When I woke this morning, it most certainly was. After yesterday’s continuous rain & gales, the sky was blue, the sun was shining & everything looked sparkly & new. 🙂 I threw open all the windows in the house & for the first time in months I didn’t feel the need to put on every sweater I possess. 🙂 The wind had blown down one of the bird feeders in the garden & there were lots of fallen branches everywhere, so I spent a few hours tidying up – and when I first went out I saw the first flowers of Spring; crocuses. Their bright orange petals are such a welcome sign after the gloom of the winter. As well as the crocuses, there are the green shoots of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths & more appearing. There are tiny buds on the roses & the acers & the buddleia are sprouting new leaves everywhere. And there’s a huge amount of work to do, but it felt so good to be out there & to feel the skin on my skin; I think a few hours a day – weather permitting! – will see me achieve quite a lot.
Today’s cards are the first of my Easter cards. I decided I wanted them all to be quite simple; I didn’t want masses of flowers, or ribbons, or glitter, but I did want to invoke the appearance of Spring, of life returning to the world.
For the card above, I used the large stamp from last year’s Papermania ‘Poppy’ collection. I used different shades of blue, (Whispers Pens), to give the impression of a field of bluebells. The greeting is on the inside, because the only Easter greeting stamp I have is too big, as you can see, for this card.
The third card I like, but I think it’s a little too dark. I blended TH Broken China & Peeled Paint onto white cardstock for the sky & the grass. I stamped the cherry blossom stamp with Versafine Sepia & heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The tree is a Dawn Bibby stamp, which I stamped onto heavy watercolour paper, which I’d already covered with the same TH distress inks as the card. I cut it out & used 3D foam squares to attach it to the card. I used TH Spiced Marmalade for the greeting & then decided the tree was a little bare, so I stamped two little birds on to it with Brilliance Mediterranean Blue.
That’s all for today, thank you to everyone for visiting. I hope to be back tomorrow. Until then,
Love & light.