Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring has Sprung Release Challenge


We're at another month's challenge at Flourishes!  Next week brings us the wonderful April New Release Sneak Peeks!  And I'm so excited to begin showing them to you!


So here is the challenge this month  "Let's see some signs of spring in your creations for this challenge! Use a little robin's egg blue, some green grass with a dash of daffodil. Use this color combo and you'll be in the running to win the entire April new release bundle!"


Now, I went very literal and Easter with this challenge and the photo...take a look


How about a little basket for Easter, with some freshly bloomed Daffodils, grass and robin's egg blue Easter eggs? :)


I put together this little Easter Basket based on a wonderful tutorial by Mary Jo Albright.  It doesn't appear she's blogging anymore which is sad because she's such a talent!... but this is the link to the basket tutorial.   It does take some time to put together, but the end result is so worth it!  I love the sweetness of it!    I have lots of pictures of the different sides....
Front side above, where I've tucked the beautiful daffodil from the Signs of Spring set,  as well as the little tag stamped with the sentiment and the little chicks.  



Along the top you can see I created a handle out of the Spellbinders Die Easer Borderabilities Petite.  I ran it through the machine twice, both in the blue and in the daffodil yellow and then just added the yellow pieces into the die strip for some extra color.    You can also see the strips of grass I cut with my scissors on the right and left sides of the basket.  


I also created my own basket filler by embossing some paper with the Square Lattice die and then cutting it in tiny thin strips with my guillotine cutter, you need something nice and sharp to cut this thin.  




And then a little closeup of the daffodil colored with Copic Markers.  As well you can just see the butterflies I added from the handle cut from the die on the right.

Join us in the challenge and you could win the entire April Release!  Link up to the Flourishes Blog - and when you add to online galleries use the keyword FLLCAPR11. Deadline to enter is April 15th at 5 PM Eastern. 


Now head on over to my Flourishes DT Sisters and see what Spring beauty they've brought you today!
Barbara Anders
Christine Okken (you are here)


Jan Marie Caruso

15 comments:

KarinsArtScrap said...

oooooo christine this is gorgeous, what a great basket you have made.
I'am sure it took some time, but it's looking fabulous.
beautiful papers and great details.

greetings karin

Karen W said...

Wow this is awesome!! I can't wait to see the new sets!!

Beate said...

What a darling basket! So many details to look at....it's beautiful.
Hugs and smiles

dpkennedy said...

So creative and beautiful Christine! What a lovely basket to give!

Julie Koerber said...

Oh my goodness Christine -- this is too pretty for words! The daffodil just pops and is such a lovely focal point!

Barbara said...

What an adorable project, Christine!!! It makes you happy just to look at it!

Sherry Kushibab said...

Such an adorable basket. Love the embossing and die on tbe handle. That daffodil looks lime it is fresh from the garden. Blessings TFS

Leslie Miller said...

You sure did go literal with the colors, tee hee! Grass, daffodils and Robin's eggs. I love it! Very cute basket design. You did such a beautiful job and made it so festive!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Christine this is totally CUTE! I love the vibrant colors and so creative. Beautiful job! I have to make one of these now... hee hee

Amanda said...

I love, love this basket idea!!! WOW! I have to admit, I wouldn't have thought of that idea, but I love it :) Great job, Christine :)

Conniecrafter said...

very cute basket, neat details in the handle and so love your grass border :)

Betty Wright said...

Christine, this is wonderful! Fabulous design and scrumptious detailing! Lovely Easter basket!

Shannon White said...

Oh My Gosh Miss Christine, this is soooo adorable! I love all the pretty dp and details. Gorgeous coloring on your daffodil, so pretty and cheerful. 8-)

Nancy said...

WOW.....What a GORGEOUS Basket!!!

Makiko Jones said...

What a lovely Spring basket Christine!! The colors are so refreshing and I love the fabulous details!