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. 



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!



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:


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.



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.


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



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.


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.


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!


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?



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.

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. 


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


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.


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. 


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.



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.

This is the inside of the card.


 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.  


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!


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


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.



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'.


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


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.

Here is a close up of the side view:



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!


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:

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.


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.