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Make Your Own Punch Art Bats for Halloween

So if you receive my Newsletter, this will look familiar because it was one of the tutorials that I shared recently. 

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But I thought with Halloween around the corner, I’d share this on the blog so that everyone can add a little batty, spooky fun to their projects.  Like this super simple Halloween card:

Halloween bats with butterfly punch

All it is is a few punches, some black glimmer paper, and some ink.  But the fun part is making your own bats…. check it out:

How to make a bat from butterfly punch

See?  Isn’t that super easy and fun?

Give it a try and then let me know what you think!  I’d love to hear or SEE what you created.  Feel free to leave a link to your project in the comments and I’d love to come check it out.

Just a few reminders:

  • I’m getting ready to finish ordering the supplies for the upcoming Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend, so if you are thinking of coming, make sure you are registered!  Get details here
  • New weekly deals were posted!  Check them out here along with a few project ideas.
  • Join the cause and support Breast Cancer Research!  Make sure you are signed up to receive the October Paper Pumpkin project kit by mail & Stampin’ Up will donate $1 to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.  If you are a new subscriber, they’ll donate $2!  Learn more and sign up here

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Quick Thank You Cards with Painted Blooms designer paper

First up, I wanted to give everyone a quick reminder about all the changes happening in the next couple of days:

  • TODAY – Last call on the current weekly deals. preorder product samplers!
  • TOMORROW (6/2) – shop out of all 3 catalogs (old annual, new annual, occasions catalog), LAST DAY for the old prices (some large punches, the Big Shot, Big Shot plates, and ink are increasing slightly; everything is getting rounded to the nearest dollar or quarter) and current hostess benefits, NEW get 2 free stamp sets when you become a member of my Fun n’ Crafty team!
  • WEDNESDAY (6/3) – only the new annual catalog will be available to shop from, prices and hostess benefits will reflect the new catalog amounts, continue through the end of the month to get 2 free stamp sets when you become a Fun n’ Crafty team member!

Ok, now that you got that all down, right?  If you have questions, feel free to email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com

So, lets move on to some cards!

I was inspired by a similar card idea by Patty Bennett and so love the idea of creating this quick and easy thank you card.  And it gave me a last hurrah with more of my favorites that are going away.

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Tips for making this card:

  • These cards are great because they are a SUPER EFFICIENT use of your designer paper!  Cut your 12×12 piece of designer paper into 9 – 4”x4” squares… you’ll get 108 pieces in a full pack of paper.
  • Mount your pattern paper to a 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” card base (so a 4-1/4” x 8-1/2” piece of cardstock folded in half) and you are almost done!

  • Add some ribbon, a punched flower, and a sentiment and you are done!
  • I’m so sad the Petal Potpourri stamp set is retiring, but at least the punch is sticking around!  Punch out a stamped image and then a solid colored cardstock using the Flower Medallion punch and then glue them together so that the wide flower petals from the solid cardstock punched flower is layered behind the skinny petals of the stamped and punched flower.  It ends up looking really cool!

  • You can keep it as simple or as fancy as you want.  And with a great patterned paper like this Painted Petals designer paper, you really can’t go wrong!

Don’t forget to sign up for Paper and Accessory Shares!

2015 Sampler

I have 3 options that you can take advantage of – and the first round will be going in tomorrow!  So don’t miss the boat!

  1. I WANT IT ALL!Get a little bit of ALL the new papers and accessories from the 2015 Annual Catalog including 123 sheets of paper, 54 yards of ribbon, 29 buttons/embellishments and 4 metallic doilies!
    It would cost over $400 for you to purchase it all out of the catalog on your own!  Get it all for ONLY $70.00, plus a free BONUS – samples of the Kraft gift bag, Sketched Dot gift bag, Sequins assortment!

 

  • Paper Only – Love to see all the paper designs or have a wide variety without having to break the bank to buy them all?  Then the paper share is for you!  Get 123 sheets of paper – that is one piece of EVERY NEW PATTERN & NEW TYPES of paper in the catalog for only $28
    This would cost you $198 + tax if you purchased everything direct from the catalog!
  • Ribbon & Accessories Only – love having colors and accessories to match every project and every mood but don’t want to have 5-10 yards of ribbon per color, then the ribbon & accessory share is for you!  You can try out a little of all the coolest new embellishments and accessories for a fraction of the price!  Get 33 embellishment pieces and approximately 54 yards of ALL the NEW STYLES & COLORS of embellishments in the catalog for only $42
    This would cost you $203.43 + tax if you purchased everything direct from the catalog!

 

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Sending off Mixed Bunch and the Modern Label Punch with a Blue Bokeh Card

Every year I have one item on the Stampin’ Up retiring list that I can’t believe is going away.  This year, I can’t believe the Modern Label punch is retiring!  Especially since it goes so awesomely with the Word Window punch!  I guess that just means I have to enjoy it now (and hang on to mine and keep loving it after they stop making it too. Smile)

Today I wanted to share another Bokeh card we did in my technique class.  I think I’ve decided I love mixing in colored circles with my white circles when doing the Bokeh technique.  What do you think?

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Tips for making this card:

  • Start with a piece of vellum and some circle punches – I used the 1”, 1-1/4”, and 1-3/8” circles and punch out a template to use for layering.
  • Randomly sponge the background with your favorite color combination
    (this was Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, and Hello Honey)
  • Use your circle template to layer colored and WHITE craft ink circles on top of your background.  It looks best if you overlap your circles.
  • Keep it interesting by adding a punched flower, but trim some of the edges so it fits to colored layer (kind of makes it look like it is behind a window or something, huh?)
  • The Venetian Crochet trim is a nice, soft addition to cards without being too girly because of it’s thin size.


Get them before they are gone!  The retiring accessory list is while supplies last and as you saw with the Blossom Punch, things are selling out.  Make sure you have ordered your favorites and when you shop with me, you will be on the list to get a new catalog sent to you!  Shop now

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Sweet Hello Baby Card

Every now and then a card comes together that is a little bit of this and that and I just love the end result.  This is one of those cards.  I actually made it for last summer’s convention display boards and realized that I don’t think I ever posted it, so I wanted to share!

Tips for making this card:

  • This is a perfect card for using up a bunch of your scraps because it is lots of little die cuts and scrap strips of paper.
  • Cut out an oval framlelit shape and then add a little bit of detailing by creating faux stitches using your Baked Brown Sugar marker.
  • Don’t be afraid of letting your stamped elements go off the edge of the oval.  It keeps it more interesting to look at and not too stuck together.
  • Mix and match your stamps like the moon from Pictogram Punches and then the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes for just the card you want.
  • Add some flair to your bows by tieing a bow with the Gold Baker’s twine and then AFTER you tie the bow, unwrap the gold piece for a bit of tinsel.
  • Both the pink designer paper and the paper for the little stars come from the All Abloom designer paper stack.  You can give your paper new life by punching out shapes (like the flowers in the paper) with a different shape (the star from the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack)

Sale-a-Bration Update!

Did you catch the extra set of annual catalog items that are now available as Sale-a-Bration freebies?  The items in the Sale-a-bration catalog and flyers are while supplies last and with Blendabilities now being available, they wanted to make sure there were enough choices for everyone for the last week and a half of the promotion! 

So if you want to do some embossing like how I used the Arrows embossing folder above, check out some other options you could earn for free!

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See the rest of the Sale-a-Bration Items here:

Start shopping here to get your favorites before they are sold out!

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Framed Flowers Card for a Friend with Pictogram Punches

When I saw that the paper stacks in the Stampin’ Up catalog were on the weekly deals this week for 25% off, I was pretty excited.  I love my paper and though I need to work on using it more (hence why I’m planning my technique class this month to be all about Using You Paper!)  I have had some fun with it already including this card:

Tips for making this card:

  • Die cut the center of a piece of the All Abloom designer paper stack (I thought this looked like some fab wallpaper) and then layer over a piece of Whisper White cardstock to make the focal point in your card.
  • Take the same oval you used to cut the piece out of your patterned paper and the next size bigger and nest them on a piece of scrap Soft Suede cardstock.  Run them together through your big shot to get a “frame” for your cut out.

  • Use the colors from the paper you chose to decide which colors to stamp your vase and flowers from the Pictogram Punches stamp set and then punch out the flowers with the matching Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack.
  • Make a dimensional sentiment by taking a strip white cardstock and folding in both ends to make a “Z” shape on each side.  Then glue the ends flat to your cardfront while holding up the middle with a dimensional.

LAST CALL!  Stacked with Love Valentine’s Day Class

Just a reminder, I’m getting ready to order all the supplies and start cutting and prepping for the Stacked with Love class next week.  If you would like a kit and/or the instructions, don’t forget to sign up ASAP.  It’s a lot of fun and everything is cut and ready for you to do all the fun part.

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Lovely Lattices with the Chevron Border Punch

Today is my day to share some ideas over on the Stampin’ Stylin’ Inkspiration blog and I thought I would share with them and you a technique that has been around for a while but I only recently gave it a try myself – making lattices with the Chevron punch!  If you haven’t tried it yet, this is an easy technique that has lots of possibilities.

To get started, here is the card that was my first attempt with this idea:

It was my chance to play with a few of the fun new tools from the Occasion catalog including:

So, when I would see that lattice or similar looks on other cards, I always thought it was really hard and complicated.  I wasn’t sure that I could make it myself, but I finally figured that since I had the Chevron Punch I ought to at least give it a try. 

Turns out it is easier than I thought!  Wanna see how to do it yourself?

Start out with two 1.25″ x 5.5″ strips of cardstock.  Punch the chevron pattern on each one.  Here is where I lined up the first edge of my cardstock to get started punching so that I had the right amount of spacing.

Now, after you punch the first set of chevrons, slide the paper over and continue punching along the paper strip.  Make sure you only see silver through the punched chevrons as you go!  Otherwise your chevrons will be uneven and won’t braid together very well.

Once you are done, you should have two strips of cardstock that look about the same.  Lay them next to each other on the table so the chevrons are pointed in the opposite directions.

Now, start “braiding” the paper.  That is lay the two strips on top of each other in this orientation and start tucking the chevron tips so that the top layer chevron tips are *behind* the chevron tips of the back piece of paper.  I know that is a little confusing to read in text, but if you look up close, this next picture might help!

Wha-bam!  You have a handy dandy snazzy lattice to use in your projects. 🙂  Now, because you braided them together, your final piece is actually a little bit longer than 5-1/2″.  So you can position it how you’d like on the front of your card and trim off the extra – so, no worries if your ends look a little strange.

Tuck in some flowers… add some butterflies… stamp your background with the Hardwood stamp set and you have a really fun card!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!  I highly recommend giving it a shot.  There are so many fun things you can do with this technique.  For example, check out another idea for something you can do if you make this lattice with two different colored strips of cardstock!

In this case, I used Melon Mambo and Whisper White, then I glued it over a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock for bright look on white.  What do you think?  Pretty right?  Smile  So give it a shot and get creative and you may just love what comes out!

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A Masculine Card with Six Sided Sampler

Quick, name a stamp set that you just had to have but have since used once – or not at all!  For me, that has been the Six Sided Sampler stamp set.  I saw lots of cool things done with this set and I loved the hexagon punch that coordinated, so I picked it up last fall.  and I think I’ve used it about twice!  Thankfully, my friend Sarah Naber came to my rescue with this awesome inspiration that is great for guys or gals!

You know me, I love clean and simple cards – especially if they have lots of great details that are subtle but really add to the card.  And boy does she deliver!

It is a little hard to see in the first picture, but I like how she stamped the Cherry Cobbler cardstock with the Woodgrain stamp  and then she embossed the Island Indigo cardstock with the Alphabet Press embossing folder

Add a touch of Linin Thread for one last bit of texture.  Such a great color combination (Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake) and use of those hexagons.  I think I have some inspiration to play with again!

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Ink – Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake
Paper –Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories – Big Shot, Alphabet Press embossing folder, Hexagon Punch, Linen Thread


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Happy St. Patricks Day with a Pansy Punch Shamrock

shamrock tagHappy St. Patrick’s Day!  It snuck up on me, but thanks to my hubby, I remembered to wear green this morning. 🙂

Well, last week for my stamp club, I shared this cute little tag as a bonus project to show another great way to use that Pansy Punch.  Turn it into a fun shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day!

Now, how do you make it?

  1. First, punch out a flower in your favorite shade of green (in this case, I used Gumball Green).
  2. Then, pick a petal to start trimming and cut off the sides of your selected petal.  (I’ve shaded in the part to cut off in the picture below)
    how to make a shamrock from flower punch
  3. Cut away the petals….punch art shamrock

And you have a cute shamrock!

Add it to cards or die cuts to make a fun tag for a card, gift, scrapbook page, whatever you need.

I punched out a 2-1/2″ circle in Very Vanila and added the stamped sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and then mounted the whole thing on a Gumball Green starburst (using the Starburst framelits).  Add a green button, just for fun, and Ta Da!

shamrock punch art

So, I hope you have a great – and lucky – day!

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