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Button Snowflake

Popsicle SnowflakeButton Snowflake

This snowflake used either as an ornament or a tree topper is a great way to display all those white and translucent white buttons your mother or grandmother left you in their button jar.   With these special buttons the snowflakes would be a great way to share a treasured memory with your close relatives.   

This would also be a great inexpensive “bulk craft” for a church children’s group or a school classroom art projects.  To keep the project to one session, pre-glue and paint the snowflake. Then allow the kids to decorate their snowflakes with buttons, trim and markers.


  • Popsicle sticks (4 per snowflake)
  • White & translucent white buttons (assorted sizes)
  • Large decorative white buttons (for the center)
  • Lace & trims
  • DecoArt Snowflake White acrylic paint
  • White Glamour Dust Ultra-Fine Glitter paint (optional)
  • Green chenille stems
  • Clothespins (optional)
  • Clear fishing line (optional)

Also Needed

  • Craft glue
  • Glue gun
  • Wire cutters


  1. Glue four Popsicle sticks together in a “snowflake” pattern then allow the glue to dry.
  2. Give the snowflake two coats of white paint and allow the paint to dry between coats.
    1. Spray paint the sticks white before gluing them together if you are mass producing the snowflakes.
  3. Flip and repeat.
  4. For a nice shimmery finish on the snowflakes apply one or two coats of white ultra-fine glitter paint to the front of the snowflake.  Allow paint to dry.
  5. Glue lace to the snowflake for a more Victorian effect.
  6. If needed cut the shanks off buttons with wire cutters.
  7. Lay out your buttons on the snowflake.  Graduate the sizes of the buttons starting with the larger ones in the center.  Use the smallest buttons on the ends of the snowflake.  Choose a large decorative button for the center.
  8. Glue the buttons down and allow the glue to dry.
  9. Attach a hanger to the snowflake.
    1. Glue a green chenille stem to the back of the snowflake (center).  If your tree is not green use a stem of a matching color.
    2. Mount your snowflakes on clothespins so they will clip to the branches.  Paint the clothespins green first so they will blend into the tree.
    3. To hang your snowflakes suspended in a window tie a long strand of clear fishing line to the top of the snowflake.
  10. You are then ready to display your snowflake.

Duckie Punch Art

Duckie Punch Art

Continuing with my new fav craft, punch art, I will be posting some of my spring punch art.  I can’t say this duck is an original idea, in fact I looked extensively on-line before I started my project, but it combines the best of all of the great ideas I found and added a few unique touches of my own!

I like this craft because it gives you so much more range of die cuts than simply using your punches alone.

My ducky used a lot of different punches so you probably won’t have all of them – the challenge with punch art is to make the project with the punches you have on-hand.  So let me know what you used to create your masterpiece!

Punches Used

  • 2 inch circle punch (body)
  • 1 inch oval punch (remove piece from body)
  • 1.5 inch circle punch (head)
  • 1 inch daisy punch (feathers)
  • 1 inch folk heart punch (beak & feet)
  • 1 inch cloud punch (wing)
  • Regular circle punch (eye)
  • Zig-zag chain punch (water)
  • Small circle punches:  ½, 1, 1.5 & 1¾ inch (bubbles)

Paper Used

  • Yellow cardstock
  • Orange cardstock
  • Light blue cardstock
  • Black cardstock

Also Needed

  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • White paint
  • Small piece of natural sponge


To start off with you will need two graduated circle punches.  As long as you have a “large” circle punch and another that is about one half an inch smaller you can make a ducky “easy-peasy”.  Lots of punches other than the cloud can be used to make the wing; a small heart leaps to mind.  A tiny heart can also be used to make the beak and feet.  Cute duck feet can also be made from a small flower punch.

  1. Sponge paint the blue cardstock with the white paint and sponge to create a lacey effect for the bubbles.
  2. Punch all shapes needed.  You will also need one additional punch of each shape punched from black to create a 3D effect.
  3. Glue black punches on each colored shape.
  4. Remove unneeded portions of the punches.  Use a small oval punch to remove a piece of the duck’s back.  I don’t have one the size I needed so I grabbed my Stampin Up bird punch and used the wing to make the “divot”.
  5. Glue punches together.
  6. Layout your scrapbook page or homemade card and enjoy!

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Punch Art Leprechaun: Updated

Punch Art Leprechaun

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I really love all the punch art I have ogled lately on the web.  And what I really like about punch art is that if you don’t have the punches the on-line project uses you can always come up with your own spin!  A little re-cutting of the punches and the projects fall easily into place.

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Punches & Materials

  • 2 inch Paper      Studios circle punch – 1 peach for face.
  • 1 ½ inch Recollections      heart punch – 1 peach, cut in half for ears.
  • 1/2  inch EK      Success square punch – 1 silver reverse punch for inside of hat buckle.
  • 3/4  inch Stampin Up Itty Bitty Banner punch –       punch around square to finish the      hat buckle.  Glue the buckle on with      the pointed ends down to hide them under the brim.
  • 1/4 inch Recollections      circle punch – 2 dark green eyes, add a dab of paint or mini paper circles      for highlights in the eyes.
  • 3/4 inch Recollections      circle punch – 1 pink for the mouth.
  • 1 1/2 inch Recollections      square punch – 1 green for the hat.       Trim the corners of the top of the hat with the corner rounder.
  • 1 1/2 inch Recollections square punch – 1 black 1/2 inch with “rectangle” for the hat band.
  • 2 1/2 inch Recollections      square punch – 1 green “rectangle  ½ inch wide to serve as the hat brim.       Round the corners.
  • 1/4 inch Recollections      circle – 1 peach circle, attach with a foam adhesive circle to make the      nose stand out.
  • 3 inch scalloped      oval – 1 ginger, trim a cut-out with 2 inch circle punch so the “beard”      hugs the face.
  • 2 inch Paper      Studios mustache – 1 ginger and one black mustache.  Glue the black mustache to the back of      the ginger one to create a slight 3D effect.
  • 1 inch Stampin      Up bird punch wing – 2 ginger, glue to forehead to peek out of the hat      brim.

Also Needed

  • White paint pen      or white paint (apply with a toothpick) or mini white circles
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Corner rounder

Thanks for taking a peek. I hope you enjoy this tutorial.   I would LOVE to hear from you! . . . . . . . buggalcrafts

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Photo Tutorial

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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!


  • 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!

King Cakes…A Vibrant Part of Louisiana Mardi Gras

King Cakes…A Vibrant Part of Louisiana Mardi Gras.

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!


  • 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

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