Ornament Punch Fish

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This is one of my display ideas for my team meeting today.  I came up with 8 different cards, a 12 X 12 scrapbook page and a 3D item all using the ornament punch in some way.  I'll share more later, as I'm sure I will gettting lots and lots of fabulous ideas there.
Oh no!  There's no stamping on this one!  Lots of punches though:  Ornament punch, scalloped oval punch, half inch circle punch, 1/4 inch circle punch, Swirly sizzlet die.

Tote-ally Tess

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Here's a quick card I made with the adorable Tess in the Mini Catalog.  I'm really hoping she makes it to the big catalog as I've just discovered how fun this set can be!  Lots of great stamping stamps in there too!  Unfortuantely I forgot to take a picture of a thank you card I sent out that had almost every stamp in the set on it, so I'll have to make another.  Tess is colored in with markers and her pants are paper pieced.  Fun!

RemARKable Going Green Blog Tour - Post 3

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Welcome back!  Here's my third project idea following the "going green" theme.  You know those tissue boxes, cereal boxes, etc. that you usually toss or cut for the Box Tops?  Not only are they recyclable but they are reusable!  You could simply cover them with designer series paper for a gift box or use parts of them.  They make a great backing for anything that needs a little more strength. The tissue box I used is thin enough to use punches with.  The Big Shot would cut through them easily as well, but here's a super quick and easy craft that would be even be great for a party favor or activity.
Punch a smaller hole ( I used Stampin' Up!'s half inch circle punch) in a little ways from the edge first.  Then, take a larger punch ( I used Stampin' Up!'s 1 1/4" circle punch) and punch so that you have a thin edge from the first circle, but not so thin that it could rip.  Repeat this process with Designer Series Paper, using the cardboard one as a template. Decorate if desired. ( I sponged the edges) Now you could either coat with Crystal Effects or heat emboss with clear embossing powder to seal.  Place a 5mm jump ring through the top and an earring hoop through that.  Voila!  Designer Paper Earrings! 
I hope enjoyed our Tour.  Come back for even more great ideas soon and as always, I appreciate your comments!

RemARKable Going Green Blog Tour - Post 2

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Welcome back!  I hope you are enjoying all the great ideas for recycling, repurposing and reusing items using Stampin' Up! products.  Today I'm using something everyone with kids has - worn out jeans!
We'll take these and make them into this!
Isn't this great? Those ripped jeans are now an adorable pin!  I ran the material through the Big Shot with Stampin' Up! Flower Folds Die.  You can use so many different materials through your Big Shot - it's amazing!  I layered three sizes of the light and dark denim and held them together with a 5/8" jumbo brad.  You can use your Crop a Dile to punch holes to make this a breeze.  Glue on your pin back and you're done. Now, I also happen to have some tulle from years ago and ran that through the Big Shot too to see what that would look like. 

What do you think?  Adds a little something, huh?  Don't stop at jeans, either.  How about those cute dresses, skirts, tops, etc. that got a stain or rip?  Just avoid that area and you can create something fun!  Some of those items might even have a great button you could use for the middle too.   Now onto the next "Green" idea...

RemARKable Going Green Blog Tour - Post 1

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Welcome to the going Green Blog Tour!!  Here's my first idea - recylcing those twist off bottlecaps!
Transform those bottlecaps by washing them out and adding some designer paper and embellishments.  Here you can see I made inital ones.  M for my son, who wanted it to be a magnet for his school locker, and K for my daughter, who wanted it as a necklace. For both of these I punched out designer paper with a 1" circle punch and then cranked out the intials on my Big Shot with the Billboard Die.  I wanted them a little higher up inside so I punched a few more circles out of scraps to glue behind my design. For the M - simply add a magnet on the back with a strong adhesive.  For the K, take your Crafter's Tool Kit and hammer a hole along the rim sort of close to the edge with the paper piercer - or you could use a nail.  This is fairly easy to do as the metal isn't that hard. Then I put a 6mm jump ring through that hole to make it a charm.  Use Crystal Effects to glue your pieces in and add a thick layer of it on top to seal everything in.  Trash to treasure!