Saturday, October 1, 2011

Orange Blog Hop

Hello, I hope that you are enjoying the Fiskateers Orange Blog Hop. If you have just come from Lisa's Scrap Site you are in the right place. This is a stop on the Orange Blog Hop where members of Fiskateers, a community sponsored by Fiskars, is sharing their passion for crafting.

If you get lost along the way or would like to start at the beginning of the hop or see the list of blogs participating in the hop, you can do so at the Fiskateers Blog.

After you are finished here, the next stop on the Orange Blog Hop is “the crafty neighbor”. I'm sure that you'll enjoy her creative ideas.

I am a huge fan of the Fiskateers and have been ever since discovering their blog/message board in April 2007. I really enjoy participating in their online crops, challenges as well as the day to day posts.

Last week I received the new Fiskars “Fall Gatherings” Border Punch that I won in the Liftateers Liftoff Online Crop. I thought that it would be perfect for a challenge that Cheryl (a Lead Fiskateer) recently posted on the blog. Her challenge was “to use one of your punches in a unique way . . . brand new to you.”

For Cheryl’s challenge, I used the “Fall Gatherings” Border Punch, Limited Edition “What a Nut” Squeeze Punch, Limited Edition “Strong as an Oak” and the Med Round n’ Round Squeeze Punch to make these two little “love nuts”. I saved the little pieces from the Fall Gatherings Border Punch & used them to decorate the “hats” and the border. The verse is part of a stamp (it also had a squirrel on it) that I got from Michael’s a few years ago. The faces were hand drawn. This is a new way of using my punches as normally I would toss the little pieces from the border punch away.
While I had my punches out, I also made another fall card using the “Fall Gatherings” Border Punch, Limited Edition “What a Nut” Squeeze Punch, Limited Edition “Strong as an Oak” and the Med Round n’ Round Squeeze Punch. I also used the same stamped verse.
Then I decided that I needed a card with a squirrel on it. I used the squirrel from my USX Shape Template “Woodland Trees” and cut it out of gray cardstock. I added a shimmer chalk to it to give it some additional color. The squirrel was mounted on the punched out mat from the Fiskars “Dancing Daisy” circle border punch. I also used the same punches used in the previous two cards.
I love how you can use the same punches and come up with so many different card ideas.

One of the challenges in the Liftoff Crop Sandy Fiskateer #1781 was “Lift a Lead”. Sandy chose a card that Tami made using an old map and page from an old math book. Instead of making a card, Sandy made a “Junque Journal”. I was inspired by Sandy’s idea of creating a junque journal for myself. Although I didn’t get it done for the challenge, I finally finished making one of my own. It’s definitely a neat idea & it is going to be a fun way to keep track of all my 2011 “junque”.
I used lots of bling on this junque journal. The letters are SU chipboard that I painted white & then went over top with a shimmery opal paint. I used Glossy Accents to glue them down. I also punched out the angel wings from the Fiskars Limited Edition "Love Takes Flight" Squeeze Punch and added them on either side of the letter "O". I also added some stickles to the edges of the wings as well as to the flowers. The flowers are a SU stamp that I watercolored & cut out. I also used the MS Butterfly punch & added some stickles to it.

I hope that you've enjoyed this stop on the Orange Blog Hop and have been inspired in some way. Don't forget, the next stop on the Orange Blog Hop is “the crafty neighbor”.

Enjoy your day & thanks for hopping with us. Thanks for stopping by.

56 comments:

Debby said...

Wonderful Cards. Happy World Card Making Day! You have some pretty nice Fiskars punches.

Sue in CT said...

Wow! Your cards are fantastic but that journal is really something else! I love the wings on the "o" and the way you did the lettering. It looks like they are opal. Very nice!

aspromised said...

Such a cute project - looks like it shimmers

sandyh50 said...

These are great cards and a good use of your punches! The Junque Journal is going to be great!


SAndyh 4165

Shannon Marie said...

great cards!!

Cindy deRosier said...

Love the cards! The decorated 'hats' are fabulous!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

they all so cute! i really love teh suquiral border punch perfect for fall or seeing them at park.

SusanK said...

What clever fall cards!

Lesa said...

Gorgeous cards and journal. So much crafty inspiration, thank you!

Viji Siddharth said...

beautiful cards! Good Job!

lizzie said...

super cute!!!

mjblahnik56 said...

Love your acorn cards and your junque journal I am a new follower. TFS

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Lisa said...

So adorable! Loved it!

Joyce B said...

I'm enjoying this blog hop .. your smiley acorns made me smile :)

Kim said...

Doverdi~ Happy World cardmaking Day! You're truly an inspiration. The use of the negatives from the borders is brillant! Great projects, tfs.

Life's Creative Adventures said...

Wonderful cards! Thanks for letting us stop by.

Paper Patti said...

Really cute cards...and I love your acorns.

sharon g said...

Fall is my favorite season, so I ADORE your cards!! sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

Annie Fiskateer #1326/SCDT member said...

I love the cards and journal! Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

Debbie C. #4668 said...

I like how you used all the different elements from the new fall Fiskar punches....wonderful cards.

Kelly Sas said...

I kept saying Oh my!, Oh my! when I would scroll down with each new card you made. I love your acorns and especially your squirl!
Kelly #6558

Carla said...

Your projects are so cute. Thanks so much for sharing.


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Mary said...

Beautiful cards, I love those punches especially the border punch. Great job!!!

Mary #6811

Sheena said...

wow, that is a lot of creative uses of your punches, great job!

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

Diane,

Your cards are always so beautiful! I can always tell you take your time to do every little extra touch that makes each part stand out! You really came up with great designs for these cards!

Nitasha said...

Supercute cards!

Victoria's Place said...

I love those little acorns! I need one of those punches.

Tona said...

Love all of your cards. You did some great things with your punches.

Barbara Roper said...

Love your cards!

Barbara #7744

TracyM #6773 said...

WOW - you have been a busy puncher Diane!!! Fabulous cards and journal - especially love your little love nuts wearing their leafy hats :)

chignon said...

Wow! You created so many different cards with the fall punches, they look great. I really like how you used the small pieces from the border punch to decorate the nuts - cute!

Divinity said...

wow!!!! i'm the first to comment!!! your cards are amazing! love your use of the punches -- i didn't even know that particular border punch exists!!! love it!
hugs, divinity #6688

Colleen said...

Love what you did with the punches, especially the Acorns or nuts.

Emily said...

Thanks for the great stop along our hop!

Lyn Dwyer said...

What a fabulous job on the Cards Diane......love how creative you have been with the punches....

Love looking around your Blog...

xoxo
Lyn

Lyn Dwyer said...

What a fabulous job on the Cards Diane......love how creative you have been with the punches....

Love looking around your Blog...

xoxo
Lyn

Michelle said...

love your creations! and I love the use of the cutouts from the border punch!

shersl84bed said...

beautiful cards.

Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed@aol.com

barbv #2975 said...

absolutely adorable squirrel card!... With the little acorn hats!

Kelly Massman said...

How cute!

Jessica said...

Very cute stuff... love the journal. TFS

Debc06 said...

Great cards love the different ways you used the punches.
Debbie
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kellystar said...

What beautiful cards. I loved how you used the "leftovers" from the border punch on your card. The leaves on the nuts hats are just adorable!

Lindy said...

Beautiful cards!!!!!! Awesome fiskars punches; I;m jealous! {{{Hugs}}}

Connie said...

lovely fall cards!!!

Theresa said...

Your cards are beautiful! Love the colors and all the details you put into them.
TFS
Theresa
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RobinV said...

Great job on Cheryl's challenge. Those little nuts are too cute.

Thanks for sharing

Laney said...

I love your junque journal but I am not quite sure what "junque" is. Your letters are so pretty.
Thanks for the stop on the hop.:)
Elaine-Fiskateers#7777

Tracey ~ GardenOfGrace said...

What great cards and journal. Love how you got such different looks with the same punches! ~ Blessings, Tracey #7938

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Betsy said...

Great cards and the journal is pretty!

Amy said...

Really cute cards!!

Amy said...

Really cute cards!!! Love the journal as well!!

Sylvia said...

Excellent use of the Fiskars Fall punches... wonderful cards!
-Sylvia #5019

Marla said...

Great projects and fun cards!!

Luanne said...

lovely cards! glad to have hop

Luanne
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http://www.craftersreference.blogspot.com/

Tifany said...

Great cards!

-Tifany
http://inkblotsbytrd.blogspot.com/