Happy Easter 2017!

I was going to post my 2017 Easter Treats tomorrow… but then I realised if you are a last minute crafter like me, they might be useful today!

But let me start off your day with one of my favourite memes that pops up every Easter…


This year, my Easter cards and gifts were nice & simple – which is often perfect!

But, I did make several of these Z-Fold planter box cards to share with special people.

I really loved the Basket Bunch and Basket Builder Framelit Dies for Easter this year.  They were cute & fun!!!

They are both currently on the retirement list – and at a discount.  It’s a great way to get stamps for next Easter at a great price!

This card is just like a normal Z-fold card but with cardstock stuck between the z-fold and the card base to create a planter box.

I did miss an easy ‘Happy Easter’ sentiment in this bundle, but I made my own using the ‘happy’ stamp from the Tin of Cards and Suite Sentiments stamp sets (both on the retirement list).

How cute is that bunny popping out the side when the card is closed???


The other Easter project I’m sharing with you is quick & simple.

I always have a stash of our 2″ x 8″ cello bags on hand because they make great gifts and you can fill them with lots of things including Easter eggs.

Add a cute bunny and they are ready to give out!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter filled with treats, fun and great company!

 

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CASEing the Catty #123 Easter

Have I told you that my favourite chocolate in the whole world is Easter chocolate?

This Easter chocolate to be exact (in case you’ve a person short on your Easter list this year!!! hehe!)….

Although this might seem like a random way to start a post, it’s not all that strange… because this week at CASEing the Catty it’s all about Easter.

There’ll be lots of eggs…. but of the paper variety!

Click through the blog hop for Easter cards and projects that were inspired by the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues.


I have been itching to CASE the comic strip superhero layout on page 49 of the Occasions catalogue.

Images © Stampin' Up!

A few of the crew used it for the Urban Underground hop – including the wonderful Simone Bartrum.

Simone was also kind enough to map out all the measurements which came in very handy!  You can find them on her CTC#120 post here.

I altered them slightly to fit in all the dies – I’ll note the changes below.


For my version of this card layout, I used the Basket Builder Framelit Dies to create negative images which I then matted on fun & bright colours.

The sentiment is from the faithful Teeny Tiny Sentiments – which is always my go-to when I need a specific greeting.  It has all the common occasions throughout the year.

It was one of the first sets I bought – it’s wood and in the old style clam cases!  How things have changed!!!  I have a feeling it will be retired this year.

My slightly tweaked measurements (in cms because that’s how Simone rolls!):

Card Base: 29xm x 10.5cm, scored at 14.5cm and folded

Top Row:
Flirty Flamingo – 6 x 4cm, white – 5.5 x 3.5cm
Daffodil Delight – 3 x 4cm, white – 2.5 x 3.5cm

Middle Row:
Pool Party – 3.5 x 4cm, white – 3 x 3.5cm
Wisteria Wonder – 5.5 x 4xm, white – 5 x 3.5xm

Bottom Row:
Wild Wasabi – 9.5 x 4.5cm, white – 9 x 4cm


Please join us with your Easter creation on the CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

Each week we choose a winner and the group likers choose a winner (based on the number of photo ‘likes’).

You can be inspired by {ANY} catalogue photo / sample – which gives you lots of room to be creative!

And be sure to visit the creative Kathryn Mangelsdorf to see her awesome Easter project (that I was lucky enough to receive!!!).  It was a delight seeing Kathryn again at OnStage yesterday, but as always, the time went too quick!

Now, I’m off to see if there’s any chocolate left in my secret crafting stash…. I have a feeling the other residents of the house have discovered it!


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Easter Hats for an Easter Parade!

Today is the annual school Easter Parade and there’s nothing like a healthy Stampin’ Up! stash to make school events a little more fun!

The Little Miss Papercrafts and and I got busy repurposing some party hats into some cute easter hats with the help of the Basket Bunch stamp set and Basket Builder Framelits.

Do you ever craft with kids?  It’s so hard to let go of our creative perfectionist tendencies and just let them colour, arrange and embellish!

This is Alexa’s – she’s 6 and likes colouring the lines and arranging with flair….

The tassel addition at the top was completely Alexa’s idea!  I don’t use the fringe scissors nearly often enough!

This is Maddie’s – she’s 3 and follows no one’s rules!

Blue bunny?  Yes she did!

So cute in their hats!

After they posed so willingly (read: I had to bribe the little one with chocolate), they insisted on some live action hat shots too.


As far as Easter hat creations go, this bundle actually made this project a breeze!

The girls did all their own stamping & colouring, I was just on hand to die cut the pieces and regulate the use of Tombow!

What Will You Stamp is featuring this bundle this week – the design team has come up with so many cute creations!

I’m throwing my Easter hats into the ring (or parade!) as hopefully they might save a parent or 2 this week!!!

As we lead up to Easter, I’ll be sharing more Basket Bunch ideas throughout the week.

I’m loving this bundle for it’s fun images and cute sentiments!


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A Basket of Birthday Wishes

I’ve been having a heap of fun using the Basket Bunch stamp set and matching Basket Builder Framelits to make cute little Easter gifts this year.

But, as with so many of the Stampin’ Up! products, it’s not just limited to an Easter theme.

The artwork in this stamp set is fun & playful – I love the style!

I used it this week to make a birthday card for a demo friend.

The flowers in this set are so cute and look beautiful with a bold splash of colour.

They are finished with a liberal application of clear wink of Stella – which of course is hard to catch in a photo!

Happy Birthday Megan – I hope you have a truly amazing day!

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