More Easter Treats

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My cousin and her two young daughters were over for a visit on Sunday (to play in my craft room) so I thought I’d whip them up a little Easter treat.

I found a template for test tube holders on SCS and adjusted the dimensions to fit a kit kat bar, pencil and bunny pop.

The kit kat bars were Easter themed but the colours weren’t doing much for my little gift so I used the scraps of patterned paper that were left to make a quick wrap for each bar.  The paper was a little short but it didn’t stay on the bars for very long so it really didn’t matter!

This was a fun little project and the girls seemed to like it.  Score one for “Aunt” Kelly!

Uplifting Birthday

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I was browsing the blog of one of my more recent discoveries (Limedoodle) and saw a card she CASEd for a challenge.

I LOVED the layout using a popped up white panel on the front of the card (the link above takes you directly to that challenge if you want to check it out) and had to immediately make a card using the same technique.

I was itching to use one my new PTI stamps (Up and Away) and its matching dies so I chose a cheerful piece of patterned paper for colouring inspiration/direction and came up with this cutie:

I had a little trouble getting the true colours to show in the picture but it’s fairly close.

What a wonderful layout – you’ll be seeing it again…soon…like, maybe next time I blog (okay, second or third “next time” because I have a few more projects to share but I was so darn excited about this layout that the card I just made jumped the line!).

You should go make a card using this technique.  Seriously.  Do it now. 😉

Christening – no stamps!

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I had a request for a Christening card – no problem…oh, wait…there’s a problem

Oddly enough, I’ve only ever had to make Christening cards for girls and usually go with a Christening dress shaped card with a bit of ribbon and a rose…not gonna work for William.

Sooooo, after a futile search through every single one of my stamps, I realized I have NOTHING suitable for a boy’s Christening card.  I switched to checking out the options on all my Cricut cartridges – minus the Christmas ones – still nothing.  In total desperation, I looked at the Christmas cartridges – I thought there might be something religious on one of them – a cross, a decent shaped chapel – still zip.  Then, while looking at Joys of the Season, I spot “4 calling birds” and realize I can pretend one of the birds is a dove – that’s appropriate, right?

Well, it is now…

I used some glamour dust to make the “dove” a little less boring.  I didn’t have an appropriate sentiment for the front (blessings would have been nice) so I left it off.

I cut out 5 “doves” before deciding on the size and if I wanted a blue dove on a white background or a white dove on a blue background.  Blue dove won.

Congratulations, William!

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I made a quick set of 4 notecards using my new PTI stamp and die – I couldn’t resist this cute coffee cup – can’t wait to use these cards to invite friends for a chat and a cup of joe at Second Cup (or home!).

I kept all the cards pretty simple and made my colour choices from the Echo Park patterned paper that is on the bottom of each card (Spring something…or something Spring…)

I used some chalk ink cubes that I’ve had forever (bought them at my LSS right around the time I started making cards) and various Stampin’ Up cardstock.  I think the buttons were all from Basic Grey – the picture doesn’t show the other cards but one is green (old olive), one is pink (pretty in pink), one is yellow (so saffron) and one is um, pale plum? or something like that…I can never get the names of the purple ones straight.  It’s the lighter one of the two purple hues.

These were super quick to make and it was really fun cutting out the little coffee cups (I cut the cups and then stamped on the die cut).

Easter Treats

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Another Easter fast approaches!  I can’t believe how quickly time flies.  I think Easter is a weird gauge of time because it changes dates from year to year (and months too!) but it does seem to arrive faster the older I get.

I made my traditional Easter treat for my co-workers over the weekend.  18 individual treats for each person in my department (there are 16 in my department but I give our runner and our receptionist a treat too because they do work for our department every day).

This time around I bought a box of caramel filled chocolate bunnies (they’re not that big – I got a 300 gram box at Walmart and I think there were about 30 in the box) and had a little fun creating packaging for them…

The paper is from a DCWV glitter stack that I’ve had for a little while and the cardstock is also a textured DCWV mat stack.   I think the colours are very Spring/Easter like.

I used my Cricut to create 18 chickens – it was a bit tedious to cut them out and add the beak, feet and eyes to each one but I did it in batches of 6 so I wouldn’t get too bored.  I then cut out 18 circles and 18 mats and 18 pieces of 4X6″ paper to create the pockets.

I used my crimper to seal the ends of each pocket and finished the decorating by adding a few foam eggs to the front using glue dots.  It took a few hours to make it all on Sunday afternoon but I did have fun playing with my Cricut and using up some of my unloved cardstock. (I keep the stack out on my work top and use it every chance I get in hopes of using it up…I have TOO MUCH STUFF!!!!).

I’m not a hoarder when it comes to my craft stuff…I just purchase new things faster than I can use up the old stuff and sometimes I forget what I have.

Anyway, these little critters turned out pretty cute – I have to make a slightly different batch for DH’s co-workers next weekend.  Thank goodness he has about half the co-workers I have!

Look Who’s Turning 1

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I hope this card is really “girlie” as that was the request from the person who ordered it.  I have no children and I’m not particularly girlie myself (though my parents swear I was when I was really young) but I think lots of pink, glitter, and pearls probably meet the mark.

I’m a bit disappointed with the smaller piece of patterned paper.  It didn’t quite give the impact I was hoping for but I needed something for a little contrast between the pink mat on the image and the pink background paper.  If I could do this over, I think I’d bring the strip of paper all the way to the left instead of scalloping an edge – I don’t think it’s really doing anything for the card but I was trying to mix things up a little.

It was reallly fun to colour, glitter and add pearls to the tutu on this Elzybells stamp (retired).  It was sooo tempting to glitter the shoes too but I thought that would detract from the tutu.  I used pink glitter on the main part of the tutu and I used glitter dust on the underside so it would keep the different shades I coloured. 

I wanted to add a pink bow to the top of the bear’s head but I don’t think I could tie one small enough.

I dusted off some of my gazillions of prima flowers and added them “here and there” on the card.  I used pearls as the centres to tie in with the pearls on the tutu. (note to self: buy more pearls)

The sentiment and the number one are PTI – I got a box of goodies on Thursday that I ordered just over a month ago…that’s not too bad from PTI to little old me here in Newfoundland.  I was just starting to wonder about the order when it arrived.  The worst part was that my back was still killing me on Thursday and I couldn’t really enjoy the contents until yesterday.  Longest 2 days ever!

Speaking of my PTI order – I think I’ll go play with my new stamps, dies and cardstock.  Where am I going to put all this stuff?

Ele-fun

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Well, that was a longer break than I anticipated.

I made this card last Friday night…about 12 hours before I damaged a disc in my back.  Stupid back!  I was laid up pretty much the whole week and still have to be careful about lifting/bending, etc.  Missed work for a few days too – which is not that cool so early in the year.  I carefully ration my few days of sick leave for true emergencies (which this was but it still bites).

Anyway, enough of my troubles, let’s move on to the card…

This is for my brother’s birthday…which is in a few days and this card is not going to make it to the middle of Canada in time for his big day but I’m sure he won’t mind.  His gift will be a few days late too – probably.  I only ordered it today but he doesn’t live in the middle of nowhere (Oshawa?! – j/k – bit of a Canadian joke at the moment) so he might get it in time.

I used Echo Park paper (I think!) and a cute Whipper Snapper stamp that is probably one of my favourites simply because I love elephants.  I do find it a bit daunting to colour with such a large area but it’s a fabulous stamp.

I have another card to share tomorrow – I made it this morning by client request.  Check back.  Hopefully, I won’t damage any major body parts between now and tomorrow!

Happy Day!

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Hi there!

I’m still around…just haven’t been spending much time in my craft room.

I have been making a few birthday cards for upcoming family birthdays and thought I’d post one for the sake of letting you know I’m still here.

This card uses a Whipper Snapper stamp – they’re still and probably always will be my favourite line of stamps.  They’re just so darn fun to colour!

I used some cute My Mind’s Eye paper – Life of the Party.  The buttons are all Basic Grey and I coloured the image with Copic markers and distressed the edges with Ranger distress ink in Linen.

I didn’t stamp a sentiment for the front because I thought it would compete with the patterned paper text…

I still have a March birthday card to make so I’ll drop back with that one once it’s completed.

Enjoy your weekend!



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