Nov 08 2016

SUOC161 Thankful Turkey

The theme this week on SUO Challenges this week is Celebrations of All Kinds!  Make sure to stop by the SUO Challenges blog…we have a NEW look!


With attention in the retail stores going from Halloween to Christmas, Thanksgiving seems to be getting squeezed out!  So, I thought I’d bring a little celebration with my Thanksgiving card so the holiday isn’t forgotten!  I LOVE how my turkey turned out!  Can you tell what I used for the body?




Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Cajun Craze, folded in half.
  • On top, the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake is embossed with the Pretty Paisleys Folder.
  • The body of the turkey is the Snow Friends Framelit snowman shape cut from Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The legs are the snowman arms cut from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  The beak is a triangle cut from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  The wattle along the beak is the holly framelit from the same Snow Friends Framelit Set cut in half.
  • The eyes are the small circles in the Cookie Builder Punch from Whisper White cardstock and colored with a Basic Black Marker.
  • The “feathers” are the leaves from May Flower Framelits cut from Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, and Real Red cardstock.
  • Thankful banner from Acorny Thank You was stamped with Cajun Craze Ink on Whisper White and hand cut then added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


What do you think?  I love how it turned out!  OK…go check out the new blog look and see what our Design Team did with the Celebration theme this week over on SUO Challenges!


Sep 11 2016

Jar of Haunts Grinch

First…remembering…everything 15 years ago.



I promised I’d show the Grinch I made from the pumpkin in the Jar of Haunts stamp set!  I knew when I originally made and posted THIS HALLOWEEN CARD, that the face looked like the Grinch.  Several others commented the same thing!  Here’s my take on him:



Details are here:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Real Red cardstock, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crumb Cake cardstock, a 1-1/2 x 5-1/4 strip of Old Olive was embossed with the Cable Knit folder and adhered on top.
  • Tie a knot in the Watermelon Wonder Mini Striped Ribbon (LOVE that it looks so great for Christmas!) and adhere the ends to the back of the Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • Naughty or Nice from Greetings from Santa was stamped with Memento Black Ink in the upper left corner.
  • A Layering Thinlets circle was cut from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Paper Stack and then layered on a Layering Scallop Circle of Real Red cardstock, then placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For the Grinch:  The pumpkin image from Jar of Haunts was stamped with Memento Black Ink on Old Olive, the cut out and the extra band on the side of the pumpkin cut off to make it smaller.  The eyes were stamped on the pumpkin with Memento Black, then stamped again on Whisper White and cut out, colored with Crushed Curry Marker and added over the eyes on the pumpkin.  Add a tiny Basic Black cardstock triangle for the nose and hand-draw the mouth with a Basic Black marker.  The hat was punched from Real Red and Whisper White with the Jolly Hat Builder Punch and the body suit was punched from Real Red with the Bell Punch.  The trim along the neck is a shorter version of the hat band.  The Grinch was added to the circles with Stampin’ Dimensionals!


OK…what do you think?  I think it turned out REALLY great!!!  Fun for my grandkids cards this year!


Sept 2016 collageWant some more GREAT ideas?  Create with Connie and Mary opened our September Mini Session today!!!  If you’ve never tied us, jump in and join us!  You’ll love the three sets of 4 card ideas and two 3D projects we came up with this month…all with step-by-step photo tutorials for only $8.95 US!  We’re using products from the HOLIDAY CATALOG and ALL projects are EXCLUSIVE to subscribers…you won’t see these ideas posted anywhere else online!  Visit us at Create with Connie and Mary to sign up!












Mar 31 2016

CCMC400 Grateful Bunch

Wow…we hit 400 challenges this time over on Create with Connie and Mary.  Well, honestly, it is our 300th challenge…we started at the number 100!  lol!  But that is still a LOT of challenges and a lot of different designers helping us!  We appreciate them all!


This week we have a beautiful color challenge for you to play along with!  I had a lot of fun coming up with my card!



Here you go…I used Grateful Bunch.

CCMC400 Grateful Bunch

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Lost Lagoon, folded in half.
  • A 1-1/2 x 4 piece of Neutrals Designer Paper was adhered to the bottom of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • The lace image from Grateful Bunch was added above the DSP with Sahara Sand Ink.
  • A 2-1/2 circle was punched from Lost Lagoon and stamped with the leaf image from Grateful Bunch.  A portion was cut off for the base, some trimmed off the center, then the top added for the vase.  It is adhered on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two sets of Grateful Bunch flowers were stamped with Delightful Dijon ink on Delightful Dijon cardstock, then punched with the Blossom Bunch Punch.  The large flower was stamped with Sahara Sand Ink on Sahara Sand cardstock, punched, then cut apart for leaves to fill in.
  • Pearls were added to the center of the flowers and the greeting was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink in the upper right corner.
  • A bow was tied with White Bakers Twine, then added to the vase with a Mini Glue Dot.


Pretty, huh?  OK…go check out the rest of the Challenge Team’s designs over on Create with Connie and Mary!





Dec 23 2015

Holiday Gift Card Tree

I’ll probably be off-line the next few days to enjoy our families at Christmas.  I wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


A few weeks ago, I was commissioned by my son to make a Gift Card “basket” for his work holiday party!  I decided to do a Gift Card Tree with some of my favorite Punch Art characters!   I can’t believe it, but I did forget to take closeups of each of them individually…so this full shot is all I have!  Hope you can see it ok.  There is a Snowman, an Elf suit, a Penguin, Rudolph and Santa suit.  I used the Gift Card Framelit for the base.  Inside the holders are gift cards to various restaurants around town.


Christmas Gift Card Holder Tree


Sorry, I’m not going into details on each one, but the base is the bottom of a decorated gift box and I wrapped around some retired Real Red Striped Ribbon.  Inside the box is some floral foam to hold the skewers in place and shredded tissue on top to hide the foam.  On the back of the gift card holder, I added a little rectangle of cardstock with Sticky Strip around it to form a pocket for the end of the stick to slide into and hold secure.


You like?  It was a hit at the party!


Don’t forget about my Accessory Product Share going on now.  See more details HERE!


2016 Occasions Accessory share



Dec 10 2015

CCMC385 Holly

It’s Thursday and time for the weekly Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  It’s a fun sketch, and I can’t wait to see what everyone has done with it!


So, even though the sketch eludes to flowers, I decided to make some holly leaves to use for the flower element.  Here’s my take on the sketch:


CCMC385 Oh What Fun

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Cherry Cobbler, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Smoky Slate.
  • A 3 x 3-1/2 piece of Merry Moments Designer Paper is placed on top and a 1/2″ x 3-1/2″ strip of Cherry Cobbler is added along the bottom of the DSP.
  • Silver Cording is wrapped around the Smoky Slate later and tied with a bow.
  • Oh What Fun from the stamp set by that time is stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink under the DSP.
  • To make the holly, punch a large oval from Mossy Meadow cardstock, fold in half lengthwise, then take the 1/2″ Circle Punch and punch small cuts on the open edges of the oval, making sure the start and end at the last punch so you get points along the edges.  Add to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Punch a 1″ circle from Vellum, then adhere the Pom Pom trim with Mini Glue Dots to the circle.  Add the holly leaves to the vellum circle, too, then add to the front of the card.

That’s it!  Go check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And, while you are there, check out the December Mini Session that opens on Dec. 11th with several projects featuring products in the new Occasions Catalog coming out in January!  (Don’t forget, if you signed up for the WINTER BONUS last month, you already have subscribed to this session!)


December 2015 collageHere’s a sneak peek of what we will be doing and sets we are using for the December session, great for your upcoming January, Valentine and Occasions classes:

      • Bloomin’ Love Bundle 3D Project
      • Going Global
      • Timeless Love
      • Wonderland (last minute gift packaging idea!)
      • No Bones About It
      • BONUS:  Bloomin’ Love Card Set

Check out the details over on Create with Connie and Mary!




Dec 08 2015

SUOC137 Rudolph Punch Art

Time for another SUO Challenge, and this time the theme is Kids Holiday Cards or Gifts!  What a FUN theme…especially since I have two small grand-children now!  I’m sure they both would love to get this Rudolph card, with the shiny nose!


SUOC137 Rudolph

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Real Red cardstock folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White cardstock.
  • The head is cut with the 4th from smallest Oval Framelit from Soft Suede cardstock.  The muzzle is the 2nd from smallest Oval Framelit cut from Soft Suede cardstock.  Both are placed on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The nose is the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch from Red Glimmer Paper and added with another Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • The eyes are the Large Oval Punch from Whisper White and the 3/4″ Circle Punch from Basic Black.  A White Gel Pen highlights the eyes.  The Black circles were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The ears are the next to smallest leaf in the Leaflet Framelits from Soft Suede cardstock.
  • The antlers are the oak leaf from Chocolate Chip cardstock.
  • Ho Ho Ho from Oh What Fun stamp set was stamped with Real Red Ink between the antlers.

That’s it!  Super, super cute, I think!  OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team made for the Kids Christmas Cards over on SUO Challenges!



Oct 22 2015

CCMC378 Reason for the Season

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary weekly challenge!  Our theme this week is a Color Challenge and I absolutely LOVE them together!  Of course, they scream FALL colors to me!


CCMC378 copy

I wanted to show off the Reason for the Season stamp set in a non-Christmas fashion!  I’ve used the punch alone a couple times to make sunflowers, this time, I used the stamp set and coordinating punch to make the non-Poinsettia flower!  Love that I can use it more than one way!


CCMC378 Reason for the Season

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Hello Honey folded in half.
  • Cut the Into the Woods woodgrain DSP to 2-1/4 x 5-1/4 and layer on 2-1/2 x 5-1/4 Soft Suede cardstock, then add to the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • Stamp You’re in my Thoughts from Watercolor Wishes stamp set with Mossy Meadow Ink in the lower left corner.
  • Stamp the Reason for the Season large petal 9 times on Hello Honey with Hello Honey ink and 4 times on Mossy Meadow with Mossy Meadow Ink.  Stamp the smaller duo petal leaf twice with Hello Honey ink on Hello Honey cardstock.  Punch all with the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  Sponge around the edges with their coordinating ink and sponge dauber.
  • I find it easier to put together by punching a 2″ circle from scrap cardstock, then apply adhesive all over it.  Begin curving the petals and attach to the circle.
  • Cover the center with a 1-1/4 punched circle of Mossy Meadow, stamped with the Poinsettia image for a  textured look.
  • Add a Perfect White Accent to the center of the flower.
  • Adhere the flower and leaves to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


That’s it!  Pretty flower, isn’t it?  Make sure to check out the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Team to see what they did with the color challenge this week!


Oct 19 2015

October 2015 Tour de Freaks

Hi!  Welcome to the Control Freaks “Tour the Freaks” blog hop!  You’ve probably just come from the awesome Jan Tinklenberg, didn’t you love her ideas?  You can continue around the blog hop until you reach back here and complete the tour!  Small group this time…only 9 stops!


Our theme for October is “Something to be thankful for…”  I could think of TONS of things I’m very thankful for…my family, health, friends, a great stamping business that allows me to work from home.  But…this time of year gratitude also makes me think of the Thanksgiving holiday.  I only have a few truly “Thanksgiving” type of decorations that I set out.  One is a set of little stuffed pilgrims and turkey that I purchased at a craft fair YEARS ago!  Looking at them when I pulled out the Halloween stuff gave me the idea that I could re-create them in box form.  And, I decided the Cutie Pie Framelit would be my best bet!  So…here’s the family:


October 2015 Pilgram Cutie Pie Thinlets
Aren’t they cute?  All of them can be filled with candy or treats, the bottom of the box opens up!  I plan on putting them on my Thanksgiving Table to go along with the Indian Corn favors I made for each plate that I featured in last month’s tour!  Here they are individually.


The Boy Pilgrim:

October 2015 Boy Pilgrim
The Girl Pilgrim:

October 2015 Girl Pilgrim
And the Turkey:

October 2015 Turkey
A few details:

  • The Faces were punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle.  Eyes with the 1/4″ circle.
  • The hats were made with the Boo To You witch hat.
  • Collars, bonnet, hair and apron were hand cut.  The scallop on her collar with the 2-3/8 Scallop Circle Punch.
  • Turkey feet and waddle were cut from the Cutie Pie Thinlet pieces.  Leaves from the Leaflet Framelits.


OK…time to move on to the next person on the tour my great friend, Mary Brown.  I know you’ll enjoy her projects, too!



Sep 29 2015

SUOC132 Punched Coneflowers

I’ve been wanting to use the Festive Flower Builder Punch in a little different way and I’ve been thinking about Coneflowers for a while!  So, when the theme of the SUO Challenge this time is Punch It Up…I thought it was perfect!  So, first thing I did was to google what colors they came in.  I decided to use Rose Red with Rich Razzleberry sponging on them!


SUOC132 Festive Flower Builder Coneflowers

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Hello Honey cardstock, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of English Garden Designer Paper.
  • For each Cone Flower, I punched the larger petal on the Festive Flower Builder Punch from Rose Red, then sponged around the edges with Rich Razzleberry Ink.  The stems were hand cut from Old Olive and sponged with Mossy Meadow Ink.  The leaves I used the smaller petal on the Festive Flower Builder Punch and sponged Mossy Meadow around the edges.
  • The center is the Extra Wide Oval punched from Hello Honey, then cut in half on a curve.  I stamped the speckles from Glorious Grunge in Rich Razzleberry and sponged the edges with Rich Razzleberry, too.
  • I used a circle to add all the petals and center to, then popped it up on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Thanks from Watercolor Wonder was stamped with Rich Razzleberry on Hello Honey cardstock and punched with the Extra Wide Oval.
  • Gold thread was wrapped around and added under the oval before placing it on the front of the card.  It adds just the right amount of sparkle!

That’s it!  What do you think?  I love how these turned out!  OK…check out what the rest of the Design Team did over on SUO Challenges, then grab your punches and play along!




Apr 09 2015

CCMC350 Big On You

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  It’s a fun color challenge, taken directly out of the Birthday Bash Designer Paper colors!


I had purchased the Big On You stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, but hadn’t used it much.  I thought this would be a perfect time to pull it out!  Isn’t this card fun with the little punch art Party Hats and Pom Pom trim?  Sure hope Stampin’ Up! puts that trim back in the ordering system soon!


CCMC350 Big On You

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Whisper White cardstock, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Crushed Curry, It’s Your Day from Big On You was stamped with Night of Navy Ink and colored with the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • On the left, a 1-1/2 x 4 strip of Birthday Bash Designer Paper was adhered, then a 1/2 x 4 strip of Calypso Coral hides the seam.
  • A 2-1/2 Circle was punched from Night of Navy cardstock and added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The party hats were punched from the Birthday Bash DSP with the Petite Pennants Builder Punch, then punched again with Night of Navy cardstock and just the bottom trimmed off the Night of Navy ones to add as the band on the DSP ones.
  • Two Calypso Coral Pom Poms were cut off the string and adhered to the tops of the Party Hats with Tombow Monoadhesive Glue, then added to the front of the 2-1/2 Circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals!
  • I had a little Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper star on my desk, punched from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack that I added in the bottom right corner for some bling!


CardCreateCeleBadgeLots of fun for a birthday card, huh?  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did with these colors over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And, while you are there…sign up for our latest Card “Create”tions Celebrations session!  We just got started with over 72 card ideas from 18 stamp sets!  You don’t want to miss it for only $19.95 US!