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Friday, April 23, 2010

Sweat Peas with the Butterfly Punch!

My mother found this great blog and passed it on to me. There is a great picture tutorial for how to make these adorable little flowers using the Butterfly punch, the 5 petal punch and the 2 step bird punch on there! I love them and they are so easy to do!

CLICK HERE to get the directions!

For the rest of my card I used the All Holidays stamp set for the sentiment with the small oval punch and Bellas border roller for the edge.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

String Art Yellow Rose

When I was a little kid I hammered nails into a wooden board and made string art on it. I had of course totally forgotten about this technique until I saw THIS SITE and THIS SITE. Then I just had to try it on a card!
To make this card I used the Extra Large Fancy Flower punch, the Curly Label Punch and the Photo Corners Punch. I used the Bellas Border roller for the edges and so saffron paper to make the rose and then sponged it with More Mustard.

Here is how to do this technique:
I first cut a 3 3/4" square in So saffron. I cut the inside out, a 2 7/8" square hole. Then I used the Matt pack guide and hole piercing tool and made the holes.

I used thick sewing thread and a needle. I tied a knot in one end and threaded in from the back. Start one hole over from the corner and go across to the next side and go in that first hole. Now your thread is in back, go one hole down and come back up to the front. Now go across and back down the second hole on the other side like shown. Keep doing this until you have the entire corner completed.

The first picture is a view of the back halfway done and on the right is the finished side.

Do the same thing for the next three sides. I put sticky strip on the back of this and put it down on the front of a card with a 3" square hole in the center.

For the black corners, I used the large corner from the photo corners punch. I used removable tape and stuck this to printer paper. I inserted it into the curly label punch like shown and punched out to make the decorative edge. This just makes it easier to hold.

For the rose (I used so saffron on my card but obviously this one is red) you want to punch 4 extra large fancy flowers and cut them like shown. The last one can be cut so you have one two petal and one three petal piece. You want to sponge the edges with ink before you start.

Curl the edges of all the petals of the flowers. The first one is on the left. The next one with the slit you are going to put glue on and fold over to match up the end petals so you have a slight cone and four petals like shown. Curl the edges. Do the same to the rest of the pieces.

For the last two petal piece, you are going to add some glue and fold it over just about in half and curl the petals.

For the three smallest flower pieces, I cut off the pointy ends so I could glue them together better. Then I put my finger in the middle and smashed down the ends like shown on the right.

To assemble them just put Tombow glue in the center and add one petal after another going from largest to smallest. I glued the rose in the hole in the cetner of the card so its really on the inside of the card.

Hope you could follow! This is sort of a mini tutorial.

Tea for Mom

I thought this would be the cutest Mother's Day card for a mother or grandmother that likes tea! The teapot, cups and shelf are all made using punches and using the Tulipe die with the Big Shot.

Here is how I did it!

I used the 1 3/4" circle punch for the main part of the teapot and cut a slice off of the top and bottom.

For the lid and the base I used the wide oval punch. Then I scored a line across that fit right on top of the piece I cut off of the circle.


The handle and pour spout are from the Tulipe die like shown.



The cups are using the 3/4" circle punch cut just over halfway for the main cup and then slice off the discarded piece for the bottom.

The handle is the center oval from the Tulipe die with the hole punched with the small hole on the crop-o-dile and cut across with scissors. I used a black marker to draw the lines.

I used the retired Frames with a Flourish stamp set for the images on the teapot and cups but there are many similar stamps in the current catalog. The shelf is a strip of black paper with the pieces from the Tulipe die holding it up.
I went over it quick so I hope you can follow along if you want to!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Thank You to YOU!

I just wanted to write a message to all of you who have emailed me or left such nice comments about my projects. I wanted to let you know that I read every one and really appreciate them. It makes my day to know that you are enjoying the projects that I have so much fun making and hearing from you what you are doing with them. I get a lot of emails each day and I wish I could respond to all of them. Unfortunately I would never leave my computer chair if I tried so I just wanted you guys to know that I really do read every one and love hearing from you. If you have written me and I have not responded back it is just because of the lack of hours in a day and not that I didn't read your email. I do truly care about what you are saying and I know your life is busy and you took a moment out to write to me.

THANK YOU to all of you wonderful people out there that take the time to write me and say such nice things!

Picnic Basket with Bologna Sandwich Card

This is my new Picnic Basket box with Bologna Sandwich card! Now that the weather is getting nice my kids and I have been picnicking and it inspired me to make this project!
This great box is perfect to give a present in for any occasion! The box is approximately 4" x 6" x 3" tall so you can fit quite a bit inside it. The box is also great for little kids to play pretend with and go on a picnic! Both sides of the box top open and the sandwich card is about 5 1/2" square and opens by lifting the top piece of bread. Your message gets written right on the cheese!

To see more details for this project or to purchase the tutorial CLICK HERE!

Bridal Shower Card

I made this card for my girlfriends Bridal Shower that I went to this weekend. This is the same friend that I made the invitations for. You can CLICK HERE to see the wedding invites!
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