Friday, August 16, 2013

A Little Batty

Hello!  Shellye along today to bring this batty Halloween gift tag
that's super quick and easy to make:

For the base, I used Authentique Paper's Thrilling Collection Bundle that I punched
with the Scallop Circle and Circle Punches.  I layered the two together with foam.

For the bat: using the Vintage Label Punch, punch two of the label shapes and one of
the oval shapes from black cardstock.  Take one of the label shapes and cut in half,
rounding just a little as  you cut.  Match up the other label shape and cut around
the first one so that they match.  I chalked around the shapes with white just to give
some more depth.  Bend the 'wings' a bit and then attach to the back of the oval shape
as shown.  The ears were created with one of the blooms from the Petite Petals Punch;
just attach to the back of the oval. The eyes are two small pearls that I dotted with
a black permanent marker...juxtapose them to give your bat a fun batty look!

Experiment with the wings until you get the shape that you like. 
Once you've decided on one, just use it as a template for making several of
these cute 'lil bats...would look adorable hanging from a decorative tree branch.

Thanks for visiting McGill, Inc. Blog today!

Monday, August 12, 2013

DIY Dress Form.

Hello McGill readers, Angie Blom here with one FUNtastic project.

DIY dress form..
I wanted to make something a little different for my daughter to hang her jewelry on.
I found a dress form at my local dollar store and made a paper dress for her.

Using the McGill punches Star Lily for the skirt,
and the small Daisy flower in the Multi Daisy Paper Blossom Punch.

 For the skirt i made a cone shape skirt and adhered that to the dress form first..
 then started adding the petals.
Punching a lot of petals in the Star Lily punch using different papers from Authentique Paper.
 I layered it starting from the top of the skirt going around the dress form, 
 only gluing the tops of the petals and leaving the bottom of the petal punch so I can glue the next layer
underneath it , until I hit the bottom of the shirt.
Then punching the tiny daisy flower and adding it to the bodice of the dress form adding some
pearls to the center of the flowers and the cleavage of the dress.
Tying a ribbon around the waist band to finish it off.. I just love how it turned out.
This would make a great gift for any young girl.

Hope you give this a try.
here is the product McGill links.

Thanks for dropping by
Angie Blom

Monday, July 29, 2013

You Are Special

Shellye here with you to share a card that I made using 
McGill punches along with Bella Blvd papers and embellishments.
The main focus of this card are the beautiful 3-D flowers:

For the blooms, I used the Floriano Paper Blossoms Punch and made two punches 
for each flower.  Placing the punched pieces onto the molding mat (pattern side down) I used 
the 5mm Ball Stylus to gently mold the petals upward.  Next, I turned the punched pieces
over and used the same stylus and made circular motions to the centers of the flower only.

 After layering the larger blooms together, I added a punched center using one of 
the Petite Petals Punches.   The leaves were punched with the Birch Leaf Punch.

Thanks so much for visiting the McGill Blog today!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Make Your Own 3-D Embellishment

Monday Greetings!  Shellye here today with a super quick and easy
way to whip up your own 3-D embellishments using McGill punches.

Here is a card hosting my ice cream embellishment.  
You could also incorporate these into cupcake toppers, package accents, scrapbook
 page embellishments and more!

For this I used the Dimensional Ice Cream Lever Punch and 
"Sweetness" patterned papers by Authentique Paper.
  • Punch two brown pieces for the cone and two blue pieces for the bottom ice cream scoop.
  • Punch three pink pieces for the top ice cream scoop.
  • Punch a brown and red piece for the cherry.

 Apply a thin foam dot to brown cone and then top with matching cone.  
Glue one of the blue scoops to the back of the bottom cone as shown above.

 (Not shown) Glue one of the pink scoops directly to the top of the bottom 
blue scoop.  Next, attach a thick foam dot to the back of the second blue scoop and adhere.

Glue a pink scoop to the top of the blue scoop (as shown)

Attach the third pink scoop over the other pink scoop with a thin foam dot.
Using a glue pen, simply adhere the red cherry to the top of the brown cherry.
I used Fireworks "Lady Bug" Spritz by Tsukineko to give a little shimmer to the red cherry.

To the inside of the card, I layered the finished embellishment to the top of a 
Scallop Punch die-cut.

For the top of the card, I used a circle template to create a window and then 
trimmed the window with a chenille trim.  That's it!

 McGill Products Used:

Thanks for stopping by the McGill, Inc. Blog today!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer, Family ..JOY

Hi everyone Angie Blom here with a fun layout project
 using some of the beautiful punches from McGill Inc. 
 You will see that I used the  Hanger Hole punch (16200) to make a cool tag for
some ot he pretty flowers I made using the Star Flower (64005) punch.
I just LOVE butterflies and this beautiful Butterfly Punch set (81044)
will allow you to use both shadow and silhouette to make the most beautiful
butterflies ever.. today I decided to just use the silhouette part of the punch and
added pearls to the tops.. so beautiful.
hope you check out the McGill website for more inspiration..
have a great day

Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Flower Vase

Although the 4th of July has come and gone for 2013,
I like to keep my patriotic decorations out until Labor Day.
I designed this whimsical vase of paper flowers with Doodlebug's "Stars & Stripes" Collection
and a couple of the different McGill Paper Blossoms Punches

 For the 'blue star' flowers, I layered two of the same blooms and staggered the petals
just a little.  Use the molding mat and a stylus tool to achieve a nice rolled effect to the flowers.

For the 'striped' flowers, I layered the flowers so that the two blooms were back to back
and a mirror image.  To these, I gently molded the center of the flowers only.

After punching a small red Petite flower, I added them to the center of each blossom with
a foam dot.  The flowers were then glued to bamboo skewers that I had wrapped with
Doodlebugs' Washi tape!


Thanks for stopping by today!  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sweetly Adorable

Greetings!  Shellye with you today to share a card that (I think)
is as sweet as any confection!  I can't look at it without smiling :)

 For this card I combined Doodlebug Design's "Hello Spring" Collection and Cardstock
with McGill's punches.  Before layering the scalloped and circle pieces, I chalked around the 
edges of each with a coordinating color.  

After punching the smaller flower shapes, I placed each onto the Molding Mat and created a well
in the center of by using the medium stylus tool.  This allows the petals to roll in and add a 3-D effect.
 After chalking the edges, I added them to the edges of the larger flowers with a flat Glue Dot.
The centers were adorned with Doodlebug Design's adhesive pearls.

Thank you for visiting the blog today!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Made in minutes Father's Day card

Shemaine here today sharing some last minute Father's Day inspiration. I really do try to plan ahead when I want to make a special card but let's face it, sometimes life just gets crazy. For this reason, I love having go to designs that are quick and easy to execute. Today's card is just that kind of design.

Happy Father's Day

Supplies: McGill Circle Stacking Design Punch. Simon Says Stamp June card kit. Kelly Purkey Dude! Acrylic Stamp Set. Eyelet Outlet mustache brads. The Twinery bakers twine.

Finished card size is 5x6. Cover front with patterned paper. Layer with red patterned strip cut at 1x 5 and stamp with sentiment. Punch 3 circles, one for stamped image and 2 with patterned paper. Adhere the mustache brads to the 2 patterned paper circles. Layer them with cardstock using pop dots to add dimension. Finish with a bow tied with twine.

There you have it! A fun Father's Day card made in minutes!

Thanks for stopping by the McGill Design blog today!

Have a creative day!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

July 4th Center Piece

Hi Everyone!

Janine here, I hope you are enjoying the beginning of Summer!
Today I want to share a Patriotic project with you.

I created the Lilies in Red, White and Blue along with Queen Anne's Lace flowers for the center piece. Then I added Star Garland and Flag cupcake picks I found at the Dollar store to make the center piece. I had an extra Lily that I didn't use in the vase so I decided to make a card with it. I mounted it on a Scallop Circle punched from white card stock and added star gemstones to each scallop then wrapped some of the Star garland around the Flag and tucked it behind the flower. 

Click on the project above for a supply list and complete step by step instructions to create this 4th of July project featuring Paper Blossom Lilies and Queen Anne's Lace flowers. 

For a limited time you can purchase select McGill products used to create this project 40% off.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dogwood Journal

by Sue Eldred

Save 25% on select products to create a keepsake journal.
Click on the image for complete supply list and instructions.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Rolled Flower Center Piece

by Janine Blackwelder

Introducing our NEW Paper Shaping Tools & Piercing Mat set.

Roll - Pierce - Mold - Hold - Veining 
• 1” Slotted Paper Rolling / Piercing Tool
• 12mm / 4mm Ball Stylus 
• Right Angle Tweezers - ergonomic design  
• Firm Piercing / Veining Mat
1” Slotted Rolling / Piercing Tool: 
• Create rolled flowers and add curves to larger shapes
• Pierce flower centers to insert stems or stamens
• Pierce patterns in paper, holes for stitching and brads
12mm/4mm Stylus:
• Cover more area faster when softening paper shapes
• Use to add ink dots in 2 sizes
Right Angle Tweezers:
• Easily pick up and hold small embellishments• Allows more accurate placement

Piercing / Veining Mat:
• Firm surface to easily add veining to leaves
• Pierce decorative patterns on paper
• Tools are marked for easy identification.
• Easy Grip handles for added comfort.
• Perfect addition to McGill Paper Blossoms
  Tool Kit 65800 and Craft Molding Mat 65900

Now that you know all about the new tools and mat, here is a project made featuring rolled flowers created with the 1" Slotted Paper Rolling Tool.

 Step by step instructions to make the rolled flowers can be found here. Click on either image above for complete instructions on how to make this rolled flower center piece.



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Decorated Cake Slice

by Valerie Brincheck

Create this realistic looking cake slice by downloading the free cake slice template then embellishing it with flowers created with our Paper Blossoms punches.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Five NEW Flower How-To's

We have five new flowers for you featuring our Daisy Paper Blossoms punches.

Bachelor Button

You can find the NEW How-To's here on the blog and over on our web site.  



Saturday, March 23, 2013


Hey Everyone! 
We are back with another CUTE McGill project.  I am bringing a project from a 'surprise' Guest Designer.  Take a peek at what the talented Jeanne Streiff created with our FAB McGill punches.....
How many ways do I {heart} McGill flower punches.  With the start of spring I thought this would be the perfect project to share with you.
Coming soon.......
Another design team addition announcement!
We are fast sending out emails for our new team.  If you applied be on the lookout for an email from us!  We are filling both long term and guest spots!  I am so excited about all that is to come!
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hello Spring!

Hey Peeps!  We are back with another design team member to announce!  

Please join me in welcoming.......

Shemaine Smith!

I have had the pleasure of meeting this BEAUTIFUL lady at CHA a few years ago...she was my roomie not to long ago!  What a wonderful & talented designer.

Today Shemaine has such a beautiful project using one of my FAVORITE McGill punches.  Take a peek.....

How many ways do I {heart} this!  The punch is one of Silhouette & Shadow punches that McGill carries.  You can find it here. 

We will be back with more and another DT announcement soon!

How about a FREE punch!  If you would like to win this punch....

Please leave a comment to this post and head over to our Facebook fan page and 'like' us.  You will be entered to win!  The deadline for this one is March 23.  

Already 'like' us on Facebook?  No worries....invite a friend and let us know you did so in your comment.  You will be entered twice!  :)


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lucky me...

by Janine Blackwelder

Today, I wanted to share a card featuring the Silhouettes and Shadows Heart set to create a Shamrock embellishment.

I punched three sets of each shape, the shadow from solid green card stock and the silhouette from patterned paper.  Layering the silhouette heart shape on top of the solid heart shadow, I adhered them together with foam tape. I hand cut the stem then arranged the hearts to create a shamrock. Then finished it off with a clear rhinestone in the center. 

St. Patrick's Day is this coming weekend. Wouldn't these Shamrocks make great party decorations?


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Would You 'Like' A Punch?

Hey Peeps!  So maybe you've noticed a bit of a 'pause' on the blog.  We have been busy, busy adding to our AMAZING creative team!  Today I would like to introduce you to one of the new members of our creative design team. 
Please welcome the wonderful & talented Shellye McDaniel!
With the introduction of Shellye I would like to share a BEAUTIFUL project that she created along with a FUN & Easy Breezy Give Away!
Take a peek at the beautiful card that Shellye created......
What a BEAUTIFUL Mother's day card!  Here are the supplies that Shellye used to create this card....
Would you like to win your own Multi Daisy Paper Blossom punch??????
This is an EASY one!  All you need to do is head over to our Facebook Fan Page and 'like' us!  That's it!  I will link this blog post to the leave me a little comment letting me know that you have 'liked' are entered to win!
If you have already liked us be sure and let me know & feel free to bring a friend!  Have your friend list your name in their comment, after 'liking' our page, and you will be entered again! 
You have until March 16th for this one!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Altered Dress Form & An Exciting Call!

Have you seen the NEW project of the week?  This week Valerie has created an absolutely STUNNING altered dress form.  Take a peek......
We are excited to announce a design team call! 
If you are interested in applying you will need to be ready to commit to the following:
4 projects a month using a variety of McGill punches which you will post to your blog and another online gallery.
2 McGill blog hops a month.
We are so very excited for your submissions!
Please email your submissions to me, Jen Buck{}, with a bit about yourself, your blog, and a project that best depicts your creative style.

Deadline for submissions is 12AM EST March 16th, 2013.

Best of luck!

We look forward to your submissions!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

by Janine Blackwelder

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Today I'd like to share a project featuring a beautiful Rose surrounded by Baby's Breath spay with a sentiment is inside a Silhouettes and Shadows Heart tag.

Create the Rose adding a few Flourish and Pine shapes and embellish with red glitter.

To create the Baby's Breath you will need the following supplies:
  1. Once all the shapes have been punched. Glue the Tree shapes to one of the circles as shown above. 
  2. Glue the Pine shapes to the arms of the Trees.
  3. Soften and shape the Star shapes with the #3mm ball stylus. Using tweezers to hold and place the Star shapes, adhere them with glue to the Pine shapes.
  4. Next,  glue the remaining circle to the the back of  your assembled Rose. This will allow you to adhere it to Baby's Breath spray.

To create the tag:

  • Silhouettes and Shadows Heart 1 Silhouette Heart from gold glitter card stock and 1 Shadow Heart from a 2"x4"white piece of card stock scored and folded in half on the 4" in half to create a 2" square. 
  • Turn the Shadow Heart punch over and align the folded edge of the folded card slightly inside the punch shape so that the fold can be seen. Turn the punch over and place on a table and punch. You will now have a folded heart shape. 
  • 1/8" Round Punchline  Punch the top left corner of the Heart tag. Stamp sentiment. Adhere gold glitter Silhouette Heart to tag front. 
  • Thread with gold cord. 

Adhere Rose with Baby's Breath spray to card front. To attach Heart tag, tie the cord around one of the Tree branches. 


Have a Happy Valentine's Day!