There’s a Punch for that!

My hoard of punches

My hoard of punches

I am working on a video for Monday, September 12th, as a continuation on my series of videos for paper crafting beginners.  What hand punches do I recommend for a beginner.

First off…..Just because it is a paper punch does NOT mean you HAVE TO HAVE IT!  Trust me.  In that mess of punches, about 3/4 of them have not been used once since I purchased them.  Not once.  Never had its teeth (punch) sunk in paper.  NEVER!

Think about the many videos you have watched on YouTube.  What about the blogs you have read?  Someone has trotted out a punch.  Told you how amazing it is.  Shown you how to use it.  Made the paper piece look amazing.  Told you numerous times (in print or in video) how easy and smooth the punch was to work with.

Your precious sweet mind is full of ideas for projects to make.  Oh,  you tell yourself, having that punch will make those projects pop and be even more amazing!  You check on the availability of the punch at your favorite online stores, or even take a trip to your local craft/hobby store in search of this (cue a choir singing) punch that will make your creative life so much easier and even glorious!

Yep, yep, yep.  Detour.

Do a search for a particular punch and several types show up.  Down near the bottom of the page – or off to the right – are suggestions for something similar.  OR WORSE YET a row of hand tools with the heading “What others bought along with this item”!

You go into your local craft/hobby store looking for a particular hand punch……and

You hop from one hand punch to the next. Which one?  Which one?  WHICH ONE SHOULD I CHOOSE?  This one is more frilly.  This one is so straight and I can use it with lots of stuff.  If I get this one and this one I can layer them together.  Oh, oh, oh!  This one, that one, and THIS one!  Yes!

So…..you are at the check out.  Online or at the actual store.  Did you really intend to spend $45 to $60 dollars today?  Small punches range in price from $4.99 to $6.99.  Medium punches range in price from $7.99 to $10.99.  Large punches range in price from $15.99 to $24.99.

That mess of punches on my work table equates to about $400.  Seriously!  Punches can be expensive.  For a beginner paper crafter the price can be way to far out of their budget.  So how do you go about acquiring a set of punches?  One at a time.  If you keep watch on the sales of your favorite stores – even their clearance sections – you can find good deals on punches.  Those days you may be able to get two punches for under $20.

Start off with the BASIC SHAPES.  These can be used in so many ways.  Their versatility will always make for interesting scrapbook layouts and/or greeting cards.

Circle punches

Circle punches

Square punches

Square punches

I hope to have a video up on Monday to show these punches.  I’m having some difficulty right now.

How long does it take you to vacuum your home, do a quick dusting, clean the toilets, sweep and mop the kitchen and bathroom floors?  Used to take me about 2 hours. Do that in 2 hours now and the rest of the day, along with tomorrow is spent napping most of the day away.  Fighting the pain that comes with it.

Grocery shopping by myself for 3 hours then putting things away is getting harder and harder to do.  Recovery time is about the same, nearly 2 days.  So I’m learning that to get done what I want and need done can be as long as 4 days to do.  If I want to remain awake and able to function or be comatose.

So….until Monday my friends.

Leslie

Small table to work on in Dixon, Illinois.

We arrived safely in Dixon, Illinois and checked into a hotel. This room has a small table for me to spread out my card making things on.

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My crafting supplies have been stowed away in the back truck during this trip. I’ve been concerned about the little tubes of Liquid Pearls freezing in the cold during this trip. Last night we arrived at the hotel in Mt. Vernon, Missouri too late for me to take the craft totes in. Tonight we have stopped fairly early so a check on the goodies was important.

This is the card I made tonight.

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The Liquid Pearls travelled well and I was able to use them. They are taking the place of brads on the label.

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Papers: Club Scrap and Stampin’ Up!
Stamped Image: Birthday Bakery by Stampin’ Up!
Punches: Lacy Scallop, Word Window, and Curly Label by Stampin’ Up!
Ribbon: My stash

I have one more card to make using this stamp set in a kit I put together. I hope to work on it tomorrow night as we stop on our way to Nashville, Tennessee.

Neutral gender birthday card.

Neutral gender birthday card

I was able to get two cards out of the papers I used yesterday.  This is the Operation Write Home sketch #53 from April of 2011.  The sketches are on their site for anyone to use at anytime and for anyone – not just for the military.

  • Papers – Club Scrap and Stampin’ Up!
  • Border Punch – Stampin’ Up!
  • Ribbon – American Crafts
  • Sentiment – Club Scrap

I don’t fancy myself a card maker so any help I can get for layout and proportions I take full advantage of.   How long does it take you to make a card?  Me, it seems to take forever with all the fussing I do in getting things aligned and straight, although I don’t manage to do that well sometimes.

Tomorrow is Christmas Day.  Yippy Skippy!  I hope you all are enjoying the holiday so far.

Leslie

Last of the Thank You cards.

I’ve finally finished the 12 cards I set out to make while home this time.  Well….they are not quite finished just yet.  I still have to put a piece of white card stock inside most of the cards for a place to write a note and I need to make envelopes.  I’ll do that later this afternoon.

For the first card I used a metal piece from the Hodge Podge Hardware set from Stampin’ Up!  I don’t think this particular set is available any longer, but it still might be.

Hodge Podge from Stampin' Up!

Hodge Podge  Hardware from Stampin’ Up!

Of all the cards I’ve recently made this one is the one I really like the best.

Card #8

Card #8

Into the last set of cards cut using one of the Club Scrap Cardmaking Idea Deck things which I’ve chosen the brown and turquoise paper.  I’ve still stuck with the two stamp sets throughout this series of 12 cards.  This time I’ve added ribbon to some and one I’ve used a border punch.

This next card I thought I’d use glitter on only three of the flowers.  That looked pretty bad!  Instead of tossing the piece I brought out the mica water colors and filled the flowers in.

Card #9

Card #9

Oh, look.  I forgot to color in one of the flowers 😦  Oh well it’s still all good.

The next card I brought out my turquoise embossing powder to use on the flourish stamp.

Card #10

Card #10

The next card my creativity took a trip, my “mojo” got distracted, I began to run out of steam 😉  I attached ribbon to each of the strips cut from the card stock and punched the sentiment using a decorative punch from Stampin’ Up!

Card #11

Card #11

The final card I used a border punch on the last two pieces of cuts from the card stock.  Hmmmm, that thing I had Heather do on one of her cards would fit in good right about now.  I used a white gel pen to make tiny dots following along the scallops of the border punch on both the brown and the turquoise.  A piece of ribbon was added to the little set and called it done.

Card #12

Card #12

Now I have 12 “Thank You” cards in varying degrees of feminine and masculine that I can mail or hand out while I’m on the road.  Just in case I need one, or more, I will have them and won’t have to daily remind myself to find a store for the needed cards.

Who wants to place a bet on me remembering I have them?  Any takers? 😉  I think the question really should be me remembering WHERE I stashed them so they won’t get folded, spindled, and mutilated in my purse or my day book case.

If there is anything to take away from this brief stint of card making it is that you don’t have to have a lot of “stuff” to make cards.  I’ve done these with two stamp sets and various embellishments, supplies, punches, and what-nots.  Also, having the card stock cut in a particular way before hand you can get creative with your supplies and tools to make each card different and unique.

A new week has begun.  Hope you enjoy each day of it.

Leslie

Heather came over to make four cards.

Some time back Heather presented me with a Thank You card she had made.  It is the sweetest card 🙂

She tried out her stamping skills to add a personal touch on this card and I appreciated her efforts.

Thank You card from Heather

Thank You card from Heather

Inside of card

Inside of card

Since I’ve been making cards myself I figured it was just as good a time as any to teach Heather how to make cards for herself.  She wanted to come by  yesterday morning while I was doing my paperwork but Joe had to stop her.  Interrupting me during the most dreaded task I have is not a good thing and Joe can attest to that, so he felt it was better for him to hurt Heather’s feelings than for me to do it.  She had to go to work later in the afternoon so I called her yesterday and asked if she would like to make cards with me today.

I sent Heather a text message with the items I wanted her to bring over.  If you don’t learn how to use what you have then you will be disappointed afterward.  My instructions were to bring two (2) pieces of 12 x 12 card stock, a set of rubber stamps, adhesive, and four (4) sheets of 12 x 12 design paper.  I also told her to bring over some of her punches.

The card stock she brought was not as thick as I would have liked so I went into my stash for this project.  As you can see, Heather brought an assortment of tools and things to play with 😀

Heather came prepared to get crafty :D

Heather came prepared to get crafty 😀

I cut the card stock using one of the Cardmaking Idea Cards I’ve recently used.  I had her fold the card bases while I got the rest of the things sorted out.  Once the card base pieces were folded I had her play with the rest of the card stock pieces.  I let her determine how she would like to use the pieces, a suggestion or two from me but this is how Heather decided on placing the pieces.

There is no wrong way, nor a right way to do this. It is just what your particular sensibilities are.

Card bases with the pieces laid out

Card bases with the pieces laid out

I suggested she use one of her punches on one of the brown pieces for her card front.

Using a border punch

Using a border punch

I told Heather to punch both sides of the piece of card stock.  She had an oopsy on the other edge.

Oopsy with the border punch

Oopsy with the border punch

No big deal.  I just whacked a bit off of the oopsy side and had her do it over.

Fixed the oopsy and you never knew it happened

Fixed the oopsy and you never knew it happened

With all the brown going on I brought out my white gel pen for her to make little dots all along the punched edges.

Using a white gel pen on the brown card stock

Using a white gel pen on the brown card stock

A little bit of stamping practice then she got down to business.  I had her punch out one of her stamped images with a 1-3/8 square punch and ink the edges.  She stamped another image and punched that one out as well.

Punching out the stamped images

Punching out the stamped images

Beautiful card.  This is one she can be proud to give away.

Finished card

Finished card

Heather didn’t have a stamp with just a flourish.  The one stamp had a couple of flourishes with a “Thank You” smack dab in the middle.

Pretty stamp with the flourishes

Pretty stamp with the flourishes

Using the tip of the stamp pad Heather carefully inked only the outer flourish.  She did a great job  🙂

Carefully inking the flourish

Carefully inking the flourish

Her second card turned out pretty great.  A bit of patterned paper and a different punch change this card up quite a bit.

Heather's card #2

Heather’s card #2

Heather is learning quite a few new things today.  Next it was the “Marker to stamp technique”.  I showed her how to color her rubber stamp using a water based dye marker….

Craft marker to rubber stamp technique

Craft marker to rubber stamp technique

I told her she would need to “huff” on the stamp to reactivate the marker….

Huffing on the stamp

Huffing on the stamp

Delightful little bird appeared from this technique.  Heather was pleasantly surprised and excited by her results 😀

Cute bird Heather stamped

Cute bird Heather stamped

Heather’s card #3 is charming 😀

Cute, cute card

Cute, cute card

Heather’s card #4 I sort of took over.  I stamped the multi-language “Thank You” sentiment using white craft ink and added white embossing powder then heat set it.  I promised Heather that would be the next technique she would learn from me.

Heather's card #4

Heather’s card #4

Heather stamped the “Thanks” image and put this card together.  Now she has four Thank You cards to give out that she can be proud of.

Next was to make envelopes for her cards.  From the patterned paper she brought over I had her measure the card bases and cut her paper.

Measure your card base on the diagonal.  Corner to corner.  The measurement you get from doing this…add one (1) inch.  For the two 5″ x 7″ cards the diagonal measurement is 8-3/4″ – add one inch then cut the paper to 9-3/4″ x 9-3/4″.

Measure the card base and cut the paper of your choice

Measure the card base and cut the paper of your choice

I have a video on making an envelope and it will be at the end of this post.  Once the card has been centered in the cut paper, carefully fold the paper edges over the card to mark the crease lines….press really well using a bone folder.

Press the folds with a bone folder

Press the folds with a bone folder

There will be little triangle pieces on the four edges of the paper.  Cut on the outside of the score marks to the fold line.

Cut out the excess paper at the corners

Cut out the excess paper at the corners

Now Heather has four envelopes to go with her four cards 😀

Envelopes for the cards

Envelopes for the cards

An odd assortment of rubber stamps can be used successfully in card making.

Small stamps - mostly line art

Small stamps – mostly line art

Mostly graphic stamps

Mostly graphic stamps

Word stamps

Word stamps

Don’t let a small stash of rubber stamps stop you from being creative.  Use your imagination and your talent and all will work out fine 😀

Now for the video on making envelopes from card stock or design paper.

Hope you have all had a great Sunday.

Leslie

Heather got “Punchy” :D

I received the big box of goodies from Maureen on Friday afternoon while Heather was at work.  Heather also had to work on Saturday so she came by last night to see what had been sent to her.

I have video of the box which will be downloaded to my iMovie thing later then edited.  My camera’s battery died shortly after Heather opened the box and began digging through it but you can see the generosity of Maureen.

Appropriately for the scrapbook lesson for Heather was the use of punches.  She now has some of her own, thanks to Maureen.  Also the next product I was intending on introducing Heather to was Rub-Ons and Maureen met that as well.

Do you remember the first time you used a border punch?  I do.  Trying to make sure you get the piece of paper jammed in the punch base straight before you mashed on the handle and worked extra hard at not wiggling the paper and getting wonky cuts.  Then moving that strip of paper along the punch to get a good border.  Man did I mess up several times.  Over cut on some places and missed entirely in others leaving a gap between the punched areas.

I had Heather practice on scraps of paper first before we tackled her pages.  Fun?!  You bet!  She was so excited to see the results.  Tools are so much fun to use 😀

Using her new punches

Using her new punches

The Rub-Ons were a bit tricky to explain.  How do you tell someone that the Popsicle stick is necessary without them laughing their heads off at you?

Do you remember the first time you used Rub-Ons?  I didn’t cut the pieces I wanted to use from the strip and had bits of adjoining images on my paper.  I didn’t rub the vellum hard enough in places, for fear of tearing through, so when I lifted the vellum I found open spots on my paper with parts of the image left on the vellum.  Have you tried to line that piece back up?

Heather had mixed feelings about the stick and wanted to use her fingernails. I remember thinking the same thing.  I just watched and encouraged as she worked away.

Rub-Ons as embellishments

Rub-Ons as embellishments

I opted to not use photo mats on this layout because the photos were already taking up a lot of “real estate”.  These boys are just so very cute.

This project with Heather is my way of giving back.  Reaching out to a soul going through a difficult time.  Heather’s little boys are in foster care.  No fault of Heather’s, just a really bad family situation that Heather wanted to get out of and the family had other ideas.

She sees these precious little guys on Friday mornings.  DHS is working hard at getting her reunited with her boys.  While she goes through this bit of trouble I am making it a priority for her to remember this time as only a moment in her life.  This is not forever.  While she has the time with her boys she can make it special and have something to cling to while she is getting through this.

Her assignment last week was to get down at her boy’s eye level to take photos of them.  I think she did an excellent job.  She is beginning to open up and be a bit more playful in this process.  Learning about scrapbooking and the importance of having an outlet that is not totally dictated by someone else.  I guide her, make suggestions, but she is free to make this book her own.

This week's lesson, punches and Rub-Ons

This week's lesson, punches and Rub-Ons

Heather called me today to see if I wanted to look at what she had done.  Of course!  Get over here 😀

She spent time going through the box from Maureen after she went home yesterday.  She added bits of items to her recent pages.

"Love" Thickers Rub-On

"Love" Thickers Rub-On

"Son" card stock sticker

"Son" card stock sticker

"Brother" card stock sticker

"Brother" card stock sticker

Heather's additions

Heather's additions

Heather was also pretty excited to show me how she used a frame thing she received from Maureen.  There were three of them in the box and this is the first one she made.  Am I proud of her or what?!

A picture frame Heather made

A picture frame Heather made

She wanted to make sure I got a picture of the back as well 😀

Back of the frame

Back of the frame

Maureen.  Your gift to this  young lady has made a huge difference in her life.  You being a stranger but my Friend, your generosity of giving from your stash has opened a world to her that we both get to be a part of.  Thank you Maureen.

You will be receiving a card I made last year with a letter from Heather enclosed.  You will also receive this card she made that comes from her heart.  I know this will put a smile on your face.  It sure as heck did mine!

From Heather

From Heather

Yep.  This says it all 😀  I could not say it any better.

From Heather's  heart

From Heather's heart

Okay, I’m bawling all over again.  I’ll get the video up in the next couple days.  I have some tutorials on things I’ve found out about Spellbinders and the Big Shot, plus I want to make sure you get a glimpse of the gift from Maureen.

Yes, Girlfriend.  You want to kill me about now because I’ve mentioned your name numerous times in this post but I am blown away by your generosity and your loving spirit and heart – everyday not just today.