After two wet and rainy days, the sun has finally made an appearance, just in time for us to go home. We have had a great time though, The Deep in Hull was amazing and so was the country park we found by accident at the Humber bridge.
Craft wise I've been up to nothing. But I'm looking forward to getting back to my laptop and a fast internet connection to check out the retired list and the new Stampin' Up catalogue.
The 25th has been and gone, but I did make my cards, I'm just a day late blogging about them.
It may be quite odd for a paper crafter to dislike cutting out but I do. Some of my paper crafting friends love to sit in front of the television with a bit of 'fussy' cutting, but I can think of nothing worse! That could be why I love punches so much. Especially when Stampin' Up do so many punches that coordinate with their stamped images. That makes me a happy bunny. :-)
However, to make this month's 5 Christmas cards, I've used the punches alone. Using punched shapes to make pictures, known as punch art is quite new to me. The possibilities are quite endless, limited only but one's imagination and some very clever crafters out there have created some lovely ideas, one of which I have CASEd (copied and shared).
The adorable Santa is made from just a few punched out shapes. The only cutting out I had to do was Santa's nose (I just about managed that) because I have no half inch circle punch, but it is now top of my wish list!
I'll just run though how he is made, most is pretty obvious but I'll explain anyway:
Large scalloped circle is his hair/beard.
Pink oval and pink circle for his face an nose.
The bird wing from the bird builder punch for his moustache.
The hat is an oval with a notch cut out, I used the wing tip of the elegant butterfly punch.
Fur trim on his had was from the smaller scalloped circle punch.
And finally his bobble is a six petal flower punch.
I think it is all really effective. And my stash of Chirstmas cards is really quite impressive now, I do hope this means I will have a little more time before Chirstmas to make something more interesting, I may even have time to finish my wooden Noël for the mantel piece this year!
I'm spending the day prepping for a card workshop this evening. We are creating three cards, two of which are male themed in readiness for Fathers' Day. As always I like to make just a little treat for my ladies and that is what I have just finished. So after a browse of Pinterest I found a really cute little box that I can stuff with chocolate.
Do you remember these shaped boxes. They used to come with a frozen iced lolly in. I loved them. The shape is just so appealing to me. I was amazed how quick and easy they were to make.
I made a tube, stapled one end flat, filled the pouch, and then stapled the other end at right angles to the first. I trimmed the excess with pinking shears, that just finished it off nicely. The little tag was made from Stampin' Up's 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" scalloped circle punch, the stamps were from the Sweetly Framed set and the paper was a Doodlebug Designs sheet.
I shall certainly remember this little treat box as it was super quick and easy. Hopefully my ladies will enjoy them tonight!
On Saturday I enjoyed a very nice day out at the International Centre in Telford for a Stampin' Up regional event. I really didn't know what to expect but I'm always up for a day's craftiness! The day, as it turned out, was very informative, with information about upcoming products from the new catalogue, ideas for running your Stampin' up business and a quite inspirational presentation by Brian Pilling which, for me, helped to me understand about my barriers to getting stuff done!
One big part of the day was the swapping. The idea is to make a number of stamped items, all the same or similar and then swap them with the other demonstrators. That way you come home with a bag full of inspiration. I have some beautiful items which have given me great ideas for future projects.
One of the tasks before the day was make a name badge. I love this sort of thing. So here is mine, a purple (of course) flower made from the blossom punch in perfect plum card. The background is the hardwood stamp. I love it and it is hanging up on my new Stampin' up lanyard making me smile!
I've been enjoying the evening visiting the blogs of ladies I swapped with and seeing the amazing work on their sites. So please if I've been to your blog and you're now checking mine please leave a comment and say hello!