Archive for ‘Animals’

February 17, 2018

Punch art polar bear …

Hello and welcome. This week’s theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is polar bears.  I saw a really cute shaped card on Kristi’s blog and was inspired to make my own polar bear version using punch art…

Kristi shared a link to Treasure Box Designs and I just love their adorable paper pieced animals.  They have a sale at the moment so I couldn’t resist treating myself to some of their cuties and can’t wait to have a play with them, so watch this space for more paper pieced cards coming soon! The patterns can be cut by hand or with cutting machines.  I do own a craft robo but have (shamefully) never really used it – I couldn’t get to grips with it, and spent too long on my computer trying to figure it out. So I usually prefer to play with punches and dies instead, or just cut by hand.

The head of my polar bear is a piece of whisper white thick cardstock cut in half lengthwise, scored and folded in half.  I then rounded the top and bottom freehand with my paper snips. The ears, paws, nose, muzzle and eyes were cut using my Stampin’ Up stitched framelits and details added with a white gel pen…

Finally, I made punch art holly leaves and berries with my oval and circle punches by Stampin’ Up, and sponged with matching inks.   

I adhered most of the features flat to the card,  but popped up his muzzle for a little added dimension.  I had just finished making my card when my cat came in out of the garden with wet, muddy paws and jumped up on my desk, landing on my poor little polar bear – I nearly cried! My cat was not my friend for a while, I can tell you! Thankfully, once the card dried I was able to rub away most of the marks with an eraser.  Phew!

I hope you like my card for this week.  We would love for you to join us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and show us your beautiful artwork. 

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March 18, 2015

The Male Room theme challenge #6 …

Hi and welcome to my blog. There’s a new challenge at The Male Room today, so I have another masculine card for you – a 3D card for the man in my life…

Under-the-sea in 3D

My hubs loves receiving cards that are a little bit different, or that move, and I’m always challenged to come up with something new and different for him!  (You can see some of his previous cards here and here).

He is a keen diver, so I was excited to use an under water theme for his card. I paper-pieced cartoon copyright free images for this fun, 3-dimensional, interactive card with the accordion flip album 3-D bigz die by Sizzix …


Paper piecing is a great technique for using up card scraps – and fun too! 


The punched pieces were sponged in matching inks to add shading and depth, and marker pens added details and pattern here and there. Gorgeous grunge dots stamped in illuminate ink made great underwater bubbles too … 


Computer-generated puns for the greeting (I couldn’t resist), reminders of one of our favourite cartoon movies – Finding Nemo …



And a cute little punch-art crab to hold his birthday greeting on the front of the card.  He may have reached a milestone birthday, but my guy is still young at heart (which I love!)

I’m not sure he’s seen any whales or turtles on his dives, but my husband has described the wonderful, colourful sea-life he’s had the pleasure to see, and tells me it’s like a whole new world down there. It sounds amazing. 

I’m entering my card in the Male Room Under Water Theme Challenge. 

Want to make this blog colours

stamps: gorgeous grunge;

inks: illuminate, stampin write marker pens in – tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, real red, crumb cake, wisteria wonder, rich razzleberry, pistachio pudding, old olive, soft sky, marina mist, pumpkin pie, basic black;

cardstock: whisper white, tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, real red, crumb cake, wisteria wonder, rich razzleberry, pistachio pudding, old olive, soft sky, marina mist, pumpkin pie, basic black;

punches and dies: several circle sizes, small oval, accordion flip album 3-D bigz die by Sizzix;

accessories: paper snips, stampin dimensionals, lolly stick. 

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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