The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself. ~ Bill Murray
When I saw the Washi Tape Challenge at the Moxie Fab World Blog, I knew i wanted to try decorating some Easter Eggs. I bought some foam glitter Easter Eggs at Michael's this weekend, but despite my best efforts, could not get the tape to stick to the glittery texture, so instead i used those Easter Eggs as a template.
I covered white cardstock with rows of Washi Tape, and the flipped it over to trade my Easter Egg template on the back (so no pencil lines show on the front). I added an SRM sticker sentiment to the Easter egg and another along the bottom of my card.
Next I pulled in the colors from the photo again using textured cardstock. As I thought about what sentiment to use, it seemed to cry *Spring* to me, so I added several Easter sentiment stickers from SRM Stickers using a sketch from the Utah Divas.
So what's my solution for succeeding at the 10 MInute Craft Dash ... die cuts, stickers and a great sketch.
I used this color palette (which now looks a bit more turquoise than green ... but my tired old eyes saw green initially), a die cut base using this week's Freshly Made Sketch, and a cute little bunny sticker I found in the Easter section at Michael's.
A quick finish with some SRM Easter Sticker sentiments and a few adhesive pearls, and this cute little card was finished in just over 5 minutes ... score!
Since the picture for this week's Moxie Fab World Blog Tuesday Trigger captures the hues found throughout my studio, I knew I had to play along ... bright, vibrant colors make me happy.
I found a final scrap of my favorite lime green velvet polka dot paper, so I made that the base of my design. Next I added a wrap of wide, orange grossgrain ribbon (I got the entire 18 foot spool for fifty-cents at JoAnn's in the clearance bin ... another great thing about loving bright colors ... others often shy away from them, so you can find some great bargains).
I finished with a fun felt baby chick sticker & an SRM Sticker sentiment welcoming spring ... I'm so ready.
In Iowa, it's a bit too early to start wishing for spring yet, since snow still finds its way into our weather forecasts, but I still appreciate those occasional hints that remind us it will be here soon ... like these pretty little crocus that appeared in my garden today.
The Challenge at the Let's Get Shabby blog is an Easter or Spring card in the style of Beatrix Potter (ooops, just read the fine print that said it can't be combined with any other challenge ... oh well, it was fun to make any way).
Since one of the gorgeous samples from the design team was made from Graphic45's Once Upon A Springtime Collection, I went to see what I ahd left. I have already used up all of the cute little bunny papers, but I thought the fairy with the Easter chick would fit the bill to capture the design style I was after.
I added a pearl floral flouish from the Michael's $1 bin, as well as a sentiment & fairy postage stamp cut from the papers from the same collection. I finished with lots of distressing and sponged Distress Inks to "shabby" it up a bit more.
My card for this weeks SCS Inspiration Challenge is inspired by this adorable Hop To It Bunny Blanket from Ruche. Ruch describes itself as "a vintage inspired boutique with a modern touch". Ruche is a collaboration of everything that has inspired its founders - fashion, photography, design, and lifestyle.
I picked up a package of felt stickers at Michael's last week in the Easter decorations section, thinking that they would make fun Easter cards for the nieces and nephews.
Unfortunately, the quality of assembly of the stickers was so poor, that most of them were not useable. For the two on my card, I was able to remove the eye gems (which were attached to the poor bunnies' ears) and replace them with a black gem where the eye should be located. I wanted to use the white felt bunny stickers, but there was yucky adhesive left behind when I remove the eyes that would not come off, so pink & purple it is.
The scallops were cut from a piece of the designer paper. I cut two strips, so the scallops could face outward on both sides, and then wrapped orange ribbon over the space inthe middle. I finally found a video that helped me understand how to use my Bow Easy (she films with the camera over her shoulder, so her perspective with the tool was the same as mine ... Sharon has a good picture tutorial here) that I've had forever, so that is how I made my tiny little bow.
I punched some grass and used a tiny strip of foam tape along the bottom, so it could stick out far enough to overlap my foam bunnies. The bunny background is Hero Arts Wavy Leaf Pattern inked with Turquoise and stamped off once to lighten the color intensity. I finished with an SRM Sticker sentiment.
Often sketches intended for layouts have too many elements to shrink into a card-sized palette, but I when I looked at the current Pencil Lines Sketch, I decided to try and make it work. My finished card is 5 1/2" square and will be included in a box of Easter goodies for the nieces and nephews, so I didn't have to worry about bulkiness for mailing.
I used my felt Easter egg sticker as my color palette, and went hunting through my scrapbox for pieces of paper that would coordinate. I used two different yellow DPs and some Cosmo Cricket Matilda for the background (why is it Halloween is the only holiday that has embraced purple?).
I finished with a felt chick sticker, some tiny gem flourishes from the $1 bin at Michael's, a tiny metal charm, and SRM Sticker sentiments. A bit busy, but considering my audience is the five-and-under crowd, I think it is just perfect.