Monday, April 12, 2021

Signs of Spring

At the We Craft Cards Forum, we are offering Spring themed challenges during April.  For the challenge I’m hosting, I invited participants to share their favorite “Signs of Spring.” My favorite sign of spring is that I get to pack my heavy winter clothes away... and welcome the much lighter clothing from the back of my closet. I also like to shop for at least a few new blouses or dresses, usually in bright floral colors and patterns. So my card features a wonderful image from Scribbles Designs named “Dress Shop” that shows off a few new Spring fashions in the front window. I decided to add some depth to my card by using an Exacto knife to cut out the “windows” and line them with scraps of acetate. The pretty dresses that were cut from the large window were colored, embellished with a bit of ribbon and bow, and adhered to the card base. When the finished store front was added to the card, the window is popped up with squares of thick foam tape. I added lace curtains to the upper windows by fussy-cutting a lacy border from scrapbook paper, and also popped the windows up with foam tape. Lastly, I added squares of foam tape all along the edges of the store front to stabilize the card.
·  Digi- Scribbles Designs (Dress Shop)
·  Clouds made with chalks a makeup sponge and All Night Media stencil (no longer available) 
·  Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·  Front Sentiment “Happy Spring”- Imagine That! Digi Set (Teacup Bunny)
·  Inside Sentiment- Simply Crafts 171-Bonus sentiment downloads found HERE  (Register for access to hundreds of free digis, sentiments, patterns, templates and more. )
·  Digi items decorating the inside sentiment are freebies from Mari Digis HERE
·  Patterned paper, acetate, ribbon and all other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Signs of Spring
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #98 Spring Fling
The Paper Shelter- #464 With a Sentiment
Jan’s Digi Stamps- April 2021 Anything Goes    
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #155 Anything Goes

Another wonderful sign of Spring (and summer, and HOPE) is a rainbow. I created this card for one of my favorite challenges, named Double D’s, which is hosted by two kind and generous friends named Diane and Darlene. Their photo themed challenges always offer a fun collage of images to help inspire our creativity. The current collage features rainbows, mermaids and unicorns! I plan to make a card with each of these wonderful themes to enter over the next few weeks. This is the first one which includes a wonderful scripture-inspired digital image (which is actually a free coloring sheet that I reduced in size to fit an A2 card front.) It was so fun to color!
·   Digi- Hope Ink Freebie (Remember Gods Promises)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Double D’s Challenge- Anything with a Rainbow-Unicorn-Mermaid      
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #485-486 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Spring's Vivid Carnival
Incy Wincy Designs- Borders and/or Bright Colors
        Since I’m a DT for Sheepski (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #14 Anything Goes                       
Createful Heart Designs- Challenge #30 (March)

Other signs of spring are Easter and butterflies and I had fun creating this card which celebrates both! It features a cute digi that is the freebie from Bugaboo, the sponsor for this month’s Progressive Challenge at Outlawz. I’m entering this card into other challenges The Butterfly Challenge (all three colors-Lawn Green/Lilac/Laser Lemon, and one theme-Butterfly) and CCC Digi Creations (Include an Animal- the wagon holds sweet little chicks!)
·   Cloudy Sky background paper- Freebie from
·   Digi-Bugaboo (Bug Brats Easter01)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside Sentiment- “Sweet Easter Wishes” Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Easter Joy)
·   Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Butterfly Challenge- #155 L is for Lantern Fold     
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- Bug Brats Easter       
Bugaboo Stamps- April Week One Anything Goes  
CCC Digi Creations- #124 Include an Animal
Do-Al[l] Kreatives #52 Spring
Let’s Craft and Create- Ch #170-Anything Goes  (Option- Add Flowers)
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #681 Anything Goes


  1. This is so awesome Kathy! I love all the depth you've added, bringing the whole image to life! Oh yes, there's something exciting about Spring! New life, added colour, blossoms and new fruit. I love it! Thanks for sharing this with us at The Paper Shelter!

  2. Love the freebie image! Thank you for sharing your creation and having fun with us @ Incy Wincy Designs Borders And/Or Bright Colours Challenge. Good luck!

  3. Hi Kathy all your cards are gorgeous. I love them all. Have a good week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  4. Great cards Kathy. Love the first one with the house on it.

  5. Beautiful cards.Thanks for playing our challenge at CCC Digi Creations. Stay safe and Good luck!
    Anneke DT

  6. Cute and so adorable too. Though not for my challenge i like the first card with the shop front. You took such great care and attention to detail in mkaing it. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  7. sweet! Love it! Lovely creations with sweet images. Thanks for joining us over at TPS.
    Love n hugs

  8. Fabulous rainbow card, perfect for our challenge! Thank you for joining us at DD!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  9. What a sweet rainbow card Kathy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Rainbows, Unicorns or Mermaid’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  10. Wonderful collection of cards! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge.  Please join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Owner and Coordinator

  11. Such a beautiful card!
    Thanks for linking up at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge - Week 14.

  12. Oh my goodness Kathy, your Dress Shop card (another with this image!) is just outstanding. You put so much detail into it with the dresses and curtains! Fabulous!

    Thanks so much for entering your creation into our recent challenge over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog and of course for using one of Sandy's images. Good luck in the draw.

    ☺Lisa D.
    DT Member for The Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles--My Personal Blog!
    Owner & Co-coordinator for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!
    Path of Positivity – My other challenge blog!

  13. Super cute projects!
    Thank you for joining Catch the Bug!
    Hugs from Africa!

  14. A stop by your blog is always such a treat! Beautiful cards, Kathy. Thanks for joining us at Jan's Digi Stamps challenges. Julie, DT member

  15. Cute and lovely card with great coloring.
    Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug!
    xxx Margreet DT

  16. These are amazing Kathy! The dress shop is outstading, what a crafty delight to see these creations:-)

    Thank you so much for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends! I hope you will play along with us for our newest Anything Goes challenge!

  17. What a wonderful array of inspiration here! Your card for the DD challenge is delightful!! Thanks so much for linking up with us. Best of luck to you!

  18. All are great makes hun

    Thank you for sharing with us at 'Incy Wincy' this fortnight
    Stay Safe
    Hugs Shell xx


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