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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wishful Kitties


These two kitties sure wish they had floppy ears and a fluffy tail like the Easter Bunny. Since they look so much like him now, he just has to leave some yummy eggs and maybe a catnip carrot or two for an Easter morning surprise!

As much as the bunnies are loved here in the Attic, I couldn't let Easter slip by without making at least one card that included a bunny. This was such a fun card to design and came together much like I had envisioned. It was created with the Newton's Nook stamp sets, "Bunny Hop" and "Newton's Curious Christmas." The animals were colored with Distress Markers and water. The Christmas kitty temporarily came down from his rooftop watching Santa to take part in some Easter fun. Stardust Stickles was added to the bunny ear headbands and some sparkle pom poms (ones from the craft store that were too small for our kitty girls to play with) were attached  for the tails. A portion was cut from the back side of the pom poms to make them flat, a hint I read on Lucy's Cards. Of course, each of our girls got a new sparkle ball while I had them out. The animals were added to a hill cut with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Borders and the scene was framed with a combination of frames from WPlus9 and Lil Inker Designs. The "Carrot" dies from Taylored Expressions were added to the bow and the framed piece was adhered to cardstock embossed with Taylored Expressions "Lattice" folder.

The inside was finished with the cut away sections from the frame and hillside, along with another bunny and some eggs that were coated with a bit of Wink of Stella. The sentiment was included with the "Bunny Hop" stamp set.

I am joining Challenge #19 at Newton's Nook to use watercolor this month.

Hope your Easter was filled with blessings and wishing you a wonderful, happy Spring.

Materials Used:
Paper: Neenah Solar White; Lawn Fawn "Bright Side"; Echo Park "Carrots"
Stamps: Newton's Nook: "Bunny Hop", "Newton's Curious Christmas"
Dies: Lawn Fawn "Stitched Hillside Borders"; Lil Inker Designs "Stitched Rectangles";
        Taylored Expressions "Carrot"; WPlus9 "Sunshine Layers"
Other: Taylored Expressions "Dotted Lattice" Embossing Folder; SSS Sequins; Stardust Stickles;
        Wink of Stella; Distress Markers; DMC Crochet Thread; Craft Pom Poms

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Ev'ry Morning is Easter Morning!

"Ev'ry morning is Easter morning from now on!
Ev'ry day's resurrection day, the past is over and gone!
Good-bye guilt, good-bye fear, good riddance! Hello Lord, Hello sun!
I am one of the Easter people! My new life has begun!

Ev'ry morning is Easter morning from now on!
Ev'ry day's resurrection day, the past is over and gone!
Daily news is so bad it seems the good news seldom gets heard.
Get it straight from the Easter people, God's in charge spread the word!

Ev'ry morning is Easter morning from now on!
Ev'ry day's resurrection day, the past is over and gone!
Yesterday I was bored and lonely; but today look and see!
I belong to the Easter people! Life's exciting to me!"

A most happy and blessed Easter to each of you, dear friends! I remember singing this song in church on Easter morning and then for several following Sundays. With the exception of "Morning Has Broken," it is one of my favorites for springtime! Written by Richard Avery and Donald Marsh in 1967, one cannot help but feel a spirit of hope and renewal when singing this uplifting tune. Here is a link to a video of a children's choir singing if you would like to listen to it.

My husband requested a religious card for Easter this year. Usually he likes nature themed cards or cute designs, but he said he wanted something for his desk at work. He thought it would be a good "challenge." He didn't know that most of the cards I planned to make this year were going to have a religious theme, so this fit quite nicely with my scheme. I die cut the Taylored Expressions "At the Cross 2" five times from some woodgrain cardstock using an old Cuttlebug plate without the metal adaptor so the die wouldn't cut all the way through and the small mosaic pieces would remain intact. The outer edges cut perfectly, which is what I was hoping. I then ran four of the crosses through the Xyron with the adhesive on the front side of the cross. I laid the fifth cross on top, with the adhesive exposed where the mosaic pieces would be inlaid.

I located this piece in my scrap file, a leftover practice sheet from creating these cards. I'm so glad I saved it because it was just the colors dh loves, the very ones I find so difficult to use! The top right hand corner shows where I cut pieces for the bottom of the cross. I wanted a variance of colors, so cut apart small portions from specific areas, a few at a time. I carefully left them in the die or stuck to the plastic plate so I could puzzle piece them in. The center of the cross was cut from the area that was stamped with Delicata Gold ink.

Once the pieces were inlaid, I inked the edges of the cross with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. The background piece is Rustic Cream cardstock from PaperTrey Ink. The sentiment is by Taylored Expressions "He Is Risen" and is embossed with Princess Gold embossing powder. Perfect Pearls Gold was mixed with water and flicked on to the cardstock before I cut the cross from the background piece. It was then run through the Cuttlebug with the Walking on Sunshine embossing folder. 

My original plan was to use a yellowish orange metallic cardstock for the card base, but I decided to stay with the rustic theme of the design. The card base was made from Rustic Cream cardstock. The fold line was masked and distress inks Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, and Dried Marigold were applied along the edges before adhering the embossed panel. The final step was to inlay the cross into the die cut opening.

This last Monday night I was finishing the Easter cards by stamping sentiments with Versafine Black ink on parchment paper inserts. I like adding an insert page so I don't worry about stamping errors on the finished cards. The cards were lined up on the shelf above my craft desk like little soldiers awaiting their turn for completion. That's when the unthinkable, unheard of happened. Splat. Face down. Into the black ink. Dh's card. I just stood there. Gasp. I couldn't even pick it up! Once I did, there was no time for tears. I couldn't imagine how this happened. I thought I was being careful. I had to start over. And I had to finish it that night due to other obligations during the week. I completed the other cards, and while staring at the ruin before me, I began to wonder if maybe, just maybe I could peel away the top layer of the cross and the embossed piece. That wouldn't be so much to fix, I reasoned, trying to convince myself the situation was better than I imagined. 

As you can see, the pieces were beyond any butterfly or sequin camouflage. I thought about giving the card to dh as it was with a sticky note attached to the front with arrows, "ink happens!" but since he wanted it for his desk at work, I knew a redo was necessary. I was indeed able to pull everything apart and simply cut another cross from the woodgrain cardstock, another tiny orange mosaic piece, and redo the embossed and stamped layer. I used the torn piece above as a template for where to die cut the cross so the new panel would fit over the original cross. Not such a difficult task after all. An hour or so later, all was right once again. 

That's what today is about, isn't it? Mistakes made right because of love. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort; sometimes not so much at all, and we're surprised. 

Easter Lily from dear friends.
Forgiven, redeemed, renewed; we begin again anew. All is right in our world. 


Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Materials Used:
Paper: PTI rustic Cream Cardstock; Woodgrain Cardstock
Stamps: Taylored Expressions "He Is Risen"
Dies: Taylored Expressions "At the Cross 2"
Ink: Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Gathered Twigs;
       Versamark; Delicata Golden Glitz
Other: Perfect Pearls Perfect Gold; Princess Gold Embossing Powder; Taylored Expressions "Walking on Sunshine"
       Embossing Folder

Saturday, April 4, 2015

At the Cross

Spring has arrived here in the midwest and Easter dawns tomorrow. It is promised to be a glorious day for such an early Spring celebration.

This card features the Taylored Expressions "At the Cross 3" die and "Walking on Sunshine" embossing folder. The cross is framed by the Poppystamps "Grand Gothic Window" cut from Simon Says Stamp White Woodgrain paper. The assembled window was adhered to Neenah Solar White cardstock misted with Perfect Pearls and water. This layer was then adhered to Sea Glass Metallic cardstock. As I was taking photographs, I kept thinking the card needed a little something more, so a Moonshine sequin was added to the cross center and I was finally satisfied with this very small addition. 

The cross was temporarily adhered with Post It removeable tape to the front of an acetate sheet cut slightly larger than the window opening. I colored the back of the acetate with various colors of Sharpies and then permanently adhered the cross to the front of the acetate, leaving the edges of the cross unglued. The acetate was then adhered behind the window frame, being careful to allow the arms of the cross to extend over the frame. An additional bottom section of the window was cut with the woodgrain horizontal and the Paper Smooches "Easter Blessings" sentiment was embossed with Princess Gold embossing powder. This powder has become my favorite when I am using gold - it is a true subtle gold, unlike others I've used that are very metallic or brassy in appearance. The extra ledge was adhered with dimensional adhesive. The assembled cross and window was then added to the card front with more dimensional adhesive over the embossed layer to provide dimension for the sun's rays.

These photos show the stained glass effect created when the sun shines through the transparency, as well as the shimmer created by the perfect pearls along with the metallic cardstock.

The next card is very much like the other two in my previous post. I had stamped and embossed three panels with the Impression Obsession stamp, "Running" just in case I needed them. I keep wanting to call this stamp, "Dancing" because that's how I think of the girl. I liked the resulting inked panels with the Simon Says Stamp inks - Audrey Blue, Sea Glass, and Mint, so I decided to turn each of them into a card. The other two were inked on Neenah Solar White cardstock; this one was done on Archivers Watercolor paper. The inks rubbed on a bit differently; I like the dimension the watercolor paper provided as well as the antique, distressed result of the gold embossing. 

The sentiment is the same as the one above. I used the Memory Box "Kensington Border" for the butterflies in the previous two designs. This time I cut the entire border from Simon Says Stamp heavy vellum. I left an extra wide left margin and scored it before adhering the margin behind the inked panel, bending it to the front of the card. A couple of tiny pieces of glue dots were slipped in to the border to keep it in place. The gold thread was wound along the edge of the panel to provide the illusion of the vertical members of a cross, proclaiming the Easter message of dancing in the glory of the risen Christ.

I pray Easter is a beautiful day for each of you, spent in whatever way most meaningful to you.

May your spirit dance!

Materials Used:
Cross Card:
Paper: Neenah Solar White; The Paper Company - Metallic Cover "Sea Glass"
          SSS White Woodgrain
Stamps: Paper Smooches "Easter Blessings"
Dies: Poppystamps "Grand Gothic Window"; Taylored Expressions "At the Cross 3"
Other: Versamark Ink; Princess Gold Embossing Powder; Taylored Expressions "Walking on Sunshine"
           Embossing Folder; Acetate; Sharpies; Perfect Pearls; SSS Moonshine Sequin

Girl Dancing Card:
Paper: Neenah Solar White (card base); Archivers Watercolor Paper; SSS Vellum
Stamps: Impression Obsession "Running"; Paper Smooches "Easter Blessings"
Dies: Memory Box "Kensington Border"
Other: Ink - SSS Audrey Blue, Sea Glass, Mint; Versamark: Princess Gold Embossing Powder; 
          DMC Soft Gold Thread