“That is one good thing about
this world…there are always sure
to be more springs.”
~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
I love Spring! New life, new beginnings, and especially for those who experience long, cold winters, a welcome sign that warm weather is on its way. I’m seeing signs here in my yard; Robins, daffodils popping up, and even some flowering trees in bloom. Yep, there are always sure to be more springs!
Today’s project is somewhat whimsical with Violets (Pansies) in an egg, but, for me, it’s also memorable. One Easter, my Dad gave my mother a “sugared egg” with a lovely bouquet inside and I couldn’t resist replicating this starting with Joset Designs Easter Egg done in Silk Microfine Glitter (not sugar:-D) and my Garden Notes Pansy. I encompassed the egg with my Round Grapevine Wreath, Leafy Branches, White Lilacs, and some colorful branches, covered with Plum Crazy Prills. The bouquet is set on Graphic 45’s “Children’s Hour” collection and ECD’s Soft Finish Duo Cardstock in Dusky Lavender and could easily stay as a card or the recipient could frame it in a shadow box for a true keepsake.
LETS GET STARTED
Trim the Dusky Lavender card stock to a 5 1/2-inch square card and the G45 paper to 5 1/4-inch square, then assemble with double sided tape. Die cut two of the Round Grapevine Wreath in brown card stock, two Easter eggs in white card stock, one with clear double sided adhesive on the front and back, one Stitched Circles in white card stock, six Leafy Branches in bright green card stock, four “Elm” leaves from Garden Notes Woodland Leaves, five Garden Notes Pansies (just the flower, not the stem) and leaves, two branches of Garden Notes Lilac petals in white card stock, four Lilac branches in brown card stock, and six or seven small Birch tree branches.
Adhere the egg pieces together, then peel off the top adhesive layer and cover with Silk Microfine Glitter (#634/Leaf Green). Use scissors to make a jagged cut about one-third of the egg. Use a small toothpick to apply a small amount of glue on the underside of each of the grapevine wreaths and adhere them, one at a time on top of each other, to the card front. Adhere the bottom half of the egg to the center of the Stitched Circle and place in the center of the grapevine wreath.
Cut the Leafy Branch in half and place the pieces on the Leaf Pad. Use the Leaf Tool to create a “stem” line and the small tweezers to bend up on this line for dimension. Use a toothpick to apply glue to the branches and place around the wreath.
Creating beautiful Pansies. Place the three pieces of the flower, with wrong-side facing, on a non-stick sheet . Starting with Copic V15, color this side.
Turn pieces over and add shading to the “stem” end with Copic V09, then blend with V15.
Then, using Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen in Purple Violet, I made detail lines at the stem area.
Finally, using Faber Castell’s Pitt artist pen/White 101***, I add some highlights to the outer petals.
Place colored petals on the molding pad and use the small Loop Tool to shape. Assemble flowers as show in the YouTube video. Add one small Prill/Go Yellow to the center to finish.
Shade the four Elm leaves with Distress Ink/Forest Green on the edges. Place leaves on the Leaf Pad, right-side-down, and add stem line. Bend up on this stem line, right-side-up, and shade with PanPastel Bright Yellow Green (Set 1). Add vein lines, pinch and bend as for all leaves.
Place two leaves on either side of the egg. (This gives background foliage to the the bouquet!)
Place five Pansies into the egg, adding some of their leaves (shaded and formed as above). Create two stems of Lilacs, as directed on the YouTube video and place on the left-side of the wreath. Finally, use a toothpick to lightly coat glue onto the small Birch tree branch, dip into the Plum Crazy Prills and insert around the wreath.
If you weren’t thinking Spring, this bouquet is sure to start the process! What signs are you seeing in your yard?
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies
Susan’s Garden Club
Garden Notes – Pansy
Garden Notes – Lilac
Garden Notes – Round Grapevine Wreath #1139
CountryScapes – Woods 1
Els van de Burgt Studio
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Beacon Kids Choice Glue!
Copic Markers, V09, V15
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens/ Purple Violet and White 101
Graphic 45 “Children’s Hour” collection (March)