Friday, March 04, 2016

Hello Spring!

 It's a beautiful  morning here in Hertfordshire.  We have blue skies and bright sunshine, and it really lifts the spirits.  Mind you, I think some parts of the UK have snow, so it's not all good - but, hopefully it'll stay away from here!
With a bit of luck the sun will soon chase away all the nasty bugs that we've been  suffering from.  
Miri has chosen the perfect sunshiney arrangement for the Daring Cardmakers' March Elemental Inspiration Challenge:
It’s Miri here and I had enough of the cold and icy winter … I think it’s finally time for spring. So for the first Friday in March I picked this picture. The translation is "Hello Spring!"
  Use it as an inspiration for your card and pick at least three  elements from the picture that you would like to use: for example the colours, flowers/tulips, ribbon/string, lemons/fruit, big letters, wood, dishes, furniture …

You can see the Design Team’s creations HERE for even more ideas and inspiration! 
I've used the Colours, the Tulips,  the Wood (table surface), the Chevron pattern on the wall behind the tulips and the Zigzag pattern on the bowls
This is my card:

Large square card blank, extra of same card for white panel
Shades of lemon and green Bazzill card
Wood-grain patterned paper
 (MME, Miss Caroline) 
Yellow ric-rac braid, Green organza ribbon, Green gems
Silhouette-cut lettering from own template
Partial embossing technique used on white panel to leave a plain 
circle for adding the tulips
Chevrons 6x6 embossing folder (Crafter's Companion)
Woodgrain paper adhered to card scrap, part-circle cut out to match position of un-embossed circle, then embossed in a wood effect folder
Nesties Circle Die (Spellbinders)
Woodgrain Cottage embossing folder, A4 (Teresa Collins)
Tulips cut in a few shades of yellow card
Stems and Leaves are hand-cut from green card
Tiny Tulip Head die set (Memory Box)

OH is nursing his cold by working from home  - but spending a lot of time skype-conferencing.  For some reason he doesn't like the racket of my Silhouette or eBosser as a soundtrack to their discussions! Consequently my "noisy machine" crafting time was pretty restricted this week. 
A shame because I didn't have time to re-cut the lettering, which sort of fades into the card too much.
It would have looked better in a different colour, and I'd probably have gone back and tweaked my template to cut the letters fatter, maybe even layered them up for more impact.  But sometimes time is not your friend ;)

Anyway, that's the lot for this time,  Thanks for coming by, I hope you'll take a minute to leave a message....



Linda Simpson said...

A beautiful spring card, love the design and pretty tulips.
Linda xxx

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Lovely card with the tulips. Beautiful embossing too

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a gorgeous card I love the spring colours and the flowers. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

Laine said...

Beautiful soft spring colour and design Kathy!

Lea Brawn said...

Gorgeous card. X

Andree said...

A gorgeous card Kathy. Fabulous embossing and the tulips are perfect for Spring - when it arrives xx

Kate M said...

Fabulous Spring card, lovely cheerful colours - would make a great Easter card too!

Miri said...

That's a great spring card, Kathy! And I like the "modest" greeting ... so all the attention is focused on your beautiful tulips.

Angelnorth said...

Lovely fresh-looking card Kathy, really pretty!