Friday, June 20, 2008

Allison's flower challenge, CC171, & LOTS of ways to use SU's Round Tab Punch

Allison's flower challenge inspired me to use this Close to my Heart set called Playful Petals. How great is her challenge? I'll bet that Allison included everyone on the playground when she was little. I mean, Flowers!...any company! limits!....Everyone can play with that theme. So I did. :0)

The colours came from this week's scs colour challenge (Soft Sky, Kraft, & black) I really like embossing black with the cuttlebug (swiss dots folder i love u). I first saw Janet do it (and she added shimmer mist, which I should have added here (slaps forehead!)

I did add some little baby bling (gems glued on with Crystal Effects) and added some glitz by drawing with a quickie glue pen and sprinkling glitter on. I outlined the petals and drew in some glitter grass:

I usually neglect the corners, so this time I cut most of 'em with the ticket corner punch. I folded a couple over for something different (Tip: If yours keep popping up like mine did, you can glue them down. Take that corners!) ;0) The stem was done using freehand paper stitching (tutorial here)

Round Tab Punch

To make the tabs, I just marked and cut off some of the round part of the round tab punch (cut on the left side of the tab--whole on the right):

Super simple & it's probably been done before, but it just occurred to me so I thought I'd share.

Me likey the round tab punch as is, but I love doing something a little different with punches even more. Check out all these things that you can do with a round tab punch:
  1. Cambria's Gorgeous card & how she made that sweet round tab & she makes it into a basket!
  2. Linsay's punch purse tutorial is a work of art
  3. Teri has the sweetiest tab punch purse card
  4. Sharon uses the round tab on a box (brilliant!)
  5. On book pages
  6. Taylor uses them as alphabetized tabs on a sweet journal
  7. In Angie's SCS tutorial she uses them on a mini photo album
  8. Kerry makes apple cores
  9. Making a round tab without a round tab punch (video) by Theresaonline
  10. Make a circle hole by Paula
  11. You can use 'em as hinges
  12. Josee uses it as a tab on this cute purse
  13. Debbie uses the round tab as a tag
  14. Rachel adds an eyelet & ribbon. There's a cute one here too
  15. Deb shares this list of ideas by Judi & this cool visual & making brackets with it
  16. You can use 'em as side pieces (and more links for ways to use 'em in that post)
  17. Beate adds a sweet little flower to the round tab punch & adds stitching and a stamped image & check out her cute baby tin & her clipboard card
  18. Nancy uses it to top a pop-up
  19. Tammy uses two to hold a tag sentiment
  20. Paula Kay used a few to make a sweet flower
  21. Kari shows us how to make a punch owl!
  22. barbara1976 uses them as flower pots
  23. Teresa adds a button
  24. Deb adds it at the bottom of an image (WoW!)
  25. Stamps'nCoffee made a cutout in a pocket with it
  26. Maren uses it as a closure on a fancy gate-fold card
  27. And....I saw this adorable card by Andrea which was so cute it left me dyin' to figure out how she did that with the round tab

Here's how to use the round tab punch to make a curvy bit on your mats:


Punch a round tab punch, lining it up where you'd like the curvy embellishment to be on your mat.


Slide your mat (kraft paper) under the under the curvy bit Adhering your mat to the cardstock underneath (soft sky).


It should look a little like this (though spaced how you like it, of course)


Embellish it if you like

Hope this was useful. Thanks so much for reading! :0)

I try to leave a comment on all these posts every time I link. I'll bet you already do comment, but just in case you forget, please show these clever crafters some love. ;0)

P.P.S. 53 things (and counting) that you can do with your cuttlebug here

card supplies at a glance here on scs


Flossie's Follies said...

Love your card, thanks for the info about the punch, I love the embellishment tip

Annapurna said...

Beautiful! I love the simplicity of your design.
If it was me, I would have gone for more petals and messed up the whole thing.
Glimmer mist is hard to photograph anyway. You would have had to tell us it shimmers.

Don't have a tab punch for now.

Nettie said...

I absolutely love how you used the tab punch Mel, so clever! Card is extremely pretty. Thanks for all the tips.


Julia said...

You're so creative! Great card.

Allison said...

That is a super cool tip for the tab punch! I love this flower card...such a neat stamp esp. with those doodles! Great color palette too but I know you had some help there!

acreativeneed said...

Mel,Mel,Mel!Where do you find the time?? Beautiful card! I could just kiss those swiss dots! Mmmwaa!! :) Great links and I love your idea to use the tab punch for a curvy bit embellishment on a mat!! TFS!
smiles, Deena

Teri said...

Hi Mel! Love your card for allison's flower challenge! Also want to mention that I love your work, not to mention the wonderful tutorials. Mahalo for linking me on the things to do with a tab punch! I'm so touched (blush)...hugs, Teri

Dizzy Broad said...

Thanks to you, Mel, I've got another reason to justify my purchase of this particular tab punch!! My DH was shocked that I paid that much for a punch (and he says you can't even eat with it! LOL!).

Tonniece said...

I just got that punch so thanks for the great tips on how to use it in different ways, and all the great links.

Love your card, the color and the simplicity make it so elegant.

Karen from Ontario said...

Hi Mel....such a nice look it adds to your ideas and thanks so much for all the info you continue to offer. Have a great weekend.

rachelcapps said...

Mel, I love your cards :) I love the useful ideas for the round tab punch too, super stuff! TFS, Rachel

Erin K said...

Love your cards. Love that "using the round tab punch to put a curvy bit on a card". You rock, rounding up all those links for us! How do you find the time.


Tess said...

I absolutely love this. I will have to try this on my cards.

Maria said...

Love all the pretty blings on your card and that faux stitching! Beautiful! The colors are fabulous too.

Thanks for the links. . .wow, imagine. . .I never thought there were so many ways to use the punch!!


Brenda said...

Love your card, and the tip on the round punch is GREAT I wish I had thought of it. Dang girl you did good. Thank you for sharing.

Kim Etherington said...

You are always share such wonderful techniques and info. How lucky are all of us to have you blogging. I definitely needed the kraft paper. I love the stamp you used for the leaves. The flower is great in the blue. Love your work!

Kim Etherington said...

oops.. bad grammar on my comment! Forgive my lack of english skills. ;o)

Crissy said...

These are awesome Mel, of course. The colors are great and all your little extras are fabulous. I like how you folded the corner in.

Thanks for all the tips on using the punch!

Corie said...

Oh my, I just LOVE this card. That flower is absolutely BEAUTIFUL

E.T said...

Love your card! So pretty!

Beth Norman said...

Oh my gosh you are so smart. Thank you for the links. You blow me away with what you provide to us.



Erica B. said...

I am in love with your card! The color choice is beautiful and so simple!

Thanks for the extra tips!

Anonymous said...

Hey this one slipped right under my nose! I don't remember seeing this one before! I really like the tip you gave on how to use the side of the round tab punch. You are so stinkin' clever!!
I've been hankering for the swiss dots for some time now but I was waiting for my LSS to get them in but she hasn't been able to. So today I was at..... STAMPIN BELLA!!! Wahoo. It was delightful. They were just starting a class when I got there but Emily let me shop anyway and now I am the proud owner of Swiss Dots and Birds and Swirls. I also got a "shapeabilities" called Double ended tags, perfect for sentiments :-) I'm looking for some inspiration before I go off to play!
Beth Greco