Hoppy Easter – MSC Card Sample

Hoppy Easter – MSC Card Sample

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(inside sentiment: Hoppy Easter!)

I was asked to co-host the Mod Squad Challenge this week with the very talented Peggy Timmerman. The theme of the challenge is SPRINGTIME.

For my card sample, I used a few of the stamps from the Newton’s Nook Designs – Bunny Hop stamp set along with the Gina Marie Designs – 4×4 Stitched Quilt Die #2.  Both of these items are available at Kat Scrappiness who is one of the Mod Squad Challenge sponsors this week .

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Kat stocks the products that she loves and uses as well as what her customers request.  If you don’t see it in her store, feel free to contact her.  She is happy to do special orders for you!  And she offers a DISCOUNT CODE for The Mod Squad Challenge: MSC10!

For the quilt, I used digital paper from a set called Happy Easter by Pininkie that I purchased on Etsy. The panels on the quilt are pretty small, so I needed small-patterned prints.  With digital paper, you can choose how big or small to print your panel which varies the size of the pattern.  You can see this if you look at the egg print on my card.  The panel for the quilt was printed small (3.5 x 5 with “fit picture to frame” unchecked) and the panel for the background strip was printed larger (4 x 6).  You can see the difference in the size of the eggs.

In addition to the digital paper, I also used white and Gina K Lemon Drop card stock.

The bunny image was stamped on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copic markers (YG03, R85, R81, BV20, C0, Y11, Y13, and Y15), and fussy cut.  It was then adhered to the circle panels cut with dies from the Spellbinders Standard Circle Dies (large) and Spellbinders Standard Circle Dies (small) sets.  I used the EK Tools 2-Point Flag Large Tag Punch to shape the ends of the accent panels behind the circles.

The Cuttlebug Scrollwork Embossing Folder was used on the white circle and the white background panel to add a bit of fun texture.

I wanted my background egg panel to have stitched sides to match the stitched patterned on the quilt, so I used a die from the Gina Marie Designs – Stitched Rectangle Dies set (also available from Kat Scrappiness.  The set didn’t contain a rectangle in the size I needed so I just used one edge of a larger rectangle and “stiched” just the top and bottom edges of my strip.

Now it’s your turn!  Head on over to the Mod Squad Challenge Blog, and show us your spring projects. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Easter Tulips – Center Step Card

Easter Tulips – Center Step Card

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(inside sentiment: may joy and peace surround you this Easter season)

This 5×7 Center Step Card card features images from the Stampin’ Up “Two Step Stampin’ – Terrific Tulips” set along with a greeting from the SU “All Year Cheer I” set.  They were stamped on white card stock with Gina K Designs Wild Lilac, Lovely Lavender, and Fresh Asparagus Ink.  This panel was adhered to a piece of Gina K Wild Lilac card stock.

The patterned background paper on the front is called “Lavender Lines” by Recollections.  The card base was made with Gina K Heavy Base Weight White.  I used a panel of Gina K Lovely Lavender and white card stock for the inside.  The sentiment on the inside was computer generated.  (I need to get more Easter stamps!)

I thought I’d participate in The Paper Players Challenge this week which is “Clean-and-Simple: Celebrate Spring ” so I tried not to add too much to this card.  However, I will admit that I don’t really know what CAS is exactly since the card samples from their design team vary greatly in the amount of “stuff” on the cards.  Since I feared my step card wasn’t CAS enough, I decided to try an even simpler design using the same stamped panel on just a plain white card base:

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I’m still not sure it is CAS enough since the card base is so small (this is an A2 sized card) and the stamped images are so big, but this is the version I decided to submit.  I do love CAS card designs when others make them and wish I were better at them; this is something I will definitely keep working on.

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“Smooshed” Background Easter Card

“Smooshed” Background Easter Card

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Over at Perfectly Rustics this fortnight, the challenge is “Eggs” (challenge # 44) where we are to make a creation with an egg or eggs on it.  For this project, I made an Easter card with a “smooshed” background. (http://perfectlyrustics.com/2015/03/23/prdc-no-44-eggs/)

A “smooshed” background is where you put ink down on a non-porous surface (like a craft mat, a piece of acetate, or an acrylic block for example), spritz the ink with water, and “smoosh” your paper onto the wet ink.  It creates a beautiful water colored panel that looks different every time it is done!   I used this technique on my Smooshed Egg card project which you can see HERE.  When I created the panel I needed for that card, I made a bunch of them and decided to use one as the background on this card. As I mentioned in that post, I was inspired to use the “smooshed” background technique from my friend Barb and a video tutorial I had seen.  (You can see the video tutorial HERE on You Tube, and Barb’s post HERE .)

The card stock used on this project was Gina K edible eggplant, wild lilac, sweet corn and white.  The ink used to create the background was Gina K wild lilac, sweet corn, and innocent pink and was topped with Tattered Angels “Pearl” Glimmer Mist.  (The shimmer is hard to see in the photo but is gorgeous in real life!)  The small, lilac panel was embossed with a Sizzix (Stampin’ Up) stripes embossing folder.

The stamp is by Craft Smart from Michaels (no name) and was stamped with Gina K wild lilac ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  (Gina K did a tutorial on StampTV on how to emboss in any color using your regular dye based ink pads along with clear versamark ink and clear embossing powder which you can see HERE.)  After it was embossed, a touch of color was added to the image with Copic Marker Y21.  Then I masked off the center and sponged Gina K wild lilac ink around the edges to create a border.

Recollections twine and a yellow button I had in my stash finished it off.

Now it’s your turn.  Create a project with eggs, and join us over at Perfectly Rustics.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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“Smooshed” Egg Easter Card

“Smooshed” Egg Easter Card

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Over at Perfectly Rustics this fortnight, the challenge is “Eggs” (challenge # 44) where we are to make a creation with an egg or eggs on it.  For this project, I made an Easter card with an egg-shaped (oval) window and a “smooshed” panel behind it. (http://perfectlyrustics.com/2015/03/23/prdc-no-44-eggs/)

I got my idea for this card from several places:

When I was teaching quite a few years ago, two of my students (twins) gave me a gift for Easter.  I’m guessing that their mother made it, although I suppose the boys could have done it!  Anyway, it was a picture frame with an oval mat, and instead of a photo, there was a collage of scraps of paper.  I’ve always thought this was a clever idea and a beautiful project.  Here it is:

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A few weeks ago, I saw a beautiful project posted on a blog I follow where Karen did something similar for her card project.  She created an oval mat for her egg, but instead of using tissue paper, she inked stripes for her back panel.  You can see her post HERE.  Seeing this post reminded me of the frame gift I had received all those years ago, and it got me thinking – what could I use for my background if I were to make a card with an oval mat as an Easter egg…

The final bit of inspiration came from another post I saw this past week by my friend Barb where she made an awesome card with a “smooshed” background.  A “smooshed” background is where you put ink down on a non-porous surface (like a craft mat, a piece of acetate, or an acrylic block for example), spritz the ink with water, and “smoosh” your paper onto the wet ink.  It creates a beautiful water colored panel that looks different every time it is done!    I’ve tried this technique before, but I was never really happy with how mine came out.  Her colors were so vibrant!  So I watched the video tutorial that she posted (by Betsy Veldman from papertrey ink) and decided to give it another try and use it for my egg.  (You can see the video tutorial HERE on You Tube, and HERE is Barb’s post.)

For my “smooshed” panel, I used Gina K wild lilac, sweet corn, and innocent pink inks.  I used those Gina K card stock colors as well, along with grass green.  I cut my oval with a Spellbinders classic oval (large) die.  The grass was made with a Fiskars “grass” contiuous border punch and embossed with the Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder.  The lilac panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug d’vine swirls embossing folder.  I didn’t have ribbon to match the lilac, so I used my air brush and Copic Marker V17 to color a piece of white ribbon and added it to the bottom of the grass strip and on top of the egg.  The greeting was Inkadinkadoo (no name) and was stamped with Gina K edible eggplant ink.  The sentiment was too long to fit on my egg so I stamped each word separately while masking the other word.  To make sure the words lined up properly and ended up where I wanted them, I used my stamp-a-ma-jig.  Normally, I would have used my MISTI for a job like this, but this stamp was mounted on wood so the MISTI couldn’t be used.

It’s hard to see in the photo above, but there is a beautiful shimmer on the “smooshed” panel which came from the Tattered Angels “Pearl” Glimmer Mist that I added before I adhered it behind my oval frame. Hopefully, you can see the shine a little better in this photo:

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(click on photo to see the shimmer from the glimmer mist)

Now it’s your turn.  Create a project with eggs, and join us over at Perfectly Rustics.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Easter Shaker Card

Easter Shaker Card

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Over at Perfectly Rustics this fortnight, the challenge is “Eggs” (challenge #44 ) where we are to make a creation with an egg or eggs on it.  For this project, I made an Easter-themed shaker card with an egg-shaped (oval) window.  (http://perfectlyrustics.com/2015/03/23/prdc-no-44-eggs/)

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The cute chick, egg and greeting stamps are from the Inky Antics “Easter Chick” set (from the Honey Pop Collection).  The speech bubble is from the Gina K Designs “Let’s Talk” set.  I stamped all the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I then masked them and inked the background with Tim Holtz Broken China and Mowed Lawn distress inks.  The images were colored with Copic Markers (Y13, V12, B04, YR15, and YG25).  I used a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen on the egg, and I added texture to the chick with a piece of terry cloth towel and colorless blender solution.  (I did a tutorial on this technique a bit ago which you can see HERE.)  The card stock I used is Gina K heavy base weight pure white and sweet corn, and the printed purple paper is from the Recollections “All Girl” 6″x6″ paper pack.

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Acetate, and thick fun foam were used to create the recessed window, and I filled it with a few Bead Girl Assorted Diamond Beads (by Cousin).  There were different shapes in the pack, but I used the ones that looked like eggs!  (In the past, I’ve created the edges of my window with pop dots, foam tape, and even a recessed window made with card stock (see StampTV tutorial HERE.)  I’ve never used fun foam before to create my window, but it seemed the easiest material to use since the window didn’t have straight edges.   Originally, I used 2 thinner pieces of fun foam that I glued together to make it thick enough and sequins and micro-beads for my shakers, but they kept getting stuck in the edges and between the two layers of foam.  The thicker foam and larger shakers worked much better.)

I also used “an oldie but goodie” from my tool stash – my Creative Memories Oval Cutting Patterns from their Custom Cutting System.  I usually reach for my Spellbinders dies, but the ovals  just weren’t big enough to fit around my stamped images.

Join us over at Perfectly Rustics, and create something with EGGS!

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