Sunday, November 16, 2014

SU's Bird Punch Comes through Again

Y'all, I love the SU bird punch.

Last year, I used it to decorate small, white coffee bags full of Russian tea mix to give to my Stephen Minister friends. This year, I used the same punch to make pseudo-bookmark ornaments for them!


I made thirteen of them with totally low-tech stuff. First, I punched the birds and branches from cherry cobbler and chocolate chip. Then, I stamped the sentiment in Memento dark cocoa and rounded the corners with the Corner Chomper 1/4" radius punch. Then, after punching a 1/8" circle, I set the brown eyelets using a mallet and eyelet setting tool...bam, bam, bam! Then, I glued the branches and added the birds and their wings with dimensionals.

Here's proof you don't need to spend a HUGE fortune to make pretty stuff. You just need, oh, about $50 of stuff (retail...less if you use coupons). And given how often I have used these very same tools over the years on different projects, they've definitely seen enough use to justify the expense.

These are pseudo-bookmarks because of the dimensionals used, but my son saw them and wanted me to make him one to use as a bookmark, so I did, using glue. It's definitely not as cool as the 3D version with dimensionals, but it will be a much better bookmark. Using a contrasting shade of card stock or designer paper for the wing would help the 2D version be more interesting.

stamps: Papertrey Signature Christmas
ink: Memento
paper: Papertrey white, SU chocolate chip and cherry cobbler
accessories: SU bird punch, 1/8" circle punch, Corner Chomper, glue pen, dimensionals, eyelets, setter and mallet, embroidery thread


  1. I've also got this punch .... thanks for the reminder. Great CAS bookmark. Love that you put eyelets too.

  2. These just popped out at me, crips, clean and the perfect colours for XMas AMD so cool your son wants one as a bookmark and cool he reads books and ebook so!

  3. Love these! A great idea I may copy for a quick family gift for Thanksgiving.

  4. Thank you so much for the beautiful inspiration! I love them!

  5. You made me smile from ear-to-ear with this clever idea! Happy holidays!

  6. Beautiful gifts. I never did buy that punch. I have a Bird die that's very similar but it's a lot more time consuming to cut 13 of those than to just punch 13

    1. Sencillo y encantador!! Sólo una pregunta: que medidas tiene el tag??


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