Thursday, July 29, 2010

Punch Art Samples

First, let me say, I’m not good at looking at shapes, putting them together’ then creating something entirely different.  However, I am good at stalking other peoples blogs and copying them!  Oops, I mean “case”.  :0)

My awesome upline, Mandy, and I have been holding a monthly Punch Art class together.  I should say, she’s been holding this class and I help out’ some!  She’s been wonderful to let me bring my customers to her class.  I haven’t had enough customers interested to hold my own class, but don’t want those that are interested to miss out. (Hint, hint… if I had enough ladies interested on a monthly basis, I could hold one at my house!)

It was my turn last month to pick the 4 Punch Art pieces we were going to work on.  I also created the cards to showcase them.  Okay, I may have shamelessly copied a card layout or two! 

Here’s the cards:

My inspiration for this one came from Kathryn Ricks, a Stampin’ Up! demo.  I saw her card on the Stampin’ Connect website.  Stampin’ Connect is like Splitcoaststampers except that it’s nothing but Stampin’ Up! product!  Unfortunately, you must be a demonstrator to access the site.  :0(  However, if you’d like to become a demonstrator, you could get lots of inspiration there. :0) I don’t have a website for her, so I’m unable to provide a link for you.

A girl can never have too many purses! 


This little bird was a fusion of two other birds I saw. One was LeeAnn Greff’s, and the other is a demo named Amy, although I can’t seem to find it on her blog.  It’s on Splitcoaststampers somewhere, but I can’t find it there either!


First off I have to say, “Ellen Kemper, you rock!”.  She is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and a self-confessed “punch art freak”.  I found this fun girl on her website.  You can see one of her girls here, but you have to checkout her entire blog, so don’t forget to go to her home page and scroll back through all of her amazing creations. 

I love this girl with her hourglass figure,  but I don’t like my layout.  You know how you have an idea in your head, but it never looks like that when you’re finished? That’s what happened here.  So, you’ll have to take my word for it, it was awesome in my head!  P1110520_edited-1

Okay, so this is my favorite!  Isn’t he just the cutest?  Sarah Newman created this wonderful squirrel but didn’t have a tutorial on her blog.  :0(  I wasn’t able to find one anywhere else either.  You would not believe how long it took me to figure it out, but it was well worth it!


I created my own tutorial after much gnashing of teeth and tearing out of hair!

Every month, each class attendee makes 4 different pieces of punch art and a 6x6 page with directions to put it on.  This makes it easier to make again later without having to pull it apart later to figure out what they did!  For an additional amount they also get to make a card for each one of the pieces, like the samples above.


I hope you had fun looking at these cuties.  If you live in the area, why don’t you join me at this class and find out how fun they are to make?


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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Die-ing for the Big Shot Class-Rescheduled!

I’ve had to reschedule last weeks Big Shot Class (Megan was sick) to this week.  Poor Megan.  :0(

Join me for this great class! Learn something new to do with your Big Shot or find out why you really need to have one

When:  Thursday, July 22nd

Time:  10am or 7pm

Cost:  $10 - Class is FREE with a $20 die order

RSVP:  Wednesday, July 21st

We’ll be creating these two great projects!  

Gift Basket


Well be using texture plates (I can’t live without them!), an XL die, and a sizzlet for this cute gift basket


Best Wishes Card


This card uses the Movers & Shapers die.  This card looks complicated but is so easy to make.

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Thanks for looking!  I hope you can join me.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pool Side with My Digital Studio

I brought my laptop to the pool figuring I’d work on a blog post.  My plan was to post more quick and easy cards when I found myself distracted, taking pictures of my daughter “diving” of the diving board.  Which led to putting them on the laptop to see them better, which then led to “hey I’ll make an scrapbook page” using My Digital Studio. 

So, here we are!  My son would be saying “squirrel!” right about now.  If you’ve seen the movie Up! then you know how easily the dog is distracted, hence the smart remark of “SQUIRREL”!

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I used the Sunny Days designer kit and picked these four pages.  All I had to do was drop the pictures in, then type in the caption.  I was done in less than 5 minutes! (okay, I did change one thing but that was it!)

What a fun, creative, Up!-type of afternoon I had…

Thanks for looking!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy New Year!

A Stampin’ Up! year that is.

July 1st marks a new year for Stampin’ Up! and with it comes a brand new catalog!  Along with all this wonderful new-ness, I have a new class calendar.

Monthly Classes:

Mini Stamp-a-Stack - $10

  • 2nd Monday of every month - July class is on the 12th 
  • Pick the time that works best for you - 10am or 7pm
  • Make 4 cards, 2 each of 2 different styles (envelopes included)
  • Bring a friend and make an extra 4 cards for free (that’s 8 cards for $10!)
  • Place a $25 order and get this… the class is free.

Die-ing for the Big Shot Class - $10

  • 3rd Thursday of every month - July class is on the 15th
  • 10am or 7pm - you pick!
  • Create several projects using dies and texture plates with the Big Shot! Class is free with a $20 Die order
  • This class will cover everything from the basics to things you never thought of doing! We will be using lots of different materials.  Remember, your Big Shot isn’t just for paper any more!

What, don’t have a Big Shot yet? Are you wondering what’s the “big” deal?  Maybe you’d like to try before you buy?   Great, then this class is for you too!

Punch Art Pages - One large punch ($15.95 + t&s)

  • Last Thursday (7pm) or Friday (10am) of the month
  • At each class we will make 4 - 6x6 punch art pages. Each page will have a finished example PLUS it will show each of the pieces needed to create these cute critters (see samples).
  • Bonus: Order an additional $15.95 in product and you'll get to make 4 cards with the Punch Art you just learned to make!

FREE is bandied about liberally in this post, who can resist FREE?  Why would you resist FREE?

Want more things FREE?

Host a “Girls Night Out” and earn hostess sets and free Stampin’ Up! supplies!

Here are some great ideas:

  • Wine & Chocolate Party
  • Girls Night Out - Let’s Get Crafty (framed art, key fob, candle holder, fun magnets…)
  • Birthday Party for teens or pre-teens (BFF book, fun key chain or fob, bookmarks…)
  • Crop-Nite

Contact me today to create your own personal party!  The possibilities are endless!

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L-inked Together Mtg Swaps and Samples-Part 2

So, for those of you wondering, I have not fallen off the face of the earth!  But, I am way behind in posting all the wonderful things I’ve seen and all the cards I have been making.

Below are some beautiful samples created by other demos in the L-inked Together group.  Of course, since it’s taken me forever to get this post out, I’ve forgotten who made what.  Sorry ladies!

P1110342_edited-1 I love how simple, yet elegant, this card looks.  Supplies were minimal: Elements of Style stamp set, Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock, Black Stazon ink, Satin ribbon, and Designer Label punch. I’ll be posting my version from a recent workshop soon. P1110347_edited-1 These cute little flowers were made with the new Punch Pack, from the Summer Mini catalog.  Isn’t the inside of this card just as cute?  I don’t know about you, but I’m really bad about pouring all my creative juices into the outside of the card and leaving the inside bereft!P1110348_edited-1

Now, here’s a WOW card for you!  I just love this one.  It’s a fairly simple card to make, but it will make anyone you send it to think you’re the most amazing card designer ever!  I’ll be posting a tutorial next week of how to make this type of card.  P1110358_edited-1P1110349_edited-1

Here’s a another WOW card that’s easier than it looks!


I know what you’re thinking…. “I didn’t know we had Designer Series Paper in the pattern and color!”  Guess what? We don’t!  The background is just layered stamping.  Can you figure out all the different stamps she used?


I wish you could see this gift box/card in person.  It’s just beautiful!  The drawer actually pulls out, and I’m not sure if you can tell, but the top part pops up (ooh! I suddenly feel the urge for a Pop Tart, I wonder why?).  I’ll try to post a tutorial on this soon.


  What a clever way to make a set of note cards into a wonderful gift!


This is another great stationary box.  The set is a bit bigger than the one above.  Instead of the top sliding off, the inside slides out to the side.P1110356_edited-1

Below are some neat ways to use your Big Shot.  Can you believe it cuts fabric too?  What a quick and easy way to make a quilt or wall hanging. 


All of these shapes we’re made with Stampin’ Up! dies and the Big Shot.P1110360_edited-1 P1110361_edited-1 P1110362_edited-1

I still have even more samples to show you and will post them in the next couple of days. 

I hope you were inspired!  If you have any questions on these samples, please don’t hesitate to post a comment.

Thanks for looking!