A Gift For an Artist- Using Your Marvy Uchida Paper Punches

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With things you have around your house- including a recycled jar, some patterned paper scraps and your Marvy Uchida Paper Punches, you can create an instant gift for a friend who loves to scrapbook, make cards, or embellish their creations with custom flowers.

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Gather up your patterned paper scraps. Include a nice mix of solids and patterns. You can also throw in some recycled materials such as brown paper bags, newspapers or old maps to create interesting looks. Anything a punch will go through is game. I choose colors that were coordinating, yet contrasting for a super colorful collection. If your friend likes certain color combinations- include those in your gift.

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I started by choosing these three Clever Lever Embossing Flower Shaped punches from Marvy Uchida.  I love them because they are unique floral shapes and emboss at the same time they punch the shape.

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I also used my Jumbo Clever Lever Circle Punch for each flower center. I punched two of the same flower shapes from coordinating patterns and solids from the paper scraps.

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Layer the flower shapes together and use a brad to hold the shapes together by placing in the center of the 1″ circle. Keep going until you have enough to fill a recycled jar. I used a 1 quart spaghetti sauce jar.

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Use the CLEVER LEVER SILHOUETTE CRAFT PUNCH to punch a tag from a black piece of cardstock, or other color.

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Use small alphabet stamps or a rub on for “flowers” on a solid piece of paper. Cut the paper to fit into the tag shape. Insert brads into the punched ends of the tag.

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Glue the tag to the center of the jar, using a rubber band to hold in place until the glue sets.

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Paint the lid a coodinating color. You will need to use several coats to cover any advertising printing plus a coat or two of varnish to keep the paint from chipping off the metal lid.

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Finally, punch several butterfly shapes using CLEVER LEVER SILHOUETTE & EMBOSSING in this butterfly shape. I punched four from recycled vintage encyclopedia paper and glued them together in the center to create dimension.

By using recycled materials, including your patterned paper scraps, a recycled jar and your Marvy Uchida paper punches, you will have a super artist gift any crafty friend will enjoy! And this is a great way to use up those patterned paper pieces!

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 Live Life Creatively,


New Friend Friday – Hand painted Canvas Beach Tote by Creative Goddess Vicki O’Dell

Hand painted Canvas by Creative Goddess Vicki O’Dell

Please join me in welcoming Vicki O’ Dell to our New Friend Friday.
Vicki’s blog can be viewed at http://creativegoddess.typepad.com

Q.  With whom would you love to spend a day creating, past or present

A.   I’d love to create art with Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico. I lived there for 7 years & I’d love a chance to see it through her eyes

Q.  Who has made the biggest impact in your life?

A.  My husband. Because I’m free to be whoever I want to be & he supports me. I’ve never had that kind of unconditional love & support before.

Q.  Are you trained or self taught?

A.  I am self taught

Q.  What is your favorite color scheme?

A.  I have two favorite color schemes Cream & Red with accents of apple green & black. And the second one is eggplant/aubergine & sage green with accents of gold & pink. I know they both sound wacky but I’ve used them quite a lot & love them.

Now that we have gotten to know her better we can enjoy this post as Creative Goddess Vicki O Dell shows us how to create this quick and easy painted canvas tote.

Creating this hand painted canvas beach tote looks fun.

 Hand painted canvas beach tote
Hand painted canvas beach tote

If you are like me, going almost anywhere in the summer requires taking along extra stuff…an extra bag for towels, swimsuits, shoes, sunscreen, water etc. Why not make your bag fit your style or personality?



Here is a plain tote. BORING!


And here is a variety of fabric paints I had on hand.

I simply brushed on SoSoft fabric paint with foam brushes.

Then once the fabric paint dried I accented it with the Scribbles 3D.

Simple squares, spirals, dots, and squiggles over the brushed on color.




Having a one of a kind (find it in a pile of bags in the back of the car) tote bag doesn’t get any easier than this!


Thanks Vicki, for sharing your HAND PAINTED CANVAS BEACH TOTE with us!

Feminine Botanical Tag & upcycled tea cup gift by Keri Lee Sereika

Make a  Feminine Botanical Tag & upcycled tea cup gift for your mom or favorite gal in your life.  The Country Farm Stand Kit at Pixiedust Paperie is so very inspiring. I must admit, I have been highly stressed out about making sure I showed the versatility of this kit. And just when I thought I was done I realized this kit had the PERFECT colors for a girly gift tag project I needed to create. I went to a Girls Craft Night Out at a friends house last week and one of our projects was creating soy candles in “recycled” tea cups. I chose this sweet tea cup thinking that my mom would love it as a gift for Mother’s Day…but I needed to spice it up just a bit with a tag. Pulling a bit of everything from tags and ribbons to papers, cardstock and the little rose embellishments I feel like this tag “created itself” to just go perfectly with this sweet tea cup candle. Enjoy~

You can make this tag or the upcycled tea cup candle by melting wax and pouring it into a vintage tea cup.  There are tons of tutorials out there for making candles.  I simply tape in a wick, melt and pour. You can add scents to your wax and colors too.  It is a great way to upcycle old tea cups and other containers.  As for the tag from the paper kit it is no longer available so you can use something from your stash or purchase paper kits that are packed with embellishments for cheap in most big box stores.  Get creative and enjoy because this is  a low stress gift.  Your mom always loves what you make. 😉 upcycled tea cup gift

Supplies for upcycled tea cup gift:

  • upcycled tea cup and saucer or other fun container
  • wax
  • wick
  • scent (optional)
  • covered work surface an container for melting wax

upcycled tea cup gift

Directions for upcycled tea cup gift:

  1. Melt the wax and add your scent if desired.
  2. Place the wick in the cup.  You can tie it to a chopstick or tape it in place to hold it in the center of the container.
  3. Pour melted wax into the container and let dry.  It will dip in towards the center.  You can comeback and fill it in again if you would like.

For other garden themed crafts:

Needle Punch Flower

Julie Fei Fan Balzer’s Fabric ATCs


Make an Embossed cardstock card

Embossed cardstock  card
Embossed cardstock card


Embossed paper gift card

Make an embossed cardstock only card with ease.  There are many die cut companies out there that also have embossing folders and embossing dies.  Sizzix, Spellbinders, Cuttlebug are a few of the manufacturers from which to choose.




Cardstock is Worldwin.

Embossing folder – Sizzix

Colorbox Clearsnap -Smooch Ink

Magenta – Cork Die Cuts


Make a Gift Card Card

Stash buster!

Make a Gift Card Card with left over scraps of paper. The strips of paper on this gift card are made from pieces left over from a scrapbook page.  I often pile of my left overs and if I have enough time I will make a gift card from the materials.  The gift cards tend to come together quickly because all of the thought into coordination of materials has been done.  Sometimes I stamp a sentiment if I have one handy or I save the spot for later and print one up.  This one was printed using Duetica.com. Duetica is a new font site that I have just started using.
Make a Gift Card Card
Make a Gift Card Card
The paper is from GCD Studios and who knows where the chipboard is from.  One day I dumped all of my chipboard in a box and stopped sorting it by manufacturer.  The ink is from Colorbox, called Clearsnap Chalk Ink.  My personal favorite ink.  Can’t get enough of the chalk ink.  I used crystals to anchor the sentiment and in the center of the flower.  I also added a little pearl ring around the crystal from Buttons Galore and More.

If you would like to see more gift card card ideas try the links below.

Card 1 Thinking of you

Card 2 Inchies

Card 3 Gayle Smith

Chic Homemade Honeysuckle Garden Crafts

Wood Garden Signs

Homemade Chic Garden Crafts

“Life Begins the day you plant a garden…,” ” A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.” These and other pretty garden sentiments are what inspired me to create these garden signs.

I used wood strips and a wood plaque and laid them out as shown in the photo. I choose the honeysuckle color and antique green, just as the Pantone Color Group institute was announcing that Honeysuckle is the official color of Spring 2011.

If your screen needs to be calibrated, like mine does, I did some research and learned that Honey suckle actually has a little more coral tones than what may appear in this post.

Pantone writes–

“Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.”

After securing the painted wood pieces with furniture tacks. I used various stamps to embellish the center…

Stamped bird

I used a classic country looking wire and a couple of prima flowers to embellish.

Sign 2

Stay tuned for more garden inspired posts this week! Just as we welcome Spring 2011.

Live Life Creatively,


Make a Scrapbook Page – Spring Flowers

Make Floral Layouts -  Love ya like a sistah
Make Floral Layouts - Love ya like a sistah

Spring Scrapbook Page Ideas

When it comes to scrapbooking, I am a minimalist.  I like clean layouts and not too much clutter.  Sometimes a photo inspires me, as in the example above, but sometimes the strangest things will be the source.

This is a really fun and easy scrapbook layout using handmade background paper, glittery die cut flowers and some cute gems.  I wanted to bring out the colors in the photo, so I decided to make my own handmade background paper.  You can find out how to create your own background papers by checking out our post Make Background Papers.  I may or may not have mentioned in the past something about a paper fettish I have….so I wasn’t worried at all about finding the right shade of solid colors to enhance the Polka Dot background paper.

Making your own background paper is easy and you can then use it however you want.  Not only is the background handmade, but I also used some under the journaling.  I printed my journaling on vellum and attached it with brads.

I think my favorite part of this layout is the glittery flower border I created at the side.  For this, I took 12×12 scrapbook paper and attached it to Sizzix adhesive paper.  I ran that through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Bigz Die Cut Build a Flower #3.  This made one side of the flower sticky once I peeled the paper back.  Then I dipped those flowers in ultra fine glitter.  To get this border effect, I arranged the first layer of flowers how I wanted them before adhering them with double stick tape.  For dimension, I used foam tape to attach the send flower layer on top of some of the first.  I also added a little bling…I mean, serioiusly, can you ever have enough?

What inspires your layouts?  We’d like to know!

Artfully yours,



For additional scrapbook ideas visit:

Keri Lee Sereika

Make Background Papers

Fresh Picked Scrapbook page



DIY Wedding ideas-Thank you card, Escort Card, and Favor

Thank you escort card and favor
Thank you escort card and favor

DIY Wedding ideas – Thank you card, Escort Card, and Favor

This bold color scheme is perfect for the daring bride.  No boring pastels here.  The Champagne bottle topper is created from the same card die cut as the escort card.  A Marvy Circle Punch was used to create the hole  and a scallop punch was used to for the stamped Thank You.  Colorbox Watermark ink pad was used to give the Hampton Art Stamps a tone on tone effect. Premade Prima roses were added for punch and pop.  The individual names are printed in brown ink from the computer. Scallop card form and Flourish are from Sizzix.

For Additional paper crafting ideas visit:

Gift Card Card

Keri Lee Serieka

Butterfly Card





FREE Polymer Clay Tutorial- polka dot hair pin jewelry.

Polymer clay tutorial- polka dot hair pin jewelry by Anke Humpert crafter extraordiniare.  Anke brings you adorable polka dot clay hair jewelry and it is fun to make, totally adorable and is a great handmade gift to give.  Anke and I worked together on a Design Team for a manufacturer for a few years.  I immediately took a liking to her work.  It was always so creative and had a special flair.  She could see the material in a unique way and take something just average and make it stellar.  I was lucky enough to visit Anke at her home in Berlin.  She and her gracious family entertained mine one evening.  She made the most delicious PUMPKIN LASAGNA.  Her recipe was from Jamie Oliver.  I could not find a link to it, but the one above looked similar.  I hope you enjoy her polymer clay tutorial for hair jewelry and the lasagna recipe.

Free Polymer Clay Tutorial –  Jewelry for Hair


Polymer clay tutorial - polka dot hair pin jewelry by anke humpert

The download & PRINTABLE tutorial please click link. –> Polka-Dot-Flower-Pin-AH PDF

Q.   What is your favorite Medium?

A.  Ohhh, do I have to choose just one? My “problem” is I like so many, that I love to switch! One day I work with paper, the next with polymer clay, then on to art journal and how a bout some sewing and my favourite medium is always the one I am working with at present…

Q.  Who has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why?

A.  My kids – well, like with any mother they changed my live style completly! I would never have experience a lot of things without them. They are my biggest impact for sure!

Q.  Where would you vacation, if you could go anywhere?

A.  I have a long list of places I want to go to and see and one of them that has been on my list like forever is the USA. I still did not manage to get there, but one day I know I will, and see all my friends there!

Q.  One interesting fact that our readers might want to know?

A.  I am a tutor for CraftEDU, an online art and fine craft university. So where ever you are, you will be able to take classes with me.

Q.  Do you work sitting down or standing up?

A.  I do a lot of my work sitting, but then there are somethings I need to stand up with ,especially the ones where I need some more power, like drilling, of when I am taking pictures

Q.  Imagine you had to decorate a Boeing 727, what do you use?

A.  I would create an altered Boeing…with a lot of different materials…;-)

Q. What is in your refrigerator right now?

A.  My fridge is packed full!! I have two teenagers at home and everyone in our family has his/ her special wishes. I just changed my own eating habits dramatically, and now we have a bit of everything in there: lots of vegetables, meet and cheese, tofu, all kinds of sauces, especially Asian ones, three kinds of different milks ( cows milk, without lactose, vegan milk)……!

Whimsical Clay Hair Pins
Whimsical Clay Hair Pins

Now for her wonderful clay work the image below is from the download and printable instructions.Polka-Dot-Flower-Pin-AH

For the download and PRINTABLE tutorial please click this link.-> Polka-Dot-Flower-Pin-AH PDF

To find out more about Anke Humpert

For additional Spring Crafts or to visit other New Friend Friday Designers


More Flowers

New Friend Friday

Make an Upcycled Baby Food Container & Gift Card

Upcycled baby food container & Gift Card
Upcycled baby food container & Gift Card

Upcycled Baby food Container & Gift Card

Making an upcycled project is easier than you might think. Upcycling is simply giving an object another purpose.  It is like recycling- only different.  When you recycle you use tend to send the object away to be manufactured into something else.  This project was made with a powdered baby formula container.  The blue paper is from Core’dinations and was scored on my scoring board and sanded to create the grid effect.  The papers are from Samantha Walker with Creative Imaginations.

Want to make additional Spring Projects?  The links below have more inspiration.

Egg Crafts-

Quilted STYROFOAM eggs

Painted wooden eggs

Plastic Easter Egg Snake