Susan Simpson - UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Welcome Easter - Hopping Around the World

Hello and welcome to another Hopping Around The World blog hop. We are a group of demonstrators who just love to share our passion for paper crafting.  If you are starting here with me in the UK or hopping over from Tanja in Austria, welcome; grab a cuppa and hop around the world with us!


This month our theme is Easter and I have chosen to use a lovely stamp set called Welcome Easter.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Welcome Easter, Hopping Around The World, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Spring/Summer 2020,

How cute are the images in this set - just perfect for any Spring themed project.  The greetings include sentiments for Easter and new babies and the line art images are great for basic stamping techniques.  Perfect for customising and colouring using a variety of mediums makes this a very versatile stamp set.

So, on with my project.  My first dilemma; which image to use for my project and, of course I am cutting it close to the deadline with my submission for the hop again!

I decided to keep the colour palette fairly simple as I wanted the image to take centre stage.



Craftyduckydoodah!, Hopping Around The World, Spring/Summer 2020, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Welcome Easter,

If you craft with me or follow my blog, I'm sure you know that I love stitched edge dies.  I was so excited when my latest delivery arrived this week - have you seen these?  They're called the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and I love them already.  In fact, we will be using them for Coffee & Cards sessions next week too!

Craftyduckydoodah!, Hopping Around The World, Spring/Summer 2020, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Welcome Easter,

To create the Welcome Easter card
I used the ww note cards and envelopes for my project.

To create a panel for the stamped image I used my new favourite dies.

I used a piece of thick ww card and adhered a piece of DSP across the bottom with Tombow.

Top Tip
Leave the panel for a few minutes before die cutting to allow the glue to settle and adhere completely - it makes die cutting much easier, trust me!

Craftyduckydoodah!, Hopping Around The World, Spring/Summer 2020, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Welcome Easter,

I took care to place the die so that was a black stripe on each end for a balanced look.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Hopping Around The World, Spring/Summer 2020, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Welcome Easter,

You could always adhere the DSP directly to the die cut panel and trim if you prefer but I didn't want to lose the stitched edges.

Now for some stamping!

I used Mint Macaron ink to stamp a row of grass just above the DSP.  I squiggled a little ink from the Mint Macaron Stampin' Blend to fill each image.

I stamped a cute buzzy bee and coloured with a Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend.

To create the rabbit
I used thick ww card and Memento ink.  There are no coordinating dies with this stamp set but the images are fairly easy to fussy cut out.

I wanted to colour the rabbit but did not want a heavy look so I used an outline only colouring technique which is simple but effective.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Hopping Around The World, Spring/Summer 2020, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Welcome Easter,

I used the Crumb Cake light and dark blends.  I started with the light pen and outlined the rabbit and used the dark pen to add detail where I thought there should be shade. I then used the colour lifter to go over all the Crumb Cake lines I had drawn to soften the edges.

You can just see (hopefully) in the photo above that I added some pink to his cheeks, inner ears, nose feet.  I coloured over the cheeks with the Colour Lifter too as I didn't want the rabbit to look too flushed!

To assemble the Welcome Easter card
I adhered a piece of the lovely Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon around the panel and then adhered the panel to the card with dimensionals.  The rabbit has also been adhered with dimensionals.

I used a rolled up glue dot to add a tiny bow as a finishing touch.

Here is the completed card and envelope.  I stamped and coloured a little bee on the flap.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Hopping Around The World, Spring/Summer 2020, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Welcome Easter,

I added a sentiment to the inside and another of those cute little bees.


Of course I didn't stop with just the rabbit, I had to use the other images too didn't I?

Craftyduckydoodah!, Hopping Around The World, Spring/Summer 2020, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Welcome Easter

I used the same outline colouring technique for all three animals but of course, you could always colour them in fully for a different look.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Hopping Around The World, Spring/Summer 2020, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Welcome Easter,


I have to confess that I am not that into sending Easter cards however, my Aunty Doreen is so I will be gifting this cute trio to her. I have a feeling she will be sending these cards to her great grandchildren!

Next up is the lovely Maureen Rachfuss from the USA.  If you get lost along the way, details of hop participants can be found below.

Thanks for hopping along with us, don't forget to leave comments to let us know what you think of our projects.

Susan xx

Hop Participants
  1. Tanja Klingler-Selinger (AUSTRIA) - not this time
  2. Susan Simpson (UK) - you are here!
  3. Sheila Turner (Canada) - not this time
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7 comments:

  1. Oh Susan, so sweet! I too, love anything stitched!

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  2. I really love this card - the black and white stripes made it pop on the clean white - just might have to CASE it.

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  3. Your card is just too cute. I really love your style! And the worst I didn't know these dies. How could have missed them 🙈.

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  4. Nice cards... I really live your idea

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  5. This technique for the paper is simple but top. I Don t use it but I will do

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  6. Love these cards Susan and the die cut dsp just looks fab x

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  7. Fabulous set of cards, Susan and I love your layout and colouring too. Thanks for sharing x

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