Saturday, May 7, 2011

Inspired by spring...

The card I did for my guest designer spot on this week's A La Card Monkey challenge was inspired by the gorgeous colours of spring.  Along my drive home from work these days, there are dozens of forsythia bushes growing in various yards.  The blazing yellow, coupled with the fresh, spring green of the grass is one of my favourite combinations in nature...and I only get to see for a few short days each year.  I decided to try to preserve a bit of this springtime freshness in a card.  Since this week's challenge involves flowers it was an easy fit!  Here is the challenge:

...and here is my springtime fresh card:

Card for MC55 using Fast and Fabulous Level 2 Hostess set

Close up of sentiment from Tiny Tags set.  I substituted the three bows in the sketch for three tags...not a fan of the multiple bows look

Inside of card
This card, for me, really captures the freshness that is all around us right now.  The colour of the grass, before the first mowing is my very favourite shade of green...I could drive around and look at the  rebirth of nature for hours.  Our Canadian winters are so long and dreary that spring is a welcome burst of life and renewal.  Here is how I put this card together:

Starting with a scrap of whisper white cardstock, I stamped the floral image from the Fast and Fabulous set in daffodil delight and wild wasabi.  I then sponged all the way around the outer edges with both colours, using a heavier hand with the daffodil delight and a lighter one with the wild wasabi.  I then adhered the stamped image to a wild wasabi mat.  I adhered that to a piece of Beyond the Garden DSP (from the new Summer Mini) and then adhered that to a mat of daffodil delight cardstock.  I then punched strips of daffodil delight and wild wasabi cardstock using my dotted scallop ribbon punch and adhered them to the cardfront, overlapping them slightly.  I wrapped a piece of white 3/8" taffeta ribbon around and secured it on the back of the cardfront with glue dots.  I then adhered a big designer button in daffodil delight, threaded with white baker's twine, to the centre of the bow using glue dots.  For the sentiment, I stamped the images from the Tiny Tags set on whisper white cardstock and then punched them out with my jewelry tag punch.  I punnched out two more tags from daffodil delight and wild wasabi and then adhered them to the back of my button using glue dots.  The whole cardfront was then adhered to a wild wasabi card base.
For the inside, I just stamped the floral image again as I did for the front, layered it on another piece of DSP an then adhered it inside the card.
This card really was fast...and fabulous!  Gotta love Stampin' Up!


  1. I love the Yellow Lena not a color I use oftena nd the inside decorations make me wonder why I do not do that more often. Thank you for the inspiration...hugs~Donna

  2. Congratulations on guest designing at ACM! The yellow is FABULOUS!! And, I love that you stamped over it with some green just to give it that added touch.

  3. Oh, oh, oh! You might have inspired me to use my Fast & Fabulous! LOVE both outside AND inside!


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