Scrapbooking Sunday: A Punch Art Bunny For Spring!

Happy Easter to you!  I hope you have a wonderful day full of fun and happy moments.

For my blog post today, I wanted to share a scrapbook page I created to hold some of our Easter moments this year (I knew what color outfits the kids would be wearing so I could pick the right colors – hee hee; but I don’t have the pictures printed yet).

If you saw my stamping basics video earlier this week, you saw that I used the Button Buddies stamp set to demonstrate the difference paper can have on your image.  Well, what you didn’t see is that I did that about 4 different times because I was trying to figure out how to get my video camera to point to the right place and work for my demonstration – or making sure it was on… that was frustrating when I did the full video only to realize I had pushed the record button off instead of on when I started!

Anyway, I had some extra flowers and an idea, so I created this:


The very first thing I knew I wanted to do was create this row of flowers.  I punched them out with my scallop circle punch and went about laying them down.  I alternated having one flower glued straight down to my paper and the next flower popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  And while this stamp set is made to work perfectly with a designer button in the center of the flower, I decided I wanted to do something a little more subtle and so I used Crystal Effects to add some shine and pop to my flowers.


And then there is the bunny…. I LOVE making this punch art bunny.  I’ve made one in the past but for this page I knew I wanted a smaller version and so I had to start from scratch.  So, I looked at my punches and started experimenting… but isn’t he cute?


I’ll admit I got the button tail idea from a few demos online (I saw it first from Pam Steckman on facebook) though their bunnies were much bigger.  Anyway, if you want to create this little bunny, I thought I’d show you how I put it together.  It is the Heart to Heart punch for the ears and feet, the 1” circle punch for the body, and the 3/4” circle punch for the head.  I sponged all the pieces with Blushing Bride ink just to give them a subtle definition from each other.

As it turns out, seeing the bunny shape from my example to show you how I made the bunny looks like another cute way to create a punch art bunny.  So, hopefully this gives you a couple new ideas to play with on your projects!


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Sponged Easter Egg Card Recipe:

Stamps: Button Buddies
Ink: Blushing Bride Classic, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Certainly Celery CS, Melon Mambo textured CS, Whisper White CS, Nursery Nest designer paper, Pear Pizzazz CS
Accessories: Twitterpated buttons, glue dots, Pear Pizzazz 1/2” stitched poly ribbon, 1 3/8” square punch, Heart to Heart punch, 1” circle punch, 3/4” circle punch


Love You Much Valentine

I’m so excited to be doing a Valentine’s themed workshop next week and so I’ve been busy getting the cards designed and ready to go.  I knew when we started talking Valentine’s Day, that I wanted to use this stamp set, Love You Much.  So, this is one of the first cards I created for the event.

Because there is one stamp that stamps the three different hearts at the same time and the Heart to Heart punch will punch all three out at the same time, this card can come together pretty quickly.

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I stamped the Love You Much image in Cherry Cobbler and then went over the stem in Old Olive using a marker and then filled in the word Love with Pink Pirouette.  To add a little extra fun texture, I also cut an extra piece of Pink Pirouette CS and ran it through the BigShot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  Then I just glued it straight onto the card base.  Kind of fun, no?

I hope folks at the workshop have a lot of fun with this card. Smile  If you are in the Bay Area and would like to make this card yourself, I’d love to show you and your friends during your own free workshop!  Email me a to save your date.

Love You Much Valentine Recipe:
Love You Much
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink pad, Whisper White Craft Ink pad, Pink Pirouette marker, Old Olive marker, Cherry Cobbler marker
Paper:  Pink Pirouette CS, Cherry Cobbler, CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, BigShot, Heart to Heart punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks Joy Fold Card

Tonight was another fun technique night with my meetup group and we spent the night creating three different “fancy fold” cards.  Specifically, we made a Joy Fold card, a Gate Fold card, and an Easel card.  Here is the first card we created –

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This is a Joy Fold card.   That means, instead of the typical folded in half card, you use two pieces of card stock to create your fold.  Here is what it looks like when open:

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This is actually a very easy card to create.  Here are the dimensions to create this card yourself:

  1. Cut your base cardstock (in my card it is Poppy Parade) 4 1/4” x 8 1/2”.  Score at 5 1/2”.
  2. Cut one piece of DSP at 4” x 5 1/4” (the Greenhouse Gala blue flower paper above)
  3. Cut a second piece of DSP at 4” x 2 3/4” (the Greenhouse Gala green flower paper above)
  4. Cut your inner cardstock piece at 3” x 8” (I used Daffodil Delight).  Score at 4”.
  5. Adhere your DSP, then position the base cardstock piece in the center of your large DSP.
  6. Decorate your inner cardstock as you wish.  We stamped the ala carte So Many Thanks stamp on a piece of Whisper White paper and then sponged the edge with Daffodil Delight.
  7. Use a punched or cut element to hold down the corner of your inner cardstock on the outside flap.  I used dimensionals on the heart from the Heart to Heart punch out to make a pocket for the corner of the cardstock to fit into.

These are fun cards to create and gives you a chance to be creative as you play with color combinations of cardstock and different designer paper patterns.  What are your favorite combinations?

Getting back into the stamping groove

I am again on another (and last for awhile) trip, this time up to visit my parents.  My mom had an event last night and so I came up to help her get ready and be there for the event.   I have to tell you about a cool thing she did with one of the Stampin’ around wheels last night.

At her event, she had two long rectangular folding put together with a paper table cloth covering both of them.  Then, she took my snowflake wheel and, starting at one end of the tables, walked to the other end rolling a wavy pattern of snowflakes down the entire length of the tables.  It was fast and very cute, and I wouldn’t have thought about using the wheel to decorate a long banner or tablecloth!  So, just another way of using your scrapping tools.

So, now that event is done, I’m spending the week playing with some of my new stamp sets and agonizing over which inventory blowout items and retired accessories I need to get before they are gone. 🙂 Of course, I’ll be posting my samples here on my blog, so check them out and let me know what you think of the new products coming out.  In the meantime, I’ll also be keeping the retired accessory list up-to-date each day in the original post here.  Items are already starting to sell out so don’t wait to long to pick up your favorites!

So, on to my sample for today.  I decided to use another couple stamps from the Love You Much stamp set, and then had to use some of my Ridinghood Red/Very Vanilla striped grosgrain ribbon.  I just love this ribbon and hope it makes it into the new catalog!  The sentiment is from the retiring Warm Words stamp set.