Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Baskets & Bunnies...Easter is on It's Way!

When I was demonstrating a cupcake gift at Helen's workshop last month, she suggested using the Perfect Setting Die and Big Shot to create an Easter Basket and I finally had a few minutes to try it out! The hardest part? Getting Smooch (the bunny) to slow down long enough to act as deliveryman!
I used the Scalloped Ribbon Border punch across the handle and added a few pearls and ribbons to dress it up. To create the bottom, I punched two scalloped circles (1 3/8"). On the first circle, cut into each scallop~just a smidge~and fold the edges up and push inside basket to create a "bottom" (adhere folded scallop edges to inside of basket with sticky strip) and then glue the second scallop circle to the bottom of the basket as a base.
I guess Easter is on it's way! The Easter Bunny visits our house on Saturday morning so that we can focus on the REAL meaning of Easter on Sunday:

What are some of your Easter traditions (spiritual or secular)? I'd love to read about your traditions in the comments!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Button, Button, I've got the buttons!

When I saw these cute button bracelets on Jill Olsen's Blog, I knew I had to make one for my sister's birthday! Of course, her birthday was in February, but she just got it last weekend while I was visiting her house.
They are fun and easy to make with 30 Stampin' Up! buttons (10 each of three different sizes), a little stretchy cord on a needle and a crimping bead. Jill posted a video tutorial here. Need some buttons to make your own? Order them here!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stamping Show and Tell

At the Stitched Stampers quarterly meeting last week, we had a "Shoebox Swap" and "Show-and-Tell" so today I'm sharing some of the really cute ideas. However, I'm saving one **unbelievably adorable idea** for my April workshops, so if you want to make the CUTEST little spring project, you should call me ASAP to book a party!!!

We'll start with Pam's card: This lovely monochromatic card displays the versatility of brown!
Sally's card is next: The tip she shared is to start with a 3"x3" square of White card stock and using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, simply insert your card into the punch in the middle on all four sides, creating a perfect frame!
And to finish off today's fashion show, Hop the Easter Bunny presents some darling dotted Easter Milk Cartons in their stylish container, courtesy of Pam! (Hop had to be in the picture because those sweet little creatures showed up halfway through the swap, and they were the focus of attention from the moment they arrived!). I'll be happy to show you how to create these cute containers at YOUR party :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sign of Spring

What is cuter than a baby bunny? 


And watching my kids with the baby bunnies was even more precious...there is just something about a baby of any sort that reminds you of the great love of God and a deep gratitude for all of his breath-taking creations!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Is Blossoming

Enjoy a few more samples using the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper and Four Frames stamp set (part of the Spring is Blossoming April Promotion!) Did I mention that the Four Frames stamp set co-ordinates with the new XL Decorative Label punch? It makes creating these beautiful cards that much easier!

Friday, April 1, 2011

SNEAK PEEK: You can be the first to get your hands on new products that won't be available again until the new Stampin' Up! catalog arrives in July! 
Four Frames stamp set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper:
How can you get your own? This opportunity is only available April 1-30, 2011! Here's the deal:
  • Spend $20* on any Stampin' Up! products and become eligible to purchase both the Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.
  • Host a $350* workshop and get the Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper for FREE!
And here's my first simple sample (words from Grateful Greetings stamp set) :

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

This "box" of chocolate is fat and calorie free :) Playing along with Clean & Simple Sketch 134 today...and I used the Eat Chocolate Stamp set (in Occasions Mini Catalog), Curly Cute stamp set (for greeting), an Early Espresso Ink Pad & Stampin' Write Marker and the Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper pack punched with the Scallop Square punch. To make it look good enough to eat, I added Crystal Effects to each piece of chocolate...yummy!

TIP: If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you?