Faux Scrabble Tile Art

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IMG_3111I wanted to create some personalized framed art for my dear friend who has just moved into a new home with her family.  I wasn’t sure quite what I wanted to do, so I did what most crafty people do in 2014: I looked on Pinterest! I discovered framed Scrabble tile art – and decided this would be the perfect thing to make for my friend’s new home.

I found many on-line sources for purchasing wooden scrabble tiles, but I was disappointed to discover that I could actually purchase an entire brand new Scrabble game for the same price as it would cost to purchase the same number of letters (100).  Fortunately, some very clever and generous people have created printable Scrabble tiles!!! This made the crafter in me VERY happy.  After all, why buy something when you can make it instead, especially when you have all the supplies you need already on hand – right?!

After some trial and error, I came upon a method that I think is perfect for making faux Scrabble tiles.  All you need (in addition to the printed out letters) is card stock, Tombow glue, a 3/4″ square paper punch and some modge podge.

I glued six 3/4″ by 3/4″ squares of Sahara Sand card stock together (one on tope of the other) with Tombow liquid glue, careful to make sure all the edges lined up, and glued  a printed out scrabble tile on top (using the same method). After the letters were dry I lightly coated the sides and top with one layer of modge podge.  That’s it!

I love the way the tiles look mounted on top of these squares of retired Stampin’ Up! designer series paper.  I adhered the dsp squares to whisper white card stock, also using the tombow glue.  I started in the middle of the paper and carefully added one tile at a time, trying to keep the spacing between the letters even.

It fits so nicely into this picture frame which has an 8 inch by 8 inch square opening.

IMG_3109I would love to hear what you think of this project.  If you decide to try it please let me know how it comes out!

Happy crafting!


p.s. If you’re wondering what else I’ve been up to lately check out my photos on Instagram. (MyInkPad)

Punch Art Summer Sampler

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IMG_2218This is a punch art sampler I designed to do as part of my kids craft camp program.  The kids loved making their own versions.  The background square are each a 2″ by 2″ square of card stock.  The dsp squares on top are each 1 7/8″ by 1 7/8″.

I found these frames at Michaels that are 8″ by 8″, but with a double matted 5″ by 5″ opening.  I removed the mats and they are perfect, as that allows for the increased dimension behind the glass.)

Some of the items used are retired, but this concept can easily be adapted to use with whatever products you have.

This is my first sampler and I am pleased with how it turned out.  I will be planning new samplers for each season.  I know the kids want to make more, and so do I!

Current Stampin’ Up! products used:

Inspire, Create, Share – 2014

Follow Me on PinterestPin ItI just returned from my 5th consecutive Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City. I had a wonderful time, as usual, and can't wait to go back again next year. There is nothing quite like the experience of being with over 4000 other enthusiastic paper crafters.   I especially LOVED this make and take project: IMG_2525 This card set makes a sweet birthday gift. I love the bright colors and fun designs.  The gold star - scored and folded to make it 3-D, adds the perfect amount of sparkle. We were given the "amazing birthday" stamp set free with our convention materials.  I know I will be using it a lot! Supplies used:

Spiral Flower Bouquet

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I am having so much fun with the new spiral flower die!  I was honestly on the fence about whether or not to get this die.  I wasn't sure how much I would use it.  I had no idea it would be so addictive much fun! As you can see, once I started making little real red roses I found it hard to stop. I made enough to make this little bouquet:

IMG_1851In the process of putting the bouquet together I came up with a few little tips to share with you:

I covered the tip of each stem (green florist wire from the craft store) with a one inch piece of coordinating ribbon.  I made a tiny loop in the wire and then used a hot glue gun to glue down the ribbon. This covers the green wire and holds the stem in place.

I then poked the stem down through the rose, making a hole with my paper-piecing tool when necessary.  I punched out 3/4 inch circles from real red card stock, (again breaking down the fibers with the bone folder) poked a hole in the center of each with the paper-piecing tool.  Then dabbed a little hot glue around the stem just below the flower, and on the bottom of each flower, slid the circle on from the bottom, and pressed it down onto the rose. That way each flower stayed nicely on its stem without sliding around.

Do you have any good tips to share? I would love to post them here.

Happy stamping and flower making,



So nice to be back!

Follow Me on PinterestPin ItMy son is now officially cancer free - hooray!!!! - and is back at school part time.  We are overjoyed to have our son in good health, and I have finally been able to find a little time to get back to my craft room and have fun creating.IMG_1833This is the first card I have made in months! I was inspired by many cards I had been seeing on the Stampin' Connection: the fabulous resource for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on the adorable little Banner Punch and Banner Blast stamp set: each one a FREE sale-a-bration item with a $50 purchase. As soon as that box arrived I got to work.  Colors are: crumb cake, real red, and my new all time favorite: coastal cabana. These colors coordinate with the dsp (designer series paper) from the Fresh Prints designer series paper stack. It is amazing how much paper you get in those little stacks.  I really love the designs in this stack and you will be seeing how versatile they are in my upcoming blogs. The heart embosslit is retired, but you could get a similar look using the heart punch or a framelit, and running it through the big shot with an embossing folder.  The xoxo is from the fabulous Circle card Thinlits Die. Please send me a comment if you have any questions and I will answer in my next blog post. Happy Stamping! Miriam

Hello and Good Bye

Follow Me on PinterestPin ItIMG_3440 IMG_3437We made these two cards at my "new catalog open house" yesterday.  The top card uses familiar products from the Spring Mini that are all carrying over (hooray!) to the new catalog.  The honeycomb layer is one of the brand new "in colors", coastal cabana.  This is my new favorite color for sure!!!  The base is rose red, which will be moving from the Subtles into the Regals category, along with perfect plum, which is featured in the mosaic card. I am in love with the mosaic madness stamp set.  It is one of those magical sets where every card I have seen it used on looks amazing.  The coordinating punch and folder make it even more fun. I can hardly wait until May 31, when I can place everyone's order from the open house, including my own!  That is the "magic day" when you can order from the old catalog, new catalog, and the Spring mini!!! Happy Stamping! Miriam Permut    

Monthly Kits from Stampin’ Up!

Follow Me on PinterestPin ItIMG_3418I had a fun surprise this weekend: my May Paper Pumpkin arrived!  If you haven't heard about Paper Pumpkin yet, it is a new subscription craft project program from Stampin' Up!  For a $20 monthly fee you receive a fun surprise in your mailbox each month.  A project kit containing everything your need to make something really great.  Please check out all the details here.  If you sign up and put me, Miriam Permut, as your demonstrator, I will send you an extra surprise as a thank you gift for signing up.  This picture shows everything that came in this month's kit. Can you believe it?!  I am so excited to get started make a little scrapbook. Happy crafting, Miriam

Mothers Day Cards From My Family

Follow Me on PinterestPin ItWhen I was growing up and would ask my dad what he wanted for his birthday or father's day, he would always answer "a home made card".  At the time I thought that was an insufficient answer. I was sure there must be some material gift I could get him that he would want, too.  Fast forward 30 years and I completely understand where my dad was coming from.  There is nothing more precious to me than something made with love, from the heart.IMG_3372 (1)My kids made the two bottom cards with some "card pieces" I had ready to go. I love their creativity.  My husband really surprised me.  He actually got out a piece of my dsp, folded it, and stamped "Mom" on the front!  I asked him how he knew what to do and he said he is "very, very capable".  Who knew?!  I think for his next birthday I will get him the Dude, You're Welcome stamp kit. I hope everyone is having a very happy Mothers Day and that you may have been lucky enough to have gotten a home made card, too. Miriam

Perfect Punch Storage

Follow Me on PinterestPin ItIMG_3355 I have been trying to organize my craft room and needed a new storage  system for my punches.  They were all in a wicker basket in my closet, which I had to pull out every time I needed a punch.  Super heavy and super inconvenient. I had heard that Ikea bygel rails were a great solution for storing Stampin' Up! punches so decided to give it a try.  I am very pleased with the results.  The punches fit really well and it is awesome having them right in front of me. The only problem is that I still have a lot more punches but no more rails.  So back to Ikea I will go... Have a great weekend, and a very Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there. I hope you get some time to do some crafting, and may even be lucky enough to get a home made card from your loved ones. Miriam

Camping Themed Card

Follow Me on PinterestPin ItIn an effort to encourage my son to make a birthday card for my husband, I told him if he bought one he would have to use his own money.  He looked at cards at the grocery store and decided they were too expensive.  I was shouting "hooray!" inside in my head.  But somehow, it turned out that I was the one who made the card!!!  I was happy to do it, of course, but if I can't get my son interested in stamping with camping stamps there may be no hope at all.  *sigh*  I did make it in the style I know my son likes so he would be happy to give it to his dad. That means plain and simple.  No buttons, no fancy shapes, and no ribbon.  I was able to sneak in the linen thread bow without complaint, fortunately.IMG_3340I started by sponging some soft suede ink onto some very vanilla card stock.  I stamped the chair in cherry cobbler and tent in midnight muse.  Both stamps are from The Great Outdoors stamp set.  I combined some other stamps with Best Dad Ever to get the saying I wanted.  My son was super happy with it and my husband loved it.  Maybe next year he will want to make his own card..... Miriam