Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Easter Tablescape - Bunny Mischief - Tablescape Hop

Welcome to my Easter Table.
During these uncertain times, I pray that you all remain safe and calm.  May we take this time and reflect on all that is good and help each other through it.
I am so thankful for all that I have and this platform on which to connect with other people through.
I am joining Chloe Crabtree, from Celebrate and Decorate, and many other fabulous table stylists for her Easter Tablescape Hop.  

Since we are in the midst of this pandemic and shopping was definitely out of the question, I had to make due with what I had on hand.
I used my Rae Dunn Easter Bunny Plates that I have had for several years.  They are fun little plates with the bunny ears popping up or down, any which way!
But this Wheel Barrel is new - I picked this up at Marshalls right after Valentine's Day.  It was the first peek of Easter I had seen in the stores - so I grabbed it up - thinking that I better get it while I can, never thinking that it would be because I would not be out shopping again.
I think I picked these little Rae Dunn egg cups up last year- knowing that I had already had the plates that went with them.  I took a cue from Mary@Home is Where the Boat Is and filled my egg cups with little chocolate treats.   You may notice - There is not a chocolate bunny in each cup - I didn't have enough - normally - I would just run out to the store to get more -but these are definitely not normal times.  The flowered foil wrapped chocolate eggs were supposed to be for a fund raiser I was putting on in March that had to be cancelled - So I used them on my table.
An early trip to Hobby Lobby scored me the table cloth, pink chargers and that adorable bunny head on the mantel with the spectacles!  I was supposed to be shopping for craft supplies for that fund raiser- but of course, I got sidetracked.  I'm like a raccoon that sees shiny things!!
The tulips are faux.  I am so glad I had these!  There is no way I would have been able to get fresh tulips now.
I hope you like to hop just as much as these bunnies on my kitchen island -because we have a whole batch of fresh new Easter Table inspiration for you to browse through!
Here are all the links!  Have Fun!


Celebrate & Decorate
Panoply
Create With Cynthia
Home is Where the Boat Is
Debbee's Buzz
Belle Blue Interiors
Everyday Living
Life and Linda
At Home with Jemma
The Painted Apron
Home and Gardening with Liz
Harbour Breeze Home
Our Crafty Mom
Zucchini Sisters
Red Cottage Chronicles
My Thrift Store Addiction
White Arrows Home
Corner of Plaid and Paisley  *You are Here!
Southern Nell Gracious Living
My Family Thyme
Blue Sky at Home
Intelligent Domestications
Living with Thanksgiving
The Little Yellow Corner Store
Design Morsels   


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I have a feeling many of our Easter's are going to be celebrated much differently this year.  I just hope we can continue to come together as a nation to care just a little more about the people around us and just maybe the new "normal" will be a little more kind and caring.

Have a blessed Easter.



Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Witty-Cisms Cards

One of the cutest and easiest stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! January- June 2020 Mini Catalog is the Witty-Cisms Stamp Set.

There are 7 cute images with clever sentiments - along with 2 additional sentiments to make a card for just about any fun occasion.  These are just two out of the set!

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When I looked at the  strawberry stamp - I immediately thought of gingham paper and scalloped edges.  So I got out one of my favorite dies - the scalloped edge die - from the Stitched Be Mine set.
I cut two Whisper White long narrow scalloped pieces to add to the sides of my Red Gingham piece going the length of the card - 5 1/2".  A Whisper White scalloped circle is layered with a Call Me Clover Circle and then topped with the stamped and colored white layer that was punched out with the Label Me Lovely Punch.  I forgot to put the Black Momento ink on my supply list - sorry!
But you always want to stamp with the Momento Ink when coloring with your Stampin' Blends- so that the ink does not smear or run.  I colored my Berry with both the Light and Dark Real Red Stampin Blends and the Dark Shaded Spruce Stampin Blends.  I also colored a piece of the Whisper White Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon with Dark Real Red Stampin' Blends, then used that with a piece of white ribbon together to tie a little bow.  I topped the card off with a few Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  
The Red Rhinestones are being offered as one of the new Freebie Items in the New Sale-A-Bration items in the 3rd Release of Sale-A-Bration Items
There is one week of Sale-A-Bration left - if you want to take advantage of these deals!

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For those of you who enjoy Taco Tuesday - I did a Taco Witty-Cisms card!
This one is my favorite!
I knew I wanted bright colors with my Awesome Taco - so I went with Real Red for the base, then a layer of Call Me Clover.  For the Crushed Curry Layer  - I ran it through the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing folder and then used a 1" circle punch to clip off the corners. 

I could not find the right patterned paper I wanted to use for the tag - so I made my own!
I took a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and drew stripes on it just using a ruler and several different Stampin' Blends.  I cut the tag shape out using the Bonanza Dies and punched a piece of  Gorgeous Grape from the Label Me Lovely Punch for the next layer.  
The sentiment is cut with a circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies with Whisper White card stock  then stamped in black Memento ink so that I could color in my taco with Light and Dark Daffodil Delight, Light Pumpkin Pie and Dark Shaded Spruce Stampin Blends.

 To finish the card off I tied a bow with the Crushed Curry Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and added purple rhinestones to the corners.



As I mentioned above - this is the last week for all of these Sale-A-Bration deals.  With every $50 purchase you will be able to choose  a Sale -A-Bration item free!  

If you order more that $35 and  use my host code above in column on the right - you will receive a sampler packet of  6" X 6" Designer Series paper from me as an extra bonus!  If you are ordering more that $150 - do not use my host code and you will receive your own Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up!
That is on top of the Sale-A-Bration items!

This is also a great time to sign up for Paper Pumpkin - the all inclusive monthly kit!  You will receive Sale-A-Bration deals with your pre-paid subscription as well.
Just hit my Shop with Me 24/7 button in the column on the right to place an order!
Thank you!!!

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In these uncertain times stay safe, we all need to get through this together.
Hopefully, sunnier days are ahead.
Take Care

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Easter - Stampin Dreams Hop

Don't we all need a sweet little bunny to make us smile these days?
We are sharing Easter Projects today on our Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.

I wanted to create something kind of soft and sweet.  So I pulled out the bunny from Fable Friends.
The sky was done with Seaside Spray Cardstock and Whisper White ink and a sponge dauber.
I love the softness of the clouds with this technique.
I colored my bunny with Light Soft Suede, Ivory, Light Pumpkin Pie and Light Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends.
I used the Garden Gateway Dies for the fence, arch and vines.
The grass and flowers are from the Special Day Dies.
The background mat and some of the flowers are from the Pleased As Punch DSP. 
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So just like my bunny, you can hop from Blog to Blog looking at Easter inspiration!



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Monday, March 16, 2020

Spring Ducklings Card and Box

Spring is just around the corner, and it could not come fast enough here!
These little ducklings are sure to put a smile on some one's face!
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These favors are from my Spring Tablescape that I did last week - the full post can be seen here.
 and promised the instructions on how to make them.

So I wanted to make good on that promise, although I am a little later than I had hoped.
I have been having connectivity issues with the internet lately, making editing photos and writing posts very frustrating.  But I got a good day today - so I am trying to play catch up!

These little favor boxes are easy to make.

  • The  bottom of the box is a 6" x 6" square of So Saffron cardstock scored at 2" on all 4 sides.
  • I stamped the little flowers randomly on the cardstock next, using Crushed Curry ink and the little triple flower stamp from the Welcome Easter Stamp Set.  
  • Then I cut along the score lines just up to the 2" line on each corner - turning the piece each time, 



this way you only have one piece on a side folded in so that the sides don't get too bulky.  I folded over each side to form the box bottom and secured it with liquid glue.
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  • The top is a 4" X 4" square of Smoky Slate cardstock scored at 1" on all 4 sides.
  • I stamped the stripes on the square using the staff stamp from the Music From the Heart Stamp Set and Gray Granite ink.
  • Then I cut along the score lines just up to the 1" line on each corner just like the bottom of the box. Fold over each side and secure with liquid glue to form the lid.
  • The tag is the smallest duckling from the Fable Friends Stamp Set.  I cut my ducks apart!  Yep!  took the scissors to my stamp and cut the little duck off from the other two ducks - I can always put them back together at any time!  
  • Stamped the duckling with black Memento ink, on Whisper White Card stock, then cut with the smallest stitched circle from the Stitched Shapes dies.
  • I colored the duckling with Light Daffodil Delight, Dark Daffodil Delight, and Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends.
  • Happy Spring from the Fable Friends Set is stamped in Grey Granite Ink on So Saffron Paper and cut with the oval die from the  Mini Curvey Keepsake die.
  • They are tied on with the Metallic Baker's Twine from the Sale-A-Bration offerings - (sorry, no longer in stock)

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I took this thought one step further and made a card to match the box.
It uses pretty much all the same things, I  used the scalloped edge die from the Be Mine Stitched Framlits Dies to cut the top and bottom of the So Saffron strip across the middle and then I cut two narrow Whisper White pieces for either side of the Smokey Slate piece.  The sentiment is from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set with one of my go to sentiment dies -sorry, it is retired- from the Petals and More Thinlit  Dies. The yellow sequins are from the same Sale-A-Bration offering with the Metallic Twine that is no longer in stock.
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Sale-A-Bration is still happening until the end of March - so there is still time for you to pick up some great freebies.  There are several that are that have sold out - like the Bee Paper and the Metallic twine I used in this post - but there are some great new additions as of March 1st - including some great floral foil paper!  All of these Sale-A-Bration items are as supplies last.

Hit my shop with me button and take a look at all that is available in my shop.  If you place an online order with me for more than $35 and use my Hostess Code up in the top right column, I will send you a selection of  6" x 6" Designer Series paper.  If you spend more than $50 before the end of the month you will receive a free Sale-A-Bration on top of the DSP from me!  If you spend more than $150 - don't use my Hostess code and choose your own free items at the end of your order - on top of the free DSP from me and your Sale-A-Bration items!!!  

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I hope you are staying safe and practicing your self care and social distancing, hopefully we will be over the hump with this virus in another week or two.
Take care,





Thursday, March 12, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Table

Time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
This year will be very different from any other St. Patrick's Day - since there will be no parades or large gatherings - we will be celebrating at home.
Even though we can't do our usual celebration, We will still have the Irish cheer going on at the table with a bowl full of shamrocks!
And what is St. Patrick's day with out a an Irish Beer?
So Cheers to everyone! 
 While we are staying close to home in these uncertain times, we can still have a toast to good fortune and a prayer for better days ahead.
An Irish Blessing for all:
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies and quick to make friends. And may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.

Slรกinte!

My heart goes out to those we have lost through this pandemic.
My prayers go out to all across the world, hoping that this virus may be contained.  Life as we know it has been challenged, may we rise to the challenge and get through this together.

If anything, hopefully it will pull us together to be kinder and gentler people.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Color Challenge - Green Monochromatic

Welcome to Corner of Plaid and Paisley, I am Ann Krucek - new to the Kre8tors Blog Hop family!

For this month's card we were given a color challenge, to create a card using the color green - with a little help from white or black.

I chose the combinations of Mossy Meadow for my darkest color of sprigs all the way to Soft Seafoam for my lightest shade of green.

I hope you enjoy my version of our Green Color Challenge Cards.
This was fun for me because my birthday is on St. Patrick's Day and
green has always been one of my favorite colors. 

I used a lot of texture with the Sublte Embossing folder and the Heirloom Embossed frames on this card since we were using a monotone color palette.  That brings a little more interest to the card.

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Thank you for hopping to my site and checking out my project! If you saw something you love, please contact your demonstrator to place your order. If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to help you!

Now on to our next creative demonstrator, Michelle Bryant at Crafty Paper!
Below is a list of all the demonstrators involved in this month's hop just in case you get lost.
Check them all out for some truly green inspiration!


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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Spring Table - Blog Hop

Welcome to my spring table filled with sunny yellow accents to brighten up our grey days here in Northeast Ohio.
My spring table is part of the Spring Tablescape Blog Hop organized by Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate & Decorate.  If you came over from Belle Blue Interiors, Welcome!!!
The list of blogs involved in this hop is near the end of my post, so be sure to check out all of the wonderful spring tables - sure to inspire your spring decorating.
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We still have snow on the ground here - so sometimes it is hard to think of full blown spring at this time of the year. We still get snow all through March and sometimes in April - which is a bit discouraging at times.  
We look forward to sunny, warmer days!

So I thought I would bring a little bit of my favorite signs of spring to my table. 
I love to see the crocuses straining to be the first to make their appearance.
Some of the best sounds are from all the waterfowl on our lake quacking and honking as they are making their way back home,
The birds are busy gathering their nest materials and chirping happily as they work.

I made some sweet little favor boxes and filled them with crocus bulbs, if you get them in the ground between freeze and thaws - there is a chance they will still do well this year.

I will be doing a post later in the week on how to make the sweet little favor boxes - so please stop back!!  CLICK HERE for that post! 

For more fabulous Spring Table inspiration - follow the hop!
Next up is the Zucchini Sisters!


I hope you have sunny days ahead and you enjoy all the signs of spring around you!

Sources:
Striped tablecloth - At Home - several months ago
Yellow Placemats - from ions ago - not sure where I got them
Grey Placemats-Park Designs- bought several years ago-The Peddler in Walnut Creek, Ohio
Flatware - World Market about 5 years ago
Yellow plaid rimmed dinner plates - Elder Beerman years ago- no longer in business
Grey speckled plates and mugs - Kirklands - just after Christmas
Yellow Napkins - HomeGoods several years ago
Sprinkling can napkin rings-several years ago - they still carry them - The Peddler in Walnut Creek, Ohio
Nests - I bought mine two years ago- but they had them back this year- Dutch Valley Gift Barn, Sugar Creek, Ohio
Favor boxes - I made with Stampin' Up! products - instructions will be on blog later in week
Ducklings - Butterchurn Kitchenwares, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Faux Crocus bulbs - Country Gatherings & The Gardens, Berlin, Ohio