Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flowered Easter Egg & An Easter Hunt!

Happy Easter everyone! It's almost here. =) I wanted to make another little decoration so I raided my stash of styrofoam eggs I got last year after Easter. (I still have a whole bunch left! Maybe I'll get more done for next year?)


I used the Tattered Floral Garland die and cut out a whoooooole bunch of flowers out of white cardstock. I gave them some dimension and layered them up a bit. I used a strong tacky glue to attach them to the egg (Api's Crafter's Pick, The Ultimate! glue). Once everything was dry, I misted it with some bright, cheerful colors.

The base is a wooden spool painted green with a Tapered Fringe die cut glued around it.  A wooden dowel is glued in the center and the foam egg sticks on it. I added a little jute twine, a memo pin and a little Easter graphic snipped from the Tim Holtz Seasonal paper pad. It would be fun to make a bunch of different eggs like this to use as table decorations.

Be sure to check out the April Challenge at Inspiration Journal. It is called "A Few of My Favorite Things". We would love to see what you create with your favorite things. You'll have a chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store. There are already some great entries so get to creating!

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Easter news flash!!!!! YOU, yes YOU can participate in the Inspiration Emporium Easter HUNT! If you are just jumping in here in the middle, I suggest going back to the blog and begin at the beginning (usually the wisest course of action for any endeavour). You will be directed to various places to search out the secret letter that each design team member is sharing. My letter is:

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Make a note of it and continue on to Instagram… to lindamcain and you will find the next letter. Did I mention that there are chances for valuable prizes?? The main prizes are a few spots in the Online Watercolor Class for Cardmakers. If you follow my blog and leave a comment I'll have a little something to send to a randomly selected winner too. =) The Hunt will be going on through Monday. Good luck and happy Easter!!

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Most of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10! ;-)



Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Luminary

Well, my Tim Holtz Luminary die jumped off my shelf and demanded to be used! I just love this die. Fortunately I had a good idea for an Easter themed luminary so I obliged. ;-)


I like these luminaries to have a "home" so I made a base for it. The bottom is a square of corrugated cardboard that I covered with patterned paper. I constructed a second tier out of bristol board and patterned paper and glued it on top of the bottom layer.

I cut two crosses out of chipboard and glued them together. I used the Emboss It Dabber to cover the cross with embossing ink and then used gold embossing powder all over it. It makes a nice focal point of the luminary. Two different sources inspired the flowers. The first are the flowers Tim Holtz made for his April tag. They are created using the Tattered Pinecone die (yes, it's not just for pinecones!) Check out his post for a video and instructions. The enameled metal flowers were shared by Tammy Tutterow on her blog a while back. She recently made this available as a printable download if you'd like it in a handy hard-copy format. Either way, it is a fabulous technique you can apply to any metal embellishments. I have been using the Spring Greenery die A LOT lately too. It is so versatile and pairs wonderfully with various flower dies. Here's another view:


One last technique to share. I wanted to have more touches of gold, so I made gilded glassine using green alcohol inks and gold mixative on Glassine Paper. I used it to cut leaves out of with the Spring Greenery die. It adds a subtle shimmer.

I hope you've been inspired by my project. I do love the luminaries, there are so many different ways to decorate them; it's one of my favorite dies. Easter is also one of my favorite holidays. Because of what happened at Easter 2000 years ago I have hope and an assurance of my salvation. You can have that hope too. You are loved and Jesus died and rose again so everyone who chooses Him can be saved. It's the best news ever!

Be sure to check out the April Challenge at Inspiration Journal. It is called "A Few of My Favorite Things". We would love to see what you create with your favorite things. You'll have a chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store. There are already some great entries so get to creating!

Most of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10! ;-)



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - March

Well I'm cutting it pretty close again in getting my March tag done. It's not quite April yet though, whew! Once again I created a companion card to the tag, in this case actually using the "second generation" tag you create using the smudge stamping technique.


All the directions for creating this tag you can find on Tim's tutorial post. The smudge stamping is a fun technique and one I hadn't tried before (because I still haven't finished all the lessons from Creative Chemistry 102, oops!) I really like the new Spritzer too. It was easy to use with the Distress Markers. I found that if I positioned the marker so just the very tip was in front of the nozzle, I got a finer, lighter spray pattern. If I moved the marker down so the nozzle was blowing on the thicker part of the nib, I got a darker, coarser spray pattern. I thought that was nice - you can vary it depending on the look you're going for. It worked really well with the stencils too. I think I will be reaching for this tool often!

Most of the supplies I used for these can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping!