Thursday, 9 March 2017

Easter NBUS and some very old stash

It was my turn to design two cards and make up 10 kits for the other member  of Langley Stampers Club.

For my first card, I decided to design an Easter card and had great fun making up the kits. The stripey paper is eons old. So old that I cannot even remember when I bought it. I think it may be from the first papercraft garage sale I attended...where 12 x 12 DP was 20 sheets for $1.00 I must say it felt great to use it up!

This scrapbook page size works well for card kits as it only takes 3 sheets to cut it down into twelve 6x6 pieces for the kits. I also had a package of Michaels cheap yellow cardstock on hand. This was bought before I actually made cards...before I learned that it is too flimsy in weight and can easily cut through when it is embossed.

We very carefully embossed this pale yellow paper with a Darice Cherry Blossom folder, taking care to only run it forward  through the Big Shot once. Rolling it through again backwards, seems to increase the odds of cracking the pattern through the cardstock. I like to open the folder and sort of flex one of the single bottom edges till the paper starts to release on its own. That way you have the whole bottom  edge released, sometimes even released to half way up the folder. Less chance of cracking that way.

We used a Memory Box grass die gto hide the joined papers,  and then pop dotted my NBUS  Memory Box Fuzzy Bunnies on top. I bought this die on an amazing sale...just $2.00 Yay!

Luckily, I had  two Michaels $1.00 bin stamps that were Easter themed and best of all they were NBUS.  Well,  I am pretty sure they both were NBUS. The sentiment stamp is for sure! I used Brilliance Orchid ink to stamp them both and then die cut the bunny with a Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals die. The sentiment was cut with a  Taylored Expressions Banner Thinlets banner die. A few pink rhinestones on the blossoms and this card was done.
Hand cut card
Envelope for stash
Cardstock - from my stash
DP - stripey paper is VOS (very old stash)
EF - Darice Cherry Blossom
Dies = Spellbinder Big Scalloped Ovals; Memory Box Fuzzy Bunnies; Memory Box Grass border
Bling = pink rhinestones

If anyone knows how to avoid cutting through the cardstock when you emboss, let me know. I just read on Pinterest that if you finely mist the card with 50% water and 50% rubbing alcohol  that it softens the fibers and there is less chance of cracking. Will try that next time.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
 I cut the grass from green snippets left over from making hills on another card. The bunnies were cut from very small pink snippets and I cut extras for each person so as to use up all the teensy bits.


Unknown said...

I have that DP too. I think I bought it about 8 years ago. That card is super cute. I especially like the pink bunnies.

Dr Sonia S V said...

So pretty!!
Dr Sonia

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a beautiful Easter card Maureen, I love the stripy paper and the embossing folder that you used, Also love those cute little bunnies too. Thank you for the lovely comment you left me earlier.

Sue xx

Carol L said...

This is just delightful with those refreshing spring colors, stripes, bunnies and beautiful embossing! Love it!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Very cute card! I Love the great spring colors! I have that bunny stamp and it is so cute, especially since it was an inexpensive one!

mamapez5 said...

I like the embossing folder. It s so pretty. It all made up into a lovely card for Easter. Kate x

Valerija said...

Gorgeous card. Love the pastel colours.
Valerija xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful card and and an awesome layout. All those colors surely remind me of Spring!

Greta said...

I absolutely love this beautiful Easter card, Maureen! Brilliance inks are some of my very first pads & I still love them--the orchid color is beautiful! Sometimes I emboss with no tabs & just had paper shims as needed to avoid having the paper tear.

Mrs A. said...

Love the stripey paper with the ef folder and love, love yur bunnies. So cute. Hugs Mrs A.

cuilliesocks said...

So very pretty Maureen, lovely colours and a great little scene for Easter, Kate x

Jean said...

I love the pretty spring colours you used and the little bunnies are so cute. I really like the embossing too.
Jean x

SewPaperPaint said...

I just love Easter, bunnies and this amazing card! Fantastic and so springy! Hugs, Autumn

cotnob said...

Such a pretty Easter card Maureen, lovely pastel papers and beautiful embossed panel.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Karenladd said...

Hi Maureen, I have had the same problem with some of my Darice embossing folders and thinner cardstock and find that stacking two sheets of the cardstock, and embossing them both at the same time solves the cracking and cut-through problem. Some of my Darice embossing folders are sharper than other brands and always cut through, even with heavier I just double up. Then I have two of the same embossed design...for two different projects. I don't ever mist with water or anything. Hope that helps!

Janis said...

This turned out sooooooo pretty!
RE: Dry Embossing....
I have struggled with this for quite awhile, I have found two things that help a lot:
1. Put two sheets of cardstock in the EF at once and emboss them together. You don't get quite as pronounced of pattern, but it usually is fine for my purposes and doesn't cut into the paper.
2. This is my latest and greatest solution with my BigShot. The "sandwich recipe" says to open it up one level to the #1 spot...but I discovered that is too much pressure for some of my folders (which results in cuts and slashes), so I open it one more level to the very bottom level and run things through as usual. This has helped me a LOT! Not all my folders require this, but it makes a huge difference with some of them. Hope that helps!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Janis said...

I might add on to my previous comment that I have discovered my Darice Cherry Blossom EF is one of the worst ones in my collection for cutting cardstock. Eeek!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Kathleen said...

Beautiful Easter card and just love the pastel colours and the gorgeous background.

Kath x

Barb said...

A really pretty card Mo and I love your pink bunnies. Barbxx

Berina RGA said...

Such a cute card Maureen! Love the soft pastel colors!

Pia S said...

Beautiful pastel creation, I so love that flower embossing and those die cut bunnies are a real find! Such a sweet Easter card!

Di said...

What a darling Easter card Mo! You reminded me that I have some NBUS bunny dies here too as well :) The pretty Spring colours you used are so lovely and a very prettily designed card too - love the grass. Also, such an apt sentiment as well.


Di xx

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Mo this is such a beautiful, happy, colourful Easter card I absolutely love that embossed background also the little bunnies that are such an iconic Easter creature, I love it
lorraine x

April said...

This is beautiful! Love it!

KandA said...

This is such a sweet easter card and lovely pastel colours xx

debby4000 said...

Oh what a sweetheart of a card, love it.

MagsB said...

What a fab Easter card design, Maureen, the colours are so pretty and springlike!

love Mags B x

Sarn said...

Simply delightful Easter/Spring card Mo.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

MaryH said...

Love the cheery pale yellow & pink theme for your sweet bunnies (I just found this Cherry Blossom folder!) what a lovely background it made with the embossing too. And of course the green grass for the bunnies to frolick. One thing you can do with the thinner wt c/s, is to emboss 2 pieces at one time. It has helped me to keep from cracking the paper. Also sometimes I'll play with the B/S shims on the multipurpose platform, and leave both of them out. OR use both shims, minus the bottom plate. But with the 2 pieces of c/s, the bonus is you get the extra embossed piece for another project. So far when I remember to do that with a folder, it hasn't cracked. I store the extra one with the folder too! TFS & Hugs

Pat said...

What a wonderful Easter card in those soft Spring colours Mo and love the cute bunny stamp and the die cut bunnies which go together perfectly. The Darice embossed flower background is really pretty and hope that some of the suggestions made will help to solve the problem. x

Lynn said...

A beautiful card, and I love the little bunny hopping over the sentiment. Lynn x

JD/ Jill said...

Lovely Easter card. Very nicely done!

Jenny L said...

Hi Maureen,
what a very lovely Easter card.
I love that embossing folder used as it's so pretty and spring like.
Such a wonderful scene you have created with your lovely dies, and the colours are super.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jules said...

Hi Mo

What a gorgeous Easter card .. .. love the pretty colours you have worked with and your embossing folder is really lovely.

Great sentiment to go alongside your bunnies too!

Hope all is well with you.

Love Jules xx

Karen said...

Mo this is beautiful, so fresh and so lovely, wonderful and spring like, love it xx

Linby said...

Sooo cute - love those bunnies.

Tracy said...

Wonderful Easter creation. The pretty spring colors look great and the embossing really adds some pizzazz. hugs!

Lynn said...

Many thanks for the Tech. support. I will give that a try.
Lynn x