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Handmade 4th of July Greeting Cards


Handmade 4th of July Greeting Cards

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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!

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Mini Sunglasses Punch Art


 

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 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?

 

MATERIALS

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

DIRECTIONS

  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.

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THANKS SO MUCH FOR TAKING A LOOK!

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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

Punch Art Beach Ball


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Punch Art Beach Ball

This brightly colored beach ball punch art can be used on a great summer vacation scrapbook page or a birthday card for a summer birthday!!!

Materials

  • 4 colors of brightly colored cardstock
  • Heart punch (1.5 to 2 inches)
  • Circle punches (0.25, 1, and 2 inches)
  • Adhesive

Photo Tutorial

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.

Materials:

  • 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.

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

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Flag Card


Flag Card

One of our church members recently made some flag cards for our kid’s group to complete for our mission focus for July – – – Pray 4 R Troops.  Her cards were all nicely cut with a Cricut machine BUT as I don’t have one and I can’t cut a straight line mine are a little less polished.

The children each wrote a special message and the pre-school children drew pictures.

We plan to send the cards along with Goodwill Boxes to a group of local soldiers that will be leaving for Afghanistan soon.   This gives us a little time to collect our goodies to send and for the boxes to arrive shortly after they do.  We plan on sending items the troops may have a hard time getting overseas.

Materials:

  • Flag Paper
  • Blue Cardstock
  • Red Cardstock
  • White “USA” Cardstock Letters
  • Mini Brads
  • Jingle Bells
  • Red, White & Blue Baker’s Twine
  • White Star & Heart Button
  • White or Parchment Cardstock

Also Needed

  • Silver Metallic Permanent Pen
  • Glue Stick
  • Adhesive Foam Squares

Mini Tutorial

  1. Tear a sheet of blue cardstock in half.  Tear around the edges so that it will fit on a 5×7 card or half sheet of cardstock.
  2. Tear the flag paper to fit in the blue cardstock.
  3. Tear a 2”x2” square of blue cardstock.  Dab on “stars” with the silver metallic marker.
  4. Punch holes with a pinpoint hole-punch in each corner of the blue square.
  5. Lay the blue square in the left top corner of the flag paper and then punch holes in the flag paper to line up with the other holes.  I had to mark the lower right with a pin and then punched a hole with a pen.
  6. Repeat with the blue cardstock.
  7. Join everything with mini brads.
  8. I added a red cardstock heart outline (punch a heart shape and then tear around it) to the bottom left of the flag paper with a mini brads stuck through a small heart button.
  9. Glue the flag paper down to the blue cardstock.
  10. Then glue everything to the front of the card.
  11. Tear a piece of red cardstock copying the shape on the card.  Measure to make sure the cardstock letters fit the piece and glue the letters down.
  12. Wrap the Baker’s Twine around the red cardstock piece and tie off leaving about 2” ends.
  13. Select a small star button that will not obscure the twine.  Thread the ends through the star button and double knot in the middle.  Tie small jingle bells on the ends.
  14. Use foam squares to secure the red cardstock to the front of the card so it is a little elevated.

 

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. Really, please do – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Fourth of July Garland


Fourth of July Garland

Start off by going on a gathering mission through your Christmas and craft supplies looking for anything red, white & blue that can be used to make patriotic ornaments.

Don’t limit yourself to just stars and stripes – – – lots of things can be used to make Red, White, & Blue ornaments!!!

I purchased some red, silver, and blue round ball ornaments on clearance after Christmas just to use for my Patriotic Garland!

These were uber-easy to make following a few simple instructions and photo as guides.

Materials:

  • Torn Fabric Strips
  • Rick-Rack
  • Buttons (Star, Round, Etc.)
  • Christmas Ornaments (Balls, Stars, Etc.)
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Mini Wood Spools
  • Rhinestones (Star, Round, Etc.)
  • Jingle Bells
  • Small US Flags

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Paint (Glitter & Plain)
  • Ornament Hangers
  • Embroidery Thread

Mini Tutorials

Mini Patriotic Spool Ornaments: Simply wrap empty wooden spools with torn fabric strips or ribbon and secure with glue.  Add rick-rack trim.  Wrap embroidery thread several times around the spool and tie off or secure with glue.  Glue buttons as accents.  Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

Mini Button Flag Ball Ornament:  Arrange four rows of mini red, white and blue buttons in the shape of a flag.  Adhere to a ball ornament with white tacky glue. Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

Star Button & Rhinestone Ball Ornament:  Glue star buttons to a ball Christmas ornaments and then embellish the ornament further with rhinestones and tiny buttons. Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

Red, White & Blue Star Ornaments:  Paint the front of star ornaments with white paint and allow drying time.  Paint over the white paint with white glitter paint and allow drying time.  Add red and blue paint accents and allow drying time.   Glue buttons in the center or the stars.  Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

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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

Fourth of July Cookie Cutter Ornament Recycled From a Broken Cookie Cutter


Fourth of July Cookie Cutter Ornament Recycled From a Broken Cookie Cutter

I started with a broken cutter that I was reluctant to just couldn’t make myself throw away (“Do you hear my momma whispering in my ear too?”).  So it sat on my craft desk since Valentine’s Day until I was working on my Patriotic Garland (coming to you in a blog near you soon!) and ding, ding, ding it occurred to me I could make it into a cute ornament for my garland.

What I really like about this craft is that simply by changing the fabric, the trim, and the shape of the cutter you can easily customize this to any holiday or use it “as is” for a “Country Denim Christmas”.   And of course you don’t have to use a “don’t throw it out” cutter, you could use an unbroken one.

 

Materials

  • Red, White & Blue Torn Fabric Strips
  • Red, White & Blue Rick-Rack
  • Star or Heart Cookie Cutter

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric 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. Really, please do – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

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