A Sweet Ice Cream Cone Punch Art Birthday Card

We are about to enter “birthday season” here at my house with the first few starting up at the end of the month and then me and my two kids all have December birthdays… so it is about to get crazy here!  But one thing I always have to have for birthday is cake and ice cream… so what better way to say Happy Birthday than with some adorable ice cream on a card?

So sweet!  And it is really easy to make too!

To make the ice cream cone, you just need a couple of punches and an embossing folder.

  • Make the ice cream scoops by stamping words from Fabulous Phrases and then punching them out with the top of the cupcake builder punch (which is ON SALE this week in the weekly deals!)
  • Add some glitter to the top of your first scoop of ice cream and you have an adorable ice cream cone!

I layered the cone onto a tag made with the Chalk Talk framelits and sponged the edge with Crisp Cantaloupe ink.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used
Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  Basic Grey, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper: Very Vanilla cardstock, Smoky Slate cardstock, 2013-2015 In Colors (Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush)
Accessories:  Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Square Lattice embossing folder, Cupcake punch, Pennant Builder punch, Natural Trim ribbon, Linen Thread, Sponge Daubers


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Cute Card Idea for Using Up Paper Scraps

I don’t know about you but last week was crazy busy for me!  I had 2 classes, a craft fair, Halloween events, and the usual everyday life stuff (if you are curious to see some of what I’ve been working on, I’ve been posting pictures up on my Facebook page here).  It was one of those weeks that by Sunday morning I was trying to figure out what to start catching up on first (let me say that the house did not win the coin toss for what I worked on first Winking smile)

But I finally got lots of photos taken of projects and started editing them and just HAD to share with you one of the cards we made on Friday.  It was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest by Jennifer Rzasa from 2011 and I think it turned out super cute and is the perfect way to use up paper scraps!

And the fun bright colors from the I Am Me designer paper just make me smile when I look at them.

All you have to do to make a card like this is to:

  1. Pick up to 7 patterns from designer paper you like
  2. Punch out 1” squares using the square punch in each design
  3. Cut out 1-1/8” squares from coordinating cardstock
  4. Round two opposite corners on each square using the corner rounder punch
  5. Adhere to your card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals
  6. Stamp a sentiment and you are done!

See, totally easy peasy!  And seriously, how fabulous is that “Smile” sentiment with the camera pattern designer paper? hee hee

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used
Stamps:  Happy Day
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Paper: I Am Me designer paper, Whisper White cardstock, Smoky Slate cardstock
Accessories:  1” Square punch, Corner Rounder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Ok, I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun for you once I get a few more photos edited!  Talk to you then!

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Colorful Flower using the Mosaic Punch & Pressed Clay

imageOk, I’ll admit it.  I wasn’t sold on the Pressed Clay when Stampin’ Up! announced it’s release during the demonstrator preorder in advance of the new Annual Catalog launch.  I kept hearing people get all excited about it but I didn’t order it because I couldn’t see myself actually using it.

Wanna know what just showed up in my recent order? 

Yup, that is right!  The clay!

My mom, Kathy Thisted, ordered the clay and molds during the preorder and so I figured I’d make one or two to samples to show.  But I found once I got started playing it, I had a hard time stopping. ha ha!  Its kind of like being 5 again and playing with play doh.  Once you get started there are endless possibilities of what you can create!

So while I haven’t gotten all my experiments photographed, I had to share with you one cool sample that she shared with me recently.  Check it out:

Its this cool mashup of a bunch of new products in ways I never would have thought to do (isn’t that why sharing is awesome?!)  She took the Mosaic punch to punch out the petals and then stamped each one with the Mosaic Madness stamp set.  Then she dyed some Simply Pressed Clay with Daffodil Delight reinker and pressed it into the flower mold to create the pretty center.  Creative, no?

Card Supplies used:
Stamps – Mosaic Madness, Field Flowers, Sweet Essentials
Ink – Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Baked Brown Sugar, Daffodil Delight reinker
Paper – Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories – Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Clay Molds, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Bone Folder


So if you haven’t tried out the clay yet, you totally should!  Its easier to work with than I expected and has tons of potential.  I’ll try to get photos taken but I’ve seen:

  • Coloring with a marker
  • Multiple color coloring
  • Using the molds
  • Creating an impression with stamps
  • Creating an impression with a decorative brad
  • Turning molded images into brads
  • Creating a shiny accent with Crystal Effects
  • Heat embossing the finished embellishment

And I’m sure there are more ideas I haven’t even seen or come up with yet!

So, leave a comment with your ideas if you have been playing or pick up some clay today and start experimenting!

Adorable Easter Class Projects, Punch Art, & a Blog Hop!

It’s the first Thursday of the month and that means the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop.  I lucked out because this month the theme is Easter/Spring and I just so happen to have my Everything Easter class coming up this weekend on Sunday!

So I thought I would share some of the projects we’ll be doing in the class and give you some inspiration for what you could do for your own Easter baskets!


Not-so-tiny Treat Pouch!

I had been looking at some past projects and saw some old treat pouches that were made with a Big Shot die that retired a few years back.  It reminded me of the fun and easy idea of a no-sided bag that holds a pouch of treats in the middle.  Did that make any sense at all?  I bet not, so here – how about a picture to show you what I mean?


Does that make more sense now?

Ok, so this is really easy to make and you can change it up for any event or holiday.

In this case, I took a 4”x12” piece of Certainly Celery cardstock and scored at 5” and 7”.  Then I used my new Ovals Framelits to cut out a piece of Pool Party core’dinations cardstock to make my top flap!  I then embossed the top flap and sanded down the dots for a subtle, textured effect.

The stamped flowers are from the Madison Avenue stamp set that is only available as a free stamp set with a $50 order.  The flowers are separate from the leaves and it makes for some great stamping options.


  • Use Sticky Strip (red line tape) to attach the scallop oval flap to the back of your pouch.  This helps hold up with multiple openings of the pouch.
  • Use a slim velcro dot to keep your flap closed on the front of your pouch – this allows for easy reuse later.
  • Secure a clear envelope or card sleeve to the front-inside panel of your base cardstock.  (So in my picture, behind where my stamped flowers are).  This helps with the stability of the pouch and keeps the candy from getting away. Smile 

Punch Art Easter Duck / Chick

I’ll admit I don’t have many Easter stamps.  But that is usually ok because there are so many adorable punch art options that are perfect for Easter!

Like take this duck punch art for example …  isn’t he CUTE!

I just love this little guy and knew I had to share him with my friends for the class.  I tried to use as few punches as necessary but ended up with 6 punches used:

  • Ornament Punch
  • 1 3/4” Circle Punch
  • 1 3/4” Scallop Circle Punch
  • 1 1/4” Scallop Circle Punch
  • Large Oval Punch
  • Circle from Itty Bitty Punch Pack

The funny thing about this sample card is that this duck was my “figure it out” version and then I made a “nice sample” version where I sponged the edges of the different body parts, made sure everything was on straight, etc.  But when I was putting together the card, I grabbed a duck….glued…. and then realized I had used my messy version instead of the “nice” one.  Smile  I guess it didn’t turn out too bad, huh?

I have two more projects for the Everything Easter class on Sunday – a card and an awesome punch art bunny treat box!  Sadly, I didn’t get them photographed in time for today, but I’ll try to share them soon.

Until then, if you want more inspiration for your Easter and Spring projects, check out the other talented stampers who are sharing their great ideas on our blog hop!  Click the “Next Blog” image or your favorite link below:

  1. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  7. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  8. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  9. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  10. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin’
  11. Jennifer B of NW Stamper  <—YOU ARE HERE!
  12. Bree of Craft-somnia
  13. Diana E of Stampin’ Fun with Diana

I hope you enjoyed my projects I shared today!

I’d love to hear what you think – please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.


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Wise Men Punch Art Christmas Card

I love Punch Art cards and I’m always amazed at what people come up with when creating punch art…. so I was blown away when I was at convention this last summer and someone had come up with a 3 Wise Men card using punches!  How unique is this?!

card created by Ingrid Rosario

I thought it was so cool how this shows that with just a few switches of punches and paper color you can create unique people shapes.  So here is what you need:

  • 1 1/4” Circle Punch
  • Boho Blossom punch
  • Curly Label punch
  • Scallop Square punch
  • 5 Petal flower punch (retired)

Only a few punches but totally different looking people, huh? Smile  This is also an excellent way to use up your scraps too.

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Snowman Snowglobe Holiday Card

My son keeps telling me that it isn’t wintertime because there is no snow.  Apparently to his 2 – going on 3- year old view of the world:

fall = leaves fall off the trees and winter = snow.

That a pretty close approximation!  Unfortunately we don’t get too much snow up here in Seattle.  So I thought I would make my own “dreaming of snow” card today! Smile

I stamped this cutie of a snowman from the No Peeking stamp set and then decided to punch him out and make him his own snowglobe!  I sponged the edge of the circle with Midnight Muse ink for a subtle edge and then made a base out of the Curly Label punch.  Finally, add some snow by using Dazzling Details glitter glue.


He looks so happy in his little globe, don’t you think?

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Snowman Snowglobe Card Recipe
No Peeking
Ink: Basic Black marker, Gumball Green marker, Real Red marker, Midnight Muse
Paper: Gumball Green, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, 2 1/2” Circle punch, Curly Label Punch, Dazzling Details, Stitched Satin Ribbon – Gumball Green, Stampin’ Dimentionals, Sponge Daubers

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