Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter with the Mouse

This first started as a difficult challenge as I have no Easter stamps from WMS. Not a bunny, or egg, or sentiment pertaining to Easter. I own about 8-10 stamp sets and not one says Easter to me. Got out all the sets and stared at them all. Reverted, once again, to the two original sets that I first purchased Celtic Heritage and Irish Blessings…
Nothing says Easter more than Christ…he died on the cross for us.
The basket to portray the cross was another matter. I checked out all the lovely baskets that Claire has for free in her digital category. They would require some cutting, whereas the basket I chose took only four swipes through the Cuttlebug with the Scalloped envelope die. Took the easy road and here tis:
WMS April 2011 jdg01 - Copy-1
WMS April 2011 jdgilch
I was going to boil two eggs and DH said he would eat egg salad so ten went into the pot and I am so glad that I had ten for practice. I had three colors of dye yellow, green and purple…and no this was not planned in advance. God works in mysterious ways! For the details on the eggs see below.      
The cross is from Celtic Heritage and the sentiment is words that were chosen from Irish Blessings. I had to get the Stampa-ma-jig out for the appropriate placement. I could not eyeball the  proper alignment…trust me, I tried it!  The cracked egg is from my breakfast on Saturday morning, something said to wash it and keep it! TMI!!!!
In order to keep the waltz moving I will have details below for those that may be interested.
Thanks for waltzing by today!

STAMPS: WMS Celtic heritage and Irish Blessings
PAPER: Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Vellum with gold, copper and silver flecks,
Almost Amethyst, Confetti Cream, gold shimmery vellum, Elegant Eggplant
INK: Vintage Photo distressed ink, Stazon Purple, Green
TOOLS: Cuttlebug for the Lattice ef, Top note die, Spellbinders Beaded Circles, Scalloped envie die, label punch, Spellbinders circles
INCIDENTALS: Gold embossing powder, gold cord, prima flowers

Eggs wms 2011 jdg

the eggs----(1)Stamped the More Mustard onto tissue paper, then crumbled it up, covered egg with glue stick and placed the crumbled tissue on the egg working and cutting with scissors to get just the right amount of paper. The egg was dyed purple and then I sponged some Shimmer Mist around the cross. (2)Stamped Stazon Purple onto shrink wrap and then got the heat gun to it and let it shrink right onto the already multi-colored egg. (3) Stamped Stazon green onto tissue paper, cut it out and sprayed adhesive onto the egg, then shrink wrapped it.
More eggs-----More eggs jdg April 2011
The greenish blue egg at the top---Cut out the Stazon Purple stamped cross and lightly glued with glue stick and then shrink wrapped it. The rest were just played with in the color baths and it brought back memories of coloring eggs when the four kids were young.
Few more pics of the basket as I took some back and side shots. This top shot…only one egg(#3) would fit into the basket.
Top shot 4.2011jdg
Here’s a great shot of the front where you can see the shimmery gold vellum behind the cross. the Beaded circle were punched from AAmethyst and topped with the flecked vellum—you can barely notice it in the photos, but I also punched out 1/8” circles from each ‘bead’.  Wove gold cord through the beads. I used the tiniest beaded circle to make the center of the flower. You can see on another shot that it’s slit and cupped for more depth.
WMS April 2011 jdg01
April 2011 card WMS

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Antje said...

I love that you directly stamped on the egg. Tried this before and it became rather a mess - so well done for you!
Happy Easter!

Inkyfingers said...

Oh my giddy aunt. These are absolutely amazing Joanne. You are so creative to think of doing all this, and every egg is different! Words fail me. Happy Easter
Carol x

Trish said...

Wow, these are different! Well done!

Cyndie said...

How pretty! I love your eggs, and what a cool idea to piece the sentiment together like that!

Lee said...

You did a great job with the stamps you had. A really beautiful Easter ensemble.

Carly said...

Beautifully done! I just love the Easter eggs idea!

Simply Shaz said...

What a FAB idea. You did a great job! Love it!
Shaz x

Kelly S. said...

All this beauty AND you got to eat egg salad, too?! Joanne you have really outdone yourself for this waltz! The card with the cross is so beautiful and I love how you stamped on the eggs. That basket is so detailed. What a wonderful Easter ensemble you created!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Gorgeous!! Love your fabulous basket and beautifully decorated eggs!!

Julia Aston said...

What a great project Joanne! good for you for finding a way to do Easter without Easter stamps! love that cross - your lovely box and the pretty eggs!

Bumblebee said...

What a lovely box, and fantastic eggs!!! Christ is the only thing to celebrate at easter, IMO, so great choice of the cross!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

WOW! This is a stunner - you even put Claire's images on the actual EGGS Joanne!! AWESOME! She is going to love this! Over the top awesomeness!

Cassie_lu said...

WOW the basket is great and those eggs look amazing

Mona L. Pendleton said...

WOWZERS Joanne! What a fabulous collection of Easter decor! Love all the detail and pretty colors!

Bumblebee said...

Hi Joanne, I didn't get your email, but my settings are pretty strict on my email! Glad you found me eventually!

Claire Brennan said...

Joanne, you get 11 out of 10 for creativity!!! Your basket is stunning in itself, but when I saw the eggs!!! You just absolutely delight me!!! Thank you so much for waltzing with us!!!

IamDerby said...


snowbear said...

Great basket and beautiful eggs

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow- this is an amazing project!!! I love the basket but really love the eggs- I would never think of that.....Thanks for the directions- how fun!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

I love that you used the cross - perfect for Easter! And, stamping on eggs?!?! Wha?!?! Brilliant, Joanne!!

LaurieJ said...

WOW, so creative!! My jaw dropped when I saw your lovely eggs. Thanks for the inspiration!

Anastasia (Νατάσα) said...

Oh my... the eggs are fantastic!!!

Helen L said...

Really beautiful basket and eggs. you must have had FUN coloring all those eggs and doing all the different finishes on them!! Thanks for the info on how you did them!! Happy Easter!!

rudlis said...

this is absolutely beautiful!
Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words.

Ren-Yi said...

oh WOW - this is amazing. i can't believe how you managed to transfer the cross onto the eggs. i love how you dyed these eggs. they bring childhood memories flooding back!

Tracey said...

Beautiful creations Joanne, hope all is well with you & your family :)

Kathy said...

Wow, Joanne, these eggs are awesome, I can't believe the detail. Love the beautiful basket, too. What a wonderful project.

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