What a busy weekend I had – and much of it was enjoying being outside in some beautiful weather! Yes, even in Hawaii, the seasons change, especially here in the rainforest where winter is our rainy season and there's definitely a chill in the air. The change to spring is a bit more subtle than on the U. S. mainland; but change it is!
Of course we have flowers year round, but it's still fun to remember the spring flowers from my years in Maryland and Virginia. Crocus, tulips, freesia, lavender, daffodils all cry, "It's Spring!" to me.
But when it came to this week's Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, my desire to capture all those flowers in a greeting card had to be modified a bit. You see, the theme is purples and pinks, and I'm not sure I've ever seen a pink or purple daffodil. Now I understand that artistic license would have allowed me to color a daffodil one of those colors, but somehow I just couldn't make myself do it. So, if you look closely, you'll see that the daffodil at the right end of this stamp isn't there any more! Instead, I duplicated the tulip that's in the vase on the left.
Here's what the original stamp looks like:
A quick note before I go into how I rearranged the vases: I didn't think I'd ever want to use the sentiment attached to this stamp. So I removed it from the stamp as I was mounting it. I kept the sentiment and it's mounted on the side of the wood block (this is a single stamp that comes only as a wood-mounted stamp).
Modifying the vase arrangement was fairly easy. Explaining it here isn't quite as easy! So I've created a quick step-by-step set of instructions for doing this with photographs illustrating each step. Click here if you'd like a copy of that. Once I finished the arrangement, I added in my own choice of a sentiment, Just Because from the Stamp Set, A Dozen Thoughts. So pretty!
Now for the really fun part of this project – the coloring! I've been playing with my watercolor brushes a bit lately, and decided it was time to try them out with a Stampin' Up! image. Vivid Vases is the perfect image for such an effort, so off I went to find my Watercolor Paper. No way am I an accomplished watercolor artist, but I was pleased with the way the finished product turned out. I'm sure I'll get better with practice.
If you haven't tried watercoloring with Stampin' Up! Classic Inks, here's a hint about how to use them to their best advantage. With the stamp pad closed, hold it in two hands and, using your thumbs, press the top cover into the inked-up pad. When you open up the stamp pad, some color will have transferred to the plastic inside of the lid. Just lay the stamp pad out on your work surface and use the plastic lid just as you'd use your palette, adding water as you wish. If you don't have – or choose not to use – watercolor brushes, the Stampin' Up! Aquapainter is a great alternative, and probably should have been my first choice for this project anyway!
For this project, I used Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink as my purple (that's why the stamp pad shown is such a mess!), and Melon Mambo Classic Ink as my pink. I also added in some Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink for the stems and leaves, and added some Pear Pizzazz Cardstock, embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder as a background layer. (Don't forget it's still Sale-a-bration time! I got this embossing folder for FREE with a $50 Stampin' Up! purchase!) I cut the watercolor paper with one of the dies from the Deco Labels Framelits set, and matted it with Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant Cardstock cut with the same framelit.
To tie my project all together, I added a piece of Melon Mambo 1/8" Tafetta Ribbon. This was definitely a fun project. Oh, and don't forget to check out the SUO Challenges blog post this week – and even enter a Purple, Pink or Purple & Pink project of your own!
As I write this in March of 2014, one of the sets of Stampin' Up! products with which I've had so much fun is about to come to an end! The series called, "Best of" began in January 2013 and ended in December 2013. There was one set each month during the year of Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary. And now, at the end of this month, the opportunity to purchase any of these sets will end! The good news for me is that I bought them all and will treasure them for as long as I'm making Stampin' Up! projects. But if you haven't ordered all that you have wanted, or – gasp! – have not ordered any, now is the time to snatch them up! Click here to see a flyer that includes photos of all twelve of the "Best of" sets, along with the catalog number for each.
For today's project, I'm sharing stamps from two of those sets with you just to give you a taste of what you might be missing!
The first set is the one called, "Best of Butterflies." This set was first sold in April 2013, and includes four butterflies from years past, as well as one brand new Butterfly never before seen in a Stampin' Up! set. This butterfly is the one I used for today's project as it was designed to go with the Elegant Butterfly Punch. I stamped the butterfly three times, once each in Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, and Melon Mambo. These are three of the colors in the printed sheet of paper that I used from the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper set. Another color in this set is Daffodil Delight, and I used a strip of striped Daffodil Delight from the same Designer Series Paper set as a backdrop for the butterflies.
Throughout this card, I matted elements with Island Indigo Cardstock. The small greeting in the lower right corner of the card is also matted with Island Indigo. That greeting, by the way, is from the "Best of Greetings" stamp set, which was first sold in June 2013. There are eight stamps in this set, and I've never used this particular stamp before. But it seemed to be a perfect design for this project. I hand-cut the greeting out, adhered it to a scrap of Island Indigo cardstock and then cut out a small mat, again with scissors.
Then I got to tie the project all together with a piece of Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. I haven't used this ribbon in a while, and I was glad to have the opportunity to get it out and play with it!
You may have noticed that this is Friday, and I've been involved with the Sketch Frenzy Friday group for the past couple of months. Here's the sketch for this week, and you can see I made some adjustments, first rotating the sketch 90 degrees, and then using an image (the butterfly) that was probably a tad larger than the sketch designer had in mind. But I'm sure you can see that I used the sketch for my design. You, too, are welcome to enter your designs in the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge! Just make a card using the sketch, take a photo, and enter it using the link tool on the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog.
As I may have mentioned, three of our grandchildren (and their parents) were here in Hawaii to visit us for well over a week last month. What fun it was to have them all here. Certainly there were challenges at times – it happens when there are three children 5, 7, and 11. But that's life, and the memories we all made during their very first visit to our home in Hawaii are definitely priceless.
And we already miss them. How wonderful of Stampin' Up! to have in their current Occasions Catalog the perfect stamp to use in a card to the children!
The Stamp Set, Just Sayin', had this perfect sentiment in it – "Miss You Already." I made three cards, each of them with a personal note inside. And the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Papers that I used for the cards is so bright and cheerful – perfect for young children, especially with the addition of the Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon!
This is a photo of the Just Sayin' Stamp Set, and you can see the words that I used in the word bubble in the top right corner. For this card, I didn't really want the word bubble shape. As I hadn't yet used this stamp, I could just have used my Stampin' Write Markers to color in the words and not worry about any of the bubble lines showing up. But then I thought about it some more, and decided I probably wasn't ever going to want the bubble shape. So off it came before I mounted and used the stamp.
But I could always put it in a word bubble because there's a set of Word Bubbles Framelits Dies that goes with this stamp set! In fact, there are a lot of sentiments that could go in these framelits! So I think this worked out well.
You can purchase either of these sets in my online store! The product number for the framelits is 132968, and that for the clear mount stamp set is 133203. If you prefer wood mount stamps, the prouct number is 133200.
These cards will go into the mail to the grandchildren today, and I'm sure they'll enjoy receiving them! I had so much fun making them, and hope you're doing something this week that you'll have fun doing!
After two projects with the Kaleidoscope Suite from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, I am SO ready to get back to something fussy and floral! And where better to go find this than in the Stampin' Up! 2014 Sale-a-Bration Catalog with the Sweet Sorbet Collection! Oh my how I love the colors and flowers of Sweet Sorbet!
I am just loving all the colors in the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper! I have to tell you that the Summer Starfruit yellow color in the 2012-2014 In Color collection has not been my favorite. But once I saw the Sweet Sorbet paper and how well that yellow went with all the other colors, I almost fell in love with it! You can see that, in this card, I even used it as my card base. I also chose the Summer Starfruit Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack to accent the thin vertical layer. That layer's main color is Pistachio Pudding, and there is definitely some Summer Starfruit in there, too.
After I had cut all my papers, I decided to take a bit of the Basic Black accent from the floral pattern and make a very thin mat behind both the main layer as well as the thin layer. This also helped me decide what color to use for the sentiment from the Peaceful Petals Stamp Set – Basic Black, of course!
Once I had this all done, I thought perhaps the thin layer on the right needed a bit more "something" to give it some added texture. Since so far all but the stamp had come from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog, I decided that what I put there should be from that catalog also. So I popped out one of the Adhesive-backed Cork Die Cuts from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack might do the trick. And so it did!
I'm sure most of you know that what is in the Sale-a-Bration Catalog cannot be purchased. What? Nope – you can only get these products FOR FREE if you spend $50 on Stampin' Up! products from the current supply list (including catalogs and items on carry-over lists AND ITEMS IN THE CLEARANCE RACK!!). This year's Sale-a-Bration catalog even includes some suggestions for groups of products that, when purchased, add up to $50 or slightly more. And those products go very well with the 13 products in the Sale-a-Bration catalog!
Do you have questions about this or would you like a catalog? If you do, I am MORE than happy to answer questions and send out Sale-a-Bration or Occasions Catalogs right away! Just send an e-mail to the above address OR call me at the phone number above.
There are just 4 WEEKS OF SALE-A-BRATION LEFT!! So don't delay and lose the chance for this year's FREE PRODUCTS!
After trying out the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper yesterday, I managed to leave it out on my work table while I tended to some other non-stamping projects. Then I came back and got a reminder that it was time for my Sketch Frenzy Friday Design Team project. So guess what paper I decided to use?
Yep – Kaleidoscope (I'm trying to type that a lot this week so my fingers are used to spelling it correctly!) Actually, I did the sketch for this week's Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge, so it wasn't hard for me to decide to use this paper with all its triangles in so many different colors. So why not go get that Triangle Punch and use that rather than stamping the triangles (great patterns in the Geometrical Stamp Set, though!)? I picked three of the six sheets with triangles to use for this layout.
Once I had the triangles all laid out, I had to decide on my central image for the card. Looking around for new products that I'd not yet used, I spotted my brand new Fringe Scissors AND the Starburst Framelits Dies from the 2014 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog! I'd been playing with them, but still hadn't gotten around to using them in a blog post project. I decided now was the time! So I cut a circle from the framelits set and added two layers of fringe all around! The final piece of the central element was another geometrical shape, the Hexagon Punch, and two stamps from the Six Sided Sampler Stamp Set.
Some Basic Black Candy Dots and Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to tie the project all together and I was done!
And now for those Mini-Tutorials. There are two: one for getting those triangles all nicely lined up and one for making the fringer for the circles. If you'd like a copy of them (both on one sheet) just click here and save it or print it!
Oh, and one other thing. I mention in the tutorial about the triangles that I used my Grid Paper for lining up the elements on the cardstock. The Grid Paper is a wonderful tool and a great buy with 100 11" x 17" sheets in a pad – and it's in the Stampin' Up! Catalog! To order click here and add the Grid Paper (item #130148) to your shopping bag.
You may have noticed that, in the Stampin' Up! Catalogs, products are grouped in "suites." While I know that, I rarely find myself working just within a "suite" to make a card or other project. This card, though, is a bit different. I made a conscious decision to work with some products in one suite to try to make a card even if it wasn't totally my style. Without really thinking, I chose the "Kaleidoscope Suite" from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Occaions Catalog to use for making a card. What a challenge that turned out to be for me!
Now it's not as if I haven't used products from this suite before. I have. I just haven't used them all together on one project! And actually, this card doesn't use that many. But it certainly does make for a card that's a bit different from what you usually see me make!
Here are the Kaleidoscope products included in this project:
- The Geometrical Stamp Set (item #133158). I stamped the "cheer up buttercup" stamp using Strawberry Slush Classic Ink and it came out better than I expected. Strawberry Slush is not in thel set of colors I usually use. But I decided it was going to be one I used in this project because it was in the papers I was going to use!
- The Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper set (item #132995). What a strange (to me) set of designs and color combinations! To start, I decided to use the monochrome polkadotted Bermuda Bay and "dotted" with triangles Crushed Curry sheets. That was pretty inocuous. But then I needed a bit more in the way of color, and ended up using a strip that included those colors as well as Basic Black.
- The Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die (item #132965). I used this to die cut through the Bermuda Bay piece so that the Crushed Curry piece of paper showed through.
To accent the card, I do as I am often wont to do and tied the project together with a piece of ribbon. In this case I used a piece of Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon which I tied into a knot over the strip of Kaleidoscope paper.
I made the card base with Strawberry Slush Cardstock, and I also used the same cardstock to mat the multicolored piece of Kaleidoscope Paper.
Now isn't that BRIGHT!!! Of course it is, and that's why I thought to use the "Cheer Up Buttercup" sentiment. How can you not want to cheer up when you see all those bright colors?!
OK, now that I've got that out of my system, I do have to say I had fun with it. But I'm planning on having some fun with some nice pastel flowers later on this week – and I'll have MORE fun with those!
On the other hand, you may just find this Kaleidoscope suite of products just up your alley! If so, I would be more than happy to have you visit my Stampin' Up! store to look at some more of the products in the suite and even purchase some for yourself. If you have any questions about this, please do give me a call or send me an e-mail! I'm sure you'll have fun with whatever you buy!
Oh, my, I've been so busy with my grandchildren that I didn't realize that all I'd done with this post was to put a picture of my project up! Shows you how much more important those kids were than the computer. But now, unfortunately. they've gone home to North Carolina. And fortunately, I'm back in my craft room getting things somewhat back to normal!
This is the project that I made for the current challenge at SUO Challenges. The challenge is to use banners in our projects!
I actually made this card over a week ago when a new online friend from Australia visited, and we had a class in my home for her to join us and make some projects with the new Banner Punch (I've already posted one other project that we did which you can see here). While we were at it, I taught a few new (to them) techniques, among them good old fashioned masking.
For the stamped layer in the project, we used three images from the stamp set, Happy Watercolor. I wanted the flower to appear as if it was behind the paint swatch and sentiment. Here are the steps to do that:
- Ink up the paint swatch stamp and stamp on cardstock. I used Daffodil Delight Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock cut 3" high by 2-3/4" wide.
- Stamp on a piece of light weight scratch paper. I find that the best paper for this is a sticky note, and I stamp at the top where the sticky part of the note is to help keep this piece in place when I take the next step.
- Cut out the shape that you just stamped on the sticky note and place it over the stamped image on the cardstock. When I cut out an image for masking, I cut really, really close to the stamped image, even cutting off just the teensiest part of the edge.
- Ink up the flower stamp and stamp it where you want it to appear behind the paint swatch. I used Island Indigo Classic Ink.
- Remove the sticky note pain swatch and now the paint swatch looks as if it's been stamped over the flower!
I colored in the flowers using my Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Marker and then stamped the "You Make Me Happy" stamp over the paint swatch using Island Indigo Classic Ink.
Before I punched the banners, I created the card base using Tangerine Tango Cardstock cut 11" high by 4-1/4" wide, and folded it in half to make a card 5-1/2" high by 4-1/2" wide. Then I cut a piece of Daffodil Delight colored paper from Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (DSP) 4-3/8" high and 4" wide. I layered it on the front of the card 1/8" in from the top and sides.
Then I made the banners. I punched six different designs from the Watercolor Wonder DSP set. Then I adhered the banners so they bumped up against the bottom edge of the Watercolor Wonder DSP layer, evenly spaced across the 4 inches of that layer. Finally I layered a 1/4" wide strip of Island Indigo Cardstock and adhered it across the edge where the banners met the layer.
The last part of this project was to mat the Whisper White stamped layer onto a piece of Island Indigo Card stock that I'd cut 3-1/8" high by 2-7/8" wide. I adhered it to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
OK – now I'd better go to see if there are other projects out there on blog posts that don't have anything written on them. I'm sure by the end of the week I'll have recovered from having all that family in our house – but I'll also miss them a lot! I definitely need to get crafting to get over that!
The week before last I had a visit from a stamper from Australia. What fun that was!!! Actually Karin, and her husband, Cliff, had found my husband, Harry, as they would be visiting our part of Hawaii's Big Island, and my husband runs the local duplicate bridge club. They were looking forward to playing some bridge with our group and Harry got them all set up to play with us. Meanwhile, Karin was surfing the Internet and found a reference to a project on my blog. When she saw the name, "Messenheimer," and the "aloha" at the start of my blog, she put two and two together and came up with me!!! And, yes, I play bridge, too. So we were well met all around. Of couse we had to schedule some paper-crafting time, and I invited my neighbors, Marcie and Lucy, to come and have a fun class with me and Karin.
All of the projects that we did that afternoon involved the Banner Punch from this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalog. That's a punch that's FREE WITH A $50 STAMPIN' UP! PURCHASE of $50!!!
So what did we do with that punch? We took some sheets from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (item #132996) and punched our choice! I punched 5 different sheets, but everyone chose their own sheets, and didn't necessarily punch that many different sheets. So many color variations you can make with that banner punch! And so many ways you can use that Paper Stack! The background of the card is one of the sheets from that set, too!
To go with the colors from the Paper Stack, we used Real Red and Crumb Cake Ink and Cardstock to create the rest of the card. We stamped one of the stamps from the Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, See Ya Later. In the beginning I didn't really see much that I liked in that set. But once I had it in my posession, I could find LOTS of things to do with it! For the card, we stamped the entire Birthday Stamp on Whisper White Cardstock using Crumb Cake Classic Ink. Then we stamped the same stamp again using Real Red Classic Ink. We cut out the word, "Birthday," as well as the little cupcake at the top of the stamp and glued them onto the piece stamped in Crumb Cake. You don't have to be really particular about cutting that little cupcake as it's going to be adhered against Whisper White Cardstock anyway.
For the ribbon holding the banner, we used Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. First we tied a knot in one end, leaving a nice length of ribbon for snipping to size. Then we carried the ribbon across the top of the card just as we'd like to see it dipping as the banner. Once we knew where we wanted the other side of the ribbon to be, we tied a knot at that spot and snipped the ribbon. We used a Mini Glue Dot to hold down the ends of the ribbon as well as the middle part to form the shape for the banner.
Once the ribbon was adhered, we attached a Stampin' Dimensional to the bottom of each punched banner piece and adhered it to the card front just under the ribbon. Where it was necessary, we used the punched piece to push the ribbon up into place.
It took us almost no time at all to complete this card! Karin will be taking one back to Australia with her and Lucy and Marcie now have some new cards to share, too. Oh, and so do I!!!
We had so much fun with the banner punch and I'll be sharing one more card that we made with you later this week. We also made copies of the card first shown off by Stampin' Up! Artisan Award Winner, Jennifer Timko, that features a sun with its ray made with the banner punch. Fun card, and I'm sure you've seen it all over the web so I won't bore you with just one more copy here! Jennifer's was the best, and I'll just leave it that way!!! On the other hand, none of the ladies at my "class" had seen that card anywhere, so it was new to them and they loved it!!
I had so much fun just showing off a few products in such a diverse group of projects that I'd love to do it again! If you're on Hawaii's Big Island and would like to have a class, please give me a call or send an e-mail and I'll be glad to work something out with you. We can have a class in Robin's Craft Room or at your own home or office! Wherever we do it, it's guaranteed to be lots of fun!!!
If it's Friday, it must be time for another rendition of Sketch Frenzy Friday! That's a challenge group where we're given a sketch each week and asked to make a card of our own that follows the sketch. This week I saw the sketch and I immediately saw flowers!
I just love the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper set in this year's Sale-A-Bration catalog. You know what that means, don't you? It means that this is a set of paper that you can GET FOR FREE JUST BY PURCHASING $50 WORTH OF STAMPIN' UP! PRODUCTS! And I've already received two packs of this paper because of my own purchases, and I'm well into my second pack. I especially like the sheet with the lovely flowers in it! They are so defiinitely "Spring"!
Perhaps I should share this week's Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch with you so you can see how I made my own design to go along with it. You may think in looking at this for the first time that there are bubbles in this sketch! Not so!!! I looked at those circles, and I saw flowers. I saw one large flower and several smaller flowers. I wasn't so sure about the "rick-rack" type design, but I quickly decided it looked like ribbon. Once I had that all firmly in my imagination, I started my design.
I scanned my bookshelf of stamp sets and decided on the set, Mixed Bunch which was made to go with the Blossom Punch. That was all that I needed for the large element on this card. For the smaller elements, I used pieces punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch, two of which I stamped with smaller images from the Mixed Bunch set. The colors I chose for the flowers were some of the colors in the Designer Series Paper sheet that I'd used for my background: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, and Pool Party. I added one more small flower towards the bottom of the card as I prefer an odd number of elements of the same type in a design.
Once I had the flowers done, I chose some Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon for the ribbon accent suggested by the sketch. But, when that was all done, I really didn't have room for the sentiment near the ribbon. So I chose to put it towards the upper left corner of the card. The sentiment is a birthday greeting from the Wetlands Stamp Set. (I think I like that set for its sentiments more than I do for its images!!)
The embellishments for this card include some Candy Dots in various colors to match the colors in the printed paper. I also included one of the In Color Dahlias (Summer Starfruit), even though I really do not much like them for cards that are going to go in the mail. They're very sharp and will tear through envelopes unless you have extra layers between the card and the envelope. But I liked the look of the Dahlia on this card, so I sprung for some extra cardstock in the envelope, as well as for the extra postage that required!
This is a very special birthday card. It has already been sent off to a dear aunt of my husband who has also become a dear aunt to me. We get to see her at least once a year – and unfortunately only once a year! But it's easy to remember her birthday as it's the same as mine! So that makes it a LOT of fun to make a card for her!
If you have any questions about how I make cards for challenges, please don't hesitate to ask me. I love getting people
hooked on interested in projects such as these. They're so much fun!
You know by now that I don't necessarily spend too much time in my blog posts talking about my family. But with three grandchildren here visiting for 10 days, it's hard NOT to chatter about how much I enjoy them!
In my last blog post, I shared how they worked so hard to make Thank You notes for our neighbors who helped out when we needed them on Sunday. While we were all in the craft room making the Thank You cards, I became aware that their mom had been going through my stamps, and all of a sudden more cardstock was being punched than was necessary for the Thank You cards, and some non-Thank You card stamps were being hidden under pieces of paper on the table. As that day was my birthday, it wasn't hard to figure out that there were some birthday cards being made on the sly!
And oh aren't they fun! The card on the far left was made by 8-year old granddaughter, Kiara, who commandeered the Banner Punch as well as the Cupcake Builder Punch. She knows I like flowers and butterflies so out came the Bitty Butterfly and Petite Petals Punches, too. She even used Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink to match the Happy Birthday stamp from Sassy Salutations with the Tempting Turquoise Paper Stack paper she used for the Cupcake. What fun!
Five-year old Carson made the card on the top. Oooh, there's that Banner Punch again, which he creatively used as the base for his own version of a cupcake, made with the Mosaic Punch to form the Cupcake Top. He stamped Happy Birthday by himself (!) and then his mom helped him punch it out with the Modern Label Punch. The card at the top right was our adult daughter's design. Again, knowing I love flowers, she worked with a variety of colored cardstock which she punched with the Pansy Punch and embellished with some In Color Dahlias. Her Happy Birthday was also punched with the modern label punch which she layered on top of some Chocolate Chip Cardstock punched with the Decorative Label Punch.
Finally, 11-year old Morgan made that lovely card with the pastel cardstock punched with the Banner Punch (definitely the hit punch of the day!). She'd seen one of the cards that I'd made "hanging" the banner punched pieces from a ribbon "string," and she decided she wanted to know how to do it. I taught her how to do it, and off she went! I cannot believe that she saw my Pennant Parade Stamp Set and recognized a Birthday Party Hat in it!!! Her final touches were the strips of cardstock on either side to "hold" the banners. We had used some Pumpkin Pie cardstock for her to learn how to use the Scallop Trim Border Punch on both sides of a strip (there was a math lesson involved there as we determined how wide the original strip had to be). Once she finally got it down, she was pretty tired of the whole routine, so she decided to use the "practice" pieces for the card. She'd counted out how many punched pieces she needed for the two banners, and then hand wrote the letters.
I can see that, if I had these children nearby, there would be lots of crafting going on in my craft room! What fun that would be!!!! I hope that if you have children or grandchildren, you sometimes just let them go in your craft room. I found it was easier that I limited them to just punches and cardstock for the first go round. Their imaginations were definitely in full motion just with the punches and all the colors. By the time they leave, we'll have done some scrapbooking, too, and for that I'll bring out the Sizzix and framelits as well as the punches. I can see more fun now!!