Time for Easter Crafting!

I’m really excited that Easter is in April this year. Why? Because it means more time for Easter crafting!

I don’t know why, but I absolutely love Easter (even more than Christmas)! Maybe it’s because my birthday is in the spring, or it could be the craftiness of egg painting—or it might even be the challenge of finding every last hidden egg. I don’t know. But either way, it’s fun, colorful, and makes me happy.

Before Valentine’s Day was even over, I had a ton of ideas for the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle (item 144731). The Basket Bunch Stamp Set (item 143186) is absolutely adorable and it just screams “Design a scene with me!” It really does! So I couldn’t resist and decided to make little Easter egg dioramas.

Now, before you get too excited, I have to say: I used fake eggs. They don’t break (they actually bounce, if you really want to know), you can cut into them with scissors, and oh yeah, there is no messy center to deal with. So it was the obvious choice. They’re called "DIY Easter Eggs" or "Plastic Decorating Eggs" and you can find them pretty much anywhere Easter stuff is being sold.

* EDIT: March 24, 2017. Here is a picture of the type of eggs I used. Mine had a different name (DIY Easter Eggs), but the label and packaging, were essentially the same.

To begin, I drew a “window opening” on my egg, poked a hole with my Paper Piercing Tool (item 126189), and cut it out using my Paper Snips (item 103579). To color my egg shells, I simply used the ink pad of choice and a Sponge Dauber (item 133773) to rub it on the outside. I let them dry overnight.

Now, you’re probably thinking that designing inside an egg is pretty tedious and if I had to guess, I would agree. You see, I didn’t design or assemble my little scenes inside the egg. I designed everything on a cardstock circle, punched using the 1-1/4" Circle Punch (item 119861). Once my design was complete, I placed the scenery (bottom first) into the egg and turned it.

I love all the different images in the Basket Bunch Stamp Set and the coordinating Basket Builder Framelits Dies (item 143228)—which make it quick and easy to cut them out. The possibilities are endless with this bundle. You can have a bunny in his carrot garden, a basket of flowers, or even little chickadees hanging out at the farm.

To finish off my little egg dioramas I added the Whisper White Mini Pompom Trim (item 141486) to the opening. This trim is absolutely perfect to complete the look.

Thank you for joining me today and Happy Easter crafting!

Martha Inchley
2017 Artisan Design Team

Stamp Review Crew: Oh, So Succulent

Hello and Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop! This week's featured stamp set is Oh So Succulent,

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So I have to admit that the Oh So Succulent stamp set, isn't really my cup of tea... I received it at an OnStage event, so I thought: Why not? and I went ahead and ordered the co-ordinating framelits.

When it came to creating with it, ... I wasn't very inspired by the set. I've seen a ton of beautiful succulents created with the bundle and I've been blown away by their realism. So what could I offer, that hasn't already been done or seen...

Well... What about a chick? You know: Hens and Chicks... Lol, kidding, I couldn't help myself. 

So, yes... I created a chick with the stamp set. I used 3 stamp images, can you tell which ones? 

To finish my little chick, I used the owl builder punch to create his beak and eyes and the SAB stamp set: Hey Chick for the perfect greeting.

Thanks for hopping in today. Next up is the Talented Sue Plote. Enjoy the rest of the hop and happy creating!


Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: Basket Bunch

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. This week we are featuring the stamp set: Basket Bunch and Dragonfly Dreams.

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For today's Artisan Blog hop I chose the bundle: Basket Bunch! This bundle is one of my favourites from the 2017 Occasions catalogue and with Easter being a month away, there's still plenty of time for Easter crafting!

After playing with this bundle, I just couldn't resist making little baskets to hold a few little Easter eggs. 3 to be exact.

My basket are small but cute, and they make the perfect little party favours. You could put an easter greeting on them, like I did, or use them as place cards with your guest's name on it. Either way, they will definitely brighten someones day.

The nice thing about the "Basket Bunch" stamp set is that there is so much choice and versatility that the possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating your basket. Bunny, chicks, eggs, chocolate bunny, peeps, flowers and even carrots!

Making the little basket was super easy. In fact, it's so easy, that I made a tutorial for you! Now you can create some of your own! Enjoy and happy Easter creating!

Thank you for hopping in, I hope you enjoyed what I did with the Basket Bunch Bundle. Up next is the Talented Mercedes Weber! Enjoy the rest of the hop! Until next time, Happy Creating!

Artisan Design Team:
Martha Inchley - That's me!

Fancy Folds Blog Hop: Z Fold Flap Card

Hello and Welcome to another Fancy Folds Blog Hop! We are an International team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, who have come together to showcase different folding projects each month. Today our design team is excited to showcase the Z Fold Flap Card. To learn this fold I watched THIS VIDEO by Dawn Griffith

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Thanks for hopping in, I hope you enjoyed my take on the Z Fold Flap card. Up next is the Talented Shannean Moncrieff's Blog. Enjoy!

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. This week is an open hop, where we can feature anything from our Artisan Box.

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So, It took me, all of 2 seconds to decided on what I was going to play with first, from the latest artisan box. If you know me or have been following my blog over the years, you would know that I LOVE easter, and even more then that... Easter Crafting!

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this wonderfully cute easter bundle: Basket Bunch!

A few weeks ago, I had a lot fun learning how to create the "Pop Up  Box Cards,  that I just couldn't resist making another one, using this bundle. The bunny is just too adorable and the die cut of the grass is perfect for adding even more dimension to a 3D card.

My colour combo is Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Whisper White, and a whole lot of coloured easter eggs!

This bundle is absolutely adorable and the amount of cuteness you could create with it is endless. The one thing I love about the pop up box cards is that they fold flat and slip nicely into an envelope, making the 3D design pop even more when opened.

Thanks for hopping in today, up next is the Talented Mercedes Weber's Blog! Enjoy the rest of the hop!
Happy Creating

Artisan Design Team:
Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley - That's me!
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser