Card Of The Week – First Signs Of Spring

What’s On My Work Desk This Week?

Happy WOYWW to you, dear friends! Whenever you begin a creation, the inspiration must come from somewhere. This week, I was inspired by Basic Grey.

As I was digging through my collection of 6 x 6 paper, I came across a new pad of Basic Grey Lily and Kate papers. I instantly fell in love with their soft pastel colors which reminded me of winter moving into spring.

So, I set out to capture that feeling of change – that sense you get when there are still crisp reminders that winter wants to linger on – where there is still a lingering sense of starkness even as buds are starting to appear – yet there is also the promise of life as flowers start to burst through the ground and begin to bloom around us.

I wanted to create a card of contrasts…yet I still wanted to create a very pretty, soft, feminine card.

First, I chose a deep, textured lavender cardstock for the card’s backdrop. This color provides a nice a contrast against the Basic Grey paper and the color combination invokes memories of sky against snow.

Next, I layered a scrap of a Creative Imaginations – Karen Russell Narratives transparency over the cardstock. The soft, flowing white scripted letters adds visual interest and color contrast, provides layering without bulk, and creates an ambience of snow falling from the sky – part of the wintery effect I wanted to convey.

Then, I chose one of the Basic Grey papers – selecting this particular pattern because it reminds me of the first blooms of spring breaking through the ground. I softly tore the paper into two cascading pieces, which I layered one on top of the other for depth and visual interest.

I then wove a fibery ribbon through the vines – added pretty pastel handmade flowers with softly shimmering pearl centers for my blooms – and added my final layer, a quote stamped on a transparency that reads:

A friend is one who believes in you
When you have ceased to believe in yourself.

The stamp is from a grab bag of unmounted mystery stamps so I don’t know who to attribute the stamp or sentiment to.

Where Are The Crafty Cats?

Tsunami - Good To Be King

While I was focused on creating my card, Tsunami, The Lion King, was busy playing with my camera! To see the majestic selfie my regal Maine Coon shared this week, visit him at Wordless Wednesday – Tsunami Takes A Selfie – and be sure to share your pet’s photos or your favorite workdesk shots while you’re there!

Now it’s your turn to inspire us with your creativity! What’s inspiring you this week? What have you created? Be sure to share your latest creations with us at one of our weekly parties!

Inspire Me Monday

Friendship Friday

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by to see what’s on my work desk this week!


Creative Art Challenges

Are you ready to jump-start your creativity? Here’s this week’s list of Creative Art Challenges to inspire you (organized alphabetically by Theme or Anything Goes!)

Theme Challenges

Be Creative – Anything Goes Challenges

Linky Parties

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44 Responses to “Card Of The Week – First Signs Of Spring”

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  1. You had fun making that. Well done – it’s lovely.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #11

  2. Karen L says:

    This card is absolutely AWESOME! I love the design, the embellishments (flowers), and the fabulous sentiment. Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by to share it with us, and please know how grateful I am. I hope you will share again soon. What a blessing!
    Word Art Wednesday

  3. Angela says:

    Lovely card. Thanks for the list of challenges, very useful.
    Have a great woyww, Angela x 60

  4. Stella says:

    A lovely take opn our theme. This is gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

  5. Ema says:

    Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  6. what a cute card. love it!!

    thanks for joining Our Challenge at Card and Scraps

  7. mervi says:

    Beautiful and lovely card.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  8. Debbie says:

    What a lovely card and the handmade flowers co-ordinate so well with the backing papers.
    Thanks for joining the Scribble and Scrap challenge, good luck

  9. Linda says:

    Your card is amazing. I love those flowers! Thank you for sharing this with us at Love to Scrap. Linda dt 🙂

  10. Virginia Lu says:

    FABULOUS and intricate details! Gorgeous design! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

  11. Wow – that’s a list of challenges! Pretty card – Thanks for joining in at DD

  12. You always do lovely lovely work! This post caught my eye on #Sitsblogging Link up!

  13. So very pretty! Love the flowers! Thanks for joining us this week at Loves Rubberstamps! Rebecca

  14. Diane Ahlers says:

    So very pretty. I love the different cut of the card and the lace rosettes. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Inspiration Destination this week.

  15. Marcy says:

    This is so pretty and love the dimensional flowers! Thanks for joining the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge this week!

  16. Lee-Anne says:

    Love the gorgeous colors! So happy you could join us at the Dazzling Divas challenge!

  17. Sarah M says:

    This is beautiful! I love those flowers! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!

  18. Beautifully done…those flowers look amazing. Really like the pearls in the center too. Thank you so much for playing along with The Mod Squad Challenge this week.

  19. Helen says:

    A great card – thanks for joining us at Penny’s.


  20. that is really stunning and really makes me long for spring to be here already!!!!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Top Tip Tuesday. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.

  21. Joyce Erb says:

    Really cute card, love the flowers. Thanks for joining in at The Mod Squad Challenge!

  22. Amber Milone says:

    Beautiful card! I love the flowers. Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  23. Nicole says:

    That card is gorgeous! I’m pinning!

  24. bettyirene says:

    Lovely card and fab flowers. Thank you for joining us at Crafty calendar and good luck

  25. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books
    Twitter: RecentBooks

    Your card is so pretty!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  26. Nancy says:

    Very pretty. Nice use of lace.

  27. T'onna @ USS Crafty says:

    Such a lovely card. I really like the flowers!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  28. Your cards are all so lovely. The details are amazing. Thanks for sharing on the Spring Craft Blog Hop. I’ve added them all to my SCBH2015 Pinterest Board.


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