Friday, March 21, 2014

Easter/Paris Themed ATCs

This month over at Creating the Crafty Life, Misty is hosting an ATC swap. For those who don't know, ATCs are tiny works of art that are always swapped and never sold. They're like trading cards for grow ups. :-)

We had a choice of doing either a Paris theme or a traditional Easter theme using the beautiful pastel colors of spring. I couldn't make up my mind, so I melded both themes together and this is the result.

Voila! Easter in Paris! I found the egg shaped ATC cards through an Etsy seller. I edged the sides with Dusty Concord Distress Ink, then covered the front and back with the pretty Kirby Teesdale paper from Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby).  

The flowers in the back are from a beautiful trim I found at Goodwill last year (10 yards for $7.99!!!). The glittery Eiffel Tower is a Jolee sticker.

I found the springy Victorian ladies online, resized them, and printed them off on some pearlized card stock. The sentiment, "Joyeuses Pasques" (Happy Easter) was also printed on the same card stock. The purple flowers are from an online seller (who's name escapes me at the moment) and the yellow roses are from the $1.50 spot at Michael's. I used an EK Success punch for the green branches.

This is my first set of ATCs and I think I'm hooked. It's a great project if you're looking to satisfy your urge to make something but are a little short on time. :-) 


Friday, March 7, 2014

G45 Easter Bonnet

"In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, 
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade."

This time of year, I start daydreaming of spring. This particular year, I started a lot earlier. I love to stroll through the little girl's departments at the mall to enjoy this season's crop of pretty, frilly dresses. One thing I've noticed, however, is that "Easter bonnets" are no longer to be found or at least difficult to find. 

So this year, I decided to add my own little bonnet to our Easter decorations. 

For this project, I used several Graphic 45 
collections. I love how the papers
easily mix and match.

The images on the top and bottom of the hat are from 
the new Sweet Sentiments line, the polka dot paper for 
the hat itself are from Little Darlings, and the 
yellow check bow is made from Secret Garden. 

I trimmed the bottom of the hat with some crepe
paper and pretty lace given to me by a friend.

This was a great addition to our decorations this year and I have another hat under construction. :-)