Friday, August 24, 2007

Blogger's Challenge Week 9 "Get Punchy"- With a how-to

This Friday's Blogger's Challenge was to use Punches on our creations. I had been tossing ideas around in my head all week for this and had several ideas, then I received a RAK from Kelly Mahoney that inspired my card. Using a tag punch to create a flower was new to me; since I received the card I have seen several on the net. I suspect, though, that this idea may be new to some of you, too, so I have included the "how-to" directions below. I hope you enjoy!
I also couldn't just make ONE card. I made two this week! The one above uses a small tag punch for the flower and a Key-tag punch for the word window. I love double-sided paper! So many options. I used Stampin' Up!'s Priceless set, Sanded Background Stamp, designer paper and cardstock for this one. I also used my Scor-It board for making the ridge around the top panel.
This is the second card I made:

The paper for the flowers was originally cream and brown; I brayered turquoise ink all over it to change it to the colors I wanted. This is not my original idea, it was an idea was introduced to me by Lisa Somerville.
Teal, Red,Brown and Gold (looks like cream, but it is gold)! I am certainly working hard at expanding my color palette, don't you think?

The background and "friendship" are both from SU's Tres Chic Background -- the doodles are from SU's Priceless set. I also used a ticket punch in some of the corners, too.



Here is Kelly Mahoney's card to me that inspired this adventure:
I love the rhinestone brad in the center of Kelly's flower.

















Want to know how to make these tag-flowers? Here is how:
- Start by punching a 8 small (or 7 large) tags from double-sided paper.



- Fold the bottom left corner up to meet the opposite edge, from straight edge to straight edge, as shown.




- Fold the top
right corner of the triangle to meet the fold on the left side. You just made your first "petal!" Repeat with remaining tags.

- To assemble, find the center point on your prepared background and adhere the tag-petals around it in a circle, butting edges against each other to create the flower. Add a brad, button, bead, chipboard or glitter in the center and you are done!





Here is a challenge for YOU -- try the punch flower and email me your creations. I will post them next Wednesday and mail my cards to two randomly drawn entrants.
My email address is:
phuntoon@optonline.net

If you prefer, send me the URL of where I can find your posting in the comments and I will post it from there. Hope you will play along!

Make sure to check out the other Blogger's Challenge players listed in the left column. I am always amazed at the creativity and sheer variety of talent on this great challenge group!

23 comments:

Barbara said...

Fun! Haven't tried the tag-fold look yet....after seeing your wonderful samples, I just may have to!!!

Susie said...

You did a great job on this one!

Susie

Lynn Mercurio said...

Wow...you really out did yourself on this one! Great cards, all of them.

Lisa said...

great to see you venture out of your color comfort zone! Thanks for sharing the how to on the tag fold.

Diane said...

Pat these are the cutest cards, I just recently ran across this pattern myself and have a made a couple of them, very cute and easy to do!! TFS
Diane

Connie said...

I haven't tried this folded tag yet, but I think it is awesome. Great job on your challenge!

Connie
http://inkspiredtreasures.blogspot.com

Lisa Bohler said...

Awesome! I just love those pinwheel cards!

astampingteddy said...

Love this idea - will have make one soon too!
Claudia

Susan said...

Wow! I would have NEVER thought this up. That is so great, just another use for an already wonderful punch. Thanks for sharing!!
Susan

Leigh O'Brien said...

Wow, Pat! These are way cool!

Karen said...

great cards Pat!! thanks for the tutorial too - never knew how to make them and love knowing! :)

Lori said...

Wow--these are all great cards! I may have to try one out this week . . .

Stefanie said...

Very cool Pat! Thanks for the mini-tutorial!

Pattyjo said...

Beautiful Thank you for the tutorial!

StamperSharon said...

What a cute project, Pat -- great tutorial!

suzann said...

These are so clever and cute!

Ida said...

Great idea (hope I can find time to try it out). These look like pinwheels, very fun. Ida

2 Worlds said...

Thank you for this !
I was looking for this tutorial

tonistamps said...

Awesome use of the tag punch Pat!

Basement Stamper said...

Great cards and tutorial Pat!

Kelly Mahoney said...

Pat, I am so glad that my card inspired you... since it was your color combo that inspired me!!! It is funny how that stuff works!
I am honored!

maggie fellow said...

this is so cool! I need to try this

Lori said...

Your cards inspired me--I gave your technique a try this week. Here's my card: http://inkingaloud.blogspot.com/2007/08/tag-punch-flower-fun.html