Some Woodware punches. I generally kept to basic shapes which could be adapted. The 3 different sized circle punches ion the centre of the photo are always beside me, even now :)
Some tiny Woodware punches and some very large lever punches. That large oval at the top is a very handy one!
The border punches were a real treat for me -I loved threading ribbon through them and placing different coloured card behind them for different effects.
I mostly still use the hole punches at the bottom for tags but also used the waste as confetti. They work well with foam as you can see below.
I punched the foam and glued temporarily to an acrylic block,
then used it as a stamp for the background.
Some Xcut punches
Martha Stewart border punches
This little set of mini alphabet punches was used over and over again! I used the X as faux stitching on numerous projects.
Corner punches - still used often in my card making.
Now this is where it all changed course! I saw this Tonic Studios border system demonstrated at a show in Belfast, David bought them for me and I was hooked!
Hefty big Tonic Studios punches!
Petal Pairs, designed by Susan Niner Janes for Tonic Studios. These had interlocking petals and could be layered up to great effect.
These were once the staple of all my cards. Geared border punches! Some were border and some strip punches and worked so well together. There's even a couple in this pile which were never actually mass produced. I was given them to try when I was demoing at a trade show for Tonic Studios but they never became available to the public.
I had so much fun designing these four sets of punches, complete with coordinating stamps and a little stamping cylinder. I must have made thousands of flowers with these and loved demonstrating them around the country :)
Large Intrica punches by Tonic Studios
More large Intrica punches :)
Mini punches which are always in use. I keep them handy in a little takeaway container.
The last one I bought. It seemed like everyone had this or needed it so I treated myself but only used it once or twice - unlike all my other punches :). By this stage I had moved on to using dies and only really used my smaller punches with them.