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Superman Punch Art – A Super Hero 4th Birthday


Calling all Super Hero’s – it’s a 4th birthday party!!

Yes it’s been a busy week of partying, birthday festivities and even injuries at the Bennie household and today is the big day –  it Archers 4th birthday. I just can’t believe he’s really 4 and even though I know he’s not a baby anymore, he’ll always be my baby right?  🙂

**WARNING** – This is a ‘get a coffee’ post folks – it’s a longen….. Read on for party photos and injury updates…

Archer’s Super Hero birthday party (which we held last Saturday) has been a year in the making; in that Archer has spent hours and hours talking about what sort of party he wants and changing his mind over and over and over again. A Star Wars party, dinosaur party, Batman party -it’s almost changed on a daily basis. Finally (thankfully) we settled on a Super Hero party.

I was excited about a Super Hero party for lots of reasons, great party games, great cake making potential and of course…….. fun Punch Art Superman. YAY!

So below is a layout of the punched pieces prior to me putting my Superman together. As you can see I’ve used the Extra-Large Oval Punch #119859 $29.95 for the body, arms & legs and the briefs. I’ve used the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch #119850 $29.95 for the head and hair, the 2-1/2″ Circle punch for the cape (reloading it in to the punch to cut out the bottom bit). I’ve then punched a few smaller circles  and made a few free hand cuts to. I also have a confession. I can’t remember how I made the boots…. yup, I must have been in the throws of creativity and now I’ve been looking at all my punches and I can’t work it out. I do know whatever the original punch I’ve reloaded it in to the Full heart punch #119883 $29.95 to create the top of the boots and cut off the bottom to make the toe section. So if anyone can work it out what the original punch was- PLEASE leave a comment and let me know. Hehehe.


So here he is – so cute. So so cute.

I’ve Sponge Daubered little rosy cheeks with Blushing Bride coloured ink and used a black marker for his eyes. I’ve also sponged all around the outside of the body pieces to give him a bit of a 3d look. I free handed the S for Superman.


The Stamp sets used are:

A Fitting Occasion for the sentiment # 131952

Perfect Pennants #133230 for the star background and the spots too.

I’ve used a retired ‘4’ Die and then applied Crystal Effects to the top to give it a bit more Kaboom.


SOoooooo… the cake.  I do love to make my kids special cakes so I can usually be found in the early hours of the morning prior to the party making some crazy huge themed cake. I found one I liked on Pintrest (love Pintrest – make sure you check out my Pintrest page there too) and then went crazy. My kids don’t really like the taste of the fondant that can be used to decorate with so I’ve used butter icing for the blue sky and then just fondant for the clouds and buildings and removed them for eating. While I’ve made cute little figures before for other cakes out of icing, I’ve found that the kids really like to have a toy that stays with them long after the cake is gone, thus the bobble headed Superman.


We had a blast at the party. We created a ‘Super Hero Academe’  for the 7 little 4 & 5 year olds that attended – with my husband acting as the Super Hero Instructor and me running around making the magic happen behind the scenes. They started at the front of the house all dressed in their costumes and were given their instructions on becoming a Super hero and their empty Super Hero bag (party bag) which they filled up along the way with chocolates, balloons etc etc


They had to crawl through scary tunnels and then dangerous spider webs….


Have a super fly over the city to check for villains……


Then practise their Spider Man web shooting skills on some nasty ‘big brother’ villains hiding in the bath tub… (oh man there was a lot of silly string in the bathroom after that – thanks for cleaning that up Trish).


They had to detonate bombs – (don’t panic just stomping on balloons), scare bad guys with super bubble blowing devices and make their own special super masks (Yes, I had to get some paper craft in there somewhere).

So all in all they had a HUGE time. Was I tired after????? OH YEAH!!!!

And for the injury?? Well with an hour before the party to go I could be found laying on the floor in the kitchen feeling all faint with my hubby desperately trying to stop my thumb from bleeding. Seems ‘someone’ (hubby Chris) had put a broken coffee mug in the rubbish bin and not wrapped it up – but don’t worry I found in while pushing down some paper- the hard way. Ouch! Of course the show must go on and with 7 little kids about to arrive all costumed up and ready to party there was no time for stitches. I have to tell you though it’s been making crafting a little tricky but I think its on the mend now.


So thanks for popping by and reading this really long post. I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment and swing by my online store or send me an email if you have any questions.

x Carolyn


Arrgh it be me Pirate Stampin’ Up! Thinlit Die card


Arrggghhh!!!! Hello Maties!!!

Shiver me timbers! My 6 year barnacle-covered little jim lad had a birthday party to go to this week with a Pirate theme. I’d been playing with my new Stampin’ Up! Thinlit die and got an idea for a Pirate card using thee die that worked out well I think.

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Sail ho! What do ye think? Ahoy! I’d love to hear yer feedback so please leave a comment with yer thoughts.

Ahoy! Thar be two different Stampin’ Up! Thinlit dies available. I’ve used thee Circle Thinlit die here in me Pirate card. Order 24/7 with my online store.  or email me matey


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Alas! Tis time I go. Thanks for popping by. I promise I wont talk like a pirate in my next post! 😉

x Carolyn

Stampin’ Up! Storybook Friends and watercolour


I was asked to make a card for a little girl in my son’s class who’s family is moving to France for 6 months. I was thinking if I was a little girl again what colour would I like to get a card in??? Well my answer was pink, pink, pink and pink. So that’s what I did. 🙂

How easy but super effective is this card?  I just cut strips of 1cm cardstock to the full width of your card. I’ve used my Stampin’ Up! Grid paper to line up my first strip of pink cardstock to make sure it’s straight.  I used my trusty Tombo Multi Liquid Glue which because it takes a couple of seconds to set –  I get a bit of wiggle room to make sure the card strip is level before it sets.

Stampin’ Up!’s stamp set Storybook Friends is a treat to watercolour. I do cheat a bit with my water colouring – by using the Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper the job is almost half done for me because it’s by far the best watercolour paper I’ve ever used. Make sure you use StazOn ink when you stamp your image. I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to colour by just adding a tiny bit of colour to the edge and then using the Stampin’ Up! Bender pens to move the colour around – gradually ‘pulling’ the bit of colour on the edge of the image out in little circle motions – this helps give the light to dark effect. Design Tip: draw an outline around your image in a contrasting colour. I’ve used Blushing Bride here but often I’ll use Sahara Sand or Basic Grey. It gives a shadow effect and makes your image pop. I’ve then punched out the little bunny I used with the Extra Large Oval punch.

A few Rhinestones from the Rhinestone Basic Jewels and some Bakers Twine and we’re just about done.

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Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

Stamp set: Storybook Friends – Woodmount #132079, Clearmount #126737

Cardstock: Real Red #119981, Melon Mambo #119980, Crisp Cantaloupe #131303, Pink Pirouette #116203, Whisper White# 106549

Ink: StazOn #101406,

Stampin’ Up! Write Markers: Basic Grey, Real Red #100052, Blushing Bride #131265

Stampin’ Up! Accessories: Extra Large Oval punch # 119859, Rhinestones #119246, Bakers Twine  Cherry Cobbler# 123125

To purchase any of these items from me click the Shopping Guy below to shop at my online store.


Happy Stamping & Live each day in the sunshine,

Carolyn Bennie xxxx

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Pokemon Pikachu Punch Art – Love that 1″ Stampin’ Up! Circle Punch!


My baby turned 9 today!! I just can’t believe I’ve been a mother for 9 years! Finn loves Pokemon and I thought he might enjoy a Pikachu card (one of the characters from the Japanese based cartoon).  He did and he said he had his very best birthday ever and cried when it was time to go to bed tonight as he’s birthday “went too fast”. I just loved cuddling him on the couch – he’s getting so big and yet still so sweet and beautiful. I just adore him.

Back to card making – I’ve been thinking about how much I use punch art lately – especially for kids cards and I’ve discovered I really enjoy it. Punch art is creative and the kids get a kick out of seeing their favourite tv shows, cartoons or movies in a handmade card.

It’s all about the punches – and for this Pokemon Pikachu card I’ve used one of my most versatile and most used of my Stampin’ Up! Punches – my 1″ Circle punch   for the eyes and cheeks.  It’s really a must to have a nice selection of circle punches – you’ll wonder how you’ve managed for so long with papercraft without them.

Card stock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White and Primrose Petals.  

Punches: Builder Owl Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch.

Accessories: Oval Framelits (to make ears – run through twice, cutting ears by 2/3rds in second run through). Black Marker.

Contact me today to ask me any stamping questions. I love hearing from you. 🙂

Happy Stamping & Live life in the Sunshine.

xx Carolyn

*** I forgot to mention I originally saw a different version of this card on Pintrest that was a direct inspiration for this card. Here is the original design.…and-fairy.html

Boo! Say goodbye to ‘Tiny Tags’



Boo! to you. 🙂

My 6 year old had a birthday party to go to today and he’s a boy who knows what he likes… and today he wanted me to make a ghost card. This one is so easy but really effective. It also gave me another chance to use one of my very favourite stamp sets of all time – Tiny Tags. What a truly useful set… a MUST have. Check out my Online Store (click on cute shopping dude below) now and get your hands on any catalogue products and the Retired list …… after 30th of June it will be gone for good. *gasp*


Card Menu

Stamps: Tiny Tags

Ink: Basic Black

Card Stock: Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die, 1″ Circle punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, 3/4″ Circle punch, Small Oval punch and Large oval punch. Cute Clips-Thought bubble.

Happy Stamping.

Remember – Live each day in the sunshine.

xx Carolyn

The birthday that never really started but took forever to finish!

Hi Everyone,

A few weeks ago it was my littlest babies birthday. Yes, Archer turned 3! He’s been talking about it for weeks and we’d been really looking forward to his ‘Wiggles Party’. Well things didn’t go so well…. the day before his birthday he became super unwell with gastro and spent the day laying on my lap hardly playing with his new toys at all. 😦 We held out hope he would rally for his party by the weekend but as the time loomed we realised he just wasn’t going to be well enough and we had to cancel… well post-pone. Hard concepts for a 3 year old and his brothers of 5 and 8 to understand – but considering, they took it really well. So the cake that I had been up until 2am making the night before was put in the freezer, the decorations left hanging for a week and they party was shelved while the little man recovered.

A week later …. a week of illness and  a 3 year old asking almost hourly when he’s party was and we finally got to party day. 12 children, party games, slip n slide, party food and party bags and we got to the end of the birthday that never really started but took forever to finish.  Everyone had a blast – especially Archer. Yeah!!!!!

But what about the card I hear you ask????  I love making special cards for my childrens’ birthdays – usually they tell me what they want and being a MASSIVE Wiggles fan you can guess what Archer wanted right? Yep The Wiggles.


I’d love to tell you exactly how I made this but I have to admit I kinda winged it using every punch I have and trimming with my scissors!!!! and don’t ask me why the wiggles have afros LOL.

Then of course I had to make a Wiggles cake….. this is what I came up with .. and yes I handmade the Wiggles with fondant….



and a close up of that sleepy fellow Jeff…


and finally one of the birthday boy Archer. Happy birthday my little man. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Happy Stamping everyone.

x Carolyn

Spider Embossing Folder- ‘ Oh no the Spider 8 it!’

Hi Folks,

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Thanks for popping by my blog.

I’ve had a wonderful day at the local swimming pool with my 2 year old Archer and good friends enjoying the lovely warm weather. So glad that summer is finally here!

My oldest son went to his best buddies’ 8th birthday party yesterday ….. so an ‘eight year old’ card was in order!!. I bought the Spider Web Embossing folder with boys birthdays exactly in mind ….. so it was time to take it for a test run.

Two things of note with this card. Firstly the spider (a Red Back spider local to this part of Australia) was made using a variety of circle punches and a few strips of Real Read & Basic Black cardstock. I’ve then covered them all up with Crystal Effects Stampin’ Up! lacquer . It takes a while to harden so I made the spider in the morning and left the rest until the afternoon.

Once I had run my piece of Basic Back cardstock through the Big Shot using the Spider Web Embossing folder ($13.95 pg SU! 2012/13 annual Catalogue), I then got out my Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink ($18.95 pg 23 of current Holiday Catalogue) and rubbed it over the raised web on the paper to get the effect of the silvery spider web. Cool hey? Great effect.

I die cut a number 8 with the Big Shot and ran it through the embossing folder too…. just to give the effect that it had been caught in the spiders web.

I love it…. I think I have to come clean and admit I do kinda love punch art. 🙂

Happy Stamping everyone.

xxxx Carolyn


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# 120889 $13.95 Spider Web Folder

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