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Fun with Basket Bunch

Basket Bunch 

Happy Thursday!

Before I dive into the Artisan blog hop for today, I thought I would let you know where I’ve been.  Not much creativity has happened over the last few weeks.

 

What’s Happening!

Last Wednesday my dad had surgery to repair a hernia.  Since then it’s been one complication after another, and he’s still in the hospital.  My family has been taking shifts to be there with my dad during his entire hospital stay.  I’ve been there at night with him.  Night shifts bring me back to my nursing days years and years ago.  I worked many night shifts back in the day.  However, I was much younger and didn’t have kids.  Needless to say, my body only wants to sleep ALL the time when I’m not with my dad.

I keep praying that we will see a change for the better.  It’s been a roller coaster ride.

 

Chocolate & Bunnies

Thankfully I had this Artisan project done way ahead of time to share.  I haven’t stamped anything in a few weeks with Alexis competition schedule and now my dad.

I’m sharing a fun project using the Basket Bunch stamp set with the Basket Builder Framelits.  This bundle is so fun and has the cutest little images.

 

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

I love the color combination of  Mint Macaron with Kraft cardstock.  That little bunny sure makes a statement.

 

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Favors using Basket Bunch

I wanted to create a simple party favor for Alexis to hand out to her friends at school.  I love that I can still do this.

 

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Creating these are super simple.  I used the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and wrapped in a cone shape.

 

Tips & Tricks

Keeping them together is easy using the Tear and Tape Adhesive.  Once the cone was created I folded the top over,  stacked the two doilies together and lastly stapled the Sale-a-Bration ribbon over the doilies.  I love the soft pastel color combinations the designer series paper offers.  I added a simple banner across the top and of course a little bunny.

The finishing touch was the tassel.  This tassel comes from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit.

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

I simply tied the tassel around the ribbon using Linen Thread.

Of course, don’t forget to fill your bunny cone favor with a fun chocolate or jelly beans.

You can see all of the products I used for this project below in the clickable links.  

 

I hope you have enjoyed this little Easter project for today.  There are many more projects to see from our Artisan Team.  Simply click the button below and enjoy the blog hop.  First up is Louise Sharp.  I’m sure she will have something amazing to share.

Basket Bunch, Artisan, Stampin' Up!

Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

For now, it’s time for me to go back to the hospital… please keep my dad in prayer. His name is Donnie.  We would appreciate it.

Cutest Lamb Ever!

Cutest Lamb Ever!

I can’t get over this sweet little lamb and I can’t get enough of him.

The Easter Lamb is as single wood stamp in the Occasions catalog that I personally have a crush on.  I love that you can use this little guy for both Easter and Baby cards.  SCORE!!

 

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

 

I recently did a swap with my team and this is my card I created for it.  Simple enough to create in mass quantities and I love that the Easter Lamb doesn’t need much coloring.  His cute little face says enough.

 

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

I dolled this card up with a few doilies because he reminds me of something very delicate just like doilies are.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, EasterI love using Texture Embossing folders and this one I used the negative side of the polka dots. It’s different and I loved how the circles all came together- circles on his little body, the circle punch, the White Perfect Accents. A balance of circles.

I did use a Blender Pen to color in his face, ears and legs using Blushing Bride.  I also added a little Dazzling Diamonds over his body using a Two-Way Glue Pen.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

This last photo I wanted to show you something else I did to give it just a WEE bit more texture.  I didn’t use this for my swaps only to keep them a bit more simple, but I love how the Striped Scallop Thinlits added a bit more texture to the card.  It wasn’t the entire card, just the focal area.  I didn’t want to take away from the cutest lamb ever.

 

This might go down as the shortest post ever but great things are going on here at home…

 

I’ve been spending a little more time at the gym watching Alexis do her routines for her upcoming gymnastics meet this weekend.  She is looking fantastic although really beating herself up as the level she is competing at is 2 levels higher than her normal. We had to have a little chat tonight about expectations. I love that she is shooting for the moon, but at the same time want her to realize this is the FIRST time she has competed at this level.  In other words- hope for the best but don’t get your pants in a pinch if you score low.

Totally easy for mom to say.  I am pretty sure she rolled her eyeballs at me.  Thirteen is such a LOVELY age.

We are heading to Orlando on Friday for this gym meet.  It’s a big one at the ESPN center.  Wish her luck and pray she that I stay calm.  The best part is we will celebrate regardless of the outcome on Sunday at Disney.  YAY.  I feel like a little girl.

 

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Pattern Paper- Do You Use it?

Pattern Paper- Do You Use it?

Pattern Paper is something I typically hoard for years.  Even better is the hoarding takes on a this beautiful organization in my craft room where it sits on beautiful paper racks and looks GORGEOUS  on them.  Then the thought of using it comes to mind only for me to say “Okay, but just this tiny piece!”

 

You know this is true since you come here and visit my blog.  You see it.  Or… let’s just say you DON’T see it.

 

I have GOOD intentions friends! I pull it out and then BOOM- I have no clue how to incorporate the pattern paper into a project.

 

I’ve tried to be more mindful of my lack of use with the new Occasions catalog but I’m noticing quickly I’m stuck in the same pattern.  I pull it out, look at it.. stuff it back onto it’s pretty place and then it gets no use.

Can anyone relate to this craziness?

 

This Occasions catalog I am in love with two of the patterns offered.  One is my absolute favorite- Birthday Boutique and the other is the It’s My Party designer paper.  Both have great patterns and lots of coordinating colors to work with.

Tuesday Tip

Today’s tip is pretty simple.

In fact, it might be something you already do but could be a reminder for us to do more.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

I am not one to stamp on my pattern paper.  Ever.  I had some scraps sitting on my stamp table and it so happens it was this beautiful striped piece from the Birthday Boutique Designer Paper.

Was in a stamping rut when I had stamped two filigree images onto the Whisper White and wasn’t sure where else to go with this card.  Once I saw the designer paper sitting there I grabbed it and decided to stamp the Easter greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I love the fonts in this greeting and was surprised how well this came out.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

What do you think?

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

I added a little ribbon under the pattern paper and then a doily at the top and keep this in place with a simple staple.

 

The only thing left to add was a few White Perfect Accents.  The card is then layered onto the Blushing Bride twice and then onto the card base of Whisper White Thick cardstock.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

Again, this could be something you do all the time but for me, it’s NEW.  It’s a great way to take a stab at the pounds of pattern papers I have sitting pretty and just maybe I can make a dent into my hoarding obsession.  OR I can continue to hoard the paper and pretend I’m using it.  Either way, it’s pretty to look at and it makes me happy.

 

 

You can see all the supplies I used below in the clickable links.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

Do you have a product that you hoard besides stamps or paper? What’s your obsession? I’d love to hear.

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Sweet Little Lamb- Artisan Blog Hop

Sweet Little Easter Lamb- Artisan Blog Hop

Easter Lamb…. and it’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop where the inspiration and creativity is about to explode.

 

It’s always exciting to see what 20 global demonstrators can create.

 

 

Easter Lamb

By far one of the cutest little single stamps in the Occasions catalog, and could get missed.  This sweet little lamb can be found on page 24 of your Occasions catalog.  I love that this sweet little lamb can also be used outside of the Easter for cards such as new babies, or for younger children.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

Is this the cutest little guy you have ever seen? Simple, yet sweet.  Love that combination.

 

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

Tips & Tricks

I pulled a few hat tricks for this card.  Let me share so you can also re-create this yourself.  It’s not hard at all.

  • The black banner and the white circle die cut came from the You’re So Lovely Project Kit.  The die cuts in this kit are stunning and there is a ton of goodness wrapped up in that kit.  I loved the banner and it fit perfectly for the greeting.
  • The black filigree behind the lamb comes from the First Sight stamp set.  I stamped onto Vellum using VersaMark and then covered with Black Embossing Powder.  Make sure to use your Embossing Buddy to get rid of any static especially when working with Vellum.
  • The lamb was stamped using Black Archival ink and a simple Blending Pen to color the face, ears and legs.
  • I placed Vellum over my Typeset Designer Paper to give it a softer look.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

 

I used my favorite cardstock for the base of my card- Kraft Paper.  Ohhhh Weeee.  I love that cardstock.  Perfect for ANY project and comes in 12 x 12.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

Once again the Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper was a perfect combination to use for this card.  I love the stripes of this particular pattern.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

 

Imagine the possibilities with this sketch.  Take the lamb out and put in your favorite image.  There are lots of opportunities for this card.

I’d love to hear your feedback.  What do you think?

You can find all the products I used for this card below in the clickable links.  It will take you directly to my Online Store.

Now, let’s see what Krista has up her sleeve for today’s blog hop.  Her talent is always amazing and she blows me away every. SINGLE. time.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

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Start Planning for Easter!

Start Planning for Easter!

As crafters we are already looking ahead to the next holiday to see what we can create next.  Another beautiful holiday is approaching- Easter.  

What are your top things you love to make for Easter? Do you have a DIY project on your radar? 

I have the solution for a fast DIY 3-D project today. 

 Paper sour cream containers never get old.  They are easy to make, perfect to hold a treat and kids can get involved making them.  

Carrot, Sour Cream container, Easter Papercrafts

My favorite part of this Carrot was creating the top using my Fringe Scissors and Filter Paper by Stampin’ Up! 

Carrot, Sour Cream container, Easter Papercrafts
Create It! 

  •  Cut your cardstock or Designer paper to  4 x 6.  Fold like a toilet paper roll and adhere with a strong adhesive. I recommend Fast Fuse. 
  • Seal one of the ends of your toilet paper roll with Fast Fuse.  You will want to fill your container with a special treat.  Chocolate always wins in my house.  
  • Take 2 round Neutral Filter Papers and fold in half twice. Using Fringe scissors cut the Filter paper.  Fold the Filter Paper again making it extra fluffy.  Just stop to admire this.  Seriously, it’s cute at this point and we haven’t finished.  
  • Tuck your Filter paper into the top of the sour cream container and staple it shut.  
  • Create your tag.  Cut a banner using the Banner framelits and Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp an Easter Greeting using the For Peeps’ Sake clear stamp set.  (Click on the link to see just how CUTE this set is!)  Great set for Chalk Art cards OR because you need it for Peeps’ sake! 
  • Staple the tag onto the sour cream container and you are finished.  

Carrot, Sour Cream container, Easter Papercrafts
Are  you ready to create a few For Peeps’ Sake Easter treats? What ever you do, make today a fun creating day and make something pretty.  

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XOXOXO

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