Monday, July 16, 2007

Punching Posies

I'll be honest. When I first got my grubby little hands on the Three For You punch kit from Stampin' Up!, I was underwhelmed. The stamps seemed "dumb" and the punch didn't seem to do what I thought it should do, so I set it aside in hopes of a better day.

Well, that better day has arrive, and I am enamoured with the kit now! I've found at least a dozen different ways to use the stamps together -- and then add in the punch, and the possibilities are aplenty!

I've been focusing my energy on the punch itself. My expectation was that it would punch out three flat little flowers, but instead it seemed like the punch was mangling them. The centers of the flowers are dented in and the edges curl upward. Hellooooo, Joyce, this is a GOOD thing. It gives the posies dimension!

To me, the punched posies alone seem a little naked, so I've been thinking about what to put in the centers. The first idea to pop into my head? Stickles!! (For the uninitiated, Stickles are a good brand of glitter glue.) Sooooo... I yanked out my box of glittery stuff, untouched in over a year, and spent an hour making sure all the glitter glues were working properly. Then I punched out a whole slew of flowers out of different colored cardstocks (oh, how pretty!), then put a dot of coordinating colored Stickles or Liquid Pearls in the center of each flower. Yes, people, I am the Queen of Putz! But I tell you, they are so much fun to look at, and I suspect will be even more fun to incorporate into cards.

Other things that can be used in the center of the punched flowers: brads, eyelets, half pearls, rhinestones, seed beads, larger beads, colored Crystal Effects (clear laquer), white gel pen, raised gel pen, paper pierced hole, hole made with 1/8 inch circle punch, single dot stamp included with kit

I have scads of other ideas floating through my head for how to use this kit, but I think the first thing I'll try is using the posies along with the Vases in Vogue hostess set. A look at ideas posted on the SplitCoastStampers site tells me the punched posies will also work well with the Garden Silhouettes and the Simply Said sets... but let's not get ahead of ourselves!

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