Monthly Archives: April 2014

Spring treats

 

IMG_1088IMG_1110Today I’m sharing these little springtime treat boxes I made up using the Favor Wrap Large Design Set for the Fuse. I made the large flower embellishments using a variety of lever punches and squeeze punches. I crimped the scalloped circle flowers to give them some dimension and used leaves cut with the Petal by Petal squeeze punch. Again, I folded the leaves in half for added dimension, and used a variety of textured cardstock.IMG_1103 IMG_1093Fill sacks with jellybeans or marshmallows and slip inside these favor wraps for a pretty springtime gift.

 Products Used
Corrogate Paper Crimper
XXXL Circle Lever Punch
XXL Pretty Scallops Lever Punch
M Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch
XL Petal by Petal
What a Fox Clear Stamp Set
Fuse Large Design Set – Favor Wrap

May Day Flowers – mini challenge

A few years ago I wrote this article for the Fiskars corporate website which outlines several May Day traditions including my very favorite; May Day baskets. Surprising a friend or neighbor with a small bunch of spring flowers left on their doorstep is a completely charming thing to do and I’ve never met a crafter yet, who doesn’t love random acts of kindness.IMG_1030My challenge to you is to show some love this May Day and to rejoice in the changing of the season (hopefully those of you in the mid-west are seeing signs of spring by now?!!?). I’d like you to create your own little spring bouquet of flowers – they can be paper flowers, picked from the garden, bought from a store or growing in a pot for a friend, neighbor, teacher, stranger or loved one. Of course, you’ll need to make a ‘Happy May Day’ gift tag to go with it. You might like to leave them on the doorstep as a surprise or you might like to present them face to face. Either way, take a photo of your May Day basket and upload it to our FB page with the title May Day RAK. Though the bouquet should really be given to the recipient on May 1, you have until Monday May 5 at 11.59PST to get your photo uploaded. I’ll pick a winner from among the entries and will send them a prize. Contest open to residents of USA and Canada (excluding Quebec). Winner to be announced on/around Tues March 6 via FB message.

Mola work

I’ve been reading about Mola work recently and thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned with you. It’s an interesting technique that originates from South America and is an important tradition of the Kuna people – the indigenous people of Panama and Colombia. Essentially, a mola is a textile created by sewing two or more layers (sometimes up to seven layers!) of fabric together. The more layers used, the higher quality the Mola. The top layers of fabric are cut away in designs to reveal the bottom layers, as with a reverse applique technique. Traditionally, they are handstitched and used in blouse panels that the Kuna women wear.

VenancioMolaCloseupSource

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Lovely butterflies

IMG_0570 Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Instagram will know that I have a thing for monarch butterflies. In fact, we’ve been rearing them from eggs to caterpillars, catching the metamorphosis into chrysalises  and then watching in wonder as butterflies eventually emerge. We’ve come to consider these amazing little things as pets and the children will often name the butterflies before we release them outside.IMG_0571 So when I saw the new Butterfly Flight Clear Stamp Set, I felt that it was personally made for me. I stamped the large butterfly design onto cardstock and used orange and yellow gelatos to add color. I blended the gelatos with a few drops of water on a fine paintbrush to get a real orange/yellow glow.

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Springtime crafts round-up

Spring crafts Collage

Bunny Ear Macarons

Mini Basket Place Settings

Floral Wreath Crowned Easter Eggs DIY

DIY Paper Spider Mums

Springtime is such a refreshing time of the year. Colors begin to appear on the landscape and everything seems fresher and cleaner. I definitely feel the need to start afresh, to clean, tidy, sort and organize when April/May roll around, how about you?

I’ve made a little compilation (see above for photos and links to each page) of some of my current favorite spring crafts I spotted around the internet. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking those little Easter eggs with floral crowns are simply adorable!

Have a springtime craft of your own to share? Post a link in the comments section so we can all see it.