Did you manage to get in any creative time? I hope you had a chance to drop in on our blog hop yesterday? If not, scroll down to my next post and follow the links.
Today I've got more of the Black and White Mystery Box contents to show you. And since we are on the Easter theme already - this actually was last year's challenge for April - hence the retired Designer Series Paper - Modern Medley, and the retired stamp set Blessed Easter.
The challenge was to make a gift box and matching card - and when we sent the Mystery Box out at the end of the year, the idea was, the Easter gift box should be full of goodies. Given we had some very hot days around Dec / January when the Mystery Boxes were in the post, I hope they all made it safely with no melted chocolate accidents.
Over the weekend I've got something totally different to show you - a wedding card that took me close to seven hours to make! Yep, very special family wedding this weekend, so be sure to check back in and have a look at the card I slaved over - oh the hassles of being a perfectionist!
Ready for another round of intense Cardmaking Ideas and Inspiration?
Hey everyone - you'll be pleased to see I'm taking a break from the Black & White projects and bringing you something different (just for today!! LOL).
Yep, today I am joining back up with my demonstrator buddies to bring more Stamping Inspiration in another easy to follow blog hop and our theme this week is EASTER!!
In fact, you may well be joining me here from the blog of my good friend Genna Gifford. Or you may be starting here - welcome! At the bottom of each post you'll find a link to take you to the next blog - follow all the links to do a full circle and don't forget to leave us all a comment as we love hearing how clever you think we all are :o)
There are THREE Easter stamp sets in our current Occasions Catalogue - and as there are 11 people in the blog hop, you are bound to get lots of ideas for how to use all three sets.
I started with the gorgeous Indescribable Gift stamp set, stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (that's the FREE Sale-a-bration DSP you can claim with any $90 order - ask me how - Sale-a-bration is still running until end of March) - I used the Stamp-a-ma-jigso I could line it up perfectly with the edge of the paper.
I then lightly coloured the leaves with Pistachio Pudding Stampin' Write Marker and Soft Sky ink applied with a blender pen.
Here's a close up of that for you - SOOOO pretty!
My next step was to stamp the greeting from the same set onto Vellum Card - again, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get it exactly where I wanted it. I stamped with Jet Black Stazon and stamped it towards the left-hand size of the card so I could balance it up with the cross on the right hand side.
I then attached this to the DSP with a piece of Lost Lagoon Ribbon and attached the Cross from Blessed of God Stamp Set onto the right hand side. I secured the vellum on the right to the card, by adding some snail under the vellum, hidden by the cross.
Did you notice I also used the Essentials Paper Piercing Template and Paper Piercing tool to draw a shape around the text and cross, tying them together?
Of course I just had to do a gorgeous co-ordinating envelope for the card - this one is destined to go to a very special person, so I stamped the blossom flowers in Smoky Slate on the envelope flap and inserted more of the Best Year Ever DSP inside.
I bet you thought I was finished there?
Oh no! For such a special card, I had to stamp the inside too!
Here's the inside panel.
While I was looking at ideas for Easter Cards, I happened to flick through all my PLxSU (Project Life by Stampin' Up!) card kits and its amazing how many of those cards are perfect for card fronts, rather than just scrapbooking pockets.
I had picked out another of our Occasions CatalogueEaster Stamp sets to use, and was delighted to find it co-ordinated with cards from the This Day PL Mini Card Kit (another Sale-a-bration Freebie - why not buy $90 worth of PLxSU products to build your scrapbooking kit and get the cards free).
I wanted to keep the vellum theme going too, so I stamped the cute image from Happy Easter Bunny stamp set on vellum in Stazon, then flipped it over and coloured the back with Markers.
I then stamped again on Whisper White card and fussy cut the super cute bunny with my paper snips and a craft knife, and added some touches of shading with the Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake markers. The idea was to layer the cut out under the vellum.
This was then framed with Rich Razzleberry card, and one of the PL cards with an oval window cut in.
The lot was then mounted onto a Soft Sky base card. How cute is that bunny!
Well! That's more than enough from me, it's my team night tonight so I am off to prepare some fun Sale-a-bration stamping for the lovely ladies - we're all inviting more people to join our lovely team during Sale-a-bration - how would you like to be able to participate in Blog Hops like this one with your stamping friends? Ask me how!
Please leave a comment below - and click on the heart picture to go on to the next blog in the blog hop - that of the very creative Ros Davidson.