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