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

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94 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. mrs c says:

    love the flowers, beautiful project
    Happy WOYWW
    love Mrs C.x #30

  3. Carol N says:

    Very pretty! Definitely spring-y! Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #50

  4. Shel C says:

    A gorgeous card to bring in the Spring. I would say everyone is looking forward to the end of the cold for sure! Your cat took an awesome selfie too! He really looks like a lion …very regal indeed. Have a creative week:) Shel-PaperOcotilloStudio #51

  5. I don’t know which I love more…that gorgeous amazing card, or that gorgeous amazing cat. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #48

  6. Chelsey says:

    WOW, this is exceptional! I LOVE those flowers!

    Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!
    Simon Says Stamp

  7. Love your gorgeous card! Very pretty and feminine! You rocked it! Judy #67

  8. Stella says:

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

  9. kilnfiredart says:

    Very pretty
    Jill #63

  10. Wedgie says:

    Very pretty card, love the colours.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

  11. 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

  12. Angela says:

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

  13. Ema says:

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

  14. racchel taylor says:

    what a lovely card I like the flowers and your background thanks for sharing with SBBC Rachel dt

  15. Julia says:

    Amy word, you really know how to interpret your stash! love the card.

  16. Dionne says:

    This is sooo pretty, I love the papers you have used and the cute flowers. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  17. Chris Porter says:

    A fabulous card – and I especially love the pretty flowers. Hugs from Rosie and me, to you and the cats, Chris # 21

  18. Bunny says:

    This is a great spring card. I love the handmade flowers. They are so pretty. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

  19. Nikki says:

    Loving all the layers…. this is gorgeous…. Thank you for joining us for our “Anything Goes” challenge at Digi Choosday’s Challenge …. xo Nikki

  20. Cindy says:

    So pretty! Love the design and your colors are spot on! Thank you so much for joining us this week at TTCRD.
    Cindy- TTCRD DT

  21. Ros Crawford says:

    Wonderful card!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

  22. Clarissa says:

    Love IT! Great design and such great flowers. Thanks for playing with at TTT.
    hugs Clarissa

  23. Ellie says:

    What an amazing creation! Love your choice of colors and beautiful design!
    Thanks so much for playing along in my Monday Morning Challenge!!

  24. racchel taylor says:

    lovely card and flowers thanks for sharing with 613 avenue create Rachel dt

  25. Debbie B says:

    Very lovely card, thank you for showing us at Sweet Stampin’ this week. Debbiex

  26. Rachel Parys says:

    Very pretty!! Love these flowers!!! Thanks for joining us at 7 Kids College Fund!

  27. Lulu' says:

    This is a great card

    Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
    Hope we see you again a next challenge.

    XXX Lulu’

  28. nini says:

    lovely card
    Thanks for playing with Not just card challenge blogFanny (NJC DT)

  29. Pam@over50feeling40
    Twitter: over50feeling40

    Love the message on the card…thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop! Please stop by to enter the very special giveaway on

  30. Lynda says:

    Love all the details on your card! Thank you for joining the Red Rubber Inspirationals this week! Lynda – DT Champion Red Rubber Designs

  31. Suzy B says:

    Lovely Design thank you for joining us over at SBBC we hope to see you again next week xxx
    Suzy B ~ Owner

  32. This is such a pretty and original idea. I love the torn layers. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  33. Janine says:

    Such a pretty and clever card and lovely quote stamp. It’s just perfect for our ‘Spring flowers’ challenge this week. Thank you for sharing and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  34. Wendy Jackson says:

    Thanks for joining in the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week for our ‘Spring Flowers’ challenge. Your lace flowers are gorgeous. Hugs, Wends x Sweet Stampin’ DT

  35. Sue Peck says:

    Such a pretty card. Lovely flowers and sentiment. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Crafting from the Heart. Sue DT x

  36. what a cute card. love it!!

    thanks for joining Our Challenge at Card and Scraps

  37. mervi says:

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

  38. 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

  39. Linda says:

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

  40. Virginia Lu says:

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

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

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

  43. Ann Chuang says:

    Beautiful card! Love the color you used.
    Thanks for sharing your card at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog!
    Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

  44. Ileana says:

    Wow,this is a stunning creation! Design is wonderful and flowers are gorgeous!
    Thanks for playing at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

  45. basslady says:

    a gorgeous card!
    thank you so much for playing along with us at ruby’s rainbow challenges!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  46. Eemeli says:

    Such a beautiful creation. Thanks for joining our challenge at Crafting From The Heart and good luck in the draw!

    Hugs from Finland,
    Eemeli {DT}

  47. Samra Leshinski says:

    Great card and lovely take on our theme. 🙂 Thank you for joining us this week at CCCB!
    Samra DT

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


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