Saturday, April 12, 2014

Matchbox Easter Treats


Whenever I run a class I always make a treat for the people attending!  Usually I bake but sometimes I craft for everyone.  These Matchbox Easter Treats turned out so cute I had to share. 
 
 
I stayed with pastel colours in the spirit of the season.

 
With the left over card stock from the matchbox I made tattered pinecone flowers to match.

 
I used a scallop oval punch and layered some acetate for the top.
 
 
I glued down a patch of Spanish Moss and the flowers. 

 
Each wee box is stuffed with 4 Lindor Eggs!  Oh my so yummy.

 
I made a few with these robins eggs too.  I thought they might be cute!
 
 
Here's the class I will be teaching, Birds of a Feather.  Where the attendees will get their Matchbox Easter Treats and make some fun cards.  There's a couple spots left!
 
 
It's going to be a fun class and I can't wait to hand these out.  OH... I didn't sneak one Lindor chocolate, not one!  I'm off sugar:(
 
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge is Easter Sweets n' Treats
 
Thanks taking a look!  I hope you love them. 
 
 
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Hippity Hop Luminary

Easter is just around the corner.  I don't craft really during Easter and I don't have any "Easter" stamps or dies!  But yes, I managed to find and borrow the movers and shapers Mini Bunny from the lovely Lori over at Scrap Yard!  I had been looking for this die for a couple of weeks without any luck.  So I'm thankful Lori had it and let me do a couple cuts!
 
I decided to make 2.  The last time I made a Luminary was for my Christmas Village featured on Simon Says Stamps Blog.  The fold is the key to this die and needless to say the bunny Luminary is a little rough.
 
 
I cut up some plastic packaging I had for the windows then added some frosted film over this.

 
I inked the Luminary with bright Easter colours, tumbled  glass, mustard yellow, dusty concord and picked raspberry.

 
I grabbed a handful of tattered pinecone flowers I have in my jar and added to the top.  I cut some butterfly's from the butterfly frenzy strip die and inked.

 
I love my tied bow die and a few of those cut and added.  I then added a battery operated tea light. 

 
Luminary #2- Robins Eggs
 

By now I have the folding down!
 
More butterfly frenzy butterfly's this time on some wire.
 
 
I have a wee nest and eggs I tucked inside...with a little effort!  More packaging this time I crackled the edges.
 
 
More flowers and cuts from the spring greenery strip die.

 
I added more bows for this luminary in some of the shattered paper.

Full of colour and spring!

 
Check out these challenges!
 
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge is all about Easter.
Frilly and Funky's Challenge Flights of Fancy calls for wings.
 
Thanks for stopping by!  Thank you to everyone for checking out my crafty things.  You all are so sweet to take the time to let me know how you like the stuff I make.
 
I hope you like my Easter Luminary and I hope it inspires a little Easter crafting in you.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A New Little One


It's official, last week I became a Great Auntie!  While my niece labored away I worked on a baby card.  I had no idea if it was a girl or boy so I went with pink and green...I should have done blue and green...IT'S A BOY!
 
Here's a quick post on the card I made.
I love the stamp, my favorite from the random quotes set.
I cut a matchbox then cut an oval with my movers and shapers oval die.  It shifted so it's a little off.  Since then I used an oval punch giving me more control.  I don't redo my mistakes, I go with it.
I inked one of my flowers with peeled paint ink.  I like the contrast.

I crackled the mini glass jar then added the wee tag with twine.  I stamped from the #hashtag set without the "#".

I stamped the side of the matchbox with another #hashtag.  These stamps are a perfect fit!

I'm thrilled to be a "Great"!  I cannot wait to meet the newest addition to our family.  We leave in a week to the coast!  I look forward to newborn baby snuggles.
Watch for an upcoming baby project for the nursery!
 
Craft Hoarders is hosting a challenge, Pick Any Stamp
 
Thanks for looking and leaving comments!  I always appreciate reading them!
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Frame Upgrade

I am still working on freshening up my husbands office with updated photo's of our family.  He asked me to "do that thing you do" to the frames along with his DAD project I did the other day.  So, with a few Rub Ons and some tattered pinecone flowers I gave this cheap frame a much needed upgrade.
 
 I think this looks much better. It occurred to me when I was printing photo's of my kids that he doesn't have a photo of him and I in his office.  Using the same photo I used for the Tatttered Pinecone, A Journey photo frame I printed off this in a larger 5x7.
 
 
 If you recall I made a lot of tattered pinecone flowers the other day. 
 
 
It was nice to have them already made.  Here I've grouped 7 of them.  Time to make more!

 
Helping to anchor the flowers I added some garden greenery painted with shabby shutters distress paint.
 
 I used my new TH Rubs here and there.

 
The "noteworthy" wasn't supposed to be there.  As you can see "note" attached itself so I went with it.

I cut and distressed the mini film strip then added my 3 kids photo's.  I know the frame is supped to be us but they are us too! 
 
Sprucing up this boring frame was easy and took no time at all.

 
Thank you everyone for stopping by and checking out my posts.  I have so enjoyed reading all your sweet comments!  I know you all want that sit stand desk from the DAD post, me too!
 
Another entery to the SSS Monday Challenge!
 
Oh and sometime today our family is expanding and I will be a Great Aunty!  So exciting!!!!  I'm sure there will be "baby" projects coming soon.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tattered Pinecone A Journey

It's true...I haven't enjoyed my Tattered Pinecone.  In fact, I loathed my tattered pinecone.  We just never connected.  This is unusual for me and ANY of my TH Sizzix dies.  I love the end result of this die but I have always hated the journey to get there.  Until today...
 I'm not going to lie!  Seeing Tim's tags the 1st of the month are a creative highlight.  I love the inspiration.  But there they were...those tattered pinecones as beautiful little flowers.  This is a creative hurdle I have never succeeded at...UNTIL TODAY!  Today is my day and I wasn't stopping until I perfected this challenging die.
 
BEHOLD, 30 flowers.  You read that right, 30!  Do you Facebook?  These are the dorky things we chat about on my Facebook!
 
 
It took me until about flower 12 to start enjoying making these.  FINALLY, I have arrived to this creative plateau!

 
The Project...Altered Metal Frame! 


It started with wanting a photo of my sweetie and I for the frame.  I LOVE this man! 

 
My husband has always written me love notes so adding this awesome "nature walk" stamp to canvas is fitting.

 
I used the medium tied bow for the top of the ornate frame.  I then inked these chit chat words with tumbled glass ink.


I love adding metal to all my projects.



Ohhh what's this idea-ology thing called?  Ummm...I call it the knob.  Anyway I hung the ornate frame from it like a vintage photo.



I layered with the lattice frameworks die


I bunched up 3 of my flowers!


I cut the tiny tabs tag and stamped the #hashtags "love".  I crackled the mini jar and glued the cork to the side. 


The letterpress is a great layer.  I painted distress paint tumbled glass to our initials then attached a crown.


The floral bouquet looks great in the crackled jar!


I doubled this flower making it a big one.  Attached to the top with the green sprigs of greenery.  I added some clear rock candy for a sugary effect.


I'm not a flower kinda girl...but I think that has changed!

It's always bothered me not enjoying making pinecones or flowers with this die.  But now that I spent 3 hours making 30 flowers I love it. Thanks for checking out my flowers...oh ya and the frame. 
 
I'm entering this in the Simon Says Monday Challenge, Anything Goes 
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk
 
Leave me a comment...Tattered Pinecone Die, Love it or Hate it?  Do you want to perfect the tea roses or have you already?
 
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