Thursday, May 19, 2011

Spring! With Shy Little Nickie

Yeah for spring! Although it has been rainy here all week, I am excited to see what the gardens, trees and hanging plants are going to look like once the sun comes out Saturday.

I decided that it would be fun to make a sunny spring like card as I wait. I used the super fun and adorable cling cushion stamp from Inky Impressions called Shy Little Nickie. This is one of the few site (well, actually, the only one) that I have been purchasing rubber stamps from lately. I just love their images. This is actually the first chance I have had to use one and it was so much fun to color.

I also finally purchased some flower soft. I found that they have instant downloads for backgrounds to use with it. The frame I used here is one of them. Isn't this just the perfect image to stamp in it!
This was my last sheet of the turquoise shimmer paper. What a great color, which, ended up matching everything else so well. After I made the card and went to put my stamp on the back, I realized that there was a butterfly stamped on the bottom of the sheet. Oh My Gosh!!! What was I thinking when I did that!!! To rectify this, I made a strip with a border punch to cover it up.

I am loving this new to me frame from Spellbinders. I do wish, though, that it came with a few more sizes. Then next size down is really to small for most images to be put inside. The butterflies were punched with a Martha Stewart punch. I find her border punches do not punch card stock and was pleasantly surprised that this punch worked well. The paper I used was a scrap that I happened to emboss with the wrong embossing powder at one point. It was still kind of pretty, so I kept it in case I could ever use it. So glad I did.
We finally worked out the computer problem, but sadly had to wipe the hard drive first and bring it back to factory condition. We needed to reistall all the software and are still working on getting everything back to where it was before the problem. Though we backed up everything onto 2 external hard drives, it seems that all my favorites from when we bought this computer are the only ones that we can find :o) They have changed so much. Half of the book marked sites are either gone or I no longer visit. New ones are not there. So I don't have all the saved blogs I visit most often. Funny how much I relied on the book marks. Now I don't know most of them, since I would just hit the book mark and did not remember most of the blog names.

Soooo...If I do not visit your blog as I usually did, please leave me a comment so I can book mark you again :o)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Anything Goes Challenge: Bingo...I went diagnonal to use punches/die cuts, flowers and lace/ribbon
A Spoonful Of Sugar: Anything goes
Clear It Out: Use not used in a long time coloring medium (I used some copic colors I don't usually use, Like for the pot, I hope that counts)
Paper Take Weekly: Something floral
Cupcake Crafts: In the garden
Make It Monday: Anything goes
Stamp Fairy: Use 3 embellishments (ribbon, pearls, flower soft)
Creative Belli: Anything that starts with an "S" (I hope the stamp name counts! and swirl ribbon)
Creative Card Crew: Cute and girly
Diva's By Design: For the girls
Flutterby Wednesday: Open...optional sketch, must have either a butterfly, fairy or angel
Penny's Paper Crafty: Anything goes
Truly Scrumptious: Anything goes



*Vicki* said...

Oh my word Sandy!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you've done with this image hun!!! Gorgeous flower soft areas and the colors are just perfect!! :) These little cutie pies sure are addictive, aren't they?!! We'd love to have you use one of your Inkys and play along in the challenge with us at Inky Impressions Challenge Blog! Thanks for sharing this Sandy!! HUGS

Sharla said...

Very pretty!! I love the turqoise shimmer paper and the pink scalloped background, and as for the image, that little girl is adorable and you did a great job with the colors!

Martha said...

what beautiful card, thanks so much for playing with Clear It Out

Lisa Jane said...

oh what a pretty little scene .. the frame is gorgeous and the flower soft really finishes it off
Thanks for linking up to Make it Monday
Lisa x
Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

Hannah Clark said...

What a gorgeous card! I love the bow and that sweet butterfly! Of course, the image is very adorable too! Thanks for joining us at Penny's!

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Hi Gorgeous card, I love the colour scheme and that wonderful border!

Thank you for joining in our Bingo Challenge at Anything goes

Invitation to our Birthday celebrations.
Tuesday 31st Anything Goes Challenge Blog!
will be 1 year old and to celebrate we are holding a blog hop with candy and prizes to be won. Hope you can come and join us

Faye said...

Oh I really love this. Fab take on our In the Garden Challenge. Thanks for joining in with us at Cupcake this week. x

Danni said...

Such a pretty card!! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

Antoinette said...

What an adorable little girl, beautifully coloured too!

Thank you for joining us at the ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge and I hope you will join us for our next challenge on 31st May for our 1st year Birthday blog hop with loads of goodies to give away!! Hugs Annie xXx

Elizabeth said...

Oh Sandy how awful to lose all of your bookmarks! Here's my addy

Love the card! I used Flower Soft for the blog hop I am in this weekend! Love that stuff! LOL

Shirley-anne said...

Hi Sandy .Lovely image coloured and framed beautifully .Thanks for linking it to make it Monday .

scrapn_momof2 said...

Oh Sandy this is absolutely gorgeous! Your coloring is amazing and I love the flower adds such a wonderful touch.

Rachel Izakowicz said...

Really stunning card - such gorgeous colouring! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake this week x

Jacq said...

Hi Sandy,
This is just Gorgeous!!! Love the sweet image, the dp, the colour scheme is just scrumptious, love the layout and the embellishments. Coloured so beautifully. Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design and Good Luck.
Hugs Jacqui xxx

Besthobbyeva said...

Wow wee! This is gorgeous. That shimmery paper is fantastic! I love this little girl, so sweet!!


Sarah said...

Hi Sandy, what a gorgeous card - that image is just so sweet. Lovely colours you have used as well. I also find that some Spellbinders dies are just a touch too small for a lot of my images. Am on the look out for good alternatives. Thanks for joining us this time at Divas by Design. Sarah

Cheryl said...

oh wow this is just gorgoues love the colors and super design bless you for playing at anything goes this week hugs cheryl xxxxx

Brodders said...

Love all your flower soft.
Thanks for joining us this week at Cupcake this week. Good luck. x

Rebekah said...

She is so pretty and very well coloured thanks for sharing at creative card crew and Divas hugs Rebekah xx

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Sandy :-) the image is adorable and the papers and embellies are perfect, I love the frame ,,, fabulous :-)

thanks for joining us on the Papertake Weekly Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Samantha said...

Thanks for joining us on the Stamp fairy Challenge, love your card, We love that you joined our challenge, but only entries using a Stamp Fairy image qualify for prizes. If you would like to join us using a Stamp Fairy image please visit our store, we also have a page filled with freebies that you may use for any of our challenges. We hope you will come back and join us
hugs Samantha

Suzanne said...

Just Gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing it with us at Truly Scrumptious.
Hugs Sue x

Stampin Lucy said...

This is beautiful, as is she!! What a precious image and I love the little flowers you added ....gorgeous coloring. Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design.

Rachel B said...

Very fabulous coloring! Love it. Thanks for playing along with us at Clear It Out.