Sunday, March 31, 2013

Twinkling Happy Easter

Hi artlings!  Happy Easter! This "little" Easter project seemed quick and simple enough in my head, but somehow took much longer than I expected!
Easter Sunday is almost over, but I wanted to share this bevy of bunnies.  Ok, I know, not a bevy!

I wanted to decorate these buns in different ways. I drew this bunny years ago for a card-making class I taught, and it's been a template on the Techniques Pages for eons as a pdf.  The first time I made one, I covered it with a used dryer sheet to make it a fuzzy bunny.  When I printed the template out the other day, I was shocked to see how bad the quality was.  Bad Suzanne. So I got my fledgling Illustrator skills to work and remade The Buns.  He's much better now! There are two bunnies on the pdf now, one with the fold and one without.

I used 140lb Arches CP paper for this flock.  The paper was painted with washes of Twinkling H20's in pastel colours, then when dry, the templates were cut out. 

The turquoise buns was my attempt at stamping using the Twinkling H2Os.  I think I could have done better. The stamping solution was a more concentrated version of the background wash colour.  I brushed it onto the stamp.

The embossed bunny was done with the new Spellbinders Ornamental Swirls 3D Embossing Folder.  Holy smokes!  The depth of the embossing is phenomenal.  I did moisten the watercolour paper before I put it through the Grand Calibur, but it really wasn't a happy sandwich - a bit too thick for safety.  But, it's ok.  Our kitties survived the bunny sandwich shooting out the backside of the machine.  vbg!

The hand-lettered bunny was done with a more concentrated solution of the Twinkling H2Os.  It was applied to the Mitchell nib with a brush and lettered directly on the coloured watercolour paper.

I used the little flower in the Spellbinder's Page Maps Whimsy set and added a pearl to their centers.  The die cut buttons came from the same set.

Because the watercolour paper was so thick, I opted not to make a folded card, but instead I cut down the Tim Holtz Small Easel so it fit behind the bunnies and allowed them to stand up.

Hope you had a Hoppy Easter!  Now these little guys will be put away for next year....  Maybe I'll have twice as many when I open the bin next year!

Thanks for hopping in!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

God Grant Me the Serenity

I've wanted to do this quote for a long time.

This is my Becca Feeken wannabe card! In its simplest form, of course. How did I do?  I used her Spellbinders die design and the Becca Bow Maker, too! (Thumbnail links to the products are below)

God Grant Me the Serenity is on of the new rubber stamps available at Quietfire Design.  Here are the three new stamps and right now they can be found in the New Stamps Department!

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!  Suzanne

Sunday, March 17, 2013

May the Wings of the Butterfly - Happy St. Pat's Day!

 What better Quietfire stamp to use on St. Patrick's Day than an Irish Blessing?! There really is green on this project. It's just not the Kelly Green we're all used to!

The stamp is from the Butterfly Circles set.
I just love these butterfly paper clips that have just come into stock.  If you like them, don't wait too long, I didn't get many!

I used a gold Gel Extreme to add a couple of hearts at the ends of the flourishes.  It glows almost as much as the gold foil in the paper.


Here are some thumbnail links to the products I used.  The Kaisercraft 75 Cent paper is wonderful - both elegant and shabby!
Thanks for having a look.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!