Basket of Easter Eggs

Basket of Easter Eggs

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(inside: Have an egg-cellent Easter!)

I found this AMAZING tutorial (great idea and easy to follow) by Lyssa Zwolanek to make a basket weave background and CASED the basket and liner she created.

I was so excited to try this technique that I didn’t give much thought to the size of the basket I created.  As a result, I ended up with a 6×6 inch card that required a handmade envelope, a card base that needed to be pieced together from two heavy weight panels since my 12×12 inch paper was too flimsy, and a trip to the post office due to the square shape.  But I LOVE the way the basket came out, so it was all worth it!

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For the basket, I used Gina K Kraft card stock, the Stampin’ Up/Sizzix Brick Wall embossing folder, the Stampin’ Up Woodgrain background stamp, Stampin’ Up Early Espresso and Soft Suede ink, and water.

To attach my handle, I used a Recollections brad (# 10290115).  I rounded corners with a Fiskars small corner rounder.  The pleated liner was made with strips of Paper Pizazz/Hot Off the Press “Garden Scattered Flowers” patterned paper (HOTP 20163) and my score board.

I used Gina K Grass Green card stock and a Fiskars continuous border punch for the grass.  The eggs were cut with one of the dies from the Spellbinders Classic Ovals – Large set (S4-110) from patterned paper/card stock I had on hand (Basicgrey Plumeria/Moonstone and June Bug/Kaleidoscope card stock, Recollections Green Pinstripes paper, and My Mind’s Eye Memorable “I’m With…” Together card stock).

I used The Paper Studio Antique Brocade, Basicgrey Plumeria/Moonstone, and Core’dinations Bright White paper and card stock for the background panels.

I was really having a hard time finding Easter stamps suitable for the insides of cards.  I have a bunch of “Happy Easter” stamps and a few verses that I’ve already used on past cards.  The sentiment I ended up using is from the “Easter Chick” stamp set by Inky Antics – a little corny, I know, but it went well with the eggs on the front.    I will need to start looking earlier for next year’s cards!

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Double Sided Step Card for Easter

Double Sided Step Card for Easter

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Here is another card which features the “Avant-Garden” stamp set by Stampin’ Up.  It was a free set with a $50 purchase (and retired after March 31, 2017).  The flowers were stamped with Gina K Lemon Drop, Jelly Bean Green, and Warm Cocoa ink.  Card stock is Gina K Lemon Drop, gray from the Recollections Neutrals pack, and white.  I embossed the tiny white panel with one of the folders from the Sizzix Textured Impressions “Flourish, Dots & Ribbons” set.

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I got the measurements and instructions for this type of step card HERE on Sabrina Radeck’s blog.  I was inspired by her color combination as well!

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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 .

  bunny hop stamp set       quilt die

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. (

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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