Well, I hope you have all been enjoying the Easter break and haven't had to work over the weekend.  I have been very lazy and have spent most of my time crafting although I did manage a trip to Attingham Park with my daughter as well as a shopping trip!  

Last week was a real rush to try and get everything finished before Easter.  I ended up spending all of last Wednesday night making Easter baskets and Easter milk cartons to give as gifts on Thursday, so as a result didn't get to bed until gone 2 am....I really don't know how people manage to get everything done well before time.  I always end up leaving everything to the last minute and rushing to get everything finished as things always take me longer than anticipated....maybe I should just try to be more organised and make a start well before the due date?

Anyhow, I was lucky enough to be able to work with Clearly, by Aimee Harrison Designs:

It is a gorgeous kit and the whole collection is actually on offer at the moment so is a real bargain!  Whilst it is not your typical Easter kit, there are some really lovely papers in there.  I only ended up using three of them, but this is what I made:

I found the cross box template at http://papercrafterssampler.blogspot.co.uk (it's from February 2011 and you can find it in their library).  This was the first time I had used this template, so you will have to excuse the bending of the box.  For some reason, the top and the bottom ended up being almost the same size, so I had to squash one inside the other, resulting in the bending. Mind you, I could well have cut out the bottom (or top) by mistake twice, which wouldn't surprise me as I was in a rush to get it made!  The template was easy to use, but it was just fiddly putting everything together.  I also printed out the template onto the gingham paper and then cut the rectangles to fit the box.

I added a flower made with another paper from the kit and my ever faithful tattered floral die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, and the butterfly is one of the kit elements.

Next I made a woven Easter basket, again using a kit paper and made another flower (with the tattered florals die, of course!) and added a skeleton leaf. The paper was printed on on 2 sheets A4 card stock and I cut strips about 1 cm wide and wove them together.  I found some pale blue matching ribbon in my stash and wrapped that round the handle (which was made from two strips of the printed cardstock stuck together).  The handle was fastened to the basket with brads and then I added the fake grass and the chick which were from the 99p shop.  the whole thing was finished off with mini Cadbury eggs and if you look carefully, you can just see the yellow of a Caramel egg under the fake grass.

The blue basket was given to my daughter, but I actually made some using one of the brown papers in the kit which, to be honest,m I think turned out better.  the strips were wider (about 2 cm) so they were easier to manipulate and weave.  I was really pleased with how they turned out.  

You can see the milk cartons I made as well lurking behind the baskets.  They were so easy to make, it was basically a case of using the template from Stampin' Up and sticking the whole thing together.  The only fiddly it was trying to work out how the top went together, and the ribbon soon hid any mistakes I made!  I actually think the cartons would have looked better with tags or a label at the front, but since it was 2 am by the time I had these finished, I really didn't feel up to doing any more!

Then finally, I made a gift holder for my youngest son, and yes, I know it's a bit girly but I was experimenting and needed a large holder to cover the Cadbury mini eggs hidden inside, plus it was Saturday evening and I needed this ready for Easter Sunday morning!  As you can see, the tattered florals die was used again (oh, I love that die!) on the kit papers along with my distress inks. The trim at the top and bottom was made using one of the kit papers and the Tim Holtz Alterations vintage lace die.  

I reckon the all of these can be used other than at Easter so why not give it a go yourself?  I love being able to use digital papers, and elements as you never have to go back to the shop to buy more when you run out - you just print some more!  

I'm off not to run a payroll - no rest for the wicked, eh?  So have fun whatever you are doing and happy scrapping!