Friday, 6 April 2012

Happy Easter Lee

I heard yesterday that my good friend Lee's card arrived, so I'm sharing it with you today. Lee makes the most amazing flowers and jewellery items and has loads of tutorials on her blog, which is well worth a visit.

"Easter shrine"

I think this looks kind of like a shrine. A shrine to Easter eggs! The background is done with dylusions sprays using some sequin waste for a stamp to get the honeycomb effect, then overstamped in a contrasting colour and edged with distress ink.The Spiced Marmalade distress ink is a good match for the Sunshine Dylusions ink. I've played about with applying the dylusions ink with cut'n'dry foam, but it doesn't stay wet long enough for the effects I like, so using a mixture of dylusions and distress works well for me.


The tag and tree are both embossed with Tim Holtz' woodgrain folder using one of Tim Holtz' techniques, which is to ink one side of the folder with distress ink before passing through the machine, pushing ink deep into the recesses of the embossing.  Here, more colours are added with Dylusions sprays and distress ink pads before using a finger to apply a good smear of distress stickles. Lee gave me some fantastic findings and beads and I've used these to make some eggs to hang from the tree.

The lace & flower trim are coloured with distress ink to match the project and fixed in place with glossy accents. The rabbits are of course from the Graphics Fairy. A little clear glaze was added to the eyes and the eggshell before sticking the image in place with Pinflair for some added dimension.

The iron gate die cut adds to the quasi-religious feel with all those "Fleur de Lis" crosses. I don't want to go overboard explaining the rest of the religious imagery, but it's there if you want to see it!

Sizzix Bigz Tag (thanks Lee)
Sizzix Bigz XL tree pop-up
Sizzix On The Edge Iron Gate
Sizzix Embossing folder woodgrain
Meadow Stamp Set
Sequin Waste
Dylusions Ink Sprays
Distress Inks
Sakura Glaze Pen: clear
Adhesives: Pinflair, Glossy Accents
Findings & beads (thanks Lee)
Lace & flower trim (thanks again Lee!!)
image from the Graphics Fairy

Entered for the following challenge:
Creative Cutter Room - Easter and a Bunny!
Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog - Happy Easter
Sarah Hurley Challenges - Easter


  1. Very different and stunning work :-) Thank you so much for joining us at Sarah Hurley this time, hope to see you again soon :-) Elaine DT -xxx-
    p.s I have candy on offer if you would like to enter-

  2. Yippee! I have this card....woowhoo! Its sitting in pride of place on my fire. I was so chuffed when I received this card, thank you so much Maddy. Ive really got to get the iron gate die. I was fussy cutting a stamp that I have which is similar to this die and I got so fed up cutting it all out!! Only it was part of our Tara's journal I nearly lost it and chucked it in the bin, lol. Thank you so much for this awesome card Maddy. Lee xx

  3. Yummy looking card I love it. Thanks so much
    Love Cynthia x

  4. Very nice, great embossed tag and love all the elements you have going on! Thanks for joining us over at the Creative Cutter Room! DT Member Carri

  5. This is beautiful! I love the colors and textures. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Cutter Room.

    CCR DT

  6. Love the colors and all the embossing, looks awesome!

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Cutter Room:)
    CCR DT

  7. Great card thanks for sharing with us at Rainbow Ladys this week. Elizabeth x

  8. Very pretty! I love the embossing! Thanks for joining us at the Creative Cutter Room!

    DT2 Member

  9. So wonderful, great color combination and texture.
    Happy Easter to you and yours.

  10. Great job with the colors and the emobossing!! Super cool!!!

    Thanks for joining us at CCR!!!

    Crafty Hugs,

  11. Lots of wonderful techniques thanks so much for sharing with us. Cathie

  12. This is lovely and just a bit different. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady this week.
    Jenny x

  13. Love, love the textures and the deep colors. The more you look, the more details you find.

  14. Beautiful card, Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady's Challenge
    Claire xx

  15. Super card. Thank you for sharing at Rainbow Lady's.
    Jen x

  16. Gorgeous, great colour combination. Love Kathy xx


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