Time for Easter cards!

First, an update on a card improved by Judy K., one of my Hostess Club members!

I am quite sure that I posted this card a while back when I showed you the March cards for Hostess Club.  If you don’t know it, I am always trying to use up every little scrap of card stock and re-purpose my left overs.  With that in mind here is how Judy K. saved some teeny tiny scraps from being thrown away:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the film strip framelit above you get those teeny tiny squares that punch out.  Can you spot where Judy used them?  Yes, in the teeny tiny squares of stamped image on the top and bottom of the card.  What a fabulous idea!  It really takes the card to the next level.  Thanks Judy K.!

Today I thought I would start showing you the Easter cards that I designed yesterday.  They will be made on Thursday, April 3rd.  Class will run in two sessions, 9-12 or 3-8.  I still have room for anyone that is interested.

Usually I end with my favorite card, but, today I’ll start with my favorite one:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI LOVE this card.  I think it looks elegant and yet it’s very easy to make.  The first layer is the textured side of the smoky slate coredination paper.  I decided not to add any more texture to it with an embossing folder.  I really just like the simplicity of the plain texture on the card stock.  The designer paper I used is from the Eastern Elegance collection.  I used paper from that series for another Easter card with a fun fold.  The coastal cabana, smoky slate and white combination is just beautiful.  The stamped image is from the Occasions catalog, Blessed Easter.  I used the watermark stamp from the Happy Watercolor stamp set also from the Occasions catalog, to add a little color to the tulips and the verse.  I wanted it to look very soft so I did stamp off prior to stamping on the images.

I’m sure you all know what I mean when I say that I “stamped off”.  However, just in case you are not sure, that’s when you ink up your stamp and stamp on a scrap piece of paper before you stamp on your image.  That gives it a lighter, softer look.  Sometimes you will use that when you stamp one image multiple times before reinking your stamp.  You can get many different shades of the same color using this technique.

I used the candy dots and the 1/8″ silver ribbon for a little bling.  The scalloped coastal cabana layer was cut using the tasteful Trim Bigz XL die.  You could use a circle punch, however, I’m all for making it easier, so I used my trusty Big Shot to cut it in one felled swoop!

Because I didn’t share a card yesterday, I’ll show you another one today:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a very simple card, also being done at the Easter class.  Don’t you think of gingham and flowers for Easter?  This card uses our  Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape.  The  stamp set I used is from the annual catalog on page 85, Polka-Dot Pieces.  I think these two elements complement each other perfectly!

The flower are stamped in strawberry slush and midnight muse and punched out with our scallop circle punches.  Add a few embellishments like the In Color Dahlias and the candy dots and you are all done!  I did use the candy dots with their matching brads.  I wanted them to stand out a bit more that just using them directly into the center of the flowers.
Well, hope you liked my offerings today!  Let me know, I LOVE hearing from you!  If you would like to order any of the items talked about give me a shout out or just hit the red order button.  Remember, time is running out to get your FREE products using our Sale a Bration specials!  Stamping with FREE stuff always puts a smile on my face!

Happy Stamping!

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