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Last Minute Easter Papercrafting Ideas

Easter Collage

In case you are looking for some last minute Easter papercrafting ideas, here are some of my projects from past years! Even if you don’t make this exact project, it might just give you an idea of something close that you want to make with the supplies that you have!

I think the Circle of Spring Easter Card is a beautiful card to make with that pretty wreath that you can customize for any season or occasion.  You can just stamp the wreath with the Circle of Spring Stamp Set and then easily color it in with markers or an Aqua Painter. If you have the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies you can cut out the wreath and then adhere it to the front of your card.

The Easter Lamb Easter Card is one of my favorites!  I loved that Easter Lamb stamp from last year in the Occasions Catalog!  The background was stamped with the Watercolor Wash Background Stamp.

The card with the Easter cross is actually pretty easy and you can make it with any little flower punch or die you have! I accented each flower with a little Rhinestone Jewel in the center. The back layer is embossed with an embossing folder, don’t remember which one.

You can also make an oval Easter egg-shaped card if you have the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies or the older retired Oval Die. Then the egg is colored with the curved swish from the Work of Art Stamp Set.

I used the Easter Lamb again on the Easter Basket made with the Berry Basket Die (retired). There are many ways you can make a little Easter basket, much like you would make a gift box.

And the last card is the Emboss Resist  Watercolor Easter Egg CardIt’s fun to make by stamping with Versamark Ink on Watercolor Paper and then embossing with Clear Embossing Powder and watercoloring over it.  The embossing resists the watercolor so it’s almost like when you dye Easter eggs but first write on the eggshell with a wax crayon! Remember doing that as kids?!

There are lots of fun spring and Easter papercrafting ideas, just find some project you like and go for it!

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Easter Cross Card

Easter Cross Card

I was amazed when I saw someone make a cross out of the die cut strips in the Flourish Thinlits Dies  for this Easter Cross Card. You will have to trim some of the ends with your Paper Snips to get the correct size you want. After I made the cross, I stamped some flowers from the Basket Bunch Stamp Set and die cut with the Basket Builder Framelits Dies. Both the stamp set and framelits are on sale right now on the Retiring Products List, actually a little cheaper than buying the Bundle. I cut out quite a few flowers and colored them in with markers and tried to fit them on to the cross. I just wasn’t getting the right layout. Then I finally just put one single flower in the center of the cross and that was it! Actually, when I did that it reminded me of some small wooden crosses my brother made a gazillion years ago, me might have copied one someone gave my grandma as a gift, I don’t remember. And each white painted cross had a lovely plastic flower in the center! That was the thing back then!

I also die cut several pieces of the grass with the Basket Builder Framelits and played around with using three pieces or one. In the end, I liked the simplicity of one piece of grass just as the base of the cross.

The Easter cross card base is Whisper White although it is difficult to see in the photo. Next is a layer of Soft Suede with a layer of Soft Sky over that. It’s really a very easy card and will certainly mean something to whomever you send it!

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Make Easy Punch Art Easter Bunnies

Easy Punch Art Easter Bunnies

If you are making some last minute Easter cards or bunny tags for Easter baskets, here are two ways to make easy punch art Easter bunnies.  Punch art is always fun and easy to make and you can be so creative with your punch shapes and of course Big Shot dies.

I started with the card on the right with the Crumb Cake card base. To give a little interest, I stamped the Easter eggs from Basket Bunch randomly on the background of the card. You can do each one individually or do as I did, put all three eggs on a block and stamp! I stamped off once after inking up the stamps with Crumb Cake ink to give a very light watermark look on the card.  You can achieve the same look with Versamark Ink.

For the bunny on the Crumb Cake card — I used a heart shape from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies and turned it upside down. The ovals for the ears are made with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  The face is stamped with the bunny face pieces in the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I often forget to use the exclusive stamp set I get in each Paper Pumpkin Kit, but today I remembered!  The Easter greeting is stamped with the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set!  Boy, was I glad THAT set was not on the retirement list!  I use it all the time!  Such a good “go-to” stamp set for almost any greeting you need! I prefer the wood-mount set. Those are little Enamel Shapes on the end of the greeting, punched with the Classic Label Punch.

The other punch art Easter bunny on the Pink Pirouette card base, is made with the 2″ Circle Punch for the face.  The ears are made with the same oval die cuts as the other card.  The greeting has little pearls (retired). I couldn’t resist putting a little blush on the bunny’s cheeks with some Pink PIrouette ink and adding a little bow with the Smokey Slate 1/8″ Ribbon.

Here’s another Punch Art Easter Bunny I made a few years ago.  Just click the link.  If you would like more ideas, just do a search in the box on the right for “bunny”.

Sometimes you have to think outside the box for new ways to use your punches and dies and other tools and accessories.  There are so many creative ideas out there!  If only there was enough time to make everything that is cute!

You could also use a punch art or die cut bunny on a baby card or tag for a baby gift!  Bunnies aren’t just for Easter!

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Quick and Easy Easter Tiny Treat Box

Quick and Easy Easter Tiny Treat Box

Make a quick and easy Easter Tiny Treat Box for a little gift or a table favor or even a decoration in your home!  And you can eat the candy later!  The Stampin’ Up! Tiny Treat Boxes make this project so quick and easy. If you don’t have any “Easter grass” to put inside, just cut narrow strips of cardstock and moosh them up with your hands, unless you have the old Paper Crimper, which is what I used to get the crinkly effect.

My project was made super-quick because I already had extra Easter figures cut out while doing another project. I had already stamped and die cut the Easter bunny, carrot, chocolate bunny and little bunnies with the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle. The Bundle includes the stamp set and matching framelits dies and is on the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List. Now the Bundle at $46.75  in the Occasions Catalog has always been the best deal if you wanted both the stamp set and the framelits, but now that the Retirement List is here, it looks to me like the best deal is to buy the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set on sale at $16.80 and the Basket Builder Framelits Dies on sale at $15.50.

This set can be used for other occasions, not just Easter, so don’t worry that you don’t have time to order and use it now!  There is always next year, but even now you can use bunnies for any happy occasion and certainly the basket and flowers. One day I made a baby card with the bunnies that had nothing to do with Easter.

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Basket Bunch Easter Card

Basket Bunch Easter Card

Easter will be here in just one week! I don’t know where the time has gone considering Easter is late this year! Here is a Basket Bunch Easter Card that I got the basic inspiration from a card I saw online that was an egg-shaped card.  Instead of making mine an egg-shaped card, which I have done in that past, like THIS CARD,  I gave the impression of an egg by die-cutting an oval in the front of the card with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Then I cut a Whisper White layer to put behind the opening and placed some of the Basket Bunch images on that layer inside the oval as well as stamping the greeting from the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set.

There are a lot of little dies in the Basket Builder Framelits Dies  that you can use with the stamped images to die cut Easter eggs, bunnies, grass, a basket, a bow and more!  So many fun choices! As I was putting this little scene together, I thought I should have had a scalloped border around the oval, but the largest scallop was too small for the shape.  However, since the bottom portion was going to be covered up anyway, I just die cut the largest scalloped oval and then cut it open at the bottom to that I could “stretch” the oval around my opening to make it fit!  I think it worked pretty well!

Basket Bunch Easter Card Scallop

Here is a close-up of the die-cut elements of the card:

Basket Bunch Easter Card Close Up

While there are a lot of Easter elements in this Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle , I’m sure you can see how it can also be a good set for lots of occasions leaving out the parts that say “Easter”. A basket full of flowers, for example, is good for any occasion and is made even cuter with this die cut basket. And bunnies are cute any time!

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Mini Egg Cartons by Stampin’ Up! Back in Stock!

Decorated Egg Cartons Stampin' Up!

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The Mini Egg Cartons by Stampin’ Up! are back in stock!  What a shame that they were unavailable for this length of time, but you can get them now. If you do want them for Easter and depending on where you live, you still might be able to get them in time to decorate if you order today or even over the weekend. There is even Expedited Shipping if you REALLY want them FAST!

With the popularity of the Hey Chick! Stamp Set at Sale-A-Bration, I would say these Mini Egg Cartons could be used for cute projects even after Easter, so don’t hesitate to think of other creative ideas beyond Easter.

Mini Egg Cartons Plain

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As you can see, the Mini Egg Cartons come very plain, just like real egg cartons.  You can spritz them with a color if you like, using the Stampin’ Spritzer and ink refills, or leave them plain and embellish according to the occasion.  In the photo at the top of my blog post, you can see there is a piece of designer paper inside the lid and a matching belly band around the carton plus decorations made with the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle.  These can be used as a gift box or treat box. If you are looking for a different kind of presentation, this just might be it!

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Making an Easy Paper Pumpkin Kit Bunny Favor For Spring

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Bunny Bag

I finally opened my March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! and within minutes had made this cute bunny favor for spring. I wanted to take something to my friend who was in town when we met for dinner and I thought of this little bunny bag that would be perfect and something different than cards. All I had to do was open the Paper Pumpkin box and everything I needed was in there except a pair of scissors to snip the baker’s twine! Everything!  Well, except the chocolate candy!

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit

The little cloth bags were ready to be stamped with a bunny face, and the kit even included an adhesive dot with which to stick the little pom pom for the bunny tail on the back of the bag! So cute! Ears with adhesive on the back were included to stick inside the flaps of the bag. I stamped the little tag and attached to the bag with the tiny clothespin. All so easy!  All I had to do was add some chocolate treats inside the bag and tie with a 12″ piece of the included baker’s twine. My little favor was ready to go in just a couple of minutes, if that long!

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Bag

Even if you didn’t want to make all the bags for Easter, think how cute they would be to save for a baby gift, like a package decoration for your baby gift or for a little one’s birthday gift. They don’t have to be for Easter or even spring!  Little notecards are also included in the kit that you can put in the bag for a little gift! So many possibilities with these Paper Pumpkin Kits!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below to see the entire Paper Pumpkin March 2017 kit and assembly!

Join Paper Pumpkin now and get the April 2017 kit if you subscribe by April 10th. This kit is going to be extra-special because it is designed by the CEO of Stampin’ Up!, Sara Douglass, and will even include a FREE GIFT!  I can’t wait!  And at any moment, once you are a subscriber you can go into the Past Kits and purchase any that you might have missed and liked if they are available or the Refill Kits.

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Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Card

Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Card

Here is a quick and easy Easter Bunny card that is fun to stamp and make! The stamp set, Basket Bunch, has so many possibilities and it’s not just for Easter! This bunny is so cute, he can be used for Easter, spring or baby cards and many other occasions.

For this card, I simply stamped the bunny randomly on the Whisper White card layer in Soft Suede ink. To color in the bunny ears and bow, I used the Pink PIrouette marker. That’s all I colored at first, but then I decided to add some brown to the one bunny to let him stand out from the others. I colored very lightly with the Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil and then blended the color with a Blender Pen. So fun to color with the Watercolor Pencils!  I also thought about coloring the ears and bows on all the bunnies on the card. There’s no one perfectly right way to design this card. Just do what you like. The card base is Soft Suede cardstock.

The greeting is one that is included in the stamp set.  I stamped it in Soft Suede ink and die cut with one of the ovals in the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and also die cut a pink glimmer layer with one of the scalloped ovals in the same set. The glimmer paper is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices when you spend $50 on a Stampin’ Up! purchase.

If you are interested in the Watercolor Pencils, order them soon before the supply runs out!

The Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set is in the Occasions Catalog and also has coordinating Basket Builder Framelits Dies.  If you purchase the stamp set and dies together in the Basket Bunch Bundle, you will save 10% and have everything you need for this fun stamp set!

I hope you remembered to change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time! Just “spring” forward, this is when we lose an hour of sleep! But I think I’m looking forward to more daylight in the evening after dinner to go for a walk!

Try your hand at making a card like this Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Card with whatever stamps you have, just stamp randomly on the cardstock and see what you come up with! It’s so much fun to just stamp this way!

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Emboss Resist Watercolor Easter Egg Card

Emboss Resist Watercolor Easter Egg Card

This Emboss Resist Watercolor Easter Egg Card was fun to make! The other day I got out the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor  Paper and played with it. On some pieces I stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powderthen watercolored with reinkers and my Aqua Painter. When you use Watercolor Paper you can move the color around and work with it, which you cannot do with regular cardstock.  I also spritzed the Watercolor Paper with water to help move the color. You can use the Stampin’ Spritzer or any plastic spray bottle. A couple of the pieces of Watercolor Paper I just spritzed with water, dropped on some reinker colors, let it flow around, maybe spritzed some more, and dabbed the excess with a paper towel. This resulted in just multicolored paper, which I then die cut with the Oval Framelit Dies for the “plain” eggs on this card.

The card base is Daffodil Delight cardstock.  The background layer is a piece of the Sale-A-Bration Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper. The grass is the Cherry on Top Cotton Paper, cut with the Fringe Scissors. (Even though the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper is one of the Limited items, at this point in time it looks like they still have inventory so you can still choose it as your FREE Sale-A-Bration item.)  The Happy Easter greeting is from the Easter Lamb Wood-Mount StampLove that lamb stamp! It will still be cute to use after Easter on baby cards or other things!

Order some Watercolor Paper and start playing!  You may end up with ink on your fingers but it sure is fun! Add some emboss resist techniques for special designs like this Emboss Resist Watercolor Easter Egg Card.

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Watercolored Egg Easter Card

Watercolored Egg Easter Card

Remember when you were a child and colored Easter eggs?  You put the egg in a little wire holder and dipped it half in one color and then half in another color.  Maybe you dyed the whole egg one color and then dipped each end in other colors. That is what I was thinking about this morning when I made this card. Usually a little white crayon came in the egg coloring kit and you could color a design on the egg first and when you dipped it in the color, the crayon resisted the dye. It was a fun surprise to see how the egg turned out after it was dipped in the color and removed from the cup!

To make this card, I used Watercolor Paper, which, obviously is the best medium for watercoloring!  If you don’t have Watercolor Paper, our Shimmery White card stock is the next best thing. And sometimes you can get away with using Whisper White if you don’t use too much water or work the color too much and get the paper all pilly. I didn’t use a white crayon, but instead I stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. I spritzed the watercolor paper with water so the color would move around easier and used my Aqua Painter to color the different areas with ink in the lid of the ink pads or by adding refill ink in the lid. The great thing about using Watercolor Paper is that it is more forgiving, you can move the color away from where you didn’t want it to go, or add more color when you wanted it. I should perhaps have done a better job of taking a paper towel to wipe off the ink from the embossing earlier, but I really wanted it to look imperfect, like the colored Easter eggs we all used to make or still help our children make now.

The egg shape was die cut with the Big Shot and Oval Framelit Die. You can color a sheet of Watercolor Paper and then punch or die cut many shapes from it.

The Easter greeting is from the great stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes. I have used it so much! The designs on the egg are from the stamp set Work of Art. And the chick, of course, is from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set Honeycomb Happiness.

We have just ONE MORE WEEK of Sale-A-Bration! It ends next Thursday, March 31! If you want to qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration product with every $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up!, better get your Wish List out and see what you want to order and what Sale-A-Bration item you want to choose.  Remember, no limit!  One FREE item for EVERY $50 you spend!

Have fun making Easter eggs, whether it is a watercolored Easter card or the real things! Those were the days!!

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Stamping An Easter Egg Card

Easter Egg Card

This is a fun and easy Easter Egg card to make! Fold a Whisper White card base in half as you would normally do to make a card. Bring over the Oval Framelit Die you wish to use on the card and lightly pencil where the die will fit on the card.  You want the right side of the card to be just inside the die so that the fold will not be cut. Lightly put some pencil marks so you can see how far over to stamp the curved image from the Work of Art Stamp Set. Depending on the size die you use (I used the largest one below the scalloped edge oval die.), you may need to extend the stamping off to the side. Even if you overstamp the stripe you made, it won’t really make that much difference. Or you can stamp the stripe again to balance it out.  But this technique is very forgiving.

In this photo below, you can see how I did the stamping, although it didn’t extend to the left side far enough so I had to make the area larger.

Stamping an Easter Egg Card

Once you have enough area inked up with the Work of Art stamp, use the Big Shot and Oval Die to die cut the oval Easter Egg shape.  Be sure you have the middle of the card fold INSIDE the edge of the die so it won’t be cut to hold the card together. Otherwise you will end up with two die cut ovals! See photo below.

Die Cutting Easter Egg Card

Add a greeting.  I inked up the Happy Easter greeting on the Easter Lamb Wood-Mount Stamp and stamped just the words on a strip of Whisper White.  You can curl it a bit with a Bone Folder if you want it to look like a banner. Then I added some sparkly silver sequins to the card for some bling!

Have fun making a card like this!  Use various colors, adhere the egg to the front of a card, whatever your imagination comes up with! Try stamping an Easter Egg card before Sunday!

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Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box

Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box

If you get the Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle, which includes the Playful Pals Stamp Set and the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies, and you spend some time playing with it, you will just become more and more creative playing with all the stamps and dies and thinking of all the possibilities, such as my Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box.  I didn’t even know if there were proper “ears” in the set, but there were, and then I die cut a bunny ear out of orange card stock for a carrot and a green piece that is probably most like a frog’s foot for the leafy top of the carrot. I just drew in the little lines on the carrot and the leafy top with a black marker.  A lot of times I find that the more I sit and play with my stamps and accessories, the more ideas I can come up with.

Bunnies aren’t just for Easter!  You could make Playful Pals bunnies out of other colors, even designer paper, just for fun.  How cute will they be for babies or baby showers or gifts?! Little kids will like them as a birthday party favor.

With this Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle, you can just stamp on the pyramid box or you can stamp and use die cuts to make things a little more 3D. So many possibilities! You can copy ideas you find online, but I also challenge you to just play and stamp and stamp and play and see what you come up with all the little pieces and parts!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that end tomorrow!  You might for sure want the Ornate Tag Topper Punch and especially the very cute Tin of Cards Project Kit by Stampin’ Up! You might also want to add the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set that has great greetings and little doodles that I’ve used on other projects, not just the Tin of Cards.

If you want to make fun little animals and other projects like my Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box, be sure to check out my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

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Make an Easter Basket with the Berry Basket

Easter Basket with the Berry Basket

Make an Easter Basket with the Berry Basket Die and the Big Shot! Choose your favorite card stock color for the basket and die cut. Decorate the outside of the basket however you like, and fill with some grassy material.  Just like that, you have a cute little Easter Basket for a gift, a decoration, or a table favor.

This Easter Basket is made with Crumb Cake card stock to be neutral and then I used the Easter Lamb Stamp to decorate it along with some Blushing Bride Glimmer PaperI absolutely love this little lamb stamp! It’s just one single stamp, which makes it so cute just by itself! I just colored in a bit with some Stampin’ Write Markers and punched out with the 2″ Circle Punch. The Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper is punched with the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle PunchSo easy and so cute!  Fill your basket with candy!

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Circle of Spring Wreath Easter Card

Circle of Spring Wreath Easter Card

If you are looking for a nice card to make, you might have overlooked the stamp set with which I made this Circle of Spring Wreath Easter card. The stamp set Circle of Spring is in the main Stampin’ Up! catalog on page 77. It’s a beautiful spring-like flowered wreath stamp and plenty of greetings as well as a bow and a flower.  Just stamp the wreath as I did on this card and color in or stamp it and die cut with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies.

On this card, I simply stamped the wreath with Stazon ink on Whisper White cardstock and colored in the leaves and flowers with various Stampin’ Write markers.  Sometimes I used the marker itself to color and sometimes I scribbled marker ink on an acrylic block and picked it up with my Aqua Painter and watercolored. I stamped the bow, die cut it with the framelits die, and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere to the card.

The Whisper White layer was to go on the So Saffron card base, but I felt it needed something. I decided to cut very thin strips of Melon Mambo card stock and very carefully glue the strips down on the card front. My Grid Paper sure came in handy to line it up.

Happiness is having a table full of markers and cardstock on the table and just coloring and relaxing! And at the end, I had this easy Easter card made with the Circle of Spring stamp set.

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Easter Lamb Easter Card

Easter Lamb Easter Card

I thought one of the cutest stamps in the Occasions Catalog was the Easter Lamb stamp I used to make this Easter Lamb Easter card. It actually comes with the Happy Easter greeting attached, but I cut it off to place it elsewhere on the card. It is just this one wood-mount stamp, and I think just the stamp itself would be cute set out for an Easter decoration when you aren’t stamping with it!

For a background I used my Watercolor Wash Wood-Mount Background StampI mostly buy the clear-mount stamps because, well they are cheaper and they take up less storage space. But some stamps I do like the wood-mount, like these large background stamps so they are mounted and ready to go and just sturdier to use on the wood-block.  I also like wood-mount for very tiny stamps. I inked this stamp with Soft Sky ink, stamped off a bit and still had plenty of color on my Whisper White paper. It is easiest to lay the paper onto the stamp which is face up on your desk, and then lay scrap paper, like computer paper or your Grid Paper over it so you can rub the paper on the stamp without getting inky fingers.

The lamb is stamped with Stazon Jet Black ink and I colored in a bit with a Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker and Smoky Slate. I also colored the grass green with a marker.  I punched out the lamb with the 2″ Circle Punch and layered it on the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle PunchFor a little glitz, I also punched a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper to layer behind.  I love that touch!  Then for a little more interest, I added a strip of Jute Ribbon and Venetian Crochet Trim.

It’s time to start making Easter cards, so use this Easter Lamb Easter Card as an inspiration to get started!

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A Handmade Berry Basket for Easter

Berry Easter Basket Wildflower Meadow

If you own the Berry Basket Die, you are all set for making cute little Easter baskets! My other berry baskets have been made with card stock or designer paper, but this one is made with Coaster Board and is much sturdier. The Vanilla Coaster Board is described as thinner than chipboard and sturdier than card stock.

I decided to stamp mine with the Wildflower Meadow Stamp SetThis is one large background stamp, which I would recommend you purchase in the wood-mount. Those large stamps are just easier to manipulate on the wood block than sticking on the very large clear block. I colored the flowers and leaves with various Stampin’ Write Markers and then pressed the Coaster Board pieces, after they were die cut, onto the Wildflower Meadow stamp. I had to cover the portion of the Coaster Board basket that I didn’t want stamped.  And think about which way your pattern is going. I stamped different portions of the large stamp on each side of the basket.

Once it was all stamped, I realized that if I attached the usual basket edges around the top, they would cover up some of my stamping!  So I adhered the basket edges to the INSIDE of the basket to hold it together and adhered the Venetian Crochet Trim around the outside top edge of the basket. I tied a separate bow and adhered it with a Glue Dot to the front. I love the way it turned out, if I do say so myself!

Berry Easter Basket Wildflower Meadow

This berry basket won’t even be just for Easter! It’s pretty for any time, especially spring!

Berry Easter Basket Wildflower Meadow

If you are interested in the Berry Basket Die, you can also purchase the Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot to use with framelits and thinlits on Monday, taking advantage of FREE SHIPPING and the Weekly Deal discount ending on Monday!  Hey, with free shipping all next week (Mon, April 6 – Friday, April 10) you can order the Weekly Deals you want on Monday and then order again if there is something you want that comes out on Tuesday!

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Berry Easter Basket Wildflower Meadow

Use Your Ribbon to Make an Easter Egg Card

Ribbon Easter Egg Card

Use your ribbon to make a colorful Easter egg! Use the Oval Framelits to cut an Easter egg shape in a card layer. I used adhesive (Fast Fuse) around the back edge of the oval and stretched the ribbon across the opening.  If I did it again, I think I would adhere the ribbon to a separate piece of card stock that fit underneath the oval opening. I used the three colors of ribbon in the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  It also comes with buttons.  The bunny is stamped with Stazon and colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers and cut out with Paper Snips (not too hard!). The greeting is from the stamp set And Many More. For a little bling, I added some Rhinestone Jewels to the Easter Egg and a Pearl to cover where I cut through the bunny to reach that inner arm part that needed to be cut out!

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