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Hawaiian Couple Punch Card for Joe

Tragedy struck our home last month when my youngest son took his life.  Yes, those are probably the worst words to have to type (and I am sure they are not easy to read).

Although healing has begun, getting back into “business mode” feels almost paralyzing.  All my family, friends, customers, and peers are supporting me and telling me to take all the time I need to get back.  I’m taking little steps, but the first of the month is always crucial for delivering news, specials, and my monthly fun holiday listings.

The night our Joe took his life I hosted my Summer Fun Punch Class.  My sweet, funny boy was known for wearing Hawaiian-style shirts at school.  So as a tribute to him, I am sharing my Hawaiian Couple punch card.

At his wake/memorial service, we suggested guests wear Hawaiian shirts.  We were truly so thrilled to see so many of our family and friends honor Joe by wearing them.  

Love you forever, my Joe.  I pray you keep bringing me joy in the little signs we witness you are with us.

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Wacky Wednesday – Happy S’Mores Day Card

Hello everyone~

Today my Facebook friends got to vote on what card to highlight for Wacky Wednesday.  They got to choose between two holidays – National Duran Duran Day or National S’Mores Day.  You guessed it – they picked s’mores.

I had a totally different idea when I went into my stamping area, but luckily, inspiration came quickly and brought some fire (yes, pun intended) into the design.

I used only three punches for this card and both the Foxy Friends and Fresh Fruit stamp sets (the phrase is from the Fresh Fruit stamp set).

I sponged the bottom of the main image and the marshmallow with Soft Suede.  The stick is our new classic label punch, punched only a one-third width.  The logs are the same label punch, and the flames are the tail of the Foxy Friend punch.  The marshmallow is the 1/2″ circle punch.

Of course, I used a marker to adjust the saying.  I’ll practice that a bit more the next time.

That little raccoon is just the sweetest little thing, don’t ya think?

 

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Wacky Wednesday – Foxy Friends Trash Can Raccoon Party Animal

Hi everyone~

Yeah, best-laid plans for July just didn’t happen.  Sorry about that, but a little bit of life got in the way!

I’m starting out August in true Wacky Wednesday form.  I hosted a Foxy Friends Stamp Camp last night with some very excited stampers.  They have been going bonkers with this stamp set and were primed for a great night of stamping and punching fun.

I oftentimes look at Pinterest to start my planning of stamp camps; sometimes I CASE (Copy and Steal Everything) a project, and sometimes I just use it as a springboard to start my creative juices flowing.

The project I am sharing today is something that came to me late one night, and instead of sleeping, I planned out the pieces and parts of the card.  I just love this one and am happy to share it.  At last night’s event, the card was a horizontal orientation.  One of my customers flipped it, and I actually liked this way better.  Thanks, Linda!

Here it is.  Even a raccoon rummaging through trash is cute with this stamp set!

Foxy Friends Trashy Raccoon

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Wacky Wednesday – Rainbow Fish Punch Art

The new catalog is filled with amazing new items including some fabulous new punches.  However, as punch art fills my creative mojo, Stampin’ Up! did retire some of my go-to punches this May.  I had my first punch class scheduled even before I truly thought it through.  Oh my, did I struggle for a while.  Sometimes you just have to stop second-guessing yourself and start playing!

The final card for my stamp camp proved to actually be the easiest card to make AND used four NEW punches!  That was truly a blessing!  Plus, it used some of the new In Colors – Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Peekaboo Peach.  Bermuda Bay was a perfect addition to the color scheme.

I used the new Swirly Scribbles framelits for the seaweed.  Loved how easy that was!  The greeting is from our Greatest Greetings stamp set, and it is punched out with the new Classic Label punch.

The fish is created with the Best Badge punch for the body (one full punched piece in Peekaboo Peach, and then just a third of the top part of the punch in Peekaboo Peach, Glimmer Paper, and Bermuda Bay).  The fins are created with the medium leaf from the Blossom Builder punch in Bermuda Bay.  His mouth is actually a cut piece from a swirl from the Sprinkles punch in Basic Black.  (Thanks Melissa Cook for that improvement!)  His eye is a metal-rimmed pearl with a sharpie marker center.  Be sure to use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the body!

The trio of starfish are flowers from the Blossom Builder punch with a pearl in the middle.

I love this little guy – and so on trend with the new Finding Dory film this summer!

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Halloween Punch Art Black Cat

Every year, I teach a Fall and Winter Holiday Punch Art class.  It is one of my best-attended classes of the year.  2015 was no different.  I do at least one Halloween card, one Thanksgiving card, and usually two Christmas cards.

This year’s Halloween card featured a black cat – super easy to create using some basic punches:

 

The background circles are the 2-1/2″ circle.  One was from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper selection (love it).

Here is what you need to make the cat:

extra large oval punch

1-3/4″ circle punch

1″ circle punch

medium star punch

 

To make the body of the cat, punch out part of the extra large oval onto a piece of basic black card stock.  Then take the 1-3/4″ circle punch and punch out part of the circle from the already punched card stock.

To make the tail of the cat, use the punch to create a half oval with the extra large oval punch on a piece of basic black card stock.  Then punch again right on top of on the same card stock that has already been punched (not the punched out piece) to create a large sliver of a moon.  That’s your tail!

The ears were punched from a medium star and then trimmed for the two peaks.  Face was the 1″ circle punch.  Added some scissor-cut whiskers and pearls for the eyes.  Of course, popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

The phrase is from Happy Scenes – one of the most popular stamp sets in the 2015 Holiday Catalog!

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Boo to You!

We are finally feeling some fall weather after an unseasonably warm September.  Today’s card features products from the Holiday Catalog – Boo to You Framelits, Happy Scenes stamp set, Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper, and Black Glitter Paper.

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This designer series paper is perfect for coloring!  Love those cute ghosts!  I’ve taught how to make bats out of butterflies before – they are super easy.  The gravestone is from one of the new tags framelits – just added some sponging to age it.  BLACK GLITTER PAPER – LOVE IT!!!  That word in the Boo to You framelit set is worth the price alone!

Boo to you!

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Merry Christmas – Elf Shoes Punch Art

Here is one of the Christmas cards I mailed out this year:

Elf Shoes Christmas Card

I really enjoyed making these!  That Top Note die is a must have for every crafter!

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Merry Christmas – Santa Punch Art

Merry Christmas to everyone!  This holiday season was quite a busy one for me, and sadly, my blog took the brunt of it.  So today, I thought I would share some of my favorite cards.

Here is a punch art Santa card that was a big hit at my classes this year:

Santa Claus Christmas Card

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World Card-Making Day Art Palette Punch Art Card

If you’d ask me what kind of cards I like to make most, I’d have to say PUNCH CARDS.  I adore the creativity and resourcefulness it takes to use items in different ways.

My sister is a grade-school teacher, and her mantra in her classroom is COLOR, COLOR, COLOR.  I offered to make her birthday cards for her students this year, and this is what I came up with:

 

Art Palette Punch Card - MJ

She loved the cards.   I hope you like this one too!  It is really a very simple card using the 3″ circle die and the 3/4″ circle punch – but you can easily change the size of the palette to 2-1/2″ circle punch and a smaller punch (1/2″) for the paint drops.  The paintbrush is made with the word window punch and the retired build-a-blossom punch.  The notch is made with the wide oval punch.

My next post will include a GIVEAWAY!!!!!

 

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Owl Punch Space Alien Card

Our owl punch can be used in so many ways to make adorable owl characters, but have you ever thought to make a SPACE ALIEN out of the owl punch?  Here is my ramped up version of a card made at our Crazy About the Owl Punch Stamp Camp:

Owl Punch Stamp Camp-Space Alien 2

I really love this color combination – Night of Navy, Pool Party, Real Red, and Basic Gray.  The "stars" are made with the white gel pen. 

This is a perfect card for your out-of-this-world birthday person!

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