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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spring is in the Air

There has been just a hint of spring in the air here the past few days as we see the temperatures begin to creep up over the freezing mark and the snow banks start to melt. That spring fever has hit my card making, too! All of the cards I made tonight are done in spring colors, all from the new Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Spring Assortment card stock. Gina has posted an Illustrator/Design Team Color Challenge over on her blog. The challenge requires that two colors from the spring assortment be used on each card as well as one of the stamp sets from the February release. So, I decided to join in the challenge and ended up being so inspired by those spring colors and new stamp sets that I made three cards!

Here they are:

This one has a Pure Luxury Lemon Drop base with Pure Luxury Creme de menthe layered on top. The designer paper is from Basic Grey and was cut out using the Top Note die from Stampin' Up and was then embossed with a cuttlebug folder. I used Nestabilities Labels Nine to cut out the Creme de menthe layer and a white layer that had been stamped with one of the fabulous stamps from Lovely Labels. (I LOVE that set!!) The flowers are from the Spring Florals stamp set that I colored with Memento markers and stamped into the center. The little medallion and "Happy Birthday" greeting are from a new SU stamp set called Vintage Labels. I punched it out with a scalloped punch and added green and yellow punched flowers and a brad before adhering it to the card.

This card was pretty quick to put together but I had fun with the adorable stamps from Dream Birds. Aren't they cute? I used a Nestabilities Label Two to cut out the white piece that I stamped the flowers and bird, tree, and butterfly onto. I sponged a bit of Memento Lulu Lavendar around the edges and adhered it to the card, which has a base of Pure Luxury Creme de menthe, a layer of Pure Luxury Lovely Lavendar, and a strip of embossed Creme de menthe. The lavendar gingham ribbon is a piece I had in my stash (somehow I missed ordering the GKD Spring Ribbon Assortment! Gotta get that!). I added some buttons from the Spring Assortment buttons to finish it off. Oh, the sentiment is also from the Dream Birds set.

And, my favorite! The poison dart frog! I looked this guy up on line so I could make him somewhat authentic looking! This card starts with a base of Pure Luxury Ocean Mist and a piece of designer paper from a K & Company mat pad. I used the Nestabilites Deckle Edge rectangles to cut out the Pure Luxury Lemon Drop and White layers. I stamped my froggy, which is from the fun new set by Theresa Momber called Hang in There, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with Copic markers. I also sponged around the edges of the white layer in Memento Summer Sky. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of PL Ocean Mist and cut it out with the double ended tag from Spellbinders. I attached it with yellow brads from Basic Grey and it was done!

Hope you enjoyed seeing these spring inspired cards! Now if spring would really come, I'd be very happy! Think spring!