It was nice to have a kit with everything needed except hot glue to make this Burlap and Blooms Simply Created Wreath Kit. I thought it would make a nice wreath for Easter and spring by my back door where my Be of Good Cheer Curly Paper Wreath was still hanging! My favorite flowers on this wreath are the fringed ones. I didn’t seem to have much of a knack for making the other ones! And I’m not sure I got the flowers placed in the best positions, but, I did get the wreath finished! And didn’t burn my finger on the hot glue until near the end! Be careful pushing the flowers down onto the wreath! And have a glass of cold water nearby just in case! It still turned out pretty and was an interesting new project. It’s nice to have a kit and not have to think about all the supplies! It’s available in the Occasions Catalog.
Speaking of supplies, the Stampin’ Up! retired list comes out on Monday! And Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING (excluding expedited shipping) on all orders Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25! When you get a chance this busy Easter weekend, be sure to start making out your list of anything you might want or that you think might retire so you will be ready to take advantage of this free shipping opportunity!
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This gigantic chocolate Easter egg on this Easter card is really making me hungry! I think the Easter bunny even looks a little surprised at the size of the Easter egg! The egg is the oval I cut out of THIS Easter card the other day! I knew I wanted to use it in another way on another card and here it is. Of course I used the Ovals Collection Framelits Dies. It was already embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder. I just decorated it with a little bit of Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and a few punched out flowers accented with Rhinestone Jewels. The strip of grass is cut with the Fringe Scissors in the Occasions Catalog. They are just fun!
You can make the punch art Easter bunny with whatever punches you like. Just play with it and make something! Use some circle punches or ovals and see what you come up with.
The greeting on this card is from the Four You stamp set and I stamped the “Thinking of You” on the inside.
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There are so many cute ways to make punch art Easter bunnies. Here is one you can make easily with the Oval Collection Framelits Dies and just trim to fit on your card! I used three sizes of the framelits and for the Easter Bunny face and ears and the Small Oval Punch for his cute little nose! I drew in his eyes and whiskers by hand with a black marker. His rosy cheeks are made with Blushing Bride Ink and a Sponge Dauber. For the inside of his ears I used a Melon Mambo gingham pattern in the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper. The layer on the card is a piece of the pretty Coastal Cabana pattern in the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper. The Easter greeting is stamped with the Easter stamp in Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of the handiest stamp sets you can own! It is cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelits Dies.
Try your hand with your punches or framelits and see what kind of cute Easter bunnies you can make for your Easter cards or Easter decorations!
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I admit I was late ordering this Blessed Easter stamp, but it is so beautiful I eventually had to have it. It is just a single stamp so not expensive and can be used without the Easter greeting for many occasions! Just think of what all you could use these tulips for – birthdays, Mother’s Day, sympathy, wedding, anything!
I used the Oval Collection Framelits Dies to cut the oval shape in the front of the card. First I did adhere a piece of Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper on the front of the Whisper White card base and THEN cut out the oval. (Make sure you open the card first before running it through the Big Shot so you don’t cut out the back also!). I just loved the color of the paper, especially for Easter.
To get the flowers placed properly on the inside of the card, I could have used a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig but I just took the oval that had been die-cut, put it back in the oval space and lifted up the front o of the card so the oval shape stayed in place on the inside of the card. I lightly put some pencil marks where the edge of the oval was so I could place my stamp within that oval. It worked great! I could have put an acetate window sheet in that opening in the front or a piece of vellum, but I decided to just keep it simple.
I stamped the flowers with Black Stazon ink so I could watercolor with my Aqua Painter and ink refills. First I colored mostly in the center of the tulips with So Saffron, since that is a coordinating color with the Retro Fresh paper and then added the Tangerine Tango as highlights (also a coordinating color). Don’t be afraid of watercoloring. The beauty of it is that it doesn’t have to be perfect! In fact, in lots of cases, you do NOT want to stay right inside the lines when you are watercoloring! So little slips here and there really only enhance your art!! For the leaves, I used Gumball Green with a little bit of So Saffron also added to the leaves An artist friend years ago always said every green should have a little yellow in it. And for a little pizzazz, I added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with the 2-Way Glue Pen. (See my Facebook page today for a good use for the 2-Way Glue Pen – and “Like” me while you are there!)
For the front of the card, I wanted to do “something” else, but finally saw that a little Whisper White Taffeta bow would be just fine, nothing more. Sometimes you have to know when to STOP and today was one of those days!
Even if it is too close to Easter this year or past Easter, as I said this Blessed Easter single stamp is beautiful and you can still use it. Just cut off the greeting and use it separately. Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and place your order! It’s also available as a digital download for My Digital Studio!
Easter is fast approaching, next Sunday to be exact, and of course I am behind in making Easter cards! This “Ears To You” stamp set is no longer available from Stampin’ Up! but perhaps you already purchased it – or you certainly can use the same idea with something else stamped in the background.
I started out trying to just have an oval punch with one rabbit showing through but that wasn’t working out so I decided to punch out the whole oval with one of the Oval Collection Framelits Dies. It reminds me of chocolate bunnies! And now I have the punched out oval shape to use in another project that looks like another big chocolate Easter egg. The front of the card is embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder. I simply tied a piece of Pink Pirouette 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around the edge and punched out a little Pink Pirouette flower with the Petite Petals Punch in the Occasions Catalog using the scallop punch in the Punch Pack of 3 small punches. For a finishing touch I added a pink Candy Dot in the center! Love those Candy Dots!
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Next Sunday is Easter so it is time to be making some easy Easter cards. For this card, the easy way to make Easter Eggs is to punch designer series paper with the Extra-Large Oval Punch. I chose the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper to use because of the lovely colors and even the variations in shading, which is often how dyed Easter eggs come out when you make them. You can choose any pretty paper you like. For the strip of grass, I used my new Fringe Scissors and then pulled it a little back and forth with my fingers to give it some texture like grass. Then just arrange the paper Easter eggs however you like, perhaps adhering some flat on the card layer and popping some up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the Happy Easter greeting in the upper corner with Tangerine Tango ink with a stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes. Love that stamp set, if I haven’t said that already in other posts! It always has something I can use, and if just the stamp is too small for your card, you can always layer it on some punched pieces to make it appear larger.
Now lest you think an experienced Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator can stamp easily with no mistakes, I’ll tell you the story of the butterflies! After I stamped the Easter greeting and turned it over to apply adhesive, somehow it got a smudge of Tangerine Tango ink on it! And I already had the eggs glued on and everything. Sometimes a good tip is to do your stamping first so in case you mess that up, you haven’t ruined the whole card. So in order to cover my two little smudges of ink in the wrong place, I punched out a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock with the Elegant Butterfly Punch and layered it with the smaller butterfly, punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch out of a scrap of Watercolor Wonder DSP and added the Pearl Jewel Accents. Then for fun I punched another Bitty Butterfly from the Watercolor Wonder DSP, added some pearls and stuck him on another Easter egg! Ink smudge fixed!
If I had it to do over, I would have probably put another egg or two on the front of the grass, not all of them behind the grass. But I still like this card a lot the way it is!
Before the Easter Bunny comes to hide the eggs in your yard, you might want to check for any poison ivy in the yard that someone could get into! Why do I say that? Because over a month ago my husband was raking leaves in the backyard by the back fence and apparently got some poison ivy oil on him. I guess he suspected it soon enough and was able to wash it off, although he did get a small blistery patch on the inside of his arm above his wrist but it went away pretty quickly. But then SOMEHOW I got it on my arm, maybe from the laundry, and have been battling it ever since, even having to go to Urgent Care one weekend when we were out of town for a stronger dose of steroid. That worked great and it went away – but as soon as that medicine was out of my system, the itching started again and the rash came back. I think it is mainly my body having an allergic reaction to getting poison ivy for the first time. It took awhile, but my husband finally identified a plant by the fence where he had been raking leaves that is most likely the poison ivy. Why is poison ivy growing in our backyard??!!! So don’t let your Easter egg hunt be ruined by any poison ivy in your yard!!
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Easter is late this year, but as fast as time goes by, it will be here soon! The Eggstra Spectacular stamp set can help you make an easy Easter card that looks lovely and delicate. The card base is Coastal Cabana. I really liked this pattern of paper in the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper. In fact, I love it on this card!
After die-cutting the two labels with the Labels Collection Framelits, I decided to use the Festive Paper Piercing Pack to make a pierced border around the background label. Doing the paper-piercing sometimes really adds a nice touch sometimes! The Very Vanilla label is stamped with the bunny from the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set with Coastal Cabana ink to make it monochromatic. For the bunny’s cottontail I used a White Pearl Jewel Accent. And to finish off the card, I used the Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, which was perfect! I thought the Very Vanilla stamped layer needed a little something so I just drew some lines with my Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker around the edge.
Yesterday I could NOT get a card made with this same stamp set and paper! I stamped upside down, I couldn’t “omit” the words on the stamp without getting excess ink in the wrong place – just everything I tried to do went wrong! But today, this card came together perfectly! So even Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators have bad stamping days sometimes!
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Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! for the week of April 8 – 14. If I didn’t already have them, I would grab the Punch Pack, a set of little punches that are oh so handy for various things. The one punch has a little scalloped edge circle that is great for using as the center of flowers. You could really use any of them for that or even use just the punch itself as an itty bitty flower.
Here is a card I made last year using the Itty Bitty Scallop Punch in the Punch Pack.
Be sure to check out all the Weekly Deals! If you already have the Secret Garden stamp set, now’s the time to get the coordinating Secret Garden Framelits. And of course who doesn’t want more Baker’s Twine and ribbon?
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Did you know you can make a lot more things with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch than just tags? I’ve seen various creations but got the idea to make a Spring Basket using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. It’s available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog along with the beautiful Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.
To make the basket, I cut two strips of Daffodil Delight 2″ x 7 1/2″ and punched one end on each strip with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Score at 3″ from the scalloped top and fold. Those will be the ends of the basket and you can adhere the bottom pieces together.
Cut two pieces of Daffodil Delight 2″ x 5 1/2″. Score 1/2″ at each end. These pieces will be the front and back sides of the basket. If you need to, make a brace to put in the center with a 1″ x 4″ piece scored at 1″ at each end and glue inside the basket.
The handle is a piece 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. I added a piece of Whisper White 1/2″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon to the top of the handle using Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive. You can see how the handle is inserted and adhered inside in the photo below.
Decorate your basket however you like! If you want to stamp on it, be sure to do it before assembling! I added a layer of Island Indigo card stock to the basket and then the Watercolor Wonder paper on top of that. I made the flower with the Pansy Punch. It was just the right size and I punched several flowers out of the sheet of Watercolor Wonder paper that had shades of yellow and blue on it to get a variation in color. A retired Printed Designer In Color Brad held the flowers in place. Then I foofed them up and down and all around to give them some dimension.
You could also make a paper box the right size and just use the tag punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch at the ends. So many different ways to make these great papercrafting projects!
The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch is one of my favorite items in the Occasions Catalog because it would sure be difficult to make that pretty scallop at the top by hand! Go shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today and find your favorite products!
The only thing more fun than stamping is stamping with friends and making an Eggstra Spectacular Easter Pop-Up Box Card! That’s what I got to do the other day and here is one of our creations! I wanted to show them how to make this very popular style of card, the pop-up box card. Although I knew I wanted to make this style of card, I hadn’t made a sample for them, so I had to just “wing it” as we went! I wasn’t even trying to make a “great” card. I just wanted to make one with them so they would know how to do it. But I think this one turned out pretty cute! The pop-up box card is basically a simple card, it just has the look of being a difficult one. That’s what I love about Stampin’ Up! and stamping – there is nothing that is too difficult for a beginner to do as long as they have the materials and tools and someone or some way to show them how to do it.
The basic instructions for making a pop-up box card like this one are simple. Start with a half sheet of card stock as with any card. Score across that 8 1/2″ width at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. That leaves a narrow 1/2″ edge on the end which will become the tab that adheres the box together. Turn the half sheet of card stock longways on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool or on the Stampin’ Trimmer and score at 2″ to make the box flaps. Now cut from the edge of the paper up to the 2″ scored line to cut apart those flaps. Now also cut off the 1/2″ tab even with the flaps, leaving the bottom portion, so that the box can be assembled. There will not be a bottom to the box, only the flaps at the top that will fold outward. Fold on all the score lines and assemble the box. Also cut two pieces to go inside the box to hold the pop-up images. They should be two pieces cut 1″ x 3″, and scored at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ (or 1/2″ at each short end) so that those braces can be adhered inside the box spaced evenly apart. They are a little tricky to get glued in there, but you can do it. I like using the Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive so I can move it around to get it placed evenly and correctly.
Decorate the outside of the box first with either stamped images or designer series paper or card stock or leave plain. It’s all up to you! Once you have the basic box assembled, you can adhere whatever stamped images or punch art or greetings you want for your card to the inside braces and to the outside of the box flaps. If you want the folded card to fit inside a certain size envelope, be sure that any items you adhere inside the card do not “hang out” past the edges of the folded card. This size card as made here will fit inside a Stampin’ Up! Medium Whisper White Envelope (my favorite envelopes in the whole world, by the way!)
The stamp set I used on this pop-up box card is called Eggstra Spectacular, a cute Easter stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. The little lamb is stamped with Black Stazon ink and colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers. It was then just cut out by hand with Paper Snips. The Easter eggs were stamped with various colors of ink. The Extra-Large Oval Punch was too large to punch them out, much to my chagrin, as was the smallest Oval Framelit, so it was just easiest to use Paper Snips to cut them out by hand. I couple printed flowers were cut out of the Sale-A-Bration Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper to add something extra besides the Easter eggs.
The little flowers on the flaps are punched with the Petite Petals Punch in the Occasions Catalog and some Petite Petals flowers are stamped on the sides of the card. The designer paper used on the flaps are small squares of the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper. A Bundle can be purchased with the Petite Petals Punch along with either the wood- or clear-mount stamp set. The center of each flower is from the Punch Pack. And for extra measure I added a Candy Dot to the center of each flower!
When you want to send a special card to a special someone, this pop-up box card fits the bill and is easy enough to make. Use the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set for an Easter-themed card or whatever stamp set fits the occasion!
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Here’s an Easter card that just popped into my head to make. I know years and years and years ago someone made these little individual wooden crosses to stand on wooden bases for our family with an artificial flower stuck on the middle. Perhaps one had little white flowers all over the cross, I don’t quite remember, but it is the image I had in my mind when I made this card. I just punched out some white flowers with the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, poked them with my bone folder to get them to curl up a bit, and put a rhinestone in the middle.
I hope you are spending a wonderful Easter Sunday with your family; and if you have little ones, really treasure this time!
Here are some Texas Bluebonnets in our yard that always make me think of Easter time!
And some of the last of the azaleas for the season!
If you want to make an Easter Chick, or an Easter Duck I suppose, it’s easy to make one with the Stampin’ Up! Petal Cone Die. It makes a great treat holder. Just die cut two shapes of the Petal Cone Die with the Big Shot and adhere them together. Cut off all but one of the flaps. Use the same die to cut the orange scalloped tuft for the top of his/her head. The other scalloped pieces of yellow that were cut out with the original cone can be folded in half and made into wings on the side of the body. Make a face and beak using some punches and scraps of card stock and you’ve got a cute little chick!
Punch holes in the sides if you want to add a ribbon hanger. Add some Easter grass and some candy treats! You can use the Petal Cone Die to make all sorts of treat holders for any occasion!
It’s not too late to make a card for Easter! This one is easy to make and you can do it with whatever supplies you have. The bunny is from the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Everybunny in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Just stamp in Black Stazon Ink…or even any color of ink (and don’t necessarily color in). If you stamp in Black Stazon, you can watercolor with markers, ink, Blender Pen, brush, or Aqua Painter. I used my Watercolor Crayons and Aqua Painter. Love using those! The Easter bunny is then die cut with the Labels Collection Framelits and put on a layer of Melon Mambo. If you don’t have those framelits, use some other shape or even just layer rectangles. That’s how we did it before framelits! I used a strip of Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper….I love how “Eastery” and “springy” those colors look!…. and tied a piece of 5/8″ Whisper White Organza Ribbon around the middle of the card. The greeting is already included in the Everybunny set, punched out with the Large Oval Punch and layered on the Scallop Oval Punch.
If it is too late to mail, hand it to a friend, a neighbor, or someone at church on Easter Sunday!
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If you don’t have the bunnies, stamp a flower instead and a greeting, add a pretty strip of designer paper, or not, and you can make a card you can be proud to give someone for Easter!
It’s fun to make a punch art Easter Bunny with your Stampin’ Up! punches, and even more fun to put him on a cute basket made with the Fancy Favor Die and the Big Shot! To get the basket look, I also embossed the cut out basket with the Lattice Embossing Folder. The basket is made with Soft Suede card stock and I also sponged some White Craft Ink on to the embossing to make it show up a little more. The Easter eggs were really fun….just punched some Tea for Two Designer Series Paper with the Small Oval Punch.
To make a bunny out of punches, just experiment according to what size you want. This one has a 1 3/4″ circle punch body, 1 1/4″ circle punch head and ears made with the Blossom Petals Punch. I drew in the eyes and mouth and whiskers, punched the heart nose and colored in some cheeks with Watercolor Crayons and an Aqua Painter.
The basket is all ready for some Easter treats! Cut some narrow strips of card stock and crumple or run through your (retired) crimper to make “Easter grass”!
Try your hand at making a punch art bunny!
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Let the Stampin' Up! digital papercrafting download for My Digital Studio help you make your Easter celebration a little easier!
This download, Celebrate Easter Ensemble, includes:
* 5-page décor designer template (8-1/2" x 11")
* Double-sided postcard template (5" x 3-1/2")
* 14-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 7 Designer Series Papers
* 8 embellishments
Get these downloads printed and make your own egg holders, napkin rings, mini baskets, cupcake holders, name cards, table tents, invitations and whatever your Easter imagination comes up with!
Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Taken with Teal, Whisper White
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Learned From The Easter Bunny
All I need to know I learned from the Easter Bunny
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
Walk softly and carry a big carrot
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There's no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off other people's jelly beans.
Good things come in small sugar-coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.
An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare.
To show your true colors you have to come out of your shell!
~ Author Unknown
Happy Easter everyone! Here is a beautiful Easter card I received the other day IN THE MAIL from my friend Nona. Just the other day I was talking about how nice it used to be in the "olden days" to get real mail…cards and letters…from friends and famiily. It really is a treat! She used the beautiful Sale-A-Bration paper, Everyday Enchantment, the Triple Treat Flower single stamp, and the Easter Dove single stamp. The flower stamp is available in the main catalog and the dove stamp in the Occasions Mini Catalog.
And I was also lucky enough to receive this Easter card from my friend Sally.
I love the beautiful spring colors together and the cute little bunny, not to mention the sentiment, of course. It really makes you feel the spring season.
Have a wonderful Easter!
If you need just a simple little cute Easter treat with a bunny on it, this is it! I saw this on Pinterest and remade it with Stampin' Up! supplies, of course! I think it would be cuter with little white marshmallows in the bag, but I didn't have any in the pantry so I used little white robin's egg Easter candy instead.
There is still time to make some Easter treats while you are waiting for the bunny to come! Get out some punches and Whisper White card stock and punch away! It's really fun to make little Easter favors like this!
The top of the treat bag is die cut with the Big Shot Top Note die and folded in half. The words are just hand-written with a Stampin' Write Marker and the little stitching accents are made with the Signo Gel Pen (just highlighting what is already scored on there from the Top Note Die).
I'm sure children would think it was fun to find a little treat bag made for them in their Easter Baskets!
The photo is a little blurry but I loved this Easter card made with the Lattice Die for the Big Shot that was on display at Stampin' Up! Leadership back in January. It also uses the single Easter Dove stamp #125455 in the Occasions Mini Catalog. The little colored punched out flowers and stems and tiny butterfly, plus the little pearls just make this card so beautiful.
If you are making an Easter card, perhaps this will give you some inspiration!