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Friday, June 29, 2012

Punch Inspiration 6/29/12

If you haven't done so, you can still enter my drawing for the June issue of Craft Project Central.  Leave a comment on my blog post HERE.  Did you see my modified tri-shutter card tutorial?  If not, go HERE.  I created this fun treat box and card tutorial for My Creative Time.  The free tutorial is available HERE.

Puppy Punch Art

Little Additions

Love You Much


Birthday Candy

Flower Power

3-D Project:
Angry Birds Fancy Favor Boxes

Video of the day:
Paper Crysanthemums

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WooHoo Wednesday Modified Tri-shutter Card Tutorial

For today's edition of WooHoo Wednesday over at Inspired by Stamping, I created this tutorial for making a modified Tri-Shutter card.  It's so simple to create, you won't believe it!  Here is a picture of my finished card, both closed and open.

I made the tutorial with fairly large pictures.  To keep the load time of this page down, I created a downloadable PDF document that you can save and print whenever you need to refer to it.  Below is the download link for the file:
Click on this link to download:

I would love to see what you create with this tutorial!  Please feel free to email me a link to your blog if you post your creation.  I may add some of those links at the bottom of this post for additional inspiration.

Fly Away With Me Tutorial

Today I have a feature on the wonderful My Creative Time website.  If you haven't seen Emma's dies and stamps, you are really missing out!  This month's release of dies and stamps were truly awesome!  My project today features the Tag Dies, Fly Away With Me Dies, Fly Away With Me and the coordinating Sentiments stamp sets.

The step by step tutorial for the candy box and card are in a downloadable pdf document below.  Click on the link to go to the download page and retrieve the class.  Enjoy!

click on link below to go to download page

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Punch Inspiration 6/26/12

Before I get to inspiration, just a couple things.  First, thanks to everyone that took the time to enter my $25 gift card give-away, courtesy of X-acto.  Congratulations to Sherry Cox and Cathy Royal who were the winners of the drawing.   In case you missed it, I am giving away a June membership to Craft Project Central.  To enter the drawing, just visit my blog post HERE and leave a comment.  Thanks!

Baby Punches

Lots of Layers for the Paper Players

Punch Art Tulips

Punch Art Eeyore

3-D Projects:
Blossom Punch Carnation

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Punch Inspiration 6/24/12

Hello all, just a reminder that I'll be drawing for the 2 Walmart gift cards tonight.  You can still enter the drawing by visiting the X-acto facebook page HERE, "like" them and leave a comment on the wall that Paper Punch Addiction sent you.  It would be great if you also add a positive comment about x-acto.  Thanks!

Crumb Cake Beauties

Happiness Shared


Love Tags

3-D Project:
Fishing Bag

Petite Purse Picnic Basket

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bounty of Bumblebees Collection

I designed this bumblebee inspired trio of treat boxes with coordinating card.  They are all surprisingly simple to make and oh so cute when completed!  Head over to Craft Project Central to subscribe to the June 2012 Edition and you will get this tutorial and 9 others for only $10!!

Leave a comment and I will draw one winner for a June 2012 Subscription to Craft Project Central!

Friday, June 22, 2012

3-D Layered Flower Tutorial

Today I want to show you how you can turn an ordinary flower stamp into something extraordinary!  Recently, Inspired by Stamping came out with a new set called Elegant Flowers.  I instantly knew I could use this special technique on the rose stamp in that set.  I call this technique the 3-D layered look simply because the image appears to pop off the page by layering several pieces of the same image.

Supplies needed to make flower:
Early Espresso ink pad
Pink houndstooth print paper (or designer paper/cardstock of choice)
Sponge dauber
Regal Rose ink pad
Glue pen & dazzling diamonds glitter (optional)

Instructions to make flower:
Step 1
Stamp rose with Early Espresso ink on houndstooth paper FOUR times.  Cut out the flowers as shown below.  On three of the flowers, some of the flower petals will be missing.  Sponge the edges of flower pieces with Regal Rose ink. 

Step 2
Starting with the full flower at the bottom, attach the next largest layer on top of full flower with dimensional, aligning image.  Attach second largest flower with dimensional and then smallest layer with dimensional.  To add more glitz, you can apply glitter to the shaded areas of the flower petals.

Card Supplies:
Echo Park Paper “Yours Truly” 6x6 paper pad
Basic Gray card stock
Basic Gray ink pad
Scallop Edge Border punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities Petite Circles die
Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey Circles die

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Punch Inspiration 6/19/12

I'm hosting a give-away for Xacto this week.  For all of the details on entering the drawing, please visit my blog post HERE.

Love Birds

Bus Punch Art

Sweet Party Penguin

Grad card

Ladybug punch art

Sweet Spot Polkadot

Thank You So So Much

Fish Tales punch art tutorial

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Some cool new crafting tools & Blog Candy!

Hello all, I made a recent discovery in my local Walmart store not too long ago.  I found out that Elmer's (who you all probably know for their school glue) now has a line of crafting adhesives.  I'm always on the search for the best adhesives at the best price and I found it!  Check this out:

I've finally found the perfect tape runner.  Unlike the Tombow monoadhesive rollers, you keep the majority of the roller when it's empty.  The cartridge that you switch out is less plastic (and trash in the landfill) and much easier to change out.  The applicator roller doesn't get gummed up, it rolls very smoothly and the bond of the adhesive is excellent. The best feature?  IT'S CHEAP!!!! Finally, no more spending $3 to $5 for a refill!  I spent less than $3 for a TWO pack at my local Walmart.  I also picked up the mini glue spots and some medium sized glue spots.  I love to use glue dots and these work perfectly, again at a fraction of the cost of other well known brands.

So, while I was there, I perused the other crafting supplies and found some more fantastic tools!  These are from Xacto.  I have long been a Xacto fan, preferring to use their hobby blades over any other.  They now have a new hobby blade called the Z-series which has a blade coated in Zirconium nitride.  What does that all mean?  It means this blade is the sharpest, strongest hobby blade around!  I had to try this baby out on a thick piece of chip board.  Using my Xacto self healing cutting mat and Xacto stainless steel ruler (which is heavy and thick), I was able to cut a perfect straight line right through this thick chip board in TWO strokes!  It cut easy like putting a hot knife through butter!  I've been working with chip board for years and I have never had a hobby blade cut that cleanly with only 2 strokes!  

What else is new on the Xacto front?  I found a 9" Guillotine cutter and a 5" precision tip scissor, both of which work perfectly.  I test drove the paper cutter and found that it cut paper cleanly and STRAIGHT as a pin.  You don't always get that with cartridge blade or rotary style cutters.  I've tried every kind of cutter on the market and this one is right up there at the top for quality and accuracy.  You know it's cutting perfectly when you cut 2 layers of paper that are 1/4" different in length and width and get a perfect mat when layered.

The precision tip scissors are awesome for detail cutting.  They get right into the tight little corners and are very comfortable to handle for extended periods of time.  The full size stainless steel scissors are also very sharp and a pleasure to use.


So why am I telling you about all of these great products?  I was recently given a selection of Xacto and Elmer's products to try out and share my experience with you.  If you've read this far, then you know that means I have something to share as well!  I have been given the opportunity to share TWO $25 gift cards to Walmart so that you can buy and try out some of these great products yourself!

To enter the drawing for the give-away, you only need to do 2 things.  First, visit the Xacto facebook page HERE and "Like" them.  Then, post on their wall to indicate that you came from Paper Punch Addiction.  This way, I will know who to enter into my drawing for the $25 gift cards.  

I will be drawing the 2 winner's randomly from all entries on Sunday.  Please share this opportunity with all of your friends!  Thanks!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fishing Bear made with ONE punch

For today's Peachy Keen Challenge, we were given a sketch to follow.  I followed it rather loosely though...  The other girls on the design team had some great projects with this sketch.  Be sure to head over to the challenge site to check them out.  Join the challenge for a chance to win some Peachy Keen goodies!

For my card, I wanted to show you that you CAN make a piece of punch art with only ONE punch.  I know, you don't believe me, but it's true!  This totally versatile punch is the Blossom Petals Builder punch by Stampin' Up!  Check out my tutorial below.

The totally adorable fish, bobbin and greeting is from the PKS-11 Igloo stamp set.  The sweet little face on the bear is from the PK-754 Critter Faces Set A Medium.

Bear Instructions:
1) Using the Stampin' Up! Blossom Petals Builder, punch the pieces shown from Close to Cocoa card stock.  Trim the pieces as shown marked with black lines.

2) Lightly sponge the edges of all trimmed pieces with chocolate chip ink.  Stamp one of the bear faces from PK-754 Critter Faces Set A Medium with black ink.  Add a dot of white to nose with unibal gel pen.  Sponge or stipple regal rose ink onto cheeks, centers of ears and centers of feet.

3) Glue ears onto back of head.  Attach feet and head to body with dimensionals.  Glue one paw to body.  

4) Hand cut a fishing pole from Crumb Cake card stock for pole and Chocolate Chip for handle.  Draw lines onto pole with red marker.  Glue one end of linen thread to top of pole.  Stamp, color and cut out bobbin and glue to other end of line.  Glue pole down on attached paw.  Attach other paw over the top with dimensional.  Stamp fish onto green card stock.  Cut out and sponge edges with old olive ink.  Add white hilights to eyes with unibal gel pen.

Due to the size of the finished piece with pole, I make the finished card 6 x 6 in size.

Inspired by Stamping Challenge

This week's challenge at Inspired by Stamping is to create a project inspired by this color scheme:

I instantly thought it would look so pretty to combine Pool Party, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  This card isn't "beach" themed but it sure is summery!  I used the IBS stamp set called Big Notes II.  I love the fonts in this set!  The greetings are nice and big so they can be the primary focal point of the card.

Check out the projects from the other design team members HERE.  Join the challenge!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Little Happy Turtle

As I was planning out my project for today, I realized that I haven't shared any punch art in a while.  The sweet little faces in the June 2012 Stamp of the Month set inspired me to create this little punch art turtle.  The papers and stick on jewels from the June Peachy Picks Kit were perfect for this project. To finish off the card, I added this fun greeting from the SY-903 Hillbilly Holler More Phrases set.

To make the punch art turtle, you need to punch the following pieces (Stampin' Up! punches):

Wide Oval (shell)
2 Word Windows (shell)
2 Small Hearts (feet)
Blossom Petals (head and tail)

Cut the bottom off wide oval.  Sponge edges of all shell pieces with garden green ink.  Glue word window pieces at bottom of oval.  Cut wedge from center of each heart to create feet.  Cut off scalloped top of large blossom petal and trim away left side to create head.  Sponge edges of body pieces with pear pizzazz ink.

Stamp face with black ink.  Add whites to eyes with unibal gel pen.  Glue feet, tail and head to back of shell.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Little Fish Dream

On my recap day for Inspired by Stamping, I wanted to share this little fish card I created using the Background Basics I and Vintage Sayings stamp sets.  The strips in the back were stamped with 3 stamps from the Background Basics set and the "Dream" is from Vintage Sayings.  The fish papers are from Fancy Pants.

Joanna is giving away 3 of the brand new stamp sets!  To enter the drawing, be sure to leave a comment on her blog entry HERE.  Inspired by Stamping is offering free shipping on all orders of $15 or more.  Enter the code free shipping at checkout (see instructions and details on the homepage).  Order all of the new IBS stamp sets and get 15% off the bundle.

Want to see some more fabulous ideas using the new sets?  Check out the design team blogs below:
Joanna Munster ~ Inspired by Stamping
Colleen Dietrich ~ Dietrich Designs
Debbie Marcinkiewicz ~ Deb's Simple Treasures

Friday, June 8, 2012

Punch Inspiration 6/8/12

Park Bench Punch Art

Sending a Kiss Punch Art

Birthday Snails

Chocolate Bar

Astronaut Punch Art

Raspberry Cheers

3-D Projects:
Card File Tutorial

Treasure Chest

Inspired by Stamping Release Day

Today is the official release day of the brand new Inspired by Stamping stamps.  You can purchase them HERE.  I especially love the Oh Baby! set.  Don't forget to visit Joanna's blog and leave a comment to enter her drawing for 3 new stamp sets!  Leave a comment on THIS POST.(click link)

Oh Baby! 6x8

Vintage Backgrounds 6x8

Little Phrases II 4x6

Elegant Flowers 4x6

Birthday Greetings 4x8

Background Basics 4x6

Cross Stitch with Deb Hickman 6x8

Vintage Sayings 2x3

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Inspired by Stamping Sneak Peek

It's time for another new release from Inspired by Stamping!  Today I'm playing with 3 new sets.  The new stamps will be available to purchase on Friday and I can show you some pictures of the new sets then.

This box is an altered International Coffee tin.  I stamped one of the images from Vintage Backgrounds onto bordering blue paper and wrapped around the tin and covered the box lid with coordinating paper.  I punched the Lace Ribbon Border from pink pirouette paper and wrapped that around, adding large pearls to the center of each flower.  The lid is embellished with these beautiful paper flowers from Inspired by Stamping.  The greeting on the coordinating card is from Vintage Sayings.

The baby dress and greeting on this card are from the Oh Baby! stamp set.  The little dress was stamped with a background from Vintage Backgrounds.

This card features greetings from the Vintage Sayings set.  The paper flowers are from Inspired by Stamping.

Some of the other design team members has beautiful ideas to show you.  Check out their blogs and leave a comment.  Joanna will be giving away blog candy from the new release.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cheer Up Little Birdie

Today is the official release day of the Peachy Keen June Stamp of the Month kit and several other awesome sets.  I totally fell in love with the kit this month.  There is this little "angry bird" face in the set to add to one of the birds.  I couldn't resist making this card when I started thinking about what could make that little bird so mad!

I used the following Peachy Keen stamp sets:
PKSC-06 June 2012 Stamp of the Month (birds)
PK-115 Let's Ketchup (bird droppings)
PK-107 Size A2 Cloudy Day (background)
SY-903 Hillbilly Holler More Phrases (greetings)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Peachy Keen New Release

It's that time of month again!  Peachy Keen Stamps has a new batch of stamps out and they are FABULOUS!  The June Stamp of the Month set will knock your socks off!  This set not only has a fabulous array of greetings and images, but the faces are the cutest yet.  I couldn't resist modifying the little frog image to use the turtle faces on it.   Both of my projects feature stamps from the June Stamp of the Month kit and the June Peachy Picks Paper kit.

There are so many wonderful projects at the challenge site.  Check them out HERE.  Be sure to check out the site every day until the official release day party on the 5th!  

Frog Box Instructions:
Stamp the little frogs on the green polkadot paper from the kit and then cut off the eye bumps at the top and stamp the turtle face instead.  The little bellies were paper pieced using scraps from the kit.  Since these images bent perfectly at the feet to make them stand up, I made a little frog couple holding hands.  I wanted to give them a home so I punched an Extra Large Oval and cut out a little wedge to create the lily pad then sponged the edges with garden green ink.

The box is a very simple one.  Box base is 6 x 6 scored at 2" on all 4 sides.  Clip score lines on 2 opposite sides and adhere the corner tabs on the inside to form box bottom.  Cut a piece of 3-1/16" x 3-1/16" and score at 1/2" on all 4 sides for the lid.  Assemble the same as box bottom.  Iie a ribbon from the kit around box and tied bow in front.  Attach lilypad to top of box with dimensionals.

For the little sign, cut a strip of paper from the kit and stamp greeting with garden green ink.  Clip the pointed ends.  Curl the ends around a pen to make it "wavy".  Attach flower from the paper kit to sign and then attach to top of lily pad.

Punch Inspiration 6/2/12

Congratulations to Vicki Wizniuk who won the free subscription to the May 2012 edition at Craft Project Central!  For anyone who wanted the subscription and didn't win, you can still subscribe and get the 10 awesome projects I shared this month.  It's only $10 and worth every penny!  Go HERE to subscribe.

I have inspiration to share today!

Chevron Background Tutorial

Summer Day

Folding Card tutorial

Monkeying Around

All Tied Up

Star Trek punch art

Paper Disco

You're the apple of my eye


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