198 posts categorized "Spring"

06/29/2017

Thu 29

Diecut Nesting Blossom Layers with the Plush Camelia
by Jean Okimoto

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Create a layered, ruffled crepe paper blossom with the individual petal dies from the Plush Camelia Set.  These flowers are great for summer cards and parties - and easier than ever!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another way to use the flower and succulent petal die sets from the Memory Box Plush Collection.  It's like a DIY nesting "Flower Basics" set!

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Fold a strip of duo-tone crepe paper in half and cut two sets of circles using the  1", 1.5", 2" and 2.5" Circle Basics dies.  

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Fold each circle in half along the grainline.  Fold each semi-circle into thirds, creating little triangles with a curved top. Place a petal die on the folded triangle - tape it in place so it cuts just the top 1/3 to 1/4 of the petal, but not all the way down along the folded side edges.  It's like cutting snowflakes, without the little details.  Unfold it and you'll have a 6-petalled flower.  

Repeat the process with the different circle sizes and petals.  Gently stretch the and curl the petals for dimension.  I like to use the edge of  that "green plastic flower-burnishing thing" from Impress to curl my petals.  

Glue the largest layer to a 1" circle of scrap cardboard.  The circle adds a bit of dimension and makes it easier to glue the finished flower to the background.  Attach the other seven layers by pressing the next layer onto a dot of glue on the base and twisting it slightly with your finger to scrunch it up a bit.  

Add green gem stickers to the center.

Cut three leaves from the Stitched Leaves set.

Paint watercolor paper with Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides and heat-set the ink.  Cut the paper with the 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Watching the World Bloom Clear Stamp Set - with Worn Lipstick.  Heat-set it.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of white cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

Hope you like this "just do it" version of layered blossom dies and enjoy the flowers you can create with these techniques!

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If you're in the Seattle area for the 4th of July - join us for another SUMMER BLISS class from 11:00 to 1:00 at Impress.  We're making 6 bright summer-y cards with great designs from Memory Box,  pretty papers from Shizen Design - and there's AC too!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend...

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05/18/2017

Thu 18

Spring Lilacs and Birthday Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a birthday with the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set and Spring Lilacs Die Set - it's sure to be a special day!  Add a trellis-y  background with a die from the Distressed Baptisia Collage Set and a classic greeting from the new Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an easy way to eliminate some of the stress of watercoloring.  It's a challenge to stay inside the lines - literally and figuratively - when I'm coloring.  The watercolors just have a way of escaping out onto the background, especially a white background.  Eliminate that issue by tinting the background with a light wash of your dominant color and air-dry it.  I've used a tiny, very diluted amount of the Pansy Dye Ink Refill for Kaleidacolors.  Iron it with a dry iron on the cotton setting to smooth the paper out again.  Stamp the lilacs with Imagine Crafts Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder.   MemoryBoxSpringLilacsClearStampSet-MemoryBoxSpringLilacsDieSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioRectangleBasics-MemoryBoxOpenStudioDistressedBaptisiaCollageSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioBirthdaySentimentsClearStampSet-JeanOkimotoWatercoloredCards-ImagineCrafts-WatercoloredFlowerCards

Watercolor the image with diluted Pansy, Spring Green and Spruce refill inks.  Let it dry.  Cut it with the coordinating Spring Lilacs die.  Diecutting the lilacs is quick and easy if you align the die with the stem and lower edges of the leaves first - then with the blossom at the top.  A bit of painter's tape at those 4 spots will secure the die and produce great results!

Stamp and emboss the greeting from the new Open Studio Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set on white cardstock.  Cut it with the 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  

Cut white cardstock with the grid pattern from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Trim it with the 2" x 3-1/4" Rectangle Basics Die.  It's a must-have set of 16 dies perfectly proportioned cutting layers for A-2 cards - and it's great for A-6 and A-7 cards too.  I can't design a rectangle card without it!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots behind the lilacs at the top.   Add pale violet gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress!  We discovered a few new ways to use our favorite  heart dies, stamps and papers.  They're classic, versatile and perfect for summer celebrations and events - or just to say "I'm thinking of you."  Thanks too - Becca and Erin - for helping us find everything we needed for our summer cards!

There's a second SUMMER HEARTS class on May 29th.  It's Memorial Day, and classes on a holiday seem to be more relaxing - and it's always a great time to meet new friends and catch up with those you haven't seen in a while.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed last week's May Release Blog Blitz.  I appreciate all of your thoughtful comments!

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05/15/2017

Mon 15

Today is a beautiful day for Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I'm going to show you three cards I made featuring the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL 5199 and BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209.  The first card is a matchbook card, 11 1/2" X 4 1/4" and scored at 4 3/4" from one end and 1 1/4" from the other end so that it folds down from the top and the shorter piece folds up from the bottom to make the shape with the top edge then tucking behind the smaller flap.  The finished folded size is the same as an A2 card!

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Now for a little bit about how I made this and the other two cards.

These are the materials I used:

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  • Beautiful Day Sentiments Clear Stamp Set CL5209
  • Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set CL5199
  • Spring Lilacs Die Set 32199
  • one medium-sized oval from the Stitched Oval Layers Die Set 30069
  • Deep Purple Archival Ink
  • Forever Green Hero Arts Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink; Memento Dandelion Ink
  • Memento Markers:  Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa
  • clear acrylic blocks, ribbon, twine, and sparkly gems from my stash
  • white cardstock and envelopes; dark purple cardstock

I started by doing all of my stamping and coloring first on one sheet of white cardstock.  You'll notice that I colored outside the lines.  I did that on purpose so that the color would extend to the edge of the image once it was cut out.  It also made it really easy to color in broad strokes.  You can see where I tested out some colors on and around the imperfectly stamped images I wasn't going to use.

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I used Washi tape to secure the dies over the lilacs and leaves before running them through the die cutting machine.  I attached two leaves to the back of each lilac stem using glue dots.  I then used foam dots to attach the lilacs to a purple cardstock stitched oval layer already taped onto the card front.  Because the lilacs were popped up it was easy to tie twine around the stem and secure it with a glue dot under the knot.  I then stamped the sentiment, adding the little sun stamped with Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink and stamped again with Memento Dandelion Ink.  I finished up with a few black sparkly gems.  

I used standard A2 cards for the other two, adding a white ribbon tied in a bow on one and purple gems on the other.  

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Don't forget about the envelope!  I added the small cluster of lilacs from the Spring Lilacs stamp set and one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day Sentiments stamp set.

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I can't wait for the lilacs to blossom and fill the air with their beautiful scent.  Happy Crafting!

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05/08/2017

Mon 08

Leafy Ring with Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

Good afternoon!  It's the first day of our Blog Blitz here at Outside the Box.  Scroll down to see Laura's post from this morning.  It's just the beginning of a week full of goodness!  I'm so excited to share with you some of the newest dies and stamps from the just-released May 2017 collection!  

From where I sit at my computer I can see our lilac bushes just beginning to leaf out and sprout buds.  So I just had to use the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and the SPRING LILACS Die Set 32199 for this post.  Because I chose to use the smaller blossom clusters, I featured the LEAFY RING  Die 99780 in my card designs.

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Once I got started I couldn't stop!  Here are the dies I used.

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I used two of the circles from the STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS set30016, one that the leafy ring fit tightly inside of and the next largest circle.  The three smaller dies are for the two leaf shapes and the blossom cluster from the Spring Lilacs Die Set.

These are the rest of the supplies:

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Let's look at the purple cards first to see what I did.

Card 1:

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I die cut the Leafy Ring from white cardstock.  I put some purple/white washi tape across the center of the Leafy Ring, then cut a larger dark green circle which I adhered under the Leafy Ring.  The next step was to die cut the small Spring Lilac blossoms bunch twice from light purple cardstock and stamp the blossoms in Archival Ink Deep Purple before cutting the two leaves from the Spring Lilacs set from the same dark green cardstock and stamping the leaf patterns with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I used a Pear Tart Memento marker to color the flower centers.  I used Glue Dots to hold the bunch together (two flower clusters, two leaves) and used foam dots to adhere it to the Leafy Ring.  I stamped "Happy Spring" from the Spring Lilacs stamp set using the VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I added a simply knotted purple/white ribbon to complete the card.

Card 2:

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I began by stamping the individual lilac blossoms (I grouped them on one clear block and kept rotating them as I stamped) from the Spring Lilacs stamp set onto the card front using the Archival Deep Purple ink and colored the flower centers with the Pear Tart marker.  I lined up the Leafy Ring and the larger circle as shown in the photo above to cut that shape from white cardstock.  I cut dark green cardstock with the smaller circle and adhered it underneath the Leafy Ring.  I used the same process as on the first card to create the flower bunch from lighter purple cardstock, adding the green leaves and popping it up from the ring's center.

Then I made two different green cards.

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Here I cut the Leafy Ring from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and backed it with a lighter green cardstock.  I cut the flower blossoms from white cardstock and colored them using a Pear Tart memento marker for the centers and layers of a Lulu Lavender Memento marker for the flowers.  (This month's Challenge is using markers.  Have you posted your project yet?)  I used four clusters of flowers and two leaves for the center bouquet.  And I found a piece of lime green twine to tie around the card in a bow.

The last card:

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The only real difference here was placing the Leafy Ring directly on top of a Meadow notecard using foam dots.  I did use a more olive-y green for the leaves and stamped the outline with Hero Arts Forever Green ink.  And I used two shades of purple cardstock for the flower bunches.   I thought I was finished until I found the cute little bow to add.

Remember to leave comments for me about this post and on all of the others from the Design Team this week.  You have until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday May 14th to post your comments for a chance to win one of the new stamp sets or one of the new dies.  Someone who comments on this post will win the Leafy Ring die!

Happy Crafting!

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04/18/2017

Tue 18

Blooming Poppy
by Jenny Griffiths

Good Tuesday Everyone!

I'm happy you stopped by today as I share a pretty poppy and butterfly card.  If you have been in one of my classes in Southern California lately you made this card already but it seemed to be a favorite so here goes...

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Starting off...use Peeled Paint, Moss green, Squeezed Lemon and Orange Marmalade distress inks to water color the appropriate areas on the poppies.  Just swipe the inks directly onto a craft mat or other waterproof surface and add small amounts of water to get the desired color intensity and paint onto the Poppy die cut.  Leave the butterfly blank for now.  Let the watercoloring dry throughly and snip the flowers apart at the base allowing 3 blooms on each portion.  

Adhere the scalloped ring, created by die cutting a scalloped circle die with a smaller basic circle die inside, to the card front.  Be sure to save the blue circle die cut from the opening to use inside the card. 

Using Salty Ocean distress ink, stamp the sentiment on the card front.

From the inside, position the painted poppies in the circle opening, allowing a bud on either side to overlap the scalloped ring. Secure the lower portion of the poppies inside the card using adhesive (I used scotch tape).  

To hide the taped poppies on the inside adhere the pale yellow panel and gives the front of the card a pretty yellow backgrond behind the poppies.  

For the blue glitter butterfly overlay, position a small piece of glitter paper over the butterfly, glitter side down on the cut side of the die and run through your die cut machine.   Adhere into position using small dabs of wet glue in several areas.  

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 For the inside, adhere the retained blue circle to the card then add the remaining poppies (cut the stems shorter if needed to fit the area).  

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Hope you enjoyed today's card!  Have a great week!
Jennysig


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04/06/2017

Thu 06

Goldfish Collage and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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A trio from the new Goldfish Collage shimmers on a  Mini Perfect Patches square for a quick and easy card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with  a simple watercolored design in shades of pink, peach and gold.

I've re-discovered the Mini Perfect Patches die - 16 neatly-stitched 1" squares - perfect for backgrounds, collages, gameboards and layering.  It's great with the Goldfish Collage - and perfect for contemporary Asian designs too.

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Paint watercolor paper in dark peachy-pink shades of Peerless Watercolors, air-dry it, then spray it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it and cut Goldfish Collage.  Punch ¼" dots from scraps of the watercolored paper.

Paint another piece of watercolor paper in soft, watery layers of pink and peach.  Dry it, then cut it with Mini Perfect Patches.  

Diecut a piece of  The Crafter's Workshop Stencil Sheet with the dotted design from the Modern Border Trim set.  Stencil the dots onto three of the patches with Delicata Gold Shimmer.

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Use a sanding block to lightly "scruff" gold mirror cardstock for a soft matte finish to complement the fish and stenciled dots.  Punch two ¼" circles.

Cut textured natural cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to a side-folded A-2 card of smooth natural cardstock.  Layering adds a subtle textural contrast and frames the design.  

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Assemble the card, add a quick note and send it on its way to someone special!

Thanks for stopping by...hope you'll try these techniques when you're mass-producing card sets for gifts and giveaways.  Twenty goldfish and sixteen mini patches make it quick and easy - and each card will be unique!

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03/30/2017

Thu 30

Tall Fern Left Corner and Scalloped Stitch Fancy Frames
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Tall Fern Left Corner creates a great background for the Springtime Bunnies.  Bunnies don't usually wear flower garlands, but this is a special trio.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card to welcome spring - and hope it's really arrived this time!

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You're probably wondering why the Wintertime Joy die is shown here - I would!  I needed a bunch of tiny flower shapes and decided the littlest snowflakes would work.  Diecut them from scraps of painted watercolor paper, then snip them apart with a pair of detail or manicure scissors.

The Tickle Flower Landscape die would be a smarter alternative for the tiny flowers - 

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and diecut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking through the felt.

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Dry-embossing the Scallopped Stitch Fancy Frame is an easy way to add a subtle background accent.  Here's how I layered everything for my Platinum - I bought the extra magnetic platform too.  (Caution, the magnetic field can be harmful to anyone with a pacemaker.)  Place the die - cutting-edge-up - on the platform first.  Add the front of the card, rubber embossing mat and the purple embossing plate.  

Attach the diecuts and add sparkly green gem stickers.

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Thanks for visiting - have a great evening.  Join us again tomorrow for another great design from Donna!

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03/28/2017

Tue 28

Lavender Kisses
by Sherry Hester

Hello everyone! Can you believe spring has sprung already? And what a difference this spring has been. With all of the rain we had, everything is green and blooming! The card I’m sharing today is all spring and blooms!

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My A2 card base was cut from a pale gray card stock. I cut a frame from white card stock using two of the dies from the Rectangle Basics set. I also cut a frame from the Petite Doily Frames, and snipped off one long side. I sponged Milled Lavender on this piece, and edged it with a touch of Dusty Concord. I adhered this along the right side of the white frame. I added the tiny sentiment to the bottom right corner of the frame.

I cut one Antilles Floral Border from white card stock and snipped away the two flowers on the left. I cut the border again, but this time positioned the die so that only the three flowers on the right were cut. I sponged my fav … Peeled Paint … on the stems and leaves, and sponged Seedless Grapes on all of the flowers, varying the pressure to get different shades. To add some dimension, I shaped the top flowers and adhered them over the other flowers, offsetting them just a bit. I then adhered this to the bottom of the frame, snipping off the excess from the bottom.

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I cut two of the Lavender Bunch from white card stock, and added Peeled Paint to the leaves and stems of one. I sponged Milled Lavender on all of the flowers, and shaded them with Dusty Concord. I snipped off the flowers from one die cut, shaped them, and added them over the top of the corresponding flower, again offsetting them just a bit. I also sponged a small area of white card stock with Dusty Concord, and die cut the Mini Butterflies from that area.

Now for the assembly. I added foam tape to the back of the frame, but before I adhered it to the card base, I held it over the base, and positioned the lavender flowers where I wanted them, adhering them in place, then adhered the frame. The three tiny butterflies were adhered where shown, and I decided to add some white dots with a gel pen to finish off the card.

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I hope you will be inspired to have a spring fling of your own! Have a great week, and thank you as always for stopping by.

Sherrysig


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03/27/2017

Mon 27

Grassland Collage and Sketch Bunny Background
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Grassland Collage creates an Asian-inspired spring setting for Sketch Bunny Background, cut from silkscreened paper.  Easter eggs are optional!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simply styled card to get your workweek off to a quick start.

Do you have a secret stash (hoard?) of beautiful imported artpapers that you're saving for the perfect design opportunity?  Here's your chance to use treasured bits of them on bright spring cards.  The layered inks, metallic highlights and fiber content of these papers can be challenging to hand-cut or punch - but Memory Box dies cut through them like a dream.  

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Cut Sketch Bunny Background from the reverse side of paper -  so he'll face the Grassland Collage.  This pretty print is from Hanko Designs.  Cut two additional bunnies of lightweight cardboard and layer the pieces for extra dimension.


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Here's a tip that makes it easy to attach Grassland Collage to cardstock for diecutting. Place pieces of  folded painter's tape (sticky-side-out) in the circle and near the bottom right corner of the design.  This lets you avoid  the edges near the intricate circle outline and the grasses - and the outer area that frames the collage.  Press the die firmly onto the cardstock - use extra pressure on the two taped areas.  The two taped areas will be cut away and disposed of.  This is easier done than explained - give it a try!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  The bunny die includes the tail - but I attached a little white pompom for a bit of extra pouf.  The card will probably require extra postage with the pompom, but I think the recipient will appreciate it.  

I found the pretty Sequin Flower Kit at Impress - the little blossoms are the perfect size for the collage, and all of your spring and summer projects.  

Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress!  The  Square Basics dies cut perfect pieces for our origami projects,  making it easy to fold crisp points and and sharp angles for our bunnies and butterflies.  Other dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps did a great job of cutting design elements and accents for our cards.  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin too - for helping us find just what we needed!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

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03/23/2017

Thu 23

A Wildwood Collage Easter Scene
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Wildwood Collage fits perfectly onto one of the Half a Dozen Eggs to create a sweet little Easter scene.  Don't you just love it when everything fits together like they were made for each other...and they were!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a fresh spring design for you today.

Are you old enough to remember those precious hollow "window" eggs with the little Easter scenes inside?   That's my inspiration today - let's make a snailmail-able version of those vintage pieces.  Yes, objects from my childhood are now officially "vintage."

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Cut the big egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set from chartreuse cardstock.  Cut the Wildwood Collage.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through the felt.

Cut glittered cardstock eggs using the small Clutch of Eggs dies.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of lime green cardstock.

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Easter's my favorite holiday.  I love the colors, flowers, bunnies and dark chocolate eggs (not necessarily in that order) that  always make it so special, and pretty.    What's your favorite holiday?

Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress!  It was a chocolate-powered session - and we certainly flew through the cards and treat tote, and even ended ahead of schedule.    Thanks too - Ann and Karen - for helping us fill our baskets with all of the pretty, glittery supplies we need for Easter.

I've added a new special class from 1:00-3:00 this Saturday - it's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED.  We're making 7 cards, including a simple origami butterfly and a bunny with silkscreened artpapers.  It's time to stop saving those beautiful prints and start cutting them into accents, backgrounds and perfect squares for origami with our Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  

Thanks for stopping by...

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