by Brenda Jones
Welcome to my review of a brand new Stampin' Up paper punch, the Two-Step Bird Punch. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the most adorable Ã¢â‚¬Å“BirdieÃ¢â‚¬Â I have ever seen!! How did SU know I LOVE birds?
Let me tell you a little bit about this punch. The whole punch is rectangular in design, and you can lock it closed when not in use. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“true to sizeÃ¢â‚¬Â punch design is on the tope of the case, and an Ã¢â‚¬Å“index punch designÃ¢â‚¬Â on one end of the case. So, whether you store your punch in a Crop in Style Punch Pal (or something similar) like the ones hanging on the door of my studio here, or stacked on a table, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll easily identify and find your punch.
Another part of the punch design that I love is the little wing. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so cute! As you can see in my project, I punched two different little wings to give my little birdie full character.
Within the 2 Ã‚Â½Ã¢â‚¬Â diameter of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“punch areaÃ¢â‚¬Â is also a little branch with 4 leaves (see original punch image above.) Personally, from a Designer standpoint, I would prefer to forego the branch/leave part and have a bigger bird. Maybe SU will create an accompanying punch with a bigger bird so Petey here can have a big brother or sis….Yes, you heard me…..IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve "done" named the thing Petey!
How did I get to a "first-name" basis with this punch? Well, it's a bit of a story. Here's what happened:
The Adventures of Petey
A true short-story by Brenda Jones
My long-time friend Joni came by my studio to help me test my fun new Stampin' Up products. We decided to run the new punch through some paces, just to see what he could do. "Petey the Birdie Punch", Joni and I had ourselves a little adventure!
The good news is that I can testify that this punch will EASILY punch through paper weights up through 105 lbs, as well as the DCWV adhesive backed cardstock. That is a great consideration if you want to punch out some birds and adhere as stickers.
But then we got ourselves into our adventure. I decided to "rev" it to the next level and attached some floral cotton broadcloth to adhesive backed cardstock. It slide it in to the punch, I pushed and ……And, the punch didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t open back up. Uh Oh!
Joni suggested, "Put it on the floor and step on it…That should get it to fully punch and open back up!"
So, of course I did that. The punch did not open back up. In fact, it was now closed even more tightly than before! I tried and tried to pull the punch open but it wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t budge. I could feel the beginnings of panic as I looked to Joni.
She took the punch and tried to pry it open. Nothing.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know, Brenda, this doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look good. You may have to consider this one a gonerÃ¢â‚¬Â Joni said as she banged it on the table hoping that would knock it loose and open.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh no, Oh no!!Ã¢â‚¬Â, I cried as I wracked my brain trying to figure out how we could get this punch open. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This punch CANÃ¢â‚¬â„¢T be a goner. I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t designed anything with it yet. Oh my gosh, Joni, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m gonna get fired before I even get started.Ã¢â‚¬Â Panic had fully set in.
Somehow, WD-40 was mentioned. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh yes!! I have WD-40!Ã¢â‚¬Â, I said. (Every household should have some!). We soaked the punch with the stuff. I mean we REALLY soaked it. And then we used a flat head screwdriver to work at prying the punch open. After what seemed like forever, I want you to know the punch finally popped open AND, after removing all the debris, Petey started punching out more little birdies just fine. WHEW! What a relief!
Let's recap what we learned from this adventure:
1) StampinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Up makes extremely durable punches. (I created my project above after my adventure with Petey!)
2) Forget fabric and just stay with paper. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s much safer in the long run.
3) I still love this punch.
So, until next time, Happy Crafting at your studio table!
Brenda Jones is a PaperCrafter's Corner Product Review Team member from Lilburn, GA. She a long-time crafter & a new blogger. You can read more about her adventures in her craft studio at her new blog: http://artthroughthepane.blogspot.com/
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