Happy Easter Bunny Card

by Joanne James5. April 2015 18:00

A quick extra post today to share my last Easter card with you - you can see my earlier post for The Paper Players here. I made this one using this week's Deconstructed Sketch for my layout and am also linking up with the 4 Crafty Chicks where the challenge is Easter and The Friday Mashup where their challenge is to use 'Easter Critters' on your card (I chose not to mashup with their colours):


I have yet to share a Cheerful Critter card with you, so since today is Easter Sunday it seemed like a good opportunity:

I decided on some simple layering in Sahara Sand, Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder, with the main frame embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder to echo the dots on the bunny's top. I coloured my bunny with the now discontinued Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky Blendabilities and the bunny itself with a Sahara Sand marker and blender pen. I used two of the stamps from the 'Crazy About You' stamp set to create my custom sentiment. Lastly, I added a double bow in Soft Sky seam binding ribbon to finish my rather girly and feminine-looking card. 

Before I go, I just thought I would share a quick photo of my very own Easter bunnies in the garden this morning, sporting some fun props we made from a variety of punches and dies:


Cute, aren't they?! That really is all from me today; back tomorrow with antoehr project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Easter Egg Hunt Basket with the Berry Basket Bigz Die

by Joanne James5. April 2015 10:00

It's Sunday - my favourite day of the blogging week! It's time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players and this week the lovely Jaydee has a fun theme for us:

Use any die cut on your project - boy did I deliberate over this! I use die cuts all the time and my Big Shot is my crafting best friend, but what to share? I made several cards, all trying to showcase different aspects of dies and diecuts, but none of them were working for me; I think I was trying too hard! After much deliberating I decided to share a 3D project instead and since it's Easter Sunday today what better than an Easter basket made with the Berry Basket Bigz Die, along with some cute little tags all ready for today's Easter egg hunt:

The basket itself is really easy to make using the die: I made mine out of So Saffron cardstock with a Pink Pirouette trim and handle, and having stamped some eggs on the basket using my Subtles Stampin' Write markers, I finished my completed basket with a couple of pink bows punched from the Bow Builder punch and a stamped tag tied on with some Marina Mist chevron ribbon. I then used my Big Shot, Handpicked framelit dies and my Alphabet rotary stamp to make a whole bunch of tags ready to place around the garden for our Easter egg hunt today - here are just a selection:

I made them out of coaster board, so that they would be extra-strong and added coloured punched out arrows to some of them to add to the fun.

There are some great projects from the Design Team this week - do pop by their blogs and take a look:

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Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than three challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 

I hope you like today's project - there are so many different dies to choose from, I can't wait to see what you come up with for your cards and projects in our gallery this week. I'm off to play Easter bunny and follow the James juniors around the garden collecting eggs, then attempt to persuade them to not eat them all before lunch! Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Painted Petals Fun Fold Card

by Joanne James4. April 2015 10:00

I have a couple of posts for you today - the first one is for this week's challenge over at SUO Challenges, where they have a 'fun fold' challenge going on. I was also inspired to use the colours over at The Card Concept - don't you just love that inspiration photo?

Now I don't often make fun fold cards, although I saw a really 'simple but effective' one over on LeeAnn Greff's blog here a couple of weeks ago (inspired by an original card by Darlene McCallum) that I really wanted to try. When I went to LeeAnn's blog to link up, she has today added a video tutorial here, although I had already made my card and used slightly different measurements to this as I was working in metric. Here is my version:


It wasn't too tricky to work out where to make the cuts using my Stampin' Trimmer to make the folded corner and once they were in place I could adhere the front panel, which featured my Painted Petals blooms, stamped in Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe, with a little detail added using a Calypso Coral Stampin' Write marker and some tiny pearls and matted onto a piece of Coastal Cabana. I created an ombre border using the dot stamp in Crisp Cantaloupe along the bottom, starting with the bottom row and working upwards, stamping each time without reinking. I then overstamped my sentiment in Coastal Cabana. 

I need to add a couple more photos showing this card from the inside and so that you can better see it with the front face closed against the back panel. I love this fun fold - it enables me to maintain my 'clean and layered' look whilst adding an unexpected twist. 


Back later with another fun Easter project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Fun Children's Easter Projects using the Stampin' Up! Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die

by Joanne James3. April 2015 22:26

It's Good Friday already so I thought it was about time I shared with you some of the fun Easter projects that I've been making with my children and their friends in recent weeks. Both James Juniors love to craft and Rebecca especially likes the opportunity to spend some time in my craft room whenever she can. At the start of the Easter holidays, we had a big group of their friends round and spent a fun morning making these cute Easter treat boxes using one of my favourite products, the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die:

I couldn't resist creating some Easter themed containers using this die, further to the popularity of my Christmas ones - you can see my tips on using this thinlit die in my Stampissimo video with Paula Gorry from Stampin' Up! here.

The girls made cute bunnies - I've seen lots of different versions floating around Pinterest, but for mine I decided to use my Flower Fair framelits to create the ears and the various pieces from my trusty Owl Builder punch for the face, along with some strands of split white jute ribbon for his whiskers and some added detail with a Smoky Slate marker and my white gel pen.

The boys made these cute Easter chicks:

The boys were slightly younger, so we went with something a little less complicated with less small pieces required for the face.

In addition, everyone also made a little Easter bag, inspired by this one created by Brian King and using this fabulous little tutorial by Val Moody to create the basic bag shape:

We kept things simple with some tone-on-tone stamping using the 'For Peep's Sake' Easter-themed stamp set and a little tag made with the handpicked framelits. These little bags are so easy to make and the perfect size for your mini Easter eggs. Everyone chose their own colours - here's a couple of pictures I took on the day of some of the children's finished projects:


Not many 'action' photos I'm afraid - just too much going on. It was a busy few hours of crafting with 16 children taking part, but they were all so well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed making some great treat boxes to take home. I have another easy Easter-themed project to share with you tomorrow, so do pop back then if you're in need of some last minute Easter inspiration. Until then, happy stampin'!


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For the rabbit box:

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For the chick box:

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For the Mini Egg Bag:

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Flower Patch Thinlit Thankyou Card

by Joanne James2. April 2015 08:05

It's time for a new Thursday challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary and this week we have a great sketch challenge for you:


Here is my card today:

I decided to make a simple floral background for my word with a trio of flowers from the 'Flower Patch' stamp set, stamped in Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe and Baked Brown Sugar. I stamped the large central flower first, then created a mask using a post-it note and the co-ordinating Flower Fair framelits to create a mask before stamping the outer flowers, so that they appeared behind the central bloom. 

For my sentiment, I chose a 'thanks' cut with my 'Hello You' thinlits dies out of Night of Navy cardstock, but before adhering to my card I coated it in Versamark and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder several times, until it became beautifully shiny and glossy. One of those 'it looks much better in real life' moments I'm afraid, as the photo doesn't really show just how pretty this looks!

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the team have in store for you - we look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery this week!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

  • Flower Patch Photopolymer Bundle
  • Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Versamark Pad
  • Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder
  • Heat Tool - Uk Plug
  • Hello You Thinlits Dies
  • Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Calypso Coral A4 Card Stock
  • Night Of Navy A4 Card Stock
  • Very Vanilla A4 Card Stock


#Birthdaysrock Masculine Birthday Card

by Joanne James1. April 2015 14:07

Time for today's creative post and I have a fun masculine card, using this week's layout over at CAS(E) This Sketch and the current challenge over at Less Is More, where the task is to combine any 3 previous challenges:

I haven't managed to play along with the lovely ladies over at Less is More for a few weeks, so today's card was a great opportunity to combine some of their previous challenges for my card - I chose:

  • Week 7 - theme - masculine
  • Week 121 - recipe - humour
  • Week 127 - colour - 50 shades of grey

Here's the card I came up with:


I decided the sketch was perfect to use a small piece of DSP, something I don't often use on my LIM cards, but this card has sufficient 'white space' that I can get away with it. I love the natural patterned papers in the 'Adventure Bound' DSP stack and having seen so many with a fun 'play on words' with those pebbles, I thought it was about time I shared my version. My card really is quite simple: a base of Smoky Slate and an aperture cut using my Big Shot and the Squares Framelits - on offer as one of this week's Wednesday Weekly Deals for just £17.21, bargain! - and backed with a piece of the pebble-patterned paper (there must be at least 50 shades of grey in there!) and a simple sentiment consisting of an '@' stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Pewter embossing powder, punched out with a 2" circle punch and popped up on some dimensionals and paired with the '#birthdaysrock' sentiment from the same #Hello stamp set, also heat embossed in pewter. 

A simple yet fun card, perfect for a man with a sense of humour!

Back tomorrow with this week's card for the new Thursday Challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary. until then, happy stampin'!


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New Wednesday Weekly Deals Are Here!

by Joanne James1. April 2015 11:50

It's Wednesday so that means a new collection of Wednesday Weekly Deals! This week's deals are included below - they will be available for one week only, before a new collection of deals is announced. 

As always, if you want to take advantage of any of the deals on offer, you can support my business by placing your order online by clicking here or using the link to my store on the right hand side of my blog page where it says 'Shop Online' or with me in person. Don't forget to add the Hostess Code for April DBJFM4DG and be sure to make sure that you don't check the 'no contact' box if you'd like to be kept updated with the progress of you order and receive a little thank you in the post from me. 

Here's a summary of this week's one-week only Wednesday deals - click on each item to go to the online store to purchase:

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You may be disappointed that Sale-A-Bration has ended, but today's weeky deals have something of a silver lining for sure: framelit offers abound this week, along  with the gift box punch board and the fabulous extra large gift boxes and some Blushing Bride ribbon to tie them up in! This week's framelit offers include some of my most used framelits - come back later to see today's creative post, where I used the Square Framelits to create today's fun card.

Until then, happy shopping!

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