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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DeNami Product Challenge 5 - Paper Punches

Here are two cards I made for the paper punch challenge. When I was making tags for the blog hop last Sunday, I made two tags that featured punches. I was originally going to hold the snowflake tag for this challenge but it was my sister's favorite so I posted it for the hop. Funny, several people said it was their favorite of the tags I posted. I'm also including one tag I didn't post last Sunday.

So here is a snowflake punch card and a holly wreath card. I confess that I'm working hard to use the 'parts' of cards that I've had in my studio for a long time (even years). All of these punched snowflakes and holly are from punches I don't even own and were punched when Memory Lane was still open in Clifton Park. OK, it's been closed a couple of years. Anyone else hoarding partial projects and left over bits?
The snowflake card has a snowflake patterned paper layered on the card. The side has a strip of felt scalloped trim. The patterned paper has "let it snow" background stamp (retired) in blue and it topped with punched snowflakes and rhinestone snowflakes. It's not easy to photograph these subtle hues. For photography, punching a brighter color would have worked better, but I was determined to use my prepunched snowflakes.

As I reorganized my studio this year, I pulled together these 'parts' and I made one basket filled with ziploc bags of punched pieced, die cut tags, and chipboard pieces. When I went to make the tags for the blog hop, I was determined to use precut tags that had been hanging around and pulled out that basket. I decided that the snowflakes and holly pieces would make it into my punch challenge entires. I'm pleased to say that now I have used all of the snowflakes and holly pieces with this projects.

For the wreath, I used the large double circle stamp which I punched with on the outside and inside. To this wreath holder, I adhered leaves behind and on top. I adhered this wreath to a circle of metallic copper paper then onto a patterned paper. This is layered on another piece of copper and finally on the card. The wreath is topped with lots of rhinestones for holly berries and a copper taffeta ribbon bow. The Merry Christmas is stamped in sepia on the opposite side of the patterned paper then layered on top of a piece of copper which was punched with a Martha Stewart branch punch.

The holly tag includes the holly pick stamp embossed in gold on patterned paper. It's punched with an oval punch then layered on a swiss dot green paper punched with a larger scalloped punch. The outside layer has red rhinestones around the scallops and the tag is topped with gold trimmed ivory ribbon.
So here are my entries. I hope you enjoy them.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

DeNami Gift Tag Blog Hop

Welcome to the DeNami Gift Tag Blog Hop. I'm so excited to share my pieces with these wonderful artists. I've barely begun my holiday shopping and decorating and this was a great way to jump into the season. Hopefully you take way some great ideas for adding your personal touch to your gift giving. You should have made your way here from the blog of Ann Cox. If you get lost along the way, you can start again or jump in at a specific spot by going to the DeNami Blog site.

If I had to narrow it down to one submissions, I’d pick the pointsettia tag so I’ll start there. I used a kraft die cut tag to start and stamped the small pointsettia blossom and single pointsettia in black. They have a quick color of markers and then I used a (very old) Christmas words stamp in green to overlay the text. I used several colors of distress ink to color from the edges of the card and topped it off with some ivory with gold taffeta ribbon and paper pointsettias with brads in the centers. I love using paper flowers. It’s a quick and beautiful embellishment.

The snowflake tag is a very simple tag. I just received my snow flake card kit so I was playing with the snow flake trifle stamps. They're stamped with medium/light blue. I used this ink to sponge some color around the end and then ran the edges through the ink for a darker color. I ran a piece of silver glitter ribbon along the edge. I love these ribbons. They are so unique. I punched blue and silver snow flakes and topped them with some silver rhinestones and stamp 'To" in black . These are my favorite crystals because each individual piece has adhesive - no cutting the strip and hoping the crystals stays with the adhesive. Finally, it's topped with blue taffeta ribbon. Let it snow (on my card and in my imagination, but not outside my home or anywhere I drive).

The holly tag is also simple. It starts with a die cut green tag. I used the mini star and versamark ink for a subtle watermark look. Next I cut a piece of holly holiday paper and embossed the “To” in gold. It's layered on gold cardstock and has a coordinating ribbon across the top and bottom. The ribbon adds another strip of color and some texture. I added the ivory with gold taffeta ribbon on top to finish the tag.

Finally, I wanted to use the wreath stamp as the basis of a gift tag and I decided to use the espresso stamp set (and a coffee bean stamp) as the focal points. I added a little color and some rhinestones. Both the wreath and the background paper were punched with Marvy craft punches. Because I wanted to show that sharing a cup of coffee can be a special treat between friends, I used two tags on this card which were liked by the coffee theme and the background paper. The green grosgrain ribbon is wrapped around the bag of coffee and both tags are hanging like stockings on the mantle.

I hope you enjoy the hop and appreciate your stopping by my blog today. Please leave a comment to have a chance to win a DeNami gift certificate. I would have no problem using that up quickly.

The next stop on the hop is

Simone Naoun

Enjoy the day and have a happy holiday season and new year.