AWH Easter Blog Hop

Hi there

AWH_Logo_2017Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some Easter projects, seeing as Easter is only about 3 weeks away!

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Blog Hops are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next one. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links. Now let’s get started!  

I have a cute Easter treat box (well, a basket actually) to share with you today. I've used the fabulous Window Box framelit dies to create the basket and decorated it with the super cute images from the 'Basket Bunch' stamp set. There is a co-ordinating framelit die for each image, plus some extra dies for the grass and some cute eggs.
 
Stampin' Up! Window Box Easter Treat Basket - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
To create the basket I cut one of the window box die as normal and then using the left over strip, I cut just the side panel, as it only needs the base and not a lid. Before putting the basket together I stamped it with the 'Hardwood' background stamp for a woodgrain look. On the panel with the base, you trim off the tabs on the straight panel that forms the sides as they aren't needed for the basket. You then put it together as normal.  
  
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To give the basket extra strength I lined the base and sides with Daffodil Delight card stock as you can see in the pic above. Cut just the hexagon for lining the base and trim off the tabs and place into the bottom of the basket first. To create the side lining, cut a strip 4.7cm x 28cm. Score at 4.6, 9.3, 14, 18.7 and 23.4. Fold on the score lines and check it fits snugly and does not peek over the top. Place some Tombow liquid glue around the top inside edge and down both sides of the corner where the strip starts and finishes, as there is no overlap.
 
Stampin' Up! Window Box Easter Treat Basket - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
Here is a close-up showing the decoration around the base of the basket. I've cut 6 panels using the grass die. I found I got the best result by cutting the cardstock the exact size required, rather than trimming it as I adhered it.  Aren't the images sooooo cute! You can see the Melon Mambo egg on the side which is one of the extra dies and I've backed it with Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.
 
Stampin' Up! Window Box Easter treat Basket - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
Finally, here is a view from the top showing the Lindt hen and eggs. The basket fits quite a lot of treats in it, as you can see. 
 
Project Details
Stamps Basket Bunch, Hardwood
Card stock & Papers     Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
 Ink Soft Sky, Memento Gray Flannel
Accessories  
Tools      Basket Builder framelits, Window Box Framelits, Big Shot, Bow Builder punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle punch (retired), 1/2" Circle punch, Glue Dots, Tombow Liquid glue, Simply Scored board, Copic markers

 Now it's time to hop over to see the lovely project Catherine has to inspire you. Click on the button below.

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Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so make sure you hop around to everyone and leave them some blog love.

1. Judy May  ---------------------> You are here!
2. Catherine Proctor
3. Ros Davidson
4. Rebecca Jacovou
5. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
6. Claire Daly
7. Kate Morgan
8. Monika O'Neill
9. Tina Gillespie
10. Rachel Woollard

 Thanks for visiting!

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An Easter Blessing

Hi there

On this Good Friday, I want to share the card I made for my Mum this Easter. This card represents the meaning of Easter for her and I'm really glad that she liked it.

I started by printing the 'Easter Blessings' greeting on the Whisper White card stock using my computer and printer as I didn't have a suitable stamp to use. Next, I heat embossed the sunburst from the 'Kinda Eclectic' stamp set with clear embossing powder. Using the Circles Collection framelits, I die cut a mask to put over the sunburst so that I could control the extent of my sponging. I started with Blushing Bride on the outer edges and then Rose Red from the centre and finally some more Blushing Bride to achieve a subtle transition of colours.

I layered the cross from the 'All God's Grace' stamp set over the  smallest of the silver foil doilies. The cross was heat embossed in silver and fussy cut and finished with the tiny silver glimmer heart from the Bird Builder punch. I added a little banner with a string of pearls and the silver embossed dove to finish.  The front panel was matted onto Rose Red card stock and then popped up with foam pads onto the Sahara Sand base card. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't really do it justice.

 

Stampin' Up! Kinda Eclectic and All God's Grace for Easter 2016 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I printed the verse using my computer and printer before adding some silver washi tape at the bottom and a Petite Petals flower.

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Project Details
Stamps Kinda Eclectic, All God's Grace
Card stock & Papers     Sahara Sand, Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Versamark, Rose Red, Blushing Bride
Accessories Basic Jewels Pearls, All is Calm washi set (retired), Metallic Foil Doilies
Tools     Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Petite Petals punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Banner punch, Clear EP, Silver EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, sponge daubers

As this is our first Easter eating the Paleo way, I made some Hot Cross Muffins to have with our afternoon chai. You can see the last of my Summer roses in the photo too.

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I hope you have a safe and relaxing break over Easter and maybe some time to craft as well :).

Thanks for looking!


CASE-ing the Catty - For Easter

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Hi there

This week the CASE-ing the Catty crew are giving you some inspiration for your Easter projects.  

I'm at the top of the list today, so you maybe coming from the CASE-ing the Catty blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post.

This week I wanted to create some Easter projects using products I had on hand. In particular, the lovely 'Circle of Spring' stamp set that I bought in one of my first orders from this year's Annual Catalogue. I have mainly used the greetings from it as the font is lovely, but I haven't used the pretty floral wreath. This is the sample card from the Annual Catalogue.

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I have chosen Mint Macaron for the base card and the matching striped designer paper from the In Colour pattern stack which is matted on Rose Red - love this colour combo. The wreath was stamped in Mossy Meadow and the leaves coloured in Mint Macaron to keep the same toning. The flowers were coloured with a blender pen and Blushing Bride and Rose Red ink pads and finished with tiny pearls in the centre.  

This stamp set is so versatile with the greetings including not only Easter, but Mother's Day, birthday and thank you among others.  The Easter greeting was stamped in Rose Red and punched out with a 2" circle and attached to the striped panel with the wreath popped up on foam pads over the top. I have used the adorable bunny from the 'Made with Love' stamp set to add an Easter touch. He was water coloured on Shimmery White, so he has a subtle sparkle as well. I've used my favourite retired Rose Red seam binding ribbon for the bow. The finished striped panel was popped up on the base card as well.


Stampin' Up! Circle of Spring and Made with Love for Easter 2016 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 

For the inside, I used a strip of the Mint Macaron washi tape - the 2015-17 In Colour washi set is a Hostess option from the Occasions Catalogue. On top is a layered Petite Petals flower with a Mint Macaron enamel dot in the centre.

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Project Details
Stamps Circle of Spring, Made with Love
Card stock & Papers     Mint Macaron, Rose Red, Whisper White, In Colour Pattern Stack, Shimmery White
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Mossy Meadow, Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate
Accessories Rose Red Seam Binding ribbon (retired), It's My Party Enamel Dots, Pearls Basic Jewels, 2015-17 In Colour Washi tape
Tools     Wonderful Wreath framelits, Big Shot, 2" Circle punch, Petite Petals punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch, Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Aqua Painter

 For my second Easter project, I couldn't go past the sweet chick from the Saleabration 'Honeycomb Happiness' stamp set. I decided to create a little hen house treat holder to go with the chick. I sized a little nest box for the Lindt chocolate hen and used the largest of the 'Lots of Frames' framelits to cut the decorative top on the walls (a bit obsured by the ribbon in the photo). The walls were attached to the front and back of the box and then 2 holes punch in the top to tie the ribbon through. I used the same greeting from 'Circle of Spring' which fits perfectly on the smallest of the fabulous Tags & Labels framelits. The chick has been water coloured on Shimmery White card stock - my favourite for water colouring.

   Stampin' Up! Easter Hen Treat Box with Honeycomb Happiness - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is a side view of the treat box. I've added some 'straw' in the bottom and you can also fit some small chocolate eggs around the hen as well.

Stampin' Up! Easter Hen Treat Box with Honeycomb Happiness - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Honeycomb Happiness (2016 Saleabration), Circle of Spring, Hardwood
Card stock & Papers     Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Whisper White
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Rose Red
Accessories Rhinestones Basic Jewels, White 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
Tools     Lots of Frames Framelits, Ovals Collection Framelits, Tags & Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Simply Scored Board, Bird Builder punch, Petite Petals punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Fringe Scissors, Sponge dauber, 1/8" Handheld punch, Pumpkin Pie Marker, Aqua painter, Dimensionals

Now it is time to head over to Rachel's blog to see her inspiring project. Click on the Next button below to continue the journey.

 

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Why not join us this week and link up your Saleabration creation over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog. You can also see the full list of this week's participants.

Thanks for visiting today!


Easter Projects - Part 2

Hello

I'm back with Part 2 of my Easter projects. First up is an Easter card, using the lovely 'Indescribable Gift' stamp set. Previously I would have coloured it with Blendabilities, but this time I decided to try it with a long neglected technique of water colouring with ink pads on water colour paper. I have used a pastel palette of Smoky Slate and Crisp Cantaloupe and added a dash of the gorgeous Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon for pop. 

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This card would be equally suited as a Mother's Day, birthday, thank you or friendship card with a change of greeting. For the inside of the card I have stamped a portion of the floral image in the top right corner and also water coloured it. I had forgotten how pretty the soft wash of water colouring could be. At the base is a strip of spotty Crisp Cantaloupe washi tape from the 'Sweet Dreams' collection.

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The last project is a cute bunny using the Sweet Treat Cups. I have had these in the cupboard for ages and was glad when the inspiration struck. I saw the opportunity to use the same bunny head and paws  I created for the Bunny Treat Box by creating a tummy mid-section. He is pretty cute!

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This is a back view showing a perforated tab that will allow the treats to be removed while keeping the bunny basically intact.


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My 21 page tutorial gives detailed instructions for both of these projects as well as the 2 projects in the previous post. You can purchase it by clicking on the PayPal button below.

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Thanks for looking and have a great day!


Easter Projects - Part 1

Hi there

I don't know about you, but I can't believe it is only 2 weeks until Easter!  The year really is flying by and it is hard to keep up.  I spent an enjoyable 10 days in Western Australia catching up with friends and family and celebrating my MILs 90th birthday. Now I'm peddling hard to catch up with the chores at home and in the garden!

However, in the few days since I've been home I have been making some cute projects that I will be sharing with you in the next couple of days. The first of these is my version of a bunny treat box using the Bigz L Fry Box die. I've had this die for a while, but it has been sadly neglected. Now I have dusted it off, I see lots more opportunities for it - isn't this always the way? I think he is pretty cute and much cuter IRL than the photo shows.

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The box holds a full bag of the pretty polka dot Lindt mini eggs, but I've also tried it with the Lindt hen and eggs as well. For gift giving it may be easier to put the eggs in a cellophane bag tied with ribbon or thick baker's twine. This is what he looks like from the back.

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The next project would be perfect for kids to give their friends at school. I've filled a cellophane tube with crisp shelled mini eggs and added a cute tag using the 'For Peeps Sake' stamp set. I think the greeting goes perfectly!

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Here is a close-up pic of the tag. 

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I am offering a PDF tutorial that includes these 2 projects and 2 additional projects that I will show you tomorrow - great value for your Easter crafting.

I am also offering kits (available for postal addresses in Australia only) so you can make your own Bunny Treat Boxes. You will receive all of the punched elements and the box as a flat pack for you to construct (it does not include the treats!). You will need to provide adhesives (Tombow glue or equivalent, glue dots), ink and sponge for adding definition to the punched elements, grey or black marker, white gel pen. The box base will be Smoky Slate (pale grey) with a number of different colour options for the spotted designer paper. If you want a specific colour not listed, please contact me

Click on the links below to make your purchases.

Purchase Easter Projects 2015 Tutorial 

 

Purchase Bunny Treat Box Kits

Designer Paper Colour

 

I'll be back tomorrow with the other 2 Easter projects.

Enjoy your weekend!


Happy Easter Everybunny!

Hi there

I hope the Easter Bunny has found the way to your door, wherever you happen to be this Easter.  It's a bit grey and chilly in Melbourne this weekend; Autumn seems to have arrived quickly.  Great for soup and crafting, which I will be doing today! 

I have a couple of Easter projects I haven't had time to post in the last week.  The first one is an Easter basket I made for a lovely friend. I found a Spanish blog with some photos of this style of basket, but no instructions or dimensions (that I could read anyway!).  So after 2 attempts, I managed to create this basket sized to hold the cute Lindt hens and spotted eggs. I have kept the decoration on the basket to a minimum so that the bright colours in the eggs and hens take the spotlight.  The Melon Mambo trim around the top edge adds some contrast to the Baked Brown Sugar basket and helps to strengthen it. I love the lace tape on the handle, which I have had for ages and just 'discovered'.

The cute line images from the retired 'Everybunny' stamp set are some of my favourites and I have coloured the little girl with her basket in matching colours and paper pieced her dress in Melon Mambo polka dot DSP.  You can still get this stamp set as a digital brush set, so you can print the images via the Stampin' Up! MDS software or through other software such as Photoshop Elements. 

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Project Details
Stamps Everybunny (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Baked Brown Sugar (Cor'dinations), Melon Mambo, Whister White, Blending Card
 Ink Memento Tuexedo Black, Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories Delicate Details Lace Tape, 5/16" Neutral Brads (retired), Basic Pearls
Tools     Simply Scored Board, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Sticky Strip, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Tombow glue, Copics

The second project is another card made using the 'Blessed Easter' stamp set. I sent the first one to my Mum and this one is for my mother-in-law Betty. I haven't been a fan of Pistachio Pudding up to now, but I love how this works with Rose Red. It is difficult to see, but I have used the Occasions Paper Piercing template around the Rose Red oval. I don't know if it is just me being anal, but I'm sure the wording of the text in the sentiment isn't straight and it drives it me nuts everytime I look at it!

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Project Details
Stamps Blessed Easter
Card stock & Papers     Pistachio Pudding, In Colour Pattern Stack, Rose Red, Blending Card, 
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Basic Pearls, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim
Tools     Ovals Bigz Die (retired), Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Extra-Large Oval punch, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing tool, Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for looking!


Freshly Made #130

Hi there

It's been ages since I have participated in a challenge with Freshly Made Sketches, so I'm pleased to have scraped in this week.  This is the sketch:

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I have taken the opportunity to make an Easter card for my MIL with the 'Blessed Easter' stamp set. I stamped the line image in a grey colour rather than the usual black, as it has quite strong lines which can be quite dominating.  It does give a different effect to the final result, but I'm still not sure which I like best though. Anyway, I have used Copics for the colouring and paired the image with Melon Mambo spotted DSP and retired Lucky Limeade which was a good match for the foliage colour. Unfortunately, I ran out of natural light to photograph the card.

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Project Details
Stamps Blessed Easter, Papillon Potpourri
Card stock & Papers     Bazzill White Linen, Blending Card, Lucky Limeade (retired), Brights Pattern Stack
 Ink Memento London Fog, Memento Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, White Taffeta ribbon
Tools     Large Oval punch, Ovals Originals Die (retired), Big Shot, Copics, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!


Fresh Tulips

Hi there

It has been a very busy week with events and work, so this is the first chance I have had to show you this card made with the new 'Blessed Easter' stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue.

I have chosen to use the lovely outline tulip image without the Easter greeting, opting instead for something a bit more flexible, but it could still be used for Easter as well as many other occasions.  This is a wood mount only stamp, so I have separated the greeting from the tulips which are mounted on the wood block and the sentiment I can use on as a clear mount stamp. I think it makes the stamp more flexible to have them separated.

I have coloured the tulips with Copics using a bright spring yellow and then paired it with Tempting Turquoise and a dash of silver. I think it is a really fresh combination. The greeting is from the 'A Round Array' stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

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I have also decorated the inside, with the same DSP, some embossing a hint of silver.

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Project Details
Stamps Blessed Easter, A Round Array    
Card stock & Papers     Tempting Turquoise, Whisper WhiteBazzill Textured White, Silver Foil, Brights DSP Patterns, Blending Card
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray, 
Accessories Silver Taffeta Ribbon, 
Tools     Needlepoint Border Embossing folder, Big Shot, 7/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1" Circle punch, 1 1//8" Circle punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for visiting today!


Tag Topper Easter Treat Box

Hi there

Today I have another simple and cute box made with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I have turned this into an Easter gift filled with yummy Lindt bunnies and eggs, but it would also be suitable for tea light candles, lip balms or mini soaps. 

This box starts off as a rectangular piece of card stock and with a few score lines and snips and of course the fabulous Scalloped Tag Topper punch transforms into this 2" x 2" x 4" gift box. I have layered the lovely floral from the Sweet Sorbet' DSP (FREE with a $90 order during Sale-a-bration) over the Crisp Cantaloupe base and die cut the oval window into the front of the box before assembling it.  I have used a small piece of Window Sheet (acetate) to cover the window, but you could leave it open if you are using a cellophane bag to hold the contents.

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This shows the top of the box without the ribbon and tag. The side flaps fold in at the centre to give a neat, but easy to access closing ensuring that none of the contents will escape.

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The Scalloped Tag Topper punch is designed to work with a 2" wide strip, but don't forget that you can also use it with smaller widths as well, to take advantage of the neat opening it creates for your tie. I have turned over the Scalloped Tag Topper punch and centred the end of my 1" banner to create a perfect matching top for the tag. I rounded off the edges with paper snips. Just a note to be careful when using this punch upside down, to ensure you don't pinch your hand or fingers in the process!

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Project Details
Stamps Delightful Dozen
Card stock & Papers     Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet DSP, Glimmer paper, Window sheet
 Ink Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories White Organza ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Oval Framelits, Floral Fusion Sizzlit, Big shot, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Bitty Punch pack, Owl Builder punch (heart), Dimensionals, sponge dauber

Thanks for looking!


Quick Easter Treat Toppers

Hi there

I made these Easter treat bag toppers for our nieces, to match the 'Everybunny' card that I posted previously.  They are quick to make with the Floral Frames framelits and the trusty Big Shot.  I love adding a personal touch to gifts that takes them out of the ordinary. Don't the bunnies make a cute couple?

 

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Project Details
Stamps Everybunny
Card stock & Papers Primrose Petals, Pool Party,  Whisper White, Subtles and In Colour Pattern Stacks
 Ink Memento Gray Flannel
Accessories Cellophane Bags
Tools     Fancy Fan embossing folder, Floral Frames Framelits, Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for looking.