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Bunny Card for Spring or Easter


Bunny Card

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I’ve posted this bunny punch art bunny quite some time ago and now have dusted him off and made an Easter card with him.  Isn’t it darling?

Thanks for taking a look!

Shamrock Card


Shamrock Card

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Here’s a cute card I did for St. Patrick’s Day.  I didn’t have a clover punch as big as I wanted and haven’t yet gotten a die cut machine so I used 4 Martha Stewart heart punches and the branch from my Build-a-Bird Stampin Up Punch (for the stem).  I love this in that I can make the four leaf clover as big as I have a heart punch.  You could also use a smaller heart to layer the leaves for more depth.

Thanks for taking a look!

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Tombstone Punch Art


tombstonesTombstone Punch Art

Just want to share a cute little punch art project I made this evening in about 15 minutes and that included digging for the supplies!  Gravestones!  are Just what your Halloween scrapbook page or homemade card need to “get into the spirit” of things!

I used an EKsucces tag punch (I would have rounded the corners but the punch doesn’t fit in my corner rounder) to punch the tombstones then added a spider web stamp.  My tombstones look new but you could tear or cut them down to suggest decorating stones.

I used tiny punched letters but if your handwriting is better than mine you can write in a message.  These could even be used as place cards for a Halloween party.  Finally I added a spider punch.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR TAKING A LOOK!

Valentine Card Die Cuts


The finished project!

Valentine Card Die Cuts

I’ve been fooling around working with my punches lately – learning what uses they can be put to other than punching say a heart from cardstock.  So with Valentine’s Day coming up my thoughts went to sending a Valentine card!

Materials

  • Square punch
  • Heart punch
  • White cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Red cardstock

Also Needed

  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Ruler/straight edge
  • Mini stamps
  • Ink pad

Photo Tutorial

Thanks for taking a look.  As always I ask for a comment and look forward to responding!

Mini Sheep From a Cloud Punch?


Glue all the pieces on the hill.  Then you are ready to glue this on a card.

Mini Sheep From a Cloud Punch?

My last post was making a sheep from an oval scallop punch but my first try was with a Fiskars’ large cloud punch. I never was really happy with it but I’ve kept tinkering with it and I think I have it right!

Thanks for taking a look.  I’d love it if you leave me a comment and tell me your thought!

Materials

  • Fiskars large cloud punch.
  • Recollection 0.5 inch circle punch
  • Recollection 2 inch square punch
  • EK Success 0.5 inch folk heart punch
  • EK Success 0.5 inch tulip punch
  • Light blue cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Pink cardstock
  • Dark and light green cardstock

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Photo Tutorial

Handmade Cardinal Die Cut


 

Handmade Cardinal Die Cut

I love cardinals so when I found the instructions on how to make these cute little red birds on-line at Blinkin’, Thinkin’, & Inkin’ I had to make them and adapted the instructions to fit my purposes.  My birds are a little bigger than then ones by Ellen so if you need some tee-tiny ones check out her directions.

They are super easy, super cheap, and super cute!

They would be adorable perched on a fence, branch, or highline wire on a handmade winter greeting card.

Materials

  • Red cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock

Also needed

  • 1 inch scalloped circle punch
  • Hole punch
  • Mini heart punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Red ink pad – 2 shades
  • Black permanent marker

Photo Tutorial

Thanks for taking a look and as always I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Valentine Gingerbread Angel Revisited


 

Valentine Gingerbread Angels Revisited

Christmas is over and my mind has turned towards late winter and spring crafting.  So last night after making several examples of one of my last year’s Valentine project, Gingerbread Angels, for a friend on Listia I decided to re-work the project.  The wings just don’t look right to me – maybe if the hearts making the wings were larger?   I set myself to ponder the matter and it didn’t take very long!

That’s because recently my eyes were opened to the infinite ways your punches can be used other than to just punch out the same old boring shapes.  See my Pinterest board Using Your Stampin Up Bird Punch for the examples of creative uses for a bird punch that inspired me.

So giving the desire to re-work the angel’s wings and my newly acquired punching skills I quickly came up with a punch to use – ok, it was the first punch I picked up but I did have to play around with it for a few minutes!!!  A cameo punch cut in half turned out to be perfect to give my baby Gingerbread Angel flight!

Here are photos and instructions for the newly designed wings.  Please take a minute or two to look at the old tutorial, Gingerbread Angels, as there are some good suggestions there and some tips to make this project without having the punches I used.

Materials

  • Light brown cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Pink or red cardstock
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Baby rick-rack or other trims
  • Narrow ribbon

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • EK Success Large Slim Paper Punch – Gingerbread Man
  • Fiskars large squeeze punch – 2” cameo
  • Heart punch (0.25 inch)
  • Small diameter hole punch (1/4th inch)
  • Glue stick, Elmer’s purple
  • White glue

Photo Tutorial

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Craft Stick Snowman Ornament


005Craft Stick Snowman Ornament

In my e-mail this week was an awesome project from Crafts By Amanda that I just HAD to try right away – - –   Paint Stick Snowmen.  As you can tell by my title (and because I’m me) I made some changes.  I think both projects look great and what I love the best about crafting is the fact that you can take a pattern or tutorial and do something a little bit different and personalize the project.  It impresses me that there are just so many ways to go when you first look at a project.

I didn’t do a photo tutorial but this is a simple fairly straight forward project.  Take a look at Amanda’s tutorial if you get lost.

These would look great on a seasonal tree in January. I see white bark and white lights.

Materials

  • Craft sticks
  • Homespun fabric
  • Embroidery thread
  • Whole peppercorns
  • Mini buttons
  • Toothpicks
  • Snow scene “fabric” or quilt batting

Also Needed

  • White craft glue
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Orange marker
  • White paint

Instructions

  1. Paint the craft sticks white and allow them to dry.  I used two coats.  On some of the sticks I use some white fine glitter paint over the last coat to add some sparkle to the ornaments.  I’d recommend 2 coats of this for maximum effect!
  2. Break off about a third of the toothpick.  Then color it orange with the permanent marker.  This is much easier than getting the paint out and making a mess!  I also like Amanda’s idea of using an orange toothpick and I have some colored toothpick on-hand but wouldn’t you know it there are no orange ones!
  3. Cut a 2 inch by 2 inch square from the material.  I like the way homespun fabric drapes and how flannel looks but you can use any you have on hand.
  4. Glue the square to the top of the craft stick to make the hat.  See Amanda’s excellent tutorial for how to do this.  I found that doublestick tape works really well for attaching the fabric when you are doing a bunch - and it eliminates drying time!   But when you tie off the hat with the embroidery thread leave long tail ends and tie them in a knot so you will have a hanger.  I forgot to do that with mine so will have to go back and attach a loop.
  5. Cut a one half inch strip of the snow “fabric” and glue it to the bottom of the cap.  Then trim the end off.
  6. See Amanda tutorial and read the comments for some additional hat ideas.
  7. Cut (or tear) a one inch strip of homespun fabric for the scarf.  Tie it around the snowman’s “neck” and then fringe the ends.  How long you want your scarf is up to you.  I prefer a short scarf.
  8. Apply 2 dots of glue with the bamboo skewer for the eyes (cut the sharp tip off if kids are doing this project) and then glue on two peppercorns.
  9. Apply a line of glue for the nose and glue down the orange toothpick piece to finish the carrot nose.  You could also cut a nose out of orange craft foam.
  10. Apply 5 dots of glue for the mouth and glue down 5 peppercorns.
  11. Glue 2 or 3 mini buttons on the snowman’s “body”.
  12. Let dry completely and the hang on the tree.

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I love to hear your comments! 

Buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!


Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!

 If your kids are like mine they love to give gifts but buying gifts for EVERYONE on your little person’s list (from grandma to the dog to the man in the moon) is impossible unless you are independently wealthy!  If you are then stop reading this and immediately wire me a couple of million (lol)! 

I always took my kids to a dollar store (the one’s where everything is literally a dollar) when they were younger to buy their gifts.  But the usefulness and quality of the selections leave a little to be desired and after all – how many coffee mugs and “dust collectors” can one person use?

So, why not make a gift card that will last longer than the gift?  If you have punches grab some wrapping paper, construction paper, glue, gift ribbon, buttons, yarn, etc.  If you don’t have any punch outs you can acquire some punch outs on eBay or Listia.

This craft project costs you nothing but time to make the punch outs as you simply use materials like construction and wrapping paper and glue sticks – which every prudent mother has on-hand.  I also like this craft project because it saves bits and pieces of paper (i.e.; the wrapping paper scraps) and crafting materials (ribbon “snips”, stray rhinestones, etc.) from the trash.   I keep a jar beside my craft desk and I throw those scraps of ribbon, stray rhinestones and buttons, snips of fabric, and such.  And when I am doing a project that requires bits I turn to this jar.

This also makes a great last minute gift (or even a “not-so-last-minute”) when combined with some handmade coupons for a kiss, a hug, 10 minutes of quiet time, clean room, trying a new vegetable, etc.   If you are at a lost on how to get started there are some very good sites out there that will show you how.  Find one on eHow;  “How to Make a Printable Coupon Kids Can Give”And find some great suggestion on what to put on your cards on Kids Love To Know “How to Your Own Coupons Your Parents”.

MATERIALS:

  • Construction or scrapbook Paper
  • Blank note cards (optional)
  • Large envelopes (optional)
  • Stamps (optional)
  • Punches
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers, gel pen, metallic sharpies, crayons
  • Other Materials: yarn, gift wrap ribbon, rick-rack, sequins, mini pom-poms, “paper” stickers, rhinestones

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut or help your child to cut a piece of construction paper in half then fold it to make a card. The cards can be any size but I found a note card size worked best for me.  If making gift cards to attach to presents cut the paper into fourths then fold.
  2. Provide the paper materials to your child.  Help them to make punch outs if needed. 
  3. Save the reverse punches (the “hole” left behind in the paper).  These make some really cute cards.  For example; Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).  Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).  Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.
  4. Let your kids decorate the outside of the cards the punches and embellishments.  I have posted photos of some sample cards I made.  Coordinate the cards with the wrapping paper if the card is to be placed on a gift.
  5. Help your kids write a personal message on the inside of the card and then let them sign it.  If you are using a dark color of paper give them a metallic sliver Sharpie or gel marker to do this.  Another option is to cut pieces of light colored construction paper slightly smaller than the card and glue it on the insides of the cards.  Either write on it before your child glues it or allow the glue to dry before writing the message.
  6. Finish the card off perfectly with a stamp or sticker won the back.  Or simply write something like “Buggal Cards” or “Made especially for you by Buggal”.
  7. Wrap the card with gift wrap and then delver it in person or put it in an envelope and mail to the recipient.
  8. Don’t forget to take photos for your scrapbook!

  Thanks so much for taking a look.  I’d LOVE to hear from you!

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To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off. Glue to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete "snowy" look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.Holly Card:  Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern.  Then glue a piece of yarn to the page.  Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch).  The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete “snowy” look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.
Holly Card: Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern. Then glue a piece of yarn to the page. Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch). The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Flower Card:  Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems.  I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper.  Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center.  Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.Present Card:  Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag.  Write a message on the tag and you're done!.

Flower Card: Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems. I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper. Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center. Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.
Present Card: Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag. Write a message on the tag and you’re done!.

Gingerbread Cameo:  Glue a strip of ribbon to the card.  I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose.  Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card.  Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.Snowman Card:  I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them.  Draw on the features and arms with markers.

Gingerbread Cameo: Glue a strip of ribbon to the card. I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose. Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card. Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.
Snowman Card: I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them. Draw on the features and arms with markers.

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Seed Packet Ornament


Seed Packet Ornament

I found these cute seed packets on clearance for TEN CENTS at the local dollar store and just could not resist them! I really did not have an idea in mind but after a little thinking I came up with a way to use them on my seasonal garland.

Of course this would be just as easy to make the ornament with a spring or summer theme.   So save those empty seed packets from the trash and up-cycle them to a new life on your seasonal wreath or tree.

Materials Needed

  • Seed Packets
  • Buttons
  • Raffia
  • Cardstock

Also Needed

  • Cosmos Flower Punch
  • Pinking Shears
  • Glue
  • Glue Dots
  • Hole Punch

Instructions

  1. Empty the seeds from the packet.  I am saving mine to be planted per the package direction.
  2. Glue the seed packet to a piece of cardstock and allow to dry.
  3. Cut around the packet leaving a 1/4th to 1/2 th inch border.
  4. Punch two holes in the top of the seed packet and attach a raffia hanger.
  5. Punch two cosmos flowers from contrasting cardstock.
  6. Glue the two punches together and attach a button to the center with a Glue Dot.  Bend the petals of the upper punch up around the button.
  7. Attach the flower to the seed packet.

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