Table decoration

Here is the finished craft that I made for our church Easter breakfast tomorrow. Since we have a “tomb” on our lawn- with a large cross inside- I went with that as my theme. I think it came out pretty nice. Clay dish and pirate the base. Covered in dirt and sphagnum miss. Pebbles for the path, and tucked a few aloe plants in for greenery. Twigs make the crosses. What do you think?

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Easter Centerpiece

 

easter centerpieceI’m still working on the centerpiece for our church Sunrise Service Breakfast, so that will be shared later.  Here is the centerpiece I made for last years breakfast.  It is so colorful and spring like.  There were many many comments on it. It used the Designer Rosette Die in various sizes and lace doilies  and  Fun Flowers to decorate.   The eggs are from a Dollar Store.

 

Materials to make this:

Designer Rosette Die- (125594)

Fun Flowers Die  (121812)

Bunny Candy Holder

 

bunny candy holder

bunny candy holder

I saw this super cute Bunny Candy Holder on the Stampin’ Up! homepage.  It was designed by one of the designers at the home office.  I modified it a bit to fit what I had on hand, and I really think it came out cute!  These would be cute as a centerpiece or just to put in the Easter Basket with some candies in it.  It made up quite quickly- so don’t be afraid to try!

Of course, every bunny needs a cotton tail- so I added a little pom pom on the back side for his tail!  cute!!

bunny back

 

Materials to make this Bunny:

Oval framelets- smallest and 5th from smallest  (body and paws)  (129381)

Extra Large oval punch- ears     (119859)  medium oval punch   ear inset    (119855)

purse die- box on the back   (125606)

small oval punch-  Easter egg.  (120908)

 

Easter Card

easter cardI was busy this weekend making all sorts of Easter things- some for friends and some for my family.  I wanted to send a special card to my Aunt in Florida.  I saw this card on our team website from another demonstrator.  Hers was just beautiful, but had lots of pearls and other decor that would not work in the mail.  I modified so the card was still impressive, but flatter so it would go through the mail ok.

Would you like to get a card like this in the mail?  I know I would!

 

Supplies to make this card:

Summer Starfruit cardstock,

Ink- Summer Starfruit

Silver glimmer paper,   Tea For Two DSP ( 129311); Flower Trim (126869)

Stamp- Easter Blessings (129183)

Holy Week Crosses and Easter Cards

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Holy Week has begun, so today I’d like to share another cross I have made for Easter.  This cross was cased from Betty at Kitty Stamps blog, from several years ago.  I love this, and it is one of my favorite crosses to make at  Easter.  I attached it to a little container made from the purse die.  It helps it to stand alone and you can put a few treats in there to weigh it down.   Don’t you think this is beautiful?

 

I’d also like to share a different version of the stand alone cross from last week.  A friend asked for one made in purple.  I don’t have a lot of purple papers etc, but I think this fits the bill and that she will be pleased.  What do you think?

purple cross

 

By the way- the package arrived to my son and his roommates and they were quite thrilled with all the goodies!  They even posted pictures on their facebook pages!  Needless to say, this week I’ll be sending additional goodies for a refill.  (gets them out of my kitchen so I can’t eat them!)

Palm Sunday Cross

 

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cross

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, and I wanted to make something to place on the table for Holy Week.  I have 2 crosses I will share – one today and the other on Monday.  The first one is a free template that I found online last year from Paper Crafters Sampler. (design by Melanie Schulenberg)  I love the many ways that you can change the look of the cross with designer series papers.  I also love that this has a wedge base so that it stands on it’s own.

You could use this at any time of year just by changing the colors or decoration on the cross.  I used some retired papers from my stash for a look of spring- something that is resisting arrival here in upstate NY. But also wanted the integrity for Palm Sunday.  Perhaps tomorrow, after church when I have some palms I’ll add something to the cross.  Here is the basic cross I made.

My Digital Studio

Stampin’ Up! has announced a new update to the My Digital Studio ( MDS) software program.  If you’re into digital designing, or want to make hybrid type cards and decor (part digital and part hand crafted) this is a great program for you.  And- the new price is great too! Just $19.95.

Check out the video here!

http://youtu.be/XwgoEx_mn1Q

 

As always, I’m here to answer questions or help you find what you need for support your creative projects.

Find me at:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx

Happy Wednesday!

PS only 3 more days to order during Sale-A-Bration!

Easter Basket

basketTodays share is an Easter Basket I made for my son and his house mates.  Using the Petal Cone Die, I used alternate color panels.  I scores each panel about half way down and folded under to create the bottom of the basket.  I reinforced this with some covered cardboard so it will hold the treats I have to put inside.  I used the scallop from the dies to add interest to the flap by alternating colors again.  I topped each scallop with a bunny cut from the Ears To You stamp, (spring catalog) or an Easter egg.  I then filled with some “grass” I had in the drawer and before I mail it I will fill with treats.  I think the kids will get a kick out of this basket coming in the mail- what do you think?

Have you ever sent Easter treats to your kids away from home?  What kind of things did you send?  Leave me your thoughts in the comment section below!

Bunny Cupcakes for Easter

cupcakeSpent some time this weekend creating some Easter goodies for my son who is living in Florida.  Since he shares an apartment with 3 others, of course I had to make enough goodies for everyone to enjoy.  So this week, my posts will consist of some of the Easter treats I made for them.

Today, I’m sharing this cute Bunny cupcake.  I saw this in a photo online and spent some time creating my version.  The Bunny is made using the Top Note Die, decorated with various circles and ovals to make a bunny.  I made them “chocolate” for the guys, and white for the girls.

Since the company that used to make these cupcakes has gone out of business, I used a different brand that had individually wrapped treats.  The company had their name placed in the front of the packaging, so I simply placed a little Happy Easter tag over top.

I think the kids will like these little treats- what do you think?  What other characters can you think of to decorate a cupcake topper?

I’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts in the comment section below!

A Little Spring Time

pool party

pool party

It’s still snowing here in upstate NY and I really felt like I needed a breath of spring- and that is just what this pretty card delivers.

I love pool party color, and hope it becomes a permanent color after it retires from the “In Color” palette.

Using pool party card stock,(122924) core’dinations (129321) and designer paper.  The center greeting frame is from Designer Frame folders (123130) in the main catalog.  The flowers are from the spring catalog, Flower Trim (126869) dyed with pool party ink.

All in all this makes a pretty, spring-y card.

Chalkboard Technique Card

chalkboard

chalkboard

One of the very popular techniques in cards today is the chalkboard technique.  It has a very dramatic effect- and brings back memories if you remember when school classrooms had chalkboards!  (do you remember being picked to clean the erasers?? Our school had this vacuum things in the wall and you lifted the lid and the vacuum sucked the chalk off. So cool!  Or, when that wasnt’ working you got to go outside and beat the eraser against the side of the school building. Even more cool ’cause you got to go outside!!)

Sorry, I digress.  To make this cute card simply emboss your greeting using a versamark pad (102283) and white embossing powder.(109132)

Once embossed, take a dauber or sponge, and tapping on a white craft ink pad,(101731) rub the ink on the black background to look like a chalkboard.  Finally, I used a white watercolor pencil (101879) to create the border.

Have you tried this technique yet?  Do you think you’ll try it soon?  Leave me a comment and let me know if you like the chalkboard look.

Shamrocks for St. Patricks Day!

shamrock

shamrock

Today’s card is a super quick and cute card for St. Patty’s Day. It also offers a great opportunity to use up some of those scraps of designer paper you have sitting in a box!  The background is simply 2 pieces of dsp side by side.  I chose to use a green theme, but you really could make it work with any colors you have.  The shamrock is 3 hearts from the heart punch (119883)  and the stem is a free cut piece of the same color as the shamrock.

Some of my stampers chose to emboss the hearts for a bit more texture.  To cover the place where the hearts layer up, place one of the Brights Designer Buttons (119747) with a little piece of the Bakers Twine (125572) in Lucky Limeade tied in the center.

This is a quick, 5 minutes to fabulous card!  What do you think?  Do you like cards that are quick to put together or do you like to “fuss” a bit more?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Butterflies, Swallowtail, and time flies, too!

swallowtail

swallowtail

Sorry for the late post today.  Sickness, and an hour time change got me- and I messed up the timing.

At Stamp Camp Last week this was one of the most popular cards we made.  In fact it was on the display board and several campers walked in and the first this they said was “I want to learn how to make that card”.  This card is simple and quick- and even more beautiful in person than in the picture.

Using a Versamark pad (102283), stamp the image (swallowtail (w-129213; c- 129216) in your card stock. Emboss in gold embossing powder (109129)  Next take the scroll from the Everything Eleanor stamp set (w- 124162; c-  124164)  and using Island Indigo ink pad (126986) stamp off everal times and stamp around the butterfly.  (dont’ worry, it won’t show where it overlaps the embossing)  Next using sponge daubers (102892) sponge ink of your choice , working it into the embossed areas.  Starting light and adding more in for a more intense color.  We used Island Indigo (126986) More Mustard (126964) and a little Wisteria Wonder (126985)

Add a greeting at the bottom and you have a beautiful card that can be used for many different occasions.  All of the supplies used in this card can be ordered in my online store here!  Have a wonderful week, and be sure to share your thoughts on this card in the comment section below!

soda pop tops make great magnets!

Today’s craft takes a few steps and some drying time, but what a cute little gift these would make.  Can’t you just see a little box filled with these Soda Pop Top magnets?  What a great little gift.

Starting with the large size of the Soda Pop Tops (129388) and the Collage Curio stamp set (129102 -c; 129099 -w)

Stamp a border and the center design of your choice.  Punch with the 1 inch circle punch (119868)

Place a drop of Crystal Effects (101055) in the Pop Top and place the punched design on top of it.

Taking more crystal effects, fill the Pop Top and set aside to dry.  Once dry, the design will show clearly.  Place a magnet on the back and you have a lovely gift.

What other uses can you think of to use the Soda Pop Tops?  Share your ideas in the comment section!

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Embossing with honeycomb folder

I love, love, love the new Honey comb embossing folder in the spring catalog. (129378)  I’m always amazed that such a simple technique as embossing can add so much to a card.  One of the new flower trim (126869) pg 5, and a strip of dsp from Print Poetry DSP Paper Stack really set this card off.  (129312) p 16.

Thank You

Thank You

 

 

 

 

Wednesday March 6

I love this bright and cheerful card!  I’m feeling the need for sunshine and spring and a card like this surely helps!

Wouldn’t you love to get this in the mail from someone? I would!

Using a variety of Sale-A-Bration items, this card comes together quickly!

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Sycamore Street DSP from SAB  127540; ribbon Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack. SAB- 130812;Pretty Petites stamp set- SAB- 129639 w; 129642 c; available in french & spanish also; Petite Curly Label 129405 SAB

 

Tuesday March 5

If it’s Tuesday- that means digital download day!  Check Stampin’ Up! My digital Studio site for todays downloads!

Have you ever tried digital stamping?  What do you think- do you like it? prefer traditional stamping, or a hybrid card which uses both stamping styles?

Share your thoughts in the comment section!