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Sweet Spring

Alrighty, it is Day 8 for Papertrey Ink’s February release. Today, there’s a scavenger hunt (visit Nichole’s blog for details). The design team has also prepared lots of projects to share for a Group Post. We are featuring Sweet Spring by Lisa Johnson and Scrambled Eggs by Heather Nichols. Both of these sets are perfect for the spring season. I absolutely love the new coordinating stamps for the Christmas Label die and those fabulous spring images and sentiments. Heather did an amazing job on the Easter set with those cute eggs. Here are my projects…

There are a few things that I have always associated with Easter since childhood and that’s going to church and dying eggs. Scrambled Eggs combines these two special memories of mine perfectly so I can continue to enjoy and celebrate the season. So, I created what I’ll call a “Pre-Easter” card.

I created my own patterned paper by combining Background Basics: Chevron with Polka Dot Basics I. I used a masking technique for the chevron pattern to stamp the polka dots in the empty space between the design.

I die cut the eggs and basket, then stamped the coordinating images. I embellished the eggs with glitter glue/liquid pearls. Decorating the paper eggs was just as great as real eggs! I stamped the sentiment and popped it off the egg die cuts with foam adhesive.


Spring! It’s such a beautiful season when nature starts blooming. So, I thought I’d combine the egg element with gardening. I picked up a few of these half dozen egg cartons from…Bath & Body Works. I know, I can’t believe it either! I stopped by there after the holidays during one of those sales and found them, just sitting there waiting for a crafty purpose. I picked up a few and another customer asked me what I was going to do with them. I told her I had no idea and I didn’t, but I thought they may come in handy. When I saw Sweet Spring, I knew it was a good opportunity to work in the egg carton.

I painted the egg carton blue. Next, I stamped a piece of muslin fabric with a floral and butterfly pattern using Sweet Spring. I die cut Mat Stack 1 from felt and stitched the border. I layered the embellishment with the Christmas Label die and the coordinating stamps. A few buttons with twine finished it off.

On the inside, I added another Mat Stack die cut (from kraft cardstock). I stamped some images from Garden Variety and embellished it with butterflies from Sweet Spring.

The egg carton contents are a few herbs to gift. The recipient can cut the egg carton a part and plant the herbs into little pots. I stamped the herb type on cream cardstock using Simple Alphabet and clipped them using mini clothespins.

Okay, last photo! I added a filigree border around the egg carton top. The front is embellished with ribbon with button and twine. The tag is stamped with a sentiment from Sweet Spring on kraft cardstock.

Enjoy your Sunday! Thanks so much for visiting and don’t forget to also check out the other designer’s creations they posted today.

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Jessica Witty
Lisa Johnson
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
  • Evette K. CiampoFebruary 12, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Oh my goodness are these just the most clever of ideas. These two sets from Papertrey are just shinning with spring. Your two creative pieces of fabulous. Great idea for starting seeds in your second one. And the eggs/bling pop out your first card so much. Thanks for sharing your talents with us card/crafters. evette k.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy FrayneFebruary 12, 2012 - 8:12 am

    This is awesome!! I was totally expecting to see treats inside the carton when I first saw it–what a surprise to see this gift of herbs for the garden! Genius!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy HFebruary 12, 2012 - 8:18 am

    Oh I do so love the planter egg carton! So pretty and what a great idea!!ReplyCancel

  • SueBFebruary 12, 2012 - 8:23 am

    Fabulous ideas. Wonderful art.ReplyCancel

  • jan mFebruary 12, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Cute projects Ashley!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne RussellFebruary 12, 2012 - 8:39 am

    Fabulous project, Ashley! I would have bought those egg cartons too, but I’m not sure I would have ever figured out something to do with them!! Love the aqua and red colors-my favorite combo because they speak to every season. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Evette K. CiampoFebruary 12, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Found three eggs. ekciampoReplyCancel

  • CristinaFebruary 12, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Whoa. Both of these projects just blew me away. I love how thoughtfully each was put together. Just amazing.ReplyCancel

  • FiorellaFebruary 12, 2012 - 10:11 am

    Oh so nice!!!! I’m going to save those eggs cartons next time I go shopping.ReplyCancel

  • Toni StorieFebruary 12, 2012 - 10:49 am

    These are very cute projects! I really love the egg carton/herb gift set! That is right up my alley!ReplyCancel

  • Karen RoseFebruary 12, 2012 - 11:11 am

    Hi Ashley. I’m so happy that you are a part of the PTI design team. I really enjoy watching your posts each month. I LOVE the idea of this herb gift in the egg carton. I will definitely try that out. Your samples are fresh and cheerful!ReplyCancel

  • TraceyFebruary 12, 2012 - 11:20 am

    These are amazing projects!! Absolutely fabulous!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa HarrisFebruary 12, 2012 - 11:23 am
  • Holly SaveurFebruary 12, 2012 - 11:46 am

    Super cute,,great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl B.February 12, 2012 - 11:59 am

    Ashley, The egg carton/herb garden idea is a winner. I would be so happy to receive this or proud to give it as a gift. This release is perfect for this idea. Good job!ReplyCancel

  • PendraFebruary 12, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Your card is darling and the carton is absolutely adorable and so very creative!ReplyCancel

  • Marcie RhysFebruary 12, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    Love the colors of cardstock you put together on both projects. Your new polka-dot banner is just about the best banner I’ve ever seen!!!ReplyCancel

  • JaniceMFebruary 12, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    I love the color combination on your first project Ashley and that mix of chevron and polka dot is amazing! Can’t wait to see the rest of this release!ReplyCancel

  • Corrine AnnFebruary 12, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    Pretty card! I love the colors! Neat idea for the egg carton! Very nice projects.ReplyCancel

  • NancyWFebruary 12, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    I just love the egg carton idea for herbs! Such a sweet and heartfelt gift!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene AustinFebruary 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    OMG Ash!! That egg carton garden is so stinkin’ cute!!!!ReplyCancel

  • LauraleeFebruary 12, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Oh I love your egg carton project! I have done these when in grade school and even my son did them too but this is by far the cutest egg carton /plant project I have seen yet! Love it!! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenFebruary 12, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    LOVE this idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes me want to start my garden already!!!!!!!!! :) Sweet Easter Card with the Chevron design! :)ReplyCancel

  • diane oliverFebruary 12, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    Gorgeous card and I absolutely love your little egg carton project. how stinkin’ cute! hugsReplyCancel

  • Celeste GoffFebruary 12, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Ashley, that herb garden container is too creative and clever! I will have to keep that in mind for a great go-to gift idea…thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Marlena MFebruary 12, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    Wonderful projects, Ashley! I love the embellishing you created on the eggs.ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethFebruary 12, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    sweet projects! I love that egg carton idea! love love love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Katy M.February 12, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    Love the egg carton! Never thought of that,great job! There are 0 eggs hidden.ReplyCancel

  • Susan BeauchaineFebruary 12, 2012 - 8:40 pm

    Beautiful projects! Love the card and your little egg carton are adorable!
    Thanks for sharing

  • Annette A.February 12, 2012 - 11:40 pm

    Girl you have got talent…I just love stopping by to see what lovely creation you have created…so fun…ReplyCancel

  • GabbyFebruary 13, 2012 - 1:48 am

    You are so creative, I am in awe! The decorative top of the carton is nice and the inside “label” is so pretty. What a clever way to use these cartons. :)ReplyCancel

  • CharleneFebruary 13, 2012 - 7:19 am

    Are you kidding me? Those egg cartons are rockin’ cute! Now I’m going to have check out BBB more often. Thanks for a great post!ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne O'BrienFebruary 13, 2012 - 11:28 am

    Just adorable!!! I saved egg cartons, but didn’t know what to do w/them. Now I’ve got a great idea thanks to you :) LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • CandyFebruary 14, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    I am in awe! Your egg carton idea with the herbs is the most inspired and beautiful idea I have seen in a long time! FANTASTIC!ReplyCancel

  • ReneeFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:55 am

    What are these movers & shakers popper dyes? Are these things I can buy? If so, where do I get them?ReplyCancel

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