Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Cake Stand Centerpiece

Happy Easter!

I'm happy today because its Easter {closer and closer to "patio" weather - yeah!} and another chance to relax with no cares or worries for the day, but a chance to bond with family and friends. We already had a nice surprise with friends bringing us a Easter basket of homemade cupcakes - how sweet of them!  Thanks to the Moores - Mom Mary, Emily, Bridget and Margaret!  The girls {the guys we barely see, lol} are terrif!

But I didn't do too much this year for decorating but I DID manage a centerpiece!

You can turn those CAKE STANDS into great centerpieces - and actually, the Moores gave me this cake stand many years ago for my b-day!

Here is how I made it:
I simply arrange some faux leaf brances entwined with straw grass around the plate. In the center I placed a small twig basket.

Next I arranged my ceramic BUNNIES. I put a small can in the center of the twig basket [weighed down with marbles] and placed a small 4 inch doily on the top of the can's lid. I place some double-sided tape to the bottom of one Bunny and stuck it to the doily/can.

The second Bunny I sat on the plate along with another small pretty lilac basket.

Sprinkled easter eggs all around the plate, a few twigs of faux flowers and a few butterflies!

All together, not even 30 minutes and voila!

I like it - its nature-inspired!  I hope to have more ideas ready for next Easter like this....I HOPE YOU DO enjoy a centerpiece of your own, Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Botanical Daffodil by Stampendous

Hello, Happy Easter!

Here's my Easter Card this year - in easter-y colours of turquoise and yellows!  The stamp is a recent purchase called Botanical Daffodil and its part of a floral line from Stampendous.  I have it in the wood-mount style.  I love the style and the script title " Trumpet Daffodil " which shows near the bottom.

It really does look like those botanical prints!  There are a number of other flowers in the line, and hopefully I will be able to buy those too because I like the style, I like the size of the image and its wonderful stamp to colour - or use in lots of ways actually!

Couple of things to mention, I tried doing some "ribbonry" techniques - or really, flowers made from embroidery ribbon methods. I clipped 5 small strips of ribbon in grosgrain blue, folded and stitched them into a 5 petal flower shape. To that I stitched a sheer strip of ribbon and pulled it into a pansy shape - except I pulled it so tight, it sort of lost the pansy look, lol. There's always next time :)

Then I stitched the sheer ribbon into a trailing bow around the top of the card, and finished with a collection of 'old' brads I've had for ages!  About time I used them :)

The card front is cut with Stampin' Up! newest OVAL FRAMELITS - so its a project of old and new for me!  Which is sort of how my holidays are represented by new and old traditions so it seems fitting.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Your Next Stamp's Mini Flower Fhiona with Basic Grey's Eco Notes

My next "Spring" card is featuring joyful cheery colours!  

I started with an interest in repeating a design in a rainbow of colours which is how I made the background for this card using the circle-encased flower stamp from BASIC GREY'S ECO-NOTES.

Your Next Stamp’s  MINI FLOWER FHIONA  was fun to colour!  I am using white cardstock I purchased from Flourishes Inc. as it is a great choice for colouring with Copic markers. 

After colouring Fhiona, I cut her out with Spellbinders  BIG SCALLOPED SQUARES and cut a slightly larger red square to layer behind her.

Finally, I couldn’t resist a cheery red button with 2 leaves – must have been thinking about apples – or maybe a cherry? 

Once again, I mounted everything on a crisp, white card base! The card measures 4.5 x 5 inches so I’d need to make my own envelope {if I decide to mail it} – but for me, envelopes are just a side note, I LOVE designing cards without worrying too much about size! 
And I had a lot of fun with this card – hope this one finds a happy home, lol J

      TASTY TUESDAYMARCH CHALLENGE { Your Next Stamp, Mar 26th}

Stamps = Mini Flower Fhiona [Your Next Stamp]/ Eco Notes [Basic Grey]
Paper = White [Flourishes]/ Poppy Red DSP [Stampin' Up!]
Accessories = Big Scalloped Squares [Spellbinders Nestabilities ]
Inks = Stampin' Up!
Misc. = button, floss, adhesives

Start Stamping Spring Cards

Spring cards are on my mind because Easter and warmer, brighter days are on their way, hurray!

So I usually like to do 2 things with my projects about now.....I like soft, muted or cheerful, bright colour palettes. Today I combined green, lilac and white, a real fab colour combination!

My first card this week also was a bit of an experiment beginning with a plaid.
Here's why...
·        one of my punched border layers begins at an angle and slowly disappears by the card's right edge,

·        also the main focal point, the scalloped circle and the Spellbinders Label 13 die- cuts were off-set to the right side,

·        I attached 3 buttons over to the left in order to balance the design,

·        I turned plain white twine ‘ lilac’ by rubbing it with pastel chalk,

·        using a Stampin' Up! wheel I added musical notes over top of green/cream plaid  cardstock.

To make it 'spring-like', my card base is a crisp white, and white always brings life to cards like nothing else!

All and all, I like the final card because its "quiet" and perhaps even slightly masculine?  Something which I don't do enough of. I hope someone who receives this will enjoy it!

Cheers and hope you're enjoying good weather too! :)


Monday, March 11, 2013

Anna Griffin's Poppy Spring Card with Sellbinders Persian Accent

Hi everyone,

I am super excited today because I have tons of new toys to play with!!!

I discovered ANNA GRIFFIN'S new and beautiful-beautiful embossing folders! Luckily, one was still left of POPPY so I grabbed it {ever feel like you're depriving the other shoppers when you grab the last one, lol, and tuck it quickly into your cart???} that was my crafting focus yesterday and today.

Because its such a beautiful floral design, I immediately wanted to use my chalks to colour it, and to do so I used my AQUA took some time but it was relaxing and nice.  Here is how it looked when I was done colouring....soft shades...

I am trying to make some cards ahead of time, and soon there will be birthdays, easter....and spring in general, so I decided to use this 5 x 7 inch paper as a card front - and to show off as much of it as I could, I made a wide card!
 With white as my card base, I played around with another product which came in the mail today a Spellbinder's die set PERSIAN ACCENTS - because I want this card to be fussy! Fussy and fun! I think I might of gone crazy applying the gem scrolls - those are f-u-s-s-y alright, yikes, but I did it.  And some ribbon and a couple of wee butterflies - gee, when do I stop!!! :) 

Here's my result...

You might want to check out ANNA GRIFFIN'S BLOG - there are some give-a-ways coming March 25th, but you also need to be spot on with the social media sites, which I am not so wonderful at - yet - so I can enter but will need lots of luck, lol... still ...AND ...YOU go for it too! 

And hopefully, you'll try a " fussy card " too!

Cheers as always,
Taylor B

 embossing folder: Cuttlebug/ Anna Griffin "POPPY",
 punches: Martha Stewart "LATTICE", and "BUTTERFLIES"
dies: Spellbinders " PERSIAN ACCENT " (border),
cardstock: Flourishes, Recollections,
colouring: Stampin' Up! Chalk Collection, Aqua Brush,/ markers = (minor details) Copic Amethyst V17, SU Marina Mist 
other: glue tape, gem scrolls, butterfly sticker, white ribbon