Thursday, December 24, 2009


Saw this template on the internet and decided to give it a go.  I have made 3 for Xmas this year and have put money instead of a gift card into each of them.  They are quite cute and fit into a square envelope.  If they were going to be hung on a Xmas tree I would have punched a hole on the top right hand side of the red flap, reinforced it with eyelets and put a piece of ribbon through it.

This will be my last Xmas post for the year.  Best wishes to all for the festive season, and to those travelling, take care and be safe.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


This is the second card done with my made up penguin.  This time I added a couple of snowflakes to match the pink stripe in the scarf.

The sentiment is a Hero Arts one and the label punch is SU Word Window.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Not too sure if I like this one or not.  The photograph was not taken in optimun light and is not great.  The chimney is made using the Fiskars hand squeeze brick punch adhered onto card stock then trimmed and the sack of presents is hand cut - I took a bit of cotton wool and stuck it underneath to puff out the bag.  My creative consultant (aka husband) advises for the next one I should make the chimney smaller and I think I will use the Nestabilities squares to see how that fits the bricks.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Another adorable penguin stamp (yes, I like penguins !).  Again I cut out the image and popped it onto an iceflow - think it might be a Dee Greunig stamp.  Just had to try my other Martha Stewart corner and edge punch and seeing I actually read the instructions and watched the You Tube clip, I was able to use the corner punch on the front of the card.


Instead of trying to wrap up 2 liquid soaps for a gift, I decided to use one of the Merrypak paper bags again.  This time I covered it in SU Old Olive, topped the front with SU christmas paper, popped on one of the Santas I had made and added a sentiment which I had already stamped but not used, so have no idea which stamp set it came from.  The handle was cut from Nestabilities labels.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Another Peachy Keen stamp.  I cut out the image and put it onto a mat on which I used the Martha Stewart corner and edge snowflake punches.  The secret to using these punches successfully is to take note of the size paper to be used as instructed on the insert (that would be the one I threw away and had to dig out of the recycling !).  The beige scalloped edge background paper is CM.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


The chimney is made with Fiskars brick squeeze punch - I think my bricklaying skills are not too bad !  The top of the chimney is an embossed paper.  Santa's legs and arm are SU Word Window punch with his hand being a cloud punch. 

The blue background paper is from our local store, The Deckle Edge, and I used my new Martha Stewart corner and edge snowflake punches liven the card up.  The dotted ribbon is also local and I glued on a couple of white snowflakes (the byproduct of the snowflake edge punch) to finish it off.

The sentiment is Hero Arts with the punch being from SU.


I am not much of a sewer these days but as I had the machine out, I decided to have a bash at sewing cardstock.  I was pleased with the end result and would do it more if my machine was permanently out.

The Cuttlebug folder is rather plain on it's own so I embossed two, one in blue and another in white, using the white one for snow at the bottom.  With the white gel pen I highlighted the snowflakes in the sky as well as the roofs of the houses.  The white card in between the two red cardstock has also been embossed, this time with CB snowflakes.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I am new to Peachy Keen stamps and was delighted when the order arrived.  This stamp consists of the penguin head and scarf (in one stamp) and then the two hands (two stamps).

After colouring them in and cutting the shapes out I did not quite know what to do with them and decided  to make up a body.  It was so simple - I punched out 3 wide ovals, 2 in grey and one in cream, and the two feet are an EK Success punch scalloped edged photo corners.  Pop them altogether and you have a realistic looking penguin !

All my punch art attempts at penguins have been rather disasterous, so I was really delighted with this one.

The dotted background is CB Swiss Dot embossing folder with a blue chalk ink pad lightly rubbed over it.  The blue frame sponged with white ink is a CB die and the striped background is CM paper.  The sentiment also belongs to the Winter Peekers set.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Not wanting to throw away the outer frames after cutting out a couple of Nestabilities deckle edged rectangles, I paired them up with a scrap piece of silver dot paper, popped on the skater which I had lying around and used a SU sentiment which was punched out using the SU Scallop circle.

I did cut the card down to size as it looks a bit odd being longer.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


After being a year in a boot from a broken foot, I made this card for the orthopaedic surgeon.

The boot is made from a sticky backed furry type paper which I have had for ages and have no idea where I bought it !  The background paper is SU with the ribbon being from a local source.

Friday, December 11, 2009


By now my sister has seen the picture, double checked she has come to the correct blog and gone "omg !!". 

I saw this punch art figure on and immediately thought "that is how I would look if I had to portray myself as an angel !" 

Most of the paper used is from scrap bins and the background paper is from CM.  The arms are perhaps the only puzzle - they are photo corners (EK Sucess punch).

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


DH (dear hubby) wanted a card for the golf club and as I am on a roll with punch art Santas I thought I would adapt one after seeing it on another blog.

The background paper is CM and the golf bag is from a retired SU set using paper piecing instead of colouring in the whole bag.  The hat is a Cuttlebug die and the shoes are hearts cut down with the spikes being the SU spiral punch using the actual punch outs upside down.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


There is a bit of a story attached to these cards.  One wintery Saturday afternoon in July this year I decided to try out my new snowman stamp.  Before colouring it in I wanted to see what his buttons looked like with blue Stickles but I squeezed the bottle too hard and a great big dollop came out onto a piece of scrap paper (fortunately).  Not wanting to waste it, I quickly stamped out another dozen images and used the all the Stickles up.  I coloured them all in which is easy once you have done the first one, popped them onto purple cardstock and embossed the white backgrounds.  Then I packed them away into my Xmas container.

This past weekend I was checking to see if I had made enough Xmas cards and found myself a bit short.  On going through the Xmas container I was delighted to find my hidden stash and vowed to do Xmas cards in July again next year !

Thursday, December 3, 2009


This is a set of stamps from AI and I copied their idea for this card.  The elves are a bit fiddly to cut out but I think it is worth the end result. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I think I am getting the hang of colouring in Sarah Kay images.  The only thing I struggled with is the colour of the bicycle frame.  I tend not to take notice of them (have never been able to ride one !) and eventually used a gel pen to give it a bit of colour.

The image is stamped on watercolour paper and cut out using Nestabilities labels.  The rust and blue papers are CM and the border punch is EK Success.