Friday, 29 July 2011

Friday Fun

Day off work today so decided to have some fun with my Stampin' Up! supplies.

I'd seen this effect on cards before and had thought it must be white embossing powder on coloured card but actually its a brayer and embossing folder technique (Thanks to Monica for the instructions) on whisper white. I love how crisp the Elegant Bouquet looks in white against the perfect plum.

I added a Sentiment from the Something to Celebrate Hostess set on to a die cut tag edged with perfect plum and finished off with a bit of ribbon for a touch of texture.

I don't have any perfect plum designer paper at the moment (terrible oversight I know) so I used some of my stash of retired designer series paper to make a non-matching gift bag :) (thanks to the instructions on Angela's blog) to hold some Stampin' Up! goodies for my friend Margaret's birthday. This time the sentiment is from the Afterthoughts Hostess set stamped onto a decorative label punch out layered onto a sizzix circle and a eyelet border punched strap.

If your interested in any of the products used or would like to learn these techniques yourself feel free to email me.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

More Punch Art

Well after the success of Daniel's lion and Moses in his basket I've been searching for more punch art for other stories.

Staying with Moses for this week he was looking after his father-in-laws sheep when he had the encounter with the burning bush.

There are loads of very cute punch art sheep online but I took inspiration for my sheep from Retiree's gallery at splitcoast stampers with the addition of some wiggley eyes. I couldn't find a punch art burning bush in my searches but Jackies Campfire gave me the idea to use the 2 step bird punch for flames and the punch has a branch with leaves already so used that for the bush. I kept it simple with just two colours of card for the flames rather than sponging to make it easier (and less messy) for kids.

I'm really enjoying working out punch art characters for my Sunday School class and the Stampin' Up! punches are really easy and safe for the kids to use with some supervision.

If you have any ideas for other bible related punch art please let me know.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Punch Art!

I love our Stampin' Up! punches. They're the main reason I became a demonstrator back in 2009 I'd seen a tutorial on you tube just simply using the scalloped circle and a range of smaller circles and that was it I was hooked. I love how they coordinate with our stamps and how they're sized to layer and work with each other.

But now I also love how versatile they can be. I was looking for a new Sunday School idea last week as we had visiting children who were all very young so wouldn't be able to do our normal quizzes, word searches and crosswords. I wanted something crafty but simple and preferably that I could make from what I already had. Quick trip round google later and I'd found several punch-art lions to go with the Story of Daniel in the Lions Den.
This week the kids are still here so I'm going with Moses in the bullrushes using an idea from Michele Reynolds

I'm now officially hooked on punch-art and the other shapes you can find or make from just a few punches. All right I now have way more than a few. Lookout for more punch art in the future.

If you would like to start or add to your punch collection please contact me for more details on the full range of Stampin' Up! punches.