Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What Spring Brings

Among all the things spring brings, flowers, butterflies, birds with mostly photos of girls is what we often think about. Maybe because we are women who spent a few years being a girl so we can associate. When I think of spring, these are the first things that come to my mind also. Perhaps it is because I like to forget what other things spring may bring.

For us (I am in NH) it also brings insects (think ants, spiders, flies, MOSQUITO'S) and mud. Ugggg...mud, a housewife's worst nightmare. That is early spring when the snow melts and rain comes but the grass is not grown yet. I decided to make a card that brings back memories from a mother with 2 of the male persuasion.

Yup, that is what my boys would look like in the spring. I wanted them to go out, just not to come back in, ha ha ha...I could probably tell you how many times a pair of sneakers can be washed! Sometimes we would actually hose them down outside first! Aaaaaa...memories...

This is the adorable Sew Many Cards image Duncan and Owen. The frog is not part of the image, I added him so I could enter a certain challenge (big smile for my ingenuity, tee he)

Stamps: Duncan and Owen, sentiment digitally made
Ink: n/a
Paper: Paper Temptress (green color), Stampin' Up (tempting turquoise), unknown (pattern)
Accessories: Nestablities, big shot, dimensionals, glue dots, ribbon, buttons. 1 3/8" circle punch, frog sticker, copic markers
Copics used: B 00, 02, 05, 24, 29, 39; E 00, 11, 33, 37, 47; G 21, 85, 96; Y 8, 15, 17; C 01, 03, 05; R 11, 20; W 07; 00; 100

S2G Challenges, Twisted Thursdays: Use the word "welcome"
Dare U to Digi Stamp: anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges: Add something from the poem "what little boys are made of"
Kaboodle Doodles: celebrate spring

Another thing spring brings to mind is signing up for the summer reading program at our local library. My daughter enjoyed this as well as the boys. We would sign up late spring, when the mud was dry ;o) Their favorite part was reading enough to earn the FREE PIZZA at our local Pizza Hut, LOL. They all love reading to this day and eating pizza too.

Reading in the summer, for the most part, brought happiness. Probably because they did not HAVE to do it and could choose their own books as long as it stayed in the programs theme. Of course, why share their treasured book they searched so diligently for. Might as well sit on it so the others don't "steal" it...ha ha ha...I know your kids didn't do that, right!?

I used the most adorable stamp from Sew Many Cards called Dino Reading which is
brand spankin' new this month. This easel card may look small to you and it is. It measures 2x4" before folding, so the finished card is 2" sq. How cute is that! I made 2 of the images in Photoshop, flipping one over horizontally. Colored them both and adhered them back to back. My original plan was for her to be above the top fold more, but she did not end up as high as I expected. Too settled on her book I suppose.

Stamps: Dino Reads by Sew Many Cards, Define Your Life by Stampin' Up
Paper: Paper Temptress
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Tombow multi glue, stickers, copic markers
Copics used: R 05, 20, 32, 46; B 93, 95, 97; C 01, 03, 07; V04, 08, 09; E 35, 57; RV 10; BV 00, YG 67; 00

Stamp Insanity: easel card

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Beth said...

These are great! Wow! Thanks for sharing your link and for playing along with us at StampInsanity!! :)

Jill said...

Really gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Kaboodledoodles this week. Jill

Mini said...

That's so nice!
Sue x
(Creative Craft World DT)

Faye said...

Wow your cards are both so lovely, I really like the easel card, brilliant idea to cut out the dragon. I also love the colours you've used on your spring card. Fab. Thanks for playing at Kaboodles. x

Judy Applegarth said...

What great cards and love the look of the blue background on the Welcome card. Thanks for joining us at S2G, hope to see you next week.

Chocolate Orange said...

Love your Dino card. Its such a different easel card.

Thanks for joining the easel card challenge over at Creative Craft World.
Good Luck !

Choccy (DT) x

Ann English said...

What darling cards! hank you for joining us this week at S2G for Twisted Thursday!

lisa808 said...

The little boy image is so cute and reminds me of my brother when he was young.

autumn0725 said...

These are awesome, Sandy, great job on both!

dragonllew said...

What a cute little easel card I love the dino. Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft World & good luck.
Jenny x

Sew Many Cards said...

I cannot express how these cards really made me feel. I needed a smile today and you really gave me one. I love the dirt on Owen and Duncan, how original!!! Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with the SMC images!!!!!


Sarah A said...

Loving your easel card! That little dino is so cute and it is great for so many cards!

Thanks for joining it at Creative Craft World and good luck!

Sarah x

Juanita said...

Aww, these cards are adorable. Your coloring on both is fab! Thanks for joining us at StampInsanity.

Regina said...

these are both so adorable! Owen reminds me of my son mud and said...

You rocked these cards!!! Awesome job! Especially love the Duncan and Owen cute to splash some mud and how realistic (I have 2 boys (lol). You did a fabulous job coloring the background you made!

Lilacanglia said...

Both are fantastic,
Thanks for joining in at Kaboodle Doodles this week,

mudmaven said...

What wonderful cards. Thanks so much for playing our Celebrate Spring challenge at Kaboodle Doodles. ~chris