Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Easter Tree

I had no idea when started my second blog it would take me so long to get to another post! I haven't been to any auctions since the last entry, although there is one this Saturday. So, I hope it's a good one. I'm feeling deprived! I'll take some pity, please! Anyway, I am fulfilling the "made" portion of my blog namesake with todays offering.
This is my "not so little" Easter tree! Every year the kids and I head to my parents house and find a large shrub to prune so we can have a tree. This year my dad had just trimmed all the lower branches off the trees, so we had a good selection. They are never perfectly shaped, but we're OK with that. This one has a distinct curve to one side. If I had put it in my usual spot it would have impeded the walkway! So, I put it up high at the dividing half-wall between my living room and kitchen. Everybody in the family got a vote and this got the thumbs up!
Most of my ornaments are recent store bought ones. However, this one with the scallop edge was made by me. I have a set of them, all different. I used orange juice can lids and all my yummy Stampin' Up papers. I like 'em!
My spring blocks are new this week. Boy, it took me forever to complete this project! Again, I used Stampin' Up patterned papers and recycled some craft-store wood blocks from a project years ago. My biggest challenge has been mastering my Cricket die cutting machine. I mounted these papers on chipboard, so they had a little more substance to them. I never read how to cut chipboard, so I had a few failures before I decided to read the manual!!! Then, I was trying to conserve paper by cutting my squares only a 1/4" large than my final finished size. Big mistake because I am not proficient at centering the cursor on the Cricket. Once again, I had many mistakes! However, it is done now and I am glad, glad, glad! So, what do you think?

1 comment:

  1. You need to post that cute Easter ornament on your Stampin Garden blog girl!! Even though Easter is over I'm so chasing this... I have lots of lids from mixing up orange juice. And I have my Nesties... Such an adorable Easter tree!! LOVE IT Shelley!! :)