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Friday, March 2, 2018

Bunny Cards

Hi Everyone!

Getting Ready
A few weeks ago I looked through my clear stamps and moved all of the bunnies into one cd case.  I moved my Easter woodblock stamps, dies, and paper punches into my line of vision.  Then I stamped, heat embossed, and fussy cut lots of bunnies.  I die cut other bunnies and used black enamel accents to add eyes to the bunnies who needed eyes.  I adhered tiny white pompom tails to every bunny.  Then I put all of the bunnies into a clear bowl on my desk.

The Fun Begins
Each time I sit at my desk I see those bunnies waiting for me.  Now I have added many of them to my cards and Easter treat holders.  I'll share a few of those cards today.  Click on each image to enlarge it.

This simple card is one of my favorites.  I used my Spellbinder Circle Nestability dies to cut the circles.  The bunny was cut from a Memory Box bunny trio die.  The grass was created with a Fiskars paper punch.  I embossed the mint green tag with a Cuttlebug "Birds and Swirls" embossing folder

This cute little bunny and the sentiment are from Lawn Fawn's "My Sweet Valentine" clear stamp set.   The "Happy Easter" sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's "Happy Easter" clear stamp set.  That "Happy Easter" sentiment stamp is one of my favorites.  I use it over and over again.  The papers are from Echo Park.  Wish I had more of them.

I picked up the purple doilies at Michaels.  They are the perfect size for an A2 card.  I try to keep different colors of them on hand.  The bunny in the center of the doily was cut from a Memory Box bunny trio die.  The smallest bunny was stamped and fussy cut from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Baby" clear stamp set.  The bunny who is hopping away was stamped and fussy cut from Lawn Fawn's "Happy Easter" clear stamp set.

I have many other "bunny" cards to share, but you'll have to wait until another day.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Threaded Cards

Good morning!

Happy March 1.  In just a few weeks hopefully Spring will be here.  Meanwhile, I am happy to at least see blue sky and sunshine.

Like many of you I follow blogs and Pinterest in search of inspiration for my crafts and cardmaking.  The other day Dave Brethauer posted an amazing video on threaded cards at this link.  I hadn't seen this technique before and was intrigued by it. 

The gold thread I had was more like a thin cord, than thread so I went to JoAnn's and picked up a spool of Gutermann gold thread.  While I was out I also bought a spool of clear thread, but that's a story for another day.

Here are the cards I created.  Click on them to see a larger image.

I approached the technique a little differently than he did.  I die cut a circle through the top layer of a folded card and a piece of patterned paper.  I ran a piece of 1/8" Scor-tape around the circumference of the circle on the card.  Then I used a tape runner to put adhesive all around that area.  I used the gold cord to create "my web."  I learned from my first attempt that it is important that the thread is put down tightly.  Otherwise it will droop when you add a sentiment or embellishment to it. 

When I was satisfied with my "web" I carefully adhered the patterned paper to the front of the card.  Now the gold thread was sealed between the card and the patterned paper.  I cut another circle to create a frame for the web. 

Here is a close up of each card.

The sentiment was created with dies from The Stamps of Life.  The butterflies were created with a paper punch. 

The effect of this technique is fascinating.  I can't wait to try it again.  Maybe right now!

Have a great day!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Happy Spring double z fold card

Hi Everyone!

I am constantly amazed by the many styles of cards that fit into a standard A2 envelope.  Last night I made a double z fold card that fits perfectly in one of those envelopes.  I learned how to create the card from the tutorial at this link.  It truly was one of the easiest cards I have ever made. 

Here's the card I made last night.  Click on the photo to make the image larger. 

With the exception of the stems on the tulips all of the papers I used are from Lawn Fawn's watercolor collection.  I used green tag from my stash for the stems on the tulips. 

The small tulips were created with a Martha Stewart paper punch.  I used a Sizzix die to create the large tulips in the background.  The sentiment was stamped with a Northwoods woodblock stamp.

Have a great night!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Frog Side Step Card

Hi Everyone!

I have a side step card to share with you today.  I learned this technique from Split Coast Stampers at this link

Here's the card I created.

I used Lawn Fawn's watercolor paper for the layering papers.  I stamped a DRS Designs woodblock stamp to create the cattails on the card.  The cattails are colored with a gold Wink of Stella pen and green Momento markers.
I stamped the Hero Arts frog onto patterned paper and fussy cut the image.  I added wiggly eyes to his face and used foam tape to adhere the frog to the card.
The dragonflies are gems from Favorite Findings.  The sentiment was created with Momenta alphabet stickers.   
I'll share some other frog cards tomorrow.
Have a great day!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Easter Scrabble Frame

Good Morning Everyone!

This past Christmas I used some letter tiles from Michaels to create a Christmas Scrabble frame. 

I liked it so much that I ordered a large set of letter tiles from Amazon.  I used them to create personalized Scrabble frames for my sister Paula and my son.  At Valentine's Day I created one for myself. 

Now I've been decorating for Easter so last night I created a new Scrabble frame.

I created and saved a grid on my computer that is 9 squares across and 12 squares down.  I print out that grid each time I want to create a Scrabble frame.  I write a list of the words I want to use and try to arrange them on the grid.  I often end up not using all of the words on my list. 
When I finish arranging the words I print the blank grid on patterned paper.  I put that grid inside a  frame.  I use a hot glue gun to adhere the letter tiles to the patterned paper.
The paper I used for my Easter frame is from an Echo Park Collection Kit.  The stickers were a part of that kit. 
There are endless possibilities for this idea. 
Have a great day!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Easter Step Card

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday I was trying to remember a technique that I haven't done in years.  I finally found what I wanted in one of my blogs so I promised myself I would try to post more often. 

When I started to think about Easter cards I went through all of my clear stamps and pulled out all of the bunnies that I found.  I temporarily put them all together in a cd case.  I put some bunny dies in with them.

I took out some of the stamps and stamped them on scraps of patterned paper.  I heat embossed and fussy cut each of them.  I used some of the dies and punched them out of scraps too. Then I used Glossy Accents to adhere a tiny white pompom tail to each bunny.

I folded a piece of Echo Park Easter paper into a step card.  Then I used a Fiskars grass border punch to punch out some strips of grass.  I adhered the grass to the carrot patterned paper.  Then I added lots of bunnies to my card.  Some are adhered directly to the card.  Others are attached to the card with foam tape. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Woodland animals

Hi Everyone!

A few weeks ago I bought a magazine called Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts.  I have seen copies of this magazine in JoAnn Fabrics and at Barnes and Noble.  This particular issue of the magazine has a lot of fun ideas in it.

One idea that I liked is on page 58.  It is called "Nature's Charmers" and they suggest you use adhesive-back white birchwood paper to create the animals and the tree. 

Well, I didn't have any of that paper, but I did have paper that I bought at JoAnn's that is 8.5" x 11" and is called 110 lb kraft paper.  This paper cuts easily with scissors.

There are patterns in the Pattern Pack at the back of the magazine for each of the animals and trees.  You enlarge the animals. 

I made a fox

and a bear.

I also made the doe,

the squirrel, and a tree.

I haven't made the deer with antlers yet.

They look great displayed on my kitchen window sill.

Have a nice night!