Gathering Gifts

I feel a little bad for bringing so many bright, springy colours to the blog, when, those of us, living in southern Manitoba are living in a slow globe right now! I’m not complaining, but I will say Norine’s blog posts are certainly more fitted. And seriously, how gorgeous is her traveller’s notebook?! I definitely need to start on one soooon!

For today’s post though, I had a lot of fun making some bright cards to go with, what is seeming to be, my Easter theme this year.


Growing  up, I let my parents take care of the gifts for our family gatherings, but apparently I’m grown now too, haha. And so it’s time we bring some of our own food and gifting, but I’m not complaining!


I reached back to my “Dear Lizzy” products and this beautiful Shimelle paper. The small letter stickers are actually from the back of a Pink Paisley washi pack and the bigger letters are Thickers from American Crafts.


I used the stickers, chipboard pieces and die cuts from the Dear Lizzy line. While generally it’s really fun to mix and match lines, sometimes it’s quite enjoyable and relaxing to layer up goodies from the same line.


One of the many things I’ve learned from Lori, is when you gift a card, it’s a great idea to put matching embellishments in the card and on the envelope. This time I went with that rule, and it’s amazing how a simple card quickly turns into a small gift.


On the opposite corners of the ones pictured above and below, I added a single small embellishment to match the front of the envelope and the card inside. The puffy stickers from Dear Lizzy are absolutely perfect for this!


And here’s an example of the inside of the card (the one with the bouquet)…


I love how I didn’t necessarily have to put a flower die cut in the card, but could switch it up using a different  shape with a flowery pattern. This tied the outside and the inside together without being overly matchy matchy.

Lastly, here are the three envelopes all tied up with ribbon, ready to be gifted. (I added the blue nuvo dots to the middle envelope after, in case you noticed the difference from the picture near the top ;) ).


I ripped strips of cotton quilting fabric to create the organic-looking ribbon. You may be seeing me use it more in future posts (just warning you)!  ;) The ribbon adds a nice homemade touch, I find.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!

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This post was written by Natalja on March 11, 2018

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Easter Eggs

Some classic easter decor on the blog today!

Any one prepping for decorating eggs soon? Or what are some of your Easter traditions? I couldn’t resist pulling out my Prima watercolours this week to paint some Easter eggs. I wanted to turn them into little “ornaments” and so I poked holes into the top and bottom, blew out the yolks and egg whites and ended up with empty, decorative eggs.


I haven’t painted easter eggs in fooreever and was excited to give them a try again! In Europe, it is very common for people to have Easter “trees.” These typically exist of branches of various sizes and are then decorated with egg “ornaments.” Is this something that people do in North America as well?


Unfortunately, my attempts at getting a string through the egg shell failed me, but hopefully you can still envision an ornament-like decoration.


I went for a more floral and abstract look. Certainly leaving out the black outlines would create a more dreamy look, where as now, the patterns look a bit more..hmmm..animated.


The next two eggs are more of the abstract kind. I’m learning to control my watercoloring a little less, letting the paint do what it does so well as it mixes with different amounts of water and various colours.



And here they are, all together. I currently have the bowl on my windowsill in the kitchen and I have to say these Easter eggs are growing on me. I generally go for neutral colours, but these are too cheery not to like.


Once I figure out how to get string through these egg shells (feel free to leave any tips haha) to hang them up on a “tree,” I’ll make sure to show you a picture!

Thanks for stopping by!

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This post was written by Natalja on March 4, 2018

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