Waltzingmouse Stamps February Blog Party- Spring

Its the 17th of the month, Waltzingmouse Stamps monthly blog party and the theme this month is Spring.  Living in Southern California, we don't have a true Winter season, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about all things Spring-related.  Pastel colors, flowers, butterflies and Easter.  Especially Easter.  Some of my happiest memories are of my now grown children hunting for candy-filled plastic eggs all over our house on Easter morning. 
For my blog party entry, I made a painters tray.  I made one for the Christmas holiday and today I am adding an Easter version. 
These trays are really fun to make and are actually really easy to fill up all the little sections if you have a stamp collection like I do!  Lots and lots of WM stamps are used for this. 
On the top row is a picture of my oldest son Matt, now 29 and absolutely horrified at the picture I chose to put in this tray.  I told him be glad I didn't show the white matching shoes!  It is one of my favorite pics as he has fruit punch all over his face and a very "Matt" grin.  I diecut the letters for EASTER on  my cricut and embossed them with a polka dot embossing folder.  The stamps are from a variety of Waltzingmouse sets and a few spellbinder diecuts.
The second row has a picture of my middle son, Andy, now 27.  He had the cutest red cheeks in this photo and is also not crazy about the picture I chose of him.

The last row has a picture of my daughter Carly, now 20.  Here's the funny story about this picture.  There is a 7 year gap between my 2nd and 3rd children.  When I was looking for pictures for this project, I found tons of pictures of Matt and Andy with cute little Easter baskets.  I had lots to choose from, but when I started  looking for Carly's picture, not a single one with an Easter basket, and I looked everywhere.   Unfit mother.  I know I got her Easter baskets, but I guess I took the pics but never printed them because if you notice, Carly is carrying a beautiful plastic sack to collect her eggs.  You can bet she noticed that one immediately when she saw the picture. 
Here some details about the stamp sets I used to make this Easter painters tray, all from Waltzingmouse Stamps.
Li'l Buddies
Bountiful Basket Additions
Pic-nic Patterns
Bitty Banners
The picket fence is from Papertrey Ink as is the butterfly die.
The felt roses are from My Favorite Things

Now that you have seen my "Spring" project, make sure you check out the other entries to the February Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party!

41 comments:

Joyce said...

This is wonderful. Every section is just so clever and creative. I could stare at it for hours. Too bad your kids don't like their pictures. I love them. You have created another heirloom.

Vickie Z said...

Adorable!!! Love all the details....fabulous!!! Your son's pics are great!!,

Cathy, what a wonderful tray of memories! I love all the little touches, the pom pom fringe, the pennant garland, the little eggs, those amazing letters... it is all fantastic. You've outdone yourself!

WOW! Absolutely fantastic :) And I can sympathize with Carly - I'm the 3rd child, it doesn't matter how many years in between, the 3rd child has less photos taken of them, it just happens! lol. I still pick on my mom about it too...in a funny way. I completely love this - what a GREAT piece to have

Cathy - this is really beautiful, so many lovely memories and I adore all the little WM embellisments. I really have to make something like this! Fabulous work!

Karen M said...

Wow, Cathy! This is amazing! So much work and detail has gone into this. I love everything about it...definitely a reminder of spring! Kx

IamDerby said...

This turned out amazing!!! I love everything about it!

This is just WONDERFUL Cathy - what a great keepsake to remember this Easter day and to bring out each spring! Each vignette is so sweet!

What a stunning project! I love the inspiration in it.

Wow...Cathy, this is an amazing piece of home decor...so adorable how you incorporated so many WMS images...those cute little chicks hopping around the letters, the beautiful Easter colors and your wonderful family pictures makes this a wonderful scrapbook page for your wall.

Cassie_lu said...

this is a super cute and detailed wall art. love all the little details you put into it.

AMAZING project! What a wonderful thing to have to keep - every square is a little piece of art -LOVE this!

Have a wonderful week-end, hugs, Karin

Jeanne J said...

Cathy - I love your painters tray - waht a great keepsake of your children to bring out every year! I especially like your choice of colors - the purple - just yummy - and all the great spring elements. So many details it would be easy to spend an hour soaking it all in. Great project!

~ Ali ~ said...

CAthy this is truly amazing, love everything about this creation. full of fabulous inspiration!

ali x

LaurieJ said...

This is just amazing, Cathy! All the little touches are perfect. I can tell you really put your heart into this project.

Super Jen said...

Wow! You went all out for this one. Great project!

Susan said...

Wow! This is absolutely stunning and definitely made with lots of love. I was giggling at how your kids reacted to the pictures. They are adorable pictures!! And horrifying our kids once in a while is a requirement of parenting, isn't it?

Kelly S. said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Saw some cards from a special blog hop for you, and you totally deserve a very special day.

Now, on to your Easter tray, it's ammmmmazing!!! The attention to detail is wonderful, I love the idea of peeking into each window to see a stamped surprise or cherished photo. The colors are positively spring and I love the glittering EASTER set on an angle. Awesome blog party project, as always :)!!

Kim said...

Cathy, this is just so beautiful and love how you spelled out Easter. All of the those details must have taken you forever, but probably not, you are just so good at this. Just so fabulous.

Amazing Cathy, every box of the frame is pure creativity! Love it, love it!

Kary said...

Oh Cathy, this is a Beautiful project!! Such gorgeous, gorgeous details and photos. I LOVE how you used the stamps and the paper piecing - so awesome!!

Adorable project Cathy! You know this project is right up my crafty alley! Such sweet photos and love the easter eggs!

Deirdre said...

Love what you created - amazing project.

Renee said...

Just absolutely stunningly gorgeous!
There is so much to take in...
the photos...
all those adorable Lil' Buddies images...
the eggs...
everything Cathy!!
This is just fabulous beyond words...
and such a treasure!!
Love absolutely everything about this...
I die! :)

JJ Bolton said...

What a lovely project! Such fantastic details in every window! Great idea to do one for each holiday!

Marybeth said...

Poor child with a plastic sack , you couldn't find a nice paper one! LOL I love seeing the pictures ,of your beautiful family. These trays are works of love and you did a beautiful job on this one too. I have a 9 year gap between my third and youngest.

Pauline said...

Cathy this is adorable, I love the funky papers, and letters, and all the little details and embellishments, what a lot of fun!

Oh my gosh Cathy, this is BEAUTIFUL! I love how each opening has different gorgeous decorations, and I like how the "Easter" goes diagonally. That is a hilarious story about your daughter and the plastic bag, too, lol

Cathy, this is incredible, I hope you don't mind but I'm putting this on our Fb page, it is fabulous, your colours are so fresh and springy and I love the pics of your 'men' lol, we mum's have earned the right haven't we?? lol!! Hugs to you for playing along in such style!!!!

sorry, and your little lady too!!!

What a gorgeous tray filled with so many beautiful and charming goodies!! What a wok of art!!

rudlis said...

Stunning design and gorgeous project.

Buffy said...

Brilliant idea beautifully put together. Don't you just LOVE "Lil buddies"
Gorgeous work

Cassi said...

what a precious project, great use of so many stamps too!

Sharron said...

OMG, Cathy--this is just AWESOME! Love all the fabulous details! It is a fantastic Spring memento and I adore how you incorporated the L'il Buddies images with those wonderful photos of your children!!

Helen said...

Cathy WOW, this is fantastic!! So many little treasures in this - LOVE IT! The pictures are really cute too - thanks for the inspiration, would love to try this one for my boys x

Jeanne J said...

Congrats on your shout out at WMS today! Great project - definately a stand out!

Cathy, this is just amazing! I love all the details of each part of your painter's tray, this is definitely a wonderful keepsake!

Chris

This is amazing, Cathy! I love all of those photos and the stamps are perfect! What a wonderful keepsake!!

anya said...

This is fantastic, Cathy. All the time and effort you put into this surely paid off. I just love to look at each little compartment with all the different fillers. Its gorgeous!

Robin said...

A bit late going around after the WMS Blog Party but still really enjoying all the fab inspiration... thanks for sharing this is just brilliant!!!!
Robin

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