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Easel..y Distracted

Leafy Easel Card I was working on a Thank You card today with my new Leaves #2 and it got me thinking how I could make an easel card with one of the leaves in the die (as you do ;). So this is the tiny distraction that took me temporarily away from the task at hand. I think it would make a cute little place card. Here's the Project Recipe : Stamp Sets: Strength & Hope, French Foliage Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Whisper White Ink : Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie Accessories: Leaves #2 Die, Basic Jewels - Rhinestones I'll be back tomorrow to show you the Big Thank You Card.

Did Someone Mention Easel Cards?

OCC Butterfly Easel Card I couldn't resist entering a challenge over at Our Creative Corner (a new challenge blog for me) because their challenge this week is to make an easel card. It's my all time favourite type of card to make! ;) I used the technique called Inlaid Embossing for this one and got out my fine paint brush and Frost White Shimmer Paint to add some shine to the flowers. I enjoyed making this one so much that I'm making some more for another round of SWAPS for SU Convention in Melbourne. Thank goodness for the Easter Break! Project Recipe: Stamp Sets: Thoughts & Prayers, Butterfly Prints, French Foliage Card Stock: Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze Ink: Early Espresso, Blushing Bride Accessories: Frost White Shimmer Paint, Basic Rhinestones, Sponge Dauber, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Dies If you'd like to see my tutorial on how to make a Butterfly Easel Card you can see

JAI 66 - Just Add a Flower

JAI 66 - Just Add a Flower ... ... for Mother's Day . Why don't you pop on over to Just Add Ink to check out the amazing Design Team Inspiration, make a card for mum, pop a flower on it and enter it into this week's challenge! (Mother's Day is on the 8th May) Project Recipe: Card Stock: Soft Suede, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, So Saffron Ink: Soft Suede SU P unches : XL Two-Step Bird, Heart to Heart, XL Scallop Circle, 1 3/4", 1 3/8" and 1" Circle Punches Accessories: Top Note Die, Antique Brad, Stamping Sponge Non-SU: Blue and white spotty tissue paper CARD DIMENSIONS: 10cm x 21cm (scored at 11cms) 4" x 8 1/4" (scored at 4 1/4") I first saw this absolutely adorable punch art owl on Dawn Griffith's blog. She had received it as a swap from a lady called Mary Rager . I totally fell in love with this cute little guy and just had to go out and make one straight away. I used some

Vintage Butterflies

I designed two 'Vintage Style' Butterfly Easel Cards for some of my Melbourne Convention Swaps ... ... and used the colour combo of Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum and Early Espresso for both designs. Stamp Sets for Style #1: Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage and Fresh Cuts This one is being entered into the challenge at The Shabby Tea Room #59 - Butterfly Wishes PS: Thanks to The Shabby Tea Room for giving me a Teatime Terrific Top 3 Award. ............................................................................................................. Stamp Sets for Style #2: Elements of Style and Fresh Cuts I used a Blender Pen with Perfect Plum and Early Espresso Ink to colour in the flowers and attached the butterflies together with Clear Rhinestone Brads . All the edges were sponged with either Early Espresso or Perfect Plum . My Butterfly Easel Card Tutorial Not many sleeps now!

Rules of Chocolate

If you're starting to feel a tad guilty about eating copious amounts of chocolate over the Easter Break, don't worry because I've just discovered the 'Rules of Chocolate' . I'm pretty sure that after you read them, you're going to sleep a whole lot better tonight knowing full well that you haven't 'broken' any of the rules. RULES OF CHOCOLATE If you've got melted chocolate on your hands, you're eating it too slowly. Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as much as you want. Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less. If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves. You are eating a balanced diet if you eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate. Chocolate contains preserv

The Reason We Celebrate

'Buttons and Lace' Butterfly for colourQ

I had this idea to make one of my little butterfly easel cards with faux lace and buttons so I went on a search for a lovely colour combo and found it at the colourQ challenge blog . Aren't those knitted bunnies adorable? I'm a little ashamed to admit that I have been following their awesome challenge site for ages but have never played along until today. I'm definitely loving the few days off over Easter to potter in my craft room. If you think that I am a tad obsessed with making these little cards, you wouldn't be far from the truth. However, I'm happy to say that the novelty hasn't worn off yet as I'm enjoying experimenting with a few different techniques. There's still at least 3 other posts that I have scheduled for a 'rainy day' and some other ideas on the 'back-burner'. If you'd like to make one for yourself, I have written a tutorial which you can see HERE . Project Recipe: Stamp Sets: Fr

JAI 65 - Just Add Mateship/Friendship

Easter is celebrated world wide but Australia and New Zealand have another important holiday on Monday 25th April to commemorate ANZAC DAY. So with ANZAC Day in mind, Just Add Ink have a special theme challenge to ... Just Add Mateship/Friendship to your paper craft project. This is what I came up with - JAI 65 - Just Add Mateship/Friendship in recognition of ANZAC DAY (April 25th) Back View Side View I make no apologies for the fact that this is another easel card and it does feature butterflies! :) However, it is the first time I have actually used All a Flutter and my Tim Holtz Caged Bird Die for a card. I hope you can see the symbolism of the empty cage (Freedom/Empty Tomb), butterflies (new beginnings/new life) and the red ribbon (blood shed) as I tried to merge our two special holidays into the design of this card. Project Details: Stamp Sets: All a Flutter, Friends 24-7 Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla Ink/Markers

Faux Fabric Butterfly

I set out to do two things this afternoon - Try the Faux Fabric Technique (create the look of beautiful vintage fabric with embossed card stock) Make a bigger Butterfly Easel Card (using the largest butterfly on SU's Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die) Faux Fabric - This Week's Technique at Splitcoast An Easel Card using the Biggest Butterfly I was pleased to discover that 4 thicknesses of folded card stock do go through the Big Shot with ease to create a larger Butterfly Easel Card. Tutorial coming soon! In the meantime, if you haven't already, you can check out my tutorial for the mini one HERE . Project Recipe: Stamp Set: Elements of Style, Fresh Cuts Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue Card Stock: Bashful Blue Accessories: Antique Brad, White Gel Pen, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Sponge Dauber Thanks for stopping by,

Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge - Use Purple as the Main Colour

Elements of Style Butterfly It's been ages since I entered a challenge over at Stampin Sisters in Christ . When I saw the latest challenge at SSC to use PURPLE as the main colour (based on the verse from Mark 15:17 - Jesus was given a purple robe to wear at the time of his crucifixion), I just had to take one of these little guys out for a 'photo shoot'. You see, I've had a production line of these little butterflies on the end of our kitchen bench for a few weeks now as I've been making them for swaps for the National SU Convention in Melbourne. Much to my family's relief, they're nearly all finished! Butterflies also symbolise new life!! If you'd like to make one of these little butterfly easel cards, you can find a tutorial HERE . Hope you're having a lovely Saturday. I'm about to venture out and enjoy the sunshine!

JAI 64 - Chocolate Wrapper Colour Combo

If you love chocolate you're bound to be inspired by this week's challenge at Just Add Ink . We have a colour challenge for you ... but with a twist because you get to choose the combo. The challenge is to make a paper craft project inspired by your favourite chocolate bar wrapper. I used a Peppermint AERO Bar wrapper for inspiration to make my chocolate holder and went with the colour combo of Chocolate Chip , Wild Wasabi , Real Red and Whisper White . I used the new Eat Chocolate stamp set (Autumn-Winter Mini) and the 'bubble' stamp from Circle Circus . The sentiments read - 1. TO DO LIST eat chocolate do laundry clean kitchen At least you'll get one thing done today. 2. All you need in life is a friend who has chocolate. ... I'm that Friend 3. So much chocolate. So little time. The scallop envelope has been widened to make a deeper pocket to hold the chocolate bar (an idea picked up from Tracey Old's latest

Butterfly Easel Card

  This card uses SU's Blushing Bride card stock and ink, the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die and Antique Brads . The sentiment is from the stamp set, Butterfly Prints and I have used the textured impressions embossing folder, Finial Press in this example. If you wish to see my tutorial, it is only available as a pdf file, with the purchase of the Larger Butterfly Easel Card Tutorial. Unfortunately, a few websites have copied my entire tutorial and published it without my consent, including all the photos and instructions.  It's just as well I add a watermark to everything.  So, after two years of sharing the love,  I feel I need to remove the instructions from this post to avoid any further plagiarism. Thanks for your understanding. ........................................................................................................................................................... Disclaimer: My tutorial does not replicate the one that I wrote fo

jac-inks Papercraft Challenge #5 - In Colours

Blushing Bride Butterfly My favourite Stampin' Up! In Color is Blushing Bride. It's a beautiful shade of pink. I made this little Butterfly Easel Card to fit in with the challenge over at jac-inks Papercraft which was to make a project using the SU In Colors. Project Recipe: Stamp Set: Butterfly Prints Card Stock and Ink: Blushing Bride Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Antique Brad, Sponge Dauber PS: A tutorial for this cute little easel card can be found HERE . Have a lovely weekend,

Just Add some Inspiration - JAI 63

Hi there! At Just Add Ink we have an interesting Inspiration Photo for this week's challenge. I made a very bright 'Button Butterfly' and used an eclectic mix of colours ... but when you feast your eyes on the picture that Delys found for inspiration, you'll begin to understand why I chose this very 'out there' combination. Bright Button Butterfly Are you ready for this? ... The Inspiration Photo I made a collage of buttons using the brand new Sweet Buttons Embosslits (Autumn-Winter Mini 2011) and then cut out a butterfly from the Big Shot . Well ... I personally can't wait to see what wild and adventurous projects stem from this challenge. It should make for an interesting week. Project Recipe for Bright Button Butterfly : Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi (textured), Basic Black, Tempting Torquoise, Real Red Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Real Red Striped Grosg