Easter House Box

Giuly from Les Pensées en Papier has done it again! I recently made this Easter House Box for my grandchildren to enjoy this coming weekend. At first glance, you may think it’s just another explosion box – but look again, and you’ll see that it is much more than that! This incredible project is an explosion box and a game all rolled into one pretty package! https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/976845153/easter-house-box-svg-easter-eggs-hunt?ref=shop_home_active_2&crt=1

Giuly put a very high level of thought, detail, and organization into this project. Her sample and instructions are all made from cardstock. You will find each of the cut files labeled by colour, making this a very simple project to cut and prepare for assembly. I chose to swap out some of the cardstock with patterned paper. This did slow my overall process down, but I feel the final result made it well worth the investment in time and preparation. I worked with Doodlebug Designs Inc., Hippity Hoppity paper pack, and the coordinating Spring Solid Assortment of cardstock. I also used 3 sheets of Bazzill’s Artesian Pool cardstock for the house base. Aside from the paper, the only other main supplies utilized were coordinating Spring Assortment Sprinkles, also from Doodlebug Designs Inc., and some small foam dots.

Each piece of the project fits beautifully in place. The supporting video is clear, and easy to follow, making the construction of this project seamless.

From start to finish the detail in this project is outstanding. The view of the front of the house highlights several of the intricate details put into this finished project. Not only do you have a layered door and windows, but you can also see the picket fence with grass, and the lovely window box above with more foliage and decorated Easter eggs. This detail follows through the entire house and inside the house as well.

The roof of the house is equally detailed with a “thatched” roof, gingerbread gable, and ivy hanging from the edges. Small foam dots in strategic places add more texture to the thatched roof.

When the roof is lifted from the house, it reveals a hidden game. Inside the house lay 6 Easter eggs with hidden clues, the Easter Bunny, 2 Easter baskets, game instructions, and a lock and key. The game participants must work their way through 6 clues, gathering hidden carrots along the way. Once all 6 carrots are collected, they’ve won the key and can open the lock to discover where their surprises are hidden. Nine clues are included with the purchase of this project, making it easy to print and select the ones that best suit you. There is also a template to make your own clues if you wish to fully customize this part of the game.

I can’t wait to watch my grandchildren have fun with this! I highly recommend this project and know that you’ll be amazed at the thought and detail that went into designing it. Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on the Easter House Box. Wishing you all a lovely Easter Weekend! Until next time, stay safe, well, and Happy Scrapping!

ScrapFest Connect – Challenge #3!

It’s my pleasure to host one of the challenges at the ScrapFest Connect event today! Challenge number 3 revolves around a mood board. Mood boards can be very inspiring and can often spark some creativity when you feel you’re in a rut. With Spring finally here and winter on it’s way out, I chose the following mood board that highlights the beautiful earth tones that come with the onset of Spring.

Image courtesy of Taryn Whiteaker Designs @ tidbits-cami.com
1. Natural Dyed Eggs 2. Orchard 3. Bunny Pillows 4. Flower Girl 5. Eggs 6. White Tulips 7. Wheat Grass in Egg Shells 8. Path 9. Farm Fresh Eggs

Your challenge is to reflect on the images in this mood board, pull the elements that speak to you, and get creating! You may choose to create a scrapbook layout, a card, an art journal page, mixed media or other creative project. You may enter more than once, but any entry in this challenge may not be entered in any of the other challenges today. Two Scrapbook Friends has kindly sponsored this challenge and just look at the amazing prize pack the winner will receive!

Two Photoplay Paper packs, stamp/die & ephemera + $25 Gift Certificate!!!! Free shipping in Canada! WOW!!!!!

In addition to this amazing prize package, Two Scrapbook Friends is offering all participants of ScrapFest Connect a 20% discount to shop in their online store! To receive this discount, simply enter the coupon code SCRAPFESTROCKS21 at checkout. This offer is available now and runs until March 31st. Orders may be picked up at their new location (550 Parkside Drive, Unit B6, Waterloo, ON) or shipped. PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID in-store shopping is not available at this time.

My interpretation of the Spring Earth Tones mood board focused on images 1 – 6.

I always start the creative process around a photo and image number 4 (Flower Girl) was the inspiration to use the photo of my granddaughter from a couple of years ago. Not only did she have beautiful white spring flowers in her hands (which fit with images 2 and 6), the colours in the rest of the photo just fit so well with the spring earth tones of the mood board. Lucky for me, even her t-shirt fit the colour scheme.

I loved the soft hues of the naturally dyed eggs in image number 1. This inspired me to pick coordinating papers from Carta Bella’s Flora No 3 collection. Three of the patterned papers from this paper collection formed the background and borders of the layout. To create the top border, I trimmed the patterned paper at 1/2″ inside all four sides. The border below followed the same process by trimming the paper at 1″ from the edge of the paper on each side. These borders were set aside until the rest of the page was put in place.

The cut file for this project is called Lilly of the Valley and it comes from COAPA (Confessions of a Paper Addict). You can find this cut file here https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/736576883/lilly-of-the-valley-cut-file-svg-png-pdf?ref=hp_opfy-1&pro=1.

I cut this beautiful cut file from American Crafts Precision White Cardstock. The lilies were back filled with white cardstock and the leaves were back filled with coordinating green leafy patterned paper from the Carta Bella Flora No 3 paper pack. I didn’t want the outline of the leaves and flower stems to remain white, so I inked them with Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters Distress Ink before adding the back fill pieces.

The bunny was inspired by image number 3. I used the “Cottontail” Whispers die from Die-Versions. (I’m not sure if it’s still available, as I’ve owned it for quite some time.) I cut the bunny from white cardstock and layered it on fun foam that was also cut with the die. Once the bunny was completed and adhered to the layout, I added a small white pom-pom to create a fun tail and to add some dimension.

As I started to put the elements of the page together, I was unhappy with the background and felt it was a bit too much of the same colour. To lighten the look and feel of the overall layout, I used a Taylored Expressions stencil (Pretty Petals) and applied Vicki Boutin Molding Paste to different sections of the background. This added in more texture and the white brightened the layout considerably.

The earth tones found in images 5 and 6 were the inspiration to add the natural hemp cord to the lower portion of the photo. I adhered fun foam to the back of the photo to raise it slightly and to provide a nice smooth foundation. To achieve a smooth uniform finish for the photo, I cut out a small channel of fun foam that allowed the hemp to fill this space without adding further bulkiness.

Before adhering anything to my base page, I placed all of the completed elements on the page to determine where I would stamp the title phrase. Once this decision was made, I removed everything but the stamp from the page and placed it in my 12″ x 12″ Misti to complete the stamping. The”Make today the best day ever” stamp has been in my collection for well over a decade and is from Daisy Bucket. Once the stamping was completed, all the elements were secured to the layout. The final touch was to add a few coordinating shape sprinkles from Doodlebug Designs from the Peppermint Twist line. These aqua elements were a perfect match for this layout.

I hope my layout inspires you to create a project or two for this challenge. Post your creations in the associated challenge on the Scrapbook Connect Facebook page to enter the competition. Include a few quick comments or points that tell others what part(s) of the mood board inspired you. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 28th at 9:00 pm. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for playing along with me today. Stay safe, stay well and Happy Scrapping!

Valentine’s Day 2021!

While I’m not the type of girl who looks for roses or gifts on Valentine’s Day, I certainly love to show my family how much they mean to me on this special day. This year especially, I look forward to the positive distraction the day will bring! I love to make Valentine cards for my family, and this year I was inspired by the very talented Zsoka Marko who posted a video using a Paige Evan’s cut file. I love interactive cards, and this was the perfect fit for my 3 grandchildren. You can find Zsoka’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RO1hIrGCpo&t=384s.

Each of these cards was made with Paige Evan’s Folding Heart Mini Album cut file, Design ID #300594, found in the Silhouette Design Store. I cut one single heart and 2 of the folding hearts to make each card. There is space for 4 heart photos within each card, providing a great opportunity to personalize each one. To achieve the heart-shaped photos, I traced the cut single heart onto a piece of clear acetate to create a template that was positioned and traced directly onto my chosen photos. I simply cut the photos a bit smaller than the tracing lines to fit them in the appropriate spots. Liquid glue was used to secure all the cut file pieces together, and a tape runner was used for securing the pictures in place. Ribbons were selected from my stash to coordinate with each paper collection. When the folding hearts were fully completed, I used double-sided adhesive sheets, cut to fit, to ensure a good stronghold to the front of the card. These cards measure 6″ tall by 5 ” wide. To complete the front of each card, I dug into my Doodlebug Design Inc. stash again and pulled two coordinating paper frills in bubblegum, blue jean, and limeade to complement the completed hearts.

Madison’s card was created using the Lovebugs collection of papers and stickers from Doodlebug Designs Inc.

Owen’s card was completed using the Legendary collection of papers and stickers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Benjamin’s card was completed using the Boys Rule collection of papers and stickers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I can’t wait to give my grandchildren these personalize cards on Sunday! I hope you all find special ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day this year, and to show your love to those who mean so much to you!

Stay well, stay healthy and Happy Scrapping!