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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Easter Chicks - Sunday 29th March 2015

Good Morning Friends,

Thank you for visiting, whether regular or a visitor, it's great to have you here! 

Thank you also for your comments on my bookmark, there was a bit of a fad to make these corner bookmarks a few years ago and I made a few back then, but when I received the die it, was the first thing I thought of making and it was a fun revisit, now I want to make some more...I did some sketches for a felt one in front of the TV last night!

We've had horrible squally weather this weekend, but I'm hoping it's just to get it all out of the way for a nice, sunny Easter, who knows!? At the moment it is so windy I had to put Cara and Tilda back in their run, they would far rather be scratching about in the garden, but it's for their own safety..hmmm...try telling that to a couple of hens!

Today's card, I want to enter in the current NBUS challenge and also this week's Allsorts Challenge where the theme is 'Feature a Creature'.

Have you see Kittie Caracciolo's cards? (

I have long been an admirer of the lovely scenes she creates with dies, so I thought I would make a few Easter cards using this design idea. 

I gathered together the dies...all except the fence and borders are new and never before used: I either had them for my birthday (chickens and tulips} or bought them recently, just to gather a collection of 'useful' dies....

First of all I die cut all the pieces, everything except the fence was cut using white card. I used kraft card for the fence as it is quite delicate to completely colour: I simply inked it randomly with Vintage Photo.

Next I coloured all the die cuts: I used Promarkers for everything except the chicken and rooster, which I coloured with distress inks (except the combs and wattles, I did use pens on those). It's funny, remember I was sent those lovely Chameleon pens by my cousin in the US last year? I really really like them, but promarkers are still my go to pens..though to be honest, Chameleons are better suited to larger projects with lots of shading and colour variants.

I used a 6x6 card blank, the die cuts are small so would be lost on a larger card. I then created the aperture using Spellbinders Classic Squares and burgundy and very pale pink adorable-scorable card. Because there is a lot of colour, I wanted to balance this out by leaving the outer frame and background free of ink, I don't like to over do it with the inking on cards if I can help it. I used a pale blue card (adorable-scorable) for the background and left the die-cut sentiment (also new) white as well. I did try it in different colours but kept coming back to white.

These are the dies I used:

Spellbinders Classic Squares
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Sprigs...this is a 'pre-loved' die but new to me!
Spellbinders Wrought Iron Fence (I didn't have  a small enough picket fence so I improvised!)
Impression Obsession dies - Farmyard chickens: new
Spellbinders Die-Lites - I used the birds for the 'delightful tree' set, had it a while, first time used
Impression Obsession  -grass: new
Impression Obsession -Tulips:new
Impression Obsession - Easter Joy:new

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sundays,

Challenges to enter with this card:

NBUS Challenge #4 Anything Goes 

Allsorts Challenge week 304: Feature a Creature

Love and Hugs
Carole X


  1. Morning Carole,
    Lovely card, great scene you have created.

  2. Fabulous Easter card and what a terrific job on the fence work. It is just such a sweet cards with all things Easter. Enjoy your day, Carole.

  3. A beautiful Easter Chick Card Carole.
    A perfect make for you.
    Love all the wonderful Dies cuta making a fantastic little Scene.
    Have a good day
    Patricia xxx

  4. What a sweet scene you have created Carole! I love how you layered the grass at the bottom, so much dimension...and those chicks, good grief they are cute!! hugs :)

  5. wonderful card so pretty! and fantastic scene!!!

  6. Hello Carole I love this card the scene you have created is gorgeous. The weather is manky here too so different to last week. I have had a couple here to talk about wedding invites - yes I have agreed to make more. Have a great week. Hugs Jackie

    1. Oh wow! I always say no to invites now...never enjoyed making them, too repetitive & now I wouldn't have time anyway..enjoy! X

  7. This made me really smile Carole! What fabulous dies, so perfect for you to use and you really have created a wonderful Easter scene - the little chicks are just adorable! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Just brilliant Carole, Hazel x

  9. Now this is a super cool scene!! It's so country and springy. It reminds me of growing up on my parents' hobby farm.

  10. You've created a beautiful scene here!

  11. That is an adorable scenic the baby chicks...there so tiny you must be very patient. I love the cuts you shared with me. Now I've got to use them. Be well Carole

  12. That is an adorable scenic the baby chicks...there so tiny you must be very patient. I love the cuts you shared with me. Now I've got to use them. Be well Carole

  13. Such a delightful Easter creation. Loving the scene with the chickens and chicks. Hope the weather has improved a tiny bit.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  14. A lovely Easter scene you've created here Carole. Perfect for you with the chickens & those chicks are so cute!.
    Amy x

  15. Kittie would be so proud of this, Carole! You made such an idyllic scene for an Easter card using your dies!! Just fabulous!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #4!! Happy Easter to you!! Hugs, Darnell

  16. Lovely card, love the sweet little chicks.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Feature a Creature' challenge and good luck x Susan x