Easter Wishes

Can you believe it's the first day of April today?
That means that Easter is just around the corner!

I wanted to do something special for Easter for today's Heartfelt Creations post.
While bunnies and Easter eggs are all fun and cute, I wanted to take some time out to acknowledge what the Easter season really means to me.  Easter is the time of year that we celebrate the cruxifiction and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He paid the price for our sins upon the cross many years ago that we might have a relationship with him and become His children.  The cross is such a powerful image for me, and when you really take the time to think about that first Good Friday and really allow yourself to think about Jesus' death you just cannot help but be moved and have your heart stirred with thankfullness.  

So, I decided to create a cross related creation....it is a cross shaped box...perfect for treats or as a piece of home decor!

Here's a peek...

...and a bit of a closer peek at the floral cluster...

I have to say that I really enjoyed creating all of the flowers on this creation...I always do have fun creating flowers...but this time I had time to reflect on the reason I was creating this piece and kind of turn it into an act of worship.  I found the colors soothing and I loved the sentiment that I used from the Posy Patch Paper Collection.  Sometimes projects don't always come out the way we want and it's a struggle.  I have to say that I was very happy with how this one turned out! I hope you have enjoyed the creation as well and have found some inspiration while you were here visiting!

That's all for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful Easter season celebrating with family and friends...and I hope you take a bit of time to reflect on the price that was paid for us so many years ago.   Also, be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations blog for more wonderful inspiration!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-231  Posy Patch Paper Collection
HCPC-3656  Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-760  Delightful Daisy Die
HPCC-3533  Sun Kissed Fleur Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-734  Sun Kissed Fleur Die
HCPC - 3608  Arianna Blooms Cling Stamp Set
 HCD1-748  Arianna Blooms Die
HCPC-3651  Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-758  Botanical Wings Die
HCPC-3650  Butterfly Medley Cling Stamp Set
 HCD1-759  Butterfly Medley Die
HCPC-3545  Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-736  Classic Leaf Die
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
TSMP708  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Olive Green
TSMP706  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Pistachio
TSMP400  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Rose Bud
TSMP103  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Cantaloupe
TSMP602  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Teal Zeal
TSMP704  Memento Dye Ink Pad - New Sprout
ANC852 Bright Ideas Prills - I Cannot Tell a Lilac
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  Silhouette Design Store Design ID #39084, Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine,  Star Dust Stickles, Memento Dye Ink Pads - Angel Pink, Dandelion, Gray Flannel, and Sweet Plum,  Big Shot manual die cutting machine, piece of lace, gold seed beads, water and mist bottle, scissors

Cut the cross box cutting file and assemble.  Locate the sentiment panel in the Posy Patch Paper Collection, and fussy cut around the design portion of the sentiment as shown.  Attach to the box only adhering the first half with glue and leaving the second half to be shaped.  Bend the sentiment panel slightly and tuck the corner into the box giving it a bit of dimension.  Begin creating and shaping your flowers.  For the blue flower use the Arianna Blooms Cling Stamp set and Die.  Stamp the image using Gray Flannel ink once onto a piece of blue patterned paper from the Posy Patch Collection. Ink the centre and edge of each blossom using Zeal Teal ink.   Use all of the flower pieces to create one blossom with a tight centre.  Moving along to the yellow blooms.  Use the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set and die to create these blooms.  Stamp the images once onto a yellow patterned paper from the paper collection using Pistachio ink.  Ink the centres of each bloom with the Cantaloupe color, and the tips of the petals ink with Dandelion colored ink.  Shape the largest flower pictured using the largest stamped image as well as the one a size smaller.  Create a second yellow flower using the mid sized image and the one the next size down.  Adhere gold seed beads to the centre of each of the yellow flowers.  For the purple flower, use the Sun Kissed Fleur Cling Stamp Set and coordinating die.  Ink and stamp the images once using Gray Flannel ink and a purple patterned paper from the paper collection.  Ink the centres and edges of the three mid sized flowers with purple ink.  Shape and adhere prills to the centre.  Lastly, for the roses  stamp three sets of the Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set onto a patterned pink paper in the collection  and ink the centres with Memento Rose Bud ink, and the petal edges with Angel Pink.  Use two of each sized flower to create a large full rose with a tight centre. Begin with the smaller flowers to create a tight bud, and work your way out using the larger flowers.   Next, for the second rose, use the same technique until you have a small sized rose perfect to add to the bottom of the cluster.  For the leaves use one stamping of the Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set stamped in Olive Grove ink onto a green patterned paper in the paper collection.  Cut using the coordinating die and then ink the edges with the New Sprout colored ink.   Shape using shaping tools and water.  Lastly, stamp one stamping of the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set leaves using New Sprout ink and a lighter green patterned paper from the Posy Patch paper collection.  Ink edges slightly with the same color, and proceed to shape.  You are now ready to create your flower cluster.  Once you are happy with the flower and leaf arrangement, adhere to box.  While drying, stamp and die cut several butterflies in Gray Flannel ink onto a pale yellow patterned paper from the same paper collection.  Using your finger, apply stickles to each butterfly.  Once dry, shape and apply to the flower cluster.  For the finishing step, drape a piece of lace around the cross, tucking it behind a few of the leaves and having it drape down through and behind the sentiment panel.  You are now ready to display as a piece of Easter decor, or use as a treat box to fill and surprise someone special!

This project has been shared in the following challenges...
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog..."Easter"
Crafting by Designs..."April Anything Goes Challenge"
Creative Moments Challenges..."Anything But a Card"
Decorate to Celebrate..."Anything Goes"
Word Art Wednesday..."Anything Goes"
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