Sunday, March 17, 2024

Ghirardelli Easter Holder recently had a sale and I bought a few die sets during the sale. One of the dies is the Pocket Treat Die and here is a photo of this one piece die that makes a box:

This die holds one Ghirardelli candy bar and  you can cut out three of these boxes from one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock. Here is a photo of some of the holders I made:

I wanted to use a small checked card stock to decorate the top of the box so I put the die onto part of the checked card stock and cut that out. Used the trimmer to trim off any parts I did not need. Used liquid glue to put the checkered card stock onto the solid card stock boxes:

This die has a little tab that tucks into a slit on this die cut piece so no ribbons, velcro, or magnet is needed to hold this box closed. Here is a photo to show this box open and the candy bar inside:

To decorate the top of the box I used the carrot bow die set from KSCrafts to make the carrot bow. For the bow pieces I used scrap printed card stocks. I also used green glittered card stock for the carrot tops. Put the bow on the box front using liquid glue. Also added coloured gems from the stash to decorate the corners of the box front. Wanted to have a stamped holiday greeting for the box but did not want to put it across the carrot or the bow so I put it on the spine of the box:

For the Easter greeting I used a used stamp I recently bought at a recycle store and to cut the banners out I used the small banners die set from Pink and Main. Easy box to assemble as no gluing or tear and tape needed - just die cut your piece and fold it on the lines: 

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Bunny Bows

Bought one of the die sets from the new ScrapdivaDesigns release for Easter projects. I really like her die set for Bunny Bows and in this set she has both the small and large sizes:

For my bows I used the Faux Leather Wide Ribbon on sale at Hobby Lobby long ago. On my bows this is the holographic part of the ear. I also used both solid card stock scraps as well as scrap print pieces:

The photo above shows the smaller bows made and this next photo shows the larger bow next to the smaller bow to show the sizes of these dies:

I used liquid glue to layer the ears. Used tear and tape for the bows and used hot glue to put the bows at the bases of the ears. These dies are very easy to assemble and another good use for scrap card stocks... All I need to do is to put a gem in the center of the bows and these embellishments will be done. Cute additions for the Easter treat holders I already made. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Easter Cards

Was suppose to be cleaning up the craft room when I received an email notification from announcing their new release.... just in time for Easter..... Had just finished my St. Patrick's Day cards so putting things away.... but I did glance at the new release and two days later my order was here ---

From this release I only ordered the stamp and die set Ukrainian Eggs:

I had seen the card made by one of their design team members, Kristie Goulet, on her blog: and was inspired by her projects using this stamp/die set. Here is a photo of my card:

I used a white card stock base, cut and scored at the top. Used the MISTI and stamped the "happy easter" stamp from the stamp set in the upper right hand corner using black ink. Set these card bases aside.

All my white card stock eggs have been embossed using WOW white embossing powder. To stamp these eggs I used the four printed egg stamps in the MISTI and stamped them all at once using Versa mark ink. Once each group was stamped I heat embossed that piece. Set these aside and kept doing this step until I had all the eggs stamped and heat embossed that I was making. Here is a photo of the tools I use for heat embossing - and all my white stamped eggs are at the bottom of the photo:

In the embossing case I keep my RabbitHole anti static tool, my Versa mark ink, and a clothespin to hold the items I am heat embossing. Once the white card stock stamped eggs were all heat embossed I used the egg die and die cut out all the eggs I made. With that done I then put the eggs on my grip mat from Waffleflower and used blending brushes to add inks to the eggs for colour:

With all the eggs coloured and dry I put them in order of how I would use them on card fronts and for other projects I am working on. 

For my card front I stamped the greeting in black ink and I wanted to add black to the front of the cards to tie into the stamped image but to also have a line to put my eggs on in a row - for the prints on the bottom of my card I cut scrap prints to 3/4" strips and put them on the bottom of the card front. Then put the thin black card stock above those. For the eggs most of the cards have three or two of the eggs on foam squares for dimension but I did make one card with all my eggs flat just using tear and tape behind those:

In the above photo the card on the left has all the eggs attached to the card front flat and the card on the right has two eggs flat on the card and three eggs on foam squares for dimension. The foam squares I use are from the Dollar Tree:

These foam squares are very popular with card makers and at my Dollar Tree this package can be found in the automotive section. My store sells different craft foam squares like these in the craft aisle but those do not adhere as well as these do. Happy is here in Raleigh and happy when I order from her I get my order in two days.... a huge thanks to Kristie Goulet for all the projects she made using this stamp/die set for inspiration. More cards:

With card fronts done now I can get back to all the Easter treat holders and projects I am working on and other holiday items.....

Waffle Flower Shamrock Release


I recently bought the Shamrock release from for upcoming St. Patrick's Day cards. In the past I have bought a die set for a Leprechaun from another manufacturer and that was not an easy die set to assemble... the Waffleflower Leprechaun die set is so easy to assemble - here are the pieces cut for this die:

I used all scrap card stocks to assemble the Leprechaun. My base piece is the brown and this base piece will be the colour of his eyes and mouth if you want it to be. Once the base piece was cut I used a pale pink card stock scrap for the face die piece - I kept the little mouth piece this die cut out as later I would use this piece for his mouth. Then I cut out the hair/beard die using a rust coloured card stock scrap. For the hat I used green card stocks and I sponged the edges of the hat using a darker green. I cut out the hat band/buckle using a brushed gold foil card stock. With the hat cut out and edges sponged, I used liquid glue to put the hat band/buckle on the hat. Glued the hat to the brown base piece. Then I glued the hair/beard piece to the face and then glued this piece onto the brown base. With that done, this is when I glued the small mouth piece to the face on the base. My Leprechaun was complete. Set him aside to dry. Here is a close up photo of the Leprechaun:

Once he was on the card front I used a white gel pen and added the white dots to his eyes. Very easy Leprechaun to assemble and he helped to use more of the card scraps up so this was a good project to make.

This next photo shows the card I made using the Leprechaun and other items from this release:

I used the shamrock stencil in this release to add the shamrocks to the white card front using green ink and blender brushes. I wanted to add more design to the card front so I used a small circle stencil from my stash and stenciled the circles onto the card front pieces. The card base is green and cut and scored at the top. Cut a black card stock for the frame for the card front. Used liquid glue to put the stenciled shamrock card front on the black card stock. Then put these pieces onto the green card stock base. 

For the "lucky" die I cut that out of the gold foil poster board sold at the Dollar Tree. The shadow piece to this die I cut out of vellum from the stash. Used liquid glue to put the "lucky" word onto the vellum shadow piece. Also used liquid glue to put this word set onto the card front.

For the Leprechaun for some of the cards I cut out a piece of white craft foam to put him on to give him some dimension on the card fronts. The other cards I just used tear and tape and put him on the card fronts. Once the card fronts were all done I decided I wanted to add green glittered card stock shamrocks. I went through my stash and used the small shamrock die from the Karen Burniston die set for Happy St. Patrick's Day  that I had bought last year. Used liquid glue to add those to the card fronts and they help to add some sparkle to the cards.

Card on the left has the craft foam base die cut piece behind the Leprechaun and the card on the right has the Leprechaun on the card front using tear and tape and he is flat on the card front. Another fun release from Waffle Flower just in time for St. Patrick's Day cards!