Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

A day early...but I had a few Easter projects that I wanted to share with you...

Easter Bunny Carrots:

For Bo Bunny's "Easter Treat Holder" assignment, I was inspired to create these sweet little carrots from the sour cream container idea.  I changed the size a bit from the usual shorter version to a longer, thinner shape, then added the crimped and fringed green cardstock on top.  They're super easy to put together so if you're looking for a last minute idea,  give it a try.  I think a basket full of these would be great for a hunt too.

Bo Bunny - Blast Off! and Ad Lib Pattern Paper and Orange Citrus Double Dot Cardstock
Fiskars Americas - Scalloped Sentiment Squeeze Punches, Flower Lever Punches and Simple Stick Repositionable Rubber Stamps
  • For the larger carrots, I cut my paper to 5”w x 6”h and for the smaller carrot, I cut it to 4”w x 5”h.
  • I crimped double sided (Bo Bunny's Double Dot Avocado Cardstock), folded over 3 times and cut a fringe to create the green carrot tops.
  • You can make them with a ribbon loop for hanging by punching a hole near the bottom of the
    green carrot top and inserting the fold of a ribbon through the back.  Make the loop in the back, then tie a bow in the front.  Add an embellishment (scalloped stamped circle) or a button to accent it.

Another Easter/Spring treat or gift holder idea is to make these totes from a paper pillow box.

Spring Pillow Box Tote:

You can click the link above for the full tutorial on the Bo Bunny Blog.

They're the perfect size for small treats (Cadbury Mini Eggs....yum!) or a gift card.

Bo Bunny - Gabrielle collection of pattern paper and embellishments
Fiskars Americas - Scalloped Sentiment and Apron Lace Border Punches, Round n' Round Circle Squeeze Punch

Last but not least is a kids' craft idea that my children helped with for the Glue Arts Blog/Website...

Lamb - Chick - Bunny
Again, click the project title link above for step by step instructions.  They're really easy to make and the kids can get as creative as they want or keep things simple too.  We used Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares to attach everything from feathers to the wooden ball heads to felt.  Worked like a charm and no burned fingers from hot glue or waiting for things to dry.

This silly chick with its goofy feathers is my favorite!

I hope that I've given you a little inspiration for any last minute gifts or projects you might need for Easter.  And thanks so much for stopping by....have a wonderful holiday weekend!  Happy Easter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

I was reorganizing my desk yesterday and came across the DCWV's Green Stack (70% recycled paper) that I'd bought awhile back.  Of course, I got distracted from my mission to organize and made this card instead.  :)  I love the patterns they have in this stack...too cute. 

It's the simplest card.  I added the title, Fiskars Cloud Squeeze Punches that I'd outlined with some Glass Effects and cut out pieces from an identical stack sheet to layer with adhesive foam for extra dimension. 

Another green inspired project that I made earlier this month was for the Glue Arts Blog.  We focused on creating recycled/re-used/re-purposed projects.  I re-purposed an old hard cover craft book by turning it into a simple fabric covered tray with wooden ball feet. 

Fabric Covered Book Tray:

I covered it the same way that as I used to cover text books when I was a kid so the book can still be opened if you choose. 

Although today is celebrated as Earth Day, we've been trying as a family to make improvements over the past couple of years on how we impact the environment on a daily basis not just on this one day of the year.  We've cut back on waste - reducing garbage and more efficiently using what we already have and buying less overall.  For example, we pay more attention to using up what we purchase at the grocery store - much less waste of food - and we use what we buy more carefully, especially soaps and detergents.  We cut out our use of papergoods especially - paper plates, cups, etc.  We cut back on household energy use - electricity, heating/cooling.  We pack our lunches with re-usable containers.  And we're more careful with recycling too.  Not perfect by a longshot but Earth Day is a good reminder to keep striving to make improvements and we'll continue to include more changes in the coming year.

Happy Friday & Happy Earth Day, too!  :)