Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Getting Ready for Easter

I have a busy few weeks ahead of me with an interstate trip for 10 days and a number of workshops, classes and scrap nights, so I thought I'd get a couple of Easter items under way.

I recently purchased the lovely "Easter Blossoms" clear mount stamp set from Stampin' Up!®, and although Easter is in autumn in the southern hemisphere, I love the blossoms and thought they would make a lovely background for my bunny on these little Easter Baskets. Also I love the Paper Players challenges, so I'm going to pretend I'm visiting good friends in the USA!

Paper Players Challenge # 37 this week is Spring has Sprung - hop on over to their blog and see some of the fabulous DT designs. What could be more "springy" than baby bunnies and blossoms?

The baskets are made from the Big Shot "Fancy Favor" Box die. It is such a versatile die and even scores the card for you so you can easily fold in the correct places.

I've hand coloured the rabbit and blossoms with a blender pen and classic ink by Stampin' Up! and kept to a traditional colour theme for a girl (pink) and a boy (blue).
Colours used:
Pretty in Pink
Baja Breeze
Chocolate chip

The bunny is cut out with paper snips, and raised on dimensionals. The greeting is stamped onto vanilla card, punched out with the Extra Large Oval Punch and then I sponged around the edges with blue and brown ink. It struck me after I finished that this was in the shape of an egg and the sponging helped to create a roundness.

If you are looking for some new challenges, have a look at "jac-inks Challenge #3" It is an Inspiration Challenge that allows you full creative process and interpretation. These are fortnightly challenges - so plenty of time to get a project completed, but don't forget to up;load it in time!

As this stamp is one of my first stamp purchases nearly 6 years ago, I'm entering this project in the Creative Belli Challenge #112 - Animals.
Paper Play - Shabby Chic/Vintage
SU Only Challenge 14 - Favourite RetiredStamp

Tonight I'm having my first Canvas Scrapping class. I'm very excited for this occasion, and can't wait to show you some of the results as the ladies who have booked into the class have very diverse talents and we always end up with so many different solutions to the one set of guidelines.

As a teacher, this is my main objective - develop each persons individual talents and stylistic preferences and enjoy the fantastic creative results that are achieved.

If you live in the Canberra or regional NSW area and would like a workshop or class, you can contact me for further information

Until next time,

Stay crafty!


  1. What a cute pair of wee baskets! Love your colouring. Thanks for joining us again Ann!!!

  2. Oh my goodness! Love that sweet bunny with the Easter Blossoms set--adorable! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!

  3. G'Day, Ann! What a gorgeous pair of baskets. Your coloring is perfect, too! I know its certainly no where near spring in your neck of the woods, but I am so pleased you chose to join the Paper Players this week with these gorgeous creations.

  4. Oh my gosh, Ann! These are so cute! Nope...You can't beat bunnies and blossoms for spring! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

  5. WOW what Beautiful little baskets you have made!! Those bunnies are super cute! Thanks so much for playing along this week at Paper Play Challenges

  6. These little bunnies are fantastic! I just love them on the baskets. So glad you joined us at SUO Challenges this week!

  7. Thank you for playing with us at SUO Challenges! I have always wished I picked up this set. Your baskets are adorable! Great job :)

  8. Plain and simple wonderful! tfs

  9. Great easter baskets, love the bunnies

  10. Love the bunny! I had forgotten how cute that set is. Thanks for playing along with the SUOnly Challenge :)

  11. These boxes are adorable! Great coloring!! Thanks for joining us at SUO challenges.

  12. Sweet little baskets! I still wonder why I sold this set??? The images are beautifully watercoloured, Ann. Congrats on being a Top Pic over at SUO challenges. Definitely a great choice! Hugs xxaxx


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