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Mini Sunglasses Punch Art


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Chillin’ At The Beach

 Mini Sunglasses Punch Art

Here are the really cute mini sunglasses punch art I designed for my Stampin’ Up Owl Builder Punches that I decked out for the beach because what self-respecting owl would be seen dead at the beach NOT wearing some shades?



  • 4 “D” block letter punches (1/2″)
  • 2 circle punches (1/4″)
  • 1 rectangle punch (1/2″)
  • Adhesive


  1. Assemble punch outs needed.
  2. Glue two “D”s together so that there is no gap.  I used two different colors for emphasis.  Of course if your letter punches are solid you don’t need to do this.
  3. Glue the circle punches to the backs of the sunglasses.
  4. Glue the rectangle punch to the back of the sunglasses.
  5. After they dry your sunglasses are ready for use.





My Stampin’ Up Owl Builder Punches All Decked Out For Summer!

My Stampin’ Up Owl Builder Punches All Decked Out For Summer!

summer 1I admit to being a little obsessive about punching out cute little owls with my Stampin’ Up Owl Builder punch.  They’ve all come out cute but I just HAD to share my little owls in their summer garb. 

I promise to share how I made their sunglasses (from 4 letter “D” punch outs) soon and I’ve already shared the beach ball punch art.  This one is made in the same way – only the heart and the circle punches I used were smaller.


Thanks for taking a look – let me know what you think.  And why not share your summer clad owls with me.


buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Fourth of July Paper & Foam Garland

4th of July Paper & Foam Garland

This garland designed for the kiddies to complete came about this past Sunday when I was drafted volunteered to help out during the Extended Care Session for preschoolers (a.k.a. Children’s Church) and had to come up with an emergency patriotic craft project for the Fourth of July.  I quickly came up with a project using items from our craft closet that takes about 20 minutes to complete.

The lesson to go along with this craft focused on the yellow ribbon symbolizing remembering our soldiers, the flag symbolizing our freedom, and the “God Bless America” & other religious “die cuts” our freedom of religion.  We talked about children in other countries who could not attend church at all or those who did so with the possibility of being arrested.

This would be a great kid’s rainy day craft project for any patriotic holiday or an easy patriotic holiday decoration by varying the paper and foam die cuts used (i.e.; George Washington or Abraham Lincoln silhouette, stars, etc.).

You can also make this as long as you want.  I choose to keep it short due to time constraints and to prevent tangling as the children carried it home.


  • Paper Us Flags
  • Foam Yellow Ribbon
  • Red, White & Blue Ribbon
  • Red, White & Blue Pony Beads
  • Cord, Yarn or Other Stringing Material
  • Cross & Other Religious Stickers

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

Photo Tutorial

When you string the paper and foam items make sure the loops are in the front. To secure the paper or foam items in place tie a ribbon through the loop.


Thread the beads on the twine and secure them in place with a short piece of ribbon.

Glue a cross and a fish on the flags if desired.

The garland displayed on the wall.

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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Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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