Happy Leap Year everyone! A new edition of Inkspirations 4U! is coming soon and I have a free subscription to share. This edition is called Celebrating U! with projects for spring/easter, mother's day, etc. The early bird registration is only $20 through March 7th. What do you get? 20 full tutorials PLUS extra bonus tutorials, challenges with a grand prize winner, video tutorials and lots more! And don't worry, if you sign up and then win my blog candy drawing, you will be refunded your money. So, don't delay and enjoy the discounted fee.
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Hey all, I'm not a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, but I wanted to share some awesome information with all of you. Stampin' Up! has lots of great punches on the clearance rack right now. Get all of these great punches at a great price! Stampin' Up! still has to clear out the old style punches. Personally, I PREFER the older style punches over the new ones (I own both). They punch easier and a lot cleaner as well.
To order off the clearance rack, you will need to order through your demonstrator's website. I suggest this, as you will pay a higher price if you order directly from the Stampin' Up! website. Keep in mind that the Sellabration sale is still underway and you will get a free item from the SAB catalog for each $50 you purchase.
Good morning all, I recently found out that the Pentagon Treat Tube technique that I shared on Splitcoast Stampers in April 2011 was in the most recent Stampin' Success magazine. If you would like the step by step tutorial along with the video, please go HERE. The original tutorial is on my blog HERE. Thanks for checking it out!
Sorry, I don't have a lot of links to share today.
Before I get to the links today, I want to congratulate Yvonne who won the random.org drawing for the February membership to Craft Project Central. She was lucky number 7! Yvonne, if you didn't get me email, please contact me at email@example.com.
Hi all, I'm planning on creating my next punch art class and I wanted to get some guidance from all of you on what I should focus on. What kinds of classes would you be interested in buying? Below is a poll. You can select more than one item on the poll if you wish. Leave a comment or suggestion for a punch art class and you will be entered in a drawing for a free punch art class! Thanks everybody for visiting my blog and purchasing my classes!
Check out these wonderful stamp sets! If you join the stamp of the month club, you commit to 6 months of stamps. The stamp set price is only $29.95 for club members. Otherwise, you can purchase it for $39.95. (These prices are for US customers. Canadian and International customers are priced differently.)
Did you love all of the wonderful paper crafting products I used on my PKS projects this week? All of the card stocks, designer papers and embellishments are from the Peachy Picks March 2012 kit. This kit club is only $24.95 a month. Membership is a 6 month commitment. Each month, a new kit will be shipped to you. It will include coordinating card stocks, designer papers and embellishments.
Hey all! Are you a Peachy Keen fan? We have a new release day party going on over at the Peachy Keen Community site Saturday morning at 10:00 AM central time. There will be challenges, trivia games, a chance to win prizes and big grand prize drawing for all challenge participants. Please stop by and join me and several of the design team members for all of the fun. I'll be sharing another fun idea as well as the other ladies on the team. Want to find out more about Peachy Keen? Ask about what sets to buy? What our favorite sets are? You can stop by and chat with us all!
Just when you thought Peachy Keen couldn't top last month, Kathy did it once again! The March 2012 Stamp of the Month kit features these incredibly adorable gnomies. The assortment of faces, faceless boy and girl gnomes, accessories and greeting are everything you need to make some awesome projects! Have you seen the Peachy Picks monthly paper kit? These kits are AWESOME! All of the card stocks, designer papers and embellishments I used on this project came from the March kit. The greeting is from the paper kit as a punch out. Check out the other design team projects HERE.
The card sketch is from Mojo Monday Challenge #229
I love this SOTM set because not only do you get a nice variety of faces for the faceless gnome stamps, but there are also LARGER versions of the same faces to use on your paper piecing and punch art projects! These additional faces are 1-1/8" size which is my preferred size for punch art faces. The SOTM kits are really a fantastic value at $29.95 when you join the club. The sets are HUGE. This set has 33 stamps and they all aren't little stamps. You get a 2 large faceless gnomes that are 4.75" tall, a large tree stump, flower pot and mushroom (each at least 2" tall), 10 faces, 7 greetings and lots of accessories.
For this project, I wanted to show you a punch art project featuring a face from the set. The hat and stump are from the stamp set and the rest of the pieces are punches. The papers and embellishments are from the March Peachy Picks paper kit.
To make the punch art gnome, you need the following punches:
1-3/8" Circle for head in Pink Pirouette
Heart to Heart (wide heart) for ears in Pink Pirouette
1/2" Circle for hands in Pink Pirouette
Blossom Petals Builder for hair in So Saffron
Extra Large Oval for body in Pink Pirouette and designer print
Blossom Punch for dress in designer print
Punch pieces as shown. Cut heart in half for ears. Punch small oval in top of extra large oval on designer print for the neckline of dress. Cut blossom punch in half, layer over the top of each other and then cut away the sides towards center of body. Sponge edges of pink pirouette pieces with blushing bride ink. Sponge edges of so saffron pieces with more mustard ink. Stamp face with black and color in eyes with unibal white gel pen. Sponge rose ink or chalk onto cheeks. Color nose with blushing bride marker.
I know some of you have been waiting for a punch art leprechaun. Here he is! You can get my punch art tutorial by subscribing to the February edition of Craft Project Central. $10 for 10 fantastic projects! BLOG CANDY ALERT! Leave a comment for a chance to win the February Edition!
Today is 3-D Wednesday over at My Creative Time. I love the new easter stamp sets recently released and I couldn't resist making this chocolate egg pedestal box. I used the greetings from the Happy Hunting set and the egg die from the Hello Spring set. Click on the link below the picture to download the free step by step tutorial in pdf format. Enjoy!
This week I have some major posting going on. Tomorrow is the Peachy Keen SOTM release along with 3-D Wednesday at My Creative Time. Be sure to come back to check out the awesome free tutorial. On Thursday I have some punch art goodness to share. You don't want to miss all of the great stuff this week.
Before I get to the inspiration of the day, I just wanted to congratulate JoAnn (#93) who was the commentor to be drawn for the grand prize drawing at My Creative Time. Her name will be going into the final drawing tonight and the big winner will be announced on Emma's blog tomorrow. She could win a $100 shopping spree at MCT! How awesome is that? If you missed my diorama card featuring Emma's new stamps, check it out HERE.
Good morning all, if you don't have Google Chrome with the auto translate already turned on, then you should check out the link I have on my right sidebar. If you ever need to translate a page, simply go to www.worldlingo.com and enter the page URL. I occasionally share great projects I find on foreign language sites and I want you to be able to read it!
It's challenge day at Peachy Keen. Check out these beautiful projects HERE.
I know that some of you are wondering what is in the latest issue of Papers & Pixels magazine (besides my dancing leprechaun tutorial). This issue is packed with lots of goodies. You get 7 step by step paper crafting tutorial which include card techniques, a gorgeous gift box and a handmade book. Additionally, it's full of great tutorials on coloring techniques, tying ribbons, photo shop editing and tons of digital scrapbook layouts. It's over 100 pages of great techniques and ideas. Totally worth the price of $1.50. You can buy a single issue or subscribe for the whole year for only $12. You download the magazine and can save it on your computer for later viewing or print if you like. It's in pdf format so anyone can read it. Check it out HERE.
For the basic tutorial on a Diorama card, see the tutorial on SCS HERE. The dimensions on my card are different. For the front and back layer, cut 9-3/4" x 5" pieces of Pool Party card stock. For the center section, cut a 7-3/4" x 5" piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock. I used the Everyday Enchantment designer series papers for the center layer and eggs. For the window, I used the Spellbinders Label 23. For the sun on the back layer, punch a 1" Circle from So Saffron. Cut several strips for the sun rays. Sponge edges with cajun craze ink. Tear a couple pieces of Pear Pizzazz card stock and sponge edges with old olive ink for the hillside. On the front of the card, I die cut some grass strips for behind and in front of the eggs. The eggs were die cut from the die that is included with the Hello Spring set.
The latest edition of Papers & Pixels magazine just came out. I took a few minutes to quickly skim through the magazine and there are so many awesome projects and ideas this month! I for sure will be going back to try several of the projects. My contribution to the magazine this month is a tutorial to create this cute dancing leprechaun pop up card. He literally pops up and starts to do the jig!! You can purchase the latest edition for only $1.50 or subscribe for only $12 a year. What a bargain! Check it out HERE.
I used a ton of awesome goodies from the latest release over at Peachy Keen Stamps. Check out the paper crafting kit and the sweet little leprechaun stamps HERE and HERE.
Happy Valentines Day everyone! I'm going to miss sharing all of the wonderful inspiration links for Valentines projects. There was so many awesome ideas this year. Of course, I may still sneak some in once in a while. I'm looking forward to sharing lots of links for St Pattys, Easter and Spring projects. Get creating!
Yay! It's time to show you the brand new Inspired by Stamping stamps. Today's project uses the Big Notes stamp set. Check out the pictures of the 3 sets I used this week below. I also included the other 2 projects shared earlier in the week in case you missed it. I used the Flirtatious Specialty DSP, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Shimmery White card stocks. The greeting is stamped with rose red ink. For embellishments, I used the pink 5/8" satin ribbon and the Medium Daisy paper flower sponged with Rose Red ink and spritzed with Marshmallow Tattered Angels. The pretty paper flowers can be purchased at Inspired by Stamping. The flowers take inks very well. I have sponged them as well as spritzed with smooch/tattered angels and colored with copics.
Check out the other great sets in the release HERE.
Here is a look at the 3 sets I used this week. You can see a closer look by clicking on the picture.
Today's PKS challenge is a photo inspiration. I just love the colors in this photo. I knew instantly that the new SU! papers I just got would fit the bill. One of my favorite Peachy Keen stamps is this sweet little set called Skunk Cheer Up. I'm a big fan of paper piecing and when it's made easier by having a die, all the better! So you can image my excitement when Peachy Keen came out with the new Cottage Cutz die called Stinky Skunk. I just had to use this little cutie on my card today!
Doesn't this look yummy?
Here is my inspired card using Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade & Peach Parfait card stocks with Everyday Enchantment DSP.
Check out the other great ideas from the design team over at the challenge site HERE.
This is my second sneak peek of the new Inspired by Stampingstamps coming out on Saturday. This time I combined stamps from two different sets. The frame is from the Fancy Labels 18 set. The greeting is from the Small Fancy Labels 18 set. I love that these stamps mix and match so perfectly. I added more of these beautiful paper flowers. These will be available to order at Inspired by Stamping on the 11th (Navy Blue and White flowers, Large White Curly Flower). The frame and greeting is stamped with Not Quite Navy ink and die cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 18. I added white jewel pearls and some celery colored pearls for the flourishes. The designer paper is from a retired SU! collection. The greeting is mounted with dimensionals.
It's time for the February release of the Inspired by Stampingstamps. You are going to love these! There are 4 sets that perfectly coordinate with the Spellbinders Labels 3 and Labels 18 dies. Since I have most of the dies, I was excited to play with these stamps. The sets feature beautiful frames and greetings to go inside the frames. I also got some of the new paper flowers to play with. These are absolutely GORGEOUS! The colored ones are so pretty and the white ones can be easily sponged. Today, I'm using the set called Small Fancy Labels 18.
I used the new Twitterpated designer series paper with Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo card stocks. The greeting and frame is stamped with Rose Red ink. For embellishments, put pearl jewels onto the frame and greeting. The flowers are from the new paper flowers collection from Inspired by Stamping. I used the Shabby Pink and Dark Pink flowers. For the larger flower, sponge the petals of four Medium Puffy Daisies and layer them with a baja breeze courduroy button in the center. Add dazzling diamonds glitter to the petals. Attach a Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon bow. The greeting was die cut with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 18 die and attached to the card with dimensionals.
Joanna is having giveaways at Inspired By Stamping. Leave a comment at her blog to enter.
$40 gift certificate to the Inspired By Stamping Store
A package of your choice of flowers
Plus free shipping
Be inspired by the rest of the design team. You can get a peek at the other sets coming out on Saturday.
Thank you to the 483 people who left a comment and congratulations on my 2 Million hit milestone. I appreciate everyone that takes the time to visit my blog and I really love comments! Congratulations to lucky number 199 who was the winner of my big box of paper crafting goodies! Terri, please email me with your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a reminder that if you haven't entered the drawing for the hug blog candy drawing, you can still leave a comment to enter. I will be drawing on Tuesday night for the winner. Leave your comment on THIS POST.
If you haven't done so already, you can enter my drawing for a big pile of paper crafting goodies! All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog post HERE. I will randomly draw from all the comments (via random.org). Please note, my international readers are also welcome to enter the drawing.
Before I get to the inspiration, I just wanted to thank everyone that left a comment for me yesterday. Your words were so heartwarming. It reminded me of why I work so hard on my blog. It's nice to know that I inspire so many! If you didn't get a chance yesterday, you can still enter my drawing for a hug pile of goodies! Leave a comment on THIS POST.
I officially reached the 2 MILLION hit mark on Sunday! WOO HOO! Somehow I missed a million... I never would have dreamed that in a little over 2 years I would hit such a milestone! Thank you so much to my loyal readers and anyone else who has stumbled onto my blog and spent some time checking out my site. I appreciate you all!
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Did you know that Peachy Keen has 4" face stamps? They are FANTASTIC for making quick and cute treat boxes. Today I will show you how to make the basic treat container box with three different design ideas. Get creative and try some of the other 4" face stamps to create your own little cutie!
BASIC TREAT BOX TUTORIAL
Cut a piece of card stock 9-1/2" x 8-1/4". On the longer side, score at 1/2", 2", 5", 6-1/2". On the shorter side, score at 1-1/2", 2", 7".
Cut the card stock as indicated in the diagram below. The gray areas are the areas to be cut out. For a larger view, click on the picture.
Apply a strong adhesive like sticky strip along the 1/2" score line on the left and attach to other end to form box. Glue or tape bottom of box in place.
Pinch the top of box closed. Add a velcro dot to the box and fold over flap at top to keep closed. The basic treat box is finished! Now, embellish your box with a face.
4" wide oval die, template or tool for cutting large ovals
So Saffron and Peach Parfait card stock
Basic Black, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze ink pads
5 Petal Flower punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch
So Saffron, Peach Parfait, Pumpkin Pie markers
Uni-ball white gel pen
Create basic box in So Saffron. Stamp face on So Saffron, highlight eyes with uni-ball, color lids and beak with markers and sponge pink chalk onto cheeks. Punch a 5 Petal Flower in So Saffron and 2 in Peach Parfait. Punch a 2-3/8" Scallop Circle in So Saffron and cut in half. Sponge edges of all saffron pieces with More Mustard ink. Sponge edges of peach pieces with Cajun Craze ink. Glue feet to bottom of box. Glue feathers on top of head. Attach head to box flap and wings to box with dimensionals.
Create basic box in Shimmery White. Stamp face on Shimmery White, sponge chalk onto cheeks. Stamp face onto Peach Parfait card stock. Cut the nose out and sponge edges with cajun craze ink. Glue nose onto face (or attach with dimensional). Cut out head and attach to box flap with dimensionals. Punch 3 circles in black and attach to front with dimensionals. Wrap ribbon around neck and tie in knot. Hand cut 2 arms out of Chocolate Chip card stock. Attach arms to front with dimensionals.
Create basic box in Creamy Caramel. Stamp face on creamy caramel, add white highlights to eyes and sponge chalk onto cheeks. Stamp face onto Blushing Bride card stock. Cut out nose, sponge edges with blushing bride ink and attach to face with dimensional. Cut out head and sponge edges with chocolate chip ink. Draw on frosting with uni-ball gel pen. Glue knot bow onto head. Attach head to box flap with dimensionals. Punch out heart and attach to front with dimensional.