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Sesame Street Kid’s Cards


Making some fun shaped cards for military kids.  Who doesn’t love Cookie and Elmo?

All supplies used were from Stampin’ UP!  I used my old Bigz Scallop Circle Die (now long retired, but saved just so I can make these cards), and punches as follows:

Mouth: 1/2 of a 2 1/2″ circle die.  Eyes:  Whites – 1 3/8″ circle punch, Black – 1″ circle punch.  Nose: 1 1/2″ circle punch.  Cookie: 2″ circle punch, with a 1 3/4″ scallop punch for the “bite.”  The chocolate chips were made with a 3/8″ circle punch.

Stampin’ Up! colors used:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie.  Ink Dauber:  Soft Suede ink.


Christmas Light Snoopy


On Dec. 26, 2012, I posted a Snoopy punch art card I had created for Operation Write Home.  It was Snoopy lying on his army tent missing those back home.  I have a friend this year who is all things Snoopy at Christmas.  I decided to create the same Snoopy on his dog house with Christmas lights.  The tools used are listed below the picture.


This is a top fold horizontal A2 card.  To create the top of the dog house, I cut a piece of red card stock 4″ x 2.”  I diagonally cut each side of the roof to make the top length of the roof 3.5.”  The base of the dog house is 1″ x 3.5.”  I scored both the roof and the house at 1/2″ intervals to create a wood look and then brushed the edges of both pieces with a light brown (Crumb Cake SU), ink with an ink dauber.  I placed the dog house base where I wanted it and laid the roof over the top and secured.

The Christmas light string and lights are a die cut from Stamps of Life called “christmastree2stamp dies.”

The punches used to create Snoopy are all from SU, most retired:

Snoopy’s Head is the Full Heart Punch.  His leg/paw is the Classic Label Punch.  His nose is a Word Window Punch, or you could use a small circle.  Snoopy’s ear and back spot were created with the wing on the Bird Builder Punch.  Snoopy’s tail is a leaf from the branch of the Bird Builder Punch.  Snoopy’s hind leg is a 3/4″ circle.  All Snoopy pieces were brushed to give them dimension using Crumb Cake Ink and a sponge dauber.  Snoopy’s hat was created with the Hat Builder Punch.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes; SU.

Pokemon Go! Birthday Card


I have to admit, these instructions are mostly for me, in case I need to make one of these again.  I can’t believe how many different punches I used.  I do love punch art.  Half of the fun is finding the right punch to do the right job, without having to resort to creating something free-hand.

So I created this Pokemon Go! card for my grandson’s birthday.  The inside sentiment says “…collect a Happy Birthday.”  This game seems to be all the rage right now.  I hope you like my interpretation.

All supplies used are from Stampin’ Up!, with the exception of the alphabet used for the front and inside sentiment.


Poke’ ball


Circle Framelit 3.25” diameter (cut one red, one black)

1 3/8” circle punch (punch 1 black)

1” circle punch (punch 1 white)

¾” circle punch (punch 1 white)



Real Red CS

Whisper White CS

Basic Black CS




Stampin’ Dimensionals (for center of Poke’ ball and to raise Pikachu from card)




Cut two 3.25” circles, one red one white.  Cut either the red or the white one in half and glue that half onto the circle you left whole.  Cut a strip of black paper, ½” wide, longer than 3.25.”  Glue the black strip in the center of the ball, where the white and red meet.  Trim the black strip to the shape of the ball.


Glue your 1” white circle onto the center of the black 1 3/8” circle.  Glue them in the center of the poke’ ball on the black strip.  Put a dimensional in the center of the 1” white circle and then attach the ¾” to the dimensional.




All of these punches and tools are from Stampin’ Up!  Some are unfortunately retired, but you can find similar shapes in some of the newer framelits or other market sources.



Head:  1 ¼” square punch  – or cut square this size (yellow CS) using a corner chomper or the

Project Life Corner punch – “chomp” the corners off of the yellow square, this makes the head

Cheeks:  3/8” circle punch (cut two out of pink)

Eyes:  I used the Owl Builder Punch (cut two black circles)

Pupils:  I used the Sprinkles Punch (cut two white pupils)

Nose:  I used the Owl Builder Punch (cut one tiny black circle)

Mouth: I used a shape from the Sprinkles Punch (cut one red), or you can draw a black line mouth

Ears: I used the Festive Flower Builder Punch (cut two yellow ears and two black ears using the center design in the punch.

Body:  2” x 1 3/8” Oval Punch (cut one yellow)

Paws/legs: Word Window Punch (cut two yellow)

Tail: I cut a rectangle 1.5” by 1” and trimmed it with the 1.25” square punch (make one yellow)


Front Sentiment:


Word Bubbles Framelit Die

Alphabet from “Fiskers.”

Black StazOn Ink




Daffodil Delight CS

Blushing Bride CS

Basic Black CS (card base and parts of Pikachu)

Whisper White CS

DSP from my stash for the background

Crumb Cake Ink and dauber to brush edges of Pikachu pieces



Put the Pikachu together as shown.  I trimmed the two black ear pieces to glue to the top of the yellow ear pieces for ear detail.  I lifted the Pikachu from the card with dimensionals, so the word bubble would go behind.


The inside of the card says “…collect a Happy Birthday!”

Hamburger and Fries

Hamburger and Fries

Hamburger and Fries

To make this hamburger, using the large oval punch (SU), I punched two ovals out of Crumb Cake and one out of Chocolate Chip CS (SU).  The piece of cheese is simply a square out of yellow CS.  The tomato is a circle punch and the lettuce is a scallop punch.  To make the fries, cut a piece of yellow paper and run through a “corrugator” or use the scoring plate to create the corrugated effect.  Cut to the desired width and length.  I used sponge daubers with Crumb Cake ink to edge the hamburger pieces, and used Daffodil Delight to edge the fries.  The cookies are simply made by using a circle punch with Crumb Cake CS.  I cut the chocolate chips using a hole punch.  I highlighted the cookie with Crumb Cake ink on a sponge dauber.  That burger looks good enough to eat.

Of Love and Valentines


Been a while since I posted anything.  Busy with my own lack of mojo.  I have been trying to excite myself about Valentines, and have come up with a few OWH-worthy cards.  In my “defense,” it is kind of hard to be romantic when my house is covered with spiders and ghoulish things (Halloween decorations, not the general state of my house).

This first card is for the Our Daily Bread October Challenge; “Sentiments”

The Valentines sentiment I chose for this card is one of the most beautiful Valentine sentiments I have ever seen.  It is rather large, 3 X 3, so it takes up a substantial chunk of an A2 card.  The recipe for this card is below:

Valentine's Bear Punch Art

Valentine’s Bear Punch Art

Sentiments:  Stampendous! “Valentine Script,” Computer generated “Be Mine.”

Punch Art Bear:  Muzzle/Ears (3/4″ circle); Nose/Ear Interior/Paws (1/2″ circle), Eyes/Iris (Itty Bitty Punch Pack SU); Head (1 3/8″), Body (1 3/4″ circle); Feet (small oval); Heart (Large Heart),  All punches used were Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  Framelits Dies; “Circles,” and “Itty Bitty Banners”  (SU), Embossing folder for heart (most textures will work).

Paper:  DSP “More Amore” (SU retired), CS Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black

Card # 2 – Quilted Heart

I used a postage stamp punch for the quilt pieces.  I put the quilt together on a piece of printer paper so it would not be too thick, and then ran it through an embossing folder.  The heart was then cut with a Framelit.

Quilted Heart

Quilted Heart

Card #3 – Soft Heart

I used the hearts I had cut out for Card #2 to put this card together.  All supplies used for both cards are from SU, either current or retired.

A Soft Heart

A Soft Heart

Kids Love Punch Art Cards


I have been running out of mojo, so decided to go back to something I really love doing; punch art and paper crafting cards.  All of these cards are certainly suitable for kids young and old.  The bee card especially reminds me of one of those old-fashioned valentines we used to put in our classmates’ hand made pouches in elementary school.

All of the supplies used with one or two exceptions are from Stampin’ Up!, however, the design is easy to duplicate;

1.  Bee Mine – Old Fashioned Valentine

Bee Mine Bee Valentine

Bee Mine Bee Valentine


Punches Used; Eyes/Cheeks- 1/5″ circle, Pupils- 1/4″ circle, Head- Large Oval, Face-Marvy Heart  Body- Ornament Punch, Body Stripes-Large Oval, Stinger- Blossom Builder (tip of a petal), Antenna-tail from “McGill” Monkey builder punch, Legs – Owl Builder punch, Heart/Wings -Heart to Heart punch

Paper; Basic Black, So Saffron Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Vellum CS

Embossing Folders; Honey Comb, “Cuttlebug” Love

Embellishments; Black Polka Dot Scallop Ribbon

Other Tools; Basic Gray Classic Ink Pad, sponge dauber, Framelits (Bitty Banners, Hearts Collection, Circles Collection), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Computer generated sentiment.

2. Color My World


Color My World

Color My World

I used a retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called “Crayon Kids,” to create this card.  The crayon box was created by cutting a piece of yellow cardstock 3.25″ by 7.5.”  I scored it at 3.25 inches to fold.  I used a 2.5″ circle punch to create the dip and used a corner chomper for the top flap.

3.  Sock Monkey Valentine


Sock Monkey Valentine

Sock Monkey Valentine

“Sock Monkey” is a retired set from Stampin’ Up!  The colors used are the new “Brown Sugar” and real red.


I hope you enjoyed all of these cards.



Our Daily Bread – Water


Today’s card is a Mid Week Throw Down/Our Daily Bread combo challenge.  The Throw Down for this week was to make kid’s cards.  The ODB challenge for this month was to make cards with water.

I had seen a stamped frog applied to a corrugated lily pad on a card sample before, and wanted to try it out.   I used punches to create the frog and lily pads.  I used textured folders for the log and the water.  The bulrushes in the background are a stamp.

Punch Art Love Frog

Punch Art Love Frog

Punch Art Turkey Card OWH Sketch #147


Today’s sketch literally “talked turkey,” to me, probably because I was taking some time out from craft boutique items to make Thanksgiving cards for family.  While I have made a punch art turkey before, using the Owl Builder (SU) and the Ornament (SU) punches, I was intrigued by my newest die, Bigz Autum Accents (SU).  Having made previous turkeys using a scallop punch for the tail feathers, I just wasn’t satisfied with the look.  I can now say; “I am satisfied with the look.”

The maple leaves from the die made perfect tail feathers.  Not only do they look good, they certainly say “Autumn!”

This as you can see is a politically correct turkey, who tries to cover all his bases by representing fall, as well as the Pilgrim and American Indian heritages with his hat and feather.  I just love the little bits of symbolism.  Who knows, he may be in the running for that “Presidential Pardon.”

The sketch called for 1″ x 1.75″ accent squares.  I cheated a bit by cutting the 5″ x 3.75″ background piece, turning it over, and marking one horizontal measure line at 1.75″ and 4 vertical cuts of 1 ” apart.  I then took a piece of DSP cut 1.75″ by 5″ and wove it through the background paper.  Easier for me than trying to line up little cuts of paper.  I then adhered the flaps of paper to each other.

Turkey:  Ornament Punch for head and tip of beak, Owl Punch for body and eyes, heart punch for waddle, oval punch for hat brim and to shape top of hat and had band.  The feather was hand cut and embellished with a black gem.  The tail feathers are four maple shaped leaves from the Autumn Accents die (SU).  I further embellished with a button tied with twine, and crocheted ribbon.  The nose holes were marked with a black pen.

Santa Bob Square Pants-OWH Sketch #139


This weeks Sketch Challenge was to create something from from Sketch #139.

I started making something “thoughtful and Christmas-ey,” but somehow it ended up being Sponge Bob!  Not sure how this happens;  sometimes the card just takes on a life of it’s own.

I am sure some kid will just love this though, so into the OWH box it goes!  I’ll have to make another one for my favorite Sponge Bob fan, my grandson.

Here Goes.  Enjoy and take every opportunity to “color outside of the lines.”

Christmas in July


This weeks Midweek Throwdown Challenge for Operation Write Home, was to make Christmas Cards.  I was hopeful a Christmas Card or two would make me feel a bit cooler, but alas, not even snowy card stock images are a match for the San Joaquin valley heat!  I used most of the same supplies for both cards, one serious and one fun!  Hope you enjoy!

Card #1 – Fancy Christmas

Supplies used are all Stampin’Up! and are currently available unless otherwise noted, 24/7 at my Online Store.

Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler card stock,  Pewter embossing powder with heat tool, Scallop Trim border punch.  I used a piece of silver elastic trim purchased from a local craft store, for the bow.

These products are brand new this year and will be available in the Holiday Catalog effective Aug. 1st:

Joyous Celebrations and Ornament Keepsakes stamp sets, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, and my favorite, the Holiday Frame Textured Impressions embossing folder.

Holiday Frame Christmas

Card #2 – Fun Christmas

Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, and Summer Starfruit card stock.

Holiday Frame Textured Impressions embossing folder, Labels Framelits die, oval punch, scallop circle punch, Owl Builder Punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, 3/8″ punch, Scallop Trim border punch.

I used Soft Suede Ink for highlighting and a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker for the eyes.  I used a small cotton ball from a local craft supply store for the Santa hat.

Christmas Caroling Peas

“Pea Pod Anniversary”


Today’s card is for the Mid Week Throw Down Challenge for Operation Write Home.  The Challenge was to make anniversary cards.

I like to make cards both men and women would feel comfortable sending to their respective spouses/partners.  For some reason, peas and carrots together, ala “Forrest Gump,” came to mind.  I used the punch art technique to complete this card.  The recipe can be found below:

All products, unless otherwise listed are available 24/7 on my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Pea Pod Anniversary

Card Size: A2 5.5 x 4.25

Card stock:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight

Tools: “Elegant Lines” Textured Impressions embossing folder, “Apothecary Accents” Framelet (bottom sentiment),  Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack

Ink:  Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Crumb Cake, Basic Black  and Calypso Coral, Stampin’ Write markers.

Stamp Sets: “Memorable Moments,” and  “Forever With You.”

Punches:  Heart Punch (carrot), 2″x 1 3/8″ Oval (pea pod), Bird Builder (stems and leaves), Large Snowflake – retired (carrot top), Owl Builder (hearts, eyes, eyelids), 1 3/8″ Circle (moon sentiment).

Additional Embellishments:  “Everyday Enchantment” brad pack (retired).

Punch Art – Frank and Dracula


Get Your Halloween On!

If you know me at all, you know Halloween is my favorite “holiday.”  I’ve had this card floating in my brain, and had to “get it out” before I moved away from Punch Art for a Bit.

All supplies unless otherwise listed are available 24/7 at my online Stampin’ Up! Store.  If you love Halloween too, check out The Clearance Rack at the Stampin’ Up! store for discounted Halloween series paper.  Get them while they last!

“Friend Good” Punch Art Halloween

Card Size: A2 (5.5×4.25)

Card Stock/Paper:  Basic Black, Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Naturals Ivory, Real Red, Wicked Fun designer series paper (on the clearance rack), Silver card stock from a local craft store.

Punches (Frank):  Ornament Punch (head bolts), Scallop Circle (hair), Owl Punch (eyes, eyelids and nose), Word Window and Boho Blossoms (arm and sleeve), Decorative Label Punch (Hair top, Head and Jacket.

Dracula: 1 3/4″ Circle Punch (head), Fancy Flower – temporarily unavailable (face), Bird Builder (ears), Boho Blossoms (teeth), Owl Builder (eyes, eyebrows, nose, bowtie center), Pennant Builder Punch (cape collar), Decorative Label Punch (shoulders/cape); I cut small triangles for the bow tie.

Moon: 2 1/2″ Circle.  The fuzzy bat was cut from the designer series paper.

Stamps:  “Smarty Pants (retired),” “Scaredy Cat (retired),” “Spooky Bingo Bits.”

Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and, Real Red, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, and Basic Black Classic Inks.

Punch Art – Circus Lion


My current passion seems to be punch art animals.  They are just so much fun to do.  You have seen this product suite, “World Spectacular,” on two previous cards.  There are just so many fun images to play with in this paper suite.

Here is my latest:  Circus Lion

All supplies used are current Stampin’ Up! products, and are available 24/7 at my on-line store.

Punch Art Circus Lion


Card Recipe:  A2 (5.5×4.25″)

Cardstock and Paper:  World Spectacular, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler.

Punches: Full Heart (mane), Modern Label, Bird Builder (tail), 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle.

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Black Stampin’ Write (SW), Marker, Real Red SW marker, White gel pen

Punch Art – Monkey Card


Hello fellow crafters.  Todays offering is in response to a “Midweek Throw Down” challenge to make a “monkey” card for Operation Write Home.  This card was made using a variety of punches as listed below.

All products used can be purchased from my online Stampin’ Up! store unless otherwise noted:

Punch Art Monkey

Card Recipe:  A2 (5.5 by 425″)

Card Stock/Paper:  Very Vanilla, Summer Smooches, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso.

Punches Used:  Bird Builder Punch, Large Oval, Extra Large Oval, Full Heart, Owl Builder, Itty Bitty Shapes, 2 1/2″ Circle, 1 3/4″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle, Word Window, Fancy Flower (temporarily unavailable).

Ink:  Black Stampin’ Write marker, white uni-ball Signo Gel Pen, Basic Black Classic Ink, Espresso Classic Ink.

Stamp Set:  PS I Love You (retired)