Cards for little kids

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Friday, 12 April 2013

I had some spare time this week which was so nice and I spent a day in my craft room playing with my punches.
I decided to create some cards for little kids so that I had some to give away when the need arises.

These cards I made just for fun, using new and retired Stampin' Up! products...
you may recognise some of these television characters.

Wild About You & Hugs and Kisses
This top card you would have seen before as many people have made these characters using the scallop circle punch.
The bottom card is my impression of 'Ernie'.

I got a bit carried away making up these characters. Rather than make several cards with these characters, I made up an embellishment pack, now I can make them into cards or use on scrapbooking layouts later on.
The two easiest ones which I would definately make again were the frog and piggy. Both use the ornament punch as the base for the face. There are a couple of retired punches too but you could adapt and use the blossom petal builder punch instead, (for the piggy's ears and the frog's collar).

Happy Birthday Girl
This card has some retired cardstock on and a compass stamp from the 'sentimental journey' stamp set which was just perfect for this explorer girl. I tried out a new idea / technique for this punch art that I created. I wanted my punch art to look cartoony and so rather than sponge all the pieces to give definition, I drew around the edges with a marker pen.

Let me know what you think of this outling technique. Do you love it or hate it? Please leave a comment.
Thanks from Rhonda



Brayer Techniques

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Friday, 29 March 2013

You saw my bouncing brayer technique last week and as promised here is some more ideas for using your brayer this week.

For the Newlyweds
I don't use my brayer enough but it is a quick and easy way to add ink to small areas and particularly when brayering over embossed card, as it gives a great look.

This wedding card has 3 brayer techniques:

The heart image is heat embossed with white embossing powder on white card, then brayered over with chocolate chip ink. This technique is called emboss resist as the chocolate ink won't adhere to the glossy embossed image.

The pink pattern at the bottom is dry embossed with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder onto pink pirouette card, then brayered over with rich razzleberry ink. The ink mainly goes on the raised spots. This is quite a fun technique and you get different looks each time you do it, depending on how much ink you want to add on.

The third technique is to brayer colour on ribbon... My ribbon was white 1cm wide taffeta ribbon which I coloured in chocolate chip ink for this card.

Bird on a branch
This next card has a brayered background which is not easy to do (not for me anyway). You need to be patient and work slowly to achieve a smooth look. I tend to want to rush the process. There are some amazing demonstrators out there like Michelle Zindorf and Paula Dobson to name a couple who make this process look so easy but it's not! This is my feeble attempt. The ground underneath the trees was masked off and sponged but the rest of the background was brayered using pink pirouette, so saffron and more mustard inks.




Ideas for Easter

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Friday, 15 March 2013

Cute Chicks Easter Boxes
These wee gift boxes are quick and easy to make using the milk carton die. All the cutting and scoring is done for you when you use this die. I also used the windows framelit to cut two windows. These were covered with a piece of clear acetate. Stamp and decorate your boxes as desired. I used the owl punch to make Easter chicks. The mini wooden pegs are from a dollar save store.

Oh Hello Easter Card
This card uses stamps from the new 'Oh Hello' stamp set. The egg (which is a punched extra large oval shape) is stamped with the patterned chervon stamp and the coloured flowers are with the flower stamp. Both stamps are coloured using a variety of marker pens. No ink pads used here. The chick is made from my favourite punch, the two step bird punch and the wing is the top section of the bitty butterfly punch.

God Bless You Card
I have been wanting to try out making a cross with my modern label punch for ages and finally sat down and did it. I am very happy with how it turned out. I think this card could easily be adapted to turn it into a baptism card or a sympathy card. The background on this card uses a technique called bouncing brayer. This is where you ink up the brayer (solid rubber roller) and instead of rolling ink on you bounce it on moving it around in a circular motion. One end of the brayer stays pretty much in the same spot and the other end moves around the 'circle'.

Next posting I will have some more ideas for using a brayer.
Until then... Rhonda


Baby Cards

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Saturday, 09 March 2013

A New Zealand Icon
This Buzzy Bee card was made with a child's first birthday in mind. It uses stamps from the new 'Oh, Hello' Stamp set.

Baby Bottle Punch Art
I was playing around with my punches trying to make up some new baby cards and was very happy with how this bottle turned out. Very easy in the end. It uses the two tag die, ticket duo builder punch, owl builder punch and word window punch.

It's a girl!
Same punch art in pink...

From Rhonda


Ladybug Punch Art

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

I have some mini wooden pegs with a ladybug on top, and they became my inspiration this week for some small gifts ideas for my customers...

These ladybug tags were made for my customers who came to the Tauranga Extravaganza on Sunday. The little lady bug is made using the small oval punch, 1/2" circle punch and the tiny circles from the two step owl punch.

Tissue Holders
These gift boxes can be pulled up by the ribbon to reveal a pack of tissues inside.

I made the notepad on the right using Pacific Point card but then decided to decorate pens to match so I dug out my retired Stampin' Up! card and was delighted to find the old Brilliant Blue (on left) a perfect match for the pens.

These were cheap pens brought from K Mart in a pack of 12 (called Office One). They have an end that can be unscrewed which means you can inset a roll of designer series paper in the barrel.


I used a knitting needle to curl the paper. Curl into a roll from the long sides (not the short ends). My paper measured 2cm x 11cm.

Thanks for visiting and thanks for the comments. I always enjoy reading them!
From Rhonda


Mini Milk Carton Gift Boxes

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

I made a couple of boxes this week to put on display at our craft extravaganza in Tauranga. They are very easy to make and use two die cuts from Stampin' Up's mini milk carton die.

"Sweet" Treats Box
Uses Rich Razzleberry card, Floral District DSP, Pretty Postage stamp, Extra large tag punch and Very Vanilla seambinding ribbon.

Oriental Gift Box
Uses Sycamore Street DSP, which you can get for free at the moment with a qualifying order. (Contact me if you want to know more.) It also uses the gold Stampin' Dazzle marker and Summer Starfruit ribbon.
I found out how to make these boxes in a great tutorial by Kerry Bunting. Her blogspot is called kbpapercraft.
This second box is made exactly the same way as the 'sweet' treats box with an addition of an extra piece of card.
I added my own touches to my box by embellishing it with punch art oriental dolls and a paper bead to tighten the ribbon with.

 Oriental Dolls Punch Art
I had a cheap plastic photo album with two asian figures on, just like these ones. Our punches were perfect to re-create them. I used the extra large oval punch for the body and hair and either the 3.5cm circle or the ornament punch for the faces.

Paper Bead
The paper for this bead is from the Patio Party DSP. I started with a 2.5cm wide strip of DSP (full 12" length) and cut it in half diagonally so that one end came to a point and the other end was still 2.5cm wide. I rolled it up tightly on a knitting needle (started rolling with the wide end) and coated it with crystal effects so it wouldn't unravel. I threaded both ribbon ends through the bead.
Now to open the box, I just move the bead down and to tighten the ribbon and close the box, I move the bead up.

Thanks for visiting from Rhonda


Single Layer Cards

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Friday, 08 February 2013

I was given a challenge this week to make a single layer card. No added DSP (designer series paper) or cardstock, no ribbons or other embellishments. Just completely flat.

I love adding extra bits to my cards so this was very hard. Here is what I came up with.

Be My Valentine
I delibrately kept this card simple. The 'Greeting Card Kids' girl is coloured in with the Stampin' Pastels, makers and a blender pen. Border is hand drawn. I didn't want perfect straight lines.

Flower Birthday
To add a layer of colour to this card without adding a piece of paper or card, I sponged on ink. To add some texture without adhering any embellishments, I dry embossed a couple of lines either side of the inked section. Once again, a very simple card.

Papaya Collage Card
I decided to make this card a bit busier and to give the impression of layers I used the masking technique, where the image that you want to appear in the foreground is stamped first and then a mask is made for it.
To make a mask, you need to stamp the exact same image on scrap paper and cut it out, then with repositional glue adhere it on top of first image. (In this case the bird and the rose were both masked.) Then stamp the background image (the leaves) all over. Remove the masks and the leaves that were covering the bird and rose are removed with the masks.

If you have some more ideas for making single layer cards, I would love to know them. Please leave a comment.


Panda Punch Art

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Thank you Panda
At Christmas time I was making cards using my favourite (but now retired) stocking punch and the shape looked like bear arms so I decided to make a panda using Stampin' Up! punches and dies. It is based on a early 1960's world wildlife fund® logo.

The card size is 5 1/4" square.
The bamboo canes are handcut and inked using ink to paper technique that I explained recently (two posts ago.) It is the same as the palm tree in my srapbooking post. The bamboo leaves are from the bird punch and are cut and attached individually.

Here is my pattern:

Punches and Dies
2½” circle punch – punch 2, one black and 1 white
Stocking punch – punch 3, black stockings and 1 black heel piece
Small oval punch - punch 2, black
Blossom petal builder punch - punch 1 second smallest petal, white
Cupcake builder punch – punch 2 cherries, white and 2 dots black
Bird builder punch – punch 2 bird wings, black
Corner Punch
Window frame framelits Die – Cut 1 using the second smallest die, white

Tombow glue
Black marker pen
Paper snips


  1. Dauber all pieces with black ink
  2. Trim 2 of the corners of the framelit die so that you have two soft rounded pieces, rather than points. You will need to make sure you have the die at the right orientation.
  3. Dab glue on the remaining 2 points of the framelit die and glue on the small ovals for ears.
  4. Glue on blossom petal shape for muzzle, then glue on heel piece from stocking punch for the nose. Draw in mouth detail.
  5. Cut the tip off the bird wing pieces and glue either side of blossom petal piece for the eyes. Tip: put the two pieces together and cut both at the same time to get uniform shape.
  6. Cut stalks off the punched cherries; follow the natural curve. Glue onto bird wing eye pieces.  Glue the cupcake dots on top for pupils.
  7. Glue completed head onto large black circle leaving a ¼ to a ½” crescent of black showing beneath the head.
  8. Glue on 2 stocking legs to the back of the large black circle piece, pointing toes inwards.
  9. Glue large white circle in place for the body.
  10. Cut the toe off the 3rd stocking and use the corner punch to trim corners of the stocking shape. You will be trimming the top end (opposite to the toe end). Glue behind the white circle. Use the picture as a guide.

Enjoy from Rhonda



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