Friday, October 29, 2010

South Pacific Punch Blog Hop: Petal Card Punch

Hello and welcome to the inaugural South Pacific punch art blog hop!!! Unfortunately I am having a major technological crisis, so please check back soon for PHOTOS.
Update at 1pm (NZ time) now have one photo via my phone! My apologies. Please check back later this afternoon for the rest of the photos.
If you are already on the blog hop, you have come here from Karen Southwell's blog featuring the beautiful 2 step bird punch.

We are a bunch of Stampin Up demonstrators from New Zealand and Australia who love our Stampin Up punches. We have gotten together to showcase a selection of the punches you can purchase from Stampin Up. We know we will inspire you and encourage you to use those punches in new and beautiful ways. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think to go in the draw to win some yummy scrummy punch art blog candy (offer not available to SU demos).
I fell in love with the cute Petal Card punch and I hope you will be inspired by the versatile ways in can be used for cardmaking, scrapbooking and 3D projects. This punch is new to the 2011 Ideas Book, and there are so many ways to use it.Its also in the new slimline configuration that makes storage so much easier.
First a note about using this punch. It definitely works best on a flat surface. I use the heel of my hand to give it an extra push once it has punched through the card to ensure that it also gives deep impressions on the scoring lines.When punching lighter weight papers or vellum make sure you put through a double layer so it doesn't get munched in the punch.(great technical term). Because of the embossing part of the punch you cannot punch upside down and use the "window" to see where you are punching. So I stand and "eyeball" where the punch is going to fall on the card I am punching.
First of all you can simply make a mini Envelope. It comes out of the punch already scored and you just fold the petals into a swirl which needs no glue. This little envelope can be used in scrapbooking for hidden messages and memorabilia. Try using vellum for another look.

Just use glue dots to join 2 together to make a mini treat box. This is tiny (approx 1" square), but will still fit a bite sized treat. It also works perfectly Cute by the Inch Stamp set (Hostess Level 2).

You can make a bigger cube sized box by joining 4 punches together. I used a 1 inch square piece of cardstock to keep it all square.

Next I made a tube treat holder that is perfect for Hershey Kisses. The cardstock is scored at a fraction under 1 inch and the punch is used to make the end caps.I can't wait to try this out with acetate for a clear treat holder.

Now I have spent some time with this punch I have come up with some ways of using it so check back soon. Now continue on the blog hop.

Next is Sally Williams with the Flower Fancy Punch.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Do you want Fries with That?

This little treat container is so much classier with its package of mint truffle kisses than the usual fries! This is one of the gift boxes we made last night in class. We had a great group and everyone worked hard to complete 4 different boxes and and tags in 2 hours.

The mini French Fries box is made from a retired Designer Paper (doubled sided paper is perfect for this project) Just add a tag (Gifted stamp set) stamped in Chocolate Chip and matted with Real Red, and a mini cello bag tied with Real Red 1/8 inch ribbon. A cute appreciation gift for around $3.50 including the chocolates! Contact me if you want to learn to make this gift package: there are spaces in the class next week for more ideas

Friday, October 22, 2010


I made a thank you card last night using my latest Big Shot accessory: the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder: I'll be featuring this folder in my Big Shot club night in November.

Deep impression embossing really looks great on the rich Very Vanilla cardstock. When I get some playtime this afternoon I'm using the same layout to make a Christmas card. The petals embossing folder is versatile enough to work for many different styles.

I also used the Hydranga from the Hostess set "Because I care". This was also the first outing for the flower, although I have used the "thank you" phrase alot already. I love this font. Cardstock colours are Very Vanilla, Almost Artichoke and Basic Black, with inks Concord Crush, Nearly Navy, So Saffron and Almost Artichoke. The fold is a "Z fold" - simple to do, but looks very effective while still fitting in a standard envelope.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

All the Trimmings... Christmas Ribbons and Designer Paper

These luscious ribbons are from the latest promotion from Stampin' Up! I can't wait for my order to arrive and I will be using the flocked Designer Paper Christmas Cocoa in my Sweet Treats course starting next week.

Isn't it gorgeous? The featured colours are Real Red and Soft Suede. The sophisticated colour scheme, flocking and metallic highlights add instant elegance to your holiday projects. This pack of Designer paper includes 2 each of 2 single-sided flocked papers and 2 each of 4 double-sided papers. (12x12). This paper is only available until 30 November, or while stocks last.

If you want to see these papers in real life, contact me to arrange a Christmas-theme workshop. Now is the perfect time to get gifts and gift wrapping ticked off the pre-Christmas list. Enjoying a gift wrapping workshop at home with your friends certainly beats braving the shopping mall the week before Christmas! Ask me how you can earn free ribbons...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Box tutorial and variations

One of the new sections in the Ideas Book is for Big Shot Die Cutting products. This is an amazing cutting and embossing system! I can't decide which is my favourite accessory: the vintage wallpaper embossing folder is gorgeous and I love all the diffeent things you can create with the scallop envelope die. One thing is for certain, I have a few things on my wish list! Good new for those of you who already have a Cuttlebug, is that nearly all the dies and folders work in that machine too. Call or email me if you want to check which are compatible.
While I prioritise my wish list  I have worked out the directions for making a box similar to the Box #2 using my trusty Fiskars trimmer and a bone folder. Of course if you prefer it can also be cranked out in a flash using the Bigz xl die and Big Shot. (page 155 in the catalogue)

You will need:
A4 cardstock
co-ordinating designer paper and ribbon
Bone folder
Sticky strip or mono glue
Cardstock, stamps and ink to decorate.

Start with a sheet of A4 and trim to 6 3/4 x 8 inches. With the 6 3/4 inch edge along the top guide, score  at 1 1/2 inches from each edge. Turn 90 degrees and score at 2 inches: 3 1/2 inches: 5 1/2 inches: 7 inches. Burnish all score lines (dashed lines) with bone folder.

Cut where marked (solid lines). Remove the shaded areas.

Using a 1 inch circle punch to punch a half circle out of the top front face of the box.

 Apply sticky strip or mono glue to the flaps and assemble the box.

Decorate, fill with treats, add ribbon and a tag and you have a perfect gift package.

In my finished box at the top of this post I used panels of designer series paper (retired Haiku) and Pumpkin Pie 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon with More Mustard cardstock. I added Tiny Tags stamps and the jewellery punch with Tangerine Tango, More Mustard and Old Olive markers.

Check back tomorrow and I will have some variations to share with you using this box as a base.