Blossoms Around the Tidal Basin

Have you ever seen the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin?  Every spring, nearly 1,700 cherry trees that line the Washington, D.C. Tidal Basin burst into a magnificent pink floral fireworks.  I think, it is the most beautiful site in the Washington, D.C. area. The weather determines when this great display of blossoms burst, and unfortunately, these magnificent blooms only last a few days.  The exact time this will occur is unpredictable, but what is predictable is that it will happen sometime every spring. Oh what a lovely site to behold!  If you’ve never been to the Tidal Basin when the cherry trees blossom, it is so worth the trip!

Blossoms Around The Tidal Basin

Isn’t the above photo just gorgeous?  I sure enjoyed the cherry blossoms every spring when I worked in D.C. for 30 years.  I was fortunate that one of my job sites was just across the street from the Tidal Basin.  My desk was at a window where I could stand and inhale the beauty of the scene.  Wow, what a wonderful few days that was each spring!

Thousands of people embark upon D.C. every spring to enjoy such beauty and participate in the annual Cherry Blossom Parade.  It is so crowded around the Basin, but people make room for each other.  Some people either don’t know, or choose to show a lack of respect, that climbing the trees to take great snapshots is no allowed.  It’s shameful and those who choose this behavior are damaging these gorgeous trees.  The last time I was there, the damage was quite obvious.

Blossoms Around the Tidal Basin

These beauties are not just cherry trees, they are Japanese cherry trees.  It was in 1912 that Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, gifted 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan, and the continued close relationship between the two countries.

Did you notice that I said the United States was gifted 3,000 trees?  It’s so sad that only around 1,700 trees are left and the others have died.  Some have died as a result of the tree climbers that I described above.  But, what a pleasure to get to enjoy what is left!

Moving on, I made the following card to honor a Featured Stamper, Geni, on Splitcoaststampers.  This challenge, FS474, involved viewing Geni’s gallery of beautiful cards and pick one to CASE (i.e., copy and share everything).  I was inspired by this card she had created.  The cherry blossoms on her card reminded me of the Japanese cherry tree blossoms in Washington, D.C. Therefore, instead of casing her card, I had to create a scene of the cherry trees blossoms around the tidal basin.

Blossoms Around the Tidal Basin

What do you think?  Is my scene a decent replica of the one near the top of this post? The Washington Monument was hand drawn and well as the cherry trees and the green trees. The only stamps used was the cherry blossoms in the foreground and the sentiment. The blossoms in the foreground were colored with copics. Here’s another photo of my card.

(UPDATE:  This cared was featured in Splitcoaststampers FAVORITES of the week ending March 13, 2016)

Blossoms Around The Tidal Basin

This photo is a closeup of the scene.

Blossoms Around the Tidal Basin

I hope you enjoyed learning about the blossoms around the tidal basin and my card! Thanks for stopping by!

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SUPPLIES:

Stamps:  Stampin’ Up! Easter Blossoms (retired)

Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Pink Passion, and Bashful Blue Card Stock

Ink:  Stampin’ Up! Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Basic Black, and Copics

Card Size:  A2

Technique: Sponging and Coloring with Copics

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STAMPING WITH GUNEAUX DESIGNS BY BEVERLY POLEN

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Easter Basket With Blown Eggs – Stampin’ Up!

Easter Basket With Blown Eggs - Stampin' UpMy art project today is an Easter Basket with Blown Eggs that were decorated.

The Easter Basket was made with the retired Bigz Scallop Envelope Die.  I cut out four of the envelopes from Stampin’ Up! Daffodill Delight Card Stock.  Using Stampin’ Up! Sticky Strip, I adhered one envelope to another until all four sides were formed.

The sides of the Easter Basket with Blown Eggs were decorated with flowers made with the Stampin’ Up! Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, Blossom Punch, Designer Builder Brads, Bashful Blue Card Stock, and Melon Mambo Card Stock.

Easter Basket With Blown EggsHave you ever blown eggs?  If not and you want to learn, follow these instruction.  You will need raw eggs (not boiled) that are not cracked or boiled.

Wash your eggs well. Carefully poke a small hole in each pointed end of the raw egg.  (The Stampin’ Up! Paper-Piercing Tool worked great for poking the holes.)  Hold the egg over a bowl and blow into one of the holes. The egg liquid should slowly come out the other hole. (Sometimes this is a big job, and kids should get an adult’s help and permission before trying this.)  Once the egg shell is empty, rinse it off (inside and outside) and set it aside to dry.  I set mine upright so any liquid would drain from the inside.

   Easter Basket With Blown Eggs - Stampin' Up!

Now the fun begins!! 

Because an egg shell is non-porous and, thus, won’t absorb ink and certain paints well, I used Folk Art Acrylic Paint and a sponge to paint the eggs.  You can find this paint at any craft store.  I found that acrylic paint with glitter or metallic paint, as well as the Stampin’ Up! Reinkers, would not cover the shells.  Believe it or not, the reinkers left a very pale color but didn’t cover well at all.  I tried the reinkers as I was curious about using them.  Anyway, you may want to consider this when selecting your form of color for the eggs.

Easter Basket With Blown Eggs - Stampin' Up!

Next, decorate the eggs to your heart’s desire.  As you can see, I created a bunny, chicken, and decorated egg with flowers and some tangling (Zentangle).  I used Stampin’ Up! Card Stock to create elements (e.g., eyes, ears, wings, feet) of both the bunny and chicken.  If you look closely in the above picture, you can see the feet of both of them.

 

STAMPIN’ UP! SUPPLIES (unless otherwise noted) USED FOR THE EASTER BASKET WITH BLOWN EGGS 

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch Stamp Set (125537)

Paper: Bashful Blue Card Stock (195120), and Melon Mambo Card Stock (115320)

Ink:  Bashful Blue Classic Ink (126961) and Melon Mambo Classic Ink (126948)

Accessories:  Stampin’ Up Bigz Scalloped Envelope Die (retired), Blossom Punch (125603),1-3/4″ x 7/8″ Large Oval Punch (119855), 1-3/8″ x 5/8″ Oval Punch (119863), Designer Builder Brads (129329), Bird Builder Punch (117191), Sticky Strip (104294), and Paper-Piercing Tool (126189).

Other:  Acrylic Paint for the Egg Shells

  

God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs
by
Beverly Polen

Easter Basket With Blown Eggs - Stampin' Up!

EASTER BASKET WITH BLOWN EGGS

Stampin Up Easter Blessings And Secret Garden

Stampin Up Easter Blessings

I have a quick card for you today that features the Stampin Up Easter Blessings and Stampin Up Secret Garden Stamp Sets.

If you read my post on Wednesday, I shared a beautiful card featuring a technique that uses Stampin’ Up!’s White Craft Ink.  In that post, I shared that I wanted to try the technique on a dark card stock.  So today I did.

I covered the flower image with VersaMark Ink, white embossed it, and heat set the image.  Then using an Aqua Painter, I covered the flower with the White Craft Ink.  After allowing the image to dry, I used markers to color the flower shades of yellow.  It is a very simple and easy technique.  However, using the craft ink on a dark card stock certainly will show all mistakes!

I encourage you to try this technique as I believe you’ll enjoy the results.  I have to admit that I think I like the technique on the Crumb Cake card stock better than on a darker piece of card stock.

Look at the card I posted Wednesday and tell me if you like the technique better on Crumb Cake or a darker card stock. 

SUPPLIES USED FOR THE STAMPIN UP EASTER BLESSINGS CARD:

Stamp Sets:  Stampin Up Easter Blessings (129183) and Secret Garden (129144) Stamp Sets

Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight (119683) and the retired Concord Crush Card Stock

Ink:  Stampin Up White Craft Ink (101780), VersaMark (102283), and non-SU Markers

Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (109132) and Aqua Painter (103954)

SALE-A-BRATION ENDS!

Well, my friends, at the end of today, Stampin’ Up! closes out another wonderful Sale-a-bration!  You still have a few hours left to get more items if you desire!  I hope you enjoyed the Sale-a-bration products as much as I did!

God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs
by
Beverly Polen

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MDS Happy Easter Scrapbook Page

I had so much fun developing this very simply MDS Happy Easter Scrapbook Page!  So you ask, “How can you have such fun developing a simple MDS Happy Easter Scrapbook Page?”   The reason is I was able to change the color of images into multiple colors!

Recall on March 19th I shared that there were changes made by Stampin’ Up! to its “My Digital Studio”?  One of the changes was related to updating the original MDS.  If one had purchased the original MDS but had not upgraded to MDS 2 or MDS 2+, he/she could get the complete and latest version of MDS FREE beginning March 20!  I fell into that category.  Now I have the most updated version of MDS, and one of the major features of it is the ability to change colors of the images!  That is why I had such fun.  Notice the multiple colors of images on the scrapbook page, especially the flowers.

MDS Happy Easter Scrapbook Page

Seriously, I could not believe just how easy it was to use the tool within My Digital Studio to change images into multiple colors.  Don’t laugh at me, but I am so excited about the updated software.  If you purchased the original MDS software and had not updated it, open up your MDS software and you will be prompted to update the software.  Click on the check for updates button and, like magic, the latest version of MDS will be downloaded for FREE.  Don’t you just love it when Stampin’ Up! gives you FREE product!

This is a matching page:

MDS Happy Easter Scrapbook Page

SUPPLIES USED FOR THE MDS HAPPY EASTER SCRAPBOOK PAGES:

 My Digital Studio (130646) and the following digital downloads:

Easter Blossoms Stamp Brush Set (124436) and Everything Easter Ensemble Digital Download (129363)

 

God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs
by
Beverly Polen
MDS HAPPY EASTER SCRAPBOOK PAGE

Faberge-Styled Easter Egg

Hello, my friends, I have for you a Faberge-Styled Easter Egg!   But first I want to share why I have been absent from my blog for several days. I have been out of town taking care of my brother, Bill, who was in a grave health situation. With powerful prayers and the grace of God, a miracle occurred with him and I praise God for His healing blessings. My brother has a long journey to a complete recovery, so if you have an inclination to pray for him, your prayers would be greatly appreciated. I plan to get back to daily postings.

For today, I am sharing a cute Faberge-Styled Easter Egg that I made with a 6″ x 4″ egg-shaped piece of Styrofoam.

Faberge-Styled Easter EggIsn’t she cute!  I cut an opening in the front of the Styrofoam egg and then removed most of the inside. I used a craft paint to paint the inside pink and the outside yellow. I placed some carefully-cut Lucky Limeade card stock just inside the opening for grass. I stamped two flowers and glued them on small pieces of floral wire and placed them inside behind the grass. At the back of the inside I placed the primary element of the egg – the cute bunny. To decorate the opening of the egg, I glued on some retired Stampin’ Up! ribbon.

This picture is a side view of the Faberge-Styled Easter egg.

Faberge-Styled Easter Egg

This is the key element of the Faberge-Styled Easter Egg, the bunny. To give the bunny an extra “punch”, I glued Stampin’ Up!’s retired Mica Flakes onto its body.

Faberge-Styled Easter Egg
Now it is your turn to make a Faberge-Styled Easter Egg!
God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs
by
Beverly Polen