Happy Easter 2015!

It’s Easter time!

In my lastest order from Stampin’ Up!, I got the highly anticipated Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies – there was just no way around it. It’s definitely a must have! I’ve watched a few tutorials on YouTube and have made my own. They are so cute! Supplies will be listed at the end.

Curvy Keepsake Easter

For the Bunny, I watched this video. I don’t have a bird builder punch, so I just used some round ones to make my eyes.

Curvy Keepsake Bunny

For the Chick, I watched this video. I applied my nose a little differently and didn’t make chick wings.

Curvy Keepsake Chick

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I can’t to make more cute little boxes with this die!

Here’s my FIRST EVER video on YouTube: 

Here is the supplies list:

Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies

Owl Builder Punch (the larger round cuts to make the iris of the eyes)

3/4″ Circle Punch (for the whites of the eyes, and rabbit cheeks and rabbit mouth)

Blossom Punch (Chick feet)

Heart from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (for both noses)

Ovals Collection Dies (Mine is from Sizzix – the two smallest ones were used to make the bunny ears)

Card Stock Colors:

Basic Black (Eyes)

Whisper White (Bunny Body, Bunny cheeks, Bunny and Chick eyes)

Pink (I used some scraps I had on hand, but Pink Pirouette would do nicely! – for Bunny ears, nose and mouth)

Daffodil Delight (Chick Body)

Pumpkin Pie (Chick Nose and Feet)

White chalk ink marker (eye accents)

Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (Bunny whiskers)

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March 2015 My Paper Pumpkin

I got my first Paper Pumpkin Kit! As a welcome, they even gave me a free acrylic block. How nice! If you don’t know, the Paper Pumpkin kit is everything you need in a box for a complete project – ink, stamps, cardstock and embellishments. They are so fun and exciting to get and you never know what the month’s kit will include until they are shipped. March’s kit is called “Sew You” – some sewing is required. This particular kit comes with the Sew You stamp set (lots of fun sentiments all leading up to the word “YOU” that you need to sew), 9 black and white patterned card bases in 3 designs, 9 die-cut word bubbles, 9 blue envelops, cute blue epoxy stickers, 10 yards of yellow embroidery thread, a needle and 50 dimensionals. Don’t be scared if you’re not a sewer – directions are included and it’s really simple. It does take some time to complete all 9 cards. I started by making one card as directed by the Pumpkin Kit. Here is what it looks like:

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The black and white design is on the back and the front of the card, so to get more from my kit, I cut these card bases in half – to get double the amount of black and white sheets. I used different embroidery thread colors that I have on hand and tried to match them with Stampin’ Up cardstock and matted them onto white card bases. So I have total of 9 cards in different colors and an additional 8 pieces of black and white sheets that I can use for other projects.

March 2015 Paper Pumpkin 1

March 2015 Paper Pumpkin

March 2015 Paper Pumpkin 2

Isn’t it more fun this way??? I love how they turned out!

Here are close ups of each color:

March 2015 Paper Pumpkin Wild Wasabi

wild wasabi

March 2015 Paper Pumpkin Marina Mist

marina mist

March 2015 Paper Pumpkin Elegant Eggplant

elegant eggplant

March 2015 Paper Pumpkin Daffodil Delight

daffodil delight

March 2015 Paper Pumpkin 4

the original

Your Perfect Day

We have made very few friends in our short time here in Ohio. With our busy work schedules, it’s been really difficult to make time for others. Stephen has a classmate who is also here with us and her wedding is also in May. This card is cased from the card that is featured in the Occasions catalog which samples the Your Perfect Day stamp set. I don’t have gold embossing powder and didn’t want to use designer paper so I decided to change it up just a tad.

My card base is Whisper White. I lined the bottom of the card with some washi tape that is decorated with little gold hearts from the Stacked With Love washi tape collection. I stamped the vine image in Pear Pizzazz ink and stamped the little flowers around it in Blushing Bride ink. I have to admit that I wasn’t very careful with these smaller stamps so I had to do a lot of covering up on the flowers.

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I had to keep stamping the flowers over as edging that was accidentally inked on the paper…and you can tell I did it on the green vines too – I covered it up by drawing some extra vines in with a Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker.

I then stamped the larger “Congrats to You Two” in Whisper White Craft Ink and embossed it with black embossing powder to give it an extra wow-factor.

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This card is so sweet and was so easy to make. I will definitely be doing this again! All the products used on this card are available through the end of June and may or may not be carried over into the annual catalog for next year. If you’re interested in these products, please let me know. I’d love to order these for you if you do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!

For The New Two

There are 3 weddings coming up this May – only one of which we can attend. So I got busy after some much needed Caly-time today to make some. This first one I created is for my friends, Jessica and Eric, who I also made bridal shower invites and a banner for previously. I wanted to carry over the lace theme to make it all cohesive for them. So I chose Blushing Bride as my card base. This time, I used Blushing Bride ink to stamp the I Love Lace background stamp on Whisper White card stock cut to 4″x 5.25″.

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I also cut a piece of vellum to this same size to layer on top of the laced piece. On the vellum, I stamped a sentiment from the For The New Two wedding stamp set using Jet Black Stazon Ink (his ink is permenant and is great for stamping on vellum). It’s so elgant!

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I got some pink twine with gold accent (I’m reusing from the Valentine’s My Paper Pumpkin Kit that I got from my mother in law) and used it to bring the vellum and lace piece together. There was nothing else holding down the vellum piece so I decided to add two gold brads as well.

For the New Two - Eickhorst 1

I never really know how something is going to turn out and I think this is as much as I can do with this card without overdoing it! I think Jessica will love it!

For the New Two - Eickhorst

Kindergarten Timeline Project

My middle child, Evan (aka: Egg-Head, Egan, Evan-brain – we have lots of nicknames for him), had a project a few weeks ago and he had to create a timeline. So I wanted to share with you what I did to create this accordion-fold timeline using washi tape.

I cut standard 8.5″ x 11″ heavy white card stock in half for each page and adhered them together with washi tape with a slight gap in between each for ease of closure. Washi tape is easy to manipulate and was really easy to work with. I let him write a little about each photo showing the milestones in his life – children’s handwriting is always cute. It’s nothing anyone else can’t re-create and this post is not so much a tutorial as it is just me sharing his cute photos with you.

Here’s our Monkey-brain (another nickname). Isn’t he adorable? I miss him being little – but I also know his cuteness has no end.

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Warning: telling a 5 year old what to write might make you want to pull your hair out.

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He chose his own colors and that was probably the best part about doing this project for him.

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Butterfly Thinlit on Vellum

The Blendabilities markers have been discontinued by Stampin’ Up! due to some quality manufacturing issues and it has been a disappointment for a lot of people. The markers are so versatile and you can do so many projects with them. I have no doubt that Stampin’ Up! will find an alternative for these popular markers in the future. I also have to remember that Stampin’ Up’s stampin’ write markers can be used to achieve the same effects with different techniques.

I played with my Blendabilities markers last night and made a quick card using vellum and the largest butterfly thinlit from the Butterflies Thinlits set (sorry, I can’t find the link for it!). I cut a piece of vellum to 4″ x 5 1/4″, cut out the butterfly image on Basic Black Card stock, and used Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue to carefully adhere the butterfly to the vellum.  Once dry, I colored the back side of the vellum (if you put the project over some white/light colored paper, you can see easily through the vellum where you are coloring) with an assortment of Blendabilities markers. It’ so quick and easy! My oldest son watched me do this in less than 5 minutes.

This is what it looks like from the front side:

Butterfly Thinlits on Vellum

The colors are super vibrant!

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You have to mount this image on white card stock/base because any other color will change the effect of the colors. I decided to matte my final project on Whisper White card base.

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Such a clean look. I didn’t add any sentiments, but can when I’m ready to use the card.

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Big On You Chalkboard Birthday Card

Today’s card is really simple. I wanted to play with chalkboard effects and this was really easy to do. The stamp set is called Big On You and offers four large stamps that say it all in a BIG way: “So Very Kind of You,” “It’s Your Day,” “I Do Love You” and “I Think You’re Pretty Swell.” I used the “It’s Your Day” stamp to create a birthday card for my sister-in-law.

Using Basic Black card stock (cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″), I sponged all around with Whisper White craft ink – it’s a permanent pigment ink that you can also emboss with. After sponging, I used a paper towel to smear the ink – this also causes it to dry quickly so you can move onto the next step. I used an embossing buddy to make sure the unwanted embossing powder doesn’t stick to anything else and inked the sentiment using the same craft ink. I used white embossing powder and heat embossed it.

Big on You

I used a chalkboard marker and drew some candles and a balloon. Not necessary, but I couldn’t help myself.

Big on You 2

I layered this piece on some Primrose Petals (retired color) card stock (cut to 4 1/4″ x 5″) and mounted it on a Whisper White card base. That’s it! So simple.

Big on You 3

Happy Birthday, Miss Anna!