Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to you!  Hope you are having a beautiful weekend!

My family and I are having a good one so far -- despite some colder than usual California weather!  We have been creating some fun Easter projects we wanted to share with you.  Yesterday, my 4 year old handed out special treats at preschool.  Here he is helping me assemble them the night before:

and here's the finished product:

We used the Mini Milk Carton Die in the Big Shot to cut the boxes, then decorated with a strip of paper from the Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper (from Sale-a-Bration) and a stamped bunny from the Eggcoutrements stamp set (from the Occasions Mini). 

Later, yesterday afternoon, we had an Easter egg hunt with a group of friends, and I brought along a quick craft project for the kids to make.  We actually have a bit of a tradition in the group of having the children make a tag for their Easter basket as the pre-hunt craft, and that continued this year. 

For this year's tag, I punched out "eggs" from designer series paper using the Wide Oval Punch.  Then, the kids were able to decorate the eggs with other pieces I had pre-punched, including a chick, branch and flowers.  The chick was made using the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch from the Occasions Mini.  I punched a bird out of So Saffron, then stuck just the tail part back into the Bird Punch to trim it down to look like a chick.  Got the idea for that from this amazing card and tutorial by Ann Fitzgerald.   The flowers were cut using the Three Flower Punch, and had the centers stamped with images from the A Beautiful Thing stamp set.

Here's my sample:

(Thanks to my husband for taking this picture and the next one, using our new camera that just arrived yesterday!  Our old one was having some pretty serious lens errors and was only working sporadically -- very frustrating when trying to capture special memories this past week -- including my first grader's class' performance of Peter Rabbit!  Anyway, very thankful that we have a reliable camera again!) 

And, here are the tags on my boys' baskets.  You can also see some of the tags we created in years past still attached (a punch art bunny from last year, and a thumbprint bunny from 2008 with the Scallop Circle Punch, I think pretty soon after it was released).

Thanks for stopping by! 

- Michelle


Jana Weaver said...

Julia loves her little tag - and such a cute picture of Tims - LOVE it!!

Anonymous said... have been really busy with Easter projects, Michelle! It is so neat that the children got involved too! Love what you made with the Big Shot & punches. Great variety...great ideas! Thanks for sharing, Marlene Caravello