Hello fellow stampers!
Well I know that I have been MIA for awhile but I have been very busy lately. Besides just dealing with 'life', I had to finish the scrapbook that I was working on for my brother. It was a small look into his life with photos from his childhood through adulthood. I won't reveal his age but he has just become a second time GREAT grandfather!
During this time I also got the chance to meet a group of wonderful people at Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas. I wanted to share with them the creative world of card-making. Sending a hand-made card to someone you care about says so much more than buying a generic commercial card that anyone can buy & send. In this world of hurry up and get it done, it's nice that there are some people that can still take the time to make cards and gifts with their own hands and give with their hearts. (Or at least buy hand-made!)
So I am back and ready to share some of the things that I have been working on. I do want to say that I do case things that I see sometimes and will try to give credit when I can. But sometimes I will make something that I cased way back when and just don't remember (I can't remember what I had for breakfast THIS morning!) but if I do please feel free to email me. Thanks!
Today is all about the punch - the Ornament Punch! It can be found in the Holiday Mini catalog on page 25 (item #116794).

I love punches but I had my doubts about this one since I thought it could only be used at Christmas. But oh was I wrong! First I will show you a traditional use:

These are both stamped with the Delightful Decorations stamp set (also in the Holiday Mini - item #116517) and then punched out with Ornament punch. I love stamp sets and punches that coordinate. It makes life so much easier! I stamped the first one with untraditional colors. The second one is done in very traditional colors. I also used Baroque Motifs (#113490) and All Holidays (#114916) stamp sets on the second card. Baroque Motifs is one of my favorite sets because it is so versatile.
Now here is an all occasion card that also uses the Ornament punch:

Noticed the vase? Yes, that's the same punch! See how easy it can be to use it year round? Sometimes you just have to think outside the box! Other supplies used on this card: For All You Do stamp set, Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series paper, Soft Suede, Dusty Durago & Whisper White cardstock, Old Olive, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry classic ink pads and Soft Suede Stampin' Write marker. I used a technique called stamp kissing on this card. Book a workshop and I can teach you and your friends do this easy trick on your next set of hand-made cards!
Friday I'll have some more cards to share.
Until then, have a very Happy Thanksgiving and be safe!
Happy Stampin'


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