Monday, 31 March 2014

Easter Greetings ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and ready for the start of a new week.

Today, is the start of a brand new challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and this week's challenge is "NO RULES"!! Yes, there are no rules and you can create anything you like and we would love it if you would join in with this week's challenge and the whole team can't wait to see what you make.

...and this, is what I made. An Easter box which is full of chocolate from the Easter Bunny!! As always, I hope you love what I've made.
Now let's begin and tell you how I made it...

To start with I created a drawer box using a heavyweight card stock. The outside of the box is approximately 15.5 x 12cm in size and 2.5cm deep. The actual drawer that fits inside, is made slightly smaller so that it slides in and out easily. I then attached pieces of greyboard to the top and the bottom, cut slightly larger than the finished box, so that this would make it substantial before giving the entire box and the drawer a coat of gesso and then, a coat of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Nougat paint.

Once the box was dry, I aged the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink. Now comes the fun bit, I need to start decorating it and for this I used the stunning Sweet Sentiments paper pad from Graphic 45. I cut pieces of the paper to cover each of the three sides on the outside of the box and a piece for the top and attached all the paper with Mod Podge. I then covered the inside and the front of the drawer with more paper from the pad. 
Once all my box was covered, I then gave it a coat of Mod Podge to seal it. So that I could open the drawer easily, I attached a Idea-ology drawer pull onto the front covered section and added a Chit Chat sticker label.
Now to decorate the top and for this, I used the Sizzix Easter Elements die from Tim Holtz to die cut two pieces of chipboard, which I then glued together to make one complete and very substantial bunny. I painted the bunny with an Espresso Brown paint dabber and then tied a piece of vintage ribbon around his neck.
I then needed to create a little garden for him to sit in and for this I used the Tapered Fringe die to die cut green Bazzill card which I quilled and shaped to give me five individual sprigs of grass. I added some Walnut Stain ink to the ends of the grass before moving onto the flowers. 
The flowers are all created using Tim's Mini Tattered Florals die and coloured with Distress Inks before being layered together and then shaped to make these dimensional blooms. I used an old snowflake die from my stash to create the stamens in the centre and then added an enamel dot to each. 
I then arranged the grass and flowers onto the top of my box, placing the bunny in the centre and adding some cheesecloth which I dyed using Peeled Paint Distress Stain.
I used the Mini Movers and Shapers Butterfly die to die cut some of the papers from the Sweet Sentiments pad, layered the die cuts together to create dimensional butterflies and then added pearls down the centre of each. I then attached them to coils of wire so that it would give the appearance of them in flight and attached them onto my box, placing them amongst the foliage, together with an Easter message cut from the pad, attached with a Memo Pin. As a finishing touch, I used oval pearls, which looked like small Easter eggs and attached these in each of the four corners of the box.
Finally, I added a stand for the whole box to sit on and made this with a cardboard tube which started life as the inside of the kitchen towel. I covered the tube with paper from the pad and then attached it to the centre on the bottom of my box.

Last but by no means least, you need to now fill that drawer with chocolates!!!
So, I really hope you've loved what I've created for Easter and for more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....
Products used:

Seam binding, greyboard, chipboard, cheesecloth, pearls and cardstock from my own stash

Thank you so much for all your visits today and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for now...love Emma xx



27 comments:

  1. Fabulous!!! Love the grass, the flowers, all of it! Must have taken hours! Stunning!

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  2. This is just lovely Emma, it is exactly what comes to mind when I think of Easter.

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  3. Oh my Emma! What a fabulous Easter treat presentation! Love the sweet scene that you created! All the flowers look gorgeous!

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  4. I'm speechless! Your talent and creativity astound me. Tim must be blown away when he sees creations like this using his products. Jx

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  5. Hi Emma, I LOVE your Easter Box. It's amazing, as is your attention to detail. xx

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  6. This is wonderful Emma!! What a cute box you created and I love your use of the fringed die. The flowers are so pretty.

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  7. Gorgeous piece Emma. Love how you have added dimension to your design. Great use of the fringed die too. The paper is stunning and the bunny sits beautifully taking pride of place on your box. Stunning flowers too. Tracy x

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  8. What a beautiful bunny patch! Love how it is a gorgeous Easter decoration and then you pop open the drawer and can load it up with yummy candy! The scene you created is fabulous!

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  9. Emma I absolutely adore this chocolate box! So much dimension. What a fun way to hold some Easter treats.

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  10. Your box is beautiful Emma, the paper inside the drawer is just gorgeous and the bunny looks so cute sitting amongst all those lovely flowers and grasses too. I am just going to ignore all the chocolate.....

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  11. Love this fun box! Great Easter Inspiration! I really need this bunny. Love all the flowers and fringe:) Great project!!!!

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  12. absolutely gorgeous! you never fail to amaze me week in week out. wish i lived closer so i could absorb some of your talent. xx

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  13. Wow... this project is super cute, Emma. Love the adorable bunny and all the details are fantastic! :)

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  14. Emma this centerpiece is completely stunning! I love the pops of color in the flowers and that the drawer is functional :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  15. What a wonderful piece, Emma! It's so spectacular! Love the theme and the bunny is so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

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  16. It´s a dream - so beautiful!!!

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  17. Amazing project, Emma! First of all, that bunny looks good enough to eat. Seriously! And your box is darling. Love this!

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  18. Oh, how adorable, Emma - a fantastic make!
    Alison x

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  19. Beauty and chocolate in the same project?? I bow to your genius on this one! Really, though, it is lovely and original and whimsical and elegant all at the same time. What a great creation and I'm always amazed at your powers to "think outside the box"....even when you make a box (ha, ha).

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  20. Emma ,what an amazing creation! Everything is perfect and in the right place! My "pieces" favorites are the bunny and flowers! BArbarayaya

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  21. Darling! Sooo sweet...in every sense ;)
    xoxo Sioux

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  22. Emma...your Easter gift drawer is magic! I totally love everything about it! From the papers you've chosen to use to the gorgeous paper flowers on the top...it's amazing! The bunny just makes it a perfect statement for Easter and spring! Brilliant idea and craftsmanship! <3 Candy

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  23. this is a wonderful project!

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Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated.
Please come back and visit me soon...
Emma ~xx

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