Monday, 3 March 2008

Easter Cards

I got my Easter cards done really early this year using some gorgeous stamps from Stampin' Up and High Hopes Stamps. Here's just 3 of them for you to look at.

Hop Along Hallie

This one uses Hop Along Hallie by High Hopes Stamps and was also done for Sketch Challenge 83 on Splitcoast Stampers here.

I started with a simple pale pink base and rounded the corners on the outer edge to go with using the circles on the sketch challenge. I added a simple layer of the designer paper with circles on (still keeping to the theme of circles see!). The image was stamped onto white cs and coloured in using chalks with a wet paintbrush to make the colours more defined. I wanted a soft look but not as pale as the chalks usually give.I cut the white circle out with my nestabilities and embossed it (you can almost see the embossing where the sky and grass finish). The pink scalloped circle is also a nestabilities dies. I just love these dies! The sentiment circles were cut out first and then the greeting was positioned using my stamp positioner and embossed with pink embossing powder.


Stamps - Hop Along Hallie and Fancy Hoppy Easter by High Hopes Stamps.

Papers - Pink cardstock from local stamp store, white cardstock from local stationery store, Designer Paper is Spring Fling by Imaginisce

Inks - Versafine Onyx Black and chalks

Accessories - Nestabilties circles and scalloped circles, clear embossing powder, weird ribbony thing from HOTP Icy Rainbow ribbon pack

Dotty Chick Trio

I saw this card on SCS and just had to CASE it. I changed little bits on it but generally kept it the same. I paper pieced the egg shells and the top half of them are mounted on foam pads (dimensionals)

The card base is a peach one by Craftonic in A6 size (UK sizes). I used scraps of blue, yellow, pink and green - they could be from anywhere but most of my older card stock has come from Craft Central or the Papermill Shop in their A4 card boxes pick and mix selection. Now I'm starting to buy the Stampin Up cs naming colours won't be so much of a problem! I used the solid dots stamp from A Good Egg set from Stampin Up on each strip in the different coloured inks and trimmed them all to about 1 3/4". I stamped 3 chicks onto white cs from WHSmith and chalked in the bodies. I then stamped the chick 6 more times on white scraps and used the same coloured inks to add the dots. I then cut out the shells and positioned 3 over the full stamped images and the other 3 were used as the top shells. I added the Happy Easter greeting from the same set and chalked round the edges in yellow like the chicks just to add a bit of colour. It looked odd just being plain white. The grosgrain ribbon is a yellowy colour from Dovecraft that costs £1 for a 5 metre spool from any Dovecrafts stockists. Such a bargain!


Stamps - A Good Egg by Stampin' Up

Papers - Peach card base by Craftonic (I dislike peach as a colour so am trying to get rid of these blank bases!!), blue, green, yellow and pink cardstock from local stamp store, white card stock from local stationery store

Inks - Versafine Onyx Black, Stampin' Up Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana and Pretty in Pink

Accessories - chalks, yellowy ribbon by Dovecraft (it's more yellow irl than the peachy colour the camera shows), foam pads

Posing Bunny and Hot Chicks

This bunny was so cute, she was dying to be coloured in pink.

I started this card by following sketch challenge SC53 on Spiltcoast Stampers here. I used a white craftonic 15cm square card base (when I first started stamping/cardmaking I used card bases with the envelopes all the time, so that I didn't have to worry about getting my sizes correct! As a result of that I have so many different card bases in different colours, sizes and shapes and I'm frantically trying to use them up when I can!) I used Imaginisce designer paper in Hot Chicks for the background layer. I already has glitter on it so is perfect for adding that bit of extra bling. I dismantled some unsent Easter cards from last year that were simply put quite awful!! I had made them using ideas from a card magazine and they sucked! I pulled all the bits off that I could keep and kept the back of the cards for scrap cs. And this is where the lime green ricrac comes from. I believe I got it free with the magazine that gave my the awful ideas for the cards.

I stamped my image on to white cs from WHSmith and coloured her in using Twinkling H20s. I also did a version using chalks and the result wasn't as nice. I did chalk the sky and grass though as the colours are much more muted. I mounted the image onto pink pearlescent paper from my local stamp store and then again onto the reverse on the Imaginisce paper used on the card base. The Hoppy Easter greeting was stamped onto white cs and then embossed with pink EP (I also added an edge round the cs using the versamark pad and embossed that too!) but the white didn't look right so I chalked it all in yellow. The eggs were stamped using versamark and embossed in lilac and pink embossing powders from Blonde Moments. Each egg was cut out and coloured in using Twinkling H2Os again, but I'm not sure I like the colours. The embossing powders have almost hidden the pattern (that's Papermania stamps for you!). I did think about putting some Liquid Applique on her tail but never got round to doing it!


Stamps - Posing Bunny and Fancy Hoppy Easter by High Hopes Stamps, Egg Border by Papermania

Papers - White square card blank by Craftonic, Designer Paper is Hot chicks by Imaginisce, Pink pearlescent from lss and white cardstock from local stationery store

Inks - Versafine Onyx Black and Versamark for the sentiment

Accessories - green ric-rac, chalks for sentiment, Twinkling H2Os, lilac and pink embossing powders by Blonde Moments


  1. I absolutely love your Chicks Trio. The bright colors with the dots that match the egg shells are perfect! What a great job! All your cards are really nice, but the chicks are my favorite!

  2. I love the cards. i want to make one with an a4 card