Sunday, February 23, 2014

For the LOVE of ... HEXAGONS!

Hello again ~ I'd like to start off by saying how sad I am that the Winter Olympics are over, I always love it when the Olympics are on. To see the talented athletes from around the world compete. I'd like to congratulate all the Olympians, whether you made it to the podium or not - you are all amazing!
Anyone who has met me knows that one of my true love in paper crafting is a paper punch! My favourite is of course the hexagon punch, with the triangle punch as a close second! I thought I'd share some FABULOUS projects that I've created using these two awesome punches over the next few days... Whenever I talk about my love for these punches I have some skeptics - thinking they're not as awesome as I think they are... I'm going to try to prove them wrong! So here are some projects I've created using the oh so awesome hexagon punch!!!!!!!!

Card 1: I used some bright and cheery colours to make this card... Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry! I layered my hexagons onto Whisper White, then Basic Black. I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to colour the LOVE YOU SO from the Geometrical stamp set and stamped them onto the full hexagon punches. I added some small heart punches and the teeny tiny black hearts are from the Owl punch. I love making backgrounds with my punches and hope you feel inspired to try it for yourselves...
These next 3 cards are actually the first 3 projects that I created when I got my punch last June (it was the first thing I ordered - big surprise?!)
Card 2: This time I made a hexagon flower! I used the Six-sided sampler stamp set, and some complimentary colours of cardstock to create this geometrical card! I used Basic Grey, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate colours for my card today. I added some 'thanks much' stamped sentiments, punched out with the 1" circle punch and a couple of Bitty Butterfly punches in Silver Glimmer paper for a bit of shimmer and shine!

Card 3: This next card I punched hexagons in Island Indigo, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay - I love how nicely these colours blend together. I attached my hexagons to a base piece of Whisper White with the points of the hexagon touching, they sort of make a star-like pattern. I added some 'Bitty Butterfly' punches to the centers of the solid hexagons. The sentiment 'hello sweet friend' is from the 'Six-sided Sampler' stamp set which coordinates with the hexagon punch.

Card 4: This card has a similar design to the one above, except that I centered the 'thanks much' and made a star-like pattern around it using Smoky Slate, Basic Grey and Basic Black cardstock. I love the geometric lines in these cards - they are so crisp & clean! 

I've got TWO super-awesome hexagon punch project for you today. I have made several of these in different colours and I absolutely love them. The Bitty Butterfly punched image fits perfectly in the center of the hexagons. I used Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo cardstock - I love how these colours blend so nicely together!

I punch A LOT of hexagons in each of the three colours. I connected them at the corners to get a 'star-like' pattern - I then added the butterflies, the same colour in each of the hexagons. A 'Pool Party' butterfly in the center of the 'Island Indigo' hexagons, a 'Island Indigo' butterfly in the center of the 'Bermuda Bay' hexagon, and a 'Bermuda Bay' butterfly in the center of the 'Pool Party' hexagon. This piece hangs on the wall in my craft room for me to admire as I craft! 

My craft room is very close in colour, almost a perfect match to 'Perfect Plum'. I do have projects that I've created with other colours but I wanted to make a clock in the colours of my space. Check it out... Now this next project doesn't involve the 'Hexagon Punch', it still uses hexagons. 

I cut out A LOT of hexagons, using the 'Hexagon Hive' framelit in Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black and Elegant Eggplant. The great thing about this die is that you can make great projects with the hive diecut and the hexagons that get cut out... it's a fabulous-multi-purpose product! I didn't have a particular pattern in mind, just so that the same colour didn't appear side-by-side.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Hexagon Punch [130919 - $21.95]
Hexagon Hive Thinlit [132965 - $30.95]
Bitty Butterfly Punch [129406 - $21.95]
Six-Sided Sampler [wood:130953 - $32.95; clear: 130956 - $22.95]
Geometrical [wood: 133158 - $36.95; clear: 133161 - $$26.95]
1-1/4" Circle Punch [119861 - $21.95]
1-3/8" Circle Punch [119860 - $21.95]

I LOVE hexagons and I love these projects and hope you do too... have a super awesome day :)

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