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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Happy Birthday Puzzle Card

Happy Birthday Puzzle Card

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This card features a piece of patterned paper (either store bought or hand-made) and a greeting stamp.  I saw a tutorial for this type of card HERE and realized that it was a great way to use patterned paper that is too pretty to cover up.  Random, non-repeating patterns or scenes work best for this technique. Basically, you start with a piece of the patterned paper that you cut apart into several pieces, mat each piece, and then arrange them so the pattern looks the way it did before it was cut.  One of the panels is left off so a greeting could be added in the open space.  (The remaining piece was attached to the inside of the card on the sample I saw.)

My card above was cut and arranged similarly to the sample in the tutorial.  After I finished that card, I decided to try a few different layouts with different colors, cuts and arrangements….

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The possibilities are endless!

All of these cards were made with a piece of The Paper Studio “Watercolor Floral” patterned paper (#230094 from Hobby Lobby) and a stamp from the “Made With Love” set by Gina K Designs.  Either Gina K Blue Lagoon or Lipstick card stock and ink was used.

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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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Pop-up Birthday Wishes

Pop-up Birthday Wishes

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I made 3 interactive birthday cards inspired by THIS card that Karen Hasheck posted on her blog and THIS video tutorial posted by Maymay that shows how to make the pop-up feature.  What’s fun about these cards is that when they are closed, the are flat and look like ordinary cards…

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…but when they open, the animals’ arms pop out.

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These cards were for my triplets who celebrated their birthday several weeks ago.  I know they are not babies anymore (this was their 18th birthday – YIKES!!), but they are good sports and humor me when they know I am trying out a new card design.  (And they actually seemed to get a kick out of them – opening and closing them repeatedly!)

Here are the other two designs…

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and

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and their fronts…

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The animal designs were adapted from files I purchased in the Silhouette Store.  I had the most trouble making the elephant work because the head, with the big ears, was either too big for the card (the trunk got in the way of the center folds and the ears extended too far over the sides) or too small for the rest of his body.  An elephant’s body is also pretty plain so I struggled with an idea to jazz him up a bit.  The overalls finally helped him come together.

I kept my card fronts super simple by just using the designer paper I used on the insides, but obviously, you can make them as elaborate as you want.

Over at the Die Cut Divas this month, the challenge theme is “for the love of animals/pets” where our projects must include an animal and must also include at least one die cut or embossing folder.  (Die cuts made from electronic die cutting machines are permitted.)

Here are the supplies used for each of the designs: Continue reading

A Few Simple Notecards

A Few Simple Notecards

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I was almost embarrassed to post these cards since they are so simple.  Each of these cards was made because I needed a card, and fast.  And as I mentioned recently, I am trying to be “ok” with simple designs!

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This super quick thank you note features Paper Pizazz/Hot Off the Press “Yellow Daisies” printed paper, Core’dinations “Dark Blue Large Dot” card stock, and a stamp from the “Think Big Favorites #5” set by Papertrey Ink stamped in Gina K Blue Denim ink.  Recollections ivory card stock was used for the card base.  I LOVED the soft colors of the daisy paper and the font of the stamp and wanted to feature both. Cut, stamp, done.  This card practically made itself!

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This next card features the “Volleyball” stamp by stampabilities and a greeting from the “Short and Sweet” set by Stampin’ Up.  The images were stamped with  Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I scored a line above the greeting and then partially embossed the panel above the score line with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.

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This card was made with card stock from both the  “Christmas – Holiday Printed Paper” pack (2014) and “Shimmer Champagne” by Recollections.  The greeting panel was cut with the EK Tools “Real Estate Sign” large punch and stamped with Gina K Kraft ink.  I did not have a punch to create a border, so I used a copic marker (E84) to draw one.  (Not really loving that, but I didn’t have time to do a “trace and cut” with the Silhouette since I needed to send this quickly.)  The stamp is from the “Little Branches” set by Gina K Designs.

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I think it took me longer to photograph these cards than it did to make them!  🙂

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