Friday, January 28, 2011

Looking for Spring!

I made this card for Joans Gardens challenge #4 which is to include the following:
Use yellow and green for your colors
Use a piece of trim
Use a frame to call attention to your focal point
Use embossing
I stamped images using a retired 1997 SU stamp set that my friend Heidi recently sent to me, adding yellow flowers and green leaves. The birdhouse stamp was colored with markers before stamping and has Glossy Accents for a little sparkle. I was hoping to achieve the look of spring looking out of the window with this card.........not that I'm anxious for spring to arrive or anything! *wink* I cut the window using a Fiskars paper shapers template and then embossed it with the Tim Holtz woodgrain ef. It was distressed with Ranger Tea Dye and Vintage Photo inks to look like real wood. The "curtain" at the top of the window was a punched scrap I found in my bin that I'd punched BEFORE my MS doily punch bit the dust *sigh*........that was one of my favorite punches! I added some MS pearls to the top and sentiment panel. The sentiment panel was done with a Spellbinders fancy tag die and sponged with the same distress inks as the window frame. The sentiment is from SU!'s So Many Sayings and was stamped with Artichoke ink. The trim under the window is a piece I've had in my stash that I bought at a close-out sale several years ago. The window is popped up on foam tape but the picture didn't capture that too well.
My poor hubby is still snow blowing from the storm we had, and it's snowing again today. They're calling for possibly up to an inch today and tomorrow, and then another system that has to potential to become a major snow storm is in the forecast for next Wednesday!! It's unbelievable!! Then again, think of all the gas we're saving by staying home so much this winter!! LOL
Stay warm, take care, and thanks for stopping by :)

Carol

12 comments:

Joan Fricker said...

Carol, cute card. Spring is just around the corner and you capture the spirit of it!

Thanks so much for playing in Joan's Gardens #4 Weekly challenge.

Joan
www.atjoansgardens.com

LeAnne said...

So sweet!! Makes me actually believe that spring WILL be here eventuallY!

Linda W. said...

Carol

I had the same punch and it bit the dust way too early in its life. MS replaced it for free. You might want to write them.

Very spring like card - I love it.

Benzi said...

Eek! This is too cute! I love how you made the window and a curtain. The 'wood' around the window is perfect. And, of course, I adore that little birdhouse.
My Martha Stewart doily punch is in the freezer..yep, that is the only way I can get it to work. I have only had trouble with two of her punches and I seem to have a million. So, I guess that is a fairly good record.
Just put the gas money aside that you are saving because you can't get out in the car. Then, if and when the snow stops, you can gather up those bucks and head straight to a craft store. What a plan!

Sue from Oregon said...

Wow, you are thinking positive aren't you?

JD said...

Very cute! Yes, Carol, I'm ready for spring too. Cabin fever is starting to set in...

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Great job on Joan's challenge, Carol! Not sure what we would have done if hubby didn't insist on a new John Deere blower for Christmas. If you get a chance, check out the photo I posted of my DD's house in North Jersey! I think everything I create now will be flowery and springy, just like this! Gorgeous and I love how you added the texture!

Silli said...

Oh so pretty, love the colors...;) Happy spring!!!;-) smile

Joanne (jojot) said...

what a very sweet scene you created.....a hint of spring to come......especially when we are anticipating another possible storm this weekend

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Awesome creation!!! Really makes me desire SPRING more than ever! GREAT JOB!

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Seems like it has been one snowstorm after another moving across our country. Living in the south does have it's advantages! Love your card...it does make me think spring!

Anke said...

Wonderful card Carol