Hello Spring!

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Even though we knew it was coming, as it does every year, spring is sneaking up on us fast! Technically it won’t be spring for another couple weeks, so there’s still time to pull out and sort through all of those brightly colored decorations. (Phew!)

And because spring is all about new beginnings, we have a few fun things in store for you to add to your stash! Just keep reading! 😉

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First, we want to show you how to dress up a wreath you may already have with a fun pennant banner made using our Block Alphabet Thin Cuts dies (which are 25% off through the end of the month as part of our Die-namite! sale).

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If you look closely, you’ll see that we layered each of our letters with silver foil. Using our Thin Cuts, we cut our sentiment out twice, once out of White Daisy cardstock and then again out of silver foil paper. The silver foil letters were cut in half and then attached to the White Daisy using an adhesive runner. Then, we attached the letters with thin 3-D foam tape onto individual pennants that would later form our banner. To make the pennants, we simply cut 1½” x 3¾” rectangles and dovetailed one of the ends.

Attach the pennants to white twine using a hot glue gun to spell out your words—one word per strand of twine. Make sure to leave enough twine on the ends to tie the banners to the wreath.

You can make a banner like this one for pretty much any occasion just by changing the sentiment. From welcoming a new season, to holidays, or birthdays—the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts give you the tools for spelling out whatever it is you want to celebrate in style!

And since we are talking seasonal décor, we have a special treat for those of you who’ve made it this far: two FREE printables for the upcoming Easter season.

 

Download your 8″ x 10″ printable here:

He is Risen
My Redeemer Lives

As we celebrate this season of new beginnings, we thank you for reading and sharing this blog. Our hope is that the inspirational artwork ideas and tips we present here help crafters of all types to discover their creativity and to exercise their creative muscles in new, exciting ways. Happy Easter!


Recipe:

Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z3216 White Twine, Z3372 Adhesive Runner, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, 12″ Wreath, Hot Glue Gun

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Quick Easter Basket Tags

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With April a skip and a hop away, it’s time to start thinking about Easter crafting! One fun project is to make cute name tags for your family’s baskets—and with our Cricut® collections, you can get adorable tags in a jiffy!

The daffodils, banners, and letters on these tags come from the latest of our Cricut® collections—Flower Market. The tag bases themselves comes from our Cricut® Artistry collection, which is filled with lots of other basic shapes for crafting. Combine the two collections, and you get a whole new world of possibilities!

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This quick project adds a personal touch to your Easter baskets, and you can use the tags time and time again!

What Easter crafts do you want to try out this year? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipe

Easter Name Tags
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2 ¾” Shape <Holiday> (cut 3, p. 47)
2 ½” Shape <Holiday> (cut 3, p. 47)

Flower Market
1″ Flower-1 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
½” Shift+Flower-1 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
2 ¾” Flower-2 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
1 ¼” Shift+Title <Succulnt> (cut 3, p. 40)
½” <font> “ANNA JACK HALEY”

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4 Crafts to Do Before Easter Comes Hopping

Today! It’s today! Spring has arrived in our little corner of the world, and we couldn’t be happier about it. What’s your favorite part of spring? For us, the Easter holiday is a major highlight. For so very many reasons, this holiday brings joy and giddiness to the hearts of folks big and small.

In preparation for the holiday, we’ve pulled out some of our favorite Easter stamps to create some truly egg-cellent projects.

Happy Easter Canvas Trio
This canvas trio makes a cozy Easter-season wall piece. Who can resist this gorgeous Easter lily image in combination with the letters from the Hopscotch Alphabet stamp set (E1028)? We’ve added some flora to these versatile canvases to portray the beautiful message of new life that Easter is all about. To achieve the beautiful colors on these pieces, we turned first to our ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers. Then we used the blending pen to pick up ink from various Exclusive Inks™ pads to apply some softer tones.

Easter Canvases

4 ½” x 4 ½” Chick Card
With a stamp this precious, we couldn’t help but create a truly adorable card. We once again used the blending pen to add color from our chosen Exclusive Inks™ pads. Don’t you love the shading spectrum you can achieve this way? This little chick has got to be the cutest one in town!

Easter Egg Drawstring Bags
My Creations™ muslin drawstring bags will delight anyone you give them to! We stamped the fancy egg image directly onto our bag using black StazOn™ ink. Once dry, we used an array of Exclusive Inks™ pads and the blending pen to “dye” our egg. We love that every stamped egg can be a unique work of art all its own! Without the headache of vinegar dyes and cartons full of hard-boiled eggs, you’ve got yourself a picturesque (and nonperishable) final product.

Easter Stamp Artwork

Before gifting your creation, place a small surprise inside and attach a simple tag. We used our Cricut® Artiste cartridge, hand-stamped an image on the tag, and once again used the blending pen to apply bold pops of color that invoke the beauties of blossoming spring.

Decorative Carrots
You’ll never guess the secret ingredients we used to make this delicious bunny bait: The Scaredy Cat and Chalk It Up paper packets! Who would’ve dreamed these papers could be used for Easter? It’s just more proof of how our B&T papers can be turned into fun 3-D home décor pieces in a hop. And why not sweeten the deal by stuffing them with jelly beans?

Easter Decorations

Easter will be here before you can say chocolate bunny, but there’s no need to scramble for last-minute ideas. Be prepared for the coming Easter holiday by ordering these Close To My Heart products today!

Recipes
Happy Easter Canvas Trio
B1469 My Acrylix® His Love, D1633 My Acrylix® Hopping By, E1028 My Acryilx® Hopscotch Alphabet, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2103 Bamboo Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch™ Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch™ Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z1818 6″ x 6″ Canvas Display, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, 3174 Blending Pen, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
5″ Shift+Accent 2 (p. 48)

4 ½” x 4 ½” Chick Card
Wishes: All Squared Up™
D1633 My Acrylix® Hopping By, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2103 Bamboo Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, 3174 Blending Pen, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Easter Egg Drawstring Bags
D1633 My Acrylix® Hopping By, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z1822 My Creations™ Muslin Drawstring Bags, 3174 Blending Pen, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
2″ Accent 1 (p. 32)

Decorative Carrots
X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Packet, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
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