Freshly Made #78

Hi there

Today I have another Easter card for you, featuring the very cute 'Everybunny' stamp set.  This one is based on  Freshly Made Sketches #78 from Jen M. 

FMS_78I thought this pretty  'egg' paper from the 'Birds of a Feather' DSP was very appropriate for Easter.  The bunny's dress was paper pieced with another of the prints from the DSP. 

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For the inside, I have used the coordinating colours and another of the cute images from the 'Everybunny' set.

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Project Details
Stamps Everybunny
Card stock & Papers Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit,  Whisper White, Birds of a Feather DSP, In Colour Pattern Stack
 Ink Raspberry Ripple, Memento Gray Flannel
Accessories Seam binding ribbon (not SU), White Bakers Twine, Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Needlepoint Border embossing folder, Big Shot, Doily Lace punch (not SU), 1/8" Circle handheld punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for stopping by.

ETA: Thank you to Linda C. for choosing this card as a 'Perfect Princess' this week.

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Easter Basket & Card


Hi there

For some reason Easter seems to have crept up on me this year (I think it has something to do with age!!), so I thought I would take the opportunity to create something a little different for you in time for the Easter season.  

I have used the Stampin' Up! Oval framelits to made an Easter treat basket and matching card with the lovely floral print from the 'Twitterpated' DSP that hasn't had much love recently. It is a little bit pastel, spring like (for those in the northern hemisphere) and pretty. I've matched it with Baja Breeze for the base with Pink Pirouette and Island Indigo for accents.

The treat box is made up of two scallop oval die cut frames that have been decorated on the bottom half with a trapezoidal box sandwiched between.  I hope you didn't glaze over at the mention of the trapezoidal shaped box as it is really quite simple to put together once you have the measurements right.  Considering how bad I was at geometry in high school, I was pretty pleased with the way the trapezoidal box worked out. Here is the finished treat box. 

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I put a little bit of crystal shred in the bottom and then piled in the yummy Lindt eggs.  The basket as shown contains 9 of the Lindt eggs, so it is a good size and and the whole thing is very sturdy. Here is a side view showing the box, which has been covered in more of the 'Twitterpated' DSP. I have trimmed a fraction off the centre scallops at the bottom so that the box will sit flat.

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The matching card also uses the largest scallop oval framelit for the base.  The front of the card has been decorated in the same way as the treat box, but with the sentiment from the inside showing through the cut out.  I've added a few little flowers and some pearls to finish it off.

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This is the inside of the card.

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 These will be winging their way to my lovely Mum and mum-in-law for Easter. I hope they like them.  

I will be entering these projects in the Simon Says Stamp Easter/Spring challenge and the StillAddinktive Sketch Challenge as well.  

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Project Details
Stamps Easter Blossoms (retired), Teen Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Island Indigo, Twitterpated DSP
 Ink Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Accessories 1/4" Island Indigo Satin ribbon (from Saleabration), Basic Pearls, In Colour Spotted brads
Tools     Bitty Banners Framelits, Oval Framelits, Birds & Blossoms Sizzlit (retired), Blossom Party Bigz die, Square Lattic embossing folder, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack, Bitty Butterfly punch, Scallop border die (not SU), Paper Piercer,  Sponger daubers, Tombow glue, Anywhere Glue stick, Glue dots

Thanks for looking!

ETA:

Thanks to the ladies at StillAddinktive for selecting this project as their Top Pick this week.

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Just Add Ink #156

Hi there

With Easter not too far away I have a CAS Easter card for you, using the colours from the Just Add Ink #156 colour challenge. These colours were selected by my friend Christine, the queen of colour challenges.  They are a lovely colour combo of bright, subtle and neutral:

JAI56_ColourI rarely use Bashful Blue except for baby cards, but it is a lovely colour and provides a soft background for the bold Raspberry Ripple and Early Espresso.  I have used the Honeycomb embossing folder to create my Easter egg. It was brayered first with Raspberry Ripple ink and I'm pleased with the effect.  The bunny was stamped in Early Espresso and clear embossed for more definition and texture.  The photo unfortunately doesn't do justice to the colours.

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For the inside, I have used the Bashful Blue spotted DSP as a background for more doily lace and the floral egg from the (sadly) retired stamp set 'Easter Blossoms'.

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Project Details
Stamps Chocolate Bunny (retired), Easter Blossoms (retired), Delightful Dozen
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, In Colour Pattern Stack, Subtles Pattern Stack
 Ink Raspberry Ripple, Early Espresso
Accessories Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls (coloured with Copic)
Tools     Honeycomb embossing folder, Oval Framelits, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack, Corner Rounder punch, Doily Lace punch (not SU) Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Brayer, Clear embossing powder, Heat gun, Copic (R59)

Thanks for stopping by.


Easter Trimmings

Hello

I hope you are enjoying a safe and peaceful Easter, where ever you may be. 

Today I have a sweet Easter basket to share with you, made with the Scallop Envelope die.  This is a sturdy basket of good size - 3 1/4" square; very easy to make and great fun to decorate.  I used this tutorial at Splitcoaststampers to make the basic box. These would be lovely on your Easter dinner table to hold any manner of treats.

I made my basket with Pool Party cardstock and then decorated it with the lovely Pool Party check and floral designs from the 'Domestic Goddess' DSP. I cut the scallop edged flaps separately from the floral, by putting a small piece of DSP over that section of die and holding it in place with a small piece of tape.  The Lace Ribbon border punch makes a lovely handle and I have added some small flowers in Calypso Coral with a little pearl centre. I used glue dots to adhere the flowers and covered them underneath with a small circle, so they won't stick to your hands.  By keeping the handle shorter, you can maintain the nice rounded shape.  The flowers and bows have been used to pin the side flaps to the box.

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Here is a close up of the side view:

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Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers Pool Party, Calyspo Coral, Whisper White, Domestic Goddess DSP
Ink None
Accessories Spotted In Colour brads, Calypso Coral Ruffled Edge ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Scallop Envelope Die, Birds & Blossoms Sizzlit (Retired), Blossom Party Originals Dies, Big Shot, Lace Ribbon border punch, Itty, Bitty Punch pack, Glue dots, homemade Champagne Shimmer mist (used on flowers).

Stay safe.


Just Add ... Easter!

Hello

It was a beautiful autumn weekend here in Melbourne.  I had the pleasure of spending most of it with some lovely stamping friends and we chatted, ate chocolate (and other treats) and enjoyed the shared creative process.  Unfortunately one friend was feeling poorly and couldn't make it - we missed you Kerry and hope you are now on the mend.

One of the cards I made uses this sketch from Retro Sketches and I have combined it with this week's challenge from Just Add Ink to 'Add Easter'.  Unfortunately, I missed the Retro Sketches deadline, but here is the sketch:

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For the base, I have used the lovely floral designed from the 'Twitterpated' DSP that is now available in the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue that commenced yesterday (1 April 2012).  For the centrepiece of the banner I have coloured another of the very cute images from the 'Everybunny' stamp set with Copics and mounted it on a rosette cut from the matching Baja Breeze design.  The bunny's dress has been paper pieced with the DSP to match.

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Project Details
Stamps Everybunny, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Riding Hood Red (Textured), Baja Breeze, Twitterpated DSP, Xpress-IT Blending card
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray
Accessories 1/8" Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Silver flatback pearls, Small rhintestone brad
Tools     Rosette Die, Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Word Window punch, Dimensionals, Copic markers

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your week.


Freshly Made #26

Hi there

I'm not sure where my weekend went, but it did, too quickly!  In summary, too much housework and gardening and not enough creating. This is something I will have to remedy next weekend.

The card I have for you today uses last weeks Freshly Made #26 sketch. It is another versatile sketch and I have made it into an Easter card using the cute 'Everybunny' stamp set and Domestic Goddess Designer Paper.  Here is the sketch:

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I have resisted buying the Domestic Goddess DSP, but have succumbed to the sweet Pool Party & Calypso Coral floral and plaid designs. A two inch square in the IBC does not do this paper justice.  I have followed through the same colours for the cute bunny and mushroom images. The embossed strip of hearts across the top is from a new set of embossing folders called 'Adorning Accents', coming in the new Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue shortly. 

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Project Details
Stamps Everybunny
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Calyspo Coral, Domestic Goddess DSP, Whisper White, Xpress-IT Blending card
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black
Accessories Spotted brads, White Organza ribbon, Tiny Rhinestones (coloured with Copic)
Tools     Nestabilities Ovals, Adorning Accents Embossing folder, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Modern Label punch,  Dimensionals, Copic markers

Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for looking!

ETA:

Thank you to the DT at Freshly Made Sketches for this award!

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Easter Wishes

Hi there

It has been a while since I have done a Mojo Monday challenge, so I thought I would take advantage of my remaining holiday time to make an Easter card with this week's sketch 231.  I don't often make Easter cards, mainly because I don't get myself organised in time.  I purchased the (now retired) 'Easter Blossoms' stamp set last year and never got to use it, so it is now or never!  This is the sketch this week, which I have turned into a square card:

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The lovely branch of cherry blossom determined the colours I have used, allowing me to indulge in a number of shades of my favourite colour - pink!  Although Easter is in Autumn in Australia, Easter cards are still generally in pastel colours. This what I came up with:

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Project Details
Stamps Easter Blossoms
Card stock & Papers Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Crumb Cake Patterns, Elegant Soiree DSP (Retired)
Ink Stazon Timber Brown, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette
Accessories Pale Pink Seam Binding ribbon (not SU), Basic Pearls
Tools     Circle Nestabilites, Tasteful Trim Die, Big Shot, Designer Label punch, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Corner rounder punch, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers (Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip), Blender pen, Crimper, White gel pen, Glue Dots, sponge dauber

Thanks for stopping by.


February Blog Hop

Hi there

It is the end of another month (isn't the year flying already?) and time for the 'Art with Heart' team Blog Hop - this month with inspiration for Easter. You may have come from Nikki Sadler's blog, but if not you can still join the Blog Hop by clicking on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post. If you leave a comment on every blog and then email Nikki at nikki@inkyart.com.au you will be entered in a draw for some Blog Candy! You have until 6am ESST on 3 March 2010 to leave your comments and only those who are not Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are eligible to win the Blog Candy.

It wouldn't be Easter if there weren't chocolate treats to share with family and friends on Easter Sunday. I have some cute baskets that you can make to present your Easter treats. Each of these treat baskets use a single sheet of A4 card stock (with some leftover) and a small amount of Designer Series Paper. The cutting, scoring and punching only takes a few minutes and you can dress them up as much or as little as you want.

As Easter comes at the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere pastel colours are very often associated with Easter, so this first basket has a pretty 'spring' look using the 'Tea Party' Designer Series Paper.  I have chosen a rectangular shape to hold a small-medium sized egg (depending on your perspective!) with some smaller ones (yummy strawberry) around it. I added some straw shavings (saved from a previous gift basket) to provide some cushioning/filler in the base.

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Presenting it in a cellophane bag with some ribbon and a tag makes for a really sweet gift, don't you think?

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The baskets are quite sturdy if you construct them using Sticky Strip or a similar 'high tack' adhesive. For added strength, I have attached the flower embellishment with a brad that passes through the basket and handle as well. If you prefer something a bit brighter, here is the same basket made with the 'Bella Rose' Designer Series Paper.

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Here is a close-up of the flower embellishment on the handle of the  baskets. It is made with a variety Easter_Basket_Embellishment of punches - 5-petal flower for the leaves, scallop circle punch for the two layers of the flower, Boho Blossoms for the first centre and a button from 'Button Bouquet' attached through all of the layers with hemp twine for the second centre.  The pastel basket is basically the same, but the second centre is also a Boho Blossoms flower with a medium sized rhinestone brad in the centre.

This last option is one for the kids (big or small !). It is a smaller, square basket with a bunny motif constructed from circle and oval punches. This size would be great for kids to give to their friends or teachers.  You could get the kids involved in punching out and putting together the bunnies for their school friends.

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Thank you for visiting and I hope you have been inspired to create some Easter treat baskets for your friends and family. If you are interested in purchasing a kit or tutorial for the baskets, please contact me.

The next stop on the 'Art with Heart' team Blog Hop is Erica Boxall.