Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Ideas (lots of photos)

Last year the girls dyed eggs to decorate the table

and we had our families around for lunch on Easter Sunday, which included these cute cupcakes and a yummy quinoa and roasted vegetable dish which I have no idea where the recipe came from(don't you hate when that happens) .

This year my husband has to work and it is his Mum's birthday so we aren't having lunch (we are having dinner with her on Saturday and morning/afternoon tea with my parents sometime), but here are some of the things we did to get ready for Easter.  The girls chose an Easter basket to make with the silhouette
We used 3D Easter bunny basket and bunny box 

Meg and I made these pinch bags filled with Easter eggs for her teacher and teacher's assistant.
We used the tutorial from Under a Cherry Tree (amazing tutorials), Pinch bag file from Lettering Delights and Nitwit Collections Spring Whimsy Kit

My daughter Nell saw jellybean butterflies while I was looking on pinterest and decided she wanted to make them.  Here is our version.
She made one for each of us with a bit of help.  Nell doesn't like jellybeans so hers is the little one with no beans.  These were so quick and easy

Meg's buddy is a lovely grade 6 girl and for Easter she made Meg a bunny tail and gave her some bunny ears and a chocolate.  So to thank her we made her a jellybean butterfly and decorated a bag for her. But I didn't photograph that :)

Here is the part where Meg says "Grandma don't look"  She wants to surprise you when you come around for morning tea.

We also did some cooking.  Although I don't know if these count as cooking they are Easter bonnets made out of Reese's mini peanut butter cups and Arnott's choc wheaten biscuits decorated with sprinkles from our pantry. They look more like Easter Akubra's but that's okay. 
My camera battery went flat so I didn't get more photos of the girls ones.

We also found some Caramel Hershey Kisses so we decided to make these.
The labels are a freebie from Anders and Ruff you will have to use a punch or if your like me cut them by hand.

We also continued our Easter tradition of making Kiss Biscuits.  I will share the recipe with you eventually.

This year we decided to ice them different colours and I think the girls did a fantastic job icing the biscuits and they taste delicious.  I just love the carrots.

Have a wonderful weekend
~ Gretchen

Some Odd Girl March Challenge

I had been meaning to do the sketch over at Some Odd Girl for their March Challenge and finally got around to it.  Initially I was going to do a summer themed card but there was already one of those in the entries so I decided to go with winter.  I should of done Kaylee's jacket blue as in red she looks like Santa.  Anyway here she is.
I used
SOG stamps - Kaylee's closet wardrobe, Kaylee's closet Winter Warmth
Skin - E000, E00, E11 and R20
Reds - R20, R24, R27, R29
Blacks - C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, C9
Shadows - BV00, BV0000
Snowflake was cut with the silhouette.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy Easter

Happy Easter
Here is my second Easter card for this year, actually ever - I don't normally make Easter cards.

For this card I used 
Duck duck goose - Saturated Canary digi.   
Copics -
Skin E000, E00, E11. R20
Hair and boots E31, E35, E37
Clothing Y11, Y13, Y15,  B93, B97, B99
Background G20, G24, G28, B0000 
Shadows BV0000, BV00
Paper - Springtime Echo Park
Washi tape - The Sweetest Thing My Minds Eye
Rose from Wild Orchid Craft
Font Bickham Script Two
I hope everyone has a happy and safe Easter.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Mum/Grandma

Just a short post to say
 Happy Birthday to my lovely Mum. 
Here's the card I made her. 

Both of my daughters chose this image India with laptop from Mo Manning.
Hair E37, E35, E33, E31, E50
Clothes and laptop V17, V15, V12, C9, C7, C5, C3
Chair E31, E35, E33, YR00, YR000
Cat and carpet, C3, C2, C1
 Paper My Minds Eye - Tangerine from Scrap Therapy
White seam binding coloured with YR00 and rose from Wild Orchid Crafts

And here is the card my daughter Meg made using copics.  I wasn't sitting with her when she did this but I think she is attempting shading by the look of those darker colours impressive for a 5 year old. 
My other daughter Nell made her a card with fish on it but I forgot to take a photo of it (Sorry Nell).
Hope your having a wonderful birthday Mum. 
love all of us

Easter Bunny

This card is so far out of my comfort zone I usually do clean and simple cards but I thought I would try something different and use a sketch.  It wasn't different because it was a sketch (I use sketches sometimes) but it was all the embellishments and layers to this card that was different and a little difficult.  I just kept adding more and more and now I don't really think I like's a little overdone.  What do you think?  One of our new kittens loves it.  She just wants to eat the fluffy white feathers. 

For my card I used
Bad Hare Day a rubber stamp from Krista Smith
Skin E11, E00, E000, R20
Hair and shoes C9, C7, C5, C3, C2, C1
Clothes BG18, BG15, BG13 and R85, R83, R81
Shadows BV00, BV0000
Paper My Minds Eye Life of the Party and Echo Park A Walk in the Park
Roses and white seam binding from Wild Orchid Crafts.
(I coloured the seam binding with BG18)
The flourish and corners were cut with my silhouette.

If you have made a new Easter creation I'd love to see it either leave me your link or enter it into the Mad for Markers Easter Challenge.   Before I go I thought I'd give you a little peak at our new kittens.  These photos are from the first week we got them (in January).  They are British Shorthairs and in this photo they were almost 12 weeks old.  They are a bit bigger now.


I will share more photos with you later.  Thanks for stopping by.