ICS Blog Hop – Punch Me Out!



It is time for the Inspire, Create, and Share Blog Hop! Wait, what? It’s not the first Tuesday of the month…it’s the second. Yeppers, we changed it to the second Tuesday of the month…so let’s get going!

This month we are showcasing Punches! This is a fun one for me because I challenged myself to not use a stamp set and punch bundle, of which there are quite a few, but to instead focus on many of our un-bundled punches. I had so much fun, I ended up making 3 cards! 


For my first card I was inspired by another of our demonstrators (now I can’t remember who it was, so sorry!) a while back and had CASEd her card back then. I have a cat crazy friend that I wanted to send a bright cheery card to, so I thought I would do a different take on that other one. I’m loving this card and I know my friend will too!

I punched out 1 1/2″ and 2″ circles in Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, and Pacific Point. I wanted bright cheery colors for this card, can you tell? Then I punched out the cats in black so they would stand out on bright colors while playing peek-a-boo! I used my Stampin’ Blends to color the pearls to fill in the white spaces. The base is Basic Black cardstock and the circles are on Whisper White cardstock. Anything that hung over the edge, I snipped off with my Paper Snips. Then I cut the tail off of one of the cats to stick behind the sentiment. Cute, huh?

I used the Well Written dies for my sentiment because I really wanted to use my new Stampin’ Cut & Embossing machine that had just been delivered by the UPS guy! Plus, I really do miss her!

(Oops, I just realized I forgot to take pictures of the inside…next post?)

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On my second card I used the small bloom punch. Since the stamp set I had for it is no longer current, I used my Take Your Pick tool and the embossing ball end to give these flowers some texture and lift. I ran the ball around the center of the flowers and then also drew lines out to the petals. This gave them texture and circling in the center gave the petals lift. I then cut the Granny Apple Green flower into sections to use as leaves. I also added Mango Melody because I needed a yellow to brighten things up even more! I like that it is an orangy-yellow…it was perfect! Don’t you think? I used the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets for the centers. I used the Everyday Label for the sentiment and punched it out in Whisper White and Granny Apple Green. I cut the green one in half and pulled it apart to adhere it behind the white one. Same sentiment…just because it was easy and that is how I am feeling about my friends back in AZ.

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This last card was pretty exciting to make. I have been wanting to do this for a long time! The Tailored Tag punch is one of my favorite sentiment punches! I use it the most! I have seen other people make cards like this and this Punch Me Out theme was perfect for finally doing it!

As you can see, I punched out a bunch in all the colors that I had been working with on the other cards. After I got them all where I wanted them I snipped them off looking from the back. I used the snipped off pieces to fill in the other white spaces. It was fun and I can see more of them in my future!

I also used the Balloon Bouquet punch for the Gorgeous Grape balloons! They were needed! I tied them with Linen Thread and then tied the 3 into a knot, tied a bow around the knot and used a glue dot to hold it in place. I used the the Well Written dies again for this card. 

THAT WAS FUN!! I challenge you to use your punches to see what you can create! These 3 cards are now going to be a card class because they were easy and fun and everyone likes bright cheery cards!

That’s it for me! Time for you to hop along to Tricia Butts’ blog and see what she chose to punch out!



Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your own Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey! Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts about this project. Feel free to CASE my projects and share them in the comments below! I love to see what others create! 

Blessings, June


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