14 April 2017


A lone decorated egg in a little basket. What hidden pleasures does this egg conceal?

A bunny and grass for it to stand up in along with a happy sentiment.


Putting It Together

I started on this card just as I was falling ill. Thus, it ended up taking a lot longer to finish than I wanted but I had to finish it to get the idea out of my head *laugh*. 

I knew I wanted to do an egg shaped card but haven't any egg shape dies. The closest I have are ovals. But, and egg is somewhat oval-ish. I could do an oval in a basket and it would appear like an egg. So.. I found the oval in my newest die set (from Scrapbooking Made Simple's new line which is, sadly, a one and done release and already sold out) that was nearly A2 size. I used that die to roughly sketch my idea. I don't often sketch, this is why *laugh*. The sketches I make are more like notes to myself than anything to display.

For the basket shape, I had a thought. The largest of the octagons, if the "egg" would fit in it, would make a basket bottom. I tried the two dies together and the idea was done.

To add to the basket look, I used the 3d woven embossing folder after cutting the octagon from rust brown heavy cardstock (Scrapbooking Made Simple Colorations). 

I trimmed off part of the octagon for the basket shape, but it was still missing something.

I cut a strip of the same cardstock, embossed it and.. perfect basket. 

I rounded the corners on the basket top and, to give a bit of pizzaz, spritzed the basket with Perfect Pearls gold in a Mini Mister. 

While the basket was drying, I turned to the egg. I used Gelatos with a wet wipe to create a mottled colouration. I had die cut the oval from Elizabeth Craft Designs soft finish white because I love the pebbly texture it has when doing a blended colouring like this. Though, I wish I had kept to just the blues for the egg and hadn't added in some green, too. 

For the striping, I die cut strips of adhesive sheet with various border dies. I put the die cut adhesive on the egg, and then..

.. dumped Silk Microfine glitter on it. I tapped and brushed off the excess with a soft brush and burnished the strip with my finger.

I fitted the finished egg back into the A2 panel I cut it from so I could more easily place the basket.

I wanted to take up the full A2 height (5 1/2 inches) so placed the basket down to the bottom of the panel. 

I backed the egg with a light teal heavy cardstock, so it can stand better, and created a second basket. I fitted the second basket on the back over the front one, but later decided I wanted to sandwich the easel between them.

I dry fit the egg in the basket on the easel card base I had made. I trimmed the easel for the basket but decided I wanted to have a flat area behind the egg while closed.

To give the area behind the egg a bit of interest, I die cit a small panel with the Simon Says Stamp background stitched swirls. This is one of my favourite dies for a background. Using a Clarity brush, I lightly brushed the panel with Tumbled Glass for a very light blue swirly sky. 

I loved how the project was turning out. The swirly sky was the perfect subtle touch.

I dry fit the other elements I wanted to use, the grass and flowers die and the bunny stamps. But I ran out of crafting time that day and had to set it aside. Then I succumbed to a bug and was laid up sick a few days without energy to work on it :(

When I could pick it back up, I started by making a green mottled panel for the grass and flowers. Again, I used Gelatos and a wet wipe. Having a multi-coloured green gives a much better look than just a flat single coloured cardstock.

I was able to fit both parts of the die on the one small scrap panel.

Hmm.. but how to make these the stand up helper?

I coloured up some heavier cardstock and did a partial die cut, making sure the bottom was still attached.

I trimmed off the flowers to make this support panel look just like grass. I scored along where the bottom of the die would have cut and folded the grass to stand up.

I added the cut with the flowers on to the stand up. 

I dry fit the grass stand up with the basket. 

I added the other two grass bits to the front of the basket so it would be in grass even while closed.

I then sandwiched the easel in the basket front and back. This makes for a much cleaner look on the inside of the card.

I coloured up the bunnies with Tea Die and Worn Lipstick and then decided to use just the one. I fussy cut the bunny and dry fit him. I also coloured the tulip in the grass with Festive Berries. 

I coloured the flowers by directly smushing them with Mustard Seed. 

I adhered the stand up in the card base and added the bunny and flowers with foam mounting tape. I also added pearls to the flower centres. 

I coloured up yet another small green panel for the bottom front and added the sentiment in Archival Black. I added a thin strip of washi to conceal the join. I left the rest of the inside blank for a personal message.


Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Saturday challenge: Easter
Crazy 4 Challenges: Animal
Crafty Friends: Animal
Addicted to Stamps and More: Make Your Mark
Creative Moments: Spring Colours
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday: Spring
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Springtime/Easter
Creative Craft Cottage: Dies and/or Punches
Creative With Stamps: Baby


  1. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I love all the shimmer too. Thanks for joining the Just For Fun challenge!

  2. Wow, Rijacki, this is an amazing creation! I love your fabulous Easter easel card, and the end result was so worth the effort you put in. The basket in particular is wonderful and I love the glittering on your egg as well as the little bunny scene.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM, and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  3. This is so cute! I love the hidden bunny...what a fun surprise! Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage. Cindy (DT)

  4. Hello… Thanks for sharing your card with us at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog… your card is so cute and fits perfectly with our ‘Animals/Birds’ challenge theme… enjoyed reading your tutorial too... hope you can join us next time and good luck in the draw.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  5. Great tutorial! Your card is so festive and I admire your attention to detail! Well done!

  6. Wow! Lot of hard work went into this card. And the result is amazing! Thanks for the great tutorial too. Thanks for joining us at the ATSM challenges. All the best. Nandini, DT

  7. yay Rijacki the tiny mini Bunny is so so cuute
    with his big egg that he found
    love how you procces that you show here
    yeah the grass more lovely in the different shade of green
    cute baby bunny card
    many thanks to joining with us at Creative With Stamps this month
    PS: would you mind to added CREATIVE WITH STAMPS LINK back to our challenge and the challenge badge on your post to eligible to win the prize?many thanks I did not see our link here :(( )

    1. Oh my gosh! I had forgotten the link back to your challenge!! I must have been half asleep as I was finishing up the post. It's on there now.

  8. Wow! This is just gorgeous! Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial!
    Thank you for joining us at Creative With Stamps last month...hope to see you again!
    The Leaf Studio


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