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Spring's Here

Spring’s Here

 Hi there!  Spring is here, in Saskatchewan, Canada!! It’s Easter weekend, and I’m enjoying some peace and quiet….and getting my head back where it belongs after the mother of all funks in the last few weeks!! I was feeling so down, for no reason that I can come up with.  A stinkin’ attitude that even spread to my crafting!! I was prepared to sell all of my craft supplies and say Good-Bye to the whole shebang.  BUT….I walked into my craft room, looked around, and could not fathom where to begin photographing all that STUFF, never mind pricing, and delivering/mailing etc.  Laziness won out on that!! It didn’t cure the funk though, and where I’m usually quite active online with the cardmaking community, I slunk back into my little corner of misery.  I do not like feeling like this.  I’m old enough and smart enough to know the tools to get out of it….but it was quite a climb out of this hole!  I colored FOR MYSELF, and did a few cards up.  I knew I was out of the funk when I placed a few more online orders for craft supplies LOL.  Here is one of the cards I did.

Spring's Here

I used the fabulous Sakura Sprite by Aurora Wings.   The spring weather and the upcoming Easter holiday inspired me to use (the dreaded) soft pastel shades, as I colored her up with my SN markers.  After fussy cutting the image out, I layered the card up with a square die cut doily, some distressed DP and pink cardstock….all stitched up with my machine, and some ribbon. I embellished the card with die cut branches, a small tag for the sentiment, a fluffy bow, centered with a wooden flower, pearl sprays and some pearl embossing powder that I sprinkled on.  This card, (and a whole lot of Hot X Buns) have got me out of my funk and into the Easter spirit :)

I would like to enter this into:

Aurora Wings Challenge – #47 Easter Pastels

Pansy Sprite

Pansy Sprite

Pansy SpriteHi there!! I figured it just wouldn’t be right for me to NOT enter a card into the Aurora Wings challenge. At. The. Last. Minute.  It’s becoming some kind of a tradition for me or something, lol.  For this card, I used the amazing Pansy Sprite, that Mitzi so generously gave as a freebie for the duration of the challenge.  Pansies are my absolute all time favorite flower, hands down.  To the extent that I have a pansy tatoo, and nicknamed my mother in law Pansy…..  So I had to do something with this wonderful sprite!!  I was thinking of doing her up in some really different pansy colors, and spent quite a bit of time looking through pictures of pansy patches that I’ve had, but, instead, went with a very traditional color scheme.  The big challenge for me was to do this in pastel colors…..I don’t do pastels well….I find them hard to color, hard to wear, and always think that there should be a bit more “oomph” when I look at them.  I think I pulled it off here, with my Prismacolor pencils….I colored her at work, and only took a select few pencils with me so I wouldn’t be tempted to amp things up a bit :)  After cutting the image out with a die/fussy cutting, and matting it in a slightly deeper purple, I embossed a mint green piece of card stock (mint….me??).  I took the pansy edge from a piece of card stock that I had laying around, so I could balance the card a bit by edging the image’s opposing corner.  A piece of pale mauve polka dot paper is peeking out from below some pastel yellow lace.  The butterflies are stickers, that I stuck to white paper, then fussy cut out.  After attaching the bow, and the tag with the stamped sentiment, I felt that all the sparkle was out of balance some how (the butterflies are sparkly, but the pic doesn’t show that well).  I had a dream about my great niece, who was insisting that I call her “Miss Sparkle Pants”…..so that inspired me to add a bit of sparkle to the sprite’s bloomers :)  Hope you like my venture into the “light” side :)

Here are the challenges that I would like to enter my card in:

Aurora Wings Challenge – #45 Sprite Delight IV

Butterfly Challenge – #74 “M” is for Mint Green and “E” is for Edges

Creative Inspirations - #270 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door - ATG for the week of March 14

Card Mania – #90 Pastel Colors

Lily Sprite

Prairie Lily Sprite

Lily SpriteHello :)  I made this card using the adorable Tiger Lily Sprite from the one and only Aurora Wings.  As I live on the Canadian prairies, I grew up seeing wild prairie lilies in the ditches every summer, and quickly grew to love their bright, cheery pops of color in the long grass.  Prairie lilies are also the provincial flower of Saskatchewan.  This is why I just HAD to color this sweetie up in the colors of the wild lily :)  After coloring the image with my SN markers, I fussy cut it out.  I used a scrap of paper for the background, then layered up some green fiber paper, some glassine paper, a strip of burlap and some die cut circles.  I did the circles with 2 nesting dies each….I am frantically trying to build my stash of dies, but my budget does not keep up with my dreams, so I try to make do and improvise wherever possible!! I cut some banner shapes with the same colors as the circles and attached them to the corners.  After layering everything up, I tied some gold cording with a green heart charm along 2 edges, and sprinkled on some Frantage mica flakes.  If anybody could tell me the secret of how to randomly glue these flakes down, I would be forever grateful!! I dab glue here and there, but it always seems to not look as “random” as I would like…..  I hope you like this little prairie sprite :)

I’d like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Aurora Wings Challenge – Sprite Delite IV

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - ATG #53

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Weeks 271/272

Dream Valley Challenge - #151 Lots of Layers

Penny’s Papercrafty Challenge – #319 ATG