Thursday, March 28, 2013

Top Note Bunny

You've seen the things---dogs, cats and other "critters" --- I've-made using the top note die.  I love finding new things to make using that die.  Well, I decided to make a bunny the other day as an Easter card to send my sisters.

I cut the white CS using the top note and then folded it in half.  I used one of the Holiday Ornament dies to cut his ears, with the pink inside cut using the Blossom Petal Builder Punch. 

I used the 1-1/4" circle punch for the muzzle and the 1" and 3/4" circle punches for the eyes.  My friend quickly reminded me that bunnies don't have blue eyes.  Well, maybe not, but I think he's cuter with them blue rather than pink.  Ha!
 Inside the card I stamped Easter Blessings.  I sent this card to my sister and my dad and I think they all got a kick out of it.  Here are their cards all lined up to be mailed.  Some got pink, some yellow and some blue bows.

I hope you like the.  The bunny is quick to make.  Try one!  Thanks for stopping in.   Come back soon! 
Smiles, Laura

Monday, March 25, 2013

Jessica's Easter Card

The other day on Pinterest, I saw this cute little chicken, on a card shared by  Sharon Burkett..  Here is her card:
I thought the chick was so cute that I needed to make some to use on Easter cards to send to my friends and to Jessica.  Jessica usually spends her spring break with us, but this year is going to her other grandmother's because she is getting in some new little chicks to raise.  Jessica wanted to be there to play with the chicks.  So I KNEW I had do make her an Easter card with a chick on it!!  Sharon's card was just the thing! 

Here is my card.  My chick isn't on a limb but rather in some "grass" I cut.
 Here's another card using a different background.  I thought perhaps a ribbon tied around it might look nice and I used a different punch on the sides of the chick.
 On this one, I added the ribon, but left the yellow off on the sides and below the "Happy Easter."  I think I do like the yellow added to help the chick stand out.
 Here is how I did the insdies on the cards:
So don't you like Sharon's chick!   I hope she doesn't mind my casing it!!

Thanks for stopping in today!  Have a wonderful Holy week!
Smiles, Laura

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Flip-Down Stack Card

Today  I want to share with you  a card I made using a layout I found by Sabrina Friel.  It was called a flip-down stack card.  The squares that you flip down were smaller than I'd like in her instructions, so I made mine larger.  Here is the front of the card:
The card itself is Wild Wasabi green from Stampin' Up! and I layered a pretty print designer paper over that.  The square that the chick is on is 3" square.  All my squares are 3" square.

When you flip that square down, you see this:

When you flip down the square that  has, "just for you," you see this:

 Here is a close-up  shot of the little chicks.  They are made using the Bird Builder punch.

 Here is a close-up of the bunny.  He is made using the heart punch and oval punches and some circles.
If you want complete "how-tos" for this card, check out the techniques on and you will see Sabrina's instructions.  It's a fun card to make. 

I hope you like the card.  Good luck making one yourself!
Come and visit me again soon.  Smiles, Laura

Friday, March 15, 2013

Jessica's birthday and Dillon's Easter Card

I felt so badly that in my "business" I failed to send Valentines to my two precious grandchildren!!  How could I have done that?? Actually, I make occasion cards so early, designing for class, that it seems like the holiday is over and then suddenly it IS the holiday and it occurs to me I haven't mailed the cards I made.  I should have sent theirs late, but oh, well......

We spend time with them last weekend and totally enjoyed them both.  We never have enough time with them to suit me!  Jessica has recently turned 12 so we celebrated her birthday. When I asked her what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday, she said she "actually doesn't like cake" and would rather have a pie.  She LOVED the pecan pie I made.
Dillon is hold up one candle, in a musical candle holder playing Happy Birthday To You because of course you cannot get a candle to stand up in a pie!  Here's a shot of Jessica:
She's holding up the card I made her--and of course she like how it interlocked to close and open.  They are beautiful children (inside and out).  I'll share that one another day.

So to the rest of my subject line today.  I stamped with my friend Judy yesterday and made this Easter card to send to Dillon.  And I WILL get this one in the mail early!!

The card itself is Baja Breeze and I layered it with Sahara Sand.

This little bunny is made using the wide, large and small oval punches.  His eyes are punched suing the Owl Builder punch and the muzzle is made using the 1/2" circle punch.  I think he's a cutie and perhaps a bit childish for Dillon, but I think he'll like the card anyway.  I haven't completed the inside yet, but will probably stamp Easter Blessings inside.

Thanks for stopping in today!!
Smiles, Laura

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's almost Easter....

I was so surprised when I visited my blog today.  How could it have been almost a half a month since I posted!!  I seem to stay too busy with "life" and and stamping and am afraid I neglect the blog.  But I certainly  appreciate those of you who stick with me and keep visiting.  I appreciate, too, your leaving comments to let me know if you like what I post.

I do have a card to share with you today.  Here is one I made this week for our church's pastor for Easter.

On Pinterest I saw a card with a cross, with flowers growing up it, and it had what I think are "sun circles" behind it.  I like it but its background was yellow and I wanted clouds in my background.  

Here is a close-up for the clouds, sun, and cross.  You will see that I used the Stampin' Up! Cloudy Day embossing folder on the blue for the sky.
To get the white on the clouds, I used the aqua painter and white stamp pad to color the clouds.  It is very light and subtle, but I like how it looked.

I used the Woodgrain embossing folder, carried over from the Holiday Mini, on the wooden cross, to give it a "wooden" look.  I like how that turned out.

I used white 3/8" taffeta ribbon for the drape.  This will be the color on the cross on Easter Sunday when life triumphs over death!

For the inside, I used one of the cross stamps from the Crosses of Hope stamp set.  After inking, I stamped it off on a side sheet before stamping on the card, so it would be light.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Easter Blessings on top of it using Soft Suede ink.

I am pleased with how this one turned out.  I hope Pastor Karen likes it!!

Thanks for stopping in.  Have a wonderful day!!
Smiles, Laura