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Looking For Spring

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Where is Spring? Has it arrived in your area yet? It’s just barely making its way to the DC area. Some days are still a bit gray and soggy, but they’re trying to warm up. I really can’t wait for those 70 degree days with a breeze. That’s my ideal kind of ‘great weather.’ I’m one of those people who loves warm weather. I turn the heat on in my car just about every day, even when it’s 60 degrees! I also turn on my gas fireplace at home. It has a blower and that thing puts out such a comfortable heat that I LOVE. I stand next to it and watch TV. This is something I’ve done since I was a child. In my childhood home, we have oil heat and floor register vents. I used to sit on the floor and pull a long shirt over my knees to get all the heat throughout my body! Those were the days – sitting and watching Muppet Babies and Pee Wee’s Playhouse! So, not much has changed. I’ll soak up the heat any way I can – natural or artificial – I love to feel warm!

Creating this card made me feel that first warmth of spring, when you venture out to your yard, pull the weeds, the first mow, mulch, and plant some new flowers! All of that lead me to the seed packet concept and this stamp set!

  1. I trimmed the Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden patterned paper to about 4″ x 5.25″, distress and ink the edges, then adhere to Papertrey Ink’s fresh linen cardstock, cut into an A2 vertical card base.
  2. Take a glassine bag (size medium from Papertrey Ink) and tear off a little more than half. Adhere to card front at an angle and add stitching around the border.
  3. Tie twine around the card front multiple times and secure into a bow.
  4. Die cut tag. Stamp border and sentiment on tag, then add distress ink on the edges and secure around twine.
  5. Add pink tulle around twine. Adhere egg nest.
  6. Secure decorative trim with Scor-Tape.
  7. Punch butterflies and adhere over glassine bag.
  8. See below for stamped seed packet instructions.

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I embellished the card front with trim by Webster’s Pages and Prima. The egg nest is from CraftZany’s Etsy shop! As I was embellishing the card, it looked way too plain with just the twine, so I kept layering and adding, bit by bit, until I was satisfied with the weight of the card design.

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The seed packet stamp is by Flourishes.  I stamped it twice. I cut out the banner and popped it off the seed packet for extra dimension. I also added distress ink to the overall packet.

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To stamp the flowers, I stamped off the seed packet using scrap paper not to get it on the edge. I stamped the flower again and cut it out to create a duplicate to use to mask and stamp. Next, I stamped the flower again, over the other stamped flower while using the mask to get a continuous flower pattern without “over-stamping.” Last, I stamped the flower type and other sentiments.

Well, that is all for now! I’ll be back tomorrow with more to share! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Friday Eve!

Stamps :: Flourishes – seeds of friendship, year in flowers 1; Papertrey Ink – tiny tags
Ink :: Stampin’ Up! – chocolate chip; Ranger – antique linen, vintage photo; Papertrey Ink – berry sorbet; Close to My Heart – bamboo
Cardstock :: Papertrey Ink – fresh linen, vintage cream
Patterned Paper – Pink Paislee – butterfly dreams 6×6 paper pad
Embellishments :: May Arts – twine; Bazzill – tulle; Webster’s Pages – green trim; Prima – cream trim; CraftZany Etsy shop – egg nest; Papertrey Ink – medium glassine bag
Tools :: Martha Stewart – butterfly punch; Papertrey Ink – tiny tag die
BarbaraApril 7, 2011 - 2:13 am

Gorgeous card!

Ruth SApril 7, 2011 - 4:07 am

Eee! Ashley, this is so adroable! The more I look at it and soak up all the goodness, the more cute details I spot. So inspiring, thanks!
Hugs, Ruth S

SueBApril 7, 2011 - 5:26 am

Love this and may use the layout to do a card with some of the elements from the kit I bought from you. I like to be warm, too. We have a register in the kitchen right by where I prepare food. Favorite place to get my feet warm in the winter.

TheresiaApril 7, 2011 - 6:39 am

Oh, Asley, Spring is peeking around everywhere around here, I live in Europe and it is so great to walk on the beach now, sun on my face and enjoy together with my family.

The cards gives me this sprinkling feeling too, I just love it, wish you made a video about this one too, I love the Tuts your style is something I admire. I keep practicing maybe one day this will be possible for me too.

Thanks so much,

oh and the weddingcard you made the otherday was so lovely I really enjoyed following the process of making it, bye

Julie CampbellApril 7, 2011 - 6:39 am

Oh MY! This is a piece of art! How gorgeous! I love all of your little details & that nest is brilliant!

CristinaApril 7, 2011 - 7:34 am

*Sigh.* So pretty. Spring always takes forever to arrive in Chicago. And then it always feels like it’s here for about a week before – bam! – summer. This card is a masterpiece, though. Gorgeous work.

Rochelle WashingtonApril 7, 2011 - 8:12 am

Spring is here in Georgia and this card makes me want a nice tall glass of lemonade and a stroll in the park. Lovely…as usual!

RebekkaApril 7, 2011 - 10:14 am

OH this is beautiful! I love the design and love that cute little nest.

Virginia L.April 7, 2011 - 10:22 am

Utterly beautiful!

TammieApril 7, 2011 - 10:28 am

Ashley you are so crafty and I luv the attention you give to the detail in your work.
Spring is here in Charleston, S.C. but it won’t last long before the heat arrives! I prefer winter over spring/summer. Yes I do.

When we retire, we hope to return to Alaska where we were once stationed in the Army. That’s how much I like winter : )

jamiaApril 7, 2011 - 10:32 am

This is so delicate and pretty, perfect elements and colors. I am with you with the heat. I have 2 small portable heaters I keep one at work under my desk and I use it ALL year even in the summer. My second one is kept at home and I take it from my bedroom to my craft studio. I use it ALL year. I like to crack the window and hear the outside noises BUT have the warm breeze from the heater at my feet. Im kinda of addicted!

Karen DApril 7, 2011 - 1:08 pm

Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing

Sandra FApril 7, 2011 - 6:15 pm

What a beautiful card! Would love to see a video of how you stamped the seed packet and flowers.

TiffanyApril 7, 2011 - 11:05 pm

Beautiful layering, colors, and all the little details on this make it so special!

TeresaApril 8, 2011 - 6:48 am

I had to check your blog out after seeing your card. Love the look and feel of your card. Great job. Love your shopping videos also.

Tamera BlakeApril 8, 2011 - 6:10 pm

I just love this card, it is so, so adorable!!! Love the daffodils!!!

Lara WalkerApril 8, 2011 - 11:40 pm

LOVE this! I love your style of crafting, gorgeous!!!

RuzaApril 9, 2011 - 10:12 am

Gorgeous card! I love how elegant your cards are! ;D

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