Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring/Easter Cards

It is hard to believe that the time has gone by so fast. It is almost Easter. It seems that it was just Christmas. I am glad though because I am tired of the snow and welcome warm sunshine, flowers and green grass.  

This card makes use of  Apothecary Accents framelit as a stencil to sponge my Whisper White CS with Perfect Plum ink. Then using markers to color on my stamp I put an image from the stamp set Just Believe over the top of the stenciled area. I then ran this through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper EF. The base card it is adhered to is Certainly Celery. Super easy and you could leave as is or add any number of embellishments or sayings.

 The base card is Daffodil Delight with a layer of So Saffron run through the Big Shot with the Stripes EF. The next layer uses the Lattice Bigz die and some of the DSP from the Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack. Next I used Bitty Butterfly punch and Elegant Butterfly Punch after stamping butterflies from Papillon Potpourri stamp set onto Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant with Elegant Eggplant ink. I punched flowers from Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink CS using the Boho Blossoms punch. The leaves were cut from Gumball Green CS using the Little Leaves Sizzlit. After arranging everything on the card I added Pearl Basics to the centers of the flowers. Next I used Delightful Dozen stamp set to stamp Happy Easter on Very Vanilla CS and punching this out with the Scallop Oval punch. 

Mixed Media Framed

I have been wanting to create a frame that could be used as a gift and so I took the plunge. The mat on  this project is cut from a sheet of Natural Composition Specialty DSP. I stamped a piece of Crumb Cake CS using Ex Libris stamp and Early Espresso ink. The corner pieces were created from a second Ex Libris embossed with Pewter EP and cutting the corners to apply to the original Espresso stamped image. I used the second image that I had stamped to cut out the blank space and stamped the Forever image from Forever with You stamp set in Old Olive. This was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals. I used Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen to color some of the images in the Ex Libris  image. Using a scrap of First Edition DSP, I used the boneshaker from the Feeling Sentimental stamp set from the Sale a Bration catalog in Early Espresso and distressed it. (The large Ex Libris piece was distressed using the new distressing tool on the edges) I used 1/4 of a doily cut using the large Paper Doily Sizzlit, First Edition DSP and sponging with More Mustard and Soft Suede ink to antique it. The same ink was used to distress the lace piece from the Artisan Embellishment Kit. The heart button and scroll work button came from the same kit. The butterfly is stamped from Papillon Potpourri and embossed with Pewter EP and then punched with the Elegant Butterfly punch. Now I have so many ideas running through my head for more frame projects. With graduations, weddings, Mother's Day and Father's Day coming up, these make great gifts from the heart. 


  1. Oh, my! I'm in love with all these projects. My favorite is the framed one (of course; it's the most vintage!), but they're all simply gorgeous.

  2. Christine these are gorgeous.The first is so beautiful with the negative framed stamped image. The second is so fun and I love the lattice peaking out of the background. The framed piece.... well! I agree with Buffy and my favorite is also the framed piece! Holy Cow... it ooozes Gorgeousness! hugs

  3. Such pretty cards, and the framed art is just, wow, perfectly gorgeous... love the colors and what an amazing job you did creating the romantic look!

  4. Christine, I love your projects. Your framed art is beautiful.

  5. Wow!!! Love the framed have inspired me, think I may have to use this one for a class, thanks so much.