets Seed Keeper and Garden Journal with BLOG CANDY

Hello all, here is my first contribution to the June issue of Craft Project Central (I have another later this month).  My mother is a gardener and I think this will be a perfect gift for her!  This is was created to be a seed keeper but it can be used for so many more things!  Store coupons, extra notecards, receipts, bills, etc. in this beautiful hard backed accordion file with matching journal.   Please go over to CPC and sign up for June for the full color step by step instructions for this project.  You will get 9 other awesome projects in June and all of that for only $10.
Leave a comment for a chance to win a subscription to the June issue of CPC.  Winner to be drawn on the 13th.

Punch Inspiration 6/10/11

Hey all, just wanted to remind you to be sure and come back at 10 AM for the Peachy Keen LFIF challenge.  I have another awesome piece of punch art for you!  

Starting today, I'm going to start sharing a link to a Video for the Day from youtube.  This will be a how-to video for a cool paper crafting technique that I wanted to share.  I hope you like it!

Instructional Video of the Day:
Slide out birthday card with hidden message

Firtatious Fun

Red White and Blue

Things with Wings

3-D Projects:
Flower Bouquet

Diaper Bag & shoes

Money Pad

Totally Tote Bag

Thursday, June 9, 2011

CPC $50 Shopping Spree drawing

Hey all, would you like to get a $50 Stampin' Up! shopping spree? If you have subscribed to any of the months at Craft Project Central, you are eligible for the prize. Check it out HERE!  Entries need to be in by the end of June and a random winner will be selected.  Thanks for checking it out!

Punch Inspiration 6/9/11

Monday, June 6, 2011

Peachy Keen Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of a $25 gift certificate from Peachy Keen! strangely enough picked number 69 as the winner.  Heather was the big winner!

Punch Inspiration 6/6/11

Friday, June 3, 2011

Peachy Keen New Release Blog Hop

If you arrived here from Heidi's blog, you are on the right track.  If not, you will want to start at the beginning of the hop HERE.  The new Peachy Keen stamps ROCK!  I had so much fun creating with these stamps.  Although three of the sets were intended to be get well/sympathy sets, Kathy got the ingenious idea to create an  accessory face set to go along with these sets so you could make them look happy.  The sets I was assigned to was the PK-287 Ballin' Bunnies and the PK-291 Sampler Package of Faces to swap the faces. I loved so many of the sets that I had to do more than one project and I mixed and matched the greetings from two of the sets in my projects.  The other set I used is the PK-288 Skunk Cheer Up.

Kathy is not only giving away several awesome prizes on the PKS Challenge blog, but she is also awarding a $25 gift certificate to each of the Design Team members to give away to their readers!  How awesome is that?  So, are you ready to win some prizes?  Leave a comment here and you have a great chance of winning a super prize!  Take the time to visit the other stops and you increase your chances of winning!

The winner of the Sneak Peek Preview of my assigned sets was Shelley Walker #58! Congratulations Shelley!  Please email me at to claim your prize

Please check out the instructions for these projects BELOW the hop list.  
 I stamped and cut out two extra tears and added glitter.
Notice the stitches on the heart?
click on photo for a closer look

Are you loving all of these sets?  For one week only, you can get the new release bundle that includes all of the new sets at 25% off.  Details HERE

Check out all of the other great hop stops for even more PKS goodness!

Card Instructions:

Ballin' Bunny T-Slide card
Cut the following pieces:
4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Cardstock or designer paper for card back
4" x 5 1/4" designer paper for card front
3 7/8" x 5 1/8" white card stock for inside card
3 7/8" x 3" white card stock for bunny front
4" x 3 1/8" cherry cobbler card stock for bunny front
3 3/8" x 4 1/4" designer paper for bunny front
1" x  4 1/2" card stock for T slide pull
1" x 3" card stock for T slide pull

For the card assembly, follow my basic instructions for the T-Slide card HERE.   The only difference is that you won't be cutting a slit or creating a pop out message for the inside of the card (skip steps 5 through 7).  For the A2 cutting and scoring diagram, go HERE

For the Bunny, you can use masking to replace the sad face.  Heidi has a great photo tutorial on how to do that HERE.
5 x 7 Double Twist Easel Card
Cut the following pieces of card stock:
7" x 7" Old Olive
two 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"  Soft Sky

1) Fold card stock in half and sharpen crease with bone folder.  Cut at 3 1/2" on opposite side of crease to the center fold line as shown.

2) Fold the inside top corners of the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" top sections to the lower outside corners as shown.  Unfold triangle and fold flaps down towards bottom of card as shown in step 3.

3) Apply strong adhesive to triangular flaps as shown.  Attach 3 1/2 x 3 1/2" pieces of soft sky.

4) Embellish card.  I stamped, colored and cut out skunk.  The flowers were created by layering Boho Blossom punched flowers and the small flower for the Itty Bitty Punch pack.  I used the jewel pearls to embellish.  Stems of the flowers are from the 2-Step Bird punch.   The grass is die cut and embossed with square lattice embossing folder.  Clouds are from the 2-Step Cupcake punch.  For the inside of the card, cut a 4 7/9 x 6 7/8" designer paper.  Stamp and die cut greeting.  I used Nestibilities Label 14.  The designer paper I used is from the Flea Market line by Colorbok.

Punch Inspiration 6/3/11

The big Peachy Keen new stamp party is at noon today! Come back for the blog hop and some great prizes!
The links are light today as I had lots to prepare for!

Happy Birthday flower card

Happy Graduation gown

Make a Life

Wish Big Card & Gift Bag

Octopus in Orange

Cupcake birthday

Thursday, June 2, 2011

PKS Blog Candy

Hello all, thank you to everyone that checked out the Peachy Keen prerelease peek!  I randomly drew from the comments earlier today but you will all have to check back here tomorrow for the winner's list!  There will be winners announced from all of the design team members as well as another opportunity with win more great prizes tomorrow at noon when we have the official new release blog hop!

Please come back as I have several awesome projects to share!

Two Pink Peas Interview

Hello everyone, I was recently contacted by Terri at Two Pink Peas for an interview.  She asks me a lot of insightful questions about my blog and art.  If you would like to read my ramblings, please stop over at her blog and read the long interview.  Thanks!

Punch Inspiration 6/1/11

sorry for the delay!  I was feeling under the weather yesterday and went to bed earlier than normal.

Rolled Flowers card

French Foliage

Little Lamb

Button Icecream

Land of the Free

Dimensional Flower tutorial

Wish Big

Razzle Dazzle

3-D Projects:
Chipboard Friends

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Three Sisters Featured Artist

I'm excited to announce that I have been selected as the Featured Artist for June over at The Three Sisters website.  If you have never been there, you really should check it out!  They have lots of great tutorials and resources there.  It's free to join (you can even use your facebook profile to log in).  They have lots of great stuff and add more every day.
My featured artist profile is located here:

I'm not sure if you need to be signed up to read this or not....  But, it's worth the time to sign up for FREE!

Please visit the site HERE.  

Retiring Stampin' Up! Stuff!

I'm super bummed right now.  Stampin' Up! just came out with their retiring accessories list and several punches are on the list.  Most notably the Small Oval and the Designer Label punch!!!  If you love my punch art and don't have these punches, you HAVE to call up your demonstrator today and order them!

All of the punches retiring include:

1-3/8 x 5/8 Oval (small oval)
Designer Label
Bitty Bat
Double Cog
Photo Corners
Spiral Border

Other accessories that I will miss dearly include:

Several colors of the taffetta ribbon (3/8" & 1/8")
Several 5/8" satin ribbons
Several 1-1/4" Striped grosgrain ribbons
Several 5/8" Grosgrain ribbons

I'm most irritated by this since most of these were brand new for the year!  I spent a small fortune and now they are going out the door!  Of course, not being a demo, I will continue to use them but I won't be able to use them for my DT projects.

I will be very sad to see the Designer Series Papers go.  My all time favorite was Greenhouse Gala.  I think I'll grab another pack or 2 before it's gone forever!  I'm also bummed to see the 12x12 packs of card stock going (current configuration).  I prefer the textured papers and if they are going back to textured variety packs, I'm going to be peeved.  Why not offer us 8 1/2 x 11 textured???? Bah!

Surprised to see some of the oldest stamp sets staying.  I was hoping that Lovely as a Tree was going so we could get a new tree set.  Also disappointed that more Christmas Sets weren't going as this means less new ones on the horizon.

If you want to check out all of the stuff retiring, be sure to go to and check it out.

Peachy Keen Sneak Peek with Candy

Goody Goody Goody!  It's time for another Peachy Keen Stamps release party!  This Friday, we will be celebrating a new batch of PKS goodies (and they are the best yet!).  I was so excited by this new release. All of the sets are absolutely wonderful and I know you will all want to get your hands on these babies!

My little sneak peek leaves a lot to the imagination.  It's a fun action card that you will have to come back to see on Friday.  I also have another awesome card tutorial you won't want to miss!
Want to get your hands on some of these awesome stamps?  Leave a comment on this blog post and I will be drawing a random name for my sneek peek stamps!  The drawing will be at 10 am Thursday with winners announced on the blog hop Friday at Noon.  Check out the other Design Team sneak peeks today and leave a comment there for a chance to win one of their stamp sets:

Punch Inspiration 6/1/11


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