April 6, 2019

EASTER EGGS

 This week, I got a head start on doing my Easter eggs for this year. And I had a blast doing it! I'm not sure why I stopped at a wimpy ten eggs. Why didn't I just go with a dozen? I dunno.

Shown below is my basket of paper Easter eggs. And the following photos  spotlight each of my ten eggs alone on their nest.













To make my ten eggs, I first sorted through all the scraps of Designer Series Papers that I had kept in my stash all these years. You may recognize some old favorites. I had decided to use an oval Framelit that measures 2 1/8" x 3", so any DSP I came across in spring-y colors and was at least that size, was set aside. No full sheets were sacrificed for this project -- just leftovers.

Once I had an impressive pile of candidates, I sorted through the papers one more time, putting each of the hues together in a single pile. If you scroll back through my individual eggs, you can notice that, except for the addition of white here and there, the eggs are all pretty much monochromatic. 

There was one exception, however. It is the fourth last egg in the series of photos. For this egg, the color palette shared one color between the two papers. 

In all the eggs, I used ten ovals, each of them different from their compatriots. In the aforementioned egg, I used five each of two DSP designs. It was just an experiment. I think I like the look of the monochromatic eggs a bit better. What's your thought?

A TUTORIAL??

To make these eggs is simple. Once you sort through all your possible DSPs and stack them in similarly colored piles, your next step is to die cut each of the ovals. Whew. I should have built up wonderful muscles in my right arm after doing all this Big Shotting. Nope. Still as flabby as ever.

Next step is to choose the ten different papers you will use in a single egg. Lay them out in a line in front of you to come up with an order that appeals to you. Then, just starting with the first oval in the line, fold it in half, using a bone folder to make a nice crease. Do this to each of the ten ovals, stacking them in the same order you'd decided upon. 

Starting with the oval on the top of the stack, with the oval folded in half, add some Tombow Multipurpose Glue (Green Glue to me!) to one half. Take the next oval on the pile and match up the fold lines and the edges. It is important to be as precise as possible when putting these together. Otherwise, you get unsightly edges, which can, of course, always be carefully trimmed with Paper Snips. 

Once you have the first two ovals together, continue on in the same way through the rest of the stack. Take time with each addition, however, by tapping the folded edge on a hard surface and making sure that the two ends line up and you don't have any mismatched edges. Once you get in the flow, it goes fairly quickly. 

After all the ten ovals are glued together, it's time to glue the two remaining single sides, one from the first oval and one from the last one. Be so careful when lining up these last two edges. They don't always want to cooperate nicely. But, show 'em who's boss by holding it in place a few beats. Don't give 'em a chance to be unruly!

Gently pull the various edges apart. Voila! Your first egg is ready!


I'm not really sure what this egg-making technique is called. But, in fall I'd made little pumpkins in this same manner. So, I thought: WHY NOT EASTER EGGS? And it worked!

If you give these little treasures a try, have a lot of fun. It's a great way to use up many of the scraps of DSP you've had lying around forever. I felt so good about that!

Egg-y
Smiles.

28 comments:

  1. Those are really adorable easter eggs love all the colors. Found you on Grandma's Briefs Link Party

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    1. Why, thank you, Candy! I am so glad you like them!

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  2. Very pretty! I think some of my grandchildren are old enough now to help make these.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! Have fun with the grandchildren -- what a great project to be able to do together!

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  3. I've always wanted to do this. These are beautiful! I need to go for it and give it a try following your tutorial. :) I'm Pinning this post to save. :)
    #wonderfulwednesdaybloghop

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Go for it! You will have so much fun and cool treasures to have forever!

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  4. These are just gorgeous, lightweight and easy to mail for orders too! Visiting from Michelle's linky party!

    Sandi
    Artsy Craftery Design Studio
    printaphoria.etsy.com
    thecreativeseller.com

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  5. I love these sweet Easter Eggs, Linda! They are so colourful and appealing! Thank you so much for sharing this great inspiration with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I appreciate your support of the Hearth and Soul!

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    1. Thank you, April! In fact, I plan on making a few more of these this afternoon. Thanks also for letting me play along with you each week at the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

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  6. Such pretty colors! These will be one of my features this Saturday at the Snickerdoodle link party!

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  7. These are cute. I love all the colours together.

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! I even added a couple more to the basket today!

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  8. Oh these are so fun and pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party, I'm featuring you this week!

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  9. Lovely eggs and a great use for paper scraps. I am pinning this one.
    Happy Easter, Kippi

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  10. These are adorable! I love all of the different prints. Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration! Have a wonderful Easter!

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    1. Thanks so much, Amy! I am so glad that you like them. Happy Easter to you too!

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  11. Love these Linda! Featuring when my party opens tonight!

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    1. Aw, thank you, Carol, both for the nice comment and for the fact that you are featuring them!!

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  12. These are so creative and festive for Easter! Love them! I featured your project at Best of the Weekend this week! Thanks for joining us and have a Happy Easter!
    Shelley

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    1. Thank you so so much! Both for the nice comment and the feature. Thanks!

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