Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ZVA Creative and Authentique Join Together March 20-March 22

The Design Teams from ZVA Creative and Authentique are joining up March 20-22 to have double the design fun.  We are showcasing ZVA crystals and pearls along with the Authentique "Hope" collection, just in time for Easter.

Zva will  also be giving away a prize package over on the ZVA blog .  Make sure you hop on over there and leave a comment fora chance to win a prize.  The ZVA blog is here.  

After that, hop on over the Authenique's blog, look at the amazing art and leave a comment on their blog as well. 

The more comments you leave, the more chances to win. 

All comments should be received by Monday, March 25 by 11:59 pm EST. A winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 26th on Zva's blog.

I created an Easter Bunny.  He's actually pretty big at 18 inches tall and 12 inches from bunny nose to what is typically a "cotton tail". Lot's of space to decorate.

I  want to show you that ZVA bling is not just for layouts. 

Here is how bunny started after I added some punched strips from Authentique Hope Collection - Faith  (product code HOP004).

Here are my Bunny instructions:
Step 1.  Punch two strips using your favorite punch.  This one happens to be the Martha Stewart Doily Lace trim punch and I use it often for projects like this where I need a dimensional paper ring.

Step 2.  I made my own flowers by punching petals from the Authentique paper.

Step 3.  Lightly ink the edges of the petals and then curl the edges.  I used a wooden skewer - but a thin paintbrush will work nicely too.  

Step 4. Glue in layers.

Step 5.  Lightly ink the inside  of the flower for definition. 

Step 6.  Making the center of the flower... I punched three pieces from Authentique Hope Collection - Await HOP015 using the McGill Star punch. Then I simply twist around my wooden  skewer. 

Step 7.  Once all three star punch forms are twisted, glue on the flower in layers.  

Step 8.  Use the Skewer to help set the flower center without squishing.  

Step 9.  Butterfly time.  I wanted to make some dimensional butterflies sticking out of my bunny.  Once again, I reach for my wooden skewers and cut off about 3 inches from the skewer.  My butterflies are from Authentique Hope Collection - Await HOP015.

Step 10.  I glue the butterfly punches to the skewer top and bottom.   Then I can just stick them in the bunny.  ( I finished off my butterfly with a beaded body before sticking into the bunny). 

Step 11.  Finish project with florals berries, trim and your choice of embellishments. 

In the photo below, you can see that I have used the  ZVA Creative Dots  in Crystal Iridescent  for the inside of my flowers and accented with ZVA Creative Leaves.  I painted the edges of the leaves with some cream colored paint to blend in a bit more with my flowers. 

In the photo above,  you can see how I used the Authentique Hope Collection - Statements gift tags.  I also used the ZVA Creative Soft Blue Pearls flourish here. 

I love to use the flourishes on "off the page projects" by simply cutting around the plastic that they come on -straight from the packaging.  You cannot see the plastic on the project and it keep the wonderful shape of the flourish perfect.  
Soooooooo - forget that ZVA Creative Crystals and pearls are meant for flat projects!  They are NOT.  

   Remember that the fun continues for three days with different designers being featured all three days. 
Here are the blogs to visit between March 20  and March 22 and to leave comments:

Visit these Blogs of March 20

Visit these Blogs on March 21

Visit these Blogs on March 22
Natasha Naranjo Aguirre
Lisa Sommerville
Julie Ranae Murray

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Supplies used:
ZVA Creative Flourish - CRS-04CB-117 - Flourish III Soft Blue Pearls
ZVA Creative Dots -Crystal CRW-04CB-123 Iridescent .3cm
ZVA Creative FL-04CA-114 Leaves
Authentique Hope Collection - Faith HOP004 (paper rings around the bunny)
Authentique Hope Collection - Lavish ( flowers)
Authentique Hope Collection - Statements HOP011 ( the tags on his backside and on his neck)
Authentique Hope Collection - Adorn (Flowers)
Authentique Hope Collection - Await HOP015 (flower centers/stamen and butterflies)
Marvy Uchida Pansy Punch
Versa magic Dew Drop ink - Sea Breeze (inside flowers)
Adirondack Acrylic paint - Sandal
McGill Punches- Starburst  64512 and Sun 64533
EK Success 5 petal small flower punch
Martha Stewart Doily Lace trim punch/ Butterfly punch


  1. So adorable and creative. Thanks for sharing. I just love the Authentique Hope and Zva products together.

  2. Wow...this is absolutely amazing! Love how you embellished this rabbit!

  3. Oh this is the cutest thing, this is something I would have or give as a gift!

  4. Everything looks just perfect for this bunny! The colors and textures, all the little natural elements (and let's face it, pearls are natural!) just fit her so beautifully! Consider me inspired! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. This is just amazing. My store sells these sorts of bunnies--now I have to buy one.

  6. Oh how cute is that bunny!
    Great idea, thanks for sharing.
    Carla from Utah

  7. Jennifer, this bunny is SERIOUSLY lovely! And I do so appreciate your tutorial on making it, and your flowers are so stunning! This is such a beautiful project. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!

  8. OMGosh--gorgeous! I would love to have that as an Easter centerpiece. Hope I have time to attempt it.

  9. OMG - what an amazing project! This is just gorgeous!

  10. Stunning!!!! Love them flowers they are gorgeous!!!

  11. Your bunny is so pretty, I love how you made the flowers and it is good to know you can use bling dimensionally!

  12. Love how you decorated this bunny!

  13. Oh my goodness! That is one sweet bunny! I never imagined bling on a 3D project like that but wow...

  14. Ok, this is by far the most beautiful Easter project i have ever seen in my entire life! Truth be told! I need to get me one of those gorgeous bunnies! I love the flowers you made! So, SO gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Wow this is gorgeous!!! I love all your flowers and the creative ways you made them. Such great detail. Thanks for the tutorials!!

  16. This is just stunning!! SO pretty! Pinning!

  17. Oh jennifer, so nice of you to make that bunny for me!!!! wink wink,, he is so cute. Truly you did a wonderful gorgeous project designed so well and showcasing both zva and authenique. Great step out tutorial too!!!
    ava g

  18. Said "OH wow" right out loud.Using the rustic and dressing him up in such gorgeous finery-fantastic juxtaposition.I love it.

  19. Thanks so much for sharing your tut for this hoppin'-cute Easter (or year-round) bunny -- LOVE him totally!!!

  20. LOVE the bunny!!! How creative. I follow you on email and always look forward to seeing your creations...You're the best!!!

  21. Your Easter bunny is gorgeous! Loved seeing your process.

  22. This is amazing! Thanks for the tutorial. I would have never thought to dress up a home decor item like that!

  23. What an amazing Easter bunny! Great job blinging him out!

  24. What a treasure! I love the way you've dressed him up. This one's a keeper!

  25. You have made lovely little sprigs of flowers - so special!

  26. Wow what a supercute altered item to go on your easter your bunny hugs Amy