Monthly Archives: July 2013

Midweek Throwdown – Punch Art Smurf


Just a quickie this morning, as I have to take my grandson to see the new Smurf movie.  Personally I am not a fan, but decided to use this opportunity to put something “current” for kids in this week’s challenge.

The MWT challenge for this week was to use punches and dies.  I found a Smurf online created about a year ago by Stacey Lisk, a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator on the West Coast Stamper’s site (….when credit is due…).  I looked up pictures of Papa Smurf, and tweaked mine a little, for the signature “mouth in the beard” look.  Both cards are shown.  If you want the recipe, send me your email in the comments section and I will get it out to you this week, or you can find Stacey’s card on Pinterest.  Meanwhile,  “Have a Smurfy Day!”



Fall Thank You Cards


Can’t believe another week has rolled around already, especially since I was vacationing last week.

Both cards are fall “gratitude/thank you” cards.  I used essentially the same supplies on both.  Card #2 is what I was working on before I saw this week’s sketch challenge.  I decided to use the same supplies for the sketch, since they were already out.  Recipes appear below the cards.

Card #1

Recipe:  OWH Sketch #183, Naturals White and Early Espresso DSP (SU), Sentiment is from “Fabulous Phrases” (SU), Leaves are from “Gently Falling” (SU), Herringbone embossing folder (SU), Crochet Trim (SU), DSP from my stash (retired SU fall paper), small paper clip and gold embellishments from my stash.  I used Cajun Craze and More Mustard (both SU) inks.

Card # 2

Thanks Is For Giving

Thanks Is For Giving


Neutral CS for centerpiece is 4″x4,” DSP is 3″ x 3.75.”  The sentiment is a beautiful stamp from the single stamp offerings by SU.  Embellishments used are a paper button (SU Embosslit),  in “Crumb Cake” DSP, and SU linen thread.


Sketch #181 and Some Love Cards


It is Sunday, which means it is time for another great OWH sketch.

I have been hustling, trying to get a box in the mail before I go on vacation.  I decided to use this sketch to finish up my Any Hero Cards.  What a perfect sketch for the images I have chosen.

Here goes:

I added a few love cards to the mix, so our Heroes can keep that fire “kindled” at home.

Minion Madness – MWT


This week’s Midweek Throw Down was to make masculine cards.  Not sure if “Minions” are masculine, or if they are even boys, but this would make a great little boy card.  I tried to make this as easy as possible using punches with the least amount of scissor work:  All supplies used are from Stampin’ Up!  I added a cute little Halloween Treat for the kiddos as well.

The “Minion recipe appears below.  Enjoy!

Minion Madness Punch Art

Minion Madness Punch A

CS Colors:  Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Basic Black, Crumb Cake


I punched the card up a little bit by cropping the blue layer .25 inch and adding a neutral background.  I like it much better with the neutral border.

Punches:  Word Window – Eye strap and teeth; Large Oval Punch – Mouth; 1 3/8 and 1 3/4″ punches – Monacle; 1/2, 3/4 and 1″ punches – Eye; Corner Punch – Head, 2″ Circle Punch – Neckline (angle cut with scissors).  Layout Measurements:  The Minion is 4.5 x 3.25,” with a corner-punched head.  The overalls are 3.25 x .7″ with a circle punch used for the neckline.  The overall straps were cut at an angle with scissors.  The background blue paper is 5.25 x 4,” laid out on an A2 yellow card base.

Halloween Treat Card

Owl Bat & Pumpkin Punch

Owl Bat & Pumpkin Punch

The pumpkin was created with the SU Large Oval Punch.  The bat was created from an owl punch.  The create the wings, I cut a 1.5″ circle in half and chopped the wing indents with a .5″ circle punch.  The moon is a 2″ circle punch.

OWH Sketch #180


I guess I found my mojo, added several more cards this week, including these two.

Card #1 is from this week’s OWH Sketch.  I decided to make a sweet little Halloween card.  Nothing scary or intense for our Heroes’ little ones.


Sketch #180 from the OWH Gallery.

Black CS and Halloween DSP from stash (SU-retired), Sentiment, Ghost and Spider from “Spooky Bingo Bits (SU), Cajun Craze ink (SU).


For my growing Christmas Card Stash I added this card:

Christmas Penguin Post

Christmas Penguin Post

Card #2  – Five Christmas Cards a month challenge.

Recipe:  DSP from DCWV “Merry Christmas” Stack, Penguin, sentiment with snowflakes from Papertrey Ink, Postcard and postal images from Lawn Fawn, ribbon from SU, CS from Papertrey Ink.

Our Daily Bread – July Challenge


This month’s challenge for Our Daily Bread, is “stitching.”

I had these cute little stitched mittens (retired Stampin’ Up), my stash, so thought this was a great opportunity to use them.  They are less thick than a small button, and will squish down nicely when going through the postal machines.  Ten more cards for the “Christmas” box.

Christmas Mittens

Christmas Mittens

Card Recipe:

Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White CS from SU, vellum CS by Papertrey Ink, snow flake embossing folder by Sizzix (Tim Holtz Alterations), Sentiment by SU, ink, Cherry Cobbler by SU, 1/4″ white grosgrain ribbon by SU