Thursday, 24 February 2011

Spring Has Sprung

I've made this for a few Spring challenges, and also paper piercing/pricking which is the theme of my Card Swap this month.  I chose to prick all around the edges of the leaves - hopefully you will see better on one of the close ups. 

For my shading I followed the colouring Barbara (the designer of the image) - you can find the pic here. I'm happier with my hair than I usually am...don't think I quite got there with the dress though. I'm pleased with my improvement so thank you Barbara :-)

I made some stick pins to match using some little daffodil style beads I have, and twirled some green wire into sprirals (springs) to embellish. My flowers were cut with the tiny centre of die cutters, the pinking circle, a plain circle and the wonky square. I love using the wonky square to make flower, it makes great pointed petals. They were cut from white card and I edged around with yellow tulip promarker while the paper was damp and before I scrunched them up....made the ink spread about unevenly to give a nice effect. 

 An upstanding view taken by my resident photographer, hubby Ken.

 Some close ups of the embellishments and details.

 I added beads to the end of the twirled wire on this one, bit blured but how you get the idea. 

DP's - Craft Creations Green Meadow
Colourants - Promarkers
Die Cutters - Nesties
Image - Summer Breeze by Little Miss Muffet Designs 
Cardstock - Stash
Stick pins & flowers - Home Made.

I'd like to enter the following Challenges :-

Forgotten Scraps Challenge .. Spring or Flowers
The Secret Crafter ... Fancy Folds 
One Stitch At A Time ... Anything but Square
Bunny Zoe's Crafts ... Spring...Flowers Everywhere
Incy Wincy Designs ... Use Dies or Punches (flowers and leaves)
Lexi's Creations ... Flowers
Creative Cottage Challenge ... Fabulous Florals
Little Claire's ... Anything Goes
The Rubber Cafe... Fun Folds 


Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

What a great card, Lin!
I´m totally fond of step cards!
And it is so spring-like! *sigh* Hope spring will come soon!
Your colouring is fabulous!!! And so are your stick pins - the match so well - really a gorgeous card, Lin!!!

Annemaritta said...

Lin, I love the feeling and the "tone" of this card. Something to forward to... Spring is coming, and all those tens and tens different shades of green are soon available us to admire.

This really is nice <3 Sort of calm, but also cheerful and light.

Annemaritta said...

WOW! I thought there's something different but finally I get it!!! Brilliant style, never seen a card like this before. Cool! Love it. :) (And you won't guess, what kind of is my next project =)
Hugs, Annemaritta

dj1952 said...

Oh, wow Linda! It's so beautiful. I also am planning to do one of the step cards, just hadn't gotten around to it yet. Your colors, coloring and flowers are fantastic! I never would have thought to make square flowers. I'll have to try that, too. Hugs, dj

Sheree said...

Wow!!I just signed in and your post was at the top of the list! Those papers you showed us yesterday turned this card into the most fabulous spring card! I love the different flowers you made and what you did with the pins... twisting the wire on the pin gave it a really different look.
Well done!!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

So nice Linda! Love the shape love the colors! Great fun stuff on this! Love the springy stems!

Dawn said...

What a wonderful step card. Thanks for playing with us at OSAAT

Joan V said...

Linda, cute card. I love the striped paper you chose. I think I saw that on one of your Wednesday blogs. Wow, and your flowers and stick pins are so pretty. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

Helen said...

Lovely cheerful card!
Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
Helen x

KarenB said...

Oh wow, your colouring is gorgeous!

Curlybear said...

Wow this is such an amazing creation, and beautiful colours

thanks for sharing with us at Secret Crafter: 122 Fancy Folds

Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :) x.

Wendy Colledge said...

Great card Lindy! Very "springy" indeed ;o))

Thank You for joining us at Lexi's Creations

Mrs A. said...

Your flowers are amazing. Using the wonky square for the shape really makes them look like dafodils. Can I just ask did you colur your paper and then spray with water to make it bleed or does the pen make it do that and what thickness is the paper? I'm playing around making some flowers at the moment using white printer paper. Just cutting in circles and then pinking the edge. Cutting strips up into the centre then using distress ink (Tim Holtz) on the edges. Once layered up they have come out looking like carnations. Very effective.
Hugs Mrs A.

Kristine Reynolds said...

Love stairstep cards! Beautiful card!

Thanks for joining the "Fun Fold" challenge at The Rubber Cafe this week!


Priyanka said...

oh really spring has sprung, what a image, I love how wind play with her hair and dress.I love how you use those springs.

Nannieflash said...

Hi Lindy what a fabulous yellow a real strong colour. Love your gorgeous image and your fabulous papers. With hugs Shirleyxx

Louise said...

What a fabulous card - I love everything about it!
Thank you so much for joining us for Little Claire's first ever challenge x

Faye said...

What a fabby, refreshing, zingy card, the image is gorgeous too. xxx

Mina said...

wow this is stunning, I love that beautiful image...thanks for joining in with the Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenge
Mina xxx

...just Barbara said...

Such a fabulous card - I love the greens and yellows! Those flowers are great and such a fun card fold too. Thanks for playing along in the "Spring or Flowers" challenge at Forgotten Scraps and showing off Summer Breeze! ;D

Rebekah said...

What stunning work thanks for joining us at the creative cottage and OSAAT hugs Rebekah xx

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous card, what a lovely image! Great design too. Thanks for joining us for our 1st challenge at Little Claire :o) Lisa x

...just Peggy said...

Thanks for joining us at Forgotten Scraps #3. I love the colors and the way you folded your card. Looks Great!

Enfys said...

This is really stunning Lin, love the colours, colouring, all the details....just everything!
Enfys x

Paddington fan said...

Such a pretty and very 'Spring' card, lovely image and great flowers! Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations for our flower challenge, good luck, love Jacky x

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