61 posts categorized "Easter"


Sat 20

Spring into Easter
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone.  No butterflies today.  I have a clean and simple (CAS) Spring card to share.  Since I love stretching my supplies and it is Easter weekend, I couldn’t help but bring back the Snow Much Fun stamp set to create this bunny in a field of tulips card. 


One great trick for preserving white space and keeping cards CAS is to work within a frame.  Here I took a square die from the Square Basics set and die cut an opening from a Bristol panel.  Used that same die with one that is two size up and die cut a frame to frame the opening.  Stamped the bunny from Snow Much Fun with Copic friendly black ink, added some light shading with Copics, then die cut out with the matching die.  Used scissors to cut around the arm so he could interact with one of the tulips.


The tulips from Springtime Tulips were die cut from white cardstock and colored with Copics.  Before assembling the scene, Shaded Lilac distress ink was blended directly onto the card base for the sky.  Adhered the back tulips directly on the card base then popped up the bunny, front tulip and the window panel with foam mounting tape to give it some dimension.  Stamped the sentiment from Springtime Typewriter in black on a strip of Bristol paper to finish.  


This could easily be turned into an Easter card by using one of the Easter greetings in the Springtime Typewriter set.  That does it for me.  Happy Easter to those who celebrate.  Have a wonderful weekend!







Fri 19

Memory Box Bunnies, Half a Dozen Eggs and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto


Create sweet treats for Easter baskets or brunch with Memory Box bunnies, Simple Chicks and Half a Dozen Eggs.  Glossy embossed greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set add the perfect finishing touch.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with my last Easter project - and a great excuse to buy a few more packages of Easter candy.  


Cut 8" x 3" strips of Bubblegum, Key Lime, Pool and Squash Dots and Gingham.  Score them at 3-⅞", 4" and 4-⅛".  Fold it on the 4" scoreline.  Place the largest die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set about ⅛" beyond the fold and cut through both layers to create treat wrappers.

Unfold it and refold it on the 3-⅞" and 4-⅛" scorelines.  Punch holes at the top.  

Cut Bunny Face, Sweet Bunny and Gentle Bunny from watercolor paper.  Cut Simple Chicks from bright yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of pink, orange and black cardstock for the facial features and a colorful tail for the Gentle Bunny.  

Stamp the greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Greetings set on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Turquoise Gem VersaColor, Verdant VersaFine Clair, Summertime VersaFine Clair and Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Emboss the words with detail clear powder.

Attach the candy with doublestick tape and tie the wrappers with twine.  I've used a Ghiradelli Square - two Ghiradelli Minis would also be great.


Join us for the Charming Prints class at Impress if you're in the Seattle area on Saturday April 20th.  We're using an assortment of printed, silkscreened and embossed papers to create artsy, layered cards.  We'll fold a simple origami peacock and a very dimensional flower too!

Thanks for stopping by - have a Happy Easter if you're celebrating this weekend!  





Thu 18

Easter Tags
by Melissa Rusk


Today I have some quick and easy tags for your Easter baskets this weekend. I started with some white tags and then used different colors of washi tape to decorate them. On one tag I put all the tape at an angle and the other I just added it straight. It looks cute both ways!

I added the super cute Gentle Bunny die to the center of each tag and finished each one off with a coordinating ribbon.

Easy and cute for Easter morning! Have a wonderful day!






Tue 16

Happy Easter Basket
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been working on Easter cards this week and thought I would share one of the designs.  It combines the Egg Basket Frame die as well as the Tall Grassy Stems border.  I wanted to add some grass to the bottom, but I had to give it a bit of a "haircut" around the basket so that you could see the eggs better.

For the eggs, I cut them out with white cardstock and then colored them with various Copic markers.  Here is a quick tip when choosing what copic markers to use.  The numbers on your pens tell you two things.  The first number on the pen tells you the value of the color (how much grey is in it).  The scale is from 0-9 with the lower numbers being very bright and the higher numbers being much more grey.  The second number on the pen tells you how dark the color is with lower numbers being light and the higher numbers being dark.  Knowing this information can help you choose what colors you want to use.  If nothing else, if you choose colors from different color families that have a similar numbers, they are going to work really well together since they have similar amounts of grey to them as well as similar brightness levels.  Confused?  Let's talk about the pens I chose.  I decided I really liked the Y13 pen, so I decided to pair it with other colors that had a similar number to 13 such as B12, BG11, BV13, G14, R11, YG13, and YR12.  I hope that makes sense.  Here is a close up of the eggs:


Let me know in the comments if you have questions about the Copic numbering system or choosing colors.









Mon 15

More Bunny Cards for Easter
by Anne Thompson

I have two more bunny cards to show you today.

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Let's look at the turquoise one first.

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materials used

  • turquoise notecard    
  • one strip of the smaller-scale turquoise plaid for the background and another piece cut with the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924; a circle cut from the larger-scale turquoise plaid
  • JUMPING BUNNY CIRCLE 94236 cut from white cardstock
  • GENTLE BUNNY 94237 cut from white cardstock
  • SPRINGTIME TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS CL5239 -- "Hoppy Easter" stamped with Hero Arts Tide Pool ink on a large white cardstock circle

to assemble

  • Place a rectangle of plaid paper on the left front of the side-folded A2 notecard.
  • Adhere the large white circle on top of it.
  • Add the plaid circle next with one edge up against the top edge of the white circle.
  • Stamp "Hoppy Easter" in Tide Pool ink.
  • Line up the Jumping Bunny Circle with the Grass Stitched Circle Frame with the bunny poking out of the grass.
  • Glue the tail on the Gentle Bunny and pop dot him in the lower left corner on the plaid paper.
  • I lined the inside of the notecard with plaid paper and a turquoise doily on the left and a soft subtle turquoise flower print on the right, light enough to write over.

the purple one

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I used the same dies but different papers for this card and placed the die cut images on a white paper doily.   This is one of the cards we'll make on Wednesday at the Senior Center.  We'll also use many more of the bunnies on purple tags for Easter goodie bags (tied closed with the carrots).  So cute!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 13

Wildflower Circle, Gentle Bunny and Forget Me Not Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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A Wildflower Circle window card sets the scene for the Gentle Bunny on a sparkly Easter card today.  Glittery pink, violet and purple blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms create a bright background.   The sweet bunny is cut from textured gold paper to resemble a foil-wrapped chocolate treat...I hope!

Happy weekend everyone - Jean Okimoto here with a just-in-time Easter card.  It's amazing how fast the year is flying by.  Thank goodness we  have so many great Memory Box dies and stamps to keep up with the holidays.

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Cut a circle on a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Cut Wildflower Circle  from pale green cardstock.  

Cut pink, violet and purple glittered cardstock with the blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms set.  Punch ¼" circles  of yellow cardstock for the flower centers.

Trim the tips of the wildflowers that will be covered with the glittered flowers.  Attach just the circle portion of the Wildflower Circle inside the card.  The adhesive from the glittered flowers will secure the ends of the wildflowers.  Adhere the yellow dots to the background where you'll place the flowers - including the three little flowers.  Add the glittered flowers.

Attach gold textured paper or foil to an adhesive label (or sticker sheet) and diecut Gentle Bunny.  I've used some gold Shizen Design paper from Impress.  Cut two more bunnies from cardboard and layer them for dimension.  


Wondering where the bunny's glittered green bow came from?  It's cut with the fourth wildflower from the left (where the purple flower appears on the finished card).  Trim the stem, then attach it to the bunny...and he's ready for Easter!

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Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock with Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the greeting and bunny to the card.  Add pale green gem stickers.

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The wildflowers probably weren't designed to multi-task as bunny bows - but if it works, use it!  Look at your Memory Box designs and think of new ways to use them.  You'll be surprised at how versatile they are!

Thanks for visiting - see you next week...





Fri 12

Happy Easter
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Easter is fast approaching, but we have time for one more Easter card. 


To make this card, I die cut the words Happy Easter 6 times and glued them across white cardstock.  


Once the words were glued down I trimmed my cardstock to 4" x 5 1/2".  


I die cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame in the middle of the prepared card front.  Using white cardstock I die cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame and the Jumping Bunny Circle.

I sponged the grass circle with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and glued it on top of the first die cut I did from the card front.   

I used only the bunny from the circle frame and inked it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I also inked a strip of cardstock with Gathered Twigs Ink and white heat embossed the sentiment.

I sponged the center of a white card base with Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Ink. 

Using foam tape I adhered the card front to the card base. Then I applied glue to the circle of the grass die cut and adhered that back into the die cut circle.  Next I glued the bunny behind the grass.


To finish,I used foam tape to adhere the sentiment to the card front.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!







Fri 29

Happy Easter
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

I hope this weekend you will find some time for crafting.  Today I have a cute Easter card for you if you need some spring inspiration.


To make this card I die cut the basket circle frame and bunnies from white cardstock and used Distress Oxide Inks to color the die cuts. I used a black marker to add the eyes to the bunny die cuts.  The word happy was die cut from gold metallic cardstock.  I sponged a strip of white cardstock with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink and stamped the word Easter on it and heat embossed it using white embossing powder.

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I sponged a white cardstock layer with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink and then spritzed it with gold ink.  When the ink was dry I adhered the card front to a white cardbase.

Next I glued the bunnies inside the basket and then adhered the whole circle frame to the card front. Next I glued the word happy onto the card front and the word Easter below it.  


To finish the card I added a pink twine bow to the center bunny and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by today!








Thu 28

Butterfly Meadow, Gentle Bunny and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto



Butterfly Meadow and the waves from the Happy Octopus set create a grassy lawn for an egg hunt with the Gentle Bunny.  A quick trim with a Stitched Curve border transforms a nautical wave background into a sloping lawn for my Easter card.  Glittered craft foam and cardstock add sparkle and color for a fresh spring scene.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an Easter design for you.  Who would have guessed that the waves from the Happy Octopus set could create a grassy lawn for an egg hunt?  It's just another way to get more from your Memory Box dies.



Cut the wave section of the Happy Octopus die set from green cardstock.  Cut Butterfly Meadow from the same cardstock.

Cut the smaller Clutch of Eggs from purple, pink, teal and aqua glittered cardstock.  Attach four eggs to the green background - slide the bottom three into the wave slots.

Cut Gentle Bunny from glittered craft foam.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with    Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock.

Attach everything to a side-folded white A-2 card.


Mixing and layering the detailed frames and circle designs from our Spring Collection creates a great backgrounds for any occasion.  Add a design element - like Gentle Bunny - and your card is ready for Spring!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's BEYOND THE BOX class at Impress.  Hope you liked the different ways we used our dies and stamps and were inspired to try a few combinations of your own.  Thanks Ann, Shari and Lynne for helping everyone shop and find just what they were looking for!

If you're in the area, join us for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class on March 30th.  We're folding a simple origami bunny to welcome spring - and adding a personal touch to five cards and a Easter treat wrapper.  

Thanks for stopping by...





Mon 25

Chalked Blessings Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about using PanPastel chalks for creating a background.  We have been doing a lot of Spring/floral/bunny cards, but sometimes people want a religious theme.  I decided the new Easter Shepherd Scene would be a good die to use for my sample.

Before we talk about coloring, I want to talk about cutting out detailed dies. First,  I recommend using a metal shim to get a good impression.  Remember to put the shim under plastic plates so that you keep it nice an flat when it is being run through the die cut machine.  Second is an observation I have made over the years of cutting out dies.  If you put the metal die face up so that it cuts up into the paper, you get a crisper cut than you do if you have the die cut down into the paper.  I have no idea why this is the case, but trust me, it is a better cut.  Here is a picture:


This is how I run the dies through my Big Shot for a crisp cut:


Metal Shim

Plastic plate

Metal die facing up


Second plastic plate


When you cut out the die for the card, this is what you get:


If you want to use the sun rays, you are going to have to piece together all the cutouts:


Don't lose the two little pieces between the lamb legs!  The sun rays are etched into the paper when you cut out the die.

To color the rays, I started by rubbing the piece with Hansa Yellow PanPastel chalk:


Next, I sponged in lines of Yellow Ochre Pan Pastel.  I followed the lines of the rays, but I didn't try to color in between the sun rays. That would have been a lot of work!


Finally, I added some Orange PanPastel to the center of the sun:


One of the best features of PanPastels is that they are completely eraseable if you make a mistake or want to add some effects to your chalked piece.  I dabbed an eraser in the center of the sun to make it look a bit more like a halo on the finished card:


Memory Box has a lot of circle dies as well as a lot of frame dies.  They are all meant to mix and match, so I finished the card by pairing the shepherd die with the Splendid Rose Frame die.