Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Wreath Card

Card is on a card stock base of Eggplant Envy and then Lovely Lilac from Stampin Up with white from GP. To make this wreath I needed to make a circle base for my wreath to be 'built' on. See photo:

I made a sample for the wreath ring in white to be easier to see for the photo but my wreath ring is the same colour as my branches -- which is scrap Old Olive from SU. In this photo you can see two holes I punched out -- the one on the left is a 2" circle. I then punched another 2" circle on the right. Once that one was punched I used a 2 1/4" circle punch to punch over the 2" circle and that gave me my 1/4" ring to use as a circle base for my wreath.

Once my green circle base was punched out I used the sprig/branch punch from Martha Stewart and using scrap Old Olive card stock I punched out sprigs/branches. To make the wreath I put the sprig/branches onto the ring with a glue pen to go around the circle. Once that was covered I then put the branches here and there to fill in the wreath --- there is no right or wrong -- just keep adding pieces until your wreath is as full as you want.

For the eggs I used a very small Marvy oval punch and from scrap card stock I punched out my eggs. Using a sponge I sponged the edges of the eggs with ink. For the bows I used a Fiskars bow punch and the bow punch from Martha Stewart. Added a purple crystal from the stash. Lay the bows piece on your wreath to see where you will want it and then position your eggs on the wreath. Do not attach the bows yet as you need to remove them once your wreath is decorated with the eggs. I kept the eggs in sets of two and using glue dots I tucked them in the wreath. Take the bows piece off the wreath.

Using Shimmer Mist I lightly misted the wreath with the eggs on it and set it aside. This is when I cut and scored the card stock. Using the Lovely Lilac ink from SU I stamped the "Happy Easter" on the white card stock using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and using a stamp from Stampendous. I put the card base and front pieces together using the ATG. Then using glue dots I put the wreath on the card front. Added the bows piece using a glue dot. Put four smaller purple crystals on the wreath.  Here are better photos of the Shimmer Mist on the wreath and eggs:

Happy Easter to all my blog followers (thank you) and my looky-loos. Hoping we all have green grass sooner than later and that the white grass (snow) will melt away soon --- Just WHERE does the white go when the snow melts ? ? ?   Hahaha.... may Spring be sooner than later for us.  TFL and YOLO

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter treats --- on the cheap

 Easter weekend is here and thought I would share two treat recipes that I usually make and they are quick, easy, and cheap to do. One is for a snack and the other a dessert --

Chocolate Pudding Cake:

You need:

1 Devils Food cake mix
1 box Jello instant choc pudding (4 serving size)
Cool Whip container (regular size)
Choc sprinkles

Buy a Devils Food cake mix and make the cake following the box directions for a 13 x 9 cake. Cool the cake. Once that is done use a chop stick or a handle of a small wooden spoon and poke holes in the cake all over the top.

Using a whisk in a bowl put one box of Jello INSTANT chocolate pudding with 2 cups of milk and whisk continually for approx 2 mins --- you will see the pudding start to set up. Pour this over your cake and smooth it out with a spatula all over the top of the cake. Cover the cake (I use the cake pan with the snap on plastic lid) and refrigerate. After the pudding has set in the fridge for about an hour or so I then use a regular size container of thawed Cool Whip (I use the Extra Creamy) and spread that over the top of the cake with a spatula like frosting. Sprinkle the top with chocolate sprinkles, cover the cake, and then put it back in the fridge until serving.

I make this the morning of the day we are going to eat it --- everyone asks for this dessert and it is cheap to make and fast and easy to put together. No fussy layers to deal with.

You need:

2 bags Oyster crackers
1/3 cup oil
1/4 teas Lemon Pepper
1/4 teas Dill Weed
1/4 teas Garlic Salt
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk dressing

In a large bowl with a lid (I use the big Tupperware bowl) pour in two bags of Oyster crackers. In a measuring cup I put 1/4 teas of lemon pepper, 1/4 teas of dill weed**, 1/4 teas of garlic SALT, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, and add the whole packet of a Hidden Valley BUTTERMILK Ranch dressing. Mix this in the measuring cup with a fork and then drizzle over the Oyster crackers in the bowl. Gently fold in the crackers in the bowl as to not break them apart. Snap on the lid to the bowl and then I store it upside down on the counter. I make this also the morning of the day I am serving it. Give the bowl a light shake before serving and you will be all set.  ** If you can not find Dill Weed in your spice aisle at the grocery store you can use Dill Seed instead --- the Dill  Seed just has a stronger taste.  These crackers are light on taste and all the spices and the dried Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch dressing are just the right seasoning to give the Oyster crackers a kick.

Both recipes were shared with me and so I pass them on -- both economical and yummy and easy to transport if you happen to be taking foods to a dinner.  Happy Egg Day to my blog followers and looky-loos and Happy Easter -- TFL and YOLO

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Card of Music

To begin with this stamp set is from Stampin Up from 1994 and the title is "Music Speaks".  I bought it off Craigs List for $3.00 and only 2 or 3 of the stamps had been used.

The card is on a card stock base of black card stock from Stampin Up. Used white from GP and the dotted card stocks are from my stash. I used the Stampin Up Word Window Punch for the piano keys and I cut off one end to the size I wanted. The piano keys were assembled on a small piece of white GP under the keys.

Across the top of the white background I used one of the stamps and made a border with it across the top. I used the Stamp A Ma Jig with the stamp and I stamped it from right to left. For the greeting stamp I stamped it onto red card stock from Michaels and cut it out with a label punch. Then I punched a piece of black card stock and cut that in half putting it behind the red greeting piece at the top and at the bottom. The greeting label is on the card front with pop dots for dimension. See photo for better details of this:

An old stamp set but a fun card. TFL and YOLO

Easter Cards mailed out . .

Some of the twenty two Easter cards that I mailed out --- most of them had the Easter basket with the eggs and I used the Woven Basket die from and added a basket liner scarf, crystals from the stash. Used the Martha Stewart grass border punch for the grass. Embossed the white piece behind the basket using the Caramelo embossing folder from Cuttlebug.  Also used the MFTstamps die Easter Elements for the flowers that are some of the baskets.  Happy Easter and TFL   YOLO

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Best

Projects for Easter --- the Mini Tote Box was made in pink and also blue --- used card stock from SU and the directions are on the website of Dawn Olchefske --- she has written sizes and also made a short video for this project. Here is her blog:  The best thing about the Mini Tote Box is it uses 1/2 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock and it is held together with one glue dot on each side.

I used the SU small oval punch, the 3/4" circle punch, and a petal flower punch for the bunny body and ears. I used scrap kraft card stock from Michaels for the bunny and using Close to Cocoa ink from SU I sponged the edges of all the bunny pieces. Put the bunny together using glue dots. Used the SU Trio Flower punch for the white tail from scrap white card stock. For the grassy pieces across the front of the Mini Tote Box I used scrap green card stock and the Martha Stewart grass border punch. Using an Easter stamp from the SU Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set I stamped my greeting onto white card stock. Cut out the banners using the Cuttlebug and the SU Bitty Banners die set. Used purple eggs ribbon from the stash to tie my box closed.

Inside each box is paper shred from the dollar store. I used the SU stamp set "It's A Wrap" and used the Easter stamp and wrapped two nugget candies for each box and put in 4 of the choc kisses that I have a stamped bunny on the bottom of --- see photo:

What is Easter without a new purse and hat??? Had seen the ever so cute hats by Vicki in MN (a few posts down from this one) and I LOVE her ribbons on her hats. So I used bows for my Easter hats that were on clearance from the wedding section at Joanns. In the photo I have the hats backwards so you can easily see the bows:

I made my hats using all circles and the pink hat and purse is double sided card stock from Stampin Up (again be aware of where their logo is on both sides so it does not show up on your hat or purse). The blue card stock is also double sided and that is from Fancypantsdesigns.

For the purses I used the Sizzix/SU Two Tags die and the purse is made using the scalloped tag and you cut out the tag, score it, punch holes for the ribbon handle, add your candy nugget and close the purse using a glue dot. Crystals are from the stash as is the ribbons.

These little favors are just enough to remember someone and not too much candy and best of all the bunny is calorie free since he is card stock  --- hahaha.... TFL and YOLO

Monday, March 25, 2013

Round Array Purse

Made up a Nugget Holder Purse which I had made before on my blog (see right side for Nugget Holders (3) for the directions. I used card stock from Stampin Up, and double sided card stock from them, (beware of their logo on the double sided card stock tho), and I used the new Spring Surprise Bundle from Stampin Up which is a 7/8" Scalloped Circle punch and the A Round Array cling stamp set. Used SU ink for that and stamped it onto scrap white card stock.

This purse is the perfect size for the 7/8" Scallop Circle punch and it makes up quickly. I have directions and photos under Nugget Holders (3) on my blog.

This stamp set and punch will be good not only for the purses but for tags and such as it is the right size for a small greeting or to add something to a tag or front of your card.  TFL and YOLO

Nugget Hats and Purses By Vicki

HAD to share this with you bloggets on my blog --- followers and "looky loos" --- Vicki S had seen my Nugget Hats that I had made using the pattern from another crafter from Splitcoast. I had put the link to that gal's blog for this post for the directions but she has since removed her directions.

Vicki wanted to make the Nugget Hats so she sent me a message through my gallery on Splitcoast (which is Candee Porter) and asked me if I would send her the directions and she gave me her email address.

I decided rather than just send the written directions I also made a hat using different papers for her to see how it all goes together and I emailed the directions and photos to her. She quickly responded and thanked me (which was nice) and I emailed back I was glad she got them alright and would she please send me a photo of her version once they were done?  Her matching purses are also too cute and whoever will be receiving these I am sure will be thrilled --- here is the link to Vicki's blog as she does beautiful work:

I was thrilled today to get her photo of her hats and matching purses --- I LOVE she used the printed card stock for the hats -- I also love she put my addition to the hats which is the white scalloped piece for the brim of the hat.... But my favorite on her hats is the ribbon/bows --- toooo cute having the longer tails on them and the white shows off the colours of the card stock wonderfully.

She said her DH cut some of the shipping "foam stuff" as she calls it to make her hat tops using his lathe. Cute idea for sure and she used Hershey Miniatures for her hats rather than the Hershey Nugget Candies I used for mine. The mini candy bars work quite well as you can see.

So a basic idea done a different way and each time I see these hats I fall in love with them again --- will have to make some up using the longer ribbon tails and bows Vicki used --- THANK YOU Vicki for sharing your photo and blog for us to all enjoy --- AND I am LOVING her Easter Bunny table runner too!!! TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Punch Art Bunny

Here is a punch art Bunny by Connie Babbert @ -- the above photo is of the punches I used. For the bunny body I used a Marvy 2 1/2" circle punch. For the face/head I used the 2" x 1 3/8" oval punch from Stampin Up. For the ears I used the SU 1 3/4" x 7/8" oval punch. For the black eyes I used the smaller circles from the SU Owl punch. The nose is a small heart punch from EK Success. For the cheeks I used the SU 1/2" circle punch. For the tail I used the SU cupcake punch using the top of the cupcake (frosting).

I used all scrap card stocks to make my bunny --- but if you should do that as I did be sure all your white pieces are the same card stock as some whites are brighter than others. Once all my white pieces were punched out I used SU Going Gray ink to sponge the edges. For the pink cheeks and the inside of the bunny ears I used pink chalk. For the pink nose I sponged ink on the edges of the heart. Using a ruler and a pencil I made light lines for my whiskers. Went over those lines with a fine point black marker.  All pieces are put together using glue dots.

For the white lines on the eyes --- I used the Bic Wite Out pen rather than a white Signo pen. The Bic Wite Out pens last longer and are cheaper to use. Thanks Connie B for another cute project and here it is:

Below photos show this bunny on the larger of the SU Two Tags die tags if you wanted to make him up for tags for baskets and such and the second photo shows this bunny would also work for the lollipop holders for Easter. Here they are:

Thanks for sharing Connie B.  TFL and YOLO

Bowl of Eggs Card

With Easter in March this year there is not a lot of time to make Easter cards yet for many Easter is not only a holiday but the beginning of Spring. The above card is very simple to make with very little supplies and it goes together quickly. I had originally seen this bowl of eggs done on Splitcoast by "labullard" and I have made this before but this year I need a few more Easter cards that I can make up quickly.

To begin with this card is on a brown card stock base from SU. The light pink is theirs as well and the polka dot card stock is from Hobby Lobby. I put the front of the card together and then began to make the eggs and the bowl. The bowl is made using the largest circle die from the Spellbinders Standard Circle die set. I cut out a circle using the dark brown card stock. Once the circle was cut out I wanted ridges on the bowl so I used the Woodgrain embossing folder from Hobby Lobby/the Paper Studio and embossed this piece using the Cuttlebug. I then cut the circle in half for my bowl shape. I then trimmed off part of the outer edge of the embossed 1/2 circle to be straight across as this will be the bottom of my bowl.

Using a border punch from Martha Stewart I used scrap brown card stock and punched that out. This is the piece at the top of my bowl. I put the border piece onto the bowl top using red sticky tape rather than the ATG as this bowl piece is embossed and the red sticky tape will work best. Once the border piece was on the top of my bowl I trimmed the sides even to the bowl. Added pink crystals from my stash. Then using pink gross grain ribbon I put a piece of that at the top of the bowl. Using the pink ribbon I tied a knot and put this on the pink ribbon with a glue dot.

For the eggs I used the oval punch from Stampin Up and I used scrap card stock from my new scrap system and punched out four eggs. Using inks from SU I sponged the edges of the 'eggs'.

For the purple egg in the front of the bowl I used a stamp from 2002 from Repeat Impressions and this is that stamp as it reads:

But I only wanted to use the "Happy Easter" part of the stamp for my greeting. I then inked just those two words on the stamp and stamped this onto purple card stock:

Using my oval punch I punched out my 'egg' having the greeting at the top of the egg. See photo:

Again I inked the edges of this oval/egg piece. Then using small glue dots I put the eggs together in the bowl for the card front. Once all the eggs were in the bowl I then used large flat glue dots to put the bowl with the eggs on the card front.

Simple to make and every one can remember dyed eggs for Easter. Any decorative border will work for your bowl top --- the added crystals just help to dress it up.  TFL and YOLO

Choc Bunny Easter Card

Card base is Close to Cocoa card stock from Stampin Up. Pink card stock is from Close To My Heart and the pink/brown print is Stampin Up. Used the Choc Bunny stamp from SU and stamped that onto Close to Cocoa card stock using the SU Basic Brown ink. Using the Standard Oval die set from Spellbinders I cut out the oval with the bunny and the oval for the pink behind the bunny. Using the Spellbinders Beaded Ovals die set I cut out the darker pink piece to go behind the bunny pieces.

Put the printed card stock onto the pink card stock and put pink satin ribbon from the stash on that. Using the ATG I put this onto the brown card base. Put the pink and brown ovals together and then using pop dots I put these onto the beaded oval piece. Put this onto the card front with pop dots as well.

For the greeting I used the SU stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped the Happy Easter onto scrap pink card stock using the SU Basic Brown ink. Using the SU Bitty Banners die set I cut out the pink greeting using the smaller straight banner die. Then using the larger straight banner die I cut out the brown card stock behind the greeting. I did not want to use the larger brown banner piece as big as it was so I used scissors and cut it to the size I wanted. Put the two banner pieces together and put pop dots behind that for dimension.

This is a simple card to make for Easter yet the front of the card has enough interest with the different Spellbinder dies. TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hearts A Flutter

Be it heart punches, large or small . . . .

Be it heart dies, large or small . . . .

Don't put them away --- YET . . . .

Great for Valentine's and a sign of love the heart is very versatile. I have used them for the Valentine's, they can be used to make shamrocks, they can be used upside down as candy treat holders, and now? Bunny faces and bunny eyes. . . . Getting close to Easter so here is a quick bunny put together using heart punches for the face and the eyes:

Have seen bits and pieces of this bunny here and there and on Pinterest so this is my bunny --- made up quickly --- will make other ones for tags on the kids Easter basket, or on a paper candies/treats bag. But this one was made quickly for the pattern.  He is basically a circle for the body with two different oval punches for his ears/feet. Smaller circles for the nose, mouth, and cheeks. Added two small black hearts for the eyes. Used the smallest flower punch from Marvy for the tail -- sponged the edges of all pieces except the tail.

Here are other projects made using heart punches and dies:

The above bunny card made with heart dies.

Shamrocks were made using hearts and then embossed on this card front.

This is a treat holder that holds choc kisses --- added a shamrock and it is for St Pattys Day.

This black and white card shows the heart shape for a wedding card -- one as the tuxedo and the other as a wedding dress.

This white heart ended up being a mustache for our favorite guy, Santa.

On this card I used hearts for the strawberries and added green stems.

This is a heart shaped card I made using Spellbinders Scalloped Heart dies.

The list goes on and on for all the uses for hearts---both punches and dies. Think out of the box for this shape as it is not just for love and Valentine's Day.  TFL and YOLO

Basket of Flowers Card

Card is on a card stock base of Stampin Up purple card stock, white is GP. Used a "hello" stamp from Penny Black from 2003. The ink for that is SU Lovely Lilac.

For the basket I used kraft card stock from Michaels. Cut that out using the Woven Basket die and cut this out in the Cuttlebug. Using a sponge I added SU Close to Cocoa ink to the basket front, edges, and handle. Using two size Marvy flower punches I punched out flowers from scrap card stock. Using matching inks I sponged the edges of the flowers. Using the awl I made a hole in the center of all the flowers and layered them on top of each other, in 2's, and put a brad in those. For the leaves I used the Stampin Up Bird Builder punch and scrap green card stocks. Once all the leaves and flowers were punched out and put together I then lightly misted them with Shimmer Mist and set them aside to dry. Here is a better photo showing the Shimmer Mist:

While that was drying I used the Fiskars squeeze bow punch and punched out a piece of scrap lavender card stock for the bow. Then used the Martha Stewart bow punch I punched out a dark purple bow and put this on my lighter bow with a glue dot. Added a crystal from the stash to that.

Put all the flowers on the basket with glue dots, added my leaf pieces with glue dots, and finished the basket off with the bow at the top. Put this basket piece on the card front using pop dots for dimension. Here is a close up photo of the flower placement on the basket:

Once again trying to use the Woven Basket die for other things than just an Easter basket -- here are some of the other baskets I have used it for:

For this basket I made with the flowers I did use the die with the woven front that the die embosses onto your die cut piece but as I did with the red basket for Valentine's Day that woven part can be masked off. This way you could use some other folder for embossing the front or maybe just leaving the basket plain. This is a very nice die and I have cut both thinner and the thicker card stocks with no issues. TFL and YOLO

Monday, March 4, 2013

Bunny kisses and other treats

Making up Easter treats. Needed a small bunny stamp that will fit into a 3/4" circle for the bottom of the Hershey kisses. The Stampin Up stamp set "The Gifts of Spring" from 2004 has a bunny that will work but it is on a stamp with words. Decided to use the bunny so used markers to colour the bunny on the stamp and stamped it onto white GP. Here is the full stamp as it looks stamped:

Used brown and gray markers and a few in the pink, purple, and greens. Once stamped I used a 3/4" circle punch and punched out the bunnies and put them onto the bottom of the kisses with glue dots.

Also other photos of treats I made:

This year Easter is early being the end of March. We have St Patty's Day, followed by the beginning of Spring, and then Easter. Busy month for us crafters for sure. TFL and YOLO

Friday, March 1, 2013

Bunny Binders

Wanted to make Bunny Binders with binder clips but this bunny is too big ---

Smaller but too big ---

and still . . .

   "Give a woman an inch and she thinks she's a ruler"

So with some figuring I was able to take the bunny and now he is about an inch high --- here are the new bunnies on the binder clips:

These binder clips were bought at an office supply store. For  these clips I used silver but they sell black, colours, printed ones, floral designs, etc.. I bought the silver ones as I wanted to cover them in card stock so I the clip itself is covered.

The size I bought I cut a piece of card stock to cover it 2" long x 1 1/4" wide. You could use your red sticky tape to put the card stock on the clips but I used Scotch double sided tape for mine. For the "Hoppy Easter" I used the stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps and I used Stampin Up Close to Cocoa ink for that stamping it onto white GP card stock. Used a circle punch to punch those out. Then using a scallop circle punch I punched scallop circles from scrap paper to go behind my Hoppy Easter piece. Used crystals from my stash to put on each greeting circle. I used a large glue dot and put this scallop/greeting circle piece on the binder clip. Using various ribbons from the stash I tied ribbon on each one.

For the bunny here is a photo of the punches I used:

The yellow flower punch is by Marvy and I punched a flower and used two stems for the bunny ears. Used a small Marvy oval punch for the bunny bottom, a 1/2" punch for the head,  1/4" punch for the white tail. All bunnies were made using my new scraps system  (LOVE THAT) since it is such a small bunny scraps worked fine.

To put the bunnies on the binder clips---since the clips are slanted---I used two pop dots behind the bunny as in this photo:

Sorry about the blur --- I think the bunny moved --- haha.  Here is a photo of the Bunny Binders again:

These would be good table place markers -- you can add a name tag at the top or side of the binder clip. They go together quickly and are free standing.  WARNING:  due the size of the bunny be careful you do not misplace him while putting these together. There are two bunnies missing on my work table and hoping to find them when I clean it off....   TFL and YOLO