Crafts | Series | Spring

Mini Series – Spring, Day 3

April 10, 2017

Hey, glad you could join me today.  I’m making a gift basket for my mom for Mother’s Day next month, and I thought I’d share it with you.  (Mom, if you’re reading, stop now!)

My mom is the reason I love crafting.  She made my clothes as a child, she made the bridesmaid dresses for my wedding, along with countless other gifts and crafts for friends and family.  I would sit next to her as she sewed, holding fabric and handing her pins.

Now we both love card making, so I made her a cardmaker’s gift basket.  If you have a crafty friend, they’ll love this gift, and it works for any occasion.  I bought everything at Micheals, and made a new blogging friend at the same time.  Her name is Allison, and you can find her blog here.


I found the paper first, and this became my jumping off point.  I think the pearls look good with it.


I bought some flowers, along with a mason jar to store them in, as well as some card bases with matching envelopes.


I added a stamp, which I know she’ll enjoy, since her dad used to sing this song when she was young.  I even found some mini ink pads to match the paper, yay!

And this box (that Allison found) became my container.  I love that it looks like a book.

Putting the basket together is pretty easy.  I lined the box with pink tissue paper, and started putting everything inside.  But I don’t like the busy covers on the paper pads.  It’s not working for me.


I removed one piece of paper from each pad, and used temporary adhesive to attach the paper to the cover of the pad.  With the die cut paper, I adhered it to the back of the pad, so the white cardboard shows through.  Much better.

Next I stacked the stamp pads, and used double sided tape to attach them to the tissue paper.  The stamp isn’t adhered to anything, but since I’m going to hand deliver this, I’m not worried about it.

Finally I added some coordinating tissue paper to the mason jar, and tied white twine around it to hold the paper in place.

And my basket’s complete!  I’ll put it into a cellophane bag before I deliver it, and add ribbon.  I’ll be back soon later this week with a card to go with it.  Thanks for joining me for the final day of my Spring Mini Series.  Do you ever make gift baskets?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time.


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Cards | Series | Spring

Mini Series – Spring, Day 1

April 3, 2017

Hey, glad you could join me today.  I’m working on another Mini Series, all about spring.  My first card is perfect for today, because it’s starting to rain here as I type this post.  The puppy and the puddles are from Hero Arts’ Fun In The Rain stamp set.  I stamped the puddles down the left side of a piece of watercolor paper, using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  Then I misted the paper with water to make the color move a little bit.

You can see some of the color bleeding in this close up.  I stamped the dog in Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and heat embossed the image in clear.  Then I colored it in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and a waterbrush.  I love how well these pens blend with water.  I think the dog looks like a beagle.  I die cut the dog with the matching dies (but you could easily cut it out with scissors), and laid it over the puddles to get the right placement for the sentiment.  I stamped it in black and heat embossed in clear.


I die cut my white panel with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp, and matted it onto a blue piece of cardstock.  Then I adhered it to my white card base with tape runner.  I attached the puppy with foam tape, and added the Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh with Glossy Accents.

I’ve been invited to play along with the card challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and I’m excited to play along.  Will you join me?  Hope I see you there, and I’ll be back soon with another post in my Spring Mini Series!

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