Sunday, April 28, 2013

Charmed Castle Thank You Card

I was your typical girl who read the fairy tales and dreamt about castles and princes.  I glossed over the evil and scary parts, and just really remember the good part.  Now as an adult and a mother, I realized how scary fairy tales are and can't believe that it is geared for children.  Who wouldn't be afraid of witches that want to eat you or kill you because you're pretty.  YIKES!  That said, I still like the stories, fantasy as it may be.  It is nice to dream about castles, balls and pretty dresses.  Yes, I'm a romantic at heart.  Anyway, I made this card for a lovely friend of mine who spoils me way too much.  Since she gave a charmed bracelet, I had to give her a charming thank you.  I have to admit that I loved the way this card turned out;  enough that I want to keep it but I know how much my friend will appreciate and enjoy it.  I told my husband this and he suggest that I make another one.  I have so many other ideas that are waiting to come out that I am satisfied with it being preserved in my blog.  I did not have any scroll banner stamps so I had to draw one and it came out pretty good.  I'm not much of a sketch artist but this, I can handle.  I absolutely love the gray background will all the colors.  These pictures does not really do it much justice but you get the idea.
I cut two ovals out of white and purple paper each with the Fiskars oval cutter.  I shy away from using my oval cutter but lately, it has been working well.  I might have gotten better with the tool.  :-)  I stamped the castle from Inkadinkado in black Memories ink onto the white oval.  I used Distress inks, tumbled glass and peeled paint, to add color around the castle.   I colored the castle with markers and adhere it to the purple oval and then placed the whole thing onto the gray card base.  I drew out a wavy banner and stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts by bending the clear stamp on the block to match the curve of the banner.  I wrote "by" and placed the letter stickers on the banner to spell out "charmed".  I placed the banner on the card with foam adhesive after I cut it out and add some banner tails, and sponged them with Distress spun sugar ink.  I punched out some flowers and also sponged it with Distress spun sugar ink.  Then I glued them to the card after I placed gems on them.


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bee Happy Circle Card

I am loving this warm weather and sunshine!  Based on the past couple weeks of events, I don't think I am going to be creating as much as I have been.  It is mainly because I have doing a lot of gardening, and spring cleaning and reorganizing.  By the time, the evening comes, I'm too tired to do much, except maybe to surf the Internet and/or be a couch potato.  Just last night, I fell asleep around 8:30pm on the couch, and finally, went upstairs to a full night of sleep.  I wouldn't change it, though, especially since I am loving my house almost back into order and my garden ready to bloom.  It's funny how a break or a weekend with my boys can turn the house into a disaster zone.  Yes, that means the fall is another cleaning and reorganizing time for me too.  It does feel good to get rid of things.  It makes me realized that I have way too many things.  Maybe the Amish way of life is having an effect on me after all.  :-)  Anyway, while I was working on my garden, it felt so good to see green and brown.  My garden desperately needed a good cleaning.  It went a lot faster than I thought and got to plant some of my seeds too.  I can't wait for them to peek out.  It's so thrilling for me to see things grow.  I remember one time, when I was in Florida in the winter time, all I was fascinated by was the sight of oranges on trees and strawberries growing in fields.  I even went to a botanical garden where all type of fruits were growing, it was sooo interesting and beautiful to me.  Now, I have come to appreciate and love flowers, too.  I love how daisies can brighten any spot.  I love it when my Shasta daisies are in full bloom.  Now I can not wait to put in flowers in my planters.  I just put in pansies and look forward to them getting fuller and are in full bloom.  I'm planning another garden for the backyard, so I can look at flowers while I work in the kitchen and not just my vegetable garden.  :-)  While I was thinking of this card design, I was admiring my bee stamp.  I long to be able to do that, and have done just that despite my resistance.  I hate naps!  It's the guilt of "I should be doing something instead of sleeping", but sometimes, my body takes over, and I have to give in.  As I am looking at this stamp, I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice if I can live in my own little bubble, and get things done when I want, and just be happy?"  I know.  I better keep on dreaming; if only if I like naps.  :-)  So, that is how my card came about and I love how the circles came together to look like a flower.

I cut and scored a 5" square card.  I taped on yellow circles that I die cut out and placed in a dot embossing folder.  I stamped the bee and colored it with Distress ink and added glitter to it wings.  This bee stamp is from Peddler's Pack Stampworks and they have a series of these bees.  They are just so cute!  I adhered it to the card with foam adhesive.  For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from Stampendous and colored the bee and punched it out.  I place yellow chevron washi tape on the inside of the card and placed the sentiment on top of the washi tape with foam adhesive.



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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Biggest Fan Father's Day Card

My family gave me an early Mother's Day gift this weekend.  It started with my oldest son.  He is always interested in my blog and what I am posting and of course, the stats; especially what country the pageviews are from.  Anyway, we were talking about my wall hanging and how it looks in our livingroom.  He asked me if I posted it on my blog and I told him that I did.  He responded with, "They will be amazed when they see it; you cook, you craft, you sew" and all with a smile.  I told him that I was very flattered by his comment and my other son chimes in, "You are amazing!  Good job, Mom."  Wow!!!  Of course, I told my husband and he agreed.  What more can I ask for, my biggest fans, right in my own house.  :-)  I had to share that story, even though it is tooting my own horn, because it gave me the warm fuzzies just thinking about how much they care about my hobbies.  Anyway, I have been struggling with coming up with an idea for a Father's Day card but I finally found an idea that fits my father-in-law based on the way my husband talks about him.  I know it's early for Father's Day but you know me, I like to be ahead of the game.  While I was working on this card, it reminded me of my own fans, close and from afar.  Thank you all for visiting my blog.  I am sincerely flattered and honored that some of you continue to follow me on my crafting journey.

I adhered the pattern papers from This & That Echo Park 6x6 paper pad and Basic Grey Fact 6x6 paper pad to a standard card base.  I stamped and cut out the fan fom TPC Studio and used foam adhesive to place it onto the card base.  I stamped the Happy Father's Day sentiment from Hero Art in black dye-based ink.  I wrote part of the sentiment and used white stickers from Recollections for the other part.  Simple card to make and very masculine.  I also used my glitter pen on the number one on the pattern paper to hint that he is #1!  Love you, Dad!


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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Birds And Flowers And Trees, Oh My! Wall Hanging

For my birthday, my family took me to Paradise...well, Paradise, Pennsylvania but it was close enough.  You are about to find out why and yes, it involves a few of my favorite hobbies; papercrafting, shopping, quilting and papercrafting.  Yes, I have to mention papercrafting twice!  :-)  In Paradise, there is a store call Farmhouse Memories that is set up in the picturesque Amish country.  In this quaint little store, there are beautiful fabrics AND scrapbooking materials together.  Talk about being in paradise!  What more can you want as a quilter and papercrafter?!  I got to spend some time in it all by myself too.  I looked at every inch of that store and absolutely fell in love with the place.  If you are ever in Amish country, look this place up if you love fabric and papercrafting, you would love it.  It is not big but chock full of goodies and  the woman that works there is so friendly and so enthusiastic about her creations.  I love it!  Crafters are the friendliest people on earth!  Really!  I could have spend the whole day there; there was so much to look at.  Anyway, we have this one wall hanging in our livingroom and it is really appropriate for the winter; and I've been meaning to make another one for the different seasons.  I've been looking here and there but nothing serious.  Well, in Paradise, I found the perfect panel!  It was quick and easy and it contains all the elements that I love: birds, flowers, trees and butterflies.  I did get materials to make a regular quilt design wall hanging but I couldn't resist getting this panel.  It will hold me over until I get my next quilting "itch" on again.  I got this together this past week despite all the things I was immersed in.

I just did some quilting around each picture before putting on the binding and hand sew it on the back.  I'm surprised how easy it was for me to do this since it has been a long time since I've worked on a quilt.  I guess it was like riding a bike.  :-)  I have other quilt projects that I have been throwing around in my mind.  Eventually, it will get out but for now, this was a quick fix for me.  :-)  It is hung up temporarily so I can get a picture of it.  The binding looks crooked since the panels are not completely straight.  This probably would not be so noticeable if I had a wide border instead of binding right next to it.  Oh well.  Like I said, it was quick.  It's nice and bright in my livingroom, and homemade if nothing else.  :-)
Some close-up shots of the panels.  Isn't it gorgeous?!  I love the print!


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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Magical "Night Circus" Birthday Card

I just finished reading the book, "Night Circus", and the imagery in it is fascinating.  It sounds wonderful and magical all at once.  I kept on thinking, "when are they going to make a movie out of this"; it's one of those books that you want to see.  I wonder how they will do it and will they stay true to the book.  Of course, a lot of times I am disappointed since it is different from the book.  I also found myself wishing there was an actual night circus.  It is a place that takes everything into account;  all your senses and beyond are engaged.  Sounds wonderful, right?!  Not just the circus but the midnight dinners sounds like the place to be at too.  Who wouldn't want food that sends you into total silent awe?!  It's been awhile since I read a book that made me want to escape there.  Refreshing for a change.  For the card, I wanted to capture the elements of the night circus.  There is a tent where there is a labyrinth and inside, the floor looks like a chess board.  Also in the tent, the entrance disappears when you enter and you find yourself completely immersed into the atmosphere of the tent.  I was itching to put a border on this card but felt it will not be true to the idea of what I think of the night circus.  Anyway, I added the crystal ball since there is also tent where you get your fortune told with tarot cards.  But it may leave you with more questions than answers.  I did the opposite by predicting a magical birthday instead.  Wouldn't it be nice (or boring) to have your future all laid out there to be read?!
I created a cardbase by creating a black 5.5 square card.  I punched out white 3/4" squares and tape them on the card base to create a chess board.  I stamped and embossed the crystal ball stamp from Rubber Stamps of America with Brilliance graphite black ink and clear embossing powder.  I stamped out just the ball part of the crystal ball on clear acetate and cut it out.  I cut out the ball on the white crystal ball and attached the clear ball to the base of the crystal ball.  I punched out the letters and stars on silver glitter paper and glued them onto the crystal ball.  I wrote part of the sentiment on the white square and use foam adhesive to place the crystal ball onto the card. 




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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Butterflies Birthday Card

I love butterflies.  They are so beautiful, even their chrysalis is beautiful.  I remember the first time I saw a monarch butterfly chrysalis and being amazed by its beauty.  It looked like jade with small spots on it that look like gold.  It looked like a piece of jewelry.  Absolutely stunning!  And let's not forget the that the caterpillar is gorgeous with its colorful stripes too.  Of course, when I saw these butterflies wood veneer, I had to get them.  It doesn't compare to the real thing but still cute.  One of my favorite combinations is butterflies and flowers.
All the papers are from Basic Grey Fiction collection.  I cut strips of pattern paper and adhere them to the white cardstock.  I added the red washi tape to cover one of the joints.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts.  I cut ribbon tails and drew dash lines around it.  I adhered it with foam adhesives to the card base.  I glued the butterflies down and added gems to them and the banner as a finishing touch.  Easy peasy!  I like how the colors came together too.  One last one for the Simon Says Stamp! April Showers/Flowers challenge.



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Monday, April 15, 2013

Floral Birthday Card

It's finally spring here with the warm weather earlier in the week and then...freezing rain and sleet.  I put away my winter boots and thermals already so, needless to say, I was freezing!  I wanted soup all day and would have stayed by the fireplace too if I was home.  On a spring like note, I see some of my daffodils ready to bloom.  Yay!  I always get so excited to see them and my tulips.  Well, the tulips that survived the deers anyway.  I used to be all excited to see deers, now not so much.  Any gardeners out there would know why.  I have to get my lettuce and spinach seeds going.  I know I'm behind schedule but better late than never.  :-) Sooo, with gardening on my mind, here is my latest birthday card.  I was getting a little tired of making masculine birthday card and wanted a brighter girlie card.  Here's another one for the Simon Says Stamp! April Showers/ Flowers challenge.  Having fun with these challenges.  The last two seem to coincide with what I was doing.  Easy for me.  :-)

 All my paper is from My Minds Eye Moments 6x6 pad.  I adhered the yellow floral background paper to my white cardstock.  Then I cut out a light blue strip of patterned paper and cut a ribbon tail at one end and adhered it to the card base.  I stamped and embossed the Hero Arts sentiment with Brilliance graphite black ink and clear embossing powder.  I used foam adhesive to place it on top of a navy blue pattern paper and then adhered it to the banner on the card.  I cut out a small strip of stripe pattern paper and adhere it to the bottom of the sentiment.  Then I stamped the flower from Stampin' Up Secret Garden set twice in Memories black ink and used aqua pen to color it with Marvy Matchables red and yellow ink pads.  I used foam adhesive on one of the flowers and glue dot on the other to place them on the card.  I finished the card with gems on the flowers and hand-drawn lines on the card base to frame it.


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Friday, April 12, 2013

Mother's Day Floral Easel Card

I've been wanting to make an easel card for a while.  If you have been following my posts, you would see that I'm really into flowers these past couple of weeks.  Though I try to break it up, I'm definitely thinking about flowers and sunshine.  They go hand in hand for me.  I felt this card is so beautiful and have a combination of both.  I could look at it all day!  Though early in the week, I was getting the warmth and sunshine outside instead of gray skies.  So now I have sunshine and flowers both inside and outside, just like this card.  Ha!  :-)  
This card is loosely based on another card that I made with a Stampin' Up instructor.  I scored a piece of 4 1/4" x 11" white cardstock at 5 1/2" and 2 3/4" and fold on the score lines to create the card base.  I cut a yellow card stock slightly smaller than the card base at 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and adhered it to the card base.  I cutted a yellow pattern paper from DCWV The Citrus Matstack and layered it on top of the yellow cardstock.  I stamped the Happy Mother's Day sentiment from Hero Arts in Memories black ink on white cardstock and sponged on Distress spun sugar ink on the edges. I used a Recollections floral vine stamp in Distress peeled paint to stamp onto a scrap paper before stamping it on the sentiment piece to create a softer floral look.  I punched out flowers and adhere them around the vines and added pearls to the center.  I repeat this process for the inside sentiment, also from Hero Arts clear stamp set, of sponging, stamping floral vines and adhering punched out flowers.  I adhered that to the red paper on the card.  I used Stampin' Up Secret Garden bundle to stamp and die cut the big flower twice in red and yellow paper from American Crafts.  I cut out the center of the yellow flower and used foam adhesive to add it to the center of the red flower.  I added a pearl to finish off the flower and used foam adhesive to place it onto the card.  


For the inside of the card, I cut out a yellow cardstock and double-sided tape it to the card base.  I scaled the pattern paper and red paper sizes according to the inside sentiment size and taped everything down.  I added a different flower punched out to keep it fresh.




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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Happy Mother's Day Card With Handmade flowers

I'm loving my Spellbinder Nestabilities dies.  I love the scalloped circle look if you did not already notice from my previous cards.  With Mother's Day around the corner and spring on my mind, this card combines the two. I love the classic look of roses and the blind embossing on a card.  This card embodies most of my favorites to give it an elegant and classic Mother's Day card.  I made the roses based on this video from Vicky
I ran a white cardstock with a Sizzix dot embossing folder through my Fiskars Fuse.  I ran Echo Parks pattern paper through the Fiskars Fuse with scalloped circle die and a white cardstock with a circle die.  I left the die on the circle and stamped sentiment from Hero Arts in Memories black ink and sponge around the edge with Distress spun sugar ink.  I remove the die and used foam adhesive to attach it to the scalloped circle.  I adhered it to the embossed card base.  I made roses and added gems to the center.  I hand cut the leaves on green cardstock.  I used glue dots to attach the roses and leaves to the card base.  I'm entering this into the Simon Says Stamp! spring flower challenge.  Who knew that I would have so much fun entering these challenges.    



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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Black, Red and White Graduation Card

I got to hang out with my nieces and nephews a couple of weekends ago and one of them is graduating.  I remember what it was like, at that point in my life.  How nerve-racking it was to think about what to do, and the future.  Of course, looking back, I'm thinking about all the things that I could have done differently and/or kept the same.  Either way, I am glad of where I landed and I know I can only change the future so no regrets.  It is an exciting time for them; the coming of age and gaining some freedom.  I'm so happy and excited for them!  I still remember them when they were little so it is still a little weird to view them as adults and having adult conversations with them.  Wow, did time go by fast!  Anyway, back to the card.  I knew I want to make a graduation card with banner tails and the rest came quickly.
I rounded the corners of an A2 white cardstock and used a black marker to draw dash lines around the card.  I cut a strip of red cardstock and stamped it halfway with the houndstooth background stamp from Cloud 9 before cutting banner tails.  I cut a black strip of cardstock and cut banner tails on it too.  I adhered it to the red banner and used foam adhesive to place it on top of the card base to the left.  I used a Fiskars scalloped circle punch on white cardstock and stamped the red dotted circle from Stampendous.  I stamped a graduation hat and cut it out to adhere it with foam adhesive to the scalloped circle.  I adhered it with foam adhesive to the banners.  I used Hero Arts sentiment to stamp on the card base in Memories black ink.  I added red buttons to finish the card.



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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Enjoy The Simple Things Masculine Birthday Card

This card was inspired by my trip to Amish country.  It was fascinating how the houses were close together like the suburbs but the difference was seeing large gardens next to the house and then there is a farm and silo in the middle of the village.  This is a common scene in Amish country.  It was very open and you can see vast farms and land around it and the next road over.  Of course there were windmills too next to the farms.  It was very picturesque.  
I had bought these Stampscapes stamps a long time ago wanting to recreate a farm scene on paper and also for my boys.  My youngest is fascinated by windmills so this was perfect for him.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and I felt it was perfect with the Amish scene.  It also made me think more about the simple things in life and appreciate that.  Of course, I did make good use of my phone as I search for information on Amish life.  Also, I wanted to see the movie, "Witness" again while I was there.  :-)  Hmm..maybe Amish life is not for me since televisions and phones are not in their households.  I will still enjoy the simple things in life, though.  I'm finding these days that simple is good.  Yes, spring cleaning is on my mind and my next big project.  Anyway, that's the concept I kept in mind as I made this card - keeping it simple.
I cut and scored black cardstock to create a 5x5 card.  I used Spellbinder circle dies to cut a white and blue circle.  I stamped on the white circle card stock with Stampscapes Farm, Windmill, Cow Pair and Cow Grazing stamps.  I used blending tool to add black ink to the white circle.  I adhered the image circle to the blue circle with foam adhesives and then tape the whole thing to the black card base.  I stamped Hero Arts sentiment on white cardstock and use blending tool to add black ink to the edges.  I layered it with blue border and adhere it with foam adhesive to the card base.  I added the birthday washi tape to the corner of the card.  Simple and quick too.  I love that shade of blue against the black!



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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hexagon Birthday Card

I've been really into this pool/aqua color and just got myself a 12x12 sheet of it.  I also wanted to make something with the hexagons again.  I really like the effect of the frames.  I was trying to keep it simple to showcase the color and shapes.  Unfortunately, the color from the picture shows it more of a blue whereas it shows really more of a green tone to me in person.  I like the simplicity of this card.
I rounded the corners of a A2 white cardstock and drew dash lines around the border.  I die cut the hexagons with Provocraft Cuttlebug Harmony hexagon die and Bazzill Ocean Teal(?) cardstock.  I arranged the hexagons and used the tangerine color washi tape on one of the hexagons.  I place the washi tape on white cardstock and cut it out to fit in the hexagon before gluing it down with the hexagon.  I stamped happy birthday with Heidi Grace clear stamp in Brilliance black ink in one of the hexagons.  I adhere the rest of the hexagons and cut out a cupcake from a pattern paper from Stampin' Up Sweet Shop Designer Paper set.  I used foam adhesive to place the cupcake in the hexagon.  Finally, I used a Recollections heart-shaped punch for the heart and after adhering it to the card, I used 3-D Crystal Color Lacquer on it to give it shine and dimension.


I'm entering this one too for the Simon Says Stamp! birthday challenge.  Happy birthday, Simon Says Stamps!

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Flowers for a Happy Mother's Day card

I've been thinking about my mother and when I saw this pattern paper, I knew I had to make a mother's day card with it.  Though I love this combination so much, I am thinking of making a journal with them on the cover.  I just love the colors.  This is usually not my style because it is so bright and colorful but for whatever reason lately, I'm very drawn to this combination.  I'm looking forward to flowers blooming and doing some gardening.
All the pattern papers are from Echo Park.  It's eye candy to me.  Love it!  I trimmed the pattern papers and adhere it to the white cardstock.  I also used a scallop punch to punch out a teal color scallop border and added to the cardstock.  I stamped out the sentiment from Hero Arts in Brilliance Cocoa ink and layered on a pink pattern paper.  I used foam adhesive to put it on the card.  I used left-over butterflies that were die cut previously with Stampin' Up embossilits to embellish the card and finish off with gems on the butterflies.  I used glue dots to adhere it onto the card.



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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stampscapes Top Of The Mountain Masculine Birthday Card

On the way home today, I saw a beautiful sunset.  Sunsets always remind of summer evenings and relaxing on the porch.  My boys wanted to do some craft as soon as we got home.  I had gotten out some supplies out that I wanted to use but I did not know with what yet.  I've been leaving out some supplies so I can play with them.  Sometimes I am inspired and sometimes, I have to put them away after awhile or they will drive me crazy trying to think of a way to use them.  Anyway, I had this Stampscapes mountain stamp along with the man stamp to coordinate on my desk.  I also know I have to make more masculine birthday cards.  While my sons went to town and just started creating, I had to think more about what to do.  They never seem to have problems with coming up with something.  It's amazing and fun to watch their process.  Coincidentally, my youngest started creating a sunset background with Distress ink which they both absolutely love playing with, as I was thinking about creating a sunset scene.  Below is one of my pictures of the sunset and my inspiration.
My picture of the sunset did not do it any justice, especially in showing the range of its magnificence and beauty.  Still love it.
I used Distress and Marvy Matchables ink pads to create the background on glossy paper.  I stamped the Stampscapes Tall Peak stamp and Stampscapes Victory stamp in Memories black ink.  After the stamped images dried, I used the black ink to create shadow on the mountain by sponging on some black ink on the mountain.  I cut a white cardstock so it looked like a Polaroid frame for my stamped image.  I wrote the sentiment on the white cardstock.  I adhered the Polaroid frame onto the stamped image and then the whole thing onto a blue cardstock.  I used washi tape with the sentiment on the bottom of the Polaroid and the birds washi tape on top.  These washi tapes were gifts from my niece and I think they were from Colte and MT, respectively.  The color on the card looks a lot better in person and more blended.  I love the way that it came out.  Can you tell that I have scrapbooking on my mind?!  :-)   

One of the stores that I discovered online that sells a lot of goodies that I want is Simon Says Stamps! Another big plus is my favorite designer works for them, Kristina Werner.  I love their exclusive stuff too.  I'm so looking forward to making a purchase.  Anyway, they have a weekly challenge on their blog and I finally felt brave enough to enter.  LOL!  It's their birthday challenge and I'm in the birthday card making kick so the timing is perfect! 


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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Colorful Spring Thank You Card

The temperature outside does not feel like spring but everywhere I look, I see signs of spring.  It's so exciting to see buds on trees and I even got to see hyacinths and daffodils in bloom this week.  Though it was down south, it was still nice to see.  Following the spring theme or my longing to see more of spring, I'm incorporating it in my cards.  At least my craft room show the blooms of spring if not my garden.  :-)  I love the wholesome scene of a white picket fence around a country house and a blooming garden along with tea parties.  Yes, I read a lot of romance books depicting this as the ultimate dream of all women.  Maybe I was a "tad" bit influenced by this in my youth.  ;-)  Anyway, this was my inspiration for this card.  
The pattern papers are from DCWV Flower shop 4.5x6.5 paper pad. I love the flowers and butterflies pattern on this paper and felt it would be perfect above a white fence.  I adhered the pattern papers on to white cardstock.  I used an EK Success punch on white card stock to create the "fence" and placed it over the green pattern paper.  I adhered an American Crafts flower ribbon to bottom of the card to finish the background.  I used a TPC Studio tag stamp on white card stock and cut it out.  I used clear embossing powder and Brilliance Victorian Violet ink on the sentiment.  I sponge on Distress spun sugar ink on the tag.  I added red ribbon, leftover butterflies dies and fabric covered brad to the tag.  The brad is from Basic Grey's Fiction collection and the whole collection is lovely, especially the brads.  I used foam adhesive to place the tag on to the card base.      



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