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Hoppy Easter

Spring is finally here and Easter is just around the corner! Wow, time does fly! Today was a fabulous day to be outside. I’m sorry for all of my friends who are still dealing with cold and snowy weather but here in sunny Arizona it was a beautiful day! We opened all the windows and my DH spent the day outside working in the yard. I love this time of year!

I have been too busy for papercrafting lately and I’ve been really looking forward to playing with some paper today. So of course I looked for some card challenges and I didn’t have to look far. I love Paper Smooches (PS) and so I started there. This week’s PS Sparks challenge is a Cool Shades color challenge. They are calling this color combo “Fiesta” but I felt like they would work perfectly for some Easter cards.

Paper Smooches logo sparks copy


5March Gumdrop

And it just happens that the Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week is Easter/Spring. I get a two for one deal this week. Inspiration and an opportunity to make some cute Easter cards that I will send to my friends and family.


I started with some PS stamps that I had not played with yet. A Magical Spring stamp set is new this year. I love the “Hoppy Easter” sentiment with the cute bunny! I also just replaced all my Stampin’ Up ink pads with the new foam ink pads so I was happy to look for colors to use for the Cool Shades challenge. I used the egg stamp from A Magical Spring to create a patterned paper using the Fiesta colors by stamping random eggs on 4 x 5.25 inch panels of white cardstock.

Hoppy Easter pieces 5 UL

I cut the panels into 1 x 4 inch strips. I also stamped the sentiments on white cardstock and cut them into strips using my scissors so they are not perfect. I used the“Happy” stamp from the Party Posse stamp set so that I could make some cards with “Happy Easter” but I haven’t finished those cards yet.

Hoppy Easter pieces 4 UL

I wanted to use my cute frame die from PS; Duo Die 1. Paper Smooches recently started making dies and I am thrilled! I often cut around their cute stamps and now I can use the dies – YEAH! I used Stampin’ Up patterned paper to make the frames. I LOVE the pattern with this frame! I thought I needed a different patterned paper inside the frame and found a great paper in Recollections Boo Hoo collection,a Halloween stack from Michael’s. I know, wrong holiday but right color! I stamped the bunnies onto white cardstock and cut them out. I dug into my scrap stash and found some Bazzil cardstock that I used to create decorative strips using a Martha Stewart edge punch. I used an oval punch from Stampin’ Up to make eggs. The eggs looked a little plain so I added texture with embossing folders. I used a Stampin’ Up chevron folder and a Tim Holtz distressed dots folder.

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Hoppy Easter pieces 1 UL

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When all the card pieces were ready I added adhesives. I like to use double sided adhesive strips for panels and strips. I wanted to add some depth so I used Stampin’ Up dimensionals to pop up the frames and the eggs. I’m kind of fussy about adding adhesives. Some may say I use too much and I suppose I could use less to save some $ on adhesives. Especially when you stop and realize that not everyone will actually keep the cards. Gasp! Yes some people will toss them in the trash after a while. I accept that. Let’s move on. What I’m trying to say is that I like my panels to be solidly adhered to the card base. I like to use a wider strip for the background panels. I used 1/2 inch wide adhesive strips for this project. I have used 1/4 inch wide adhesive strips and they work fine. What is more important in my experience, is getting the adhesive strips as close to the edge as possible. I like to run a strip down the center also, just to keep the panel close to the card base. I feel that this makes the card look more polished. Here is a photo to show you what I’m talking about.

Hoppy Easter BG Panel UL

And here are the cards all assembled. I left them blank inside so I can write a personal note when I send them out.

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Hoppy Easter 1 UL

Hoppy Easter UL

I hope you enjoyed following along as I described the process. Playing with paper always makes me happy! Thanks for letting me share it with you!

Brenda C.