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Techniques 101 – Punches

Here’s some more exciting news for you from me!

After On Stage I had a sweet message from my lovely friend Sandi asking me to join her Stamping Techniques 101 Design Team.


I was so excited – to say I was over the moon is an understatement.  The Design Team consists of 1 Demonstrator from each Stampin’ Up! market so to think she picked me I’m very humbled – or maybe everyone else was busy?  Either way I’m there!!

So on the first Wednesday of every month there will be a Blog Hop through all the Design Team Members’ Blogs to see what they’ve all made and this month we are working with Punches.

I love the Stampin’ Up! punches as they’ve been made with you in mind!  Yep – they are a tool to make things easier for you … and me!  Some are designed specifically to punch out stamped images whereas others are shapes or designs that are on trend.

So I deliberated on what to do – I wanted to make it ‘cool’ enough for seasoned crafters but also fun enough for new crafters and anyone can stamp an image and punch it out so I wanted something a little different but not too technical and this is the first card I came up with …


It’s hip, it’s cool, it’s fresh and it’s using the new 2016-2018 In Colours and it’s all done with our circle punches!  You could really use this card for just about any occasion and if you wanted to jazz it up a little you could add a little bling ….


Now I have another idea for you – still using the circle punches which I used to create the background and then I used other punches to create my sweet little mouse … StampTech101-PunchCheese

Please don’t tell kitty there’s a mouse on my card or she’ll be here like a flash and no one can go near her then!  Even Bear (my dog) stays away from her when she has a mouse!  It sure does save on traps!

Now as I said this will be a monthly Blog Hop on the first Wednesday of every month and here’s the team to hop through …

France Poitras Martin – USA
Sandi MacIver – Canada
Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand
Leonie Schroder – Australiayou are here!
Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
Heike Vass – Germany
Michelle Last – UK
Sonia Benedetti – France

Click the button below to proceed onto Erna’s gorgeous creation …


Thanks for stopping by today and hope you enjoy all the projects in the Blog Hop and I’d love to see what you create with your punches so feel free to comment with your link or picture.

See ya latte ..




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  • Reply Cheryl O'Bree

    Congratulations, and your cards are awesome. Love them all.

    6 May, 2016 at 11:23 am
    • Reply Leonie

      thanks so much Cheryl 🙂 I love your card I received from Kylie’s 1-4-1 Swap 🙂

      6 May, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Gladys

    I love both of your cards, especially the one with the mice. So cute!

    6 May, 2016 at 2:53 am
    • Reply Leonie

      thanks so much Gladys for stopping by and your kind words 🙂

      6 May, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Rosalie Fitzmaurice

    Oh Congratulations Leonie, that is so well deserved.
    Love both the cards might case them as they are perfect for using our great punches.

    5 May, 2016 at 11:01 pm
    • Reply Leonie

      thanks so much Rosalie 🙂 thanks for your sweet comments on my cards and would love to see yours.

      6 May, 2016 at 12:09 am
  • Reply Erna Logtenberg

    your mouse card is adorable!! have to case it if you don’t mind! Love your other card as well, great idea to do this with circle punches.

    5 May, 2016 at 7:28 pm
    • Reply Leonie

      Erna … case away 🙂 thanks for your sweet comments

      6 May, 2016 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Samantha Londos

    another gorgeous card Leonie how can I recreate this card?

    5 May, 2016 at 5:38 pm
    • Reply Leonie

      thanks Samantha … I’ve just used different sized circle punches. I’ll be doing a video tomorrow or over the weekend

      5 May, 2016 at 5:57 pm
      • Reply Samantha Londos

        I was wondering will it have the sizes?

        5 May, 2016 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Sue Erickson

    Using the heart punch for the mouse head is pure genius, Leonie! Thanks for the idea and congratulations on being on the design team.

    5 May, 2016 at 2:51 pm
    • Reply Leonie

      thanks Sue …. it does make an awesome mouse head doesnt it 🙂 thanks for the congrats and stopping by x

      5 May, 2016 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Sandra

    Based on comments, looks like you need to give us a short tutorial on how to make the mouse! Or did you already do that and I didn’t see it? Sandra

    5 May, 2016 at 7:58 am
    • Reply Leonie

      I think you are right .. I’ll do a video and graphic 🙂

      5 May, 2016 at 9:15 am
      • Reply Sandra

        Yippie! Thanks. ????

        5 May, 2016 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Patrice

    Love both your cards Leonie but my fav has to be that cute little mouse, it is so darn cute 🙂

    5 May, 2016 at 7:34 am
    • Reply Leonie

      thanks so much Patrice 🙂 That mouse is a wee bit cute isnt it!!

      5 May, 2016 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Sandra

    These are wonderful cards! I love using my punches. Even though SU! is coming out with the new circles, squares, and hearts nestled Framelits, sometimes I don’t want to drag out my Sizzix. Also, I teach a monthly class at the Senior Center and punches are so much easier to carry and use.

    Thanks for these great card ideas. I especially love the cute little mouse. Sandra

    P.S. I have an addiction to coffee.

    5 May, 2016 at 3:37 am
    • Reply Leonie

      wow thanks Sandra for your sweet words. I hear you re the punches – sometimes its just easier to grab a punch even if I do have my Big Shot sitting on my desk for easy use. We are blessed we have a choice 🙂 If I dont coffee I dont adult 😉

      5 May, 2016 at 7:23 am

    OMG you outdone this punch thing LOVE IT need to make that mouse 🙂

    4 May, 2016 at 11:48 pm
    • Reply Leonie

      wow thank you so much Frenchie … that mouse is super easy and turns out so cute 🙂

      5 May, 2016 at 12:28 am
  • Reply Sandi MacIver

    oh wow, what an awesome idea for the circle punches and to display the new Lovely In colors, nice job my friend, and your mouse and cheese is adorable as well!. haha, no one else was busy, you were picked first, tee hee!

    4 May, 2016 at 11:31 pm
    • Reply Leonie

      Sandi you are too kind to me … I love being involved with this group … feel like I’m flying with the (Stampin’ Up! rock) stars! I hope I passed with my cards.

      5 May, 2016 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Heidi

    These are brilliant Leonie, such fun.

    4 May, 2016 at 11:30 pm
    • Reply Leonie

      thanks so much Heidi – thanks for stopping by 🙂

      5 May, 2016 at 12:28 am
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