Bessie’s Barn Box

Bessie’s Barn Box

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Our March Stampin Up stamp camp was so much fun, we did punch art!  I had been promising a punch art class for a long time and once I got started, I didn’t want to stop.  We made 5 projects, and this was my favorite!  Momma chicken is on one side, with Bessie the cow looking out one end of the barn.

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The other side panel has the baby chicks looking for their momma.

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The back end of the barn is the fun part.  My husband Brian was in my stamping studio with me as I was creating this project and he thought the cow needed a back end, so I designed the “udder end” (hee hee) to match.

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As I was working on this part, I tried lots of different Stampin Up punches (and a few dies too).  I experimented with different shapes and sizes and got the help of my farming friends to help me decide what looked right, and this is what we came up with. (it was quite the cow-laboration, no bull!) Her little tail is from the Playful Pals stamp set, and the cow spots are a cloud stamp from the Balloon Celebration set, both available through May 31 in the Stampin Up 2016 Occasions catalog. They were just right for this project.

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These barnyard friends are raising the roof to make room for treats like milk duds, chiclets gum, milky way candy bars, oreo cookies, skinny cow cheese snacks, marshmallow peeps, chick-o-stick  candies, tootsie rolls, cow pie candies, mint patties, or cow tales candies.  You could also fit a Dairy Queen gift card inside, I love their Moo-Lattes!  What would you put in this cute box?

The shape of the barn was adapted from “Pootles” pentagonal treasure chest keepsake box, and the paper, dies and punches are all from Stampin Up.  To make the cow head, I used the following punches:  large oval, extra-large oval, acorn builder, eyes are from the owl builder, horns are the bird from the tree builder, and ears are from the festive flower builder punch.  The little chicks are made from 3/4″ circle, 7/8″ scallop circle, and the heart from the owl builder punch.  Momma chicken is made from extra-large oval snipped in half, 1″ circle, 7/8″ scallop circle, the tail is the smallest flower from the blossom bunch punch, and the beak is the star from the Itty Bitty accents punch pack.  Bessy’s Back end is an oval framelit die, the udder is an extra-large oval, legs are word window punch, the tail is from pyramid pals thinlits dies, and the teats are from the festive flower builder punch.  The hooves are a strip of 1/4″ card stock, snipped to the right size as needed.

 I will be sure to share the other projects we made in this class soon, “heifer” nice day!

-Debbi

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