Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter Raks...

Just wanted to share with you some raks that I received this Easter! Thank you to everyone for being so "sweet!" I am so thankful to have met so many wonderful friends through the world of crafting!

Thank you Kolby & Kade!

Thank you Shirley!

Thank you Beth!

Thank you Mama!

Thank you Michele!

Thank you Joy!

Thank you Kristina!

Thank you Kris!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bird of Paradise Punch Art Instructions...

To make the Bird of Paradise punch art, all you will need is the Two-Step Bird punch. Punch 2 pieces of Pacific Point card stock as seen in the above picture.

Next, punch out 2 Pumpkin Pie and 1 Old Olive birds. Cut these pieces on the lines in the picture above. Sorry, the lines did not come out too good.

Here are the pieces that you will need to make one flower. I used the sponge dauber and various inks to shade the edges of each piece.

The following pictures will show you how to assemble the flower:

Trim the excess off from the lower edge of the flower.

Here is a picture of the finished product... a Bird of Paradise flower!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Plumeria Punch Art Instructions...

To make a Plumeria, first start off by using the 5-Petal Flower punch on a piece of Whisper White card stock to punch out a flower.

Next, round off each petal using the paper snips. Also cut slits toward the center (see the picture above).

This is what your flower should look like when you are done snipping & trimming the petals.

Use the sponge dauber dipped in Summer Sun ink and dab the center of the flower. Curl each petal using the side of a pencil. There you have it... a beautiful plumeria!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cupcake Boxes...

Hope you all enjoyed your Easter celebrations! Here is the last of my Easter projects. Yesterday my daughters helped me to bake and decorate a batch of cupcakes for Easter. Then we whipped up these little cupcake boxes to deliver them in. I found the instructions for the boxes here. Really easy to follow, especially when you don't have much time on your hands... hehehe! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Baby Chicks & GCH...

The inspiration for my gift card holders were these 2 adorable little chicks... Chickie & Fluffly. This past weekend, my family took care of DD3's class chicks. Her class has been learning about the life cycle of chickens and these little cuties hatched from eggs while in their class. Since the teacher needed a family to care for them over the weekend, DD3 proudly volunteered.

Here is the quick gift card holder that I created using the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge. What else could I decorate it with, but a little chick! Happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tins For Some Friends...

My oldest daughter asked if I could make something for her 2 BFFs for Easter. I decided to decorate these tins and personalize them with some vinyl. The penquin was created using the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge that I received from one of my daycare families as an "early" Easter present. This is another great cartridge with so many cute things to create!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tags For TA Week...

Here is a picture of the 160+ tags that I created for the school staff for Teacher Appreciation Week next month. These will be attached to their gifts, but I can't tell you what it is since some of the teachers at the school read my blog... lol! To make these tags I used the owl punch, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, 1-3/4" circle punch, 2-1/2" circle punch, and the Punch Bunch stamp set. Have a great week everyone!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Easter Baskets...

Here are some easter baskets that I finally put together last week with the help of my daughters. I used the Create-A-Critter cartridge for the characters and the Something to Celebrate stamp set. For the basket, I used the Fancy Favor die and scored the top portion to fold it down. The handles were created using the various cutouts from the Tasteful Trim die and attached using brads. The background on the front (although hard to see in this picture) was embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper and Perfect Polka Dots folders. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Talented Niece...

I'm sure you would all agree that my niece is very talented. You see, she drew each and every image that you see here in the photo. Amazing, huh? I love her "doodles" and asked her if she would mind if I used them in my cardmaking and she said yes! So to thank her, I decided to make her this shaker pizza box and 3x3 card set. I hope she likes it and continues to share more of her "doodles" with me!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Orchid Punch Art...

I think this will be the last of my "new" flower creations... at least for now. I created this Orchid, and the rest of those tropical flower punch art, with the inspiration of my Grandparents. My Grandpa passed away over 14 years ago and for those of you who have been following my blog for a while know that my Grandma passed away less then a year ago. They were both great to have around and I learned so much from them while growing up. They were truly the best and I miss them a lot! Creating all these flower punch art lately has brought back fond memories of them! You see, they used to have a yard filled with beautiful flowers which they would take to the graveyard every Friday (rain or shine). They grew Heliconias, Birds of Paradise, Torch Gingers, but especially Orchids. They had a whole hot house filled with these beautiful Orchids. So every time I see these flowers I always think of them. Sorry to get off track, but I just wanted to share the little story as to why I've been creating these flowers. Okay, back to the Orchids... to create this flower, I used the Fancy Flower punch. I trimmed down 3 out of the 5 petals to give it the Orchid shape. For the center, I punched out another flower and used only 1 petal. I stuck a little strip of yellow cs in the center and rolled/glued it. I then poked a whole in the center and stuck it through (gluing the end tip to the back of the flower). The larger petal in the center is just folded at the end and glued down. I hope to one day make a tutorial for these flowers, but with life being so hectic lately, I'm not sure if I'll have the chance anytime soon. Hopefully I'll get around to it. Thanks again for stopping by. I hope that you have been inspired to give these a try too!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Another Bird of Paradise...

I created another Bird of Paradise punch art and decorated a little panel to slip into this waterglobe. I don't remember exactly where I got this waterglobe, but I'm thinking maybe from Ben Franklin or even Wal-Mart. I've had it for a while and only now, decided to use it... lol! Thanks for all the "sweet" comments that you've been leaving me. It brings a smile to my face to know that you appreciate my work. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bird of Paradise Punch Art...

So sorry, but this will be a quick post.

I created this card for a dear friend of mine and I'm hoping that she likes flowers too... lol! Some of you might have already saw my original post of tropical flower punch art which included a Bird of Paradise. If not, you can go back a few postings to find out how this flower was created using the Bird punch. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're enjoying your week!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Graduation in April?

No, no it's not graduation time... yet! I just wanted to get a head start on some cards so that I'm not stressing come graduation season. Here is a card that I decorated with some Plumeria punch art that I created. I used the 5-petal flower punch and rounded off each petal using my paper snips. I also cut the slits between the petals further toward the center. Then I dabbed the center of each flower with some Daffodil Delight ink using the sponge dauber. The final touch to making them look like Plumerias was curling each petal with a pencil. That's it! Hope you'll start creating some of your own!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Heliconia Punch Art...

Yesterday was a free day for me so I decided to tackle more of my punch art sketches. I decorated these two cards with some Heliconias that I created using the Bird punch again. All I did was trim down the birds body for the lower part of the flower. The birds wings were used for the top portion. This was fun to make because Heliconias come in a variety of colors... just try and google it. These were two of my favorites. Check back with me next week as I will have more punch art flowers to share with you. Yes, I have to say that I definitely had a productive day of crafting. Have a safe, but relaxing weekend!