Category Archives: Easter

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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The Easter Bunny is Hiding Some Easter Eggs!

Easter Card with Bunny and Eggs

This is such a fun and happy card to make! When you are making an Easter Bunny card hiding Easter eggs, it’s bound to be a happy card! I started with a piece of the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper #138635 that comes in plain white with embossed patterns on it.  When you apply ink over it, the pattern magically appears! I used a Sponge Dauber with Pear Pizzazz ink. Then just take a tissue or paper towel and wipe just to get any excess ink off the embossed patterns.  It’s so fun! Half the work is already done for you with the embossing already printed on the paper.  You could of course leave it plain for an elegant card or to use on a fancy package.

I thought the Easter Bunny hiding eggs in those leaves on the paper would be a fun scene for an Easter card. I just punched out eggs from the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper #138633 with the Extra-Large Oval Punch and the Small Oval PunchI wasn’t really planning to use both sizes but decided the two sizes looked cute together and why couldn’t the Bunny be leaving eggs of different sizes?!

The punch-art bunny is simply made with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, the Large Oval Punchand the Word Window Punch. His little nose is the heart on the Owl Punch. Just draw on some eyes and whiskers with Stampin’ Write Markers.

The greeting comes from two stamps from the Crazy About You Stamp Set.  The card base is Calypso Coral which coordinates with the Best Year Ever Designer Paper.

You can get either or both of these designer paper packs FREE during Sale-A-Bration, each with a $50 purchase, but only until Tuesday, March 31.  Sale-A-Bration ends at 11:50 pm MT (Stampin’ Up! Time) on Tuesday, March 31.  Don’t miss it! That’s THIS Tuesday, believe it or not!!

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Easter Eggs Easter Card

Easter Eggs Easter Card

This Easter Eggs Easter Card was a complete surprise to me because I started out planning to make some totally different project! Once I reached into my Whisper White card stock scraps, I discovered these ovals already cut with the Ovals Collection Framelits  #129381 (as of today, these are on backorder). I don’t know what project they came from, but it was handy to find them! I immediately had the idea to stamp these ovals and decorate them as Easter eggs!  I pulled out the Work of Art Stamp Set and used the chevron pattern, the straight line, and the circle stamps in the set to stamp in various colors to give these ovals the look of Easter eggs!  I choose several ink colors from the Subtles family:  Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, and So Saffron. You could also use the Brights or In Colors. I kept this card simple, but you could add glitter to the patterns or some other embellishments like pearls or rhinestones!

The card base is Pool Party.  The Whisper White layer is sponged a little at the top with Pool Party ink using a Sponge Dauber to look like sky.  The grass is a scrap strip of Old Olive and cut with the Fringe Scissors.  So easy! The bottom (chevron) egg is glued right to the layer with the Liquid Multipurpose Glue and the other one is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting is stamped with two words on a clear block from the Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp Set.  You an order this stamp set in any of the types:  wood, clear, photopolymer, digital. I chose photopolymer because I can see through the stamp to hopefully get the words lined up exactly where I want them. On this card I was able to put both words on the clear block and stamped on scrap paper first to make sure they were lined up and spaced correctly.  Then I just stamped right on the card. It was risky since I already had the rest of the card made!  Better to do the stamping first in case you mess up!  But I also knew that if I messed up stamping directly on the card I could go back and stamp on card stock and then adhere that to the front of the card like a banner or just a strip or a punch.

I might add that this stamp set, in any of the forms, is also available as a Bundle which includes the stamp set and the Hello You Thinlits!  AND you save 15%!

With the exit of My Digital Studio the end of May, as I was looking at these stamp sets and Bundles in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store, I saw the digital version of Crazy About You which includes the stamp brush set (the stamps) plus the Hello You Thinlits words!  All for only $9.95.  It is actually named the So Very You Stamp Brush Digital Download. You can use this whether or not you have MDS, just use it on your computer. But you can still buy My Digital Studio and use it as long as you like even though Stampin’ Up! won’t be supporting it or putting out new downloads. I’m sad to see it go!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack today!  New items were added, only available while supplies last, of course!

All of this will count toward your order for Sale-A-Bration rewards with a $50 order, or multiples of $50.  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, next Tuesday!  Don’t miss it!!

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Happy Easter Bunny Easter Card

Happy Easter Bunny Easter Card

From the minute I saw this Happy Easter Bunny single stamp I loved it! You’ll find it in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. It’s just a “happy” stamp!  I kept this Easter card simple, just stamp and color.  And the coloring is easy and fun!

I stamped the image with Stazon Jet Black Ink and colored in the images with my Stampin’ Write Markers. You can purchase these markers in color families, some individually, and best of all, in the complete set with carrying case. If you purchase the Many Marvelous Markers, you will earn two FREE Sale-A-Bration products!  If you add some more products to your order to reach $150, you will earn three SAB products plus Hostess Benefits! That means you get to shop with $25 in Hostess Dollars!

The bunny is colored with Crumb Cake, the leaves are colored with three different “green” markers just for fun, and the eggs and flowers are just colored with random colors.  You choose! To jazz up the greeting “Happy Easter” I used the fine tip of the marker to go over the letters with Melon Mambo. And for a little extra bling, I pulled off some sequins from the Bermuda Bay Sequin TrimTo adhere any sequins, I put a tiny tiny dab of Liquid Multipurpose Glue on the card where I want to place the sequins and then place the sequin on the tiny glue dab.

I find it relaxing to sit and color, and Stampin’ Up! has several ways to do it. I had pulled out my Blender Pens and was going to scribble some ink from the marker on to the stamp case, then pick it up with the Blender Pen, but as it turned out I just colored lightly straight with the marker. But if you need a lighter look, you can try the Blender Pen.

There’s still time order the Happy Easter Bunny stamp and get it before Easter if you hurry.

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Easter Bunny Tag

Easter Bunny Tag

Last weekend I had SO much fun making twenty-four of these fun Easter tags with two of my customers/friends and one cute little girl for a group of children. I found the idea for the punch art bunny on Pinterest somewhere and fortunately the bunny fit just right on a tag made with the Stampin’ Up! Tag Topper Scalloped PunchI added some designer paper on the tag for the background and stamped the Easter greeting from a retired Hostess set (sorry!) right on the paper. We played with different combinations, like stamping on cardstock and punching out a shape, but in the end we just liked it stamped on the paper. That’s how you have to play around sometimes with rubber stamping until you just “know” you have the right design!

This is how you make the bunny:  The head is the Extra-Large Oval Punch. The body is the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, cut in half. The ears are the Large Oval Punch with the pink insides made with the Word Window Punch.  We opted to fold down the top of the ear for cuteness!  The cute little heart nose is punched with the Owl Builder Punch. The eyes are just drawn in with a black marker and Miss Elsie did the whiskers with some wispy strokes with the Crumb Cake Marker! The rabbit paws are just 1/2″ circles.  The carrot is punched with the Modern Label Punch and then just trimmed down with Paper Snips. With the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack you can make the carrot topper and even fringe it with the Paper Snips if you want to make it look real.

The ribbon on the tag is the Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Ribbon. It really goes well with the tag.

Hang this tag on an Easter basket or put the tag on a card for Easter. Or just make the punch art bunny on an Easter card.  Have fun with it.

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Paper Pumpkin Leftovers: Make an Easter Treat!

 February Paper Pumpkin Alternate Idea Easter Treat

If you don’t use up all the materials in your monthly Paper Pumpkin Kit, just save them and you might come up with alternate ideas in the future. Here I used  extra supplies from my February Paper Pumpkin Kit to make an Easter treat!  The kit contained these cello bags, the foldover tags for the bag topper, the cute clip, the pretty pink and gold baker’s twine, and the little banner tags. I stamped the Easter greeting with a stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes (a must have word stamp set in my opinion!).

Then just add a cute bunny to the foldover tag! While that tag was used for Valentine treats as designed, it CERTAINLY is pretty for Easter – pink and gold! The punch art bunny is just made from the Small Oval Punchthe 3/4″ Circle Punch, and the Petite Petals Punch. Two of the petals from that punch make cute ears – just cut off the extra petals so you have enough to glue to the bunny head. The little pink bunny tail is made with a retired punch but you can use something similar. And top it off with a Basic Pearl Jewel Embellishment.

To start Paper Pumpkin coming to your house I recommend purchasing a 3-month subscription on a regular Stampin’ Up! order. It is on sale right now during March during Sale-A-Bration!  And since it is a $50 purchase, you will earn a free Sale-A-Bration product. I also suggest adding some other items to your order to take advantage of the shipping. More and More people are getting on the bandwagon, so don’t miss out!! It’s fun that comes in your mailbox!  Give one or more for gifts!

As a storage tip, some people like to keep their Paper Pumpkin stamps in extra Clear-Mount Stamp Cases for each kit and make a label to slip inside the stamp case cover. Or keep several sets in a larger Full Case for Wood-Mount Stamps.

Burlap and Blooms Spring Wreath for Easter

Burlap and Blooms Spring WreathIt 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!

Free Shipping from Stampin' Up! April 21 - 25

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Chocolate Egg Easter Card with Punch Art Bunny

Chocolate Egg Easter Card with BunnyThis 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 FolderI 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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Happy Easter!

Make a Punch Art Bunny Easter Card

Punch Art Bunny Easter Card

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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Blessed Easter Oval Card

Blessed Easter Oval Card

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!

Blessed Easter Oval Card Inside

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!

Ears to You Oval Easter Card

Ears to You Oval Easter Card

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 FolderI 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!

Speaking of the Punch Pack, it is one of the items in the Weekly Deals which end tonight! Just because the punches are small doesn’t mean they aren’t useful!  I use them often!

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Weekly Deal April 8 2014

An Easy Easter Card for You to Make

Easter Egg Card

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 WishesLove 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 AccentsThen 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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Eggstra Spectacular Easter Card

Eggstra Spectacular Easter Card

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 PaperIn 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 AccentAnd 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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Stampin’ Up! New Weekly Deals for April 8-14

Weekly Deal April 8 2014

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.

Itty Bitty Punch Pack Easter Cross

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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Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket

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.

Scalloped Tag Topper Basket Base

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!

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Spring Basket Side

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!

Eggstra Spectacular Easter Pop-Up Box Card

Eggstra Special Easter Pop Up Box Card

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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Eggstra Special Easter Pop Up Box Card Inside

Happy Easter to You!

Easter Cross Card

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!

Bluebonnets

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And some of the last of the azaleas for the season!

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