Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Stampers Anonymous Autumn/Winter Mini Blog Hop + Blog Candy

Hi everyone and a very warm welcome to the beautiful Blue Mountains in NSW. Tonight the Stampers Anonymous team plus special guest stamper are pleased to show you projects using products from Stampin' Up!'s new mini catalogue which goes live to you tomorrow, 1st April.

If you have just come from Sally Williams, you are in the right place, but if you are starting here don't worry; there will be a link at the end of this post to take you on to the next stop on the tour and you can continue around all 14 blogs until you end up back here. Just in case of cyber mishaps, there will be a list of the team and links to their blogs at the end of my post.

We are also offering two lucky people some BLOG CANDY; to be eligible to win you must
  1. leave some comment love on EVERY blog on the tour (please be sure to leave your FULL NAME so I can identify you clearly if you are one of the lucky winners!)
  2. email me, Kerry, to tell me that you have left 14 comments and would like to be in to win!
  3. Blog candy is available to Australian residents only
  4. Entry is open until midnight, 5th April 2010
  5. Other SU demos are welcome to enter

So, without further ado, on to some projects!

Although the new mini contains many gorgeous things that I just adore, tonight I want to give you a taste of what you can do with the Extra Large Two Step Bird punch. This is such a versatile design (as you'll soon see!) and the new style punch is great; easy to push and locks flat for storage. Fantastic job, SU!

The first project I made using this punch is a wedding card, as one of my regular customers mentioned she needs a few wedding cards this year. It's a very simple design as I want my beginners class to be able to make it easily and I've also used the Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder:

To add a bit more of a challenge, I used one of my favourite techniques - brayering. The negative of the punched out part is used as a template for sponging in the reflection of the bird.After seeing some fantastic work by Ann Fitzgerald where she uses layering and turns the simple bird into a gorgeous chickadee, I decided to have a go at making some birds we regularly see here in the Blue Mountains, rainbow lorikeets. These brilliantly coloured birds are often in our back garden and I adore their colours and cheeky behaviour! Now, I know I haven't got the right shape beak and I've ignored the feet altogether, but I'm quite happy overall with my lorikeets and their birdhouse (made with Becky Roberts' milk carton design). Yes, I did make many layers for the roof with the scallop edge punch, and yes, it did take ages! But it's worth it, I think; hope you like it too:
OK, so far so good, but when is a bird not a bird?

Well, firstly, it can become a tulip:

This card uses the new designer papers called Cottage Wall and the colours are Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence and Old Olive. The tulips were inspired by Julia Bettencourt and the vase can be made from the Holiday Windows Movers and Shapers. A "Teneale" bow and build-a-brad complete the ensemble.

Then the bird becomes a heliconia (also designed by Ann Fitzgerald). Did you know this is an Easter flower in Hawaii?

And lastly, this versatile bird can also become part of Chris the caterpillar:

Isn't it just the cutest? This is made from a number of punches and was designed by Gretchen Barron. Too adorable! My DD11 said "talk about puppy dog eyes: it's only a card and it could make me do anything it wanted!" LOL!

Well, that's all from me! I hope you have enjoyed seeing the versatility of the 2 step bird punch and that I've inspired you to think outside the box and come up with some stunning designs of your own.

Thanks for stopping by and please remember to leave a comment to brighten my day and be in to win some blog candy. Now it's time to see what gorgeous creations Fiona Harvey has in store for you (just click on her name).

Cheers!

Kez

List of blog hop participants (there's a link on each name to take you to their blog if you get lost):

Kerry Bunting (me)

Fiona Harvey

Teneale Williams

Liam Pucher

Marelle Taylor

Juliette Chapman

Sue Dean

Meighan Wheller

Chary Belfield

Nikki Stalker

Sharon Wilson

Kirrily Matthews

Robyn Irving

Sally Williams

70 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow... love the Tulip - the punch looks so versatile! Off to Blog Hop now!

- Cherrie Sharpe

Juliette Chapman said...

Kerry - how fantastic are these? Love the lorikeet. Love the birdhouse. Love the tulips. Love them all.

Anonymous said...

Kerry, I've been checking you blog regularly and just love your designs.(and sense of humour!) I especially love the way you combine colours. Keep 'em coming!! - Cassie Ingersoll

Sue Dean said...

too many so cute projects to pick my fav but the caterpillar is certainly very CUTE! I am not a bird fan but love the bird with the reflection!

Kirrily said...

So clever Kerry - will have to keep coming back to take in all those ideas!

Cathie said...

WOW is right......DD11 is so right about the catapillar, but I just luv the bird and it's reflection.

Cathie Huxtable

Lisa Moloney said...

Kerry, the card you've made using the brayering technique is absolutely stunning!

Marelle Taylor said...

You are so clever!! These are just amazing. I love them all

Chary Belfield said...

wow these are great and the tuplip and i think the best is the catapillar i think he is so qute

Nikki Stalker said...

Fabulous. I already knew I loved the punch but now I love it even more

Nikki

Teneale Williams said...

KERRY..... OMG..... WOW....

I LOVE everything, like everything...

You have out done yourself Kerry.

Claire Harrison said...

All great projects but particularly love your lorikeets! Great project, thanks for sharing!

Patricia Gowlett said...

Oh Wow what wonderful creations. The bird house and birds are just beautiful - i want one! who would have thought one punch could be used in so many ways. Well done.

Sue Madex said...

Just amazing!! Love the brayered one - so striking. And the heliconia flower - wow!

Caroline said...

Wow Loving them all!!!! Especially the brayering!! Yet to try that technique!!

Thanks for sharing

Caroline

Shandell said...

Love the sweet little birdhouse - using a Lorikeet is a great change from the usual birds I have seen!! Shandell Hawkshaw

Liam said...

All your ideas have been fab. Love them all. Thanks for the inspiration. You have been really busy. Impressive.

Liam

Merry said...

OmG! How creative are you. I thought the bird at sunset card was stunning and then they just kept coming as I scrolled down. So love the helicona's you created.

Cathie said...

Well Kerry, I'm back to the start again and that was such fun and there was no way I could leave it until the 5th to look at it all. There was such anticipation as to what would be on the next blog. Well done everyone!!

Lisa Martin said...

I am a fan of your beautiful together forever card! Precious!

Patrice said...

Wow, gorgeous stuff. I thought the first card would be my favourite, but they're all terrific and I can't choose. Tulips maybe....

Patrice Easton

kma said...

Right... tomorrow I will be brayering... just superb x
Karen Anscombe

Maree McIntosh said...

Kerry, Love them all - what an amazing variety you have made. WOW

Suzi said...

I love all of these cards.

So versatile.

Suzi Reilly

Hi .... said...

Kerry, I have wanted that bird punch ever since I saw it but didn't realise how versatile it was - what a great job you did of showcasing it.
Mary kelly

Sandie C said...

Beautiful cards - you have convinced me I just have to have one of those bird punches now I can see how versatile it is. TFS

Genelle Little said...

Oh WOW! My bird punch will be getting a workout now :) I absolutely love all of these projects, Kerry - you're very clever!

Natasha Martin said...

Love the ideas of using the punch shapes for other things.

Wendy Hawkinson said...

I'm definitely getting my bird punch out after seeing all your beautiful projects!

TFS!

~Wendy Hawkinson
www.gotrubberwillstamp.blogspot.com

Wendy Hawkinson said...

I'm definitely getting my bird punch out after seeing all your beautiful projects!

TFS!

~Wendy Hawkinson
www.gotrubberwillstamp.blogspot.com

Paula Fuller said...

Aren't you clever? Now I have to go get me one of those punches. That is AMAZING! Never would have thought of all that.

Anonymous said...

Just had to show my husband your creations. We loved all now I have justified buying the punch, yipee.
Tamara Conroy

Anonymous said...

OMGoodness, who knew the bird punch could do all that? Not me!I absolutely cannot pick a fav, everything is way tooo awesome as my DD9 would say! I need to learn brayering, so fantasmagorical. Thanks for inspiring. Enjoy your Easter. Cheers Donna Zammit

Shirley said...

I love what you have done with all your projects but the brayered one is delightful
Shirley Macdougall

Kerron Ramsay said...

Wow, you have been busy and so very creative. These look just great.

Cards by Karen said...

Wow, these are all just brilliant. Loving the tulips, the lorikeets and all of the rest.

Karen G.

Julia said...

I'm just hopping around on your Blog Hop and just had to comment - your work is beautiful! I adore your birds - and so very creative with the use of the punch for the flowers, catterpillar (so cute!!) and the Lorikeet. Simply magnificent!!
Julia Emms

Andrea said...

Hi Kez,
I love, love ,love your bird punch creations. I have been having great fun with mine too. great blog hop.

Dione Bird said...

WOW! Love the versatility you've showed us with the punch! My fave is the caterpillar too....what soulful eyes! Reminds me of my cocker spaniel who can look at me with his big brown eyes and get my attention anytime!!

Dione Bird

Allison Brudenell said...

Gosh so many fantastic and creative ideas!!!!!! Thanks so much - you have inspired me :D

Allison Brudenell

bingarano3 said...

It is now definite that i have to get the bird punch. Your designs are really fantastic and i love the lorrikeets. I just cant believe all those come from the bird punch. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou.
Heather

Ruth said...

those flowers are amazing!

Linda said...

Amazing work! Love how you have used the punches in so many ways, that is what I call CREATIVE!
Thanks for sharing.

Tui Nathan said...

OMG Kerry .... what amazing and brilliant work ... truly magnificent, I love that punch now ... you are a creative genius ... thank you so much for your inspiration... love it!!!

Mary O'Connell said...

I love the idea of the two little birds facing each other on the top card. Its always great to have more ideas for a wedding card, as this is something I find difficult to make. Thanks Mary.

Karyn Schultz said...

I just love your projects - the bird punch seems so versatile. thanks

Linda Craven said...

What beautiful work you have done Well done.
Linda

Karen Williamson said...

Love the lorrikeets - we are off to Katoomba for hols next week - I'll be watching out for some now!

Gwendolyne said...

Oh my Gosh,love those birds! Now I gotta get them too LOL Mt list just got longer! I love how you adapted them.

Wendy said...

Wow, Kerry, your work is just awesome! Love that brayered bird card, and that punch is so versatile - the tulip and heliconium cards are just beautiful and so clever!
Wendy Thrift

Anonymous said...

Great work Kerry, love the birdhouse!

Sam Wilson

Christine Blain said...

WOW!! I loved the first bird card, with the polka dots and soft colours ... but then it just got better as I scrolled down!! The birdhouse with the rainbow lorikeets is AMAZING, and I love the tulips. Fantastic ideas for using this beautiful new punch - thanks for sharing :)

Meighan said...

Wow, Wow, Wow what great creations Kerry. Great colours and some great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Claire said...

Kerry these projects are absolutely stunning - I love them! That Heliconia flower just blows my mind. You are soooooo creative!

Rob I said...

Oh Kez, I am just drooling! I LOOOOVE what you have done with the bird punch. I will have to case some of these

Mae Collins said...

Very impressed with the variations you showed on how to use that bird punch. I wasn't too sure on ordering it but now am keen to try some of the ideas you shared. Especially loved the tulips! Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda Lee-Grant said...

WOW they just get better and better as I scrolled down the page. I can't wait to come back to your blog and see more. Thanks for your wonderful creations.

Fiona said...

Wow Kerry just amazing and so different, love the lorikeets. I hadn't thought of combining the punch with shading and now you have given me heaps of ideas!

Anonymous said...

Well done Kerry . What a versatile punch from bird to flower then to caterpiller WOW Congratulations. Marilyn Rae

Vicki Lynch said...

I am really impressed with the card you have used with brayering, stunning!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kerry,

Such a magnificent collection of both beautiful and clever projects - the brayered bird is superb.

Robyn Little

Anonymous said...

Hi Kerry,

Such a magnificent collection of both beautiful and clever projects - the brayered bird is superb.

Robyn Little

Michelle Cox said...

These are all gorgeous but I love the caterpillar card :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kerry

You are so talented, who knew so much could be created with one bird. Love the brayered card!
Thanks for the inspiration.

Joan Huff

Lynda said...

OMG Kez!!! I am so sorry I missed the bolg hop...a week of hypo issues!!! Ur projects totally ROCK!!! The reflected bird is beyond words and the wee bird house is v v cute. The catepillar is also too cute to be legal!!! Brilliant effort on all fronts!! ooxx

Robyn P said...

Love the punch art. Very clever. The tulip is stunning and now that you have given me ideas, I can see I will have to buy that punch

Nanette Smith said...

Who would have thought you could make so many different things with one punch! Thanks for the lovely inspiration!

Sandra said...

I love what you have done with the new punch. Very clever!

Naomi Vaughan said...

They are fantastic. Thanks

Anonymous said...

The brayer card is stunning but as a person who is just starting to play with a brayer, you have an uneven colour with abit more light colour in two places (if not white) You know the colour isnt right across.... how did u do that?? thank you. As i said beautiful card!

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