Thursday, March 25, 2010

You crack me up!

Even though I'm a big grown-up girl, I still have trouble sleeping in the house when my husband is gone. Part of me is listening for the kids (although they're both big enough to walk themselves into my room if they have a problem) and part of me listens to outside noises and watches the closet door for the Boogeyman-LOL! Just as I was finally getting into a really sound sleep, a huge thunderstorm blew through and ruined the rest of the night's sleep-ugh!

After pretending I could go back to sleep for awhile, I decided to head down to my craft room and finish off an Easter card I have been working on for the last 2 days. Clearly Mojo has left me in the dust because this card took me so long to get together and I'm still not sure it's really the way I envisioned- but hey, it's done!

The idea started with my craving to use Kraft card stock and mix that with some spring colors- so far, so good. When I started looking through my Easter images, I wanted something cute for my kids and the "A Good Egg" was a set I had not used before. When I looked at the chick and the egg stamps, I thought about making a peek-a-boo card, especially with the greeting that comes with this set.

Since I have been hoarding my "Sweet Pea Designer Series" paper pack, I finally decided to break down and buy the "Sweet Pea digital kit" from Stampin' Up so I will have an unlimited supply of these great patterned papers forever, it's cheep and the storage space is slim- a few hundred MB on my computer-ideal!

I printed the pink polka dot onto Whisper White cardstock on my Canon MX850 printer (the colors are totally true to the original paper!) and layered a piece onto a white strip punched with one of my scalloped border punches. I colored the design on the egg with markers, then paper pieced the eggshell over the top.

I stamped the chickie, colored him with markers and placed him in the middle of a Certainly Celery nested die shape I cut out on my Sizzix machine. A strategically placed brad (covered with a little pink rhinestone for some sparkle!) allows one to open the egg and see the little chick. Once I got out the rhinestones, I had to add a few more the the egg and to the corners- it was definitely crying out for some glitz!

The greeting was hand cut, held in place by sticky dots to give it that rolled look and finished off with one of these great pink corduroy buttons (definitely need to order more of those before the end of the month!).

The inside was finished off with just the greeting and a simple frame- no need for more fuss than this- my kids won't notice the difference with more layers! I will definitely have to make a few more of these for my nephew and some other little friends (maybe change it up with more blue for the boys)- I think it will be a big hit!

Just a reminder, the Occasions Mini and the SAB promotion are coming to an end on March 31st, so be sure to take one last look for things you "can't live without"-haha!

Stamps: A Good Egg
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Sweet Peas Designer Series paper
Ink: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst markers, Basic Black
Accessories: Pink corduroy buttons, brad, rhinestones, hemp twine, scallop edge punch, Sizzix machine

1 comment:

  1. Oh gosh - how adorable. I love the surprise chick under the egg.