Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Punch Art Gift Bag Tutorials

I filmed a video and it was one big blooper! So I did another and I didn't like it any better than the first. So, to save time, I'm posting the tutorial(s) instead. If you would like to Print or Save a PDF copy, click on the PRINT button at the very bottom, left side of this post.


Bee:
Paper: 5" x 12" Daffodil Delight CS (124275),5 strips 3/8" x 12" Basic Black Card Stock (124267) & Whisper White(100730) Pink Pirouette CS (111351).
Tools: Fancy Favor Bag Die (115965), Big Shot (113439), Extra Large Oval Punch (119859), 1/2" Circle Punch (119869), 3/8" Circle Punch (118309) Heart to Heart Punch (119861)
Ink: Basic Black Stampin Write Marker (105394) &
Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (105021)
Ribbon - 5/8" Basic Black Satin Ribbon (117285); 2 pieces 7" each and 1/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon (119254).
Antennas: Craft Wire (local craft store in the jewelery making aisle)
Buttons: Nuetrals Button Collection (119743)
  1. Adhere 5 - 3/8" x 12" strips of Basic Black CS to 5" x 12" Daffodil Delight CS using SNAIL and spacing 1" apart.
  2. Place on Fancy Favor die and cut out using Big Shot.
  3. Fold on score lines and assemble using Sticky Strip.
  4. To attach the handles: 2 pieces of ribbon, approx. 7" ea. Place a small piece on Stick Strip, on the inside ( right & left side) of the front & back panels. Remove red backing and adhere ribbon for front & back handle.
  5. Face: punch extra large oval in Daffodil Delight CS.
  6. Eyes: attach 2 - 3/8" circles in Basic Black to 1/2" circles in Whisper White CS. Use white gel pen and make a dot off-center for each eye. Attach to face with mini glue dots.
  7. Make two dots for nose using Basic Black Stampin Write Marker and then draw mouth.
  8. Punch lips in Pink Pirouette CS using the smallest heart from the Heart to Heart punch. Attach with mini glue dot.
  9. Antennas: I wrapped 2 - 2" pieces of craft wire around paper piercer to curl and attached to the back of the large oval using pop-up glue dot.
  10. Attach face to bag with a Stampin' Dimensional.
  11. Tie a small bow in 1/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon and attach to bottom of face with mini glue dot.
  12. Thread a small piece of 1/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon thru each Basic Black button, trim ends and attach to bag with mini glue dots.




Cow / Horse:
Paper: Soft Suede Card Stock, 5" x 12" (124298) Not Quite Navy Card Stock 3" x 12" (124283), Basic Black Card Stock (121045) & Whisper White(100730).
Tools: Fancy Favor Bag Die (115965), Big Shot (113439), Extra Large Oval Punch (119859), Blossom Petals Builder Punch (121808), Petite Pennants Builder Punch (122361), 1/2" Circle Punch (119869)and 3/8" Circle Punch (118309), Mat Pack (105826), Bone Folder (102300)
Ink: Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker (120973), Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (105021)
Ribbon - the ribbon I used in now retired, but you could substitute 3/8" Not Quite Navy Taffeta Ribbon (122978) 2 pieces 7" each and 1 - 10-3/8" piece.


  1. Adhere 3" x 12" Not Quite Navy CS to Soft Suede CS 5" x 12" using SNAIL or double sided adhesive.
  2. Place on Fancy Favor die and cut out using Big Shot.
  3. Fold on score lines and assemble using Sticky Strip.
  4. To attach the handles: 2 pieces of ribbon, approx. 7" ea. Place a small piece on Stick Strip, on the inside ( right & left side) of the front & back panels. Remove red backing and adhere ribbon for front & back handle.
  5. Belt loops: Cut 2 pieces 3/8" wide of Night of Navy CS and wrap around 10-3/8" piece of ribbon and adhere with SNAIL or double sided adhesive and trim excess. Apply Sticky Strip on backside of ribbon and attach over the seam of where the Night of Navy CS and Soft Suede CS meet.
  6. Head & Face: Punch 1 piece of Whisper White CS and 1 Soft Suede using the Extra Large Oval punch. Face: I punched out a triangle using the Petite Pennants Builder Punch in Whisper White CS and attached to Soft Suede Oval. Adhere two ovals together.
  7. Ears: Using the Blossom Petals Builder punch , punch out two (2nd to the smallest) petals in Soft Suede. Lay them onto Mat Pack and take bone folder and make a crease down the center of each ear. Attach on the back side on the head with SNAIL or mini glue dots.
  8. Hair: I took a scrap piece of ribbon and made a couple snips and attached with SNAIL.
  9. Eyes: 2 - 3/8" circles in Basic Black and use white gel pen and make a dot off-center. Attach to face with mini glue dots.
  10. Nose: 2 - 1/2" circles in Soft Suede and attach with mini glue dots.
  11. Mouth: Draw mouth using Soft Suede Stampin Write marker.
  12. Place Stampin' Dimensional to the back and attach to gift bag.



Bug:
Paper
: 5" x 12" Sweet Shop Specialty DSP from the Occasions Mini Catalog (125408), Basic Black Card Stock (121045) & Whisper White(100730) Pink Pirouette CS (111351), Cherry Cobbler CS (119685)
Tools: Fancy Favor Bag Die (115965), Big Shot (113439), Extra Large Oval Punch (119859), 1/2" Circle Punch (119869), 3/8" Circle Punch (118309) Heart to Heart Punch (119861)
Ink: Basic Black Stampin Write Marker (105394) &
Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (105021)
Ribbon - 3/8" Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon; 2 pieces 7" each and 3 - 10-3/8" piece.
Antennas: Craft Wire (local craft store in the jewelery making aisle)



  1. Place 5" x 12" DSP on Fancy Favor die and cut out using Big Shot.
  2. Fold on score lines and assemble using Sticky Strip.
  3. To attach the handles: 2 pieces of ribbon, approx. 7" ea. Place a small piece on Stick Strip, on the inside ( right & left side) of the front & back panels. Remove red backing and adhere ribbon for front & back handle.
  4. Skirt: apply Sticky Strip on on each piece of 10-3/8" ribbon. Attach to bag starting at the bottom with the first piece and then overlapping the 2nd & 3rd.
  5. Head & Face: Punch 1 piece of Whisper White CS using the Extra Large Oval punch.
  6. Antennas: I wrapped 2 - 2-1/2" pieces of craft wire around paper piercer to curl and attached to the back of the large oval using pop-up glue dot. Take 4 - 1/2" circles in Basic Black and attach to the end, front and back, of antenna with mini glue dots.
  7. Eyes: attach 2 - 3/8" circles in Basic Black to 2 - 1/2" circles in Whisper white and using white gel pen make a dot off-center on each eye. Attach to face with mini glue dot.
  8. Nose: attach 3/8" circle in Basic Black with mini glue dot.
  9. Draw mouth using Basic Black Stampin Write Marker and attach two Pink Pirouette 3/8" circles with mini glue dots for cheeks.
  10. Lips: using the smallest heart on the Heart to Heart punch a heart in Cherry Cobbler CS and attach to mouth with mini glue dot.
  11. Attach face to bag with Stampin' Dimensional.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Punch Art Gift Bags

Howdy Friends!
Wouldn't these treat bags make a darling favor for a child's birthday party? The one in the middle started off as a horse, but looks more like a cow : ) But that's even better because our grandson LOVES cows. All he wanted for his birthday last year was a real one! Needless to say, he didn't get a live cow, but I'm hoping he will like these treat bags for his party this year.

I'm working on a video and hope to have it ready tomorrow or Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Organization and Product Tips

Texture Impressions Embossing Folders
Fast and easy die cuts are just one of the great features of the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. Unlike some machines, the Big Shot is versatile enough to do more than die-cut. There are also a variety of texture and embossing options. The Texture Impressions Embossing Folders are the perfect tool for quickly and easily creating deeply embossed images, patterns, and textures.
With a simple crank of the Big Shot handle you can boost the visual appeal of your projects by adding the texture of embossing.

How to use Textured Embossing Folders:
1. Place card stock piece into the Texture Impressions Folder and close the folder.



2. Sandwich the folder between two Standard Cutting Pads. Open the Multipurpose Platform so both tabs are extended. Place the sandwich onto the Multipurpose Platform.
NOTE: Easy to follow instructions are listed right on the Multipurpose Plat form for your convenience.



3. Place the Multipurpose Platform and sandwich onto the Big Shot and use the handle to crank them through to the other side. It doesn’t matter which way the Texture Impressions folder is placed or which direction it goes through the machine.



4. Pull the newly textured card stock out of the embossing folder.



5. The pattern is deeply embossed and debossed. Use either side of the design you prefer.

(Side 1) (Side 2)


6. Multiple pieces of smaller card stock can be embossed at once.

NOTE: When using embossed card stock it is important to note that it has less surface area that touches the surface of the material you are attaching it to. If using SNAIL use more than you normally would, or use Mini Glue Dots or Sticky Strip for a strong bond.

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