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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

Easter Monday

Yesterday's Easter celebration with family was a wonderful time spent. My 2 year-old great granddaughter provided us with lots of love and loads of entertainment. The food was yummy, too! Easter has always been filled with children; in addition to my great-granddaughter, we had 4 other small ones to prepare an Easter "basket" for.

On Saturday, I discovered the sweetest stencil from Echo Park Paper Co. I had to purchase it because it was perfect to make Easter cards for the little ones. These cards were extremely simple to make with the use of the stencil. I inked smooth card stock with Memento Inks in Gray Flannel and Angel Pink.

Easter, Echo Park Paper Co., IMAGINE Crafts' Memento Dye Ink, VersaFine, Ranger, Stickles, So Silk Card Stock, Neenah Classic Linen Card Stock, Shaker Card, Memory Box, Spellbinders

The tag was inked with the same Memento Ink in Angel Pink; the sentiment stamp was inked with VersaFine in Onyx Black. One of the small "bunny" shaker cut-outs was affixed to the tag.

I matched the background of the shaker area with the top panel card.

I used clear acetate on both sides of the shaker filler so I could more easily line up the background pattern to the card panel. I rubbed both inside surfaces of the acetate with "My Embossing Buddy" to eliminate the static electricity. I also rubbed the inside of the foam mounting tape around the shaker fill with a tissue to remove excess adhesive.

The circle cut-out was made with Spellbinders' Media Mixage Circles Three Die (MD1-012). I would have used the nested circle die set but I couldn't find it amidst the re-organization.

The bunny was stenciled with Brilliance in Pearlescent Coral and Pearlescent Sky Blue onto the tags on the second and third cards. All of the bunnies' tails were made with Stickles from Ranger in Baby Blue or Cotton Candy.

All 3 top card panels were matted with So Silk card stock in either Fair Blue or Beauty Pink. The base card was Neenah Classic Linen Card Stock 80# in Solar White. The tags and top panel were Conqueror Cover Card Stock in Diamond White; the tag was die cut with a Memory Box stitched rectangle.

I could have made these cards all day long!

Echo Park Paper Co. Designer 6x6 Stencil "Bunnies" EA100034

Outlines Rubber Stamps' "Easter Joy" B835 (sadly, no longer in business)

IMAGINE Crafts: Memento Dye Ink in Angel Pink; Gray Flannel; Brilliance Pigment Ink in Pearlescent Sky Blue and Pearlescent Coral; VersaFine pigment ink in Onyx Black.

Memory Box: Stitched Rectangle Layers 30009

Spellbinders: Media Mage Circles Three Die Set (MD1-012)

Ranger: Stickles in Baby Blue and Cotton Candy

Bunny Shaped Shaker Fill: mfg. unknown

Ribbon: May Arts

Clear Acetate

My Embossing Buddy

E. K. Success Corner Punch: Heritage Corner

Foam Mounting Tape: around the shaker fill materials; under the tags

On the PoppyStamps' blog, Pam Simpson has made another gorgeous card . . .

PoppyStamps, Pam Simpson, Happy Birthday

Click on this link to Pam's posting on the PoppyStamps' blog:

On the Art 'n Soul blog, Pam Nelson has a step-by-step tutorial on "Rubbed Nuance" for more color control. Magenta's Nuance is available at Art 'n Soul, as well as the beautiful stamp designs from Magenta. There are two upcoming classes at Art 'n Soul using Magenta's Nuance. I'm signed up for both.

Art 'n Soul, Pam Nelson, Nuance

Click on this link to Pam's posting on the Art 'n Soul blog:

Diana Nguyen has made a lovely card for the Elizabeth Craft Designs' blog using one of the new Quitefire Designs' word dies for Elizabeth Craft Designs, and ECD's embossing folder and Shimmer Sheetz!

Elizabeth Craft Designs, Diana Nguyen, Quietfire Designs

Click on Diana's tutorial by clicking this link:

Penny Ward ended her week as Guest Designer on the Penny Black blog with this elegant card. I love monotone looks and this one is a winner!

Penny Ward, Penny Black Stamps

Click on this link for Penny's tutorial at Penny Black's website:

It's time to finish a long Monday. At the last-minute, we hosted a lunch meeting at our house for 7 people since my sister-in-law wasn't feeling well over the weekend and it was just easier for her. After the meeting was over, she helped me with more organizing and purging of my craft stash. Then her brother stopped in for left-overs on his way back from Portland before heading to Issaquah for the evening. So now that this post is put to bed, I will put myself to bed.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tomorrow we're spending the day as "tourists" in Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island along Puget Sound. The sun will be out. Looking forward to a "4-girl get-away" day.

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