Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Easter Picnic Baskets with Pretty Pink Posh

What is it about Easter baskets?  I've always loved them.  

When I was little I used the same one every year.  One that was passed down from my uncle.  My daughter, Lauren, used the exact same Easter basket (this is when she was almost two) and I'm keeping it for Louisa.  She'll be the fourth generation to use it.  It's old, it's worn, but I love it!

I'm also in love with these mini Easter picnic baskets.  So fun to make and they turn out adorable, especially when topped off with that sweet little bunny.  I'm sharing these today over on the Pretty Pink Posh blog.

I've sized these to hold 2 plastic eggs.  Even though they're mini, they'll hold plenty to give as an Easter treat.  

You can check out the video to see how easy the baskets are to make and there's a couple of quick tips on the tag, too:

Louisa (even though she's only 4 1/2  months old) is definitely getting one of these.  Her momma can keep it and put it out every year.  If you make an Easter Picnic Basket to give away, I bet it will be loved enough to keep from year to year.  

Do you still have an old Easter Basket?  Or maybe, an old bunny?

Monday, March 13, 2017

National Learn About Butterflies Day

Do you find butterflies fascinating?   I've always thought they were pretty, but never really thought too much about them until I started researching to create a study for first graders a few years back.  We even planted a butterfly garden.  Tomorrow is National Learn About Butterflies Day.

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet?  Good thing they don't wear shoes!  

 I really love vintage butterfly science prints.  They are quite lovely.  This one strikes my fancy because of the green butterfly with the pale aqua in its wings. 

I cleaned this up a little and enlarged the butterfly to really show it off.  If it strikes your fancy, you can download the print and the butterfly below.

The sentiment is included in the download.

Butterfly wings are clear!  I know, what???  The colors and patterns we see are reflections created by tiny scales that cover their wings.  

Isn't this butterfly and jar pretty?  

What makes this card extra cool is the jar on the back.  

The jars are glued together at the very top.  Running a bone folder along the curve of the bottom ridge helps the card top to lift easily for the recipient to see the inside.  I found these pretty jars at Iralamija's shop.  You can find the link below.

A group of butterflies is called a flutter.   I just got the new Butterfly kit from My Favorite Things in the mail. 

I used the stamps to create a circle flutter.

I found it much easier to keep the butterflies where I wanted them by first drawing a guide.  I decided where I wanted a butterfly and erased that part of the circle before stamping.  

You can download the Green Butterfly Science Print HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you.

Have a lovely National Learn About Butterflies Day.  It may be too early in your part of the world to see any butterflies yet, but keep an eye out!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pretty Pink Posh Product Release Blog Hop!  

You'll find the sweetest stamps in friendship and Easter themes, new dies, sequins and seed beads!

I had so much fun creating a shaker tag with the new dies and topping it with that adorable little girl!

Here's a quick look at the inside of the tag and the new petunia seed beads.

Did you notice the gift bag in the first picture?  Did you see it has a roll top with straws?  I've got a video showing how to create the bag, as well as the shaker tag.   Check it out below:

How about a card with the new Pretty Pink Posh goodies?

Actually,  this Easter card combines new and old goodies from Pretty Pink Posh.  I love the butterfly stamp and thought that it might make a pretty background.   I die cut watercolor paper with the new stitched notes inner panel and heat embossed butterflies all over it.  Then I gave it a water wash and dropped watercolor on the panel.  

  The frame cut out let's you see a bit of the inside sentiment peeking through.

Win a Gift Certificate from Pretty Pink Posh!

Next up, I've got some fun news for you!  How about four, yes four $25.00 gift certificates up for grabs?  How can you win????

Gift certificate winners will be selected randomly along the blog hop.  So, comment on all the blogs to increase your chances of winning!  Comments must be left by 11:59 pm, Pacific Time on March 17, 2017.  

Winners will be announced on the Pretty Pink Posh Blog.

More Fun News!
Check out the free gifts with order while supplies last!  Those bees are adorable!

Be sure to join me in checking out all of the blogs participating in the Pretty Pink Posh Product Release Blog Hop.  I know we're going to find all kinds of wonderful creations:

Have fun!
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