Filled with Easter Love

It is spring here in Southern California! The peach tree in the backyard is blooming, the temperatures have been in the mid- to high-70s for the past few days, and Easter is just a few weeks away!

I created a soft, pastel Easter card to share with you today.

1. Make a green 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ top-fold card.

2. Trim pink cardstock to 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ and attach to the card front.

3. Trim kraft cardstock to fit an A2 embossing folder (approximately 4-1/4″x5-1/2″) and emboss with dot texture. Lightly rub the surface of the embossed cardstock with white ink. Trim panel to 4″x5-1/4″ and attach to the card front.

4. Trim pink gingham paper to 2-1/2″x4″ and mat with white cardstock cut slightly larger. Attach to the card front as shown.

5. Trim green dotted paper into a banner shape and mat with white cardstock cut slightly larger. Attach to the card as shown.

6. Wrap green satin ribbon around the card and attach. Wrap cream wrinkled seam binding around the card, overlapping the green satin ribbon. Tie a double bow.

Designer note: To give my white seam binding a soft, wrinkled look, I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist and crumpled it into a ball. Once the seam binding was dry, It was a pale cream color and nicely wrinkled. To create the double bow, I used two lengths of seam binding. I simply tied one bow, and then tied a second bow which I glued on top of the first.

7. Stamp Easter eggs with pink ink onto white cardstock. Using a masking technique, stamp grass over the eggs with green ink. Trim the images out with a die cut template and attach to the card as shown.

8. Stamp a sentiment with pale brown ink onto white cardstock. Trim into a tag shape, ink edges pink, and mat with green cardstock. Glue to the bow as shown.

9. Glue a pink flower to the top of the bow.

10. Line the inside of the card front with kraft cardstock to cover the ribbon. Decorate the inside of the card with a large kraft cardstock panel and a strip of pink gingham paper.

Supply List

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Leaf; Bazzill Basics Petal Soft, Kraft; Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden, My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Dolled Up
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Toffee Crunch; Clearsnap Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antique Moss, Fluid Chalk Popcorn; Stampin’ Up! Pretty in Pink
  • Stamps: Inspired by Stamping Mason Jars Add On III
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Flowers: Inspired by Stamping
  • Embossing folder: The Paper Studio
  • Die cuts: My Favorite Things Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers, Inspired by Stamping Fancy Labels 1
  • Tools: Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • Adhesive: 3M Scotch Brand Tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Thanks for looking!

Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

Happy Spring Every Bunny!

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch this smiling bunny greeting to welcome your guests with a wish for a Happy Spring!

Materials

  • 32-count Antique White Jobelan
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Decorative fabric of choice
  • Foam board
  • Craft batting
  • Cream cording

Tools

  • Needle and dental floss
  • Beacon Adhesive Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 2-5/8” x 7-1/4”; Stitch count: 42 w x 114 h

Happy Spring

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads. Trim stitched project to
6-5/8”x11-1/4”.

3. Backstitch with 1 strand DMC 869 Hazelnut Brown, Vy. Dk all bunny and chick details, butterflies, balloon, and flower stamens. Backstitich flower stem using 1 strand DMC 3815 Celadon Green, DK. Stitch French Knots with 1 strand (wrapped two times) DMC 869 Hazelnut Brown, Vy. Dk for bunny eyes, chick eyes, and flower stamen tips.

4. Cut batting to measure 4-5/8”x9-1/4” and foam board to 4-5/8”x9-1/4”. Adhere batting to foam board. Center stitched project over batting; turn over.

5. Use needle and dental floss to zig-zag stitch opposite edges together at back of foam board to secure.

6. Cut 29” length from cording; adhere to edge of stitched project. Cut 4-5/8”x8-1/4” rectangle from decorative fabric; adhere to back of foam core.

Tip

  • To create a door hanger, adhere ends of 8” cording length to top back corners of project.

by Gail Bussi

Cross-stitched Iris Inspirational

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch a special message to beautify your home at Easter and all year long. The gorgeous colors and art deco-inspired design remind us of stained glass!

Materials

  • DMC Charles Craft 14-count White Aida, 10”x12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg.: Blending Filament, Braid #8

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: one strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: one strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 5-1/2”x7”; stitch count: 76 w x 97 h

Iris

1. To find center, fold cloth in half and in half again the opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread.

2. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

3. Stitch design centered on fabric. Where indicated, use one strand Kreinik 091 Star Yellow Braid #8. Use one strand embroidery floss and two strands Kreinik 032 Pearl Facets Blending Filament where indicated.

4. Stitch French knots and backstitch with one strand DMC 3842 Wedgewood-DK, and flowers with one strand DMC 310 Black.

Tip

  • Instead of using matte board to frame, substitute coordinating colored ribbon (as shown in photo).

by Lois Winston

Easter Ornaments in Felt

At the recent CHA show in Anaheim, I renewed my acquaintance with the folks at the Kunin Group. This company makes felt fabrics but with a difference – they are made in the USA from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It’s a product you can feel good about because it is helping keep plastic out of landfill and that’s a great idea.

There are all sorts of felt fabrics in the range but the one I particularly love is the one shown here – it is printed felt fabric with a floral pattern. It is colorful and cute and, if you love to do just a little bit of sewing, the shapes in the pattern make it fun and easy to embellish the ornament with as much or as little sewing as you like.

Materials

  • Printed felt
  • DMC #5 Pearl cotton, in assorted colors
  • Small buttons
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Scissors, pins, and needles

For this Easter Egg ornament project, I cut two pieces of patterned felt in an egg shape. On one side I sewed some small buttons and added just a touch of embroidery. I used DMC #5 Pearl Cotton – this is a twisted thread embroidery cotton of which you use the entire thickness so there is no need to separate it. It is lovely to work with and it has a beautiful luster which looks great on this project. I sewed some simple embroidery stitches following the printed shapes on the felt.

When you are done, cut a narrow strip of felt to use to hang the ornament. Sew around the edges of the two shapes (printed side out) with blanket stitch and catch the loop as you sew the edge. Before finishing, stuff gently with a little fiberfill.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)