Good day and thanks for joining me. I have so much to share with you – all inspired by Spring and Easter. The days are getting longer and warmer and our thoughts turn to flowers, bunnies and cute little chicks. How wonderful it is that we can can express ourselves through such a creative and beautiful art form. I spoke last night with a good friend (since we were 9 years old!!!) about a box of cards that I had sent her for Christmas. She was telling me about the people to whom she had sent the cards and I felt so happy that someone who was ill or celebrating their birthday had a little piece of me in their lives too.
This week we will get new orders from Taylored Expressions and Impression Obsession – their dies and stamps are always super popular so lease hurry in to see the latest! Next week we will (finally) receive the new round ink blending tool from Tim Holtz/Ranger so reserve yours today!
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What’s old is new again!!! If you’re like me, sometimes you buy a hot new tool, use for a few weeks and then shelve it and forget it. If that’s the case with your We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board, then dust it off because I am going to show you at least 4 ways to use it creatively in your card making. These projects are great for gifts, Easter candy treat holders and for cards. Don’t miss the fun as we explore just a few of the possibilities for this versatile tool!
Sat, Mar 22 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, Mar 26 at 1pm – Envelope Punch Board Fun – First we will make 2 Easter cards with matching envelopes using the Envelope Punch Board. Then we will use the same tool to make a darling box to hold our delightful cards. Plus we will make a bonus tab tie box that’s the perfect size to hold a candy egg! Bring your punch board and class kit supplies including score tape in ⅛” and/or ¼”. Don’t have a punch board? We have them for you or you can borrow mine during class.
Taylored Expressions stamp “Big Bold Easter”; TE die “Label Stacklets 1”; Poppystamps die “Chocolate Bunny”; paper Reminisce “Happy Easter” paper collection
Poppystamps dies: Fuzzy Bunnies; Fluffy Bunny; Bunny Buddies
Sat, Mar 29 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, April 2 at 1pm – More Envelope Punch Board Fun – Put your Envelope Punch Board to good use and make the cutest clutch purse box that holds cards. Plus make a bonus file folder card (see below). Bring your punch board and class kit supplies including score tape in ⅛” and/or ¼”. Don’t have a punch board? We have them for you or you can borrow mine during class.
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board, Penny Black stamp “Floral Applique”; sentiment Hero Arts
Sat, April 5 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, April 9 at 1pm – Flowers, Flowers, Flowers – Use new Impression Obsession dies to create floral scenes. Learn how to “rust” a water pail or watering can; how to make dimensional flowers; and how to add Flower Soft to your scenes for colorful, realistic flowers!
Hello Spring cards
OK – I went a little crazy with a new stamp set with matching die set from Taylored Expressions. It’s so cuuuuute! Who doesn’t love bunnies and chicks and flowers – Oh My!!!
All cards below were created using Taylored Expressions stamp set “Hello Spring”; die set “Spring is in the Air”; Doodlebug “Springtime” paper collection. Other items used on individual cards are noted below.
Savvy die “Fence”; Martha Stewart butterfly punch; Viva Décor Pearl Pen ice white; The Cat’s Pajamas die “Grass”; copic markers
The Cat’s Pajamas die “Grass”; copic markers; Memory Box “Fancy Clouds” die and coordinating stamps; TE die “Ray of Sunshine”
Spellbinders die Labels 4; Doodlebug yellow enamel sprinkles and Candi dots white; Memory Box die scalloped border
Martha Stewart Border punch; The Cat’s Pajamas die flowers and grass
Spellbinders die squares and rectangles; Memory Box dies “Fancy Clouds” and “Puffy Clouds”; The Cat’s Pajamas die “Grass”
TE die “Build a Scene Mountaintops”; Memory Box die and stamps “Fancy Clouds”
Paper Smooches die “Quote Tag”; sentiment is on the side of the Memory Box stamp “Easter Egg Tree”
Yes I had a little more time to make samples with other items as noted below. Enjoy!
Memory Box dies “Calm Countryside” and “Summer Kites”; blue background done with Hero Arts Pastel Blue dauber; sentiment Inkadinkado
Memory Box die “Country Landscape” and Memory Box stencil “Shine”
Impression Obsession stamp “Bunny Love” and Memory Box sentiment stamp “Easter Egg Tree” (words mounted on the side of stamp)
Penny Black stamp “Floral Applique”; Spellbinders die “Fancy Lattice;” sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps
Memory Box stamp “Easter Egg Tree;” Taylored Expressions die “Banner Day 1” and coordinating stamp set “Banner Holidays”; Spellbinders die Labels 1
Taylored Expressions dies: “Treat Toppers Easter” and “Wicker Pocket”; TE stamps: “Big Bold Easter;” My Favorite Things die “Grass”; Spellbinders dies circles and petite scallop circle;
Taylored Expressions dies “Wicker Pocket” and Tag Reinforcements; TE stamps: “Big Bold Easter;” My Favorite Things die “Traditional Tags” and Poppystamps die “Grand Bunny”
Taylored Expressions dies “Floral Background,” “Treat Topper Easter,” “Wicker Pocket,” and “Label Stacklets 1;” TE stamp “Big Bold Easter;” Spellbinders die petite scalloped circles
Taylored Expressions die “Treat Topper Easter;” TE stamp “Big Bold Easter;” Spellbinders dies circles, petite scalloped circles and “Blossom 1”
Taylored Expressions dies: “Floral Background;” My Favorite Things die “Grass;” TE stamp “Graphic Greetings Easter;” and Paper Smooches die “Spring” for the egg
NOTE: The focal image was stamped in Versamark Mountain Lake ink and embossed in pastel embossing powder. This powder lightens and pearlizes the stamped image. Then I distressed the edges with the Hero Arts Pastel Blue dauber.
Taylored Expressions stamp “Graphic Greetings Easter;” My Favorite Things die “Grass;” and Poppystamps dies “Bunny Buddies” and “Fuzzy Bunnies”
Taylored Expressions die “Treat Topper Easter;” Spellbinders dies petite scalloped circles and “Blossom 1”
That’s a lot of samples for one week -- inspiration overload! Please shop your local store so I can continue providing you with the latest and greatest in papercrafting. And come to class – invest 2 hours and learn a lot! Thanks for reading this blog post – don’t forget to subscribe!