Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter to you all

Here we are on the LAST day of March.   Its a gloomy day here in Wisconsin,  but it IS 40 degrees.    HEAT WAVE.   Got a call from my little sister who lives in Bellevue Washington and she said the temp there yesterday was 72 degrees.  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
and to top it all off, her son cut the lawn yesterday for the first time.    Gonna be quite a while before WE cut grass here I think.   lots of snow on the ground yet although it is melting slowly.

I wanted to post today to share the Easter Eggs I did for my grandkids yesterday.    I baked the eggs in the oven instead of boiling them, and for sure I will NEVER boil an egg again.   They peel so much easier,  have no icky green around the yolks and the taste and texture is soooooo much better than boiled eggs.  And its easy too.   I just placed 2 dozen eggs in 2  12 cup muffin tins and placed them in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes.   When the timer went off, I plunged the eggs into a sinkful of ice cubes and cold water.  
After they cooled I colored them using my Wilton Icing Gel colors.   Turned out awesome.  Loved the colors.   No more easter egg coloring kits for me!
Then I did something I have never done before.  I decoupaged pictures onto the eggs.   I had some tissue wrapping paper here someone gave me a gift in years ago.   I had saved it.  You know the drill------don't know WHAT to do with it, but its too pretty to throw away!   So I cut some of the watercolored pansies, and butterflies out of the paper.   Covered the back with some Modge Podge (yes it IS safe to use for this,   I checked!)   and applied to the egg.   Smoothed out as best I could then covered the paper with a thin coat of MP again.   When completely dry, I used a tiny bit of canola oil to "polish" the eggs.    I didn't want to give my 12 yo grandson a "flower or butterfly" egg so I stamped an  image from the Angel Company onto tissue paper,  colored with watercolor pencils and blended with a blender pen.   Then applied it to the egg the same way I did the flowers and butterflies.  Although it sounds terribly putsy, it really wasn't.   The thing that took the longest was cutting the images from the gift wrap.  
And now here is the final product.
Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter Punchie Card

Hi everyone
Sorry to say SPRING IS NOT HERE yet.    Right now temp is 38 (wooohoo  heat wave!) but we are having a sleet fest here.   Icy little white pellets coming down.  YUK    Will spring ever get here?
Well my reason for posting today is to share a card I did this afternoon with you.   I belong to a stamp club (we call ourselves THE Crazy Stampers) and we meet once a month at a local cafĂ©.    Each person in the group (there are 8 of us) prepares a card, and preps enough stuff for each of us to make that card.   So at the end of the evening, we have each made 7 cards if everyone makes it to the meeting.    I wanted to share this card with you that I did for tomorrows meeting.   I could be used for any occasion really, birthday, get well, happy spring, thinking of you.    The tulips are made with the wings from the SU bird punch.   It is amazing all the different ways you can use that punch!  Anyway I chose an Easter phrase for my card, but will bring along a couple other phrases in case someone wants a different one.     The die cut behind the tulips is a Marianne die, and the butterfly is a die from Impression Obsession.  
and here is the card-------------

Friday, March 15, 2013

Announcing the final class of March 2013

Good morning my dear friends

Most of you know that I must reschedule the last March cardmaking class due to unexpected out of town guests arriving the day before that class was to have taken place. The class will be held on THURSDAY MARCH 21st. Morning class will start at 9:30 AM and run til you are finished, which might take a little longer because a couple of the cards are a bit fussy. The evening class will start at 5 PM instead of 5:30 for the same reason.   
I must know by Tuesday noon (march 20th) if you wish to attend so either call me or email and let me know which session you would like to attend.
 I had way too much fun doing the samples and hope you will enjoy recreating them. The filigree egg, and the crocus cards are both my designs, but the other 3 were cased. The bitten bunnie card was very popular the last 2 or 3 years and I have wanted to do it forever, and now I did. The cascading bunny card is from a class that was offered on U Stamp with Dawn and Friends last year and the class instructions were still available from that website.    This particular card was designed by Fiona  Duthie.    I doctored the instructions a bit as the card was way too big to fit any envelopes I have.   I shaved it down to  fit in an A7 envelope. This card is especially fussy and will take the longest to make,   but soooooooo well worth the effort.   Hence the reason for extending the length of the class. And the Easter Basket with bunnies was a case (copy and share everything) from Impression Obsession.   The basket and dies are thiers, and the person who did the card used a set of matching stamps.   I didn't have the stamps so I improvised.   I have since ordered them and hope they will be here in time for you to use them during the class.     
 Ok lets get to the samples. After you have seen them and decide you HAVE to make them, just call or email me to attend this class. Its gonna be fun! AND there will be chocolate to sustain you.

Bitten Bunnies

Cascading bunny card

Impression Obsession bunnies and basket die card

Winter Crocus   Stamps by Marks Finest Papers

Filigree egg card

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Black and white cards for Tuesday Mar 12th class

Most of these cards were inspired by ones I saw online.   I have changed them a bit but mostly they are cased from other stampers.   You can click on each card to see a closeup of it.