Thursday, March 3, 2011

I've Got A Spring In My Cards! (Part 1)


Hi friends and fellow crafters! Doesn't it seem spring can't get here fast enough this year? Here in NJ, the stores are beginning to showcase all their outdoor items and the weather has been feeling less cold. I won't say warmer just yet, because today it's only 35 degrees! The temps are supposed to start climbing into the high 40's and then the 50's over the next few days and I know it's close because I saw my first Robin of the season today! This is giving me a bad case of Spring Fever! It's beginning to show in my crafting, too. First, there was the Cricut Challenge Spring Banner, and the other day my Mom needed a new home card so here is my Happy New Home Card.
Materials Used:
Cricut Carts
Home Decor (Butterfly and Home)
Straight From The Nest (Happy)
Mother's Day Bouquet (Flower)
MS All Occasion Cake Art (NEW)
DCWV Songbird Cardstock
MS Leaf Punch
Copics
Stickles
Shimmers Spritz
Making Memories craft wire
American Crafts Crystal Brad
Dark Red Pearl Embellishments
Ribbon

This is one of my favorite stamps. It's called Bird House, designed by Elisabeth Bell for Sugar Nellie in 2008. I don't know if it's still available as EB no longer designs for them, but they still have a fantastic collection of stamps at Sugar Nellie.
I colored the image with my copics, but I used so many colors, I didn't list them, lol! I really like how the birdhouse turned out. I am getting more comfortable shading with the copics, and I think it's beginning to show. I am still on a self imposed paper ban, which has led to me finding and using great paper that I was hoarding and ended up forgetting about. The DCWV Songbird cardstock worked out perfectly for this card.

I also used the cardstock to make the flower embellishment on the front of the card. It was nice and heavy, so I was able to moisten it, scrunch it up, smooth it out and it didn't tear! I love how the flower turned out. I sprayed it with Shimmerz Spritz in Baby's Breath to moisten the paper, so it gives the paper a nice glimmer that's hard to see in pictures. It's similar to Glimmer Mist, but so far, I think it sprays a little lighter, covers more even and the nozzle hasn't clogged yet! I love my Glimmer Mist, but the constant nozzle clogging makes me crazy! Anyway, here's a close up of the flower. It's from the awesome Mother's Day Bouquet Cricut Cartridge. I love paper flowers, so this cartridge was a "must have" for me. I have been playing with all the cuts, so now I have a nice stash of flowers for future use.




I used red stickles to outline the words. It's hard to see in the picture, but the houses on the inside of the card have red glitter on them. I added the butterfly from Home Decor, and the pearl accents on the inside to complete the card. My Mom said her girlfriend loves the card, and that's makes me very happy. It's why we do this, isn't it?
I hope you are all getting a taste of spring wherever you live, too!
Happy Crafting!
Colleen

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