Monday, April 29, 2013

Easter Scrappin' Pages

Easter for me is a time to get together with family, annual egg hunt, food, and of course the religious aspect of the holiday. So, I wanted to do a couple of pages that would fulfill all of those feelings.  

The first two pages have the feeling of the hunt with the basket, eggs, and flowers all made with punches and dies. The basket was made from weaving strips of Crumb Cake cardstock, cutting them out with the Top Note die, and then two Oval Framelits for the handle. 

For the eggs, I used miscellaneous colored card stock. I ran them through the Big Shot with various embossing folders; Polka Dot, Elegant Bouquet, Vintage Wallpaper, Chevron, and Adorning Accents to get the texture, and then punched them out with the Large and Extra-Large Oval punches. The funniest thing about these eggs was seeing Sally have so much fun picking through the various eggs, it was a delight.  

The flower was made by punching out petals with the Large Oval punch. The top is the 1-3/4 Scallop Circle punch then cut in half and the stem is from the Secret Garden Framelit. Both the petals and top of the flower were sponged to achieve the shadowing effect before layering together.

At the bottom of the page is grass. Okay, it would be so much easier to have a punch for grass, but the technique is really simple. I cut 1 & 1/2” strips of green stock and then cut the strips with my snips varying my angle and depth of the cuts.

The letters were cut out with the Big Shot Alphabet set. The cardstock used for these pages were Daffodil Delight as the base, Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, and Regal Rose for the additional layers.  


For the next two pages, I wanted to complete a more sophisticated religious look. The base card stock used for these pages was Bashful Blue. Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, and Crumb Cake were used for the accent pieces. The coordinating DSP used was Twitterpated. This was one of my favorite DSP from the Annual Catalog and I will miss it.

The accent pieces were cut using the Label Collection Framelits. The stamp used was Easter Blessing, a single stamp available in the mini catty. It was stamped with Rose Red on Bashful Blue and cut out with the Framelits then layered on the DSP. Extras used on these pages were In Color Dahlias, Pretty in Pink ½” Scallop Dots Ribbon, and a bit of Cherry Cobbler ½” Seam Binding Ribbon.
Sad note: SU! is saying goodbye to Bashful Blue in the latest Color Refresh.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

April Mojo Monday Projects

How does the old saying go; “April Showers bring May flowers”? Well, not so much of April showers, but we did do flowers for my April Mojo Monday groups.

SU released in the Spring Mini Catalog a new stamp bundle Secret Garden. It comes with beautiful flowers stamps and coordinating Framelit dies. We used the set for two cards along with embossing powder and a different “painting” technique for one of them.

For the first card Bloomin’ Marvelous, we layered Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, White, Pretty in Pink, and a touch of Old Olive cardstock. I just love the blue, pink, and chocolate color combo. The flower is embossed with Early Espresso embossing powder on the pink. The Baja is embossed using the new Fancy Fan embossing folder. It reminds me of lattice work in a garden with the flower on top. The stamped sentiment was from this year’s SAB collection called Bloomin’ Marvelous, ha! Extras used on this card were the Bitty Butterfly punch and Early Espresso ¼” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon.  


Sad note: SU! is saying goodbye to Baja Breeze and Pretty in Pink in their Colors Refresh in the new Annual Catalog – more about the Color Refresh to come later.

The Happy Mother’s Day card also uses the Secret Garden bundle and White embossing powder, but that was just the first technique done to this card. After the embossing, we painted with an Aqua Painter layers of colors on the flowers. We started with White, then Regal Rose (another “lost” to the Color Refresh) and finally for the pop of color we accented with Rich Razzleberry. The card stock used was Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose, and White. The DSP used was Sunshine & Sprinkles from the mini catty. The stamped sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and then punched out using the Word Window punch. We then layered it on top of more Pear Pizzazz stock using the Modern Label punch. The final touch was a bit of Whisper White Organza Ribbon to finish it off.

Good note: In-Color Pear Pizzazz has migrated into the new Annual Catalog as part of the Color Refresh. It’s such a fun green color I’m glad it is staying.

The last card uses a new stamp set By the Tides from the mini catty. I embossed the Coral stamp image with Pool Party embossing powder. I liked the texture it gave to the card. The card stock used was Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Core’dinations, Marina Mist, and white. Embellishments used were the Honeycomb embossing folder on the Core’dinations stock, with light sanding using the sanding block, old retired SU twine (sorry, I still have some of this around and thought it was perfect for the card), the ½’ circle punch, and some Dazzling Details over the coral, shell and sea horse for a little bit of bling.

I can see using this set for some summer time beach scrapbooking pages, so look for those to come.
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