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2019-04-13; April shoe box project #5; Envelope punch board Easter Basket


I decided that because Easter is this month I could have the ladies make a mini Easter basket as an extra project. I showed them how to use the punch board to make quick work of this little basket. We started with a 6″ square of double sided DP. Here is a top view of the finished, decorated basket.

And a side view. You can see that we added ribbon; colored doily’s; punched leaves and ribbon roses.

See that fluff in the basket? I didn’t have any Easter grass and refused to run out and buy some for such a small project. Cotton batting to the rescue. It is soft and fluffy and infinitely neater to use that Easter grass. You’re welcome for that idea on the alternative 🙂

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2019-04-12; April shoe box card #4; Bee-utiful floral


The next card was designed by Jane. She said she surprised herself with this one and told me it looked just like a “Bonnie card.” I have to agree; it does look like something I would have designed!

We filled the flower centers with bright yellow flower soft.

Then we added this adorable bee sticker

And one more look at this fun design…

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2019-04-11; April shoe box card #3, Just blooming gold foil sticker


The next card was also supplied by Maggi. As with yesterday’s design we were only supplied with the card base, a piece of DP and a gold foil sticker.

Thankfully One of the ladies had a set of sentiment stamps along and I had the basket full of DP scraps as assorted left over punches.

Here you can see the center medallion. This is the foil sticker that was supplied. I colored it in with a gold Wink of Stella pen and added tiny yellow gems to the flowers.

One more look before you go on about your day…

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2019-04-10; April shoe box card #2; Kitties that are thinking about you.


For the next project Maggi provided the metallic gold card base; the green polka dotted DP and the rose DP. She also laid out assorted washi tapes and a sheet of foil stickers. That was it, now come up with a card design on the spur of the moment. It’s tougher than it sounds. Thankfully we were at my house and I had a basket of assorted DP scraps and even a few images. Here is what I came up with:

I found the kitty images in the scrap basket all cut out but not colored. I added pastels for coloring.

And one more look…you can see that I also added some Nuvo drops and a sentiment.

I did pull out a stack of sketches to help me design. Funny how your mind goes totally blank when sitting there with limited supplies in front of you.

2019-04-09; April shoe box card #1; Happy Easter


Hello crafty friends. Last evening I got together with my shoe box group. I hosted and put them all to work on this card to start the evening with. It took quite a while as they each colored the basket of quilted hearts.

Here are the layers. I put 3-d mounting tape in the middle of the basket image and curled the edges downward for a “poofed” look.

And one more look at this design…

Lots more projects to share from the shoe box night so be sure to stop back.

2019-04-08; Owl wreath builder card


Once I cleaned up all of the crafting supplies from the 1-on-1 craft day with the neighbor, I found one card kit all ready to go. It just needed stamping. Out of the bunch that I made I do have a favorite. However; I wanted to try something a little different.

I still used only the mini $1 acrylic sets to design this sample. So it is pretty frugal. This design can certainly be accomplished without either a purchased wreath builder template or a DIY version. In fact, I only used my DIY version of the wreath builder template for the owl placement and eyeballed the rest. It just makes the stamping go faster.

Here is a close look so you can see everything. I did add some sponging through a mask to get the green halo leaving the white center section for the sentiment. I also added glitter glue, Nuvo drops, gold embossing on the border and a black gel pen to add eyes.

One more look before you go on about your day….

Now that the card kit has been used I think I can move on to Easter cards. I do have to get something ready for the April Shoe Box craft night.

2019-04-07; 3-d embossing folder & REVEIW


And the last card of the stamping marathon with my neighbor from last Saturday was trying out 3-d embossing folder. She had never used one before. I did try this (probably 10 year old embossing folder) out a few weeks ago. You can see that sample HERE if you missed it.

This time when we embossed, we used a bigger portion of the folder that offered a flat place to stamp a sentiment.

We colored the background by sponging blue and green.

Here is a look at the sentiment (by Stampin’ Up). We decorated the panel with tiny flowers, fingernail gems, die cut leaves and glitter glue.

We also added some punched butterfly’s and a small flourish.

And one more look at this card before you move onto the review of all of the projects.

And now the REVIEW. We made a butt load of fun cards! Because we were at my house I was able to shift project making in mid-stream (the color burst card) because we had been talking about different techniques. I was able to just haul out what we needed on the spur of the moment. Very convenient and we just copied a previous idea so I didn’t need to re-invent a sketch. We never got to two planned projects that I had lined up so I already have a head start for our next craft day…