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Blooming Blossom Birdhouse

With spring finally here Hand Stamped Sentiments has a Blooming Blossoms Challenge.  Make any project with flowers.  Now how can you pass this up!  There are so many possibilities and endless ideas for this challenge.  I moved my craft area to a room in my house where I have a window and I can see and hear birds chirping.  It’s such a wonderful sound.  Recently I had a cardinal right outside my window.  I happen to love these birds with their bright colored red feathers. You can’t miss them.  This week my project is celebrating flowers and Cardinals.

I wanted to use bright happy colors so I went with Stampin’ Up! In Colors – Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride and Poppy Parade.  Love, Love, Love these colors.  At first I wasn’t sure I liked them together but as I was creating my project it all came together.  My birdhouse card features a large Blushing Bride flower punched with the Blossoms Petal Punch.  I also used the retired Trio Punch for the small flowers.  I was sad to see this punch retire but a good substitute is the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  I also used the Fancy Flower Punch to frame the opening of the birdhouse.  For the branch and the Cardinal I used the Two-Step Bird Punch.

I’ve seen the Cardinal on many blogs so I made mine with the Two-Step Bird Punch.  I punched two wings and used one for the crest and colored the face with a Black Stampin’ Write Marker, sponged the edges for depth and added a Basic Clear Rhinestone for the eye.

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I hope you’re inspired to join us on Hand Stamped Sentiments.  We’d love to see your Blooming Blossom projects.

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Birdhouse Card

Birdhouse Template: Click here to obtain birdhouse pattern.  I did a scalloped roof instead of the roof offered with the pattern,.

Size: approx. size 4.25″ H x 5.50″ W

Stamps: Tiny Tags, With All My Heart

Paper: CS: Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride; DSP:  In Color Hostess Level 1 Paper Pack

Ink: Poppy Parade, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Blossom Petal Punch, retired Trio Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Two-Step Bird Punch, Jewelry Tag Medium, Fancy Flower Punch, 1″ Circle Punch

Technique: Stamping and Punch Art

Owl Love

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a Punch Theme Challenge.  I was so excited about this challenge because one of my favorite punches is the Two-Step Owl punch.   So I decided to create my project around this punch.

I’ve been wanting to make an owl box to store 3″x3″ cards and I’ve succeeded.  The 3″ x 3″ cards and envelopes fit nicely into this box.  I’m finishing up the tutorial along with the dress tutorial.  I promise to post them by the end of the week.

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Owl Box and 3″ x 3″ cards

Finished Box Size: Approx. 5.50″ w x 7.00″h

Cards, Finished Size: 3″ x 3″

Stamp Sets: Tiny Tags

Paper: Digital paper Play Date, CS:  Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Tempting Teal, Real Red, Crumb Cake

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Two-Step Owl Punch, Two-Step Bird Punch, Scallop Trim Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Basic pearls, 5/8″ Real Red grosgrain ribbon,

Techniques: Stamping, Paper Punching


See the birdie…

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments there is a new color splash challenge.  The colors are fresh and crisp – Real Red, Pear Pizzaz, Pacific Point and Early Espresso with either Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  For my card I was inspired by Ashley C. Newell’s Thinking of You card featured in the book ‘ A Card a Day’.  I created my own printed paper by stamping the flourish from the Baroque Motifs on the Pear Pizzaz and on the Whisper White.  I then punched the Pearl Pizzaz with the 1/3/4″ circle punch and I punched the Whisper White wing with the Two-Step Bird punch. The bird image is also punched with the Two-Step Bird punch from the Early Espresso.  I wanted the bird image to be subtle so I used the Early Espresso then layered the circles and white branch behind it so you could just see the silhouette of the bird.  I cut the white branch free hand with paper snips.

Color Splash Challenge

HSS Color Splash Challenge #36

Bird card

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Thinking of You Bird card

Finished size: 4.25″ w x 5.5″h

Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Three Little Words

Paper: Card stock:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzaz, Real Red

Ink: Craft Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pacific Point

Accessories: Basic Pearls, Two-Step Bird Punch, 1-3/4″ circle punch, 1-1/4″ circle punch

Techniques: Stamping

Fall is in the air…

Well it looks like fall is definitely here!  Today when I went out this morning to walk my dog there was a slight chill and it felt so nice because the sun was just beginning to peek out.  All this inspired me to create this week’s Hand Stamped Sentiment’s Baby Wipe Technique Challenge card with the Autumn Splendor and Day of Gratitude stamp sets.  This technique is perfect for capturing the different leaf colors.  I used Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive re-inkers on my baby wipe.  I then used the baby wipe ink pad to stamp the Autumn Splendor leaf images and Punch Potpourri bird image on Very Vanilla card stock.

I used the Scallop Trim corner and border punches on the Very Vanilla layers.  I ran the smaller Very Vanilla layer through my Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder.   Both Very Vanilla layers were sponged with Pumpkin Pie.

The Chocolate Chip layer is distressed with scissors.

I implemented the tone on tone technique and stamped the medallion image from the Day of Gratitude stamp set with Old Olive ink on the Old Olive layer.  I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and Chocolate Chip ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  As a final touch I added a half pearl for the eye of the bird and to the corner of the Old Olive layer.

I enjoyed this technique and encourage you to try it.  It’s very easy and results are beautiful.  You can go here to SCS to see a written and video tutorial for this technique.  Once you’ve created your baby wipe technique project please post it to the Hand Stamped Sentiments site.

Baby Wipe Technique Leaf card

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Baby wipe Leaf technique card


Finished size: 5.50″ H x 5.50″ W

Stamp Sets: Day of Gratitude, Autumn Splendor

Paper: Card stock:  Old Olive card base (5.50″ x 5.50″), Very Vanilla (started with following sizes then punched 5.25″ x 5.25″, 4.25″ x 4.25″),  Chocolate Chip (4.50″ x 4.50″), Old Olive (3.25″ x 3.25″)


Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin, Pie, Old Olive, Versamark

Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, half pearls, Two-step bird punch, Scallop Trim corner and border punches, Clear embossing powder, Heat tool

Techniques: Stamping, Embossing

Owls together

This week on Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a color challenge so I decided to use my new Two-Step Owl punch.  I love this punch.  It’s so much fun to use.  I created a boy and girl owl using the heart punch to make a bow tie and hair bow to differentiate between the two.  I wanted to have my two owls on a tree branch so I cut free hand a trunk with branch in Early Espresso and ran it through my Big Shot using my distressed texture plate.  I punched the vests and ran the Old Olive and embossed it with the Lattice embossing folder and embossed the yellow dress with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder then used the Owl punch to punch polka dots in Tangerine Tango then glued them on using Tombow Glue.  I punched the bottom of the owl again in Daffodil Yellow and Old Olive to give color to the feet.

Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #32

Two Owls card

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Project info:

Owls Together card

Finished size: 4.25″ H x 5.50″ W

Stamp Sets: In a Word

Paper: Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango

Ink: Early Espresso

Accessories: Two Step Bird punch, Two Step Owl Punch, Large Oval punch, Big Shot, Distressed Texture plate, Lattice embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

Techniques: Paper crafting

Hand Stamped Sentiments – Inspiration Challenge

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have an inspiration challenge – an outdoor room by Pottery Barn.  There are so many things in the photo that provide inspiration.  What stood out for me were the trees and all the green.  I created a card with a blooming branch and bird.  Spring is so close and one of my favorite things about it is the greenery and the flowers blooming.

Pottery Barn - Outdoor room

Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge

HSS Inspiration Challenge

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Project info:

Stamps:  Tiny Tags, With All my heart

Paper:  SU CS Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

Ink:  SU So Saffron, Old Olive Classic Ink pads

Accessories:  SU Trio Flower punch, SU Two-Step Bird punch for leaves, bird clipart

Bird chirping weather

Today is a beautiful sunny day in San Antonio.  The birds are chirping and you can see that spring is slowly coming.  A few days ago on Tuesday it was a different story.  It was actually snowing.  Big beautiful flakes were falling and my husband and I were so excited because snow is not something we see where we live.  The snow fell for about 20 or 30 minutes and then it was gone.  But it was a moment where you stand at the window and take it all in because you never know when you’ll see something so beautiful and serene.  Today the sun is shining, still cold, but you can hear the birds chirping and you’re counting the days for spring.  It’s almost here!

Inspired by the sunny weather I created this Easter birdhouse card.   I had run across this birdhouse card on Janet’s blog.  You can also find the template there.  I changed it up and put a different roof on mine.  Here is my card.  I was also surprised to see that on PPA they are having an inspiration challenge about birds so I am also going to post my card there for their PPA31- An Inspiration Challenge.  All the background papers are printed from My Digital Studio’s Sweat Pea kit.

Birdhouse card and matching envelope

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Project info:

Stamps:  none

Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, patterns printed from My Digital Studio Sweet Pea kit

Ink:  Pretty in Pink sponged on edge of Eyelet Border roof trim

Accessories:  Stampin’ Up! Paper Punches – Trio Flower, Two Step Bird, Oval, Eyelet Border, Circle Scallop, 1-3/8 circle; half round pearls from SU Pretties Kit

Technique:  Digital and Paper Crafting

Good things come in small packages

I have been having fun making these cute gift boxes with stamp sets Tiny Tags, Vintage Vogue and Chocolate Bunny.  I also used the Build a Flower and  Pillow Box dies for the Big Shot.  These cute boxes are perfect for small gifts like candy treats or for jewelry like SU’s Simply Adorned bracelets, necklaces and charms.

gift boxes


bunny box side

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Project info:

Bunny Box

Click here for bunny box template.  I printed the template on Very Vanilla CS then cut it out.  I decorated the front and the sides of the box with following.

Chocolate Bunny and flowers from Vintage Vogue – I stamped the Chocolate Bunny with Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla CS then cut him out.  I stamped the Vintage Vogue flowers with So Saffron and Pretty Pink on Very Vanilla CS then cut them out.

The small flowers on the green branch were punched using the Trio Flower punch and the branch with leaves was stamped using the Two-Step Bird Punch.  The Pretty in Pink egg was punched using the Wide Oval punch then decorated with the flowers and the Whisper White grosgrain ribbon which was dyed with So Saffron ink.

The small flowers on the vine that are on the side of the box were stamped using Regal Rose and Old Olive markers.  The stamp is from Tiny Tags.

Half pearls from the Pretties kit were adhered to the center of the flowers.

The small tags were stamped with stamps from Tiny Tags on Very Vanilla CS then punched using the Medium Jewelry Tag punch.

Supplies list:

Stamps:  Tiny Tags, Chocolate Bunny, Vintage Vogue

Paper:  SU Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Bashful Blue

Ink:  SU Classic Ink; So Saffron, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, SU markers Regal Rose and Old Olive

Accessories:  Leaves are from the Two-Step Bird punch, Wide Oval punch, Trio Flower punch, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, pearls from Pretties Kit, 1/4″ Whisper White ribbon dyed with So Saffron ink, 5/8″ Old Olive Satin ribbon

Technique:  Stamping

Hello Pillow Box

Stamps:  small flower background stamped with flower stamp from SU With All My Heart and Tiny Tags

Paper:  SU Cardstock – Regal Rose, Old Olive, Whisper White

Ink:  SU Regal Rose

Accessories:  Big Shot and Build a Flower Bigz Die and Pillow Box Die, 5/8″ Old Olive satin ribbon, SU rhinestone brad

Technique:  Die cutting, Stamping

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Pillow Box

Stamps: none  Sentiment was printed from My Digital Studio software

Paper:  SU Cardstock – Kraft Brown, Garden Green

Ink:  none

Accessories:  Big Shot and Pillow Box Die, Shamrock was made from Heart to Heart punch, SU silver brad, 5/8″ Whisper White Satin Organza ribbon

Technique:  Die cutting, Stamping, Digital Crafting

For the Birds

I am a big fan of the new Two Step Bird and Fancy Flower punches.  I made these two cards with scraps and it took no time to make them.  The new slim shape makes them easy to store and they take up less room.  Both cards use scraps from the new Sending Love Designer Series Paper.  Because each sheet features beautiful prints and a sparkly side it’s so difficult to choose which side to use.  It’s also very versatile for many occasions.  I am buying more because lately I have been using them for all my cards.

Two-Step Bird and Fancy Flower cards

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Project info:  All supplies may be ordered from my SU website.

You’re Too Kind card

Stamp Sets:  Whimsical Words (Sale-a-bration stamp set)

Paper: SU card stock:  Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Chocolate Chip Textured, Vellum (Fancy Flower layer) , Sending Love DSP

Ink:  SU Chocolate Chip Classic Ink

Accessories:  SU Two-Step Bird punch, Fancy Flower punch, 1” circle punch, Scallop Trim border punch (Sale-a-bration punch)

Techniques: stamping, paper punching

For You card

This little card is perfect for a gift enclosure card.

Stamps:  Happy Moments (Sale-a-bration stamp set)

Paper: SU Card stock:  Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Sending Love DSP

Accessories:  SU Punches:  Two-Step Bird Punch, Full Heart Punch for the Vellum heart, 1” and ¾” circle punches

Techniques: stamping and paper punching

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