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!

Monday March 4

Happy Monday Stampers!  Today’s share is a quick and simple birthday card.  I dont’ know about you, but it seems I can always use a quick card for a friends birthday. ( I know- I should plan ahead…)  This card goes together quickly, and frankly, who doesn’t love a cupcake?  Use this for either male or female birthday, young or mature!

easy events

easy event

Items used in this card: cupcake stamp from Easy Events(123225-c; 116958-w) labels collection framelits, (125598) scroll from Everything Eleanor set (124164 -c; 124162 -w)

Best of….

2013 is Stampin’ Up! 25th Anniversary and great gifts and treats are planned all year long!  Look at this- each month a special stamp set is released- with images from favorites over the past 25 years, and one brand new image.  Purchase 6 and get a stamp set free!

Check out the February Stamp Set here.  It’s perfect for Valentines and other special occasions for those you love.

Be sure to download the collector card and place the sticker inside each set you purchase on the card.  Happy Collecting!

 

 

Sent With Love Special Offer! WOW!

SENT WITH LOVE SPECIAL OFFER


Pack your crafting bags, and get ready for a creative trip with our new Sent with Love products! These all-new travel-themed products are perfect for documenting family vacations, creating unique invitations, or myriad other fun paper-crafting projects!

And here’s the rub: these exclusive products are only available from February 1 through April 30! Buy the Sent with Love Stamp Set or Designer Series Paper separately—or get them both in a bundle with Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine for 20 percent off!

We’re also offering a coordinating digital kit. See below for item numbers and prices.

Item Description Price
131847 Sent with Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set* $17.95 US/ $21.95 CAN
132182 Sent with Love Designer Series Paper* $10.95 US/$13.50 CAN
132851 Pretty Bundle*
Includes the Sent with Love Stamp Set, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, and Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine at a 20 percent discount!
$25.50 US/$31.50 CAN
132914 Sent with Love Digital Kit
Coordinates with the Sent with Love products. Not included in the Pretty Bundle.
$9.95 US/$12.50 CAN

*Only available through April 30, 2013

Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog- Crafting With Nora!  Come back daily to see card or other crafting ideas that you can make at home.

Each day will feature a card or other project with brief instructions for you to make it at home.  I hope you’ll share your thoughts and projects with me too!  Ready?  let’s go!