Spring Thoughts

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Happy Thursday, I am so glad you’ve stopped by!

With more snow falling in the Northeast, the card I have to share today is perfect, as it will fill your mind with thoughts of a warm Spring day… which is the complete opposite of today’s weather outside my window! :)

For my card, I’ve chosen to work with little Betsy Bluebell watering her tulips, which is a stamp from a Penny Black Inc. stamp set, fittingly titled Betsy Bluebell. I stamped little Betsy onto a piece of watercolor paper and colored her with Derwent watercolor pencils. Once dry, I then fussy cut the image out, and added details to the image, such as highlights and dots with a white paint pen, and Glossy Accents over other areas of the image.


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With a 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece of watercolor paper, I die cut a circle window into the top portion of my card using a die from the Spellbinders Celebrations Pierced Circles set (I did not use one of the piercing insets on the window). With a piercing insert from the Spellbinders Celebrations Pierced Rectangles dies, I added a pierced border around the panel.

Layered behind the window of my panel is some patterned paper from the My Mind’s Eye Follow Your Heart 6×6 paper pad, some clouds cut with the Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die set, and my little fussy cut Betsy; all these pieces are adhered onto my A2 card base.  The panel is attached over top using foam tape.


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With some Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy cardstock and the Cindy Echtinaw Big and Small Says it All stamp set, I stamped the words “thinking of you” in some black ink and created a little banner. I scored and folded it to create a “layered” look and adhered it to my panel, along with a green scalloped frame and an enamel heart.

And this finished off my card! I love how happy and cheerful it is, and I hope you’ve been inspired to create a spring themed card of your own!


Inspiration & Challenges

The colors for this card are inspired by the Cupcake Inspirations color challenge #304, and is submitted into the challenge.

The layout for this card was inspired by the My Favorite Things Sketch challenge #223, and is also submitted into the challenge.

This card is also submitted into the Simon Says Stamp “April Showers/Spring Flowers” Wednesday challenge.

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9 Responses

  1. Veronica z says:

    Your card is just the sweetest thing ever! Your coloring is fantastic! Thank you for playing along with the MFT Sketch Challenge!

  2. jillianfoster82 says:

    OMG! Couldn’t be cuter! Congrats on the Penny Black Facebook mention!

  3. Ann says:

    I found your card on the Penny Black Facebook page. It is absolutely adorable! I live in the Northeast too, so this bit of cheery spring inspiration is most welcome!!

  4. Ellen H. says:

    Wish I could buy these penny black images. You make them look so super adorable!!

  5. Valentyna says:

    This is beautiful! And sure very cute :)

  6. lostinpaper says:

    Oh so so sweet! Love all those layers within the die cut and such a great idea to use a patterned paper border to frame your scene!

  7. quilterlin says:

    A really sweet little scene, Nina! Love that tiny heart! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  8. Tina says:

    thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

    sweetie dt

  9. Sandy says:

    Your card is so sweet! Thank you for sharing with us at Cupcake Inspirations.
    -Sandy, DT Sweetie

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