Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Easel Card Tutorial and Lemon Muffin Recipe

For the last five weeks, I've been teaching a class at our local homeschool co-op called Paper Crafts.  I must admit I've been hard pressed to come up with creative ideas that are challenging enough to take up the hour-long class period but are also simple enough that they can do the project with little help.  This Friday we'll be making Easel Cards.  I put one together tonight and think it will be just perfect for the kids this week!
Start by cutting a 12x12 piece of cardstock into thirds so you have 3 pieces that are 4x12.  You will only be using one strip for the card so one piece of 12x12 will make 3 cards!  Score the paper at 4", 6" and 8".  I use the track of my cutter as a guide and use this multi-tool from Martha Stewart to score my lines.

Fold the paper at the score lines and adhere one 2" piece to it's nearest 4" piece on the inside.

Stand up the glued piece to look like an easel.

Decorate the face of the card in your own creative way.

You can use anything you'd like to act as a "stopper" for the standing piece.  Buttons and foam-backed embellishments work great.  I used this cute egg embellishment and was reminded of the Cadbury commercial where the bunny lays the Creme Egg!  I loved that commercial as a kid...I wonder if it's still on?  (We haven't had cable our entire marriage so I really have no idea!)

When you've finished your card, why not send it to a friend and invite her over for tea and Lemon Muffins?  (Recipe below)

Lemon Muffins  (makes 12-18)

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt 
2 large eggs
5 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon extract

Mix the dry ingredients together and then make a well for the remaining ingredients.  Mix until combined and spoon into muffin pans.  Bake at 375°F for 15-20 min. or until the muffins are light brown on top and done inside.  Let cool in pan for 5 minutes or so and then turn out onto a wire rack.  Yum!


  1. What a lovely idea! The card is very pretty and the muffins sound delicious! I love your blog background. It's adorable.

  2. Love your Easter card! I see some talent here! Thanks for the yummy muffin recipe!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  3. Great creative project and yummy looking muffins! What a terrific combination! HPS and enjoy your weekend!

  4. That's a beautiful card! It will surely make a lot of hands busy. I love paper crafts, especially hand-made ones :)

    Postcards Crossing

  5. Oh my gosh, Sarah--this is totally adorable!!!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  6. Wow you are so creative and yummy foodie here. Happy PS! Mine is up.

  7. you're soo crafty! love the easel card you made! the lemon muffin looks so delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe! Happy Pink Saturday!


  8. What a cute idea. Love learning something new and visiting your blog.

  9. What a cute Easter card! I was looking for a card idea for my sisters birthday today, I think I'll try this one.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Happy Pink Saturday Sarah, Thanks for sharing so much this week. A super card tutorial and lemon muffins, YUM! Have a wonderful week.

  11. Paper crafting is a great, simple way to let kids be creative (grown ups too!). :) I just made some lemon corn meal muffins. Yum! Love anything with lemon. Have a great day. Tammy

  12. Hi Sarah,
    Your card is adorable and very creative! The muffins look and sound delicious! Your post would be perfect for my tea party next week! Happy Pink Saturday and thank you for your visit.


  13. What a sweet Easter card and muffins too! wow! Happy Pink Saturday :O)

  14. What a clever & adorable card, Srah. And, the tea muffin, yummy!
    Happy PS April ~
    TTFN ~

    FUN GIVEAWAY ends 4/10

  15. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and good luck with the give away :o) The card is lovely :o) Scarlett x

  16. Tea and Lemon Muffins seem like the perfect pairing for a good gab fest with a friend!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. Oh, and if you haven’t done so already - don’t forget to pop on over to Little Brick Ranch to enter the GIVEAWAY!!! I’ll give you a hint...Homes, Food, and all things Frugal!!

  17. Thx for sharing your card. What a great idea. The fact that you have 8 children-home school-and lead a special class for your group, makes you a shero to me.


  18. Love your blog and that card is really sweet, thanx for visiting me.

  19. Loved your card tutorial Sarah and those muffins!....yum! I love lemon

  20. Hi Sarah, I'm a bit late to the Pink Saturday party but I've got my best Pink hat on & am visiting everyone. Don't you just love those bone folders? They really do make such a crisp professional crease. I love lemon & will be over right away to help you get rid of those muffins!
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Licks & Wags, Niki

  21. The card is beautiful.
    Thank you so much for visiting my Blog, Adorn and leaving a comment on the altered eggs and egg box.
    I am already thinking about Pink Saturday, I feel a new addiction coming on lol.
    Have a lovely day.

  22. Hi Sarah,
    I'm so happy you have joined me for tea! Your china and muffins are perfect! Your easel card is adorable! Wishing you a beautiful day!


  23. Very creative easel card!!! Pretty design, too. Thanks for stopping by Acorn Hollow.

    Mrs. T.
    Acorn Hollow

  24. Thank you so much for sharing the Lemon Muffins recipe. Your Easter card is adorable. And the tea looks very inviting. Thanks.

    Jocelyn @


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