Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, my friends!

I hope you are safe, happy and healthy and ready for a wonderful new year ahead.  Last year was one that I will always treasure and never ever forget.  There were SO many blessings in my life.  I feel like my heart is simply overflowing.  I've seen how God definitely IS in control and knows my heart like no one else.  I'm a grateful each and every day and I can't wait to see what he has in store next.

If you follow my here or on Facebook, you know by now that I'm going to be a Mimi very soon.  Wahoo!!  Brittany has been on strict bed reset since week 25.  She is supposed to remain flat...no sitting up etc...just trips to the bathroom and the shower.  It's not easy but she's being a trooper.  Yesterday she hit 27 weeks and she will be on bed rest until week 35.  After that...all bets are off.  Our lil man will make his appearance whenever he's ready after that.

So since I've been in the "baby" frame of mind, I created a fun, new Suitably Punched Critter to share with you.  Even better...it's also a gift card holder with a matching bag envelope.  Please say, "Hello" to "Casey"...

Here's Casey peeking out of the envelope...

 This is a perfect project when you need a quick, last minute gift.  It uses up those pesky scraps of card stock you have laying around too.  Here are the punches, framelits and dimensions I used...

Directions for "Casey":

Cut one of the Ovals that measures approximately 4 3/8" across at the widest point out of Daffodil Delight card stock..  This is Casey's body.  

Next, cut 2 circles that measure approximately 2 1/4" across at the widest point from Daffodil Delight card stock.  These will be for Casey's head.

Next, cut 2 small Ovals that measure approximately 2 1/8" across at the widest point from Daffodil Delight card stock.  These will be Casey's wings.  Refer to the completed picture and trim wings to make them look like wings on one end of each small oval.

Next, using the Bow Builder Punch and Pumpkin Pie card stock, punch out 2 each of the pieces as shown in the photo above.  Then you will take your paper snips and round the edges to create the two pieces for Casey's beak.  You'll want to trim one a little smaller to use for the upper beak as shown.  Glue to one of the circles as shown.

Next, using the Owl Builder Punch, punch out two of the largest circles from Whisper White card stock and two from the medium sized circles from Basic Black card stock.  These are for Casey's eyes.  Glue the black circles to the white ones as shown and adhere to the head above the beak as shown.

Next, apply adhesive of your choice to the bottom edge of the face piece you just finished and adhere it to the top of the body piece.  Add a small piece of yellow feather to the back side of the face circle and then adhere the second face piece to the back of the head to complete.

Next, adhere Casey's wings by using adhesive just at the top edges so you'll leave the bottoms of them free to tuck the gift card under.

Using a White Chalk Marker, add stitching around Casey's body, face and wings.  Voila!  All done!

Directions for Envelope/Bag:

Using one of the "Polka Dot" Tag a Bags, fold the top edge down about 2 1/2" and set aside.

Cut a strip of Daffodil Delight card stock 1 1/2" x 11".  This will be wrapped around the folded flap of the bag to keep it closed.  This is the belly band.  I added stitching with the chalk marker on it too just to help it coordinate. I added a piece of the Calypso Coral Pom Pom Trim for fun and made a couple of balloons with a 1 1/4" circle punch and various card stock.

The "Happy New Baby" tag is made with the "One Tag Fits All" stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog that debuts on January 6th, 2015.  The border is stamped in Calypso Coral and is punched out jiffy quick using the Note Tag Punch.

The rubber duck is stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored in with the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Markers and it's attached with a little safety pin and finished off with a bow made from Whisper White Seam Binding.

Casey will fit right down in there and you're then ready to party!  Have fun!!

Here's your list of supplies.  Click on the items you'd like to order to create your own Casey(s).  It will add them to your Shopping Cart and you'll then be redirected to my Online Store where you'll be able to check out.  Simple as that!

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I hope you have tons of fun and that you try some punch art to get your year started off with a smile.

Wishing you blessings beyond measure this year,


  1. WOW! Such a cute gift card holder! Congrats on becoming a Grandma. Hope everything goes smoothly for your daughter.


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