CTC229 – Favourite Retiring Punch

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Hi Everyone, and thanks for stopping in today. Firstly – I just want to apologise for bringing Christmas projects to you in the month of May! I do love christmas….but it is not something I would normally do this early. However – one of my favourite christmas punches (and the coordinating stamp set) is retiring, and is now only available while stocks last up to June 3rd.

If you make small gifts for people at christmas, do craft with the kids, hand out baked goods or all of the above, then you need this punch in your life. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. My kids refer to this as the magical punch – is it a Santa punch? A gingerbread person punch? A reindeer punch? All of the above and more!!

I have got lots of examples where I have used this punch and stamp set (check them out here, here and here). But tonight I wanted to bring you a few more. These ones focus on using the set to decorate packaging and add a little something extra to gifts you might give out (think of teachers, day care carers, colleagues etc).

My first project is decorating our gorgeous pillow boxes. These boxes come 10 to a packet and make awesome little gifts. I stamped santa in black memento ink and coloured him in using our blends. The sentiment also comes from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set. I added a stitched circle, a strip of DSP (in Lovely Lipstick) and some Red Solid Ribbon to finish it off. Hot Tip – when you add dimensional to Santa, leave a gap in the middle to thread the ribbon through.

The second project is using the Gingerbread person to decorate one of our pizza boxes. These boxes have a food safe lining so you can add your baked good straight into the box itself (though if you have young kids I recommend you wrapping the cookies first – ask me how I know!). I stamped in Soft Suede ink and added real red buttons and bow tie. I used the Wood Textures DSP in the background (retiring) with some real red cardstock and a pearlised doily.

My final project is a gift tag. These are so simple to make when you have the tag topper punch. I use thick whisper white for my gift tag base (nice and strong, plus gives you a spot to write on the back). I then added a layer of Poppy Parade DSP and a stitched rectangle. The reindeer is stamped in Soft Suede ink on crumb cake cardstock. The sentiment is from Dashing Deer stamp set (which I am so happy to say is carrying over to the next catalogue!). The ribbon on the tag is whisper white Flax Ribbon (this is carrying over too!).

Well that’s it for this week, if you think this is a punch (and stamp set) you see yourself using then get onto it now! I also hope you’ll forgive me for these early christmas creations!

I would love to see what is your favourite retiring punch, join us this week by sharing something you have created with it.

Next up on tonight’s hop is Siobhan, her projects are always so beautiful so click below and find out what she is sharing tonight.

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4 comments

  1. Thank you for the amazing early Christmas inspiration. Love these images amd greetings. And I love how fun and simple they look too.

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  2. I’m with you, Shannon. This is a magical punch and a must have. I’ve used it for lots of bulk treat decorating as well. Your projects are super cute, they really show how this punch can add a wow factor to some packaging. Nice to see a little Christmas spirit in May, lol. – Siobhan.

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