Punch art Tucan

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Thursday, 01 September 2011

How to make the Tucan
You will need 3 x word windows for the tail (Basic Black)
1 x Xtra large oval for the body (Basic Black)
1 x 1 1/4" circle for the head (Basic Black) - cut a small piece off one side
1 x scallop oval for the wing (Basic Black) - cut in half diagonally
1 x large oval for the chest (So Saffron) - I orginally used the smaller Stampin' up! oval punch for this but it has been retired now. Cut in half diagonally
2 x large oval for the beak. (Certainly Celery) - Re punch to get the curves needed to make the upper and lower beaks. The lower beak is the same as the upper but just turned over so the narrow edge is showing rather than the wider edge. On the upper beak, use the negative left over card from where the chest piece was punched out of as a mask to mask off a small oval piece where you can sponge on some real red colour. Use picture below as a guide.
Finally the eye is 1 x itty bitty circle punch with a large crop-o-dile hole punch for the centre.


Buckle card instructions

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Motorbike Big Buckle Card

Stamps: Motorbike stamp
Bring on the cake stamp set
Sandy Speckles wheel

Card: Peach Parfait (PP) 3¼” x 2⅜”
Always Artichoke (AA) 5½” x 7⅛” Score at 4¼”
Chocolate Chip (CC) 3 pieces:   5½” x 3¼”,     5½” x 1½” Score at 1½”,      3½” x 2⅝”
Very Vanilla (VV) 2 pieces: 5¼” x 4⅛”,         3” x 2⅛”

Inks: Always Artichoke (AA),
Chocolate Chip (CC)

Marker Pen: Chocolate Chip (CC)

Punches: Word window,
Corner rounder

Other: Mat Pack and paper piercing tool,
Square lattice embossing folder,
Big Shot


  1. Fold AA card along fold line with the help of your bone folder. Then emboss the front flap with the square lattice folder. Use the embossing folder facing up (so that you can see the Stampin’ Up! logo) and laying at right angles to you (ie in a landscape position) insert cardstock (with card in portrait position ) into embossing folder as far as the fold line only. Remember you are only embossing the smaller front section of the card.
  2. Punch a word window hole in the front of your card. I used the old style punch and placed the punch in as far as it would go from the bottom right hand side of the card front. The black outside edge of the punch should be about ⅛” up from the bottom of the card.
  3. Place the largest CC card inside of the front flap but don’t adhere yet. Trace the shape of the word window punch and punch out the traced shape from the CC card, then adhere in place.
  4. Take the long strip of CC card and corner round two ends furtherest away from the score line. Use the sandy speckles wheel to stamp dotty image on card and use the mat pack to make faux stitching lines around all the edges of the strip. (You will not need to go past the fold line as that part will be hidden. You may need to freehand pierce the holes at the corners to give the stitching a nice rounded look at the corners.)  Use the small eyelet placement section on your mat pack as a guide to draw in guide marks for 3 holes. Punch out holes using the smaller circle punch on your crop-o-dile.
  5. Stamp your desired sentiment on the biggest piece of VV card using artichoke ink, taking care with placement so that the words will not show through on the closed card. Adhere the CC buckle to the back of your VV card, making sure buckle is in the right place to go into the punched word window and then adhere both pieces to the AA base card.
  6. Stamp motorbike image with AA ink on the smaller piece of VV card. Use the paper piercing tool to make two small holes close together in the VV card and poke a safety pin trinket through, then mat onto PP card and finally mat onto CC card. Adhere to the top of your card, centring it so that a small portion hangs over the front flap.
  7. Stamp “Wish Big” on your envelope.



Treat Holder

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Saturday, 09 July 2011

Chocolate Treat Holder
To see an image of this tutorial go to blog entry on the 9th of July 2011.

STAMPS Eat Chocolate, Occassional Quotes, Baroque Motifs
CARD/PAPER Whisper White (WW), Early Espresso (EE), Real Red (RR)
INK PADS Versamark, Early Espresso PUNCHES Decorative Label, Word Window
TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen, Glitter, Clear Embossing Powder, Adhesive, Pencil, Rubber, Trimmer and Scorer.

1. Cut EE card to 12cm x 21.5cm. With card in landscape position score at 7cm, 8cm, 15cm and 16cm.  Turn card 90º to portrait position and score down 1cm at each side. Cut away side pieces as shown on the diagram. (Leave side pieces from the 3rd and 4th horizontal score lines and below. The 1cm side pieces above these score lines are all removed.) The remaining side pieces will become tabs to fold into your treat holder. At the 4th horizontal score line cut along the score 1cm just until you hit the intersecting vertical side score line.
2. Measure 2cm up from the bottom right of the treat holder. Draw a line in pencil from this mark to the 1cm side score line at the bottom left of the treat holder and cut that portion away. Stamp random patterns using a stamp from the baroque motif stamp set over the outside of the treat holder.
3. Now fold along all score lines. Use strong adhesive or sticky tape on the tabs and adhere in place. Place a Kit Kat chocolate inside.
4. On WW card measuring 8cm x 5cm, stamp ‘to do list’ from the ‘eat chocolate’ stamp set and adhere to inside top flap of treat holder. On another small piece of WW card, stamp ‘birthday wishes’ and punch out using the word window punch. Adhere to inside of treat holder. 5. Make a belly band to keep the treat holder closed.  Take a 3.5cm strip of WW card and layer EE card and real red ribbon on top. Fold it around the closed treat holder, with the ends meeting in the middle at the front.
6. Stamp ‘I would give up chocolate...’ on WW card using versamark, then early espresso ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat to set. Punch out shape with corresponding punch. Use the 2-way glue pen and glitter to add sparkle if desired. Punch out 2 more shapes in RR card and cut in half so that they create a border behind the white punched shape. Use dimensionals to attach to belly band. Place so that it hides the join at the front of the belly band.
7. Slide the band in place and your treat is complete.

Key to diagram Bold lines are cutting lines. Dashed lines are scoring lines.


Bird house tutorial

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Thursday, 07 April 2011

Birdhouse Box - to see a photo of this tutorial, go to post on Tuesday 12th of April 2011

Punch Potpourri, Occasional Greetings
Chocolate Chip (CC), Basic Black (BB), Very Vanilla (VV), Old Olive (OO), Rose Red (RR), Silver Metallic card, Perfect Plum (PP), Peach Parfait (PCH).
Basic Black, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie 
Scallop Edge, 2 step bird, Sm & Lge tags, 1 1/4” Circle, Boho Blossoms, Crop-o-dile, Little leaves die
Narrow Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, 2-Way Glue Pen, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Spritzer tool, Big Shot Machine, Adhesive, Pencil, Rubber, Ruler and Bone scorer.

To make box
1. Cut an 8¾” x 7” piece of CC card, with card in landscape position score at 2”, 4”, 6” and 8”.  Turn card 90º to portrait position and score at 2” and 5”. (Step 1 has been done for you today.)
2. In landscape position cut along vertical score lines from bottom edge of card up to the first horizontal score line. These four squares will form the base of the box. The small piece at the side of these squares can be completely cut away as it is not needed.
3. At the top of the box, the score lines will form four corresponding squares to the ones that you cut at the bottom. You will need to place score lines on 2 of these squares at the top of the box. Choose the square directly next to the small rectangle tab piece, measure and mark a point halfway in the square at the top edge (1” in). Score from the bottom L of the square up to the halfway mark and do the same from the bottom R up to the halfway mark. You will have scored a triangle within the square. Leave the next square untouched but repeat scoring instructions in the third square.
4. Spritz card with black ink if desired.
5. Fold along score lines, place tape on the side tabs and on the cut bottom squares. HINT: fold box up first to give you an idea of where the tape needs to go. You will only need to tape 3 of the bottom square tabs.

To make the birdhouse roof
1. Take a 2¼” x 5” piece of BB card and score in half at 2½”. Use the scallop edge punch to make scallops at both short ends of the card.
2. Take a ¾” strip of black card and scallop along the entire length of it. Cut it into 2¼” pieces when you have finished. You will need four of these pieces to form the roof tiles.
3. Starting at the centre fold line, adhere one scalloped strip onto the BB card, Line up the straight edge with the fold line. Adhere the next scalloped piece directly underneath it so that it is butted up against the first one. Continue until all 4 strips are adhered. Try and vary the scallops so that the bumps are alternating with each strip.
4. Decide which side of your completed box will be the front and then attach the scallop roof each to the top of the CC box (HINT: Put tape on the CC side rather than the black roof side as the black piece will overhang each side a little bit and you won’t want the tape to show underneath.) The other, un-scalloped side of the black roof remains free and unattached.

To decorate the box    (NB. These may be done in any order.)
• Bird - Stamp bird shape twice in soft suede ink on VV card and punch out one bird and one wing from the two stamped images. Dauber with choc chip ink, then attach wing to bird.
• Bird Hole - Punch 1¼” circle from BB card.
• Leaves - Punch a couple of leaves from 2 step bird punch in OO card (this has been done for you today) and die cut 2 x little leaves using the Big Shot machine.
• Flowers - Stamp Punch Potpourri flowers in real red ink on RR card and punch with Boho blossoms punch. Stamp flowers again in elegant eggplant ink on PP card and punch out. Stamp a third set of flowers in pumpkin pie ink on PCH card and punch out.
• Leaves – Punch a couple of OO leaves from the 2 step bird punch (already done today) and die cut 2 x leaves from the little leaves die, using the big shot, (also in OO card).
• Grass - Take a ¾” x 8” strip of OO card and punch using the scallop edge punch. Then turn over the punch and hold in your hand to see where you reinsert the card and punch into the bumps to create a jagged grass effect.
• Greeting Tag - Stamp Easter Wishes on VV card in black ink and punch out with small tag punch. Dauber edges in black ink. Adhere to silver card, which has already been punched out with the large tag punch. Decorate tag with a small leaf and flower if desired.

Putting it all together
1. Adhere grass to bottom of the box
2. Adhere bird hole to front of the box, below the adhered scalloped roof.
3. Adhere tag to the back of the box, below the loose flap of the unattached roof.
4. Adhere other leaves and flowers as desired.
5. Use dimensional to adhere bird over the bird hole.
6. Put Easter eggs inside the box.
7. Punch two small holes with the crop-o-dile in the unattached roof flap. Close the flap and hold in place while you make pencil marks through the holes onto the CC box below.
8. Lift the flap up and with the points of your scissors, make holes where the pencil marks are. (The crop-o-dile will not reach these holes and the holes will not be seen once the ribbon is threaded through them).
9. Thread ribbon through all the holes and tie with a bow to close.


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