"I'm gonna punch you!" Sadly, that's a phrase I keep hearing exchanged between my boys now that summer is here. Won't they be surprised when they hear "I'm gonna punch you" coming from my workroom? Granted, I'll be talking to my paper, but that's okay, right? With today's steal, the Martha Stewart Edge Punches, I will be happily spouting off that phrase because I love border punches. What a snazzy and simple addition to cards and layouts alike! I truly cannot wait to steal them! Especially that Double Linked Trim. Swoon!
Today we are in for a special sneak peek at the talents of upcoming summer design team member Kerys Sharrock.
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I was so excited when Kristy asked me to make the cards for this week’s Monday Card Madness and even more excited when I saw what product she wanted me to use! Who doesn’t love Martha Stewarts punches?! I was given two double edge punches (I must admit to never having worked with these before – only the border and standard punches) and was told to create! They were so easy to use and I came up with endless possibilities following this week’s sketch.
The first card I made was using the daisy chain trim and the linked trim. I decided that the linked trim looked a little like a fence, so I paired it up with an image from The Paper Shelter (I must admit I didn’t color this one – when you purchase the digi from the shop you get both a colored and non-colored image – perfect when you are in a rush!) I added pink cardstock behind the punched border to make it stand out more and then highlighted the whole thing with green cardstock. I used the daisy chain trim both in the corner, and also cutting an individual flower to add to the twine. The papers are Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens collection.
Getting completely carried away – I made two more cards! The first was using kraft and general cardstock, a variety of stamps and bling! I used the daisy chain trim with bling and cut out some of the individual flowers to highlight the stamped images.
And lastly, I love to make rosette flowers. I often use the border punches for a bit of variety and decided I would see how it came out using a double-edge punch. The answer – perfect! They are so easy to make and just adds a bit more dimension. I used basic colored cardstock, and by adding different widths of the brown over the border strip, you get a number of different effects.
The Martha Stewart punches are so versatile and easy to use, they make crafting a piece of cake! As you can see, they can used in a variety of ways, from making borders, making rosettes and flowers, using individual sections of the borders for embellishments, the list is endless. Just use your imagination and have fun!
Thank you so much Kristy and Scrapbook Steals for asking me to use these products. MS punches are definitely on my wish list now!
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Kerys, your cards are truly exceptional! What a great pre-design-team treat. Thank you! And now I'm going to go hit that steal button because those edge punches are must have!
Don't forget that we are currently teamed up with We R Memory Keepers Operation Write Home card drive for a fantastic giveaway. We have a lovely Red White and Blue Stack Pack that will be given to one random winner who participates in the Operation Write Home Card Drive.
To enter to win:
- Create a card for the troops using one of the Monday Card Madness sketches by July 24th.
- Post your card somewhere online and link it to the We R Memory Keepers Operation Write Home Card Drive Giveaway blog post here at ScrapbookSteals by July 24th.
- Mail your cards to:
We R Memory Keepers
ATTN: Operation Write Home
631 North 400 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
(See their website for full details)
- Check out the We R Memory Keepers Facebook Fan Page to tell them we say hello and keep up to date on the card drive.
We will have a random drawing from all of the card drive participants. The winner will be announced on our July 30th Monday Card Madness blog post. (Don't forget! Post your cards to a regular Monday Card Madness blog post by June 29th in order to be eligible for our regular monthly drawing.)
Let's do our part to help collect 50,000 cards!