Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pine cones and Branches

Unfortunately, the pine cones and branches on my kitchen counter are made of paper.  This past weekend, I did a lot of projects involving these pine branches made with the McGill branch punch.  That punch is so hard to punch with that it takes a man to do the punching (or a lady with really strong muscles).  I was creating with several friends and one of them is pretty strong (plus we used really thin designer paper from Creative Memories) so she punched a zillion of them for us.  We made this pretty card with the leftovers.  We needed a pine cone so I thought we could make one from small circles (from the SU! Owl punch) layered over each other in a cone shape. The sentiment is from Stampabilities.  I outlined each circle on the pine cone with gold Stickles.  Came out pretty, and now I have one more Christmas card done (only 10 more to go).  

This is the project I was talking about above - the one resulting in the leftover pine branches.  We used this new SU! image and some old trusty Spellbinders dies.  We didn't feel like coloring so we just left the image uncolored.  I have decided I am going back and adding some coloring before I send it out. 

I am going to post an honest picture of my counter this weekend - the one that really shows what is on my counter before I clean it off and take pictures of my cards.  It will be scary to brace yourselves!


  1. Love your pine cone, Nancy! Very clever of you. Your easel is so pretty and I like it uncolored...sure it will be gorgeous when you color it, too. You know, I love birds.

    I'm bracing........:-)

  2. Look at how you used all of those pretty pine branches, Nancy! These are brilliant. I agree--those McGill punches are tough to punch. Gives a good workout though, right??

  3. Loved that pine cone card when I saw it on SCS and loving it all over again here! Fabulously done! Lovely easel card too :) Great shape you used for it!

  4. Love the beautiful pinecone! I know what you mean about the pine bough punch! I usually put it in the floor and use my heel to push it down!