Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Almost Easter....

Hi Everyone,

I thought with Easter right around the corner, I would color up ching-chou kuik's Fantasy Easter Ocean from Plate #30.

I'm excited to say that I've finally tried my hand at easel cards. Not just a regular easel card but a twisted easel card with an additional twist:

Intimidated by easel cards would put it mildly. They down right scared me, however, stubbornness prevailed, lol and OMG, they are a blast and are truly easy (even for "get-it-wrong-try-again" me).
And with these beautiful Sweet Pea Stamps images, I'm always thinking that they need to be displayed. These easel cards are perfect for the recipient of the card to display right out of the envelope.

Since I always stamp out several images at a time, I have a drawer full of ready to be colored Sweet Pea Stamps images as was the case with Fantasy Easter Ocean.
She is stamped with Tuxedo Memento ink onto Gina K 120# pure Luxury card stock. This card stock is awesome to use if you do NOT want any bleed through from your copics, however, the blending is a little different. For one thing, it takes a lot more ink to soak the card stock and even then the end result is still not like it would be using Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth. But that's ok, I love to see different results.

Now the added twist to my Twisted Easel card is that I did not use a "topper" which sort of allowed a 3-D effect when the card is twisted into the easel form. Oh, this is only my 2nd ever easel card created so as is the norm, there are some goof ups...:

Here is the card closed:

The sentiment in the left hand corner is from Plate# 1. I once again used some left over gift tissue, scrunched up as a border. Double stick tape works great when one is too lazy to pull out the sewing machine :-).

The "Happy Easter" sentiment on the inside is from Holiday Verticals, Plate #13 stamped, then cut apart.
Of course I didn't take a straight on shot of the sentiment, but you get the idea.

Fantasy Easter Ocean is a gorgeous image stamp and perfect for Easter or any time of the year and NOW is the time to get this gorgeous stamp if you don't already have her in your stash. Fantasy Easter Ocean (single stamp) is on sale .... right now. Hurry over to the Sweet Pea Stamps shop today!!!! You'll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. It is very beautiful))) Great colouring)

  2. This is just stunning. The lovely image is so perfect for an easter-card1
    I've never made ​​a tiwsted easel card, But after I saw your card, I want to make an immediately:)
    It's so wonderful 3d effect when you've cut the image the way you have done here.
    Beautiful coloring, and I love the bright colors more... and more:)
    It was very nice with wrinkle-tape you made ​​with the help of punch:) Thanks for the great inspiration:)
    Hugs, Ellen

  3. WOWZERS Micki, I love it. Your coloring is done beautifully. This card is amazing.

  4. Awesome Micki! I am totally so going to copy this idea of yours, thanks so much for the ideas!!
    I love how you did the tissue paper edging, also how you cut out the tail to overlap....your coloring is awesome...your card is even more awesome!!
    Can you tell that I love it?

  5. Such a wonderful design and I love your coloring as always! Love the brightness for easter.

    Cheers, Holley

  6. I am right there with Connie- I love the way you did the card and am so copying it! Just fabulous! Great colors and placement.

  7. Micki...you are the only one who notices imprefections... I look and isee amazing color choices, superb coloring and great choice of embellishments and trims! you are an amazing and talented designer... this one is on my to try list! thanks for sharing!!!

  8. What an awesome card Micki. Your easel card rocks and your coloring is perfect. You are so clever.

  9. Connie, your twisted easel card looks fantastic. Love the bright colours you used, and the whole layout of your card is so beautiful. Love everything on it.
    Hugs, Karina

  10. Micki, this is awesome. I love the skin tone you used and that bluue on her tail is beautiful. I love the way you cut her out and created your easel card.

  11. Fabulous idea with the folds. Love the "grass" too. Fantastic card.

  12. Way to think out of the box!!! I love it!