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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.

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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!

Punch Inspiration 11/19/11

Quite a few of you asked about the pop up tag I created for the PKS blog hop HERE.  I will be sharing a tutorial for that technique in the near future.  Just a reminder that Peachy Keen has a great sale going on this weekend only.  Check it out HERE.

Wedding Collage

Pennant Parade for Christmas

Pretty Pumpkin

3-D Trees

Texture Overload

Always Elegant

3-D Projects:
Sparkling Simply Adorned

Turkey Mini Milk Carton (you HAVE to see this tutorial!)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Punch Inspiration 11/17/11

Hi All, sorry I don't have as many links today.  I've been working 12 hour days at my full-time job for the past 2 weeks and I unfortunately don't have a lot of extra time to surf the net and find great ideas for you all!

Spicey Cupcake

Happy Thanksgiving

Finest Flourish

Love Penguin

Fall Bird

3-D Projects:
Turkey Owls in a Tree

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Craft Project Central Subscription Winner

Congratulations to commenter number 23, Jayne Stenstrom.  She won a free subscription to the November issue of Craft Project Central!  Jayne, if you do not receive my email, please contact me at

Punch Inspiration 11/13/11

Friday, November 11, 2011

Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge 28 - Recipes

Our Peachy Keen challenge this week was to create a project featuring a recipe.  I thought this was the perfect time to show you all how to create a pocket easel card.  This easel holds a pull-out recipe which you can then prop onto the easel card for easy viewing.  I have also included a downloadable file for the special recipe card featuring Grandma's Gingerbread.  The other design team members have great projects to share with you all at the challenge site HERE.  Play along on the challenge for a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Peachy Keen just came out with a new line of dies and some more awesome stamps!  You have to check them out!  They also have a 10% off sale going on through November and new release bargains for a short time.

I used the PK-417 Faceless Gingerbread Doll Large stamp set.  Instructions for the pocket easel and downloadable recipe card is below.

Step 1:
Download and print the recipe card on Very Vanilla card stock.  Following is the link to download the file:

Cut a narrow border around the recipe card so that the final piece is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".  Mount on a piece of Real Red card stock 5-5/8" x 5-5/8".  Mount on a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock 6" x 6".  Punch a 1-3/8" Circle out of Creamy Caramel (or Crumb Cake) card stock and sponge edges with chocolate chip ink.  Punch a Real Red heart with the Heart to Heart punch and mount on circle with dimensional.  Glue circle at top of recipe card.  Punch 5 small hearts and glue onto bottom of recipe card.

Step 2
Cut a piece of 6-5/8" x 7-1/4" Chocolate Chip card stock for the pocket front.  Score at 1/2" and 5/8" on 3 sides.  Clip 2 bottom corners away as shown.

Cut a piece of Holly Berry Bouquet designer series paper 5-7/8" x 5-7/8" and attach to front center of pocket. Using the 1-3/8" Circle punch, punch a semi circle at the top center of pocket.  Cut a piece of card stock 6" x 6" for the back of pocket (I used Cocoa).  Flip the pocket over and center the 6" x 6" cocoa piece in center.  Sharpen score lines with bone folder.  Add strong adhesive to each 1/2" scored section of pocket.  Adhere the side flaps and then bottom flap to the 6" x 6" back piece to create a pocket.

Step 3
Cut a piece of Real Red card stock 12" x 6" for base of easel card.  Score at 6" & 9".  Sharpen creases with bone folder. Attach pocket to easel card.  For inside of easel card, cut a piece of strip Very Vanilla card stock 2" x 5-3/4" and a piece of striped Holly Berry Bouquet designer paper 3-3/4" x 5-3/4". Cut a strip of Creamy Caramel (or Crumb Cake) 1" x  5-3/4".  Sponge edges with chocolate chip ink.  Attach 5 hearts to strip with dimensionals.  Attach strip along top of vanilla card stock with dimensionals.  Stamp greeting (Stampin' Up! Hand Penned Holidays).  

Attach pocket to easel. (For a picture tutorial on making easel cards, go HERE).  Stamp the PK-417 Faceless Gingerbread Doll Large onto creamy caramel card stock.  Stamp onto pieces of Holly Berry Bouquet designer paper, cherry cobbler cardstock and shimmer white card stock for paper piecing the gingerbreads.  Add highlights to eyes with uni-ball white gel pen.  Sponge rose ink into cheeks and color nose with red marker.  Add dazzling diamonds glitter to frosting.  Attach finished gingers to front of easel pocket.  Put recipe card into pocket of easel.

Punch Inspiration 11/11/11

Be sure to come back at 10 am for another fun Peachy Keen project.  I have an awesome gift idea and tutorial to share, so you don't want to miss it!

Reindeer Punch Art

Oval Christmas Tree

Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney

Little Tree

Owl Lanterns

3-D Project:
Happy Holidays Gift Box

Matchbook Gift Card Holder

Christmas Lodge Box

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Punch Inspiration 11/10/11

For those of you who have never seen my turkey tutorial, now is the time to check it out!  I made this a couple years ago and have seen dozens of CASE's since then.

Eat Beef Turkey card

Christmas Pudding

Pennant Tree

3-D Projects:
Turkey Time

Get Well Soon Owls

Turkey with Plummage

3 Compartment Christmas Package

Christmas Tags

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Punch Inspiration 11/8/11

In case you missed it, I am giving away a free November subscription to Craft Project Central!  Please go HERE and leave a comment.  Winner will be drawn on Sunday.

Pines & Poinsettias

Christmas Limb

Kitty card

Sidespring Card Characters

3-D Projects:
Anti Bac Tutorial

Turkey Lolly

Elf Hat Box

Video of the day:
Pop Up Gift Card Holder (in case you missed it yesterday)

Craft Project Central Blog Candy

Hello all, I just realized that I forgot to offer my free November subscription to Craft Project Central when I posted my project earlier.  So, I'm going to post again.  Following is the project I created for CPC this month.  If you want the instructions to this project and 9 other fantastic projects, it only costs $10 to subscribe to the month.  Please note: for those that may be confused, this is not an ongoing subscription.  If you subscribe to one month, you will not automatically be billed or subscribed to the next month.  It's completely up to you what months you want to subscribe to.  You can subscribe to the current month or a past month.  It's all up to you!


I will be drawing a random winner from the comments on Sunday.  Good luck!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pop Up Gift Card Technique

My pop up gift card technique is featured on Splitcoast Stampers today for the Holiday Blitz week.  Check out the written and video tutorial here:

I used the Hand Penned Holidays and Forest Festivities stamp sets from the current Stampin' Up! holiday mini catalog.

Punch Inspiration 11/7/11

Friday, November 4, 2011

Scallop Octagon Gift Box

This is my project for Craft Project Central this month.  This scallop octagon gift box with coordinating 3-d snowflake card is truly stunning in person!  It's great for treats or small gifts.  For the step by step instructions, please subscribe to Craft Project Central for November.  There are 9 other fantastic projects this month and the total cost for 10 awesome projects is only $10!

Punch Inspiration 11/4/11

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sliding Window Box Card Technique

I have another fun technique to share with you.  This narrow box card with the sliding window is super easy to create and easy to adapt to different sizes.  The tutorial I'm going to share is for a card that is 4" x 4" in size but you could easily adapt this to a larger size.  I anticipate making more of these in the future!

I was excited to get my first stamp set from Inspired by Stamping.  I recently joined Joanna's design team and I'm so excited to share her gorgeous designs with you all.  The set I used for this project is called Christmas Cheer.  It has 22 stamps in it, several of them being gorgeous greetings.  I love the script she uses on her stamps.  I have lots of snowflake stamps but I think the delicate feathery snowflake in this set is my absolute favorite!  I wish you could see this in person.  I added glitter to the snowflakes and stocking and it shimmers and shines!

Cut a piece of shimmery white card stock 5-1/4" x 4-5/8".  On the long side, score at 1/2", 5/8", 4-5/8", 4-3/4".  On the short side, score at 1/2", 5/8".  Clip away the bottom corners as shown.  Punch a partial circle at the top center.

Stamp the snowflake from Inspired by Stamping Christmas Cheer stamp set using the Soft Sky (retired), Baja Breeze & Island Indigo ink pads.  Punch or die cut a window in the center.  I used Spellbinders Label 1 to die cut the window and the frame.  For the back side of the card, cut a piece of shimmer white card stock 4" x 4".  Stamp greeting in center with Island Indigo ink (from Christmas Cheer).  Stamp snowflake in Baja Breeze.  Add glitter to snowflake.  Sharpen all folds on the front piece.  Line up stamped back piece behind front piece and attach 1/2" scored sides to back of card to form a thin "box card".  

For the slider, cut a piece of Island Indigo card stock 4" x 4".  Stamp a snowflake on shimmery white and punch out with 1" circle punch. Glue onto 1-1/4" circle of baja breeze and attach to top center of card.  Stamp scrap of shimmery white with snowflakes and punch out Stocking pieces.  Punch out stocking in Baja breeze and stamp stars with baja breeze ink and add glitter.  Attach stocking to card.  Slide into "box card.

This card can be adapted to many different sizes.  For an A2 size card, cut the front piece 5-1/2" x 6-1/8" and score at 1/2" and 5/8" on 3 sides.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece for the back of card.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece for the card slider.

Punch Inspiration 11/3/11

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tealite Candle Holder

I created this project for the Christmas 2011 Edition of Inkspirations4U.  To get this tutorial and many other awesome tutorials, please go here to subscribe (click on link in the sidebar):

Punch Inspiration 11/1/11


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