Swinging Easter

I love sending Easter cards and this year with a little help from my Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge my cards are simple yet whimsical.

I used Pansy & Canary for my card bases and a scrap of the Kaleidoscope papers from my scrap bin.  All the little colors have always reminded me of jelly beans and it’s just such happy colors.

I decided to link up with the Heart to Heart Challenge – Whims-ical, because afterall I’ve never really seen any bunny hopping around the yard wearing a jelly bean fur coat and hiding eggs.

Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me today, I’d love it if you’d take a minute and leave me a comment.

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Springy Hello

Did you see the cute Easter Tags on the Make It From Your Heart blog on Friday?

Although I don’t make Easter Baskets anymore I do make Easter cards, so I just got my Cricut busy cutting all the shapes I needed and luckily they listed the sizes in their post!

I used some papers from the Rustic Fundamentals and a little piece of Seaglass Glitter paper for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit of your Monday with me.  If you have a minute leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite springtime flower is.

Joyful Stars Blog Hop – No Bunny

 

joyful-stars-blog-hop-badgeWelcome to the Joyful Stars February Blog Hop.  If you’ve come here from Nickie’s blog you are on the right path, but if you’re starting here that’s fine, too.  We’re a circular hop so keep clicking on the links at the end of each post and eventually you’ll end up right where you started.

This month I’m featuring a card using the February Stamp of the Month – Easter Bunny.  This set includes a bunny family, a basket and some adorable sentiments all for just $5 US with a qualifying purchase.

My card was inspired by one from my friend Debi – we exchange Stamp of the Month cards and I loved the one she made me so once again I copied selectively (mostly the dots paper from the Dreamin’ Big paper packet).

I decided that I would do a swing card cut from the Cricut Artistry cartridge – there’s a selection of swing cards and using the Cricut makes it so easy!  I have a list of the coordinating shapes so layered up a few papers and as Mumfred the Magician from Sesame Street would say “a la peanut butter sandwich” I had a cute card with wow factor.

The fun thing about the swing card is when you open it the image changes – in this case to the sentiment.

If you’d like to purchase any of the Close to My Heart product I have used, please feel free to visit my webpage by clicking here or contact your own Close to My Heart consultant.

I’d love to hear where you get your inspiration.  Leave me a comment before you hop on over to Michelle’s blog where I’m sure you’ll find some great art.

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Hello Lovely Bunny

The Hello Lovely papers paired nicely with the February Stamp of the Month to make this quick card.  It’s a perfect card for Easter or a baby card as I just left the sentiment off to decide later.

You can easily color your bunny as you’ll see in other posts this month.  The Easter Bunny stamp set is only available during the month of February and is just $5 with a qualifying purchase, don’t forget to order yours!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Featured Friday #4

Happy Friday!

It’s good to be back home in my own Craft Studio the lighting is TONS better and I have more things to use 🙂  Today I have another easy fun fold card for you.  I like a card with an unusual fold because I think it packs a little more fun into the envelope, they don’t necessarily need to be difficult, just give a little surprise.

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This Easter card just looks like a normal card wrapped up with a little twine, but open it up and you have a little surprise.  The right little panel folds under the left larger panel.  Did you expect that extra pop of color from a second piece of B&T?

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This card was super easy to make – it has a cardstock base and a couple of extra panels of B&T and cardstock mats.  I mounted the little chick on a 2 1/2″ circle of Pixie so that he didn’t get lost amongst the other birdies.  I want to share a little trick I have learned using the thin cuts.

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First of all I stamp my image, then I line up the thin cuts over the image on my Big Shot (I use a Magnetic Platform and those little thin cuts don’t go moving all around – I’ve also seen Washi Tape used, but in my opinion that magnetic platform is worth it’s weight in gold) and tada a perfectly cut image every time.  No more lining up your stamp to hit your die cut piece of paper.

Here are the measurements:
  • B&T  4 x 3 1/4″ and 4 x 1 1/2″
  • Mats for B&T  4 1/8 x 3 3/8″ and 4 1/8 x 1 5/8″
  • Card base is 10 1/2 x 4 1/4, scored at 1 3/4″, 3 1/2″, 7″ and 8 3/4″
  • If you want to add an optional layer to the inside:  4 x 3 1/4″
Have fun!  Any questions, give me a shout!
Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopping’ Down The Bunny Trail

Our power went off for 2 1/2 hours yesterday while I was in the middle of preparing for my upcoming $5 Card Class.  I wasn’t too worried because my craft room has plenty of light, but it did put a stop to my Cricut cutting.

I have recently become enamored with the monochromatic look it just seems like it gives a card such a fresh clean feeling.  I love the Dots embossing paired with the seersucker pattern from the Penelope paper packet.  The bunny is from one of my favorite sets Spring Critters and it has a Thin Cuts to match – no fussy cutting for this girl.  Mine is colored with our Shin Han markers and popped up on 3D Foam Tape.

Thinking about joining my $5 card class – it’s the first Thursday of every month – you’ll go home with three cute cards (in my opinion of course).

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment what your favorite animal is from the Spring Critters Set.  Don’t have the set yet, just click on the link and it will take you right to the stamp set in my store.

 

Stepped Up with Center Step Card

 

When I was introduced to rubber stamping back in the 90’s, glossy cardstock, rainbow ink pads and coloring images were all the rage.  I started stamping Christmas and birthday cards for family and friends because I was a single mom and was on a strict budget.  Little did I know that 24 years later I would still be stamping and that people would still enjoy receiving my cards.  I’ve also added hundreds of stamps to that collection and they’ve advanced from red rubber mounted on wood to clear acrylic that mounts on an acrylic block – no more stamp-a-majig to line things up!

Yesterday, Betsy left the following comment on my blog “Love these cards! You aren’t just the papercrafting princess, you are the Card Queen!”  It encouraged me to investigate a new fold so I could “step it up”.

Today I’m sharing a Center Step Card made from Skylark Papers and the Hoppy Easter Stamp set.

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I love making cards that are not “ordinary”.  I found the pattern to this card on Split Coast Stampers, one of my favorite go to sites for online tutorials.  Most of the tutorials come with colored pictures and really simple step by step instructions.

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When I use a colored base for my card, I like lining it with a piece of white paper.  I have stamped a butterfly from the set near the sentiment for a little added punch of color.  I also hand drew stitch lines around the edge for some added interest.

If you’d like to learn to make a Center Step Card give me a call and we’ll set a time to get together with a few of your friends and we’ll make some extraordinary cards!

Tracey