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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Well here I am back after a lovely Easter. We had friends to lunch on Sunday and I created this Easter topiary for the centerpiece of the table. It was an idea I had pinned on Pinterest. I didn't realize how heavy all those chocolate eggs would be and the florist foam in the bottom wouldn't hold it up so I had to mix up some plaster of paris. It is never going to fall over now. And even better I can remove the styrofoam ball from the top and replace it with what ever I need. I can see flowers for birthdays and Christmas will be fun.
However we barely made a dent in the Easter eggs (there are 5 packets of eggs stuck in), I may have to take it to my new job tomorrow. I certainly don't need to eat all the chocolate: I am only 300 gms from my first 5 kgs lost this year.
Another Easter project I made this year was inspired by Roni  from Ink Stains with Roni blog. Roni used recycled packaging to make a vintage collage. Here is Roni's Vintage Easter 3d Collage with her step by step instructions, you will have to scroll down to see her finished piece. I didn't think I would get the chance to do this as I rarely get eggs in plastic packaging. However I brought an egg timer and was looking at the packaging to see what I could do with it and off went the light bulb.
I followed Roni's steps to prepare the surface and covered it with torn book pages. I then sprayed with some Distress Ink spray, Broken China for the sky and Peeled paint for the ground. I used an Ezy Press die to make the grass. The chocolate bunny is a an image that I found on the net last year. The flowers are from an old sticker set, they blended in just perfectly. I added the brown German Scrap to finish the edge and dyed the white ribbon with Wild Honey stain to match. I am very happy with how he turned out and i still have the other half off the packaging to play with.

Friday, April 6, 2012

More Birthday Cards

Hopefully the next lot of birthday cards for All Things Tim group have arrived so here are some pictures I would like to share with you. This card was for one of the February ladies and I had fun cutting frames with my new Ezy Press label dies using Tim's Shabby paper. I also made the butterfly's and flourishes using the Alteration dies.
This another of the February cards again using Tim's paper and some metal leaves. I love how you can mix and match his papers. Lots of blending around the edges as well, it really does help frame the image.
I haven't done Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress technique for a while so started playing with my inks at the beginning of March. I used a couple of pieces here to make this card, I really love this butterfly stamp it is so easy to cut out. I stamp the image on the card and then mount the cut out butterfly over the top. A little piece of adhesive foam under each wing pops them off the card.

 I was playing with my Distress stains as well and made this plaid background using Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw. It just begged to be made into a card.  The saying is a new stamp from Kaszazz, it is in a set with some great sayings. The leafy branch is another Kaszazz stamp I use a lot.
I love clocks and time pieces so of course I have Tim's Texture Fade Pocket Watches embossing folder. With a clock face cut out of his paper I went to town. The small clocks are rub-ons from Kaiser and I covered the clock face in Crackle Medium after it was all stuck down. Don't you just love the effect? I hope it made it to America okay.
The last birthday card for March is this dress form from Collections that I covered with more of Tim's paper and then inked up. The needle and tread and the cotton reels are another Kaszazz set of stamps. I had a lot of fun masking the cotton reels to get the overlapped effect.

That's the lot of birthday cards for now, I have been busy over the last 2 weeks doing Tim's Creative Chemistry 101. What a load of fun and I have learned quite a bit. I am still finishing of my tags and will slowly add them here. I have a couple of Easter projects that I have almost done and I will share them tomorrow with you.
Have a great and safe Easter weekend