Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mini Easter Treat Baskets

This week over at Epiphany Crafts we are sharing last minute Easter treat ideas.  The idea I have to share with you is so quick and easy, I surprised even myself! 

I made a trio of miniature treat baskets out of paper treat cups, a strip of patterned paper, and some twine.   So quick!  So easy!  And as an added bonus, they are a hit with the kids.  My kids have been begging for these as soon as they saw them.  I think they would make a fantastic party favor for a classroom party. 


I stapled a strips of patterned paper to the treat cups and wrapped each with twine.  The twine gives the paper cups the appearance of a woven basket.  


I embellished this basket with a my EC round 25 tool.  This little chickie is telling a fun joke!

I used my EC round button 14 tool to accent the Happy Easter banner on this treat cup. 


The vintage settings come in a variety of colors that are perfect for spring and Easter.  

Have a joyous Easter weekend! 

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 25
Shape Studio Accessories Round 25 bubble caps
Shape Studio Tool Round 14
Shape Studio Accessories Round 14 bubble caps
Button Studio Tool Round 14
Button Studio Accessories Round 14 buttons
Vintage Settings

Other Supplies
Jillibean Soup Chicken Dumpling Soup collection
The Twinery baker's twine


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hello Handsome: Sexy Masculine Cards

Oh, baby.  Do I have a couple of sassy cards to share with you today.  Forget the browns, blues, and plaids.  There are no cars and gears on these cards.  These masculine cards have a feminine twist of a different kind.   I used a host of fabby supplies from Glitz Design's Cashmere Dame collection to make these cards.  Check it: 


I love this leggy print, and the minute I saw it I knew it would be perfect for a masculine card. 


 The sentiment is pretty general making this card perfect for any occasion. 


Isn't this pin up girl just lovely?  And the sentiment is perfectly flirty.  


I added some rhinestones to the cherries to add a little extra sparkle to the card.  They compliment the woot woot sticker quite nicely.  


I fussy cut some hexagons and adhered them with foam squares for added dimension.   I just love the vintage inspired floral prints. 

So, who are you going to flirt with today?  

Amanda

Monday, March 25, 2013

VW Bug Card Sunkissed Collection by GCD Studios

Is it cold and blustery where you are?  Today I am sharing a pair of bright and cheery cards that ought to warm you up!   All of the fabulousness you are about to see is from GCD Studios new Sunkissed collection.  This collection is so fun and trendy I can hardly stand it! 


This collection makes me want to hit the beach!  Since there is no beach here in Idaho, I'll settle for turning up the heat and watching a surfing movie.


Eeeek!  A VW Beetle in print!  And just the right size to fussy-cut and put on the front of a card!


I broke out the label maker to make a custom sentiment.


You know what is really easy to do?  Sew straight on paper.  I have to force my paper to go all wonky if I want whimisical, uneven stitches.  Give me fabric and it's all I can do to sew a straight line.  Go figure. 


The floral prints in this collection are so sweet.  If you squint your eyes a little bit you can see teeny, tiny flowers, too.  

YOU are special!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies: Sunkissed collection; stamp (Paper Smooches); label maker (SMASH)


Friday, March 22, 2013

Cards with Epiphany Crafts and The Robin's Nest

Good day to you!  Today I am sharing a couple of CAS cards using goodies from The Robin's Nest and Epiphany Crafts.  

The Robin's Nest tear drops make the cutest little dimensional leaves!   The small EC metal charms make a sophisticated embellishment on a card, too.  

The tree stamp I used was solid.  To achieve a bark effect, I inked my stamp and then gently swiped or pressed the edge of piece of cardstock onto the inked stamp to remove bits of ink.  Voila!  A textured tree! 

I stamped hi between the text on the Classified print.  I punched it slightly off center to add some additional interest.  

I used diamond shaped Dew Drops to make this little sun shine.  The EC round 25 tool and bubble caps are great for making a variety of focal points. 

Happy little sunshine! 

I am so glad you stopped by today!  Come again soon! 

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 25
Shape Studio Accessories Round 25 bubble caps
Shape Studio Tool Round 14
Shape Studio Accessories Round 14 bubble caps
Metal Charms Round 14

Other Supplies
Sunset Dew Drops, Christmas Tree Tear Drops, Bunny, Classified (The Robin's Nest)
Tree stamp (Paper Smooches)
You are my sunshine, smiley face stamps (Green Grass Stamps)
Ivory jute twine (May Arts)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Red, White and Blue Cards: Air Mail Stripes and Quilts

I {heart} Doodlebug's new Stars & Stripes collection!  At first glance it appears to be solely a Fourth of July collection, but upon further looking, this collection is extremely versatile.  I designed a few cards that are appropriate for events other than the Fourth of July.  Check it: 

The Stars & Stripes collection has the BEST airmail stripe print ever!   The colors are so vibrant and they really pop against the white.  I tied this card with some ladybug Doodletwine to resemble a package tied with string.  

I am just loving the tiny post mark and bar code on the tiny special delivery envelope sticker.  And how 'bout that bandana washi tape?  To die for! 

I made a coordinating envelope by adhering strips of airmail striped washi tape around the border of an envelope.  While that bicycle stamp won't get this card anywhere in the mail, it sure does add some flair to an otherwise plain envelope.  

Red, white, and blue quilts are a classic American tradition, so I broke out my 3/4" square punch and created a miniature version for this card.  I adhered the squares to a scrap piece of cardstock and added some diagonal stitching. 

The blue Boy Doodletwine coordinates perfectly with the Stars & Stripes collection.

While this card has a more traditional Fourth of July theme, it would be suitable for any occasion where one needed encouragement. 

What non-holiday projects would you create with Stars & Stripes? 

Supplies: Stars & Stripes collection, Boys Doodletwine, buttons

Thursday, March 14, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Treat Tubes

Top o' the mornin'!  Time to get out those plastic treat tubes you have been hoarding because today I am sharing a couple of fun and easy St. Patrick's Day treat ideas.  

I used rainbow stripes and chevrons to create a bright and happy tag.  I also used a piece of rainbow striped washi to seal the top of the tube.  See the Rolos?  They're the gold at the end of the rainbow.  

I created a custom rainbow chevron button with my Epiphany Crafts button studio tool.  I just love that I can make buttons that coordinate perfectly with my projects! 

My second treat tube is topped with a shamrock and a rainbow chevron cocktail ring.  Not only does the recipient get a cute container full of yummy candy, they also get a custom ring with a tidbit of green to keep the pinchers away on St. Patrick's Day.  

I used my EC Oval 25 tool, metal charms, and rings to create this rainbow chevron cocktail ring. 

The ring fit perfectly around the top of the tube, so to attach the shamrock, I cut a small notch in the shamrock and tucked it behind the ring.  I tucked the stem behind the ring, too.  

I filled the treat tube with a rainbow of Skittles.  Perfect for a fun treat on St. Paddy's day! 

Have a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day!

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Button Studio Tool Round 20
Button Studio Accessories Round 20 Buttons
Shape Studio Tool Oval 25
Shape Studio Accessories Oval 25 bubble caps
Metal Charms Oval 25
Rings

Other Supplies
Rainbow patterned paper, twine, washi (Doodlebug Take Note collection)
Green patterned paper (Doodlebug)
Heart punch (Marvy Uchida)
Clear tubes

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

3D Paper Fruit in a Basket

Hi everyone!  Today I am sharing a bright and cheery decor idea that will make you wish summer was already here!  I couldn't resist the delightful little fruits in Doodlebug's new Fruit Stand collection.  Everything looked so juicy and yummy I was eager to bring those papers to life!


Several die cuts and folds later, I had a basket full of delicious-looking 3D paper fruit.  Wouldn't this be perfect as a centerpiece at a summer party or picnic?


Add a tag to this fun basket and it would also make a fun gift.  I made a bright and stripey coordinating tag with a play on words.  I used a fine-tipped Sharpie pen to add fun faces to the fruit cocktail Doodle Pop dimensional stickers.


Hello, cute fruit!


3D fruit is super easy to make.  For each fruit, I die cut or punched 8 of each fruit, folded each down the middle, and then adhered each piece back to back.  When choosing cut files, choose shapes that are symmetrical.   

Since all of the fruit was tucked into a basket, here are some more detailed photos of each fruit. 
Click HERE for the pear cutting file and click HERE for the apple cutting file.  I used THIS file to cut the leaves.


To add a bit of authenticity to each fruit, use real twigs as stems.  I used a 3" round punch for the orange and THIS file for the lemon and lime.


 I used a 1" circle punch for the cherries and THIS file for the cherry leaves.  I used THIS file for the strawberries and a 3/4" circle punch for the blueberries.  The blueberry leaves are stickers from the Fruit Stand collection.


I used THIS file for the pineapple.  Cute little paper pineapple, huh?  

Which 3D fruit is your favorite and what would you make it for? 

May your day be bright and cheery! 

Amanda

Supplies: Fruit Stand collection, Petite Prints (yellow, green)