Thursday, March 28, 2024

BFF Open House


Happy Friday Eve. Happy Easter Weekend. Happy End of March?! YIKES. I dunno about you but I absolutely HATE April Fool's Day pranks so Monday will not be my favorite day. We have enough real pranks going on! 

Anyone else dealing with allergies? Or should I ask if there's anyone NOT dealing with them? 

This week I shared the Faux Chocolate Bunny Easter Cards I made for family and friends. No calories! 

Here are some of the features from last week's party which, if you're still looking for last-minute ideas, fit the bill (or to Pin for next year)!

Dollar Tree always has these Faux Tin Tiles in stock and Fresh Vintage by Lisa S showed how to make a Faux Tin Tile Bunny

Another fun Dollar Tree idea came from Hunny I'm Home DIY with this Beaded Bunny Wreath

If you're looking to bring Spring Flowers inside (without allergens!) then Serenity You has you covered with a great roundup of Spring Paper Flower Craft Ideas

Finally, transform Carrott Cake into an adult beverage with this Easter Cocktail from Cindy's Online Recipe Exchange: Carrot Cake Shooters! 

Thanks to ALL who linked up and wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, whatever you're doing or celebrating!

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Papercrafting: Faux Chocolate Bunny Cards


My inspiration for this year's Easter cards came from a classic Easter staple, the foil-wrapped chocolate bunny. I used dark brown cardstock and glitter cardstock.

  • Dark Brown Cardstock
  • Pastel Glitter Paper (Recollections)
  • Foiled/Marbled Background Papers (Recollections)
  • White Cardstock (110lb)
  • SVG File (I downloaded a set from Creative Fabrica)
  • Cricut Cutting Machine
  • Cricut Design Space
  • Self-adhesive rhinestones
  • Foam Tape
  • Tape Runner

I used these papers by Recollections at Michaels for the background panels. I had these in my stash but was thrilled to find they still carried the Spring Marbles stack and picked up another one during their recent sale. 

I found a collection of bunnies at Creative Fabrica, downloaded, and selected the one I wanted to use. 

A moment of self-congratulatory pride...drumroll please! The middle of the top layer was empty and I found an egg design in Cricut Design Space and added it to the middle! Please clap!

This idea was inspired by foil-wrapped Chocolate Bunnies so I used dark brown cardstock for the bottom layer (used the offset tool in Design Space to create) and then cut the glitter layers. 

I attached the glitter layers to the "chocolate" layers using foam squares.

The thing I love about the Recollections papers is how well so many of the patterned papers work with solids. Being a paper hoarder, I have stacks from different years and they work together. I chose solids from the Spring Pastels stack to coordinate with the Spring Marbles papers and the Glitter Stack is also Spring. 

As always, my cards are 5x7 and the panels are 4.75x6.75 and 4.25x4.5. I attached the marbled papers to the solid using my ATG tape runner, then attached the layered panel to the card, then the "Chocolate Bunny" to the center using foam tape.

To finish, I grabbed my stash of self-adhesive rhinestones and added as shown. Now, family and friends have a calorie free Chocolate Bunny!

I did versions in pink:




When I make multiples, I use the same image even if I do different colors to make it easy to keep the settings in the software and machine the same and not confuse myself! 

Thursday, March 21, 2024

BFF Open House


Happy Spring Creative Peeps! I hope by now everyone who had to Spring forward is adjusted. We don't change so my biggest challenge is remembering time differences between Arizona and everywhere else. I also hope you all had a wonderful and safe St. Patrick's day without any Leprechaun pranks. 

I read about JoAnn entering bankruptcy which makes me sad so let's do our part as Creatives and support them! They said no stores will be closing. And no, I don't have any connection other than as a loyal customer who wants to see them continue! 

Time to take a look at some inspiring Spring and Easter ideas!

Steph Creates once again turns simple Dollar Tree finds into something beautiful with this Spring Bird DIY

The Apple Street Cottage shared this Bowl Full of Bunnies complete with pattern. 

Hunny I'm Home DIY shared another fabulous Dollar Tree project with this Mini-Bunny Basket

Finally, even better than store bought, Cincy Shopper shared how to make our own Peanut Butter Eggs. YUM! 

Thank you to all who linked up and shared their inspiration last week and can't wait to see what you've got this week! 

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

BFF Open House


Happy Friday Eve again Creative Peeps! Ready for St. Patrick's Day weekend? We don't go out but I may make a Guinness Pot Roast since neither of us love corned beef. March is flying by. 

This week I made a couple of fun Dollar Tree Egg and Bunny Projects. I found the supplies at a different DT than I usually go to and hadn't seen the supplies at my usual ones. Now I wish I'd gotten more!

Let's take a look at some fun and festive Spring, Easter and St. Patrick's ideas! 

Selep Imaging shared this beautiful Shamrock Heart Ornament Mosaic. So festive! 

If you're looking for a new Easter egg idea, Serenity You has you covered with these Resist Art Easter Eggs.

Organized Island shared this amazing St. Patrick's Dessert Board

Finally, Crystal and Company shared this very family-friendly St. Patrick's Green Punch

Thanks to everyone who linked up! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and no Leprechaun pranks! 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Home Decor: Layered Bunny and Egg


Mr. Chocolate now gets why I stop at different Dollar Tree locations. (And yes, I saw where they're closing stores!). We were out and about the other day and there was one next to a place we were going so of course I had to stop and I found some things I hadn't seen at other stores like these thicker "wood" eggs and Buffalo check bunnies! This idea instantly popped into my head. 

  • Dollar Tree Wood Egg
  • Dollar Tree Buffalo Check Bunny Garland
  • Dollar Tree Mini Wood Blocks
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Coordinating Ribbon

The bunny garland would be cute as a garland but I already had this idea in my head. I painted the top of the eggs and left the sides bare. 

It only took one coat but I let it dry overnight. I took two of the bunnies off of the twine and replaced it with coordinated ribbon. 

I pulled the ribbon through the holes from the back, tied a square knot, then trimmed the ends as shown. I had some mini-wood blocks in my stash that I used to create depth to glue the bunnies to the eggs.

After I glued the block to the back of the bunny, I used more hot glue to attach the bunnies to the eggs.

Easy Peasy Dollar Treesy! But what to do with the remaining bunny garland? I decided that the remaining four would make two cute 3-D bunnies. 

I had these mini pom poms in my stash and went with the light turquoise ones to cover the holes from the twine. Then I glued two more of the wood blocks to the back and attached another bunny to the blocks. 

Be careful to make sure the bottoms are even so they'll stand up. 

They go with some eggs I did years ago!

And of course, now, I wish I'd bought another garland!