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Mason Jar Shape Puncher: Snow Globe Punch Art

Mason Jar Shape Puncher: Snow Globe Punch Art

gift tag, package decoration, paper tree ornament, string together to make paper garland for tree or mantle/etc., greeting card, kid’s craft, scrapbook, & more…..

I love punch art and snow globes so why not compare the two?  This is a super easy project to do – the hardest part is to glue down the snow flurries without getting glue “all over” the place!

If u have any questions please let me know.  Hope u enjoy the project!!!


Punch mason jar shapes in shades of blue. I like to crimp the neck of the jar to give it a more realistic appearance. Next cut strips of paper about 2" wide and punch the "snow drifts". I like to vary the depth of the snow. Use a wave punch to give the snow a wind scalloped appearance. I also punch some for the jar to lie on it's side.

1. Punch mason jar shapes in shades of blue. I like to crimp the neck of the jar to give it a more realistic appearance.                                                  2. Next cut strips of paper about 2″ wide and punch the “snow drifts”.  I like to vary the depth of the snow. Use a wave punch to give the snow a wind scalloped appearance. I also punched some for the jar to lie on it’s side.

Some examples of "snow globes" u can make!

4.  Here are some examples of “snow globes” u can make!  I like to spread the scene out over 3 snow globes and use the set on the front of cards or as gift tags.


Thanks so much for seeing “What I’m Up To!!!!”


Jack O’ Lantern Punch Art

Jack O’ Lantern Punch Art

Super cute – super easy punch art project for Halloween!!!!  Use as a holiday decoration or on a gift tag.  Also very cute for a Halloween greeting card!!!  Eliminate the jack o’ lantern face and make a cute pumpkin for fall!


Another Handmade Beach Themed Greeting Card

Another Handmade Beach Themed Greeting Card

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I updated my palm tree look by using the stem from a Marvy Luchida Large Flower Pot Craft Punchas the tree trunk.

I used the flower pot part of the punch to make the sand pail. Make a “doughnut” with graduated circle punches to make the handle. I used a EK Success Egg Punch (1/2”) and the handle from a Punch Bunch Basket Punch to make the shovel.

For the sand castle I again used the egg punch to make the doorway and windows. To make the towers I used a small tag punch, trimming the top of the tag and then using the egg punch to make the arrow slots. For the flag I cut down a Stampin’ Up Bitty Banner Punch out down.

 Thanks for taking a look!


Layered Snow Capped Tree Die Cut From Punch Outs


Layered Snow Capped Tree Die Cut

From Punch Outs

I have really gotten into punching this past year.  I now have TONS of punches and am always looking for new ways to use them…. so I present to you my layered snowy trees!

This tree is made with an EK Success fir tree punch and a Fiskars’ cloud punch (I don’t know the size but the punch out measures a little under 1″).



Rosebud From Stampin’ Up Two Step Bird Punch

007 aRosebud From Stampin’ Up Two Step Bird Punch

I am really loving this Stampin’ Up punch.  There are tons of things you can make with it – take a look at my Pinterest board Punch Art: Stampin Up Bird Punch.

One thing you will find on that board is a rosebud using the wings and branch of the bird punch.

I love this as it’s great for scrapbooking and cards for so many different occasions  – Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Get Well, Thinking of You, and many more!

Here’s mine, but check out the one’s on Pinterest  because basically these women (?) are complete and total artists and achieve some totally awesome projects way beyond the level I am at now.

Thanks for taking a look!

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Duck, Duck, Duck, Goose: Ducky Handmade Greeting Card

010I’ve revamped my duckie punch art and made a really cute card.

So Berry Sweet: Handmade Strawberry Greeting Card

strawberrySo Berry Sweet:  Handmade Strawberry Greeting Card

This card is so berry sweet and so berry simple to make for a super summer birthday card or just to drop a little note.


Punch art starts with simply breaking down the individual component parts a design and then selecting the paper punchers you already have on-hand to create that design. 

As each piece is punched and assembled by hand these will not be the perfectly polished pieces you purchase ready made at a craft store.  Expect some charming (in my humble opinion) defects that make each piece totally unique.


  • Recollections 2 Inch Heart Punch
  • Recollections 1 Inch Daisy Punch
  • Recollections 1 Inch Square Punch
  • Martha Stewart 1 inch Heart Punch
  • Martha Stewart Rose Leaf Punch
  • Martha Stewart Bow Punch
  • Cassette Alphabet Punch Set
  • Stampin’ Up Build-a-Bird Punch
  • Punch Bunch Small Cherry Blossom Punch
  • Single Hole Punch



  1. Start off by punching hearts from red cardstock.  I used two sizes of hearts as strawberries are all unique.
  2. Then round the point slightly either with a corner rounder or just with scissors.
  3. Next use a white paint pen or a toothpick dipped in white paint to add some seeds to the berries.
  4. I used the daisy punch cut to fit for the cap of the strawberries.  I punched stems for the berries and vines with the Stampin’ Up Bird Punch.
  5. The cherry blossom punch makes the perfect berry blossoms.  To add a little definition to project I glued two punches together for the blossoms and for the centers.
  6. The alphabet set I have punches letters that are just too small for my tastes so I punch the reverse punch out with a small square punch.   Then so the letters “pop” I glue a contrasting square behind the letter reverse punch.  On this card I attached the back piece in a skewed manner.
  7. Lastly I added a white bow because I think that the white helps bring out the red and green.


Good luck with your card and if you make one of your own come back by and leave me a link to it.  I’d love to see your own personal creation!

Punch Art Sheep Card

Glue your Punch Art Sheep Medallion to your card and it’s ready to mail to brighten someone’s spring day!

Punch Art Sheep Card

I LOVE sheep and have found LOTS of versions of a Punch Art Sheep Card on-line!  SO I am presenting to you my version of the Punch Art Sheep Card.


Materials Needed

  • Punch Art Sheep
  • Wescott 1/16th Inch Circle Punch
  • Paper Studios 1’ Circle Punch
  • Recollections 3” Scalloped Circle Punch
  • Light Blue, Medium Blue & Olive Green Cardstock
  • Pink & Yellow Cardstock Scraps

Also Needed

  • Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Ruler

Photo Tutorial

Thanks for taking a look.  I’d really, really like to hear from you.  Please drop me a comments. buggalcrafts

Recycled Triangle Beads: Wooden Candy Corn Pins

Recycled Triangle Beads:  Wooden Candy Corn Pins

Last summer I found these really dated wooden bead belts at a local craft/home decor store for a grand total of twenty five cents each so even though I’d never dream of wearing one (and I am NO fashionista!) I bought several just for the beads.

The round spacer beads I had an instant use for but I held on to the triangular ones for a while because the holes just don’t run the right way to use them as beads.

I really wanted some candy corn look-a-likes for a fall craft idea (more on this later) and after many attempts using paper, foam and felt that just weren’t what I wanted I thought of using the triangular beads from the belts. Even though I eventually decided NOT to use them on my fall door hanging I did use them as Trinity Candy Corn Pins.

I teach the children at the church I attend on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings so I have plenty of crafting opportunities and I really like to do crafts that will be kept and used.  Even though I do a lot of “paper and glue” type crafts I am always on the lookout EVERYWHERE I go and with everything I use for FREE AND CHEAP CRAFTING MATERIAL.  And this was just a perfect project for the kids – cheap, quick & easy and hopefully one that will be worn for years!

We put these on a card with a poem to make a great gift (and testimony) for a parent or grandparent.  I am sharing a poem I’ve had practically forever with you.  I have no clue as to the origins of the poem and I have rewritten it several times myself.  If it sounds familiar to anyone I’d love to know the author.  HappyBird’s Crafting Haven also has a slightly different poem (on a really cute bag header), Christian Candy Corn Poem, that is “not copyrighted so others can use and enjoy freely”.

Of course if you have been reading this blog for a while you KNOW I just can’t do a craft without a lesson to go along with it.  Following is the lesson I used to TRY to explain this to for and five year olds.  This is a very simplistic explanation of the Trinity and all the errors are mine, all the things I have right are from God!


  • “Tonight we are going to discuss one last “icon of fall”.  So far this month we have talked about what we can learn from some of the common things we see in the fall like that just like fall leaves we are all FALLEN and fall short of the glory of God,  how scarecrows can remind us we need not be SCARED for He is with us, that some of the FRUITS we should strive to have are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control, and that we need to let our light SHINE OUT for Jesus just like pumpkins made into jack o’ lanterns.”
  • Start off the discussion by asking a question, “What is your favorite trick-or-treat candy?”  Let the kids name a few types of candy and then direct their attention to CANDY CORN.  “So how is the trinity (the three persons of God) like this piece of candy corn?” Direct the children to see that there are THREE different colors in a SINGLE piece of candy.  “Each of the three colors are different but the all make of the piece of candy corn.  Without any of the colors it’s just not candy corn.”
  • “We talked earlier in this lesson series about the three persons of God and tonight we are going to explore it a little more.  Does anybody remember back to March (around St. Patrick’s Day) when we used ice, water and water vapor to help us understand that there is ONE GOD in THREE PERSONS?”
  • Read the poem and the Bible verse and discuss how each of the persons of God is different but how they are all the same.  Explain that the candy is really not exactly like God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – that it is really a very simple object used to try to explain a very complex being and that we can never really fully understand God because we a human and He is divine but that the simple piece of candy (give the kids each a piece) can HELP us to start to understand Him.  Remind them that this is something we will all spend the rest of our lives trying to understand and that we will only understand it completely when we are in the presence of God.


YELLOW is for LIGHT that Jesus is.  We find this in John 9:5, NIV; Jesus said: “‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.'”

ORANGE is for the SON OF GOD that Jesus is.   We find this in Matthew 3:16, 17; “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

WHITE is for HIS WORDS which are so sweet.  We find this in Psalm 119:103; “The sweet taste reminds us of the sweetness of God’s Words!”

Thank you for reading (and I hope enjoying) this 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 or rate this post. I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Thanks again. 

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

BoTTle ChArMs

BoTTle ChArMs

This spring I found some really cute colored bottles with clear plastic daisy “charms”... and I wanted more, more, and even more – – – BUT of my OWN design and my OWN price of course!

So, the “bottle idea” that has slowly been simmering in the back of my head since February (and YES, that IS spring in Louisiana!) has FINALLY spring-ed sprung forth!

After several “comme ci, comme ça” (which is just about the extent on my high school French) attempts at using wire to attach beads or charms to bottles the perfect solution struck me – WINE CHARMS!

AND for further “wowzers”, I actually had some on hand AND I could put my stubby crafty little fingers on them! Well I finished off that package up in one sitting “sew” it was time to start looking for more charm rings and thought maybe, just MAYBE, I could make some of my own?

So, heigh-ho, heigh-ho it’s off to the web I go!  A search turned up several wine charm ring tutorials from wire loop earrings and memory wire and I had the further idea to use chain in place of the ring.

With the addition of a few fresh seasonal flowers wouldn’t these make adorable party decorations – any where from sweetly old-fashinned to casual to sime-formal?  I can see them as individual place setting decorations & take-home-party-favors for a wedding or shower.  Fill the bottles with colored water.  For Thanksgiving or a fall party group an old number of bottles of differing heights in the center of a round table for a greater impact as a centerpiece.  For a rectangular candle place a rattan table runner (or four placemats) down the center of the table.  For a beach wedding or party stagger bottles of differing heights, add water or sand and flowers to the bottles and lay sea shells & starfish, fishnet, etc. among the bottles.  The possibilities are endless!  You can even add paper hearts or other shapes on a bamboo skewer cut to fit the bottles.

B.T.W.: Did you know you can EASILY clean old bottles with SALT WATER? This tip comes courtesy of my friend Maggie. Pour about a half teaspoon of salt in the bottle and fill with warm water. Shake up and then let sit (I waited overnight). Then simple empty the salt water and rinse out with warm water. The air dry and your bottle should sparkle like new! I REALLY like that you do not have to rinse and rinse and rinse some more to get the soap residue out of the bottle.


  • Wine charm rings
  • Wire loop earrings
  • Memory wire
  • Chain
  • Small round beads
  • Seed beads
  • Charms
  • Old or broken jewelry:  beaded or charm bracelets, chains, necklaces and chain bracelets
  • Jump rings

 Also needed 

  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Round tip pliers (optinal)
  • Small bottles & vases

Costs: This is a great rainy day activity and “use-it-up craft” to make something with the odd bottles & vases (new or old) and those odd & end pieces of jewelry, charms and beads you have laying around the house!

Photo Tutorial:

Photo 1: Assemble supplies.


Photo 2: Add beads and a charm to the charm ring or hoop earring . If the ring is not big enough to close around the bottle extend the ring a little with jump rings!

Photo 3: As you can see darker beads show up better on clear bottles. White and translucent light colors will disappear against the clear glass. Use light colored beads on amber or other dark colored bottles.

Photo 4: Another alternative is to use chain. This actually is an old chain bracelet with a charm added.

Photo 5: The back of the bracelet closes with a toggle clasp.

Photo 6: You can even make your own chain by joining split ring jump rings!

Photo 7: I joined the jump ring chain on this bottle with a short piece of torn fabric and then knotted it. The bottle actually has a chip in the lip (say that five times fast!).

Photo 8: Add a key charm and you have the finished product. The fabric “knot” totally hides the chip!

Photo 9: Canalize old bracelets for beads and charms! I got two bottle charms out of one old bracelet I got on sale for $1 years ago. I never wore it and it came in handy for this project. Note that oval or rectangle beads with a horizontal hole can only be strung on flexible wire.

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutorial on decorating your bottle with bottle charms. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and that you have great sucess in decoraing som four your windowsill . If you have any questions or if ANYthing is not clear, please let me know in a comment so that I can improve the tutorial.

I’d love to hear from you so please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post. Really, please do  – – –

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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