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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Get these punches! & Blog Candy Winner

Hey all, did you know that Stampin' Up! is going to retire some of the best punches they have?!  If you don't already have these punches, RUN don't walk over there and buy them now while you can!  I use these punches in a lot of my punch art.  I'm sad to think that I won't be able to use the following punches in my classes anymore!  Again, if you don't have them, order them right NOW! You won't regret it!
5 Petal Flower Punch
Butterfly Punch
Heart to Heart

Thanks to everyone that left a comment on my review of the Sharp Crochet Hook.  Congratulations to Mary who had this to say:

Mary, please email me at to claim your prize.

I'm officially living out of a cardboard box at this point.  We are moving on Friday so I will be offline for a few days.  If I have the time, I will check my emails.  Please forgive me if you try to contact me and I don't respond right away.  I'm going to change my comments to word verification so I can shut off the moderation.  I will change my settings back some time next week.  Thanks for your patience!

Hot Cocoa Holder Tutorial

Today is 3-D Wednesday at My Creative Time.  I instantly fell in love with this sweet set called Do the Cocoa Motion.  The greetings are awesome and the little cup is so cute!  I was inspired to create this hot cocoa holder to showcase the set.  Below is the free downloadable tutorial.  Click on the link to visit the download page.  Be sure to jump over to the My Creative Time blog to see what the other girls shared for the challenge.  Enjoy!

Click on this link to access download page:

Punch Inspiration 4/25/12

Blanket for Baby

Ribbon Flowers

Designer Cut Card

So Grateful

3-D Projects:
Petite Purse Square Box Tutorial

Instead of Placecards

Another Crocodile Purse

Cute Little Monkey

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Punch Inspiration 4/22/12

I have 2 opportunities to win blog candy now!  For a chance to win an April membership to Craft Project Central, leave a comment HERE.  To see my review and win the Sharp Crochet Hook took, leave a comment HERE.  I will be drawing my winner for CPC tonight, so check back tomorrow for the winner.  I will draw for the sharp crochet hook on Wednesday.

Trendy Trees

For a Friend

Best Wishes Butterflies (check out what she did with the modern label in the corner)

Enchanting Flowers

You Inspire Me

Box Pleated Dress

Doily Butterfly

3-D Project:
Cooking Journal

Sharp Crochet Hook Project

Do you love paper crafting and crochet?  How would you like to combine them?  Now you can with the new patent pending Sharp Crochet Hook.  I was recently given the opportunity to try this fun little tool out.  What makes this tool unique from the standard crochet hook is that the head of the hook is very sharp like a needle.  This makes it easy to pierce fabric and paper.  When working with paper, I highly recommend pre piercing a row of holes along the edge of your paper.  This way, it will be easy to push the needle through the paper and you won't have to put any pressure on the card stock which could bend or wrinkle it.  It's also important to use crochet thread.  The head on the hook is very small, so using yarn (even low gauge) will be very difficult.  I recommend a size 3 crochet thread.  I picked up some beautiful bamboo thread today and I'm looking forward to making another of these with a different pattern of edging.  You can find some free border patterns at their blog HERE.

 Order the Sharp Crochet Hook HERE.

Leave a comment for a chance to win your very own Sharp Crochet Hook, compliments of Jessica Taufer.

For my card, I used the gorgeous Inspired by Stamping stamp set called Butterfly Wings.  See instructions for making this card below..

Cut the following layers for the card:
5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Pink Pirouette card stock for card base
4-1/8" x 5-3/8" Very Vanilla card stock
2-3/8" x 4-1/8" pink striped designer paper
2-1/2" x 4-1/8" Crumb Cake card stock
1-1/4" x 4-1/8" pink plaid designer paper

Glue the striped paper onto the crumb cake card stock, aligning the bottom edges.  Use a piercing tool to pierce a line of holes 1/4" from bottom and 1/4" apart.  Starting on one end, crochet base row along the bottom of the card.  Do this by tying thread onto the hook in a loop.  Put the crochet hook through the hole from the front, grab the thread and pull through to front, wrap thread around hook and pull thread through both loops on hook (single crochet).  After single crocheting across the bottom, chain 3 and turn around.   Working in the single crochet stitches along the bottom, 2 double crochet, chain 3 and 2 double crochet in next stitch.  Continue to other end.  Tie off ends and secure in back.

Wrap crumb cake seam binding ribbon around piece and tie bow.  Attach plaid strip.  Attach piece to very vanilla card stock and then to base of card.  Stamp greeting with crumb cake ink.  Stamp butterflies on a scrap of very vanilla cardstock with soft suede ink.  Apply single strokes of pink pirouette marker to butterflies.  Apply a 2nd and 3rd stroke of ink to centers of wings to darken color.  Cut out butterflies and mount to card with dimensionals.  Bend wings of larger butterflies up a little to enhance dimension.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Punch Inspiration 4/21/12

You still have time to enter my drawing for a free membership to the April edition of Craft Project Central.  Leave a comment on THIS POST.

3-D Projects:

Friday, April 20, 2012

Peachy Challenge 14 Cupcake Lineup

This week's Peachy Keen challenge is to use this combination of colors.  I have to admit that I struggled with this color combo, but then I remembered that the papers in the "Just Add Cake" set fit the color scheme perfectly.  Once again, I am using the super cute faces from the April Stamp of the Month kit.  I just love all of the fantastic greetings and images in this set!  The fun greetings are from the PK-106 With a Cherry on Top!  Check out all of the other fantastic projects that the design team cooked up at the challenge site.  Join the challenge for a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Cupcake Builder punch
corner rounder punch
Just Add Cake designer series paper, red glitter paper
Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, Island Indigo, Whisper White card stocks
Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Basic Black ink pads
uni-ball white gel pen, dimensionals

Punch Inspiration 4/20/12

Summer Smooches Decor Stencil

Birthday Pop Up Tutorial

Freshly Made Birthday Wishes

Smooching with the Freaks

Poppy Punch Art

3-D Projects:
Punch Flower tutorial

Wacky Bookmark Tutorial

Purse Die Shirts

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Punch Inspiration 4/19/12

Special Request for Katelyn

Live in the Sunshine

Season of Friendship

Tassel Tutorial

Origami Dress

Pop Up Bouquet card

Primrose Path

Brick Wall Tutorial

3-D Projects:
Petite Purse First Edition

Twitterpated Card Set & Tote plus BLOG CANDY

My contribution to Craft Project Central this month is this set of Twitterpated cards in the matching tote.  All of the cards are glittery with pearl jewels.  They are so pretty in person!  To get this tutorial and 9 other fantastic projects, head over to Craft Project Central and purchase the April issue.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free subscription to the April edition of CPC!  I will draw the winner's name on Sunday night.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Beer Mug Punch Art

It's my feature day at the Peachy Keen challenge blog and I created this punch art beer mug with this cute face from the April 2012 Stamp of the Month set.  The fun greeting is from PK-105 Happy Hour.  To add some extra fun to the card, I mounted the beer mug with an Action Wobble to make him dance.

(paper, punches and inks from Stampin' Up!)

PK-105 Happy Hour
Action Wobble
Round Tab punch
3/4" Circle punch
Decorative Label punch
Cupcake Builder punch
Basic Black, So Saffron, More Mustard, Wild Wasabi ink pads
Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White card stocks
assorted designer series papers
uni-ball white gel pen, sponge daubers, blender pen

Punch a 3/4" Circle in white card stock.  Line up the Round Tab punch over the punched circle to create the beer mug handle.

Punch a Decorative Label out of So Saffron card stock.  Trim the pointed edges and bottom of label off.  Sponge edges with more mustard ink.  Paint lines onto label with blender pen and more mustard ink.  Stamp face with black ink.  Color whites of eyes with uni-ball white gel pen.  Punch two cupcake builder tops out of white card stock and lightly sponge edges with so saffron ink.

Cut the following layers for card:
5-1/2" x 8-1/2" crumb cake card stock for base, folded in half
5-3/8" x 4-1/8" saffron polkadot paper
5/8" x 4-1/8" crumb cake, stripe and bashful blue designer paper strips
3-1/4" x 3-1/4" crumb cake card stock
3" x 3" wild wasabi card stock
2-7/8" x 2-7/8" white card stock
1-3/4" x 2-7/8" striped wild wasabi paper

Assemble card layers.  Stamp greeting with wild wasabi ink. Glue mug pieces together and attach mug to card with action wobble.

Punch Inspiration 4/18/12

Ode to Beaker

Summer Smooches

Aviary Twisted Easel

Freshly Made Mother's Day

Thanks Butterflies

More Summer Smooches

3-D Projects:
Scalloped Box tutorial

Box of Vitamins

Scalloped Purse Flap tutorial

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Papers & Pixels Double Slider

The newest edition of Papers & Pixels magazine comes out today.  I did a double sliding card featuring the adorable gnome from the Peachy Keen March 2012 stamp of the month kit and the new Cloudy Day background stamp.  When you pull the tab at the top, two messages appear. There are many more great tutorials in this issue.  It only costs $1.50 per issue or $12 for the year.  Subscribe HERE.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Inspired by Stamping Blog Hop #3

Today is the last day for the Inspired by Stamping blog hop.  This project features the Big Notes set.  I love the fonts in this greeting set.  The greetings are fairly large, so they fit perfectly as the sole focal point on the card.  I also use a pretty paper rose brushed with cherry cobbler ink.  These beautiful paper flowers are available in the Inspired by Stamping store HERE.  Free shipping on all orders through today.  Use freeshipping for the coupon code at checkout.

I used baja breeze, riding hood red and shimmery white card stocks.  The shimmery white is embossed with a polkadot embossing folder.  All of the prints are from the Twitterpated designer series papers. The ribbon is the riding hood red taffetta (retired).

The other design team members have more beautiful projects to share.  Please visit and check them out.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Inspired by Stamping Blog Hop #2

On today's Inspired by Stamping blog hop, I want to share this project featuring the frame from Small Fancy Label 18 and the greeting is from The Sky's the Limit.  Free shipping on all orders through Saturday.  Use freeshipping for the coupon code at checkout.

For this project, I dug up some scraps in my designer paper pile so I can't tell you who makes it.  It sure is pretty though!  Goes perfectly with the baja breeze, early espresso and cherry cobbler card stocks.  The bow is cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon.  The frame and greeting were stamped with early espresso ink and embellished with pearl jewels.  You can't see from the picture, but I took a gold stardust pen and outlined the greeting and highlighted the frame.  It looks really pretty in person. The frame is popped on the front with dimensionals.

The other design team members have more beautiful projects to share.  Please visit and check them out.

New Peachy Keen faces and 20% off sale!

Peachy Keen just released two new face sets (each available in assortment and 1-1/8" sizes).  You may recognize the sweet cherub faces from the January stamp of the month kit.  Now you can buy just the faces!  These sweet kitties are perfect for your punch art and die cut creations.

What's better than new stamps?  How about a 20% off sale?  From now until Sunday at 11:59 PM EDT,  you will get 20% off your entire purchase (see the site for some exclusions).  Start shopping now!

PK-110 Here Kitty Kitty - Face Assortment
PK-111 Here Kitty Kitty - 1-1/8" Faces
 PK-112 Cherub Faces - Assortment

 PK-113 Cherub Faces - 1-1/8" Faces

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Inspired by Stamping Blog Hop #1

Over the next 3 days, join me for an Inspired by Stamping blog hop!  For today's project, I used the frame from Fancy Label 18 and the greeting is from Small Fancy Label 4.  Want to get your hands on these stamps?  Free shipping on all orders through Saturday.  Use freeshipping for the coupon code at checkout.

I used the Everyday Enchantment designer paper with pear pizzazz and baja breeze card stocks.  The frame and greeting are stamped with Not Quite Navy ink.  The ribbon is vanilla seam binding.  To create the frame, stamp and then cut out with the Nestabilities Label 18 (inside and outside of frame).  Attach frame with dimensionals and thread a ribbon behind frame and out front to tie a bow.

The other design team members have more beautiful projects to share.  Please visit and check them out.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Off to a stamping retreat

Did you see my triple layer pop up video today?  If not, check it out HERE.  I'm off to a stamping retreat on Thursday and won't be returning until Sunday.  So, there won't be any inspiration blog posts until Monday.

I have some beautiful projects to share with you over the next 3 days, so please come back and check them out.  PLUS, Peachy Keen is coming out with 2 brand new face sets on Friday which you will absolutely LOVE.  Be sure to come back for a peek and special announcement.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Triple Layer Pop Up Technique

Today my Triple Layer Pop Up technique goes live on Splitcoast Stampers.  Check out the step by step picture tutorial HERE.  I also made a video tutorial for this simple technique.  Enjoy!

Supplies used in the video tutorial:
Die-namics Trio Cloud die from My Favorite Things
Shimmery White, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, So Saffron card stocks
Soft Sky, More Mustard, Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy ink pads
Dimensionals, sponge daubers, score board

The angel is paper pieces with blushing bride, so saffron and shimmery white cardstocks.  Sponge edges of saffron with more mustard ink to create shaded look.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Punch Inspiration 4/9/12

Happy Belated Easter!  I hope you were able to spend time with family and friends.  My daughter is still on a sugar high as she got way too much candy and sweets to eat.  I don't particularly like marshmallow peeps, but I discovered that the new chocolate peeps dipped in dark chocolate are pretty tasty!

Happy Easter

Scallop Heart Easel

Textured Cupcake

Easter Peeps

3-D Projects:
School Supply Cake

Girl Bunnies

Tea in Your Routine

Video of the day:
Funky Four Gift Card Holder

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Punch Inspiration 4/7/12

Confetti Flinger

Happy Easter Punch Art Bunny


Happy Easter Everybunny

Easter Caboose

3-D Projects:
Easter Purse

Easter Trimmings Basket

Peachy Keen New Stamp Release

Did you happen to drop by on Friday for the Peachy Keen new stamp release party at the Peachy Connection?  If not, you really missed out on a lot of fun!  Check out these awesome new stamp sets.  I totally love the new Stamp of the Month set.  The faces in this set are the sweetest and there are so many fantastic greetings included in the set!  If you don't belong to the SOTM, you can buy the set, however, it does cost more than if you are club member.  Details are HERE.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Punch Inspiration 4/4/12

The new Peachy Keen stamps are coming!  Check out my preview projects HERE.  Did you see my project for InkSpirations 4U?  Check it out HERE.

Pop Up Lily Pad

Dare to Dream

Birthday Cupcake


Birthday Celebration

3-D Projects:
Groovy Box

Graduate Owl

Easter Frame

Peachy Keen SOTM Sneak Peek

The new Peachy Keen April Stamps of the Month set and several other AWESOME stamp sets are coming out tomorrow.  Today I'm showing you a sneak peek of 2 projects.  I had so much fun with the SOTM set this month.  These clocks are the cutest and the huge assortment of greetings is truly fabulous.  If you haven't joined the Peachy Keen SOTM club yet, what are you waiting for?  Check out the details to join HERE.

Join me tomorrow over at the Peachy Keen Community for the official release party.  There will be games and prizes, challenges and the full reveal of the stamps and Peachy Picks paper kit.  The party goes live at 6 PM central standard time on Thursday night.  Come on over and join in the fun HERE.

For these 2 projects, I used the new April 2012 Stamp of the Month stamp set.  The greetings in this set are simply the best!  You will definitely want this set!  On the 2nd project I used  the April 2012 Peachy Picks paper kit which includes coordinating cardstock, designer papers and embellishments.  I loved the beautiful metal clock pieces and ribbons included in the kit.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Window Display Top Gift Box

Hi all, the InkSpirations 4U! Celebrating U! edition has been sharing many fantastic projects this month.  My project for this edition is a gift box with a recessed lid.  It's so easy yet so impressively elegant!  To join this edition and get my tutorial plus 20+ other tutorials, head over HERE to subscribe.

Punch Inspiration 4/3/12

Good morning everyone, sorry I haven't shared inspiration in the past couple days.  I've been super busy working on project deadlines and haven't had any time to spare!

Easter Blessings

Windmill Easter Card

Crumb Cake Embossing

3-D Projects:
Scallop Square Mini Scrapbook

Compartment Box

Easter Bunny Lollipop Holder

Scored Purse Tutorial

Video of the day:
Ladybug Love


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