Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Simon Says...........Easter or Spring Inspiration


Happy Wednesday and welcome back to a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

This week we have a beautiful inspiration collage, made by our Mandy, along with an Easter/Spring theme.

The Design Team are using Bazzill products. I chose this Bazzill Green with Envy variety pack of cardstock, which contains 2 sheets each of 3 beautiful greens and 3 aqua to turquoise shades.  Just this range of colors said spring to me!

For my first card, I was influenced by the bird in the lower left corner.  I pulled out my Wplus9 Folk Art Florals dies and made a little spring scene.  Nothing says spring better than the tweeting of the birds outside my windows at this happy time of year!

I also used Wplus9's Hand Lettered Hello stamps, stamped in Hero Arts Splash ink, a Simon stitched rectangle die, and one of the Blueprints 20 dies (scalloped edge) by Die-Namics.  I used all of the colors in my paper pack except the darkest green.

We were given this assignment just about the time this Art Impressions First Bloom stamp came into the store, and I thought it represented spring beautifully, so here it is on my second card.

I colored my image with a combination of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and colored pencils, then trimmed it out, mounted it on a Die-Namics Insta-Frame die cut from the lightest of the aqua papers, added a spring sentiment (Winnie & Walter's Big Bold Seasons Cutaways), cut from the medium shade, and added some tiny flower sequins.  Then I placed the whole thing on a white card base that had been embossed with a little flower folder by Sizzix.

Here's a closer look at the adorable stamp.  Around the edges, it says: "The first bloom of Spring makes my heart sing!"

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Caryn said...

Your cards are just the sweetest Lin - I love how different they are!

Jingle said...

Very pretty cards, Lin!

Virginia L. said...

Oh my, Lin, these two cards are so perfect! I love the color on the first and the use of die is simply SUPERB! Your square card is so charming! Love love them!

Melissa Bove said...

Beautiful cards Lin!! So very sweet just like you! :)


Lorraine A said...

2 very cute cards Lin :-) I love them both !! adorable :-)

Lols x x x

Nancy K said...

Beautiful cards, so full of Spring! I'm pretty sure I need those colors of paper, I just love how you combined them on your lovely card! You've inspired me today, my friend!

Heather said...

Both fabulous cards, the second is an adorable image - I love the sentiment and turned myself upside to read it - then I realized to you'd 'translated' it - good exercise for me!!!! I love all design and the die-cut and colours for the first - beautiful!!

Heather xx

Mandy said...

Lin your cards are both absolutely gorgeous! I especially love those little birdhouses they are adorable
Mandy xx

Lisa Elton said...

Oh these are so cute!! They booth ooze spring and warm weather Lin. Love that sweet bunny smelling the flowers!!

Stephanie said...

Oooh la la! So much beauty! I love the inlaid die cutting and that new Spring Art Impressions stamp is so cute :) You colored it perfectly!

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Kara said...

love your adorable hanging bird houses!!

Alina said...

both very pretty, Lin, but I love the first one!

jenn shurkus said...

beautiful cards lin!