Happy Sunday. It's the fabulously talented Laurie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great theme for us:
Considering the weather that most of us are experiencing, I think we are all beginning to think spring! It is still a couple of months away for us here in Minnesota, but I'm happy that the chickadees have chosen their nesting box - and that's always a sign that spring is not too far away :-)
For tonight's card, I decided to use the tree in the garden of our old house as inspiration. This tree was superb in late spring. You can check out a photograph of it on this post
I thought the Sheltering Tree set would be perfect and I inked up the pieces with Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette. I used Wild Wasabi for the little hillock under the tree.
Here's my card:
I added a few heart and normal sequins for a little added interest and bling. The colors don't show up that well in the photograph, but they work really well with the ink colors in real life. I backed the card front onto a Pistachio Pudding card base and mounted the card front on fun foam to give it a little lift from the card base.
I used the stamps from Better than email for the back of the card and the front of the envelope:
I love this little set and use it on all the cards that I make. If you haven't checked it out - you can find it at this link.
The design team have some amazing cards as inspiration for you. I hope you will check out their blogs and then play along with us this week.
On a personal note:
I didn't get any time in my craft room today, except to set up my new laster printer. I can think Jennifer Mcguire for enabling me on that little purchase. wondering why I bought a laser printer? Well, hopefully, I will have time to play tomorrow and will be able to show you :-)
Thanks to Colleen for her message and reminding us of the loss of Leonard Nimoy. One of the things that struck me about my father... you know... we all have these perceived eccentricities in our parents.... well, Dad was a trekkie. Not one of those guys that would go to trekkie conventions, but, back in 1966 he would make sure he watched Star Trek. I was stunned at the time, because he never struck me as the type of guy who would be interested in Science Fiction. When I saw that Leonard Nimoy had died yesterday, I remembered Dad watching Star Trek and me being amazed. It was another reminder that I had never thought to ask him at the time what it was about this particular show that he liked so much.
I'll be back tomorrow with details of the blog candy - and, hopefully, another card. In the meantime warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
- card stock: Naturals White. Pistachio Pudding
- Stamps: Sheltering Tree
- Inks: Pear Pizzazz. Old Olive. Melon Mambo. Pink Pirouette. Wild Wasabi. Soft Suede
- Tools: Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles. Fun Foam.
- Accessories: Sequins