Saturday, August 25, 2012

OWH Pizzazz Blog Skip

Welcome everyone to the OWH Pizzazz Blog Skip!  This is the first stop after leaving OWH Stars and Stamps.  I really had fun putting together some samples for today.

I focused on paper piercing (with a dab of dry embossing tossed in).  Paper piercing is simply putting holes in paper to add a decorative or design element.  I use the Tim Holtz retractable paper piercer.  You do not need a specialized tool for this pizzazz element.  You can use a regular sewing needle and pick the size that fits your project!

There are also plastic templates that can be used for specific patterns.

This card was mad using Stampin' Up templates that are made to go with punches and dies.  The small sentiment has an oval shaped pierced around it.  I used this instead of inking the edges of the oval to make it stand out.  The scallops along the bottom and the edge of the Thanks sentiment are cut with Stampin' Up dies and pierced using a SU template as well.

On this card, I used a simple circle to frame the softly stamped flower.  I also used dry embossing on the background for added interest.

If you don't have templates, you can use a simple ruler for straight lines or small round items for circles!

In this card, I used a ruler to make corner holes instead of using a corner rounder for interest. (I'm sorry that the photo doesn't show the pattern on the darker cardstock very well.)

I am not a very brave soul, but I am sure that some of you out there could come up with some pretty awesome free-hand patterns for your cards!

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the skip by heading to Velda's blog for the next round of fun!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

OWH Marathon

Last weekend I attended Crop Around the Clock, a local crop where you can work from 5 pm Friday until 5 pm on Sunday.  I decided to make lots of card kits for work on for the weekend.  Here is one of my favorites from the 151 cards that I made.  I will share more in the next few days.