Saturday, April 30, 2011

Crocheted Easter Critters

Plastic Easter egg inside












My mom made these for me when I was a child !

Friday, April 29, 2011

Easter Cards I Sent - 2010




This basket is really woven pieces of card stock. 
I also made a little 3D shelf for it to sit on,
complete with "fabric" table cloth.
I painted the "wall" with an old toothbrush.
I had delivered this card to my parents 
(they received my Sugar Egg Easter Card this year)













These are the cards I mailed out last year. 
Everything used on them is from Stampin' Up!, though some items are retired.
 (except the purple gingham ribbon)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bag With Scallops Die Bunny







I shared this little treat box a couple of years ago on Splitcoastampers.com. I made several of them and set them on the table for our family Easter dinner.


The scalloped edge of this "bag" made me think of the tail of the Easter Bunny, bending over hiding eggs. I used various Stampin' Up! punches for the face and tail, inspired by the many creations shared already. Thanks for looking.
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Basic Black
Ink: white Signo gel pen, Going Gray to lightly sponge around the punches
Accessories: various punches, Sizzix Bag W/Scallops Bigz XL Die , wire works

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bunny Wreath







The bunny is made out of a towel and fabric scraps then stuffed with polyfil from an old toy. The carrots are scraps of fabric painted with acrylic craft paint. Buttons removed from old clothing for embellishment, pom pom nose, stitching with embroidery floss for detail, raffia. All pieces are hot glued onto the wreath. 


The pattern came from an old Crafts magazine nearly 20 years ago. I still think it's a cute bunny. 


Thanks for looking !


Oops, I didn't mean to publish this just yet, I planned it to go up on the 27th.... bonus post for today =)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bunnies Made From Gloves

Now that the computer has been repaired, I've been able to start sharing more projects. Unfortunately, I was unable to post them in time for Easter













I made these bunnies so many years ago and I have no idea where to find the instructions.  The girl bunny uses all five fingers with the thumb being the doll bunny. The boy bunny uses four with the thumb being tucked in on itself. Stick a tiny toy in the pocket that is formed from the tucked thumb (assuming you won't be giving it to a child of course). 

I used hot glue to hold the parts in place.


I painted the faces with fabric paints, the type that come in squeeze tubes.


I think I used heavy dental floss for the whiskers.......


Fabric scraps, buttons and ribbon for embellishments.


Stuff with polyfil.







These brightly colored bunnies were made from knit stretch gloves - but I have no idea how I did it now, it's been too long since I made them! I do know it involved cutting up the gloves somehow...........




Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Cards I Sent - 2011





















This is supposed to resemble a chocolate Easter bunny in a box.














Blech, I really thought the ribbon went better with the card stock when I made this in my craft dungeon,
it looks terrible to me in this photo on my monitor....... 
The "sugar egg" is the center piece that I cut out from my Sugar Egg Easel Easter card.





In addition to the two easel Easter Egg cards posted previously, I mailed out the above cards this year. I like to make things "difficult" for myself by creating totally different cards for each recipient. 


Most of the items used on these cards are available from Stampin' Up!


Happy Easter !

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Egg In The Grass Easel Card





Use the basic directions for my Sugar Egg Easel Easter card to create a simpler version. 


Just cut one egg piece to decorate and adhere to the folded egg shape card. Do not cut out the middle of the egg piece. 












This time I ran the egg front piece through the Textured Impressions embossing folder then colored the raised areas with Stampin' Pastels. 








Cut a "fringed" piece of Gable Green card stock to resemble grass. Leave an extra 1/4" strip on the width to fold back and glue onto the card base. You'll fold the grass flat to mail, maybe leave a note to the recipient to let them know that they can stand the grass up then stand the card front / Easter Egg up for display. 


Glue on an organdy ribbon bow and tag, stamp a sentiment inside.  


All supplies used are from Stampin' Up! although many are now retired:
Whisper White card stock
Gable Green card stock and ink
Textured Impressions embossing folder
Big Shot
Stampin' Pastels
Organdy Ribbon
Neverending Joy stamp set
scissors 
adhesive




Thanks for looking =)

Friday, April 22, 2011

"Sugar Egg" Easel Easter Card




A little time consuming depending on the detail you want to put into this card. It can been made easily using different products and not as much detail. I'll post another version tomorrow.

I started by folding a piece of scratch paper in half then drawing a half of an egg shape on it. I do this often when I want to make a symmetrical shape and do not have a pattern. I need to make the time one of these days to learn how to use my electronic cutting machine and software to make my own patterns. 









Anyway, cut out the egg shape from the scratch paper then trace onto your card stock. Two pieces are just flat 4.25" x 5.5" that you trace the egg onto. They make the textured front piece and the "inside" of the egg. Only cut the middle out of one piece (this will be the front, sugared part). 





Cut another piece 4.25" x 11" , fold in half to create a 4.25" x 5.5" card. Lay the egg pattern on this again, being sure to leave a bit of an over hang at the top portion so that when you cut it out, you will still have a card that folds.









Score one side (I scored mine at about 2.5" from the bottom) then fold where you want it to fold to create the easel.








Decorate the front textured and glittered piece as you like.


I ran my egg piece through the Big Shot with the Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder. After texturizing, I brushed on a layer of clear drying white liquid glue immediately followed by glitter. If you have a Xyron machine, you could probably run the egg shape through the Xyron then the Big Shot/embossing folder, remove the protective sheet then add glitter. Set aside to dry.

You cold use fancy glitter paper and avoid the mess of making your own glitter paper altogether.

While the glitter is drying, make all of the die cut, punched or stamped and cut out items you want to add to the egg. Add details with markers, water coloring, embellishments and such before adhering all of the pieces.
Stamp the plain flat egg shape piece with your greeting - or add more images, die cuts, etc to create a scene "inside" the egg. I chose a simple greeting for this card. I'll sign the bottom half of the opened card. but you could stamp the greeting on that bottom half.

Attach the textured/glittered piece to the front of the stamped egg piece with dimensionals.

Glue on all of the embellishments and allow plenty of time to dry (depending on the adhesive you use) before handling.

Attach to the folded egg card by gluing the bottom half of the decorated egg to the bottom half of the folded card.

Create something inside the card using ribbon, card stock scraps, more die cuts, etc to help hold the card up when opened. I used a couple layers of card stock mounted with dimensionals.


Supplies I used for my project:
Stampin' Up! items, some of which are no longer available:
Whisper White card stock
Daffodil Delight card stock, ink, ribbon
Lovely Lilac card stock and ink
Green Galore card stock and ink
Textured Impressions embossing folder Vintage Wallpaper
Ribbon punch
Flower Trio punch
Boho Blossoms punch
Little Leaves die
Aquapainter
Rhinestones colored with permanent markers

Modge Podge glue
Coarse glitter Martha Stewart (I thought it looked more sugar like, not quite as sparkly as the Dazzling Diamonds glitter from Stampin' Up!)

I added water color details to each flower and the leaves with the aquapainter and ink. 
Smooshing each flower in the palm of my hand with an Empressor stylus tool in the center of the flower gave them some dimension. The rhinestones were colored with permanent markers before adhering them to the flower centers.

Thank you for looking and Happy Easter ! 



Earth Day



Here are a few links to Earth Day related websites as well as a fantastic site for finding all sorts of recycling centers for different materials in your area:





Be sure to look at my repurposed item projects, too !

Aside from the every day recyclable items (paper, plastic, metal) I imagine you've heard of electronic recycling drives, but did you know that textiles can be recycled, too ? A local school recently held a textile drive that I participated in. Here is an interesting article about textile recycling: 

Be sure to look at earth911.com to see the numerous items that can be recycled in you area. 


Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Spring Wood Hanging





This was an unfinished wood item I painted with regular craft acrylic paints. I used to realy enjoy doing that sort of craft (in fact, I still have several unfinished pieces to complete one day).   I should have "whitewashed" the fence.......

It's hanging on my exterior door under a covered porch. It has held up well since painting it several years ago.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April Showers . . . . .


Bring May flowers   - and flooding !


Here in the Mississippi River valley we've been hearing dire predictions for flooding this spring due to all of the snow up north and the fact that the ground is still saturated from all of the snow we had this past winter. The rain outlook for April is high. The local governments have already held meetings in preparation for spring flooding. I keep an eye on the weather and river levels almost daily. 

I look back to what we went through in 2008 and don't really want to go through it again, however if we do indeed see severe flooding , I sure hope it is no worse than 2008 ! Our home stayed dry although we were surrounded by water. 

We didn't live here in 1993, but I've seen photos and video of this old house flooded: I don't think I could handle that situation. The experts called 1993 a 500 hundred year flood, meaning we shouldn't see anything like it again in our lifetime. Yet it was pretty high in 2008, one of the top ten floods of all time for this area since records have been kept.

Perhaps the experts will be wrong ....................





All supplies used are from Stampin' Up!

Whisper White card stock
Texturz plate Perfect Details
Weather Or Not stamp set
Rich Razzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon
Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black markers

Run the upper portion of the card through the Big Shot die cut machine with the texturz plate.

Color the image with markers then stamp on the lower smooth portion of the card.

Do the same once more only this time stamp on a scrap piece of Whisper white card stcok. Cut out each umbrella top.

Attach the umbrellas to the card base with dimensionals.




For flood related information